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Current Affairs for Engineering Service Exam

Video Lectures and Test Series for ESE 2019

 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
  4. The Key Initiatives of Government
  5. 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.

Highlights:

  • 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.

Benefits:

  • Reduces dependency imports
  • Environmental benefits
  • Saves consumption cost
  • Reduces government burden on subsidies

About Methanol:

  • 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.

Read more at: ET

Topic 4: The Key Initiatives of Government

Bharat Net

  • 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:
  1. First phase  – providing broadband connectivity to one lakh gram panchayats by 2017
  2. Second Phase – providing broadband connectivity to 2 lakh gram panchayats by 2019
  3. 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.

Digi Locker

  • 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.

Read more at: PIB

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