DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: JUNE 8, 2018
DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: JUNE 8, 2018
Daily Current Affairs (June 8, 2018) like many other sections is inevitable and this also helps to score in the Banking awareness , Static GK and Financial Awareness sections. Remember, Banking Awareness and Static Awareness Questions are asked from the General Awareness section. This will also help you to ride your preparations for the forthcoming exams.
Election Commission launches its online RTI Portal
The Chief Election Commissioner Sh. Om Prakash Rawat, Election Commissioners Sh. Sunil Arora and Shri Ashok Lavasa has launched the online RTI Portal of Election Commission of India.
It aims to help applicants seeking information under the Right To Information Act. The portal can be accessed on the home page of the commission’s website ‘eci.nic.in’.
There is also a gateway for making online payment of requisite fees under the RTI Act. There will be timely notification alerts to RTI applicant via SMS and E-Mail.
QS World University Rankings
The IIT-Bombay has emerged as the country’s best university in the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings.
IIT-Bombay moved up 17 places (162 rank) this year to displace IIT-Delhi as India’s top ranked institution. The latter has also been overtaken by IISc-Bangalore, which gained 20 positions to 170 rank.
IIT-Delhi’s performance remained unchanged this time (172 position).
Overall, 24 Indian universities are featured in the 2019 edition of the QS Ranking.
Globally, Massachusetts Institute of Technology remains the world-leader for the seventh year in a row. Stanford University, Harvard University, Caltech and Oxford University follow, in that order.
India Ranks 137 in Global Peace Index
India has moved up four places to the 137th rank among 163 countries on the 2018 Global Peace Index. The Institute for Economics and Peace produces the Global Peace Index.
It is due to a reduction in the level of violent crime driven by increased law enforcement, according to a report.
The index is topped by Iceland, followed by New Zealand, Portugal, Austria and Denmark, whereas war-torn Syria remains the least peaceful country in the world, followed by Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen.
Final clearance to Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP)
In a major boost to the state government’s efforts to speed up the construction of the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project, the Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change has granted the stage-2 and final forest clearance for it. With this, the project has got all the technical clearances.
The Kaleshwaram project will be built across the river Godavari, Telangana. The project was estimated to cost Rs 80,000 crore. The Unique feature of the project is, it is the longest tunnel in Asia of 81 kms between Yellampally and Mallanna Sagar dams.
Irrigation minister: T Harish Rao
West Bengal Government plans to invest Rs.107 crore to check river bank erosion
The West Bengal Government has decided to invest 107 crore rupees to check erosion at vulnerable areas along the banks of the Ganga and the Padma. A stretch of 15 kilometres will be concretised, to prevent erosion. The work will be completed by March next year.
It will protect hundreds of homes and the river bank close to outposts of the Border Security Force on the Indo-Bangladesh border from being washed away by the strong currents.
Another relevant issue in this case is national security. The Padma, for a large part of its flow in Murshidabad, forms the border between Bengal and Bangladesh. The erosion of its banks also leads to a threat to security.
India: 22 percent reduction in Maternal Mortality Ratio
India has registered a significant decline in Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) recording a 22-per cent reduction in such deaths since 2013, according to the Sample Registration System (SRS).
MMR is defined as the proportion of maternal deaths per 1,00,000 live births.
Amongst the states, Uttar Pradesh with 30% decline has topped the chart in the reduction of maternal deaths. Three states have already met the SDG target for MMR of 70 per 1,00,000.
These are Kerala, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, while Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are within striking distance.
According to the bulletin, the Maternal Mortality Ratio in India declined from 167 in 2011-2013 to 130 in 2014-2016.
Fuego volcano erupted in Guatemala
Guatemala’s deadly Fuego volcano exploded. Thousands of people have been evacuated from Guatemala.
At least 75 people have died in the eruption, with another 192 listed missing, according to the Associated Press.
Fuego is one of the most active volcanoes in Central America, and is located just 27 miles from the capital, Guatemala City.
President: Jimmy Morales
Capital: Guatemala City
Currency: Guatemalan quetzal
IBSA Ministerial Meet held at Pretoria, South Africa
The meeting between external affairs ministers of India, Brazil and South Africa was organized in Pretoria, South Africa.
This ministerial summit chaired by India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was attended by South African Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu and the Brazilian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Bezerra Abbott Galvao.
