Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 11 SEPTEMBER 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams -
11 SEPTEMBER 2019
India raises voice against terror groups at UNHRC
India has said, it is time to collectively take decisive and firm
action against terror groups and their abettors who threaten the fundamental
human right to life. Making a statement at the United Nations Human Rights
Council, UNHRC in Geneva.
Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs Vijay Thakur Singh
said, the world should call out those who are misusing the UNHRC platform
for malicious political agendas under the garb of human rights. Without
naming Pakistan, she said, those who are attempting to speak on the human
rights of minorities in other countries are trampling upon them at will in
their own country. She said, they cry victim when they actually are the
Exercising its right to respond to Pakistan Foreign Minister's
statements at the UNHRC, First Secretary of Permanent Mission of India to
UN, Vimarsh Aryan said, India is not surprised at Pakistan's hysterical
statements with false narratives aimed to politicize and polarize the forum.
He said, Pakistan realizes that India's decision cuts away ground from under
its feet by creating obstacles in its continuing sponsorship of cross-border
Amidst Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's provocative anti-India
statements, Aryan said, some Pakistani leaders have even gone as far as
calling for jihad to encourage violence in Jammu and Kashmir and third
countries to create a picture of genocide, which even they know is far from
The diplomat said, Pakistan's nefarious designs will never succeed
because people of India are united in their determination to preserve the
territorial integrity along with the core values of democracy, tolerance and
unity in diversity.
The First Secretary said, Pakistan which is the epi-centre of
global terrorism, is claiming to speak on behalf of unnamed countries on the
issue of human rights and it is forgetting that terrorism is the worst form
of human rights abuse.
PM to launch national animal disease control programme
Prime Minister NarendraModi has reached Mathura. He will launch
today the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) for eradicating
the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis in the livestock.
The programme aims at vaccinating over 500 Million Livestock
including cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats and pigs against the disease. It
will be implemented for a period of five years till 2024 at a cost of 12,
652 crore rupees. The objective of the programme is to control Foot and
Mouth Disease and Brucellosis by 2025 and their eradication by 2030.
Both the diseases have a direct negative impact on the trade of
milk and other livestock products. The launch of the scheme will give a
major push towards government's efforts in doubling the Farmers' Income.
The Prime Minister will also launch National Artificial
Insemination Programme during the event. He will also visit
PashuVigyanEvamArogyaMela and launch Babugarh Sex Semen facility.
Emerging Asia to drive economic growth in future claims petroleum ministry
Union Minister for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel
DharmendraPradhan has said that emerging Asia will be driving the world
economic growth in the coming 20 years.
Addressing the opening session of the Eighth Asian Ministerial
Energy Roundtable (AMER8) in Abu Dhabi yesterday, Mr Pradhan stressed that
the low income and low per capita energy consuming countries should have
access to technology and capital when it comes to energy efficiency.
He underlined the need for comprehensive responses, by involving
all stakeholders and spoke of strengthening the bilateral, regional and
multilateral relationships to achieve energy security and energy justice for
AIR correspondent reports that Union Minister of Petroleum and
Natural Gas & Steel, DharmendraPradhan in his opening remarks spoke of the
shift of the global energy consumption to Asia and stressed that this change
should be rooted in Energy Justice.
India-China holds strategic economic dialogue
The sixth India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue, SED, concluded
in New Delhi today.Both the sides agreed that SED has emerged as a crucial
mechanism to facilitate bilateral trade, investment and enhance economic
According to an official release, the two sides held in-depth
discussions to review trade and investment climate, and harness synergies
for future engagement.
Potential areas of collaboration across innovation and investment
focusing on fintech and related technologies were highlighted.
The Indian side was led by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman, Dr. Rajiv
Kumar and the Chinese side by HeLifeng, Chairman, NDRC. During his
intervention, Dr. Rajiv Kumar emphasized on taking concrete steps to address
India’s trade imbalance with China.
The two countries noted the significant progress made in the
feasibility study on Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore railway up-gradation project
and personal training of Indian senior railway management staff in China.
China extends support for Pak territorial integrity
China and Pakistan appear to have addressed their “core” concerns
over Xinjiang and Kashmir during the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister and
State Councillor Wang Yi to Islamabad.
During a meeting with Pakistan’s army chief, QamarJavedBajwa on
Sunday, Mr. Wang pledged support for Pakistan’s “sovereignty, dignity and
territorial integrity,” in a veiled message of reassurance to Pakistan,
which apprehends further changes in the status quo after India revoked
special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.
Mr. Wang also said that Beijing will “firmly support the Pakistani
government in achieving national stability and development and prosperity;
and firmly support Pakistan to play a more constructive role in regional
international affairs,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry read out on the Wang-Bajwa
The statement quoted General Bajwa, as saying that Pakistan “will
continue to support China on issues involving China's core interests”.
India –ASEAN agrees to review free trade agreement
India and 10-member bloc of South-East Asian nations have agreed
to review their free trade agreement, signed in 2009, to make it more
business-friendly and boost economic ties.
The two sides also decided to constitute a joint committee for
this purpose, according to a statement.
This was agreed upon during the meeting between Economic Ministers
of ASEAN and Commerce Minister PiyushGoyal in Bangkok on September 10. They
met for the 16th AEM-India consultations.
Both the sides also gained the recommendations of the ASEAN-India
business council to further promote the potential of bilateral trade through
the utilisation of the free trade pact as well as cooperation in some areas
like financial technology, connectivity, startups and innovation.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
New ginger species discovered from Nagaland
Scientists from the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have
discovered two new species of Zingiber, commonly referred to as ginger, from
Nagaland. While Zingiberperenense has been discovered from the Peren
district of Nagaland, Zingiberdimapurense was found in the Dimapur district
of the State.
Details of both discoveries were published in two peer-reviewed
journals earlier this year. Of the two species, Zingiberdimapurense is
taller in size, with leafy shoots measuring 90-120 cm high, whereas the
leafy shoots of Zingiberperenense reach up to 70 cm in height.
Previous discoveries of Zingiber include Hedychiumchingmeianum
from the Tuensang district of Nagaland, Caulokaempferiadinabandhuensis from
the Ukhrul district in Manipur in 2017, and Zingiberbipinianum from
Meghalaya in 2015.
NripemoOdyou, another scientist with the BSI, who also contributed
to both the new discoveries in 2019, said that the high diversity of ginger
species in northeast India reveals that the climate is conducive for the
growth and diversity of the genus.
The rhizome of Zingiberofficinale (common ginger) is used as a
spice in kitchens across Asia, and also for its medicinal value. Botanists
said that other wild species of Zingiber may have immense horticultural
Steve Smith tops in ICC test rankings
Australian batsman Steve Smith has extended his lead over India
skipper ViratKohli at the number one spot in the ICC Test batsmen rankings.
Smith now has a lead of 34 points over Kohli as the rankings were
revealed today. The 30-year-old batsman scored 293 runs in the fourth Test
and as a result, he has further consolidated his position.