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# Nepal to announce first federal budget
Nepal’s Finance Minister will present the first federal budget of the Himalayan nation after completing the three-tier elections held simultaneously in the year of 2017.The Government of Nepal is expected to unveil the budget of about 16 trillion for the upcoming fiscal year.The Constitution of Nepal mandates the government to unveil the budget in a joint meeting of federal parliaments.
# Google celebrates the founder of the pH scale
Google honoured Danish biochemist, Soren Peder Lauritz Sorensen, for his revolutionary work in the concept of the pH scale.The pH scale is a concept that is used to measure acidity and alkalinity of substances.The significance of pH is that it measures the concentration of the hydrogen ion and ‘ranks’ them on a scale of numbers between 0 and 14.
# DAC approves procurement of equipments
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, approved the procurement of equipment valued at over Rs 6,900 crore.This includes Thermal Imaging Night Sights for the Rocket Launcher for accurate targeting of enemy bunkers.The DAC, under the Defence Minister was constituted for overall guidance of the defence procurement planning process.
# IMD To Team Up with BSNL For Weather Warnings
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is teaming up with state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to send extreme weather warnings to people.The alerts will be about impending extreme weather conditions such as storms and heatwave.The exercise is being carried out in an experimental stage, and if successful the plan is to rope in other weather agencies.
# ‘AI arm, IndiGo among lowest cost worldwide’
Air India’s low-cost international arm Air India Express and budget carrier IndiGo are among the top five lowest cost airlines in the world, according to Melbourne-based travel planning site Rome2rio.India ranks fourth among 46 countries with lowest average air fares.The study ranks 200 airlines in the world on the basis of average price per kilometre.
# Odisha police, UNICEF join hands
Odisha government launched ‘Paree Pain Katha Tiye’ (A word for the little angel), an awareness campaign against child sexual abuse.UNICEF and the State police have joined hands for the campaign to create the awareness on the importance of preventing child sexual abuse.In each district, the campaign will be led by the Superintendent of Police and District Collector.
# Yuvraj awarded the icon of the year award
Indian star cricketer Yuvraj Singh has been awarded the ‘most inspiring icon of the year for Social Welfare”.The award was given by the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival for his exemplary contribution in the field of social welfare.Yuvraj opened his foundation ‘YouWeCan’ that focuses on creating cancer awareness.
# Ceat Cricket Rating awards for 2017-18
India skipper Virat Kohli won the International Cricketer of the Year Award at the CEAT Cricket Ratings awards.Opener Shikhar Dhawan was presented the International Batsman of the Year Award, while New Zealand’s Trent Boult won International Bowler of the Year Award.Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, was presented with the T20 Bowler of the Year Award.
# Procedure to bring back economic fugitives
The Centre has notified procedures for execution of court order to bring back economic fugitives.This will help in serving and executing warrants against fugitive economic offenders.The rules come on the back of the ordinance promulgated on April 21 and have come into force immediately.The rules will be known as ‘Fugitive Economic Offenders Rules, 2018’ and come into effect on May 25.
# First Indian to receive Linnean Medal
Indian botanist Kamaljit Bawa received the Linnean Medal in Botany from Linnean Society of London.Bawa is the 1st Indian to win the award ever since it was constituted in 1888.He was recognised for his pioneering research on evolution of tropical plants, tropical deforestation & non-timber forest products. Linnean Medal is awarded to a biologist every year by the Linnean Society of London
# Coal India’s first thermal power plant
Coal India Ltd (CIL) will develop its first-ever thermal power plant in the country in Odisha.The project will be implemented through CIL’s subsidiary, Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL).The power plant, which will have a capacity of 1,600 MW, will come up at Sundergarh district.NTPC Ltd will be a joint venture partner and will likely have a 49 per cent stake.
# Haryana constitutes Animal Welfare Board
Haryana Government has constituted the State Animal Welfare Board for Animal Welfare.The Board has been constituted under the chairmanship of additional chief secretary, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.The Director General, Animal Husbandry and Dairying would be the member secretary of the Animal Welfare Board.
# Dehradun to host main event on yoga day
Dehradun will be the venue for this year’s national programme on the International Yoga Day on June 21 2018.The main International Yoga Day event was held at Lucknow in 2017.International Day of Yoga is celebrated annually on 21 June since 2015.An international day for yoga was declared by the United Nations General Assembly.
# Defence Secretary to be the DRDO chief
The government has asked Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra to hold additional charge of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).This comes after Eminent scientist S Christopher completed his term as the Chief of DRDO.Christopher was appointed as the Director General of the DRDO for a two-year term in May 2015 and was given a one-year extension in May 2017.
# Approval for petrol, diesel futures
The oil ministry has given its in-principle approval for futures trading in petrol as well as diesel.The Indian Commodity Exchange (ICEX) had approached SEBI seeking its nod to launch petrol and diesel futures contracts.The contracts are expected to help hedge against volatility in oil prices.
# EU to observe Zimbabwe polls for first time
The European Union will deploy observers to Zimbabwe’s general election expected in July, the first time in 16 years the bloc will monitor polls in the southern African country.The EU and Zimbabwe’s government signed a memorandum outlining guidelines for election monitors.Zimbabwe formally invited the EU in March to send an election observation mission.
# SEBI to implement system-driven disclosures
Markets regulator SEBI will soon put in place system-driven disclosures for non-promoters, directors and certain class of employees of listed companies.The system-driven disclosures in securities market was introduced in December 2015 and is being implemented in a phased manner.It has already been put in place with respect to disclosures of promoter/ promoter group.
# Gujarat launches policy to reuse waste water
The Gujarat government unveiled its ‘Reuse of Treated Waste Water Policy’ which aims to reduce the state’s dependence on fresh water sources like the Narmada river.The policy will promote the use of treated waste water and will see the setting up of sewage treatment plants.The treated water would be used in industrial units, thermal power plants, gardening and in the construction sector.
# Tata Trusts signs MoU with govt
Tata Trusts has joined hands with the government to help it in development initiatives in 8 worst Naxal-affected districts in Chhattisgarh.These districts are covered under “transformation of aspirational” districts programme of the NITI Aayog.Tata Trusts will help the government in conducting surveys & providing ground level & technical support in raising the living standards of citizens.
# NIC launched fourth data centre in Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar has become the fourth National data centre of National Informatics Centre (NIC) after Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune.The new cloud-enabled National Data Centre aims to offer round-the-clock operations with secure hosting for various e-governance applications of Central and State Governments.Almost all Indian-government websites are developed and managed by NIC.