Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 05 NOVEMBER 2019
India decides to opt out from RCEP agreement
- India has decided not to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic
Partnership (RCEP) deal as negotiations failed to address New Delhi's
outstanding issues and concerns.
- Prime Minister NarendraModi made the announcement during his speech at
the RCEP Summit in Bangkok yesterday, which was attended by several world
leaders. Mr Modi said, the present form of the agreement does not fully
reflect the basic spirit and the agreed guiding principles.
- He said the agreement also did not satisfactorily address India's
outstanding issues and concerns, hence it was not possible for New Delhi to
sign it. The Prime Minister said India stands for greater regional
integration as well as for more free trade and adherence to a rule-based
- Later, speaking at a press conference in Bangkok, Secretary (East) in
the Ministry of External Affairs, Vijay Thakur Singh said India's core
issues would not be compromised and the latest decision has been taken in
the interest of the nation.
Principal secretary to review measures taken to curb air pollution
- The Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Dr. P K Mishra today reviewed,
the measures taken by the States of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi to tackle air
- Dr. Mishra sought to know the details of additional measures taken to
check fresh cases of fire and stubble burning in these States during the
last 24 hours.
- The Chief Secretary, Punjab stated that he is personally monitoring the
situation with Deputy Commissioners of various districts where hotspots have
RBI issues compensation guidelines for foreign, private banks
- The Reserve Bank of India has issued compensation guidelines for
whole-time directors and chief executives of foreign, private, small
finance, payments banks and local area banks, mandating the cash component
of variable pay at 67 per cent.
- The RBI said if the variable pay is up to 200 per cent of the fixed pay,
at least 50 percent of it should be in non-cash. If the variable pay is
above 200 per cent, 67 per cent of it should be paid via non-cash
- In a notification, the RBI said that banks should continue to formulate
and adopt a comprehensive compensation policy covering all their employees
and conduct annual reviews. It added that the new guidelines will be
effective from April next year.
- The RBI also said that it wants banks to claw-back the non-variable pay
components if there is divergence in provisioning for NPAs or asset
classification exceeds the prescribed threshold for public disclosure.
South Asia to become centre of global growth,claims IMF
- A latest research by the International Monetary Fund has said that South
Asia, led by India, is moving towards becoming centre of global growth and
could contribute about one-third of the world's growth by 2040.
- Notably, under the IMF's geographical division of the world, South Asia
does not include Afghanistan and Pakistan. For IMF, South Asia includes
India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Maldives.
- The IMF paper titled 'Is South Asia Ready for take Off? A sustainable
and inclusive growth agenda,' will be released in New Delhi tomorrow.
PM outlines global challenges at East Asia Summit
- Prime Minister NarendraModi is now attending the Regional Comprehensive
Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit in Bangkok.
- Earlier, Mr Modi speaking at the 14th East Asia Summit, outlined
global challenges facing the world today. He also highlighted the need for
working together to find out common solutions.
- East Asia Summit is a leaders-led platform, where discussions are held
on various developments in the region. The agenda for this edition of the
summit was to review the future direction of East Asia Summit co-operation
and exchange views on regional and international issues.
- Mr Modi also met Prime Minister of Vitenman on the sidelines of the
summit. Minister Narendra also met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on
the sidelines of the ASEAN summit.
- Both the leaders reviewed the evolving security scenario in the
Indo-Pacific and agreed to further bolster bilateral cooperation in third
countries for peace, prosperity and development in the region.
- In a tweet, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar wrote,
Prime minister said that he eagerly looked forward to welcoming the Japanese
prime minister in India next month for the annual India-Japan summit.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Red Atlas action plan map unveiled for flood mitigation
- Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu unveiled the ‘Red Atlas Action Plan Map’
atlas and the ‘Coastal Flood Warning System App (CFLOWS-Chennai)’ for flood
mitigation in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
- Both the atlas and the CFLOWS-Chennai are intended as decision support
systems covering aspects, including preparedness and prevention. Such
initiatives to effectively tackle urban flooding are likely to be replicated
in other Indian cities including Mumbai, Maharashtra.
- The atlas is aimed at flood mitigation, preparedness, operations and
management aspects. The manual besides showcasing the probable scenarios for
different rainfall periods also provides information on corporation wards
that are likely to be affected due to flooding, and the areas that may need
evacuation in Chennai by taking into account all historical datasets.
- The over 200-page atlas was prepared by the India Meteorological
Department (IMD), National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR) and National
Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF) in association with TN
State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) and Greater Chennai Corporation.
Rafael Nadal secures No:1 spot in ATP rankings
- Rafael Nadal is back to the world No. 1 for the eighth time in his
career in the ATP rankings released today. The Spaniard goes up one place to
overtake Novak Djokovic even though the Serb sealed his fifth Paris Masters
title on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Canadian Denis Shapovalov.
- Nadal, whose last stint at the top ended a year ago on November 4, 2018,
withdrew from his semifinal against Shapovalov in Paris. Djokovic slips down
the rankings because he loses the points that he won a year ago in London
when Nadal was absent.