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General Studies-02

Smart city initiative

Mind map smart city

 

General Studies-03

PSLV-C38 Successfully Launches 31 Satellites in a Single Flight [pib]

  • ISRO have launched 31 satellite in one flight by PSLV C38.
  • This also includes one of the important satellite that is, CARTOSAT 2.
  • This satellite will be helpful in land use, GIS system, and other cartographic purposes.
  • Other satellites include foreign satellite launched in polar synchronous.

Reforms by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and its Possible Impact [pib]

  1. PRADHAN MANTRI FASAL BIMA YOJANA: 
  • After through review of erstwhile scheme of Modified National Agriculture Insurance Scheme (MNAIS), the Government launched PMFBY in April, 2016.
  • Under new scheme, farmers are charged uniform rate of premium of 1.5 % in Rabi, Which is the minimum rate till date.
  • The scheme includes not only coverage of risks to standing crops, but also covers risk such as prevented sowing and post-harvest losses.
  • Under this scheme, farm level assessment of losses due to localized calamities is being done for the first time and assessed claims are paid online immediately.
  • Most importantly, capping has been removed and to maximize the compensation, now farmers will get full cost of cultivation against their losses.
  • There is a lot of emphasis on the use of technology for insurance claims so that payment is not delayed.

 

  1. NATIONAL AGRICULTURE MANDI:
  • Different states had different regulations for the mandis.
  • After consultation with the states, rectification of three rules – recognition of e-trading, implementation mandi tariff on single window and single licence across the state – have been implemented to provide single mandi for trading to the farmers

 

  1. SOIL HEALTH CARD (SHC): 
  • Earlier the soil health card were prepared in separate edition on small level by different State Governments.
  • And for this purpose no amount was allocated separately.
  • Keeping in view the importance of this subject time soil health card scheme was initiated for the first in which an unanimous soil specimen unification and trial methodology has been adopted.
  • Through this scheme 12 soil health parameters are analysed so that the farmers might be aware accurately about the use of fertilizers and nutrients in their fields.
  • Through this scheme there will not only be reduction in the cost of farming but also the identification of nutrients in the land and their importance will be established.

 

  1. AGROFORESTRY:
  • The Sub-Mission on Agroforestry has been launched for the first time by the present government to augment tree planting activities, intercropping and Medh Par Ped.
  • The scheme has been implemented in the states having liberalised transit regulations for transport of timber.
  • This will not only help in reducing the effects of climate change, increase soil biodiversity, but it will also provide a source of income for farmers.

 

  1. Rashtriya Gokul Mission: 
  • This scheme for the first time has been commenced for the conservation and promotion of domestic bovines in a scientific and consolidated way.
  • e-Pashudhan Haat portal had been launched in order to facilitate the sale and purchase of high-quality breed / native livestock and availability of good quality semen doses.

 

  1. BLUE REVOLUTION: 
  • Blue Revolution has been concentrated on one point for all of its schemes related to the productivity of water resources, fisheries, inland fisheries in order to enhance the security of fish rearers, marine fisheries, mericulture and the development of the harbours for fishery farmers.

Current affairs MCQ

Q.1 consider the following statements about smart city mission is/are correct

  1. it is cluster based development plan
  2. in first stage every state capital has been selected
  3. under this plan selection of city is based on proposal from city based

 

A. 1 2 only

B. 1 3 only

C. 2 3 only

D. all of the above

Correct answer: OPTION B

Q.2 consider the following statements about PSLV C38 that has been recently launched

  1. it has launched CARTOSAT 2 satellite
  2. this satellite will be useful in disaster management and communication

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. both

D. none

Correct answer: OPTION A 

Q.3 consider the following statement about pradhan mantri fasal bima yojna

  1. it is new vesion of modified NAIS
  2. under this scheme farmer responsibility have been reduced
  3. direct benefit online transferred

A. 1 2 only

B. 2 3 only

C. 1 3 only

D. all of the above

Correct answer: OPTION D 

Q.4 which  of the following is/are benefit of soil health card scheme

  1. knowledge of soil nutrition
  2. crop that can be produce in particular soil
  3. insurance premium calculation

A. 1 2 only

B. 2 3 only

C. 1 3 only

D. all of the above

Correct answer: OPTION A 

Q.5 what do you understand by term e- Pashidhan Haat is/are correct

  1. it is portal to buying and selling of high quality cattle
  2. it is also information center about semen availability

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. both

D. none

Correct answer: OPTION C 

Answers

1B
2A
3D
4A
5C

 


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