Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 29 NOVEMBER 2019
Bill to merge two union territories passed in Loksabha
- LokSabha today passed the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu
(Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019.
- The Bill provides for the merger of Union territories of Dadra and
Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. It provides for better delivery of services
to citizens of both the UTs by improving efficiency and reduction in
paperwork and administrative expenditure.
- It will also bring uniformity in policy and schemes. Both the UTs
are located in the western region of the country. Dadra and Nagar Haveli has
just one district while Daman and Diu has two.
- Replying to debate on the Bill, Union Minister G Kishen Reddy said
that the combined population of the two UTs is 5 lakh 80 thousand. He said
currently, administrators shuttle between the two UTs on specific days which
creates problems for administrative functioning.
DAC approves capital procurements worth rs.22000 crores
- Defence Acquisition Council, chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath
Singh, today approved capital procurement for the Services amounting to over
22,800 crore rupees.
- To boost the 'Make in India' initiative, the DAC accorded approval
for indigenous design, development and manufacturing of 'Thermal Imaging
Night Sights' for Assault Rifles. These sights will be manufactured by the
Indian private industry and used by troops deployed on the frontline.
- As a follow up of the successful indigenous Airborne Early Warning
and Control programme, the DAC revalidated the Acceptance of Necessity for
the procurement of additional Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS)
- The mission system and sub-systems for these aircraft would be
indigenously designed, developed and integrated into the main platform by
Defence Research and Development Organisation.
- The Council also approved the procurement of long Medium-Range
Anti-submarine Warfare P8 I aircraft for the Navy. These aircraft would
greatly strengthen the Navy's capabilities for maritime coastal
surveillance, Anti-Submarine Warfare and Anti-Surface Vessel strike.
Fifteenth finance commission gets extension by 11 months
- Union Cabinet on Wednesday decided to extend the term of 15th
Finance Commission by 11 months to October 30, 2020. This is the second
extension. After the first one, the term was to end on November 30.
- The Commission will submit its interim report on Saturday,
November 30, 2019. This will suggest formulae for tax devolution for the
2020-21 fiscal year.
- Since the validity of previous formulae ends on March 31, 2020,
and the Commission needs more time in the wake of the change of stature of
Jammu & Kashmir, submission of an interim report was needed.
- The statement also mentioned that the Terms of Reference for the
commission are wide-ranging in nature. Comprehensively examining their
implications and aligning them to the requirements of the States and the
Central government will require additional time.
- The proposed increase in coverage of the period for which the
Commission’s recommendations are applicable, will help medium-term resource
planning for the Centre and the State governments.
- Making a five-year coverage available for the Commission beyond
April 1, 2021, will help the Centre and the State governments design schemes
with medium to long-term financial perspective and provide adequate time for
mid-course evaluation and correction.
External affairs ministry claims India has maintained independence in
- India has always maintained its independence and autonomy in the
exercise of its foreign policy and ensured that the national interest
determines the policy. External Affairs Minister S Jiashankar said this
while making a statement in the RajyaSabha on the government's efforts to
promote the country's foreign policy focusing on the high level visits of
President, Vice President and Prime Minister recently.
- He said, in the first six months of NDA government's tenure, New
Delhi re-emphasized its Neighbourhood First policy and reinforced its
relationships with all major countries. Dr Jaishankar also said, New Delhi
has worked to expand its relations with the Gulf, South East Asia and
- He said, India also expressed its strong interest fulfilling its
commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals and reforming the
multilateral system. The Minister said, India has to engage large and small
countries across all regions to shape the global agenda more effectively.
This is required not only to advance country’s interest but also in view of
high expectations the world has from New Delhi.
- Responding to questions on Regional Comprehensive Economic
Partnership, Dr Jaishankar said Prime Minister NarendraModi took a decision
not to go forward on RCEP. He asserted that the government will do what is
right for the country on trade matters as well as on all other matters.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Indian scientists identifies protein that regulates blood sugar levels
- Scientists at the Hyderabad based Council of Scientific and
Industrial Research (CSIR)-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB)
have demonstrated the role of a protein Secretagogin (SCGN) in increasing
insulin action in obesity-induced diabetes.
- Currently, the processes regulating insulin synthesis, secretion,
signalling and maturation in diabetes were not completely understood by
scientists. These findings were published in the latest issue of the journal
- As per CCMB the findings have established SCGN as a functional
insulin-binding protein with therapeutic potential against diabetes. They
show that SCGN binds to insulin and protects it from various stresses,
increases its stability as well as adds to its action.
- The findings are significant as various kinds of cellular stresses
can result in loss of structure and function of insulin, ultimately leading
- Diabetes and neurodegenerative disorders like dementia and
Alzheimer’s disease are often linked with each other. SCGN is found in lower
quantities in brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
Sports ministry plans to make Fit India week mandatory in schools
- Sports Minister KirenRijiju today visited KendriyaVidyalaya at
Andrews Ganj in New Delhi to participate in Fitness Week Celebrations at the
- The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has taken the
initiative of observing Fitness Week in the second, third and fourth week of
November, as part of the Fit India Movement.
- Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that celebrating
fitness week at this time of the year is a very good step. He said, it is
being organized across all KendriyaVidyalayas and he will encourage private
schools to do the same.
- He said, Fit India Week in the month of November and December
should be made mandatory across all schools as fitness is a very important
part of a student’s life.
- Mr Rijiju said, Government is looking at integrating physical
activity into the curriculum. He stated that there should be a technical
evaluation and a progressive report card for fitness.