Weekly Current Affairs Mains (5th to 12th November, 2018)

Weekly Current Affairs Mains (5th to 12th November, 2018)

Note: Important topics of the week from UPSC Mains Perspective is comprehensively covered in these articles. Don’t Miss Reading it!

 

Topic: Fixing POSHAN Abhiyaan’s basics

Topic in Syllabus: GS Paper 1 : Indian Society

poshan abhiyan

 

Introduction:

  • The National Nutrition Mission, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 March—now christened POSHAN (Modi’s overarching scheme for holistic nourishment) Abhiyaan—aims to drastically reduce the prevailing high incidence of malnutrition, stunted growth and anaemia.
  • The intention is to do this through convergence, mass movements and leveraging technology.
  • Anganwadi workers (AWWs) are required to feed in details of the beneficiaries and monitor their growth in real time during pregnancy, as well as height and weight of the child once born, in the mobile phones given to them and follow up with SMS alerts to those who are at risk.
  • However, certain fundamental issues need fixing for the programme to be successfully implemented.

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Topic: Israel-Gaza violence erupts after covert op killings

Topic in Syllabus : GS Paper 2 : International Affairs

 

 

Context:

Violence has flared between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, a day after seven militants and an Israeli soldier were killed during an undercover Israeli operation in Gaza.

Militants fired 300 rockets and mortars at Israel. One hit a bus, seriously injuring a soldier nearby.

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Topic: What ails the NBFC sector?

Topic in Syllabus: GS Paper 3: Indian Economy

 

non-banking-financial-companies

Introduction:

  • India’s non-banking financial companies (NBFC) sector — also known as the shadow banking system that provides services similar to traditional commercial banks but outside normal banking regulations — is passing through a turbulent period following a series of defaults by Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) and the subsequent liquidity crunch.
  • The liquidity squeeze faced by NBFCs has led to a conflict between the government and the Reserve Bank of India, with the Finance Ministry pushing for easier fund flows while the RBI insists there’s enough money available in the system.

 

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Topic: The importance of blockchain for India

Topic in Syllabus: GS Paper 3: Indian Economy

Blockchain

 

Introduction:

  • Blockchain is the promise of completely new Internet, the Internet of Value.
  • Internet is going to transform from Internet of Information to Internet of Value.
  • The ownership of digital assets of any type, say money, deeds, Government records, financial instruments or art can be securely stored, transacted and tracked.
  • It is considered revolutionary for its ability to enable the secure movement of assets without intermediaries.
  • Its economic impact is projected to exceed $3 trillion in the next decade.

 

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Topic: NGT nod for long awaited neutrino project

Topic in Syllabus: GS Paper 3: Science and Technology

Neutrino Project

 

Why in news?

The Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has upheld the environmental clearance earlier granted to the India based Neutrino Observatory (INO) project by the ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC).

 

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