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Maharashtra government launched ‘Kanya Van Samruddhi Yojana’ Scheme

The Maharashtra government has announced a new scheme called ‘Kanya Van Samruddhi Yojana’, wherein farmers families where girl children are born, will be given saplings for plantation.

The scheme is aimed at empowering women and promoting tree plantation.The scheme was approved in the weekly cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The scheme will be applicable for maximum two girls.

A farmer family blessed with a girl child can fill the application form to get plant saplings. After which they will get 10 saplings free of cost from the forest department.

Madhya Pradesh to be awarded for reducing maternal mortality

Madhya Pradesh will be awarded for reducing maternal mortality under Prime Minister’s Safe Motherhood Campaign.

The Prime Minister’s Safe Motherhood Campaign has been launched to ensure quality of care of over 3 crore pregnant women of the country before delivery.

The maternal mortality rate was 221 in the year 2011-13, which has now dropped down further to just 173. There has been a significant decline of 22% in the last three years in the state.

First Ever Inter-state Translocation Project of Tigers in MP

As part of the country’s first inter-state translocation of tigers project, a female cub was shifted from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve (BTR) in Madhya Pradesh to Satkosia Tiger Reserve (STR) in Odisha.

In all six tigers — three pairs — will be shifted from MP to Satkosia under an ambitious project conceived by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun.

A week ago, three-year-old male tiger MB-2, has been transferred from Madhya Pradesh’s Kanha Tiger Reserve to Satkosia Tiger Reserve in the State.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurated two-day ‘Kabir Mahotsav’ in UP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a two-day ‘Kabir Mahotsav’ at Maghar in Sant Kabir district of Uttar Pradesh. It is to mark the 500th death anniversary of Kabir Das.

Modi also visited the Sant Kabir cave and unveiled a plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone of the Kabir Academy.

Kabir was a 15th-century Indian mystic poet and saint, whose writings influenced Hinduism’s Bhakti movement. Union Minister for Culture Mahesh Sharma and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also participated.

Priyanka Chopra book Unfinished to release in 2019

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The Actor, producer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra will release her book Unfinished, next year 2019. It is published by Random Penguin House India.

It will be a collection of personal essays, stories, and observations, will be published simultaneously in the US where she has left an imprint with her character Alex Parrish on ABC’s TV drama series Quantico and in the UK.

In US the book will be published by Ballantine Books and in the UK by Michael Joseph.

FSSAI proposes life imprisonment, Rs10 lakh fine for food adulteration

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has recommended stringent punishment to reduce food adulteration following the Supreme Court order.

Those adulterating food products could face life imprisonment and penalty of up to Rs 10 lakh as per the amendments proposed by the regulator FSSAI in its 2006 food safety and standards law.

The FSSAI has issued the draft amendments to the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, which was passed in 2006 but the regulations were notified only in 2011.  At present, the imprisonment is up to three months and fine is up to Rs 1 lakh.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is a nodal agency responsible for protecting and promoting public health in India through regulation and supervision of food safety. It was established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

Hindi: The most spoken language in India

The number of people with Hindi as their mother tongue has increased and their percentage is up from 41.03 to 43.63 in 2001, according to data on language released as part of Census 2011.

Bengali has taken the second spot with 8.3 percent people listing Bengali as their mother tongue from 8.11 percent in the 2011 census. Third on the list is Marathi, which replaced Telugu.

While 96.71 percent of the country’s population returned one of the 22 scheduled languages as their mother tongue in the 2011 census, 3.29 percent returned other languages as their mother tongue.

Punjab Approves Death Penalty for Raping Girls Under 12

The Punjab Cabinet has approved the death penalty for males held guilty of the rape of a girl younger than 12 years.

Besides the death penalty for the rape of a girl under 12 years of age, the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance amends the Indian Penal Code to provide for enhancement of minimum punishment for rape from the existing seven to 10 years.

The minimum punishment for the offence of rape of a girl child under 16 years of age has been fixed at life imprisonment, as against the earlier provision of 20 years.


Emergency declared in Papua New Guinea over Polio outbreak

An outbreak of polio has been confirmed in Papua New Guinea, 18 years after the country was declared free of the disease.

Three provinces, Morobe, Madang and the Eastern Highlands has confirmed the outbreak of the potentially deadly virus.

The public health emergency order will remain in place for at least 12 months. It is announced by Minister for Health Puka Temu.

Polio has no cure and can lead to irreversible paralysis. It mainly affects children under the age of five, and can only be prevented by giving a child multiple vaccine doses.

