Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 24 JULY 2019
Govt.denies U.S president’s claim on Kashmir mediation
- External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar today said, it is
India’s consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are
discussed only bilaterally.
- Making a brief statement in the RajyaSabha on US President Donald
Trump’s claim with regard to Jammu and Kashmir, he assured the House that no
such request of mediation was made by Prime Minister NarendraModi to the US
- He said, any engagement with Pakistan will require an end to
- Earlier, Anand Sharma of Congress raised the issue saying the
entire country is shocked to hear the claim made by US President. He said,
the Prime Minister should come to Parliament and verify the US President’s
- While raising the issue, Congress leader AdhirRanjanChowdhury said
India cannot bow its head before anyone and Prime Minister NarendraModi
should come to the House and clarify.
Supreme court to act against fraudulent builders
- The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Union and State
governments to move against builders defrauding homebuyers even as it
cancelled the registration of Amrapali Group under the Real Estate
Regulatory Authority (RERA) and directed the State-owned National Buildings
and Construction Corporation (NBCC) to complete the unfinished housing
projects of the company in a relief for over 40,000 homebuyers.
- The 270-page judgment made scathing remarks at the lender banks,
Noida and Greater Noida authorities who remained mute spectators while the
company and its directors conducted “sham transactions” under their very
- The court accused the banks of “negligence and non-monitoring”; of
turning a blind eye to such an extent that even the basic checks were not
done. On the other hand, the group owed over Rs.5426.09 crore to the Noida
and Greater Noida authorities.
- The judgment also exposed the ways in which builders collude with
banks and authorities to crush the hand which feeds them – the lower income
and middle class homebuyers.
Data breaches have caused Indian enterprises heavily
- Data breaches have cost Indian enterprises Rs. 12.8 crore on an
average during the first half of calendar 2019, a 7.29% increase compared
with a year ago.
- Each employee incurred a loss of Rs. 5,019 on account of lost data
or stolen record, an increase of 9.76% from the prior year, said a study
conducted by IBM Security in association with Ponemon Institute.
- Some 45 enterprises across segments were part of the India leg of
the study. By per capital cost, industrial, pharmaceuticals, technology, and
financial sectors were the top affected verticals, found the study.
- The root cause for 51% of data breaches was malicious or criminal
attacks, and it cost companies $1 million more on average than those
originating from accidental causes. System glitches accounted for 27% of
data breaches while human errors accounted for 22%.
- “The findings highlight the fact it is critical for organisations
to invest in risk assessment, cognitive threat, management and building
digital trust to beef up cyber security,” added Mr.Iyer.
IMF cuts Indian growth forecast to 7 %
- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut India’s growth
forecast for 2019-20 to 7% from its forecast in April of 7.3% on poor demand
conditions, it said on Tuesday.
- The IMF’s World Economic Outlook July update also cut India’s
growth forecast in 2020-21 to 7.2% from the previous estimate of 7.5%.
- In April, the IMF had cut India’s growth forecast for 2019-20 to
7.3%, which was 0.2 percentage points lower than the forecast made in
January, which itself was 0.1 percentage points lower than the forecast made
in October 2018.
- The growth forecast for emerging markets and developing economies
has also been cut by 0.3 percentage points for 2019 to 4.1% and by 0.1
percentage points for 2020 to 4.7%
Boris Johnson to take over as British PM today
- The new leader of Conservative party Boris Johnson will take over
as Prime Minister of Britain today. Mr Johnson is scheduled to meet the
Queen at Buckingham Palace where he will be invited to form a new
- He is also expected to announce senior cabinet posts, including
chancellor of the exchequer and home secretary.
- Mr Johnson won a decisive victory over Foreign Secretary Jeremy
Hunt for the party's leadership. After his victory, Mr Johnson said his
priorities were to deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Labour
leader Jeremy Corbyn.
India-U.K to expand cooperation via educational exchange programme
- A new India-UK bilateral pilot scheme has been launched to support
Britain's universities to collaborate with Indian partners to send UK
students to India during their studies. The “UKEIRI Mobility Programme:
Study in India”, an initiative of Universities UK International (UUKI) and
British Council India, opened yesterday.
- It aims to generate up to 200 opportunities for undergraduate
students at UK universities to visit India by March 2021. Priority for the
programme to visit India during their courses will be given to students from
traditionally underrepresented groups.
- The Study in India programme will support national and
institutional-level objectives to increase the levels of outward student
mobility from the UK to 13 per cent by 2020, as set out in UUKi's “Go
International: Stand Out” campaign.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
ISRO plans for Aditya –L1 mission post Chandrayaan-2
- After Chandrayaan-2, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
has planned to launch its solar mission, Aditya-L1, during the first half of
- Aditya-L1 is meant to observe the Sun’s corona, the outer layers
of the star that span thousands of kilometres.
- India on July 22 successfully launched its second lunar mission
Chandrayaan-2 on board its powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the spaceport
in Sriharikota to land a rover on the celestial body and explore its
unchartered south pole.
- Another interplanetary mission to Venus will be launched in the
next 2-3 years, according to Mr. Sivan, who is also the secretary,
Department of Space.
- Aditya-L1, with additional experiments, can provide observations
of the Sun’s photosphere, chromosphere and corona.
- In addition, particle payloads will study the particle flux
emanating from the Sun, according to the ISRO. These payloads have to be
placed outside the interference of the Earth’s magnetic field and cannot be
useful in the low-earth orbit.