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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

India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed here in national capital a $300 million Loan Agreement to support lending by India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL).

Highlights:

  • IIFCL is a wholly-owned Government of India company set up in 2006.
  • It has been registered as a NBFC-ND-IFC  with RBI since September 2013.
  • It provides long term finance to viable infrastructure projects – Both Greenfield and Brownfield projects.
  • It provides refinance to banks and other eligible financial institutions for their loans to infrastructure projects.
  • The sectors eligible for financial assistance from IIFCL are as per the harmonized list of Infrastructure Sub-Sectors as approved by the Government and RBI.
  • It broadly includes transportation, energy, water, sanitation, communication, social and commercial infrastructure.

Read more at: PIB

Topic 2 : Environment

India gets its first dedicated elephant hospital

India’s elephants now have their first fully equipped dedicated hospital near the Taj Mahal, complete with wireless digital X-Ray, laser treatment and dental X-ray facilities.

Highlights:

  • The ‘jumbo’ hospital is the result of a collaborative effort between the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department and conservation NGO Wildlife SOS.
  • The veterinary hospital has modern medical facilities for the treatment of elephants in distress including thermal imaging, ultrasonography, hydrotherapy, tranquilization equipment and quarantine facilities.
  • An observation deck will allow veterinary students and interns to observe and learn elephant treatment routines from a safe distance.
  • Training courses would be organized by Wildlife SOS to spread knowledge on elephant medical care, humane elephant management and veterinary procedures to spread compassion.

Read more at: The Hindu

Project maps butterfly migration in south India

The Ferns Naturalists’ Society (FNS), Wayanad, Travancore Natural History Society (TNHS), and the Malabar Natural History Society (MNHS) are joining hands to launch a citizen science project to map the migratory path of butterflies in South India in a first such initiative in the country.

Highlights:

  • The migration takes place across the plains of south India to the southern part of the Western Ghats.
  • Mainly four species of milkweed butterflies are involved in the migration, including Dakhan Dark Blue Tiger, Oriental Blue Tiger, Double-branded Black Crow and Indian Common Crow.
  • It aims for careful documentation of butterfly migration over a prolonged period from a given area.

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 3 : ICT

ExseedSAT – 1

The SpaceX will launch the first satellite from India, ExseedSat-1

Highlights:

  • It is a CubeSat mission by the Indian private space company Exseed Space.
  • ExseedSAT is about to make history, as it will be the first Indian Private entity satellite to be launched by Spacex.
  • It will be launched on board SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.
  • The satellite with a communication payload, will provide a major boost to ham radio operators in the country.
  • It will be placed in a sun-synchronous low-earth orbit.
  • It is expected to have a life of 2 years.

Read more at: TOI

Topic 5: General Knowledge

GROWTH-India telescope

The 0.7 m GROWTH-India telescope at the Indian Astronomical Observatory located in Hanle, Ladakh, has made its first science observation which is a follow-up study of a nova explosion.

Highlights:

  • The celestial object was first noticed by a different group which saw the nova explosion.
  • Recurrent nova systems are interesting because they are candidates for progenitors of Type Ia supernovae.
  • The telescope is potentially fully robotic and can operate on its own.

The GROWTH-India telescope:

  • It is part of the Global Relay of Observatories Watching Transients Happen.
  • Its goals are:
  1. Search for explosions in the optical regime whenever LIGO group detects a Binary Neutron Star merger.
  2. Study nearby young supernova explosions.
  3. Study nearby asteroids.

About Novae:

Novae are explosive events involving violent eruptions on the surface of white dwarf stars, leading to temporary increase in brightness of the star.

Read more at: The Hindu

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