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Current Affairs for Engineering Service Exam

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 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

Impact Assessment Survey

The government is planning the impact assessment survey to cover as many as 500 districts to see how the schemes helped change lives of people.

The survey:

  • For the survey on every scheme, the sample size would be of 1,000 people per district over 500 districts.
  • The assessment will be carried out and funded by the respective ministries or public-sector undertakings — if a ministry of PSU is responsible for implementing a particular scheme, then it will foot the bill for the survey covering that scheme.
  • The first survey is likely to cover the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, which is a scheme of the ministry of petroleum & natural gas for providing LPG connections to women in below poverty line households.

Read more at: ET

National Skill Development Corporation

NSDC is a unique public-private-partnership, working under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.

Key Facts:

  • It aims to promote skill development by catalyzing creation of large, quality and for-profit vocational institutions.
  • The organisation provides funding to build scalable and profitable vocational training initiatives.
  • It also develops appropriate models to enhance, support and coordinate private sector initiatives.
  • NSDC supports short-term skill training through a wide network of training providers and district nodal skill centres called Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK).
  • It is involved in re-skilling and also in catering to the skilled manpower requirement of overseas markets, most notably that of Japan (under TITP) and UAE.

About PMKK

  • Under the Skill India Mission, MSDE intends to establish visible and aspirational training centres therefore model training centres in every district of the country were set up.
  • The model training centres envisage to:
    1. Create benchmark institutions therefore demonstrate aspirational value for competency based skill development training.
    2. Focus on elements of quality, sustainability and connect with stakeholders in skills delivery process.
    3. Transform from a mandate driven footloose model to a sustainable institutional model.
  • The centres will be exclusive, iconic and above all marketed as the best-in-class skill development centres.
  • PMKK will run industry-driven courses of high quality coupled with a focus on employability.
  • NSDC is the implementation agency for the project.

Read more at: PIB

Topic 1:Industrial development

UNIDO report

The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) will present to the Development Commissioner, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) a report on their needs.

The Report:

  • The report would focus on what the MSMEs needed to scale up production, modernise their production, turn energy-efficient, environment-friendly among others.
  • The report would  cover issues regarding workers, skill development of workers, waste management and a few other topics.

About UNIDO:

  • The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation  is a specialized agency in the United Nations system, headquartered in Vienna, Austria.
  • The Organization’s primary objective is the promotion and acceleration of industrial development in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
  • Promotion of international industrial cooperation. It is also a member of the United Nations Development Group.

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 5: General Knowledge

Emergency Response Support System (ERSS)

The Union Home Ministry launched Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) for Himachal Pradesh at Mandi.

Key Facts:

  • Himachal Pradesh is the first state to launch pan-India single emergency number ‘112’ under ERSS.
  • Under this project, one Emergency Response Centre (ERC) has been established in Shimla along with 12 District Command Centers (DCCs) covering entire State.
  • Emergency Response Centre has been integrated with Police (100), Fire (101), Health (108) and Women helpline (1090) Services to provide emergency services via single emergency number – 112.
  • The service also includes a ‘112 India’ mobile app integrated with Panic Button of smartphones and ERSS State website for ease of citizen in availing immediate assistance.
  • To increase the effectiveness of Emergency Response, the ERC has also been integrated with Location Based Services provided by Telecom Service Providers.
  • To ensure safety of women, a SHOUT feature has been introduced in ‘112 India’ mobile app to seek immediate assistance from registered volunteers in the vicinity apart from the immediate assistance from Emergency Response Centre. The SHOUT feature is exclusively available to women.

Read more at: PIB

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