Daily Current Affairs (English) - 05.06.2018

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http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgNuclear-capable Agni-5 missile test-fired successfully

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. On 3rd June successfully test-fired nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-5 from Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.

  • The intercontinental ballistic missile was fired with a strike range of 5,000 km that can reach several parts of China.
  • 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 long-range surface-to-surface missile with a strike range of 5,000 km was fired from a mobile launcher off the Odisha coast.
  • All the radars, electro-optical tracking stations and telemetry stations tracked the vehicle all through the course of the trajectory.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpg‘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.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgSingapore names orchid after PM Modi

An orchid was named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commemorate his visit to the National Orchid Garden of Singapore recently. The orchid, located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, was named Dendrobrium Narendra Modi to mark Prime Minister’s visit.

  • 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.
  • It is the only tropical garden to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgSwaraj discusses bilateral ties with S African President

  • External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj met South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and discussed ways of strengthening bilateral ties between India and South Africa on 3rd June, South Africa.
  • On June 6, Swaraj will visit the Phoenix Settlement, a South African Heritage site, a place where Mahatma Gandhi developed his philosophy of non-violence.
  • She would also participate in a series of events at Pietermaritzburg on June 6-7 to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the “historic incident in the train compartment that became a catalyst for Gandhiji’s Satyagraha movement.”

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgAndhra govt introduces scale-out scheme Zero Budget natural farming

  • The Andhra Pradesh government on Saturday launched a Zero Based Natural Farming (ZBNF) scale-out scheme, aimed at benefitting around six million farmers by 2024.
  • The state agriculture department also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard, with the Sustainable India Finance Facility (SIFF), an initiative with the partnership of the United Nations Environment Program, the World Agroforestry Center, and the BNP Paribas.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgHaryana to provide sanitary napkins to girl students at Re 1

  • The Haryana government would be providing sanitary napkins at just Re 1 to girl students of government schools starting from August 2018.
  • The scheme will cover women belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families too.
  • The decision to provide sanitary napkins at Re 1 per packet was taken by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar after a meeting with senior functionaries of school education department and health department.
  • The Chief Minister said that girls till the age of 18 years will be provided with the napkins in schools, while those above the age limit will get it through the through Public Distribution System at ration shops every month.
  • According to a state survey, only 28 per cent of girls use sanitary napkins while 40 per cent of women use cloth during menstruation, which leads to hygiene issues and diseases. The move will provide huge relief to girls and women.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpg49th Conference of Governors begins in Delhi

  • The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the two-day Conference of Governors on June 4, 2018 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
  • This is the 49th such Conference to be held in Rashtrapati Bhavan and the second to be presided over by President Kovind.
  • The conference will involve discussions on important agendas including clean India mission, internal security, higher education and skill development. It will also involve discussions on important thematic issues in various sessions.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgInternational Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression observed

  • International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression was observed globally on June 4, 2018.
  • The main objective of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse.
  • The day affirms the UN's commitment to protecting the rights of children.
  • In recent years, the number of violations against children has increased in many conflict zones.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgRBI organises ‘Financial Literacy Week’

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is organising ‘Financial Literacy Week’ across the nation from June 4 to June 8, 2018.
  • The week will focus on four consumer protection messages like 'know your liability' for unauthorised electronic banking transaction and good practices for a safe digital banking experience.
  • Among various messages, the customers will be told through banners and posters that in case of unauthorised digital transaction if the bank is informed within 3 days, the liability of the account holder is zero.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgConfine illegal Rohingyas to designated camps: Centre to states

  • The Centre has asked Jammu & Kashmir and other states to confine illegal Rohingya settlers to pre-identified locations within their respective jurisdictions, record their personal particulars, including biometric details and not to issue them Aadhaar number or any other identity proof.
  • The meticulous preparation of their personal particulars has been sought so that these details can eventually be shared with Myanmar for likely repatriation.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgNipah virus: Situation now not alarming, says Kerala Government

  • The Nipah virus situation in Kerala, which has so far claimed 16 lives, is not as alarming now as no new cases have been reported.
  • The announcement was made during a high-level review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The meeting saw participation from Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rajiv Sadanandan, DGP Loknath Behara and senior IAS officers.
  • The collectors of Kozhikode and Malappuram districts, the worst affected by the virus, participated in the meeting through video conferencing.
  • So far there have been 18 positive cases of Nipah infection, among which 16 people died. In the second phase of the infection, very few cases have come up.
  • However, until the virus is brought under full control, the team of expert doctors from Thiruvananthapuram would continue to monitor the situation at Kozhikode.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgAmbulance 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.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgConfine illegal Rohingyas to designated camps: Centre to states

  • The Centre has asked Jammu & Kashmir and other states to confine illegal Rohingya settlers to pre-identified locations within their respective jurisdictions, record their personal particulars, including biometric details and not to issue them Aadhaar number or any other identity proof.
  • The meticulous preparation of their personal particulars has been sought so that these details can eventually be shared with Myanmar for likely repatriation.
  • The move indicates the government’s intent to prevent a wider diffusion of Rohingya in India beyond the camps and the Centre’s concern over possible presence of radical elements among them and their involvement in crime.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgBengali 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.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgTaj 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.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgIRCTC 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.