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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:Economic development

Development of digital economy by Exim Bank

Collaborative Research on Distributed Ledger and Block chain Technology

  • Under the BRICS Interbank Cooperation Mechanism
  • By Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) with the participating member banks

Major Impact

  • Distributed Ledger/Block chain technology holds potential for solutions to various challenges being faced in the financial sector space of the BRICS nations.

Background:

  • The Xiamen Declaration on digital economy by the BRICS leaders
  • The BRICS nations could leverage the thriving and dynamic digital economy
  • Accordingly, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Collaborative Research on Distributed Ledger and Block chain Technology was suggested to be inked by all member banks.

Read more at: PIB

Paryatan Parv

  • By Ministry of Tourism
  • This is the second edition of “Paryatan Parv”, a nation-wide celebration of Tourism, from the 16th to 27th September, 2018.
  • Over 3150 activities and events are taking place across the country during the 12-day event.

Read more at: PIB

Topic 1:Social development

Draft of Patient Charter

The draft is prepared by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)

Highlights

  • Hospitals cannot detain a patient in the hospital and not allow him or her to take discharge over procedural grounds such as dispute in payment of hospital charges. 
  • The patient and caregivers have the right to a fair and prompt redressal of their grievances
  • Every patient or their family members have the right to access originals or copies of case papers, indoor patient records, investigation reports during period of admission

Read more at: Mint

First Tribal Circuit Project

  • Implemented under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism
  • The first project covers thirteen sites in Chhattisgarh i.e. Jashpur, Kunkuri, Mainpat, Kamleshpur, Maheshpur, Kurdar, Sarodadadar, Gangrel, Kondagaon, Nathiya Nawagaon, Jagdalpur, Chitrakoot, Tirthgarh.

Swadesh Darshan scheme

  • Swadesh Darshan scheme is one of the flagship schemes of the Ministry of tourism
  • For development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned and prioritised manner.
  • Development of Tribes and Tribal Culture is one of the prime area of focus for the Ministry of Tourism
  • Under the tribal circuit theme of the scheme the Ministry has sanctioned 4 projects to Nagaland, Telangana and Chhattisgarh

Read more at: PIB

Test Practice Centres (TPCs)

The Union Minister for HRD has inaugurated a network of more than 3,400 Test Practice Centres (TPCs) spread across the 622 Districts in the country.

Objective

  • In order to provide facility for practice for the changed pattern in entrance examinations
  • Established by National Testing Agency (NTA)
  • NTA has also launched a practice App through which students can practice on their own on their computers or on smartphones.
  • These test centres have been set up to facilitate students appearing in entrance examinations for Higher Education 
  • Students can access IIT PAL(Professor Assisted Learning) video lecture on SWAYAM Platform for the preparation of JEE.

National Testing Agency

  • In order to bring efficiency, transparency and qualitative difference in competitive examination process for Higher Education, MHRD has set up ‘National Testing Agency’ (NTA)
  • It is a premier testing organization, to conduct entrance Tests for higher educational Institutions.
  • The NTA has been mandated to conduct JEE (Main), NEET (UG),UGC-NET, CMAT and GPAT examinations.

Read more at: PIB

Topic 3 : ICT

India and France Space Collaboration

Maritime surveillance

  • India and France have planned eight-10 satellites as part of a “constellation” for maritime surveillance
  • This will be India’s largest space cooperation with any country
  • The purpose of the constellation is monitoring sea traffic management

Other Projects

  • The two countries signed an agreement to share expertise on ISRO’s human mission programme Gaganyaan.
  • The space agencies of the two countries have also been working on climate monitoring on the joint missions Megha-Tropiques (launched in 2011) and Saral-Altika (launched in 2013).
  • They are also working on the Trishna satellite for land Infrared monitoring and the Oceansat 3-Argos mission.

Read more at: ET

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C42)

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C42) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched two satellites — NovaSAR and S1-4– from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota today.

About the satellites

  • The satellites belong to UK-based Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL)
  • NovaSAR carries S-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and an Automatic Identification Receiver payloads.
  • The satellite applications include forestry mapping, land use and ice cover monitoring, flood and disaster monitoring and maritime missions.
  • S1-4 is a high resolution earth observation satellite.

PSLV

  • This was the 44th flight of PSLV and the 12th flight of the Core Alone version of the vehicle.
  • Core Alone is its lightest version without the six strap-on motors.
  • It is used for launching smaller payloads.
  • The PSLV launch vehicle consists of four stages, each of which is a self-contained vehicle capable of functioning independently with own propulsion systems.

Read more at: PIB

Topic 5: General Knowledge

Indo-US Joint Military Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018

  • Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018 a joint military exercise of Indian and US armies
  • At Chaubattia, Uttarakhand

MILEX – 2018

  • The Inaugural Edition of the BIMSTEC Nations Military Field Training Exercise 

Flight Test of MPATGM

  • Indigenously developed Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM)
  • Was successfully flight tested for the second time from the Ahmednagar range.

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