Current Affairs for Engineering Service Exam
- National and International Issues on
- Economic Development
- Social Development
- Industrial Development
- Energy and Environment
- Information and Communication Technology
- 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.
- To provide food and primary healthcare to children under six as well as pregnant women and lactating mothers.
- It also provides pre-school education.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The largest traffic and crowd management plan
- The biggest painting exercise of public sites under paint my city scheme
- 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.
- 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