Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 02 April 2021

SSC CGL Current Affairs

Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 02 April 2021

::NATIONAL::

FAO released 'Forest Governance by Indigenous and Tribal Peoples' report

  • Deforestation rates are significantly lower in Indigenous and Tribal territories where governments have formally recognized collective land rights, according to a new report launched today.
  • Jointly published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Fund for the Development of Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean (FILAC), Forest Governance by Indigenous and Tribal Peoples also shows that improving the tenure security of these territories is an efficient and cost-effective way to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Based on a review of more than 300 studies published in the last two decades, the new report reveals for the first time the extent to which Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean are the best guardians of their forests when compared to those responsible for the region´s other forests.
  • The research also suggests that their protective role is increasingly at risk, at a time when the Amazon is nearing a tipping point, with worrisome impacts on rainfall and temperature, and eventual repercussions for food production and the global climate.  
  • "Indigenous and tribal peoples and the forests in their territories play vital roles in global and regional climate action and in fighting poverty, hunger and malnutrition," said FAO's Regional Representative, Julio Berdegué. "Their territories contain about one third of all the carbon stored in the forests of Latin America and the Caribbean and 14 percent of the carbon stored in tropical forests worldwide."

::INTERNATIONAL::

Ambassador Misri interacts with representatives of Indian industry in Shanghai

  • India’s Ambassador to China VikramMisri interacted with representatives of Indian industry in Shanghai.
  • He will also launch India@75 celebrations today in Shanghai. The event was attended by more than 30 representatives representing 8 sectors such as textiles, pharma, electronics, manufacturing, chemicals, IT, banking etc.
  • The discussion centered around how to deal with business risk in the fluid current geopolitical scenario. Misri also took questions related to general issues faced by the businesses such as flights and visa for their Indian employees who wants to come back to China.
  • Amid a geopolitical tussle including tensions in technology and trade, with the western countries led by the US, Chinese companies and businesses are facing sanctions on various counts.
  • China has also announced tit for tat sanctions, affecting the whole business environment. Amid the border tensions in Ladakh, India had tightened regulatory requirements last year for investments from China and has banned more than 200 chinese apps which were considered "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order".
  • Also, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, global trade flows have been slowed, although there has still been strong demand for medical equipment and supplies which has largely contributed in China becoming India’s top trade partner in 2020. 
  • Two-way trade between the two countries stood at $77.7 billion in 2020, according to provisional data from Ministry of Commerce, although that was lower than the previous year’s $92.9 billion total. India did manage to lower its imports from China in 2020 which stood at $58.7 billion amid demand disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic and increased its exports to China by about 11 per cent from a year ago to $19 billion last year.

::ECONOMY::

GST revenue collection reached a record level of Rs 1.23 lakh crore in March 2021

  • Monthly GST (Goods and Services Tax) revenue collected by the central and state governments grew to a record high of Rs 1,23,902crore in the month of March 2021, a sign that the economy is on a growth trajectory, recovering from the impact of coronavirus pandemic.  
  • March GST receipts were more than Rs 10,000 crore higher than the February 2021 collection of Rs 1.13 lakh crore, and the highest since the introduction of the indirect tax regime. Of the Rs 1.23 lakh crore revenue, CGST (Central Goods and Services Tax) stood at Rs 22,973 crore, SGST (State Goods and Service Tax) was at Rs 29,329 crore.
  • Monthly GST (Goods and Services Tax) revenue collected by the central and state governments grew to a record high of Rs 1,23,902crore in the month of March 2021, a sign that the economy is on a growth trajectory, recovering from the impact of coronavirus pandemic.  
  • March GST receipts were more than Rs 10,000 crore higher than the February 2021 collection of Rs 1.13 lakh crore, and the highest since the introduction of the indirect tax regime. Of the Rs 1.23 lakh crore revenue, CGST (Central Goods and Services Tax) stood at Rs 22,973 crore, SGST (State Goods and Service Tax) was at Rs 29,329 crore.

::SPORTS::

2023 AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championship to be organized in Tashkent

  • The 2023 men’s boxing World Championships will be held in Uzbekistan capital Tashkent, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced on Friday. AIBA President Umar Kremlev confirmed Tashkent as the host city during a visit to Uzbekistan.
  • “I am happy to announce Uzbekistan, the country which has strong boxers and a champion’s character, to be the host of the 2023 Championships. I am confident in the high-level organisation, the huge fan’s support and spectacular fights,” said Kremlev in a statement. AIBA said a bid was presented by the Boxing Federation of Uzbekistan, which saw the organisation’s Board voting in favour of its candidature.

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