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Two Day Thematic Seminar on ‘Water and Sanitation’ in a run-up to 3rd Annual Meeting of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) begins in Pune
On 31st May 2018, the two-day thematic seminar on Water and Sanitation started in Pune, Maharashtra.
Thematic Seminar on ‘Water and Sanitation’:
i. The seminar was hosted by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India along with Research and Information System (RIS) for Developing Countries as Knowledge Partner along with Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA).
ii. This seminar is one among the eight events organized by the Ministry of Finance as a lead-up to the AIIB’s 3rd Annual Meeting which will be held in June 2018 in Mumbai.
iii. Discussions were held on efficient water management, drinking water, sanitation infrastructure and waste management, financing, regulatory etc.
Some important national parks in Maharashtra:
♦ Sanjay Gandhi National Park
♦ Gugamal National Park

Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh launches Online Analytical Tool to monitor foreign contributions under FCRA
On 1st June 2018, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched an Online Analytical Tool to enable better monitoring of the flow and usage of foreign contributions received by organisations registered or permitted under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010.
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh launches Online Analytical Tool to monitor foreign contributions under FCRAOnline Analytical Tool to monitor foreign contributions under FCRA: 
i. This tool helps decision-makers in different Departments of Government to examine the source of foreign funds and their actual use in India.
ii. It lets them make data-driven and evidence-based decisions related to compliance of the provisions of the FCRA, 2010.
iii. It consists of analytical features to perform big data mining and data exploration.  Its dashboard will be integrated with the bank accounts of the FCRA-registered entities through the Public Financial Management System in order to update transactional data in real-time.
iv. Nearly 25,000 active organisations have been registered under The FCRA, 2010.  Each FCRA-NGO performs several financial transactions in receiving and spending foreign contribution.
Tag lines of some banks:
♦ Dena Bank – Trusted Family Bank
♦ Indian Bank – Your Tech-friendly bank
♦ Indian Overseas Bank – Good people to grow with

India’s First Advanced Forensic Lab in Chandigarh by Ministry of WCD
On June 1, 2018, the Minister for Woman and Child Development Ms. Maneka Gandhi launched India’s first Advanced Forensic Lab in Chandigarh.
India’s First Advanced Forensic Lab in Chandigarh by Ministry of WCDThis project is being built by Ministry of Women and Child Development and Ministry of Home Affairs .
To address the gap in forensic analysis of pending sexual assault cases in the country.
Salient Features:
i. The lab is called ‘Sakhi Suraksha Advanced DNA Forensic Laboratory’.
ii. This is being set up as a model DNA lab and will have replicas in different parts of the country.
iii. Capacity of Chandigarh lab will be increased to 2000 cases per year from the current 160 cases per year by the inclusion .
iv. 5 other labs would come up in : Mumbai, Chennai, Guwahati, Pune , Bhopal.
v. Inclusion of all the 6 labs together will bring the capacity to 50000 cases per year.
vi. The labs in Chennai and Mumbai would be set up with funds from the ministry of WCD and the rest would be funded by theHome Ministry.
vii. The labs are categorized to 4 units: a. Sexual Assault and Homicide Unit, b. Paternity Unit, c. Human Identification Unit, d. Mitochondrial Unit.

Government introduces new scheme ‘Seva Bhoj Yojna’ for charitable institutions
On June 1, 2018, The Ministry of Culture launched a new scheme called ‘Seva Bhoj Yojana’.
To reimburse the central government of CGST and IGST to reduce the financial burden of the religious institutions who serve neccessities to the public / devotee free of cost without discrimination.
Salient Features:
i. The services include food,  Prasad, langar (Community Kitchen).
ii. The charitable institutions include Temples, Gurudwara, Mosque, Church, Dharmik Ashram, Dargah, Matth, Monasteries who have been existing for at least years before the grant.
iii. They should serve at least 5000 people in a month and is under Societies Registration Act and under Income Tax Act (under section 10 (23BBA)).
iv. The institutions will be given renewed registration by the Ministry as per evaluation of their performance.
v. the details will be available online for public view and would be permitted to submit their reimbursement claim during the validation of the registration.
vi. The eligible institutions must be registered with the Darpan Portal.
vii. a committee will be constituted and would examine the applicants within weeks for their viable registration.

