Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 29 SEPTEMBER 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams -
29 SEPTEMBER 2019
Study finds evidence of coexistence of obesity and undernutrition amongst
Nearly 10% of children in the age group of 5-9 years and
adolescents in the age group of 10-19 years are pre-diabetic, 5% are
overweight and another 5% suffer from blood pressure.
These are among the key findings of the first-ever national
nutrition survey conducted by the Centre, yet to be made public, providing
for the first time hard evidence of the coexistence of obesity and
undernutrition, among school going children.
The Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey conducted by the
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and UNICEF between February 2016 and
October 2018 is the first study undertaken to measure malnutrition,
including micronutrient deficiencies through biochemical measures such as
blood and urine samples, anthropometric data as well as details of
non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol and
kidney function in children and adolescents.
The National Family Health Survey (NFHS), however, collects
anthropometric data (weight for age, height for age, weight for height,
mid-upper arm circumference) to measure prevalence of stunting, wasting and
underweight and household dietary intake to measure deficiencies.
Centre bans exports of all onion varieties
In the light of skyrocketing prices, the government on Sunday
prohibited onion exports until further notice and imposed limits on the
stocks that can be held to prevent hoarding.
Government sources said the States had been asked to take “strict
measures to prevent hoarding by traders, including organising raids”.
Further, a stock limit of 100 quintals for retail traders and 500
quintals for wholesale traders has been imposed.The retail price of onions
have shot up to as much as ₹60 per kg in the metros. At one point, they even
touched ₹80 per kg.
A central buffer of 56,700 metric tonnes was built by the
government.The buffer stocks are maintained through the National
Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED).
Indian Forex reserves decline by September end
India's forex reserves declined by USD 388 million to USD 428.572
billion for the week ended September 20 due to a slide in core currency and
The Reserve Bank data released on Friday showed that in the week
to September 20, foreign currency assets a major component of overall
reserves declined by USD 125 million to USD 396.670 billion.
It also showed that during the week, the value of gold reserves
declined by USD 259 million to USD 27.843 billion, making it the second
consecutive week of decline in the value of the precious metal held by
According to the data, country's special drawing rights with the
International Monetary Fund increased by USD 3 million to USD 1.435 billion
during the week, while country's reserve position with the Fund declined by
USD 6 million to USD 3.623 billion.
India joins group of countries to stop spread of fake news
Twenty countries, including France, Britain and India, have signed
an agreement at the United Nations to stop the spread of fake news on-line.
The signatories, which also included South Africa and Canada, committed to
promoting independently reported, diverse and reliable information on the
internet under an accord initiated by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a
press freedom watchdog.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian yesterday said, the
emergence of a global digital space is shaking up the world of information,
bringing with it progress as well as risks. He added on the sidelines of the
UN General Assembly in New York that misinformation on-line, especially
during election campaigns, undermined trust in democratic institutions. RSF
said in a statement that the agreement underlined the responsibility of
internet providers to promote trustworthy content and pluralism to escape
the current information chaos.
Last week, Twitter shut down thousands of accounts worldwide for
spreading misinformation, including some artificially amplifying pro-Saudi
messaging as part of a regional propaganda war. Fake accounts from China
seeking to sow discord among protesters in Hong Kong were also found.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Researchers find relation between food security and learning
With the introduction of SarvaShikshaAbhiyan and the mid-day meal
scheme, there has been an increase in the number of children enrolling in
schools. But new research says that Indian children are not able to perform
well in their studies due to widespread food insecurity at home.
An international team from U.K. and India looked at data collected
by Young Lives, a UK- and India-based research study of over 1,900
schoolchildren in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The link between food insecurity at home and learning was more
pronounced for those children who experienced chronic food insecurity and/or
experienced it during early childhood (at 5 years).
Further, transitory spells of food insecurity at home did not
affect the kids’ test scores in reading and vocabulary, but their
mathematical skills were still affected. This suggests that children may be
able to bounce back from short-term food insecurity in some learning
domains, but not in others.
India clinches SAFF U-18 title
In Football, India defeated Bangladesh by 2-1 in the final of SAFF
Under-18 Championship 2019 to lift the title in Kathmandu today.
From the beginning, India played aggressively and VikramPratap
Singh did not take much time to hand India a 1-0 lead. Singh scored in the
second minute of the game.
Before the conclusion of the first half, Bangladesh's Yeasin
managed to score an equaliser in 40th minute which brought the scoreline to
In the second half, both the teams gave each other tough
competition and restricted each other from scoring a goal.