Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA)

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister gave its approval for restructured Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA).The Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA) was launched during the 12th Five-year Plan period to strengthen the Panchayati Raj system across the country and to address the critical gaps that constrain it.The components for which support is extended under the programme include the f...
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World Malaria Day: 25th April

 The first  World Malaria Day was observed on 25 April, 2008 led by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The theme for the 2018 World Malaria Day is Ready to beat malaria. Malaria is typically caused by a parasite called as the Plasmodium. Though there are many forms of the Plasmodia parasites, but only five are known to cause malaria in humans. The five types are:- Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium ovale, Plasmodium malariae and Plasmodium knowlesi.  The pa...
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Ordinance making powers of the Executive in India

Ordinance making powers of the President:Article 123 of the Constitution grants the President certain law making powers to promulgate Ordinances when, either of the two Houses of Parliament or both the houses are not in session and hence it is not possible to enact laws in the Parliament.An Ordinance may relate to any subject that the Parliament has the power to legislate on. Conversely, it has the same limitations as the Parliament to legislate, given the distribution of powers between the Unio...
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Procedure for Removal of Judges in India

The Constitution, along with the Judges (Inquiry) Act, 1968 and the Judges (Inquiry) Rules, 1969, provides for the entire process of Impeachment.The Article 124(4) of the Constitution says:  A Judge of the Supreme Court shall not be removed from his office except by an order of the President passed after an address by each House of Parliament supported by a majority of the total membership of that House and by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the members of that House present and v...
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Dreams are Built one Step a Day (and may take decades)- By Nagarajan M (District Collector at Aravalli District, Gujarat)

I joined as District Collector and District Magistrate at Aravalli District(HQ-Modasa), Gujarat. After covering Smart Villages and Smart Cities this tenure will provide me an opportunity to lead one of the newly formed districts of Gujarat.It all started with a simple question about who is the biggest person in government. My father replied that its the District Collector. From then on the dream to be a Collector burned deep inside for the next 25 years.The journey was n...
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UPSC IAS Topper Soumyadip Bhattacharya (Geography Optional Paper-II (Marks 152))

Map EntriesBefore 2013, map entries played an important role in deciding your fate in Paper II (60 marks question , 15X4). But, in the new pattern, its weight-age has been reduced drastically (only 20 marks). Like most of the engineers, my performance was very poor in this section (I had marked hardly four entries correct in 2014). But this time, I went through the previous year question papers and noticed that at least 60% map entries are repeated. Obviously exception may happen in a year or tw...
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How to cover The Hindu news paper?

Many aspirants, like you, would have this question in mind  how much time should I spend daily on The Hindu newspaper reading?Why is The Hindu preferred for IAS Preparation?The Hindu provides essential information and news analysis with facts and data which are very important in UPSC current affairs preparation. Further, The Hindu has good reputation and editorials provide good insight into the current issues.Apart from The Hindu, you can also refer to The Indian Express paper which is also...
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