Wednesday, June 13, 2018

1. 10 New Swachh Iconic Places Launched Under Swachh Bharat Mission
i. Ten new iconic sites have been taken up under Phase III of the flagship project Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) of the Swachh Bharat Mission. The project envisioned by the Prime Minister is being coordinated by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation with the support of State governments and local administration.
ii. The consultation is in process for finalising the PSUs/corporates for extending support to new sites as CSR partners. These new sites have joined the 20 iconic places under Phase I & II.
10 New Iconic Sites are as follows:
1. Raghavendra Swamy Temple (Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh);
2. Hazardwari Palace (Murshidabad, West Bengal);
3. Brahma Sarovar Temple (Kurukshetra, Haryana);
4. VidurKuti (Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh);
5. Mana village (Chamoli, Uttarakhand);
6. Pangong Lake (Leh-Ladakh, J&K);
7. Nagvasuki Temple (Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh);
8. ImaKeithal/market (Imphal, Manipur);
9. Sabarimala Temple (Kerala); and
10. Kanvashram (Uttarakhand).

2. Govt Approves 33% Increase In Carpet Area Of Houses Under PMAY-U

i. The government has approved a 33% increase in carpet area of houses eligible for interest subsidy under its affordable housing scheme Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) to attract more beneficiaries.
ii. The carpet area of a house has been enhanced to 160 sq m from 120 sq m for Middle Income Group-I (MIG-I), while it has been increased to 200 sq m from 150 sq m in case of MIG-II. Under the Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS), each beneficiary can avail subsidy up to Rs 2.35 lakh on purchase of a house under the scheme.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for SBI PO/Clerk Exam 2018-

The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- Housing For All (Urban) will be implemented during 2015-2022 and will provide central assistance to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).Hardeep Singh Puri is the Minister of State (I/C) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

3. India’s 1st National Police Museum To Come Up In Delhi

i. The Union Government has announced to establish India’s first national police museum in Lutyens' Delhi. The museum is expected to be inaugurated on 21st October 2018 on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day.
ii. The unique museum, depicting the history, artefacts, uniforms and gear of central and state police forces, will come up as an underground facility in the premises of the national police memorial in Chanakyapuri area.

4. SEBI Constitutes Expert Committee to Frame Rules for Direct Listing of Indian firms Abroad

i. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) constituted an Expert Committee to frame rules for direct listing of Indian firms abroad.
ii. The committee will examine the economic case for permitting direct listing of Indian companies overseas and listing of Indian companies on foreign bourses in India. The committee includes nine members.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for SBI PO Exam 2018-

SEBI- Securities and Exchange Board of India.SEBI Chairman- Ajay Tyagi, Headquarters- Mumbai.

5. Union Steel Minister Dedicates to Nation Rebuilt Blast Furnace-1 of Rourkela Steel Plant

i. The Union Minister of Steel, Chaudhary Birender Singh dedicated the rebuilt Blast Furnace-1 ‘Parvati’ of SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) to the Nation. Parvati is the first Blast Furnace of SAIL that was dedicated to the nation on 3rd February 1959 by the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.
ii. With the rebuilding, the annual production capacity, of the furnace has increased from 0.438 Million tonnes (MT) to 1.015 MT.

6. Bihar CM Inaugurates, Lays Foundation Stones For Schemes Worth Rs 875 crore

i. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inaugurated and laid foundation stones for more than 100 schemes, worth Rs 875 crore, of the state bridge construction corporation.
ii. At a function organised on the occasion of the 43rd establishment day of the Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Ltd, 122 schemes were inaugurated or their foundation stones laid down by the chief minister.

7. India to Host 1st BIMSTEC Military Exercise

i. India will host first military exercise of the BIMSTEC Countries in September 2018 in Pune, Maharashtra. The theme of the exercise includes counter-terrorism in semi-urban terrain and cordon and search.
ii. The main aim of this military exercise is to promote strategic alignment among the member-states and to share best practices in the area of counter-terrorism. Each participating member country will bring in some 30 soldiers.
iii. BIMSTEC countries had held disaster management exercise in 2017 in New Delhi, but this will be the first military exercise of the grouping.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for SBI PO/Clerk Exam 2018-

BIMSTEC stands for Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation.Member countries: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka from South Asia and Myanmar, Thailand from South East Asia.

8. India Gives 99 million Nepalese rupees For Final Phase of Nepal-Bharat Maitri Irrigation Project

i. India extended a financial aid of Rs 99 million to Nepal for the construction of 2,700 shallow tube well irrigation systems in 12 districts of the country's southern Terai region to boost agricultural productivity.
ii. The assistance has been extended as part of the final payment for the Nepal-Bharat Maitri Irrigation Project, which was launched in January 2017. With this aid, Indian has so far released a total of 227.6 million Nepalese rupees to Kathmandu for implementing the project.

9. KVIC Distributes 2330 Bee-Boxes in Kashmir, Creates World Record

i. Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has created a world record of distributing the maximum number of bee-boxes in one day. This was achieved by the KVIC in the Zangalee Army area at Kupwara in Kashmir.
ii. It had beaten its previous best of 1000 bee boxes distributed in Kaziranga forest area among the Mishing tribe on the occasion of World Honey Bee Day (18 August). Two thousand three hundred thirty(2330) bee-boxes were distributed among 233 beneficiaries in the Zangalee Army area.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for SBI PO/Clerk Exam 2018-

Jammu and Kashmir CM- Mehbooba Mufti, Governor- N N Vohra. Vinai Kumar Saxena is the Chairman of KVIC.

International News

10. International Conference On ICT To Be Held in Kathmandu

i. An International Conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will be held in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal from June 17. The Theme of the two-day conference is “Sustainable Development Goals for Smart Society”. The conference is organised by the Federation of Computer Association Nepal (CAN).
ii.  The conference aims to bring government and private sector together for developing a plan of action using sustainable ICT applications. It also seeks to unleash the prospects of SMART Nepal by 2030.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Bank of Baroda PO Exam 2018-

Nepal Capital- Kathmandu, Currency- Nepalese rupee, President- Bidhya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister- Khadga Prasad Oli.

11. President Kovind To Embark on 3-Nation Visit to Greece, Suriname And Cuba

i. President Ram Nath Kovind will embark on a three-nation tour to Greece, Suriname and Cuba. On the first leg of the visit, the President will leave for Athens. President Kovind will leave for Suriname on the 2nd leg and then to Cuba of the final leg.
ii. Suriname is a founding member of the International Solar Alliance. A Line of Credit of 54.5 million dollars is being offered to Suriname for solar-related projects.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for SBI Clerk/PO Exam 2018-

Greece Capital- Athens, Currency- Euro, President- Prokopis Pavlopoulos.Suriname Capital- Paramaribo, Currency- Surinamese dollar, President- Desire Delano Bouterse.Cuba Capital- Havana, Currency- Cuban Peso, President-Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez.
Books and Author


➡️Calling Sehmat - Harinder S Sikka
➡️Across the Beach-Insight into the Military Judicial System - Gyan Bhushan 
⏹️Books (April) 
➡️Smart Cities Unbundle -- Dr. Samir Sharma
 ➡️Hidden India -- Latika Nath
➡️Karma Yatra -- Anandiben Patel
➡️Matmagi Manipur-The first Manipuri Feature Film - Bobby Wahengbam
 ➡️All Doors Opened - Inder Sharma 
➡️My journey from Marxism-Leninism to Nehruvian Socialism - C H Hanumantha Rao
➡️India 's Heritage of Gharana Music :Pandits of Gwalior - Meeta Pandit
 ➡️Adi Shankaracharya:Hinduism Greatest Thinker - Pavan Varma
 ⏹️Books (March) 

