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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

Topic 1:Economic development

Banks to enhance risk management

Bankers on Thursday decided to put in place more robust and secure risk management mechanism within six months to check fraudulent activity by unscrupulous elements


  • All public sector banks have verified Letter of Understanding(LoUs issued by them, and there are no other unauthorized authority letters except for those issued by Punjab National Bank.
  • Action plans are being drawn to further strengthen controls in the areas of trade finance

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 1:Social development

LaQshya program

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has recently announced the launch of program ‘LaQshya’, aimed at improving quality of care in labour room and maternity Operation Theatre (OT).


  • It will reduce maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality, improve quality of care during delivery and immediate post-partum period
  • It enhance satisfaction of beneficiaries and provide Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) to all pregnant women attending public health facilities.
  • The Program aims at implementing ‘fast-track’ interventions for achieving tangible results within 18 months.
  • Under the initiative, a multi-pronged strategy has been adopted such as improving infrastructure up-gradation, ensuring availability of essential equipment, providing adequate human resources, capacity building of health care workers and improving quality processes in the labour room.
  • The LaQshya program is being implemented at all Medical College Hospitals, District Hospitals and First Referral Unit (FRU), and Community Health Center (CHCs)

India’s status on Maternal Mortality:

India has come a long way in improving maternal survival as Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) has reduced from 301 maternal deaths in 2001-03 to 167 in year 2011-13, an impressive decline of 45% in a decade. India is further committed to ensuring safe motherhood to every pregnant woman in the country.

Read more at :PIB

Swadhar Greh Scheme

The Ministry of Women and Child Development is implementing the Swadhar Greh Scheme which targets the women victims of difficult circumstances who are in need of institutional support for rehabilitation so that they could lead their life with dignity.


  • The Scheme envisages providing shelter, food, clothing and health as well as economic and social security for these women
  • The Ministry is also managing “Child Protection Services” wherein it provides financial assistance to the States/UTs for setting up and maintenance of various types of Child Care Institutions (CCIs).
  • To cater to the primary need of shelter, food, clothing, medical treatment and care of the women in distress and who are without any social and economic support
  • To enable them to regain their emotional strength that gets hampered due to their encounter with unfortunate circumstances.
  • To provide them with legal aid and guidance to enable them to take steps for their readjustment in family/society.
  • To rehabilitate them economically and emotionally

Read more at: PIB

Topic 1:Industrial development

Bharatmala Project

The Cabinet has approved the investment proposal for the programme Bharatmala Pariyojana (BMP) Phase-I on 24.10.2017. Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-I is based on detailed O-D(Origin-Destination) study.

About Bharatmala Project :

  • Bharatmala is an umbrella programme for the highways sector that focuses on optimizing efficiency of road traffic movement across the country by bridging critical infrastructure gaps.
  • Special emphasis will be given on providing connectivity to far-flung border and rural areas including the tribal and backward areas
  • The project is under Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

Read more at :PIB

Topic 2 : Environment

Atal Bhujal Yojana

The Government has proposed Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY) aimed at sustainable ground water management with community participation in select over-exploited and ground water stressed areas in seven States (Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh)


  • ABHY is designed as a Central Sector Scheme with a total outlay of Rs. 6,000 Crore and is proposed to be implemented with World Bank assistance.
  • As per the assessment of dynamic ground water resources of country carried out jointly by CGWB and State Ground Water Departments, out of the total 6584 numbers of assessment units 1034 units have been categorized as ‘Over-exploited’
  • Water being a State subject, steps for augmentation, conservation and efficient management of water resources to ensure sustainability and availability are primarily undertaken by the respective State Governments
  • Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) is regulating ground water development in 23 States/UTs

Read more at :PIB

Topic 2 : Energy

KUSUM Scheme-solar power for rural India

The Government of India is in the process of formulating a Scheme ‘Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM)


  • Installation of grid-connected solar power plants each of capacity up to 2 MW in the rural areas
  • Installation of standalone off-grid solar water pumps to fulfill irrigation needs of farmers not connected to grid
  • Solarization of existing grid-connected agriculture pumps to make farmers independent of grid supply and also enable them to sell surplus solar power generated to DISCOM and get extra income
  • Solarization of tube-wells and lift irrigation projects of Government sector

Read more at: PIB

Topic 3 : ICT

Indian Railway goes Digital

Continuing on its transformation journey, Indian Railways has developed an Online Portal called “Rail Good Work Portal” to enable the employees to freely share the good work being done by them and encourage easy and fast replication of these good work by other units.


  • This has motivated the employees from various zones, production units and divisions of Indian Railways to freely share the good work done by them
  • Employees are enthusiastically describing and sharing the initiatives taken by them in various areas of their work like safety improvement, cost reduction, operations improvement, maintenance improvement and etc,.
  • The name, mobile number and email id of the person of the railway unit who has implemented the good work is also available on the Portal so as to enable the viewing employees to contact him or her to learn more about the good work and how it can be implemented.

Read more at :PIB



  1. Kaushik Shekhar says:

    thanks a lot for all these things.

  2. Mandakini shyam says:

    thanks ..worth a read

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