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4th October 2019 Current Affairs

Prakash portal

  • Power Rail Koyla Availability through Supply Harmony (PRAKASH) portal was launched by the Ministry of Coal & Power.
  • It is for better coordination among the ministries of power, coal and Indian Railways for coal supply to power plants.
  • Through the portal, coal company will be able to track stocks and the coal requirement at power stations for effective production planning.
  • It is developed by NTPC and sources data from Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) and coal companies.

Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV)

  • Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) is a rare viral disease that causes fatal disease in young Asian Elephants.
  • It has killed five elephants in Nandan Kanan Zoo &Chandaka forest in Odisha.

Audio Odigos

  • It is an Audio Guide facility App launched by the Ministry of Tourism for 12 iconic sites.
  • It offers verified content, with visuals & voice over support and an inbuilt map of the site for a smooth navigation during the tour.
  • The 12 sites include Amer Fort, Rajasthan, Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, Purana Quila, Humayun’s tomb, Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri, Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh, Somnath and Dholavira, Gujarat, Khajuraho, Madhya pradesh, Mahabalipuram, Tamilnadu and Mahabodhi Temple.


  • The Further Fund Offer 2 (FFO 2) of Bharat 22 Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) will be opened as a part of government’s disinvestment programme.
  • Bharat-22 will comprise stocks of 22 blue-chip public sector units, State-owned banks and three private companies where Specified Undertakings of the Unit Trust of India (SUUTI) has stakes.
  • It is managed through ICICI Prudential Fund and it is in pursuance of government’s disinvestment policy targeting an initial amount of Rs.6,000 crore.

National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) 

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) recently has issued a 15-point directive to the 11-Ganga basin states to prevent idol immersion into river Ganga and its tributaries and on their banks, including cordoning off the ghats.

  • According to the directive, a fine of Rs. 50,000 would be imposed if immersion of idols took place in the Ganga or its tributaries during festivals, including Dussehra, Diwali, Chhath and Saraswati Puja.

    • According to NMCG officials, the large-scale immersion of idols and puja material in the Ganga and its tributaries during festive occasions led to an alarming rise in pollutants in the river.
    • These directives were issued by NMCG under Section-5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986


  • It is an online web-enabled system developed by National Informatics Centre (Ministry of Electronics & IT [MeitY]), in association with Directorate of Public Grievances (DPG) and Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG).
    The underlying idea was to receive, redress and monitor the grievances of the public.
  • It was launched by the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG) under the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions.

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