➡️Paramveer Parwane - Dr. Prabhakiran Jain
⏹️Books (February) 
➡️Even when there is a Doctor -- Dr. Yashwant Amdekar
➡️Exam Warriors --Narendra Modi
 ➡️A Century is not Enough -- Sourav Ganguly
⏹️Books (January) 
➡️The heartfulness way -- Kamlesh Patel & Joshua Pollock
 ➡️Dilli Meri Dilli:Before and After 1998 - Sheila Dikshit
➡️Imperfect -- Sanjay Manjrekar
➡️Citizen Delhi:My Times, My Life -- Sheila Dikshit
➡️Indian Instinct -- Dr. Miniya Chatterji
➡️The diary of a Domestic Diva -- Shilpa Shetty 
➡️The widows of Malabar Hill -- Sujata Massey
➡️Why I am a Hindu -- Shashi Tharoor
➡️A state of freedom -- Neel Mukherjee 
➡️An Unsuitable Boy -- Karan Johar
⏹️Books launched in 2017
➡️Two -- Gulzar
➡️Bollywood:The films! The songs! The stars! -- S.M.M. Aisaja, Karan Bali, Rajesh Devraj and Tanul Thakur
 ➡️The Way I see it-a Gauri Lankesh Reader -- edited by Chandan Gowda
➡️Dreamnation :Uniting a county with Handwritten Dreams -- Saji Mathew &  Jubie John 
➡️The Coalition Years -- Pranab Mukherjee
 ➡️What Happened -- Hillary Clinton 
➡️The Golden House -- Salman Rushdie
 ➡️India 2017 Yearbook -- Rajiv Mehrishi
➡️I do what I do -- Raghuram Rajan
➡️Immortal India -- Amish Tripathi
➡️A horse walk into bar -- David Grossman 
➡️How India sees the world -- Shyam Saran
➡️Hit Refresh -- Satya Nadella
➡️Unstoppable :My life so far -- Marie Sharapova 
➡️The Shershah of Kargil -- Deepak Surana
➡️Kadve Vachan -- Tarun Sagar Maharaj
➡️I am HIV positive, so what? -- Jayanta Kalita
 ➡️Cryptocurrency for Beginners -- Amit Bhardwaj 
➡️Making of a legend -- Bindeshwar Pathak
➡️Dalhousie through my eyes -- Kiran Chadha
➡️Playing with Fire -- Katie Price 
➡️Future of Indian University :Comparative and International Perspective -- C. Raj Kumar
 ➡️The Ministry of Utmost Happiness -- Arundhati Roy
➡️The Crisis within -- Ganesh Devy
➡️Indira Gandhi :A life in Nature -- Jairam Ramesh 
➡️Baren and Luthien -- J.R.R.Tolkien
➡️Yug purush Bharat Ratna Atal ji -- Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank 
➡️Matoshree -- Sumitra Mahajan
NASA Scientists Imagine Studying Venus From A Floating Research Colony

Venus is not a hospitable place for humans. The planet is covered in thick, billowing sulfuric acid clouds, underneath which temperatures reach nearly a thousand degrees Fahrenheit. If you were unfortunate enough to stand on Venus’ volcano-spotted surface, you would feel 100 times more pressure than you would standing on the surface of our own planet, in large part due to its atmosphere.
Naturally, NASA scientists have a lot of questions. A team of them recently announced Project HAVOC, which stands for “High Altitude Venus Operational Concept.” The project details how a 30-day, manned mission to Venus might go down.

And while the operation is purely speculative — much of the necessary technology doesn’t exist yet — it marks the first serious plan for how people might explore our nearest planetary neighbor.
13 June 2018
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- 3,000 Additional Atal Tinkering Labs Announced

- Govt Launches 5000 Wi-Fi Choupals In Villages And Delivery Of Rail Tickets Through Common Service Centres

- French Open 2018 Rafael Nadal Beats Dominic Thiem To Win 11th Title

- India’s Women’s Doubles Pair Of Simran Singhi - Ritika Thaker Won The Mauritius International

- 11th World Hindi Conference To Be Held In Mauritius

- Indias 1st National Police Museum To Come Up In New Delhi

- Donald Trump Meets Kim Jong Un At Historic Summit In Singapore

- 1st Military Exercise Of The BIMSTEC Countries 2018 In Pune .    

- ⭐️ 12 June : World Day Against Child Labour Theme Of World Day Against Child Labour 2018 Was ‘ Generation Safe & Healthy ’

- Trump And Kim Sign Agreement On Denuclearization After Historic Talks

- Centre Launches ' Rail MADAD ', ' Menu On Rails ' Mobile Apps

- India Is The Second Highest Sender Of Foreign Students In US

- Sharad Kumar Appointed Vigilance Commissioner In CVC

- 44th G7 Summit Was Held In Canada

- WHO Commends India For Reducing Maternal Mortality Ratio By 77%

- ⭐️ India Beat Kenya To Lift Intercontinental Cup Football Title
What is SunSpot?

Sunspots are darker, cooler areas on the surface of the sun in a region called the photosphere.
A sunspot is basically a magnetic storm on the surface of a star, including our own sun. It results in a slightly cool area which looks darker than the surrounding solar atmosphere. These run in a 22 year cycle, with a minimum every 11 years, and then a magnetic reversal for the next 11 years.
The photosphere has a temperature of 5,800 degrees Kelvin. Sunspots have temperatures of about 3,800 degrees K. They look dark only in comparison with the brighter and hotter regions of the photosphere around them.
Sunspots can be very large, up to 50,000 kilometers in diameter. They are caused by interactions with the Sun's magnetic field which are not fully understood. But a sunspot is somewhat like the cap on a soda bottle: shake it up, and you can generate a big eruption. Sunspots occur over regions of intense magnetic activity, and when that energy is released, solar flares and big storms called coronal mass ejections erupt from sunspots.
Why Water has no colour?

Lab measurements show that water does have a colour, pale blue. Given the blue colour of the sea, that may come as little surprise. But according to Dr Martin Chaplin, an expert on the properties of water, its colour has a specific cause.
Its origins lie in the way the water molecule interacts with incoming light. The molecule’s two hydrogen atoms sit at the ends of two spring-like ‘legs’ joined midway by the oxygen atom. The resulting V-shaped combination can vibrate in various ways, mopping up different wavelengths of light. But it’s particularly effective at absorbing longer, redder wavelengths, while leaving shorter, bluer wavelengths fairly untouched. The result is a pale blue colour. Water scatters shorter wavelengths more effectively, leading to more of the blue component of sunlight reaching our eyes.
What is special about the Hubble Space Telescope?

Earth's atmosphere changes and blocks some of the light that comes from space. Hubble flies around, or orbits, high above Earth and its atmosphere. So, Hubble can see space better than telescopes on Earth can. Hubble is not the kind of telescope that you look through with your eye.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is the first major infrared-optical-ultraviolet telescope to be placed into orbit around the Earth. Located high above Earth's obscuring atmosphere, the telescope has provided the clearest views of the universe yet obtained in optical astronomy.
Hubble Telescope Captures Farthest View of the Universe Yet. The Hubble Space Telescope's eXtreme Deep Field image allows scientists to see galaxies more than 13 billion light years away.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

12 June 2018
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- Island nation Mauritius is going to host the 11th World Hindi Conference (विश्व हिंदी सम्मेलन) in its capital city Port Lois from 18th to 20th August 2018.

