Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 28 JULY 2019
PM reiterates no compromise attitude when it comes to national security
- Prime Minister NarendraModi has said that India will not bow to
pressure when it comes to national security of the country. Mr Modisaid,
when the country is secure, only then it will be able to touch new heights
- The Prime Minister was speaking at a function to mark the 20th
anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Delhi
yesterday evening. He said that terrorism and proxy wars pose a threat to
the entire world today.
- The Prime Minister said those defeated in war, are resorting to
proxy war and supporting terrorism, to achieve their political objectives.
Mr Modi said, the need of the hour is for all those who believe in humanity,
to stand in support of the Armed Forces.
- The Prime Minister said, modernization of defence forces is the
top priority of the government. Mr Modi said, the emphasis is being laid on
indigenization of defence production and equipment along with strengthening
of the Defence forces.
- The Prime Minister asserted that India has never been an
aggressor, in history. Mr Modi said, the Indian Armed Forces are perceived
as defenders of humanity and peace across the world.
Vice president stresses on need to empower panchayati raj bodies
- Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said there is a need to
empower panchayati raj bodies so that democracy could be more meaningful and
robust. He was addressing the 1st Democracy Awards ceremony in Mumbai today.
- The award has been instituted by State Election Commission of
Maharashtra. Mr Naidu regretted that even after 26 years since local bodies
have been constitutionally empowered, devolution of powers and functions
seems to be less than satisfactory.
- He emphasised that all the States must review the progress they
have made with regard to devolution of powers.
RBI governor calls for joint monetary and fiscal policies to spur growth
- Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das has called for
well-calibrated policies by monetary and fiscal authorities in the backdrop
of slowing global growth.
- Emphasising on the need for prudent policies that are critical to
growth, Mr. Das said, “Globally, we need to focus on policy space,
judiciously use it, and simultaneously undertake structural reforms to
improve productivity, innovation and job creation.”
- He said solutions were turning more difficult to come by as the
global economy seemed to be moving into a new and unsettling phase in an
environment of stressed trade negotiations, rising geopolitical
confrontation, and limited policy space and high debt levels in several
- He said the general government debt of advanced economies as a
group had surpassed 100% GDP and fiscal space too was constrained in many of
the advanced economies.
- “The global order today faces several challenges that will test
the skills of the international organisations as well as those of national
monetary and fiscal authorities,” Mr. Das said.
Centre affirms priority to water conservation
- Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has said the
Centre accords a special priority to water conservation. He said many
schemes have been started for conservation of rainwater.
- He was speaking in Ranchi today during the inaugural function of 'Jal
Shakti Abhiyan', a national drive to promote water conservation. The
Minister said that all have to work together in the national mission to
increase ground water level.
- In a review meeting held at Ranchi itself, of his Ministry,
alongwith Minister for State RatanLalKataria, he was briefed about the
diffrent measure that are being undertaken by state government through
various projects of drinking water and rain water harvesting. AIR
correspondent reports that
UN reports over 4 lakh displacements in Syria in 3 months
- More than 4,00,000 people have been displaced in northwestern
Syria over the past three months, the UN said on Friday, as the government
presses an intensified bombardment of the opposition-held region.
- UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet condemned “international
indifference” in the face of the mounting death toll in government air
strikes on the region’s schools, hospitals, markets and bakeries.
- The jihadist-dominated Idlib region is supposed to be protected by
a months-old international truce deal, but has faced growing bombardment by
the government and its ally Russia since late April.
- The spike in violence has killed more than 740 civilians,
according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Aid groups have
described the latest bloody episode of Syria’s eight-year civil war as a
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Study reveals bees use complex memory for communication
- Bees use waggle dance to communicate with their nest mates the
flight distance and direction to foraging sites. Now, a research team led by
Axel Brockmann at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS),
Bengaluru, has studied how bees use complex memory to generate dance
duration to communicate a change in foraging distance.
- Bees are known to waggle dance near the entrance of the hives. The
duration of the waggle run of a dancing bee correlates with the distance
between the food site and the hive. For instance, as the distance to the
foraging site increases, the duration of waggle increases too.
- The team used the honey bee species Apismellifera for the study.
“Most of the research on the brain and behaviour of bees around the world is
done with the help of A. mellifera and therefore we could put our results
into the context of all the research done previously,” says Dr.Brockmann.
Indian boxers finish Thai campaign with 8 medals
- Indian boxers finished their campaign at the Thailand Open in
Bangkok today with a rich haul of eight medals, comprising a gold, four
silver and three bronze.
- The Indian contingent's performance was commendable considering
some of the world's best boxers from 37 countries had participated in the
- Asian Championships silver medallist Ashish Kumar bagged his first
international gold in the 75 kg category, outpunching Korea's Kim Jinjae 5-0
for the biggest medal of his career.
- On the final day, the Indians who settled for the silver were
former world junior champion NikhatZareen (51kg), Asian Championships silver
medallist Deepak (49kg), GeeBee Boxing silver medallist Mohammed Hussamuddin
(56kg), and India Open silver medallist BrijeshYadav (81kg).