Unemployed graduated youth of Andhra Pradesh to get monthly allowance of Rs.1000
On June 1, 2018, the government of Andhra Pradesh announced that it will give allowance to the state’s unemployed youth.
Key points:
i. The Unemployment scheme will cater to the unemployed graduate youth.
ii. Each person will be given Rs. 1000on a monthly basis.
iii. There are nearly 10 lakh youth in the state.
iv. The total outlay of the scheme is Rs.1200 crore.
v. There will be no restriction on the number of people per family getting facilitated.
vi. The Upper Limit of the scheme is 35 years.
Andhra Pradesh:
♦ Capital: Amravati
♦ Chief Minister: N. Chandrababu Naidu

Andhra CM launches 3rd year of Chandranna Bima Yojana
On 31st May 2018, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu launched the 3rd year of Chandranna Bima Yojana, in Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra CM launches 3rd year of Chandranna Bima Yojana3rd year of Chandranna Bima Yojana:
i. The Chandranna Bima Yojana program was first launched on 2nd October 2016. It completed its second year on 31st May 2018.
ii. Aam Admi Bima Yojana, Pradhana Manthri Jeevana Jyothi Bima Yojana, Pradhana Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana and the Individual Accident Bima Policy of the State government are a part of this insurance scheme.
iii. Chandrababu Naidu said that nearly 2.5 crores labourers in the unorganised sector will benefit from this scheme.
iv. The total policy amount will be paid by Andhra Pradesh government. The beneficiaries need to pay only Rs. 15 per year.
v. Beneficiaries from 18 to 70 years of age or their dependents will get insurance of Rs. 5 lakh for accidental death, up to Rs. 2.50 lakh for temporary disability due to accident and up to Rs. 5 lakh for permanent disability due to accident.
vi.Beneficiaries aged between 18 to 50 years will receive Rs. 2 lakh and beneficiaries aged between 51 to 59 years will receive Rs. 30,000 in case of natural death.
vii.Labours of unorganised sector with monthly income Rs. 15,000 are eligible for this scheme.
Some important stadiums in Andhra Pradesh:
♦ Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium – Visakhapatnam
♦ YS Raja Reddy Stadium – Kadapa

Health insurance scheme for journalists launched by Odisha Government
On June 1, 2018, the government of Odisha launched a health insurance scheme for journalists.
Key points:
i. The name of the scheme is : ‘ Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana’.
ii. In the first phase 3233 working journalistswould be covered to upto Rs. 2 lakh a year.
iii. Under this scheme at least five members of the journalist’s family would be covered.
iv. Health insurance cards would be distribute by the district offices of the District Information and Public Relations Offices (DIPRO) .
v. By the request of the journalists, a pension scheme has been suggested along with this.
Odisha :
♦ Capital – Bhubaneswar
♦ Chief Minister – Naveen Patnaik
♦ UNESCO World Heritage Site – Sun Temple,Konark.

Haryana to have 15 new one-stop centres for women affected by violence
On June 1, 2018, The government of Haryana has launched One-Stop centres for women affected by violence in all its districts.
Key points:
i. Presently there are OSCs in some districts in Haryana and approval has been granted for 15 more OSCs .
ii. The Seven districts which already have the OSCs are : Karnal, Bhiwani, Gurugram , Faridabad, Hisar, Rewari and Narnual.
iii. The centres will provide integrated services to the women affected by violence . The services would include : police assistance, medical aid, psycho social counseling, legal aid and temporary stay for 5 days.
iv. One Stop Centres are completely funded by the Nirbhaya Fund by the centre.


