Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 02 NOVEMBER 2019
Supreme court panel declares health emergency in NCR due to pollution
- A Supreme Court mandated panel on Friday declared a public health
emergency in the Delhi-NCR region and banned construction activity till
- Schools have been shut in Delhi, till November 5.As the pollution levels
in the region entered the "severe plus" category", the Environment Pollution
(Prevention and Control) Authority also banned the bursting of crackers
during the winter season.
- Earlier, the EPCA had banned construction activities only for the period
between 6 pm and 10 am till November 2. Now, no construction can take place
even in daytime.
- UNESCO declares Mumbai and Hyderabad as eminent cities in film and
- UNESCO has designated Mumbai as a member of UNESCO Creative Cities
Network (UCCN) in the field of FILM and Hyderabad in the field of
GASTRONOMY. Culture Minister ShriPrahlad Singh Patel has congratulated the
people of Mumbai and Hyderabad for this unique distinction.
- UCCN, created in 2004, is a network of cities which are thriving, active
centres of cultural activities in their respective countries. The UNESCO
Creative Cities Network now counts a total of 246 cities.
- The member cities that form part of the Network come from all continents
and regions with different income levels and populations.
- They work together towards a common mission: placing creativity and the
creative economy at the core of their urban development plans to make cities
safe, resilient, inclusive and sustainable, in line with the United Nations
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
DEA secretary claims govt. following glide path on fiscal deficit
- The finance ministry on Friday said it was committed to following a
glide path to reduce fiscal deficit notwithstanding slowdown in the economy
impacting revenue collections. The government has budgeted the fiscal
deficit at 3.3 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) for the current
financial year, lower from 3.4 per cent in 2018-19.
- The government is following a glide path on fiscal deficit, said
Economic Affairs Secretary AtanuChakraborty responding to a question in
regard to government finances.
- According to the budget documents, the government's total expenditure is
anticipated to grow at the rate 13.4 per cent, whereas the total non-debt
receipts are projected to grow by 14.3 per cent.
- The government intends to gradually bring down fiscal deficit towards
the target of 3 per cent of the GDP by March 31, 2021.
- The fiscal deficit was 3.5 per cent of GDP during 2017-18 and 2016-17,
down from 3.9 per cent in the previous fiscal.
- The Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Rules, 2004,
specifies annual targets and mandates the central government to reduce the
fiscal deficit by an amount equivalent to 0.1 per cent or more of GDP per
- The latest data on goods and services tax collections for October showed
that the indirect tax mop-up remained below Rs 1 lakh crore for the third
month in a row.
NPCIL claims Kudankulam power plant safe from malware
- The NPCIL on Friday said its reactors at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power
Plant in Tamil Nadu are "safe".
- The Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), a public sector
undertaking on Wednesday admitted to a malware attack on one of the
computers in Kudankulam plant, a day after the plant authorities had
asserted that cyber attacks on its systems are not possible.
- NPCIL, a public sector undertaking under the Department of Atomic
Energy, had, in its statement, also said that the plant systems were not
- "Computerisation in nuclear power stations had taken a tremendous amount
of time for implementation because the nuclear power generating countries
were having doubts about the safety. Therefore, the systems that are
involved in operating of our plants are completely independent and are never
connected to any other system or the internet. This is as per international
safety standards," DAE Secretary KN Vyas said.
- The DAE, which carried out the investigations at the plant had revealed
that the infected computer belonged to a user who was connected in the
internet network used for administrative purposes.
India – Germany agrees to expand defence cooperation
- India and Germany have acknowledged the need to further deepen bilateral
defence cooperation as strategic partners to jointly address global and
regional security challenges.
- The Joint statement issued after the meeting between Prime Minister
NarendraModi and German Chancellor Angela Markel in New Delhi said that both
sides agreed to develop stronger cooperation in Defence Industry testing and
certification, especially for design certification of various systems.
- They also reaffirmed the importance of building Digital Partnership to
intensify regular interaction and coordination towards collaboration on the
- Both sides said that strong and effective multilateral cooperation is
key to secure peace, stability and prosperity. They said, major challenges
of our time, by their nature and global scope, cannot be addressed by
countries separately but must be tackled jointly.
- The two leaders underlined the need for all countries to ensure that
their territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries
in any manner.
- The two leaders stressed the importance of the combined effort of all
countries to fight global terrorism and to send out a consistent message
that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is not acceptable.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Chandrayaan-2 detects Argon-40 in lunar exosphere
- The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter has detected Argon-40 on lunar exosphere from
an altitude of approximately 100 kilometres, informed Indian Space Research
Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday.
- "The CHACE-2 payload aboard the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter has detected
Argon-40 from an altitude of approximately 100 kilometres," tweeted ISRO.
- Earlier this month, the ISRO had released images of the moon's surface
clicked by Orbiter High-Resolution Camera (OHRC) onboard Chandrayaan-2.
- The space agency had lost communication from its Lander Vikram which was
supposed to soft-land on the far side of the moon on September 7.
- The Lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter on
September 2. After revolving the Earth's orbit for nearly 23 days, the craft
began its journey to the moon on August 14.
India beats U.S in Olympic hockey qualifiers
- Indian Hockey women's team beat United States of America 5-1 in Olympic
qualifiers at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Friday. At half time,
India was leading by 1-0.
- A short-while from now, the Indian men's team will face Russia.Both the
Indian teams will play matches against Russia and USA tomorrow also. The
aggregate winners at the end of the two-match qualifier (each for men and
women) will seal their places in the 2020 Tokyo Games.