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Wednesday, September 20

TNPSC Daily Current Affairs - September 16 & 17, 2017 - TNPSC Current Affairs - www.TNPSCGURU.in2017

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1.DRDO- Indigenous Development of Trawl System

Defence Research and development Organisation(DRDO) has undertaken to develop a Trawl system that could help to locate the mines in the battlefield to meet the operational requirement of Indian Army.

The Trawl system will help to locate land mines and creating a vehicle safe lane through minefield for the advancing columns of mechanized forces in combat zone.

It consists of Trawl roller, track width mine plough and electro-magnetic devise , which could detect all types of mines usually encountered by the battle tank.

2.Astra Missile successfully completes its final Development Trials. 
Astra –Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile’s (BVRAAM) final development Flight trials were successfully conducted over Bay of Bengal, Odisha and met all its target .


3.PM ,dedicated Sardar Sarovar Dam to the nation, 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dedicated Sardar Sarovar Dam built on the river Narmada to the Nations.

It will benefit the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. 

The project will help to transport the waters of Narmada to the water-deficient regions of Gujarat that will benefit nearly 10 Lakh farmers and drinking water to  more than 4 crore people

4.Celebration of 30th Anniversary of Montreal protocol and 23rd World Ozone Day 
16th September 2017 is celebrated as 23rd World Ozone day and also marked the 30 the anniversary of the Montreal protocol with the theme “Caring for all life under the Sun”.


5.INDO-USA Joint Exercise Yudh Abhyas – 2017
A Joint Military exercise between Indian and US Armies Yudh Abhyas – 2017 commenced at Joiont Base Lewis McChod, Washington USA.

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Celebration of 30th Anniversary of Montreal protocol and 23rd World Ozone Day

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16th September 2017 is celebrated as 23rd World Ozone day and also marked the 30 the anniversary of the Montreal protocol with the theme “Caring for all life under the Sun”.

About Montreal Protocol: 
  • It is an International treaty to gradually eliminate production and consumption of Ozone Depleting substances (ODS) to limit the damage of Ozone layer.
  • Ozone depleting substances like Hydro chlorofluorocarbans (HCFCs), Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Carbon tetrachloride (CTC) and Halons.
  • The agreement was ratified by 197 countries and India ratified the agreement on 1992 to phase out ODCs by 2030.
  • This treaty is considered as the most successful International Environment treaty because of its result in protecting Ozone Layer.

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TNPSC Daily Current Affairs - September 15, 2017 - TNPSC Current Affairs - www.TNPSCGURU.in2017

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1.Operation Insaaniyat to assist Bangladesh. 
India is sending humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh on account of influx of Rohingya refugees.  India will be sending basic relief material consists of daily requirements like rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, ready to eat meals,etc. 

2.Latest finding revealed that use of 0 is 500 years earlier than thought. 
Latest finding revealed that the usage of Zero is 500 years earlier than thought. In recent research the number was found in the ancient Indian text known as Bakhshali manuscript, a collection of 70 birch bark leaves filled with mathematics in the Sanskrit text. 

3.Much awaited Bullet Train project has been launched. 
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese Counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone for a high-speed rail link also known as bullet train between Ahmadabad and Mumbai.

Bullet train has capacity of running at 320 km per hour and helps to reduce the travel time. 

4.Olympics- Paris to host 2024 and loss Angeles for 2028..

International Olympic committee has announced that Paris will host the 2024 summer Olympics and Loss Angeles will host the 2028 Olympics.

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Tuesday, September 19

TNPSC Daily Current Affairs - September 14, 2017 - TNPSC Current Affairs - www.TNPSCGURU.in2017

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1.OBC Income limit increased for creamy layer. 
The OBC(Other Backward Classes) Income Limit for Creamy layer has been raised to Rs 8 lakh from 6lakh per annum, as per official release. The children of persons having income more than Rs 8 lakh per annum for 3 consecutive years will not get benefit under OBC quota.

