Daily Current Affairs for Competitive Exams: December 6, 2016

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The Lifeline Express to get two more coaches for cancer treatment
The world’s first hospital train, Lifeline Express is all set to get two additional coaches for cancer treatment. The decision was announced by the Ministry of Railways on December 5, 2016.
These additions will add more strength to the existing life-saving services present on the five-coach train, as it is already equipped to conduct surgeries for sight, hearing, clefts, burns, broken bones and treatment of epilepsy and dental issues.
About the Lifeline Express
  • Funded by Impact UK, the project was developed by the Indian Railways and Union health Ministry.
  • It also receives funding from international charitable sources, Indian corporate houses, and individuals.
  • The train became fully functional on 16 July 1991.
  • The main objective behind the service was to provide immediate medical aid to disabled adults and children living in remote and otherwise inaccessible areas of India, where advanced medical services are not available.
  • It has by far treated over one million disabled poor Indians living in the rural areas, completely free of cost.
  • The train’s staff comprises around 200,000 medical professionals from across the world, all of whom have donated their services for the cause.
  • The train has taken up almost 177 projects across the country and conducted more than one lakh surgeries.
  • The service’s 178th project will start at Satna, Madhya Pradesh from 15 December 2016 and will go on until 5 January 2017.
Union Government launches Stanpan Suraksha mobile app to promote breastfeeding
The Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram on December 5, 2016, launched the ‘Stanpan Suraksha’ mobile application to promote breastfeeding and keep a check on inapt promotion of baby food items in the country.
Highlights of Stanpan Suraksha app
  • It is first-of-its-kind app that aims to promote breastfeeding and baby food promotion reporting mechanism.
  • If anyone comes across any inapt promotion of baby food, he or she just has to click a photograph of inappropriate baby food promotion and send it to BPNI.
  • It also has a city-wise database of trained breastfeeding counsellor to educate and provide assistance to mothers during antenatal and postnatal period.
  • Moreover, it provides a sign up option for mothers who wish to become a breastfeeding counsellor.
  • It will also be able to gather incremental evidence on promotion of baby foods from remote locations as well.

Daily Current Affairs for Competitive Exams: December 5, 2016

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National

Supreme Court approves action plan to counter air pollution in New Delhi
  • The Supreme Court on December 3, 2016, approved the Graded Response Action Plan of the Union Government to deal with different levels of pollution in Delhi-NCR region. 
  • The court also directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to upgrade its existing infrastructure and set up additional monitoring stations in Delhi-NCR within six months.
Highlights:
  • It will be implemented under the aegis of Environment Pollution (Control and Prevention) Authority (EPCA). It recommends closing of brick kilns, hot mix plants, intensifying public transport services and stone crushers.It also suggests increase in frequency of mechanised cleaning of road and sprinkling of water on roads to tackle problem of pollution.  
  • It proposes common pollution code for Delhi-NCR to provide graded response to the health emergencies that are caused by toxic air.  The code classifies the pollutants present in the air into four categories- moderate to poor, very poor, severe, very Severe or emergency depending upon the level of pollutants in air. 
  • The pollution level will be termed as 'severe' when the particulate matter is above 250 to 430 micrograms per cubic metre in the ambient air. If the air pollution level reaches the alarming situation, immediate steps will be taken like ban on construction activities and implementation of road space rationing schemes. 
  • The proposed new thermal power plant standards must come into force as soon as possible to reduce pollution load significantly by installing the pollution control devices without any further delay.
India to launch 83 satellites in one go in January 2016
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch 83 satellites into space in one go, aboard a single rocket in January 2017.
  • Among the 83 satellites, 3 belong to India while the other 80, weighing 500 kg belong to five foreign nations including Israel, Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and the United States of America.
  • The launch of these foreign satellites by India is a part of a commercial agreement signed between these countries and Antric Corporation Ltd, which is the commercial arm and Public sector undertaking of ISRO.
  • The three Indian satellites that are going to be launched include: Cartosat – 2 series,  INS-IA, INS-1B

