Following is the 6 June 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam
1. Government to have quota in promotions for SC/ST.
The Supreme Court has allowed the Centre to provide reservation in promotions for SC/ST employees in all government departments till the issue is disposed of by the bench.
A Bench of Justices A.K. Goel and Ashok Bhushan said nothing prevented the government from promoting employees in accordance with law.
SC’s 2006 judgment in the M. Nagaraj case was applicable to reservation in promotion.
2. Ban on polythene in Uttarakhand from July 31.
In Uttarakhand, Polythene will be completely prohibited from 31st July in the state.
All the polythene vendors have been asked to finish the polyethene stock before 31st July.
One week before the ban, a mass awareness campaign about environmental damage caused by polythene would be undertaken in the entire state.
3. ‘JANAUSHADHI SUVIDHA’ launched.
The government has launched the ‘JANAUSHADHI SUVIDHA’, the Oxo-biodegradable Sanitary Napkin, under the PM Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana.
The affordable sanitary napkins will now become available at over 3600 Janaushadhi Kendras.
‘JANAUSHADHI SUVIDHA’ comes with a special additive, which makes Sanitary napkin biodegradable when it comes in contact with oxygen after being discarded.
4. Government announced package for sugarcane farmers.
The Centre has announced a comprehensive package of more than ₹8,000 crore to provide relief to sugarcane farmers and to clear their dues, which have crossed over ₹22,000 crore.
The interventions include increase in customs duty on import of sugar, removal of custom duty on export of sugar, and the creation of buffer stock at the cost of ₹1,200 crore.
5. Haryana baned single-use water bottles.
On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Haryana government has banned single-use water bottles in all government offices in the state.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that a five-point programme would be implemented for maintaining ecological balance in Haryana.
It will include plantation of 20 lakh saplings and using LED bulbs.
6. IISc developed ‘LifeBox’ to transport organs.
Researchers at IISc Bangalore have developed a ‘LifeBox’ that can extend the preservation time of organs, specifically the heart, and allows for increased travel time and distances.
Researchers said that transport of organs using drones could cut down the transportation time by at least 50% compared to green corridors.
The technology was used to transport a payload for 10 km.
7. Government forms 3 key panels for PM’s museum.
In a major push towards setting up a unique museum in Delhi on the ‘Prime Ministers of India’, the Culture Ministry has formed three high-powered panels that will work to implement the project.
One committee will focus on project implementation.
While the other two will concentrate on choice and development of content for museums.
8. Permits key to claim insurance: Supreme Court.
Insurance companies are not liable to compensate accident claims for public transport vehicles plying without permits, the Supreme Court said.
‘Permits’ are authorisation given by State authorities to use motor vehicles as transport vehicles.
The verdict came on an accident involving a truck which fatally hit a two-wheeler rider in February 2013 at Pathankot.
9. TRAI moots network to help in disaster relief.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended setting up of a pan-India broadband public protection disaster relief (PPDR) communications network based on 3GPP PS-LTE technology.
It will be used for an ‘advanced, reliable, robust and responsive communication networks’ to be used during disasters.
PPDR communication supports services such as maintenance of law and order.
10. Ganga Praharis to educate people about Ganga.
A group of 427 trained volunteers, called Ganga Praharis, are reaching to every house in areas along river Ganga to educate them about the importance of protecting river’s bio-diversity.
They are spread over Ganga basin states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal.
They are roped-in by Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun under National Mission for Clean Ganga.
11. Nitrogen emissions going up.
Nitrogen particles make up the largest fraction of PM2.5, the class of pollutants closely linked to cardiovascular and respiratory illness, says the first-ever quantitative assessment of nitrogen pollution in India.
The burning of crop residue is a key contributor to winter smog in many parts of North India.
Indian NOx emissions grew at 52% from 1991 to 2001 and 69% from 2001 to 2011.
12. Fortified rice to be distributed through PDS.
Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan announced that his Ministry will be distributing fortified rice through the public distribution system.
He once again promised that the prices of grains supplied through the PDS would not be increased till June 2019
Fortified foods are foods to which extra nutrients have been added. Examples – vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin D, folic acid, iodine & iron.
13. 539 species discovered in India in 2017.
539 new species of plants and animals were discovered by scientists in the country in 2017, say publications from ZSI and BSI.
Animal Discoveries, 2017 lists 300 new species of fauna.
Plant Discoveries, 2017 lists 239 new flora species.
Besides these discoveries, the biodiversity in the country recorded another 263 species with 174 new records of animals and 89 of plants found.
14. China and India meet for fighting corruption.
A six-member delegation of senior Chinese officials will meet their counterparts in Indian agencies.
It is to deepen cooperation between the two countries on people wanted for corruption and asset recovery.
During the Chinese presidency of G20 in 2016, the “High Level Principles on Cooperation on Persons Sought for Corruption and Asset Recovery” was initiated. India supported the initiative.
15. Saudi banned imports from Kerala.
Saudi Arabia has temporarily banned processed and frozen fruit and vegetable imports from Kerala amid concerns over Nipah virus outbreak.
On May 29, the United Arab Emirates also banned imports from Kerala and had earlier asked its citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to Kerala.
The Nipah virus has claimed more than 15 lives in the state so far.
16. Fuego volcano erupted.
Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted by shooting a dense cloud of ash into the sky.
The death toll in the eruption rose to 62 as rescue workers recovered more bodies from devastated villages.
Fuego has been erupting since 2002, and was continuously active in 2017.
Guatemala, a Central American country, is home to volcanoes, rainforests and ancient Mayan sites. Its capital is Guatemala City.
17. Virat Kohli among highest-paid athletes.
India cricket captain Virat Kohli is among the world’s highest-paid athletes, according to a Forbes’ report.
Kohli, the only sportsperson from India to be featured in the list, is ranked 83rd with earnings of USD 24 million.
The ‘World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2018’ list is topped by 41-year-old Mayweather, with USD 285 million earnings.
18. Prasar Bharati signs MoU with I&B Ministry.
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Prasar Bharati, which runs Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR), have inked an MoU required for the release of financial allocation.
The MoU was signed in the last week of May
Autonomous bodies getting grants-in-aid from the government are required to sign a MoU with the ministry concerned for the release of the financial allocations.
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