[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #226 : M Sathiyavathy Board, Andhra Pradesh Home State, Anthropology Optional

Date of Interview: 9th May forenoon, 2nd to go. Board: M Sathiyavathy ma’am Background: ECE NITW Home State: Andhra Pradesh Optional: Anthropology Hobbies: Travelling, Badminton, reading books on emerging technologies and social impact. Work ex: SanDisk Bangalore (2014-16) Micron Hyderabad (2020-present) To view all IAS Interview Transcripts 2021, visit this page Chairperson Read my daf out… Continue reading [UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #226 : M Sathiyavathy Board, Andhra Pradesh Home State, Anthropology Optional

[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #209 : RN CHOUBEY Board, Mathematics Optional, Andhra Pradesh Home State

Date of Interview: 5th May afternoon Board: RN CHOUBEY Optional: Mathematics Home State: Andhra Pradesh Background: State University college in Andhra (JNTUK) Electrical background Profession: Working in PSU ONGC Hobbies: Not asked Your experience in interview- Felt like one of the mock interview Utility of mocks- Few questions asked in mocks To view all IAS… Continue reading [UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #209 : RN CHOUBEY Board, Mathematics Optional, Andhra Pradesh Home State

[UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #116 : TCA Anant Board, Andhra Pradesh Home State, Geography Optional, Cricket, Cooking, Badminton Hobbies

Date of Interview: 18 April; Forenoon session Board: TCA Anant Sir Background: B Tech- Mechanical Optional: Geography Home State: Andhra Pradesh Hobbies: Cricket, Cooking, Badminton To view all IAS Interview Transcripts 2021, visit this page My Experience – Board was Cordial, Lively and Members seem genuinely interested. No follow up questions were asked. Gave ample amount… Continue reading [UPSC Interview 2021] – Transcript #116 : TCA Anant Board, Andhra Pradesh Home State, Geography Optional, Cricket, Cooking, Badminton Hobbies

Explained: What are the safeguards against chemical disasters in India?

News:According to the National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA), over 130 significant chemical accidents have been reported in the country. Facts: Chemical Disaster:It is the unintentional release of one or more hazardous substances which could harm human health and the environment.The most dangerous chemical accident was 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy in which more than 3,000 people died… Continue reading Explained: What are the safeguards against chemical disasters in India?

Vizag gas leak: What is styrene gas?

News:Styrene gas leakage at a polymer plant in Visakhapatnam has killed several people and forced the evacuation of thousands of people. Facts: Styrene:It is an organic compound with the formula C8H8.It is a derivative of benzene and is colourless liquid that evaporates easily, Uses: It is the main raw material for synthesis of polystyrene which… Continue reading Vizag gas leak: What is styrene gas?

ZBNF:Andhra Pradesh government signs pact with Germany-based KFW

News:The Andhra Pradesh Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with German firm to implement Zero Budget Natural Farming in the state. Facts: About Zero Budget Natural Farming: Zero-Budget Natural Farming(ZBNF) is a holistic alternative to the present paradigm of high-cost chemical inputs-based agriculture. ZBNF is a farming practice that believes in natural growth of… Continue reading ZBNF:Andhra Pradesh government signs pact with Germany-based KFW

Explained:How Andhra’s concept of three capitals is inspired by South Africa

News:The Andhra Pradesh cabinet has deferred taking a decision on relocating the state capital to three separate locations. Facts: About the decision on state capital: The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister had announced that Andhra Pradesh could have three decentralised capitals on the lines of South Africa. The new capital being developed at Amaravati could become… Continue reading Explained:How Andhra’s concept of three capitals is inspired by South Africa

Andhra Pradesh Cabinet clears Disha Bill to ensure rape verdicts in 21 days

News:The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet has cleared the A.P. Disha Bill,2019 (A.P. Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2019). Facts: Key features of the bill: The bill allows for death penalty for heinous offences such as rape and gang-rape. The bill also proposes to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure for serious rape cases so that if sufficient… Continue reading Andhra Pradesh Cabinet clears Disha Bill to ensure rape verdicts in 21 days

Thotlakonda monastery

News:The Mahastupa of the Thotlakonda monastery which was reconstructed in 2016 by the State Archaeology department has collapsed recently. Facts: About Thotlakonda monastery: Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex is situated in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. Thotlakonda was under the influence of ancient Kalinga which was an important source of dissemination of Buddhism to Sri Lanka and various… Continue reading Thotlakonda monastery

Village Secretariat system

News:Andhra Pradesh Government has launched the Village Secretariat system. Facts: About Village Secretariat system: The village secretariat system is aimed at ensuring an efficient and corruption-free delivery of the government’s welfare schemes to households. Under the system,one Village Secretariat has been set up for every population of 2,000 with each one comprising close to a… Continue reading Village Secretariat system

India’s longest electrified rail tunnel

Vice President of India has inaugurated the longest electrified railway tunnel in the country. The railway tunnel was commissioned by the South Central Railway (SCR) in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The electrified tunnel is a 6.7-km-long tunnel situated between Cherlopalli and Rapuru stations. The tunnel is part of 112-km long railway line project between… Continue reading India’s longest electrified rail tunnel

Panel to study uranium contamination in A.P.’s Kadapa district

The Andhra Pradesh government has ordered an inquiry into complaints about groundwater pollution caused by the uranium processing project of the Uranium Corporation of India Limited(UCIL) at Tummalapalle of Kadapa district. UCIL is a centrally owned Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) for uranium mining and uranium processing under the Department of Atomic Energy. It was founded… Continue reading Panel to study uranium contamination in A.P.’s Kadapa district

