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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

Government modifies operational guidelines for Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY)

The Government has decided to incorporate the provision of penalties for States and Insurance Companies for the delay in settlement of insurance claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal BimaYojana (PMFBY).

  • The farmers will be paid 12% interest by insurance companies for the delay in settlement claims beyond two months of prescribed cut-off date.
  • State Governments will have to pay 12% interest for the delay in release of State share of subsidy beyond three months of prescribed cut-off date
  • The new operational guidelines come at the onset of the rabi season, which starts from 1st of October.

Read more at: PIB

Topic 1:Social development

Sanitary Napkin Vending Machines

Common Services Centers, through its initiative for women’s health and hygiene, named ‘Stree Swabhiman’ is striving to create a sustainable model for providing affordable and accessible sanitary products

Stree Swabhiman initiative

  • Under the initiative, women entrepreneurs have become symbols of empowerment for women and girls in their communities.
  • Till date, 278 Sanitary Napkin Micro Manufacturing Units have been successfully set up by these Women (Village Level Entrepreneurs)VLEs.
  • The sanitary napkin produced by these units not only suits the needs of low-income communities, but are also bio-degradable and thus environment friendly.
  • These are made easily accessible to rural communities.
  • This initiative also provides employment opportunities to women in rural communities

Read more at: PIB

Topic 1:Industrial development

Medical Cyclotron Facility Cyclone-30

Cyclotrons are used to produce radioisotopes for diagnostic and therapeutic use for cancer care.

Cyclone-30

  • Cyclone-30, the biggest cyclotron in India for medical application became operational this month
  • At VECC, Kolkata, a Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) unit
  • After the commissioning of liquid target (for FDG – fluorodeoxyglucose production) and solid targets (production of Germanium-68, Palladium-103 and other isotopes), work on studies related to installation of Iodine isotope [1-123] production target, material study target and Accelerator Driven System target will also be taken up.

Read more at: PIB

ITU South Asia Area Office Technology Innovation Centre

The ITU South Asia Area Office and Technology Innovation Centre will be established in New Delhi.

  • ITU is a United Nations specialized agency for Information and Communication Technologies, with membership of 193 countries and nearly 800 private sector entities and academic institutions.
  • The country has also been a regular member of the ITU Council since 1952.
  • The ITU South Asia Office will serve nine countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, in addition to the host country
  • The ITU Local Area Office will also impart a significant boost to technological reach and benefits for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Read more at: PIB

Topic 2 : Environment

Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUSHR) project

Union Science & Technology minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan today inaugurated a novel holistic Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUSHR) project at Sun Dial Park in New Delhi

  • Produces clean water which is reused for various purposes
  • simultaneously recovering nutrients and energy from the urban waste water

LOTUSHR Project

  • Is a joint initiative of Indian and Dutch scientists.
  • The project at the site today demonstrates how science and technology can be leveraged to effectively turn urban waste into profitable mines

Read more at: PIB

Dam rehabilitation and Improvement Project(DRIP)

  • To improve safety and operational performance of 198 Dams
  • With the financial assistance of the World Bank
  • And mitigate risks to ensure safety of downstream population and property.
  • The primary beneficiaries are both urban and rural communities dependent on reservoir and downstream communities who are prone to risk associated with dam failure or operational failure.  
  • Effectiveness of Dam Safety Organisations will be increased to take the lead to make dams safe from structural and operational point of view through capacity building of staff and officials.

Read more at: PIB

Topic 3 : ICT

Web portal for commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind launched the logo and the web portal (http://gandhi.gov.in/) for commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation

  • The logo has been obtained through crowd sourcing.

The salient features of the new web portal are:

  1. to identify visitors from different geography and serve them personalized information;
  2. Organizations & individuals can join celebration and submit their Karyanjali through an easy upload process.
  3. Information related to Gandhian literature, philosophy, audios, videos, rare photos are available in the portal.
  4. Gandhipedia which will be a repository of Gandhian knowledge and will continue to grow with time.

The two year long celebrations from 2nd October, 2018 to 02nd October, 2020 will be held across the country and all over the globe to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Read more at: PIB

C-DAC Information Media Server (CIMS)

C-DAC Information Media Server is a dedicated computer appliance having specialized application software to provide audio and video on demand.

Features

  • This low-cost affordable system is built with single board computer having powerful and energy efficient multi-core processor.
  • It does not require any special purpose internet service provider or data connectivity.
  • The common feature includes displaying text, images for viewing, video streaming, e-brochure; for viewing or downloading for offline reference .

Applications

  • CIMS is very easy to setup and configure for deployments at locations such as Parliament , Education Institutes (eBooks, Timetable, news of the day, notices), Railways (Train running information, station layout maps), Hospitals (Doctors on duty, patient records).
  • A user can connect via any smart device with WiFi capability and freely access the available information.
  • Web pages are retrieved and delivers it across the Internet.
  • In the simplest case, the video file is embedded in a web page and stored on the same host as the other components of the page.

Read more at: PIB

‘e-Sahaj’ portal

The Union Home Secretary launched an online ‘e-Sahaj’ portal for grant of Security Clearance.

  • The portal will facilitate an applicant to submit application online and also to view the status of his application from time to time.
  • MHA is the nodal Ministry for security clearances in certain sensitive sectors before issue of licence/permit, permission, contract etc, to companies/ bidders/individuals by the administrative Ministry.
  • The objective of national security clearance is to evaluate potential security threats, including economic threats, and provide risk assessment before clearing investment and project proposals in key sectors.
  • The aim is to strike a healthy balance between meeting the imperatives of national security and facilitating ease of doing business and promoting investment in the country.

Read more at: PIB

Budget Dashboard

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has made a new Budget Dashboard on Budget, Expenditure and Bill Payment position.

Features

  • The dashboard has the unique feature of Bill Position for All India Pay & Accounts Offices (PAOs) of this Ministry and also reason for return of bills.
  • It is another step in transparency.
  • The dashboard has SMS facility of information on demand and can be accessed on mobile.
  • SMS alerts to concerned officers are also being introduced for shortfall in expenditure.

Read more at: PIB

Application of GIS in disaster management

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is conducting a two-day training-cum-workshop programme on ‘Application of GIS (Geographic Information System) in Disaster Management’

Aims

  • To understand the need, role and scope of web-based GIS service for management of disasters more efficiently and effectively through an integrated platform.
  • Integrating and sharing of GIS database on one platform by different stakeholders.
  • In a post-disaster situation, critical decision-making depends on quality geospatial information.
  • NDMA is working towards integrating geospatial data for research, mitigation and post disaster management.
  • This system will help the Centre as well as State Governments, local bodies, civil societies and other stakeholders to handle the complete disaster cycle in an effective and efficient manner.

Read more at: PIB

Topic 5: General Knowledge

Exercise Aviaindra-18

  • Exercise Aviaindra is an Air Force level exercise between India and the Russian Federation.
  • First Aviaindra was conducted in 2014 and has been planned as a bi-annual exercise.
  • Exercise Aviaindra 18 is being conducted at Lipetsk, Russia

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