Current Affairs for Engineering Service Exam
- National and International Issues on
- Economic Development
- Social Development
- Industrial Development
- Energy and Environment
- Information and Communication Technology
- General Knowledge
Topic 1:Economic development
Credit Linked Capital Subsidy and Technology Up-gradation Scheme (CLCS-TUS)
Cabinet approves continuation of Credit Linked Capital Subsidy and Technology Up-gradation Scheme (CLCS-TUS) beyond 12th Plan for three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20
- The scheme aims at improving the competitiveness of MSMEs by integrating various ongoing schematic interventions.
- Scheme aims at improving the competitiveness of MSMEs by integrating various ongoing schematic interventions.
- Hand holding for zero defect zero effect manufacturing (ZED).
- Increasing productivity through waste reduction (Lean)
- Design intervention (Design)
- Cloud computing (Digital MSMEs)
- Facilitation of intellectual property (IPR)
- Nurturing new ideas (Incubation)
- Special provisions have been made in this scheme to promote entrepreneurship for SC/STs, women
- The scheme through Zero Defect & Zero Effect, component will promote reduction in emission level of green house gases and and improve the competitiveness through reduction in defect / wastage during the manufacturing process of the products.
- It will also promote the innovation, digital empowerment of MSMEs, design interventions and support the protection of intellectual property of MSMEs.
- The scheme will facilitate technology up-gradation to MSEs
- Improvement in Quality of products by MSMEs,
- Enhancement in productivity,
- Reduction in waste and
- It shall promote a culture of continuous improvement.
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Topic 2 : Environment
Minimum Support Price (MSP) for minor forest produce (MFP) scheme
The Centre will frame new guidelines and extend the coverage of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for minor forest produce (MFP) scheme.
- The scheme is aimed at benefiting a majority of 10 crore tribals.
- The government is considering increasing the MSP for various MFPs by around 40 per cent.
- The new system would be decentralised with district collectors holding the responsibility of implementing the scheme.
- It provides subsistence during the lean seasons, particularly for primitive tribal groups such as hunter gatherers, and the landless
- Financial empowerment of women.
- Employment opportunities to tribals.
About Minor Forest Produce:
Minor Forest Produce (MFP) is a major source of livelihood for tribals living in forest areas. The importance of MFPs for this section of the society can be gauged from the fact that around 100 million forest dwellers depend on MFPs for food, shelter, medicines and cash income.
Read more at: DowntoEarth
Topic 2 : Energy
Atomic Energy based Power
The Government has taken several measures to enhance the generation from nuclear power plants in the country.
- Securing fuel supply by conclusion of fuel supply contracts with several countries for existing and future fleet of reactors under IAEA Safeguards and augmentation of fuel supplies from domestic sources.
- Augmenting nuclear power capacity:
- Resolution of issues related to Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage (CLND) Act & Creation of Indian Nuclear Insurance Pool (INIP).
- Amendment of the Atomic Energy Act to enable Joint Ventures of Public Sector Companies to set up nuclear power projects.
- Enhanced project monitoring to identify and address the issues affecting project progress at multiple levels coupled with close monitoring through Pro-Active Governance And Timely Implementation “PRAGATI” platform.
- The Government has accorded administrative approval and financial sanction for setting up 12 more reactors with a capacity of 9000 MW.
- The installed nuclear power capacity will reach 22480 MW by 2031.
About nuclear power generation:
- Nuclear energy originates from the splitting of uranium atoms – a process called fission.
- This generates heat to produce steam, which is used by a turbine generator to generate electricity.
- Because nuclear power plants do not burn fuel, they do not produce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Topic 3 : ICT
The Ministry of AYUSH launched the e-AUSHADHI portal for online licensing of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy drugs and related matters.
- The timelines will be fixed for processing of application through this portal with SMS and e-mail status updates at each step of the process.
- The initiative is a milestone towards e-governance, ease of doing business and Make in India.
- The portal will aid the licensing authority , manufactures and consumers.
- It will provide real time information of the licensed manufactures and their products, cancelled and spurious drugs, contact details of the concerned authority for specific grievances.
- The portal is intended for increased transparency
- Improved information management facility
- Improved data usability and
- Increased accountability.
Read more at: The Print