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Monday, September 26, 2016

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Indus Valley Civilization (IVC)
3500 – 1300 BCE
[The Harappan Culture: Bronze Age Civilization]

Features of Indus Valley Civilization:
·         Cities were divided into two parts i.e. Upper town(west), also known as Citadel (i.e. fortified) and Lower Town(east).
·         Red pottery painted with designs in black.
·         Copper, bronze, silver, gold present.
·       Bodies were buried in wooden coffins, but during the later stages ‘H symmetry culture’ evolved where bodies were buried in painted burial urns.
·    Efficient town planning with streets running from North-South and East-West directions, cutting each other at right angle.
·         Northern-most site- Manda (J&K).
·         Southern-most site- Daimabad (Maharashtra).
·         Eastern-most site- Alamgirpur (UP).
·         Western-most site- Sutkagendor (Pakistan).
·         Important Ports towns: Lothal , Surkotada , Dholavira
·         Mature Harappan phase: c. 2600 – 1900 BCE.
·         Largest Harappan site in India is Rakhigarhi in Haryana.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 25 SEP 2016

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 25 SEP 2016
(Daily News India)
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1. INDIA AND RUSSIA STARTED  JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE IN VLADIVOSTOK
i. The 8th edition of the Indo-Russia joint military exercise ‘Indra 2016’ was started  in Vladivostok in Russia.
ii. Indra  is a biannual exercise which has been carried out between the two allies since 2003.

2.COMMITTEES FOR THE BIRTH CENTENARY OF PANDIT DEENDAYAL UPADHYAY
i. The PM, Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the formation of two committees for the commemoration of the birth centenary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.
ii. The Prime Minister will chair a 149 member National Committee, and the Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, will chair a 23 member Executive Committee.

3. ARUN GOYAL APPOINTED ADDITIONAL SECRETARY IN GST COUNCIL
i. Senior IAS officer Arun Goyal has been appointed as Additional Secretary in the Goods and Services Tax  Council.
ii. The Council, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, is formed to decide on tax rate, exempted goods and the threshold limit.

4. WORLD’S LARGEST RADIO TELESCOPE BUILT IN CHINA
i. China has built world’s largest radio telescope nicknamed Tianyan known as Heavenly Eye” or “The Eye of Heaven.
ii. It has started its operation and is part of China’s drive to become a science powerhouse.
iii. It is located in the Dawodang depression a natural basin in Pingtang County in the Guizhou Province, Southwest China.
iv. It is the world’s largest single dish radio telescope and the second largest radio telescope after the Russian RATAN-600, which has a sparsely filled aperture.

5. MISSION PARIVAR VIKAS TO BE LAUNCHED IN SEVEN STATES FOR IMPROVED FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES
i.The Union Health Ministry has decided to launch Mission Parivar Vikas in seven states for improved family planning services.
ii. Its main objective is to accelerate access to high quality family planning choices based on information, reliable services and supplies within a rights-based framework.
iii. The key strategic focus area of this initiative will be on improving access to contraceptives through delivering assured services, dovetailing with new promotional schemes and  ensuring commodity .

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