Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 29 JANUARY 2020
Centre plans to bring in food parks in all north eastern states
- Union Minister of State for Ministry of Food Processing Industries
RameswarTeli has said that Centre has planned to set up Food Parks in all
states of North East Region.
- He said a number of food parks have already been completed and started
functioning. The Minister said this while addressing a workshop on
PradhanMantriKisanSampadaYojana (PMKSY) at Aizawl yesterday.
- A large number of entrepreneurs engaged in Agro-based sector and members
from many Self Help Groups participated in the workshop.
- Mr.Teli also discussed on various central schemes that can help boost
the food processing industry in Mizoram. He said that entire North East has
huge potential for Agro-based enterprises and several attractive schemes are
already in place in the PMKSY policy framework.
Jammu & Kashmir to prepare blacklist of websites post 2G network restoration
- The Jammu & Kashmir administration, which is grappling with complaints
after resuming lowspeed 2G internet services and select broadband
connections in Kashmir, is likely to formulate a new list of websites which
cannot be accessed –– a change from the current list of websites which can
- The new list being planned, locally called the ‘Black List’, would help
the authorities when the internet is restored completely. Service providers
are currently facing difficulties in ensuring restricted access to
- Officials are tight-lipped on the further course of action regarding
internet access but resumption of broadband services is being considered and
could be restored soon.
- Resumption of 2G internet services last week has not ended the woes of
subscribers as they are unable to surf many important websites due to
restricted access and struggle to open even ‘white listed’ websites owing to
extremely low speed, a source said.
- The administration snapped all forms of communication and internet
services on August 5, 2019, following the abrogation of special status to
- The government then resumed landline phone services in the last week of
September; post-paid mobile phones on October 14, 2019; and prepaid
connections in January following a Supreme Court order regarding internet
suspension in J&K.
Govt.urges banks to address pending disciplinary cases
- The government on Tuesday directed all banks to set up committees of
senior officials to monitor progress of pending disciplinary and internal
vigilance cases and set timelines for completion of such cases to prevent
damaging morale of staff, according to a release by the finance ministry.
- The government has also delegated powers to the boards of PSBs to set
mechanisms to ensure compliance with fraud reporting timelines set by the
central bank and the Central Vigilance Commission.
- The release noted that the government had taken several steps to protect
honest commercial decisions by bankers including the incorporation of
Section 17A in the Prevention of Corruption Act requiring prior permission
from the government “before initiating investigation against a public
Government blocks GST claims worth 40000crores on returns mismatch
- The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has frozen tax
credits of around Rs 40,000 crore as the returns did not match, exposing
alleged fraud by close to 2,000 entities, apart from cases where returns
were not filed.
- Last week, the indirect tax wing of the revenue department blocked the
credits within four hours, CBIC chairman John Joseph said at an event on
- Companies are entitled to credits on tax paid on inputs in the
production chain so that there is no cascading effect of taxes. But major
discrepancies in returns and instances of a large number of frauds prompted
the government to crack the whip.
- But the scrutiny of the data has revealed that several flyby-night
operators were misusing the benefit. There were entities which were set up
just for the sake of showing bogus turnover and relied on a web of shell
Bangladesh to allow formal education to Rohingyans
- The Rohingya children living in refugee camps in Bangladesh will be
allowed to receive formal education. This was announced today by Bangladesh
Foreign Minister Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen in an interview to AFP. Dr.Momen said
that Bangladesh does not want a lost generation of Rohingyas and it will
provide education to them.
- According to reports in the local media, government plans to provide
school education to Rohingya children up to the age of 14. Older children
will be provided skill based training. A pilot programme involving more than
10,000 students would be launched soon, with UNICEF and government agencies
jointly designing the curriculum.
- The Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh were earlier barred from
formal education. They received primary education in temporary learning
centres set up by the UN children's agency UNICEF.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Government plans to use ISRO satellite data for planning services
- Indian space agency will share high resolution geospatial data it
generates from its remote sensing satellites to help in planning across
rural parts of the country ranging from e-government services to
optimization of schools in the country.
- Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) and Ministry of Panchayati Raj
have are working on creating an ecosystem for using high resolution thematic
data for better planning, said Uday Raj, Chief General Manager, Regional
Centres and Project Director, Space-based Information Support for
Decentralised Planning (SISDP).
- Isro said for the first time thematic database (on 1:10,000 scale) for
the entire country is available with integrated high resolution satellite
data for planning. The space agency’s will use its geoportal -
BhuvanPanchayat V-3.0 - for database visualisation, data analytics,
generation of automatic reports, model based products and services for the
benefit of gram panchayat members and other stakeholders.
- These initiatives are part of the advanced Space-based Information
Support for Decentralised Planning (SISDP) project. The first phase of SISDP
was completed in 2016-17.
- The space agency said 28 states are “part of this exercise” of planning
using high-resolution satellite data. National Informatics Centre will
provide data on assets across different parts of the country for this
EsowAlben wins gold in Berlin cycling event
- In Cycling, India's EsowAlben has bagged a gold in the men's Keirin
individual event of the Six Day Berlin Tournament. The 18-year-old finished
on top of the podium, earning 20 classification points last night.
- Czech Republic's Tomas Babek, who won a silver in the 2017 World
Championship, came in second while Maximilian Lev of Germany took home the
- Earlier in the competition, the teenager had won a bronze on day two
followed by a silver medal on the fourth day in the individual Keirin event