Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 18 JANUARY 2020
Home ministry says Aadhar mandatory for claiming benefits meant for civilian
victims of terror
- Aadhaar will be required for getting benefits under a central government
scheme for providing financial assistance to family members of victims of
violence perpetrated by terrorists or Naxals, and communal riots.
- In a notification, the Union Home Ministry said, an eligible beneficiary
desirous of receiving the benefit under the scheme for assistance to
Civilian Victims, Family of Victims of Terrorist, Cross Border Firing and
Mine, IED Blasts on Indian Territory' is required to furnish proof of
possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication.
- The Ministry said the notification comes into effect in all states and
union territories except Assam and Meghalaya, where Aadhaar has not covered
- Till the time Aadhaar is assigned to the beneficiary, benefit under the
scheme will be given on the production of the Aadhaar enrolment
identification slip if he or she has enrolled and any one of the designated
documents including bank or post office passbook with photo, voter card, PAN
card and ration card.
- In case of poor fingerprint quality, IRIS scan or face authentication
facility shall be adopted for authentication.
CDS stresses on diplomatic isolation of terror sponsoring countries
- Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Bipin Rawat stressed on the need to
take strong global action against those who are sponsoring terrorism. He
said, there is a need to take the bull by its horns and strike at the root
- Speaking at Raisina Dialogue 2020 in New Delhi, he said, there has to be
diplomatic isolation of those sponsoring terrorism and any country
sponsoring terrorism has to be taken to task.
- He said, a country cannot have partners who on the one hand are
partnering in global war on terrorism and sponsoring terrorism on the other
hand. He added, as long as there are states which sponsor terrorism, there
will be terrorism and we will have to live with this menace.
- General Rawat said, there is a need to take hard line approach in
dealing with terrorism, the way US adopted after 9/11 declaring global war
on terror. He said, blacklisting by Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is
one of good measures to restrict the terrorism.
UN report suggests continued structural reforms to boost growth in India
- A UN report on Friday said continued structural reforms are necessary to
boost growth in India, which is currently facing an economic slowdown.
- The World Economic Situation and Prospects 2020 (WESP) report has also
lowered GDP growth estimate for India while expressing hope that combination
of fiscal stimulus and financial sector reforms will help boost consumption.
- However, the data related to India was revised to 5 per cent for the
current fiscal and 5.8-5.9 per cent for the next financial year, Nagesh
Kumar, Head, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific,
- According to the UN study, one in five countries will see per capita
income stagnate or decline this year, but listed India among few countries
where the per capita GDP growth rate could exceed 4 per cent level in 2020.
Study finds sub optimal utilisation of funds in Indian welfare schemes
- Progress across major development schemes in India, including education,
health and nutrition among others, remains constrained due to sub-optimal
utilisation of available funds, especially at the district level, according
to a recent study by Tata Trust.
- The study by Tata Trust and Centre for Budget and Governance
Accountability (CBGA) stressed that India needs to improve utilisation of
budgetary resources, across all levels of governance, given the limited
fiscal space available to the government.
- "Progress across major development schemes in India, including
education, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, agriculture and rural
development, livelihood, among others, remains constrained due to
sub-optimal utilisation of available funds, especially at the district
level," Tata Trust said in a statement.
- The 2-year study focused on ten social sector schemes including Sarva
Shikshya Abhiyan (SSA), Mid-Day Meal (MDM), National Health Mission (NHM),
Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) and Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).
Chinese economy slumps to lowest mark in 3 decades
- China registered 6.1 per cent GDP last year, which is the slowest pace
of growth for the country in almost three decades.
- The government today said, sluggish domestic demand and the bruising
18-month trade war with the US has seriously impacted the economy.
- The new GDP data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)
comes a day after China and the US signed a long-awaited phase one deal. In
2018, China's economy sank to a 28-year low slowing down to 6.6 per cent,
lower than the 6.8-per cent growth registered in 2017.
- After signing the phase one deal, US President Donald Trump said 25 per
cent tariff hike on 360 billion US Dollar worth of Chinese products would
continue until the phase-2 deal is worked out. China aims to double the per
capita income of its urban and rural residents from 2010 levels By 2020.
Afghan archaeological treasures threatened by climate change
- In Afghanistan, the archaeological treasures of Bamiyan province are
facing a new and possibly a daunting threat of climate change.
- Nestled in the heart of the Hindu Kush mountains,theBamiyan valley's spring
snow-melts, is putting this historic art and architecture atrisk of
- Afghan officials were warned in a 2016 United Nations report that the
structures may collapse and suffer from severe erosion due to conditions
directly linked to climate change.
- Director of the French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan Philippe
Marquis, who has explored and worked in the region for decades, told Media
that Afghanistan, is very fragile geologically, especially as vegetation
cover has greatly diminished due to deforestation.
- The archaeologist readily admitted that erosion is increasing, but
believes the real danger comes from human influence at the site, including
looters, who are rampant in Afghanistan.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
High power communication satellite GSAT -30 successfully launched
- India's high power communication satellite GSAT-30 was successfully
launched onboardAriane 5 rocket from French Guiana early today morning.
- Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the GSAT-30 is aimed at
providing high-quality television, telecommunications and broadcasting services.
The 3,357-kg GSAT-30 derives its heritage from ISRO's earlier INSAT/GSAT
satellite series, and is equipped with 12 C and 12 Ku band transponders. GSAT-30
will serve as replacement to the aging INSAT-4A spacecraft services with
- ISRO said, the satellite will provide Indian mainland and islands coverage in
Ku-band and extended coverage in C-band covering Gulf countries, a large number
of Asian countries and Australia.
- With a mission life of 15 years, GSAT-30 is an operational communication
satellite for DTH, television uplink and VSAT services. ISRO said the
communication payload of GSAT-30 is specifically designed and optimized to
maximize the number of transponders on the spacecraft bus.
- According to the space agency, the spacecraft will be extensively used for
supporting VSAT network, television uplinking and teleport services, digital
satellite news gathering (DSNG), DTH television services, cellular backhaul
connectivity and many such applications.
ICC U-19 world cup begins at South Africa
- The ICC Under-19 World Cup Cricket begins in South Africa today. Indian team,
under the captaincy of PriyamGarg, will look to defend the title when it begins
its campaign against Sri Lanka at the Oval, Bloemfontein, on Sunday.
- India are placed in Group 'A' and will face New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Japan,
who will be making their first-ever appearance in any World Cup.
- India is the most successful team in the tournament, having won four titles
till date, including the last edition in 2018. After playing Sri Lanka in their
first group game, India will facedebutant Japan in their next group match on the
21st of this month.
- In their final Group Game, India will face New Zealand on 24th January. The
top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super League stage. The final
of the tournament will be played at Oval on the 9th of next month.