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Prelim Booster News Discussion

18 November, 2017
India Credit Rating
India Credit Rating Improved
Global credit rating agency Moodys Investors Services raised Indias sovereign rating
for the first time in 13 years early on Friday morning (India time),
citing the countrys high growth potential in the years to come, thanks to economic
and institutional reforms.
Moodys said it expects real GDP growth in India to moderate to 6.7% in this fiscal
But the agency believes that the disruption effect of these reforms will fade as the
government helps small and medium enterprises and exporters with compliance issues
under the new indirect tax regime and growth will rise to 7.5% in 2018-19
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has sent Sanjay Leela Bhansali-
directed "Padmavati" back to the makers as the application for the certification was
According to board's norms, the censor board can take 61 days for a decision on a
film's certification.
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) (often referred to as the Censor
Board) is a statutory censorship and classification body under the Ministry of
Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.
It is tasked with "regulating the public exhibition of films under the provisions of the
Cinematograph Act 1952".
Films can be publicly exhibited in India only after they are certified by the Board,
including films shown on television.
Films are certified under 4 categories.

U (Unrestricted Public Exhibition)

U/A (Parental Guidance for children

below the age of 12 years)

A (Restricted to adults)

S (Restricted to any special class of

Sampriti 2017
It is Joint Indo-Bangladesh Training Exercise. The 2017 edition was recently held in
It is the seventh such exercise in the SAMPRITI series.
The 13-day long field training exercise commenced on 06 November 2017, which was
culminated with a validation exercise on November 15-16.
IndiaRAP programme
India Road Assessment Programme (IndiaRAP) that will rate highways safety levels,
and seek to eliminate the most unsafe roads.
The IndiaRAP programme is being supported by FedEx Express and will be hosted
by the Asian Institute of Transport Development,
will work with government agencies as well as investors, researchers and NGOs to
assess existing highways and promote the use of better design to make roads safer.
China launches worlds first fully electric cargo ship:
China has launched the worlds first all-electric ship, which can travel up to 80km
with 2000-tonnes cargo after a two-hour charge.
Qaumi Ekta Week will be observed from November 19-25, 2017

With a view to foster and reinforce the spirit of Communal Harmony, National
Integration and pride in vibrant, composite culture and nationhood, the Qaumi Ekta
Week (National Integration Week) will be observed all over the country,
from the 19th to 25th November, 2017.
The week long programmes to be observed during Qaumi Ekta Week will be as
The National Foundation for Communal Harmony (NFCH), an autonomous
organisation with the Ministry of Home Affairs, organises Communal Harmony
Campaign coinciding with the Qaumi Ekta Week and observes the Communal
Harmony Flag Day on 25th November.
The Foundation promotes Communal Harmony and strengthens National
It also provides financial assistance for relief and rehabilitation of children rendered
orphan or destitute in communal, caste, ethnic or terrorist violence.
Building institutional capacity in Institutes of higher education in research & training
relevant to the needs of rural India.
Villages and their population
Connecting institutions of higher education, including IITs, NITs and Indian Institutes
of Science Education & Research (IISERs) etc. with local communities to address the
development challenges through appropriate technologies.
Saubhagya Web-Portal
The Saubhagya Dashboard is a platform for monitoring household electrification
which would disseminate information on Household Electrification Status (State,
District, village-wise), Household Progress on live basis, State-wise Target vs
Achievement, Monthly Electrification Progress, etc.
The portal also has a feature on village electrification camps and in line with that,
DISCOMs will organize camps in villages/cluster of villages for facilitating on-the-spot
filling up of application forms
To complete requisite documentation to expedite release of electricity connections to
Saubhagya Web-Portal
Ministry: Ministry of Power
Aims at providing last mile electricity connectivity to all rural and urban households.
Under the scheme, government will provide free electricity to all households identified
poor under Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) data 2011.
The BPL cardholders will get free electricity connections.
The total outlay of scheme is Rs. 16, 320 crore while Gross Budgetary Support (GBS)
is Rs. 12,320 crore.
The States and Union Territories are required to complete works of household
electrification by 31st of December 2018.
The Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) will be nodal agency for
operationalisation of scheme throughout country.