Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 01 August 2014

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 01 August 2014

Sushma confronts Kerry with snooping

  • In India’s strongest statement on the issue yet, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called the U.S. surveillance of Indian entities “unacceptable”, and said she had taken up the issue of “snooping” by the National Security Agency (NSA) with Secretary of State John Kerry during the fifth India-U.S. strategic dialogue.

  • The U.S. Secretary of State’s visit is first high-level interaction at the political level after the new government came to power.

  • No breakthroughs marked the strategic dialogue between India and the U.S. on the trade facilitation talks at the WTO. While talks were still in progress in Geneva, the deadline for India to sign the Trade Facilitation Agreement expired on Friday.

  • Ms. Swaraj said, “There is growing global partnership to the relationship.” While Mr. Kerry said “India and the U.S. are indispensable partners in 21st century. There are incredible possibilities in our relationship.”

  • Given the lack of breakthrough in talks over WTO, pharma concerns, patent rights and U.S. restrictions on visas for skilled Indians, Mr. Kerry conceded, “We know we have a lot of homework to do. We need to break down barriers in trade.”

India’s largest solar power plant planned in Madhya Pradesh

  • Plans are afoot to set up the country’s largest ultra mega solar plant in Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district. The plant, to produce 700 MW of electricity, would require an investment of Rs 4,000 crore. The country’s biggest solar plant with a capacity of 130 MW is situated in Neemuch district of the state.

  • Thirteen hectares of land spread over four villages of Barseta, Ramnagar, Latar and Badwaar has been chosen for locating the plant in Gurh tehsil of Rewa. The State government would set up the plant as a joint venture with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Power Grip Corporation and the Solar Energy Corporation of India .

  • The government is promoting generation of renewable energy by providing various fiscal and financial incentives such as capital and interest subsidy, concessional excise and customs duties to encourage Indian and foreign investors to invest in new renewable energy sector.

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 31 July 2014

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 31 July 2014

Panel seeks one more week to submit report on UPSC test

  • A three-member committee looking into the UPSC’s Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) issue has sought one more week to submit its report
  • The government declined to give a timeframe for resolving the matter. The issue would be resolved “as soon as possible” keeping in mind the sentiments of the candidates.

Kisan TV: ideas sought on Twitter

  • Prasar Bharati Chief Executive Officer Jawahar Sircar took to the social media to seek ideas on the contours and content of Kisan TV proposed in the Budget.
  • This was following a need felt for a “reach out” strategy to de-bureaucratise schemes for the Doordarshan’s channel. The Union Finance Minister had set aside Rs. 100 crore for the channel.
  • Kisan TV will be dedicated to the interests of agriculture and allied sectors. The idea is to disseminate real-time information to farmers on varied issues, including new farming techniques, conservation and organic farming.

Gist of The Hindu: July 2014

Gist of The Hindu: July 2014

Britain considering ban on Muslim Brotherhood : report

Britain’s government is considering banning the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood over concerns the group is behind terrorist attacks in Egypt. Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsy was ousted as Egypt’s first democratically elected President last year by the military and the group has since been blamed by Cairo for a wave of attacks. The Brotherhood insists it is a peaceful organization with no links to violence. Egyptian authorities have launched a crackdown on Islamists since July, during which hundreds were killed and thousands injured.

A court in southern Egypt handed down death sentences to 529 alleged backers of Morsy over rioting and killing a police officer in August, drawing strong condemnations from human rights organizations. Since being banned in Egypt, the Brotherhood has moved some of its operations to Britain. The British review is being handled by the country’s top diplomat in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh, historically hostile to organized political Islamic movements, this year declared the Muslim Brotherhood to be a terrorist organization and the monarchy has supported Egypt’s military rulers.

Meanwhile, al—Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — the networks’s Yemen—based branch — released a new video in which they mocked the Saudi government as being a pawn of the United States.

AQAP condemned the ban on the Brotherhood and said it was a sign the Saudi government would never tolerate Islamist groups.

