Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 13 MAY 2019
EC claims NITI Aayog sharing of data with PMO does not violate code of
- Election Commission said, it has found no violation of the poll
code in NitiAayog sharing data with the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on
places where Prime Minister NarendraModi was set to campaign for the
- Talking to media in New Delhi, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner
SandeepSaxena said, the poll body has disposed off the complaint as the
Prime Minister is exempted from the provision that bars ministers from
combining official visits with campaigning.
- Mr Saxena said, the exemption to the Prime Minister was given in
October 2014 and it was not a one-time exemption but a standing instruction.
- In another event Heads and Representatives of 20 Election
Management Bodies from across the World have arrived in New Delhi to witness
the ongoingLokSabha elections.
- Addressing the participants, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil
Arora reiterated that the Commission is firmly committed to ensuring free,
fair and robust elections in the country.
- He added that the objective and intention of the Commission is to
always keep learning from the experiences of the past for necessary course
corrections for the future.
Plea to centre asking for freezing of GMO’s
- Senior advocate PrashantBhushan has sent a legal notice to Union
Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan asking for a freeze on all genetically
modified organisms, including field trials.
- Though growing Btbrinjal is illegal in India, Mr.Bhushan’s letter
comes in the aftermath of activist groups recently proffering evidence of
BtBrinjal, a GM crop, being grown in a farmer’s field in Haryana.
- Developed by the Maharashtra-based seed company, Mahyco, Btbrinjal
was the first food crop made to contain an insecticidal protein, called cry1
ac, sourced from the genes of the soil bacterium, Bacillus thuringienesis.
- Though this was cleared for commercial cultivation it was put in
deep-freeze, by former Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh in 2010 on
the grounds that there was scientific and public disagreement on its safety.
Mr.Bhushan’s Sunday letter also contains a lab report, prepared by a
private biotechnology firm, that confirmed the presence of the Bt-derived
protein in brinjal samples from Fatehabad, Haryana, in April. The GEAC was
apprised of this but no action had been forthcoming so far, the letter
IT sector set to grow in global market soon
- After some years of a dry drive, Indian tech firms now seem to
have turned the corner and established themselves firmly as digital
transformation agents in the global market, international IT experts have
- Growth is picking up for the Indian IT sector and the good news is
that most players have a strong hiring plan in place.
- Last fiscal’s performance numbers posted by the country’s leading
players reflect a clear upswing in the market. All the digital pilot
projects that were under way over the last couple of years are now going
mainstream and are being scaled into enterprises.
- Indian IT vendors continue to rely heavily on the U.S. and U.K.
markets for a large portion of revenues. Though this is changing, any
protectionist measures in the U.S. (including due to the presidential
election next year) and uncertainty around Brexit may impact revenues in the
Telecom industry to recover amid tariff wars this fiscal
- The Indian telecom industry, which has been grappling with
declining revenues following a long and bitter tariff war triggered by
fierce competition in the market, is likely to see signs of recovery in the
current financial year (2019-20).
- The forecast of green shoots appearing are hinged on expectations
that marginal rise in tariffs, combined with higher data usage, will drive
upwards the average revenue per user (ARPU) – seen as the only tool to boost
the industry revenues, as subscriber growth is anticipated to remain muted.
- Besides, telecom operators are undertaking a massive non-core
asset monetisation drive, which makes it imperative for investors to repose
confidence in the telecom industry’s long-term health.
- The report added that even in terms of market structure, the
industry had come down to three private players and a public sector firm
which “is the optimum level of competition.
UN secretary general claims political will to fight climate change fading
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said the political will
to fight climate change has faded at the same time as it is getting worse
for those feeling its effects.
- Guterres made the comments after arriving in New Zealand yesterday
where he addressed the media alongside Prime Minister JacindaArdern in Auckland.
Guterres plans to spend three days there as part of a trip to the South Pacific
to highlight climate change's global threat.
- He said that the countries are not following commitments under the
2016 Paris Agreement which expects them to keep the global temperature rise to
below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
- Reports in the state of the planet show the need for concrete steps to
tackle climate change and environmental catastrophe.
- During his visit, he praised Prime Minister JacindaArdern for
introducing a bill that aims to make New Zealand mostly carbon neutral by 2050.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Countries agree upon new UN accord to control export of plastic waste
- Around 180 governments on Friday agreed on a new UN accord to
regulate the export of plastic waste, some eight million tonnes of which
ends up in the oceans each year, organisers said.
- The 1,400 representatives, meeting in Geneva reached the agreement
after 12 days’ discussion on what RolphPayet, Executive Secretary of the UN
Environment Programme (UNEP) called “one of the world’s most pressing
- The Geneva meeting amended the 1989 Basel Convention on the
control of hazardous wastes to include plastic waste in a legally-binding
- The IPEN umbrella group seeking to eliminate hazardous and toxic
chemicals said the new amendment would empower developing countries to
refuse “dumping plastic waste” by others.
- “For far too long, developed countries like the U.S. and Canada
have been exporting their mixed toxic plastic wastes to developing Asian
countries claiming it would be recycled in the receiving country
- “Instead, much of this contaminated mixed waste cannot be recycled
and is instead dumped or burned, or finds its way into the ocean,” said IPEN
science adviser Sara Brosche. Plastic waste pollution has reached “epidemic
proportions” with an estimated 100 million tonnes of plastic now found in
Mumbai Indians win IPL title in a thrilling finals
- Mumbai Indians became IPL champions for the fourth time after
defeating Chennai Super Kings by one run in a thrilling final in Hyderabad
- Last ball dismissal of Shardul Thakur by paceman Lasith Malinga
registered final win for Mumbai over Chennai.Chasing a victory target of 150
set by Mumbai, Chennai Super Kings were restricted to 148 for 7 in
stipulated 20 overs.