Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 03 DECEMBER 2019
NHRC sends notices to centre & states regarding sexual harassment cases
- The National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the
Centre, all States and Union Territories seeking reports on the Standard
Operating Procedures, SOPs to deal with cases related to sexual violence
against women and use of the Nirbhaya Fund.
- Taking suomotu cognizance of media reports on cases of sexual
assault, the rights panel issued notices to the Chief Secretaries of all
states and Union Territories seeking reports within six weeks about the
status of Nirbhaya Fund.
- It has also asked the details about the availability of the fund
and the money spent during the last three years.
Centre asks Supreme court to review SC/ST creamy layer verdict of 2018
- The central government on Monday sought a reconsideration of the
2018 Supreme Court judgment that sought to exclude “creamy layer” within the
Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) categories from reservation
- The law officer said the five-judge bench seemed to have not taken
into account that the SC/ST communities were kept outside the ambit of the
creamy layer concept by another five-judge bench in the IndraSawhney (Mandal
case) judgment in 2008.
- AG's arguments were opposed by senior lawyer GopalSankaranarayan,
who was appearing for SamtaAndolanSamiti, which represents the poor and
downtrodden strata of SC/ST communities in Rajasthan.
- In the 2018 Jarnail Singh case, the five-judge bench had said:
"Constitutional courts, when applying the principle of reservation will be
well within their jurisdiction to exclude the creamy layer from such groups
or sub-groups when applying the principles of equality."
Govt. claims rural India achieved 100% ODF status
- The sanitation coverage under Swachh Bharat Mission(Grameen) is
100 per cent and all the 5,99,963 villages have declared themselves
Open-Defecation Free (ODF), the government said on Monday.
- The Centre launched SBM(G) on October 2, 2014 with the aim to
attain Open Defecation Free (ODF) India by October 2, 2019.
- "As per the data reported by states/UTs on the online Integrated
Management Information System of SBM(G), 10.14 crore individual household
toilets have been constructed under the programme as on November 28.
- "As a result, the sanitation coverage in the country, which was
38.7 per cent as on October 2, 2014 has increased to 100 per cent and all
the 5,99,963 villages of the country have declared themselves ODF," Minister
of State in the Jal Shakti Ministry Rattan LalKataria said in a written
response to a question in the RajyaSabha.
Transport ministry claims 15 fold increase in NH related works
- Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways NitinGadkari has
said that there is a marked improvement in the pace of works relating to
- Replying to a query during Question Hour in the RajyaSabha, he
said, the speed of works has increased from two kilometres a day earlier to
30 kilometres now, a 15-fold increase.
- He listed out the problems for the delay as land acquisition,
securing various clearances and financing by banks. He informed the house
that there is a remarkable improvement in the financing side now.
India urges nations to fulfil pre-2020 emission pledges
- India has called on the rich, industrialised countries to take the
lead in combating climate change and curbing the rise in global temperature
by fulfilling their pre-2020 commitments to reduce emissions and provide
finance to developing countries.
- “The pre-2020 implementation gaps should not present an additional
burden to developing countries in the post-2020 period,” the Indian
government said in an official statement released ahead of the UN Climate
Change Conference COP 25.
- India said if the developed countries fail to meet their Cancun
pledges to reduce emissions by 2020, it would put additional pressure on the
- The recent UN Emissions Gap report found that while the G20
countries will collectively exceed their 2020 Cancun pledges, countries
including the US, Canada, Indonesia, Mexico, the Republic of Korea and South
Africa are projected to miss or not achieve them.
Japan offers help to address India’s RCEP concerns
- Japan on Sunday gave clear indications that efforts were on to
make India join the ambitious Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP),
saying all member countries of the grouping were committed to address New
- After years of negotiations, India last month pulled out of the
proposed RCEP over unresolved "core concerns" at a summit meeting of the
participating countries, saying the proposed pact in its current form would
have adverse impact on lives and livelihoods of all Indians.
- When asked whether efforts are on to address India's concerns and
whether Japan was hopeful of New Delhi joining the grouping, Kaifu said the
RCEP statement mentioned that all negotiating countries will work together
to resolve outstanding issues.
- The negotiations for the proposed free-trade agreement included 10
member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and
six of the bloc's dialogue partners -- China, Japan, South Korea, India,
Australia and New Zealand.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Study finds undersea telecom cables could be used to study earthquakes
- Fibre-optic cables that make up the global undersea
telecommunications network may help researchers assess offshore earthquakes,
and hidden geologic structures in the depths of the ocean, according to a
- The study, published in the journal Science, describes an
experiment which turned a 20 kilometre section of undersea fibre-optic cable
into the equivalent of 10,000 seismic stations monitoring quakes along the
- The researchers, including those from the University of California
(UC) Berkeley in the US, recorded a 3.5 magnitude earthquake, and seismic
scattering from underwater fault zones during their four-day experiment.
- They used a technique where a device with components for creating,
manipulating and detecting light sent short pulses of laser down the cable,
and detected how this was backscattered due to strain in the cable caused by
- The researchers said the new system is sensitive to changes of
nanometres to hundreds of picometres for every metre of cable length -- a
change happening at the scale of one part in a billion.
India’s U-19 world cup team to be led by PriyamGarg
- Uttar Pradesh batsman PriyamGarg will lead defending champions
India in next year's Under-19 ICC Cricket World Cup to be held in South
- The All-India Junior Selection Committee, which met in Mumbai
yesterday, picked the squad for the tournament to be held from 17th January
to 9th February next year.
- The 19-year-old Garg, a right handed top-order batsman, has a
first-class double hundred and a List 'A' century to his name.
- The 13th edition of the U-19 World Cup will be played among 16
teams, split into four groups. India are placed in Group 'A' with first-time
qualifier Japan, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The top two teams from each
group will qualify for the Super League stage.