AQAP has hundreds of Saudi and other foreign fighters in its ranks and is considered one of the most dangerous branches of al—Qaeda.

No sign of troop pullback : NATO

Even as NATO saw no sign of tangible Russian force pullback from the Ukrainian border, Russia has hiked the price of natural gas for Ukraine. The Russian gas monopoly Gazprom has withdrawn the 30 per cent discount, thereby increasing the price of gas for Ukraine from $268.5 to $385.5 per 1,000 cubic metres. The discount was part of a financial bailout package Russia’s President Vladimir Putin extended to Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych in December following his refusal to sign a free trade pact with the European Union. At the same time Russia has not acted on its threat to cancel another gas price discount Ukraine received in 2010 under an agreement to extend the Russian lease of a naval base in Crimea. Had it done so, the price would have soared to $480 per 1,000 cubic metres of gas. The International Monetary Fund has agreed a $14-18 billion standby credit for Ukraine, in exchange for painful economic reforms that are expected to be launched after the presidential elections scheduled for May 25. In Ukraine, the authorities have moved to crack down on far right militants who helped them topple the Yanukovych government.

The Ukrainian Parliament directed the security services to disarm the illegal self-defence groups that sprang up during the protests against the previous government. The move came a day after a shooting in the capital Kiev involving activists of the extreme nationalist Right Sector group in which three people were wounded, including a deputy Mayor of Kiev.

Russia has accused Ukrainian nationalists of intimidating ethnic Russians living in Ukraine. Russian immigration authorities said on Monday that hundreds of Russians have fled Ukraine for Russia in recent weeks.

Japan allows evacuees back to no-go zone around Fukushima plant

For the first time since Japan’s nuclear disaster three years ago, authorities are allowing residents to return to live in their homes within a tiny part of a 20-kilometre (12-mile) no-go zone around the Fukushima plant. The decision, which took effect, applies to 357 people in 117 households from a corner of Tamura city after the government determined that radiation levels are low enough for habitation. But many of those evacuees are still undecided about going back because of fears about radiation, especially its effect on children. Visits inside the zone had previously been allowed, and about 90 people already live in the area with special permission, according to Tamura city hall.

The March 11, 2011 nuclear disaster, when a huge earthquake and ensuing tsunami led to meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, displaced more than 100,000 people. Many of them are still living in temporary housing or with relatives, and some have moved away to start life over elsewhere. Areas within the evacuation zone have become ghost towns, overgrown with weeds. Evacuees now receive government compensation of about 100,000 yen ($1,000) each a month. Those who move back get a one-time 900,000 yen ($9,000) as an incentive. The monthly compensation will end within a year for residents from areas where the government decides it is safe enough to go back and live. New stores and public schools are planned to accommodate those who move back.

The radioactive plume from the Fukushima plant did not spread evenly in a circle and so some areas outside the 20-kilometre zone are still too unsafe to live. Decontamination on an unprecedented scale is ongoing in Fukushima. Some places may not be safe to live for decades.

India poses barriers to American trade : USTR

Indian policies pose barriers to American trade and the US will keep pressing India to remove obstacles to smoothen business relation, says a USTR report. Noting that it is holding talks with India both at bilateral and the World Trade Organisation level, the 2014 report of the UN Trade Representative (USTR) on “Technical Barriers to Trade” listed out some of the issues obstructing trade relations.

Indian policies on wholesale foods labelling, security regulations on telecom equipment, safety testing requirements for electronics and IT equipment and proposed amendment to the hazardous waste act as trade barriers, the report said. US electronics and IT goods manufacturers have raised concerns about the Indian Department of Electronics and Information Technology’s (DEITY) September 2012 order that mandates compulsory registration for 15 categories of imported electronic and IT goods, it said. The policy, originally set to take effect from April 2013, mandates exporters to register their products with laboratories affiliated or certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

“Although US industry would ultimately like to see the entire policy repealed, an important first step is to seek an exemption for Highly Specialised Equipment (HSE), including servers, storage, printing machines, and IT products that are installed, operated, and maintained by professionals who are trained to manage the product’s inherent safety risks,” the report said. USTR said the United States will continue to seek clarification on the scope and application of the revised Preferential Market Access (PMA) policy for domestically manufactured telecommunications equipment and closely monitor its implementation in 2014.

