Q1. The Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) in its latest report records a mere six outbreaks/disease alerts across the country. Which of the following statements regarding the project stands true ?
1) Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) was launched by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in 2004 for a period upto March 2010 to strengthen/maintain decentralized laboratory based IT enabled disease surveillance system for epidemic prone diseases.
2) It also aims to monitor disease trends and to detect and respond to outbreaks in early rising phase through trained Rapid Response Team (RRTs).
3) Under IDSP data is collected on epidemic prone diseases on monthly basis on two specified reporting formats, namely “S” (suspected cases) and “P” (presumptive cases) only.
a) 1 & 2 only
b) 2 & 3 only
c) 1 & 3 only
d) all the above
Centrally protected sites to be opened for public from next week
Visitors to Centrally protected monuments, which will be reopened to the public from July 6, will have to wear masks, buy tickets online and not pose for any group photos, according to the Union Culture Ministry.
Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel announced on Thursday that all monuments protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) would be opened from July 6.
Last month, the ASI had reopened 821 monuments that had places of worship after a decision by the Union Home Ministry. Now, all 3,691 monuments and sites of the ASI would reopen, subject to the rules of the Home and Health Ministries, the Minister said.
THE GIST of Editorial for UPSC Exams : 3 July 2020 The grain mountain (Indian Express)
The grain mountain (Indian Express)
Mains Paper 2: Governance
Prelims level: Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana
Mains level: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes
Rice and wheat stocks in government granaries stood at 73.85 million tonnes (mt) as on April 1, 3.5 times the normative operational-cum-strategic reserve requirement for this date.
Two months later, with the procurement of the new wheat crop, these inventories rose further to an all-time-high of over 97 mt.
Against this background, and on top of the widespread distress unleashed by the COVID-19, there is a strong moral as well as economic case for offloading the excess grain lying with the Food Corporation of India.
Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana:
That’s what is being done through the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY).
Under the scheme, over 80 crore people were being provided 5 kg of free grain per month during April-June.
THE GIST of Editorial for UPSC Exams : 3 July 2020 Lax on safety: On Nevveli and Vizag disasters (The Hindu)
Lax on safety: On Nevveli and Vizag disasters (The Hindu)
Mains Paper 2: Governance
Prelims level: Neyveli thermal power station
Mains level: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability
Two deadly industrial disasters, in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, leading to the loss of at least eight lives and causing serious injuries to many, once again underscorethe value of safety protocols.
In a boiler blast at the Neyveli thermal power station, 6 people were killed and a dozen workers suffered severe burns, while a toxic chemical leak at a pharmaceutical plant in Visakhapatnam led to 2 deaths immediately.
These other recent disasters, also at a Neyveli have come at a stressful time when India is trying to find its feetin the midst of the pandemic.
What happened in Neyveli on Wednesday is inexplicable, since the power producer had encountered a boiler furnace blowout only on May 7, and had ordered a review of its infrastructure and processes.
Without meticulouscare, boilers are dangerous pieces of equ
(The Gist of PIB) 3 DST institutes among top 30 Indian Institutions in Nature Index 2020 [JUNE-2020]
(The Gist of PIB) 3 DST institutes among top 30 Indian Institutions in Nature Index 2020
3 DST institutes among top 30 Indian Institutions in Nature Index 2020
In the recently-released Nature Index table 2020, India is placed twelfth globally in science research output. The top five positions have gone to the United States of America, China, Germany, United Kingdom and Japan.
What is the Nature Index?
The Nature Index is a database of author affiliation information collated from research articles published in an independently selected group of 82 high-quality science journals.
The database is compiled by Nature Research, a division of the international scientific publishing company Springer Nature that publishes academic journals. Nature Research’s flagship
(The Gist of PIB) Joint Science Communication Forum to promote common policy and best practices [JUNE-2020]
(The Gist of PIB) Joint Science Communication Forum to promote common policy and best practices
Joint Science Communication Forum to promote common policy and best practices
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has constituted a joint Science Communication Forum to facilitate interaction and coordination amongst various public sector science communication institutions and agencies.
It is represented by senior officials from various central ministries and departments, including Agriculture, Health, Culture, Defense, Space, Atomic Energy, and Information and Broadcasting, in addition to Science and Technology.
The Forum would be served by a Secretariat at the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC), Departm
(The Gist of Kurukshetra) New Mandis Integrated with eNAM INDIA [JUNE-2020]
(The Gist of Kurukshetra) New Mandis Integrated with eNAM
New Mandis Integrated with eNAM
National Agriculture Market (eNAM), a pan-India electronic trading portal was launched on 14th April 2016, by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, with the aim of networking the existing Mandis on a common online market platform as “One Nation One Market” for agricultural commodities in India.
Scenarios of the National Agriculture Market:
38 additional mandis were integrated with the eNAM platform, thus achieving a milestone of integration of 415 mandis as per the planned target. 38 Mandis integrated are in Madhya Pradesh (19), Telangana (10), Maharashtra (4) and One (1) each from Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Kerala & J & J&K. In a press r
(GIST OF YOJANA) AIM: Fostering Innovation [June-2020]
(GIST OF YOJANA) AIM: Fostering Innovation
AIM: Fostering Innovation
The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship:
Sustainable development is the practice of improving human life while protecting the environment. It is perhaps the most important and the most formidable long-term challenge that the world faces. Creative thinking has always been essential for improving national well-being.
