Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 23 JULY 2019
Govt.asserts RTI amendment does not compromise autonomy of Information
- Information & Broadcasting Minister PrakashJavadekar has said that
NarendraModi Government is fully committed to transparency and
accountability in the flow of information relating various government
- He said, as a result of its commitment to strengthen genuine and
free flow of information, the government has encouraged suomotu
dissemination of maximum information by Government Departments in order to
reduce number of RTIs.
- In a tweet, Mr Javadekar said, there is a deliberate and
mischievous attempt by a section to malign the government.
- The Minister said, there is no merit in their criticism as the
amendment to RTI Act in no way compromises the autonomy of Information
PCI recommends to make paid news a punishable offence
- Union Information and Broadcasting Minister PrakashJavadekarhas
said the Press Council of India has recommended amendment to the
Representation of the People Act, 1951 in order to make the incidence of
paid news a punishable electoral malpractice.
- Giving this information in a written reply in the RajyaSabha
today, the Minister said the Election Commission has also recommended for
including paid news in the category of corrupt practices or electoral
RBI deputy governor wants govt.to reduce borrowing by going for
- Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Deputy Governor Viral Acharya said
that disinvestment in public sector enterprises (PSEs) would alleviate
crowding-out effects of the government’s borrowing in the country.
- He said serious rationalisation could be undertaken including
cutting back on subsidies and programmes that are not delivering long-term
growth, and instead, focussing on providing education, health and
infrastructure. Mr.Acharya had decided to quit the RBI six months before his
- “The much-needed land, labour and agricultural reforms could be
undertaken, all of which can help crowd-in private sector growth,” he added.
Expert panel recommends ban on digital currencies in India
- The committee set up to look into the legality of cryptocurrencies
and blockchain has submitted its report to the Finance Ministry and
recommended that private cryptocurrencies be banned in India.
- All these cryptocurrencies have been created by non-sovereigns.”
The report says cryptocurrencies do not have any intrinsic value of their
own and lack any of the attributes of a currency. They neither act as a
store of value nor are they a medium of exchange in themselves.
- The Committee, however, leaves the door open for the central bank
issued crypto currencies, adding that it endorsed the RBI’s stance of
banning any sort of interface of crypto currencies with the banking system
- “The Committee recommends that the RBI examine the utility of
using DLT based systems for enabling faster and more secure payment
infrastructure,” the report said.
China claims Hongkong protests as unnecessary and intolerable
- China reacted furiously on Monday to anti-government protesters
vandalising the walls of its representative’s office in Hong Kong and
defacing the national emblem, branding their actions “absolutely
- Thousands of masked pro-democracy demonstrators briefly occupied
the road outside the office in the semi-autonomous city on Sunday night and
targeted the building with eggs, projectiles, laser lights and graffiti in a
stark rebuke to Beijing’s rule.
- Hong Kong has been shaken by massive, sometimes violent, protests
initially organised to oppose a now-suspended bill that would have allowed
extraditions to mainland China. They have now morphed into a wider movement
for democratic reforms.
- So far, Beijing has refused to budge. Officials and state media
have accused the protesters of playing into the hands of foreign powers who
seek to harm China, and backed the Hong Kong government. Beyond agreeing to
suspend the extradition bill, there have been few other concessions.
- Radical protests have “insulted the country and the nation”,
Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily said in a front-page
article. “These acts of violence seriously undermined Hong Kong's social
order and trampled on the rule of law.”
Israel demolishes Palestinian settlements near west bank
- Israeli forces demolished a cluster of Palestinian homes near a
military barrier on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Monday, in the face of
protests and international criticism.
- Israel said the 10 apartment buildings, most of them still under
construction, had been built illegally and posed a security risk to Israeli
armed forces operating along the barrier that runs through the occupied West
- U.N. officials, who had called on Israel to halt the demolition
plans, said 17 Palestinians faced displacement.
- Israel's Supreme Court ruled in June that the structures violated
a construction ban. Palestinians and rights groups say Israeli building
permits are nearly impossible to obtain. The deadline for residents to
remove the affected buildings, or parts of them, was Friday.
- The Palestine Liberation Organization issued a statement accusing
the Israeli court of trying to set a precedent for further demolitions along
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Chandrayaan-2 successfully launched by ISRO
- The powerful booster GSLV-Mark-Three carrying Chandrayaan-2
on-board zoomed into space at 14.43 hours by puffing out thick smoke and
leaving trailblazers amidst thundering sound from the second launch pad of
the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
- After piercing through the cloudy sky, it placed the high-stake
lunar probe into the designated highly elliptical orbit around the earth in
just 16 minutes and 33 seconds. ISRO Chairman Dr Sivan congratulated the
Team ISRO for the remarkable achievement saying it is the beginning of a
historic journey by the nation to the moon.
- From the earth-bound orbit, Chandrayaan-2 will be navigated by the
ISRO scientists to near the South Pole of the moon.
- It will be made possible by carrying out fifteen earth-bound
manoeuvres that involve burning the engine onboard Chandrayaan-2. It will be
the first-ever soft-landing of a probe by India, that is expected to be on
- India would become the fourth ever nation to have a soft-landing
on the moon, once Chandrayaan-2 reaches the unexplored area.