Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 6 SEPTEMBER 2019

SSC CGL Current Affairs


Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 6 SEPTEMBER 2019


::NATIONAL::

Govt. begins campaigning for Eat right India movement

  •  “It’s time for India to eat right,” said Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday, kick-starting POSHAN Maah 2019 with a year-long social and mass media campaign on the Eat Right India movement.
  •  Leading with a tweet-a-day focusing on a weekly theme of eating right for the next 365 days, Dr.Vardhan also launched the new Eat Right India logo that represents a healthy plate, an online eat right quiz and online course for frontline health workers.
  •  Stating that the country is in need of a movement on preventive health for all in the backdrop of the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases including diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases, widespread deficiencies of vitamins and minerals and rampant food-borne illnesses, Dr.Vardhan said: “The Eat Right India movement is a crucial preventive healthcare measure to trigger social and behavioural change through a judicious mix of regulatory measures, combined with soft interventions for ensuring awareness and capacity building of food businesses and citizens alike.”

Study reveals one-third of traffickers as women or neighbours

  •  A recent study conducted on the profile of persons accused in trafficking in almost 200 cases in West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh has revealed that one-third of them are women.
  •  In the study, Ms.Sen analysed documents such as chargesheets, FIRS and police general diaries related to 198 human trafficking cases registered between 2008 and 2018. Of the 429 people whose names appeared as accused in these 198 cases, only in 30 were the accused family members, including from the extended family.
  •  “There was a belief in some people that in many cases family members are involved in trafficking. That does not hold true in this research. In most cases, if the survivors are asked they will say Didi (sister) took them from their village. But on a more detailed inquiry, it will be revealed that the accused is not a relative but a neighbour or an acquaintance,” SubhasreeRaptan, programme manager of GGBK said.
  •  The largest group of the traffickers (34%, or 148) were neighbours, while 31% were completely unknown to the survivors, the study said.
  •  Ms.Raptan highlighted that in many cases of trafficking, survivors were not told that they were entitled to victim compensation from public prosecutors representing their case in courts.

::ECONOMY::

Govt. plans to revive auto sector through sops and incentives

  •  Offering some solace to the crisis-hit auto industry, Road Transport and Highways Minister NitinGadkari on Thursday assured ‘full’ support from the government to help overcome the free fall in vehicle sales. He said the Centre was looking at steps, including export sops and GST incentives, to help create demand in the sector.
  •  The Minister also clarified that the government did not intend to ban ICE (internal combustion engine) powered vehicles.
  •  He, however, added that the government would promote the use of alternative fuels and electric vehicles to tackle issues of a high crude oil import bill and pollution. Thursday’s statement comes as a relief for the industry, given that it was Mr.Gadkari who had in 2017 asked car makers to move to electric or they would be “bulldozed” into doing it.

Finance ministry gives guidelines to PSB’s on CGM appointment

  •  The Finance Ministry has decided to fix a cut-off mark in terms of total business of public sector banks (PSBs) to create the position of chief general managers (CGMs).
  •  Last week, Finance Minister NirmalaSitharaman had said PSBs will now have the position of CGM which was thus far available only to the State Bank of India.
  •  Post merger, the total business of PNB-OBC-UBI pack will be close to ₹18 lakh crore, the Canara and Syndicate combine, over ₹15 lakh crore and Union Bank-Corporation Bank-Andhra Bank, ₹14.6 lakh crore.
  •  Indian Bank and Allahabad Bank combine had a total business of ₹8.08 lakh crore as on March 31, 2019. A bank can appoint a maximum of one CGM for four general managers (GMs), the Ministry said.

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::INTERNATIONAL::

U.S backs India’s move to designate terrorists under new law

  •  The U.S. has backed India’s move to declare JeM chief MasoodAzhar and three others as terrorists individually under a new anti-terror law.
  •  Besides Azhar, India on Wednesday declared Mumbai terror attack accused Zaki-ur-Rehman-Lakhvi, fugitive gangster DawoodIbrahim, and Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed as individual terrorists.
  •  The decision to declare all four of them as terrorists has been taken nearly a month after Parliament approved a crucial amendment to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment (UAPA) Act, 1967.
  •  The four are the first to be declared terrorists under the new law, an official at the Union Home Ministry said in New Delhi.
  •  According to the UAPA, earlier only a group could be declared as terrorist.The amendments made in the Act allows the government to declare even an individual as terrorist.These four are involved in terrorist attacks in India and have been designated as global terrorists under United Nations.

North Korea wants to reduce UN presence in its territory

  •  North Korea wants the number of U.N. international staff in the country reduced by the end of the year over what it claims is the politicisation of aid by parties hostile to its government, but the United Nations says the mission’s current “light footprint” is vital.
  •  Kim Chang Min, secretary general of North Korea’s National Coordinating Committee, said in a letter to the U.N. resident coordinator in North Korea that in recent years “U.N. supported programs failed to bring the results as desired due to the politicization of U.N. assistance by hostile forces.”
  •  “U.N. operations already have a light footprint on the ground and continued capacity at current levels is vital for ensuring continued U.N. support for critical food security, water, nutrition programming as well as mobilizing resources,” he said.
  •  Mr. Kim’s letter to U.N. coordinator Tapan Mishra, a copy of which was obtained Thursday by , says North Korea values its collaboration with U.N. agencies and appreciates Mishra’s efforts “to reactivate U.N. support in the DPRK.”

::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::

WHO South East region aims to eliminate measles & rubella by 2023

  •  Member-countries of the World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region have resolved to eliminate highly infectious childhood killer diseases measles and rubella by 2023.
  •  Measles elimination and rubella control has been a regional flagship priority since 2014. Bhutan, DPR Korea, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste have eliminated measles and Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste have controlled rubella.
  •  To achieve the new targets, the member-countries resolved to strengthen the immunisation systems for increasing and sustaining high level of population immunity against the two diseases at both the national and sub-national levels.

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