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Factoids for Prelims 2020

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Ranyo Ashoka, Himalayan nettle, Denisovan - Who would have thought of such random questions?

Creating this thread with the sole purpose of sharing facts that can be relevant for Prelims. While there is always this thought, that there is no end to learning and mugging up facts, but if we observe closely - the options are not very close and elimination is easy. By pooling our resources here, if we give it one reading also, the probability of retaining it on the D day and eliminating options increases exponentially. 

I request the aspirants to actively contribute here and let's hope that we strike gold on 31st ;). 

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GST compensation cess is credited into a non-lapsable fund (GST compensation Fund) which is credited into the Public Account of India.

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SATHI Initiative

Department of Science & Technology has launched a unique scheme called “Sophisticated Analytical & Technical Help Institutes (SATHI)

These Centres are expected to house major analytical instruments to provide common services of high-end analytical testing, thus avoiding duplication and reduced dependency on foreign sources. SATHI will address the problems of accessibility, maintenance, redundancy and duplication of expensive equipment in our Institutions.

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Was in PIB today

Sl. No.
Country
Exercise
1.
Australia
Ex AUSTRA HIND, Ex AUSINDEX, EX PITCH BLACK
2.
Bangladesh
Ex SAMPRITI, IN-BN CORPAT, IN-BN BILAT,

IN-BN SF EXERCISE, TABLE TOP EX, SAMVEDNA
3.
Brazil & South Africa
IBSAMAR
4.
China
Ex HAND IN HAND
5.
Egypt
Ex CYCLONE
6.
France
Ex SHAKTI, Ex VARUNA, GARUDA
7.
Indonesia
Ex GARUDA SHAKTI, IND-INDO CORPAT

IND-INDO BILAT
8.
Israel
Ex BLUE FLAG
9.
Japan
Ex DHARMA GUARDIAN, Ex JIMEX
10.
Kazakhstan
Ex KAZIND
11.
Kyrgyzstan
Ex KHANJAR
12.
Malaysia
Ex HARIMAU SHAKTI, Ex IN-RMN BILAT, HOP EX
13.
Maldives
Ex EKUVERIN, EX EKATHA
14.
Mongolia
Ex NOMADIC ELEPHANT
15.
Myanmar
Ex IMBEX, IMCOR, IN-MN BILAT, TABLE TOP EX
16.
Nepal
Ex SURYA KIRAN
17.
Oman
Ex AL NAGAH, NASEEM-AL-BAHR, Ex EASTERN BRIDGE
18.
Qatar
ZA’IR AL BAHR
19.
Russia
EX INDRA, EX AVIAINDRA
20.
Seychelles
Ex LAMITIYE
21.
Singapore
SIMBEX, JOINT MILITARY TRAINING
22.
Sri Lanka
Ex MITRA SHAKTI, SLINEX, IN-SLN SF Ex, SAMVEDNA
23.
Thailand
Ex MAITREE, INDO-THAI CORPAT, Ex SIAM BHARAT
24.
UAE
DESERT EAGLE
25.
UK
Ex AJEY WARRIOR, KONKAN, INDRADHANUSH
26.
USA
Ex YUDHABHAYAS, Ex VAJRA PRAHAR, SPITTING COBRA, SANGAM (IN-USN EOD Ex), RED FLAG, Ex COPE INDIA
27.
Uzbekistan
Ex DUSTLIK
28.
Vietnam
VINBAX, IN-VPN BILAT
29.
Multilateral
BIMSTEC
30.
Multilateral
AFINDEX
31.
Multilateral
MEDEX
32.
Multilateral
SCO - PEACE MISSION
33.
Multilateral
Ex TSENTR
34.
Multilateral
CORMORANT STRIKE
35.
Multilateral
KHAAN QUEST
36.
Multilateral
COBRA GOLD
37.
Multilateral
ADMM Plus Exercises
38.
Multilateral
BLACK CARILLION
39.
Multilateral
KAKADU
40.
Multilateral
KOMODO
41.
Multilateral
IONS WORKING GROUP EXERCISES
42.
Multilateral
EOD J2A
43.
Multilateral
MARISX
44.
Multilateral
MALABAR
45.
Multilateral
RIMPAC
46.
Multilateral
CUTLASS EXPRESS
47.
Multilateral
SALVEX
48.
Multilateral
SEACAT
49.
Multilateral
SITMEX
50.
Multilateral
MILAN
51.
Multilateral
WPNS Exercises
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Earliest epigraphic evidence and Sanskrit inscription in South India belongs to Saptamatrika cult. 

