Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 13 January 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 13 January 2019
QCI releases assessment report on Namame Ganga project
Four-and-a-half years after the Centre launched its flagship
Namami Gange programme to clean up the Ganga, a government- commissioned
assessment has found that 66 towns and cities along the river still have
nullah s or drains flowing directly into the Ganga. Almost 85% of these
nullah s do not even have screens set up to stop garbage from entering the
Of the 92 towns surveyed, 72 still have old or legacy dump sites
on the ghats. Only 19 towns have a municipal solid waste plant, according to
an assessment done by the Quality Council of India (QCI
The third party assessment, which was conducted over a six-week
period in November and December 2018, was commissioned by the Ministry of
Urban Development (MoUD). It covered 92 of the 97 towns along the river
located in five States: Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and
West Bengal. Of the remaining five towns, three had no ghats along the
river, while two were shut due to extreme weather conditions during the
period of the survey.
While much of the focus of Namami Gange over the last four years
has been on liquid waste management and sewage treatment plants, the Centre
is now turning its focus to solid waste management as well, under the aegis
of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban).
Vice president urges foreign investors to tap potential of the country
The time is right for foreign investors to tap the huge potential
offered by India in various sectors — from real estate to healthcare, Vice
President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu said here on Saturday.
“India is the bright spot in the world’s economy today,” he said,
addressing foreign and Indian delegates at the inaugural session of the 25th
edition of the CII Partnership Summit.
Inviting foreign investors to invest in India, he said
forward-looking taxation reforms like the introduction of Goods and Services
Tax (GST) have converted India into an integrated market. Other noteworthy
reforms like the implementation of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code was
helping, he added.
Quoting a report, he said India’s income and consumption trends
would be led by Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu
in the south, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab in the north, and Maharashtra and
Gujarat in the west.
Union Minister for Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh
Prabhu said the government wanted to make sure that India had friendly
relations with almost all countries, so that the country is able to offer a
platform that is mutually beneficial.
Commerce ministry says household savings could be turned to productive
assets via capital market
Capital market is the only way one can get household savings into
productive assets and hence, public policy must include ways to make capital
markets more efficient and transparent, said Suresh Prabhu, Minister of
Commerce and Industry.
“The point is clearly established that we need most-efficient,
well-entrenched and deep-pocketed capital markets for economy to grow and
therefore we have to make sure any public policy must address this important
issue of how to make capital markets efficient, transparent and forward
looking,” Mr. Prabhu added.
The Minister, who also handles the Aviation Ministry, further said
that while investment is necessary along with it, efficient use of capital
is more important and there is no other way but capital markets that would
On a different note, the Rajya Sabha member said that the
government wanted to focus on the districts as part of a bottom-up approach
for boosting economic growth and that it has identified such districts
across the States of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh
and Uttar Pradesh to begin with.
The Minister said it is now a certainty that the country’s $2.6
trillion GDP will grow to $5 trillion in seven to nine years, and to $10
trillion by 2035.
The measures being undertaken to push growth at the district level
are aimed at achieving the broader targets set earlier, he added while
stressing that it is certain that the country’s $2.6 trillion GDP will grow
to $5 trillion in seven to nine years, and to $10 trillion by 2035.
External affairs ministry to attend first India-Central Asia dialogue
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday left for a
two-day visit to Uzbekistan to attend the first India-Central Asia Dialogue
which is expected to focus on a plethora of regional issues including
enhancing connectivity to war-ravaged Afghanistan.
The Dialogue, being held in Samarkand, will be co-chaired by
Swaraj and Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov. The Foreign
Minister of Afghanistan will also participate in the dialogue as a special
invitee for the session dedicated to connectivity issues in the region, the
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.
Bound together by shared history and cultural linkages, India and
the Central Asian states look forward to the Dialogue as an important
initiative to enhance their cooperation in wide-ranging spheres including
exploring ways to substantially enhance India's economic involvement in
business and development sector of Central Asia, the MEA had said on
With Afghanistan joining, the participants of the Dialogue will
also deliberate on developing viable connectivity options between India and
Afghanistan and Central Asia to further facilitate trade and economic
activity in the region, it said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited five Central Asian
countries in 2015 with an aim to deepen India's engagement with the
hydrocarbon rich region. Swaraj visited the region last August. Officials
said the India-Central Asia Dialogue, with the participation of Afghanistan,
is expected to take India's engagement with all the countries of the region
to a new level.
Nepal Army chief arrives for 2 day visit to India
Nepal's Army Chief Purna Chandra Thapa will arrive in New Delhi
today on a four-day official visit. It will be his first official bilateral
visit after taking over the command of the Nepal Army.
Shri Ram Nath Kovind, conferred the Honorary Rank of General of
the Indian Army on Sukirtimaya Rashtradeep General Purna Chandra Thapa,
Chief of the Army Staff, Nepalese Army, for his commendable military prowess
and immeasurable contribution to fostering Nepal’s long and friendly
association with India, at a special Investiture Ceremony held at
Rashtrapati Bhavan today
General Thapa will interact with senior Indian Army officials. He
will also visit defence formations based at Jaipur and Lucknow.
The visit symbolizes the deep-rooted ties between the two armies
and will help strengthen defence cooperation.
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Chandrayaan findings help to reveal mystery on plasma particles
A study using observations from Chandrayaan 1 mission has found how
plasma particles from the solar wind make their way into the Moon’s night
side, filling up the wake region, long thought to be devoid of plasma
particles. This has significance in understanding bodies like the Moon which
do not have global magnetic fields.
In recent times, there has been a huge interest in understanding the
plasma environment of the Moon, which is generated mainly by its interaction
with the solar plasma wind flowing towards it from the Sun. This plasma wind
consists of charged particles such as protons and is partly absorbed by the
side of the Moon facing the sun. The rest of the solar plasma wind incident
on the Moon flows around it, but leaves a wake (a void) on the side not
facing the sun (the night-side of the Moon).
Earlier, it was believed that this wake was devoid of any particles. But
recent Moon missions such as Chandrayaan-1, Kaguya, Chang’e-1 and Artemis
have found evidence of refilling of near lunar wake (heights of 100 km to
200 km above the lunar surface on the night side) with solar wind protons.
India lose to Australia in first ODI
Australia have won the first One-day International of the
In Sydney today, chasing a target of 289 runs, India made 254 runs
losing nine wickets in the stipulated 50 overs. Rohit Sharma made a superb
M.S. Dhoni scored 51. Bhuvneshwar Kumar contributed 29.
Earlier electing to bat, Australia posted a challenging 288 for
five. Peter Handscomb top-scored for the hosts with his 73-run knock while
Usman Khwaja 59 and Shaun Marsh 54 also scored half-centuries. Marcus
Stoinis remained unbeaten on 47.