About Creamy Layer in OBC:
  • Creamy Layer in OBC means, the children of person  having income of more than Rs 8 lakh per annum for 3 consecutive years will not get benefit under 27 % of Other backward Class Quota.
  • Article 340 of Indian constitution says, to investigate the condition of the socially and educationally backward classes and suggest measures for their advancement, 2nd backward classes commission under the chairmanship of B.P Mandal was appointed in 1979.
  • The commission recommended the 27% of reservation for OBC, it was implemented in 1990 by V P Singh government.
  • Creamy layer was first introduced in 1993 by  kept the limit Rs 1 Lakh  and it was raised to 2.5 Lakh in 2004, Rs 4.5 lakh in 2008, Rs 6 lakh in 2013 and 8 lakh in 2017.
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2.India Russia war games Indra to be held in  October.. 
India and Russia war games “Indra” to be held in October, this is India’s first bilateral tri-service military (Navy, Army and Air Force )exercise with any country.

The exercise is scheduled from October 19 to 29 with the aim is to carry out joint exercises for destructing of international terrorism under the United Nations mandate.

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Friday, September 15

OBC Income limit increased for creamy layer.

TNPSC Current Affairs - September 2017 by TNPSC Guru

The OBC(Other Backward Classes) Income Limit for Creamy layer has been raised to Rs 8 lakh from 6lakh per annum, as per official release. The children of persons having income more than Rs 8 lakh per annum for 3 consecutive years will not get benefit under OBC quota.

About Creamy Layer in OBC:
  • Creamy Layer in OBC means, the children of person  having income of more than Rs 8 lakh per annum for 3 consecutive years will not get benefit under 27 % of Other backward Class Quota.
  • Article 340 of Indian constitution says, to investigate the condition of the socially and educationally backward classes and suggest measures for their advancement, 2nd backward classes commission under the chairmanship of B.P Mandal was appointed in 1979.
  • The commission recommended the 27% of reservation for OBC, it was implemented in 1990 by V P Singh government.
  • Creamy layer was first introduced in 1993 by  kept the limit Rs 1 Lakh  and it was raised to 2.5 Lakh in 2004, Rs 4.5 lakh in 2008, Rs 6 lakh in 2013 and 8 lakh in 2017.



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TNPSC Daily Current Affairs - September 12 and 13, 2017 - TNPSC Current Affairs - www.TNPSCGURU.IN2017

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1.MoU between India and Morocco on cooperation in the field of health 
Union Cabinet has given its nod on cooperation in the field of health between India and Morocco.

The MoU will cover areas of Non-communicable diseases, including child cardiovascular diseases and cancer; Drug Regulation and Pharmaceutical quality control; Communicable Diseases; Maternal, child and neonatal health; Hospital twinning for exchange of good practices; Training in administration and management of health services and Hospitals; and other areas under mutually decided.


2.MoU between India and Armenia on Cooperation in the field of Disaster Management 
Union Cabinet has given its nod on signing MoU b/w India and Armenia on Cooperation in the field of Disaster management.
It will help to enhance its cooperation on Disaster management and contribute to the safety and well- being of people of both India and Armenia during any disaster.

3.Cabinet approves Rs 10,881 crore “Dairy Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund” 
The Union Cabinet committee on Economic Affairs has given its nod for Dairy processing & Infrastructure Development fund (DIDF) with a sum of Rs 10,881 crore for period from 2017-18 to 2028-29. It will help to build efficient milk procurement system and other processing infrastructure



4.Cabinet given nod to survey on India’s Un-appraised Areas of Sedimentary Basins 
Union Cabinet committee on Economic Affairs has given its nod to survey on India’s un-appraised area of sedimentary basins with the project  cost of Rs 2,932.99 crore.

The project will be implemented by National Oil Companies like Oil India Limited (OIL) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). The Project will conduct survey of 48,243 Line Kilometre (LKM) of 2D seismic data of the country’s sedimentary basins for which less data is available.

It will help to enhance the investments in domestic production of Oil and Gas.


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Thursday, September 14

Cabinet approves Rs 10,881 crore “Dairy Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund”

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The Union Cabinet committee on Economic Affairs has given its nod for Dairy processing & Infrastructure Development fund (DIDF) with a sum of Rs 10,881 crore for period from 2017-18 to 2028-29. It will help to build efficient milk procurement system and other processing infrastructure

About DIDF: 
DIDF will put effort on efficient milk procurement system and other processing infrastructure  by setting up of chilling infrastructure and installation of electronic milk adulteration testing equipment.

