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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

PIB COMPILATION - 1ST FEBRUARY TO 15TH FEBRUARY BY GSSCORE

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The PIB releases contains a lot of useful and accurate information regarding all the developments at government’s level and overtime has emerged as a popular source and alternative/supplement to news paper reading for students.
The following compilation will help students to access PIB releases every fortnight in brief and relevant manner along with practice questions.





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Vision IAS Prelims 2019 Test Series With Solutions

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Daily Current Affairs, 20th February 2019

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1) World Day of Social Justice: 20 February
•The World Day of Social Justice is celebrated annually all over the world on 20 February. The theme for WDSJ 2019 is “If You Want Peace & Development, Work for Social Justice”. The International Labour Organization unanimously adopted the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization on 10 June 2008.

2) PM Modi Flagged Off 1st Ever Diesel To Electric Conversion Locomotive
•Under ‘Make in India’ initiative, Indian Railways has created history by converting a diesel locomotive into electric locomotive for the first time in the world. This all new converted energy-efficient electric locomotive has been flagged off by PM Narendra Modi in Varanasi.

•In a first of its kind notable initiative, the diesel locomotive which has been converted to electric locomotive by the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) in Varanasi. The entire project is an Indian R&D innovation for the entire world, says Indian Railways.

•The converted electric locomotive delivers 10,000 HP against 2 X 2612 HP of two diesel locomotive (92 percent more power). A 10,000 HP of haulage power is adequate to haul a load up to nearly 5300 Tonnes, providing around 2:1 HP to trailing load ratio.

3) Saudi Becomes 73rd Nation To Sign International Solar Alliance
•Saudi Arabia became the 73rd nation to sign the International Solar Alliance. ISA was unveiled by PM Narendra Modi and former French President Francois Hollande in 2015. The move came at Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visit to India.





4) Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons Inaugurated ‘Eco Circuit’ Project in Kerala
•K.J. Alphons, Union Minister for Tourism inaugurated the project ‘Development of Eco Circuit: Pathanamthitta – Gavi – Vagamon – Thekkady’ under the Swadesh Darshan scheme of Ministry of Tourism at Vagamon, Kerala.

•This Eco Circuit project was sanctioned in December 2015 for Rs. 76.55 crores. Major works carried out under the project includes Eco Adventure Tourism Park at Vagamon, Cultural Centre at Kadamanitta.

5) Development Projects Worth Rs. 3350 crores Unveiled by PM in Varanasi
•The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi unveiled development projects worth Rs. 3350 crores for Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. These projects pertain to various sectors of Health, Sanitation, Smart City, Connectivity, Power, Housing and others.

•PM distributed certificates to the beneficiaries of various schemes. He released commemorative postage stamp on completion of 100 Years of IIT BHU. He also inaugurated BHU Cancer Centre and Bhabha Cancer Hospital, Lahartara.

6) Commerce Minister Launched ‘SWAYATT’ on GeM
•Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu,launched SWAYATT in New Delhi. SWAYATT is an initiative to promote Start-ups, Women and Youth Advantage Through eTransactions on Government e Marketplace (GeM). This will bring together the key stakeholders within the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem to Government e-Marketplace the national procurement portal.

•On this occasion, Commerce Minister also dedicated GeM Start-up Runway-an initiative of GeM in association with Start-up India to facilitate Start-ups registered with Start-up India to access the public procurement market and sell innovative products and services to government buyers.

7) Textiles Minister Launched 4 Projects in North-East For Development Of Silk Sector
•Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, launched four projects in North East for the development of silk sector through video conference in New Delhi. Smriti Zubin Irani inaugurated Muga silk seed production centre in Tura, Meghalaya, silk printing and processing unit in Agartala, Tripura, Eri spun silk mill in Sangaipat, Imphal and development of sericulture in Mamit, Mizoram.

•The Minister also inaugurated new office building of Weavers Service Centres (WSC) in Indore, Madhya Pradesh and Kannur, Kerala. Muga Silkworm Seed Production Centre (SSPC), Tura, Meghalaya is one of the projects taken up directly by Centre Silk Board(CSB) for implementation under Integrated Sericulture Development Project (ISDP) of NERTPS for creation of seed infrastructure units in NE States.

