Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 15 January 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 15 January 2019
Centre claims reduction in interception request by agencies since 2014.
As a petition was filed in the Supreme Court against the Home
Ministry’s order authorising 10 Central agencies for the purposes of
“interception, monitoring and decryption of any information generated,
transmitted, received or stored in any computer”, a senior Home Ministry
official clarified that the government had not given blanket power to any
agency and they would have to adhere to rules.
According to the official, the number of interception has gone
down since 2014, though the number of mobile phone connections in the
country has gone up to around 120 crore. The number of electronic messages
had also grown exponentially.
The December 20 notification means that websites and Web-based
applications visited by a “suspect” on a computer or a mobile handset can be
intercepted by telecom service providers on a request by an authorised
agency after clearance by the Union Home Secretary.
The service provider will be liable to share the information with
the agency under Section 69 (1) of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
“There is no new law or procedure and there is no blanket authorisation.
There is no change of even a comma or a full stop in the existing rules and
regulation (framed in 2011),” the official said.
Centre to unveil New Air Cargo policy
India’s first Air Cargo Policy will be unveiled at the two-day
Global Aviation Summit starting here on Tuesday.
Despite registering a double-digit growth for nearly four years in
a row, India has remained without a specific policy for air cargo.
Emphasising that security, safety, convenience and affordability
were the key aspects, the Minister said the aviation vision for 2040 would
address all the issues so that India will have sustainable growth in the
sector at all times.
Mr. Prabhu said that the success of the aviation sector in the
country was completely propelled by the participation of private players,
adding that infrastructure for the movement of air cargo could be created in
the same way.
Civil Aviation Ministry officials said that solutions to critical
issues relating to agriculture and manufacturing output and their supplies
had been sufficiently explored in the policy which was integrated with
Mr. Prabhu indicated that the government is of the view that the
basic objective on which the logistics and cargo policy is being put in
place is based on the premise that its context is important because both
logistics and cargo are one of the biggest growth-driven sectors in India
Government e Marketplace [GeM] has launches “Womaniya on GeM” initiative
Government e Marketplace [GeM] has launched “Womaniya on GeM”, an
initiative to enable women entrepreneurs and women self-help groups [WSHGs]
to sell handicrafts and handloom, accessories, jute and coir products, home
décor and office furnishings, directly to various Government ministries,
departments and institutions.
The initiative seeks to develop women entrepreneurship on the
margins of society to achieve gender-inclusive economic growth.
CEO GeM,S Radha Chauhan, released a 3-minute video to highlight
the essence and benefits of the Womaniya initiative. She stressed the fact
that nearly 80 percent women-owned establishments are self-financed and more
than 60 percent of 8 million units are owned and or led by women
entrepreneurs from socially-challenged sections of the society.
Since women tend to invest up to 90 percent of their earnings back
in their families to provide better nutrition, health care and education to
their children, economic empowerment of women is a step in the direction of
India has approximately 500 million Internet users and nearly 54
percent of them are more than 25 years of age with higher discretionary
income and likely to transact more online, half of internet users reside in
small towns and present new opportunities for e-commerce and most
importantly women constitute 33 percent or 143 million Internet users and
control 44 percent of household spending in India.
Qatar has ruled out the possibility of re-opening an embassy in
Damascus, calling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a war criminal.
Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani today told
reporters in Doha that normalisation of relations with the Syrian regime at
this stage is equivalent to the normalisation of a person involved in war
Al-Thani added that Damascus under Assad should not be allowed
back into the Arab League as the Syrian people are still under bombardment
by the Syrian regime.
His comments come after Gulf neighbours the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
and Bahrain announced late last month they reopened their Damascus
Crucial vote on British PM’s brexit deal today
British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that she is against
delaying Britain's exit from the European Union, insisting the March 29
departure date was still her target.
In her speech ahead of Tuesday's crucial vote by MPs in the House
of Commons, May today warned that if her deal is voted down, the most likely
result would be a paralysis in Parliament and a risk there being no Brexit.
She said if the latter happens, people's faith in the democratic
process and their politicians would suffer catastrophic harm. May said she
is opposed a second referendum.
The British Prime Minister added that having Britain leave the EU
without a deal would cause turbulence in UK's economy, create barriers to
security cooperation and disrupt people's daily lives. She insisted that the
only deal on the table is the one MPs will vote on tomorrow night.
The EU has repeatedly said they would not renegotiate the
withdrawal agreement agreed between Brussels and May's government in
November last year.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Govt. to launch end to end lightning prediction system
Last year during the pre monsoon season a series of
thunderstorm/dust storm affected the northern states and claimed about 200
lives. In view of this the India Meteorological Department will be
implementing an end-to-end prediction system for predicting
thunderstorms/lightning by April 2019.
Union Minister of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and
Environment and Forests and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan told at a
press conference in New Delhi that Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology
(IITM) and IMD are developing prediction tools for thunderstorm/lightning.IITM
Pune has already installed 48 lightning sensors around the country which can
locate the thunderstorm/lightning activities on real time.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan also informed that currently IITM Pune and IMD
are developing a new website for IMD along with the Mobile Apps for Farmers
and City Forecasts. These new tools will help IMD to disseminate forecasts
and warnings on time and more effectively to the users and the new website
and mobile Apps will be ready for launch by June 2019.