Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 21 JUNE 2019
PM urges integration of yoga with health schemes on international yoga day
- Fifth International Yoga Day is being celebrated today. Prime
Minister NarendraModi led the nation in celebrating yoga day from Ranchi in
Jharkhand. The main function was held at the Prabhat Tara ground in Ranchi
- Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister stresses the need to
integrate yoga with health schemes. Mr Modi that in the last five years the
Government has integrated yoga with health and wellness to make it a pillar
of preventive health care.
- Mr Modi said, in today's changing times the focus must be on
wellness as well as protection from illness. He said, Yoga is discipline and
dedication and it has to be obeyed throughout life.
- Minister for AYUSH ShripadNaik in his address said Government is
committed to spreading the benefits of Yoga for health and wellness. He
said, there is a need for more Yoga teachers to take Yoga to the masses. Mr
Naik said, his Ministry has created Yoga Certification Board which will
certify trainers and training schools of Yoga.
DICCI to promote dalit entrepreneurship by empowering SC/ST communities
- In the presence of ShriThaawarchandGehlot, Union Minister of
Social Justice & Empowerment, a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) was signed
between Dr.Ambedkar International Centre (DAIC), Ministry of Social Justice
and Empowerment and Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI)
here today. From DAIC, the Director, ShriAtulDevSarmah and from DICCI,
ShriMilindKamble, the Founder Chairman signed the MoU.
- Applauding the joint effort of DAIC and DICCI, ShriGehlot said
that the overall motives of this MoU is the empowerment of SC and ST
communities through research on Dalit entrepreneurship, empowerment, skill
development capacity building among SC/ST women and youth, impact of
different schemes of the Government on socio-economic conditions of SC and
ST and other similar subjects. He wished them grand success.
- Since DICCI brings together all Dalit entrepreneurs under one
umbrella, acts as a one-stop Resource Centre for existing and aspiring Dalit
entrepreneurs and promotes entrepreneurship among Dalits as a solution to
their socio-economic problems.
- Therefore, DAIC as per its mandate of research in the field of
Socio-economic Transformation for capacity building and for preparing and
providing policy feed needs collaboration with organisations like DICCI for
upliftment of SCs and STs.
RBI governor claims decisive monetary policy required to develop growth
- RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das voted for a 25 basis point cut in the
interest rate in the monetary policy announced earlier this month. He
believed that that Indian economy was clearly losing traction and needed a
decisive monetary policy to promote growth.
- According to the minutes of the meeting of the monetary policy
committee, Mr. Das also favoured shifting the stance of monetary policy from
neutral to accommodative to send a clear signal, indicating that more
measures could be taken in the near future to boost the growth.
- RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya expressed a dilemma wherein
economic growth seemed weakened but inflation risks remained upside with a
deficiency in monsoon and volatility in crude oil prices.
- Another member and Executive Director Michael DebabrataPatra said
it is evident that if the 2019-20 projections materialise, the MPC would
have steered inflation at or below target on average for four years in a row
in its five-year term of office.
- Other three members, RavindraDholakia, PamiDua, and ChetanGhate
had also voted in favour of reducing the key lending rate.
Centre assures IGST refunds in timely manner for exporters
- The Centre has assured all genuine exporters that they would
continue to get their Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST) refunds in a
timely manner in a fully automated environment.
- The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said,
introduction of manual checks in IGST refunds is aimed at preventing
unscrupulous exporters from defrauding the exchequer.
- The CBIC's clarification came in view of media reports which
highlighted a perceived setback to the automated process of refunds for
exporters under GST on account of the introduction of manual checks in IGST
refunds. It termed the reports as misleading.
- An official release said, the new verification exercise is aimed
at preventing unscrupulous exporters from defrauding the exchequer and
bringing a bad name to the larger exporting community.
- The CBIC has recently instructed its Customs and GST formations to
verify the correct availment of input tax credit by few exporters who are
perceived as risky on the basis of pre-defined risk parameters.
- Only around five thousand risky exporters have been identified so
far as against about one lakh 42 thousand total exporters. It said, the
risky exporters are only 3.5 per cent of the total exporters.
Mexico becomes first country to approve new North Amercian trade deal
- Mexico has ratified the US-Mexico-Canada agreement. This makes it
the first country to give the new North American trade deal final approval
despite recent tensions with the US.
- The Mexican government called the deal's passage a clear message
in favour of an open economy and deepening economic integration in the
- President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador claimed the deal would bring
in more foreign investment and jobs in Mexico, and access to the US market.
- The deal aims to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA), which helped turn Mexico into an exporting powerhouse over the past
25 years. It now falls to Canada and the US to ratify the deal.
- The three countries signed the agreement on 30th November after a
year of negotiations triggered by US President Donald Trump's insistence on
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Study reveals faster melting of Himalayan ice since 2000
- Comparing data obtained by Cold War-era spy satellites with images
from modern stereo satellites, scientists have shown that Himalayan glaciers
have lost more than a quarter of their ice mass since 1975, with melting
occurring twice as fast after the turn of the century as average
- In the 1970s, at the height of the Cold War, the U.S. had deployed
spy satellites that orbited the globe and took thousands of photographs,
using a telescopic camera system, for reconnaissance purposes. Film recovery
capsules would be ejected from the KH-9 Hexagon military satellites and
parachuted back to Earth over the Pacific Ocean.
- More than four decades later, scientists are using those same
images to show the devastating impact of a warming Earth on the Himalayan
- The overlapping images, each covering 30,000 square kilometres
with a ground resolution of six to nine metres, have been pieced together to
form digital elevation models of the Himalayas of that era.
- In an article published in the Science Advances journal on
Wednesday, J.M. Maurer and co-authors analysed four decades of ice loss for
650 of the largest glaciers across a 2,000 km transect across the Himalayas.
- The study goes on to assert that rising temperatures are
responsible for the accelerating loss.
Indian President announces widening of khelo India Programme
- President Ram NathKovind has highlighted the importance of the
government's flagship 'Khelo India Programme'.
- Addressing the joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament in
New Delhi today, the President said the new government has decided to widen
the spectrum of the 'Khelo India Programme' to cover the entire country.
- Under this programme, 2,500 talented players have been selected
and are being trained. The President said, this facility will now be
provided to 2,500 new players every year.