Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 4 OCTOBER 2019

SSC CGL Current Affairs

Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 4 OCTOBER 2019

::NATIONAL::

Government to bring in new national policy for senior citizens

  •  To improve services and benefits for senior citizens, amendments to the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007 and a national policy were on the cards, Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister ThawarchandGehlot said on Thursday.
  •  Mr.Gehlot was speaking at the ceremony of the Ministry’s annual national awards for senior citizens and organisations working for their cause.
  •  President Ram NathKovind handed out the awards honouring 15 individuals and organisations as part of the Ministry’s celebrations of the International Day of Older Persons, which was on October 1.
  •  He said, under the RashtriyaVayoshriYojana, physical aids and assistive living devices like wheel chairs, hearing aids, spectacles, support stick set care have been distributed so far.

I & B ministry considers fake news more dangerous than paid news

  •  Fake news is more dangerous than paid news and there is need for the government and the media to combat it jointly, Information and Broadcasting Minister PrakashJavadekar said on Thursday.
  •  The government will not take any step that may curb media freedom, the minister said and suggested there should be some kind of regulation on over-the-top platforms (OTT), as there is for the print and electronic media as well as films.
  •  OTT platforms include news portals and also ‘streamers’ such as Hotstar, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, which are accessible over the Internet or ride on an operator’s network.
  •  The Press Council of India takes care of the print media, the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) monitors news channels, the Advertising Standards Council of India is for advertising while the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) takes care of films, he said.

::ECONOMY::

Government to give top priority to affordable and sustainable energy

  •  Petroleum Minister DharmendraPradhan has said that securing affordable and sustainable energy is a top priority for India. Speaking at the India Economic Summit in New Delhi, he said, the price volatility and concerns about sustained oil supplies have made consuming countries vulnerable given the fact that India, along with most South Asian countries, have a major dependency on crude oil and gas imports.
  •  The Minister said that it is only natural that the global energy deliberations pay close attention to the developments in energy sector in India. He said, this has a lot to do with the emergence of India as third-largest energy consumer in the world, and the fact that India is playing a leading role globally by implementing several transformative initiatives to reduce energy poverty in the country.
  •  Mr Pradhan said, to transform India into a 5 trillion dollar economy, it is imperative to increase energy availability to 1.3 billion people, whose per capita energy consumption is lower than the global average.

Centre releases Swachh Pani Abhiyan in line with SBA

  •  The Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Shri Ram Vilas Paswan today made a clarion call for beginning a ‘SwachhPaniAbhiyaan’ or clean water mission in line with Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’.
  •  ShriPaswanasserted that it is not a matter of consumer rights but of people’s lives and therefore must be given priority. ShriPaswan stated that it is Prime Minister NarendraModi’s vision to provide piped Drinking water to all households by 2024 and for furthering this vision and mission, he has started this Abhiyaan which has begun from Delhi and will be taken across the nation.
  •  The Union Minister chaired a meeting with officials of Bureau of India Standards (BIS), Delhi Jal Board (DJB), officials from Ministry of Jal Shakti &Department of Consumer Affairs and FSSAI where it was discussed that the Standards for Drinking Water which are being set by BIS must be made mandatory which are currently voluntary in nature and only then can they be enforced.
  •  BIS informed during the meeting that it had collected samples from 11 places from Delhi region and tested them on 42 parameters such as PH levels, Odour, Metal content, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and all samples failed to meet the BIS standard on multiple parameters. ShriPaswan said it is the responsibility of DJB to provide clean drinking water to all residents of Delhi and people are facing numerous issues due to this.

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::INTERNATIONAL::

India – Mauritius jointly inaugurate developmental projects

  •  Prime Minister NarendraModi and Mauritian Prime Minister PravindJugnauth today jointly inaugurated two landmark projects in Mauritius through video conferencing. These are Phase-1 of the Metro Express and a new ENT Hospital.
  •  Speaking on the occasion, Mr Modi said, both these projects will serve the people of Mauritius and they are symbols of India’s strong commitment to the development of the Island nation.
  •  Mr Modi said, both India and Mauritius are diverse and vibrant democracies, committed to working for the prosperity of our peoples, as well as for peace in the region and the world. He said, today's inauguration of projects herald a new chapter in the shared history, heritage and cooperation between India and Mauritius.
  •  The Prime Minister said Indian Ocean Economy holds great promise for people of the two countries.
  •  In his address, Mr Jugnauth said, people of Mauritius will be ever grateful to India. He said, Mauritius needs the blessings of Mother India for development.
  •  India is already involved in a number of projects in Mauritius including Hospitals and Housing projects. In 2016, India provided a Special Economic Package of 353 million dollars for the execution of five projects in the Indian ocean country.

::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::

India-Mongolian military exercise to begin at Bakloh

  •  14th edition of Indo – Mongolian joint military training, Exercise Nomadic Elephant-XIV, being conducted over a period of 14 days, will commence from 05 Oct 2019. The exercise will be conducted from 05 Oct 19 to 18 Oct 19 at Bakloh.
  •  The Mongolian Army is being represented by officers and troops of the elite 084 Air Borne Special Task Battalion while Indian Army is being represented by a contingent of a battalion of RAJPUTANA RIFLES.
  •  Nomadic Elephant-XIV is aimed at training troops in counter insurgency &counter terrorism operations under United Nations mandate. The Joint Exercise will enhance defence co-operation and military relations between the two nations.
  •  It is an ideal platform for the armies of both the nations to share their experiences & best practices and gain mutually during the joint training.

::SPORTS::

Women’s world boxing championships begin in Russia

  •  The World Women's Boxing Championship will begin at Ulan Ude in Russia today. The best female boxers in the world will compete in the 11th edition of the championships, the most prestigious boxing titles in the word.
  •  India will play with a ten-member squad comprising experienced and young boxers. Six-time champion M C Mary Kom will start as a strong medal contender for India yet again in 51 kilogram category.

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