1. May 29- International Day of UN Peacekeepers was observed across the world with an aim to honour more than 3700 peacekeepers who have lost their lives while serving the United Nations since 1948, including 129 who died in 2017. It marks the anniversary of the creation of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in 1948 to monitor the ceasefire after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, which was the first ever UN peacekeeping mission.
2. May 30- The Statehood Day of Goa. The State of Goa attained its full statehood on May 30, 1987, after which it was declared as India’s 25th state. During the statehood process, Daman and Diu were separated from Goa and they continue to be administered as a union territory.
1. The Madras High Court issued a direction to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to ensure that even private schools affiliated to it, follow only NCERT textbooks and not those of private publishers. Justice N. Kirubakaran, in a sharp criticism of the burden on very young school children, ordered that no school in the country, irrespective of the educational board, prescribe homework for children in Classes I & II.
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1. Centre for granting Special Category Status for the state of Bihar has been implored by the CM of Bihar Shri. Nithesh Kumar. It will enhance availability of resources by lowering state’s contribution in centrally sponsored schemes, improve access to external resources. It will enhance availability of resources by lowering state’s contribution in centrally sponsored schemes, improve access to external resources. It will act as catalyst for private investment and will boost employment generation and improve life quality of people in the land locked state. The concept of SCS was first introduced in 1969 by Fifth Finance Commission. It has been not mentioned in Constitution.
2. Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali is going to launch Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM cards. For this, Patanjali has tied up with state owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL). Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM cards can be recharged for Rs. 144, for which users will get unlimited calls throughout country, 2 GB data and send 100 SMSes. Initially only Patanjali employees and office bearers will get benefits of SIM card. After complete rollout of SIM cards, customers will get a 10% discount on Patanjali products.
3. To check menace of Unsolicited Commercial Communication (UCC) or spam calls and messages, TRAI in its draft Telecom Commercial Communication Customer Preference Regulation, 2018 has proposed use of block chain technology. This will be for firsttime, any country will deploy block chain technology to check unwanted calls. It will record all communication between subscribers and entities, capturing customer consent for information and authorised telemarketing agencies.
4. The web portal www.praapti.in and app namely PRAAPTI (Payment Ratification And Analysis in Power procurement for bringing Transparency in Invoicing of generators has been launched by the Union Ministry of Power. The PRAAPTI app and web Portal will capture invoicing and payment data for various long term Power Purchasing Agreements (PPAs) from power generation companies (generators). The PRAAPTI app will also allow users to know the details related to payments made by Discoms to power generators and when they were made.
5. A MoU with Uttar Pradesh Government for management of Home of Widows at Sunrakh Bangar, Vrindavan was signed by the Union Ministry of Women and Child and Development (WCD).The Ministry of WCD has constructed this shelter home for widows with a capacity of 1000 inmates. The MoU will be in force for period of 2 years and may be renewed for further period on satisfactory running of shelter homes of widows.
6. ‘Gaj Yatra’, an awareness campaign to protect elephants from Tura in Garo Hills of Meghalaya has been rolled out by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC). It was organised by the Wildlife Trust of India in collaboration with the State Forest Department. Gaj Yatra is 18-month-long national campaign aimed to protect elephants, India’s national heritage animal in 12 elephant range states. It was launched in August 2017 by Environment and Forest Ministry.
7. As a part of the ‘Himalayan Cleanup’ programme, the state government of Tripura has set August 15 as the deadline to phase out plastic carry bags completely from the state. The government urged people to replace their plastic bags with biodegradable ones.
8. Sangeeta Bahl, aged 53, has become the oldest Indian woman to scale the Mount Everest. She has already conquered 6 out of the 7 highest peaks of the world. She scaled the peak Mt. Everest on May 19, 2018, with the help of 2 Sherpas. She carried a banner to the peak advocating early detection of breast cancer in women & funding for the same.
9. Akshay Kumar launched an advertisement campaign for the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) at a Collectors Convention for Toilet Technology which is supported by the World Bank. Itfocuses on promoting the twin pit toilet technology in rural India.
10. The Uttar Pradesh cabinet has decided to bring all state government offices under the e-Office system by August 15 to minimise the use of paper. The e-office system is a 'product suit' developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) that helps in faster clearance of files and envisions a paper-less office.
11. The main event of 4th International Yoga Day celebrations (IDY-2018) will be held on June 21, 2018 at Dehradun in Uttrakhand. The Secretary of Ministry of AYUSH ,Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha,, is to initiate the preparations regarding this mega event in Dehradun.
1. India’s second Digital Collaborative Opportunities Plaza (SIDCOP) platform in Guiyang, China has been established by National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM). It is India’s second IT corridor in China to provide Indian IT firms access to growing Chinese software market. The first corridor Digital Collaborative Opportunities Plaza (SIDCOP) platform was established in Chinese port city of Dalian. The Guiyang corridor intends to create online and offline presence to promote co-create culture between two large neighbours in Big Data space.
2. The resolution on Digital Health initiated by India and was co-sponsored by 20 countries has adopted in 71st World Health Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland. It recognises huge potential of Digital health technology has for supporting Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and improving accessibility, quality and affordability of health services. Its 71st session was attended by delegations from all WHO member states.
3. The US Capitol for the first time on June 7, 2018 host Indian American elected officials, leaders, philanthropists and some 80 community members running for elected offices in the November mid-term elections. The gathering will be organised by Indian American Impact Project. Around 200 delegates are expected to attend the day-long meeting. Senator Kamala Harris from California, the first ever Indian origin to be elected to the US Senate, is scheduled to deliver a keynote address to the one-of-its-kind of gathering.
Science & Technology/Defence:
1. Indian Coast Guard and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency held meeting of their coast guards in New Delhi. They addressed issues pertaining to boundary violations by fishermen from both sides and enhancing cooperation in area of maritime search and rescue and combating pollution at sea.
2. The fourth element Ruthenium (Ru) is found to have unique magnetic properties (ferromagnetism) at room temperature was discovered by the Scientists from University of Minnesota, US. So far only three periodic table elements Iron (Fe), Cobalt (Co), and Nickel (Ni) have been found to be ferromagnetic at room temperature.
1. An agreement for IBRD Credit of US $21.7 Million from World Bank for Strengthening of Public Financial Management in Rajasthan Project has signed by the Union Government. The project’s objective is to contribute to improved budget execution, enhanced accountability and greater efficiency in Revenue Administration in Rajasthan. The project’s duration is 5 years.
1. Senior diplomat Pankaj Saran has appointed as Deputy National Security Advisor (NSA) by the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). In his new role, he will assist NSA Ajit Doval along with Rajinder Khanna who was appointed as Deputy NSA in January 2018. He will have tenure of two years, on deputation basis.
2. Pakistan’s former Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk was named as country’s caretaker Prime Minister. The present ruling government will complete tenure in May 2018. The job of caretaker Prime Minister is to keep country running between dissolution of parliament and new government being sworn in. He will be in that position for two-month period ahead of general elections to be held in July 2018.
3. Sudha Balakrishnan has appointed as the first Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Reserve Bank of India (RBI). She will be the 12th executive director of the RBI and will have tenure of 3 years.
4. Former Supreme Court Judge Justice R K Agrawal has appointed as President of National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).
1. Kerala cartoonist Thomas Antony has won an international award, in the best caricature category at the 13th edition of the World Press Cartoon awards, instituted by an organisation based in Lisbon, Portugal. The awards are given to the best works published in 2017 in newspapers and magazines from around the world.