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Amaravati finds a place in political map


Amaravati finds a place in political map.

       WHY IN NEWS?    

The Survey of India on Friday released a new political map of India with Amaravati as the capital of Andhra Pradesh.

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For PRELIMS dive in deep into SI.

For MAINS look for measures and issues related to mapping technology.



The Survey of India on Friday released a new political map of India with Amaravati as the capital of Andhra Pradesh.

Survey of India:


  • Survey of India, The National Survey and Mapping Organization of the country under the Department of Science & Technology, is the OLDEST SCIENTIFIC DEPARTMENT OF THE GOVT. OF INDIA.


  • The Survey of India, headquartered at Dehra Dun, has 18 Geo Spatial divisions ranging from the prediction of tides to aerial survey. 


  • It was set up in 1767 and has evolved rich traditions over the years. In its assigned role as the nation’s Principal Mapping Agency.
  • Survey of India bears a special responsibility to ensure that the country’s domain is explored and mapped suitably, provide base maps for expeditious and integrated development and ensure that all resources contribute with their full measure to the progress, prosperity and security of our country now and for generations to come.


  • The history of the Survey of India dates back to the 18th Century. Forerunners of army of the East India Company and Surveyors had an onerous task of exploring the unknown.
  • Bit by bit the tapestry of Indian terrain was completed by the painstaking efforts of a distinguished line of Surveyors such as Mr. Lambton and Sir George Everest.
  • It is a tribute to the foresight of such Surveyors that at the time of independence the country inherited a survey network built on scientific principles. The great Trigonometric series spanning the country from North to South East to West are some of the best geodetic control series available in the world.
  • The scientific principles of surveying have since been augmented by the latest technology to meet the multidisciplinary requirement of data from planners and scientists.


  • Organized into only 5 Directorates in 1950, mainly to look after the mapping needs of Defense Forces in North West and North East, the Department has now grown into 22 Directorates spread in approx. all parts (states) of the country to provide the basic map coverage required for the development of the country.
  • Its technology, latest in the world, has been oriented to meet the needs of defense forces, planners and scientists in the field of geo-sciences, land and resource management.
  • Its expert advice is being utilized by various Ministries and undertakings of Govt. of India in many sensitive areas including settlement of International borders, State boundaries and in assisting planned development of hitherto under developed areas.
       IASbhai Windup:  
Amaravati was missing from the map, released by the Survey of India on November 2nd thus kicking a Political storm .

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Exercise Milan


Building bridges of friendship across oceans

       WHY IN NEWS?    

Naval officers from 7 nations train along with their Indian counterparts in Kochi

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For PRELIMS know everything about exercise MILAN.

For MAINS look at the conclusion !


PIC:Firing of a lightweight torpedo from a triple tube launcher as part of practical training of foreign officers.

Milan (naval exercise)


  • Milan is a multilateral naval exercise hosted by the Indian Navy under the aegis of the Andaman and Nicobar Command.


  • The biennial event is held in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and features professional exercises and seminars, social events and sporting fixtures between participating nations.


  • Milan was first held in 1995.
  • Apart from the Indian Navy, the navies of Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand participated in the inaugural edition.


  • Seventeen nations, including India, participated in Milan 2014 making it the biggest edition of the event ever.


  • The most recent edition of Milan was held at Port Blair from 6-13 March 2018.
  • Sixteen foreign nations participated in the event
       IASbhai Windup: 
Insert these lines why a naval/military/airforce exercise is necessary ?
  • Long-standing relationship.
  • “There’s tremendous bonding that one develops with the institution and across nations. It’s something that stays with the soldiers,”
  • “It gives a wonderful experience. It gives the younger soldiers a deeper understanding of the branch and they look forward to come back,”

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5 tn target, warns NITI Aayog


DP slump will hit $5 tn target, warns NITI Aayog

       WHY IN NEWS?    

It was a press conference answered by AMITABH KANT



For PRELIMS you need to understand actual meaning of 5 trillion economy standards.

For MAINS we have listed down some measures in the conclusion go through them.


GDP Slowdown is because of ?

  • Gross fixed capital formation in the sub-sector of ‘dwellings, other buildings and structures’ fell from 12.8% of GDP in 2011-12 to 6.9% in 2017-18.
  • The slowdown in the domestic market is also because of limited availability of capital with the banks which are tied down due to high non-performing assets in heavy industry and infrastructure.
  • The electric power transmission and distribution (T&D) losses in India stand at 19%, higher than that of Bangladesh and Vietnam.
       IASbhai Windup: 
What next can be done ?
  • High cross-subsidisation in favour of residential tariff leading to very high industrial tariffs. 
  • The presentation flagged the urgent need to focus on export of high-value technology and manufacturing goods.



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