Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 22 JULY 2019
Government plans for big infrastructure projects
- An Annual Global Investors Summit is to be organised later this
year, with the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund anchoring the
event, to invite investment in the infrastructure segment, where spending
for the next five years is projected at Rs. 100 crore. The government is
hoping that this will have a cascading effect of pushing growth.
- This was revealed by government sources as the Modi government
completed the first 50 days of its second term and shared data on decisions
taken by it.
- Significantly, Prime Minister NarendraModi told close aides in his
office that there will be no “settling-in” period this time around as it was
a continuing government.
- Giving further details, government sources said the 50-day push
was important as it clearly delineated the government’s priorities and where
it wanted to focus resources and policy thought.
- Apart from this, 58 archaic laws have been repealed continuing on
from the last term of the government where nearly a 1000 laws had been
EC claims above 60% turn out of service voters during elections
- Having sent postal ballots to service voters electronically for
the first time in the 2019 LokSabha elections, the Election Commission of
India on Sunday said the one-way electronic transmission had enabled 60.14%
turnout of such voters.
- In comparison, an EC statement noted, the service voter turnout in
the 2014 General Elections was just 4%. While the service voters still had
to post their ballots back, an online registration system was set up and the
ballots sent to them electronically for the first time.
- For the first time enabled through the dedicated portal https://www.servicevoter.eci.nic.in
online registration, the service voters were sent postal ballots
electronically one way to save processing time, resources and avoid human
errors,” the statement read.
- The Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System has two layers
of security, with use of a one-time password, PIN and unique QR code on the
portal, it said.
NITI Aayog VC hopeful of attaining 8% growth from 2020
- NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar has said that India will
achieve economic growth of 8 per cent plus from the fiscal year 2020-21
onwards as structural reforms are set to produce the benefits.
- Talking to a news agency in New York, Mr Kumar said, the
foundation has been laid and the transformation has begun with the passing
of structural reforms like the Goods and Services Tax, Insolvency and
Bankruptcy Code. He said, these have taken their time to settle down and now
they'll produce the benefits.
- Mr Kumar stressed that in the next five years, the Modi government
is focused on accelerating growth from the current about seven per cent to
more than eight per cent and it will propel the country to easily achieving
the target of becoming a five trillion dollar economy.
- The NITI Aayog Vice Chairman was in New York for the High-Level
Political Forum Ministerial Meeting on Sustainable Development Goals at the
United Nations Headquarters. During his visit, he delivered the keynote
address at the 'India Investment Seminar' held at the Consulate General of
India, New York.
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.
Colistin is a valuable, last-resort antibiotic that saves lives in critical
care units and in recent years, medical professionals have been alarmed by
the number of patients who have exhibited resistance to the drug.
- Dr.Ghafur 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.
Japanese ruling coalition secures upper house majority
- In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition secured a
majority in the upper house of parliament in elections today. According to
vote counts by public television and other media, Abe's Liberal Democratic
Party and its junior partner Komeito had won 64 seats in the upper house
after two hours of voting.
- Exit polls indicated Abe could even close in on the super-majority
needed to propose constitutional revisions.
- The two-thirds majority needed for constitutional revision could
be within reach if the ruling bloc can gain support from members of another
conservative party and independents. Up for grabs were 124 seats in the less
powerful of Japan's two parliamentary chambers.
- The results appeared to match or even exceed pre-election polls
that indicated Abe's ruling bloc was to keep ground in the upper house, with
most voters considering it a safer choice over an opposition with an
uncertain track record. To reach the two-thirds majority, or 164 seats, Abe
needs 85 more seats by his ruling bloc and supporters of a charter change.
Britain to hold emergency meeting to discuss oil tanker seizure issue
- Prime Minister Theresa May will hold a meeting of Britain's
emergencies committee today to discuss Iran's seizure of a UK-flagged oil
tanker in the Gulf.
- A Downing Street spokeswoman said the meeting will discuss the
maintenance of the security of shipping in the Persian Gulf as well as
receive the latest s from ministers and officials.
- British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt spoke to his French and
German counterparts over the issue.
- Iranian authorities impounded the Stena Impero with 23 crew
members aboard off the port of Bandar Abbas after the Islamic Revolutionary
Guard Corps seized it Friday in the highly sensitive Strait of Hormuz.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Environment ministry claims sharp decline in vulture population in the
- There has been a sharp decline in the population of vultures in
the country which has come down from 40 million to 19,000 in a span of over
three decades, the Environment Ministry told the Parliament on Friday.
- Responding to a query on the status of vultures in the country,
Union Environment Minister PrakashJavadekar said there are three species of
critically endangered resident Gyps vultures – white-backed vulture,
long-billed vulture and slender-billed vulture – whose population as per the
latest figures is 6,000, 12,000 and 1,000, respectively.
- The Minister said nationwide vulture surveys are being carried out
by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) every four years sponsored by
the Ministry of Environment and Forest Departments of various States since
- The major cause of mortality of vultures was found to be the
veterinary non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug ‘Diclofenac’, given to
cattle in pain and inflammation.
- The Environment Minister also gave out details of financial
support for vulture conservation to various States for saving critically
endangered species and habitats of centrally sponsored scheme – Development
of Wildlife Habitats.