Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 22 SEPTEMBER 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams -
22 SEPTEMBER 2019
Vice president addresses project managers conference
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today emphasized the need for
developing a national policy for project and programme management. Stating
that the Quality Council of India is currently working on a policy
framework, the Vice President said, it will be for the first time that a
formal approach has been initiated on the subject.
Addressing the National Project Managers’ Conference held by the
Project Management Institute (PMI) in Hyderabad this morning, the Vice
President said, the project managers play a vital role in growth both in
public and private sectors.
He felt the country need over 70 lakh new project managers by 2027
to support the fast growth that is being taken place across many sectors.
Stating that the country does not have good track record in executing
projects, Mr Naidu said, the latest report from the Statistics and Programme
implementation department revealed that 25 per cent of the Central sector
projects are delayed and affecting over 150 crore rupees funds.
Centre assures creation of national intelligence grid by 2020
The NATGRID - a robust intelligence gathering mechanism related to
immigration, banking, individual tax payers, air and train travels - is
likely to be operational by January 2020, officials said on Sunday.
The work on the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) set up to
track any terror suspect and prevent terrorist attacks with real time data,
has been accelerated after Union Home Minister Amit Shah recently reviewed
the progress of the ₹3,400 crore project, conceptualised following the 26/11
Mumbai terror attacks.
The NATGRID will have data related to all immigration entry and
exit, banking and financial transactions, credit card purchases, telecom,
individual tax payers, air flyers, train travellers besides others to
generate intelligence inputs.
The Cabinet Committee on Security had given approval to the Rs 3,400
croreproject on April 8, 2010 but its work slowed down after 2012.
RBI claims rise in oil prices not to impact inflation
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das has said that
only a limited impact on inflation is expected in view of spiked crude oil
prices amidst the ongoing crisis in Saudi Arabia.
Drone attacks on the world's largest oil refinery in Saudi Arabia
have resulted in a massive 20 percent surge in crude prices.
Speaking at an economic summit in Mumbai last evening, Mr. Das
said, the fiscal numbers given the lower subsidy outgo adding that the full
impact will only to visible in the long run.
Mr. Das said, he expects inflation to remain below 4 percent in
the next 12 months and there is room for more rate cuts given growth slump.
He maintained that domestic economy remains resilient as foreign debt is
only 19.7 percent of GDP.
Centre says postal accounts and license to be linked with Aadhar
IT and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said postal
accounts will be linked with Aadhaar for greater transparency.He was
speaking after inaugurating Bihar's first and the country's tenth
AadhaarSeva Kendra in Patna today.
He said on an average, one thousand Aadhaar cards will be made at
this centre and other facilities will be also available. Mr Prasad said 114
such Kendra will soon be operational in 53 cities in the country.
The Minister also inaugurated the country's second and Bihar's
first women post office in Patna. The first post office is in Mumbai.
Mr. Prasad announced that women post offices will be opened in
every postal division of the country. He said these post offices will be a
step forward towards strengthening women empowerment.
Minister Ravishankar Prasad has said that Driving Licence will be
linked with Adaharcard to check forgery. He was addressing a function in
Saudi reiterates commitment to meet India’s energy needs
Saudi Arabia hassaid that it is committed to meet India's energy
security needs and will workconstructively with other oil producers to
maintain market stabilitynotwithstanding the biggest-ever attacks on its oil
Saudi Ambassador Dr.Saud bin Mohammed Al Sati, in an exclusive
interview to PTI in New Delhi, saidhis country will invite the United
Nations and international experts to viewthe situation on the ground and to
participate in the investigation into theattacks.
The Ambassador said, Saudi Arabia hasthe capability and resolve to
defend itself and to forcefully respond to theaggressions, and appreciated
New Delhi's support and solidarity to Riyadhfollowing the strikes which, he
asserted, were against the internationalcommunity as a whole.
Asked whether Saudi Arabia willincrease oil supply to India to
address the shortfall due to curb on import ofoil from Iran, the envoy said,
his country is committed to India's energysecurity and will meet any
shortfall that may arise due to disruptions fromother sources.
Iran to present peace plan to UN on gulf security
Iranian PresidentHassan Rouhani today denounced the presence of
foreign forces in the Gulf andsaid that Tehran will present a peace plan to
the United Nations, afterarch-foe the United States ordered reinforcements
to the tinderbox region.
Ina televised speech at an annual military parade in Tehran, he
said, foreignforces can cause problems and insecurity for the Iranian people
and the region.He said, in this sensitive and important historical moment,
we announce to ourneighbours that we extend the hand of friendship and
brotherhood to them.
Tensions have flared in the Gulf sinceMay, when Iran began
reducing its commitments to the nuclear deal and the USsaid it was sending
forces to waters near the Islamic Republic in response toindications of a
credible threat from its forces.
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India to undertake Gaganyaan mission from 2020
Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO, Chairman K Sivan has
said the Chandrayaan-2 mission has achieved 98 per cent of its objectives.
He said the orbiter, with eight scientific instruments, is doing
well and performing scheduled scientific experiments.
Talking to reporters in Bhubaneswar, Odisha today, he said, in
case of technology demonstration, the success percentage was almost full.
The ISRO Chairman said, initially, the orbiter’s life was only one
year, but due to optimum mission operations, it has increased to 7.5 years.
He said a national-level committee comprising academicians and
ISRO experts are analysing the cause of the communication loss with Vikram.
Mr Sivan said ISRO is focusing on space mission, Gaganyaan by 2020.
The ISRO chairman said the country is moving ahead to meet its
target of sending man to space by December 2021.