Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 30 JULY 2019
Loksabha passes National Medical Commission bill 2019
- The LokSabha on Monday passed the National Medical Commission
Bill, 2019 (NMC) with Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan assuring the House
that the Bill, which seeks to repeal the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956,
will go down in history as the most revolutionary step taken to improve
medical education in India.
- According to him, no powers of the State government will be taken
away by the Centre through this Bill. Dr.Vardhan said: “We have also
withdrawn the suggestion of a bridge course.’’
- The Bill was opposed by several Opposition MPs. While Vincent Pala
of the Congress asked the Minister to explain what happens to MBBS students
who don’t pass the NEXT or the national exit exam, DMK’s A. Raja called the
Bill a ‘joke’ and ‘undemocratic.’
Tiger census gives promising results
- India has 2,967 tigers, a third more than in 2014, according to
the results of a tiger census made public on Monday by Prime Minister
NarendraModi. Madhya Pradesh saw the highest number at 526, closely followed
by Karnataka (524) and Uttarakhand (442). Chhattisgarh and Mizoram saw a
decline in tiger population and all other States saw a “positive” increase,
according to a press statement.
- The survey, the fourth such since 2006, is a gargantuan exercise
and conducted once in four years. The latest survey is the culmination of 15
months of forest officials surveying 3,81,400 square kilometres of forested
habitat, installing 26,760 camera traps and wildlife biologists ferreting
through 35 million images of wildlife — 76,523 of which were tigers (there
can be multiple images of the same tiger). Nearly 83% of the estimated tiger
population was captured in these images.
- While the Pench Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh recorded the
highest number of tigers, the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu
registered the “maximum improvement” since 2014, the statement said.
Finance ministry firm on raising funds from abroad
- Government bonds yields dropped sharply on Monday after Finance
Minister NirmalaSitharaman clarified that there was no rethinking on issuing
sovereign bonds to raise funds from abroad.
- The yield on the 10-year benchmark government bond fell 11 basis
points (bps) over the previous close, ending Monday at 6.41%.
- “The main reason for bond yields to decline is the reassurance by
the Finance Minister that there is no rethinking on the sovereign bond
issue,” said a treasury head of a large public sector bank.
- Last week, following reports that the government would review the
Budget announcement of issuing sovereign bonds after economists raised
concerns over such a move, bond yields headed north.
- RBI has reduced the repo rate by 75 bps in 2019 and will announce
the review of the monetary policy on August 7.
Bangladesh gives verification list of rohingyas to Myanmar
- Bangladesh today handed over a fresh list of 25,000 Rohingyas to
Myanmar for verification before their repatriation to their place of origin
in Rakhine State.
- So far, Bangladesh has handed over names of around 55000 Rohingyas
to the Myanmar authorities.
- This was disclosed today by the acting Foreign Secretary of
Bangladesh KamrulAhsan after holding discussion with the visiting top-level
delegation from Myanmar led by its Foreign secretary U Myint Thu.
- Earlier the delegation visited Rohingya Camp in Cox's Bazar on
Sunday to explain the preparations for the Rohingyas' return to Myanmar.
- It met various groups of Rohingyas including Hindu and Christian
groups to convince them to return to Myanmar.
- According to the Bangladesh refugee commissioner Mohammad
AbulKalam, the talks were positive but the representatives of the Rohingyas
in Bangladesh said that they wanted citizenship, safety and security as
preconditions for their return to Rakhine province in Myanmar.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Scientists find out Zebrafish using landmarks for navigation
- A study carried out using Zebrafish, researchers at the Indian Institute
of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali have found hard evidence to
support how turbidity negatively affects foraging efficiency and how they
learn to cope with it. The study was done in collaboration with IISER
- The study found that acclimatisation to the immediate visual environment
does play an important role in determining success in foraging food. The
results of the study were published in the journal Biology Letters.
- In addition to acclimatisation, the presence of colourful landmarks that
are visible even in extremely turbid conditions plays an important role in
improving foraging success.