Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 03 October 2018
PM inaugurates first session of International Solar Alliance
The Prime Minister, ShriNarendraModi, today
inaugurated the first Assembly of the International Solar Alliance at
VigyanBhawan. The same event also marked the inauguration of the second IORA
Renewable Energy Ministerial Meeting, and the 2nd Global RE-Invest
(Renewable Energy Investors’ Meet and Expo).
In this context, he expressed confidence that in future,
when people talk of organisations for the welfare of mankind established in the
21st century, the International Solar Alliance will be at the top of the list.
He said this is a great forum to work towards ensuring climate justice.
The Prime Minister said that the effect of increased use
of renewable energy is now visible in India. He added that India is working
towards the goals of the Paris Agreement through an action plan. He said that
the target is to generate 40 percent of India's total energy requirements in
2030, by non fossil fuel based sources. He said India is developing with a new
self-confidence of "Poverty to Power.
SIDBI launches National Level Entrepreneurship Awareness
Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI),
had launched a National Level Entrepreneurship Awareness Campaign,
UdyamAbhilasha in 115 Aspirational Districts identified by NITI Aayog in 28
States and reaching to around 15,000 youth.
The campaign would create and strengthen cadre of more
than 800 trainers to provide entrepreneurship training to the aspiring youths
across these districts thus encouraging them to enter the admired segment of
SIDBI is also taking-up with stakeholders including Banks,
NABARD, NBFCs, SFBs, District Industries Centres, State Govt. etc. to be a part
of this campaign and ensure mutlifold impact. Further, CSC Village Level
entrepreneurs (VLEs) would play role of catalyst for these aspiring
VLEs would also provide handholding support to the
aspirants to establish new units by assisting them in availing loans for their
enterprise and making them aware about various initiatives of Government of
India like PradhanMantri Mudra Yojana, SUI etc. and educate the youths in these
districts on business literacy.
PM urges world leaders to move towards single electricity grid
Prime Minister NarendraModi on Tuesday urged world
leaders to move towards a future of ‘one world, one sun, one grid’ in which
countries around the world would share electricity so that none is without
Addressing leaders of 40 countries attending the
inauguration of the first general assembly of the International Solar Alliance
(ISA), Mr.Modi also said that the membership of the Alliance — so far restricted
to countries between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn — would be expanded to
include all member countries of the United Nations.
“Imagine a world where we would have ‘one world, one sun,
one grid’,” Mr.Modi said. “In such a world, where there is no sun-down, where
the sun is bright in some part of the world, where is the question of lack of
energy?In the last 150-200 years, humanity has used fuels from below the ground
for its lighting needs,” Mr.Modi added.
The International Solar Alliance was launched in 2015 and
is headquartered in India. So far, 70 countries have signed its framework
agreement and 44 have ratified it.
India to deliver relief materials to ailing Indonesia
• The Indian Air Force and the Navy on Tuesday launched efforts
to deliver relief material to the tsunami-hit Indonesia.
• The Navy has diverted its ships INS Tir ,Sujata and Shardul on
deployment to Singapore to Palu in Indonesia. The IAF has deployed one C-130J
and one C-17 transport aircraft to ferry medical teams and relief material.
• Besides bricks and other relief material normally carried,
these ships have on board 30,000 litres of bottled drinking water, 1,500 litres
of packaged juices, 500 litres of milk, 700 kg of biscuits and 20 tents. The
ships were dispatched at first light on Tuesday morning, a Navy officer said.
• On Monday, Prime Minister NarendraModi called up Indonesian
President JokoWidodo and offered assistance.
• The C-130J aircraft is carrying a field hospital from Agra.
The C-17 aircraft is carrying tents, generators, medicines and others from the
National Disaster Management Authority. The C-130J carrying 37 medical personnel
took off from the Hindon Air Force Station to Chennai. From Chennai, the
aircraft will fly to the Kualanamu international airport and from there, to Palu.
“Light medical equipment, including an X-ray machine, and medicines are being
carried,” an IAF officer said.
WHO launches global guidelines on sanitation and health
• The world will not reach the goal of universal sanitation
coverage – where every person has access to toilets – by 2030 unless countries
make comprehensive policy shifts and invest more funds, the World Health
Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday as it launched the first global guidelines
on sanitation and health.
• In a release, the WHO said that by adopting its new
guidelines, countries can significantly reduce diarrhoeal deaths due to unsafe
water and poor sanitation and hygiene. For every US $1 invested in sanitation,
the WHO estimates a nearly six-fold return as measured by lower health costs,
increased productivity and fewer premature deaths.
• Worldwide, 2.3 billion people lack basic sanitation (with
almost half of them forced to defecate in the open). They are among the 4.5
billion without access to safely managed sanitation services – in other words a
toilet connected to a sewer or pit or septic tank that treats human waste.
• “Sanitation is a fundamental foundation of human health and
development and underpins the core mission of WHO and ministries of health
worldwide. WHO’s Sanitation and Health Guidelines are essential to securing
health and well being for everyone, everywhere,’’ said Dr.SoumyaSwaminathan,
deputy director-general for programmes, WHO.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Three more Indian sites gets UNESCO’s GlobalGeopark Network
• In a first, an ancient circular lake created by a meteorite
strike in Maharashtra and a hexagonal mosaic of basaltic rocks in an island off
Udupi are poised to become global geoparks, under a Geological Survey of India (GSI)
• Lonar Lake in Maharashtra and St. Mary’s Island and Malpe
beach in coastal Karnataka are the GSI’s candidates for UNESCO Global Geopark
• The road to recognition, however, is long. An aspiring Global
Geopark must have a dedicated website, a corporate identity, comprehensive
management plan, protection plans, finance, and partnerships for it to be
accepted. In mid-August, GSI moved ahead with the plan, setting a follow-up time
frame of 100 days.
AFI asks Anjali to take assessment tests
• She may have walked away with the best athlete award at last
week’s Open Nationals in Bhubaneswar, but the Athletics Federation of India has
asked Haryana quartermiler Anjali Devi Kundu to undergo assessment tests after
joining the National camp which begins in various parts of the country on
• Anjali had clocked a very impressive 51.79s — the fourth best
time in Asia this year — while winning the 400m gold at Bhubaneswar.