19.04.18 Bihar (BPSC) Daily Current Affairs


  • Nitish Kumar to inaugurate Bihar’s first driving school on May 3


  • Chief minister Nitish Kumar will inaugurate the state’s first driving school – Institute of Driving and Traffic Research(IDTRINTERNATIONAL


    ·        Bisket Jatra Being Celebrated In Nepal


    • The Jatra begins in Nepal.
    • It is believed that the festival started during Malla dynasty. In Nepal, the famous Bisket Jatra is being celebrated in Bhaktapur and other parts of Kathmandu valley.
    • The nine-day annual festival marks beginning of Nepali new year.
    • The Jatra begins four days before the start of new year.


    ·        FAO Designates 14 New Sites As GIAHS


    • Fourteen new sites have been designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS),including the first ones in Europe.
    • As with other designated sites, these systems highlight agricultural traditions that promote sustainability, safeguard biodiversity and protect the environment while supporting the social and economic development necessary for stable, decent livelihoods.
    • The 14 new sites range from oases to rice terraces, wasabi cultivation to raisin production.


    Gk bit – GIAHS


    The objectives of GIAHS are


    • To understand and appreciate the nature friendly agricultural practices of local and tribal populations around the world.


    • To document indigenous knowledge.


    • To conserve and promote these knowledge at global scale to promote food security, sustainable development.


    • Twosites recognized in India and 6 more recognized as potential sites


    The two sites are-


    Koraput, Odisha


    Kashmir Valley, Pampore region


    Potential Sites are –




    Ladakh – Jammu & Kashmir


    Raika-The Raikas are a pastoral caste Camel herding is their heritage




    Catamaran Fishing – Tamilnadu


    Soppina betas syaytem-Western ghats




    • Vice President Launches Atal Amrit Abhiyan


    • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that there is a need to create health coverage schemes that provide widest coverage to the young, aged and infirm and those suffering from both critical acute and chronic ailments.


    • He was addressing the gathering after launching the Atal Amrit Abhiyan by Assam Government, which seeks to provide access to quality medical care to 3.2 crore people, in Guwahati, Assam.


    • The Governor of Assam, Prof. Jagadish Mukhi and the Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal were present on the occasion.


    Gk bit – Atal Amrit Abhiyan


    • The state government of Assam is implementing a health insurance scheme named as Atal Amrit Abhiyan in the state. Under the scheme, the government is providing an insurance coverage of up to Rs. 2 lakh per year to each family of the state. The scheme was originally launched on 25 December 2016.


    • Launched to mark the 92nd birthday of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the scheme will offer coverage against 437 illnesses in six disease groups, namely, cardiovascular, cancer, kidney, neo-natal, neurological conditions and burns.


    • Both Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line (APL) families, with annual income below Rs 5 lakh, are eligible for the scheme.


    • Bihar has highest rate of crime against SC/STs


    • According to latest data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Bihar has the highest rate of crimes against Schedule Caste/Schedule Tribe population.


    • As per NCRB data, crime against SC/ST is lowest in West Bengal.


    • Madhya Pradesh reported the highest rate of crime (43.4%) against SCs specifically, while West Bengal had the lowest at 6%.


    • Rajasthan reported the highest rate of crime (12.9%) against STs specifically, while West Bengal had the lowest at 1.6%.



    • Govt plan a Rs 637-crore Clean Air Programme


    • The Modi government has finalised a Rs 637-crore National Clean Air Programme to improve the air quality in India.


    • The 20-point programme shifts the onus of fighting air pollution to the state governments.


    • The programme, India’s first attempt at working out a coordinated system to curb air pollution, requires all the states to frame their own Clean Air Programmes.


    ·        Commerce Ministry Launches Digital Platform For MSME Exporters

    The Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu launching the FIEO Global Linker, in New Delhi on April 17, 2018.
    • Commerce and Industry Minister launched the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) GlobalLinker platformfor MSME exporters in New Delhi.
    • This move is aimed at assisting the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) engaged in exports.
    • This initiative will help in expanding India’s multi-focused export strategy and also aid in connecting art and artisans to the market.
    • FIEO GlobalLinker is setup with a view to making the business growth of SMEs simpler, more profitable and enjoyable.

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  • IDTR has been established on public-private partnership (PPP) mode with Maruti Suzuki, which will look after its day-to-day maintenance.


  • The institute will accommodate 240 trainees and 10 instructors will conduct the training sessions. Women can also be accommodated in a separate batch. A hostel with a capacity to accommodate 100 students has also been set up. All the classrooms are equipped with audio-visual facility. The school also boasts of two virtual simulators – one for light motor vehicle (LMV) and another for heavy motor vehicles (HMV) – and a library.


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