It also focuses on expansion of processing infrastructure and manufacturing faculties for Value Added Products for the Milk Union or Milk Producer Companies.

Implementation. 
  • It is implemented by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and National Dairy Development Cooperation (NCDC) directly through the End Borrowers.
  • The End borrowers like Milk Union, State dairy federation, Milk cooperatives , Milk Producer companies will get the loan @ 6.5 % per annum and repayment will be 10 years with initial 2 years moratorium.
  • State Government will be the guarantor of loan repayment if the borrowers fail to repay.

Benefits: 
It will benefit 95,00,000 farmers and create direct and indirect employment opportunities.

Also creation of additionally milk processing capacity of 126 lakh liter per day, then Milk drying capacity of 210 MT /day, 140lakh liter/day of milk Chilling capacity, 28000 milk coolers with electronic adulteration testing equipment and value added products manufacturing capacity of 59.78lakh liter per day of Milk.


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Cabinet given nod to survey on India’s Un-appraised Areas of Sedimentary Basins

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 Union Cabinet committee on Economic Affairs has given its nod to survey on India’s un-appraised area of sedimentary basins with the project  cost of Rs 2,932.99 crore.

The project will be implemented by National Oil Companies like Oil India Limited (OIL) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). The Project will conduct survey of 48,243 Line Kilometre (LKM) of 2D seismic data of the country’s sedimentary basins for which less data is available.

It will help to enhance the investments in domestic production of Oil and Gas.

Significance of Project: 
  • India has 26 Sedimentary basins with an area of 3.14 million Sq.km spread over land, shallow water and deep water.
  • In this 48 % of sedimentary basins area does not have enough geo-scientific data.
  • so this project will help us to know about the initial insight into the basins and helps in future exploration and production.
  • The project is likely to be completed by 2019-20 and it will be monitor by Directorate General of Hydrocarbon.
  • This project is also likely to generate direct as well as indirect employment for about 11,000 people .

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Tuesday, September 12

TNPSC Daily Current Affairs - September 11, 2017 - TNPSC Current Affairs - www.TNPSCGURU.IN2017

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1.Defence Minister Mantri Flags off Navika Sagar Parikrama

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman flagged off Navika Sagar Parikrama an all women crew from INS Mandovi naval training base, Panaji goa.

The six member women team of Navika Sagar Parikrama will circumnavigate the globe on Indian Navy’s Sailing vessel INSV Tarini. This is the first ever Indian Circumnavigation of the world by an all women team.


2.Movie “The shape of water bags” Golden lion. 
Guillermo del Toro’s monster thriller Movie “The Shape of Water”  has won the Venice Film Festival’s top prize, the Golden Lion. The movie is about a mute cleaning lady who falls in love with merman.

3.Joyciline Jepkosgei smashes 10km road world record. 
Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei broke her previous 10km world record and becoming the first women to complete 10 km distance under 30 minutes off the track.

She completed the distance in 29 minutes 43 seconds at Prague Grand Prix that eclipse her previous record of 30 minutes 04 seconds

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Defence Minister Mantri Flags off Navika Sagar Parikrama

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman flagged off Navika Sagar Parikrama an all women crew from INS Mandovi naval training base, Panaji goa.

The six member women team of Navika Sagar Parikrama will circumnavigate the globe on Indian Navy’s Sailing vessel INSV Tarini. This is the first ever Indian Circumnavigation of the world by an all women team.

About the Expedition :
  • The main objective of this expedition is to remove the societal attitude and mindset towards women by raising visibility of their participating in challenging environment and empowerment of women in all fields.
  • It also encourages the use of environment friendly non-conventional renewable energy .
  • This is India’s first ever all-Women crew will attempt to circumnavigate the globe and expected to return to Goa in April 2018.
  • The trip covers in 5 legs with stop overs at 4 ports include Fremantle, Australia; Lyttleton, New Zealand; Port Stanley, Falklands and Cape Town, South Africa.
  • During the voyage the team will monitor and report marine pollution on high seas, also collate and update Meteorological, Ocean, and Wave data on a regular basis for accurate weather forecast by Indian Meteorological Department and subsequent analysis by relevant organisation

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Monday, September 11

TNPSC Daily Current Affairs - September 10, 2017 - TNPSC Current Affairs - www.TNPSCGURU.IN2017

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 1.Successfully test fired third generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile –NAG. 
DRDO has successfully test fired third generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) twice in the ranges of Rajasthan.
It is successfully hit both the targets at different ranges and condition with accuracy.


