Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 20 JULY 2019
Plea in Supreme Court for proper identification of minorities
- The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Attorney-General of India to
be served a copy of a writ petition filed by advocate AshwiniUpadhyay, who
is seeking directions to the government to either frame guidelines for
identification of minorities at States’ level or, in the alternative, to
“declare Hindus as ‘Minority’ for States where they are real minority”.
- A Bench led by Chief Justice of India RanjanGogoi was hearing the
petitioner, represented by senior advocate MukulRohatgi, challenging a
notification issued on October 23, 1993 under the “unbridled powers” of
Section 2(c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act of 1992.
- The petition said the October 1993 notification declared Muslims,
Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis as ‘Minority’ community without
conducting any study, research or homework.
LokSabha passes protection of human rights (amendment)bill 2019
- The Protection of Human Rights(Amendment) Bill 2019 has been
passed by voice vote in LokSabha today.
- In his reply in the House, the minister of State for Home Affairs
NityanandRai said that the Government is sensitive to the rights of humanity
and is committed to strengthen Human Rights Commission in the country.
- Saying that it was Prime Minister NarendraModi who suggested to
increase the presence of civil Society in the Commission, the minister
emphasised that every section of the society has now received
International energy agency praises Ujjawala scheme
- Prime Minister NarendraModi'sUjjwala scheme for providing free
cooking gas connection to poor came in for praise from the International
Energy Agency (IEA). The Agency said it is a major achievement in improving
the environment and health of women.
- Launched by Modi on May 1, 2016, in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh,
PradhanMantriUjjwalaYojana (PMUY) aims to safeguard the health of women and
children by providing free cooking gas (LPG) connection to poor families.
Centre seeks response from Indigo for misgovernance
- The government has sought a response from IndiGo on allegations of
corporate misgovernance levelled by its co-promoter RakeshGangwal, the
airline informed the stock exchanges on Friday.
- “The company has received a communication from the Ministry of
Corporate Affairs (MCA), Office of Registrar of Companies requiring the
company to furnish certain information/explanations pursuant to Section 206
(4) of the Companies Act, 2013, in relation to complaint dated July 8, 2019
received from Mr.Gangwal, co-founder and director of the company. The
company will respond to MCA within the prescribed period,” IndiGo said.
- He had also raised an issue with the businesses conducted between
IndiGo and Mr. Bhatia’s InterGlobe Enterprises.
India-Srilanka sign agreement to upgrade railways
- Sri Lanka has signed an agreement with India to upgrade tracks in
a key railway segment connecting the north and south at a cost of $ 91.26
- This is the first time in 100 years that the 130 km-long-tracks,
running from Maho town in the North Western Province to Omanthai in the
Northern Province, are being upgraded.
- The contract agreement for concessional financing was signed in
Colombo on July 18 between the Government of Sri Lanka and IRCON
International Ltd., represented respectively by ArjunaRanatunga, Minister of
Transport and Civil Aviation, and Sunil Kumar Choudhury, Chairman & Managing
- The terms of the agreement, as in earlier Lines of Credit extended
by India to Sri Lanka, include an interest rate of 1.75 %, with a grant
element of 31.37 %, and a repayment period of 20 years, with a five-year
moratorium, according to official sources.
- The agreement comes as part of India’s ongoing support to further
develop Sri Lankan railways. New Delhi has so far committed Lines of Credit
worth $1.3 billion for development of the sector in the island, including
restoration of an arterial railway line that was destroyed during civil war,
and the island’s southern railway line that was hit by the 2004 tsunami.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Highlands of Kaziranga saves animals from flood
- Kaziranga National Park (KNP)’s man-made highlands have turned
into islands of relative safety for the park’s animals as large parts of
Assam remain inundated by flood waters.
- Among the handful of species that have taken refuge in these
patches of higher ground are the one-horned rhino and the water buffalo,
while most other animals have moved to the hills of KarbiAnglong district
just beyond a highway that runs along the southern fringe of the park.
- Two decades ago, the Assam Forest Department constructed 111
highlands as an experiment. It helped keep a few animals above the water
level but served little purpose when 75% or more of the park was flooded.
- In 2017, the park authorities started work on 33 more highlands
that were bigger in dimension. “The older ones were 100x40 metres in area
and 4 metres high,” said Rohini B. Saikia, KNP’s Divisional Forest Officer.
“The newer ones are 100x50 metres and 5 metres high,” Mr.Saikia added.
Indian men & women teams wins at commonwealth table tennis
- In Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship held in Cuttack today,
India made a record by winning gold in both men’s and women’s category.
- The Indian men won the final match defeating England 3-2. The
Indian women team defeated England 3-0 in final match. The Indian women team
won the gold for the first time in the history in the commonwealth games.