- The 18th Shanghai Corporation Organization (SCO) summit concluded on 10th June at Qingdao, China with the adoption of the Qingdao declaration.

- Kerala Government has decided to lift high alert issued in the wake of outbreak of deadly Nipah virus in May 2018 in northern Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of state that has so far claimed 17 lives.

- India will get its 1st national police museum in Lutyens Delhi.

- The government has opened 10 joint secretary-level posts for private sector employees, who neither require to be an IAS officer nor UPSC qualified to be eligible for the job.

- Inline with Union Government’s Digital India Initative, the Union Ministry of Railways has launched Rail MADAD Application to expedite and streamline passenger grievance redressal.

- 8 states and 4 Union Territories have signed MoUs with the Union Health Ministry to implement the government's ambitious scheme Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission.

- The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) lab has signed Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with RAASI Solar Power Pvt Ltd for transfer of technology for India’s first Lithium Ion (Li-ion) Battery project.

- Public Sector Banks collectively suffered a net loss of ₹87,357 crore in 2017-18.

- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked payment services firms to provide fortnightly updates on action taken by them to store transaction data in the country.

- Tata Power today announced that it has bagged the contract for setting up a 150-MW solar project in Maharashtra.

- Bandhan Bank has appointed former Reserve Bank of India’s Deputy Governor, Harun Rasid Khan, as the non-executive, part time Chairman for a period of three years with effect from June 2018.

- Arvind Saxena has been appointed as the acting chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)from June 20.

- Former NIA chief Sharad Kumar has been appointed as the Vigilance Commissioner in the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), New Delhi for a term of four years.

- Professor Hasan Askari Rizvi took charge as the caretaker chief minister of Pakistan’s Punjab Province.

- S Ramesh has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC).

- India’s football team captain Sunil Chhetri became joint second highest international goal scorer among active players along with Argentine superstar footballer Lionel Messi.
12 June 2018
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- Island nation Mauritius is going to host the 11th World Hindi Conference (विश्व हिंदी सम्मेलन) in its capital city Port Lois from 18th to 20th August 2018.

- The 18th Shanghai Corporation Organization (SCO) summit concluded on 10th June at Qingdao, China with the adoption of the Qingdao declaration.

- Kerala Government has decided to lift high alert issued in the wake of outbreak of deadly Nipah virus in May 2018 in northern Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of state that has so far claimed 17 lives.

- India will get its 1st national police museum in Lutyens Delhi.

- The government has opened 10 joint secretary-level posts for private sector employees, who neither require to be an IAS officer nor UPSC qualified to be eligible for the job.

- Inline with Union Government’s Digital India Initative, the Union Ministry of Railways has launched Rail MADAD Application to expedite and streamline passenger grievance redressal.

- 8 states and 4 Union Territories have signed MoUs with the Union Health Ministry to implement the government's ambitious scheme Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission.

- The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) lab has signed Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with RAASI Solar Power Pvt Ltd for transfer of technology for India’s first Lithium Ion (Li-ion) Battery project.

- Public Sector Banks collectively suffered a net loss of ₹87,357 crore in 2017-18.

- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked payment services firms to provide fortnightly updates on action taken by them to store transaction data in the country.

- Tata Power today announced that it has bagged the contract for setting up a 150-MW solar project in Maharashtra.

- Bandhan Bank has appointed former Reserve Bank of India’s Deputy Governor, Harun Rasid Khan, as the non-executive, part time Chairman for a period of three years with effect from June 2018.

- Arvind Saxena has been appointed as the acting chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)from June 20.

- Former NIA chief Sharad Kumar has been appointed as the Vigilance Commissioner in the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), New Delhi for a term of four years.

- Professor Hasan Askari Rizvi took charge as the caretaker chief minister of Pakistan’s Punjab Province.

- S Ramesh has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC).

- India’s football team captain Sunil Chhetri became joint second highest international goal scorer among active players along with Argentine superstar footballer Lionel Messi.
11 June 2018
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- China Awarded Its First Highest State Honour Friendship Medal To Russian President Vladimir Putin

- ⭐️ Maharashtra Has Been Ranked The Most Vulnerable State: National Disaster Risk Index

- Simona Halep Has Won French Open 2018 In Women's Singles Category

- Bangladesh Has Won The 2018 Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup By Defeating India In The Finals

- India's Harmanpreet Kaur Has Been Named As The Player Of The Series

- India, China Sign 2 Agreements On Brahmaputra Water Data Sharing & Non-Basmati Rice Export

- Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Begins At Qingdao , China

- Member States Of The SCO Will Participate In The Joint Military Drill : ' Peace Mission 2018 '

- Shakib Quickest To Score 10000 Runs And Pick 500 International Wickets

- Gujarat’s Vadodara Has Been Converted Into A Tree Museum

- ⭐️ Indonesia Was Elected A Non-Permanent Member Of The United Nations Security Council .    

- India And Denmark Sign MoU In The Field Of Urban Development

- Government Launches Smoking Cessation Campaign

- Arunachal Pradesh CM Launches ‘ Arunachal Rising Campaign ’

- South Africa , Germany, Belgium Elected Non-Permanent UNSC Members

- Syndicate , OBC, Bank Of India Raise Rate By Up To 0.15%

- Yes Bank Launches ' Green Future : Deposit ' Scheme

- Kamila Shamsie’s “ Home Fire ” Wins 2018 Women’s Prize For Fiction

- ⭐️ Ravindra Prasad Jaiswal As The Next Ambassador Of India To The State Of Eritrea

- Malabar 2018 India , Japan And US Start Naval Exercise Off Coast Of Guam Island

- ⭐️ Government Appoints S Ramesh As Chairman Of CBIC

● India And Denmark Sign MoU In The Field Of Urban Development

● Government Launches Smoking Cessation Campaign

● Arunachal Pradesh CM Launches ‘ Arunachal Rising Campaign ’

● South Africa , Germany, Belgium Elected Non-Permanent UNSC Members

● Syndicate , OBC, Bank Of India Raise Rate By Up To 0.15%

● Yes Bank Launches ' Green Future : Deposit ' Scheme

● Kamila Shamsie’s “ Home Fire ” Wins 2018 Women’s Prize For Fiction

● Ravindra Prasad Jaiswal As The Next Ambassador Of India To The State Of Eritrea

● Malabar 2018 India , Japan And US Start Naval Exercise Off Coast Of Guam Island

● Government Appoints S Ramesh As Chairman Of CBIC

● China Awarded Its First Highest State Honour Friendship Medal To Russian President Vladimir Putin

● Maharashtra Has Been Ranked The Most Vulnerable State: National Disaster Risk Index

● Simona Halep Has Won French Open 2018 In Women's Singles Category

● Bangladesh Has Won The 2018 Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup By Defeating India In The Finals

● India's Harmanpreet Kaur Has Been Named As The Player Of The Series

● India, China Sign 2 Agreements On Brahmaputra Water Data Sharing & Non-Basmati Rice Export

● Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Begins At Qingdao , China

● Member States Of The SCO Will Participate In The Joint Military Drill : ' Peace Mission 2018 '

● Shakib Quickest To Score 10000 Runs And Pick 500 International Wickets

● Gujarat’s Vadodara Has Been Converted Into A Tree Museum

● Indonesia Was Elected A Non-Permanent Member Of The United Nations Security Council .

