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Current Affairs for Engineering Service Exam

Video Lectures and Test Series

 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

Domestic Council for Gold

The Centre has decided to set up a Domestic Council for Gold to aid exports of jewellery and to create an ecosystem to harness the true potential for jewellery-making in the country.

Highlights:

  • The  council will represent all the jewellers of India
  • They will form different interest groups and elect those who will sit in the council
  • The council would work towards industry development, job creation, building of regional clusters and strengthening of value chains.
  • A Coordination Committee will be set up comprising senior officials of the Ministry and the gem and jewellery industry, who will meet monthly to ensure that industry concerns are addressed on priority.
  • India’s exports in 2017-18 were the highest in six years

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 2 : Environment

Deep Ocean Mission (DOM)

The Union Earth Sciences Ministry  tasked with coordinating the exercise  unveiled a blueprint of the ‘Deep Ocean Mission (DOM)’.

Highlights:

  • An offshore desalination plant that will work with tidal energy
  • Developing a submersible vehicle that can go to a depth of at least 6,000 metres with three people on board.
  • The mission proposes to explore the deep ocean similar to the space exploration being done by ISRO.
  • The focus will be on technologies for deep-sea mining, underwater vehicles, underwater robotics and ocean climate change advisory services, among other aspects.
  • Utilisation of  India’s Exclusive Economic Zone spreads over 2.2 million square kilometres and in the deep sea which is unexplored and unutilised.

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 2 : Energy

The Draft National Energy Policy

The Draft National Energy Policy has rolled out by the NITI Aayog with the primary goal of doing planning related to energy .

Objectives:

  • The policy aims to improve the energy security of the country by reducing the dependency on imports
  • To generate at least 175 GW of energy from renewable sources by the year 2022.
  • It proposes higher taxes on SUVs and also promotes the use of public transport like metro, CNG buses to improve the air quality.
  • It also predicts the increase in power demand shooting up over four folds.
  • It also promotes phasing out of IC engines in vehicles and use of eco-friendly electric engines.
  • As per the aim of this policy each and every household in the country will be electrified by the year 2022 and also get access to clean cooking fuel
  • The policy aims to reduce the overall dependency on fossil fuels as they are exhaustible.
  • By increasing the production through renewable sources will also promote the sustainable development goals of the country.

Concerns:

  • The tariffs of solar and wind energy are at an all time low
  • This may nullify the motive behind adopting environment-friendly energy sources.
  • Promoting LPG imports and providing incentives for shale and conventional gas exploration have already been proposed in previous policies.
  • Stiff competition from other countries

Read more at: ET

Topic 3 : ICT

DigiYatra

The Ministry of Civil Aviation is close to rolling out DigiYatra project at airports in India.

Key Facts:

  • DigiYatra is an industry-led initiative coordinated by the Ministry of Civil Aviation in line with Digital India programme
  • It aims to transform the flying experience for passengers and position Indian Aviation amongst the most innovative aviation networks in the world.
  • The facility will use digital technology to enhance air passenger experience all the way from ticket booking to airport entry check, security check and aircraft boarding.
  • The passenger needs to enrol in to DigiYatra program through AirSewa app and a DigiYatra verified passenger will get hassle free entry at airport through E-Gates.
  • To reduce queues at airports and bring efficiency to the boarding process.
  • This will also facilitate walk-through security scanners swiftly owing to advanced biometric security solutions.

Read more at: The Hindu

FASTag

FASTag is a simple to use, reloadable tag which enables automatic deduction of toll charges and lets you pass through the toll plaza without stopping for the cash transaction.

Highlights:

  • FASTag is linked to a prepaid account from which the applicable toll amount is deducted.
  • The tag employs Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) technology and is affixed on the vehicle’s windscreen after the tag account is active.

Benefits:

  • FASTag is read by the tag reader at the plaza and the toll amount is deducted automatically, when the vehicle approaches the toll plaza.
  • The vehicle with FASTag doesn’t need to stop at the toll plaza for the cash transaction
  • FASTag is a perfect solution for a hassle free trip on national highways
  • Ease of payment – No need to carry cash for the toll transactions, saves time
  • Near non-stop movement of vehicles leading to lower fuel cost.
  • Online Recharge – FASTag can be recharged online through Credit Card / Debit Card / NEFT/ RTGS or Net banking
  • SMS alerts for toll transactions, low balance, etc.
  • SMS alerts for toll transactions, low balance, etc.
  • Validity of 5 Years
  • Incentive: You can avail a cashback of 10% on all Toll payments using FASTag in 2016-17

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 4: The Key Initiatives of Government

Digi Locker

  • A secure dedicated personal electronic space for storing the documents of resident Indian citizens will be created
  • It is to provide citizens a shareable private space on a public cloud
  • The space can be utilized for storing personal documents like University certificates, PAN cards, voter id cards, etc., and the URI’s of the e-documents issued by various issuer departments.
  • It is a platform for issuance and verification of documents & certificates in a digital way, thus eliminating the use of physical documents.
  • There is also an associated facility for e-signing documents.

Gramin Krishi Mausam Seva (GKMS)  

  • The scheme is implemented by India Meteorological Department in collaboration with State Agricultural Universities /Indian Council of Agricultural Research etc.
  • It issues crop and location specific weather based agro advisories for the benefit of farming community
  • The Agro-meteorological Advisory Services (AAS) under the GKMS is operated to prepare biweekly weather based bulletins
  • The information is transmitted through multimedia channels and SMS to help farmers plan farm operations accordingly.

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