Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 11 AUGUST 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 11 AUGUST 2019
Heavy rescue & relief operations underway in Kerala, Maharashtra & Karnataka
Rescue and relief operations are being carried out on a war
footing in rain and flood-hit Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra. A red has
been issued in 8 districts of Kerala.
Official sources said 42 people have died due to heavy rain and
landslides. Over one lakh people are taking shelter in relief camps in the
In Karnataka, Union Finance Minister NirmalaSitharaman reviewed
the situation in the rain and flood-hit areas of Belagavi and Bagalkote. She
assured flood victims of all assistance from the Central Government.
Addressing media persons in Bengaluru, Chief Minister B S
Yeddiyurappa informed that 24 people have died due to rain which also
displaced two to four lakh people in over one thousand villages in 16
Centre to make seed certification mandatory
More than half of all seeds sold in India are not certified by any
proper testing agency, and are often of poor quality.
The Centre now hopes to mandate uniform certification by pushing
through a replacement to the Seeds Act, 1966, in the winter session of
Parliament, and also by barcoding all seeds to ensure their traceability.
This could increase overall agricultural productivity by up to
25%, Agriculture Ministry officials say.
The main aim of the new legislation, which is ready for submission
to the Cabinet for approval, is to bring uniformity to the process of
quality regulation. The 1966 Act starts with these words: “An Act to provide
for regulating the quality of certain seeds for sale.”
The new Bill removes the word “certain”, and aims to regulate the
quality of all seeds sold in the country, as well as exported and imported
The Centre also hopes to roll out a software to barcode seeds in
order to ensure transparency and traceability. “The National Informatics
Centre has been collaborating with the Agriculture Ministry for this Rs. 5
crore project and the first prototype will be ready by the end of the month.
Government releases draft national logistics policy
The draft National Logistics Policy, released by the government
earlier this year, has overlooked the role of the express industry (courier
and parcel) and air cargo sectors in the multimodal transport mix for faster
and cost effective movement of cargo, Express Industry Council of India (EICI)
“We note that the policy document does not focus on the express
industry and air cargo sectors, which are integral parts of the logistics
network. The air express has also been overlooked in the multimodal mix even
though air is an essential segment of the movement of goods,” Vijay Kumar,
chief operating officer, EICI, said in a statement.
He said in developing countries such as India, an efficient air
express infrastructure could contribute directly to global competitiveness
of the country by ensuring just-in-time deliveries and reducing clearance
The government had issued the draft national logistics policy with
a target to bring down logistics costs from 13-14% of GDP to 10% “in line
with best-in-class global standards.”
For the air cargo sector, aviation turbine fuel (ATF) is the
single largest component of direct operating cost with a share of 40%.
Pakistan trade ban to affect Indian textile industry
Pakistan’s move to stop import of products from India or of Indian
origin is not expected to have much impact on the Indian textile industry,
said Siddhartha Rajagopal, executive director of the Cotton Textiles Export
Pakistan imports mainly yarn and cotton from India. However, in
recent years, Indian exporters have slowed down their supply to Pakistan.
Between April and June this year, $38 million worth of cotton yarn was
exported to Pakistan as against $42 million for the same period last year.
The annual yarn exports to Pakistan are about $100 million and it was mostly
the low count yarns, Mr.Rajagopal said.
The Indian exporters, who are already facing a drop in cotton yarn
exports, will have to look at other markets.
Israeli police and Palestinian worshippers clashed at a Jerusalem
holy site as overlapping Jewish and Muslim holidays led to tensions there.
Police fired sound grenades as Palestinian protests intensified at
the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, known to Jews as Temple Mount. The Palestinian
Red Crescent reported injuries without specifying a number.
Today marks the start of the Muslim Eid-ul-Azha holiday and
thousands of Palestinians prayed at the Al-Aqsa mosque. It coincides with
the Jewish TishaB'av holiday, which typically sees an increase in Jewish
visits to the holy site.
The compound, which includes the Al-Aqsa mosque and Dome of the
Rock, is a sensitive site in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is the
third-holiest site in Islam and the most sacred for Jews, who are allowed to
visit but not pray there to avoid provoking tensions.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Indian researchers develop hand held device to detect bacteria
Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology - Guwahati (IIT-G)
have developed a low-cost handheld biocompatible sensor that can detect
bacteria almost instantaneously — without cell culture and microbiological
The device will enable rapid detection of bacteria, which is
important not only in healthcare but also in anti-bioterrorism measures and
environmental monitoring applications, lead researchers Parameswar K. Iyer
and Siddhartha S. Ghosh said.
The new device does not require cell culture and microbiological
analyses, and it distinguishes between gram-positive and gram-negative
bacteria almost immediately, he added.
At present, the detection of bacteria in body fluids is done in
laboratories. The cells that are derived from the patient are initially
cultured or grown so that enough of the bacterial cells are available for
Bajrang Punia wins gold in Tbilisi Grand Prix
India's top two wrestlers continued their impressive run this
season with BajrangPunia defending his title at Tbilisi Grand Prix and
VineshPhogat reaching her fourth final at Medved event.
Bajrang, who had won a gold at the same event last year as well,
prevailed 2-0 over Iran's PeimanBibyani in the 65 Kilogram category final of
the men's free style competition in the capital city of Georgia.
It is fourth gold of the season for the Asian Games champion
Bajrang after standing atop the podium at Dan Kolov, Asian Championship and
Ali Aliev tournament.