Current Affairs – September, 2019

Latest Current Affairs September, 2019 with Current Affairs, news summary on current events of National and International importance of September, 2019 for Banking, SSC, CLAT, UPSC, State PCS, IBPS, Railways and other Competitive Examinations.

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Skill India gets its first Batch of IES officers to ISDS cadre

The first batch of newest central government services, ‘Indian Skill Development Services’ (ISDS) commenced their training program at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Mysuru, Karnataka. This is the first batch which is joining ISDS cadre from Indian Engineering Service (IES) Examination conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission).

Key Highlights

As this is the 1st batch of young minds from IES to be included in Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), the aim behind it is to attract young and talented administrators towards institutionalizing Skill Development environment in country.

The new service will give a new impetus to central government’s skilling initiative by significantly improving efficiency and effective implementation of various schemes.

In coming years MSDE will be able to create a workforce of trained skill administrators who will further enable ministry to achieve the set goals of the Skill India Mission.

About Indian Skill Development Services

It is the newest central government services and has 263 all India posts.

This service has been specially created for Training Directorate of Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).

The ISDS service caters to highly specific task of skill development and thus is a unique combination of skills, technology, management and public service.

It is a Group ‘A’ service and the cadre comprises of 3 posts at Senior Administrative Grade, 28 posts at Junior Administrative Grade, 120 posts at Senior Time Scale and 112 posts at Junior Time Scale.

Month:  Categories: Governance & Politics


IR to recharge phones of passengers using Plastic Bottle Crushers at stations

Indian Railways will help recharge phones of passengers if they use plastic bottle crushing machines installed at stations. The step is in a bid to promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative to junk single use plastic. In PM Modi’s 2019 Independence Day speech he appealed to nation to eliminate single-use plastic and to find alternatives to plastic water bottles on a priority basis.

Key Highlights

Railways have already issued directions regarding ban on use of single-use plastic on its premises starting from 2 October 2019. A pledge will be administered by railways to cut use of plastic on October 2.

Indian Railways will be installing 400 bottle-crushing machines at selected stations, in which passengers wanting to use the feature will simply have to key in their phone number into machine and their phone will be recharged but the details of recharge will not be known immediately.

Steps Taken by Railways to curb Plastic Menace:

  • At present 160 bottle-crushing machines are available at 128 stations.
  • Plastic bottle shredders have been installed at Secunderabad railway station
  • Also, instructions have been given to railway staff for collecting all the used plastic bottles at railway stations and send them for recycling.
  • Railway ministry had already issued instructions to all vendors and staff across its network and premises to use reusable bags so as to reduce plastic footprint.
  • The South Western Railway zone is also in talks with some artisans from Karnataka to supply ‘kulhads’ for serving tea on trains, instead of plastic cups. Therefore, the initiative to shift towards plastic-free operations will financially help artisans and farmers as demand for their items or products will increase.

Month:  Categories: Government Schemes & Projects


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