Saturday, June 9, 2018

1. President Declares Queen Pineapple As Tripura's 'State Fruit'
i. President Ram Nath Kovind has declared Tripura's queen variety pineapple as state fruit and its export was a major step in connecting the state with world trade.
ii. The state holds good potential in world trade. Export of the pineapple to foreign countries is a major step in connecting with world trade. Tripura exported its first consignment of one-tonne pineapples to Dubai earlier this month.

2. RBI To Set Up Public Credit Registry To Curb Bad Loans


i. In a bid to check loan defaults, RBI stated that a Public Credit Registry (PCR) will be set up containing information on all borrowers to ensure financial stability.
ii. Following a report by Yeshwant M Deosthalee headed High-Level Task Force, RBI stated it has considered the recommendations and decided to set up a PCR in a modular and phased manner.

3. Operation Nistar: Indian Navy Brings Back 38 Indians From Cyclone-Hit Socotra Island In Yemen
i. In a swift operation, the Indian Navy has rescued 38 Indians from Socotra island in Yemen where they were stranded for nearly 10 days after a severe cyclonic storm hit the area.
ii. The Navy had diverted its ship INS Sunayna from the Gulf of Aden to Socotra as part of the operation ‘NISTAR’ to rescue the Indians.

4. India Hosted Geo-Intelligence Asia 2018

i. The Eleventh edition of Geo-Intelligence Asia 2018 organized by GeoSpatial Media and Communication with Directorate General of Information System as Knowledge Partners and Military Survey as Co-organisers, took place in New Delhi. The theme of Seminar was ‘Geo-Spatial: A Force Multiplier for Defence and Industrial Security’.
ii. The seminar brought together the military, security officials including BSF and Police Forces, Government and industry together to examine the latest technology solutions and on the critical role of geospatial technology in military and security applications.

5. Anupam Kher To Receive Outstanding Achievement Award At IIFA 2018

i. Veteran actor Anupam Kher will be given the prestigious Outstanding Achievement honour at the upcoming International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards ceremony in Bangkok.
ii. The 63-year-old actor, who has worked in over 500 films spanning across languages along with projects both in India and abroad for over three decades, will be honoured for his contribution in the field of cinema. Kher will be presented with the honour on June 24 at the 19th edition of IIFA.

6. Prime Minister Modi Reaches China To Attend SCO Summit

i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Qingdao, China, to attend the two-day long 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.
ii. This will be India's first participation in the summit as a full-time member of the organization. India, along with Pakistan, became a full-time member during the Astana summit in June 2017. Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping apart from holding meetings with various other participating leaders.

7. 'Rasaraj' Narayan Prasad Singh Passed Away

i. Odisha's most popular lyricist, Narayan Prasad Singh was popularly known as 'Rasaraj' passed away at his residence in Bhubaneswar. Singh was 86.
ii. Born on May 28th, 1933 at Koeli village, Singh earned his name in the world of Odia music. He was the lyricist of several popular melodious songs in Odia cinema.
09 June 2018
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- Fernanda Espinosa Elected President Of The 73rd United Nations General Assembly
- ⭐️ Sarita Nayyar Appointed To World Economic Forum Managing Board
- Operation NISTAR Successfully Culminates With Safe Disembarkations Of 38 Indian Nationals
- Portal For Job Seekers And Employers Launched In Kerala
- ⭐️ Hyderabad Ranks 3rd In Sound Polluted Cities List
- India Ranks 137th On Global Peace Index 2018 : Economic And Peace report
- World First EPR Nuclear Reactor Begins Work In Taishan , China
- ⭐️ Anupam Kher To Be Given Lifetime Achievement Honour At Upcoming IIFA Awards Ceremony
- Asian Junior Athletics Championships Event In Gifu , Japan
- Smriti Irani Launches GIAN To Boost Higher Education With International Collaboration
- ⭐️ Rajinikanth Starrer 'Kaala' Became The 1st Indian Film To Release In Saudi Arabia
- Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu Has Declared The State Open-Defecation Free
- Andhra Pradesh Is Set To Become 1st State In India To Use Auto-Disable Syringes .
- ⭐️ 8 June : World Ocean Day, Theme Of World Oceans Day 2018 : " Preventing Plastic Pollution And Encouraging Solutions For A Healthy Ocean "
- ⭐️ 8 June 2018 : World Brain Tumor Day
- Indian , US , Japanese Maritime Forces Begin Malabar Exercise
- 17th Round Of Foreign Office Consultations Between India & Myanmar Hold In New Delhi
- Punjab Govt Launches ' Business First Portal '
- Nepal's Chief Of Army Staff On Six-Day Visit To India
- Keshari Nath Tripathi To Hold Additional Charge As Tripura Governor
- Andhra Pradesh Is ODF Now , Declares CM Chandrababu Naidu
- Biopic ‘ Making Of The Mahatma ’ Screened In Pietermaritzburg
- ⭐️ President Declares ‘ Queen Pineapple ’ As State Fruit Of Tripura
- Asia-Pacific Regional Conference On ECD Held In Nepal

Friday, June 8, 2018

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👉🏽First Capital of India: Kolkata.
👉🏽First port of India: Kolkata.
👉🏽Nobel Laureates of India: 6 out of 7 are from Kolkata.
👉🏽National Poet of India: From Kolkata.
👉🏽National Anthem, Song of India: From Kolkata.
👉🏽The only inspiration for youths by whose name International Youth day is celebrated: Swami Vivekananda is from Kolkata.
👉🏽Largest library in India: Kolkata.
👉🏽Largest Museum in India: Kolkata.
👉🏽The city in India where trams run still as a public transport: Kolkata.
👉🏽India's largest cricket stadium: Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
👉🏽India's largest football stadium: Salt Lake stadium Kolkata (also Asia's largest).
👉🏽Largest Botanical Garden in India: Kolkata (Shibpur Botanical Garden).
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👉🏽India's first medical college: Kolkata (Medical college, Kolkata).
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Green GDP
Green GDP is a term used for expressing GDP after adjusting for environment degradations.
Green GDP is an attempt to measure the growth of an economy by subtracting the costs of environmental damages and ecological degradations from the GDP
The concept was first initiated through a System of National Accounts.
The System of National Accounts (SNA) is an accounting framework for measuring the economic activities of production, consumption and accumulation of wealth in an economy during a period of time.
When information on economy’s use of the natural environment is integrated into the system of national accounts, it becomes green national accounts or environmental accounting.
The process of environmental accounting involves three steps viz. Physical accounting; Monetary valuation; and integration with national Income/wealth Accounts:
Physical accounting determines the state of the resources, types, and extent (qualitative and quantitative) in spatial and temporal terms.
Monetary valuation is done to determine its tangible and intangible components.
Thereafter, the net change in natural resources in monetary terms is integrated into the Gross Domestic Product in order to reach the value of Green GDP.
 08 June 2018
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- Rudrendra Tandon Appointed As Next Ambassador Of India To ASEAN

- Madhu Sethi Appointed As The Next Ambassador Of India To The Republic Of Cuba

- Tsewang Namgyal As The Next Ambassador Of India To The Republic of Lithuania

- ⭐️ Iceland Topped In Global Peace Index 2018

- ‘Queen’ Pineapple Variety Declared Tripura’s State Fruit

- Veteran Film Actor Anupam Kher To Be Given Lifetime Achievement Honour At IlFA

- Virat Kohli Set To Receive Polly Umrigar Award ( 2016-17 -- 2017-18 )

- Mithali Raj Becomes First Indian To Score 2000 T20I Runs

- Centre Constitutes Group To Suggest Changes In SEZ Policy

- ⭐️ Harmanpreet Kaur And Smriti Mandhana Will Receive The Awards For Best International Cricketer (women)

- ⭐️ Virat Kohli Has Been Named BCCI's Best International Cricketer (Men)

- Kamila Shamsie’s ‘ Home Fire ’ Wins Women’s Prize For Fiction

- ⭐️ Ravi Shankar Prasad Releases Bhagat Singh’s Jail Diary Book In New Delhi . 