Young biologist from Andhra Pradesh recreates a blue whale from bones

Recently,a biologist has recreated a blue whale from the skeletal remains of dead blue whales washed ashore on the Andhra Pradesh coast. The blue whale is the largest animal on the planet weighing as much as 200 tons.They are also the loudest animals on Earth and are even louder than a jet engine. Blue whales… Continue reading Young biologist from Andhra Pradesh recreates a blue whale from bones

Andhra govt to host international trade meet on August 9

Andhra Pradesh will host its first international trade and investment meeting on August 9. The event is being organised in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs The meet aims at exploring opportunities for collaboration in core areas like pharma, automobile, steel, textiles food processing, electronics At the event, the Andhra Pradesh government will showcase… Continue reading Andhra govt to host international trade meet on August 9

First in India: Andhra Pradesh reserves 75% of private jobs for locals

Andhra Pradesh has passed the Andhra Pradesh(AP) Employment of Local Candidates in Industries/Factories Act,2019.This will make A.P the first state in the country to reserve jobs for locals. The law seeks to reserve 75% jobs for locals in all private industrial units and factories,irrespective of whether or not these companies get financial or other help… Continue reading First in India: Andhra Pradesh reserves 75% of private jobs for locals

Longest electrified railway tunnel in India commissioned

South Central Railway(SCR) has commissioned the longest electrified tunnel in Indian Railways in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The electrified tunnel is situated between Cherlopalli and Rapuru stations and is part of the railway line between Obulavaripalli– Venkatachalam – Krishnapatnam Port. It is constructed in the shape of ‘Horse Shoe’ on New Australian Tunnelling Method.… Continue reading Longest electrified railway tunnel in India commissioned

Environment ministry okays two-year construction order for Polavaram project

The Union Environment Ministry has extended the construction period for the Polavaram Multipurpose Project in Andhra Pradesh by two years. The Polavaram project is a major multi-purpose irrigation project being constructed on the Godavari River and spread across three states – Andhra Pradesh,Odisha and Chhattisgarh. A dam is currently under construction in West Godavari and… Continue reading Environment ministry okays two-year construction order for Polavaram project

Heritage site status for Coringa mangroves likely

The Andhra Pradesh Government has constituted a seven-member committee for fulfilment of norms required for proposing the Godavari Mangroves(Mada forests) at Coringa as a World Heritage Site. The State government eyes heritage site tag for the mangroves so that it would get UNESCO funding to protect and preserve the wildlife sanctuary and attract international tourists.… Continue reading Heritage site status for Coringa mangroves likely

Villagers turn to age-old ritual for rains

Recently,Valasa Devarlu was celebrated in the number of villages of Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. The festival was celebrated in the face of drought conditions and with only a few weeks left for the sowing season to close. Valasa Devarlu is a traditional old age ritual dating back to the reign of emperor Sri Krishnadevaraya.This… Continue reading Villagers turn to age-old ritual for rains

Governor orders allotment of buildings to Telangana

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor has issued orders to hand back the building to the Telangana government which were given to Andhra Pradesh government for its offices in Hyderabad. In 2014,the state of Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated and a separate state of Telangana was carved out under Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act,2014. The bifurcation had mandated… Continue reading Governor orders allotment of buildings to Telangana

Could only request, not demand PM for SCS to Andhra, says Jagan Reddy

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister-designate has met Prime Minister to raise the unfulfilled demand of the Special Category Status (SCS) for the state. Andhra Pradesh has said that following the bifurcation of A.P,Andhra lost a large volume of its revenue due to Hyderabad remaining the capital of Telangana.Further,oral submission by the then PM in 2014 has… Continue reading Could only request, not demand PM for SCS to Andhra, says Jagan Reddy

Reservation for the poor from this academic year

A high-power committee on quota for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) appointed by the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to roll out reservations for EWS in educational institutions. The reservations would come into force from next academic year. The committee has decided to extend 5% reservation to Kapus and 5% reservation to other communities in… Continue reading Reservation for the poor from this academic year

Polavaram water only by next year, says AP CM

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister has said that there has been a delay in Polavaram irrigation project works due to the general elections and the model code of conduct.He said that the entire project would be completed by May 2020. Polavaram Project is an under construction multi-purpose irrigation project on the Godavari River in the West… Continue reading Polavaram water only by next year, says AP CM

Lipstick seeds’ grown by tribals in A.P. a big hit

Annatto is a tree commonly called as lipstick tree.Its botanical name is Bixa orellana and it grows in tropical regions.The seeds of this plant are covered with a bright orange to red pulpy layer,from which a commercial colour material is extracted. The exclusion of many artificial colours in the western market from the list of… Continue reading Lipstick seeds’ grown by tribals in A.P. a big hit

Pasupu Kumkuma’: Andhra govt scheme for women gets EC nod

The Election Commission (EC) has passed an order stating that any money transfer under the ‘Pasupu Kumkuma’ scheme will not violate the Model Code of Conduct(MCC). The Commission has said that the Model Code of Conduct does not come in the way of the schemes that have been launched before MCC kicks in,especially if the… Continue reading Pasupu Kumkuma’: Andhra govt scheme for women gets EC nod

Jaitley rules out rethink on special status

Union Finance Minister has said that it is not possible to give Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh as 14th Finance Commission had removed the granting of SCS to any State.Further,he said that special financial package given to Andhra Pradesh was similar to the Special Category Status (SCS). There is no provision of SCS… Continue reading Jaitley rules out rethink on special status