International

Heart of Asia Conference held in Amritsar 
The 6th Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) concluded on December 4, 2016, after adopting the Amritsar Declaration. The declaration recognised terrorism as the biggest threat to peace and demands an immediate end to all forms of terrorism.
Participating nations, for the first time, expressed concerns about the high-level of violence in Afghanistan caused by Taliban and other terror groups including Islamic State and its affiliates Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Haqqani Network, Al Qaida, TTP, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Jundullah and others.
Highlights:
  • Declaration recognised the necessity of taking serious measures to address recruitment of youth to extremist and terrorist networks.
  • It calls for immediate end to all forms of terrorism including support to it in any form including financing or tactical and logistical support to it.
  • The document called all states to act against terrorist entities in accordance with their respective national counter-terrorism policies, their international obligations and the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy 2006.
  • It called for early finalisation of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) with consensus.
  • It says that radicalisation of disaffected elements of the population, especially youth, can only be prevented by effective de-radicalisation and counter-radicalisation strategies involving all the Heart of Asia countries.
Menace of Drug
  • Participating nations displayed their concern on the increase of production and cultivation of opium in Afghanistan and drug trafficking.
  • The declaration calls for efforts that help in eradicating the drug menace that poses a threat to the socio-economic development, security and stability of Afghanistan and the Heart of Asia region.
Connectivity and economic cooperation
  • The declaration acknowledges the crucial role of Afghanistan as a natural land bridge, which helps in promoting regional connectivity and economic integration in the region.
  • It stresses that connectivity and economic development will contribute to achieving peace and stability in the region including Afghanistan.
  • It will help in enhancing regional economic integration.
  • The declaration welcomes the practical implementation of TAPI and completion of the first stage of the Asian International Railway Corridor between Imamnazar, Turkmenistan, and Aqina, Afghanistan -- the initial stages of TAT linking Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
  • It also encourages implementation of the multinational energy and connectivity projects of TUTAP, CASA-1000, the five-nation railways, Chabahar agreement, TAT linking Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan by rail. It would play a central role in strengthening regional cooperation between Central Asia and South Asia and further forge economic connectivity and growth in the region.
  • IT also welcomes the MoU on Jointly Building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road between the China and Afghanistan. All these will lay the foundations for a successful Seventh Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) planned for November 2017 in Ashgabat.

Sports

Usain Bolt and Almaz Ayana win IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award
  • Nine-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt on 2 December 2016 won the IAAF male Athlete of the Year award. He won the award for the record sixth time.
  • Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana won the IAAF women Athlete of the Year award. Ayana broke the 10000m world record by over 14 seconds in winning Olympic gold in Rio in 2016.
  • Other Awards:
  • Male Rising Star: Canada’s Andre De Grasse (200m, 100m and 4 x 100m relay)
  •  Female Rising Star: Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam (Heptathlon)
  •  Women in Athletics: Greece’s Polyxeni Argeitaki 
  •  Coaching Achievement: USA’s Harry Marra (decathlete coach)
  •  President’s Award: Tegla Loroupe, Kenya (Marathon runner)

Daily Current Affairs for Competitive Exams: December 3, 2016

National

National Pollution Day: December 2
  • December 2 is observed as National Pollution Day to spread awareness among people and industries about the need of Pollution Control Acts.
  • The day is observed in memory of the victims of Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984. Leakage of poisonous chemical Methyl Isocyanate (MIC) and other chemicals  from Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh led to death of around 2259 died immediately and 25000 people died because of the gas-related diseases. 
  • National Pollution Control Board (NPCB) is the main governing body in India which conducts checks on industries to know whether they are following environmental regulations or not.

International

New king carries forward Thailand's royal dynasty
  • Maha Vajiralongkorn became Thailand's new king after the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadei.
  • Kings in Thailand have the title of 'Rama'. The new king became Rama X, the 10th king of the Thailand’s Chakri dynasty. The dynasty was established in 1782. 
  • Bhumibol Adulyadei ruled for 70 years making him one of the longest ruling monarch in the world.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities: December 3
  • The day is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992.
  • The day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of specially-abled persons.
  • Till 2007, it was originally called the International Day of Disabled Persons.