8) India’s First Hi-Tech Forensic Lab NCFL and CyPAD Inaugurated In New Delhi
•Cyber Prevention Awareness and Detection (CyPAD) Centre and the National Cyber Forensic Lab (NCFL) were inaugurated by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and LG Anil Baijal in Dwarka, New Delhi.

•To spread awareness among school students and teachers, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has started a popular Twitter handle @CyberDost.

9) Government Relaxes Angel Tax Norms For Start-ups From 7 Years To 10 Years
•The Ministry of Commerce and Industry in an attempt to provide relief to and boost investments into start-ups in India has decided to simplify the process for them to get exemptions under the Income Tax Act, 1961.

•It will now recognize an entity as a start-up up to 10 years from the date of its incorporation or registration instead of the existing duration of 7 years. It will also recognize an entity as a start-up if its turnover for any of the financial years since its incorporation or registration does not exceed Rs 100 crore unlike the previous amount of Rs 25 crore.



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Is it possible to clear IAS prelims in 3 months?

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YES it is.
If you are willing to dedicate around 12 hours of serious study, you can do it
CSAT: Many candidates, especially from non-science or non-engineering background fail to clear CSAT’s cutoff . Do not neglect this paper if your quant/maths is weak. Try some coaching institutes’ mock papers to judge your ability. Give 3 hours daily for CSAT if it is not prepared. if you are good at it and easily score 140+ marks in coaching’s mock in CSAT paper, you dont need to worry much. Dedicate this time to GS and but practice some mock in last 1 month.
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The HINDU Notes – 20th February 2019

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📰 Ordinance to curb Ponzi schemes gets nod

•The Cabinet on Tuesday approved the promulgation of an ordinance with regard to the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, to protect investors from Ponzi schemes.

•The Lok Sabha had passed the Bill on the last day of the Budget session, but could not get the approval of the Rajya Sabha.

•The proposed ordinance will tackle the menace of illicit deposit-taking activities launched by rapacious operators, who at present are exploiting regulatory gaps and lack of strict administrative measures to dupe poor and gullible people of their hard-earned savings, an official statement said. It has provisions for punishment and disgorgement or repayment of deposits in cases where such schemes nonetheless manage to raise deposits.

📰 Govt. provides ₹361 cr. more for mid-day meals cooking cost

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THE HINDU NEWSPAPER IMPORTANT ARTICLES 20.02.2018

RRB NTPC 2019 Notification for Recruitment for 1.3 lakhs vacancy ( NTPC, Para Medical, Ministerial, level 1)

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Click here to Download RRB NTPC 2019 Notification for Recruitment for 1.3 lakhs vacancy ( NTPC, Para Medical, Ministerial, level 1) 




Application Start Date

Name of the CategoryApplication Start Date
NTPCFebruary 28th, 2019 at 10.00 am
Para-Medical StaffMarch 4th, 2019 at 10.00 am
Ministerial and Isolated CategoriesMarch 8th, 2019 at 10.00 am
Level 1 PositionsMarch 12th, 2019 at 10.00 am
The candidates will have to wait for the official notification to get more information on education qualification for each positions and the eligibility and age criteria for desirable candidates. The application fee for general candidates is Rs. 500 and for candidates from reserved category is Rs. 250.






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UPSC IAS 2019: How to fill Civil Services Prelims Application Form?

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Every year UPSC conducts Civil Services Exam at Pan India level for filling the administrative positions in different All-India Services and Central Civil Services including IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, and IRTS. The selection process consist of three stages—Preliminary Exam (Objective Multiple Choice), Mains Exam (Written) and Final Interview. Eligible candidates can start filling the Online Application Form for Civil Services Prelims 2019 Exam from 19th February, 2019 till 18th March, 2019 (6:00 PM)Below are the Important Dates of UPSC IAS 2019 Exam:
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

UPSC CSE Prelims Previous Year Question Paper Download

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Daily Current Affairs, 19th February 2019

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1) Rajnath Singh Launches Pan-India Number 112 For Women Safety
•Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi launched a range of citizen safety initiatives in New Delhi. It includes the Emergency Response Support System, ERSS, for women safety in 16 states and Union territories. The service has already been launched in Himachal Pradesh and Nagaland.

