Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 22 FEBRUARY 2020
GoM discuss upon Juvenile Justice act 2015
- A Group of Ministers (GoM) chaired by Home Minister Amit Shah met on
Friday to discuss proposed amendments to the Juvenile Justice (Care and
Protection of Children) (JJ) Act, 2015. Women and Child Development Minister
SmritiIrani steered the meeting.
- The 2015 Act addressed two key issues — “apprehension, detention,
prosecution, penalty or imprisonment, rehabilitation and social
re-integration of children in conflict with law” and “procedures and
decisions or orders relating to rehabilitation, adoption, re-integration and
restoration of children in need of care and protection”.
- A senior government official said the meeting was convened to seek views
from all the senior Cabinet Ministers on Prime Minister NarendraModi’s
suggestion. “The Prime Minister wants that there should be greater synergy
between Ministries on proposed laws. There are certain amendments that are
being brought to the JJ Act and the GoM under Mr. Shah met to discuss the
fine print. Views from all Union Ministers were sought,” a senior official
PM hails balance between development and environment in the country
- Prime Minister NarendraModi today underlined that the rule of law is the
basis of social transformation and the changes in the system should be
rational as per law. He said the law is supreme and the people of India have
strong faith in the judiciary.
- He was addressing the two-day International Judicial Conference
organised by Supreme Court in New Delhi. In an apparent remark on the recent
Supreme Court's decisions on Ayodhya land dispute, the Prime Minister said,
a lot of talks had taken prior to the decision. But people have accepted the
- The Prime Minister said, it is a matter of pride that the Indian
judiciary, legislature and executive have been carrying forward the spirit
of the Constitution by respecting each other's roles. He also said, Father
of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi's life was devoted to truth and service, which
are considered the foundation of the judiciary.
- Mr.Modi hailed the Supreme Court for redefining environmental
jurisprudence saying the judiciary has struck balance between development
Gold jumps to 7 year high mark
- Gold rose 1% on Friday to its highest in seven years as the spread of
the coronavirus intensified concerns about its impact on economic activity
and global growth, increasing the metal's safe-haven appeal.
- Spot gold rose 1.1% to $1,636.60 per ounce as of 18:26 IST, after
hitting its highest since February 14, 2013 at $1,636.66 earlier this
session. U.S. gold futures jumped 1.2% to $1,639.60.
- “There is a rise in risk aversion again due to fears that the COVID-19
disease will spread further. The virus poses a major risk for the global
economy,” Commerzbank analyst Carsten Fritsch said. This is likely to force
western central banks to maintain easy monetary policy, he added.
- Meanwhile, China reported an uptick in new cases of COVID-19, boosted by
over 200 people testing positive in two prisons outside of Hubei province,
the epicentre of the outbreak.
- The increase in number of new cases hit stock markets around the world,
putting them on course for their worst week in four.
- Among other safe havens, the U.S. government bonds gained as the
benchmark 10-year treasury yields fell to its lowest since September.
Atal innovation mission aims large scale contribution towards innovation
- Atal Innovation Mission, the flagship initiative of NITI Aayog, has
contributed immensely to promote innovation and entrepreneurship across the
country. A cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister NarendraModi, had on 24th
February 2016 given its approval for the establishment of Atal Innovation
- The Mission is establishing Atal Tinkering Laboratories in schools
across India to foster curiosity, creativity and imagination in young minds
and inculcate skills such as design mindset and computational thinking.
- The Atal Tinkering Labs are dedicated innovation workspaces of 1200-1500
square feet where kits on the latest technologies like 3D Printers and
Robotics are installed using a grant of 20 lakh rupees from the government.
- Students from Class 6 to Class 12 can tinker with these technologies and
learn to create innovative solutions using these technologies. Atal
Innovation Mission is setting up world-class Atal Incubators at the
university, NGO, SME and Corporate industry levels that would trigger and
enable successful growth of sustainable startups.
- The Mission is providing a grant of upto 10 crore rupees to successful
applicants for setting up greenfield incubators or scaling up existing ones.
France set to shutdown its oldest nuclear plant
- French state-owned energy giant EDF today began shutting down the
country's oldest nuclear power plant after 43 years in operation.
- EDF said, it had disconnected one of two reactors at Fessenheim, along
the Rhine river near France's eastern border with Germany and Switzerland,
at 2:00 am (0100 GMT) in the first stage of the complete closure of the
- The second reactor is to be taken offline on June 30 but it will be
several months before the two have cooled enough and the used fuel can start
to be removed. The removal of the fuel is expected to be completed by the
summer of 2023 but the plant will only be fully decommissioned by 2040 at
- Shutting down Fessenheim became a key goal of anti-nuclear campaigners
after the catastrophic meltdown at Fukushima in Japan in 2011.
- Experts have noted that construction and safety standards at Fessenheim,
brought online in 1977, fall far short of those at Fukushima, with some
warning that seismic and flooding risks in the Alsace region had been
- Despite a pledge by ex-President Francois Hollande just months after
Fukushima to close the plant, it was not until 2018 that President Emmanuel
Macron's government gave the final green light.
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National organic food festival begins in New Delhi
- Ministry of Food Processing and Ministry of Women and Child Development
jointly inaugurated the National Organic Food Festival in New Delhi.
- The festival aimed at strengthening organic food produce in the country.
It also aimed at encouraging women entrepreneurs in manufacturing organic
- More than 180 women entrepreneurs and self-help groups exhibited their
organic products at the festival. It was announced at the festival that the
organic sector is growing at a speed of 17% per year.
- GoI has lately been taking several steps to export organic foods. In
order to achieve this, JaivikKheti Portal has been included in the
agriculturalbudget presented by the Finance Minister.
- Out of the 2.8 lakh crore allocated for agriculture, a part is to be
used for JaivikKheti scheme.
Indian athletes perform well in Asian championship
- On day 5 of the Asian Wrestling Championship in New Delhi, India earned
one gold and three silver medals yesterday.
- In men’s freestyle 57 kg category, Ravi Dahiya won gold medal defeating
Tajikistan’s HikmatulloVohidov by technical superiority in the final match
at KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium.
- Earlier, India’s BajrangPunia, GouravBaliyan and SatyawartKadian won
silver medals after losing in their respective finals.