Current Affairs for UPSC IAS/Civil Services Examinations

Latest Current Affairs 2019-2020 for UPSC IAS / Civil Services Examination. This category comprises the current affairs short notes useful primarily for UPSC preliminary examination and upsc mains as well as state civil services examinations. For fortnightly Current General Studies (CGS) documents, click here.

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CORAS: Railway Ministry launches Commando for Railway Security

Union Ministry of Railways launched CORAS (Commando for Railway Security) of Indian Railways. It is separate Commando Unit of Railway Protection Force (RPF). It has been carved out from motivated and willing young staff of Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF).

About Commando for Railway Security (CORAS)

Vision Statement of CORAS:  (i) Develop world level capabilities of specialized responder for any situation pertaining to damage, disturbance, disruption of train/railway operations, attack/hijack/ hostage, disaster situations in railway areas. (ii) Providing fool proof security to Indian Railways and its users by following doctrine of graded response, minimum effective force.

CORAS commandoes: The average age of CORAS commandoes will be between 30-35 years. These CORAS commandos will be posted in Left Wing Extremism (LWE)/Insurgency/Terrorism affected Railway areas where providing security to passengers and railway network is of utmost priority.

Month:  Categories: Defence & Security


India contributes $1 million to UN Special Purpose Trust Fund

India has contributed $1 million to United Nation Special Purpose Trust Fund (SPTF) for Resident Coordinator System showing India’s willingness and happiness to tangibly contribute to reform of UN Development system.

What is Special Purpose Trust Fund?

SPTF is a specific fund housed within United Nation Secretariat (one of 6 major organs of United Nations) established to receive, consolidate, manage and account for all contributions as well as financial transactions of new Resident Coordinator (RC) system in a transparent and effective way. UN Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) launched an open data portal to support UN Resident Coordinators in coordinating assets at country level. Till date, 38 Member States and 19 entities have contributed to RC System SPTF, which are displayed on portal.

SPTF web portal, displays in real-time all commitments, contributions and expenditures recorded for fund. The portal aims to enhance effective coordination of UN’s work in more than 160 countries in support of SDGs and is part of wider UN reform efforts on development, management, peace and security.

Funding sources include 3 areas:

Voluntary contributions made by Member States

Doubling of cost-sharing amounts from UN entities who are members of UN’s development system

1% levy applied to contributions for UN development-related activities earmarked to a single agency, single programme/project.

What is UN Resident Coordinator system?

It encompasses all organizations of UN system that deals with operational activities for development, irrespective of their formal presence in country. RC system aims to bring together different UN agencies to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at country level.

Month:  Categories: International