Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 02 JULY 2019
Centre constitutes CM panel for agri reforms
- Centre has constituted a high powered committee of Chief Ministers
of several states for the transformation of Indian Agriculture.
- Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will be the convenor
of the committee, while the chief ministers of Karnataka, Haryana, Arunachal
Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have been included as
- Union Agriculture, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister
will also be a member of the committee. Besides, NITI Aayog member Ramesh
Chand has been named the Member Secretary.
- The Committee will discuss measures for the transformation of
agriculture and raising farmers' income. It will suggest the modalities for
adoption and time-bound implementation of agriculture sector reforms.
Home ministry considers providing citizenship to Hindu refugees
- Home Minister Amit Shah said on Monday that the government would
bring a Bill in Parliament to provide citizenship to “Hindus refugees” left
out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
- Mr. Shah made the remark in the Rajya Sabha after Trinamool member
Derek O’Brien raised the issue of the probability of 23 lakh Bengali Hindus
losing citizenship when the final NRC is published by July 31 in Assam.
- Nearly 41 lakh people have been excluded from the final draft NRC,
of which 36 lakh have filed claims against the exclusion.
- In its 2019 election manifesto, the BJP said it would compile NRCs
across the country. President Ram Nath Kovind’s speech this month also
mentioned that NRC would be implemented on “priority basis in areas affected
- At present, on Supreme Court directions, the Registrar-General of
India (RGI) published the final draft of the NRC on July 30 last year to
exclude those who had illegally entered the State from Bangladesh after
March 25, 1971.
Growth in core industries sector slows down in May
- Growth in the core sectors of the economy slowed to 5.1% in May
2019 led by slowing growth in the coal and refinery products sector,
according to official data released on Monday.
- The Index of Eight Core Industries saw growth slowing in May from
the nine-month high of 6.3% registered in April. Nevertheless, the growth in
May is the highest since July 2018, not counting April.
- The slowdown in May was led by the refinery sector, which saw a
contraction of 1.5% compared with a growth of 4.3% in the previous month.
The coal sector also saw growth slowing to 1.8% from 3.2% over the same
- The crude oil sector witnessed a continued contraction for the
eighteenth consecutive month in May, with growth contracting 6.96% in that
month compared with a contraction of 6.75% in April.
- The sector grew 19.8% in May, up from a growth of 18.97% in the
previous month. The fertilizer sector contracted again in May, by 1.03%,
compared with a contraction of 4.4% in April.
Centre reiterates commitment towards job creation
- The unemployment rate in the past five years; cut in interest
rates on small savings; illegal means adopted by banks to recover loans;
attacks on doctors these were among the prominent issues raised in the
LokSabha on Monday.
- During Question Hour, Union Minister for Labour and Employment
Santosh Kumar Gangwar said that reports on the high unemployment rate were
misleading, and said job creation was a priority for the government. He said
the overwhelming mandate to the government indicated that people did not
believe such “misleading reports”.
- Various steps for generating employment like encouraging private
sector of the economy, fast-tracking various projects involving substantial
investment and increasing public expenditure on schemes like Mahatma Gandhi
National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme has been undertaken,he said.
IAEA confirms Iran exceeded Uranium stock pile set by nuke deal
- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the
country has exceeded the 300-kilogramme limit on its enriched uranium
reserves set by the 2015 nuclear deal. This was confirmed by the
International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors.
- The Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that Iran still
planned to suspend other commitments under the deal in 10 days unless
European powers took practical and tangible steps to implement their new
mechanism for facilitating trade.
- Under the nuclear deal, Iran had agreed to limit its sensitive
nuclear activities and allow in international inspectors in return for the
lifting of sanctions.
- Iran can stockpile no more than 300kg of low-enriched uranium. It
is only permitted (until 2031) to produce low-enriched uranium, which has a
3-4 per cent concentration of U-235, and can fuel a power plant.
China wants India to include Huawei in its 5g trials
- Calling for India to include Huawei in its 5G trials despite the
U.S. government’s opposition to the Chinese telecommunications major, a
senior Chinese official said New Delhi must not be “exclusive” in its
- “Huawei enjoys cutting edge technologies and I think it will best
facilitate India’s realisation of its dream of building a digital economy,”
said Yang Yanyi, former diplomat and a current Committee Member of the
Foreign Affairs Committee of the 13th CPCC (Chinese People's Political
Consultative Conference) National Committee.
- “We need to guard against the attempt of forces in the west to
keep control of science [and] technology, and they cannot stomach the fact
that developing countries can also excel in technology,” Ms. Yang said.
- Pointing out that Huawei already employs more than 8,000 Indians
at its plant and R&D facilities in India, Zhu Feng, an academic accompanying
Ms. Yang, said Indians “must not over react” to reports on security threats
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Japan resumes commercial whaling amid protests
- Japan began its first commercial whale hunts in more than three
decades on Monday, brushing aside outrage over its resumption of a practice
that conservationists call cruel and outdated.
- Five vessels from whaling communities left port in northern
Japan’s Kushiro and by afternoon, a first whale had been caught.The
country’s Fisheries Agency said it had set a cap for a total catch of 227
whales through the season until late December.
- Whaling has long proved a diplomatic flashpoint for Tokyo, which
says the practice is a Japanese tradition that should not be subject to