Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 09 NOVEMBER 2019
PM assures that Assamese demands would be considered while signing deal with
- Prime Minister NarendraModi assured Assam Chief Minister
SarbanandaSonowal that the Centre will take into consideration Assam and its
people while signing any accord with the Naga militant groups. The Prime
Minister gave the assurance when Mr.Sonowal called him in New Delhi
- During the meeting, Mr.Sonowal apprised the Prime Minister of the
situation in Assam in the wake of the proposed Naga peace accord and
discussed with him a number of other issues concerning the state.
- The prime minister assured him that the Centre would keep in mind the
interests and aspirations of the people of Assam before taking any decision.
- Earlier, Assam Chief Minister also met Home Minister Amit Shah. The Home
Minister also conveyed that the interest of Assam would be protected while
signing any pact with Naga rebel groups.
MMR declines by 8 points in a year
- Maternal Mortality Ratio, MMR, of India has declined by eight points in
one year as per the latest special bulletin on MMR released by the Registrar
General of India.
- This was informed by Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr.
Harsh Vardhan today in New Delhi. The Minister said, this decline is
important as it translates to over 2,000 more pregnant women saved annually.
- He added that the MMR has declined from 130 per lakh live births in
2014-16 to 122 per lakh live births in 2015-17 which is a decline of 6.2 per
- The Minister said, with this persistent decline, India is on track to
achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) set for reducing the MMR by
2025 which is five years ahead of the fixed time-line of 2030.
- Dr.Vardhan stated that achievement is the result of significant gains
made in institutional deliveries and focused approach towards high priority
districts to reach the most marginalized and vulnerable sections of the
Economic poll reveals Indian inflation exceeded RBI limits in October
- Indian retail inflation probably exceeded the Reserve Bank of India's (
RBI) medium-term target of 4% in October for the first time in 15 months,
mainly because of rising vegetable prices, a Reuters poll of economists
- Prices of most vegetables climbed during the month as monsoon downpours
delayed harvests and disrupted supplies. That was despite a government ban
on onion exports, a key component in the Indian diet.
- The RBI has cut its key interest rate by a cumulative 135 basis points
this year to 5.15%. The central bank is expected to cut the repo rate in
December for the sixth meeting in a row, according to a separate Reuters
poll. That view primarily stems from a slowing economy.
- Despite easy monetary and fiscal policy, recent business surveys
indicate the economy, which slowed to a six-year low of 5% growth during the
second quarter, is still struggling and is not expected to recover anytime
Study urges India to adopt low cost modern technologies for storage of
- India, which is currently witnessing a spike in retail onion price up to
Rs 100/kg on tight supply, should explore low-cost modern technology models
from countries like Israel and Brazil for storing the commodity, industry
body Ficci said on Friday.
- The government's Tomato Onion Potato (TOP) scheme announced in the
2018-19 Budget was expected to address the problem of surplus in producing
areas, but the scheme has not taken off, it said, adding that the government
should provide railway rakes for reducing transportation cost.
- For ensuring cost-effective storage of onions, Ficci said the emphasis
should be laid on building low-cost farm gate storage.
- In Brazil, for the procurement and storage of onions, low-cost
ventilated silos system is being used at farm level. They also use
refrigerated storage rooms which is the most efficient system, it said.
- In India, startups such as InficoldInc are using multi-commodity
efficient farm level cooling systems for perishables. Low-cost thatched
bamboo storage have been promoted by the government under the Mission for
Integrated Development of Horticulture. "However, we need better technology
to reduce losses during monsoon," it said.
Iran shoots down drone in its coastal region
- In Iran, the army shot down an unidentified drone near the port of
Bandar-e-Mahshahr on the Gulf coast today. Iran's Tasnim news agency reports
that the unmanned aircraft was downed over Iranian territory with a
domestically manufactured Mersad surface-to-air missile.
- The agency not elaborating on whether it was a military or civilian
drone. However, there was no Iranian official comment on this incident as
- In June, Iran shot down an unmanned US surveillance drone.Relations
between Iran and the US have worsened since last year when US President
Donald Trump pulled out of Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and
reimposed sanctions on the country.
- Meanwhile, Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow
plant south of Tehran yesterday in a new step back from its commitments
under a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, raising alarm from Western powers.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Most to launch 3 hi tech missions worth 5000crores
- The Union Ministry of Science and Technology is currently working on
three missions of quantum technology, methanol and electric mobility at a
cost of Rs 5,000 crore each and expects government approval for it in the
next three months, a senior official has said.
- The Science and Technology Department, in partnership with the Ministry
of Railways, has rolled out aRs 700 crore 'Railway Technology Mission' with
a focus on driving new technologies of monitoring, design, materials.
- The mission is aimed at finding solution to fog vision, carrying
capacity of wagons and other areas, the official said.
- Speaking on the 'Vajra' (Visiting Advanced Joint Research) scheme to
invite overseas scientists and academicians with emphasis on non-resident
Indians to work as adjunct or visiting faculty for a specific period in the
country's academic and research institutions, he said, "About 500 scientists
from abroad have so far applied and we have selected about 60 professors."
- He further said, "We want top scientists to spend time here and impart
their knowledge to our students as co-guides. The programme has started one
and a half years ago," he said.
India to host Men’s hockey world cup 2020
- India will host the 2023 Men's Hockey World Cup from 13th to 29th of
January.Making this announcement today, the International Hockey Federation
(FIH) said India will play host to the men's tournament while Spain and the
Netherlands have been named as the co-hosts of the 2022 Women's World Cup
scheduled to be held from 1st to 22nd of July.
- The decisions were made during FIH's Executive Board Meeting in
Lausanne, Switzerland today.The FIH further said that the venues of both the
men's and women's World Cups will be announced by the host nations at a