Currency: South African rand
Capitals: Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein
World first EPR nuclear reactor begins work in Taishan, China
A third generation EPR reactor in China carried out its first nuclear chain reaction.
Taishan 1 and 2 are the first two reactors based on the EPR design to be built in China.
Taishan 1 will undergo further testing and commercial operations are still many weeks away. Taishan 2 is expected to enter service next year.
India and Norway sign MoU to extend health cooperation
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Norway to extend the cooperation within health sector through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for a period of three years starting from 2018 to 2020.
Smt. Preeti Sudan, Secretary (HFW) and Mr. ilsRagnarKamsvag, Ambassador of Norway signed the Memorandum of Understanding.
This cooperation between India and Norway is aligned with the development goals of Government of India as outlined in its National Health Policy 2017 for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
BANKING AND ECONOMY
RBI to set up Public Credit Registry (PCR)
The Reserve Bank of India has decided to set up a public credit registry (PCR) in a modular and phased manner.
It is an information repository that collects all loan information of individuals and corporate borrowers.
A credit repository will help banks distinguish between a bad and a good borrower and accordingly offer attractive interest rates to good borrowers and higher interest rates to bad borrowers.
The move is based on the recommendations of a committee it set up last year, headed by Y.M. Deosthalee.
Keshari Nath Tripathi to hold additional charges as Tripura Government
President Ram Nath Kovind gave West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi additional charge of Tripura Governor, during the absence on leave of Tathagata Roy.
During his visit to the state, the President will inaugurate the National Highway from Matabari to Sabroom, lay the foundation stone for the redevelopment of Matabari Temple complex.
The President will also attend a civic reception hosted by the state government and declare the ‘Queen Pineapple as the state fruit of Tripura’.
Chief minister: Biplab Kumar Deb
Ex Deputy Governor R Gandhi Joins EPS Board
Former RBI deputy governor R Gandhi has joined the board of Electronic Payment Services (EPS) as independent director.
Gandhi was deputy governor between 2014 and 2017 and is an expert in payment & settlement systems, financial markets regulation and operations, fintech and currency management.
EPS is a retail banking tech-service provider founded in 2011, by industry veterans from banking, technology and retail payments industry in India.
AWARDS AND HONOURS
Anupam Kher gets LifeTime Achievement award in IIFA Awards
Actor Anupam Kher will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, which is to be held in Bangkok, Thailand.
The actor will be honoured for his immense contribution to the field of cinema in his career spanning over thirty years. . Mr Kher was also honoured with the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016 for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts.
Anupam Kher started his Bollywood career with Saaransh in 1984 and went on to star in superhit films like Karma, Daddy, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Darr.
Currency: Thai baht
Corporation bank gets Best Expectation Management Award in 2017-18
The Corporation Bank has bagged an award instituted by Investor Relations Society India.
The bank was chosen for ‘Investor Relations Awards 2018’ under the category ‘Best Expectation Management (Mid Cap)’ for 2017-18.
U Chandrakanth Nayak, General Manager of the bank, received the award at a ceremony in Mumbai.
CEO: Jai Kumar Garg
Virat Kohli to receive Polly Umrigar Award
India skipper Virat Kohli will be presented with the prestigious Polly Umrigar award for the best international cricketer (2016-17 and 2017-18) at the BCCI Awards to be held in Bengaluru.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Awards recognises and honours the top domestic and international cricketers across all age groups.
While Kohli gets top honours in the men’s category, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana are set to be maiden recipients of the award for best international cricketer (women) for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons respectively.
The board has also increased prize money across nine categories by Rs. 1 lakh and the revised prize money is Rs.1.5 lakh.
President: C.K. Khanna
World Oceans Day 2018 – June 8
World Oceans Day is observed globally on June 8 each year.
World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.
The concept of a ‘World Oceans Day’ was first proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro as a way to celebrate our world’s shared ocean.
Most popular lyricist Narayan Prasad Singh passed away
Odisha’s most popular lyricist, Narayan Prasad Singh popularly known as Rasaraj has passed away.
Some of his soulful and melodious songs in Odia cinema are ‘Jeevan Jamuna re Juara uthere’, ‘Ratani gaja gamani’, ‘Ae ta kali kaal reeti biparita bhai re’.
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