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Current Affairs for Engineering Service Exam

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 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 1:Social development

Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC)

The central Government launched the web portal of the Scheme “Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC)” in New Delhi.


  • SPARC scheme aims at improving the research ecosystem of India’s higher educational institutions by facilitating academic and research collaborations between Indian Institutions and the best institutions in the world.
  • Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur is the National Coordinating Institute to implement the SPARC programme.

Salient Features of  SPARC:

  • This scheme will improve research ecosystem of  India’s higher educational institutions by facilitating academic and research collaborations between Indian Institutions and the best institutions in the world.
  • To enable productive academic cooperation by supporting the following critical components that can catalyze impact making research:
  1. Visits and long-term stay of top international faculty/researchers in Indian institutions to pursue teaching and research
  2. Visits by Indian students for training and experimentation in premier laboratories worldwide
  3. Joint development of niche courses, world-class books and monographs, translatable patents, demonstrable technologies or action oriented research outcomes and products
  4. Consolidation of Bilateral cooperation through academic and research partnerships through Indo-X Workshops in India
  5. Publication , Dissemination and Visibility through a high profile annual international conference in India.
  • The Scheme is expected to have a major impact in providing the best international expertise to address major national problems

Read more at: PIB

Topic 3 : Industrial development

Indian Railways’ first engine-less train

  • Made-in-India, estimated cost of the engine-less train is Rs 100 crore
  • The trial run of Train 18 will begin on October 29
  • Train 18 can run at 160 kmph speed and has swanky interiors
  •  Developed by Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory
  • The self-propelled train
  • Train 18 has diffused lighting, automatic doors and footsteps beside GPS-based Passenger Information System.
  • The train will be equipped with modular toilets with a bio-vacuum system and there will be accessible toilets for persons with disability.

Engine-less train

  • There are electric motor at each bogies.
  • There is no engine in front like that of normal train.

Read more at: India Today

Topic 4: The Key Initiatives of Government

Electronic National Agriculture Market (e-NAM)

  • It is a pan-India electronic trading portal which networks the existing APMC mandis to create a unified national market for agricultural commodities.
  • NAM is a virtual market but it is connected to a physical market (mandi) at the back end and promotes genuine price discovery.
  • Funded by Agri-Tech Infrastructure Fund (ATIF) which is set up through the Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC).
  • Liberal licensing of traders and commission agents by state authorities and one license for a trader is valid across all markets in the state.
  • Single point levy on the first wholesale purchase from the farmer
  • A Central Sector Scheme. Willing states enact suitable provisions in their APMC act for integration with the e-platform.
  • Soil Testing Laboratories available in the mandis itself.


  • It is a part of the 27 Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) under National e-Governance Programme.
  • The platform is to improve the business environment in the country by enabling fast and efficient access to Government- to-Business (G2B) services through an online portal.
  • It enables a shift in the Governments‘ service delivery approach from being department-centric to customercentric with single window portal.
  • A business user can avail all services 24*7 online end-to-end services i.e., online submission of forms, attachments, payments, tracking of status and also obtain the license/permit from e-Biz portal.

Topic 5: General Knowledge

India wins Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management(CAPAM) Award, 2018


  • The CAPAM Awards celebrate the spirit of innovation in the public service by recognizing organizations that have made significant contributions to improve governance and services in the public sector.  
  • The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions is an institutional member of Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM)
  • The initiative entitled “Unnayan Banka- Reinventing Education Using Technology of Banka District, State of Bihar has been awarded under the Category “Innovation Incubation”.
  • The initiative entitled “Unified Agriculture Markets” of Co-operation Department of Government of Karnataka has also been selected under the Category ‘Innovation in Public Service Management’.

Unnayan Banka:

  • It is is an initiative which envisages “Quality education for all’ especially for those at the bottom of the Pyramid, using latest technologies.
  • It’s a holistic model of overall development of youths from Education to Employability.

Read more at: PIB

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