Daily Current Affairs 6th June, 2017

Daily Current Affairs 6th June, 2017

INTERNATIONAL

Sher Bahadur Deuba elected as 40th Prime Minister of Nepal

  • Sher Bahadur Deuba,70, has been elected as Nepal’s Prime Minister for the fourth time. He was the only candidate who contested in the election as the main opposition party UML decided to end the obstruction of parliament and did not register its candidates for the election.
  • Deuba managed to secure 388 votes in the 593 strong Parliament in order to prove his majority. Deuba has served as Nepal’s prime minister for three terms from 1995 to 1997, from 2001 to 2002, and from 2004 to 2005.
  • In 2005, during his third term he was sacked by the then King Gyanendra Shah in 2005 over his failure to hold elections and bring Maoist rebels to negotiations.
  • The responsibility of conducting the local elections in the remaining four provinces will rest upon him


NATIONAL

IMD to release Malaria and Chikungunya Alerts

  • The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has announced that it is working on a forecasting system that will give a 15-day warnings on the likelihood of a malaria or chikungunya outbreak across different regions of the country.

ECONOMY,BANKING AND FINANCE

Habibganj Railway Station to become India’s First Private Railway Station

  • Habibganj railway station in the suburbs of Bhopal will become country’s first railway station to be redeveloped in a public-private partnership (PPP) mode.
  • On June 9, station redevelopment work in the railway station will be launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. The idea is to develop Habibganj railway station as a as a world-class transit hub equipped with all amenities.
  • The operation and maintenance of the railway station has been given to Bhopal-based Bansal Group for a period of eight years.

Vijaya Bank Plans to develop 100 Digital Villages

  • Vijaya Bank has stated that it plans to develop as many as 100 digital villages in various States across the country as part of its initiative to promote digital banking among the rural population.
  • At present, Vijaya Bank is the only public sector financial institution to develop digital villages with focus on rural population.
  • Already, the bank has developed 5 villages into Digital Villages. In the Digital Villages, the bank would offer Internet, free Wi-Fi connectivity, mobile payment facilities, ATM cards, online banking and will carry out a door-to-door campaign to educate the villagers.

RBI kicks off financial literacy week

  • To emphasize the importance of financial literacy, the Reserve Bank of India is observing June 5-9, 2017 as Financial Literacy Week across the country.
  • The Week will focus on four broad themes, viz. Know Your Customer (KYC), Exercising Credit Discipline, Grievance Redress and Going Digital.

NSE launches international exchange at GIFT City

  • Leading bourse National Stock Exchange (NSE) launched its international exchange in the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City). NSE IFSC Ltd, the global exchange promoted by NSE, will remain operational for a longer period than NSE during a trading day.
  • All the trades will be cleared and settled through NSE IFSC Clearing Corporations Ltd. Several products from the currency, commodity and equity segments are expected to get listed on the new exchange which may also introduce other innovative products in line with Sebi regulations.

GOVT SCHEME/DIGITAL INDIA

Telangana launches single-woman pension scheme, first in India

  • Telangana government has recently launched the single-women pensions scheme across the state. Single women will be given Rs 1,000 per month. It is the first such scheme in India.
  • The government had also increased the Kalyana Laxmi and Shaadi Mubarak scheme amount from Rs50,116 to Rs75,116.
  • Children of single women would be admitted into all Telangana Residential Educational Institutions without having to write an examination or waiting for the lottery system.

TRAI launches three new apps

  • Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recently launched three new apps to help customers rate quality of services, speed and performance.
  • The three new apps are Mycall app, MySpeed app and ‘Do not disturb (DND 2.0)’ app. The apps are being launched with the motive that there is more transparency between the consumers and the service providers.
  • The MyCall app, is an Android application for crowdsourced voice call quality monitoring.
  • MySpeed app will enable TRAI to obtain test-data from users in all service areas, without any action by the users.
  • The DND service app will enable users to register their mobile number under DND to avoid unsolicited commercial communication/telemarketing calls/SMS.

ENVIRONMENT,SCIENCE AND TECH

India’s first public bicycle sharing project launched in Mysuru

  • Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah has recently launched India’s first public bicycle sharing (PBS) initiative ‘Trin Trin’ in Mysuru.
  • The World Bank, Global Environmental Fund, and state govt have jointly funded the initiative.
  • Mysuru is the first city in India to have a public bicycle sharing system. A total of 450 bicycles can be borrowed from 48 docking stations set up across the City for a nominal fee.

