Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 05 October 2018
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 05 October 2018
Centre affirms supreme court that rohingyan deportation was
The Centre told the Supreme Court on Thursday that the
action to repatriate the seven Rohingya Muslims was taken in due course of
law and in the interest of the country. The Assam government had made the
arrangements for their repatriation through an immigration check point in
Seven Rohingya Muslim men, arrested in 2012 for illegally
entering Assam, were on Thursday officially handed over to Myanmar authorities
at Manipur’s border town Moreh. The deportation from the immigration point at
Moreh Gate No 2 took place at 1 p.m. soon after the SC rejected the plea to
intervene in the case.
Immigration officials from Tamu, the Myanmar town nearest
Moreh, took custody of the seven men after completing the formalities with their
Indian counterparts and police officials from Assam and Manipur.
New CJI to keep tight grip upon PIL petitions
The new subject-wise roster, introduced by Chief
Justice of India RanjanGogoi as the master of roster, continues the legacy
of his immediate predecessor DipakMisra, keeping a tight grip on public
interest litigation petitions.
Among the Supreme Court’s 11 Benches, Chief Justice
Gogoi’s court is dominantly in charge of fresh PIL petitions. Justice Misra,
too, had kept the entire PIL jurisdiction with him.
However, Chief Justice Gogoi makes a slight exception. The
new roster, which came into existence on October 3, allows certain PIL
petitions, “allocated by the CJI,” to go to the number two judge, Justice Madan
B. Lokur. This means no fresh PIL petitions will make their way to any other
The past months have witnessed three back-to-back
judgments, reinforcing the authority of the Chief Justice of India as the
undisputed ‘master of roster.’ The first came on November 10 last year when a
five-judge Constitution Bench, led by the then Chief Justice Misra, declared his
dominance as the master of roster in order to protect the court from “anarchy.”
Direct tax collection for first 6 months rose by 16.7%
Gross direct tax collection during the first six
months of the financial year rose 16.7% to Rs. 5.47 lakh crore, the Finance
Ministry said on Thursday.
“The provisional figures of direct tax collections up to
September 2018 (half-yearly figures) show that gross collections are at Rs. 5.47
lakh crore which is 16.7% higher than the gross collections for the
corresponding period of last year,” the Finance Ministry said.
“It is pertinent to mention that gross collections of the
corresponding period of financial year 2017-18 also included extraordinary
collections under the Income Declaration Scheme (IDS)-2016 amounting to Rs.
10,254 crore… which does not form a part of the current year’s collection.”
Net collections (after adjusting for refunds) increased by
14% to Rs. 4.44 lakh crore during the April-September 2018 period, which
represents 38.6% of the total Budget Estimates of direct taxes for financial
“While the overall growth in direct tax collections for H1
FY19 is encouraging, what is particularly inspiring is the steep increase in the
growth rate in corporate advance tax collections compared to last year,”
PranavSayta, partner and transaction tax leader, EY India wrote in a note.
Civil Aviation ministry launches policy on DigiYatra platform
The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil
Aviation, Shri Suresh Prabhu today released the policy on biometric based
digital processing of passengers at airports called “DigiYatra” at a
Addressing the media, he said that the Ministry has taken
the initiative to develop standards for digital processing of passengers at
airport to ensure uniform implementation and passenger experience across Indian
airports through a connected ecosystem.
DigiYatra will provide a pan-India powerful platform for
future, adding that Airports will have the possibility of providing innovative
services and consent based targeted services in future. “Any service provider
involved in facilitating travel of passenger from door to door will be able to
use this platform in future through innovative solutions” he said.
The Minister asserted that the ultimate beneficiary will
be the passengers, who will have all the travel related options available to
DigiYatra will bring benefits to passengers and all
stakeholders involved in the process, as Airport operator will have travel
information in advance for better resource planning and the real-time data of
passengers within the terminal will enable the operator to take proactive action
to avoid congestion.
