DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS JULY 23, 2018

India to expand polar research to the Arctic as well Three decades after its first mission to Antarctica, the government is refocusing priorities to the Arctic — because of opportunities and challenges posed by climate change. Recently India has renamed the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) as the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research. Note- NCAOR- Since 1998, charged with conducting expeditions to India’s base stations to the continent. It’s also in talks with Canada and Russia, key countries with the presence in the Arctic circle, to establish new observation systems, according to a source. Now, India only has one Arctic observation station near Norway. India… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS JULY 21, 2018

Samagra Shiksha – an Integrated Scheme for School Education Under the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme, implemented with effect from 2018-19. This programme subsumes the three erstwhile Centrally Sponsored Schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE). Extending from pre-school to class XII. The main emphasis is on improving the quality of school education and the strategy for all interventions would be to enhance the Learning Outcomes at all levels of schooling. Related information Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) a Centrally Sponsored Scheme implemented by Government of India in partnership with State Governments, is India’s main… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS JULY 20, 2018

Indian Air Force for the first time participating in Ex Pitch Black 2018 From 24th July to 18th August, IAF will be participating in the mega exercise, which will involve over 100 aircraft from around the globe in Australia. This is the first time IAF will be participating in the event. The IAF contingent consists of 145 air-warriors including Garud team, 04 X Su-30 MKI, 01 X C-130 and 01 X C-17. Related Information Ex Pitch Black Ex Pitch Black is a biennial multi-national large force employment warfare exercise hosted by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The aim of the exercise is to practice Offensive Counter Air (OCA) and Defensive Counter Air… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS JULY 19, 2018

 Google has partnered with UNEP for monitoring human activity on global ecosystem The UN has entered into a partnership with Google to monitor the impacts of human activity on global ecosystems by using sophisticated online tools. Aim to develop a platform to enable governments, NGO’s and the public to track specific environment-related development targets with a user-friendly Google front-end. Its initial focus will be on freshwater ecosystems including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes. This will help in achieving the UN sustainable developmental goals(UN SDGs) and also use of most sophisticated online technologies available for global climate sustainability. Related Information UNEP UNEP is under the aegis of the UN.… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS JULY 18, 2018

Bihar to get world’s cheapest clean drinking water with the launch of “’Sulabh Jal” Bihar will soon provide the cheapest drinking water in the world with the launch of cost-effective innovative water project “Sulabh Jal”. The first of such a water project was launched in Bihar’s Darbhanga district by Sulabh International. With the help of this project, the people will easily be able to get pure and clean water only in 50paisa/litre. The ‘Sulabh Jal’ project converts contaminated pond and river water into safe drinking water.   IIT-Madras unveiled the world’s first remote “LEAP” microscope IIT Madras has launched “world’s first” remotely operatable microscope that would enable a precise atom-by-atom… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS JULY 16, 2018

Pakistan’s Buddha of Swat smiles restored to original form The iconic Buddha of Swat, carved on a cliff in the 7th century, has been restored to its almost original form with Italian assistance in northwestern Pakistan, nearly 11 years after it was dynamited by Taliban. The holy figure depicted in a lotus position at the base of a granite cliff in northern Pakistan. The Buddha seated in a meditative posture considered one of the largest rock sculptures in South Asia. Related Information The Swat Valley in Pakistan has many Buddhist carvings and stupas, and Jehanabad contains a Seated Buddha statue. Kushan era Buddhist stupas and statues in Swat valley were… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS JULY 14, 2018

Andhra Pradesh government launched ‘Anna Canteen’ in Andhra Pradesh Andhra Pradesh government launched an Anna Canteen that serves meals for just Rs five. On the line of Amma Canteens in neighbouring state Tamil Nadu, Andhra government inaugurated Anna Canteens which will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner at just Rs 5 to the common man. The state government is setting up 203 Anna Canteens in 110 municipalities across the state. In the first phase, 60 Anna Canteens have been inaugurated in 25 municipalities. Under Phase-2, 143 canteens will be inaugurated at 85 locations by August. Andhra Pradesh government has entrusted the responsibility of managing these canteens to Akshaya Patra Foundation.… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS JULY 13, 2018

Niti Aayog proposed a 15-point action plan ‘Breathe India’ to combat air pollution in ten most polluted cities Niti Aayog has proposed a 15-point action plan to combat air pollution in ten most polluted cities in the country, including Delhi, Kanpur and Varanasi. The draft action plan titled ‘Breathe India’ includes encouraging electric vehicles, phasing out private diesel vehicle and development of crop residue utilisation policy. The action plan also includes expediting strategic decommissioning of old and inefficient power plants and implementation of a large-scale feebate programme from 2020 onwards. The report also said there is a need to enact strong measures to curb vehicular emissions. It also called for… Read More