Saptamatrikas are a group of seven female deities worshipped in Hinduism as personifying the energy of their respective consorts. The inscription is in Sanskrit and in Brahmi characters and was issued by Satavahana king Vijaya in 207 A.D.

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Epidemiological Triad


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Mallakhamb, Kalaripayattu, Gatka and Thang-Ta are being supported under the vertical of ‘Promotion of Rural and Indigenous/Tribal Games’ under the Khelo India Scheme.

Mallakhamb: origin of Mallakhamb can be traced to the 12th century, where it is mentioned in Manas-Olhas - a classic by Chalukya in 1135 A.D. Modern historians attribute origin to Nashik, Maharastra. 

Kalaripayatu: Kerala

Gatka: Punjab

Thang - Ta: Manipur

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River Ujh is a major tributary of River Ravi. Ujh Multipurpose project being constructed in Kathua District of J&K.

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Bougainville is the largest island in the Solomon Islands archipelago. It is part of the Solomon Islands rain forests ecoregion.

97.7% of voters on the Pacific island of Bougainville opted for independence from Papua New Guinea in a referendum held in late November and early December. 

Image result for bougainville map sea

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Exports to GDP ratio of India is greater than the Exports to GDP ratio of China. 

#randomfactoid

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5)Dwarkanath Tagore (1764 -1846) founded Landholders society in 1838 along with Radhakanta Deb.

His son is Debendranath tagore.

Debendranath tagore(1817 to 1905) was founder of tattwabodhini sabha in 1839 n Tattvabodhini patrika in 1843,became head of bramho samaj

In 1865 due to differences with Kc sen he reorganized brahmo samaj into Adi bramo samaj.

His sons are Satyendarnath tagore 1st Indianto qualify ICS in 1863.

Rabindranath tagore - Jana gana mana, Amar shonar Bangla,srilanka national anthem,Gitajali,nobel prize in Literature(1913), founded vishwabharthi.

Abanindranath Tagore nephew of Rabindranath tagore founded Indian Society of oriental Art,painted Bharat mata(1905)


6) 1813 act ended monopoly of company in india except trade in tea with india and trade with china(all other trades were open to all brtish subjcts)

1833 act (st helena act 1833) ended all commercial activites of company made purely administrative body.

7)Regarding Secretary of State

  • Secretary of state office + 15 mem council created by(1858 act).(he oversees the indian civils services)
  • High commissioner office created and transferred some functions of secretary of state(1919 act)
  • Abolished the 15 member council of secretary and replaced it with team of advisors(1935 act)
  • It finally abolished secretary of state for India & transferred its  functions to the secretary of state for common wealth affairs (1947 act)

8 Regarding Budget in colonial era

  • Budget introduced in 1860
  • Power of discussing Budget & addressing questions to executive (1892 act)
  • Power to ask supplementary questions + move resolution on budget (1909 act)
  • 1st time provincial budget separated from central budget + gave power to prov leg to enact their budget(1919act)

9)Confusing personalities in Acts

  1. 1863 -1st Indian ICS officer -Satyendranath Tagore.
  2. 1909 act-1st Indian in executive council of viceory (1st Indian law member) -Satyendra prasad sinha.
  3. 1946 Dec 9th(1st Const Assem meeting- Temporary President based on french practise -Dr.Sachchidananda Sinha.

