Daily Current Affairs 06 June 2018
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# Top Cabinet Approvals: 6 June 2018
Cabinet approves Continuation Programme for GSLV Mk-III
• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved funding for the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III continuation programme (Phase-I) consisting of ten GSLV Mk-III flights, at a total estimated cost of Rs 4338.20 crores.
• The GSLV Mk-III continuation programme – Phase 1 is the first phase of operational flights that will enable the launch of 4 tonne class of communication satellites to meet the country’s satellite communication requirements.
• The operationalisation of GSLV Mk-III will make the country self-reliant in the launching capability of 4 tonne class of communication satellites and sustain and strengthen the space infrastructure and reduce the dependence on procured launches from foreign countries.
Cabinet approves Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III Continuation Programme – Phase 6
• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 6, 2018 approved the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Continuation Programme (Phase 6) and funding of thirty PSLV operational flights under the programme.
• The programme will meet the launch requirement of satellites for earth observation, navigation and space sciences. It will also ensure the continuity of production in Indian industry.
• The PSLV Continuation Programme – Phase 6 will meet the demand for the launch of satellites at a frequency up to eight launches per year, with maximal participation by the Indian industry. All the operational flights would be completed during the period 2019-2024.
Cabinet approves MoU between India, UK on technical cooperation in sustainable urban development
• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and United Kingdom on technical cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development in April, 2018.
• The objective of the MoU is to facilitate and strengthen India-UK institutional cooperation in the field of sustainable urban development.
• The areas of cooperation include smart cities development, solid waste management, green affordable housing, waste water management, capacity building of urban institutions, skill development in urban areas, urban mobility, intelligent transport system and transit-oriented development and innovative access to finance.
• The MoU will promote strong, deep and long term bilateral cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development between the two countries.
Cabinet approves MoU between India, Oman on cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space
• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on June 6, 2018 apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India represented by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Oman represented by the Ministry of Transport and Communications on Cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, in February, 2018 at Muscat.
• The MoU shall enable the following areas of cooperation such as, space science, technology and applications including remote sensing of the earth, satellite based navigation, space science and planetary exploration, use of spacecraft and space systems and ground system and application of space technology.
• The MoU will provide momentum to explore newer research activities and application possibilities in the field of remote sensing of the earth, satellite navigation, space science and exploration of outer space.
Cabinet approves MoU between India, Denmark on technical cooperation
• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on June 6, 2018 apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Denmark on technical cooperation in the field of Sustainable and Smart Urban Development in April, 2018.
• The main objective of the MoU is to promote bilateral cooperation in the field of sustainable and smart urban development on the basis of reciprocity and mutual benefit through exchange of knowledge, institutional cooperation, research & development and commercial relations on related issues.
• Areas of cooperation include smart urban solutions, livability, sustainable and integrated urban planning, re-development and land use, integrated solid waste management including waste to energy, sustainable transport systems, water and sanitation management, energy efficiency, resource mobilization and other related areas mutually agreed upon.
Cabinet approves the extension of MoU between India, Netherlands on technical cooperation
• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Netherlands on technical cooperation in the field of spatial planning, water management and mobility management in April, 2018.
• The main objectives of the MoU are to promote and strengthen the collaboration between the signatories in the areas of spatial planning, water and mobility management on the basis of equivalence, affordable housing, smart city development and geographical information system (GIS) for water supply & sewerage system, waste water reuse and recycle and conservation of fresh water by artificial recharge of aquifer, integrated solid waste management and heritage conservation.
• The MoU is expected to create employment in the areas of spatial planning, water management and mobility management, smart cities development, affordable housing, waste management, urban environment and heritage preservation.
Cabinet approves the joint issue of postage stamp between India and Russia
• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on June 6, 2018 apprised of an agreement signed in connection with release of Joint Stamps between Department of Posts, India and Russia Post (Joint-Stock Company “MARKA” of Russian Federation)
• The issuance aims to establish postal cooperation between the two nations and strive towards mutually beneficial operational excellence in the field of issuance of stamps.
• The bilateral relations between India and Russia are marked by broad understanding on issues of mutual interest.
• India and Russia enjoy enhanced levels of cooperation in almost all areas of the bilateral relationship.
Cabinet approves agreement between India, France on technical cooperation in sustainable urban development
• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was apprised of the agreement signed between India and France in the field of Sustainable Urban Development in March, 2018. The Agreement shall remain in force for a period of five years.
• The objective of the agreement is to promote technical cooperation in the areas of smart cities development, development of urban mass transportation systems, urban settlements and utilities (water supply and sewerage systems), disposal and treatment of solid waste and landfill remediation.
• The agreement is expected to create employment in the areas of smart cities development, urban mass transportation systems, urban settlements and utilities (Water supply and sewerage systems), disposal and treatment of solid waste, landfill remediation, affordable housing, waste management, urban environment and heritage preservation.
Cabinet approves revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks
• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts.
• The revision in the wage structure would entail an estimated expenditure of Rs 1257.75 crore (Non-recurring expenditure – Rs 860.95 crore and Recurring expenditure of Rs.396.80 crore) during 2018-19.
• Around 3.07 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks will be benefitted by this wage revision.
Cabinet approves revised guidelines on time bound closure of loss making Central Public Sector Enterprises
• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the revised guidelines of the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) on time bound closure of sick/ loss making Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) and disposal of movable and immovable assets.
• The revised guidelines would reduce delays in the implementation of closure plans of sick/loss making CPSEs. They would replace the guidelines issued by DPE in September, 2016.
