Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 12 FEBRUARY 2020
Government gives clarification on children left out of NRC
- The government has decided not to send to detention children who were
excluded from the NRC in Assam but whose parents were included, the LokSabha
was informed on Tuesday.
- Union Minister of State for Home NityanandaRai said the approved
standard operating procedures for disposal of claims and objections had a
specific provision for children left out of the NRC, while their parents had
- “The Attorney-General stated on January 6, 2020, before the Supreme
Court that the children of parents included in the NRC, Assam, will not be
separated from their parents and sent to a detention centre, pending
decision on the application,” he said in a written reply to a question.
- The NRC was carried out in Assam under the supervision of the Supreme
Court, and around 19 lakh people were left out of the final list published
in August 2019.
Social justice ministry publishes data on sewer deaths
- The number of people who died while cleaning sewers and septic tanks in
the country increased by almost 62% from 68 in 2018 to 110 in 2019,
according to a reply given by the Social Justice and Empowerment (SJE)
Ministry to the LokSabha on Tuesday.
- SJE Minister of State RamdasAthawale replied to the question asked by
BharatiyaJanata Party MPs Anil Firojiya, MohanbhaiKalyanjibhaiKundariya and
Lallu Singh about the incidents of manual scavenging, which is banned under
the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation
- The reply said a total of 14,559 manual scavengers had been identified
by Municipalities and Gram Panchayats in 13 States from 2013-2014 till
January 31, 2020.
- Apart from that, a national survey was conducted in 194 districts in 18
States where 48,345 manual scavengers were identified till January 31,
taking the total to 62,904.
- These cases were reported from 18 States and Union Territories, while 13
States and UTs submitted “nil reports”.
Finance ministry claims to have disbursed GST compensation to states
- The Centre has released ₹81,043 crore as GST compensation to States for
April-September 2019, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur said
- In a written reply to a question in the RajyaSabha, he said GST
compensation cess collection had shown an upward trend since October
2019.GST compensation cess of ₹7,607 crore was collected in October, ₹7,727
crore in November, ₹8,331 crore in December and ₹8,637 crore in January.
- For 2019-20, the amount targeted to be collected from cess in GST was
₹1.09 lakh crore. Of this, ₹70,534 crore has been collected between
April-December 2019.The amount of GST compensation released to States for
April-September 2019 stood at ₹81,043 crore, Mr. Thakur said.
- For 2018-19 fiscal, the net collection of GST compensation cess stood at
₹95,081 crore as against the target of ₹90,000 crore. For full fiscal, the
government had released ₹81,141 crore to states as compensation.
- As many as 634 cases of fraudulent GST refund claim by exporters
amounting ₹1,912 crore had been detected by the central tax authorities
between July 2017 and January 2020, Parliament was informed on Tuesday.
India out of USTR list of developing nations
- Ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit on February 24-25, the US on
Monday removed India from its list of developing countries that are exempt
from investigations into whether they harm American industry with unfairly
- The United States Trade Representative (USTR) eliminated a host of
countries including Brazil, Indonesia, Hong Kong, South Africa and Argentina
from getting special preferences under the methodology for countervailing
duty (CVD) investigations, stating that the previous guidance that dated
back to 1998 “is now obsolete”.
- The US removed India from the list on account of it being a G-20 member
and having a share of 0.5% or more of world trade. The move has cast a
shadow on India being able to restore preferential benefits under the
Generalised System of Preference (GSP) as part of its trade talks with the
US, as only developing countries are eligible for it.
- The move has jeopardised India’s ability to restore GSP benefits under
the trade deal that the two countries are negotiating, experts said.
“According to this notice, India is no longer a developing country and its
hopes of getting GSP may not materialise as it doesn’t qualify to get the
benefits,” said a Delhi-based expert on trade issues.
China denies role in cybertheft following accusations
- China denied involvement in any hacking activities on Tuesday after the
U.S. indicted four members of the Chinese military for allegedly breaking
into the computer networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and
stealing the personal information of tens of millions of people.
- The Justice Department accused Beijing on Monday of engineering one of
the biggest hacks in history targeting consumer data of some 145 million
- Foreign Ministry spokesman GengShuang said China was committed to
“firmly oppose and combat cyberattacks of any kind,” adding that it is a
staunch defender of cybersecurity and its institutions “never engage in
cybertheft of trade secrets.”
- Mr.Geng also turned the accusation back on the U.S., saying past events
had shown Washington is “engaging in large-scale, organized and
indiscriminate cyberstealing, spying and surveillance activities on foreign
governments, enterprises and individuals.”
- The accusation is the latest against Chinese suspected of breaching the
computer networks of American corporations, including steel manufacturers, a
hotel chain and a health insurer.
- It comes as the Trump administration has warned against what it sees as
the growing political and economic influence of China, and efforts by
Beijing to collect data for financial and intelligence purposes and to steal
research and innovation.
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MoES plans to go for decadal forecast system
- The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is planning a ‘decadal forecast’
system along the lines of the United Kingdom’s Met Office to ensure better
predictability in the climate time scale, said Dr. M. Rajeevan, Secretary,
- Speaking on the sidelines of the 6th International Conference on Climate
Services being held at the Pune-based Indian Institute of Tropical
Meteorology (IITM), Dr.Rajeevan said the system, based on a coupled climate
model, would first be taking shape in the form of a research programme and
would be operational only after its merits had been evaluated.
- Refusing to elaborate on the operational aspects of the programme,
Dr.Rajeevan said the system would be explored as a research programme to be
taken up by IITM along with collaboration from the India Meteorological
Department and other entities.
- The World Meteorological Organization has set up global producing
centres, coordinated by the U.K. Met Office, for annual to decadal
projections that are already providing global-scale information.
- Once the system was established, it would initially function for
long-range forecasting at the national level and the model, if successful,
would later be downscaled to the state or even district-level, he said.
- Dr.Rajeevan said there were a number of gaps in the understanding of
regional climate variability and its connections to global phenomena like
Indian Ocean Dipole.
Gulmarg set to host national winter games
- World-famous Ski destination Gulmarg is all set to host a five-day
national winter games event from 7th March under the banner of Khelo India.
- Secretary Youth Services and Sports, SarmadHafeez today reviewed the
arrangements for the mega event with all the stakeholders.He impressed on
all officers to make concrete efforts with a professional touch for making
it one of the big events in recent times.
- He asked the department of information to facilitate the coverage of the
event of national and local media persons besides preparation for cultural
events which would be an added attraction for enthralling the
participants.He also asked the Tourism department to publicize the winter
games event in different roadshows across different states of the country.