Prelim Snippets 10-08-2019


Context: The e-version of Rozgar Samachar has been launched recently by Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting

About e- Rozgar Samachar:
  • It has been launched with a view to make aspirants aware of job opportunities in government sector including public sector enterprises.
  • It will also provide information and guidance about admission and career opportunities in various streams through career-oriented articles by experts.
  • It is expected to meet the emerging challenge of young readers switching to electronic modes of communication.
  • Rozgar Samachar is the corresponding version of Employment News (English).
  • Employment News is the flagship weekly job journal from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.
  • It was launched in 1976 with a view to provide information on employment opportunities to the unemployed and underemployed youth of the country.
  • The journal is published in English (Employment News), Hindi (Rozgar Samachar) and Urdu (Rozgar Samachar)



Context: The NITI Aayog organised the Third Edition of the Women Transforming India Awards 2018 in collaboration with United Nations, and launched the upgraded portal of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform

  • It will help to realise the dreams of Women Entrepreneurs across India and that the development story of a New India is being scripted with women at the forefront.
  • The Women Transforming India Awards were instituted, in collaboration with United Nations, to recognise and celebrate stories of exemplary women from across India.
  • This year’s theme: Women and Entrepreneurship
  • It seeks to transform the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country and shall be a one-stop resource centre for future and budding women entrepreneurs.
Background of WEP:
  • On November 2017, NITI Aayog, in partnership with the Government of the United States of America hosted the 8th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad,
  • Theme: ‘Women First, Prosperity for All’.
  • To take the idea forward, CEO, NITI Aayog announced setting up of Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) to promote and support established as well as aspiring women entrepreneurs in India.



Context: Common Service Centres (CSCs), which come under the Ministry of Electronics and IT, plan to open one lakh charging stations for electric vehicles across the country in the next few years

Fame India Scheme:
  • Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME) India was launched in 2015 is a part of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan.
  • Main thrust of FAME is to encourage electric vehicles by providing subsidies. Vehicles in most segments – two wheelers, three wheelers, electric and hybrid cars and electric buses obtained the subsidy benefit of the scheme.
  • FAME focuses on 4 areas i.e. Technology development, Demand Creation, Pilot Projects and Charging Infrastructure.
FAME India Phase II:
  • It will be implemented over the period of 3 years from 2019-20 to 2021-22.
  • The main objective of the scheme is to encourage faster adoption of electric & hybrid vehicle by the way of market creation and indigenization.
  • FAME-Phase 2 has been introduced to achieve the target of more than 30% electric vehicles by 2030, a more realistic goal in comparison to the earlier target of 100% EVs by 2030.



Context: The Health Ministry has drawn an ambitious plan under the 100 days agenda wherein it has been decided to provide Rotavirus vaccine to every child across all States and Union Territories by September, 2019

  • It is the most common cause of diarrhoea among infants and young children.
  • It usually transmitted by the faecal-oral route and infects and damages the cells in the small intestines and causes gastroenteritis.
ROTAVAC Vaccine:
  • It is a low-cost vaccine developed by Bharat
  • Biotech Limited under an innovative PPP model involving Ministry of Science and Technology, institutions of the US Government and various NGOs.
  • It has been included in India’s Universal Immunization Program in 2016.



Context: Ministry of New & Renewable Energy organised the 3rd Edition of Renewable Energy Investors’ Meet and Expo (RE-INVEST 2019) coinciding with the Second Assembly of International Solar Alliance (ISA)

  • Objective: To attract the right investments in renewable energy (RE) and present India’s RE story to the world.
  • India offers one of the largest investment opportunities in the renewable space.
  • The Government of India allows a 100 per cent FDI under the automatic route for projects of renewable power generation and distribution.
  • The 2nd Global RE-INVEST, was held in October, 2018 and aimed at accelerating the worldwide effort to scale up renewable energy and connect the global investment community with Indian energy stakeholders



Context: An Israeli lunar lander called Beresheet (Hebrew for ‘the beginning’) began its journey to the Moon aboard a SpaceX rocket in its quest to be the first privately-funded spacecraft to land on the Moon

  • The Lunar Library contained a small sample from the Bodhi tree in India, along with material on learning Hindi, Urdu and information on music.
  • Beresheet had crash-landed and was irredeemably broken except, for a curious, quirky payload called the Lunar Library.
  • The Lunar Library is a 30-million-page archive of human history and civilisation, covering all subjects, cultures, nations, languages, genres, and time periods.
  • In the event of human extinction, it’s meant to be a ‘backup ‘of earth-life.
  • The device was conceived courtesy the Arch Mission Foundation (AMF), a U.S.-based non-profit whose mission is to create repositories of human civilisation and spread them through space.



Board of Control for Cricket in India
National Anti-Doping Agency

  • After years of defiance, the BCCI has finally agreed to come under the jurisdiction of the NADA, the country’s anti-doping watchdog
  • The implication of this development is expected to be massive as BCCI now becomes a designated National Sports Federation and will face more pressure to come under the government’s Right to Information Act.
About BCCI:
  • It is the national governing body for cricket in India.
  • The board was formed in December 1928 as a society, registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act.
  • It is a consortium of state cricket associations and the state associations select their representatives who in turn elect the BCCI Chief.
  • Its headquarters are in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
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