Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 05 JANUARY 2019
Centre tells supreme court Lokpal search panel has been constituted
- The government informed the Supreme Court on Friday that a
search committee had been constituted in September 2018 for zeroing in
on eligible candidates for the Lokpal, and it will frame its own rules
- The Department of Personnel and Training’s notification,
issued on September 27, lists the names of the eight-member search
committee, led by former Supreme Court judge RanjanaPrakash Desai.
- On July 24 last year, the Supreme Court had said the
government’s stand on completing the appointment of Lokpal, an ombudsman
to protect the common man from corruption in public service and power
centres, was “wholly unsatisfactory.”
- The court had then been reacting to an affidavit filed by the
government, of which the stated aim was to specify the exact time frame
by which it would appoint the Lokpal. Instead, the government had said
the appointment was a “complicated” process.
- Though passed in 2014, the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act of 2013
was not implemented all these years because there was no Leader of the
Opposition (LoP) in the 16th LokSabha. The 2013 statute includes the LoP
as a member of the selection committee.
Prime Minister assures zero exclusion in NRC
- The government will ensure that no Indian is left out of the
National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, Prime Minister
NarendraModi has said on Friday.
- Addressing the Vijay SankalpSamavesh rally at Silchar in
Assam, Prime Minister said that he is aware of the difficulties faced by
the general public in the process of preparing NRC.
- Prime Minister expressed hope that the Citizenship Amendment
Act will be passed by the Parliament soon. He said that the Citizenship
Amendment Bill has been introduced after wide discussions and the
government is moving forward with it firmly.
- PM Modi said his government is working on the policy of 'Act
east and act fast in the east' for holistic development of northeast
with developing infrastructure and conserving culture simultaneously.
- He said to promote culture and values of people of Assam,
union cabinet has approved constitution of a high-level committee to
implement clause 6 of Assam accord.
E-com companies may seek extension for implementation of new rules
- Large e-commerce marketplaces could approach the government
seeking extension of the February 1 deadline as compliance with the
recent changes would require at least 4-5 months at operational level,
according to multiple sources.
- A senior executive at one of the big e-commerce companies said
at least 4-5 months would be needed for players to rework the
operational aspects and that the February 1 deadline does not provide
- The rules were announced on December 26, giving firms just a
month to execute these changes which, in many cases, would require
reworking existing partnerships and even, overhauling business models,
the executive added.
- Another official said companies are studying the recently
announced amendments in detail and are likely to approach the government
in the coming weeks. These representatives did not wish to be identified
as the matter is sensitive.
- The government’s move to tighten norms has hit Amazon and
Flipkart the hardest as the new regulations prohibit online marketplaces
with foreign investment to sell products of companies in which they hold
stake. Norms also ban exclusive marketing arrangements.
Democrats sweep to power in US house of Representatives
- U.S. Democrats swept back to power on Thursday in the House of
Representatives with veteran Nancy Pelosi at the helm, but they came
face to face with what may be a new divided government normal in
Washington: legislative gridlock.
- After a historic opening session of the 116th Congress in
which Ms. Pelosi was elected as Speaker for the second time in her
career, lawmakers took aim at a bipartisan priority of ending an
embarrassing partial government shutdown that was stretching into its
- The House passed two measures that would re-open government
agencies whose funding had lapsed, but provide no money for a border
wall demanded by Donald Trump. They are all but dead on arrival in the
Senate, where the Republican leadership has vowed not to bring them up
for a vote.
- Democrats’ new majority in the House of Representatives marked
a dramatic power shift on Capitol Hill less than two years before Mr.
Trump’s re-election bid.
- The first two Native American women and first two Muslim women
were also elected. “It’s a new day in America,” tweeted Ilhan Omar, a
former Somali refugee elected from Minnesota.
China tests its most powerful non-nuclear weapon
- China has tested its most powerful non-nuclear weapon, dubbed
the “Mother of All Bombs” by official media in a reference to a U.S.
munition used in Afghanistan.
- In a short video published on the website of state arms
manufacturer Norinco, the massive bomb drops on to a plain and produces
a gigantic ball of fire and black smoke.
- The bomb whose strength is only second to that of a nuclear
weapon, according to the official Xinhua agency was dropped by a Chinese
- The bomb is five to six metres long (16 to 20 feet), but
weighs less than the American version, according to military analyst Wei
Dongxu, who was quoted by the semi-official Global Times daily on
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Cyclone ‘PABUK’ to hit the Andaman Islands today
- The cyclonic storm “PABUK” over the South China Sea has moved
west-northwestwards during past 24 hours.
- It lay centred over the Gulf of Thailand and adjoining
Thailand, about 990 km east-southeast of Port Blair on Friday morning.
- Meteorological office in Port Blair said, it is very likely to
move west-northwestwards and emerge into the Andaman Sea by Saturday
- It may cross the Andaman Islands around Sunday night. The
storm is likely to cause heavy to very heavy rainfall over the Andaman
Islands from tomorrow evening till Sunday.
- Squally winds with speed reaching 60 kmph are likely to
commence over the Andaman Sea and Thailand coast. Fishermen have been
advised not to venture into the sea.
National Table Tennis championship to begin in Cuttack
- The 80th National Table Tennis Championship began at
Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Cuttack on Friday.
- As many as 35 teams, including 550 players from different
parts of the country are participating in the mega championship.
- Medal winners at Commonwealth Games and Asian Games
ManikaBatra, Senior players like Sharath Kamal, MadhuribaPatkar,
OlympianAnkita Das are some of the key players who will be in the
limelight during the event.