Mains Daily Question
Nov. 18, 2019

Q. Discuss the various features of tropical cyclones. While mentioning the factors contributing in formation of tropical cyclone differentiate them from extra-tropical cyclones.

Structure of the answer:

  • Introduction

  • Features of tropical cyclone

  • Factors contributing in formation of cyclones

  • Difference between tropical and extra tropical cyclones

  • Conclusion

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Current Affairs
Nov. 17, 2019

Union Minister of Consumer Affairs released the Water Quality Report for State Capitals & Delhi as analysed by Bureau of India Standards (BIS).
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  • The samples of drinking water were tested as per Indian Standard 10500:2012 (Specification for Drinking Water) as set by the Bureau of India Standards (BIS).

  • Tests were conducted on various parameters such as Organoleptic and Physical Tests, Chemical test, Toxic substances and Bacteriological tests.


  • A vast majority of the samples have failed to comply with the requirements of IS 10500:2012 in one or more parameters.

  • In Delhi, all the 11 samples drawn from various places did not comply with the requirements of the Indian Standard & failed on several parameters.

  • All the 10 samples drawn from Mumbai were found to comply with the requirements.

  • In the cities of Hyderabad, Bhubaneshwar, Ranchi, Raipur, Amravati and Shimla, one or more samples did not comply with the requirements of the Standard.

  • None of the samples drawn from 13 of the State Capitals i.e. Chandigarh, Thiruvananthapuram, Patna, Bhopal, Guwahati, Bengaluru, Gandhinagar, Lucknow, Jammu, Jaipur, Dehradun, Chennai, Kolkata complied with the requirements of the Indian Standard.

Important Info :
  • The study was conducted as per directions of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs to check the quality of piped drinking water being supplied in the country in keeping with the objectives of the Jal Jeevan Mission.
  • The Jal Jeevan Mission announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims to provide tap water to all households by 2024.
  • The Union Government wants to make BIS Standards mandatory for Tap Water so as to ensure quality drinking water for all households.
Source : The Hindu

Current Affairs
Nov. 17, 2019

India successfully conducted the first night trial of 'Agni-II' from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.
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  • 'Agni-II', an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) has already been inducted into the armed forces.

  • It is a versatile surface-to-surface medium-range nuclear-capable missile that can carry a nuclear payload of one thousand kilograms.

  • The missile has a strike range of 2000 km. The range of the 21-metre long missile weighing 17 tonnes can also be increased to three thousand kilometres by reducing the payload.

  • This was the first time that this missile was test-fired at night. 

Source : All India Radio
Defence & Security

Current Affairs
Nov. 17, 2019

The German parliament passed the Climate Protection Act in an attempt to reach its climate target by 2030.
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  • This will be Germany’s first climate action law.

  • Last week, New Zealand passed the Zero-Carbon Law in a bid to comply with it’s Paris climate accord commitments and become a carbon-neutral nation by the year 2050.

Salient features:

  • With this bill, a price on carbon emissions in the transport and heating sectors will be imposed along with some other measures to combat climate change.

  • The bill consists of emissions targets for different sectors of the economy such as transport, energy and housing.

  • From 2021, companies that market diesel and petrol, heating oil and natural gas in the country will need to obtain pollution rights for the amount of greenhouse gases they emit. This will be regulated through a national emissions trading mechanism.

  • Additionally, flying domestically and within Europe will be made more expensive. The aviation tax will be increased by more than 5 euros to 13.03 euros per ticket.

  • Significantly, renovations will also be taxed for three years from 2020 onwards. 

Source : Indian Express
Environment & Ecology

Current Affairs
Nov. 17, 2019

On the occasion of National Press Day, the Vice President of India awarded the winners of ‘National Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2019' at New Delhi.
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  • The journalists in different areas were honoured for their outstanding and exemplary work in journalism at an event organized by Press Council of India (PCI).

  • Speaking on the occasion, the Vice President emphasized that ever since the launch of the first newspaper in India-‘The Bengal Gazette’ by James Augustus Hickey in 1780, the press has been playing an outstanding role in empowering the people.

Important Info :

Press Council of India (PCI)?

  • The National Press Day is observed on 16th November every year. It was on this day the Press Council of India (PCI) started functioning as a moral watchdog to ensure that the press maintains high standards and is not fettered by any influence or threats.
  • Origin: The Press Council of India was first set up in the year 1966 by the Parliament on the recommendations of the First Press Commission.
  • Status: It is a statutory body functioning under the Press Council Act, 1978.
  • Objective: Preserving the freedom of the press and of maintaining and improving the standards of press in India.
  • Function: It is a quasi-judicial authority. It adjudicates the complaints against and by the press for violation of ethics and for violation of the freedom of the press respectively.
Source : All India Radio
Awards and Recognitions

Current Affairs
Nov. 17, 2019

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has notified the Insolvency and Bankruptcy (Insolvency and Liquidation Proceedings of Financial Service Providers and Application to Adjudicating Authority) Rules, 2019 (Rules).
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  • The rules have been notified to provide a generic framework for insolvency and liquidation proceedings of systemically important Financial Service Providers (FSPs) other than banks.

  • The rules were issued under Section 227 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, which allows the Central government to notify FSPs or categories of FSPs for the purpose of insolvency and liquidation proceedings.

  • The Rules provide that the provisions of the Code relating to the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP), Liquidation Process and Voluntary Liquidation Process for a corporate debtor shall, mutatis mutandis, apply to a process for an FSP, subject to modifications.

  • The move to include FSPs comes against the backdrop of the crisis confronting the non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) sector.  

Source : Economic Times

Current Affairs
Nov. 17, 2019

In a major move, the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) has launched India’s first agri index — ‘NCDEX Agridex’, for easy reference to price variations in agricultural commodities.
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  • It has been launched with a composition of 10 leading liquid contracts on the NCDEX platform at present. Leading commodities such as guar seed, guar gum, soybean, chana, mustard seed, and jeera, etc, will be the index's constituents.

  • The index is now available as ‘indicative’. It will be made tradable after being approved from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

  • For indices, the NCDEX has partnered with NSE Indices, a leading index service provider, as a third party, to maintain and disseminate real-time NCDEX Agridex values.

  • Futures trading on Agridex will enhance overall liquidity on the exchange platform. 


Current Affairs
Nov. 17, 2019

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has set up an Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (OCSAE) Prevention/Investigation Unit.
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  • The OCSAE Prevention/Investigation Unit will function under the agency's Special Crime Zone in Delhi.

  • The newly specialized Unit will collect and disseminate information on online child sexual abuse and exploitation.

  • It will also probe such offences covered under the IPC, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the Information Technology Act, apart from other relevant laws.

  • The territorial jurisdiction of the Unit of CBI will be throughout India. 

Source : DD News
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