10-11.03.19 Karnataka (KPSC) Current Affairs




  • Karnataka government plans for cloud seeding project


  • The government of Karnatakais planning for cloud seeding project due to drought and to influence the upcoming monsoon and capture as much water as possible from the rain clouds. The State government has called the tenders for cloud seeding operations to enhance rainfall during the monsoons of 2019 and 2020. The cost is expected to be 50 crore per year. Earlier Efforts of Karnataka Karnataka had undertaken a similar exercise through Project Varshadhare in 2017. 
  • Cloud Seeding is a process of intervening chemicallyto induce precipitation rain or snow from clouds. Cloud seeding aims to facilitate and accelerate the process by making available chemical nuclei for condensation to take place. The agents used as nuclei are iodides of silver or potassium, dry ice (solid carbon dioxide), or liquid propane.




  • Oceania Nations including Australia will participate in 2022 Asian Games


  • Oceania nations, including sporting powerhouse Australia, have been invited to compete in Olympic team events such as football and basketballat the 2022 Asian Games for the first time.
  • The invitation to the 2022 Asian Games in China’s Hangzhou is limited to volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball and football and fencing, ruling out sports such as swimming and track cycling which Australia would be expected to dominate.
  • Oceania – Australia, New Zealand and a swathe of Pacific islands – has not taken part in the regional Olympics before, but sporting ties with Asia have been growing.



  • Arata Isozaki won Pritzker Architecture Prize


  • Arata Isozaki, a prominent Japanese architect renowned for his versatility and transnational approach to design, has won his field’s highest accolade, the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
  • He is the 46th person and eighth Japanese architect to receive the Pritzker Prize.


  • HIV remission achieved via stem cell transplantation


  • In a significant development, a person withHIV infection has been reported to be experiencing remission for the last 18 months after antiretroviral therapy (ART) was stopped following stem-cell transplantation in London. Remission is when HIV RNA (ribonucleic acid) is undetectable in blood. ART is used for treating HIV.
  • The person with HIV was diagnosed with advancedHodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer, in 2012. To treat cancer, stem cells which give rise to blood cells were transplanted from a donor who had two mutant copies of a co-receptor for HIV infection. This exercise was carried out in London.  The co-receptor (CCR5) is used by the HIV virus to gain entry into host cells in humans. But a mutant does not allow the virus to enter the host cells and hence makes the person resistant to HIV infection.



  • India, ASEAN clock fastest growth for e-commerce, digital trade sectors: FICCI KPMG


  • According to India and ASEAN: Co-creating the Future’ report by industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and consulting major KPMG, India and 10 member ASEAN are among the fastest growing economies in the world.
  • India and ASEAN show a faster growth rate even for e-commerce and digital trade sectors.
  • Global E-commerce Sector topped by China.
  • Global e-commerce sales are expected to reach 4.5 trillion dollars from 1.3 trillion dollars by 2021.
  • By 2025,the e-commerce market in India is expected to reach a volume of 90 billion dollars as per the report.



  • Lok Sabha 2019 elections will start from 11th April


  • Election Commission of Indiaannounced that the Lok Sabha 2019 elections will start from April 11, in seven phases. Code of Conduct for parties kicks in from 10th March and there are close to 90 crore eligible voters. Date of counting will be on the 23rd of May 2019. 
  • The election in 22 States and Union Territories will be conducted in a single phase. Two-phase elections are in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Manipur, and Tripura, while Assam and Chhattisgarh will have three phases. Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Odisha will be covered in four phases, Jammu and Kashmir in five, and Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal in seven phases. In Anantnag, the election will be held in three rounds.


  • Centre amended the Enemy Property Order


  • The central government has amended the guidelines for disposal of theEnemy Property Order, 2018, to facilitate usages of enemy property by the state government exclusively for public use. 
  • Enemy properties are the properties of the people who migrated to Pakistan during partition and also to Chinaafter the Sino-India war in 1962. It is estimated that there are 9,280 such properties which were left behind by people who went to Pakistan and 126 such properties were left by the Chinese nationals. The estimated value of all enemy properties is approximately Rs.1 lakh crore.
  • The government had enacted the Enemy Property Act in 1968. This act was further amended through theEnemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2017. As per the amendment, the successors of the Enemy property will haveno claim over the properties left behind in India.


  • Centre launched Pulse Polio Programme 2019 to eradicate Polio


  • The government has launched thePulse Polio Programme 2019. Under the programme, polio drops would be administered to children less than five years of age. More than 17 crore children of less than five years across the country will be administered polio drops.
  • The pulse polio programme aims to protect children from the polio disease by conducting two nationwide mass polio vaccination campaigns and two to three sub-national campaigns each year.
  • India was declaredPolio-free country in the year 2014. India’s last reported cases of wild polio were in West Bengal and Gujarat on 13 January 2011.
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