Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 27 AUGUST 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams -
27 AUGUST 2019
Plea in supreme court seeking establishment of RTI web portal in all states
The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre and 25 States to
respond to a writ petition for a direction to establish Right to Information
(RTI) web portals across all States to enable citizens, especially those
living abroad, to file RTI applications online.
The Central government established an online RTI portal whereby
any Indian citizen, including Non-Residential Indians (NRIs), can apply for
information under the RTI Act with the desired Ministry or Department under
the Central government. An applicant can also pay the requisite fee through
online payment in this portal and submit the RTI application, the petition
The Centre had also requested, via a letter dated December 13,
2013, the various State governments to explore the feasibility of
implementing online RTI portals. It had even offered to provide technical
support for this purpose through the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to
More than 80 % decline in HIV cases in India
The government today said that there has been more than 80 per
cent decline in new HIV infection cases in the country since its peak in
1995. The global average of decline in new infection is estimated at 47 per
Talking to reporters at a function in New Delhi, Health Minister
Dr Harsh Vardhan said, National Aids Control Organization has signed anMoU
with 18 Ministries and Departments to augment a comprehensive AIDS response
mechanism. He said the government is committed for meeting all the set goals
to eradicate HIV from the country.
National Aids Control Organization, NACO today signed anMoU with
the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for prevention and control of
HIV related disease. The MoU intends to create awareness and educate people
about the ill-effects of drugs abuse on the individual, family, workplace
and society at large.
It aims to reduce stigmatization of and discrimination against,
groups and individuals dependent on drugs in order to integrate them back
Bimal Jalan committee recommends transfer of funds to government
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), at its board meeting on Monday,
decided to transfer Rs. 1.76 lakh crore to the Centre including the interim
dividend of Rs. 28,000 crore paid in February which is likely to address the
precarious fiscal situation of the government to a great extent.
The RBI had formed a committee, chaired by former Governor
BimalJalan, to review its economic capital framework and suggest the quantum
of excess provision to be transferred to the government. The committee was
formed after a demand from the government for more money. The RBI Board has
accepted all the recommendations of the Jalan committee.
The panel recommended a clear distinction between the two
components of economic capital - realized equity and revaluation balances.
It was recommended that realized equity could be used for meeting all risks/
losses as they were primarily built up from retained earnings, while
revaluation balances could be reckoned only as risk buffers against market
risks as they represented unrealized valuation gains and hence were not
The committee also recognised that RBI’s provisioning for
monetary, financial and external stability risks is the country’s savings
for a ‘rainy day’, (a monetary or financial stability crisis), which has
been consciously maintained with the RBI in view of its role as the Monetary
Authority and the Lender of Last Resort.
Analysts claim economic issues will take time to fade away
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcements pertaining to
revival of the economy Friday last may have improved sentiments and might
augment liquidity in the system, but it will take time for the current
slowdown to fade away.
Any further job loss is expected be curbed and consumer spend in
the upcoming festive season will decide the quantum of bounce-back in the
economy and the fortunes of companies affected by the slowdown.
While analysts are unanimous about the positive impact of the
announcements on the economy, they feel that revival would be a gradual
Analyts expect markets to react positively to these moves and
recommend investors to use these ‘turbulent times’ to build the portfolio of
companies with ‘moats in their business and ability to withstand technology
G7 hails India’s effort to conserve water and eliminate single use plastic
At G7 Summit, Prime Minister Narendra highlighted India's large
scale efforts towards eliminating single-use plastic, conserving water,
harnessing solar energy and protecting flora and fauna for a sustainable
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted
that reiterating India's commitment to tackle global challenges Prime
Minister underlined India's contribution to address reducing biodiversity,
climate change, water stress & ocean pollution.
AIR correspondent reports, clouds covered the sky of Biarritz
yesterday, but there is a new dawn waiting for India today which was invited
as a partner country in G7 summit. Apart from getting a diplomatic win on
the Kashmir issue, India also gave an idea to the world on the forum of G7
that how to fight against the natural calamities.
In his one to one talk with UN general secretary, Antonio Guterres
Prime Minister NarendraModi suggested about how the world could come
together to create a pool of trained volunteers which will help the
countries in case of disaster.
Trump confirms resuming talks with Chinese traders
United States President Donald Trump today said that US and
Chinese trade negotiators would very shortly resume trade talks.
Talking to reporters at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, Trump said
China called last night and stressed to make a deal over the issue.
Trump's remarks came amidst reports of Asian stock markets
tumbling today. On Friday, US President announced tariff hikes on
effectively all Chinese imports to the US. It came after Beijing said it
would impose fresh duties and raise tariffs on US imports into China.
Meanwhile, the Chinese yuan weakened to a fresh 11-year low
against the US dollar. The onshore yuan was around 7.15 per dollar in
morning Asian trade.
Trump later said talks with China were “more meaningful than at
any time” because the United States was doing well while China was “losing
millions of jobs”.
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Study reveals higher levels of physical activity lowers risk of death in
Higher levels of physical activity, regardless of intensity, are
associated with a lower risk of early death in middle aged and older people,
says a study.
The findings, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), also
show that being sedentary, for example sitting for 9.5 hours or more a day,
excluding sleeping time, is associated with an increased risk of death.
The World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines recommend at least
150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical
activity each week for adults aged between 18 and 64 years.
However, these are based mainly on self-reported activity, which
is often imprecise. So exactly how much activity, and at what intensity, is
needed to protect health remains unclear.
Deaths fell steeply as total volume of physical activity increased
up to a plateau of about 300 minutes (five hours) per day of light-intensity
physical activity or about 24 minutes per day moderate intensity physical
Indian archers shine at world championships
India's Komalika Bari became recurve cadet world champion at the
World Archery Youth Championships in Madrid, Spain, today. She defeated
higher-ranked SonodaWaka of Japan 7-3 in the final and earn India's second
gold on the final day of the Championships.
India also won a gold in the compound junior mixed pair event
yesterday and a bronze in the compound junior men's team event on Friday.