Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 25 JULY 2019
LokSabha passes UAPA bill 2019 amid opposition protests
- The Unlawful Activities Prevention (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was
passed by the LokSabha, amid a walkout by the Opposition which opposed the
clause that allows the government to designate individuals suspected to have
terror links as “terrorists”.
- Several Opposition leaders, including Trinamool Congress’s
MahuaMoitra, objected to the changes saying the law could be misused to
- “If the Centre wants to target someone, they will get them somehow
with the help of some law. Opposition leaders, minorities, right activists
and others, if they disagree with the homogeneous idea of India that this
government is trying to thrust upon us, the Opposition runs the risk of
being labelled as anti-national,” Ms.Moitra said.
- Replying to the Opposition’s allegations that anyone who
questioned the government is termed anti-national, Mr. Shah said no one
would harass genuine social activists.
Vice President urges parties to evolve code of conduct for those in public
- The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has expressed
his concern over the all-round degeneration of values in different fields,
including in politics and urged all political parties to evolve a code of
conduct for those in public life to raise the level of public discourse.
- Shri Naidu wanted the younger generation of politicians to learn
from the life of Shri Chandra Shekhar who was not only committed to lofty
ideals but always maintained decorum and dignity at all times irrespective
of whether he was holding an office or not.
- Shri Naidu said the book traces the late leader’s political
journey and his evolution into one of the country’s top socialist leaders,
his association with the Congress party, his role as Young Turk, his stint
in the Janata Party and his tenure as the Prime Minister of India.
- Lauding the announcement made by the Prime Minister,
ShriNarendraModi earlier to build museums for all former Prime Ministers in
Delhi, the Vice President said the new generation must know about the great
leaders so that they get inspiration.
GST council to reduce taxes on electric vehicles
- The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, at its 36th meeting on
Thursday, is likely to reduce the tax rate on electric vehicles, ease tax
issues for the solar sector and deliberate on the tax rate on lotteries.
- On the direct tax side, the government had, in the Budget,
announced an additional income tax deduction of up to Rs. 1.5 lakh on the
interest paid on loans taken to purchase electric vehicles.
- At the moment, according to a notification issued earlier this
year, 70% of the cost of a solar plant is considered as goods and is taxed
- The remaining 30% is considered as services and is taxed at 18%.
Solar manufacturers have approached the Council saying that the break up of
goods and services is more along the lines of a 90-10 split rather than
Pak claims around 30000 militants operating in their territory
- Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s dramatic admission that
“30,000 to 40,000” militants — trained in Afghanistan and Kashmir — are
still operating in Pakistan, may become a serious issue for Islamabad with
the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), government sources in New Delhi
- They indicated that India was considering making the remarks a
part of its submission ahead of the next meeting in October of the
international terror financing watchdog.
- In New Delhi, government sources said they were “glad” the
Pakistani Prime Minister was “owning up” to the existence of these groups.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Scientists decode birth of Milkyway galaxy
- The Milky Way, home to our sun and billions of other stars, merged with
another smaller galaxy in a colossal cosmic collision roughly 10 billion
years ago, scientists said on Monday based on data from the Gaia space
- The union of the Milky Way and the so-called dwarf galaxy Gaia-Enceladus
increased our galaxy’s mass by about a quarter and triggered a period of
accelerated star formation lasting about 2 to 4 billion years, the
- High-precision measurements of the position, brightness and distance of
around a million stars within 6,500 light years of the sun, obtained by the
Gaia space telescope, helped pinpoint stars present before the merger and
those that formed afterward.
- Certain stars with higher content of elements other than hydrogen or
helium arose in the Milky Way, they found, and others with lower such
content originated in Gaia-Enceladus, owing to its smaller mass. While the
merger was dramatic and helped shape the Milky Way, it was not a