Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 28 JANUARY 2020
Centre & Assam signs accord with Bodos to redraw territory
- The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Assam government and Bodo groups
on Monday signed an agreement to redraw and rename the Bodoland Territorial
Area District (BTAD) in Assam, currently spread over the four districts of
Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri.
- As per the agreement, villages dominated by Bodos that were presently
outside the BTAD would be included and those with non-Bodo population would
be excluded, Assam Finance Minister HimantaBiswaSarma said. Bodos living in
the hills would be granted Scheduled Hill Tribe status.
- The memorandum of settlement says that the criminal cases registered
against members of the NDFB factions for “non-heinous” crimes shall be
withdrawn by the Assam government and in cases of heinous crimes it will be
Supreme court seeks explanation from centre on transgender act
- The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Law Ministry seeking
explanation from the government on the legality of clauses in the new
Transgender Act that empowered a district collector to certify a person a
transgender instead of the person himself, and minimal punishment for a
sexual act endangering a transgender.
- The petition, filed by Assam’s first transgender judge Swati
BidhanBaruah, through advocate-on-record RashmiNandkumar, alleged that the
Act was also violative of the fundamental right of privacy of transgenders
as well as their right to life, dignity and equality.
- The petition alleged that the Act instead of furthering the cause of
transgenders turns the clock back on the legal regime that the top court
created by recognising the marginalisation and discrimination faced by the
Finance ministry to propose several measures in budget to promote digital
- More than three thousand one hundred crore rupees digital payment
transaction took place in the current financial year so far. Finance
Ministry said, numerous measures have been proposed in the budget 2019-20 to
promote digital payments further.
- Government has taken several initiatives in the recent past for
promotion of digital payment and less cash economy. Over the past three
years, digital payment transactions have registered tremendous growth in
- Presently there are more than 52 lakh physical or mobile point of sale (PoS)
devices in the country. The number of monthly BHIM - UPI transactions have
increased from over seven thousand 500 lakhs in June last year to over 13
thousand lakhs till December last year.
Record grain production expected in 2020 along with horticulture growth
- India is poised for a record foodgrain production this year following a
surge in the output of wheat and rice, the two major crops of rabi or winter
sowing season, according to the first estimates released by the National
Collateral Management Services (NCML), a leading post-harvest management
- Horticulture output will also be more, including tomato, potato and
onion, according to the government’s first estimate. The output is estimated
to go up to 313.35 million tonnes (mt) in 2019-20 from actual output of
310.74 mt last year.
- Wheat production in the 2019-20 rabi season is estimated to be 109 mt,
6.27% higher than last year’s output of 102.1 mt, the NCML estimates showed.
The output of rice is estimated to go up 5% from last year to around 15 mt.
As a result, total foodgrainproduction is expected to increase 6.19% to
152.7 million tonnes.
- According to a report released by the company on Monday, excess
production of wheat and rice will build on the existing surplus and
stimulate additional market distortions.
Bhutanese delegation to visit Delhi to learn on electoral process
- A Bhutanese delegation led by its Election Commissioner will visit the
office of Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer on Tuesday to learn about the
electoral process in India, said sources from the Delhi CEO office.
- Along with learning about the functioning of the electoral process, the
delegation consisting of Bhutan's Election Commissioner UgyenChewang will
also be shown a presentation by officials in the presence of Delhi CEO
- As per the official source, "the presentations will be on the
methodologies that are being adopted by the Chief Electoral Offices in India
during State elections."
- Systematic Voters' Education and Electoral Participation Program SVEEP
will be discussed elaborately.The delegation will also be visiting the poll
museum here which has archived India's electoral journey from ballot boxes
to the EVMs.
WHO escalates global risk degree of corona virus
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has increased the global risk degree
of the novel coronavirus strain 2019-nCoV from moderate to high, citing an
error in its previous report. According to the report, the total number of
2019-nCoV confirmed cases globally till Sunday reached 2,014, including
1,985 in China.
- AIR correspondent in Beijing reports that World Health Organisation
Chief has arrived in Beijing yesterday to discuss ways of containing the
spread of the new coronavirus, as the death toll has reached 106 with around
4000 people infected so far.
- AIR correspondent reports that Indian Embassy is considering all options
which includes evacuation of Indians in Wuhan. It has been urging the
Indians in Wuhan to provide all their details so that all the formalities
with Chinese authorities may be completed.
- Hubei has suspended the services for the application of ordinary
passports and exit-entry permits for Chinese persons. However, Special
channels will be opened for individuals who have to leave the mainland for
- China govt says it is considering requests from the countries in this
regard. Chinese officils say that Wuhan residents have sufficient daily
necessities supply including meat, eggs, vegetables and local govt has
allocated 6,000 taxis and car-hailing services to make sure each community
has in average 3 vehicles for urgent trips.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
India plans first underwater metro in 2022
- The first underwater Metro is being constructed in Hooghly river. The
project is awaiting clearance of 2.8 million USD from the Indian Railways.
- The Hooghly Metro is one of the oldest Metro in the country. It was
started in 1984. The new under water tunnel will carry 20% of city’s
population and will cross the river in less than a minute. Currently it
takes 20 minutes in the ferry to cross the river and an hour to cross the
- While the infrastructural developments are increasing exponentially, it
is important to check their effects on environment. According to World Wide
Funds, by 2050 the Earth will hold 75% more infrastructure than that it does
- Therefore, it is essential to study their Environmental impacts and take
necessary alternate actions to protect the environment.
- According to United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), EIA is the
evaluation of environmental impacts and also cultural, human-health and
socio-economic impacts of a proposed project.
- EIA in India began in 1976. However, it was an administrative decision
till 1994. In 1994 Environmental (Protection) act, 1986 was amended to
providelegislative support to EIA process.
Praggnanandhaa beats world champion at Gibraltar chess competition
- Young Indian Grand Master R. Praggnanandhaa pulled off a huge upset,
beating former world champion VeselinTopalov in the sixth round of the 18th
Gibraltar Chess Festival to record his fifth straight win.
- The 14-year old Chennai lad needed just 33 moves to put it across the
Bulgarian. He had started with a loss against compatriot P V Nandhidhaa but
since then he has been on a winning spree.
- Praggnanandhaa is in second spot on five points with six other players
and will take on Chinese GM Wang Hao in the seventh round.