Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 3 SEPTEMBER 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams -
3 SEPTEMBER 2019
India gains consular access to kulbushanyadav further course of action to be
India has accepted Pakistan's offer of consular access to its
national KulbhushanJadhav. Sources in External Affairs Ministry said India's
Charge d'affairesGauravAhluwalia will be meeting Jadhav today.
India hoped that Pakistan will ensure right atmosphere so that the
meeting is free, fair, meaningful and effective in keeping with the letter
and spirit of the International Court of Justice's orders.
India has been seeking consular access to KulbushanJadhav for the
last three years. The matter of denial of consular access was taken to
International Court of Justice by India. The court gave a unanimous decision
in favour of India.
India has said that it will decide on further course of action in
KulbhushanJadhav case after receiving the full report from its High
Commission in Islamabad on consular access. Officials from the High
Commission of India in Islamabad, met KulbhushanJadhav today.
The External Affairs Ministry said that after receiving a detailed
report, the extent of conformity to the International Court of Justice, ICJ
directives will be determined.
PM assures drinking water to all by 2024
Prime Minister NarendraModi today inaugurated the Garvi Gujarat
Bhavan in New Delhi. Later addressing a gathering, the Prime Minister listed
out series of measures taken by the Gujarat government for the development
of the state.
He said Gujarat is doing well in terms of water harvesting. He
expressed confidence that every household will get drinking water by 2024.
RBI claims early resolution measures led to decline in Gross NPA ratios of
Reserve Bank says early recognition and resolution of stressed
assets have helped banks contain their Gross Non-Performing Loans ratio at
9.1 percent down from 11.2 percent a year before.
AIR correspondent reports that the RBI said the steadfastly
pursued recognition, repair and resolution has resulted in the gross NPA
The initial teething difficulties, the insolvency and bankruptcy
code is proving to be a game-changer. The report has added that recoveries
have gradually improved and as a result, deadlock in the potential path of
the investment cycle are easing.
Growth in core sectors decline in April-July period
Growth in core sector activity quickened in July 2019 to 2.1%, due
almost entirely to a recovery in the cement sector, according to official
data released on Monday.
The Index of Eight Core Industries had grown at just 0.7% in June
2019. However, July's growth rate is far lower than the 7.3% growth
registered in the same month last year.
The cement sector saw growth accelerating to 7.9% in July 2019
compared with a contraction of 1.7% in the previous month. The coal sector,
however, slipped into contraction in July, contracting 1.4% compared with a
growth of 3.2% in June.
The crude oil sector continued contracting for at least the
thirteenth consecutive month, contracting 4.4% in July, compared with a
contraction of 6.8% in June. The natural gas sector contracted 0.5% in July
compared with a contraction of 2.1% in the previous month.
The refinery products sector also contracted in July, by 0.9%
compared with a contraction of 9.3% in June. Growth in the fertiliser sector
remained flat at 1.5% over the period.
India and Japan today discussed ways to strengthen the existing
bilateral cooperation and adoption of new initiatives for achieving peace
and security in the region.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh co-chaired India-Japan Defence
Ministerial Meeting with his Japanese counterpart Takeshi lwaya in Tokyo.
Describing it as extremely fruitful Ministerial Level Dialogue, Mr
Singh said, India and Japan will continue working together to further deepen
the defence ties between both the nations.
An official release said, the importance of the Special Strategic
and Global Partnership between India and Japan in addressing regional peace,
security and stability was also highlighted.
The Indo-Pacific vision was also discussed at length during the
meeting with emphasis on India's preference for a rules-based order along
with centrality of Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Bangladesh denies telecom services to Rohingyas
Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has directed
mobile phone operators to halt sale of SIM cards to Rohingyas and ensure
that mobile phone use by them is stopped.
The directive was issued after Posts and Telecommunications
Minister Mustafa Jabbar asked Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory
Commission (BTRC) to take immediate steps to stop mobile phone services at
Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar.
The ban on the sale of mobile SIM cards to Rohingya refugees was
first imposed in September 2017. The phone operators have also been asked to
inform the BTRC within the next seven working days the measures taken in
The BTRC also reiterated the directive issued in October last year
asking all mobile operators to restrict their networks in the
Bangladesh-Myanmar border areas as well as block networks in and around
Following the directive, the mobile operators are reported to have
weakened their networks in the border areas including Cox Bazar and
The notice was issued following allegations that the telecom
operators were providing SIM cards to Rohingyas defying government
ban.Bangladesh government had imposed a ban on the sale of mobile SIM cards
to Rohingyas in September 2017 citing security reasons.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Russia to prepare Indian astronauts for Gaganyaan mission
India and Russia are stepping up cooperation in the space sector
with Moscow extending help in 4-5 critical areas of India’s ambitious manned
mission to space, Gaganyaan. This includes training of Indian astronauts at
Russian facilities beginning later this year, sources at the Indian Embassy
in Moscow said.
Following Prime Minister NarendraModi’s announcement on August 15,
2018 that an Indian will go to space by the 75th Independence Day, Indian
Space Research Research Organisation (ISRO) has outlined a road map to put a
three-man crew in a low earth orbit for 5-7 days by December 2021 by an
indigenous GSLV Mk-III launch vehicle from a third launch pad under
construction at Sriharikota.
Stating that the programme is on track and the process of
astronaut selection will begin shortly, the source said that “towards the
end of the year, by November or so we will have four Indian astronauts who
will come here.”
The Gaganyaan programme is expected to cost under ₹10,000 crore
and there will be two unmanned missions prior to the manned mission to
validate the technologies.
ISRO Chairman Dr. K. Sivan had stated earlier that they began work
on the manned mission in 2004 and many of the critical technologies required
have already been validated through various tests.