Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 12 SEPTEMBER 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams -
12 SEPTEMBER 2019
Centre plans to ban e-cigarettes via ordinance
The Union Cabinet is likely to approve an ordinance prohibiting
the manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes in the country. The law would make
production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution or
advertisements of e-cigarettes a cognizable offence.
Anti-tobacco health experts are calling it a move in the right
direction but the tobacco industry and its allies state that if enforced,
this would be a “draconian law hitting at the livelihood of many.”
As per the draft bill, the offence will be punishable with jail up
to one year or fine up to ₹1 lakh or both for first-time offenders, and jail
of up to three years and fine up to ₹5 lakh for repeat offenders. Storage of
e-cigarettes shall also be punishable with imprisonment up to six months or
fine up to ₹50,000 or both.
PM stresses on cow’s importance in rural economy
Prime Minister NarendraModi on September 11 asserted that
livestock had always been vital for the rural economy in India and stressed
that his seriousness towards protection of cows could be gauged by the
vaccination scheme introduced by the government.
Citing a scheme run by the Rwandan government to tackle
malnutrition and poverty through the distribution of cows to elaborate on
the role of cows in the rural economy, Mr.Modi explained that as per
Rwanda’s scheme a cow was donated to each household.
Asserting that “some people created a storm” after he had visited
the African country last year and donated “250 cows” to its villagers,
Mr.Modi said it was unfortunate that there were some in the country who were
critical of the Centre’s cow conservation policies.
Later in the evening, Mr.Modi tweeted that he was saddened to see
heaps of plastic being removed from the bodies of cows being operated at the
PashuArogyaMela in Mathura.
Government assures commitment to corruption free business environment
Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, PiyushGoyal,
held a meeting with around 100 domestic industry, manufacturers,
associations of various sectors and users today in New Delhi to discuss and
provide a holistic view about regulatory instruments for the formulation and
implementation of effective trade policy and development strategy.
Regarding corruption issues that are delaying consignments,the
Minister requested exporters to write directly to Secretaries of line
ministries or to Commerce & Industry Ministry as Government of India is
committed to ensuring a corruption free environment in each and every
Ministry and Department of the Government.
CBDT rejects NSE proposal to grant association status to commodity
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has rejected the National
Stock Exchange’s request to grant ‘recognised association’ status to the
commodity derivatives segment, citing violation of certain Securities and
Exchange Board of India (SEBI) norms and Income Tax rules.
Derivatives trading in recognised exchanges is not treated as
speculation. According to Sec 43(5) of the Income Tax Act, any derivative
transaction entered into at a recognised stock exchange is not treated as
speculative, and losses can be set off against normal business profit.
Rule 6DDC deals with recognised exchange status. NSE launched
commodity derivatives trading in October 2018 and currently offers contracts
in gold, silver and brent crude.
UN chief claims west bank annexation would violate international law
UN chief Antonio Guterres warned on Wednesday that Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to annex a key part of the occupied West
Bank would violate international law.
"They would be devastating to the potential of reviving
negotiations and regional peace, while severely undermining the viability of
the two-state solution," he said.
Mr. Netanyahu's controversial pledge involves extending Israel's
sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea, which account
for one-third of the West Bank, if he wins next week's elections.
It would not include however annexing any Palestinian cities such
The pre-election promise late Tuesday drew immediate condemnation
from Arab powerhouses with many warning -- like Guterres -- of disastrous
consequences for the stagnant Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
DRDO test fires indigenous anti tank missile
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
successfully flight tested an indigenously-developed low weight, fire and
forget Man Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM) in the ranges of
Kurnool on September 11.
According to a press release, the missile was launched from a man
portable tripod launcher, while the target was mimicking a functional tank.
The missile hit the target in top attack mode and destroyed it
with precision. All the mission objectives were met, the press release
This is the third series of successful testing of MPATGM. The
missile is incorporated with state-of-the-art Infrared Imaging Seeker along
with advanced avionics.
The test paves the way for the Army to have developed third
generation man portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile indigenously.