Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 20 July 2021

SSC CGL Current Affairs

Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 20 July 2021


Government announces launch of National Logistics Excellence Awards in 2 categories

  • Government announced the launch of National Logistics Excellence Awards to turn the spotlight on the logistics sector. 
  • The Awards will give due recognition to various players involved in the logistics supply chain. 
  • The awards are in two categories, the first group includes logistics infrastructure and service providers and second one is for various user industries.
  • There was wide scale appreciation from user industries for giving the due recognition to various players involved in the logistics supply chain. 
  • The awards will highlight best practices including consolidation, process standardisation, technological upgrade, digital transformations, and sustainable practices.


Philippines challenges Chinese warship in South China Sea

  • The Philippines Coast Guard said it drove away a Chinese warship in the South China Sea, in another sign of tension between the two nations in the disputed waters.
  • In a statement  citing a July 13 report, the Coast Guard said it had sent a verbal challenge to Chinese warship spotted at Marie Louise Bank. The Chinese vessel eventually moved away from the area, the statement said.
  • The foreign vessel sent a radio message identifying itself as “Chinese Navy Warship 189” and asked the Philippine ship tailing it to keep distance, the Coast Guard said.
  • The two nations’ vessels have been locked in a standoff in the South China Sea for months, after hundreds of Chinese ships swarmed disputed territory earlier this year. The Philippines has repeatedly protested the ships’ presence and has been backed by the US, while Beijing has said its actions were normal and legitimate.


Tea exports fell to 203.8 million kg in 2020-21

  • The value of exports fell marginally to Rs 5,311.53 crore in 2020-21 as against Rs 5,457.10 crore in the year-ago period, according to data available with the Tea Board. 
  • However, unit price realization was higher at Rs 260.64 per kg in the reporting year compared to Rs 226.11 per kg in 2019-20. 
  • During the last fiscal, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries remained the largest importer at 49.08 million kg, which was lower than 59.52 million kg a year ago, the data showed. 
  • Exports to Iran, an importer of good quality orthodox tea, reduced sharply to 28.35 million kg as against 46.86 million kg in 2019-20, it added.


No more broken mobile screens: Bengal researchers develop self-healing material

  • A group of researchers from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, developed a new class of materials that they claim can repair themselves when fractured, within milliseconds.
  • The research has also made it to the coveted Science journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The scientists claimed that the highly crystalline materials, when broken into pieces, can self-heal and re-join in a matter of a second, and repair themselves so precisely that they become indistinguishable from the undisturbed materials.
  • The scientists hope that the discovery can spark a revolution in the field of digital technology, such as broken screens of gadgets and other new-age technologies.
  • The researchers said materials applied in technologies undergo mechanical impacts which often make the devices irreparable. The idea prompted the team to delve deep in search of self-repairing materials to enhance the longevity of the devices without external intervention.


Punching new letters in Boxing history: DronacharyaSandhu on India's chances

  • It was under his tutelage that Indian boxers delivered some unparalleled medal hauls and former national coach believes history will be re-written in Tokyo with the country winning more than one Olympic medal in boxing for the very first time.
  • Till date, India has two medals in boxing -- the 2008 Beijing bronze from Vijender Singh and the 2012 London Games bronze from M C Mary Kom. Sandhu was the national men's coach in both the editions.

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