Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 01 DECEMBER 2019
India aims to completely eradicate AIDS before 2030
- Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said the
government is making all out efforts to completely eradicate HIV AIDS in the
country before 2030.
- He said, India has successfully eliminated polio well before the
target eight years-ago. The Minister was speaking at a function to observe
the World HIV AIDS day in New Delhi today. He also said, attempts should be
made to make the country free from TB before 2025.
- He said, 18 ministries are working for the elimination of various
diseases. Stating that voluntary blood donation is the best tribute to
humanity, the Minister asked the people to donate blood saying that regular
blood donation can prevent heart diseases. 'Communities make the difference'
is the theme of this year's World HIV AIDS day.
- As per the latest estimate of 2017, there are around 21 lakh 40
thousand people living with HIV in the country. The government is
implementing National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) as a hundred per cent
Central Sector Scheme for prevention and control of AIDS.
BSF brings in new technology to guard Indo-Pak border
- Minister of State for Home Affairs NityanandaRai today said the
Government is committed to equipping the forces with the latest equipment
and technology. He was addressing the 55th Raising Day event of the force at
a BSF camp in New Delhi today.
- Mr.Rai said that citizens of India feel safe because of the BSF
jawans' promptness on the world's most sensitive international borders. He
further said that efforts are being made to infiltrate and smuggle, by the
country's enemies, but BSF jawans are thwarting the attempts with their
- Speaking at the function, BSF, Director General, V K Johri, said
the BSF is working on technological solutions to combat the threat of drones
along the India-Pakistan International Border.
- Mr.Johari also said that force has expanded its strategic
capabilities by using new technology and intelligence to guard the over
6,386 km long borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Centre to bring out permanent solution to curb stubble burning
- The Centre is formulating a scheme to find a permanent solution to
the practice stubble burning by farmers and has constituted a committee to
come out with a report on the matter in a month or two, Minister of State
for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare ParshottamRupala said in RajyaSabha.
- The MoS said that the new committee will come out with a new
scheme within one or two months.He said in some states farmers burn stubble
for sowing the next crop and the government is planning to educate them
about diversification of crops.
- Besides, the government has given machines worth Rs 1,151 crore to
farmers for managing stubble besides creating awareness.A total of 55,000
machines were provided to three states, he said, and added that Delhi is not
managing it well.
Global companies agree to shift base from China to India
- Finance Minister NirmalaSitharaman on Saturday said about 12
global companies have evinced interest to shift their base from China to
India, taking advantage of competitive tax rate of 15 per cent announced
- In a biggest reduction in 28 years, the government in September
reduced corporate tax rate by almost 10 percentage points in a bid to give a
boost to sagging economy.
- Base corporate tax for existing companies has been reduced to 22
per cent from 30 per cent, and for new manufacturing firms incorporated
after October 1, 2019 and starting operation before March 31, 2023, it was
slashed to 15 per cent from 25 per cent.
- The finance ministry in September set up a task force headed by
Economic Affairs Secretary to prepare a road map for the "national
infrastructure pipeline" from 2019-20 to 2024-25 under aRs 100 lakh crore
infra plan. The task force expected to cover greenfield and brownfield
projects costing above Rs 100 crore each.
India-Japan expand cooperation,condemn terrorism
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr.
S. Jaishankar met Japan's Minister of Defence Kono Taro and Foreign Affairs
Minister MotegiToshimitsu for the first India-Japan 22 Foreign and Defence
Ministerial Meeting in New Delhi on Saturday. In a joint statement, the
ministers affirmed that the dialogue will further enhance the strategic
depth of bilateral security and defence cooperation.
- They condemned in the strongest terms the growing threat of
terrorism, and acknowledged that it constituted a major threat to peace and
security in the region. The Ministers called upon all countries to take
resolute action in rooting out terrorist safe havens and infrastructure.
- They underlined the need for all countries to ensure that all
territory under their control is not used to launch terrorist attacks on
other countries in any manner.
- They noted in this context the threat posed to regional security
by terrorist networks operating out of Pakistan and called upon it to take
resolute and irreversible action against them and fully comply with
international commitments including to FATF.
- Acknowledging emerging security challenges, the Ministers
reiterated their commitment to advancing bilateral security cooperation
based on the 2008 Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation and the 2009
Action Plan to advance Security Cooperation.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
India- Srilanka joint military exercise to begin at Pune
- The seventh edition of exercise MITRA SHAKTI aimed at enhancing
interoperability and operational efficiency amongst the armies of India and
Sri Lanka commenced today at Aundh Military Station, Pune.
- Defence Ministry said, the objective of the exercise is to build
and promote positive relations between armies of both the countries through
focus on sub unit level training on counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism
operations in urban and rural environment.
- The joint training exercise also signifies the strength of
India-Sri Lanka relations in the field of military cooperation and
- The exercise is designed for incorporating the current dynamics of
United Nations peace keeping operations through practical and comprehensive
discussions and tactical exercises.
South Asian games begin at Kathmandu
- 13th South Asian Games have formally begun in Kathmandu, the
capital of Nepal.
- President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari declared games open in a
glittering ceremony at DasarathaRangshala in Kathmandu this evening.
- Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Chairman of National Assembly
Ganesh Timilsina, Deputy Prime Minister IshworPokharel, Ministers from South
Asian countries and a large number of other dignitaries also graced the
opening ceremony. Over 2700 athletes from seven South Asian Countries
participated in the march past.