Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 18 SEPTEMBER 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams -
18 SEPTEMBER 2019
Govt. claims more than 10crore people received e-cards under Ayushman Bharat
Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that 22 thousand health
and wellness centres have been made functional and 10 crore beneficiaries
have received e-cards under the Ayushman Bharat scheme.
The Ayushman Bharat - PradhanMantri Jan ArogyaYojana provides
cashless and paperless access to services for the beneficiary at the point
It provides a health assurance cover of 5 lakh rupees per family
per year for secondary and tertiary care for serious and catastrophic
Addressing media in New Delhi today, Dr Harsh Vardhan said since
the launch of the scheme, over 45 lakh patients have been admitted to
hospitals to receive treatment under the programme.
Home ministry notification wants NGO’s not to be guilty of conversion
Office-bearers, key functionaries and members of NGOs, receiving
foreign funds, will have to declare before the government that they were not
prosecuted or convicted for converting anyone from one faith to another, a
Home Ministry notification said on Monday.
It has been made mandatory for NGO “office-bearers and key
functionaries and members” to certify that they have not been “prosecuted or
convicted” for “conversion” from one faith to another and for creating
“communal tension and disharmony”, according to the notification.
Earlier, as per the FCRA 2010, only the applicants such as
directors who were seeking permission to receive foreign contributions were
required to make such a declaration.
RBI intervenes to reduce losses due to rupee fall
Rise in crude oil prices spooked all the emerging market
currencies with rupee being hit worst, despite the central bank’s
intervention that helped the currency to reduce losses.
The rupee opened weaker at 71.75 against the dollar compared with
the previous close of 70.93. It hit the day’s low of 71.68 before closing at
71.60, down 68 paisa, or 0.96%.
This was the first season of weakening of the domestic unit after
eight days of gain. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength
against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.13% to 98.38.
Crude oil prices surged following drone attacks at the site of the
NITI Aayog moots more asset monetisation this year
For India to become a $5 trillion economy, the wealth will have to
be created by the private sector and hence the government will privatise a
lot of its assets across sectors in the coming months, said Amitabh Kant,
chief executive officer, NitiAayog.
The 1980 batch Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer
further said that the government would privatise assets like roads,
airports, power transmission and shipping terminals.
It is necessary to do that so that the private sector can come in and
along with that credit flow can start, he said. On a different note, he said
that structural reforms for the agricultural sector would soon be announced
as the Committee of Chief Ministers headed by DevendraFadnavis to suggest
such reforms is on the verge of finalising its report.
“I’m sure that this would lead to some major structural reforms in
the agriculture sector as well,” Mr. Kant said, adding that agriculture,
along with gender parity and exports, were the key elements for India to
grow significantly over a long period of time.
External affairs ministry claims PoK as part of India
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar today said that Pakistan
Occupied Kashmir is part of India and added that India expects to have
physical jurisdiction over it one day.
Replying to a query on KulbhushanJadhav issue, Dr Jaishankar said,
India's objective was to seek access to him in order to ascertain his
He said, seeking access to Jadhav was one step in eventually
providing that remedy which International Court of Justice has mandated.
The External Affairs Minister said, whether Pakistan carried out
in letter and spirit what the International Court of Justice wanted them to
do is obvious to all.
On face-off between Indian and Chinese troops near Pangong Lake in
Ladakh, Dr Jaishankar said, there was a face-off and it was resolved.
He added that it happened because there are differing perceptions
of Line of Actual Control, and sometimes that kind of situations happen.
UAE agrees to cooperate with Saudi on possible oil disruption
United Arab Emirates Minister of Energy and Industry Suhail bin
Mohammed FarajFaris Al Mazrouei has affirmed the UAE's readiness to
cooperate with Saudi Arabia in facing any possible disruption to oil
He said, they have reached out to Saudi Arabia following the
terrorist attack against two Saudi Aramco oil facilities to provide
technical and logistical support and their cooperation is continuing.
The Emirates News agency reported that Al Mazrouei stressed his
confidence in the ability of Saudi Arabia to overcome the consequences of
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
India test fires air-air Astra missile
Indigenously designed air-to-air missile Astra was successfully
test-fired from the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Odisha on September 17.
The beyond-visual-range missile was launched from a Sukhoi-30 MKI
as a part of user trials.
A defence official said that as part of the trial, a live aerial
target was engaged, accurately demonstrating the capability of the missile.
Radars, the electro-optical tracking system and sensors tracked
the missile and confirmed its engagement with the target.
India beats Bangladesh to win U-19 Asia cup
India clinched the Under-19 Asia Cup title, with a thrilling
five-run win over Bangladesh in a low-scoring final at Colombo today.
Defending a paltry total of 106, India dismissed Bangladesh for
101 in 33 overs.