Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 21 JULY 2019
Defence ministry assures solving Kashmir issue
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said the Kashmir
problem was “bound to be solved”. The Minister is in Jammu and Kashmir on
the 20th anniversary of the Kargil War.
- Referring to his appeals of talks to separatists during the NDA
government’s previous tenure, Mr. Singh said the Hurriyat had shut its door
on the members of the delegation. “The new government’s focus is only on
speedy development and prosperity of J&K,” he said.
- The Defence Minister paid tributes to the soldiers killed in the
1999 Kargil War at a memorial in Drass Sector.
- He was accompanied by Union Minister Jitendra Singh, Chief of the
Army Staff General BipinRawat and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief
(Northern Command) Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, said a Defence spokesman.
More wellness centres under Ayushman Bharat scheme
- 20 thousand wellness centres will be completed by the end of the
current year under Ayushman Bharat programme.
- This was stated by the Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr.
Harsh Vardhan in Hyderabad yesterday, he said that a total of 1.5 lakh
wellness centres are to be established in the country under this programme.
- Addressing scientists and officials of CSIR laboratories Dr Harsh
Vardhan termed the Ayushman Bharat programme as a successful model in
implementing universal health.
- He asked them to work in a proactive and out of box manner to
reduce sufferings of people, especially those with rare and genetic
diseases. He asked the scientists to work in a focused manner so that the
results of the research reach people.
Govt.to discuss SME loan isuue with foreign players
- The government is in talks with foreign lenders to provide $14.5
billion in credit to millions of small firms, two officials said.
- The government is in discussions with multiple foreign lenders,
including Germany’s state-owned development bank KfW Group, the World Bank
and some Canadian institutions to extend lines of credit to small
enterprises, one of the officials, who did not want to be identified, told
- The World Bank’s India spokesperson did not reply to an email
seeking comment. The official said the government plans to source up to Rs.
1 lakh crore of loans from foreign institutions because Indian banks were
not in a position to provide enough capital for the small business sector,
which is seen as critical to job creation.
- State-owned banks have not been able to drive increased lending
because they are burdened with more than $145 billion in bad loans. Last
month, a study by an RBI panel said the overall deficit in credit for the
MSME sector is estimated at about Rs. 20-25 lakh crore.
India’s Forex reserves fall in mid-July
- India's foreign exchange reserves declined by USD 1.113 billion to
USD 428.797 billion in the week to July 12 - the first fall after four
consecutive weeks of gains - due to a fall in foreign currency assets.
- According to the latest weekly RBI data, foreign currency assets,
which are a major component of the overall reserves, slipped by USD 1.11
billion to USD 399.697 billion.
- The central bank said that despite ongoing massive rally in gold
prices, the country's gold reserves remained unchanged at USD 24.304
Chinese envoy confirms no disruption of relation with India for individual
- China's new Ambassador to India Sun Weidong has said that China
and India should not allow any individual case at certain time to disrupt
the bilateral relations and take more initiatives to move forward the
- Talking to media in Beijing, Mr Sun Weidong said under the
strategic guidance provided by XiJinping and Mr Modi at their first informal
summit in Wuhan last year, the China-India relations have gathered a very
good and sound momentum of development.
- In an apparent reference to the CPEC and the Belt and Road
Initiative( BRI), Mr Sun said both the countries should not allow individual
cases to disrupt ties.
- Outlining various initiatives taken by India and China including
the appointment of Special Representatives in 2003 to address the boundary
dispute, Sun said an early settlement of the boundary issue is in line with
the interests of the two countries.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Centre bans colistin from animal food industry
- The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued an order
prohibiting the manufacture, sale and distribution of colistin and its
formulations for food-producing animals, poultry, aqua farming and animal
- Intensivists across the country are rejoicing as the move is a
“massive victory” for the movement against anti-microbial resistance.
- The order, issued on Friday, directed manufacturers of colistin
and its formulations (since it is also used to treat humans) to affix a
label on the container reading thus: Not to be used in food producing
animals, poultry, aqua farming and animal feed supplements: on the package,
insert and promotional literature.
- Dr.Ghafur,an expert says awareness programmes need to be conducted
for farmers, telling them about the danger of using colistin in feed. “Most
are not aware of the presence of colistin, since it comes mixed in the feed.
- However, we have had discussions with associations of poultry
farmers and they have not objected to removing colistin from the mix.” Also,
he argues that since the bulk of colistin (nearly 95%) is imported from
China, it would also be easy to stop importing it within a short time.
India’s Asian games silver medal to be upgraded to gold
- India are in line to get the Asian Games gold in 4x400 mixed relay
as Kemi Adekoya of Bahrain, who was part of the gold winning team, has been
handed a four-year ban for failing a dope test.
- The silver won by India's mixed relay team of Mohammad Anas, Hima
Das, Arokia Rajiv and M R Poovamma at the Asian Games in Jakarta last year
is set to be upgraded to gold.