Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 18 July 2021

SSC CGL Current Affairs

Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 18 July 2021

::NATIONAL::

AICTE Has Permitted BTech Programs in 11 Regional Languages

  • The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has permitted BTech programs in 11 regional languages, Union Education Minister DharmendraPradhan announced.
  • These languages are Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati, Malayalam, Bengali, Assamese, Punjabi and Odia.
  • "AICTE has permitted BTech programs in 11 regional languages. PM Shri @narendramodi is committed to promoting regional languages in mainstream education. NEP stresses on this important aspect to empower students coming from diverse regions," MrPradhan tweeted.
  • Earlier in the day, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu welcomed the decision of 14 engineering colleges across eight states to offer courses in regional languages in select branches from the new academic year.

::INTERNATIONAL::

World Day for International Justice observed on 17th July

  • The world observes the Day of International Criminal Justice, or simply the Day of International Justice. It is celebrated to mark the anniversary of the International Criminal Court's founding treaty, the Rome Statute, which was adopted on this day in 1998.
  • Four years later the ICC was established as an independent judicial institution empowered to investigate and prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and the crime of aggression. It began operation in 2003.
  • Interestingly, the US is not a state party to the Rome Statute. It participated in the five weeks of intense negotiations that created the ICC but was one of only seven countries – along with China, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Qatar, and Yemen – that voted against the Statute. 
  • Currently, 123 countries are members of the court based in The Hague, Netherlands. Of them, 33 are from Africa, 19 from Asia-Pacific, 18 from Eastern Europe, 28 from Latin America and the Caribbean, and 25 from Western Europe and North America.

::ECONOMY::

Payments and investments that will help salaried employees claim tax deductions

  • The tax season is here and professionals have started filing income tax returns (ITR) for the financial year 2020-21, The deadline for ITR filing for this financial year (Assessment year 2021-22) has been extended from July 31 to September 30, 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Read on to find out what deductions can be claimed unless one has opted for the new tax regime.
  • Section 80C of Income Tax Act 1961 allows individuals to claim deduction up to ₹1.50 lakh in payments towards investment/payment for Life Insurance Premium, Provident Fund, subscription to certain equity shares, National Savings Certificate, principal paid on housing loans, and tuition fees paid for up to two children.
  • Section 80CCC allows individuals to claim deduction for payments made to annuity plans and pension plans of insurance companies.

::Science and tech::

Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli hands over 12.7 mm M2 NATO Stabilized Remote Control Gun to Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard

  • Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli hands over Fifteen 12.7 mm M2 NATO Stabilized Remote Control Gun to Indian Navy & 10 to Indian Coast Guard. It is manufactured with transfer of technology agreement from Elbit Systems, Israel.
  • The gun is meant for marine applications and can remotely engage targets. It is equipped with an inbuilt CCD camera, thermal imager and a laser range finder for observation and tracking of targets through day and night operations.

::SPORTS::

World champion Gitika makes winning start at youth national boxing championships

  • Reigning world champion Gitika dished out a solid performance to defeat PayalZala in the opening round of women's 48kg events at the youth national boxing championship here on Sunday.
  • The tournament, being held at Delhi Public School, marked a return of domestic boxing action in the country after a gap of more than a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Haryana's Gitika dominated Zala from Gujarat with some heavy blows right from the start and the referee declared the former as the winner with the RSC (referee stopped contest) verdict in the first round.

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