Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 07 NOVEMBER 2019
Supreme court seeks govt. report on CIC postings
- The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Centre and eight States to
present a report card on appointments made to the Information Commissions,
the apex bodies constituted under the Right to Information Act to help
citizens fight for transparency in governance.
- The direction comes nearly eight months after the apex court ordered the
government to look beyond the coterie of retired bureaucrats for appointment
as Information Commissioners, in a judgment delivered on February 15, 2019.
- In its February verdict, theSC had concluded that theCentral Information
Commission (CIC) and State Information Commissions have been bastions for
government employees and their retired counterparts.
India to raise clean technology demand at Madrid climate change summit
- Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change
PrakashJavadekar today said that India will put forward the demand for clean
technology at affordable cost and liberal financing from developed countries
to developing countries during the forthcoming Madrid Meeting on Climate
- Speaking in an exclusive interview to PrasarBharti Special Correspondent
after participating in the 15th Governing Council Meeting of South Asia
Co-operative Environment Programme in Dhaka today, he said, issues of
plastic waste management, biodiversity and other issues related to
environment were discussed among South Asian Member countries.
- Mr Javadekar said that in the meeting he spoke about India being on
track to fulfill its commitment given at Paris on the issues like emission
intensity reduction, share of renewable power in India’s power-mix and other
issues such as increasing the forest cover.
Govt.to bring in new fund to revive realty sector
- The government has decided to set up 25 thousand crore rupees fund to
revive stalled housing projects. The decision was taken by the Union Cabinet
at a meeting held yesterday in New Delhi.
- Briefing media after the meeting, Finance Minister NirmalaSitharaman
said that the government will put in 10 thousand crore rupees in the
Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) while State Bank of India and Life
Insurance Corporation will provide 15 thousand crore rupees taking the total
size to 25 thousand crore rupees.
- It will finance over 1,600 stalled housing projects comprising about
4.58 lakh housing units across the country.
- The fund will provide relief to developers that require funding to
complete a set of unfinished projects and consequently ensure delivery of
homes to the home-buyers.
Agriculture ministry to prepare roadmap for attaining self-sufficiency in
edible oil production
- The commerce ministry has asked the agriculture ministry to prepare a
road map for India to attain self-sufficiency in edible oil production. The
need for a “zero edible oil import” plan was discussed by commerce minister
PiyushGoyal at an inter-ministerial meeting on Tuesday.
- India spends over Rs 70,000 crore to import about 15 MT edible oil to
meet its annual requirement of 25 MT, making it one of the biggest buyers of
the cooking medium.
- The government has already constituted a Group of Secretaries (GoS) for
launching a nationwide oil seed mission to minimise oil imports. It will be
rolled out soon, the official said, adding that the government may levy a
2-10% cess on import of crude and refined edible oil to fund the mission.
- “Earlier, a fund of Rs 10,000 crore was mooted to support this mission
for five years. But, now, they (GoS) are looking at raising it through
levying cess on industry,” the official said. The industry, however, wants
the government to set aside a corpus from the revenue it earns from the duty
on crude and refined edible oil imports.
Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan re-elected as president of UAE
- The UAE's Supreme Council of the Union has re-elected His Highness
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan as its President for a fourth five-year
term, in accordance with the provisions of the UAE Constitution.
- The Emirates News Agency reported that the Supreme Council of the Union
expressed its deep confidence in the wise leadership of President His
Highness Sheikh Khalifa, and wished him good luck to continue the journey of
development and prosperity thanks to his far-sighted wisdom and approach
that enhances the pillars of the renaissance of the dear homeland and its
achievements, and fulfills the aspirations of its generous people.
- President Sheikh Khalifa was first elected President of the UAE by the
Supreme Council of the Union on 3rd November, 2004. President His Highness
Sheikh Khalifa accompanied the builder of the UAE renaissance, the late
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in the founding stage in the 70s and 80s
of the last century.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Chattisgarh model might help reduce pollution from stubble burning
- As Delhi grapples with worsening air pollution, the Chhattisgarh
government has offered the Centre a solution to the problem of stubble
burning in fields—set up ethanol or biofuel units using paddy husk and rice
straw, it says.
- On its part, the Chhattisgarh government has decided to set up at least
six biofuel plants to produce ethanol in the state. It will be the first
state in India to use rice and paddy husk to produce the biofuel.
- Chhattisgarh chief minister BhupeshBaghel told ET, “Chhattisgarh is
known as the rice bowl of India. We have surplus production of rice. So we
explored the possibility of using surplus rice for other purposes.
- Now, we have zeroed in on technology. Rice straw and paddy husk are
globally significant sources of cellulose-rich biomass and there is great
interest in converting them to bio ethanol.”
- According to Baghel, the husk and paddy straw should not be burnt.
Instead it should be sold to the plant set up in the area. “When the farmer
knows that every part of his produce will be bought, he will ensure he
doesn’t burn it,” Baghel said.
- Apart from the most immediate problem of stubble burning, there could be
long-term positive impacts, including significant reduction in fuel
consumption with blending of ethanol.
Indian Women’s team wins series against West Indies
- In Women's Cricket, India won the three match series 2-1 beating the
West Indies by 6 wickets in the 3rd and final ODI match in North Sound,
Antigua last night.
- Indian women achieved the victory target of 195 runs comfortably with 47
balls to spare. For India, SmritiMandhana was the highest scorer with 74 off
63 balls.Earlier, the hosts were all out at 194 in 50 overs after electing