The United States, it said, has detailed concerns about ‘onerous’ India-specific labelling issues in previous TBT Reports since the FSSR were published in India’s Gazette in 2011. India’s responses have failed to provide additional or reliable information with regard to how the elements of this measure advances safety or efficacy or quality of the products in question or meets the specific needs of India, the report said.

UN asks Sri Lanka to cooperate with UNHRC

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has asked Sri Lanka to engage “constructively” and cooperate with its human rights body to implement a resolution calling for an international inquiry into alleged war crimes committed during the final stages of the country’s civil war. Mr. Ban has “consistently underlined the importance of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in Sri Lanka,” the UN Secretary General’s Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters. The Council had on March 27 voted to open an international inquiry into alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the final stages of a decades-long conflict that ended in 2009.

India had abstained from voting on the resolution which was adopted by a vote of 23 in favour to 12 against. The Geneva-based Council requested the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to undertake a “comprehensive investigation” into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties, and to establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations “with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring accountability.”

Mr. Haq said Mr. Ban recalled the commitments made to him on accountability by the President of Sri Lanka in their joint statement of 2009. The United Nations will remain engaged with Sri Lanka to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to make progress in accountability, reconciliation and a lasting political solution,” Mr. Haq added. The resolution had also called on the Sri Lankan government to release publicly the results of its investigations into alleged violations by security forces, including the attack on unarmed protesters in Weliweriya in August 2013, and the report of 2013, by the court of inquiry of the Sri Lanka Army. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay had stressed the need to ensure justice and accountability, including through the establishment of an independent and credible investigation, saying: “This is essential to advance the right to truth for all in Sri Lanka and create further opportunities for justice, accountability and redress.”

RBI adopts new CPI as key measure of inflation

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor, Raghuram Rajan said that the central bank had adopted the new Consumer Price Index (CPI) (combined) as the key measure of inflation. Earlier, RBI had given more weightage to Wholesale Price Index (WPI) than CPI as the key measure of inflation for all policy purposes. “Some recommendations of Urjit R. Patel Committee report have been implemented, including adoption of the new CPI (combined) as the key measure of inflation,” said Dr. Rajan, while addressing a press conference here to announce the first bi-monthly monetary policy for 2014-15. This also includes explicit recognition of the glide path for disinflation, transition to a bi-monthly monetary policy cycle, progressive reduction in access to overnight liquidity at the fixed repo rate, and a corresponding increase in access to liquidity through term repos, and introduction of longer-tenor term repos as well as, going forward, term reverse repos.

Following on the recommendations of the high-level advisory committee chaired by Bimal Jalan, and after consulting the Election Commission, the RBI will announce in-principle approval for new bank licences. In order to expand the market for corporate bonds, banks would be allowed to offer partial credit enhancements to them. He also said that the feasibility of limited re-repo/re-hypothecation of “repoed” government securities was being explored.

The RBI, he said, would continue to work to ease entry costs for foreign investors. It would also strive to reduce risk for investors and the volatility of flows. Towards this end, the RBI Governor said that modalities for allowing foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) to hedge their currency risks through exchange-traded currency futures were being worked out in consultation with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Further, he said that FPIs would be allowed to hedge their coupon receipts falling due during the next 12 months. To encourage longer-term flows and reduce volatility, FPI investments in G-Secs would, henceforth, be permitted only in dated securities of maturity of one-year and above, and existing investment in T-bills would be allowed to taper off on maturity/sale. Any investment limits vacated at the shorter end would be available at longer maturities, “so that overall FPI limits will not be diminished.”

The RBI Governor further said that banks should not levy penal charges for non-maintenance of minimum balance in ordinary savings bank account and inoperative accounts, “but instead curtail the services accorded to those accounts until the balance is restored.”

