July 11, 2018

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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
  4. The Key Initiatives of Government
  5. General Knowledge

Topic 1:Economic development

India imposes anti-dumping duty on Chinese polyester yarn

India has imposed anti-dumping duty on a Chinese polyester yarn used in automobile and other industries.

Impacts

  • The move will provide a level playing field to domestic players and guard them against below-cost imports.

Anti dumping Duty

  • Countries carry out anti-dumping probe to determine whether their domestic industries have been hurt because of a surge in below-cost imports.
  • As a countermeasure, they impose duties called antidumping duties on the imports
  • Anti dumping Duty is allowed under the WTO norms.

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 1:Social development

Government highlights the key achievements especially in the area of Consumer Protection at the UNCTAD

The two day conference in Geneva on Consumer Issues concluded on 10th of July, 2018.

Consumer Protection

  1. Consumers in India have been guaranteed rights by an Act of Parliament, namely:
  • Right to Safety;
  • Right to be informed;
  • Right to choose;
  • Right to be heard;
  • Right to seek redressal; &
  • Right to consumer education.
  1. The new Consumer Protection Bill, 2018 was introduced in the Parliament in January, 2018.
  2. The Bill provides for setting up of an executive agency to be called Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA)
  3. Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA)
    1. will look into Unfair Trade Practices, Misleading Advertisements etc.,
    2. provision for ‘mediation’ as an alternate disputes resolution mechanism to facilitate quick disposal of consumer dispute
    3. provision for product liability action arising out of injury to a consumer from a defective product
    4. provisions for preventing unfair trade practices in e-commerce and direct selling
    5. simplification of the adjudication process in the Consumer Fora.
  4. Consumer Grievance Redressal Mechanism, at National Consumer Helpline which has country wide reach and consumers from any part of the country can access it through toll free calls, SMS, web chat or online .
  5. The Government has been carrying out a country wide multi-media awareness campaign, namely “Jago Grahak Jago” (wake up Consumers)
  6. Government has issued guidelines for regulating direct selling and is in the process of issuing rules for e-commerce also.
  7. For the essential commodities Government fixes a retail sale price
  8. New Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) Act 2016, establishes the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as the National Standards Body of India.
  9. The new Act contains provisions for including goods, services and systems, besides articles and processes for the purpose of standardization.
  10. It has enabling provisions for compulsory Certification of any goods or article or service which is considered necessary in the public interest or for the protection of health, safety of the environment, or prevention of unfair trade practices, or national security.

Read more at : PIB

Topic 1:Industrial development

Google to mentor local AI start-ups

Google announced  a ‘Launchpad Accelerator India,’ a mentorship program that would aim to support Indian start-ups that deploy artificial intelligence and machine learning to build solutions for local needs.

  • The three-month accelerator
  • It will provide 8-10 Indian start-ups with mentorship and access to the best of Google — its people, network and technologies.

Read more at: The Hindu

Western Ghats bags fourth best tourist spot in Lonely Planet’s best Asia destinations list

Lonely Planet’s list, a collection of 10 of the best destinations to visit in the continent for the year. Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana), which has started blooming after 12 years in the hill station of Munnar has found mention in report.

About Western Ghats

  • Older than the Himalayas
  • Rich and unique flora and fauna
  • One of the Hottest Biodiversity Hotspots
  • An UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Traverses Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 2 : Environment

Workshop On Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia

The 16th Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Inventories in Asia (WGIA16) was held in Delhi. India is hosting WGIA for the first time.

WGIA

  • Is an initiative of Government of Japan to improve the quality of Greenhouse Gas Inventories of Asian countries
  • Building capacities through training and exchange of experience.
  • A reliable and robust inventory is the backbone of climate action.
  • It will contribute towards enhanced reporting and transparency as required under the Convention and its Paris Agreement.
  • 15 countries including Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam are WGIA members

Read more at: PIB

Topic 2 : Energy

Geopolitics and Energy

India was asked by the U.S. administration to drastically cut down crude supply from Iran. U.S. withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal and imposed fresh sanctions on Iran’s economy, especially on its oil industry.

Options

  • India can replace Iranian crude with supplies from Saudi Arabia, Russia, and the United States
  • Iran may end special privileges to India, including rupee-denominated imports

Read more at: The Hindu

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