Papua New Guinea

Capital: Port Moresby

Currency: Papua New Guinean kina

Pakistan Placed On FATF’s ‘Grey List’

The global anti-terror financing firm, Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has decided to keep Pakistan on its ‘grey list’. The decision to place Pakistan on the global money-laundering watchdogs grey list was made during its plenary meeting in Paris.

The Finance Minister Shamshad Akhtar urged the FATF to remove Pakistan from its grey list.

The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat terrorist financing and money laundering. The FATF had earlier put Pakistan on its grey list between 2012 and 2015.


Headquarters: Paris, France

President: Roger Wilkins

Membership: 37

Norway World’s Best Country in Traffic Safety

Norway has least traffic accidents in the world, leaving other European countries much behind, newspaper Aftenposten reported.

The total number of traffic accidents in European Union has decreased only by 3 percent in four years.

Last year Norway had 106 fatalities, which corresponds to 20 deaths per one million inhabitants.Sweden also has quite low rate of 25 fatalities, and both Britain and Switzerland have 27 fatalities per one million inhabitants.


Exim Bank Extends $10 mn Loan Facility To Seychelles

The Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) has extended $10 million worth of line of credit (LOC) to Seychelles for healthcare and procurement of goods and projects.

The LOC is the first tranche of the $50 million sanctioned by the Exim Bank to the country.

With this agreement for $10 million, Exim Bank, till date, has extended two LOCs to Seychelles, taking the total value to $28 million.

Earlier this week, the bank had extended two LOCs aggregating $31 million to the Republic of Suriname for upgradation of transmission line network and maintenance of Chetak helicopters there.

Adani Ports to acquire 97 per cent stake in Kattupalli

The country’s leading port developer Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZ) is all set to acquire 97 per cent stake in Marine Infrastructure Developer Private Limited (MIDPL)- the developer and operator of Kattupalli Port near Chennai for Rs 1950 crore.

Of the total amount, Adani will be paying Rs 1,562 crore towards settlement of dues of MIDPL, while Rs 388 crore is the consideration for the acquisition for the share.

The balance 3 per cent will be held by Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation on behalf of the Tamil Nadu Government.

India increases Grant from $12 million to $15 million to GEF

India will increase the money that it pays to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the next four years.

India has decided to increase its commitments from $12 million to $15 million to the GEF’s new four-year investment cycle.

It was announced by the India’s representative to GEF Council Aparna Subramani.

GEF CEO: Naoko Ishii


Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Nasser Khan Janjua Resigns

Pakistan’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Lt Gen (retd.) Nasser Khan Janjua resigned.

Lt. Gen. (retd.) Janjua’s resignation was accepted by Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk.

The former chief of Southern Command was appointed as NSA during ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s tenure in October 2015 with a status of Minister of State.

Yousaf Saleem: First-ever visually impaired judge of Pakistan

Yousaf Saleem, a visually impaired lawyer from Lahore, became Pakistan’s first blind judge.

Saleem worked as an assistant director (legal) in a department of the Punjab Government and was among 21 of 300 candidates who passed the written test for the civil judge position.

Sonakshi Joins UNESCO to Promote Safe Cyberspace for Kids

The Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha has joined forces with UNESCO to promote a safe and secure cyber environment for youngsters.

She will promote safe and secure online environment for children and help empower our future digital citizens.


Headquarters: Paris, France

Head: Audrey Azoulay


GreenCo Award for Golden Rock Workshop

The 90-year-old Golden Rock Railway Workshop at Tiruchi has bagged the GreenCo Award presented by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for implementing best environment- friendly practices.

The workshop also received the Gold rating certification from CII for achieving the standards under the GreenCo. The GreenCo award was received by P.N.Jha, Chief Workshop Manager of the Golden Rock Workshop.

It was given at the seventh edition of Greenco Summit 2018 organised by CII in Chennai.


India’s Jinson Johnson Breaks 42-year-old 800m National Record

Jinson Johnson broke a 42-year-old national record to win the 800m and qualify for the Jakarta Asian Games in style on the second day of the Inter State Senior Athletics Championships.

The Armyman from Kerala clocked 1:45.65 secs, eclipsing the record of Asian track stalwart of the 1970s, Sriram Singh, who ran 1:45.77 secs while finishing seventh in the 800m final at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.


National Statistics Day 2018 observed in India

The National Statistics Day was observed across India on June 29, 2018.

The theme for the 2018 Statistics Day is ‘Quality Assurance in Official Statistics’. The theme seeks to highlight the importance of compliance with essential parameters of quality in statistical systems and products.

In recognition of the notable contributions made by Late Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in the fields of statistics “Statistics Day” is observed.