India needs multi-pronged approach to eradicate poverty: Report

A multi-pronged approach with focus on inclusive economic growth would help eradicate poverty, which is increasingly getting concentrated in a few geographical areas, says a research report. The observations are part of the India Public Policy Report (IPPR) 2014 jointly published by O P Jindal Global University and Oxford University Press. “Overcoming poverty requires a context specific multi-pronged strategy that includes: a basic needs approach, a human rights entitlement approach, a natural resource management approach and a focus on inclusive economic growth,” the report released said. Poverty in India is getting increasingly concentrated in a few geographical areas, among specific social groups and is increasing in urban areas, it said. It also noted that access to a diverse food basket alone may not help in effectively overcoming malnutrition.

The report’s Policy Effectiveness Index (PEI) showed that at all India level there is a gradual, but only a marginal, improvement in the policy effectiveness index over the three decades - period from 1981 to 2011. The index is based on four factors - livelihood opportunity, social opportunity, rule of law and physical infrastructure development.

Russia for federalism in Ukraine

Russia’s Foreign Minister has called on reluctant Western nations to push Ukraine towards a “genuine, not cosmetic” constitutional reform to grant autonomy to its Russian-speaking regions. “It is necessary to pursue genuine, rather than cosmetic constitutional reform and to stop meddling in Ukraine’s internal affairs,” said Sergei Lavrov. “Otherwise it looks like the West has taken up the role of arbiter of Ukraine’s fate, while its current authorities lack any significant independence.” Mr. Lavrov stated that the Ukrainian new leadership shows no intention of transforming the country’s unitary state into a federation. Kiev has arrested activists in the Russian-speaking regions who demanded local referendums on greater autonomy from the centre. The Russian Parliament accused the Ukrainian authorities of committing “political reprisals” and resorting to “physical violence” against “hundreds” of detained pro-autonomy activists.

The Russian Foreign Ministry earlier this week denounced Ukraine’s reported plans to hire foreign private militaries to suppress protest movements in eastern and southern regions. It cited reports that Kiev planned to recruit the notorious Greystone Ltd to police Russian-speaking regions. Some reports said Greystone mercenaries had been deployed in Donetsk to control pro-Russian demonstrators last month. Greystone Ltd were contracted by the Pentagon for security duties in Iraq and were accused of committing atrocities.

IRNSS-1B orbit raised

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully boosted the apogee and the perigee of its navigation satellite, the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS-1B), by firing the propulsion system on board the satellite for seven minutes and a half. Mission controllers at the ISRO’s Master Control Facility (MCF) in Hassan, Karnataka, gave the command for the propulsion system, called the Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM), aboard the IRNSS-1B to kick-start it. At the end of 450 seconds of firing, the satellite’s apogee was boosted from 20,630 km to 24,760 km and the perigee went up from 283 km to 299 km, said M. Nageswara Rao, Project Director, IRNSS. The IRNSS-1B is India’s second navigation satellite and it was put into its initial orbit of 20,630 km x 283 km by the ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C24) on April 4 evening. A PSLV had put the first navigation satellite called the IRNSS-1A into orbit on July 1, 2013. A total of seven satellites will form the IRNSS constellation. The ISRO will put into orbit two more IRNSS satellites before the end of 2014 and another three by the end of 2015, thus completing the constellation.

ISRO scientists said India had become a member of the club of the U.S., Russia, Europe, Japan and China by building these satellites. While the U.S’ GPS, the Russian GLONASS and the European Galileo are global navigation satellites which can be used by anybody anywhere in the world with the help of a receiver, the IRNSS-1B forms part of the regional navigation system which will provide positional information to users only in India and the region extending 1,500 km from its borders. In aerial navigation, aircraft will use the IRNSS satellites when they are cruising, approaching an airport to land or during landing. During these phases, the aircraft will know their position and flight direction accurately. The satellites will help the aircraft land on runway with an accuracy of 20 metres. The IRNSS constellation will help ships navigate towards their destination through safe and short routes and in guiding them to enter harbours. In land navigation, drivers of cars and trucks, with a receiver in their mobile phone, can reach their destination through the shortest route In defence, the IRNSS will help missiles in accurately reaching their targets — be it a town or installation. They help missiles in “way-pointing” towards their target. If there are hills on a missile’s flight path, it will help the missiles circumvent the hills with the information received from the IRNSS. Air-launched missiles will use these satellites to know where they are and head towards their targets.