2.Tamil Nadu CM Announces Godavari-Krishna-Palar Rivers linking scheme. 
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palanaisami said that to bring in a green revolution in drought hit Vellore district,  the government has taking efforts to create a scheme to link Godavari-Krishna-Palar Rivers. 

3.Mettur dam likely to open in another few weeks. 
Mettur Dam is likely to open in another few weeks for Samba season. The water level is raising gradually, officails said they will open the dam once it reached 90ft. As on Saturday the water level stood at 72.38ft and current rate of inflow will touch 90ft in another 2 weeks.

Mettur Dam full reservoir level is 120 ft and the storage capacity of water is 93.47tmc.

  
4.New eco-friendly cement LC3 contribute to reduce CO2 
The New Eco-Friendly cement Material which contribute less CO2 has been tested in Karen Scrivener’s lab at Swiss Federal Instituteof Technolgy at Lausanne, Switzerland collaboration with IIT Delhi ,Madras and TARA(Technology and Action for Rural Development)


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Supreme Court directed authorities to make Children not to walk long to school.

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Supreme Court directed Authorities to make sure children not to walk 3 – 6km long only to attend the school. 

SC Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said that Right of Education upto age of 14 years is now become fundamental right under Article 21 A of the Indian Constitution and making children to walk 3 – 6 km is not the spirit of Fundamental right to education.

Bench also directed Authorities open a upper primary school in such a manner that no child has to walk more than 3 km.

About Artilce 21 A (Right to Education)
  • Artilce 21 A of Indian Constitution says that state should provide free and compulsory education to all the children of the age of 6 to 14 years.
  • This provision was added by 86th constitutional Amendment Act of 2002.
  • This provision has been described as 2nd revolution in the chapter of Citizens rights

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New eco-friendly cement LC3 contribute to reduce CO2

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The New Eco-Friendly  Limestone Calcined Clay Cement or LC3 technology Cement Material which contribute less CO2 has been tested in Karen Scrivener’s lab at Swiss Federal Instituteof Technolgy at Lausanne, Switzerland collaboration with IIT Delhi ,Madras and TARA(Technology and Action for Rural Development)

About Emission and Replacement.
  • The major contributor to global Carbon dioxide emissions is Construction Industry.
  • Even though it is well known, developing Countries like India is very difficult to reduce the construction work because it needs to develop countries infrastructure.
  • The new method to reduce the emission is by use of Limestone Calcined Clay Cement or LC3 technology which is based on blend of Limestone and Calcined clay.
  • This method will effectively reduce 30 Per cent of CO2 emission compare to older technology.
  • In older technology, Limestone and materials like Clay has to heated together at high temperature around 1,450 C, that fuse without melting to give clinker. From this CO2 comes from both heating and breakdown of limestone into Co2, that accounts 60% of CO2 emissions
  • So to reduce emission, clinker has to be substituted with more calcined clay and Limestone, that helps to reduce emission by 30 %.
  • It is cost effective and does not require capital intensive modification in existing plants.

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Sunday, September 10

TNPSC Daily Current Affairs - September 9, 2017 - TNPSC Current Affairs - www.TNPSCGURU.IN2017

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1.Indian Warship INS Satpura and Kadmatt on Overseas deployment to East and South-East Asia
 Two Indian Naval WarShip INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt advanced on deployment to East and South-East Asia as part of India’s Act East Policy. It will visit 12 ports in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, South Korea, Russia, Japan, and Brunei.

The deployment stresses India’s peaceful presence and harmonious relation with the East and South-East Asia countries. The visit helps to strengthen existing bonds between the countries.


 2. “North East Calling” festival. 
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Sigh inaugurated the “North East Calling” Festival today which was organised by Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region under its ‘Destination North East series’ of this year.
The purpose of the festival is to promote the art, culture, heritage, cuisine, handicrafts, business and tourism of North Eastern part of India. 

3.Hurricane “ IRMA” hits Caribbean. 

Hurricane “Irma” hits Caribbean and killing atleast 23 .

