Daily Current Affairs December 1, 2021
SCO: 19th Meeting of Council of Heads of Government held:
- The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) also known as the Shanghai Pact,is an Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance.
- The SCO currently comprises eight Member States (China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan).
- On November 30, 2020, M. Venkaiah Naidu chaired the SCO Council of Heads of Government.
- During the meet he launched the first ever SCO Online Exhibition on Shared Buddhist Heritage.
- It was launched during the 19th Meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Government.
- INDIA joined SCO in 2007
‘Duare Sarkar’ Outreach Programme of West Bengal begins:
- The Mamata Banerjee government in Bengal has launched a massive outreach programme named “Duare Sarkar” or Government at your doorstep.
- The programme aims to reach the government services and schemes to the people
Lahore is world’s most polluted city:
- According to the US Air Quality Index, Lahore is world’s most polluted city.
- It was followed by New Delhi and Kathmandu.
- The particulate matter (PM) rating of Lahore was 423, New Delhi had PM of 229 while Nepal’s capital Kathmandu had 178.
World AIDS Day 2021 Celebrates on 01st December:
- The day was first marked in 1988 and was also the first-ever international day for global health.
- Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic disease that is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
BSF celebrates 57th Raising Day on December 01, 2021:
- The Border Security Force (BSF) is celebrating its 57th Raising Day on 01 December 2021.
- It is one of the five Central Armed Police Forces of the Union of India and stands as the world’s largest border guarding force.
- BSF has been termed as the First Line of Defence of Indian Territories.
- BSF Director General: Pankaj Kumar Singh.
- BSF Headquarters: New Delhi.
- BSF was formed on December 1, 1965
Judges Bill introduced in Lok Sabha:
- The Judges Bill was introduced by The Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju in Lok Sabha.
- The bill intends to amend the High Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Condition of Service) Act.
- The bill seeks to bring clarity whether the SC and HC judges are entitled to get additional pension on attaining a certain age.
- Currently, every retired judge or his family (after his death) is entitled to get an additional quantum of pension.
- The bill says that the pension shall be provided on the first day of completing the age and not in the starting.
- For this, Section 17B and Section 16B are to be included.
- The salaries of SC judges are fixed based on Article 125.
GST Collections November 2021:
- The GST revenue for the month of November 2021 was Rs 1,31,526 crores.
- This is the second highest collection since the introduction of GST in the country. The first highest collection was in April 2021.
- The high GST collection shows that country is line with economic recovery.
- The GST revenue collected for the month of November is 25% higher than the GST revenue of November 2020. And is 27% higher
- than GST revenue collected in November 2019.
India – ITU Joint Cyber Drill 2021:
- The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Department of Telecommunications operating under the Ministry of Communications
- conducted a Joint Cyber Drill 2021.
- The cyber drill was conducted for the Critical Network Infrastructure operators of India. The Critical Network Infrastructure are the systems, assets
- and networks that are essential to ensure the security of a country.
- It aims to improve the cyber security readiness of India. Also, it aims to improve the protection and incident response capability of the country.
Vidya Deevena Scheme of Andhra Pradesh:
- The Andhra Pradesh Government recently released Rs 686 crores for the Vidya Deevena Scheme.
- The Vidya Deevena Scheme provides scholarships to students who are not able to pay their college fees.
Char Dham Devasthanam Management Act:
- The Uttarakhand Government recently withdrew the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Act.
- The act was withdrawn due to the protests from priests and other stakeholders of Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the major shrines.
- Most of the provisions of Shri Badrinath – Shri Kedarnath Act, 1939 were not relevant to the present context.
- Thus, the Char Dham Bill was proposed.