India’s ranks 113 out of 175 in childhood index, discrimination against girls remains a serious challenge
On May 31,2018 , India ranked 113 in the Save the Children’s “ End of Childhood Index 2018”.
India’s ranks 113 out of 175 in childhood index, discrimination against girls remains a serious challengeKey points:
i. The index is a part of a report : ‘The Many faces of Exclusion’.
ii. The index a total of 175 countries to determine quality of childhood.
iii. In 2017 , India ranked 116 with a point of 754/1000 out of 172 countries and in 2018 India ranked 113 with total score of 768/1000 , with an improvement of 14 points . The cause of improvement is reducing Child marriage.
iv. India’s child mortality rate under five years (out of 1000 live births) was 43 which is quite high and so is child stunting (age from 0-59 months ) which is at 38.4%.
v. On child marriages the adolescent union (girls aged 15-19 years) is 15.2% which was 21.1% in 2017.
vi. The parameters for measure of Childhood are :poor health, malnutrition, exclusion from education, child labour, child marriage, early pregnancy and extreme violence.
vii. Globally more than half of the children – 1.2 billion – are threatened by conflict, widespread poverty and violence.
viii. More than one billion children are plagued by poverty .
ix. 240 million by conflict and fragility , more than 575 mn by gender bias issues, 153 mn affected by all three threats including South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanisthan.
x. Health care , disease and malnutrition kill 20 times more children than wars and conflicts .
xiUS ranks 36th,Russia ranks 37th, China ranks 40th . Singapore and Slovenia is at the top of the chart sharing 1st place and Niger is at the bottom.  
xii. This has been launched to celebrate International Children’s Day in June 1.


Railways allows passengers to book their tickets from counters using VIKALP scheme
Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has revised the VIKALP scheme, enabling wait-listed passengers whobooked tickets from counters to choose the alternate train accommodation scheme.
Railways allows passengers to book their tickets from counters using VIKALP schemePassengers to book their tickets from counters using VIKALP scheme:
i. VIKALP or alternate train accommodation scheme (ATAS) was launched in 2015. This scheme was introduced only for tickets booked online.
ii. As per this scheme, wait-listed passengers of a train can opt for confirmed accommodation in alternate trains.
iii. The ministry has said that, if a passengers avails Vikalp scheme, he/she should mark his/her choice of alternate train departing within 12 hours, 24 hours, 48 hours.
iv. The passenger is also given an optional choice to mention their Aadhaar number in the reservation form.
v. Passengers will not be charged extra. They will also not be refunded for difference of fare under this scheme.
vi. Also, either all passengers opting for VIKALP of a PNR (passenger name record) or none will be transferred to alternate train in the same class.
About Indian Railways:
♦ Minister of Railways – Piyush Goyal
♦ Chairman, Railway Board – Ashwani Lohani

First deluxe train Deccan Queen completes 88 years of service
On 1st June 2018, India’s first superfast train, Deccan Queen express from Mumbai to Pune marked 88 years of service.
First deluxe train Deccan Queen completes 88 years of serviceDeccan Queen completes 88 years of service:
i. Deccan Queen express is also known as ‘Queen of Deccan’. The train began operations on 1st June 1930.
ii. This was the first deluxe train introduced by Indian Railways. The train reduced travel time between Mumbai and Pune by nearly one hour.
iii. This was the first train which had coaches with roller bearings, replacement of end on generation coaches with self-generating coaches with 110 volts system and first and second class chair cars.
iv. At present the Deccan Queen operates with 17 coaches including 4 AC chair car, one buffet car, 10-second class chair car and two-second class cum brake vans.
Some important temples in India:
Shirdi Sai Baba – Shirdi, Maharashtra
Konark Sun Temple – Konark, Odisha
Sanchi Stupa – Sanchi, Raisen, Madhya Pradesh

Press Council of India reconstituted
The government has reconstituted the Press Council of India for a term of 3 years.
Press Council of India reconstituted:
i. The members of the reconstituted Press Council of India under the ‘Working Journalists-Editors’ category are:

  • Chandramani Raghuvanshi
  • Uttam Chandra Sharma
  • Pradeep Kumar Jain
  • Om Prakash Khemkarni
  • Sayed Razza Husain Rizvi
  • Baldev Raj Gupta

ii. Members under the ‘Working journalists-Other than Editors’ category are:

