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Dam safety conferences are organized as an annual event under the Dam Safety Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) project being run by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation  (MoWR,RD & GR) in the seven states of Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and Uttarakhand. It was launched in the year 2012 with a financial outlay of Rs. 2100 Crores. This World Bank aided project aims at  the rehabilitation of old dams in the country that may be experiencing distress and are in need of attention for ensuring their structural safety and operational efficiency. The proj... Read More...

  Feb 10, 2018   General Category

New science schemes Ministry for Science & Technology has announced four schemes to promote young scientists and researchers in the country. The scheme primarily aims at early recognition and reward to young talent in the field of science.  The schemes focus on youth to empower, recognize and motivate them. Teacher Associateship for Research Excellence (TARE) scheme Teacher Associateship for Research Excellence (TARE) scheme aims to tap the potential of trained faculty in Universities, colleges and private academic institutions. 500 teachers will be assisted under the Teacher As... Read More...

  Feb 09, 2018   General Category

Rapid Reporting System for the Scheme for Adolescent Girls Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) has launched Rapid Reporting System (RRS) for the Scheme for Adolescent Girls - a web based on line monitoring for the Scheme for Adolescent Girls. The RRS will facilitate the monitoring of the scheme and taking corrective measures by ensuring faster flow of information, accurate targeting of the beneficiaries and reduction of leakages. This Portal has been developed in collaboration with National Informatics Centre (NIC). Need The scheme is based on the realization of the multi-dim... Read More...

  Feb 08, 2018   General Category

Global Centre for Cybersecurity World Economic Forum (WEF) has announced a new Global Centre for Cybersecurity, in a bid to safeguard the world from hackers and growing data breaches — especially from nation-states. — the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Wednesday announced a new Global Centre for Cybersecurity. The centre has its headquarter in Geneva. Global Centre for Cybersecurity offers first platform for governments, companies and international organizations to diminish the impact of malicious activities on web. The aim of the centre is to establish the first global platform for governments, busines... Read More...

  Feb 06, 2018   General Category

PADMA AWARDS The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian honours of India announced annually on the eve of Republic Day. The Awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service). The award seeks to recognize achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved. The Padma Awards are conferred on the recommendations made by the Padma Awards Committee, which is constituted by the Prime Minister every year. The nomination process is open to ... Read More...

  Feb 04, 2018   General Category

Zero Budget Natural Farming Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF), which is a set of farming methods, and also a grassroots peasant movement, has spread to various states in India. It has attained wide success in southern India, especially the southern Indian state of Karnataka where it first evolved. ZBNF inspires a spirit of volunteerism among its peasant farmer members, who are the main protagonists of the movement. The four pillars of ZNBF: Microbial culture: It provides nutrients, but most importantly, acts as a catalytic agent that promotes the activi... Read More...

  Feb 03, 2018   General Category

Khelo India Programme Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has launched Pledge for Khelo India at Khelo India School Games Carnival in Delhi. The pledge resonates with vision of Khelo India programme and is aimed at inspiring youngsters to build mass participation and excellence in sports. Some of the salient features of the Programme include: • an unprecedented Pan Indian Sports Scholarship scheme, which would cover 1,000 most talented young athletes each year across select sports disciplines. • Each athlete selected under the scheme shall receive an annual scholarship ... Read More...

  Feb 01, 2018   General Category

Measles-Rubella campaign India, along with ten other WHO South East Asia Region member countries, have resolved to eliminate measles and control rubella/congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) by 2020. In this direction, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has initiated measles-rubella (MR) vaccination campaign in the age group of 9 months to less than 15 years in a phased manner across the nation. The campaign aims to cover approximately 41 crore children. The Measles-Rubella campaign is a part of global efforts to reduce illness and deaths due to measles and rubella/CRS in the country. Measles immunization directly co... Read More...

  Jan 31, 2018   General Category

Jal Marg Vikas Project The Government is developing National Waterway-1 (NW-1) under the Jal Marg Vikas Project, with assistance from the World Bank. NW-1 refers to 1620 km Haldia-Allahabad stretch of River Ganga. The project would be completed over a period of six years at an estimated cost of Rs. 4,200 crore. Phase-I of the project covers the Haldia-Varanasi stretch. The project includes development of fairway, multi-modal terminals, strengthening of open river navigation technique, conservancy works, modern River Information System (RIS), Digital Global Positioning System (DGPS), night navigation facilities, modern... Read More...

  Jan 30, 2018   General Category

Harvest Festivals Of India 1. Makar Sankranti Where? Pan India in different ways but mainly in the north Celebrated all over the country, Makar Sankranti is the oldest and the most colorful harvest festival in India. As per Hindu mythology, this festival marks the end of an unfavorable phase and the beginning of a holy phase. Particularly in villages of Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Himachal, West Bengal, and Punjab, people celebrate the harvest of new crops with bonfire, carnivals, songs, da... Read More...

