Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 23 September 2021
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 23 September 2021
R.N Ravi resigns as Centre's interlocutor with Naga insurgent groups
The Centre’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks since 2014, RN Ravi, with whom Naga groups had refused to hold any discussions, stepped down from the post. A ministry of home affairs spokesperson said Ravi’s resignation was accepted with immediate effect.
The development comes days after Ravi was moved as Governor of Tamil Nadu from Nagaland, where he held the post of Governor as well.
Isak-Muivah-led National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), while seeking his ouster, had claimed last year that Ravi misinterpreted the 2015 Framework Agreement between the Naga groups and the Centre and tried to manipulate it.
In a statement issued in August last year, NSCN-IM said Ravi was creating hurdles in the final settlement of the Naga political issue.
His removal on September 9 from Nagaland is being seen as a positive step towards finalising the peace deal, especially at a time when all the members of the Nagaland legislative assembly have agreed to come together to push for settlement and pave the way.
“The trust deficit between Ravi and Naga groups had deepened so much in last two years that talks had not moved at all. The process has begun again,” said a government official.
The biggest and oldest of the Naga rebel outfits, NSCN-IM had been in peace talks with the central government since 1997 and signed a Framework Agreement (FA) on August 3, 2015, in the presence of Prime Minister NarendraModi, which was to be the basis for a final deal on the long-pending Naga issue.
Though peace talks with NSCN-IM and other pro-talks rebel outfits (Naga National Political Groups-NNPGs) concluded in October 2019, a formal deal to end the decades-old Naga political problem is still awaited.
China calls on G20 members to help ease the liquidity pressure in Afghanistan
At the G20 virtual foreign ministers' meeting on Afghanistan today, China reiterated its support for the interim Taliban government in Kabul.
Chinese state councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi attended the meet virtually and said that Economic sanctions against Afghanistan must end and unilateral restrictions on the country should be lifted as soon as possible. Sanctions should not be used as leverage to exert political pressure on Afghanistan, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement on Wang Yi’s speech at the virtual meet.
China calls on G20 members to actively adopt concrete measures to help ease the liquidity pressure in Afghanistan, the statement said citing Wang Yi. Afghanistan’s peaceful reconstruction and medium and long-term development cannot do without financial support from the international community, the top Chinese diplomat said. Wang Yi called on the Group of 20 (G20) to speed up their efforts to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.
China announced earlier this month that it had decided to urgently provide 200-million-yuan ($30.96 million) worth of grains, winter supplies, vaccines and other medicines to Afghanistan, including an initial 3 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, Wang Yi noted. The international community should also help Afghanistan speed up its economic reconstruction and fundamentally reduce the number of refugees and migrants, the statement said.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal launched the National Single Window System
Commerce minister PiyushGoyal launched a national single window system (NSWS) that will help domestic and global investors in getting regulatory approvals through the online portal, which currently hosts 18 central departments and nine states.
“Under Prime Minister NarendraModiJi’s leadership India rolls out a red carpet for investors! Government soft launches the National Single Window System, a go-to digital platform for investors for approvals and clearances,” Goyal said. The portal will add another 14 central departments and five states by the end of this calendar year.
The minister said investors will get access to all solutions at the click of the mouse through end-to-end facilitation. “This would bring transparency, accountability and responsiveness in the ecosystem and all information will be available on a single dashboard,” he said.
The portal will provide investors services such as know-your-approval (KYA), common registration, state registration, document repository, and e-communication. “Launch of National Single Window System is a giant leap towards making India Aatmanirbhar [self-reliance],” Goyal said.
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Former ISRO chairman K. Kasturirangan to head panel to develop new curriculum framework
The Union Education Ministry formed a 12-member National Steering Committee to develop the new National Curriculum Framework (NCF) in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
Renowned Indian space scientist and former head of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Dr. K Kasturirangan will head the panel.
Dr. Kasturirangan was also the head of the drafting committee of NEP 2020.
In a statement, the Union Education Ministry said the panel would develop four curriculum frameworks: a national curriculum framework for school education; a national curriculum for early childhood care and education; a national curriculum framework for teacher education; and a national curriculum framework for adult education.
“The Committee will discuss different aspects of these four areas, keeping in focus of all the recommendations of NEP 2020 for proposing curriculum reforms… All the national curriculum frameworks would also reflect upon the implications of situations such as COVID-19 pandemic on respective areas for the future,” the statement noted.
Currently, the fourth National Curriculum Framework finalised in 2005 is in place in the country.
Flyweight boxing champ Deepak Bhoria aims to soar beyond Amit Panghal
Deepak Bhoria was a class apart at the just-ended senior national boxing championships in Bellary. With deft footwork, quick reflexes and sharp counters, he won all his bouts convincingly for the 51kg (flyweight) title and earn the right to represent India at the world championships in Belgrade next month.
The result was on expected lines for Bhoria - an Asian championships silver medallist - in the absence of India’s top boxer in the class, AmitPanghal.