Daily Current Affairs for Competitive Exams: December 1, 2, 2016

National

‘Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan’ launched by MHRD
  • The Abhiyan aims at making people aware about the cashless economic system.
  • MHRD has also launched a webpage for the same where people can provide their feedback and suggestions on the initiative as well as upload the progress of their work.

International

World AIDS Day celebrated on December 1
  • 1 December 2016 is observed as World AIDS Day.
  • The theme this year is Hands up for HIVprevention. The campaign HIVprevention explores different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people, such as adolescent girls and young women, key populations and people living with HIV.

Sports

Magnus Carlsen wins World Chess Championship 2016
  • Magnus Carlsen won the 2016 World Chess Championship on 30 November 2016 in New York City, USA. Carlsen defeated Sergey Karjakin to retain the World Chess Champion title.
  • It’s the third time that Carlsen has won the championship. He has reigned as world champion since 2013.

Admission Notice Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2017

Admission Notice Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main 2017


RBI Recruitment of Assistant 2016 - Online Exam Call Letter out

RBI Recruitment of Assistant 2016 - Online Exam Call Letter out

Call Letters : Click Here

Important Dates :
Commencement of Call letter Download : 08-12-2016
Closure of Call letter Download : 24-12-2016
Information Handouts: English Hindi

Special thanks to Ravi Vania, Jaineesh Ninama for this update.

IBPS CWE - Clerks - VI - Online Preliminary Exam - Result Out

IBPS CWE - Clerks - VI - Online Preliminary Exam - Result Out

Result : Click Here
Important Dates :
Commencement of Result : 09-12-2016
Closure of Result : 16-12-2016 

Employment News 10 December 2016 to 16 December 2016

JOB HIGHLIGHTS
UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Name Of Post : : Lecturer, Assistant Director, Scientis
No.of Vacancies : 13
Last Date :29.12.2016

MINERAL EXPLORATION CORPORATION LIMITED
Name Of Post : Senior manager, Manager, Assistant Manager, Senior Programmer, Senior Instrumentation, Assistant, Technician and Various
No.of Vacancies : 185
Last Date :12.01.2017
AGRICULTURAL SCIENTIST RECRUITMENT BOARD
Name Of Post : Principal Scientists
No.of Vacancies : 51
Last Date :20.12.2016
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
Name Of Post : Lower Division Clerk, Firemen, Tradesman Mate
No.of Vacancies : 58
Last Date :21 Days after publication.
CENTRAL INSTITUTE OF MINING & FUEL RESEARCH DHANBAD
Name Of Post : Technical Assistant, Technical Officer, Senior Technical Officer
No.of Vacancies : 12
Last Date :22.12.2016

IBPS Probationary Officers and Management Trainees (PO/MT) VI Main Exam Result 2016

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has published Result for Probationary Officers and Management Trainees (PO/MT) VI Main Exam, IBPS has conducted Preliminary exam for the recruitment of Probationary Officers and Management trainees in various banks in the month of October 2016 and main exam for the qualified candidates on 20th November 2016. Now it has come out with the Main Online Exam result.Check below for more details.

Result : Click Here

More details : Click Here

Special thanks to Parth Pandya for this update.

Daily Current Affairs for Competitive Exams: December 7, 2016

BRICS Communique  on Tax and Revenues released in Mumbai
Communique talks about prevention of base erosion, shifting of profits, and exchange of tax information and capacity building of the developing countries.
  •  Automatic Exchange of Information- leaders reaffirmed their support for the global Common Reporting Standard for automatic exchange of information and set 2018 as the deadline for its implementation.
  • Agreed on extending the reach of tax cooperation and building capacity. 
  • Agreement on creation of a framework of cooperation between the administrations of BRICS nations in order to contribute to their further economic growth. 
RBI has relaxed norms for online card transaction
  • Additional Factor of Authentication (AFA) for online card transactions of up to Rs 2000 have been eased by Reserve Bank of India 
  • To opt for this facility, customers will go through a one-time registration process by entering the card details and additional factor authentication by the issuing bank.
  • After this registered customers will not be required to re-enter the card details for every transaction at merchant websites or apps.
  • Banks and card networks are free to facilitate their customers to set lower per transaction limits.
  • If the transaction limit goes beyond Rs 2000, then the card not present transaction will be processed as per the extant instructions with mandatory AFA; this goes same for the transaction value of below this limit.
  • Banks and card networks will decide the number of such small value transactions in a day, week or month.
  • There will be no change in the existing chargeback process.

