Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 11 January 2021

SSC CGL Current Affairs


Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 11 January 2020

::NATIONAL::

World Hindi Day – January 10

  • World Hindi Day (विश्व हिन्दी दिवस) is celebrated on January 10 all over the world, its main purpose is to create awareness for the promotion of Hindi in the world and to introduce Hindi as an International Language.
  • This day is completely different from National Hindi Diwas which is celebrated on September 14 every year. On 14 September 1949, the Constituent Assembly gave Hindi the status of an official language, since then Hindi Diwas is celebrated in India. While World Hindi Day is to promote the Hindi language on the global stage.
  • The first World Hindi Conference was organized on 10 January 1975 in Nagpur by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi to promote Hindi in the entire world. Therefore, this day is celebrated as World Hindi Day. 
  • The official celebration of World Hindi Day began on January 10, 2006, by former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. Every year since 2006, World Hindi Day is celebrated worldwide on 10 January.

::ECONOMY::

WTO members laud India's efforts to improve trade and economic environment in last 5 years

  • World Trade Organization (WTO) members have raised concerns over the Centre’s programmes, such as Atmanirbhar Bharat, to promote domestic manufacturing and import substitution, cautioning India about trade restrictions such programmes could attract.
  • “Members took note of the programmes put in place to promote foreign direct investment and local manufacturing, and to further integrate Make in India, Digital India, Start-up India, Skill India and Self-Reliant India into global supply chains. 
  • They welcomed these initiatives, while raising concerns about the possible trade restrictions they could introduce, urging India to be mindful of any trade implications," ambassador Harald Aspelund, chair of the WTO’s trade policy review body, said in his concluding remarks during India’s 7th trade policy review.

::INTERNATIONAL::

Storm Filomena leaves much of Spain under blanket of snow

  • Storm Filomena swept across the peninsula bringing heavy snow to much central and northern Spain and torrential rain in the south.
  • Andalusia experienced torrential rain with up to 100 litres per square metre recorded in the province of Cadiz while strong winds grounded flights in the Canary Islands.
  • Snow and ice caused problems across much of mainland Spain with 167 roads closed by lunchtime on Thursday as motorists were warned to stay off the roads and those who had to make essential journeys were advised to carry snow chains.
  • Spain’s meteorological agency issued weather alerts across 27 provinces on Thursday, extending the warnings across northern Spain.
  • The snow level reached between 300 and 500 metres above sea level across northern and central Spain while inland areas of the Valencia region saw snow fall between 400 and 600 metres above sea level.

SCIENCE AND TECH

DRDO Lab Hands Over Landing Gear Systems, 18 Types of Filters for P-75 Submarines to Indian Navy in Chennai

  • The CVRDE, a laboratory of the DRDO, on Sunday handed over retractable landing gears for Tapas and Swift unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as well as 18 types of filters for P-75 submarines to its users, an official statement said. While the retractable landing gears were handed over to the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), another laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the filters were handed over to the Indian Navy, the defence ministry's statement noted.
  • The handing over ceremony took place in Chennai in the presence of Lok Sabha MP Kalanidhi Veeraswamy, member of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence, and G Satheesh Reddy, Chairman, DRDO, said the statement. The aforementioned products have been designed and developed by Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), the statement noted.
  • The CVRDE has developed three-ton and one retractable landing gear for Tapas and Swift, respectively, it mentioned. "Eighteen types of indigenously developed hydraulic, lubrication, sea water and fuel filters for P-75 Submarine were designed and developed by CVRDE. These filters are now being manufactured with the help of Indian Industries based at Hyderabad and Chennai," it stated.

Sports

Australia, India retain top-two spots in WTC standings after draw in Sydney Test

  • The Indian batting unit displayed tremendous grit as it hung on for a memorable draw against Australia in the third Test to leave the series levelled at 1-1 with one game to go at Brisbane.
  • New Zealand had earlier achieved the number one position in the ICC Test Team Rankings for the first time in history following their clean-sweep of Pakistan and West Indies.
  • Both Australia and India bagged 10 points each after the draw, which helped the visitors become the first team to touch the 400-point mark in the WTC table.
  • India, however, remained at the second spot behind Australia as positions are now being determined by the percentage of points won.

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