Following is the 9 June 2018 Current Affairs For Government Exam
1. Andhra Pradesh declared open-defecation free.
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu has declared the state open-defecation free after achieving the goal of constructing 2.77 lakh individual toilets.
“We’ve completed the task of constructing toilets but they have to be used by every individual. For that, the administration has to take up some awareness programmes,” Naidu said.
Notably, the state’s urban areas were declared ODF in 2016.
2. Sikkim got its longest tunnel.
Minister of State for Defence, Dr, Subhash Bhamre has dedicated a highway tunnel at Theng near Chungthang in north Sikkim to the nation.
The tunnel will benefit the tourism and rapidly propel the growth of the state.
The double-lane tunnel stretching about 600 meters has been constructed by the Border Roads Organisation at cost of over 42 crore rupees.
3. Uranium in Rajasthan groundwater.
Many parts of Rajasthan may have high uranium levels in their groundwater.
The main source of uranium contamination was “natural,” but human factors such as groundwater table decline and nitrate pollution could be worsening the problem.
Uranium is not included in the list of contaminants monitored under the Bureau of Indian Standards’ Drinking Water Specifications.
4. CAG to audit Rafale procurement after payment.
CAG will audit the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France only after the “deal is fully executed and the payments are completed”.
The rs. 59,000 crore deal became contoversial after the Congress claimed that the current deal is more expensive than the one struck during the UPA government.
The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine, multirole fighter aircraft.
5. CRPF jawan posthumously given PM’s medal.
CRPF constable Harvinder Singh has been posthumously honoured with the PM’s police medal for saving the lives of Vaishno Devi pilgrims in 2016.
Singh had been helping pilgrims reach the shrine when he saw some women and children trapped under a landslide.
While saving them, he was hit by a huge rock, later succumbing to his injuries.
6. Indian government sent notice to Facebook.
The Indian government has sent a notice to Facebook, demanding an explanation to reports that claimed the platform shared users’ personal data with 60 companies including Apple and Samsung.
“The Government of India is deeply concerned about reports of such lapses/violations,” an official statement said.
The company has been given time till June 20 to respond to the notice.
7. Solar car to protect Taj from pollution.
Students of ACE College of Engineering & Management in Agra have developed a four-seater solar car to help reduce air pollution which is damaging the Taj Mahal.
Priced at Rs. 50,000, the car can attain a maximum speed of 30 kmph.
The vehicle can be used at night and is also sturdy enough for rural areas, college officials said.
8. Committee to set up Asset Reconstruction Company.
Finance Minister Piyush Goyal announced setting up of a committee to give recommendations on formation of an Asset Reconstruction Company.
The committe will give recommendations in two weeks for faster resolution of stressed accounts.
The committee will be formed under Sunil Mehta, non-executive chairman of Punjab National Bank.
9. 2.25 lakh shell firms to struck off.
Centre said it has identified 2,25,910 companies whose names are to be struck off from the register of companies during the current financial year 2018-19.
This comes on the top of the removal of 2,26,166 companies from the register during the previous financial year.
Task Force on Shell Companies, which had, so far, met eight times, was set up in February 2017 by the Prime Minister’s Office
10. PM Modi heads to China for SCO Summit.
PM Narendra Modi departed for China’s Qingdao to attend the two-day long 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit.
Modi will also hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO summit.
The SCO is a permanent intergovernmental international organisation that focuses on strengthening mutual trust and neighbourliness among the member states.
11. Facial recognition system: Varanasi airport.
Varanasi’s Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport will become India’s first airport to have an automated smart facial recognition system at its entry, security and boarding points.
The initiative, which is part of the DigiYatra scheme, will ensure quicker entry into airports by facilitating automated check-ins.
It will be functional within the next 4 months as per Airport Director AK Rai.
12. Tree museum in Vadodara.
A landfill site in Gujarat’s Vadodara has been converted into a tree museum.
The municipal corporation planted over 12,000 saplings of nearly 100 varieties in an area of 50,000 square metres.
Gardening on the site, which is reportedly worth ₹250 crore, began in 2016 after locals complained of the bad smell emanating from the landfill.
13. HP to scrap semester system in Under Graduation courses.
The Himachal Pradesh government has decided to do away with semester system in undergraduate (UG) courses and revert to annual examination system.
HP Govt had set up a review committee headed by former vice-chancellor to review RUSA (Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan) and it has recommended reverting back to annual examination system.
The RUSA was introduced in the state in 2013.
14. ‘FDI rose to $61.96 billion in 2017-18’.
Foreign direct investment (FDI) in India increased by about 3% to $61.96 billion in 2017-18.
FDI inflows stood at $60 billion in the previous fiscal. The figure includes equity inflows, reinvested earnings and
In the last four years, the government has liberalised FDI norms in sectors such as defence, medical devices, construction development, retail and aviation.
15. 1st Indian-made artillery gun ready.
India’s first indigenous, long-range artillery gun ‘Dhanush’ has cleared its final test and is ready to be inducted into the Indian Army.
Earlier this month, fifty rounds of shells each were fired from six Dhanush guns, which are reportedly called ‘desi Bofors’.
The gun also passed the tests in cold, humid, and hot conditions.
16. Peace Mission 2018.
India and Pakistan will take part in a joint military exercise for the first time, courtesy the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
The exercise, which is aimed at countering terrorism and will be conducted in Ural region of Russia.
Member states of the SCO will participate in the joint military drill ‘Peace Mission 2018’ to promote mutual trust, cooperation and coordination against terrorist
17. Indonesia wins UNSC vote.
Indonesia was elected a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for a two-year term.
Maldives and Indonesia had contested for a seat in the UNSC.
Indonesia won the seat after securing 144 votes against 46 for the Maldives.
The other newly elected non-permanent members of UNSC are Germany, Belgium, Dominican Republic and South Africa.
18. Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno dies.
Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno passed away after a battle with mouth cancer, according to a statement by the hospital. She was 78.
Bueno was a former top-ranked player who spent most of her career on the court before the professional era.
She won 19 Grand Slam titles overall, seven in singles, 11 in doubles and one in mixed doubles, between 1959 and 1966.