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Sarat Chandra IAS Academy

8th November 2019 Current Affairs

1. National Survey & Mapping Organisation

  • The Survey of India is India’s central engineering agency in charge of mapping and surveying.
  • Set up in 1767 to help consolidate the territories of the British East India Company, it is one of the oldest Engineering Departments of the government of India.
  • It comes under the administrative control of Department of Science and technology (DST).
  • Its members are from Survey of India Service cadre of Civil Services of India and Army Officers from the Indian Army Corps of Engineers.
  • It is headed by the Surveyor General of India.
  • Survey of India acts as an adviser to the Government of India on all cartography of India related matters, such as geodesy, mapping and map reproduction.
  • It is responsible for the naming convention and spellings of names of geographical features of India.
  • Scrutiny and certification of external boundaries of India and Coastline on maps published by the other agencies including private publishers.
  • geodetic datum, geodetic control network, topographical control, geophysical surveys, cadastral surveying, geologic maps, aeronautical charts within India, such as for forests, army cantonments, large scale cities, guide maps, developmental or conservation projects, etc.
  • Demarcation of the borders and external boundaries of India as well as advice on the demarcation of inter-state boundaries.

2. Fentanyl

  • Fentanyl, also spelled fentanil, is a synthetic opioid used as a pain medication and together with other medications for anesthesia.
  • Fentanyl is also used as a recreational drug, often mixed with heroin or cocaine. It has a rapid onset and its effects generally last less than two hours.

3. Fordow Nuclear plant

  • The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has recently confirmed that Iran had transferred Uranium Hexafluoride (UF6) to the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant (FFEP).

4. Bulbul Cyclone

  • Cyclone ‘Bulbul‘, recently affected Kolkata coast ,which lay around 930 km south- southeast of Kolkata.

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