Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched a programme called Unnat Bharat Abhiyan with an aim to connect institutions of higher education, including Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Indian Institutes of Science Education & Research (IISERs) etc. with local communities to address the development challenges through appropriate

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Supreme Court sets up ‘Social Justice Bench’ to deal with social issues

Supreme Court has set up a special ‘Social Justice Bench’ in order to exclusively hear cases concerning social issues particularly those related to women, children and underprivileged sections of society. The main intention of setting up ‘Social Justice Bench’ is to provide specialised approach needed for dealing with these cases. It will deal specially with

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Government launches Swachh Bharat Kosh

Government recently launched the ‘Swachh Bharat Kosh’– a fund that will be utilised to build toilets in schools, rural and urban areas to achieve the objective of cleanliness across the country. It will be also used for constructing water lines to the toilets, training and skill development to maintain hygiene in the toilets as well

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AYUSH ministry

BJP government has created separated AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Sidhha  and Naturopathy) Ministry to give emphasis to traditional forms of medicine. Earlier, Department of AYUSH was under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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New austerity measure by government, announces 10% cut in non-plan expenditure.

Government aims to restrict fiscal deficit to 4.1 per cent of GDP in 2014-15 and hence, have taken up such steps. Thus it will lead to10 per cent cut in the Centre’s non-Plan expenditure for 2014-15. Austerity measures taken up by the ministry are: It bans ministers from holding meetings in five-star hotels and traveling

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Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY)

SAGY encourages Members of Parliament (MP’s) from both Houses to identify and develop one village from their constituency as a model village Under this scheme, MPs will be responsible for developing the socio-economic and physical infrastructure of three villages each by 2019, and a total of eight villages each by 2024.       Key

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Meghalaya connected by train

Meghalaya has been added to the rail network of India for first time. Train connecting Mendipathar, Meghalaya, to Guwahati Assam has commenced services in November, 2014. The other North-Eastern states on railway network are Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura.

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National Nutrition Mission (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II)

Union government launched National Nutrition mission. There are two components of the National Nutrition Mission as follows: 1. Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign against malnutrition 2. Multi-sectoral Nutrition Programme The key objectives of these programmes are as under: 1. To create awareness relating to malnutrition amongst pregnant women, lactating mothers, promote healthy lactating practices

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Fuel Cell

Fuel cell generates electricity by means of chemical reaction. Every fuel cell has two electrodes, one positive and one negative. Positive electrode is called anode and negative electrode is cathode. Chemical reaction takes place at the electrodes to produce electricity. Every fuel cell has an electrolyte which carries electrically charged particles from one electrode to

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NGT imposes monthly tax on all households in Delhi to clean up Yamuna River

National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered that every household in Delhi must pay a monthly environmental compensation to clean up pollution in Yamuna River. This decision was given while hearing a petition by environmental activist against severe pollution in Yamuna River. NGT has ordered that, to clean up Yamuna River the compensation will be paid

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