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Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 05 January 2019

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Insights Day by day Present Affairs + PIB: 05 January 2019

Paper 1 and a couple of:

Subjects coated:

  1. Indian tradition will cowl the salient features of Artwork Varieties, Literature and Structure from historic to trendy occasions.
  2. India and its neighbourhood- relations.


Panj Tirath Hindu spiritual website declared as nationwide heritage


What to review?

  • For Prelims: About Panj Tirath, it location and its significance.
  • For Mains: Spiritual websites in Pakistan which are linked to Indian beliefs.


Context: The provincial Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities in northwest Pakistan has declared the traditional Hindu spiritual website of Panj Tirath in Peshawar as nationwide heritage.

  • The federal government additionally introduced a fantastic of as much as Rs 2 million and 5 years’ imprisonment for anybody discovered responsible of damaging the historic website.


About Panj Tirath:

Panj Tirath, which received its identify from the 5 swimming pools of water current there, additionally incorporates a temple and a garden with date palm timber.

  • It’s believed that Pandu, a legendary king within the Mahabharata, belonged to this space and Hindus used to return to those swimming pools for bathing in the course of the month of Karteek and worship for 2 days beneath the timber.
  • The location was broken through the reign of the Afghan Durrani dynasty in 1747, nevertheless it was restored by native Hindus through the interval of Sikh rule in 1834 and worship began once more.


Sources: the hindu.

Paper 2:

Subjects coated:

  1. Appointment to varied Constitutional posts, powers, features and obligations of varied Constitutional Our bodies.
  2. Statutory, regulatory and numerous quasi-judicial our bodies.


Appointment of Lokpal


What to review?

  • For Prelims: Lokpal- powers, features and appointment, options of Lokpal and Lokayukta Act.
  • For Mains: Significance and points related.


Context: The federal government just lately knowledgeable the Supreme Courtroom that a eight-member search committee has been constituted in September 2018 for zeroing in on eligible candidates for Lokpal and the anti-corruption authority will body its personal guidelines of functioning. The panel is led by former Supreme Courtroom decide, Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai.



A contempt petition has been filed within the courtroom towards the federal government for not appointing Lokpal regardless of an April 2017 judgment by the Supreme Courtroom. The courtroom has for the previous a number of months been continuously urging the federal government to finish the Lokpal appointment.


Highlights of the Lokpal Act of 2013:

  • The Act permits establishing of anti-corruption ombudsman referred to as Lokpal on the Centre and Lokayukta on the State-level.
  • The Lokpal will include a chairperson and a most of eight members.
  • The Lokpal will cowl all classes of public servants, together with the Prime Minister. However the armed forces don’t come underneath the ambit of Lokpal.
  • The Act additionally incorporates provisions for attachment and confiscation of property acquired by corrupt means, even whereas the prosecution is pending.
  • The States should institute Lokayukta inside one yr of the graduation of the Act.
  • The Act additionally ensures that public servants who act as whistleblowers are protected.


  • The Lokpal may have the facility of superintendence and path over any investigation company together with CBI for instances referred to them by the ombudsman.
  • As per the Act, the Lokpal can summon or query any public servant if there exists a prima facie case towards the individual, even earlier than an investigation company (comparable to vigilance or CBI) has begun the probe. Any officer of the CBI investigating a case referred to it by the Lokpal, shall not be transferred with out the approval of the Lokpal.
  • An investigation have to be accomplished inside six months. Nevertheless, the Lokpal or Lokayukta might permit extensions of six months at a time offered the explanations for the necessity of such extensions are given in writing.
  • Particular courts might be instituted to conduct trials on instances referred by Lokpal.

Sources: the hindu.

Mains Query: Touch upon the modifications made to Lokpal Act and its delay in operationalisation

Paper 2 and three:

Subjects coated:

  1. Authorities insurance policies and interventions for improvement in numerous sectors and points arising out of their design and implementation.
  2. Improvement processes and the event business the position of NGOs, SHGs, numerous teams and associations, donors, charities, institutional and different stakeholders.
  3. Main crops cropping patterns in numerous elements of the nation, several types of irrigation and irrigation methods storage, transport and advertising of agricultural produce and points and associated constraints; e-technology in assistance from farmers.
  4. Infrastructure- power.


Atal Photo voltaic Krishi Pump Yojana


What to review?

  • For Prelims: Key options of the scheme.
  • For Mains: Significance and the necessity for Authorities’s help for in renewable power sector.


Context: To scale back losses as a result of non-payment of electrical energy payments and in addition promote photo voltaic power, Maharashtra state authorities has launched Atal Photo voltaic Krishi Pump Yojana.