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Saturday, September 9

Indian Warship INS Satpura and Kadmatt on Overseas deployment to East and South-East Asia

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Two Indian Naval WarShip INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt advanced on deployment to East and South-East Asia as part of India’s Act East Policy. It will visit 12 ports in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, South Korea, Russia, Japan, and Brunei.

The deployment stresses India’s peaceful presence and harmonious relation with the East and South-East Asia countries. The visit helps to strengthen existing bonds between the countries.

Important events during deployment:
  • Ships will participate in the International Fleet Review hosted by the Association of South East Asian Countries (ASEAN) at Thailand
  • Then it will visit Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia and Brunei to celebrate the 25th anniversary of India-ASEAN dialogue
  • Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise at Malaysia.
  • Also annual India-Russia bilateral exercise INDRA in Russia.

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TNPSC Daily Current Affairs - September 8, 2017 - TNPSC Current Affairs - www.TNPSCGURU.IN2017

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1.Exercise Yudh Abhyas – 2017 between India and US. 
13th Edition of exercise Yudh Abhyas-2017 to be conducted from 14 to 27 September at Joint Base Lewis McChord , Washington USA between India and US.

It is one of the largest joint running military training and defence cooperation between both countries.

2.International Literacy Day – 2017 on 8th September 2017 
International Literacy Day is celebrated on 8th September annually all over the world. This year 51st International literacy day is celebrated with the theme announced by UNESCO is “Literacy in a digital World”.

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TNPSC Daily Current Affairs - September 7, 2017 - TNPSC Current Affairs - www.TNPSCGURU.IN2017

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1.India’s UJALA scheme launched in Melaka, Malaysia.

Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lighting for All (UJALA ) scheme of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) under the ministry of Power of India has launched in the state of Melaka, Malaysia.

This scheme will provide 10 high qulity 9-watt LED bulbs to each household at a cost which is almost half of what is in market. It will make Malaysia to get clean energy, contribute to climate change targets and save falling energy resources.


2.India and Myanmar signed 11 Agreements.

India and Myanmar has signed 11 agreements on various fields on aim of expanding commercial     ties as part of Act East policy of India.
           


3.PM visits Ananda Temple, Bagan 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited the Ananda Temple, Bagan, in Myanmar. This is the 12th century Buddhist temple.Archaeological Survey of India has carried out restoration work after damage caused during Earthquake last year.

ASI already taken major conservation works across Asia, include the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, the Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the Vat Phou Temple in Laos, the my Son Temple in Vietnam and the Ta Prohm Temple in Cambodia,

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India and Myanmar signed 11 Agreements.

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India and Myanmar has signed 11 agreements on various fields on aim of expanding commercial     ties as part of Act East policy of India.
           
Memorandum of Understanding:
  • MoU on Maritime Security Cooperation
  • MoUCultural Exchange Programme for the year 2017-2020
  • MoU on Enhancing the Cooperation of the Upgradation of the Women's Police Training Centre at Yamethin, Myanmar.
  • MoU on Sharing White Shipping Information between the Indian Navy and Myanmar Navy
  • MoU on Technical Agreement for providing Coastal Surveillance System,
  • MoU on Cooperation in Medical Products Regulation.,cooperation in the field of Health and medicine
  • MoU on Establishment of MIIT, Establishment of India-Myanmar Center for Enhancement of IT-Skill
  • MoU in the field of elections ,Cooperation between Myanmar Press Council and the Press Council of India


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Friday, September 8

India’s UJALA scheme launched in Melaka, Malaysia.

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Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lighting for All (UJALA ) scheme of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) under the ministry of Power of India has launched in the state of Melaka, Malaysia.

This scheme will provide 10 high qulity 9-watt LED bulbs to each household at a cost which is almost half of what is in market. It will make Malaysia to get clean energy, contribute to climate change targets and save falling energy resources.

