Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 08 JANUARY 2020
CIC directs govt.to divulge names of those seeking confidentiality in
electoral bond scheme
- In a landmark decision on the electoral bond scheme, the Central
Information Commission (CIC) has directed the government to divulge the
names of individuals and entities who requested maintenance of
confidentiality of donors’ identities and provide copies of representations
- Taking a serious note of how an application under Right to Information (RTI)
Act was handled, CIC has issued showcause notices to department of economic
affairs, department of financial services, department of revenue and
Election Commission and sought explanation on why maximum penalty should not
be imposed for giving incomplete, misleading and vague replies to the
- Information Commissioner Suresh Chandra gave the decision in a
two-year-old RTI application filed by activist VenkateshNayak who had sought
information from department of economic affairs (DEA) in July 2017 about
total number of representations or petitions from donors requesting their
identity remain confidential, copies of representations and the draft
electoral bond scheme.
Supreme court to examine conflict between laws and gender justice
- Beginning January 13, a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court will
examine a host of petitions challenging the validity of several practices
across religions which are in conflict with gender justice in modern India.
- The bench, led by CJI SA Bobde, is expected to junk the traditional
essentiality doctrine which has in recent years tied the court in knots in
cases with a religious connotation.
- The constitutional courts have traditionally examined if a practice was
essential to a religion and whether it could be protected as a practice of a
separate sect. This has landed the courts in trouble as it warrants an
enquiry into theological aspects of religions.
- The top court has been wanting to junk this essentiality test for years
now and instead switch to a more practical method which would involve
assuming that every practice was essential to a religion but test it against
the values mandated by the Constitution and see if they were still valid.
- The bench’s verdict will not only impact a review filed in the
Sabarimala case against a top court ruling permitting women of all ages to
enter the Lord Ayappa temple in Kerala, but also others such as the entry of
women into mosques, female genital mutilation among DawoodiVohras and
allowing women into fire temples among the Parsis.
Centre and states agree to streamline GST system
- Centre and States have come together to take necessary action to
streamline the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system and plug revenue leakage.
Several measures were discussed in this regard during the Second National
GST Conference of the Commissioners of State Tax and Chief Commissioners of
Central Tax in New Delhi yesterday.
- They include curbing fraudulent refund claims, linking foreign exchange
remittances with IGST refund, investigation of fraudulent Input Tax Credit
(ITC) cases by the IT Department and a single bank account for foreign
- AIR correspondent reports that A Memorandum of Understanding will be
signed among the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the Central Board of
Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) and the GST Network to exchange data
through application program interface, from CBDT to GSTN and CBIC and
Centre asks states to lift imported onions
- The Government has asked states to lift the imported onion which they
had demanded from the Centre. Briefing reporters in New Delhi today, Food
and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said, states had demanded
over 33 thousand tonnes of imported onion. He said, more than 12 thousand
tonnes of Onion have already arrived in different ports.
- Mr Paswan said, some states have withdrawn their demand and the Ministry
has written a letter to these states to lift the demanded onion. He said,
government will provide the imported onion at the rate of 49 to 58 rupees
- Mr Paswan said, One Nation One Ration Card initiative has been
implemented in 12 states.
- Mr Paswan said, government is serious on the rise of edible oil prices
in a few months and necessary action will be taken if hoarders are creating
artificial scarcity. He said, oil seeds and quantity of imported edible oil
in the current year is more than the previous year.
India is the top sourcing market for Srilankan tourism
- India continued to be the top sourcing market for Sri Lankan tourism
with Indian tourists constituting maximum 19 per cent of total tourist
arrivals to the island nation in 2019.
- The latest data released by Sri Lankan Tourism revealed that 3,55,002
Indian tourists visited Sri Lanka last year against total arrival of around
1.91 million. Over 48 thousand Indians visited Sri Lanka during last month
of December alone including over thousand by sea route.
- The tourism sector in Sri Lanka suffered a setback following Easter
Sunday attacks last April and the annual tourist arrival dropped by 18 per
cent since 2018 figures.
- India, United Kingdom, China, Germany and Australia were Sri Lanka's top
five international tourist generating markets last year. Sea beaches and
religious places connected to Ramayana circuit remain the top attractions
for Indian tourists.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
ISRO unveils IDRS system to track satellites in low earth orbits
- The Indian Data Relay Satellite System (IDRSS) will track Indian
satellites in low-earth orbits. It is a new satellite series that plans to
set up a communication system between the space assets of India.
- The system is aimed to play vital role in India’s space station and
space docking. It will also assist distant expeditions of India to Mars,
moon and Venus.
- The system will help in monitoring launches. The IRDSS is to play a
major role in India’s Human Space Flight Programme, Gaganyaan. It will help
India to cover the entire mission right from its launch.
- The IDRSS satellites are to be launched on GSLV launcher. They will
approximately weigh 2,000 kg. These satellites are to be placed at an orbit
of 36,000 km away from earth’s orbit.
- The mission consists of more than 2 satellites. The first two IRDSS
satellites are to be sent in the end of 2020. These satellites will precede
the experimental mission of Gaganyaan that will carry humanoid dummies. The
first of this kind is to be launched in 2020 and the second satellite is to
be launched in 2021.
- This technology was launched by the space majors such as Russia and US
in 1970-80s. They were used to monitor their respective space station.
India beat Srilanka at the Indore T20 match
- In Cricket, India secured a massive seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka
in the second T20 International match at the Holkar Stadium in Indore last
night. With this victory, the host team has taken a 1-0 lead over Sri Lanka
in the three-match T20 International series. The first match was abandoned
without a ball being bowled due to rain.
- Chasing a target of 143 runs, India got off to a flying start as
ShikharDhawan and K L Rahul consolidated the Indian innings with remarkable