- ⭐️ West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi To Hold Additional Charge Of Tripura

- Election Commission Launches Its Online RTI Portal

- India Records 22% Reduction In Maternal Mortality Ratio Since 2013

- IIT Bombay Displaces IIT Delhi As Best-Ranked Indian University

- FDI Inflows To India Fall By $4 Billion Last Year : UN Report

- Chandrabhaga Beach Becomes Asia’s 1st Beach To Get The Blue Flag Certification

- Corporation Bank Bags Best Expectation Management Award For 2017-18

- The 11th Edition Of Geo Intelligence Asia 2018 In New Delhi

- Dhiraj Ram Krishna Won The ‘ National Gopal Ratna ’ Award

- Minister Of State For Chemicals And Fertilizers Launches ‘Jan Aushadhi Suvidha '

- ⭐️ India’s Rank 137 In Global Peace Index

- CM Devendra Fadnavis Inaugurated Web Portal Named Continuous Medical Education (CME)

- Baba Kalyani Heads Group To Study SEZ Policy

- Bihar Govt Launches New Crop Insurance Scheme ‘ Bihar State Crop Assistance Scheme ’

- 31st Edition Of The India - Indonesia Coordinated Patrol Is Held In Belawan , Indonesia.

- Virat Kohli’s Statue Unveiled At Madame Tussauds, New Delhi

Thursday, June 7, 2018

 07 June 2018
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- ⭐️ Repo Rate Increased By 25 Bps In Second Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Statement (2018-19)

- ⭐️ Singapore Launches ‘ World Peace Medallion ’ To Mark Trump-Kim Summit

- World Bank Approves Rs-6000 Crore For Atal Bhujal Yojana

- IBSA Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Was Held In Pretoria , South Africa

- J&K To Host 1st Ever ‘ Global Investor Meet ’ On Hydro-Power In July

- Veteran Producer Pippa Harris Named BAFTA Chairman .

- Polythene To Be Completely Prohibited From 31st July In Uttarakhand

- Madhya Pradesh Announces Outstanding Power Bill Waiver Scheme

- Virat Kohli ( Rank 83rd ) Only Indian In World’s Highest Paid Athletes List

- ⭐️ Corporation Bank Has Bagged The ‘ Investor Relations Award 2018 '

- Calzy 3 Has Won The Apple Design Award 2018

- 4 Year Old Ayan Gogoi Gohain (Assam) Was Honoured With The ‘ Youngest Author Of India ’

- ⭐️ Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces Was Elected The Next President Of The UN General Assembly

- ⭐️ Omar Razzaz Appointed New Prime Minister Of Jordan

- Floyd Mayweather Has Been Named The World's Highest-Paid Athlete

- Malaysia Appoints Ethnic Indian Tommy Thomas As New Attorney General

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- ⭐️ Varanasi Airport 1st To Have National Highway Under Runway

- ⭐️ Bandhan Bank Appoints Former RBI Deputy Governor H R Khan As chairman

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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1. World Environment Day: 05th June 2018

i. World Environment Day is the United Nations' (UN) most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. World Environment Day is the "people's day" for doing something to take care of the Earth. World Environment Day occurs on the 5th of June every year.
ii. Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for the World Environment Day 2018, "Beat Plastic Pollution".

2. Govt Launches 'Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan' To Help Farmers In Aspirational Districts To Raise Their Income

i. The government has announced the launch of 'Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan' under which farmers in select villages will be given assistance and advice on ways to improve farming techniques and raise their income.
ii. The Agriculture Ministry in line with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 has launched the Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan from 1st June to 31st July 2018.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for SBI PO/Clerk Exam 2018-

Radha Mohan Singh, Hon'ble Minister of Agriculture. The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (formerly Ministry of Agriculture), a branch of the Government of India.

3. Govt Announces Rs. 8,000-Crore Package For Sugarcane Farmers

i. The Union government has announced a package of more than Rs 8,000 crore aimed to provide relief to sugarcane farmers and to clear their dues. According to a government official, the package includes three elements. A buffer stock of 30 LMT (lakh metric tonnes) of sugar will be created with Rs 1,200 crore.
ii. This money will be directly transferred to accounts of sugarcane farmers. Rs 4,400 crore will be used to increase ethanol production to divert sugarcane away from sugar mills which are unable to dispose of their inventories. The government has also decided to ensure a minimum sale price of Rs 29/kg for sugar.

4. MK Jain Appointed RBI Deputy Governor

i. The Centre has appointed MK Jain, Managing Director, and CEO of IDBI Bank, as the RBI’s Deputy Governor. Jain will fill a position that had been lying vacant since August 2017 after the retirement of SS Mundra.
ii. With the appointment of Jain, the Centre has stuck to the tradition of having a commercial banker occupy this post of RBI Deputy Governor (reserved for bankers). The central bank now has four serving RBI Deputy Governors. Jain has been appointed for a term of three years.

Static/Current Takeaways Important for SBI PO/Clerk Exam 2018-

Urjit Patel is Present Governor of RBI.RBI's Deputy Governor- NS Vishwanathan, Viral V Acharya, BP Kanungo and newly appointed MK Jain.

5. French Swimmer Begins Record Pacific Crossing Attempt

i. A French swimmer has set off from Japan aiming to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean.
ii. Ben Lecomte will swim for eight hours a day for more than six months as he heads towards the US west coast. He is hoping to raise awareness for climate change. A team of scientists will conduct research during the almost 8,850-kilometre swim.
05 June 2018
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- ⭐️ Priyanka Das Ambassador Of Promote Science ’ Initiative In France

- Income Tax Department Launches New Benami Transactions Informants Reward Scheme

- IISc Bangalore { Rank 91 } Back In World Top 100 University List

- ⭐️ MK Jain Has Appointed As The Deputy Governor Of The RBI

- Vijay Mahajan Is New CEO For Rajiv Gandhi Foundation

- ⭐️ Employees In Mumbai Work Longest Hours In The World : UBS Study

- G7 Finance Chiefs And Annual Meeting At Whistler In Canada.  

