Following is the 4 June 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam
1. Ambulance service for infants.
The Gujarat government has decided to launch a dedicated ambulance service to shift critically ill infants to better equipped hospitals.
Under the ‘Neonatal ambulance service project for inter-hospital transfer’, the government would deploy 10 specially-equipped ambulances across the state.
This facility will be linked to the ‘108’ service.
2. ‘Cramped’ NCERT syllabus to be reduced to half.
Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has said NCERT syllabus will be reduced to half as it is presently “cramped”.
The government is considering 37,000 suggestions to ensure that students get time to focus on activities other than learning information.
The government will also provide funds to schools for procuring sports equipment and library books.
3. Taj Declaration to Beat Plastic Pollution.
A ‘Taj Declaration to Beat Plastic Pollution’ was adopted. Efforts would be made to make the 500-metre area around the 17th-century monument litter-free.
Steps would also be taken to phase out single-use plastic there.
Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma said India and the whole world was grappling with pollution due to plastics.
4. Water crises in Shimla.
Himachal Pradesh’s CM Jai Ram Thakur said the tourist season and the increasing population led to water scarcity in Shimla.
Water available in traditional sources has gone down this year, he added.
Shimla is facing acute water shortage for over 10 days, prompting residents to request tourists to not visit the city.
5. Humsafar Jodhpur Bandra Express flagged off.
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal flagged off Humsafar Jodhpur Bandra Express at Bhagat Ki Kothi Railway Station in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur.
Adequate arrangements have been made in the trains, including mobile charging points, CCTV and Bio Toilets.
Railway projects worth over Rs 13,000 crore has been undertaken in Rajasthan.
Humsafar Express are completely 3-tier AC sleeper trains.
6. FPI outflows hit 18-month high.
Foreign investors pulled out ₹29,714 crore from the capital markets in May, making it the biggest outflow in 18 months, primarily due to a surge in global crude prices.
This comes following an outflow of ₹15,561 crore from the capital markets (equity and debt) in April.
Foreign portfolio investment (FPI) consists of securities and other financial assets passively held by foreign investors.
7. Financial Literacy Week to begin on June 4.
The Reserve Bank of India has chosen ‘customer protection’ as the theme for the Financial Literacy Week beginning on June 4.
The event ending on June 8 will focus on creating awareness among customers of banks about financial products and services, good financial practices and going digital.
Bankers, Financial Literacy Counsellors and other stakeholders will participate to create awareness.
8. India test-fires nuclear capable Agni-5.
India has successfully test-fired it’s indigenously developed nuclear capable long-range ballistic missile Agni-5 from Dr. Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.
Unlike other missiles of the series, Agni-5 is the most advanced with new technologies in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.
The missile has been developed by DRDO and has a strike range of 5,000 kilometers.
9. BBB to hold interviews for MDs and EDs.
Newly constituted Banks Board Bureau, headed by former DoPT Secretary B P Sharma, will shortlist candidates for about 30 top-level vacancies in the public sector banks.
The BBB has its genesis in the recommendations of The Committee to Review Governance of Boards of Banks in India, May 2014.
The Bureau started functioning from April 01, 2016 as an autonomous recommendatory body.
10. IAF chief BS Dhanoa to visit Brazil.
IAF chief B S Dhanoa will begin a four-day visit to Brazil to explore possibilities of deeper defence cooperation between the two countries.
The visit would also strengthen relationships and enable engagement in productive exchanges between the two air forces.
The air chief marshal is embarking on the goodwill visit at the invitation of his Brazilian counterpart.
11. India to import first Russian LNG Cargo.
India will import its first ever cargo of LNG from Russia under a long-term deal.
State-owned gas utility GAIL India Ltd will bring the shipload of LNG from Gazprom at Petronet LNG Ltd’s import terminal here, official sources said.
Beginning of supplies from Russia comes within weeks of India importing its first ever LNG cargo from US under a long-term import deal.
12. Bengali litterateur Indramitra passes away.
Noted Bengali litterateur Arabinda Guha, who is also known by his pseudonym Indramitra, passed away.
The author was a recipient of Rabindra Purashkar, instituted by the West Bengal Government, twice for his books ‘Karunasagar Vidyasagar’ and ‘Dekha Sakkhat’, a collection of poems.
His first book of poems was ‘Dakkhin Nayak’ and the last one, ‘Prasthan Samay Upasthit’ was published in 2014.
13. MSCI puts India on notice.
MSCI is placing emerging markets including India and Brazil on notice for limiting investor access.
MSCI is the world’s biggest index compiler.
The indices are closely tracked by global investors.
Inclusion in MSCI Inc.’s stock indices opens up investment interest from foreign investors in a particular country and brings a stamp of financial credibility.
14. PM Modi’s three Nations visit concluded.
PM Modi returned to Delhi after concluding his 3-nation visit to Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore.
India & Indonesia signed 15 MoUs in the fields of defence, scientific & technological cooperation, railways and health, among others.
In Malaysia Modi met his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad and had “productive discussions” on bolstering the bilateral strategic ties.
Modi launched three Indian digital payment systems – RuPay, BHIM app and UPI by SBI at the ‘Business, Innovation and Community Event’ in Singapore.
PM Modi held wide-ranging talks with his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong and delivered a keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue.
He is the first Indian Prime Minister to address the Shangri-La Dialogue.
15. Flower named after Modi.
An orchid at National Orchid Garden in Singapore was named ‘Dendrobium Narendra Modi’.
Now three flowers are named after PM Narendra Modi.
Last year, a fast-growing Israeli Chrysanthemum was named ‘MODI’ during the PM Modi’s visit to the nation.
An orchid grown in Sikkim was named ‘Cymbidium Namo’ in 2016 by the state CM Pawan Chamling.
16. IRCTC roped in Trapigo for food delivery.
IRCTC has rolled out the facility of delivering food to passengers on their train seats.
For the food delivery, Indian Railways has roped in Trapigo which provides last-mile logistics services for food products and other amenities such as medicines, travel, kits, handicrafts etc.
Trapigo is unique as it has specialized the technology to deliver articles to the traveling customers.
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