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Current Affairs for Engineering Service Exam

 Topics list:

  1. National and International Issues on
    1. Economic Development
    2. Social Development
    3. Industrial Development
  2. Energy and Environment
    1. Energy
    2. Environment
  3. Information and Communication Technology
    1. Technology
    2. Application
  1. General Knowledge

Topic 1:Social development

National Minimum Wage

Expert Committee Submits its Report on Determining Methodology for Fixing National Minimum Wage.


  • The Ministry of Labour and Employment had constituted an expert committee under the Chairmanship Dr. Anoop Satpathy to review and recommend methodology for fixation of National Minimum Wage (NMW).
  • The committee has recommended to fix the need based national minimum wage for India at INR 375 per day (or INR 9,750 per month) as of July 2018, irrespective of sectors, skills, occupations and rural-urban locations for a family comprising of 3.6 consumption unit.
  • It has recommended to introduce an additional house rent allowance (city compensatory allowance), averaging up to INR 55 per day i.e., INR 1,430 per month for urban workers over and above the NMW.

Criteria to fix NMW recommended by the committee:

  • It has recommended a balanced diet approach which is culturally palatable for fixation of national minimum wage by using the nutritional requirement norms as recommended by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for Indian population.
  • It has proposed that food items amounting to the level of ± 10 per cent of 2,400 calories, along with proteins ≥ 50 gm and fats ≥ 30 gm per day per person to constitute a national level balanced food basket.
  • It  proposes minimum wage should include reasonable expenditure on ‘essential non-food items’, such as clothing, fuel and light, house rent, education, medical expenses, footwear and transport, which must be equal to the median class and expenditure on any ‘other non-food items’ be equivalent to the sixth fractile (25-30 per cent) of the household expenditure distribution as per the NSSO-CES 2011/12 survey data.

Read more at: IndianExpress

Topic 2 : Energy

BP Energy Outlook 2019

The much-awaited annual publication on energy sector statistics was launched by BP.

About the outlook:

  • The global energy demand is set to rise by around a third by 2040, driven by improvement in living standards, particularly in India, China and across Asia.
  • The renewables will become the largest source of global power generation by then.
  • The energy consumed by industry and buildings will account for around 75 per cent of the increase in overall energy demand, while growth in energy demand from transport slows sharply relative to the past as gains in vehicle efficiency accelerate.
  • The power sector will use around 75 per cent of the increase in primary energy and 85 per cent of the growth in energy supply will be generated through renewable energy and natural gas.
  • The  global carbon emissions will continue to rise, signalling the need for a comprehensive set of policy measures to achieve a substantial reduction in carbon emissions.

Read more at: ET

Topic 3 : ICT

PMAY (U) Mobile Application

Ministry of  for Housing and Urban Affairs has launched PMAY (U) Mobile App.

About the App:

  • The App will allow beneficiaries to capture and upload high resolution photographs of completed houses along with their families.
  • It will also allow uploading of selfies of beneficiaries with their house and a 30 – 60 seconds video clip where beneficiaries share their stories of owning a house under PMAY (U).
  • A one-minute film showcasing the impact of PMAY(U) in the lives of beneficiaries was also released.
  • The film narrates, how PMAY (U) is contributing in transforming the lives of all Indians starting from Kashmir to Kerala and empowering them from different walks of life.
  • It has encapsulated the journeys and emotions of families belonging to different regions of the country who feel connected with a common feeling i.e. the pride of owning their dream house through PMAY (U).

About PMAY (U):

  • The PMAY (U) mission was launched on 25th June 2015
  • It aims to provide houses to every eligible urban household in India by the year 2022.
  • The Mission seeks to address the housing requirement of urban poor including slum dwellers through following programme verticals:
  1. Slum rehabilitation of Slum Dwellers with participation of private developers using land as a resource
  2. Promotion of Affordable Housing for weaker section through credit linked subsidy
  3. Affordable Housing in Partnership with Public & Private sectors
  4. Subsidy for beneficiary-led individual house construction /enhancement.

Read more at: PIB

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