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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

Topic 1:Economic development

Responsible Tourism

Kerala Tourism bringing the villages in Palakkad district under its responsible tourism initiative.


  • The local culture and heritage will be promoted without sacrificing the key value systems of the local community.
  • There will not be large-scale commercialisation.
  • The villages will ensure both homestays and farm-stays to visitors
  • Opportunities to buy handicrafts and traditional music equipment.
  • Visitors can imbibe local tradition, culture, and heritage,

Read more at:The Hindu

Atal Tinkering Marathon

In an effort to identify India’s best student innovators, Atal Tinkering Labs  of the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) of NITI Aayog, organized an Atal Tinkering Marathon, a six month long nationwide challenge across six different thematic areas, namely, clean energy, water resources, waste management, healthcare, smart mobility and agri-tech. Top 30 innovations and their prizes will be announced by Shri Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog.

The ATL Student Innovator Program is an effort to institutionalize a mechanism, where high school students can work with university incubators to pursue their innovative and entrepreneurial ideas along with their education.

Read more at:PIB

Topic 2 : Environment

Dirty socks, algae behind Taj discolouration

Unwashed socks worn by visitors and rampant algae seem to turn the Taj Mahal from its natural white to yellow, brown and green, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), charged with the maintenance of the historic monument, told the Supreme Court . The ASI said the numerous footfalls everyday had taken a toll on the Taj.

  • Taj is an UNESCO World Heritage site
  • River Yamuna, which used to flow nearby, had dried up.
  • Encroachments and industries have cropped up in the neighbourhood.

Read more at:The Hindu


Thunderstorm was observed at a few places over Himachal Pradesh, isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, west Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Rajasthan


  • The IMD had issued an amber-coloured alert for J&K, Uttarakhand, Himachal, Haryana, Delhi and west U.P.
  • There are four types colour codes signifying the level of caution: green (which means no action), yellow (situation to be watched), amber (government agencies be prepared for severe weather) and red (action needed by the agencies).


  • Also known as an electrical storm, lightning storm, or thundershower, is a storm characterized by the presence of lightning and thunder.
  • Thunderstorms occur in a type of cloud known as a cumulonimbus.
  • They are usually accompanied by strong winds, heavy rain, and sometimes snow, sleet, hail, or, in contrast, no precipitation at all.
  • Strong or severe thunderstorms include some of the most dangerous weather phenomena like large hail, strong winds, and tornadoes.

Read more at:The Hindu

Clean Ganga Mission

Only about a fifth of the Rs. 20,000 crore allotted for the National Clean Ganga Mission (NCGM) has been utilised till March 2018.

  • About half the money,  had been spent on establishing sewage infrastructure
  • About 12,000 MLD of sewage is emptied into the Ganga across 11 States, from Uttarakhand to West Bengal
  • At present, the capacity for sewage treatment is just 4,000 MLD; of this, 1,000 MLD is functional

River Ganga

  • Coursing 2,500 km, the Ganga is the longest river within India’s borders.
  • Its basin constitutes 26% of the country’s land mass and supports 43% of its population.
  • The basin spreads across 11 States
  • Five states are located along the river’s main stem: Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal.
  • Much of its pollution load — chemical effluents, sewage, dead bodies, and excreta — comes from these States.
  • Industrial pollution, volume-wise, accounts for about 20%
  • The industrial pollutants largely emanate from tanneries in Kanpur and distilleries, paper mills and sugar mills in the Kosi, Ramganga and Kali river catchments.

Topic 2 : Energy

Rethinking wind energy

As the country tries to achieve an ambitious renewable energy target of 175 GW, windmills have popped up in at least 65 sq km of forested area. This has often led to expressions of concern over the environmental impact.

  • Global scientific research has highlighted the impact of windmills on wildlife.
  • In Rajasthan, transmission lines and spinning blades have reportedly led to increasing mortalities of the critically-endangered Great Indian Bustard.
  • Currently, the guidelines for wind energy skirt wildlife impact
  • The process for forest land diversion focuses primarily on compensatory afforestation

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 5 : General Knowledge

World’s second oldest rock is from Odisha

Scientists have found in the rock a grain of magmatic zircon (a mineral that contains traces of radioactive isotopes) that is an estimated 4,240 million years old. The only instance of zircon older than this discovery was the one found in Jack Hill, Western Australia, which was 4,400 million years old. The Singhbhum rock was formed from magma. The study suggests that the Earth’s primitive crust was mafic (rich in iron and magnesium).

Read more at: The Hindu

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