•Persons in distress can dial a pan-India number: 112. Under this system, all the stateshave to set up a dedicated Emergency Response Centre, ERC. A citizen may Press the power button on a smartphone thrice quickly to activate a panic call to ERC. In case of a feature phone, long press on number 5 or 9 on the phone keypad will activate the panic call.

2) Rajasthan Assembly Passes Bills Scrapping Minimum Qualification For Local Polls
•The Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan passed the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Rajasthan Municipality (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to end the minimum education criterion for panchayat and civic polls candidates.

•The previous BJP government had introduced the minimum qualification of class 10 for Zila Parishad/Panchayat member election, and class 5 or 8 class for the post of sarpanch.

3) 4th Agri Leadership Summit 2019 Held At Sonipat, Haryana




•Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh, inaugurated the 4th Agri Leadership Summit 2019 at the India International Horticulture Market (IIHM) in Ganaur, Sonipat district, Haryana. It was a 3-day summit. The theme of the summit was “Entrepreneurship & Agri-Business; Agri Allied – A Promising Sector and Agri Service- Direct Marketing”.

•President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the closing ceremony of the summit. He launched Digital Kisan Platform. He also conferred Krishi Ratna Puraskar on Vice Chancellor K. P. Singh of Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar and honoured 9 farmers with the Kisan Ratna Puraskar.

4) Iran’s First Semi-Heavy Missile-Equipped Submarine Fateh Unveiled
•Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani unveiled the first Iranian made semi-heavy submarine named ‘Fateh’ (‘Conqueror’ in Persian), capable of being fitted with missiles, as per the reporting on Iran’s state TV.

•It has subsurface-to-surface missiles with a range of about 2,000 km (1,250 miles)and is capable of reaching Israel and U.S. military bases in the region.

5) International Annual Desert Festival Held In Jaisalmer
•The 40th International Annual Desert Festival held on the sand dune in Jaisalmerwith thousands of tourists participating in the colourful event. The 3-day festival, which exhibits the rich cultural heritage of the desert state, commenced with a colourful procession from Gadsisar lake fort.

•It had interesting events like Mr. Desert and Ms. Moomal competitions, mustache competitions, turban tying, musical and cultural performances, among others. Folk artists also gave their enthralling performance.

6) India’s First ‘Fulldome 3D Digital Theatre’ Inaugurated In Kolkata
•Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma inaugurated India’s very first ‘Fulldome 3D Digital Theatre’ at the Science City in Kolkata, West Bengal. It is fully funded by the Ministry of Culture at a cost of Rs 20 crore. The Science City is operated by the National Council of Science Museums under the Ministry of Culture.

7) IAF Carried Out ‘Vayu Shakti’ Exercise At Pokhran
•Indian Air Force conducted mega exercise ‘Vayu Shakti’ in Pokhran, Rajasthan. The exercise was carried out day and night where the IAF showcased firepower capability of indigenously developed platforms and efficacy of missiles.

•For the first time, the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALP) and the Akash surface-to-air missile were deployed in the military exercise. MiG-29 fighter jet also participated in the exercise. The capability of Griffin Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) a laser-guided bomb system was also showcased in the exercise. The honorary group captain of the IAF, Sachin Tendulkar was present during the exercise.

8) RBI To Pay Rs 28,000 Crore As Interim Dividend To Government
•The Reserve Bank has announced that it will transfer an interim surplus of 28,000 crorerupees to the central government for the half-year ended 31st December 2018. The central bank follows a July-June financial year and usually distributes the dividend in August after annual accounts are finalised.

•With this interim transfer, the government will get a total of Rs 68,000 crore from the central bank in the current fiscal. The RBI had transferred Rs 40,000 crore to the government in August 2018.

•This will be the highest receipt from RBI in a single financial year for the government, exceeding the Rs 65,896 crore it received in FY16 and Rs 40,659 crore in FY18. A committee headed by former Reserve Bank of India governor Bimal Jalan has been set up to review RBI’s economic capital framework.



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