Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 07 JULY 2019
Researchers studying MGNREGS disputes arguments made in economic survey
- Researchers and activists studying Mahatma Gandhi National Rural
Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) data have disputed the argument made
in the Economic Survey for 2018-19 on the positive causal impact of Aadhaar-linked
payments (ALP) on the scheme.
- The Survey used the rural jobs scheme as a case study to show the
benefits of the use of technology in improving targeting and efficiency in
welfare schemes. One of the strongest pieces of evidence cited dealt with
timeliness: the percentage of wage payments generated within 15 days
improved from 27% in 2014-15 to more than 90% by 2018-19.
- Another area of contention is the Survey’s comparison of MGNREGS
performance in drought-affected and regular districts before and after the
introduction of the ALP. In supply and demand for work as well as in worker
attendance, the scheme’s performance in drought-hit areas improved.
Centre asks Urban local bodies to monitor rainwater harvesting
- The Centre has asked all Urban Local Bodies across the country to
set up a cell each for effective monitoring of Rain Water Harvesting and
revival of at least one water body in their areas.
- In its Guidelines for urban water conservation, Union Housing and
Urban Affairs Ministry said the cell should monitor the extent of
groundwater extraction and groundwater aquifer recharge.
- This information should be displayed at prominent locations for
public awareness. The guidelines have been issued as part of the first phase
of Jal Shakti Abhiyan which began on 1st of this month and will continue
till 15th of September this year.
- In his recent Mann Ki Baat programme, Prime Minister
NarendraNarendraModi pitched for the conservation of rainwater, saying there
is a pressing need to make it a mass movement.
Child rights activists disappointed over allocation to child development
- The outlay for children in the Union Budget has shown a marginal
increase of 0.05%, going up from 3.24% in the last fiscal to 3.29% in the
current fiscal with a grant of Rs. 91,644.29 crore.
- The share is less than the low share of 5% that the National Plan
of Action for Children, 2016, has recommended, notes the HAQ Centre for
- A detailed analysis of the budgetary grant carried out by Child
Rights and You for four thematic areas of child rights, including education,
health, development and child protection, shows that the first two
categories have registered a decline while the money allocated for the
ambitious plan for nutritional development may be insufficient.
- The share of education has increased marginally to 68.54% from
68.2%, but has declined by more than 10 percentage points from 79.02% in
2015-16. These include schemes such as SamagraShiksha, National Programme of
Mid Day Meal in Schools and NavodayaVidyalayaSamiti.
- The Anganwadi services and the PoshanAbhiyan (Nutrion Mission) are
among the most important government programmes aimed at reducing stunting,
under-weight, anaemia and low birth weight. While the former has registered
an increase of 19% and the latter of 14% in this latest Budget announcement,
experts have argued it is inadequate.
Centre asks sugar mills to focus on ethanol production
- Union Minister NitinGadkari has said that surplus production of
sugar is a big problem and suggested the sugar mills to focus on producing
ethanol instead of sugar.
- He said, currently sugar production in the country is surplus and
there is no profitability in increasing the production of sugar.MrGadkari
said, there is a future in ethanol, so sugar mills should focus on
manufacturing ethanol instead of sugar.
- He was speaking at the 'Sugar Conference 2020', organised by
Maharashtra State Co-op Bank Ltd in Pune on Sunday.MrGadkari said the Centre
has come out with a transparent policy related to ethanol and the Petroleum
Ministry is also ready to buy it.
- Mr Fadnavis said in obtaining the permissions for ethanol
production units, the state government is in the process of starting a
single window policy.
US calls on Germany to send troops to Syria
- The United States today called upon Germany to send ground troops
to northern Syria, pushing Berlin to ramp up its military involvement in the
fight against the Islamic State group as Washington looks to withdraw from
- US Special representative on Syria,James Jeffrey told German media
that they want ground troops from Germany to partly replace US soldiers in
the area as part of the anti-IS coalition. Jeffrey, who was visiting Berlin
for Syria talks, added that he expects an answer this month.
- Last year US President Donald Trump declared victory against IS
and ordered the withdrawal of all 2,000 American troops from Syria.
- But a small number have remained in northeastern Syria, an area
not controlled by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, and Washington is
pushing for increased military support from other members of the
international coalition against IS.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Nepal goes for innovative methods to dispose off Everest trash
- In a bid to save Mount Everest from trash, Nepal conducted a
month-long cleaning campaign and collected around 10,000 kg of rubbish from
- For the mega clean-up drive, government and non-government
agencies, along with a dedicated Sherpa team, not only brought the litter
down but also removed four dead bodies from the roof of the world, Xinhua
news agency reported on Sunday.
- Instead of sending the solid waste straight to the landfill near
Kathmandy, the items were segregated, processed and recycled as raw
materials for various products.
- Besides recycling the waste, a team is also working with
municipalities, hospitals, hotels and different offices to maximise value
from waste by recycling, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and
by creating green jobs.
- To make the campaign more effective, the company suggested
authorities to set up an initial processing unit in the mountain area
itself, so that waste can be segregated immediately and easily managed.
- These products, which range from 350 Nepalese rupees to 2,000
Nepalese rupees ($3 to $18), are bacteria free as they are sterilized. These
glass items have also been a means of livelihood for local women who shape
them into trendy designs.
Hima Das wins gold in Kutno athletics meet
- Star Indian sprinter Hima Das won her second international gold in
women's 200m with a top finish at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland on
- Hima clocked 23.97 seconds to clinch the gold while VK Vismaya
bagged the silver in 24.06 seconds. This was Hima's second competitive 200m
race of the year.