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19 January 2019
SUNDAY ETHICS “IF A COUNTRY IS TO BE CORRUPTION FREE AND BECOME A NATION OF BEAUTIFUL MINDS, I STRONGLY FEEL THERE ARE THREE KEY SOCIETAL MEMBERS WHO CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THEY ARE FATHER, THE MOTHER AND THE TEACHER.” – A. P. J. ABDUL KALAM. ANALYSE. Role of Father: He is always the first Role Model for a child. Most of us learn by emulating our father. Child takes cues from his father. He thinks that father's behaviour is the ideal behaviour. This, with time becomes ingrained in his mind and becomes a part of his own character. Eg: If…
19 January 2019
THE NEWS The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has announced the launch window for Chandrayaan-2, which aims to launch a lander/rover on the Moon, March 25 - April 30 and list of other priority programmes this year. ISRO’S 2019 ROADMAP: ISRO has planned 32 missions this year, these include Gaganyaan project, reaching out to students, outreach programmes, and other planned missions. The tentative timeline for ISRO’s ambitious Gaganyaan mission through which humans will orbit the earth for three to seven days at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore. GSAT-20, in-flight connectivity: The primary mission among these will be the GSAT-20,…
19 January 2019
SATURDAY SCHEME National Clean Air Programme NCAP proposes to achieve a national-level target of 20-30% reduction of PM2.5 and PM10 concentration by between 2017 and 2024. With India having 14 out of world's 20 most polluted cities in terms of PM2.5 levels as confirmed by WHO. This programme aims at addressing the issue Key Features Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) will execute this nation-wide programme in accordance with Air Prevention and Control of Pollution Act,1986. launched with an initial budget of ?300 crore for the first two years. The plan includes 102 non-attainment cities, across 23 states and Union territories,…
18 January 2019
THE NEWS NITI Aayog has proposed that all subsidies for agriculture, including fertiliser, electricity, crop insurance, irrigation and interest subvention be replaced by income transfer. WHAT NITI AAYOG HAS SUGGESTED: NITI Aayog has suggested that all subsidies should be replaced by income transfer. Telangana and Odisha have adopted income support to help alleviation to agrarian distress as opposed to loan waiver that have been announced by other states. The agriculture sector gets input subsidies worth over Rs 2 lakh crore every year. Based on the total cultivable area in the country, it amounts to Rs 15,000 per hectare. Under the…
17 January 2019
THE NEWS The Central Government has allocated an additional Rs. 6,084 crore at Re stage to MGNREGA, it brings the total allocation to the scheme to Rs. 61,084 crore in Financial Year 2018-19, making it the highest ever allocation. WHAT IS MGNREGA: The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), is an employment guarantee scheme enacted by legislation on August 25, 2005. Originally, MGNREGA was known with the name NREGA which abbreviated as National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. Then “MG” (Mahatma Gandhi) was added to it and it became MGNREGA. It is the largest social security scheme in the…
16 January 2019
THE NEWS As per the trade data released by the Commerce Ministry, the trade deficit fell to a 10-month low of $13.08 billion in December as gold, precious and semi-precious stones imports fell. KEY-HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRADE DATA: According to trade data, exports grew at the slowest pace in three months at 0.34 percent in December, while imports entered negative zone, registering a decline of 2.44 percent to USD 41 billion. Lower Deficit: Declining imports have narrowed the trade deficit to a ten-month low of USD 13.08 billion in December 2018 as against USD 14.2 billion in the same month…
15 January 2019
TRENDING TUESDAY ARTICLE Universal basic income Universal basic income is a mechanism where certain amount of money is transferred to every individual of a particular state, country etc irrespective of economic, social background and employment status. Pros of UBI: 1). It provides minimum income for every citizen and enables him to live a life with dignity. 2). It enables the receiver to invest such money in any productive activity leading to economic growth. 3). The money could be used to have proper education, health which would increase human capital. 4). Also present welfare schemes are facing problems such as leakages…
15 January 2019
THE NEWS According to a United Nations-backed study, world’s 16,000 desalination plants produce bigger-than-expected flows of highly salty wastewater and toxic chemicals that are damaging the environment. KEY-FINDINGS OF THE REPORT: The report titled, “The state of desalination and brine production: A global outlook“, estimate the freshwater output capacity of desalination plants at 95 million cubic meters per day, which is equal to almost half the average flow over Niagara Falls. Desalination facilities (almost 80 percent of brine is produced within 10km of a coastline), which extract drinkable water from the ocean, discharge around 142 billion litres of extremely salty…
14 January 2019
THE NEWS At the end of the first ever meeting of the India-Central Asia Dialogue, India and five Central Asian countries along with Afghanistan condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and agreed to cooperate in countering the menace which poses a threat to people across the world. THE INDIA CENTRAL ASIA DIALOGUE: Highlights of Joint Statement: The statement conveyed that all the nations expressed their intention to strengthen cooperation in order to create real opportunities for expanding economic cooperation and ensuring favourable conditions for mutual free trade. The statement also said that the countries reaffirmed their willingness for…
12 January 2019
SUNDAY ETHICS TEACHINGS OF DALAI LAMA World Famous "Spiritual leader" his holiness Dalai Lama Adopted 8 fold path of Buddha & has became very Inspirational & Directional to Optimistic and Individualistic people all around the World. Essence of Teachings Of lama At the Individual Level: His teachings Inculcate Moral values such as Love, Empathy which will certainly enrich the personality of an individual without falling into bin of depression & tensions. He says one must strive for the Inner peace,Individual Excellence in Positivism rather than Conflicts & Chaos. At the Level of Society: Essence of his teachings shows the path…