Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 27 December 2021

SSC CGL Current Affairs

Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 27 December 2021


Karnataka launches anti-narcotics campaign

  • Karnataka chief minister BasavarajBommai urged the youth in the state to join the state government in its war against narcotics, adding that the strictest punishment will be given to those selling drugs in and around college campuses and those using them.
  • He was speaking after launching a state-wide campaign against narcotics organised by the Home Department of the state government in collaboration with a Kannada news daily.
  • “Karnataka would be completely freed from the drug menace with cooperation from the youth,” he said.
  • “Energy is another name for the youth,” Bommai added and called upon the youth to harness this energy to build a bright future for themselves and bring laurels for the state.
  • Emphasizing the need to eradicate the drug menace from the state, he said that he had instructed the police to install CC cameras around all prominent colleges. “Similarly CC cameras should be installed within the college campuses and hostels too.”
  • Karnataka has declared a war against drugs. State tops the country in the quantity of drugs seized and destroyed. “We will wage a relentless war against drugs. Some foreign nationals staying in Bengaluru have been found to be engaged in drug peddling. Stringent action is being taken against them. NDPS act is being used to crush the drug menace. Dark Web has been penetrated for the first time in Karnataka. Drug supply from abroad is being prevented,” Bommai said.


UK relaxes visa rules for care workers, assistants

  • Foreign social care workers, care assistants and home care workers, including from India, will soon be eligible for a UK Health and Care Visa for a 12-month period as part of temporary measures to meet shortages in the sector.
  • The British government said on Friday that thousands of additional care workers could be recruited to boost the adult social care workforce following temporary changes to the scheme, which will make it quicker, cheaper and easier for social care employers to recruit eligible workers to fill vital gaps.
  • They are employed in government-backed care homes and also care assistance for the elderly and disabled.
  • “The care sector is experiencing unprecedented challenges prompted by the pandemic and the changes we’ve made to the health and care visa will bolster the workforce and helping alleviate some of the pressures currently being experienced,” home secretary Priti Patel said.
  • Thames Valley police said the security breach took place at 8.30am on Christmas Day. The 19-year-old from Southampton is in custody.
  • “The man has been arrested on suspicion of breach or trespass of a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon. He remains in custody at this time,’’ Thames Valley Police Superintendent Rebecca Mears said.


Children above 15 to get Bharat Biotech's Covaxin only, for now

  • As India’s adolescents queue up for their Covid shots on January 3, they have only one option available right now — Bharat Biotech-made Covaxin. Cadila Healthcare-developed deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) vaccine ZyCoV-D — approved by the drug regulator for use in children aged 12 and above — will not be used right away to vaccinate youngsters aged 15 and above, claimed sources.
  • Government sources indicated the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation in India has not recommended the use of ZyCoV-D for the time being for children below 18. 
  • “Even after the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approved the DNA vaccine for use in children aged 12 and above, it has been decided that the vaccine will only be used for those aged 18 and above. 
  • This leaves us with only one vaccine for use in adolescents aged 15 and above — Covaxin,” said a source, adding the government is going by scientific evidence and advice alone.
  • The DCGI approved the use of Covaxin for children aged 12 and above. On October 12, the subject expert committee advising the DCGI had approved Covaxin for use in children as young as 2 years and beyond.


Flawlessly preserved dinosaur embryo preparing to hatch, found in China 

  • Scientists announced the discovery of an exquisitely preserved dinosaur embryo from at least 66 million years ago that was preparing to hatch from its egg just like a chicken.
  • The fossil was discovered in Ganzhou, southern China and belonged to a toothless theropod dinosaur, or oviraptorosaur, which the researchers dubbed "Baby Yingliang."
  • "It is one of the best dinosaur embryos ever found in history," University of Birmingham researcher FionWaisum Ma, who co-authored a paper in the journal iScience, told AFP.
  • Ma and colleagues found Baby Yingliang's head lay below its body, with the feet on either side and back curled -- a posture that was previously unseen in dinosaurs, but similar to modern birds.
  • In birds, the behavior is controlled by the central nervous system and called "tucking." Chicks preparing to hatch tuck their head under their right wing in order to stabilize the head while they crack the shell with their beak.
  • Oviraptorosaurs, which means "egg thief lizards," were feathered dinosaurs that lived in what is now Asia and North America during the Late Cretaceous period.
  • They had variable beak shapes and diets, and ranged in size from modern turkeys at the lower end to massive Gigantoraptors, that were eight meters (26 feet) long.


Leaders Manchester City hit six in Boxing Day goal feast

  • Manchester City led the way in a bumper Boxing Day goal feast in the Premier League on Sunday with a 6-3 win over Leicester City sending them six points clear at the top of the standings.
  • The opening five games of the COVID-19 impacted festive programme delivered 26 goals with Arsenal romping to a 5-0 win away to bottom club Norwich City and Chelsea enjoying a 3-1 win at Aston Villa. Tottenham Hotspur beat Crystal Palace 3-0 while Southampton enjoyed a surprise 3-2 win at West Ham United.
  • Pep Guardiola's City are on 47 points with Liverpool, whose match against Leeds United was called off due to COVID-19 cases in the Yorkshire team, on 41 points.

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