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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Prelims booster(Micro notes), current affairs with static portions - 18 December,2019

AMRUT mission
  • the Centre has decided to extend the mission period of its flagship initiative Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) by two more years.
  • Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) is the new avatar of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
  • Five hundred cities have been selected under AMRUTlike All Cities and Towns with a population of over one lakh with notified Municipalities as per Census 2011, including Cantonment Boards (Civilian areas)
  • All Cities/ Towns classified as Heritage Cities by MoHUA under the HRIDAY Scheme.
  • The Mission will focus on the following Thrust Areas:
1.Water Supply.
2.Sewerage and septage management.
3.Storm Water Drainage to reduce flooding
4.Non-motorized Urban Transport.
5.Green space/parks.

Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)
  • It is used to understand how much of any nutrient (salt, sugar, fat) should be consumed from different meals.
  • Most packaged foods fall in the ‘snack’ category and the RDA of this food is, therefore, a proportion of daily intake
  • laboratory analysis of most packaged and fast food items sold in India has revealed high salt and fat content, in violation of thresholds set by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
Global Refugee Forum
  • First ever Global Refugee Forum is being held in Geneva, Switzerland on 17 and 18 December 2019.
  • The GRF will be held every four years at the Ministerial level. 
  • Jointly hosted by United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) along with Government of Switzerland.
  • Guided by the Global Compact on Refugees, the Global Refugee Forum is an opportunity to translate the principle of international responsibility-sharing into concrete action.
  • The Forum will showcase impactful pledges and contributions and the exchange of good practices.
Indian Culture Portal
  • Culture Minister unveiled a portal on Indian culture which brings together all the cultural resources of the country on one platform(
  • The Indian Culture Portal is a part of the National Virtual Library of India project, funded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. 
  • Data has been provided by organisations of the Ministry of Culture and curated by Indira Gandhi National Open University.
  • The portal has been created and developed by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. 
National Broadband Mission (NBM)
National Broadband Mission (NBM)
  • The union government has launched the National Broadband Mission (NBM).
  • The mission will facilitate universal and equitable access to broadband services across the country, especially in rural and remote areas.
  • It also involves laying of incremental 30 lakh route km of optical fibre cable and increasing tower density from 0.42 to 1 tower per thousand population by 2024.
  • It will also strive for the creation of a digital fibre map of the communications network and infrastructure, including optical fibre cables and towers across the country.
No State-wise minority classification
  • Religion has no borders, Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde said on Wednesday, as the Supreme Court dismissed a petition to recognise Hindus as minorities in the States where they are low in population.
  • Articles 29 (protection of the interests of minorities) and Article 30 (the right of minorities to administer educational institutions) of the Constitution deals with special provisions for minorities.

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