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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 1:Industrial development

Heritage tag for 2 irrigation facilities in Telangana

The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), at Saskatoon in Canada awarded Heritage tag for 2 irrigation facilities to Sadarmatt anicut across river Godavari in Nirmal district and Pedda Cheruvu in Kamareddy district of Telangana.

Highlights:

  • The HIS award to Sadarmatt anicut is a deserving recognition to this irrigation facility which has provided precious water for paddy crops.It has also served as a picnic spot.
  • The Pedda Cheruvu (big tank in Telugu) provides drinking water for residents of the area.The tank was taken up under the second round of Mission Kakatiya to be developed as a mini tank bund.

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 2 : Environment

Pondicherry shark spotted near Kakinada

  • EGREE Foundation have spotted ‘Pondicherry shark’, an endangered species , near the Kumbhabhishekam landing point.
  • It is known as ‘Pala Sora’ in the local parlance.

About Pondicherry shark:

  • The Pondicherry shark is an extremely rare species of requiem shark
  • It is protected under the provisions of the Wildlife(Protection) Act
  • The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the Pondicherry shark as Critically Endangered.
  • It is probably threatened by intense and escalating fishing pressure throughout its range.

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 2 : Energy

Govt to sign OALP-1

The government is to sign contracts for 55 oil and gas exploration areas  awarded under India’s maiden open acreage auction OALP-1.

OLAP:

  • Under this policy, companies are allowed to put in an expression of interest (EoI) for prospecting of oil and gas in an area that is presently not under any production or exploration license.
  • The EoIs can be put in any time of the year.
  • The blocks or areas that receive EoIs  are put up for auction with the originator or the firm that originally selected the area getting a 5-mark advantage.
  • Thus gives an option to a company looking for exploring hydrocarbons to select the exploration blocks on its own, without waiting for the formal bid round from the Government.
  • To enable a faster survey and coverage of the available geographical area which has potential for oil and gas discovery

Read more at: ET

Topic 4: The Key Initiatives of Government

National Food Security Act, 2013

  • It aims to provide subsidized food grains to approximately two thirds of India’s population i.e 75% in rural areas and 50% in urban areas.
  • It converts the various existing food security schemes into legal entitlements (i.e.) from welfare based approach to rights based approach.
  • It includes the Midday Meal Scheme, ICDS scheme and the PDS. It also recognizes maternity entitlements.
  • Under NFSA, each beneficiaries is entitled to 5 kilograms of food grains per month at Rs3 ,Rs. 2 , Rs. 1 per kg for rice, wheat and coarse grains respectively.
  • However, the beneficiaries under Antyodaya Anna Yojana will keep receiving the 35 Kg per household per month at same rates.   
  • It guarantees age appropriate meal, free of charge through local anganwadi for children up to 6 months and one free meal for children in age group 6-14 years in schools
  • Every pregnant and lactating mother is entitled to a free meal at the local anganwadi as well as maternity benefits of Rs 6,000, in installments. Maternal benefits not extended to Government employees.
  • The identification of eligible households is left to state governments.

Jal mani Programme

  • This programme is launched to provide value and quality addition to the ongoing Rural Drinking Water Supply Programme to mainly address the water quality in rural areas.
  • It involves installation of Stand Alone Purification System in rural Schools.
  • It is implemented by the State Governments through the Gram Panchayat/Village Water and Sanitation Committees/Self Help Groups.

Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana

  • It is a part of Government‘s commitment for financial inclusion and social security.  
  • The scheme will be implemented through Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC).
  • It is to provide social security to elderly persons aged 60 years and above by giving an assured pension at a guaranteed rate of 8% per annum for 10 years.
  • The differential return, i.e., the difference between the return generated by LIC and the assured return of 8% per annum would be borne by Government of India as subsidy on an annual basis.

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