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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:Social development

National Testing Agency

The National Testing Agency has been set up to relieve the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) of the burden of conducting multiple examinations.

Mandate:

  • To put in place a robust system for the conduct of examinations.
  • It will also train paper setters to set better question papers and provide better model answers.
  • The new body will take over all examinations from the CBSE, except the 10th and 12th board examinations.

About NTA:

  • Is an autonomous and self-sustained.
  • Is a society registered under Indian Societies Registration Act.

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 2 : Energy

Bengaluru international airport could switch to total solar power by 2020

The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has set itself an ambitious target of running Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) completely on solar power by 2020.

Highlights:

  • Currently, solar energy is harnessed from both roof-top and ground-mounted panels.
  • Conserving energy include installation of LED lights, use of solar power, installation, modification and adoption of energy-efficient fittings and fixtures.
  • A combination of solar power, rainwater harvesting and water conservation and LED lighting could ensure the airport achieves “3+ carbon neutrality”, the highest level of environmental impact achievement for airports.

Read more at: ET

Topic 3 : ICT

Fifth national data centre

The Centre will set up the country’s biggest data centre in Bhopal with a capacity to host five lakh virtual servers.

Highlights:

  • The data centre will be set up by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
  • The other four  are at Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune.
  • These National Data Centres host government websites, services and applications.

About National data Centre:

  • With the increased expectations from citizens for online services and the number of e-Governance Projects being launched by the Government, the Data Centre requirements are growing exponentially.
  • It facilitates high availability , quick scalability, efficient management & optimized utilization of resources.
  • These Data Centres combine round-the-clock operations and management of systems with onsite skilled personnel.

Read more at: The Hindu

NavIC all set to navigate

NavIC is in the final stages of launch, and could soon be offered as an Indian counter to foreign navigation systems currently being used.

Progress:

  • Request for Proposal (RFP) has been called to start the implementation of NavIC so that the platform can be rolled out and popularised
  • NavIC (‘Navigation with Indian Constellation’ whose English meaning is ‘sailor’ or ‘navigator’), is designed to provide accurate position information to users within the country.
  • The NavIC covers only India and its surroundings and expected to be more accurate than the American system.
  • NavIC will provide standard positioning service to all users with a position accuracy of 5 metre.
  • The GPS, on the other hand, is providing in India a position accuracy of 20-30 metre.
  • The indigenous navigation system is believed to aid terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation, vehicle tracking and fleet management, disaster management, mapping and geodetic data capture, visual and voice navigation for drivers.

Read more at: TOI

Topic 4: The Key Initiatives of Government

Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP)

  • PMEGP is a major credit-linked subsidy programme aimed at generating self-employment opportunities through establishment of micro-enterprises in the non-farm sector in Rural and Urban areas of the country.
  • Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is the nodal implementing agency at the national level.
  • The maximum cost of projects is Rs. 25 lakh in the manufacturing sector and Rs. 10 lakh in the service sector

Sudoor Drishti:

  • It is a project launched by the Indian Bureau of Mines in collaboration with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) and Department of Space for monitoring of Mining activity through satellite.  
  • Bhuvan-based services will be used for the monitoring of periodic changes of the mining areas within mining lease boundary and development of mobile app for field data collection to verify the ground realities.

Topic 5: General Knowledge

Rani Rashmoni commissioned

The last of the five Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) project of Indian Coast Guard ‘Rani Rashmoni’ was commissioned into the Indian Coast Guard.

Highlights:

  • The  ships such as ICGS Rani Abbakka, ICGS Rani Avanti Bai, ICGS Rani Durgavati and ICGS Rani Gaidinliu, have been commissioned.
  • The FPVs are equipped with advanced sensors and state-of-the-art equipment and are designed to perform multifarious tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue, anti-smuggling and anti-poaching, operations
  • The patrol vessel is fitted with an advanced Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), to carry out search and rescue operations
  • Other features include Integrated Bridge System (IBS), Machinery Control System, Infra-red Communication System and the armament includes one CRN 91 Naval Gun along with its fire control system.

Read more at: The Hindu

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