Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 14 September 2018
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 14 September 2018
Centre confirms no move to cut army strength
The government on Wednesday accused the Congress of rumour-mongering and
denied that there was any move to reduce the strength of armed forces, as
reported by some media houses.
“No proposal for reducing the strength of the defence forces, as alleged
by the Congress, is under the government’s consideration. Unlike its
predecessor, this government has taken specific and decisive steps to
translate into action its commitment to ensuring the country’s defence and
“Similarly, information on the Prime Minister’s visits abroad has been
shared with Parliament. The expenditure on them is significantly lower than
the arbitrary figure sought to be pushed by the Congress in its effort to
spread lies and create confusion,” added sources, also demanding that the
Congress “refrain from misusing mass media for rumour-mongering and abusing
Justice Ranjan Gogoi to be the next CJI
The President has appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the 46th Chief
Justice of India.JusticeGogoi will assume office from October 3. He is the
first Chief Justice of India from Assam.
The warrant of appointment comes in less than 10 days after incumbent
Chief Justice Dipak Misra recommended Justice Ranjan Gogoi his successor.
The Press Information Bureau released a statement about the
appointment.Justice Gogoi would have a tenure as Chief Justice of India of
about 13 months till his retirement on November 17, 2019.
Election commission conducts sign language training sessions
Election Commission of India, in its commitment towards Accessible
Elections, organisedSign Language Training Session for officials of the
Commission in collaboration with ISLRTC (Indian Sign Language Research and
Training Centre) at ECI Headquarters in New Delhi.
The training was conducted by experts from ISLRTC (Indian Sign Language
Research and Training Centre)wherein the officers were acquainted with basic
as well as election related sign languages symbols such as Election,
Identity Card, Address and Polling Booth etc. Besides, information related
to basic etiquette while conversing with persons with disabilities was also
shared with the Officials of the Commission and they were sensitised
regarding the needs of Deaf persons.
In July 2018, Election Commission of India had organised a two day
National Consultation on Accessible Elections in New Delhi where the
Commission declared a series of facilitation measures for Persons with
Disabilities, including training and sensitisation of Election Officials.
National scholarship portal mobile app launched
Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launched
the country's first "National Scholarship Portal Mobile App" (NSP Mobile
App) here today.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Naqvi said that this "National
Scholarship Portal Mobile App" will ensure a smooth, accessible and
hassle-free scholarship system for students from poor and weaker sections.
He said that all the scholarships are being given directly into bank
accounts of the needy students under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode
through the National Scholarship Portal which has ensured that there is no
scope for duplication and leakage.
Shri Naqvi said that the "National Scholarship Portal Mobile App" will
prove beneficial for students, and will help in strengthening a transparent
mechanism for the scholarships.
Centre launches dairy processing & infrastructure development fund
Vast opportunities exist today for dairy entrepreneurs and in order to
concretize these opportunities and help double the income of dairy farmers,
Rs 51,077 crore is needed to operationalize the National Action Plan
(Vision-2024), Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan
Singh said at the inauguration ceremony of Dairy Processing & Infrastructure
Development Fund (DIDF) in New Delhi today.
The Union Agriculture Minister said that with this scheme, 95,00,000
farmers in about 50,000 villages will be benefitted. In addition to this,
many skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers will get employment,
directly and indirectly. Additional milk processing capacity of 126 lakh
litre per day, milk drying capacity of 210 MT per day, milk chilling
capacity of 140 lakh litre per day shall be created.
Shri Singh informed that implementation of the World Bank-funded
National Dairy Plan Phase-I scheme is also being done by the NDDB through
the state government’s cooperative milk organizations/milk federations.
The government is now implementing this scheme in 18 states from the
earlier 14 states. On the other hand, the implementation of the National
Programme for Dairy Development (NPDD) is being done by the state's
Sweden faced political deadlock on Monday after the far-right made gains
in legislative elections that left the question of who will form the next
government up in the air.As expected, neither Social Democratic Prime
Minister Stefan Lofven’s centre-left bloc nor the centre-right Opposition
garnered a majority.
The far-right Sweden Democrats, with roots in the neo-Nazi movement,
solidified their position as third-biggest party, though they have yet to
shake their outcast status.
Indian NSA to meet U.S officals & secretary of state
A week after the successful 2+2 Dialogue in New Delhi, India’s National
Security Advisor AjitDoval is in Washington to hold meetings with top
officials of the Trump Administration.
Mr.Doval, who is held in high esteem by the Trump Administration, is
scheduled to meet the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Foggy Bottom
headquarters of the State Department on Friday.
“India is a very close friend of the United States,” the State
Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at her daily news
conference. She had accompanied Pompeo to New Delhi last week for the
“We have among the strongest people-to-people ties. I think there are
more than three million Indian Americans living here in the United States,
so that was certainly part of the meetings and the conversations, she said
in response to a question.
During the meetings discussions are likely to be primarily focused on
bilateral and security in the Af-Pak region in particular those related to
counter-terrorism. It is understood that the visit is likely to lay the
ground work of the potential visit of the US President Donald Trump to
Responding to a question on Pompeo’s trip to Pakistan, the spokesperson
said the Secretary of State had some meaningful and important meetings with
the new government.Looking forward to forging a relationship with that new
government, recognizing that there are, of course, some tensions and some
areas where the government can work harder.
Space X announces next mission,this time towards the moon
SpaceX on Thursday announced a new plan to launch a tourist around the
Moon using its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a massive launch vehicle that is
being designed to carry people into deep space.
“SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the
Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle -- an important step toward enabling
access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space,” the company
said on Twitter.SpaceX gave no further details, but said more information
would follow on Monday.
This is not the first time the California-based company, headed by
Internet entrepreneur and Tesla electric car CEO Elon Musk, has touted plans
to send tourists around the Moon.
SpaceX is a key commercial partner to NASA, and is working on a crew
ship that will make its first flight to the orbiting International Space
Station next year, restoring access to space from US soil for the first time
since 2011, when the space shuttle program was retired after 30 years.
India’s women cricket team clinches series win
The Indian women’s cricket team Thursday held its nerves in pressure
situations to beat Sri Lanka by seven runs in the second ODI, taking an
unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.