  Jan 28, 2018   General Category

National Nutrition Strategy The nutrition strategy envisages a framework wherein the four proximate determinants of nutrition – uptake of health services, food, drinking water & sanitation and income & livelihoods – work together to accelerate decline of under nutrition in India. Currently, there is also a lack of real time measurement of these determinants, which reduces the capacity for targeted action among the most vulnerable mothers and children. Supply side challenges often overshadow the need to address behavioural change efforts to generate demand for nutrition services. This strategy, there... Read More...

  Jan 26, 2018   General Category

Swaminathan Report: National Commission on Farmer The National Commission on Farmers was chaired by Prof. M. S. Swaminathan. The findings and recommendations encompass issues of access to resources and social security entitlements. Key Findings and Recommendations Farmer's distress: Agrarian distress has led farmers to commit suicide in recent years.  The major causes of the agrarian crisis are: unfinished agenda in land reform, quantity and quality of water, technology fatigue, access, adequacy and timeliness of institu... Read More...

  Jan 24, 2018   General Category

Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology NASA has invented a new type of autonomous space navigation that could see human-made spacecraft heading into the far reaches of the Solar System, and even farther - by using pulsars as guide stars. It's called Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology, or SEXTANT (named after an 18th century nautical navigation instrument), and it uses X-ray technology to see millisecond pulsars, using them much like a GPS uses satellites. Pulsars are highly magnetised, rapidly rotating neutron stars - the result of a massive star's core collapsing ... Read More...

  Jan 23, 2018   General Category

Accessible India Campaign Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) has launched Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) as a nation-wide Campaign for achieving universal accessibility for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). It has the following three important components : Part A: Built Environment Accessibility An accessible physical environment benefits everyone, not just persons with disabilities. Measures should be undertaken to eliminate obstacles and barriers to indoor and outdoor facilities including schools, medical facilities, and workplaces. These... Read More...

  Jan 21, 2018   General Category

  India Hypertension Management Initiative (IHMI) The IHMI aims to reduce disability and death related to cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading cause of death in India, by improving the control of high blood pressure (hypertension), reducing salt consumption and eliminating artificial trans-fats, leading risk factors for CVD. The initiative is an attempt to raise awareness about NCDs amongst families regarding packaged food and processed foods with excessive salt and trans-fat. The risk factors have to be managed at a very young ag... Read More...

  Jan 20, 2018   General Category

Border Protection Grid The concept of Border Protection Grid (BPG) for multi-pronged and foolproof mechanism is to secure our border. The grid will comprise of various elements namely physical barriers, non-physical barriers, surveillance system, Intelligence agencies, State Police, BSF and other State and Central agencies. BPG will be supervised by a State level Standing Committee under the Chairmanship of respective Chief Secretaries. BPG will ensure greater help for the States in the overall border security. The areas to be covered by non-physical barriers are those where fencing is not feasible like rivers or null... Read More...

  Jan 19, 2018   General Category

MSME Sambandh A Public Procurement Portal ‘MSME Sambandh’ was launched recently by the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises. The objective of the portal is to monitor the implementation of the Public Procurement from MSEs by Central Public Sector Enterprises. The Procurement Policy launched in 2012 mandates the Central Government Departments / CPSUs to procure necessarily from MSEs i.e. every Central Ministry / Department / PSU shall set an annual goal for procurement from the MSE sector at the beginning of the year, with the objective of achieving an overall procurement goal of minimum... Read More...

  Jan 18, 2018   General Category

Trachoma The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has released the National Trachoma Survey Report (2014-17). According to the report, India is now free from ‘infective trachoma’. Active trachoma infection has been eliminated among children in all the survey districts with overall prevalence of only 0.7%. This is much below the elimination criteria of infective trachoma as defined by the WHO. Trachoma is a chronic infective disease of the eye and is the leading cause of infective blindness globally. Trachoma is a disease of poor environmental and personal hygiene and inadequate access to wate... Read More...

  Jan 17, 2018   General Category

INDICES The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) is a method of quantifying and numerically marking the environmental performance of a state's policies. This index was developed from the Pilot Environmental Performance Index, first published in 2002, and designed to supplement the environmental targets set forth in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The EPI was preceded by the Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI), published between 1999 and 2005. Both indexes were developed by Yale University (Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy) and Co... Read More...

  Jan 14, 2018   General Category

Integrated Disease Surveillance Project According to a recent data of Health Ministry Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) has indicated that food poisoning is one of the commonest outbreaks reported in 2017. This is apart from acute diarrhoeal disease (ADD). According to the recent data, 312 of the 1,649 outbreaks in 2017 were due to ADD and 242 were due to food poisoning. The IDSP has interpreted that the incidence of ADD and food poisoning is high in places where food is cooked in bulk, such as canteens, hostels and wedding venues. Food poisoning, also called food-borne illness, is caused by eati... Read More...

  Jan 13, 2018   General Category