UPSC Exam Calendar for the year 2017


Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has published Exam Calendar for the year 2017

IBPS RRB V Office Assistants Main Exam Call Letters out

Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has released the Call Letters for IBPS RRB V Office Assistants Main Online Exam. As you know, the organisation has conducted Preliminary Online Exam for the recruitment of Office Assistants in various Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) during the month of November 2016 and announced the results of the same on 28th November 2016. 

IBPS RRB V Office Assistants Main Exam Call Letters : Click Here

Important Dates

Commencement of Call letter Download : 05-12-2016
Closure of Call letter Download : 18-12-2016 

SSC Important Notice - Junior Engineer (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Quantity Surveying and Contract) Examination, 2016:

SSC Important Notice - Junior Engineer (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Quantity Surveying and Contract) Examination, 2016:
Notification : Click Here

IBPS CWE - RRB - V- Recruitment of Office Assistants (Multipurpose) Exam Result Out

IBPS CWE - RRB - V- Recruitment of Office Assistants (Multipurpose)-Online Preliminary Exam Result Status, Check below for more details.


Important Dates :
Commencement of Result : 28-11-2016
Closure of Result : 04-12-2016

Result Click Here


Bank of Baroda (Baroda Zone) Recruitment of 290 Peon & Sweeper cum Peon Posts 2016




Bank of Baroda Baroda Zone has published Advertisement for below mentioned Posts 2016. Other details like age limit, educational qualification, selection process, application fee and how to apply are given below.

Posts :
·         Full-Time Sweeper-cum-Peon : 280 Posts
·         Peon : 10 Posts

* Vacancies fall in the following -12- Districts viz. Baroda, Chhottaudaipur, Narmada, Bharuch,
Bulsar, Navsari, Surat, Tapi, Godhra, Mahisagar, Dahod Districts and Union Territory of Diu &
Daman.

# Finally selected candidates can be posted against any vacancy in the State as per the administrative requirements of the Bank.

@ Candidates belonging to SC category can also apply for un-reserved vacancies. However, guidelines applicable to candidates belonging to Unreserved category would apply.

Total No. of Posts : 290 Posts

Educational Qualification :
A pass in Xth Standard examination or its equivalent.
The candidate should be able to read and write in the local vernacular language. Knowledge of English will be given added weightage.

Age Limit : Should have completed minimum 18 years of age but should not be more than 26 years of age, as on 03/12/2016. Relaxation shall be granted in the upper age limit as per Government guidelines admissible to SC/ST/OBC/PWD/Ex-servicemen candidates.

Application Fees : Application Fees/ Intimation Charges Payable (Online payment) shall be as follows :
Rs. 100/- for SC/ST/PWD/EXSM candidates.
Rs. 400/- for all others

Bank Transaction charges for Online Payment of application fees/ intimation charges will have to be borne by the candidate

Salary & Allowances :
Rs.9,560/- Rs.18,545/-. + DA + HRA + Other Allowances as applicable

Selection Process :
Selection will be only through the mode of examination (offline/ online) strictly on merit.
The structure of the examination which will be conducted offline/ online for Sweeper-cum-Peon/Peon is as follows
Sr.
No

Topics/ Subject

Total Marks
Minimum Qualifying
Marks #

Total Time
1
2
Knowledge of local language
Knowledge of English language
30
10
12
4
3
General awareness including Banking
20
8
2 hours
4
Elementary Arithmetic/Numeral Ability
20
8
5
Psychometric Test
20
8
Total
100
40

How to Apply : Interested Candidates may Apply Online Through official Website.

Advertisement : Gujarati | English

How to Apply : Click Here


Apply Online : Click Here

Last Date : Last date for Online Registration of Application : 16.12.2016
Payment of fee Online From 26.11.2016 To 16.12.2016

For Other Zone Recruitment : 
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