  • Amar Devulapalli
  • Balwinder Singh Jammu
  • Sarat Chandra Behera
  • Pravat Kumar Dash
  • M A Majid
  • Kamal Nain Narang
  • Chhayakanta Nayak

iii. Mr. Uttam Chandra Sharma, Mr. Dash and Mr. Nayak have been nominated for the second term.
iv. Vijay Kumar Chopra and Rakesh Sharma have been nominated from ‘Big newspapers category’.
v. Shayam Singh Panwar and Keshav Dutt Chandola have been nominated from the ‘Small newspapers category’.
vi. Ashok Upadhyay, editor of United News of India (UNI) has been nominated in the category of persons who manage news agencies.
vii. The names of two members from the category of medium newspapers have not been announced.
Some important dams in India:
♦ Tehri Dam – Bhagirathi River
♦ Lakhwar Dam – Yamuna River
♦ Idukki Dam – Periyar River

Income Tax Department issued Revised Income Tax Informants Reward Scheme, 2018 for public participation in unearthing black money
On June 1,2018, the Income Tax Department issued revised Income Tax Informants Reward Scheme 2018.
To increase public participation with the IT department to unearth black money and reduce tax evasion.
Salient Features:
i. This has replaced the reward scheme issued in 2007.
ii. Under this scheme a person upon giving specific information about tax evasionto the Investigation Directorate of the IT department can be rewarded upto Rs. 50 lakhs.
iii. A reward of upto Rs. 5 crore would be given to people who would provide precise information about the black money tugged away in the foreign countries by individuals that come under Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015.
iv. Foreigners are also eligible for this scheme.
vi. Detailed revised rules of the scheme is available to the public form the IT departments official website

New Benami Transactions Informants Reward Scheme, 2018 launched by the Income Tax Department
A new reward scheme named “Benami Transactions Informants Reward Scheme, 2018” has been introduced by the Income Tax Department.
Benami Transactions Informants Reward Scheme, 2018:
i. This reward scheme aims to encourage people to provide information about benami transactions and properties and also income earned on such properties by hidden investors and beneficial owners.
ii. Under the Benami Transactions Informants Reward Scheme, 2018, a person can receive reward up to Rs. 1 crore for offering specific information in prescribed manner to the Joint or Additional Commissioners of Benami Prohibition Units (BPUs) in Investigation Directorates of Income Tax Department.
iii. The information should be related to benami transactions and properties and proceeds from properties that are actionable under Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988, as amended by Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Act, 2016.
iv. Foreigners are also eligible to receive reward. Identity of persons providing information will not be revealed and confidentiality will be maintained.
Some important international boundary lines:
♦ Blue Line : Isreal & Lebanon
♦ Purple Line : Israel and Syria
♦ Green Line : Israel and its neighbours (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria)

M-app Cube Wealth launched to transfer money from bank a/cs to MFs
On June 1, 2018, a co-founder of Citrus Mr. Satyen Kothari has launched his new venture of an app that can sweep funds between bank a/cs and Mutual Funds.
So that money doesn’t remain idle in the bank a/cs.
Key Points:
i. The app is called ‘Cube Wealth’.
ii. Cube with Zerodhaand other asset management companies has come up with the solution of fund transfer services.
iii. Customers can retrieve money to their bank a/cs during emergencies however, this feature is only available to those whose initial amount of transaction is Rs. 50000.
iv. The platform will provide wealth advisors and will be available from June 5,2018.
v. The app would allow small investors in international investment options which is currently limited to US and China only.
About Citrus:
♦ Citrus was acquired by PayU in a Rs. 850 crore deal in September 2016.

HCL Technologies signs agreement with JDA Software
On June 1,2018, the fourth largest Indian software company  HCL signs collaboration agreement with JDA Software.
Key points:
i. The agreement is in lines of development, product support, go-to-market initiatives for JDA’s commerce, SofTechnics and pricing revenue management solutions.
ii. The aim of the agreement is to provide a  seamless customer experience .
iii. HCL will work on product development and inclusion of technology in supply chain and in retail applications for the JDA customers.
iv. JDA would use HCL’s market coverage for better offerings of new features and functionality for new and existing customers.