- 3 June : World Bicycle Day

- 49th Conference Of Governors Begins In New Delhi

- India Successfully Test-Fires ' Agni-5 ' Off Odisha Coast, Join Telegram Channel DailyGkZone

- 1st Cargo Of Russian LNG Arrives At Dahej In Gujarat

- Asia's 1st 13 ' Blue Flag ' Beaches To Be Developed In India

- NTPC Adopts Charminar Under Swachh Iconic Places Project

- Financial Literacy Week Begins : 4 June - 10 June

- Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa On 4-Day Visit To Brazil

- India's Sanjana Ramesh Wins MVP Award At Basketball Without Borders Asia

- Kagiso Rabada Wins South Africa's Cricketer Of The Year Award

- ⭐️ Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra Gets Additional Charge Of DRDO Chairman

- OUP To Host 2nd South Asia Conclave On July 4
LIST OF IMPORTANT DAYS WITH THEMES MAY 2018
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1 May
 International Labour Day Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement

1 May 2018
(1st Tuesday of May) World Asthma Day
  Never Too Early, Never Too Late. It’s Always The Right Time to Address Airways Disease

3 May
World Press Freedom Day
 Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law


8 May World Red Cross Day
 Memorable Smiles From Around the World

11 May
 National Technology Day

12 May  International Nurses Day Nurses:
A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human Right

12 May 2018
(2nd Saturday of May) World Migratory Bird Day
Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation

12 May 2018
(2nd Saturday of May) World Fair Trade Day
Live Fair, One Product at a Time

13 May 2017
(2nd Sunday of May) International Mothers’ Day

15 May
International Day of Families Families and Inclusive Societies

17 May
World Hypertension Day
 Know Your Numbers


17 May
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
 Enabling the Positive Use of Artificial Intelligence for All

18 May
International Museum Day
 Hyperconnected Museums: New approaches, New Publics

18 May
World AIDS Vaccine Day
 
20 May
World Metrology Day
 Constant Evolution of the International System of Units (SI)

21 May
Anti-Terrorism Day

22 May
 International Day for Biological diversity
Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity


23 May
World Turtle Day

25 May
International Missing Children’s Day

25 May
World Thyroid Day
Environment and the Thyroid


28 May
 International Day of Action for Women’s Health


29 May
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
 70 Years of Service and Sacrifice


31 May
World No-Tobacco Day
Tobacco and Heart Disease
June 04 2018

1. Syrian President to become 1st international leader to meet Kim in N Korea

2. Heli-taxis launched to cut Shimla-Chandigarh travel time to 20 min

3. IDBI Bank CEO Mahesh Jain appointed RBI Deputy Governor

4. SpaceX launches communications satellite on Falcon 9 rocket

5. Govt may merge 4 banks to create India’s second-largest bank

6. India gets first automated vehicle scrapping and recycling facility

7. Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra Gets Additional Charge Of DRDO Chairman

8. India Successfully Test-Fires SFDR Propulsion Based Missile

9. India Ranked 113th On Childhood Index

10. 14th century Maori village discovered in New Zealand

11. India receives first shipment of cheapest LNG from Gazprom Russia

12. 29th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre Observed

13. Taj Declaration to Beat Plastic Pollution adopted in Agra

14. Financial Literacy Week starts with theme ‘Customer Protection’

15. June 4 – International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

16. HDFC Bank recognized for best practices in payment security

Monday, June 4, 2018

● 3 June : World Bicycle Day

● 49th Conference Of Governors Begins In New Delhi

● India Successfully Test-Fires ' Agni-5 ' Off Odisha Coast

● 1st Cargo Of Russian LNG Arrives At Dahej In Gujarat

● Asia's 1st 13 ' Blue Flag ' Beaches To Be Developed In India

● NTPC Adopts Charminar Under Swachh Iconic Places Project

● Financial Literacy Week Begins : 4 June - 10 June

● Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa On 4-Day Visit To Brazil

● India's Sanjana Ramesh Wins MVP Award At Basketball Without Borders Asia

● Kagiso Rabada Wins South Africa's Cricketer Of The Year Award

● Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra Gets Additional Charge Of DRDO Chairman

● OUP To Host 2nd South Asia Conclave On July 4

● Priyanka Das Ambassador Of Promote Science ’ Initiative In France

● Income Tax Department Launches New Benami Transactions Informants Reward Scheme

● IISc Bangalore { Rank 91 } Back In World Top 100 University List

● MK Jain Has Appointed As The Deputy Governor Of The RBI

● Vijay Mahajan Is New CEO For Rajiv Gandhi Foundation

● Employees In Mumbai Work Longest Hours In The World : UBS Study

● G7 Finance Chiefs And Annual Meeting At Whistler In Canada.  

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Financial Literacy Week starts with theme ‘Customer Protection’
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▪️Reserve Bank of India is conducting Financial Literacy Week from June 4 on the theme ‘Customer Protection’. The week-long event is to focus on creating awareness among customers of banks.

▪️According to RBI, the event will emphasise on awareness about different financial products, services, digital applications and good financial practices.

✔️ About Financial Literacy Week

▪️RBI had introduced financial literacy week in 2016 to create a large scale awareness on key topics. Non-Governmental Organisations collaborate with banks and made this initiative successful in the past two years. Last year’s theme of the week was, ‘Know Your Customer’.

▪️The focus of this year is consumer protection messages like, Know your liability. The customers will be educated upon the safe digital banking practices.

▪️RBI underlines that, in cases of unauthorised electronic banking transactions when informed in 3 days, the liability of account holder is zero.

▪️RBI says that resolution of such transactions will be the responsibility of the concerned bank.

▪️The bank should resolve the issue as soon as possible within 90 days from the day of receipt of the complaint. Other focus point of financial Literacy week includes, creating awareness about Banking Ombudsman Scheme of RBI.

▪️Bankers, Financial Literacy Counsellors and other stake holders will be the major participants in the event.
04 June 2018
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- ⭐️ Nepal , Scotland Among 4 Teams Inducted In ICC ODI Rankings

- Deccan Queen Completes 88 Years Of Service

- 2 Day Conference Of Governors And Lieutenant Governors (LGs) Will Be Held At New Delhi

- Indian Navy Launched ‘ Operation Nistar ’ To Evacuate 38 Stranded Indians Around Socotra Island

- Maharashtra Government Has Announced The Opening Up Of A ‘ sandbox ’ To Boost Start-Ups

- Kendrick Lamar Received The Pulitzer Prize For His 2017 Album ' DAMN '

- 3rd National Health Editors Conference On Yoga In New Delhi .

- India Successfully Test-Fires SFDR Propulsion Based Missile

- ⭐️ India Ranks 113th On Childhood Index

- China Successfully Launched A New Earth Observation Satellite ' The Gaofen-6 '

- EAM Sushma Swaraj Begins 5 Day Visit To South Africa

- ⭐️ Pedro Sanchez Sworn In As Spain's New PM

- Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi Sworn In As Egyptian President

- Japan Has The " most powerful Passport In The World " - Henley Passport Index

- ⭐️ Indian Passport Secured The 76th Rank In The Henley Passport Index

- National Orchid Garden In Singapore Was Named ' Dendrobium Narendra Modi '

- Andhra Pradesh Has Launched A Zero Based Natural Farming { ZBNF } Scheme
Seva Bhoj Yojna
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- The Union Ministry of Culture on June 1, 2018 introduced a new scheme called ‘#SevaBhojYojna’ to reimburse the central share of CGST and IGST on items for food/prasad/langar/bhandara offered free of cost by charitable religious institutions.

