Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 17 JANUARY 2020
Centre signs agreement to end Bru refugee crisis
- Union Government today signed an agreement with stakeholders from the
State of Tripura, Mizoram and members of the Bru community bringing an end
to the 22-year old Bru refugee crisis.
- This agreement was signed in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah,
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga
and others in New Delhi. As per the agreement, over 30 thousand Bru refugees
will be settled in Tripura.
- Addressing the media, Mr Shah said, the Centre has sanctioned 600-crore
rupee package for the rehabilitation of the people from this community. He
said, Bru refugees will get a 40 x 30 feet plot along with a fixed deposit
of four lakh rupees, cash assistance of five thousand rupees per month for
two years and free ration.
- Mr. Shah said, it was a long-pending issue which has been resolved. The
Minister added that the Central Government is committed towards addressing
all long-pending issues related to the North East.
- AIR correspondent reports that the Brutribals from Mizoram have been
living as refugees in Tripura since 1997.
Conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association India Region held
- LokSabha Speaker Om Birla today said that the belief in the democracy
has increased today and so is the responsibility of the representatives.
- He was speaking after inaugurating the 7th Conference of Commonwealth
Parliamentary Association India Region in the legislative assembly building
in Lucknow today. He said that the rights of the presiding officers need to
be curtailed so that these institutions become more democratic.
- He said that recently during a meeting of presiding officers in Dehradun
he had raised this issue and questioned about the rights of presiding
officers especially in reference to anti-defection law.
- The main theme of the conference is 'ROLE OF LEGISLATORS' and during the
Plenary Sessions spread over two days, delegates will discuss the Capacity
Building of Legislators for Scrutinizing Budgetary Proposals and Enhancing
Focus of Legislators on Legislative Business. State Governor, Anandiben
Patel will address the Valedictory Session tomorrow.
RBI asks banks to bring in measures to enhance digi-security.
- Reserve Bank has asked banks and other card-issuing companies to provide
facility to customers to switch on and off their debit or credit cards, a
move aimed at enhancing security for digital transactions.
- The RBI said that at the time of issue or re-issue, all cards (physical
and virtual) should be enabled for use only at contact based points of usage
[ATMs and Point of Sale (PoS) devices within India.
- The central Bank said issuers should provide cardholders a facility for
enabling card not present (domestic and international) transactions, card
present (international) transactions and contactless transactions.
- The RBI further said that for existing cards, issuers may take a
decision, based on their risk perception, whether to disable the card not
present (domestic and international) transactions, card present
(international) transactions and contactless transaction rights.
India warns Pakistan for raising Kashmir issue at UNSC
- India has slammed Pakistan for again trying to raise the Kashmir issue
in the UN Security Council last night where it failed yet again to find any
- New Delhi asserted that Islamabad needs to focus on the hard tasks it
has to address in order to ensure normal relations with India. China,
Pakistan's 'all-weather ally', stood alone in the Pakistani corner to get
the Security Council to focus on the Kashmir issue.
- The attempt failed as other member countries felt Kashmir is a bilateral
matter between India and Pakistan.
- Earlier, China made the fresh pitch to raise the Kashmir issue under
"other matters during closed consultations in the Security Council
- India's Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said, neither
alarmist scenario painted by Pakistan nor any of the baseless allegations
made by them in the UN were found to be credible.
India reiterates to support efforts to maintain stability in Gulf region
- External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and Foreign Minister of Iran
Dr. Mohammad JavadZarif held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the
Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi today.
- Both the leaders recalled positive outcomes of Mr Jaishshankar's recent
visit to Tehran for the 19th Joint Commission Meeting especially for
strengthening bilateral trade and promoting connectivity initiative through
Chabahar port. Both sides have also agreed to commemorate the 70th
Anniversary of the bilateral Treaty of Friendship this year.
- The two sides also exchanged views on regional and global issues of
mutual interest, including the recent developments in the West Asia region
and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
- Dr Jaishankar reiterated Indian interests in the region and support for
efforts to maintain peace, security and stability in the region.
- Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi yesterday,Iranian Foreign
Minister JavadZarif had said that India can play a significant role in
de-escalating tensions in the Gulf region.
::SCIENCE & TECHNLOGY::
Coast guard plans to acquire aircrafts and ships to implement its vision
- The Indian Coast Guard has planned to acquire 16 advanced light
helicopters apart from 50 vessels to its fleet as part of its vision to have
200 ships and 100 aircraft inventory by 2025.
- The first of the twin engine helicopter was expected to be inducted by
March 2020, he said after the 19th edition of Indo-Japan joint exercise "Sahyog-Kaijin,"
about 50 nautical miles off Chennai coast.
- The Indian Coast Guard, fourth largest coastal security agency in the
world, has installed 36 Coastal Surveillance Radar Network on the mainland
and 10 on islands that can track suspicious vessels.
- Referring to the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) signed with his
Japanese counterpart, the official said Coast Guard has signed similar
agreements with South Korea, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Oman, Vietnam
- Earlier in the day, the exercise was conducted off the Chennai Coast as
part of strengthening the bond between the two countries.
Wrestler Sunil Kumar reaches gold bout at Roman series
- In Wrestling, twenty-year-old Greco-Roman grappler Sunil Kumar sprung a
huge surprise by reaching the gold medal round on his maiden senior level
appearance at the first ranking series event of the season in Rome.
- In the 87-kg category, Sunil began with a 2-1 win over American Patrick
Anthony Martinez and followed it up with a commanding victory by fall over
Venezuala's Luis Eduardo Avendano Rojas in the semifinals.
- He will now fight it out with Hungary's Viktor Lorincz for the top
prize. Two more Indians are in medal contention with Ashu (67kg) and Sachin
Rana (60kg) reaching the bronze play-offs.