Long-billed vultures sighted in the Nilgiris

Wildlife officials and volunteers of Arulagam, a Coimbatore-based NGO involved in vulture conservation, sighted five long-billed vultures in the north-eastern slopes of the Nilgiris. Sharing the experience, S. Bharathidasan of Arulagam said his team received specific information about the presence of long-billed vultures in the area. It took more than two hours for the team to reach a cliff from where, using a binocular, it recorded the presence of the vultures on another cliff. Long-billed vultures are found only in the north-eastern slopes of the Nilgiris. White-backed, King and Egyptian vultures are the other three species found in the Nilgiris and the Moyar valley, its adjoining area, Mr. Bharathidasan said. Huge cattle population is found in the Nilgiris and its surrounding areas. This could be one of the reasons the vultures thrive here. Diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory drug used for both animals and humans, poses a major threat to the survival of vultures. Diclofenac-based drugs should be banned in the region, Mr. Bharathidasan said.

Transgender Community recognized as Third Gender: Civil Services Mentor Magazine - July 2014

Transgender Community recognized as Third Gender


There is a significant number of transgender population in India, since ancient times. Indian scriptures have mentioned the role and presence of the transgender community in the Indian society. In times of joy and sorrow, transgender community has been an integral part of the Indian social framework. However, there has been a severe discrimination and neglect towards the Transgender community.

For many decades, the transgender community has lived in darkness and slumber, due to the harsh treatment and stereotypical behavior towards them.

Apart from the socio-cultural discrimination with the transgender community, they have long been subjected to a political discrimination, in the form of non-recognition as a third gender category. This amounts to great confusion and embarrassment to the transgender community, as it amounts to a total exclusion from the social-political life.

For many years, there has been a somewhat passive movement to get the transgender community their political rights and recognition. After years of struggle, the community has finally been able to attain formal recognition as a third gender category.

The Problems of Transgender

One of the main reasons, as to why the transgender community has not been able to mobilise and articulate its demands, is that the community is not a cohesive, and well-communicated group, in the sense the caste and religious groups are. The members of the transgender community are not only scattered, but also belong to different ethnic groups, which prevent them from creating a coherent group.

Secondly, the transgender community has always been a subject of ridicule. The majority, not only marks this minority group as deviant and abnormal, but also make it a subject of ridicule. The transgender community has been stereotyped in all the spheres of the society. Not only are the homosexuals considered as incapable and weak, but they are also seen as suffering from some genetic disorders. Being identified as mentally ill meant that they could be stripped off their civil and human rights which the heterosexual population enjoyed. This stereotyped behaviour does not limit itself to behavioural aspects alone, but transcends to the work-space and the public sphere as well.

This stereotyped and biased attitude is also found on the part of the state, and state-laws. Most of laws of the state are made with an assumption of a Male-female division in the society. The existing family laws are an excellent example of this kind of discrimination by the state. A conventional definition of family that covers only the traditional family can also be considered Heterosexist. The state, by not considering the case of the transgender communities, in the family laws, rule-out the possibility, for such people, of entering into families, by their choice. Thus, such people are often forced, by the societal pressure, to suppress their feelings.

Dynamics of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: Civil Services Mentor Magazine - July 2014

Dynamics of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt


Muslim Brotherhood is a Sunni Islamist religious, political and social movement. Until now, it was considered as the largest, best-organized political force in Egypt, with wide following. Despite a number of setbacks, in the form of state suppression, the group has survived.

