01.07.19 (GPSC) Gujarat Daily Current Affairs


  • Gujarat: Staple crop production going down


  • The socio-economic review of Gujarat for 2018-19 has indicated the reduction of 9.7 lakh tonnes in the production of foodgrains, cotton and oilseeds as compared to 2017-18.


  • According to the review, agriculture in the state has witnessed a shift towards high-value crops like cotton, groundnut, fruits, vegetables, condiments and spices from low-value cereals and other crops.


  • The report further stated that according to the final Annual Survey of Industries, 2016-17, the number of factories has increased from 24,426 in 2015-16 to 25,966 in 2016-17, showing a growth of 6.30 per cent over the previous year.


  • The review states that currently horticultural crops contribute about 20% of the state’s agricultural economy. Main vegetables grown in Gujarat include onion, potato, brinjal, tomato, and okra. The state also produces spices like cumin, fennel and garlic.


  • The report stated that new horticultural crops like cashew nut, palmarosa, sweet orange and medicinal crops are gaining acceptance in the state.
    According to the Annual Survey of Industries, 2016-17, the value of industrial output at current prices of all registered factories covered under the survey has increased from Rs 11,54,040 crore in 2015-16 to Rs 12,22,201 crore in 2016-17, showing a growth of 5.91 per cent over the previous year.


  • National Doctor’s Day: 1 July 2019


  • National Doctor’s Day is celebrated on the 1st of July in India every year.


  • This day honours doctors across the country for their relentless service throughout the year.


  • In India, Doctor’s Day is celebrated to honour the legendary Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy, who was also the second Chief Minister of West Bengal.


  • 2019 theme: ‘Zero tolerance to violence against doctors and clinical establishment’


  • India signs Rs 200 crore anti-tank missile deal with Russia


  • India has signed a deal to acquire ‘Strum Ataka’ anti-tank missile from Russia for its fleet of Mi-35 attack choppers.


  • The deal for the missiles is worth around Rs 200 crore and would give an added capability to the Mi-35 attack choppers.


  • The Mi-35s are the existing attack choppers of the Indian Air Force and are set to be replaced with the Apache gunships being acquired from the US.




  • Saudi Arabia increased India’s Haj quota by 30,000


  • Saudi Arabiaincreased India’s Haj quota by 30,000.
  • It was like the third hike in 3 years. It is increased from 1,70,000 to 200,000.
  • Indians get a chance to visit annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. It is a city in Hejazi region of Saudi Arabia.
  • The issue discussed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman in the ongoing G20 Summit in Osaka Japan.
  • In 2017, Saudi Arabia increased India’s Haj quota by 35,000.It was hiked by 5,000
  • Haj subsidy provided by the government withdrawn following the Supreme Court order of 2012.
  • It allowed women to go on Hajj without ‘Mahram’ or male companion.
  • Bilateral meeting between India and Saudi Arabia regarding the cooperation in tradeand investment, energy security and counter-terrorism.Haj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.


  • Fund transfers via RTGS, NEFT to cost less from 1 July 2019


  • The Reserve Bank of India will waive all charges on fund transfer through popular RTGS and NEFT systems from July 1 and asked banks to pass on the benefits to customers.


  • The Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS) is meant for large-value instantaneous fund transfers while the National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) System is used for fund transfers of up to Rs 2 lakh.


  • Country’s largest bank SBI charges between Re 1 and Rs 5 for transactions through NEFT and between Rs 5 and Rs 50 for RTGS route.


  • Nagaland occupies the top position in the unemployment rate: NSSO Survey


  • According to the survey, “The Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) for 2017-18” which is conducted by National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO).
  • The huge variations among the states in terms of the unemployment rate.
    The overall unemployment rate is around 6.1.
  • Nagaland has the highest unemployment rate among the states with the percentage of 21.4%
  • It is followed by Goa (1 3.9%) and Manipur(1 1.6%)
  • Meghalaya has the lowest rate at 1.5%.Chhattisgarh and Sikkim have the lowest rates.
  • Urban areas witnessed higher unemployment (7.8%) than rural areas (5.3%). Females have the lowest unemployment rate (5.7%) in comparison to males (6.2%).
    Nagaland top in the list of union territories while Dadra and Nagar Haveli with a low rate of 0.6%.
  • Goa and Kerala are high in female unemployment at 26.0% and 23.3%respectively.


  • UGC approves new initiative STRIDE to boost research culture


  • The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved a new initiative – Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India’s Developing Economy (STRIDE) to boost research culture in the country.


  • The scheme will strengthen research culture and innovation in colleges and Universities.


  • STRIDE will help students and faculty to contribute towards India’s developing economy with the help of collaborative research.




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