10) Regarding Constitutional Borrowing confusions 

  1. PRESIDENT -Method of Election (Irish),Impeachment (USA)
  2. Governor-Office of governor (1935 act),Appointment of Governor by center(Canada)
  3. Rajyasabha-Electons of Members of Rj sb(South Africa),Nomination of Members to Raj sbh(Irish)
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Some confusing things in modern history 

1) Deenabandhu title give for C F Andrews by Gnadhi n st stephen students.  Deshbandhu popular name for C R Das.  Dinbandhu weekly marathi journal by Nm lokhande 1880

Deenabandhu weekly malayalam newspaper by VR  Krishnan in 1941.

2)Servants of People society founded by Lala lajpat Rai in 1921 st lahore. (Inaugurated by gandhi)

Servants of Indian Society  founded by Gopal krishna Gokhale in 1905.


3) Indian Independence League 1942 formed by rash behari bose in Tokyo japan.

Independence of Indian League 1927 formed by J L nehru n bose against dominion status in nehru report.

4)Delhi Chalo movement is associated with Individual satyagraha movement during 1940-1941)

Dilli chalo march or slogun given by subash Chandra bose to motivate INA members.

5)Dwarkanath Tagore (1764 -1846) founded Landholders society in 1838 along with Radhakanta Deb.

His son is Debendranath tagore.

Debendranath tagore(1817 to 1905) was founder of tattwabodhini sabha in 1839 n Tattvabodhini patrika in 1843,became head of bramho samaj

In 1865 due to differences with Kc sen he reorganized brahmo samaj into Adi bramo samaj.

His sons are Satyendarnath tagore 1st Indianto qualify ICS in 1863.

Rabindranath tagore - Jana gana mana, Amar shonar Bangla,srilanka national anthem,Gitajali,nobel prize in Literature(1913), founded vishwabharthi.

Abanindranath Tagore nephew of Rabindranath tagore founded Indian Society of oriental Art,painted Bharat mata(1905)


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ATLAS

1. Beagle Channel: where the waters of the South Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet.

2. Drake Passage: channel, connecting and separating the southernmost tip of South America to the northernmost reaches of the Antarctic Peninsula

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@upsc2020 Fabulous thread. Appreciate your thought process. 

Article 142 (Ram Mandir waley) was also used in Taj Mahal Cleaning, Union Carbide, Freeing undertrials from jail, cancellation of coal blocks without proving guilty,Alcohol ban within the distance of 500m on NH and to find the issue of spot fixing in  IPL 2013

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Some confusing things in modern history 

1) Deenabandhu title give for C F Andrews by Gandhi n st stephen students.  Deshbandhu popular name for C R DasDinbandhu weekly marathi journal by Nm lokhande 1880

Deenabandhu weekly malayalam newspaper by VR  Krishnan in 1941.

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On 14 September 2019, drones were used to attack the state-owned Saudi Aramco oil processing facilities at Abqaiq (Biqayq in Arabic) and Khurais in eastern Saudi Arabia.

  • places in news: Abqaiq , khurais can be asked.

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Sonbhadra is the only district in India which borders four states, namely Madhya Pradesh in the west, Chhattishgarh in the south, Jharkhand in the south east and Bihar in the northeast.

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Just in case anyone else is late to notice this too - the Inclusive Development Report is the only WEF report with the word “development” in its title. 
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ILO Conventions

India  has  ratified  six  out  of  the  eight  core  ILO  Conventions.  These  are  the  Forced  Labour  Convention  (No.  29),  Abolition of  Forced  Labour  Convention  (No.  105),  Equal  Remuneration  Convention  (No.  100),  Discrimination  (Employment  and Occupation)  Convention  (No.  111),  Minimum  Age  Convention  (No.  138)  and  Worst  Forms  of  Child  Labour  Convention (No.  182). 

India has  NOT  ratified  Freedom  of  Association  and  Protection  of  the  Right  to  Organise  Convention  (No.  87),  Right  to Organise  and  Collective  Bargaining  Convention  (No.  98).

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Lassa fever is a viral haemorrhagic disease caused by the Lassa virus. It’s transmitted through the urine and droppings of infected rats found in most tropical and subtropical countries in Africa. 

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