Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 2 OCTOBER 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL
Exams - 2 OCTOBER 2019
Nation celebrates 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
The Nation pays homage to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi
on his 150th birth anniversary today. A series of functions have been
organized across the country and by Indian Missions abroad.
President Ram NathKovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime
Minister NarendraModi, LokSabha Speaker Om Birla, Home Minister Amit Shah
and several Union Ministers, BJP and opposition leaders paid floral tributes
to Mahatma Gandhi at his Samadhi Rajghat.
Prime Minister paid tribute to the Father of Nation at the Raj
Ghat. Mr Modi stayed for some time at the Raj Ghat where an all-faith prayer
meeting was held this morning. In a tweet, Prime Minister expressed
gratitude to Mahatma Gandhi for his everlasting contribution to humanity. Mr
Modi also said we pledge to continue working hard to realise his dreams and
create a better planet.
In a short video on Mahatma Gandhi, Mr Modi said his message of
peace is still relevant to the world community. The prime minister also
referred to the seven perversions Mahatma Gandhi had cautioned people about.
These are: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge
without character, visit without ethics, science without humanity, religion
without sacrifice and politics without principles.
New single window online system to give license to eating and lodging
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy launched
a single window on-line system for licensing of eating and lodging
establishments in New Delhi today.
Speaking in the launching event, Mr Reddy said, this unified
portal aims at simplifying the regulatory process and will bring
transparency in getting statutory clearances from various authorities.
He said, it will also help in avoiding procedural delays. The
Minister said, a number of licences are required to run restaurants in the
He said, government under visionary leadership of Prime Minister
Modi is committed to ease of doing business and this is another step taken
in the same direction.
RBI claims banking system in India as safe and stable
With the panic over the crisis at the Punjab and Maharashtra
Cooperative Bank threatening to snowball, the Reserve Bank of India on
Tuesday stepped in to assure depositors.
The central bank issued a statement that the Indian banking system
was ‘safe and stable’.Shares of commercial banks took a beating on Tuesday
as a crisis of confidence gripped the banking sector. Private sector lender
Yes Bank’s shares tanked 22.8% on Tuesday, after declining 15% on Monday. It
closed the day at ₹32.00.
Another private lender RBL Bank’s shares fell 8.7% on Tuesday,
while IndusInd Bank stock went down by 6.3%. Troubled mortgage financier
Dewan Housing Finance’s stock declined 20%.
Amid the falling banking stocks and social media rumours about the
health of the Indian banking system following the crisis at the Punjab and
Maharashtra Cooperative Bank, the Reserve Bank of India issued a statement
asking people not to pay heed to such speculation.
Tourism ministry to ban single use plastics in all monuments
Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel on Wednesday announced that
single-use plastic will not be allowed on the premises of historical
monuments and within 100 metres of them.
The announcement comes days after Prime Minister NarendraModi
appealed to the nation to shun single-use plastics.
“Single-use plastics will not be allowed inside monuments and
within 100 metres of them,” the tourism minister said while addressing the
media at the launch of tourism fair ‘ParyatanParv’ in New Delhi.
The government has, however, shelved the plan to outlaw single-use
plastics on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi.
The plan to ban six items, officials said, would have been
disruptive for the industry at a time when it is coping with an economic
slowdown and job losses.
In a major setback for Pakistan, the U.K. High Court on Wednesday
ruled in favour of India in a decades-old legal dispute with Islamabad over
the funds belonging to the Nizam of Hyderabad at the time of Partition in
1947 and deposited in a London bank account.
The Nizam’s descendants, Prince MukarramJah — the titular eighth
Nizam of Hyderabad — and his younger brother MuffakhamJah, had joined hands
with the Indian government in the legal battle against the Pakistan
government over around 35 million pounds lying with NatWest Bank plc in
In 2013, Pakistan had waived sovereign immunity by issuing a claim
for the fund that opened the way for the current case to proceed. The
Pakistan government’s legal team had claimed the fund on two alternative
South Korea accuses North for test firing projectiles
North Korea on October 2 fired projectiles toward its eastern sea,
South Korea’s military said, in an apparent display of its expanding
military capabilities ahead of planned nuclear negotiations with the United
States this weekend.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff did not immediately confirm
what the weapons were, how many were fired or how far they flew.
But Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary YoshihideSuga said the North
fired two ballistic missiles from the country’s east coast, and one of them
appeared to have landed inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone off
northwestern coast. There were no reports of damage to Japanese vessels or
aircraft travelling in the area, he said.
The launches, which were the North’s ninth round of weapons tests
since late July, came hours after a senior North Korean diplomat on October
1 evening announced that North Korea and the United States have agreed to
resume working-level nuclear negotiations this weekend.
Nuclear negotiations have been at a standstill for months
following a February summit between Mr. Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump
in Hanoi, Vietnam. Those talks broke down after the U.S. rejected North
Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for partially
surrendering its nuclear capabilities.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Study finds humans polluting earth more than volcanoes
Human activity churns out up to 100 times more planet-warming
carbon each year as all the volcanoes on Earth, says a decade-long study
The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO), a 500-strong international team
of scientists, released a series of papers outlining how carbon is stored,
emitted and reabsorbed by natural and manmade processes.
They found that manmade carbon dioxide emissions drastically
outstrip the contribution of volcanoes — which belch out gas and are often
fingered as a major climate change contributor — to current warming rates.
Manmade emissions in 2018 alone topped 37 gigatonnes.Celina
Suarez, associate professor of geology at the University of Arkansas, said
modern manmade emissions were the “same magnitude” as past carbon shocks
that precipitated mass extinction.
“We are on the same level of carbon catastrophe which is a bit
sobering,” she said.
By comparison, the CO2 released annually by volcanoes hovers
around 0.3 and 0.4 gigatonnes — roughly 100 times less than manmade
Sports ministry flags of Fit India Plog movement
Union Sports Minister KirenRijiju today flagged off 'Fit India
Plog run at Indira Gandhi stadium in New Delhi to mark Gandhi Jayanti.
Member of Parliament and Singer Manoj Tiwari, Wrestler
BajrangPunia, Poet Ashok Chakradhar among others were present on the