Atal Photo voltaic Krishi Pump Yojana:

  • Underneath the scheme, the federal government of Maharashtra has determined to provide two LED bulbs, a DC fan and a cellular charging socket as freebies to farmers.
  • The scheme offers a subsidy of as much as 95% on photo voltaic pumpsets. The State plans to put in one lakh photo voltaic pumps.
  • Eligibility: Underneath the Scheme, farmers with lower than 5 acres should pay 5% of the price of a three HP photo voltaic pump whereas farmers with greater than 5 acres will get a 5 HP photo voltaic pump for Rs 30000.
  • The Maharashtra State Electrical energy Distribution Co Ltd (Msedcl) is the implementing company.



The scheme can be useful to farmers who reside in distant areas the place the agricultural feeder is just not potential.


Sources: toi.

Paper 2 and three:

Subjects coated:

  1. Authorities insurance policies and interventions for improvement in numerous sectors and points arising out of their design and implementation.
  2. Improvement processes and the event business the position of NGOs, SHGs, numerous teams and associations, donors, charities, institutional and different stakeholders.
  3. Infrastructure- power.


Road Mild Nationwide Programme (SLNP)


What to review?

  • For Prelims: Key options and targets of the programme.
  • For Mains: Significance of the programme, challenges forward and methods to deal with them.


Context: The Centre is more likely to miss the objectives it had set beneath the Road Lighting Nationwide Programme (SLNP) when it was launched on January 5, 2015.

Power Effectivity Providers Restricted has put in over 76.77 lakh LED road lights in 28 States or Union Territories until January three, 2019.


About Road Mild Nationwide Programme (SLNP):

Underneath the SLNP, the Authorities goals to switch three.5 crore typical road lights with power environment friendly LED lights.

The goal underneath SLNP is to switch 1.34 crore typical road lights with power environment friendly LED road lights by March 2019.

  • The challenge has been carried out throughout 28 states and union territories. Power Effectivity Providers Restricted, a Public Power Providers Firm underneath the administration of Ministry of Energy, Authorities of India (GoI) is the implementing company for SLNP.
  • EESL additionally undertakes social audits in all states submit the completion of the venture.



  • Mitigate local weather change by implementing power environment friendly LED based mostly road lighting.
  • Scale back power consumption in lighting which helps DISCOMs to handle peak demand.
  • Present a sustainable service mannequin that obviates the necessity for upfront capital funding in addition to further income expenditure to pay for procurement of LED lights.
  • Improve municipal providers at no upfront capital value of municipalities.



The set up of LED-based road lighting system is important, since LED lighting supply greater effectivity, higher illumination and life expectancy aside from being environmentally sustainable.


What it’s worthwhile to find out about EESL?

Power Effectivity Providers Restricted (EESL) is a three way partnership of NTPC Restricted, Energy Finance Company, Rural Electrification Company and POWERGRID. It was arrange beneath Ministry of Energy (India) to facilitate implementation of power effectivity tasks.


Sources: the hindu.

Paper three:

Subjects coated:

  1. Science and Know-how- developments and their purposes and results in on a regular basis life Achievements of Indians in science & know-how; indigenization of know-how and creating new know-how.


Indian Science Congress


What to review?

For Prelims and Mains: Indian science congress- theme, options and significance of such platforms.


Context: 106th ‘Indian Science Congress (ISC)’ session is being held at Jalandhar, Punjab.

Theme – Future India: Science and Know-how.



Indian Science Congress is organised by the Indian Science Congress Affiliation yearly within the first week of January.


About Indian Science Congress Affiliation:

The Indian Science Congress Affiliation was began within the yr 1914 in Kolkata and has a membership of greater than 30,000 scientists.

Origin: It owes its origin to the foresight and initiative of two British chemists, specifically, Professor J. L. Simonsen and Professor P. S. MacMahon. It occurred to them that scientific analysis in India could be stimulated if an annual assembly of analysis staff considerably on the strains of the British Affiliation for the Development of Science could possibly be organized.



  • To advance and promote the reason for science in India.
  • To carry an annual congress at an appropriate place in India.
  • To publish such proceedings, journals, transactions and different publications as could also be thought-about fascinating.
  • To safe and handle funds and endowments for the promotion of Science together with the rights of disposing of or promoting all or any portion of the properties of the Affiliation.
  • To do and carry out all or any different acts, issues and issues as are conductive to, or incidental to, or vital for, the above objects.


Sources: the hindu.

Mains Query: Write a quick notice on the origin and contribution of the Indian Science Congress to improvement of science in India. Additionally critically touch upon its effectiveness at the moment as platform for science popularisation and an train in public engagement of science.

