Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 21 SEPTEMBER 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams -
21 SEPTEMBER 2019
Vice President urges people to learn as many languages as possible
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has called upon people to learn as
many languages as possible and asserted that there should not be the
imposition of any language, nor should there be opposition to any particular
Mr Naidu said this while interacting with students from Sharada
Residential School, Manipal who had returned recently after visiting NASA
and other places in the United States of America.
He stressed that India was blessed with many languages and asked
students and teachers to give importance to promoting mother tongue, while
learning other languages.
Mr Naidu advised the youth to travel widely within the country to
know about India’s rich culture and heritage.
PMMY beneficiaries crosses one crore mark
PradhanMantriMatruVandanaYojana (PMMVY) has achieved a significant
milestone by crossing one crore beneficiaries. The PMMVY is a direct benefit
transfer scheme under which cash benefits are provided to pregnant women in
their bank account directly to meet enhanced nutritional needs and partially
compensate for wage loss.
Women and Child Development Ministry said, the total amount
disbursed to the beneficiaries under the scheme has crossed four thousand
The scheme, under which the beneficiaries receive a cash benefit
of five thousand rupees in three installments, was launched on 1st of
January in 2017. They eligible beneficiaries also receive cash incentive
under JananiSurakshaYojana. On an average, a woman gets six thousand rupees.
Govt.brings down corporate tax for domestic investors
The government has cut the corporate tax from nearly 35 to about
25 per cent for domestic investors.
Addressing Media ahead of 37th GST council meeting in Goa, Union
Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs NirmalaSitharaman said the new
domestic manufacturing companies will have to pay 15 per cent tax.
The Minister said a new provision has been ed in the Income-tax
Act with effect from Financial Year 2019-20, which allows any domestic
company an option to pay income-tax at the rate of 22 per cent if they do
not avail any exemption/incentive.
Now, the corporate tax rate for domestic companies shall be 25.17
per cent inclusive of surcharge & cess, which was earlier nearly 35 per
cent. Also, such companies shall not be required to pay Minimum Alternate
Central departments to work on mission mode basis to implement accessible
The Central Advisory Board on Disability has advised all the
Central Ministries and Departments to take effective steps to implement the
Accessible India Campaign on mission mode.
The board held its third meeting chaired by Social Justice and
Empowerment Minister ThaawarchandGehlot in New Delhi yesterday.
The Board urged the state governments to develop schemes and
programmes to cover social security aspects as envisaged in the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
It also urged them to notify the Rules under the Act, appoint
independent State Commissioners and constitute State Advisory Boards at the
The Accessible India Campaign aims at providing equal opportunity
to persons with disabilities to participate in all the aspects of life and
During the meeting, It also discussed to develop a National
Programme for Comprehensive Early Childhood Rehabilitation of Children with
Tens of thousands of protesters joined rallies today as a day of
worldwide demonstrations calling for action against climate change began
ahead of a United Nations Summit in New York.
Some of the first rallies in what is being billed as a global
climate strike were held in Australia's largest city, Sydney and the
national capital, Canberra.
More than three lakh Australian demonstrators called for their
nation to take more drastic action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Australia is the world's largest exporter of coal and liquid
natural gas. In the United States, more than 800 events were planned, while
in Germany more than 400 rallies were expected.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Cabinet approves ban on e-cigarettes
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a ban on e-cigarettes,
citing the need to take early action to protect public health.
Upon promulgation of the ordinance, any production, manufacturing,
import, export, transport, sale (including online sale), distribution or
advertisement (including online advertisement) of e-cigarettes shall be a
cognisable offence punishable with imprisonment of up to one year, or fine
up to ₹1 lakh, or both for the first offence; and imprisonment of up to
three years and fine up to ₹5 lakh for a subsequent offence.
Storage of electronic-cigarettes shall also be punishable with
imprisonment of up to 6 months or a fine of up to ₹50,000 or both.
The sub-inspector has been designated as the authorised officer to
take action under the ordinance. The Central or State governments may also
designate any other equivalent officer(s) as authorised officer for
enforcement of the provisions of the ordinance
The Prohibition of E-cigarettes Ordinance, 2019, was recently
examined by a Group of Ministers (GoM) following directions from the Prime
Minister’s Office. In the draft ordinance, the Health Ministry had proposed
a maximum imprisonment of up to one year along with a penalty of ₹1 lakh
against first time violators.
BajrangPunia wins bronze in world wrestling championships
In Wrestling, BajrangPunia and Ravi Dahiya today won bronze at the
World Championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
This is Bajrang's second consecutive medal at the Worlds and third
overall while Dahiya has managed to win bronze in his very first appearance
at the senior championships.