Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 24 AUGUST 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams -
24 AUGUST 2019
VP confirms India’s stand of non-acceptance of mediation in internal matters
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that India would not
accept interference or mediation in the internal affairs of the country. He
asserted that restructuring of Jammu Kashmir state was aimed at improving
governance and fostering inclusive and equitable growth.
An official release today said that Mr Naidu made the statement
while addressing 60 heads of Estonian diplomatic missions along with the
Foreign Minister of Estonia, UrmasReinsalu on the last day of his tri-nation
tour to the Baltic Region.
The Vice President arrived in New Delhi this morning after
completing a series of official engagements in Estonia on the last leg of
Mr Naidu decried attempts to spread misinformation and
internationalize the re-structuring of Jammu & Kashmir, which was purely an
administrative matter and within the purview of the Indian government.
Centre initiates measures to control onion prices
With onion supplies falling prey to hoarders and profiteers at
entry points to Delhi, the Union government has asked the police from all
the neighbouring States to take action to prevent artificial shortage in the
The issue was raised at a meeting called to review the prices of
essential commodities such as onions, pulses and oilseeds under the
chairmanship of Consumer Affairs Secretary Avinash K. Srivastava.
Police from all neighbouring States have been asked to hold
regular meetings with each other and ensure seamless checks on hoarding both
within the Capital and in other States, as well as at entry points along the
border, said an official statement.
Govt. sets out measures to boost private sector investments
The government on Friday came out on the front foot to try to
boost private sector sentiments, with Finance Minister NirmalaSitharaman
announcing a slew of measures to reduce the burden on the sector, including
withdrawing the controversial surcharge on Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs)
and reiterating the Prime Minister’s statement that the government “respects
all wealth creators”.
Ms.Sitharaman told a press conference that the government would
not treat corporate social responsibility violations as criminal offences,
as it had earlier said.
She, however, clarified that the increased surcharge announced in
the Budget would still apply to high net-worth individuals earning more than
Rs. 2 crore a year. This, she said, would be the case till India’s 75th
Independence Day, when the decision would be reviewed.
In keeping with the overall push to allay private sector concerns,
the Minister also stressed that the government was in favour of penalties
rather than prosecution. This would extend to violations of the CSR rules,
which it had earlier said could attract a jail term of up to three years
along with a fine. The decision had spooked India Inc, and the roll-back
should come as a relief.
Centre considers treating CSR violations as civil liabilities
Finance Minister NirmalaSitharaman on Friday announced that
corporate social responsibility (CSR) violations would not be treated as
criminal offences and would instead be a civil liability, in a move welcomed
by India Inc.
When asked for comments, Abhishek Lodha, MD, Lodha Group, said,
“Job creators (business) will appreciate the steps taken on CSR and other
measures. While the economy will take time to recover, the process will
start from today. The important steps announced today will boost job
creation and revive economic sentiment.”
The government has provided companies, through revised orders, the
time for completing on-going projects towards fulfilling their CSR
“With the fiscal space available to the government being limited,
the private sector needs to be encouraged.“The willingness to address the
risk and cost of doing business, as is reflected with the decision on CSR
issue, is an important gesture in this context,” he said.
UNSC criticises China and Pakistan for persecuting religious minorities
A UN Security Council meet has criticised China and Pakistan for
persecution of their religious minorities. Western powers such as the US and
UK criticised China and Pakistan for the oppression faced by Christians,
Ahmadis, Uighurs and other ethnic minorities.
The Arria-Formula Meeting of the Security Council on 'Advancing
the Safety and Security of Persons Belonging to Religious Minorities in
Armed Conflict' was organised by Poland, the Council President for August,
to mark the first International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of
Violence Based on Religion or Belief.
Addressing the meeting, US Ambassador at Large for International
Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback said religious freedom is essential for
achieving peace and stability within nations and among nations. He then
called out Pakistan for the persecution religious minorities continue to
suffer from in the country.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
India and France plans for cooperation in ship surveillance
India and France have formalised the development and launch of
what is probably a unique constellation of around 10 low-earth orbit
satellites that will continuously provide maritime surveillance and
They will cover a wide belt around the globe and specifically
focus on the Indian Ocean region where France, with its Reunion Islands, has
a strategic interest.
When in place, the satellite-based Automatic Identification System
or AIS will detect, identify and track a range of vessels moving in the
ocean region and guard against aggression, terrorism, piracy, smuggling,
source of oil slicks and also be useful for rescues.
At present, ship operators do fix a non-space-based AIS on their
vessels but they can turn it off when they do not want to be detected and
Most ships are mandated to have a transponder that gives their
details and also to detect ships around them. By making out the kind of
ship, its location, speed and course with AIS, a country’s maritime force
can make out potential threats, similar to the aviation system of IFF or
‘identify friend or foe’ for planes.
India wins bronze medal in world archery championship
In Archery, the Indian team of Sukhbeer Singh, Sangampreet Singh
Bisla and TusharPhadtare clinched a bronze medal in the junior compound
men's team event in the World Youth Championships in Madrid today.
Trailing by one point till the penultimate end, the Indian trio
made a spectacular recovery, shooting a flawless final end with two Xs to
defeat Colombia's JagdeepTeji Singh Mejia, Gomez Zuluaga Felipe and Toro
Vasquez Manuel 234-231.