Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 15 July 2021

SSC CGL Current Affairs

Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 15 July 2021

::NATIONAL::

Goyal picked as Leader of House in Rajyasabha

  • Union minister for commerce and industry, PiyushGoyal, will be the new Leader of the House in the RajyaSabha, a recognition not just for his organisational abilities but also his relationships across the aisle, people familiar with the developments said.
  • Union parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi announced the appointment on social media; “Congratulations to @PiyushGoyalji on being appointed the Leader of House in RajyaSabha. He has been entrusted by PM @NarendraModiji with key responsibility. Wishing him continued vigour in the service to the nation.”
  • A RajyaSabha MP from Maharashtra, Goyal will take over the position following the elevation of Thawar Chand Gehlot as the Governor of Karnataka. There is no word yet on whoGoyal’s deputy in the Upper House will be.
  • The Congress, too, decided that AdhirRanjanChowdhury will continue to be leader of the party in the LokSabha, after Rahul Gandhi seemed to have little interest in taking up the leadership position in the Lower House. There was intense speculation that Chowdhury might be removed from the post.

::INTERNATIONAL::

Protests in France against Covid-19 'health pass' rules

  • Police in Paris clashed with protesters railing against President Emmanuel Macron's plan to require a Covid-19 vaccine certificate or negative PCR test to gain entry to bars, restaurants and cinemas from next month.
  • Macron this week announced sweeping measures to fight a rapid surge in new coronavirus infections, including the mandatory vaccination of health workers and new health pass rules for the wider public.
  • In doing so, he went further than most other European nations have done as the highly contagious Delta variant fans a new wave of cases, and other governments are watching carefully to see how the French public responds.
  • The police fired tear gas on several occasions as pockets of protesters overturned garbage cans and set a mechanical digger alight. Some protesters away from the skirmishes wore badges saying "No to the health pass".
  • Some critics of Macron's plan - which will require shopping malls, cafes, bars and restaurants to check the health passes of all patrons from August - accuse the president of trampling on freedoms and discriminating against those who do not want the Covid shot.

::ECONOMY::

Adani Group takes over management control of MIAL

  • Adani Airport Holdings Ltd (AAHL), a wholly-owned unit of Adani Enterprises Ltd, on Tuesday took over the management control of Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) from the GVK Group.
  • This followed approvals from the Union government as well as the government of Maharashtra, and Maharashtra’s City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO).
  • “Our larger objective is to reinvent airports as ecosystems that drive local economic development and act as the nuclei around which we can catalyse aviation-linked businesses. These include metropolitan developments that span entertainment facilities, e-commerce and logistics capabilities, aviation dependent industries, smart city developments, and other innovative business concepts,” said GautamAdani, chairman of the Adani Group, in a statement.

:: SCIENCE AND TECH::

ISRO successfully tests engine for its manned Gaganyaan mission

  • The space agency test-fired the Vikas engine used in the second stage of the rocket for 240 seconds, the full duration it will operate during an actual mission.
  • In a major milestone, the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) completed the final testing of one of the three stages of the launch vehicle that will carry humans to space under the Gaganyaan mission.
  • The space agency test-fired the Vikas engine used in the second stage of the rocket for 240 seconds, the full duration it will operate during an actual mission, at the engine test facility Isro Propulsion Complex (IPRC)-Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu.
  • “The performance of the engine met the test objectives and the engine parameters were closely matching with the predictions during the entire duration of the test,” the space agency said in a release.
  • Isro’s GSLV Mk III, which successfully carried the Chandrayaan-2 mission to space in its first operational flight, has three stages – the two solid S200 boosters fired at the launch, the core L110 liquid stage, and the upper C-25 cryogenic stage.
  • “The liquid stage of the launch vehicle uses two Vikas engines, which is what was tested by Isro.

::SPORTS::

Indian men and women remain 4th and 10th in FIH rankings

  • The Indian men's and women's hockey teams remained unchanged at fourth and 10th spot respectively in the FIH rankings released on 14-07-2021.
  • Australia moved to the top of the men’s world rankings with 2513.67 points after a string of victories over New Zealand, both in the FIH Hockey Pro League and an FIH sanctioned test series.

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