Mission Innovation Ministerial and Clean Energy Ministerial

  • World’s Energy Leaders have gathered in Beijing for second Mission Innovation Ministerial and 8th Clean Energy Ministerial.
  • An Indian delegation led by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest & Climate Change will be participating in the conferences.
  • MI was announced on November 30, 2015 by the leaders of 20 countries that have a shared desire to accelerate global clean energy innovation during COPE 21 in Paris.
  • The ‘Mission Innovation’ (MI) is an effort to accelerate public and private global clean energy innovation, including through participating countries doubling their respective clean energy research and development investment.
  • There is a concerted effort to enhance the pace of innovation and scale of transformation through this clean energy revolution launch to meet the requirement for economic, energy security goals in timely manner.
  • India is Founding Member of the Steering Committee and also a Member of the two sub-groups: Joint research and Capacity Building and Private Sector Engagement.

ISRO launches India’s heaviest rocket

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched the country’s heaviest rocket – Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) – along with a communications satellite GSAT-19. GSAT-19 communications satellite is the heaviest to be lifted by an Indian rocket till date – to an altitude of around 179km above the Earth.
  • The GSLV Mk III D1 is a three-stage vehicle with indigenous cryogenic upper stage engine+ designed to carry heavier communication satellites into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).
  • The rocket’s main and bigger cryogenic engine has been developed by space scientists indigenously. It will help India get a greater share of the multi-billion dollar global space market and reduce dependency on international launching vehicles.
  • It will also enable ISRO to launch from India heavier communications spacecraft to geostationary orbits of 36,000 km. Because of the absence of a powerful launcher, ISRO currently launches satellites above 2 tonnes on European rockets for a big fee.

National Board of Wildlife Clears Rutland Island for DRDO’s Missile Testing Project  

  • The National Board of Wildlife has approved Rutland Island in South Andaman to be the site for the country’s long-range missile test facility. DRDO has been seeking the approval for the test facility since 2012.
  • Taking into account the strategic importance of the project for country’s defence, the Standing Committee of the National Board of Wildlife has approved the project.

India’s biodiversity riches increases by 499 species

  • According to the Animal Discoveries 2016, New Species and Records, brought out by the Zoological Survey of India and Plant Discoveries 2016, by the Botanical Survey of India, 499 new species have been discovered from various parts of the country last year.
  • Animals Of the new discoveries, 258 are invertebrates and 55 are vertebrates. Around 97 are insects, 27 are fish, 12 are amphibians, 10 are Platyhelminthes, nine are Crustacea, six species of reptiles, 61 species of moths and butterflies and 38 of beetles.
  • The new species are known to occur in the four biological hotspots of the country, namely, the Himalayas, the northeast, the Western Ghats and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • As per the Animal Discoveries 2016, the number of animal species in the country for the first time has crossed one lakh to number 1,00,693.
  • Till last year, the number of animal species in India was 97,514. India is one of the 17 megadiversity countries and is home to 6.42{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} of the global fauna. Plants
  • As per Plant Discoveries 2016 , 186 new species of plants have been discovered including seven new genera, four subspecies and nine new varieties taking the total number of species to 206. The publication lists 113 new records from India.
  • The new species of the plant were discovered in the Western Ghats (17{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769}), followed by the Eastern Himalayas (15{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769}), the Western Himalayas (13{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769}), the Eastern Ghats (12{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769}) and the west coast (8{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769}).
  • Eight new species of wild balsams, five species of wild ginger and one species of wild amla has been discovered. In addition, 39 varieties of mushrooms have been discovered.

PERSONS IN NEWS

Sachin to become part of the UN Campaign Highlighting Role of Father’s in Child’s Development

  • Sachin Tendulkar will join other global celebrities like Dravid, Beckham, Novak Djokovic, Academy Award winning American actor Mahershala Ali, British Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton and Australian actor Hugh Jackman for UNICEF’s ‘Super Dads’ campaign that highlights the critical role played by fathers in children’s early development.
  • The initiative is aimed at celebrating fatherhood and highlights the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of the brains of the young children.

APPOINTMENT

New DG NWDA

  • Sharad Kumar Jain has been appointed as the Director General of National Water Development Agency (NWDA) under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

BOOK LAUNCH

‘Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ authored by Arundhati Roy launched

  • The book “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” has been authored by Arundhati Roy, was released recently.
  • It is fiction-based novel and will be published by Hamish Hamilton UK and Penguin India.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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