Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 10 SEPTEMBER 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams -
10 SEPTEMBER 2019
PM calls for global water action agenda
The Prime Minister was speaking at the 14th Conference of Parties
(COP14) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification(UNCCD) at Greater
Noida in Uttar Pradesh today. He called upon the leadership of UNCCD to
conceive a global water action agenda which is central to the Land
Degradation Neutrality strategy.
Mr Modi proposed initiatives for greater South-South cooperation
in addressing issues of climate change, biodiversity and land degradation.
The Prime Minister said that time has come for the world to say
goodbye to single-use plastic. He added, apart from having adverse health
implications, plastic renders lands unfit for agriculture. He affirmed
India's commitment towards the development of environment-friendly
substitutes of plastic.
Mr Modi said, India will raise the target of restoring the land
with degraded status from 21 million hectares to 26 million by 2030.The
Prime Minister said, the country has increased its tree and forest cover by
0.8 million hectares between 2015 to 2017.
Home ministry assures citizenship bill not to curtail rights of people
Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah has made it clear that
the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill will not affect the rights of the
indigenous people of the North East. He was addressing a conclave of the
North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) in Guwahati today.
Mr. Shah said that three Chief Ministers of the North East had
raised the Citizenship Amendment Bill issue today, with apprehensions that
the proposed legislation may curtail the rights of the indigenous people.
The bill has the provision of giving citizenship to minorities
from neighbouring countries, including Bangladesh.
The Home Minister reiterated that the Centre will not touch
Article 371 of the Constitution, that ensures certain special provisions for
the North Eastern States.
DPIIT to launch plastic waste management campaign
Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) of
Commerce Ministry will launch plastic waste management campaign under
Swachhta Hi Sewa 2019 tomorrow.
Under the campaign, DPIIT will ensure recycling of plastic waste
collected on 2nd October this year in cement kilns. It will also collect
plastic waste through nationwide shramdaan on 2nd of next month.
For this, DPIIT has urged States and Union Territories to mobilise
the Industrial Parks for collection of plastic waste across all Industrial
Estates, Parks, Corridors, Nodes and Industrial Areas.
The Department has also asked the state governments to sensitize
Industrial Parks by focusing on Plastic Waste Management on a sustained and
continuous basis. The move comes after Prime Minister NarendraModi's call
for action against Plastic Waste.
Aadhar enabled services rolled out by IPPB
The government today announced the rollout of Aadhaar Enabled
Payment System Services by India Post Payments Bank, IPPB.
Minister for Communications, Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar
Prasad said this gives a strong boost to the Centre's efforts in expanding
access to financial services for millions of unbanked and underbanked
He was speaking at the first anniversary celebrations of India
Post Payments Bank in New Delhi.
With today's launch, IPPB has become the single largest platform
in the country for providing interoperable banking services to customers of
any bank by leveraging the last mile unprecedented reach of the Postal
Mr Prasad congratulated the bank for achieving the milestone of
one crore customers, and exhorted them to achieve five crore target in the
next one year.
Referring to 440 Central schemes on-boarded to the DBT platform,
he said all these schemes must ride on IPPB platform, too.
Stating that inclusive is the government's key mantra, he said the
Department of Posts should strive for banking the unbanked, funding the
unfunded and securing the unsecured.
Prime Minister NarendraModi and his Nepal counterpart K.P. Sharma
Oli on Tuesday jointly inaugurated the Motihari-Amlekhganj energy pipeline,
via video link.
Mr.Modi said that India-Nepal ties will continue to expand across
"Prime Minister Modi said that the 69-km Motihari-Amlekhganj
pipeline, having a capacity of 2 million metric ton per annum will provide
cleaner petroleum products at affordable costs to the people of Nepal. He
welcomed the announcement made by Prime Minister Oli to reduce the price of
petroleum products by Rs. 2 per litre in Nepal," said a press release from
the office of the Prime Minister of India.
The pipeline had been in the planning stages for several years and
was inked in 2015 by both sides. A test supply was carried out last month
after which both sides agreed to operationalise the energy route, a
first-time effort in South Asia.
U.S enquires on Bangladeshi action against NGO’s in Rohingyan camps
The US has enquired about strong action taken by the Bangladesh
government against some NGOs working in Rohingya refugee camps of Cox's
Speaking to media in Dhaka, Road Transport and Bridges Minister
ObaidulQuader said US Ambassador to Bangladesh, Earl R Miller enquired about
the tough stance taken by the government against some NGOs.
ObaidulQuader said he informed the Ambassador that some NGOs took
permission from the government for offering prayers on the second
anniversary of Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar on August 25, but instead held a
big political rally.
The incident is being enquired. He said ambassador Miller
appreciated the Bangladesh government for giving shelter to Rohingya
refugees. He also extended support to Dhaka in its steps to repatriate the
Rohingyas back to Myanmar.
Bangladesh had barred 41 NGOs from undertaking any activity in
Cox's Bazar Rohingya camps for their alleged role in encouraging Rohingyas
not to accept repatriation to Myanmar.
Subsequently, the government banned two more international NGOs
Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Al MarkazulIslami for
their role in organising a rally of Rohingyason August 25.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Centre releases new mobile app to help farmers access technologies
Farmers can now get affordable access to cutting-edge technology
at their doorsteps.
Minister of State for Agriculture ParshottamRupala launched a
multilingual Mobile App “CHC Farm Machinery” during a conference on Crop
Residue Management in New Delhi today.
It will allow farmers to avail custom hiring services of CHCs
located in a radius of 50 km.
The App connects the farmers with Custom Hiring Service Centers in
their area. It can be downloaded on any android phone from Google Play
Srilankan players to pull out from Pakistan series
A total of 10 Sri Lankan cricket players have chosen to stay away
from the upcoming Pakistan series, mainly for security reasons. This was
revealed to Sri Lankan Cricket board yesterday during a meeting with
players, who were chosen as part of a preliminary squad to play 3 ODIs and 3
T20 matches in Pakistan beginning later this month.
The meeting was aimed at informing the players about the security
arrangements, during the forthcoming tour and also to find out players
decision to participate. The players were briefed about the security
situation in Pakistan and the security arrangements PCB plans on
implementing during the tour.
Accordingly, 10 players including LasithMalinga and Angelo Mathews
chose to stay away from the tour. The cricket board has suggested
alternative names for the proposed tour. It may be mentioned that Sri Lankan
cricket team faced a terrorist attack during their tour to Pakistan in 2009.