Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 26 AUGUST 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams -
26 AUGUST 2019
PM urges citizens to fight against plastic pollution
Prime Minister NarendraModi on Sunday urged the people to observe
the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year as a day to make
India plastic-free and urged municipalities, NGOs and the corporate sector
to come up with ways for safe disposal of accumulated plastic waste before
The call for a mass movement came after his Independence Day’s
address in which he had urged the people to shun single-use plastic.
Mr.Modi urged all municipalities, municipal corporations, district
administrations and gram panchayats, and government and non-governmental
bodies to make adequate arrangements for collection and storage of plastic
CII expects multi dimensional policy stimulus to boost growth
Industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has said that
the multi-sectoral and multi-dimensional policy stimulus announced last week
will have significant impact, imparting stability and underpinning a new
growth impetus for India.
It said, the measures announced come at a time when the world
economy is buffeted by global headwinds and trade slowdown. The Industry
body further added it expects that the economy will climb up in the coming
On Friday, the government announced a raft of measures, including
rollback of enhanced super-rich tax on foreign and domestic equity
investors, exemption of start-ups from 'angel tax', a package to address
distress in the automobile sector and upfront infusion of 70,000 crore
rupees to public sector banks, in efforts to boost economic growth.
CBIC gives compulsory retirement to officers for corruption
The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs(CBIC) has
compulsorily retired another 22 senior officers of the rank of
Superintendent/A.O. over corruption and other charges.
An official release said, the decision is in line with Prime
Minister NarendraModi's Independence Day speech recently. Addressing the
nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort, the Prime Minister had said that
some black sheep in the tax administration may have misused their powers and
harassed taxpayers, either by targeting honest assesses or by taking
excessive action for minor or procedural violations.
He had said, the government recently compulsorily retired a
significant number of tax officials and that this type of behaviour will not
Earlier, 27 high ranking Indian Revenue Service officers,
including 12 officers from Central Board of Direct Taxes, were compulsorily
retired under Fundamental Rule 56(J) earlier in June this year.
The G7 leaders have vowed to help Brazil fight Amazon forest fires
and repair damage in the region. French President Emmanuel Macron said, the
summit leaders are nearing an agreement on how to support Brazil.
He said the agreement will involve both technical and financial
mechanisms so that G7 nations can help them in the most effective way
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, her country and others will
talk with Brazil about reforestation in the Amazon once fires there are
extinguished. She said, Amazon forest fires are a global question and G7
countries must find common solutions.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
CSIR to certify air quality monitoring sensors in India
The Union Environment Ministry has tasked the Council of
Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)-National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
with certifying air quality monitoring instruments.
This is in anticipation of a rising demand by States — against the
backdrop of the National Clean Air Campaign for low cost air quality
monitoring instruments that can monitor levels of nitrous oxides, ozone and
The Centre in January launched a programme to reduce particulate
matter (PM) pollution by 20%-30% in at least 102 cities by 2024. An edifice
of this initiative is to have a vast monitoring network of sensors that can
capture the rapid fluctuations of pollutants, necessary to ascertain how
these gases and particles affected health.
Currently, the machines employed by State and Central Pollution
Control Boards (SPCB and CPCB) are imported and can cost up to ₹1 crore to
install and about ₹50 lakh to maintain over five years,
SatchidanandaTripathi, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur, who
works on air quality-related research, told
Currently, Delhi leads the numbers of cities, with around 35 air
quality sensors maintained by the CPCB, and those maintained by the Delhi
Pollution Control Committee as well as those by institutions funded by the
Union Earth Sciences Ministry.
Over the years, several experts have noted that Delhi’s winter
pollution woes, which lead it to being considered as among the most toxic
cities in the world, had led to inadequate attention to rising pollution
levels in other cities.
PV Sindhu creates history in world badminton Championship
P V Sindhu on Sunday became the first Indian to win badminton
World Championships gold by beating familiar rival NozomiOkuhara of Japan in
a lop-sided final Basel on Sunday.
The Indian won 21-7 21-7 in the summit clash that lasted just 38
minutes.Two years after being robbed off the gold by Okuhara in an epic
110-minute final at Glasgow that went down as one of the greatest battles in
badminton history, Sindhu finally exorcised the ghost of that
heart-wrenching loss with a completely dominating win over the same
Sindhu has also won an Olympic silver in 2016 Rio Games, a silver
at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, an Asian Games silver at Jakarta and the
BWF World Tour Finals last year.