Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 22 JUNE 2019
Supreme court halts road construction through tiger reserve
- The Supreme Court on Friday ordered an immediate halt to the
construction of a road that passes through a corridor between the Rajaji and
Corbett Tiger Reserves. “There appears to be numerous violations of the
Forest Conservation Act,” it said.
- The road, which traverses a “critical” corridor between the Rajaji
Tiger Reserve and the Corbett Tiger Reserve, is being built without the
statutory approval of the National Board for Wildlife, the Central Empowered
Committee said in its report.
- After going through the report, the court said, “It is apparent
that the advice of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has not
been taken and permission from the standing committee of the National Board
for Wildlife has also not been taken”.
- The NTCA also informed the CEC that the Uttarakhand government had
not responded to its letters of April 20 and May 30 on the road
construction.It also asked for strict action against the officers who had
allowed the road to be built.
Over 6 Crore farmers benefit from PM KISAN scheme
- Over six crore farmers across the country have been benefited
under the PradhanMantriKisanSammanNidhi scheme till now.
- A sum of 1230 crore rupees has been credited directly to the bank
accounts of farmers families. The ambit of the scheme has been expanded to
cover all farmers in the country irrespective of the size of their land
- With a long verification process delaying payments, the Centre has
now announced that farmers will get benefits retrospectively from the time
their names are uploaded in the database, rather than from the time their
details are verified.
GST council promotes use of Aadhar for registration
- The GST Council has simplified rules for registration and Aadhaar
will now be used by businesses for registration under GST.
- In the earlier system, people had to give various documents and
now, several advantages will occur to the business by using Aadhaar.
- Addressing the media, Revenue Secretary Ajay BhushanPandey said,
GST Council approved imposing a penalty of up to 10 per cent on entities not
passing on benefits of GST rate cuts to consumers.
- He said, the council has also extended the date for filing annual
returns under the Goods and Services Tax regime by two months to 30th of
- Mr Pandey said, it has also given in principle approval to
electronic invoicing system and e-ticketing in multiplexes. He said, now it
is mandatory for the multiplexes to issue electronic tickets.
- He said, the GST Council has extended date for filing annual
returns under GST by two months to 30th August. The council has also
extended the tenure of National Anti-Profiteering Authority by two more
India asks Pakistan to implement FATF action plan
- India expects Pakistan to take all necessary steps to effectively
implement the action plan of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) fully by
September this year.
- In response to a media query regarding FATF decision to
continuously keep Pakistan in the Grey List, External Affairs Ministry
spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, the FATF action plan by Pakistan should be
in accordance with its political commitment.
- He said Islamabad should take credible, verifiable, irreversible
and sustainable measures to address global concerns related to terrorism and
terrorist financing emanating from any territory under its control.
- On Friday, the FATF said that Islamabad has failed to complete its
action plan on terror financing and warned Islamabad to meet its commitment
by October or face action, which could possibly lead to the country getting
- The Paris-based global body is working to curb terrorism financing
and money laundering and has asked Pakistan to reassess the operation of
banned terrorist outfits in the country.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Scientists develop new E-tattoo to monitor health
- A novel electronic tattoo made from stretchy, lightweight material
could make heart health monitoring easier and more accurate than existing
electrocardiograph machines, a team of scientists said.
- This is the latest development in the team’s electronic tattoo
technology, a graphene-based wearable device that can be placed on the skin
to measure a variety of body responses, from electrical to biomechanical
- The latest e-tattoo developed by researchers at the University of
Texas at Austin in the U.S. is so light and stretchable that it can be
placed over the heart for extended periods.
- It also measures cardiac health in two ways, taking
electrocardiograph and seismocardiograph readings simultaneously, according
to the study published in the journal Advanced Science
- ECG readings alone are not accurate enough for determining heart
health, but they provide additional information when combined with SCG
signal recordings. Like a form of quality control, the SCG indicates the
accuracy of the ECG readings.
- The device also includes 3D digital image correlation technology
that is used to map chest vibrations in order to identify the best location
on the chest to place the e-tattoo.
PankajAdvani wins Asian snooker championship
- India's ace cueist PankajAdvani has clinched the 35th men's Asian
Snooker Championship in Doha to complete a career grand slam in cue sports.
- Advani defeated ThanawatTirapongpaiboon 6-3 in the final on Friday
to become the only one to win the Asian and World championships in all