Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 27 NOVEMBER 2019
PM says country moved forward in last 5 years solving decade old problems
- Prime Minister NarendraModi has said that India has witnessed a transformation in the last five years and has moved forward.
- Addressing a conclave organised by a private TV channel in New Delhi last evening, Mr Modi said, problems that have lingered for decades have been solved.
- He said people gave the mandate to the Government to work tirelessly to fulfil their aspirations. The Prime Minister said the citizens aspire to free the country from challenges that have gripped it for a long time. Speaking on abrogation of Article 370, the Prime Minister said, the country knows how much it has suffered because of it.
- He said, the Article encouraged people who wanted to divide the country and it helped separatists and their interests in the region. He said after the abrogation, new doors are opening up for the development of union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2019 passed by Parliament
- Parliament today passed the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, with the RajyaSabha approving it today by a voice vote.
- The LokSabha had already passed the bill. It defines a transgender person as one whose gender does not match the gender assigned at birth.It provides every transgender person a right to reside and be included in his household.
- The Bill prohibits discrimination against a transgender person including denial of service, unfair treatment in education, employment, healthcare, enjoyment of goods, facilities, opportunities available to the public, right to movement and right to reside.
Centre to consider import restriction on all kinds of refined edible oils
- The government is considering putting restrictions on the import of all kinds of refined edible oils while continuing to keep crude oils under the free category.
- This will help India encourage import of more crude oils, facilitating better utilisation of the refining capacity of the domestic industry. Currently, both refined and crude edible oils are under the free category of foreign trade, resulting in an unrestricted inflow into the country.
- If the proposal gets through, refined oils can be imported only after obtaining an import licence while crude oils can continue to be shipped in on the basis of the import export code, without the requirement of any kind of licences.
- India imports only palm oil in both refined and crude forms while other edible oils like sunflower, soyabean and rapeseed are imported only in the crude form.
- Apart from that, the government is also weighing the food ministry’s proposal of imposing either a 10% cess or 12% integrated GST (IGST) on refined palm oil.
- “We have sent a proposal to the revenue department for increasing the IGST on imported crude to 12% to widen the tax gap between imported crude and refined oil. If we keep IGST on crude at the existing 5%, the gap will increase to 10%, bringing some relief for Indian refiners,” said a food ministry official.
Centre claims India as largest milk producer in the world
- Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Giriraj Singh said India is the largest milk-producing country in the world and animal husbandry has been a major contributor to the growth of farmers.
- He was speaking at an event organised to celebrate National Milk Day in New Delhi on 26th November. The Minister said the government is trying to increase the export of milk products, but some countries deliberately look for deficiencies in India's products.
- He said, milk production in India has gone up from 137 million tonnes to 187 million tonnes and farmers have benefited immensely. He also recalled Dr.VergheseKurien's significant contribution to increasing milk production.
- Ministers of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Dr.Sanjeev Kumar Balyan and Pratap Chandra Sarangi along with other senior officials were also present on the occasion.
Pakistan top court suspends Army chief term extension
- Pakistan's Supreme Court today suspended the decision to grant a three-year term extension to Army chief General QamarJavedBajwa.
- The move came just ahead of 59-year-old Bajwa's retirement on November 29.Prime Minister Imran Khan had approved an extension to the tenure of General Bajwa for another three years, citing the regional security environment.
- The petition against Bajwa's extension was filed by a person named RaizRahi, who later filed an application to withdraw it.
- However, Chief Justice AsifSaeedKhosa rejected the withdrawal bid and took up the petition as public interest litigation under Article 184.
- During the hearing, the chief justice said the notification issued on the matter on August 19 mentioned an extension while the notification issued by the Prime Minister's Office says the army chief has been ‘re-appointed'.
- Justice Khosa said that only the president of Pakistan can extend the tenure of the Army chief. He also observed that when the matter was discussed in the Cabinet, only 11 out of 25 members approved the extension.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
India crosses milestone of launching 300 foreign satellites
- India crossed the milestone of launching 300 foreign satellites on Wednesday morning when its rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-XL (PSLV-XL) puts into orbit 13 nano satellites from the US.
- The American satellites are piggy backing on the rocket's main luggage, India's advanced earth observation satellite Cartosat-3.
- Before today, India with its PSLV rocket has put into orbit 297 foreign satellites. When the PSLV rocket on Wednesday puts into orbit 13 American nano satellites then the total number of foreign satellites that India has launched will touch 310.
- Since its incorporation in 1992, Antrix Corporation has handled such third party satellite launch contracts, leasing of communication satellite transponders, marketing of data from remote sensing satellites, building and marketing of satellites as well as satellite mission support services, and establishing ground infrastructure for space applications.
- In addition to the above lines of business, NewSpace India will also be the nodal agency for the production of PSLV and Small Satellite Launch Vehicles (SSLV) through industry consortiums and partners.