Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 27 JUNE 2019
Centre to roll out water harvesting in stressed areas
- The Centre is set to initiate the Jal Shakti Abhiyan to ramp up
rainwater harvesting and conservation efforts in 255 water-stressed
districts from July 1, in line with the government’s promise to focus on
- Though water is a State issue, the campaign will be coordinated by
255 central IAS officers of Joint or Additional Secretary-rank, drawn from
ministries as varied as Space, Petroleum and Defence, according to a
notification issued by the Department of Personnel and Training on
- The campaign will run from July 1 to September 15 in States
receiving rainfall during the south-west monsoon, while States receiving
rainfall in the retreating or north-east monsoon will be covered from
October 1 to November 30. Overall, 313 blocks with critical groundwater
levels will be covered, along with 1,186 blocks with over-exploited
groundwater and 94 blocks with low groundwater availability.
- Progress would be monitored in real time through mobile
applications and an online dashboard at indiawater.gov.in
Home ministry set to review security situation in Jammu
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah will review the security situation
in Jammu and Kashmir in Srinagar today.
- Mr Shah will also meet delegations of people. He will also meet
BJP workers, Panchayat members and families of party workers who have been
killed by terrorists in the state. Union Home Minister will also meet the
family members of policemen killed in terror attacks in the state.
- On the first day yesterday, Home Minister took stock of the
security and other arrangements related to upcoming AmarnathYatra. Mr Shah
also reviewed various development schemes and projects in the State.
Governor, Union Home Secretary, state Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam,
Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, DGP Dilbagh Singh and
divisional commissioners from the Valley and Jammu and other officials
attended the review meeting.
- AIR correspondent reports that Home Minister Amit Shah is
scheduled to review the overall security situation including counter
militant and counter infiltration operations at a high level Unified
Headquarters Meeting at Sher I Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC)
- Governor Satya Pal Malik, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and top
officials of all the security and intelligence agencies are attending the
meeting. Home Minister is also meeting several delegations of people. He is
also meeting families of political workers and policemen who lost their
lives in the militant attacks in the state.
RBI begins monitoring of housing finance companies
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has started monitoring the
liquidity position, asset-liability gap and repayment schedules of housing
finance companies (HFCs) on a daily basis after the liquidity crisis hit
these firms, resulting in defaults.
- Mortgage lenders are regulated by the National Housing Bank. But
the central bank is of the view that the since the liquidity crisis of the
HFCs could have a spillover effect on the other segments in the financial
sector, including banks, and hence, could affect financial stability, it was
necessary to monitor these entities on a regular basis.
- NBFCs saw their cost of funds going up sharply in the last few
months. This has impacted their business growth as the lenders have to cut
down on their loan disbursements.
- The move to monitor HFCs on a daily basis comes after some
mortgage lenders started feeling the pressure to meet their financial
obligations. Dewan Housing Finance Corporation, for example, partially
defaulted on repayment to its commercial paper holders. Earlier, the company
had to delay repayment to its non-convertible debenture holders.
SEZ amendment bill passed in LokSabha
- The LokSabha on Wednesday passed the Special Economic Zones
(Amendment) Bill, 2019, making a trust or any entity notified by the Central
government eligible for consideration of grant of permission to set up a
unit in special economic zones.
- Union Commerce and Industry Minister PiyushGoyal said the Bill,
which would replace an ordinance, was aimed at improving and encouraging
more investments and introducing features including single-window clearance
and to ease imports and exports.
- Opposition parties, however, questioned the manner in which the
Bill had been brought in, with Congress MP ShashiTharoor stating, “As per
rule, an ordinance can be promulgated only when the President deems it
necessary in emergency situations and when issues of extreme urgency arise
and when it’s not possible to wait for Parliament to convene.”
- Questioning the government for the urgency in passing an
ordinance, DMK leader D.N.V. Senthilkumar said: “Large chunk of trusts owned
by minorities have been shut down under the previous Act. There are
suspicions that the government has a hidden agenda to favour a selected few
who are close to the government and have vested interests.”
India to prioritise permanent membership in expanded UNSC
- The government has accorded the highest priority to getting a
permanent membership for the country in an expanded United Nations Security
- In a written reply in LokSabha, Minister of State for External
Affairs V Muraleedharan said, India is actively engaged in the ongoing
intergovernmental negotiations on UNSC reform. He said, a series of
initiatives, involving bilateral and multilateral platforms, have been
undertaken by the government in pursuance of this objective.
- The Minister said, India is working alongside other
reform-oriented countries through its membership in the G-4 Group that
includes India, Japan, Brazil and Germany and the L-69 Group, which is a
cross-regional grouping of developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin
America to build support among the UN member states for expansion of the UN
Bangladesh accuses Myanmar of delaying rohingyan repatriation
- Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has accused Myanmar of
deliberately delaying the process of Rohingya repatriation.
- Replying to a query in the Parliament Ms.Hasina said Bangladesh
has signed three pacts with Myanmar for repatriation of the Rohingyas within
- She said Myanmar is conducting propaganda at international level
that the process of repatriation is being delayed due to non-cooperation of
Bangladesh. Ms.Hasina said it is the duty of Myanmar government to bring
Rohingyas back to their home.
- The Prime Minister informed parliament that Bangladesh has been
continuing its diplomatic efforts with Myanmar as well as with international
and regional forums to send back the forcibly displaced Rohingyas to their
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Scientists develop water repelling cotton to release drugs
- Sustained release of drugs for as long as 110 days has now been
achieved by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati
by immobilising the drugs on cotton that is extremely water repelling (superhydrophobic).
- A team led by Uttam Manna from the Department of Chemistry found
that 30% of the drug was released within 48 hours and the remaining drug
over a period of 110 days. Two drugs — aspirin and tetracycline — were
tested for sustained drug release.
- The researchers found that the duration of drug release can be
tuned by varying the degree of water repelling property of cotton. For
instance, when water repellence was reduced from 155 degree to 125 degrees,
the duration of drug release reduced sharply from 110 days to over 50 days.
- Both the drugs were released in a similar fashion and the
bioactivity of the tetracycline released at one, three and seven days was
examined. “The bioactivity was similar to the native drug at all three time
periods. Tetracycline was able to prevent the proliferation of both E. coli
and Streptococcus aureus,” says Dr. Manna.
International Olympic Committee strips AIBA of Olympic status
- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today stripped Olympic
status from the troubled world boxing body AIBA.
- As a result, the IOC will now organize qualifying and final
tournaments for the 2020 Tokyo Games. IOC members had voted to endorse the
executive board's recommendation last month to suspend AIBA's Olympic
- Olympic inquiry panel chairman NenadLalovic said in Lausanne,
Switzerland that AIBA had created very serious reputational, legal and
financial risks for the IOC and its American stakeholders.
- Lausanne-based AIBA has said it is near bankruptcy with debts of
about 17 million US Dollars. It is cut off from future income from Tokyo
revenues, and the 2019 world championships for men and women in Russia are
no longer Olympic qualifiers.