✔️ About the Yojana:

- The scheme seeks to reimburse the central government’s share of Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) and Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST) on purchase of raw items such as ghee, edible oil, atta, maida, rava, flour, rice pulses, sugar and jaggery, which go into preparation of food/prasad/langar/bhandara offered free of cost by religious institutions.

- The main objective of the scheme is to lessen the financial burden of such charitable religious institutions, which provide free of cost without any discrimination to the general public and devotees.

- The charitable religious institutions including temples, gurudwara, mosque, church, dharmik ashram, dargah, monasteries, which fulfill the following criteria are eligible for the grant:

- The institutions that have been in existence for at least five years before applying for financial assistance/grant.
The institutions that serve free food to at least 5000 people in a month.

- The institutions covered under Section 10( 23BBA)  of the Income Tax Act  or those registered as Society  under Societies Registration Act ( XXI of 1860) or as a Public Trust under any law for the time being in force of statuary religious bodies constituted under any Act  or institutions registered under Section 12AA of Income Tax Act.
Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana: Odisha’s Health Insurance Scheme for Journalists
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▪️Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana is a new Health Insurance Scheme for the journalists launched by the state government in Odisha. This scheme provides Rs. 2 Lakh per annum health insurance cover to all working journalists of the state.

✔️ Key Facts

▪️Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana has come into effect from June 1, 2018 and will initially cover around 3200 journalists and their family members from various media groups.

▪️The insurance coverage will be applicable for cashless treatment in government and private hospitals.

▪️The scheme will also cover the injuries and illness faced by journalists while performing their duties.

✔️ Name of Scheme

▪️The scheme has been named after Gopalbandhu Das (1877-1928) a prominent social worker, reformer, political activist, journalist, poet and essayist of Odisha.

▪️His contribution to art, culture and society to Odisha earned him the epithet of Utkalmani (jewel of Odisha).

▪️His contribution to journalism in the state was short but remarkable. In the decade of 1910, he had launched a monthly literary magazine called Satyabadi through which he tried to educate the masses.
WHO adopts resolution on Digital Health proposed by India
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▪️The 71st World Health Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland has adopted resolution on Digital Health. The resolution was initiated by India and was co-sponsored by 20 countries.

▪️The World Health Assembly is highest decision-making body of World Health Organization (WHO). Its 71st session was attended by delegations from all WHO member states.

✔️ Features of Resolution on Digital Health

▪️It recognises huge potential of Digital health technology has for supporting Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and improving accessibility, quality and affordability of health services.

▪️It urges WHO member states to prioritise development and greater use of digital technologies in health sector as means for advancing global health agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, Best Telegram Channel DailyGkZone.

▪️It paves way for WHO to establish global strategy on digital health, identify priority areas and engage member  states to optimise their health systems in sync with global digital health agenda.

▪️It is first step towards mainstreaming digital interventions in health sector.

▪️It includes use modern advance technologies such as deep machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT, Best Telegram Channel DailyGkZone ) and other emerging disciplines like genomics.

▪️It also asks member states to identify priority areas in which they will be benefitted from WHO assistance in digital health services and applications, data security, ethical and legal issues.

✔️ World Health Organization (WHO)

▪️WHO is  specialized agency of United Nations that acts as coordinating authority on international public health.

▪️It was established on 7 April 1948, it succeeded the Health Organization, which was an agency of the League of Nations. It is a member of UN Development Group (UNDP).

▪️It is headquartered at Geneva. WHO flag features the Rod of Asclepius as a symbol for healing.
R K Agrawal appointed President of National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission
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▪️The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed former Supreme Court Judge Justice R K Agrawal as President of National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC). He will succeed Justice D K Jain, who completed his term.

▪️Justice Agrawal was judge of Supreme Court from February 2014 to May 2018 and had served on bench of the apex court for four years.

✔️ National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC)

▪️NCDRC is quasi-judicial commission set up under Consumer Protection Act of 1986. It addresses grievances of aggrieved ( Join Telegram Channel DailyGkZone ) consumer for goods and services having value over Rs. 1 crore.

▪️It was established in 1988 and is headquartered in New Delhi. The commission is headed by sitting or retired judge of Supreme Court of India.

✔️ Statutory Provisions

▪️Section 21 of Consumer Protection Act, 1986 posits that NCDRC shall have jurisdiction to entertain complaint valued more than Rs. 1 crore and also have appellate and revisional jurisdiction from orders of state commissions or district fora as case may be. 

▪️Section 23 of Act provides that any person aggrieved by order of NCDRC, may appeal against such order to Supreme Court within period of 30 days.

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 Gaj Yatra launched in Garo Hills of Meghalaya
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▪️Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) rolled out ‘Gaj Yatra’, an awareness campaign to protect elephants from Tura in Garo Hills of Meghalaya.

▪️It was organised by the Wildlife Trust of India in collaboration with the State Forest Department.

▪️Under this campaign, an elephant mascot will be taken across districts frequented by jumbo herds for generating awareness among the people.

▪️It was launched to acknowledged good gesture of villagers from Garo Hills who had set aside part of their community-owned land to create village reserve forests for human-elephant harmony.

✔️ Gaj Yatra

▪️Gaj Yatra is 18-month-long national campaign aimed to protect elephants, India’s national heritage animal in 12 elephant range states. For Daily Updates Join Telegram Channel DailyGkZone

▪️It was launched in August 2017 by Environment and Forest Minister Harsh Vardhan on the occasion of World Elephant Day 2017 (observed on August 12).

▪️The campaign is being led by Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). It aims to involve people from all walks of life in conservation of elephants.

▪️Under this campaign, WTI is securing 101 elephant corridors across in 12 elephant range states through its Right to Passage project, in partnership with Union government’s Project Elephant, state forest departments and various NGOs.

▪️The aim this project is to rehabilitate people affected by man-elephant conflict in corridor areas while ensuring uninterrupted movement of elephants between key habitats.
3 June 2018 .


● India Successfully Test-Fires SFDR Propulsion Based Missile

● India Ranks 113th On Childhood Index

● China Successfully Launched A New Earth Observation Satellite ' The Gaofen-6 '

● EAM Sushma Swaraj Begins 5 Day Visit To South Africa

● Pedro Sanchez Sworn In As Spain's New PM

● Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi Sworn In As Egyptian President

● Japan Has The " most powerful Passport In The World " - Henley Passport Index

● Indian Passport Secured The 76th Rank In The Henley Passport Index

● National Orchid Garden In Singapore Was Named ' Dendrobium Narendra Modi '

● Andhra Pradesh Has Launched A Zero Based Natural Farming { ZBNF } Scheme

● Nepal , Scotland Among 4 Teams Inducted In ICC ODI Rankings

● Deccan Queen Completes 88 Years Of Service

● 2 Day Conference Of Governors And Lieutenant Governors (LGs) Will Be Held At New Delhi

● Indian Navy Launched ‘ Operation Nistar ’ To Evacuate 38 Stranded Indians Around Socotra Island

● Maharashtra Government Has Announced The Opening Up Of A ‘ sandbox ’ To Boost Start-Ups

● Kendrick Lamar Received The Pulitzer Prize For His 2017 Album ' DAMN '

