Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 8 SEPTEMBER 2019
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams -
8 SEPTEMBER 2019
Government to spend huge amounts for JalJeevan mission
Prime Minister NarendraModi has announced that the central
government will spend 3.5 lakh crore rupees in the next five years on 'JalJeevan
Mission' to deliver potable water at every household across the country.
Addressing the state-level MahilaSakshamMelava or Empowered
Women's Meet of Self Help Groups (SHG) organised by Maharashtra State Rural
Livelihood Mission (UMED) in Aurangabad, he said that JalJeevan Mission has
been launched in order to free women from the trouble of having to toil hard
to fetch water. He said JalJeevan Mission involves saving water and
delivering water at one's doorstep.
Mr Modi said that women are playing a vital role in the
development of the country and pointed out that due to the SHGs, women are
becoming financially independent that will help the country to become
strong. He expressed the need to make the SHG movement more powerful in the
Speaking about other initiatives for the empowerment of women's
SHGs, the Prime Minister said, "Under MUDRA scheme, one woman in every SHG
will get a loan of 1 lakh rupees and this will help them start new ventures
and grow their business.
Centre claims Khadi registered high growth
The 150th birth anniversary of Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi
will be celebrated on 2nd of October this year. In 1918 Mahatma Gandhi
started his movement for Khadi as relief programme for the poor masses
living in India's villages.
The khadi movement by Gandhi aimed at boycotting foreign cloth and
he began promoting the spinning of khadi for rural self-employment and
self-reliance. Mahatma Gandhi strongly advocated the usage of Khadi
Over the last five years, Prime Minister NarendraModi has left no
stone unturned to popularize Khadi among the people. Mr Modi has given the
Mantra of ‘Khadi for Nation, Khadi for fashion'.
The Prime Minister in his Mann Ki Baat address in October 2014
stressed on the need for use of khadi products as a homage to Mahatma
Government to setup task force to identify high net worth infra projects
The government on Saturday said it had constituted a high-level
task force to identify infrastructure projects for ₹100 lakh-crore worth
investment to be made by 2024-25 as India aims to become a $5-trillion
The task force, headed by the Economic Affairs Secretary, will
draw up a ‘national infrastructure pipeline’ of ₹100 lakh-crore, the Finance
Ministry said in a statement.
The task force will comprise secretaries from different
Ministries, senior officials and the NITI Aayog CEO. It will identify
technically feasible and financially/economically viable infrastructure
projects that can be initiated in 2019-20.
To achieve the target of scaling India’s GDP to $5 trillion by
2024-25, the country needs to spend about $1.4 trillion (₹100 lakh crore)
from the fiscal 2019-20 to 2024-25 on infrastructure, it added.In the past
decade (fiscal 2008-17), India invested about $1.1 trillion in
The challenge is to step up annual infrastructure investment so
that lack of infrastructure does not become a binding constraint on the
growth of the Indian economy, the Ministry said.
SEBI calls for unification of corporate bond market
SEBI Chairman Ajay Tyagi has called for unification of corporate
bond market with the more widely-traded government securities market to make
it easier for investors to enter and exit the market.
Addressing an event in Mumbai, Mr.Tyagi said there is a need for
seamless transmission of information from G-secs to the corporate bond
Reeling out data, Mr.Tyagi said the market has gained significant
traction over the past years, as funds raised from the market touched Rs.
6.5 lakh crore mark or 16.3 percent of GDP in FY19 from Rs. 3.7 lakh crore
mark or 13 percent of GDP in FY13.
Iran breaches nuclear deal, says it can further enrich Uranium
Iran said on Saturday it was now capable of raising uranium
enrichment past the 20% level and had launched advanced centrifuge machines
in further breaches of commitments to limit its nuclear activity under a
2015 deal with world powers.
Since May, Iran has begun to exceed limits on its nuclear capacity
set by the pact in retaliation for U.S. pressure on Iran to negotiate
restrictions on its ballistic missile programme and support for proxy forces
around the Middle East.
Iran says its measures are reversible if European signatories to
the accord manage to restore its access to foreign trade promised under the
nuclear deal but blocked by the reimposition of U.S. sanctions.
The deal capped the level of purity to which Iran can enrich
uranium at 3.67% - suitable for civilian power generation and far below the
90% threshold of nuclear weapons grade.
U.N. nuclear inspectors reported in July that Iran had cranked up
enrichment to 4.5% purity. Mr.Kamalvandi said Tehran could now exceed the
20% level, a significant leap towards the critical 90%, “but right now there
is no need for that”.
Afghanistan accepts U.S assurance on Taliban deal
The Afghan government on Saturday welcomed a pledge by the
Pentagon that the U.S. would only accept a “good deal” from the Taliban
after a wave of insurgent attacks sparked concerns of a hasty U.S.
During a wide ranging press conference in Paris earlier on
Saturday, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper sought to allay fears that
Washington was looking for a quick exit from Afghanistan as it inches closer
to a potential deal with the Taliban.
Kabul has been gripped by a surge in deadly violence even after
the U.S. and the insurgents reached an agreement “in principle” that would
see the U.S. pull thousands of troops from Afghanistan in return for various
Taliban security promises.
According to parts of the deal made public so far, the Pentagon
would pull about 5,000 of its roughly 13,000 or so troops from five bases
across Afghanistan by early next year. The insurgents in turn will renounce
al-Qaeda, promise to fight the Islamic State (IS) group and stop jihadists
using Afghanistan as a safe haven.
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
ISRO says 95% of Chandrayaan mission successful
ISRO says despite the loss of communication with Vikram Lander, 90
to 95 per cent of the mission objectives have been accomplished.
In a statement, it said the Orbiter has already been placed in the
orbit around the moon.
This shall enrich our understanding of the Moon's evolution and
mapping of the minerals and water molecules in the Polar Regions, using its
eight state-of-the-art scientific instruments.
The ISRO said the Orbiter camera is the highest resolution camera
in any lunar mission so far and shall provide high-resolution images which
will be immensely useful to the global scientific community.