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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 2 : Energy

INSPIRE 2018

The  second edition of INSPIRE symposium  is being organised by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and World Bank.

Highlights:

  • The  symposium will focus on enhancing grid management, e-Mobility, financial instruments and technologies for energy efficiency in India.
  • The #InnovateToINSPIRE challenge was organized by EESL and World resources Institute (WRI).
  • The challenge invited participants to submit sustainable and scalable solutions to seven specific challenges spanning grid management, e-Mobility, energy efficient technologies and financial instruments. From 94 entries, four winners were selected by an eminent jury comprised of Indian and international experts in the field of energy.
  • EESL and Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed an agreement for a Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant of USD 13 million to establish an Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund (EERF).
  • EERF aims to expand and sustain investments in the energy efficiency market in India, build market diversification, and scale up existing technologies.

About EESL:

  • Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India.
  • It working towards mainstreaming energy efficiency and is implementing the world’s largest energy efficiency portfolio in the country.
  • It aims to create market access for efficient and future-ready transformative solutions that create a win-win situation for every stakeholder.

Read more at: PIB

Topic 3 : ICT

Ralph

NASA’s Ralph – a space instrument that has travelled as far as Pluto – is set to explore Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, which are remnants from the early days of the solar system.

Highlights:

  • It was first launched aboard the New Horizons spacecraft in 2006.
  • It revealed images of Jupiter and its moons and Pluto.
  • In 2021, Ralph is set to journey with the Lucy mission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.
  • It  will study this diverse group of bodies and will detect trojan asteroid’s chemical foot prints.
  • It allows scientists to interpret data provided by the Sun’s reflected light that are the fingerprints of different elements and compounds.

Read more at: The Hindu

Lucy Mission

Lucy is a planned NASA space probe that will tour five Jupiter trojans, asteroids which share Jupiter’s orbit around the Sun, orbiting either ahead of or behind the planet.

Highlights:

  • Lucy is planned to launch in 2021.
  • IT will explore the environment of Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.
  • Lucy will be the first space mission to study the Trojans.
  • Trojans are bodies that are present in Lagrange points.

Read more at: The Hindu

GSAT-29

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is readying itself to put communication satellite GSAT-29 on its heavy-lift vehicle, the GSLV-MkIII.

Key Facts:

  • ISRO’s second communication satellite mission of 2018.
  • The GSAT-29 satellite itself is one of the planned Indian HTS quartet. The HTSs or high throughput satellites are being sent out to provide a vastly improved and faster Internet connectivity.
  • It will provide or augment digital communication in remote Village Resource centres.
  • GSLV-MkIII -D2 is the second test flight of the heavy lift vehicle carrying the satellite
  • D2’s success will regularise the launch vehicle’s services and ease dependence on foreign service providers.

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 4: The Key Initiatives of Government

Logistic Efficiency Enhancement Programme (LEEP)

  • The programme is aimed at enhancing the freight transportation in India through improving cost, time, tracking and transferability of consignments through infrastructure, procedural and Information Technology (IT) interventions.
  • The parks are expected to serve four key functions – freight aggregation and distribution, multimodal freight movement, storage and warehousing, and value-added services such as custom clearances.

Kaushal Panjee

  • Kaushal Panjee (Skill Register) is a mobilisation platform for skill development.
  • The skill register aims to be citizen centric end-to-end solution to aid mobilization of candidates for Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) and Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI).
  • It facilitates mobilization through Self Help Group members, Gram Panchayat Functionaries, Block Officials, and Common Service Centres and directly by the candidate.   
  • RSETIs and DDU-GKY Partners can access the Kaushal Panjee to connect with the mobilized rural youth.
  • Kaushal Panjee is connected to the Social Economic Caste Census 2011 which will help the States plan and target their mobilizations based on the socio-economic profile of households in their State.

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