Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 12 JANUARY 2020
PM calls for making India a hub for heritage tourism
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India should be a world-class
centre of heritage tourism. Speaking after unveiling a statue at the iconic
Old Currency Building in Kolkata this evening, the Prime Minister said, the
Centre is planning to set up Indian Institute of Heritage for which work
will start from Indian Museum in Kolkata, one of the oldest museums of the
- The Prime Minister dedicated to the nation four iconic buildings of
Kolkata namely Old Currency Building, Belvedere House, Victoria Memorial
Hall and Met Cafe House after renovation. He said, the government has taken
up a plan to modernize five museums of the country to international
- The Prime Minister said, Bengal has rich culture and heritage and it is
the culture which kept us united. Mr.Modi said, we are celebrating of 200th
Birth Anniversary of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar in 2022, when India will be
celebrating its 75th Anniversary of Independence. He said, the country will
also celebrate 250th Birth Anniversary of great social reformer Raja Ram
- The Prime Minister further said, the country has great regards for
Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and the government has recognized his great
contributions to freedom movement. The demand of declassification of the
files of Netaji was on for several years.
New portal launched for citizens to lodge their grievances
- Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr Jitendra Singh
has said that efforts are on to help citizens lodge their grievances on the
Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) portal
in Indian languages.
- Participating in a Facebook Live session on Citizen Grievance Redressed
in New Delhi yesterday, Dr Singh said that this process will be expedited.
He said, many States have already replicated the CPGRAMS model and some
States have provisions to lodge grievances in respective regional languages.
- The Minister said a big leap has been taken in the newly carved out
Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir with the launch of the “Awaaz-e-aam”-
UT Grievance Redressed Cell and it will soon be linked with the CPGRAMS
- Interacting with more than 8,000 active viewers during the Live
programme, Dr Singh appealed to the citizens to submit their entries in the
first Online Hackathon on Data-Driven Innovation for Citizen Grievance
- It is being conducted by the Department of Administrative Reforms and
Public Grievances (DARPG). The Hackathon was made live on 5th November last
year in a DARPG Workshop and over 53 proposals have been submitted by 1,329
registered teams. Upon popular demand, the Hackathon has been extended till
tomorrow by 5 pm.
Government to seek RBI dividend as revenue drops
- The government plans to push the central bank for a fiscal lifeline in
the form of another interim dividend, as it struggles to meet its
expenditure commitments amid a steep revenue shortfall, three sources
directly aware of the matter said.
- The fresh call comes just months after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
approved aRs 1.76 lakh crore ($24.8 billion) dividend payment to the
government, including Rs 1.48 lakh crore for the current fiscal year.
- The RBI largely earns profits through its trading of currencies and
government bonds. Part of these earnings is set aside by the RBI for its
operational and contingency needs while the rest is transferred to the
government in the form of dividend.
- It earned a surplus of Rs 1.23 lakh crore in its last financial year,
which was substantially higher than previous years.
- One of the officials said the government wants the RBI to consider its
demand for an interim dividend given this financial year has been an
"exceptional year," with economic growth projected to fall to an 11-year low
of 5%. The current fiscal year runs to March 31.
- Shaktikanta Das, who was appointed RBI governor by Prime Minister
NarendraModi in late 2018 after the resignation of Urjit Patel, has cut the
policy repo rate five times by a total of 135 basis points and eased
liquidity restrictions to support falling economic growth.
- Some RBI officials are still reluctant to pay more funds as it could
impact provisions to cover sovereign risks, sources said, but the government
is hopeful that the RBI board, which include its nominees, will approve the
- RBI officials have been told the revenue shortfall was currently
estimated at between 34-37% of the budgeted target, but using all efforts
may be brought down to nearly 25%, the first official told.
New mission launched to develop eastern region into integrated steel hub
- Union Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said, the eastern belt has
the potential to add over 75 percent of the country’s incremental steel
capacity envisioned by the National Steel Policy.
- He said, it is expected that out of the 300 Million Tonne capacity by
2030-31, over 200 Million Tonne can come from this region alone. Mr Pradhan
said this while launching Mission Purvodaya in Kolkata yesterday. The
programme is aimed at accelerated development of eastern India through
establishment of integrated steel hub.
- Stating that eastern India is a land of infinite opportunities, Mr
Pradhan said that despite being endowed with natural resources, this region
has lagged behind in socio-economic development as compared to some other
parts of the country.
- With Mission Purvodaya in the steel sector, he said, a new chapter will
the rise of eastern India by accelerated development of steel sector through
an integrated steel hub.
- Through this programme, the government aims to transform logistics and
utilities infrastructure which would change the socio-economic landscape in
the eastern India. The steps, under mission, also include growth of steel
industry along with employment opportunities across the entire value chain.
North Korea to be ready for nuclear talks only when U.S accepts its demands
- North Korea today said it has received United States President Donald
Trump's letter wishing a happy birthday to leader Kim Jong Un, but warned it
would only return to nuclear talks if Washington fully accepts its demands.
- The US President and Kim have held three meetings since June 2018 but
negotiations over denuclearisation have been largely deadlocked since the
break-up of a summit in Hanoi last February.
- Official KCNA news agency said, North Korea's Foreign Ministry Adviser
Kim Kye Gwan has said, in a statement, that it would be absent-mindedness to
expect Pyongyang to resume dialogue because of that warm personal
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Indigenous LCA makes its first successful landing
- The naval version of indigenous Light Combat Aircraft, LCA, made its
first successful landing on the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. This
aircraft is developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization,
- Congratulating the DRDO and Navy for this achievement, Defence Minister
Rajnath Singh said that he is extremely happy to learn about the maiden
landing of naval variant of LCA on INS Vikramaditya. He said,this successful
landing is a great event in the history of Indian fighter aircraft
- DRDO in a tweet said, after completing extensive trials on the Shore
Based Test Facility, LCA Navy did an arrested landing on INS Vikramaditya.
DRDO Chairman, Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy has congratulated the DRDO and other
agencies' team members who were involved in the development of this
- With the successful landing of Light Combat Aircraft, LCA on aircraft
carrier INS Vikramaditya, India has entered into the club of selected
nations having the capability to design a fighter jet which can land on an
- Commodore JaideepMaolankar conducted the maiden landing. LCA is the
smallest and lightest Multi-Role Supersonic Fighter Aircraft of its class.
The LCA programme intends to further expand and advance India's indigenous
Saina and Sindhu out of Malaysian Masters cup
- Olympic medal-winning Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal
crashed out of the Malaysia Masters after being outplayed by familiar foes
in the quarterfinals ending the country's campaign at Kuala Lumpur.
- Reigning world champion Sindhu, who took the court first, was knocked
out of the Super 500 badminton tournament by top seed Tai Tzu Ying of
- Later in the day, London Olympics bronze-medallist, Saina was outplayed
by Olympic champion Spaniard Carolina Marin. Saina and Marin were 6-6 in
head-to-head before Friday's match. Saina was no match for Marin, who took
exactly half-an-hour to dispose off the Indian's challenge 8-21, 7-21.