GS Paper I- History and Geography of the World and Society.

Fourth India International Science Festival To Be Held In Lucknow.


  • The fourth edition of the India International Science Festival will be held in Lucknow, Ministry of Science & Technology said in a statement. The ministry also said the exact dates and other details will be decided later.
  • The decision to hold the Festival in Lucknow was taken at the first preparatory meeting for the 4th India International Science Festival (IISF) chaired by Union Minister for Science & Technology, Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
  • Officials of Ministries of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and DG, CSIR and representatives of Vijnana Bharti (VIBHA), the partner organisation for the festival, were among those who attended the meeting.

Highlights Of The Development-

  • The 1st IISF was held at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) New Delhi in December, 2015. During the festival, the mega Science and Technology expo attracted more than 3 lakh people. India had also set a Guinness Book of World Records, when 2000 school students performed two experiments at the Festival.
  • The second Festival at CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi in December 2016 showcased Indian achievements in various fields of science and technology.
  • The third in the series was held in October 2017 in Chennai.

Sources- NDTV.


GS Paper II- Governance.

Govt. Announces Nine New Smart Cities.


  • Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has announced the name of nine more smart cities, taking the total to 99.
  • The mission of hundred smart cities was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June 2015.
  • Silvassa in Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli has topped the list of winning cities in this round of competition.


Highlights Of The Development-

  • The other cities include Erode in Tamil Nadu, Diu in Union Territory of Daman and Diu, Biharsharif in Bihar, Bareilly, Saharanpur and Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh and Kavaratti in Lakshadweep.
  • The minister said, the nine cities have proposed an investment of 12 thousand 824 crore rupees to develop 409 projects.
  • He said, with the selection of these nine cities, the total proposed investment in 99 smart cities will be Rs 2,03,979 crore.
  • Giving details of the progress made in smart cities scheme, Puri said, Smart City Centers have become operational in Pune, Surat, Vadodara and Kakinada and work is in progress in another 18 cities.



GS Paper III- Technology.

MEITY Launches Cyber Surakshit Bharat To Strengthen Cybersecurity.


  • Recognizing the need to strengthen the cybersecurity ecosystem in India, and in alignment with the Honourable Prime Minister’s vision for a ‘Digital India’, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), announced the Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative in association with National e-Governance Division (NeGD) and industry partners.
  • Conceptualized with the mission to spread awareness about cybercrime and building capacity for safety measures for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and frontline IT staff across all government departments, Cyber Surakshit Bharat will be operated on the three principles of Awareness, Education and Enablement.
  • It will include an awareness program on the importance of cybersecurity; a series of workshops on best practices and enablement of the officials with cybersecurity health tool kits to manage and mitigate cyber threats.

Highlights Of The Development-

  • Cyber Surakshit Bharat is the first public-private partnership of its kind and will leverage the expertise of the IT industry in cybersecurity. The founding partners of the consortium are leading IT companies Microsoft, Intel, WIPRO, Redhat and Dimension Data. Additionally, knowledge partners include Cert-In, NIC, NASSCOM and the FIDO Alliance and premier consultancy firms Deloitte and EY.
  • Speaking at the event Minister Shri K J Alphons, Honourable Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Tourism (Independent Charge) said, Securing the nation’s cyberspace is vital for achieving the Honourable Prime Minister’s vision of a Digital India.
  • MeitY had earlier issued a directive to all Central Government ministries to appoint a Chief Security Officer (CSO) to ensure Cyber safety, in addition to issuing an RFP to all empanelled auditors to conduct a cybersecurity audit for government departments.
  • Cyber Surakshit Bharat aims to conduct a series of training programs in the next six months across Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. The audience will include CISOs and technical officials from:

The central government / State governments and Union Territories / Public Sector Banks /Public Sector Units / Defense forces, defense PSUs and technical arms of the Air Force, Army and Navy.


Sources- Business-Standard.