Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 30 NOVEMBER 2019
Govt.confirms it will not compromise on data sovereignity
- The government today asserted that India will not compromise on
data sovereignty and it is committed to ensure safety and security of
messaging on platforms like WhatsApp.
- Replying to calling attention motion in the RajyaSabha today on
reported use of spyware Pegasus to compromise phone data of some persons
through WhatsApp, Electronics and IT Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad informed
that not a single FIR has been lodged and so far, his ministry has received
no complaint in this matter. He said, there are adequate provisions in IT
act to ensure safety and security of messaging on various platforms.
- Mr. Prasad said, there are standard operating procedures which are
rigorously followed by security agencies and authorities for protecting the
sovereignty and integrity of the country. He stressed that these standard
operating procedures must be followed in the interest of the nation and
clarified that no unauthorized interception was done.
- He also said, digital players are welcome to contribute to the
growing digital market of India but they have to understand that safety and
security of Indians is prime importance.
- On the snooping issue, the Minister informed that CERT-IN had sent
a notice to Israel based company NSO on 26th November of this month seeking
details about the malware and its impact on Indian users.
Govt. to consider creation of national coastal Mission to address climate
- Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister PrakashJavadekar
today said the government has envisaged establishing a National Coastal
Mission under the National Action Plan on climate change.
- Replying to questions in the LokSabha, Mr Javadekar said, the
Mission aims addressing impact of climate change on coastal and maritime
ecosystems, infrastructure and communities in coastal areas though
- The minister said, the government has launched Integrated Coastal
Zone management project in 2010 to conserve, protect and manage the coastal
and maritime ecosystems.
CEA claims fundamentals of economy strong
- The government has said, the fundamentals of Indian Economy is
strong and the GDP growth rate is expected to pick up from the third quarter
of Financial Year 2019-20.
- While interacting with media in New Delhi on GDP numbers released
today, Chief Economic Adviser K Subramanian said, IMF has projected India's
GDP growth at 6.1 per cent in 2019-20 and 7 per cent in Financial Year
2020-21 in it's recently released report on World Economic Outlook
- According to official data released today, India's economic growth
slipped to 4.5 per cent in the July-September period of this fiscal.
- The previous low was recorded at 4.3 per cent in the January to
March period of 2012-13. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was
registered at 7 per cent in the second quarter of 2018-19.
India’s wheat production to set record next year due to good monsoons
- India's wheat production could jump to a second consecutive annual
record in 2020 as the wettest monsoon in 25 years is set to help farmers in
expanding the area under the winter-sown crop while also boosting yields,
industry officials told Reuters.
- With the new MSP setting, export prices would be above $300 a
tonne on a free-on-board basis, while supplies from the competing countries
are available below $250 a tonne, said one Mumbai-based dealer with a global
- Higher production and negligible exports could force the
government to increase procurement from farmers to ensure prices stay at or
above the MSP, said Galipelli at Inditrade.
India to set up hi-tech parks in Bangladesh
- India will set up 12 hi-tech parks in Bangladesh at a cost of $193
- Speaking at a business meeting in Rangpur organised by the local
Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday, High Commissioner of India to
Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das said that these hi-tech parks will provide
training to 30,000 youth of Bangladesh as skilled IT professionals.
- Responding to the issue of the trade imbalance between the two
countries, Riva Ganguly Das said that diversification of the product basket
of Bangladesh will help reduce the gap by increasing exports to India.
- She also inaugurated Swami Vivekananda Bhawan at Rangpur which
houses a Computer Center, Charitable Medical Centre, Coaching centre and
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
Centre to setup new rocket launch pad atTamilnadu
- Union Government is planning to set up a new rocket launch pad
near Kulasekarapattinam in Tamil Nadu. At present, the Indian Space Research
organisation (ISRO) has two launch pads at SatishDhawan Space Centre (SDCC)
in Sriharikotta, Andhra Pradesh.
- The development comes on the backdrop of increasing launches from
India, both for domestic as well as international customers.
- The new launch pad is intended to be used for future Indian
rockets including- Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk III,
Avatar Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV), Unified Modular Launch Vehicle (UMLV),
Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV), and even older ones like Polar
Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle
(GSLV). However, the government did not elaborated on Launchpad’s exact
- As per ISRO, its workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)
has launched as many as 84 satellites from 1994 to 2015, PSLV, of which 51
were for international customers. In 2018, the ISRO launched 17 missions but
now number of launches every year by space agency has increased over 30.
- SatishDhawan Space Centre (or SHAR spaceport) at Sriharikotta is
responsible for integration of launchers. SDCC houses two operational launch
pads from where all GSLV and PSLV flights take place. ISRO has launched most
of its customer satellites with its PSLV.