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Question of the Day | Legal Terms List 12-July-2018

Question of the day Principle: When a criminal act is done by several persons in furtherance of the common intention of all, each of such persons is liable for that act in the same manner as if it were done by him alone Facts: Shreya, Nidhi, and Neha were good friends and roommates in a hostel. However, Shreya always use to score more than Nidhi and Neha in every subject. Nidhi and Neha were always jealous of this fact. So, to teach Shreya a lesson Nidhi and Neha decided to steal the mobile phone and the notebooks of Shreya. When Neha and Nidhi were stealing it, Shreya came and in panic… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS JULY 12, 2018

FSSAI launches “Eat Right campaign” to curb consumption of sugar, salt and fat The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has initiated a campaign “Eat Right”, wherein the key stakeholders like food processing industries and restaurants will volunteer to reduce the percentage of salt, sugar and fat content in food. As a part of the campaign, edible oil industries took a pledge to reduce trans-fat content by 2 Percent by 2022. Later, food companies also took a pledge to reformulate packaged foods with the reduced level of salt, sugar and saturated fat. This Eat Right Movement is a collaborative move with stakeholders—on both the demand and supply side—coming… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS JULY 11, 2018

NASA Funding Project “RAMA” to Turn Asteroids into Spaceships NASA has announced it would give funds to a California-based 3D printing company for finding ways to turn asteroids into giant, autonomous spacecraft, which could fly to outposts in space. The project is named as RAMA (Reconstituting Asteroids into Mechanical Automata). The company plans to use 3D printing to turn the asteroids into self-flying vehicles by 2030. The company is considering sending an advanced robotic “Seed Craft” out to rendezvous with a succession of near-Earth asteroids in space, as part of its long-term project. The Seed Craft would harvest material from the space rocks, then use this feedstock to construct propulsion,… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS, JULY 10 2018

    Biodegradable plastic made from tree glue Scientists have found that a natural ‘tree glue’ which stiffens plant cells can be turned into a strong, biodegradable plastic. The natural glue called lignin holds cellulose fibres together. Researchers from the University of Warwick in the UK genetically modified some bacteria called Rhodococcus Jostii to turn lignin into useful chemicals. There are only a small number of organisms that can break down lignin. Plastic is notoriously difficult to recycle – and only 12 Percent of household waste is reprocessed. The rest is either burnt or goes to landfill. Related Information Lignin is a by-product of the papermaking process.     India to control Mattala airport… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS JUNE 30 2018

1) National Statistics Day: 29 June The National Statistics Day is observed across India on June 29 with an aim to create public awareness about the importance of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation. The theme selected for the 2018 Statistics Day is ‘Quality Assurance in Official Statistics’. The objective of the celebration of this Day is to acknowledge the contribution of Prof. PC Mahalanobis and to pay homage to him.  On the occasion, Vice President of India released a commemorative coin of Rs 125 and circulation coin of Rs 5 denomination as a mark of respect/homage to Prof. Mahalanobis. 2) International Day of the Tropics – 29 June On 29th June 2018, International Day of the Tropics was celebrated all over… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS JUNE 29 2018

1) President of Seychelles visit to India On June 26,2018, The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, received His Excellency Mr Danny Antoine Rollen Faure, the President of the Republic of Seychelles, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. He also hosted a banquet in his honour.India, Seychelles ink six agreements in several fields On June 26,2018, Six MOUs were signed between various dignitaries of India and the Republic of Seychelles. Following table shows the MOUs: S.No. MoU/Agreement Indian side Seychelles signatory 1 MOU between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Republic of Seychelles regarding Indian Grant Assistance for Implementation of Small Development Projects through Local Bodies, Educational and Vocational Institutions Shri M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for… Read More

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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS JUNE 28 2018

1) Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day – 27 June On 27th June 2018, Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day was celebrated all over the world. In UN General Assembly declared 27th June as Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day in 2017. This day was coined to recognize the importance of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in achieving sustainable development goals, promoting innovation, creativity and sustainable work for all. President Inaugurates Udyam Sangam-2018: i. On 27th June 2018, Indian President Ram NathKovind, inaugurated the Udyam Sangam-2018 in New Delhi. ii. He said that MSME sector accounts for around60% employment in India. He said that there are 6.5 crore MSME units in India providing jobs to more than… Read More

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