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Current Affairs for Engineering Service Exam

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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

New airport at Jharsuguda

  • The new airport has been named after freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai.
  • This is the second major airport in Odisha
  • Jharsuguda airport would act as a junction for neighbouring Raipur and Ranchi and strengthen connectivity.
  • The Jharsuguda airport has been developed by the Airports Authority of India in collaboration with the Odisha government
  • The airport has been developed under the Centre’s UDAN scheme

National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 (NCAP 2016)

  • One of the objectives of NCAP 2016 is to “enhance regional connectivity through fiscal support and infrastructure development”.
  • It is in this context that NCAP 2016 provides for a Regional Air Connectivity Scheme (RCS or UDAN Scheme).
  • The primary objective of RCS is to facilitate / stimulate regional air connectivity by making it affordable.
  • The Regional Connectivity Fund (RCF) is to be funded through application of a levy on scheduled flights being operated within India or other ways

Veer Surendra Sai

  • His revolution against the British commenced from 1827 when he was only eighteen years of age and continued till 1862
  • He suffered imprisonment in Hazaribagh Jail for 17 years. 

Read more at: Mint

Topic 1:Social development

Ayushman Bharat –Pradhan Mantri Jan AarogyaYojana (AB-PMJAY)

Under the vision of Ayushman Bharat, Pradhan Mantri Jan AarogyaYojana (AB-PMJAY) will be implemented

Pradhan Mantri Jan AarogyaYojana

  • This is the “world’s largest government funded healthcare program” targeting more than 50 crore beneficiaries.
  • It will provide a cover of up to Rs. 5 lakhs per family per year, for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.
  • PMJAY will provide cashless and paperless access to services for the beneficiary at the point of service.
  • It is a visionary step towards advancing the agenda of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Ayushman Bharat

  • Ayushman Bharat is a progression towards promotive, preventive, curative, palliative and rehabilitative aspects of Universal Healthcare
  • through access of Health and Wellness Centers (HWCs) at the primary level
  • provision of financial protection for accessing curative care at the secondary and tertiary levels
  • engagement with both public and private sector.
  • MoU has been signed with Common Service Centre (CSC) for Beneficiary Identification.

Comprises of two interrelated components:

1.Creation of 1,50,000 Health and Wellness Centres

  • These centres will provide Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC), covering both maternal and child health services and non-communicable diseases, including free essential drugs and diagnostic services.

2.Pradhan Mantri Jan ArogyaYojana (PMJAY)

Pradhan MantriAarogyaMitra (PMAM):

  • The scheme is creating a cadre of certified frontline health service professionals called Pradhan Mantri Aarogya Mitras (PMAMs)
  • They will be primary point of facilitation for the beneficiaries to avail treatment at the hospital
  • Aarogya Mitra’s training is being conducted in collaboration with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)

Read more at: PIB

Topic 1:Industrial development

Talcher fertiliser plant 

Talcher Fertilizers Ltd is a joint venture between state run GAIL (India) Ltd, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited (RCF) and Coal India Ltd (CIL).

  • Once commissioned, it will produce 1.26 million metric tonne per annum of neem coated urea.
  • The plant will promote alternative use of domestic coal in an environment friendly manner
  • Coal being converted into syngas for use as a feedstock and for producing urea
  • It will help cut import of natural gas(LNG) and fertiliser
  • Gas-based fertiliser units will also add to the customer base of gas trading and energy infrastructure firms such as Gail India Ltd.
  • The first such plant in eastern India.

About Talcher Plant

  • FCIL set up the Talcher unit in 1971
  • Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR) declared FCIL a sick unit in 1992 and the government started work to close the company in 2002.
  • It is now going for revival under the effort of reviving stalled projects in eastern India

Neem Coated Urea

  • Improvement in soil health
  • Reduction in costs with respect to plant protection chemicals;
  • Reduction in pest and disease attack;
  • An increase in yield of paddy, sugarcane, maize, soybean and tur/red gram to an extent of 5.79%, 17.5%, 7.14%, 7.4% and 16.88% respectively;
  • Diversion of highly subsidized urea towards non-agricultural purposes reduced.

Read more at: Mint

Defence Offset Policy

The Offset Policy was formally announced for the first time in 2005


  • In order to develop a strong indigenous industry in defence sector

What is offset?

  • A flow-back arrangement is made in the defence contracts, known as offsets, and constitutes a certain percentage of the contract value.
  • The offset can be discharged by many means such as direct purchase of eligible products/services, FDI in joint ventures and investment towards equipment and transfer of technology.  
  • As per Defence Offset Guidelines, the foreign Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) is free to select any Indian company as its offset partner.

Read more at: PIB

Topic 2 : Environment

Flooding in Kerala – reasons

A combination of four factors led to extreme flooding across Kerala in 2018, a study says. The four factors are:

  1. above normal seasonal (May-August) rainfall,
  2. extreme rainfall events occurring almost across the State during the season,
  3. over 90% reservoir storage even before the onset of extreme rainfall events, and
  4. the unprecedented extreme rainfall in the catchment area of major reservoirs in the State.

The results of the study were posted in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions

  • The summer monsoon rainfall in Kerala from May to August this year was 2,290 mm, which was 53% above normal
  • The role of other factors such changes in how infrastructure has grown at the expense of vegetation and drainage remains to be studied.

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 3 : ICT

Japan’s rovers successfully land on asteroid

  • Two robotic rovers have become world’s first to successfully land on the surface of an asteroid
  • MINERVA-II1 is the world’s first rover to land on the surface of an asteroid.
  • This is also the first time for autonomous movement and picture capture on an asteroid surface.

Read more at: The Hindu

NASA puts laser satellite in space to track ice loss


  • It is NASA’s most advanced space laser satellite
  • To track ice loss around the world and improve forecasts of sea level rise
  • Named as ICESat-2 mission
  • The new laser will fire 10,000 times in one second

 Laser communication technology

  • The laser system can speed up transmission rates and a much higher volume of data
  • It transmits a stronger, less degradable beam.
  • Radio communication requires too much power to be practical for the lengthy mission 

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 5: General Knowledge

Indo-kazakhstan Joint exercise kazind 2018

Indian Army and Kazakhstan Army today completed the third edition of their joint military Exercise KAZIND 2018 in Otar Military area, Kazakhstan

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