Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 25 AUGUST 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams -
25 AUGUST 2019
Central team to conduct assessment of flood situation in states
In pursuance of a significant decision taken by the Union Minister
for Home Affairs, ShriAmit Shah, in the High Level Committee (HLC) meeting
held on 19th August 2019.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has constituted Inter-Ministerial
Central Teams (IMCTs) to visit the States of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura,
Bihar, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra,
Karnataka and Kerala affected by recent floods.
The IMCT for the State of Karnakata, which is led by
ShriShriPrakash, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, is
visiting Karnataka today to have first hand on-the-spot assessment of
damages caused and relief work carried out by the State administration.
Vice president says NEP to provide India-centric education
Highlighting that the Centre is in the process of finalising the
National Education Policy, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu said when it is
implemented, it will provide India-centric education that will transform the
nation into an equitable and vibrant knowledge society.
Addressing the 150th birth anniversary of philanthropist
DharmamurthiRaoBahadurCalavalaCunnanChetty here on Saturday, he said the
policy would enhance the role for charitable organisations in school
education by easing the regulatory overload.
While people could learn as many languages as possible, they must
first learn their mother tongue, he said. Referring to some people creating
controversy over learning other languages, he said neither there should be
imposition of any language nor opposition to learning a new language.
Lauding DharmamurthiRaoBahadurCalavalaCunnanChetty’s (DRBCCC)
Charities, which marks its centenary, for running a number of educational
institutions that provide quality education to students from all sections of
society, he said Mr.Chetty’s life and philanthropy must be an inspiration to
businessmen today to contribute to society.
MSME’s seek more relief from Finance ministry
Despite Finance Minister NirmalaSitharaman announcing several
initiatives on Friday for providing relief to the MSME sector, a section of
the industry said that those measures alone would not help it come out of
Other refunds such as GST and TDS must be done immediately, and
not within 30 days, he said. The Centre has to keep on hold any demand for
payment by MSMEs on statuary claims of the past, for the next three months
as MSMEs have no money left.
“The government has to increase NPA norms for MSMEs from 3 months
to six months on default period,” he added. Mr.Ranganathan said the biggest
challenge for MSMEs is unsold inventory, which had led to cash flow and
To address this, the government has to offer up to 25% of the
stockholding by an MSME. as certified by the auditors. asadhoc facility to
tide over immediate cash requirements to help clear salary dues.
This will help enable individual buying capacity, he said. The
government should consider launching an e-marketing portal and increasing
its procurement to absorb inventory available with MSMEs, he added.
Government to bring out new plan to help power sector
The government is working on a new scheme involving reforms,
incentive and investment support for the power sector, which has over Rs. 4
lakh crore of exposure, as the stress cannot be resolved under the
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) process.
Union Finance Secretary Subash Chandra Garg said, “The power
sector has distressed assets worth65,000MW to75,000MW and it is worth over
Rs. 4 lakh crore.
When asked about the government’s plans for reviving the sector,
Mr.Garg said, “We are talking about new schemes, where reforms can be
brought in backed by incentive and investment support by the government. The
key in power sector is that power needs to be paid for. The scheme is being
discussed. Let’s hope we can do it soon.”
Mr.Garg advocated the involvement of asset reconstruction
companies (ARCs) for resolving stress in the power sector instead of
resolving under the provisions of existing bankruptcy laws.
Prime Minister NarendraModi arrived in Bahrain today on a two-day
state visit. He was given a red-carpet welcome with a guard of honour at the
Four agreements were signed in the fields of Culture, Space, Solar
alliance and an MOU on the roll-out of RuPay card. Speaking on the occasion,
Mr Modi said he looked forward to more bilateral cooperation in various
Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa expressed his condolences at
the passing away of former Finance Minister ArunJaitley and former External
Affairs Minister SushmaSwaraj.
This is the maiden visit of an Indian Prime Minister to Bahrain.
More than 3 and a half million Indians live here.
Both countries have had economic and trade relations for several
centuries. Bahrain's investment in India amounts to 173 billion dollars
On the other hand, India has 23 branches of prominent Indian banks
and 3181 joint ventures registered here. Bahrain launched Little India in
Bahrain project in 2015 to acknowledge and mark the contribution of the
Indian community to the history and progress of Bahrain.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Researchers develop waterproof material using fly ash
Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad
have developed a cheap waterproofing material by coating fly ash, a waste
by-product from coal-based thermal power plants, with stearic acid, which is
While fly ash is extremely water-loving (hydrophilic), it turns
into a highly water-repelling surface once coated with stearic acid.
The stearic acid has a hydrophilic part called the head and
hydrophobic portion called the tail. While the head of stearic acid which is
hydrophilic binds to fly ash particles, the water-repelling tail remains
free. Numerous free hydrophobic tails of stearic acid makes the fly ash
surface water repellent.
Fly ash varies in size from 100 nanometres to a few microns and
can thus provide surfaces with different roughness based on the size of the
The stearic acid-coated fly ash surface can be made to behave like
one of the two naturally occurring water-repelling materials rose petals or
lotus leaves by the varying the surface roughness.
In the case of a rose petal the surface repels the water but at
the same time the structure of the petal ensures that the water droplets
adhere to it. Thus, even when inverted, water droplets do not fall down. On
the other hand, in the case of the lotus leaf, water droplet rolls off
However,more work is needed to test the mechanical and chemical
durability of the fly ash waterproofing material.
Gokulam FC wins 129th Durand cup
In football, Gokulam Kerala FC won the 129th Durand Cup, defeating
heavyweights MohunBagan 2-1 at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata today.
At half time, Gokulam Kerala was leading 1-nil. Gokulam captain
Marcus Joseph scored both the goals. With today's brance, Joseph's tally in
the current 5 match campaign stood at 11 goals.