PIB(29/03/2019): UPSC Current Affairs to prepare for UPSC Exam

Ministry of Water Resources, River Development

Water storage dimension of 91 noteworthy stores of the nation goes somewhere near two percent

  • The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on  March 28, 2019 was 50.307 BCM, which is 31% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs.
  • This percentage was at 33% for the week ending on March 20, 2019. The level of water storage in the week ending on March 28, 2019 was 110% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 101% of storage of average of last ten years.
  • The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 161.993 BCM which is about 63% of the total storage capacity of 257.812 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country. 37 Reservoirs out of these 91 have hydropower advantage with introduced limit of more than 60 MW.

                                                 Finance Commission

Speech of Shri N.K. Singh, Chairman, XVFC at the launch of the book ‘Indian Fiscal Federalism’

  • The 7th schedule of the Constitution based on Art 246 of the Constitution clearly lays down the subjects for the Union List, the concurrent list and the State List with the exception that each will respect so to say the territorial limits of the other.
  • The autonomy of the State, if one were to use that expression, was severely circumscribed the moment they become a party to and indeed voted for the constitutional amendments enlarging not only the Concurrent List but enlargement in the Central government spending on State governments subject has correctly pointed out by the authors.

                                         Ministry of Commerce & Industry

  • Commerce Secretary,Dr.AnupWadhawan, launched blockchain based coffee e-marketplace through video conferencing in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion he said that this pilot project will help integrate the farmers with markets in a transparent manner and lead to realisation of fair price for the coffee producer.
  • India is the only country in the world where entire coffee is grown under shade, handpicked and sun dried.
  • It produces one of the best coffees in the world, produced by small coffee growers, tribal farmers adjacent to National Parks and Wild Life Sanctuaries in the Western and Eastern Ghats, which are two of the major bio-diversity hot spots in the world.

Vice President’s Secretariat

        Farmers are critical for the well-being of the nation

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that farmers were critical for the well-being of the nation and they play a huge role in ensuring and maintaining home grown food security in India. read more

Himalai IAS 264 Programme

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PIB(28/03/2019): UPSC Current Affairs to prepare for UPSC Exam

  Cabinet

Cabinet apprised about MoU on Antarctic cooperation between India and Argentine

  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, was apprised about an MoU signed in February, 2019 between India and Argentine on Antarctic cooperation.
  • The MoU will help scientific cooperation on projects in the fields of Earth sciences, as well as those related to the protection and conservation of the natural environment of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans.
  • Scientific co-operation on projects in the fields of -inter alia- Earth sciences and life sciences, as well as those related to the protection and conservation of the natural environment of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans.

Ministry of Corporate Affairs

Cabinet approves creation of additional posts of three Judicial Members and three Technical Members in the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal

  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved creation of additional posts of three Judicial Members and three Technical Members in the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal.
  • The posts will be created in Level 17 (Rs.2,25,000/- fixed) plus allowances as admissible.  The total financial implication will be Rs.2,27,82,096 per annum.
  • This will ensure to meet the mandate provided to NCLAT by the Finance Act, 2017, the Companies Act, the IBC, 2016 and the time frame provided for disposal of cases.

Ministry of Defence

Inaugural edition of AFINDEX-19 Culminates with an impressive closing ceremony at Pune on 27 March 19

  • The inaugural edition of the Africa-India Field Training Exercise-2019 (AFINDEX-19) culminated on 27 March 2019 after a validation exercise and an impressive closing ceremony at Foreign Training Node, Aundh Military Station, Pune.
  • General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff witnessed the closing ceremony alongwith other dignitaries included senior military officers of the Indian Army and representatives of   17 African nations namely Benin, Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • General Bipin Rawat congratulated the participating nations for showing great enthusiasm and zeal during the entire duration of AFINDEX-19.

   Ministry of Defence

Opening Ceremony Indo-Sri Lanka Joint Exercise Mitra Shakti-VI

  • Opening ceremony of Exercise MITRA SHAKTI VI, a 14 days joint training exercise of the Indian Army and the Sri Lankan Army has been held on 27 March at Diyatalawa Parade Ground in Diyatalawa, Badulla District, Sri Lanka.
  • The Indian Army contingent comprises of a company group from BIHAR Regiment and a similar strength from the First Gemunu Watch Battalion of Sri Lankan Army.
  • The primary focus of the exercise is to train and equip the contingents to undertake joint counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations in urban/ rural environment under the United Nations flag.

                                                Ministry of Defence

India Joins Select Group of Nations, Destroys Live Satellite in Low Earth Orbit

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted an Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile test ‘Mission Shakti’ from the Dr AP J Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha.
  • The test has demonstrated the Nation’s capability to defend its assets in outer space.It is a vindication of the strength and robust nature of DRDO’s programmes.
  • With this India joins a select group of nations, which have such capability. The test has by and by demonstrated the ability of indigenous weapon frameworks.
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PIB(26/03/2019): UPSC Current Affairs to prepare for UPSC Exam

 Department of Space

Young Scientist Programme (Yuvika) – Online Registration

  • ISRO has started a  programme for School Children.
  • The Program is primarily aimed at imparting basic knowledge on Space Technology, Space Science and Space Applications to the younger ones with the intent of arousing their interest in the emerging areas of Space activities.

   Ministry of Defence

Chief of naval operations Sunil Lanba commissions Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Training Facility read more