New inventions and innovations in agriculture, mass production, transportation and communication during theIndustrial Revolution were largely responsible for proving Economist Thomas Malthus wrong, who predicted that
(The Gist of PIB) Year of Awareness on Science and Health [MAY-2020]
(The Gist of PIB) Year of Awareness on Science and Health
Year of Awareness on Science and Health
National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC), Department of Science and Technology (DST) has launched a programme on health and risk communication ‘Year of Awareness on Science and Health (YASH)’ with focus on COVID-19.
The programme is aimed at minimizing risks at all levels with the help of public communication and outreach activities, promoting public understanding of safety measures like personal sanitation and hygiene, physical distancing, maintaining desired collective behaviour and so on.
Under the programme, strategies have been worked out to involve academic, research, media, and voluntary organizatio
Kiran Aggarwal Committee Report (2014) "Content & Duration of Induction Training of IAS Officers"
RECOMMENDATIONS OF KIRAN AGGARWAL COMMITTEE (2014)
(COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE CONTENT AND DURATION OF INDUCTION TRAINING OF IAS OFFICERS)- I
(i) Overall approach to training: The Committee considers it important to articulate the broad philosophy that has guided its approach to Induction training. This essentially embraces three broad aspects, viz. Leadership Development Architecture, Competency Development of IAS officers, and Participant-centred Continuous Learning. However, in this debate and reassessment of the type of training and development to be provided to these officers over their career lifecycle, it is important to first highlight some pre-requisite changes that should ideally precede these decisions.
It is time for a refreshed, re-imagined purpose for the Indian civil services in the light of the profound changes that have taken place in the modern world. In this new era in India, where there is much complexity, volatility, division, rapid change and simmering discontent among large segments of society ; where some of the fundamental strengths – enduring institutions of quality – including the civil services themselves are under attack, there is also unbridled opportunity in a world transformed by technology a
1. Explain the factors responsible for the origin of ocean currents. How do they influence regional climates, fishing and navigation? (UPSC 2015) 2. How far do you agree that the behavior of the Indian monsoon has been changing due to humanizing landscapes? Discuss.(UPSC 2015) 3. Most of the unusual climatic happenings are explained as an outcome of the EI-Nino effect. Do you agree? (UPSC 2014) 4. Why are the world's fold mountain systems located along the margins of continents? Bring out the association between the global distribution of fold mountains and the earthquakes and volcanoes.(UPSC
(The Gist of Kurukshetra) Draft National Policy for Women 2016 (with reference to women’s nutrition and health, the priority areas include): [MAY-2020]
(The Gist of Kurukshetra) Draft National Policy for Women 2016 (with reference to women’s nutrition and health, the priority areas include):
Draft National Policy for Women 2016 (with reference to women’s nutrition and health, the priority areas include):
Lowering the soaring Maternal Mortality (MMR) and Infant Mortality (IMR) rates.
Increasing the outreach/capacity of ASHAs, ANMs and AWWs and that of the skilled home birth professionals in backward areas.
Organising special health camps for the prevention and treatment of diseases affecting pregnant women/nursing mothers (e.g. anaemia, undernutrition, etc.) and launching special drives for imparting nutrition health education.
Recognising women’s reproductive rights by formulation and implementation of gender specific health strategies.
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(GIST OF YOJANA) COVID-19: The Novel Threat [May-2020]
(GIST OF YOJANA) COVID-19: The Novel Threat
COVID-19: The Novel Threat
The World is experiencing one of the greatest pandemic in history. Every day, many more are being added to that. In today’s world we have good healthcare facilities, advanced knowledge in science and various treatment modalities, but still how come a tiny particle of a few nanometers has really shaken all the powerful nations? Let us start from the basics to understand it better.
What are Viruses?
Viruses are on the borderline of living and dead beings. They are much tinier than bacteria. Their size ranges from 18 nm-400 nm, th
Q1. The Environment Ministry has reconstituted the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) to include an expert from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, and a molecular biologist. Which of the following statements regarding the central zoo authority ( CZA ) stands true ?
1) The CZA is a statutory body established under the Wild Life (Protection) Act 1972 and tasked with regulating zoos across the country.
2) The authority lays down guidelines and prescribes rules under which animals may be transferred among zoos nationally and internationally.
3) The authority is chaired by the prime minister and consists of 10 members and a member-secretary.
a) 1 & 2 only
b) 2 & 3 only
c) 1 & 3 only
d) all the above
Q2. Which of the following protected areas comes under the Indian Rhino Vision 2020 programme aimed at attaining a population of at least 3000 greater one-horned rhinos in India
Centre designates 9 individuals as terrorists under UAPA act
Home Ministry has declared nine individuals as designated terrorists under provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. They include Wadhawa Singh Babbar, a key leader of BabbarKhalsa International, Lakhbir Singh, a Pakistan-based Chief of terror organisation International Sikh Youth Federation and Ranjeet Singh of KhalistanZindabad Force.
Home Ministry said in a release that these individuals are involved in various acts of terrorism from across the border and from foreign soil. It said they have been relentless in their nefarious efforts of destabilizing the country, by trying to revive militancy in Punjab through their anti national activities and through their support to a
This transition is so compelling that it is being called Industry 4.0to represent the fourth revolution that has occurred in manufacturing.Industry 4.0 is signalling a change in the traditional manufacturing landscape.
Industry 4.0 encompassesthree technological trends drivingthis transformation: connectivity,intelligence and flexible automation.
Evolution process of industrial revolution:
The first industrial revolution came with the advent of mechanisation, steam power and water power.