‘’Paper 2-GS –I, Topic: Salient features of Indian Society/History – Village of books; pivotal movement

Bhilar boasts collection of over 15,000 rare books and old magazines in Marathi


  • Terming it a “historic occasion”, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday inaugurated India’s first ‘village of books’ in the picturesque mountain village of Bhilar in Satara district.

   Pivotal Moment: Features

  • The idea of a book village sited close to the hill-station town of Mahabaleshwar was to transform Bhilar into a haven where bibliophiles can devour books.
  • About 75 artists have striven hard to give the village a literary veneer. Their paintings on the temple, houses and walls in the village evoke images of words and literature and are expected to draw in book lovers.
  • The walls of schools and community halls in Bhilar have been adorned with paintings of saints like Tukaram and national leaders like Bal Gangadhar Tilak in a bid to resonate with the literary fervour of the place.
  • Officials said around 15,000 rare books and old magazines in Marathi, including copies of old Diwali issues, have been stocked and kept on display. The collection of English and Hindi literature will be steadily updated.
  • According to authorities, a nominal deposit fee would be charged from readers to ensure proper maintenance of books. They said as the area is prone to heavy rainfall, special provisions would be made to preserve books from damp weather.

  Source: Hindu


‘’Paper 2-GS-I, Topic: Modern Indian History – The financial brain behind the BCCI; prominent features

                                         Remembering Srinivasan Sriraman the great in his centenary year

   What you need to know:

  • 2017 is the centenary year of the celebrated cricket administrator Srinivasan Sriraman, the pioneer who toiled to bring money to the game in India.
  • Sriraman, who served as secretary of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), one of the best-run cricket units in the country, from 1954 to 1985, was the BCCI president from 1985 to 1988.
  • As Board president, Sriraman was instrumental in winning television rights after a long battle with the Government.
  • Sriraman won the television rights on September 7, 1987 with the Board earning approximately ₹30 crore per series. Gradually the Board’s revenue earnings from the game rose to ₹500 crore and later double that amount.
  • Sriraman not only turned down a proposal for the stadium to be named after him but also refused the offer of naming the pavilion after him. For his splendid work as a cricket administrator, Sriraman was made an honorary member of the MCC in 1972.

   Source: Hindu


‘’Paper 3-GS-II, Topic: Developmental & Welfare Scheme – DDA’s new scheme to offer 12,000 flats

Most houses in Rohini, Dwarka and Vasant Kunj; proposal awaits L-G’s approval



  • The Delhi Development Authority’s housing scheme with 12,000 flats on offer is likely to be rolled out very soon, as the DDA has completed formalities and sent the proposal to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for his nod.
  • Out of the total number of houses, most of which are in Rohini, Dwarka, Narela, Vasant Kunj and Jasola, 10,000 are unoccupied flats from the 2014 scheme, while the rest have been lying vacant.

   No lock-in period:

  • People are free to visit the areas where the flats are being offering before making up their minds.
  • Both husband and wife can apply for the scheme, but if both are allotted flats, one of them would have to give up the property.
  • About 10,000 are LIG flats from the 2014 DDA scheme. Unlike the EWS (Economically Weaker Section) category last time, in this scheme there would be no such category.

   Technology route:

  • Application forms will be available both online and offline,” he said. From application to refund, the DDA this time has planned to make the scheme an online affair to reduce long queues at its headquarters.
  • Scheme 2014 offered 25,040 flats across categories, with prices ranging between ₹7 lakh and ₹1.2 crore. The response was so massive that the DDA’s website had crashed soon after the launch.
  • The scheme was supposed to be launched in February, but ancillary infrastructure work, like building of connecting roads and installation of street lights, had stretched the timeline.

   Source: Hindu