It was founded in Egypt by Hassan al-Banna, in March 1928. Al-Banna was an Egyptian schoolteacher, who preached implementing traditional Islamic Sharia law in all aspects of life. He was inspired by Islamic reformers- Muhammad Abduh and Rashid Rida. Hassan believed that Islam had lost its social dominance to corrupt western influences and British rule.

Thus, the genesis of Muslim Brotherhood can be traced- partly from fundamentalism, and partly as a reaction to western inventions.

However, the group was deeply affected by the forces of the Arab Spring, wherein, during the Egyptian Revolution, in 2011, it faced many ups and downs. Muslim Brotherhood witnessed an early string of success, during the Egyptian Revolution. But soon the fate reversed and led to the doom of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Background and Evolution

In its early years, the Brotherhood focused on education and charitable work. However, it did not take long to become a major political force in Egypt. The Brotherhood established its base among the poor Muslims, and played a prominent role in the Egyptian nationalist movement, fighting the British.

Gradually the Brotherhood expanded its sphere of activities, and started organizing activities of espionage and sabotage in British Mandate of Palestine.

Some groups also claim that the Muslim Brotherhood, during the World War II, went on to have some association with the German Nazis, and propagated an anti-west agenda.

NEWS ALERT: UPSC may reject students' demand to scrap CSAT

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developing news for CSAT... lets wait for Official Notice from UPSC by next week.

Union Public Service Commission will have its full bench meeting on Monday to deliberate the students agitation against the English test in CSAT.

An internal note circulated among UPSC members has resolved unanimously reject the students demand of withdrawal of the English comprehension test.

Senior members of UPSC feel that a mafia of private tutorial colleges are behind this students' agitation. 

The UPSC decision will be final and that is not governed by the Union government.

Courtesy: Rediff

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Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 30 July 2014

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 30 July 2014

Farmers deserve a standing ovation: Narendra Modi

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked the scientific community to set specific goals for themselves to ensure that lab research reaches farmers and helps raise their incomes.

  • Mr. Modi said that Indian farmers deserve a standing ovation for providing for the nation and changing the face of the country in the food and farm sector. Yet, there is potential for more not only in crops but in fisheries and animal husbandry.

  • Bemoaning the supply-demand gap in pulses and edible oilseeds, Mr. Modi asked scientists to dedicate themselves in the research of suitable variety so that the country is not dependent on import of these commodities.

  • PM also highlighted the need to conserve the water, he sighted the example form the history of Mahatama Gandhi.

‘Collegium system should go’- Law Ministry

  • At a high-level meeting between the Law Ministry and eminent jurists , absolute consensus was reached that the collegium system should go.
  • The meeting saw parliamentarians and retired Chief Justices of India participating along with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Law Commission Chairperson Justice A.P. Shah, Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi and Solicitor-General Ranjit Kumar attended.
  • The government was very clear in its assurance that it did not want to go back to the pre-collegium system days when the Executive had veto power over judges’ appointments.

Members to 18 panels appointed unanimously

  • NDA government managed the appointments of members to the various parliamentary committees “unanimously.”
  • All the parties agreed to choose members through consensus rather than insist on an election, the last time such an initiative was pulled off was in 1984.
  • Appointments have been made to 18 parliamentary committees and government bodies, which include the crucial committees – Public Accounts Committee, Public Estimates Committee, Public Undertaking Committee – and to the Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and the Official Languages.

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 29 July 2014

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 29 July 2014

UPSC issue will be resolved soon: Govt.

  • As civil service aspirants continued their protests, the government said a solution to their demand on the pattern of UPSC exams will be found within a week.
  • The report of the three-member government-appointed committee, which is looking into the demands of the aspirants to change the pattern of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) to give level-playing field to those coming from rural areas, will come soon.
  • Various student unions and political leaders agreed to look into the matter of students and raise it in appropriate forum.

Indian among the pre-finalists to receive humanitarian award

  • An Indian humanist is among the pre-finalists of a humanitarian award worth $1 million to be handed over by Gonzaga University of northwestern United States in October.
  • The award is given on behalf of The Opus Prize Foundation that recognises faith-based humanitarian work.
  • Gollapalli Israel, the Indian pre-finalist is a Baptist priest who leads the Janodayam Social Education Centre in Tamil Nadu and provides education and human rights services to members of the Dalits.
  • The other pre-finalists are U.S. based Joe Maier and Sister Teresa Fitzgerald.