About UJALA and its Effect: 
  • UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lighting for All) scheme was launched on Jan 5 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • It is the world’s largest and most extensive LED distribution Programme scheme which was undertaken by EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited) of ministry of Power of India.
  • EESL has setup centers across the country to provide affordable LED bulbs and energy efficient appliances.
  • This scheme even helps to brought down the prices of LED bulbs from about Rs 400 to around Rs 70 per bulb within a small span of time due to healthy competition among manufacturers.
  • As of now there are more than 25 crore LED bulbs has been distributed across the country under UJALA scheme.
  • This helps in 33,828mnkWh of energy savings , 13,531 crores of savings in energy bills per annum, and about 2,74,00,887 tonnes of CO2 reduction is taking place in year.
  • Latest survey indicated that, public highly satisfied and  happy about the scheme mainly  after seeing reduction in their electricity bills 

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Thursday, September 7

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1.Government launches two new Contraceptives.

Two new Contraceptives, an injectable contraceptive MPA (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate) under the “Antara” Programme and a contraceptive pill “Chaya” has launched by the Ministry of Health and Family welfare.
It will help to expand the available contraceptive choices to meet the needs of couples. Hence it helps people to meet their family planning.



2.India to worry on slow pace of service talks at RCEP. 
During the 5th RCEP ministerial meeting to be held on September 10 in Manila on the side-lines of ASEAN Economic Ministers meeting, India is going to raise the concern regarding the slow pace of negotiations of services trade liberalisation as contrast to higher priority given to open up goods trade in the region.

India is worried that other countries of RCEP are keen on eliminating tariffs to open up goods trade instead of sticking to RCEP Principles and Objectives. Hope India will talk tough and will discuss further on opening up goods trade, only after ensuring the negotiation on services trade liberalisation catch up with talks on goods trade. (Source Hindu)



3.NITI Aayog launches the National Nutrition Strategy 
To address the child stunting and malnutrition among children and women, NITI Aayog has launched the National Nutrition Strategy and called for renewed focus on nutrition.
As per the latest report India shown decline in overall level of under nutrition but the pace of decline is far behind with other countries with similar growth trajectories.

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India to worry on slow pace of service talks at RCEP.

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During the 5th RCEP ministerial meeting to be held on September 10 in Manila on the side-lines of ASEAN Economic Ministers meeting, India is going to raise the concern regarding the slow pace of negotiations of services trade liberalisation as contrast to higher priority given to open up goods trade in the region.

India is worried that other countries of RCEP are keen on eliminating tariffs to open up goods trade instead of sticking to RCEP Principles and Objectives. Hope India will talk tough and will discuss further on opening up goods trade, only after ensuring the negotiation on services trade liberalisation catch up with talks on goods trade. (Source Hindu)

About RCEP:
  • RCEP is a proposed free trade agreement being negotiated between 10 ASEAN countries and their Free Trade Agreement partners, Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.
  • If the negotiation are successful, it would create the world’s largest trading bloc.
  • The trade bloc represents world’s 46 % of population with combined GDP of around $17 trillion and accounts of 40% of world trade.
  • It will cover of issues such as trade in goods, services, investment, competition, intellectual property rights, telecommunication and economic and technical cooperation

India’s benefit from RCEP:
  • RCEP will help to achieve India’s aim and objective of look-East policy.
  • RCEP is important to India because India is not a member of 2 other major regional economic group APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic cooperation) and TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership).
  • RCEP will help India’s Trade volume to increase with countries, which India not signed FTA like China, New Zealand, and Australia.
  • Once the RCEP get negotiated it can easily access the entire 16 member’s trade bloc and India’s Service sector like IT, telecoms, BPO, KPO, Banking services are likely to get more benefits.

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Wednesday, September 6

Government launches two new Contraceptives (Antara and Chaya)

TNPSC Current Affairs - September 2017 by TNPSC Guru.

Two new Contraceptives, an injectable contraceptive MPA (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate) under the “Antara” Programme and a contraceptive pill “Chaya” has launched by the Ministry of Health and Family welfare.
It will help to expand the available contraceptive choices to meet the needs of couples. Hence it helps people to meet their family planning.

