Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 06 NOVEMBER 2019
PM claims our present is largely influenced by scientists
- Prime Minister NarendraModi has stressed the need for the development of
scientific temper among people to expedite development of the country.
- Inaugurating the India International Science Festival in Kolkata
this afternoon through video-conferencing Mr.Modi said, the scientific
temper reduces superstitions and encourages temperament of reasoning.
- Referring to the recent Chandrayan Mission, the Prime Minister said that
the issue raised the curiosity among people on Science. He appealed to the
scientific community to take long-term solution approach to make Science for
society and Science for people.
- The Prime Minister said that the Government is supporting innovations
and inventions for this purpose. He also informed that five thousand Atal
Tinkering labs are being set up in various parts of the country to encourage
students for hands-on training on Science and Research.
President rejects request demanding disqualification of MLA’s
- In a relief for the AamAadmi Party, President Ram NathKovind has
rejected a petition demanding disqualification of 11 party MLAs for
allegedly holding office of profit.
- The issue was referred to the EC which gave an opinion in August that
holding the office of co-chairperson of a district disaster management
authority does not attract disqualification as MLA as there is no
remuneration by way of salary, allowances, sitting fee.
- Nor is there any other facility such as staff car, office space,
supporting staff, telephone or residence provided.As per law, the President
accepts the opinion of the Election Commission in cases of office of profit.
Govt.to relax quality norms for onion imports
- The government has decided to relax quality norms to facilitate
immediate import of onions for curbing rising onion prices. In an
inter-ministerial committee meeting, consumer affairs secretary Avinash K
Srivastava directed to relax phytosanitary and fumigation norms to speed up
onion imports from other producing countries like Egypt, Turkey and Iran.
- The prices of onions, which had touched Rs 80 per kg in August and
September, have again shot up to Rs 100 a kg in some places due to a
shortage, triggered by unseasonal rainfall leading to crop damage in the
main onion growing zones in Maharashtra.
- Traders have been demanding to liberalise these norms for a faster
import of onions to India. Onion Exporters’ Association president Ajit Shah
said that onion can be imported from Dubai in 10 days provided government
relaxes phytosanitary norms.
- "If government insists on importing from original source of the
commodity, here Egypt, it will take many weeks to receive shipments.
However, importing Egypt origin onion from Dubai is possible in just 10
days," he said.
MoRD releases another edition of wasteland atlas
- In an effort to productively use India’s wastelands, the ministry of
rural development has come out with the fifth edition of Wasteland Atlas
-2019, eight years after the last edition was published in 2011. This is
significant as it takes into account 12.08 MHa of unmapped area of Jammu and
Kashmir (J&K) for the first time.
- As per the Atlas, during this period 1.45 Mha of wastelands are
converted into non wastelands categories. “A reduction in wasteland area was
observed in the categories of land with dense scrub, waterlogged and marshy
land, sandy areas, degraded pastures / grazing land and gullied and / or
ravinous land,” it said.
- The department of land resources in collaboration with National Remote
Sensing Centre (NRSC), Department of Space has published Wastelands Atlases
of India - 2000, 2005, 2010 &2011 editions. The new wastelands mapping
exercise, carried out by NRSC using the Indian Remote Sensing Satellite data
is the fifth edition of Wastelands Atlas – 2019.
- India with 2.4 per cent of total land area of the world is supporting 18
per cent of the world’s population. The per capita availability of
agriculture land in India is 0.12 ha whereas world per capita agriculture
land is 0.29 ha.
China to establish national security mechanism in HongKong
- China will establish a "robust" legal system and enforcement mechanism
to safeguard national security in Hong Kong, the ruling Communist Party said
on Tuesday, following a meeting last week of its senior leadership.
Garbage problem gets high in Yemen,causing cholera
- Mounds of stinking garbage line the streets of Yemen's historic city of
Taez, once renowned as one of the most beautiful places in the country, but
now torn apart by war.
- The city in the highlands of southwestern Yemen has become a breeding
ground for mosquitos as well as deadly outbreaks of diseases like cholera,
as decaying refuse leaches into waterways.
- Yemen, long the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula, has been mired
in conflict since the Iran-aligned Huthi rebels swept into the capital Sanaa
in a 2014 offensive, sparking a military intervention by a Saudi-led
- While Taez is controlled by pro-government forces, it is under siege
from the Huthis who control the mountains that surround the city, from where
they have launched repeated bombardments.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
ISRO to setup space technology cell in IIT Delhi
- The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi will set up a Space
Technology Cell in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization
(ISRO), the space agency of country at the IIT campus.
- With the move, IIT Delhi have joined the league of other premier
institutions where the Space Technology Cells (STCs) have been set up, such
as Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc) Bangalore, IIT Kharagpur,
IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, IIT Guwahati and IIT Roorkee.
- The Space Technology Cells (STCs) here play a major role in taking up
space technology research and applications to the newer heights.
- The Space Technology Cell will work for carrying out focused research
projects in space technology domain with specific deliverables.
- ISRO also proposed that IIT Delhi as an Institute becomes ISRO’s
academic partner in research areas such as Artificial Intelligence (AI),
nano-technology, functional textiles, smart manufacturing or any other area
of joint interest.