(Interview Scheduled) UPSC: Central Industrial Security Force (Assistant Commandants) "CISF (ACs)" LDC Exam - 2014


Interview Scheduled - CISF (ACs) LDC Exam. - 2014


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(Notification) UPPSC: Food Safety Officer (Food Safety & Drug Administration Deptt., U.P.) Examination - 2014


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Food Safety Officer (Food Safety And Drug Administration Deptt., U.P.) Examination-2014

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A Bachelor's degree in Food Technology or Dairy Technology or Biotechnology or Oil Technology or Agricultural Science or Veterinary Sciences or Bio-Chemistry or Microbiology or Post-Graduate Degree in Chemistry or Degree in Medicine from a recognised university, or any other equivalent/recognised qualification notified by the Central Government

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Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 28 July 2014

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 28 July 2014

UPSC row: Rajnath apprises Modi

  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh apprised Prime Minister Narendra Modi of measures being taken to address issues raised by civil services aspirants holding protests against the “discriminatory” Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT).

  • The Home Minister earlier held a high-level meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh and other senior government officials to explore all possible solutions.

  • While angry students have been organising protests for the past several weeks, the situation turned violent two days ago after the UPSC issued admit cards for the preliminary examination scheduled to be conducted on August 24.

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 27 July 2014

Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 27 July 2014

PM launches engagement platform

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an online platform to engage citizens in the task of “good governance” (surajya) as he completed 60 days in office. MyGov is a technology-driven platform that would provide people with the opportunity to contribute towards good governance.
  • Groups and corners are an important part of MyGov. The platform has been divided into various groups namely Clean Ganga, Girl Child Education, Clean India, Skilled India, Digital India, Job Creation. Each group allows for online and on-ground tasks to be undertaken by contributors.
  • In a video address posted on the Prime Minister’s website, Mr. Modi pointed out there was a widespread belief in the country that after a government is elected, a gap develops between the people and the executive.

Monsoon improving, normal rainfall likely in August: IMD

  • In a forecast that would bring cheer to vast swathes of the country, weather officials have said that the momentum picked up by southwest monsoon in July is likely to continue in August with normal rainfall expected next month.
  • While July is likely to receive rainfall of 93 per cent of the long period average (LPA), rainfall of 96 per cent of the LPA is expected in August.
  • According to the India Meteorological Department, 96-104 per cent of the LPA means normal rainfall whereas 90-96 makes for below normal monsoon showers.

India links trade pact to food subsidies deal

  • India said at the WTO General Council meeting in Geneva that the failure of the trade body to work in the interests of all its members and to deliver meaningfully on the development mandate of the Doha Development Round would pose a far more serious risk to its credibility than any other factor.

  • India suggested that the adoption of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) be postponed till satisfactory progress is made on the issue of finding permanent protection for India’s minimum support prices to farmers against the WTO subsidy caps that are benchmarked to food prices of the 1980s.

  • India said it was not opposed to the TFA but demanded that other decisions of Bali be taken forward in the same time frame and demanded that the adoption of the TF Protocol be postponed till a permanent solution on public stockholding for food security is found.

  • India proposed modifications to the Protocol, including setting December 31, 2014 as the deadline for finding a permanent solution on public stockholding for food security, Other suggestions include the immediate establishment of an institutional mechanism such as a dedicated Special Session of the Committee on Agriculture to arrive at the permanent solution by the deadline.

  • India pointed out that the developing countries had accepted the Bali package in good faith reassured by the renewed affirmation of commitment to the Doha Development Agenda and its development dimension.