• The guidelines will also provide a broad framework for expeditious completion of various processes and procedures for closure of CPSEs by laying down important milestones in the closure process along with timelines, outlining the responsibilities of the concerned Ministries/ Departments/ CPSE in the process.
# Status-cum-Progress Report of “Special Committee for Inter-Linking of Rivers”
• The Union Cabinet was apprised of the progress report of Special Committee for Inter-Linking of Rivers.
• The Status Report consists of substantial progress made in three priority links – Ken-Betwa Link, Damanganga-Pinjal Link and Para-Tapi-Narmada Link.
• It also gives status of other Himalayan and Peninsular links identified as per National Perspective Plan of 1980.
# Baba Kalyani heads group to study SEZ Policy
• The Union Government has constituted a group of eminent persons headed by Baba Kalyani, Chairman of Bharat Forge to study the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Policy of India.
• The group will evaluate the SEZ policy, suggest measures to cater to the needs of exporters in the present economic scenario and make the SEZ policy WTO compatible.
• The Group is required to submit its recommendation in 3 Months’ time.
# Heli-taxis between Shimla-Chandigarh launched
• Himachal Pradesh CM Jairam Thakur flagged off a helicopter taxi service that will reduce the travel time between Shimla and Chandigarh to 20 minutes.
• The service is operated by Pawan Hans and can accommodate 19 persons.
• It will cost Rs 2999 per person.
# India among top 5 countries in e-waste generation
• India is among the top five e-waste generating countries in the world besides China, the US, Japan and Germany, according to a report released by Assocham and NEC.
• Among states, Maharashtra contributes the largest e-waste of 19.8 percent but recycles only about 47810 tonne per annum (TPA).
• Tamil Nadu generated 13 percent e-waste and recycled about 52427 TPA.
# India’s forest cover stood at 21.34 percent in 2015
• India’s forest cover stood at 21.34 percent in 2015, an increase of 1.29 percent from 2009, as per the Status of Environment Report India 2015 that was released by Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan.
• Mizoram has the highest forest cover among the states and Union territories in the country with 89 percent.
• Assam’s forest cover at 35 percent was the lowest.
# India, US, Japan to begin naval war game
• India, the US and Japan will hold the Malabar naval exercise from next week off the coast of Guam in the Philippine Sea.
• It will deepen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region where China has been expanding its military footprint.
• Malabar is a trilateral naval exercise involving the United States, Japan and India as permanent partners.
# Agro-Processing Financial Institution as NBFC for food processing sector
• Food Processing Ministry will soon create the Agro-Processing Financial Institution which will exclusively fund food processing projects.
• The Agro-Processing Financial Institution will be a non-banking financial institution.
• This NBFC in food sector will create capacity building in the field of risk assessment and ease lending to food processing sector.
# Centre to start measuring green GDP of States
• The government will begin a five-year exercise to compute district-level data of the country’s environmental wealth.
• The results of this study will eventually be used to calculate every State’s ‘green’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
• The metric will help in calculating compensation to be paid during land acquisition, calculation of funds required for climate mitigation, and so on.
# Copper-Bronze age chariots discovered
• The “first ever” physical evidence of chariots dating from 2000 BC – 1800 BC has been found by the Archeological Survey of India.
• It was found during a trial excavation in Sanauli village near Baghpat.
• The findings will open up further research opportunities into the area’s civilisation and culture.
# Ministry of Women and Child Development holds National Consultation on Child Protection
The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) on June 5, 2018 organised the National Consultation on Child Protection in New Delhi. The conference purposefully discussed the Juvenile Justice (Care and protection of Children) Act (JJ Act), 2015 and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), 2012.
The first part of National Consultation focused on deliberations with regard to JJ Act, 2015; POCSO Act, 2012; Trackchild and Childline (1098) with an aim to introspect on various issues and concerns which have manifested lately.
# Centre proposes to ban obscene depiction of women on internet
The Ministry of Women and Child Development on June 4, 2018 proposed amendments to the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act (IRWA), 1986 with an aim to ban obscene and indecent depiction of women on internet.
The amendments were proposed after the government received the inputs from the parliamentary standing committee formed in 2012 to study a bill to bring the law up to date and also from the National Commission for Women.
# Center forms 3 key panels for ‘Prime Ministers of India’ Museum Project
The Union Culture Ministry on June 5, 2018 formed three high-powered panels that will work to set up a unique museum on the ‘Prime Ministers of India’ in the national capital Delhi.
The Culture Ministry has long been planning to set up a modern museum that will tell the story of all the prime ministers of the country at the premises of the iconic Teen Murti Estate in the Chanakyapuri area, the official residence of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
The iconic landmark Teen Murti Estate belongs to the government.
#India hosted 11th edition of Geo Intelligence Asia
The eleventh edition of Geo-Intelligence Asia 2018 was held at Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi on June 4-5, 2018.
The seminar brought together military, security officials including BSF and police forces, government and industry together to assess the latest technology solutions and discuss and deliberate on the critical role of geospatial technology for safety and security.
The seminar included an exhibition comprising stalls of various technological firms dealing with geospatial technologies.
# Uttarakhand to ban use of polythene from July 31
The Uttarakhand Government has decided to completely prohibit the use of polythene or plastic from July 31, 2018.
The move is aimed at curbing rampant use of plastic, which is increasingly becoming a huge environmental challenge. All the polythene vendors in Uttarakhand have been asked to finish the polythene stock before July 31.
The state would also be launching a comprehensive public awareness campaign on the environmental damage caused by polythene, one week before the complete ban on polythene.
Source : Jagran Josh