Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 24 MAY 2019
PM Modi re-elected for another term in India
BJP led NDA is all set to form a new government at the
Centre bagging 339 and leading in 12 in the 543 member LokSabha elections.
BJP alone has won an absolute majority and heading for a landslide victory.
It has secured 303 seats. The UPA has won 87 and leading in 3 while others
got 87. The Congress alone has bagged 51 seats.
The Union Cabinet will meet this evening to recommend
the dissolution of the 16th LokSabha. The meet is being held a day after the
counting of votes for the LokSabha elections in which the NDA is all set to
The process to form a new House will be initiated when
the Chief Election Commissioner along with Election Commissioners will meet
the President in the next few days to hand over the list of newly-elected
Collegium recommends 4 judges to the supreme court
- The Centre has cleared four names recommended by the Supreme Court
Collegium for elevation as judges of the apex court.With their appointment,
the Supreme Court will reach its full sanctioned judicial strength of 31
- The Centre has cleared the names of Jharkhand High Court and
Gauhati High Court Chief Justices Aniruddha Bose and A.S. Bopanna. On May 8,
the Collegium refused the government’s request to reconsider its April 12
recommendation to elevate the two judges.
- The Collegium had reiterated its recommendation of Justices Bose
and Bopanna in the face of the government’s initial reluctance. It re-sent
the files of the two judges to the government saying there was nothing
adverse found in their conduct, competence or integrity. This had made it
binding on the government to clear their appointments.
The Collegium had explained its recommendation of
Justices Gavai and Kant as an attempt to provide “due representation”, as
far as possible, to all High Courts and to all sections of society including
those belonging to the SC/ST/OBC categories, women and minorities.
Justice Kant had been the subject of controversy over
a letter written by Justice (now retired) A.K. Goel to then Chief Justice of
India DipakMisra. Justice Goel, then an apex court judge, had disagreed with
the proposal to elevate Justice Kant as Chief Justice of the Himachal
Pradesh High Court. However, the Misra Collegium, in a notification dated
October 3, went ahead with his elevation.
Sensex beaches the 40000mark post electoral results
- On Thursday, the stock market moved in line with the adage with
the Sensex surging over 1,000 points in the morning session to breach the
40,000-mark for the first time ever as initial trends showed the BJP getting
a strong majority.
- However, as the day progressed, traders squared off their
positions with the benchmarks erasing all the gains and ending the day in
the red. With the uncertainty over election results over, markets would now
focus on economic concerns related to growth slowdown, negative foreign
flows, liquidity issues faced by non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) and
global headwinds, say market participants.
- Incidentally, the reversal of gains was primarily led by profit
booking in most of the index heavyweights as the broader market breadth was
almost balanced with 1,167 stocks gaining ground as against 1,347 declines.
- UNESCO study reveals low women participation in technology
- Women remain considerably under-represented across STEM (science,
technology, engineering and math) studies and careers, says UNESCO. That’s
because most young women do not identify with STEM and assume these subjects
won’t align with their desire to be creative and make an impact in the
- Experts call it a detrimental trend as it would further widen the
gender gap in the technology world. Also, by shying away from STEM studies
or careers, women will only be miss contributing to the next generation of
technologies and innovations.
- According to the UNESCO, 29% of those in science research and
development are women, with a low 19% in south and west Asia and a high 48%
in central Asia.
- Microsoft has an initiative to encourage women to pursue careers
in STEM and the technology major has been working to get students and young
women excited about STEM subjects.
- DaianaBeitler, philanthropies director for Microsoft Asia, said,
“Our movement helps raise awareness of the issues that cause girls to drop
out of or lose interest in STEM and aims to pique their excitement in how
they can change the world if they stay engaged.”
Leaders across the globe pour in wishes for PM’s victory
- Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi received congratulatory telephone
calls from leaders across the world including from Ms. Sheikh Hasina, Prime
Minister of Bangladesh; Mr.JigmeKhesarNamgyelWangchuk, King of Bhutan;
Dr.LotayShering, Prime Minister of Bhutan; Mr. K.P. Sharma Oli, Prime
Minister of Nepal; Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of Maldives and many
- Warmly felicitating the Prime Minister, the leaders expressed the
view that the historic mandate reflected the abiding faith of the people of
India in the leadership of the Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi.
- Expressing his gratitude for their compliments and good wishes,
the Prime Minister said that the general elections embodied the strength of
Indian democracy, which is the world’s largest.
- He thanked the global leaders for their cooperation in developing
mutually beneficial bilateral relations and multilateral cooperation, and
expressed his desire to continue to work further with them in fostering even
- The Prime Minister has also expressed his gratitude to several
other leaders who have extended their felicitations to him over social media
and other means.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Study reveals sources of ozone depleting gas
- Rogue emissions of a gas that harms the ozone layer are coming
from eastern China, primarily from two heavily industrialised provinces, an
international team of researchers said on Wednesday.
- The findings confirm what many scientists, environmental groups
and policymakers had suspected after an initial study a year ago reported
new global emissions of the gas, CFC-11, but could only locate the source
generally as East Asia.
- CFC-11 is one of a class of compounds called chlorofluorocarbons
that destroy atmospheric ozone. They are also potent greenhouse gases that
contribute to atmospheric warming.
- Chlorofluorocarbons were outlawed for almost all uses by the
Montreal Protocol, an international pact negotiated decades ago to preserve
the layer of ozone that blocks ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Excessive
amounts of some types of UV radiation can cause skin cancer and eye damage
in people and are harmful to crops and other vegetation.
- After the initial study last year, China denied that there were
serious violations of the ban on the chemical, but also promised to
eradicate any illegal production.
Indian women beat South Korea in hockey
- The Indian women's hockey team came from a goal down to eke out a
close 2-1 win over hosts South Korea in the second game and take an
unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-march series in Jincheon today.
- The Indians had earlier defeated Korea by identical margin in the
opening game of the series.India will take on Korea in the inconsequential
last match of the series on Friday.
- In the match today, skipper Rani Rampal (37th minute) and
NavjotKaur (50th) scored for India after Lee Seungju gave South Korea the
lead in the 19th minute through a field strike.