About the new Contraceptives:
  • The objective of introducing new contraceptives is to help the changing needs of couples and helps women to plan and space their pregnancies.
  • These contraceptives are safe and highly effective, an injectable Antara is effective for 3 months and pill Chaya is effective for 1 week.
  • As now these 2 Contraceptives are launched in 10 states includes, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Odisha, West Bengal, Goa , Delhi and Haryana.
  • Training has been completed to all the  healthcare practitioners , district level doctors and staff  nurses for supporting roll out. 
Other Family planning initiatives (Mission Parivar Vikas) 
  • It is central Family Planning initiative with a focus on improving acess to contraceptives through delivering assured services, guaranteeing commodity security and access to high quality family planning services.
  • It main aim of this family planning initiative is to come down the Total Fertility rate to 2.1 by 2025.
  • It has been implemented in 146 high focus districts of country which has highest total fertility rates.
  • Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Assam, state which has highest Total fertility rates states which constitute 44% of population, Mission will be focus high on these states. 
Government also recently launched the software FP-LMIS (Family planning logistics Management Information System) to provide information to Health Facilities and ASHAs on the demand and distribution of Contraceptives

Through these initiatives government has expecting to achieve 74% of  its goal by 2020 in family planning .

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Tuesday, September 5

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1.Important moves of BRICS – 2017, Xiamen, China. 
The 9th annual summit of BRICS kicked off on Sunday at Xiamen , China in new  BRICS plus format with non BRICS leaders of Egypt, Mexico, Thailand, Guinea and Tajikistan along with BRICS leaders.

First time it has named two Pakistan-based terrorist groups, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad as global terror groups.

Also BRICS leaders signed four important documents during Summit to deepen commercial ties among the BRICS countries.



2.Demands for Restoring education to state list

All Party meeting Organised by opposition party under leadership of DMK in Tamil Nadu has demanded to restore Education from concurrent list to state list.

Background: 
  • During formation of constitution education was listed under the State list under Schedule 7 of Indian Constitution.
  • The 42nd Amendment Act of 1976 transferred five subjects to concurrent list which includes Education , Forest, Weights and measures, Protection of wild animals and birds, administration of justice.
  • In the concurrent list both Centre and state can make laws list enumerated under the concurrent list. But if there is any conflict between Central and State law, Central law prevails over the state list.
  • At present there are 52 subjects under concurrent list, Originally it was 47.
  • At present in State list there are 61 subjects, Originally it was 66.
  • In Centre list there are 100 subjects but originally it was 97 subjects under Schedule Seven of Indian Constitution.


3.HAL signed orders for 41 Dhruv helicopters. 
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has signed a order for 41 Dhruv advanced helicopters for the Indian Army and Navy. The total cost of the project is around Rs 6,100 crore of these, 40 helicopters for Indian Army and 1 for Indian Navy.


4.I do what I do: on reforms Rhetoric and Resolve – Raghuram Rajan. 

I Do What I Do : reforms Rhetoric and Resolve – is the new Book of Former Reserve Bank of India  Governor Raghuram Rajan.

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Important moves of BRICS – 2017, Xiamen, China.

TNPSC Current Affairs - September 2017 by TNPSC Guru.

The 9th annual summit of BRICS kicked off on Sunday at Xiamen , China in new  BRICS plus format with non BRICS leaders of Egypt, Mexico, Thailand, Guinea and Tajikistan along with BRICS leaders.

First time it has named two Pakistan-based terrorist groups, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad as global terror groups.

Also BRICS leaders signed four important documents during Summit to deepen commercial ties among the BRICS countries. 
  • Action Agenda on Economic and Trade Cooperation
  • Action Plan for Innovation Cooperation(2017-2020)
  • Strategic Framework of BRICS Customs Cooperation
  • MoU between the BRICS Business Council and the New Development Bank on Strategic Cooperation

About BRICS: 
  • BRICS is an international association of five major emerging economies namely B-Brazil, R-Russia, I-India, C-China, S-South Africa.
  • It comprise of world’s 43% of population, 30% of World GDP and 17 % share in world trade.
  • Early it was known as BRIC , in 2010 South Africa was included and then known as BRICS.
  • The objective of BRICS was Economic co-operation and development without dependence on West .
  • The Name BRIC was coined by an economist of Goldman Sachs, Jim O’ Neil.
  • The first summit was held at Yekaterinburg, Russia (2009), 2nd summit at Bazil (2010), 3rd summit at Sanya, China (2011), 4th summit at New Delhi, India (2012), 5th summit at Durban, South Africa (2013), 6th Summit at Fortaleza, Brazil (2014), 7th Summit at Ufa, Russia (2015), 8th Summit at Goa, India (2016) and 9th Summit at Xiamen , China (2017)

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