Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 14 AUGUST 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 14 AUGUST 2019
CJI says Supreme court is in no hurry to deal with Ayodhya case
Chief Justice of India RanjanGogoi, heading the Constitution Bench
hearing the Ayodhya appeals, said on Tuesday that the Supreme Court is not
in a hurry. Lawyers need not feel constrained and can argue to their heart’s
The top judge said lawyers on both sides could raise their
arguments as and how they like, no matter how long they take.
The CJI’s words signify the importance the court is giving to the
appeals. These appeals had previously been pending unheard in the court for
the past nine years. The Bench is now hearing them five days a week, morning
His clarification came after senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, for
the Muslim parties, complained that the court was allowing the Hindu side to
argue for days without producing a shred of evidence or exhibit to fortify
their claim over Ramjanmabhoomi.
The Chief Justice said Mr.Dhavan can read through the entire text
of exhibits and evidence if required and the court would fully cooperate.
Election commission to begin delimitation process
As the Election Commission held internal discussions on the
delimitation of constituencies ahead of elections to the new Union Territory
of Jammu and Kashmir, former Chief Election Commissioner and ex-officio
member of the Delimitation Commission N. Gopalaswami said the increase in
the number of seats was “an issue which is a political decision of
He said the total population would be divided over the 114 seats
to get an average number of electors per constituency. The boundaries of the
constituencies would then be drawn while ensuring that administrative units
are not split as far as possible.
According to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, the
number of seats in the Legislative Assembly of the UT of J&K would be
increased from 107 to 114. The Act also specifies that delimitation will be
based on the 2011 census till 2026.
Sources in the government were very clear that the EC will be
asked to commence the delimitation exercise soon.The BJP has been the first
off the block, telling its State unit to prepare for polls.
Sensex witnesses second record low of 2019
The Sensex losses were led by the HDFC pack — HDFC Bank and HDFC —
along with banking and auto majors such as Yes Bank, M&M, Bajaj Finance and
Maruti Suzuki India among others.
RIL was the saviour for the benchmark on Tuesday as the
diversified conglomerate, which has the second-highest weightage in the
Sensex, gained over 12% in intraday trades on the back of a slew of
announcements it made at its annual general meeting on Monday.
Shares of RIL finally settled at 1,275, up 9.72%, thereby
contributing nearly 360 points to the Sensex, which still closed deep in the
red as 28 of its constituents lost ground.
The weakness in equity markets spilled into the currency markets
with the rupee plunging to a six-month low against the dollar amid
uncertainties gripping the global market and a crash in the Argentine
The rupee ended 0.87% or 62 paise weaker against the dollar to
close the day at 71.40.
Centre to hold talks with Tea cultivator associations
Days after the Indian Tea Association (ITA) sent a distress signal
through newspaper advertisements, the Centre has called for a meeting of all
stakeholders to discuss issues pertaining to the sector.
The ITA, the apex industry association — accounting for a majority
of the tea produced in the organised sector — had inserted an advertisement,
highlighting the crisis and seeking government intervention.
More than 80% of the ITA members, with estates in Assam and West
Bengal, had incurred losses in 2018-19 and were preparing for losses during
the first quarter of this fiscal.
While the costs have ballooned to almost Rs. 200 per kg, the
average selling prices have remained flat at about Rs. 160 per kg between
2013-14 and 2018-19,
Indian donates 1 million to UN special purpose fund
India has contributed one million US Dollars to the United Nations
Special Purpose Trust Fund for the Resident Coordinator System. India's
Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin tweeted
yesterday that India is happy to tangibly contribute to reform of the UN
According to the UN information, Special Purpose Trust Fund (SPTF)
is a specific fund housed within the UN Secretariat, established to receive,
consolidate, manage all contributions and financial transactions of the new
Resident Coordinator system in a transparent and effective way.
SPTF web portal, displays in real time all commitments,
contributions and expenditures recorded for the fund.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Palani Panchamirtham gets GI tag
The famous Palanipanchamirtham, a ‘prasadam’ at the Murugan temple
in Palani, has been granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.This is the
first time a temple ‘prasadam’ from Tamil Nadu has been bestowed with the GI
The Palanipanchamirtham is a combination of five natural
substances — banana, jaggery, cow ghee, honey and cardamom. Dates and
diamond sugar candies are added for flavour.
The panchamirtham is an ‘abhishegaprasadam’ (food that is a
religious offering), which is served in a semi-solid state. It is sweet in
taste and one of the main offerings for Lord DhandayuthapaniSwamy, the
presiding deity of ArulmiguDhandayuthapaniSwamy Temple, situated on Palani
Hills. Not even a single drop of water is added during the preparation of
As per the GI application, the geographical area for production of
panchamirtham is Palani town in Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu.
According to the GI application filed, the Palanipanchamirtham is
prepared under the guidance given by the CFTRI (Central Food Technological
Research Institute) Mysore, a government of India undertaking.
Women’s cricket included in commonwealth games 2022
In a piece of big news for cricketing fans around the world, the
Commonwealth Games Federation today announced that women's T20 Cricket has
been confirmed for inclusion at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022.
Eight teams will compete across eight match days, as cricket
returns to the Commonwealth Games for the first time since 1998 when South
Africa won the gold medal in a men's 50-over format competition in Kuala
Edgbaston, the venue of England's semi-final victory over
Australia in the men's 50-over World Cup, will play host to all the matches.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place in England from 27th July to 7th