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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

The Integrated Child Development Service

The Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) scheme, launched in 1975 to tackle under-nutrition, offers nutrition and health services across the continuum of care in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. It was made universal in 2006.

Objectives:

  • To provide food and primary healthcare to children under six as well as pregnant women and lactating mothers.
  • It also provides pre-school education.

ICDS assessment:

  • Health insurance coverage jumped to 24.3 per cent from 3.7 percent.
  • Illiteracy among mothers fell to 27 per cent from 46.3 per cent.
  • The receipt of supplementary food by mother-child pairs increased to 37.9 per cent from 9.6 per cent.
  • Use of health check-ups increased by 23.5 percentage points
  • Health and nutrition education rose 17.9 percentage points.
  • Children receiving supplementary food monthly went up to 27.6 per cent from 19.1 per cent.

Challenges:

  • The programme hasn’t benefited all social groups equally.
  • Improvements among lower-income groups —traditionally at a disadvantage — were relatively lower than higher-income groups.
  • Lower utilisation and lower expansion of the scheme.
  • The exclusion of the potential beneficiaries.

Read more at: DownToEarth

Topic 1:Industrial development

Artificial canals in Kerala to link National Waterway

Artificial canals will be created in three uncut portions along the 57-km Mahe-Valapattanam stretch of the West Coast Canal (WCC), the arterial inland waterway of the State, which is being developed to the standard of a National Waterway.

Highlights:

  • Around 26 km of artificial canals are being constructed to provide waterway connectivity and to link the Ancharakandi river to the Valapattanam river in Kannur district.
  • The developed 26-km Mahe-Valapattanam stretch of the WCC needs to be linked to the Ancharakandy river to ensure water connectivity to the newly commissioned Kannur International Airport.
  • Kerala Waterways and Infrastructure Development Ltd., the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) set up for the timely development of inland waterways

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 4 : General knowledge

India, Russia to ink nuclear submarine deal

India is set to sign a $3-billion deal with Russia.

Highlights:

  • The intergovernmental agreement for the submarine lease is likely to be inked on March 7
  • Akula class submarine — dubbed Chakra III the vessel will be ready by 2025 after an extensive building programme on mothballed hulls at a Russian shipyard.
  • The Chakra III will be in service for at least 10 years and will replace the Chakra II that was obtained under similar conditions in 2012.
  • It is believed that the lease of the Chakra II, which is to expire in 2022, could be extended for a fiveyear period till the new vessel gets built and tested.

Background:

  • This will be the third Russian nuclear submarine to be operated by India, starting from 1988 when the original INS Chakra was taken on a three-year lease.
  • The second was inducted in 2012 after a prolonged refit that saw a time delay.
  • The Akula submarines are considered to be next only to newer US nuclear submarines when it comes to stealth and attack capabilities.

Read more at: ET

Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 makes it to the Guinness World Records

Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 has been placed in the Guinness World Records in three sectors.

  1. The largest traffic and crowd management plan
  2. The biggest painting exercise of public sites under paint my city scheme
  3. The  biggest sanitation and waste disposal mechanism.

About Guinness World Records:

  • Guinness World Records is a reference book published annually, listing world records and national records, both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.
  • The book itself holds a world record, as the best-selling copyrighted book of all time.
  • The popularity of the franchise has resulted in Guinness World Records becoming the primary international authority on the cataloguing and verification of a huge number of world records; the organisation employs official record adjudicators authorised to verify the authenticity of the setting and breaking of records.

Read more at: FinancialExpress

Joint Military Exercise Sampriti – 2019

India-Bangladesh Joint Military Exercise Sampriti – 2019 is being conducted at Tangail, Bangladesh.

Highlights:

  • The aim of the exercise is to increase mutual cooperation, bonhomie and camaraderie between the two armies through interoperability and joint tactical exercises.
  • Hone their tactical and technical skills in countering insurgency, counter terrorism.
  • Aid to civil authorities for disaster management in an UN peacekeeping scenario involving a combined deployment at a battalion level.

Read more at: TOI

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