India and Kazakhstan enhances Defence and Military Technical
Defence minister SmtNirmalaSitharaman was on a
three-day visit to Astana, Kazakhstan from October 02, 2018 at the
invitation of Minister of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan
During the visit they discussed a wide range of issues
relating to defence and military technical cooperation and took stock of the
progress that this bilateral relationship has made since the renewal of the MoU
on defence cooperation in January 2017.
She inspected a Tri-Services Guard of Honour at the
Ministry of Defence and also visited the National Defence University where she
was shown the Indian Military Art Room (IMAR), which has been established with
India and Kazakhstan Defence Cooperation includes
military-technical cooperation, military education and training, joint military
exercises, bilateral exchange of visits and cadet youth exchange programs. Over
200 Kazakh Defence Forces Personnel have undergone military training in India
till date. Both countries successfully conducted a company level joint military
exercise ‘KAZIND-2018’ in South Kazakhstan, last month.
Saudi Arabia to invest in Gwadar Port
Saudi Arabia will invest in a new oil refinery in
Pakistan’s growing deep-sea port of Gwadar, Islamabad announced on Thursday.
The agreement follows a visit last month by Pakistan’s new
Prime Minister Imran Khan to the Gulf kingdom as he seeks to attract foreign
The Saudis “have shown interest that they want to
immediately invest in (the) refinery”, Petroleum Minister Sarwar Khan said.“This
has been agreed from both sides.”
The agreement is set to be signed between Pakistan State
Sil and Riyadh’s State oil giant Saudi Aramco.Details of the refinery's costs
and capacity are to be worked out later, once a formal memorandum of
understanding that was approved by Pakistan's cabinet on Thursday is finalised,
Gwadar’s port is being developed as part of the $60
billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), an ambitious plan to build
energy and transport links connecting the western Chinese region of Xinjiang
with the Arabian Sea via Pakistan, as part of Beijing’s broader Belt and Road
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Department of science & technology to boost solar cooking
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is
commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi with a project
to give a fillip to solar cooking.
As the first of many activities taken up by the government
to uphold Gandhi’s ideals, DST has instituted Grand Challenge Awards for the
design of solar cooking solutions at both household and community levels to
empower rural people.
Explaining the rationale for the competitive invitation,
Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST, said, “The basic solar cooking design has
not changed for a long time. Unlike in the case of the solar water heater, which
has seen wider acceptance and uptake, we don’t see the same for solar cooking.
The challenge is to make solar cooking more user-friendly, functional and
Health ministry confirms polio vaccines as safe & secure
Recently there are rumors being spread stating not to
give polio drops to children upto 5 years as some virus has been found in
This rumour was spread in response to some reports in
sections of media that bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine supplied by a particular
company were found “not of standard quality”.
Use of bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine manufactured by this
particular manufacturer has been stopped in the programme. All the stocks of the
said manufacturer have been withdrawn.
Procurement from other manufacturers has already started,
the ministry said. There was panic after traces of polio II virus eliminated in
1999 were found in the stools of children in Uttar Pradesh. This followed
reports that more than one lakh vials of bivalent polio vaccine had been found
to be contaminated by polio II virus.
Polio vaccines are absolutely safe and have saved millions
of children from disabling effects of polio. All parents must get their children
vaccinated against polio to provide protection against polio. Government of
India in consultation with WHO has taken all measures to ensure that all
vaccines used under the programme are totally safe and effective.
Asian games gold medallist wants athletes to be trained like
Manjit Singh’s life changed for the better over two
laps on the track at Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. Winning the men’s
800m gold medal at Asian Games 2018, edging out training partner Jinson
Johnson to second place, also lifted India’s reputation.
Forty-two nations took part in athletics programme and
competition was not only from traditional Asian powers, former Soviet republics
competing as independent nations and also from naturalised Africans representing
Gulf nations Bahrain and Qatar.