Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 6 SEPTEMBER 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams -
6 SEPTEMBER 2019
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
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.
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.
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
“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.”
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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