● 3rd National Health Editors Conference On Yoga In New Delhi .
Names of Reports published by Organisation 👇
1. Global Financial System Report --     BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards)
2. Global Money Laundering Report-- FATF (Financial Action Task Force)
3. India State of Forest Report -- Forest Survey of India
4. Change the World List Data----- Fortune
5. Ease of Doing Business ---IBRD (World Bank)
6. World Development Report ---IBRD (World Bank)
7. Safety Reports ---ICAO(International Civil Aviation Organization)
8. Global Hunger Index report --- IFPRI(International Food PolicyResearch Institute)
9. World Employment and SocialOutlook--ILO (International Labour Organization)
10. World of Work Report ---ILO (International Labour Organization)
11. World Social Protection Report ----ILO (International Labour Organization)
12. Global Wage Report ---ILO (International Labour Organization)
13. World Economic Outlook ---IMF (International Monetary Fund)
14. Global Innovation Index Published ----INSEAD
15. OPEC Monthly Oil Market Report ----OPEC(Organization of the PetroleumExporting Countries )
16. World Oil Outlook ---OPEC(Organization of the PetroleumExporting Countries )
17. Global Corruption Report --- (GCR) Transparency International
18. Levels and Trends in ChildMortality Report
UN Inter-agency Group
19. World Investment Report ----UNCTAD (United Nations Conferenceon Trade and Development)
20. Global education monitoring Report---- UNESCO(United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization)
21. State of world population ----UNFPA(United Nations PopulationFund)
22. The State of the World’s Childrenreports---UNICEF  United Nations Children’s
Emergency Fund )
23. Reports on Counterfeiting and
Organized Crime---UNICRI(United Nations Interregional
Crime and Justice Research Institute)
24. Industrial Development Report ----UNIDO(United Nations IndustrialDevelopment Organization )
25. Global Report on Trafficking inPersons---UNODC (United Nations Office onDrugs and Crime)
26. World Drug Report ----UNODC(United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)
27. World Intellectual Property Report(WIPR)--WIPO(World Intellectual PropertyOrganization)
Zebu Cattle

Zebu Cattle (also known as indicine cattle or humped cattle), is a species or subspecies of domestic cattle originating in Indian subcontinent. They are characterised by fatty hump on their shoulders, a large dewlap, and sometimes drooping ears. They are well adapted to withstanding high temperatures, and are farmed throughout tropical countries. They are used as dairy cattle, draught oxen and beef cattle.

Financial Action Task Force (FATF)

FATF is an inter-governmental body which monitors the progress of member countries in implementing necessary measures to check money laundering and terrorist financing.


White Tigers

In India, white tigers are predominantly found in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. In 2016, world’s first White Tiger Safari was inaugurated at Mukundpur in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh.
The first white tiger in Madhya Pradesh’s was spotted in Vindhya region in 1915. However, the rare breed of the big cat spotted for the first time died in 1920. In 1951, a white tiger cub named Mohan was captured by Rewa Maharaja Martand Singh. Later the tiger cub became the progenitor of all known white tigers in the world after the Maharaja arranged for its breeding.
White tigers in India are nothing but a pigmentation variant of the Bengal tiger. They have been reported in the wild from time to time in the Indian states of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar. These tigers have white fur because of the lack of the pigment pheomelanin, which is found in Bengal tigers with orange colour fur.

Antibiotic resistance making gonorrhea difficult to treat

According to a new warning from the World Health Organization (WHO), antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhea difficult to treat. . Therefore, developing a vaccine is urgently needed to stop global spread of super-gonorrhoea.

About Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea disease (also called the clap) is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It spreads by unprotected sex. Its symptoms include a thick green or yellow discharge from sexual organs, pain when urinating and bleeding between periods in case of in women. In many cases, no symptoms are seen at all. Untreated gonorrhoeae infection can lead to infertility in both genders, pelvic inflammatory disease in women and can be passed on to a child during pregnancy. According to WHO, about 78 million people pick up the sexually transmitted infection each year due to Gonorrhoea.

South  Asia  Wildlife  Enforcement  Network  (SAWEN)  is  an  intergovernmental  wildlife  law  enforcement  support  body  of  South  Asian  countries  namely  -  Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India,  Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan  and Sri  Lanka.

SAWEN was officially  launched  in  January, 2011 in  Paro Bhutan.

  It  promotes  regional  cooperation  to  combat  wildlife  crime  in  South  Asia.  It  focuses  on  policy harmonization;  institutional  capacity  strengthening  through  knowledge  and  intelligence  sharing;  and collaboration  with  regional  and  international  partners  to  enhance  wildlife  law  enforcement  in  the  member countries. SAWEN  operates its activities  from  the Secretariat  based  in  Kathmandu, Nepal. 

RPA 1950 vs RPA 1951

Representation  of  the  People  Act  of  1950  provides  for  the  qualifications  of  voters,  preparation  of electoral  rolls,  delimitation  of  constituencies,  allocation  of  seats  in  the  Parliament  and  state legislatures  and so  on.

 Representation  of  the  People  Act  of  1951  provides  for  the  actual  conduct  of  elections  and  deals  with administrative  machinery  for  conducting  elections,  the  poll,  election  offences,  election  disputes,  byelections,  registration of  political  parties  and  so on.

Tobin Tax:

A means  of  taxing  spot  currency  conversions  that  was  originally  suggested  by  American  economist  James Tobin  (1918-2002).  The  Tobin  tax  was  developed with the  intention  of  penalizing  short-term  currency speculation,  and  to  place  a  tax  on  all  spot  conversions  of  currency.  Rather  than a consumption  tax  paid by  consumers,  the  Tobin  tax  was  meant  to  apply  to  financial  sector  participants  as  a  means  of  controlling the stability  of  a given country's currency.

  A Pigovian  tax  is  a  tax  on  a  good  or  service  that  causes  a  harm  to  society  that  is  not  paid  by  the  users  of that  good or  service. It  is designed to  pay  for  the  negative externalities of  the good.

  A Sin tax is a  tax  levied  against  any  undesired  activity. This  includes taxes  on alcohol  and cigarettes.

  A ghetto  tax  is  a  term  used  to  describe  how  people  with  low  incomes  pay  higher  prices  for  goods  and services, particularly  those  living  in poverty-stricken areas.




Sunday, June 3, 2018

 June 01 2018

1. India is the world’s largest producer of milk

2. ICC induct Nepal, Scotland, Netherlands, UAE in ODI rankings


3. PM Modi gives Padma Shri award to ex-Singaporean diplomat

4. PM Modi launches BHIM, RuPay and SBI apps in Singapore

5. Andhra to give ₹1,000 monthly allowance to unemployed youth

6. Govt approves construction of 1.5 lakh houses for urban poor

7. Indian-American teen wins US’ Scripps National Spelling Bee

8. US imposes steel, aluminium tariffs on EU, Canada and Mexico

9. Foundation laid for India’s first Advanced DNA Forensic Lab in Chandigarh

10. RIMPAC 2018: 26 countries including India to participate in biennial exercise in US

11. India, Japan, US: Malabar Exercise 2018 to be held off coast of Guam in Philippine Sea

12. Former Himachal Pradesh Governor Urmila Singh passes away

13. Yuvraj Singh Awarded ‘Most Inspiring Icon Of The Year For Social Welfare’

14. Infosys concludes acquisition of US based Wongdoody at $75 million

15. India, Singapore exchange eight key agreements

16. Be an informer to Income Tax dept; earn up to Rs 5 crore

17. IRCTC joined hands with delivery service partners TRAPIGO

18. North and South Korea hold high level talks at Panmunjom

19. Pedro Sanchez takes charge in Spain