Current Affairs

Prelims Spotlight (06-01-2017) (07-01-2017) (08-01-2017) (09-01-2017)

Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh delegation meets Dr Jitendra Singh

· The members of the delegation sought the minister intervention for grant of one-time relaxation from the ceiling of 5% for compassionate appointments in the Ministry of Defence.

· Bharatiya Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh "Indian Defence Workers Union", abbreviated BPMS) is a trade union in India, affiliated to the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, that organizes civilian workers in factories and other establishments under the Indian Ministry of Defence.


India and Kazakhstan sign Protocol to amend the Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC)

The protocol was signed for the avoidance of double taxation and for the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income.

The DTAC deals with

  • Effective exchange of information on tax matters
  • Issues related to transfer pricing

Food for thought

Locate Kazakhstan and its surrounding countries.


Mesentery: New organ discovered inside human body

  • The new organ is known as Mesentery.
  • The research has been published in The Lancet medical journal.
  • The functioning of the organ is still unclear and the discovery will aid better in understanding and treatment of abdominal and digestive diseases.
  • With the discovery of new organs the total number of organs in the human beings sums up to 79.


Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) meet held in New Delhi

  • Financial Stability and Development Council is an apex-level body constituted by the government of India.
  • The idea to create such a super regulatory body was first mooted by the Raghuram Rajan Committee in 2008.
  • Finally in 2010, the then Finance Minister of India, Pranab Mukherjee, decided to set up such an autonomous body dealing with macro prudential and financial regularities in the entire financial sector of India.
  • The committee works under Ministry of finance.
  • Finance minister chairs the FSDC meetings.


CSO forecasts GDP growth to 7.1% in 2016-17 fiscal

  • CSO forecasts growth rate is expected at 7.1% in 2016-17 as compared to 7.6% in 2015-16.

Food for thought

  • Recall basic terminologies like GDP, GNP, GVA


SC wants paper trail in EVMs for fair poll

As the five States go to the polls, the Supreme Court has reiterated the necessity to implement the Vote Verifier Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in electronic voting machines (EVMs) to ensure 100 per cent transparency in elections.

In the VVPAT system, when a voter presses the button for a candidate of his choice in the EVM, a paper ballot containing the serial number, name of the candidate and poll symbol would be printed for the voter.

Food for thought

Is election commission a constitution body? Recall the article associated with Election commission.


Cold wave spell over plains of northwest India

  • A cold wave (known in some regions as a cold snap) is a weather phenomenon that is distinguished by a cooling of the air.
  • Under these circumstances, the prevailing minimum temperatures over plains of northwest India are very likely to fall further by 2-4°C
  • Why - With the eastward movement of the current Western Disturbance as an upper air cyclonic circulation lying over north Pakistan & neighbourhood, dry northwesterly cold winds at lower & middle levels very likely to prevail over plains of northwest India from 10th night to 13th January morning.

Food for thought

  • Recall what are westerlies and easterlies?


Tamil Nadu becomes 21st State to join UDAY

  • By joining UDAY, Tamil Nadu becomes the 21st state to join UDAY scheme.
  • It would derive an overall net benefit of approximately Rs. 11,000 crores through UDAY, by way of savings in interest cost, reduction in AT&C and transmission losses, interventions in energy efficiency, coal reforms etc.
  • The state also signed 24X7 Power For All document on the occasion. With Tamil Nadu joining the cause, 92% of country’s Discom debt has been covered under UDAY
  • UDAY was launched by the Government of India on 20th November, 2015 to ensure a permanent and sustainable solution to the debt-ridden Distribution utilities to achieve financial stability and growth, now has 21 States in the Club after Tamil Nadu coming on board.


Shri Piyush Goyal dedicates World’s Largest LED Street Lighting Programme to the Nation

  • The minister dedicated the LED based Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) to the nation.
  • It is the World’sLargestStreet Light Replacement Programme, which is being implemented by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), Ministry of power
  • It is a joint venture under the Ministry of Power, Government of India.

Food for thought

  • Recall the difference between Pradhan Mantri ujjwala yojana. And Ujala Yojana


Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana

  • The scheme targets Indian youth seeking overseas employment.
  • It was launched at Pravasi Bharatiya divas in Bengaluru.
  • PKVY will provide training and certify Indians who are seeking overseas employment in selected sectors.
  • It is implemented by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)