Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 14 October 2018

SSC CGL Current Affairs


Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 14 October 2018


::NATIONAL::

Manipur women march to end mob justice

  •  For many nights over the past month, Manipur has been witnessing torchlight processions in the valley districts, with the mostly women marchers demanding, among other things, an end to mob violence directed at those accused of crimes.

  •  Over the last few years, at least three persons in Manipur, and two in neighbouring Nagaland, have been victims of mob lynchings.

  •  The apprehension of local mobs rendering vigilante justice has even forced the police to spirit away a woman and a man from Manipur. The duo, who are accused of killing a police inspector in order to steal his vehicle, have been placed in the custody of the police in Nagaland, at an undisclosed location, while they await trial.

  •  On September 21, 2011, a highly decomposed body of a young girl was found by the Bishnupur district police at Ithai barrage. KunjaraniKonthoujam, the ‘missing’ Naobi’s mother, promptly “identified” the body as that of her daughter.

::ECONOMY::

India International Silk Fair begins in New Delhi

  •  Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, will inaugurate the 6th edition of India International Silk Fair (IISF) in New Delhi on October 16, 2018.

  •  Over 108 exhibitors of silk and blended silk products manufactured in different parts of the country will display their produce during the three-day event, organised by the Indian Silk Export Promotion Council (ISEPC) at PragatiMaidan.

  •  India is the 2nd largest producer of silk in the world. The silk industry is agriculture based and labour intensive and provides gainful employment to around 8 million artisans and weavers in rural areas.

  •  The fair will give a platform to exporters to display their products and to overseas buyers an opportunity to place orders and source their merchandize. The IISF-2018 is expected to generate business of over USD 20 million for the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) engaged in producing silk and blended silk garments, fabrics, accessories and floor covering.

Health ministry releases Analytical Report of the National Health Profile-2018

  •  Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare released an Analytical Report of the National Health Profile-2018 prepared by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI), under the aegis of the Directorate General of Health Services at Patna, today.

  •  The National Health Profile covers demographic, socio-economic, health status and health finance indicators, along with comprehensive information on health infrastructure and human resources in health. CBHI has been publishing National Health Profile every year since 2005.

  •  The vision of the NHRR project is to strengthen evidence-based decision making and develop a platform for citizen and provider-centric services by creating a robust, standardized and secured IT-enabled repository of India’s healthcare resources.

  •  NHRR will be the ultimate platform for comprehensive information of both, Private and Public healthcare establishments including Railways, ESIC, Defense and Petroleum healthcare establishments.

  •  NHRR will cohesively work with Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) and Central TB Division (CTD) on an integrated plan for the larger benefit of ensuing Hospital empanelment and private sector engagement.

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::INTERNATIONAL::

RCEP trade minsters urge conclusion of negotiations

  •  Trade ministers of 16-member RCEP bloc, including India and China, have urged all participating countries to continue to exert all efforts for early conclusion of negotiations,the commerce ministry said.

  •  Trade ministers and senior officials of RCEP member countries, including India and China, will hold series of meetings in October to iron out issues hampering negotiations over the proposed mega trade deal, an official said.

  •  Ministers from Asia-Pacific countries hammering out a proposed free trade deal have agreed to meet again to try and achieve a "substantial conclusion" to the pact by yearend.

  •  The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP, brings together 16 nations, including Japan, China, India and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

India elected to UN Human Rights Coucil

  •  India was elected to United Nations’ Human Rights Council’, the main body of UN charged with promoting and monitoring human rights for period of three years.

  •  From Asia-Pacific region category, Fiji with 187 and Bangladesh 178 votes were also elected along with India. This was fifth time India has been elected to UNHRC.

  •  UNHRC is an inter-governmental body within United Nations system. It is responsible for strengthening promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them.

  •  Members of the council work to engage countries on improving human rights. They make decisions ranging from exposing violations to recommending that UN Security Council make referral to International Criminal Court (ICC).

::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::

Superior scaffold for cartilage repair developed by researchers

  •  Implanting cartilage alone or injecting cells found in healthy cartilage (chondrocytes) at the site of injury to heal the damaged cartilage in patients with osteoarthritis does not produce favourable results. Similarly, implanting two different scaffolds joined together to simultaneously regenerate the cartilage and reconstruct the bone too has many limitations.

  •  The problem arises because the interface between the cartilage and bone scaffolds, which are made of different materials, is not connected but has a distinct boundary. As a result, the interface tends to delaminate and degrade.

  •  Now, researchers from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati have addressed this shortcoming by fabricating a silk scaffold where the junction between the cartilage and bone scaffold is continuous and seamless and hence less prone to damage under load-bearing environment of the joint.

  •  The researchers made scaffolds using both wild silkworm (Antheraeaassamensis) and mulberry silk (Bombyxmori) and found scaffolds made of non-mulberry silk were superior to the one made of mulberry silk in all respects.

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