Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 06 MARCH 2020
EC to consider linking of Aadhaar with voter ID
- The Law Ministry has informed the LokSabha that it has a proposal from
the Election Commission (EC) to link Aadhaar with the Election Photo
Identity Card (EPIC) to prepare an error-free electoral roll.
- In response to an unstarred question on Wednesday, the Law Ministry said
“the matter is under consideration”.
- “In order to ensure preparation of an error-free electoral roll, and to
prevent duplication of entries, a proposal to amend the Representation of
the People Act, 1951 to enable linking of the electoral data with the
Aadhaar system has been received from the Election Commission,” the Law
Ministry said in its reply.
- One of the arguments being made in favour of the move is that it may
allow migrant labour and workers to vote even if they are away from their
homes at the time of elections.
Study finds India amongst least-free democracies
- India has become one of the world’s least free democracies, according to
a global survey, which warned that “the Indian government’s alarming
departures from democratic norms under Prime Minister NarendraModi’s BJP
could blur the values-based distinction between Beijing and New Delhi”.
- The Freedom in the World 2020 report ranks India at the 83rd position,
along with Timor-Leste and Senegal. This is near the bottom of the pile
among the countries categorised as “Free”, with only Tunisia receiving a
lower score. India’s score fell by four points to 71, the worst decline
among the world’s 25 largest democracies this year.
- The annulment of autonomy and the subsequent shutdown of Kashmir, the
National Register of Citizens and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, as well
as the crackdown on mass protests have been listed as the main signs of
declining freedom in the report, released on Wednesday by Freedom House, a
U.S.-based watchdog, which has been tracking global political and civil
liberties for almost half a century.
- The report slammed the Internet blackout in Kashmir, terming it the
longest shutdown ever imposed by a democracy. It said freedom of expression
was under threat in India, with journalists, academics and others facing
harassment and intimidation when addressing politically sensitive topics.
G7 to use all policy tools to prevent corana risk
- Top finance officials from the Group of Seven nations today said, they
would use all appropriate policy tools to prevent the new coronavirus
outbreak from damaging economic growth, following the rout on global stock
markets last week.
- After a conference call of finance ministers and central bankers, the
group said that G-7 finance ministers are ready to take actions, including
fiscal measures where appropriate, to aid in the response to the virus and
support the economy during this phase.
- It said G7 central banks will continue to fulfill their mandates, thus
supporting price stability and economic growth while maintaining the
resilience of the financial system.
- The officials from the world's most advanced economies Britain, Canada,
France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, however, did not
announce any specific relief measures.
Government approves projects worth 300cr for food processing sector
- Union Government has sanctioned ten projects worth over 301 crore rupees
in food processing sector. These projects are likely to generate employment
for ten thousand people and benefit nearly forty thousand farmers.
- The projects were sanctioned at a meeting of the Inter-Ministerial
Approval Committee held in New Delhi yesterday under the Chairpersonship of
Food Processing Industries Minister HarsimratKaurBadal.
- The projects were sanctioned under the Agro Processing Cluster Scheme of
KisanSampadaYojana. Ms Badal said, during the last 15 days, the Ministry has
facilitated investments worth 707 crore rupees. She said, the government is
making all efforts to encourage investments in the business.
- The Minister said, 100 per cent FDI is permitted under the automatic
route in Food Processing Industries and 100 per cent FDI is allowed through
approval route for trading including e-commerce in respect of food products
manufacture and produced in India.
- One hundred per cent Income Tax exemption from profit derived from
activities such as post-harvest value addition to agriculture by FPO’s
having annual turnover up to 100 crore rupees.
ICC to continue with Afghan war crimes probe
- Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court will investigate whether
war crimes were committed in Afghanistan by the Taliban, Afghan military and
U.S. forces after an appeals panel said on Thursday the ”truth-seeking”
inquiry should go ahead.
- The ICC decision, which came days after the U.S. agreed to pull its
troops from the long-running conflict, opens the way for prosecutors to
launch a full investigation, despite U.S. government opposition.
- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quickly condemned the decision as “a
truly breathtaking action by an unaccountable political institution,
masquerading as a legal body.
BIMSTEC charter adoption probably in next summit claims officials
- BIMSTEC charter will be ready for adoption at its next biennial summit
meeting scheduled to be held in Colombo later this year.
- This was informed by BIMSTEC Secretary General Mohammad Shahidu Islam
during his meeting with Sri Lankan Prime Minister MahindaRajapaksa last
- During the upcoming summit, an agreement on cooperation in addressing
criminal matters and another on cooperation between diplomatic training
institutions are expected to be signed.
- A third agreement would establish a BIMSTEC technology transfer facility
in Colombo. Other sectors to enhance cooperation in the Bay of Bengal region
were also discussed, including sharing of intelligence, inter-regional
trade, combating drug trafficking and promoting tourism.
- Under the rationalizing of the sector, Sri Lanka will be the lead
country for science, technology and innovation, India on security,
Bangladesh will lead Trade and Investment, Bhutan on Environment and Climate
Change, Myanmar on Agriculture and Food Security, Nepal on People-to-People
Contact and Thailand on Connectivity.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Study finds global ocean covering entire earth 3.2billion years ago
- Early Earth, home to some of our planet's first lifeforms, may have been
a real-life "waterworld" without a continent in sight- a discovery that can
scientists to better understand how and where single-cell organisms first
emerged on Earth.
- The researchers took advantage of a quirk of hydrothermal chemistry to
suggest that the surface of Earth was likely covered by a global ocean 3.2
billion years ago.
- The team looked, in particular, for two different isotopes of oxygen
trapped in stone: a slightly heavier atom called Oxygen-18 and a lighter one
- The duo discovered that the ratio of those two isotopes of oxygen may
have been a bit off in seawater 3.2 billion years ago -- with just a smidge
more Oxygen-18 atoms than you'd see today.
- He explained that today's land masses are covered by clay-rich soils
that disproportionately take up heavier oxygen isotopes from the water --
like mineral vacuums for Oxygen-18.
- The team theorized that the most likely explanation for that excess
Oxygen-18 in the ancient oceans was that there simply weren't any soil-rich
continents around to suck the isotopes up.
- "There are no samples of really ancient ocean water lying around, but we
do have rocks that interacted with that seawater and remembered that
interaction," Johnson said. The study appeared in the journal Nature
- The study also feeds into an ongoing debate over what ancient Earth may
have looked like: Was the planet much hotter than it is today?"There was
seemingly no way forward on that debate. We thought that trying something
different might be a good idea," said Johnson.
Countries to have both male and female flag bearers at Tokyo Olympics
- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday announced that this
year's Tokyo Olympics will have the option of a male and female competitor
jointly bearing their country's flag at the opening ceremony. IOC has
encouraged all National Olympic Committees to make use of this option.
- The IOC's Executive Board added that there should be, for the first
time, at least one female and one male athlete in every one of the 206 teams
as well as the Refugee Olympic Team.
- The IOC statement also said that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, to be held in
July-August, will be the first gender-balanced Olympic Games in the history
with 48.8 per cent women's participation.