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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:Social development

Indian Health Fund

It is an initiative led by Tata Trusts, in collaboration with The Global Fund.

Key Facts:

  • It endeavours to leverage the power of collective impact to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) by 2025 and malaria by 2030 from India.
  • It supplements the government’s efforts to fight the epidemics.
  • Tata Trusts is a section 8 company registered under the Companies Act, 2013.

About Global Fund:

  • The Global Fund is an international financing organisation which is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • It focuses on accelerating the additional resources to end the epidemics of HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.
  • India contributes to 27 per cent of the global TB burden and 68 per cent of all malaria cases in the Southeast Asia region.

Read more at: India HealthFund

Topic 1:Industrial development

Network for Development of Agricultural Cooperatives in Asia and the Pacific

The inaugural session of the General Assembly of Network for Development of Agricultural Cooperatives in Asia and the Pacific(NEDAC) in New Delhi .

Key Facts:

  • The sessions are going to be held on ‘Cooperatives to Cooperative Trade’ and ‘Capacity Development partnerships in NEDAC’.
  • The ultimate aim would be to bring about an increase in farmers income and raise their economic standard by bringing cooperative trade in the mainstream and enhance cooperative professionalism.
  • The general assembly of 22 prominent cooperative organizations from eight countries unanimously decided to focus on C2C and capacity development to meet challenges of climate change as transformative cooperatives.

About NEDAC:

  • NEDAC was set up in 1991 by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
  • NEDAC sensitises Governments in the region on the role of agricultural cooperatives in promoting agricultural and rural development to ensure rural food and livelihood security for millions of people in Asia and Pacific.

Read more at: PIB

Topic 2 : Environment

Himalayan State Regional Council

NITI Aayog has constituted the ‘Himalayan State Regional Council’ to ensure sustainable development of the Indian Himalayan region.

About The Council:

  • It is the nodal agency for the Sustainable development in the Himalayan Region which consists of the twelve States namely Jammu &Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, two districts of Assam namely Dima Hasao and KarbiAnglong and Darjeeling and Kalimpong in West Bengal.
  • The Himalayan State Regional Council will be chaired by the Dr VK Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog and will consist of the Chief Secretaries of the Himalayan States as well as the Secretaries of key Central Ministries, senior officers of NITI Aayog as well as special invitees.
  • The Council has been constituted to review and implement identified action points based on the Reports of five Working Groups, which were established along thematic areas to prepare a roadmap for action.
  • The terms of reference of the Council states that it shall monitor the implementation of action points for Central Ministries, Institutions and 12 Himalayan State Governments in Indian Himalayan Region which include river basin development and regional cooperation, spring mapping and revival across Himalayas in phased manner for water security; develop, implement and monitor tourism sector standards as well as bring policy coherence, strengthen skill & entrepreneurship with focus on identified priority sectors, among other action points.
  • Working Groups were tasked with preparing a roadmap for action across five thematic areas namel:
  1. Inventory and Revival of Springs in Himalayas for Water Security
  2. Sustainable Tourism in Indian Himalayan Region
  3. Shifting Cultivation: Towards Transformation Approach
  4. Strengthening Skill & Entrepreneurship (E&S) Landscape in Himalayas, and
  5. Data/Information for Informed Decision Making.

Read more at: PIB

Topic 2 : Energy

Hydropower Transmission in Himachal Pradesh

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India today signed a $105 million loan to continue financing the transmission system upgrades in Himachal Pradesh for increased supply of hydropower to the state and the national grid.


  • The program is aimed at developing and expanding the transmission network to evacuate clean and renewable power generated from the State’s hydropower sources to load centers within and outside the State.
  • It also supports the institutional capacity development of the state transmission utility, Himachal Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Limited (HPPTCL), as the executing agency for this project.
  • It will help Government of Himachal Pradesh to benefit electricity consumers in the state and throughout northern India, by increasing the transmission system capacity for inflow of the hydropower generated in the state into India’s national grid.

Read more at: PIB

Topic 3 : ICT

Online Course on Digital Payments

A workshop on the “Online Course on Digital Payments” was organised by FICCI and NITI Aayog.

Key Facts:

  • The course was developed by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in collaboration with NITI Aayog and Department of Telecommunications (DoT) with inputs form key stakeholders targeting mid-level Government Officers / Academicians engaged in training.
  • The course covered various aspects related to Digital Payments such as standards, interoperability, security issues, futuristic trends like distributed ledger technologies, etc. and was divided into three modules.
  • Based on the experience from the course, training and academic institutions from across India could plan/develop similar courses on Digital payments in their respective institutions;
  • NITI Aayog may explore the possibility of using this course as a benchmark and may develop future courses on ICT in collaboration with ITU, DoT and other Ministries on priority topics and
  • Good project assignments that are submitted in this course could be invited for presentation, further developed and considered for piloting and support by stakeholders in India.

Read more at: ET

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