(Important Dates) UPPSC: Food Safety Officer (Food Safety & Drug Administration Deptt., U.P.) Examination - 2014


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Food Safety Officer (Food Safety And Drug Administration Deptt., U.P.) Examination-2014

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:: Apply Online::

Applications will be accepted only when fee is deposited in the Bank upto prescribed last date for fee deposition. If the fee is deposited in bank after the last date prescribed for fee deposition, the on-line application of the candidate will not be accepted and the fee deposited in the bank will not be refunded to the candidates in any condition. It will be responsibility of the candidates to deposit fee in the bank upto last date prescribed for fee deposition and submit the application upto last date prescribed for submission of applications.

(Syllabus) UPPSC: Food Safety Officer (Food Safety & Drug Administration Deptt., U.P.) Examination - 2014


Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission

Food Safety Officer (Food Safety And Drug Administration Deptt., U.P.) Examination-2014

:: Exam Syllabus ::

First Paper - General Studies : The paper of General Studies will include questions on the following topics:-

  • General Science
  • Current Events of National and International Importance
  • History of India
  • Indian National Movement
  • Indian Polity and Economy
  • World Geography and Population

(Plan of Examination) UPPSC: Food Safety Officer (Food Safety & Drug Administration Deptt., U.P.) Examination - 2014


Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission

Food Safety Officer (Food Safety And Drug Administration Deptt., U.P.) Examination-2014

:: Plan of Examination ::

Plan of Examination :The competitive examination comprises two successive stages viz:- (1) Objective Type Test (2) Viva-Voce (Personality Test)

(1) Subjects for the Objective Type Test :

(Application Fee) UPPSC: Food Safety Officer (Food Safety & Drug Administration Deptt., U.P.) Examination - 2014


Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission

Food Safety Officer (Food Safety And Drug Administration Deptt., U.P.) Examination-2014

:: Application Fee ::

After filling in the 'Candidate Registration' format of the On-line application, the candidate shall procure the print-out of the E-challan in duplicate. The E-Challan will be used to deposit the fee in any of the branches of State Bank of India or Punjab National Bank by the candidate according to his category. The fee will not be allowed to be deposited by any other mode except E-Challan/I-collect. The above fee, for Examination according to the category, is as under:-

(Qualifications) UPPSC: Food Safety Officer (Food Safety & Drug Administration Deptt., U.P.) Examination - 2014


Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission

Food Safety Officer (Food Safety And Drug Administration Deptt., U.P.) Examination-2014


Essential Qualification:

A Bachelor's degree in Food Technology or Dairy Technology or Biotechnology or Oil Technology or Agricultural Science or Veterinary Sciences or Bio-Chemistry or Microbiology or Post-Graduate Degree in Chemistry or Degree in Medicine from a recognised university, or any other equivalent/recognised qualification notified by the Central Government

(Notification) CBSE: Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) – September 2014


Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET)


In accordance with the provisions of sub-section (1) of Section 23 of the RTE Act, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) had vide Notification dated 23rd August, 2010 and 29th JULY, 2011 laid down the minimum qualifications for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher in classes I to VIII. It had  been inter alia provided that one of the essential qualifications for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher in any of the schools referred to in clause (n) of section 2 of the RTE Act is that he/she should pass the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) which will be conducted by the appropriate Government in accordance with the Guidelines framed by the NCTE.

The rationale for including the TET as a minimum qualification for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher is as under:

i. It would bring national standards and benchmark of teacher quality in the recruitment process;
ii. It would induce teacher education institutions and students from these institutions to further improve their performance standards;
iii. It would send a positive signal to all stakeholders that the Government lays special emphasis on teacher quality

(Written Result) UPSC: Combined Medical Services Exam - 2014


Written Result - Combined Medical Services Exam. 2014

On the basis of result of the written part of the Combined Medical Services Examination, 2014 held by the Union Public Service Commission in June, 2014, the candidates with the under    mentioned Roll Numbers have qualified for Interview/Personality Test:

2. The candidature of these candidates is PROVISIONAL subject to their being found eligible in all respects.    The candidates would be required to produce the original certificates in support of their claims relating to age, educational qualifications, community, physical disability etc. at the time of the Personality Test. They are, therefore, advised to keep the said certificates ready

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