Quiz -September 28,2018September 30, 2018
Quiz- September 30,2018October 2, 2018
Current Affairs for Engineering Service Exam
Video Lectures and Test Series for ESE 2019
- National and International Issues on
- Economic Development
- Social Development
- Industrial Development
- Energy and Environment
- Information and Communication Technology
- The Key Initiatives of Government
- General Knowledge
Topic 2 : Energy
Blending LPG with Methanol
The government is considering a plan to sell LPG blended with methanol, which could help reduce its cooking gas subsidy by around a third at current prices.
- Blending 20% methanol with LPG estimated to cut cost of gas for household consumption by ₹100 a cylinder
- The project would be piloted by the NITI Aayog.
- There can be an annual reduction of $100 billion in crude imports by 2030 if the country moves to 15% blended fuel, both for transportation and cooking.
- The plan is to produce methanol from abundantly available low-quality coal and other bio resources.
- Reduces dependency imports
- Environmental benefits
- Saves consumption cost
- Reduces government burden on subsidies
- Methanol is a liquid chemical
- It is colorless, volatile, flammable, and poisonous.
- Methanol is made from the destructive distillation of wood and is chiefly synthesized from carbon monoxide and hydrogen.
- Its principal uses are in organic synthesis, as a fuel, solvent, and antifreeze.
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Topic 4: The Key Initiatives of Government
- It is an ambitious programme to provide network infrastructure with affordable broadband connectivity on a non-discriminatory basis to all households in the country.
- It aimed to realize the vision of Digital India, in partnership with States and the Private Sector.
- The programme was previously called as the National Optical Fibre Network, approved in October 2011.
- It is implemented in three phases:
- First phase – providing broadband connectivity to one lakh gram panchayats by 2017
- Second Phase – providing broadband connectivity to 2 lakh gram panchayats by 2019
- Third Phase – providing state-of-art network using fibers between districts and block with reduced redundancy by 2023.
- Implementation will be done by the states, state agencies, private sector companies and central public sector undertakings.
- All the Service Providers like Telecom Service Providers (TSPs), ISPs, Cable TV operators etc. will be given non-discriminatory access to the National Optic Fibre Network and can launch various services in rural areas.
- It is funded from Universal Service Obligation Fund.
- Bharat Broadband Network is the nodal agency to oversee the work.
- The project was intended to enable the government of India to provide e-services and e-applications nationally like e-health, e-education and e-governance etc.
- A secure dedicated personal electronic space for storing the documents of resident Indian citizens will be created.
- It is to provide citizens a shareable private space on a public cloud.
- The space can be utilized for storing personal documents like University certificates, PAN cards, voter id cards, etc., and the URI’s of the e-documents issued by various issuer departments.
- It is a platform for issuance and verification of documents & certificates in a digital way, thus eliminating the use of physical documents.
- There is also an associated facility for e-signing documents.
Topic 5: General Knowledge
Mahatma Gandhi Museum
- The Prime Minister inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi Museum in Rajkot.
- It will help spread awareness about Gandhian culture, values and philosophy.
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