Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 10 September 2018
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 10 September 2018
Tamilnadu wants release of all Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts
A meeting of the Tamil Nadu Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Edappadi
K. Palaniswami, on Sunday evening recommended to Governor BanwarilalPurohit
that all seven life convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
assassination case be released under Article 161 of the Constitution.
The decision followed the Supreme Court’s observation last week that the
Governor shall be at liberty to decide on the remission application of
Perarivalan, one of the convicts, “as deemed fit.”
Briefing journalists after the two-hour Cabinet meeting, Fisheries
Minister D. Jayakumar said that though the Supreme Court’s direction came on
Perarivalan’s plea, the other six convicts had also pleaded to the Governor
and the State government for remission of their sentences.
To a question on the contention that the State government could not
decide on a case investigated by a Central government agency, the Minister
said, “Whatever it may be, law is only interpreted by the authority
concerned — the Supreme Court, the highest in hierarchy. The Supreme Court’s
direction is clear.”
Finance ministry to engage with states to identify issues with tax
Alarmed by a nearly fourfold rise in GST compensation to States for
June-July, the Finance Ministry is crafting a strategy to shore up tax
revenues and engaging with States to identify issues hindering their
Finance Secretary HasmukhAdhia has started meeting GST officers, both
from Central and State tax departments, in the State capitals to understand
issues plaguing GST collections.
The Centre paid Rs. 14,930 crore to compensate States for revenue loss
incurred in June and July, a nearly four-fold jump compared to the Rs. 3,899
crore paid for the months of April and May.
“A strategy is to be devised to shore up GST revenues. The amount of
compensation to be paid to each State varies every month and there is no set
pattern,” an official told PTI. The reason for increased compensation also
varied from State to State. For instance, in one of the cases, a State saw a
huge outgo on account of VAT refund following a court verdict, the official
A discussion to shore up revenues has already happened with four States
— Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry and Jammu and Kashmir, while a
dialogue with Bihar and Uttarakhand is slated to take place later this
The official said that one of the options being considered is stepping
up anti-evasion measures with a focus on top 30 taxpayers.
Coffee Board to discuss flood impact with south India planters
A high-level meeting will be held on 10-09-2018 at the Coffee Board to
discuss the impact of the floods on coffee-growers, a majority of whom are
small cultivators. The meeting is likely to be attended by senior officials
of the Union Commerce Ministry, the Coffee Board, planters associations and
State government officials, it is learnt.
The board felt the need for a special package by the Centre, as the
compensation paid under the Calamity Relief Fund under the National Disaster
Management Plan may not suffice, in compensating the losses caused by the
continuous rains during the southwest monsoon.
The growers’ associations have urged rescheduling of outstanding loans
and reduction of interest rates, in view of the calamity. In a communication
to all Coffee Growers Associations, the Coffee Board said that a crop loss
of 82,000 tonnes was estimated, due to heavy rains in the traditional coffee
tracts of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
China rejects accusations of debt trapping Pakistan via CPEC
China has rejected accusations that its financial backing for the China
Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a “debt trap” that could compromise
Islamabad’s sovereignty. Beijing has billed the Gwadar to Kashgar corridor
as the flagship of China-led Belt and Road Initiative.
During the first phase, the CPEC’s focus has been on energy and
infrastructure projects. It was now up to the Pakistani side to drive the
trajectory of the “next phase” of the undertaking, Mr. Wang said.
Wang said that the Pakistani military is the protector of the
China-Pakistan friendship, and the bilateral military relations are an
important part of the all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between
the two countries and a symbol of their high political mutual trust,” Xinhua
In talks on Afghanistan, Mr. Wang spotlighted the undiminished relevance
of the trilateral China-Pakistan-Afghanistan dialogue as a platform to align
perceptions between Islamabad and Kabul.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Ocean cleanup project begins from san Francisco
A supply ship towing a long floating boom designed to corral ocean
plastic has set sail from San Francisco for a test run ahead of a trip to
the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The ambitious project by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit group,
hopes to clean up half of the infamous garbage patch within five years once
all systems are deployed.
After five years of preparation and scale model tests, “this is what
it’s all about, this is the culmination of all the efforts,” said an excited
Boyan Slat, the 24-year-old Dutch CEO and founder of The Ocean Cleanup.
The ship was heading to a spot 240 nautical miles off the California
coastline for a two-week trial before sailing to the Great Pacific Garbage
Patch, a floating trash pile twice the size of France that swirls in the
ocean halfway between California and Hawaii.
“The main mission is to show that it works, and hopefully then in a few
months from now, the first plastics will arrive back into port, which means
that it becomes proven technology,” Mr. Slat told AFP as he witnessed the
“That means that we can then start scaling up to a whole fleet of maybe
60 of these cleanup systems,” he said.
Osaka wins U.S open
It may be that Naomi Osaka’s 6-2, 6-4 win over Serena Williams at the
U.S. Open would be remembered more for what she didn’t do, than what she
did. The story behind her win may be that of the penalties her opponent
received. The narrative may be that of how tennis’ reigning Queen was denied
her 24th Major title, robbing New York of its eternal dream yet again.
Osaka became the first player ever from Japan to lift a Grand Slam
title, in a match where she bested her childhood idol in every department.