Following is the 3 June 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam
1. Maharashtra govt unveils ‘sandbox’ to boost start-ups.
The Maharashtra Government has announced the opening up of a ‘sandbox’ to boost start-ups.
Sandbox is seen as a safe zone to test financial innovation which sees a limited rollout of new products to select customers.
Reserve Bank panel had recommended introducing a “regulatory sandbox” to foster financial technology innovation.
2. Odisha govt launches health insurance scheme.
The Odisha government launched a health insurance scheme, called “Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana”. for working journalists.
In the first phase, as many as 3,233 working journalists will get health insurance coverage up to Rs 2 lakh a year.
At least five members of the journalists family will be covered under the scheme.
The scribes will get their health insurance card.
3. Deccan Queen completes 88 years of service.
India’s first superfast train, Deccan Queen express from Mumbai to Pune has completed 88 years on June 1, 2018.
Also known as ‘Queen of Deccan’ the train started on June 1, 1930.
This was the first deluxe train introduced on the railway to serve 2 important cities of the region.
4. Environment ministry to have resource efficiency cell.
The Environment Ministry signed an MoU with TERI for setting up a resource efficiency cell.
The MoU to set up the cell at the ministry aims to provide mainstream resource efficiency in public policy.
An industry consortium on ‘Waste-Proofing the Future’ to identify the institutional and policy interventions needed to sustainably manage waste was also launched at the event.
5. Conference of Governors and Lieutenant Governors (LGs) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
A two day Conference of Governors and Lieutenant Governors (LGs) will be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan from 4th June.
This will be the 49th such Conference which will be presided by President Ram Nath Kovind.
The first Conference of Governors was held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in 1949. It was presided over by C. Rajagopalachari, then the Governor General of India.
6. Andhra introduces scheme for natural farming.
The Andhra Pradesh government launched a Zero Based Natural Farming (ZBNF) scale-out scheme, aimed at benefitting around six million farmers by 2024.
The state agriculture department also signed a MoU in this regard, with the Sustainable India Finance Facility (SIFF).
The SIFF will extend financial and investment support to the farmers.
7. Indian Navy sends ship to Socotra island.
Indian Navy launched ‘Operation Nistar’ to evacuate 38 stranded Indians around Socotra island located close to the horn of Africa between the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea.
The Navy has already deployed its ship INS Sunayna as part of the ‘operation Nistar’ to evacuate the Indians.
Indian seafarers have been stranded due to Cyclone Mekunu.
8. Sushma Swaraj to visit South Africa.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has left for South Africa on a five-day visit.
During the visit, Mrs Swaraj is expected to have meetings with top leadership of South Africa.
The Minister will participate in the BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting on 4th and chair the IBSA Foreign Ministers Meeting.
9. US vetoes Arab-backed UN draft resolution.
The United States vetoed an Arab-backed UN draft resolution calling for measures to protect the Palestinians.
Ten countries including China, France and Russia voted in favor of the draft put forward by Kuwait on behalf of Arab countries at the Security Council.
Four countries Britain, Ethiopia, the Netherlands and Poland abstained.
10. Cuba, US to restore direct postal service.
Cuba and the US have agreed to permanently restore the direct postal service between the two countries.
This service allows the postal delivery of mail, parcels, and express courier deliveries on direct flights between Cuba and the United States, and through post offices in both countries.
The direct postal service between the two neighbouring nations was suspended by Havana in 1968.
11. Egypt Prez sworn in for 2nd term in office.
In Egypt, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in for a second four-year term in office.
Sisi won 97% of valid votes in the March presidential election.
Sisi ousted Egypt’s first freely elected president Mohamed Morsi and won his first term in 2014 with an overwhelming majority of the vote.
12. Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez sworn in as Spain’s Prime Minister.
Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez has been sworn in as Spain’s Prime Minister by King Felipe VI.
Spain is the eurozone’s No. 4 economy and an influential member of the European Union (EU).
Mr. Sanchez (46) is Spain’s seventh Prime Minister since the return to democracy following the death of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco in 1975.
13. Giuseppe Conte sworn in as prime minister of Italy.
Giuseppe Conte was sworn in as prime minister of Italy’s new populist government.
Conte will head a government of ministers from the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the far-right League Party.
The first populist coalition in a founding EU member has raised concerns in some European quarters.
14. The Data Security Council of India (DSCI) to set up Centre of Excellence for cyber security.
The Data Security Council of India (DSCI), an arm of the Nasscom, has signed an agreement with the Telangana government to set up the Centre of Excellence for cyber security.
The CoE will accelerate Telangana’s cyber security momentum and make the State a hub for cyber security in the next 5 years.
This CoE will help increase State’s cyber security preparedness.
15. Tata Motors inks MoU to deploy 1,000 electric vehicles (EVs).
Tata Motors has inked a pact with Maharashtra government to deploy 1,000 electric vehicles (EVs) from its range of passenger and commercial vehicles across the state.
Tata Motors along with Tata Power will also facilitate setting up of EV charging stations in the Maharashtra.
The MoU boosts the Maharashtra Electric Vehicle Policy, 2018.
16. Infosys completes acquisition of WongDoody.
The country’s second largest IT services firm Infosys has completed the acquisition of US-based WongDoody.
WongDoody Holding Company is a US-based digital creative and consumer insights agency.
WongDoody has clients across industries like telecommunications, consumer electronics, healthcare and consumer packaged goods.
WongDoody is headquartered in Seattle and has an office in Los Angeles.
17. EESL, Telangana partner to adopt E-mobility.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) signed up to lease electric vehicles and install EV chargers.
The vehicles will be procured by EESL under the Centre’s National E-Mobility Programme.
This will not only reduce the costs of hired cars, but also substantially reduce emissions.
18. Lamar Gets His Pulitzer Prize for ‘DAMN’.
Kendrick Lamar received the Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album “DAMN”.
Lamar became the first nonclassical or jazz musician to win a Pulitzer for music.
Lamar had also notched four Grammys including best rap album this year for “DAMN”.
19. Padma Shri award given to former Singaporean diplomat Tommy Koh in Singapore.