Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 13 SEPTEMBER 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams -
13 SEPTEMBER 2019
Supreme court continuous its stay on eviction of forest dwellers
The Supreme Court on Thursday continued its stay on the eviction
of lakhs of Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers whose
claims for forest land rights have been rejected under the Forest Rights Act
(FRA) of 2006.
The Bench referred to how resorts and
illegal structures have encroached on forest lands and led to the depletion
of the green cover. Senior advocate Sanjay Parikh, appearing for one of the
parties, said the focus should be on the lakhs of forest dwellers who face
The apex court gave the States further time
to file affidavits responding to complaints that there was a high rate of
rejection of claims, non-communication of rejection orders, unrealistic
timelines in deciding claims, irregular holding of State Level Monitoring
Committee meetings, lack of support from the district administrations
concerned in providing revenue or forest maps, rejection of claims despite
incomplete or insufficient evidence, etc.
The February 13 eviction order was stayed on
February 28 after the Centre moved the apex court to modify the
former order.The government had said the eviction order would affect a
“large number of families”.
Armed forces to be at the forefront in combating bio terrorism
Bioterrorism is a real threat in today’s time and the armed forces
medical services should be at the forefront of combating the menace, Defence
Minister Rajnath Singh said on September 12.
Speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO's) first
military medicine conference, Mr. Singh said bioterrorism breaks out as a
This is the first military cooperation event hosted by India after
becoming a full-time member of the SCO.India and Pakistan became members of
the SCO in June 2017.
Meanwhile, Pakistan skipped the two-day SCO military medicine
conference organised by India in New Delhi.
Industrial growth rebounds while inflation rises
Industrial activity rebounded in July to 4.3% on a broad-based
recovery across key sectors such as mining, manufacturing and construction,
official data released on Thursday showed.
In a separate release, data showed retail inflation rose in August
to hit a 10-month high of 3.21% on quickening food price rises.
Growth in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) accelerated in
July after a slump in June when it touched 1.17%. Within the index, the
mining sector accelerated to 4.92% in July compared with 1.53% in June. The
manufacturing sector, similarly, saw growth quicken to 4.15% from 0.23% over
the same period.
Construction and infrastructure sector saw a turnaround in July,
growing 2.13% after contracting 1.9% in the previous month. On the consumer
side, the consumer durables sector reined in its contraction, contracting
2.7% in July compared with a steep contraction of 10.2% in the previous
month. Consumer non-durables saw growth accelerating to 8.29% from 7.08%.
The electricity sector, however, saw growth slowing in July to 4.75% from
8.19% in June.
Government cracksdown on exporters claiming fraudulent refunds
In a joint operation, the Directorate General of GST Intelligence
(DGGI) and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) have conducted
pan-India searches against exporters claiming refunds fraudulently.
The searches were carried out on Wednesday by about 1,200
officials at 336 locations spread across 15 States including Delhi, Tamil
Nadu, Haryana, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Maharashtra.
The operation revealed that many entities were either non-existent
or had given fictitious addresses. Preliminary inquiries indicated that an
Input Tax Credit (ITC) of more than ₹470 crore, with an invoice value of
about ₹3,500 crore, was fake. It was also used for claiming cash refunds.
An Integrated-GST refund amount of around ₹450 crore is also under
examination. Some consignments of these exporters have been intercepted at
Vadodara Rail Container Terminal, Mundra port and NhavaSheva port to
ascertain mis-declaration, said the Finance Ministry.
India expresses concern at UNHRC over cross border terrorism
India has expressed concern on cross border terrorism emanating
from Pakistan. Senior Indian diplomat Vijay Thakur Singh met UN human rights
chief Michelle Bachelet in Geneva yesterday and conveyed India's concerns on
the threat posed by cross border terrorism.
She also briefed Bachelet on the steps taken towards the gradual
return to normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar
said, during her meeting met with the UNHR High Commissioner, Ms Singh
conveyed India's concerns on the threat posed by cross border terrorism
emanating from Pakistan.
In a clear reference to Pakistan, the Indian diplomat said those
who speak on the human rights of minorities in other countries are trampling
upon them at will in their own country. They cry victim when they actually
are the perpetrators, she said.
North Korea confirms launch of multi rocket launcher
North Korea today said, its leader Kim Jong Un observed the
test-launch of a "super-large multiple rocket launcher" system, the latest
in a series of weapons tests performed by Pyongyang amid stalled diplomacy
over its nuclear programme.
The North Korean Central News Agency said, Kim, accompanied by top
military and ruling Workers’ Party officials, supervised the two rounds of
test-firings at an unidentified place yesterday.
It was the second known test of a super-large multiple rocket
launcher, that North Korea says, is needed to cope with outside military
threats. The first test of the weapon occurred on 24th of last month.
South Korea's military said, the North has launched unidentified
projectiles from the Kaechon area in South Pyongan province. They flew
approximately 330 kilometres.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
NATGRID suggests connecting social media accounts with central database
The ambitious National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) project wants
to link social media accounts to the huge database of records related to
immigration entry and exit, banking and telephone details among others.
The project, initially started in 2009 with a budget of ₹2,800
crore, is an online database for collating scattered pieces of information
and putting them on one platform. At least 10 central agencies like
Intelligence Bureau (IB), Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) and others will
have access to the data on a secured platform.
The proposal has received resistance from the intelligence
agencies, whose officials fear that linking the social media accounts to
sensitive government data could expose the system to “trojan attacks.”
“Linking the database to social media accounts could jeopardise
the entire exercise as it could be exposed to unknown virus attacks from
open source Internet,” a senior government official said, speaking on
condition of anonymity.
Intelligence agencies had also earlier opposed the NATGRID itself
amid fears that it would impinge on their territory and possibly result in
leaks on the leads they were working on to other agencies.
An expression of interest (EOI) issued by NATGRID in 2017 had said
“NATGRID is intending to set up an Entity Extraction, Visualization and
Analytics (EVA) system that would collect and analyse information available
from various data sources.”