Paper 2 and three:

Subjects coated:

  1. Authorities insurance policies and interventions for improvement in numerous sectors and points arising out of their design and implementation.
  2. Conservation, environmental air pollution and degradation, environmental impression evaluation.


Local weather Change Efficiency Index (CCPI) 2019


What to review?

  • For Prelims: About CCPI- options, standards and efficiency of varied nations.
  • For Mains: Considerations for India, areas for enchancment and the necessity for presidency’s lively involvement in controlling local weather change.


Context: The 2019 version of the Local weather Change Efficiency Index (CCPI) has been launched.


About CCPI:

The Local weather Change Efficiency Index (CCPI) is an instrument masking 58 nations and supposed to reinforce transparency in worldwide local weather politics.

Its purpose is to encourage political and social strain on these nations which have, thus far, did not take formidable actions on local weather safety in addition to to spotlight nations with best-practice local weather insurance policies.

Analysis: On the idea of standardised standards, the index evaluates and compares the local weather safety efficiency of 58 nations which are, collectively, chargeable for greater than 90% of worldwide energy-related CO2 emissions. 80% of the analysis is predicated on goal indicators of emissions development and emissions degree. 20% of the index outcomes are constructed upon nationwide and worldwide local weather coverage assessments by greater than 200 specialists from the respective nations.


Highlights of the report:

  • Solely few nations have began working in the direction of limiting international warming under 2°C and even at 1.5°C.
  • Globally, Sweden is in prime place, adopted by Morocco and Lithuania within the CCPI 2019.
  • The bottoms 5 within the record are Saudi Arabia, U.S., Iran, South Korea and Taiwan.


India’s Efficiency:

India ranks 11th on this yr’s CCPI, enhancing its standing by three locations in comparison with the earlier version.


Sources: the hindu.

Paper three:

Subjects coated:

  1. Challenges to inner safety by means of communication networks, position of media and social networking websites in inner safety challenges, fundamentals of cyber safety; money-laundering and its prevention.
  2. Safety challenges and their administration in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.


China develops its personal ‘Mom of All Bombs’


What to review?

For Prelims and Mains: MoAB and FoAB- options, considerations, threats and wish of the hour.


Context: China has developed an enormous bomb, stated to be the nation’s reply to the US-built ‘Mom of All Bombs’, probably the most highly effective non-nuclear weapon.

  • It’s dubbed because the Chinese language model of the “Mom of All Bombs” on account of its large destruction potential that’s claimed to be solely second to nuclear weapons.



  • Final yr, whereas waging struggle towards militants in Afghanistan, the US army dropped a GBU-43/B Large Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) weapon, extra generally referred to as the “Mom of All Bombs,” on the Islamic State.
  • Though China is utilizing the identical nickname for its bomb, stated to weigh a number of tonnes, the Chinese language weapon is smaller and lighter than its American counterpart.


Mom of all Bombs:

  • The Moab or GBU-43/B is the world’s largest non-nuclear weapon.
  • It’s designed to destroy closely strengthened targets or to shatter floor forces and armour throughout a big space.
  • Its blast is equal to 11 tons of TNT. By comparability, the nuclear weapon dropped on Hiroshima had a blast yield of 15 tons of TNT.
  • Whereas it has a blast radius that stretches a mile in every path the bomb leaves no lasting radiation impact as a result of it’s non-nuclear.


Father of all Bombs:

To match the U.S. weapon, Russia developed the “Father of All Bombs” which is each greater and thermobaric, which means it makes use of fuel to create an enormous fireball relatively than a shockwave.


Sources: the hindu.

Paper three:

Subjects coated:

  1. Consciousness in area.


‘Yutu 2’


What to review?

For Prelims and Mains: All about Yutu 2- options and aims.


Context: China has named the lunar rover, efficiently deployed to hold out a string of experiments on the far aspect of the moon, as ‘Yutu-2’. The rover’s landing is a part of China Chang’e-Four lunar probe.


Key information:

  • It follows the BeiDou Navigation Satellite tv for pc System — China’s homegrown International Positioning System that began worldwide service final month.
  • The rover has been programmed to launch floor penetration radar that might assist map the moon’s internal buildings.
  • It will additionally analyse soil and rock samples for minerals, aside from activating a radio telescope to seek for attainable alerts from deep area.


Sources: the hindu.

Paper three:

 Subjects coated:

  1. Indian Financial system and points referring to planning, mobilization of assets, progress, improvement and employment.


Nationwide Entrepreneurship Awards 2018


Nationwide Entrepreneurship Awards 2018, aimed toward recognizing and honoring excellent younger first-generation entrepreneurs and people who have contributed immensely in constructing the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

About this third version of Nationwide Entrepreneurship Awards:

  • A complete of 43 awards got, together with 39 awards for Younger Entrepreneurs in several sectors and Four awards for Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builders.

