Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 25 JANUARY 2020
PM claims strength of India’s excellence lies in its diversity
- Prime Minister NarendraModi today said that priority should be given to
duties rather than rights. Interacting with the 49 awardees of
PradhanMantriRashtriyaBalPuraskar, Mr.Modi said that he is amazed that at
such a young age these children performed incredible tasks. He said, these
children have shown courage to fight difficult situations.
- Appreciating the work done by the children, who got national awards in
various categories, the Prime Minister said, he is proud to see the
awareness of their duty towards society and the nation.
- He said, he gets inspiration and energy from the children. He added that
one must never rest on their laurels and achievements and always think that
they still have a lot to contribute to the country.
- PradhanMantriRashtriyaBalPuraskar aims at encouraging children to excel
in different fields and recognize efforts of institutions doing exceptional
work for children.
Government to encourage women-led research activities in universities
- On the occasion of National Girl Child Day today, the Ministry of Women
and Child Development announced to set up ten Chairs in different fields
with an aim to carry out research activities to encourage women.
- The initiative called the Establishment of Chairs in the Universities in
the name of eminent women is being launched with the assistance of the
University Grants Commission, UGC.
- The main objective is to inspire women to pursue higher education and to
achieve excellence in their area of work. This initiative of highlighting
and celebrating women achievers of the country will motivate young girls and
women towards higher studies.
- The financial implications of the proposal is 50 lakh rupees per Chair
per year and the total expenditure for establishing ten Chairs will be
approximately five crore rupees per annum. The Chairs are to be established
for a period of five years initially as per the guidelines.
IMF chief sees Indian growth slowdown as temporary
- International Monetary Fund, IMF chief KristalinaGeorgieva today said
growth slowdown in India appears to be temporary.
- Speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2020 at Davos, she said the
world appears a better place in January 2020 compared to what it was when
IMF announced its World Economic Outlook in October 2019.
- She said the factors driving this positive momentum include receding
trade tension after the US-China first phase trade deal and synchronized tax
cuts, among others. She, however, said 3.3 percent is not a fantastic growth
rate for the world economy.
- On Monday, the fund lowered growth estimate for the world economy to 2.9
percent for 2019, citing negative surprises in few emerging market
economies, especially India. The IMF also revised downwards its forecast for
India to 4.8 percent for 2019-20.
India signs agreement with Bangladesh to upgrade Ashuganj-Akhaura road
- India and Bangladesh signed an agreement on Thursday to upgrade the
50.58-kilometre long road between Ashuganj river port and the Akhaura land
port in Bangladesh into a 4-lane highway.
- The deal to upgrade the 39 km long road between Ashuganj river port to
Dharhar area was signed between the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) of
Bangladesh and an Indian Company Afcons Infrastructure Limited.
- The RHD and an India-Bangladesh joint venture firm will take up the work
of upgrading the remaining part of the road from Dharhar to Akhaura.
- The project is part of the dollar 2 billion second line of credit
extended by India to Bangladesh in 2016. The project will boost connectivity
between Bangladesh and North-eastern part of India which will facilitate
sub-regional connectivity among South and South-east Asian countries.
European Union leaders signs Brexit deal
- Brussels' two top officials, the Presidents of the European Commission
and the European Council, signed off on Britain's EU divorce agreement,
- With Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel's formal endorsement, the
text will now go to the European Parliament on 29th of January for
ratification. Then, diplomats from the EU member states will approve the
deal in writing, ensuring Britain's orderly departure at midnight on 31st of
- In a tweet, President of the European Council Michel said, things will
inevitably change but friendship will remain. He said, we start a new
chapter as partners and allies.
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed a new chapter in Britain's
history as he signed its divorce deal with the EU, clearing another hurdle
ahead of the country's departure from the bloc next Friday.
- Mr. Johnson signed the agreement in Downing Street in front of European
and British Foreign Office officials who had brought it from Brussels.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Environment ministry claims India has phased out HCFC’s
- Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (EFoCC) recently
announced that India has achieved the complete phase out of ozone depleting
HydroChloroFluoro Carbons (HCFC). The achievement has its route to the
- In order to move towards environment friendly technologies, the Ministry
of EFoCC prohibited import of HCFC-141b. The order was issued according to
Ozone Depleting substances (Regulation and Control) amendment rules, 2019.
The rules were issued under Environment (Protection) act, 1986.
- The use of HCFC-141b by foam manufacturing industries have been come to
an end with the stoppage of import of HCFC-141b. This is because, HCFC-141b
isnot produced in India. The domestic requirements of HCFC-141b so far had
been met through imports.
- The step will have great impact on ozone layer. This is because around
50% of ozone depleting chemicals being used in the country attribute to
- On the other hand, polyurethane dependent sectors will face dents. HCFC
is used as blowing agent in the production of polyurethane foams.
Polyurethaneis used in applications such as water geysers, refrigerators,
thermo wares, furniture appliance, commercial refrigeration.
- The Montreal Protocol was signed by 190 countries in 1987 to phase out
Ozone Depleting Substances. In order to achieve this, India in 2017 launched
aphase out plan. Though the target of the plan was 2023, India achieved the
goal far ahead of the deadline.
India wins first T20 against New Zealand
- In cricket, India have won the first T20 International of five-match
series against New Zealand by six wickets.
- Visitors achieved the target of 204 in just 19 overs losing four wickets
at Eden Park in Auckland. For India, KL Rahul made 56, skipper ViratKohli
scored 45 and ShreyasAiyyar made 58 runs.