About Nationwide Entrepreneurship Award –

To catalyze a cultural shift in youth for entrepreneurship, the Ministry of Talent Improvement and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has instituted the Nationwide Entrepreneurship Awards (NEA) to acknowledge and honour excellent younger first era Entrepreneurs and their Ecosystem Builders for his or her excellent contribution in entrepreneurship improvement.


Supply: PIB

Mains Query: India produces too few entrepreneurs for its stage of improvement. Why selling entrepreneurship is essential for India? What are the methods it could undertake? Talk about.

Paper 1 and a couple of:

Subjects coated:

  1. Social empowerment.
  2. Welfare schemes for weak sections of the inhabitants by the Centre and States and the efficiency of those schemes; mechanisms, legal guidelines, establishments and Our bodies constituted for the safety and betterment of those weak sections.


Menstrual Hygiene for Adolescent women Schemes


To deal with the necessity of menstrual hygiene amongst adolescent women residing primarily in rural areas, Authorities of India is supporting the Menstrual Hygiene Scheme.

Underneath the Menstrual Hygiene Scheme –

Funds are offered to States/UTs via Nationwide Well being Mission for decentralized procurement of sanitary napkins packs for provision primarily to rural adolescent women at sponsored charges as per proposals acquired from the States and UTs of their Programme Implementation Plans.

This scheme is encompassing the next:

  • Growing consciousness amongst adolescent women on Menstrual Hygiene
  • Enhancing entry to and use of top of the range sanitary napkins by adolescent women in rural areas.
  • Making certain protected disposal of Sanitary Napkins in an environmentally pleasant method.
  • Provision of funds to ASHAs to carry month-to-month assembly with adolescents to debate points associated to menstrual hygiene.


Info Schooling and Communication (IEC) Materials Developed:

A variety of IEC materials has been developed, utilizing a 360 diploma strategy to create consciousness amongst adolescent women about protected & hygienic menstrual well being practices together with audio, video and studying supplies for adolescent women and job-aids for ASHAs and different area degree functionaries for speaking with adolescent women.

ASHAs throughout the nation are educated and play a big position in promotion of use and distribution of the sanitary napkins.

Division of Well being Analysis, underneath the Ministry of Well being, is concerned in evaluation of all newer, various, setting pleasant menstrual hygiene merchandise to look into their security and acceptability options.



About Accredited Social Well being Activist (ASHA)

One of many key elements of the Nationwide Rural Well being Mission is to offer each village within the nation with a educated feminine group well being activist ASHA.

Chosen from the village itself and accountable to it, the ASHA shall be educated to work as an interface between the group and the general public well being system.

Different Info of Menstural Hygiene Scheme –

The Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare has been implementing this scheme for promotion of menstrual hygiene amongst adolescent women within the age group of 10-19 years primarily in rural areas as a part of the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram.

Supply: PIB

Paper 2 and three:

Subjects coated:

  1. Welfare schemes for weak sections of the inhabitants by the Centre and States and the efficiency of those schemes; mechanisms, legal guidelines, establishments and Our bodies constituted for the safety and betterment of those weak sections.
  2. Achievements of Indians in science & know-how; indigenization of know-how and creating new know-how.


Mission Indradhanush


‘Mission Indradhanush’ has been chosen as one of many 12 greatest practices globally and has been featured in a particular concern of the British Medical Journal titled ‘Enhancing vaccination protection in India: classes from Intensified Mission Indradhanush, a cross-sectoral techniques strengthening technique’.

Mission Indradhanush was showcased in the course of the ‘Companion’s Discussion board’ held at New Delhi on 12th-13th December 2018 which was attended by round 1200 worldwide and nationwide delegates engaged on Maternal, New-born, Youngster and Adolescent Well being.



Mission Indradhanush –

To strengthen and re-energize the programme and obtain full immunization protection for all youngsters and pregnant ladies at a speedy tempo, the Authorities of India launched “Mission indradhanush” in December 2014.

Mission Indradhanush’s Aim –

The last word aim is to make sure full immunization with all out there vaccines for youngsters as much as two years of age and pregnant ladies. The Authorities has recognized 201 excessive focus districts throughout 28 states which have the very best variety of partially immunized and unimmunized youngsters.

Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) –

To additional intensify the immunization programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Intensified Mission (IMI) on October eight, 2017.

Authorities of India goals to succeed in each baby as much as two years of age and all these pregnant ladies who’ve been left uncovered underneath the routine immunization programme/UIP.

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