Shri Amit Khare assumes charge as Secretary I&B
On 31st May 2018, Amit Khare took charge as Secretary in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
Shri Amit Khare assumes charge as Secretary I&B
Amit Khare – Secretary I&B:
i. Amit Khare is an IAS Officer of the Jharkhand cadre of 1985 batch. He replaces Narendra Kumar Sinha as Secretary in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
ii. Earlier, Amit Khare was serving as Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Jharkhand.
iii. He has also worked as Principal Secretary, Finance & Planning Department, Government of Jharkhand.
iv. He has also served as Member Secretary in the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India and Joint Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development.
Some wildlife sanctuaries in Jharkhand:
♦ Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary
♦ Hazaribag Wildlife Sanctuary

Justice Nasirul Mulk takes oath as caretaker Pakistan PM
On 1st June 2018, Pakistan’s former chief justice Nasirul Mulk took charge as Pakistan’s seventh caretaker prime minister till general elections on 25th July 2018.
Nasirul Mulk – caretaker Pakistan PM:
i. Nasirul Mulk’s duty as caretaker prime minister will be to oversee the general elections.
ii. Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to Nasirul Mulk. Nasirul Mulk is 67 years old.
iii. He was unanimously nominated for the post by the government and opposition.

Lt. Gen Devraj Anbu appointed  as Vice Chief of Army Staff
On June 1, 2018, Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu has been appointed as the Vice Chief of Army Staff for the Southern Command.
i. He was earlier the Commander for the Northern Command.
ii. Lt. General  Ranbir Singh took over the northern command after the appointment .
Chief of Army Staff : Bipin Rawat .

FC Pune City appointed Brazilian Paqueta as head coach
On June 1, 2018, the Indian Super League (ISL ) club FC Pune City appointed Brazilian Marcos Paqueta as their head coach.
Key points:
i. He also guided the team of Saudi Arabia in 2006 World Cup.
ii. He has managed national teams of U-17 and U-20 of Brazil.
iii. He has an experience of 30 years.
♦ Capital: Brasilia
♦ Currency :Brazilian Real


Maiden test Next Generation SFDR Air to Air Missile successfully conducted
On 30th May 2018, India successfully performed the first test its new surface-to-air missile with nozzle less booster powered by Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) technology, from launching complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off Odisha coast.

Maiden test Next Generation SFDR Air to Air Missile successfully conductedNew surface-to-air missile is powered by SFDR technology:
i. The missile has not been given a formal name yet. It has been indigenously designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
ii. It is said to be the fastest missile in its class. It has the capacity to neutralise fast moving aerial targets.
iii. The Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) technology was developed by India in collaboration with Russia.
iv. The missile flew in its intended trajectory at a speed of Mach 3 (three times the speed of sound). It performed as expected and perfectly validated the new indigenous technology.
v. All radars, telemetry and electro-optical systems deployed along the coast tracked and monitored the health parameters of the missile system. The data generated during the test are analysed for future missions.
vi. The indigenously developed SFDR will help India to master in the advanced technology which has been secured by only a few countries so far.
vii. The new technology will help both surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles perform better. It will help to improve their strike range.
viii. Through this India can have fastest long-range missiles in both surface-to-air and air-to-air categories.
About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO):
♦ Chairman DRDO and Secretary Department of Defence R&D – Shri Sanjay Mitra
♦ Headquarters – New Delhi


Ex-footballer Timothy Pereira dead
On 31st May 2018, Timothy Pereira, former football player passed away after a long term illness, in Mumbai.
Ex-footballer Timothy Pereira deadDeath of Timothy Pereira:
i. Timothy Pereira was 75 years old. He represented the Tata Football Club. He first played for Goan sports and State Bank.
ii. He played for India in 1967-68. He also played hockey and represented Catholic Gymkhana in the local league.


Global Day of Parents – 1 June
On 1st June 2018, Global Day of Parents was observed all over the world.
Global Day of Parents:
i. The Global Day of Parents is observed on 1st June every year. In 2012, the UN General Assembly declared June 1 as Global Day of Parents.
ii. This day honours parents all over the world. This day provides an opportunity to appreciate parents for their selfless commitment to children.
Nick names of some Indian cities:
♦ Hyderabad (Telangana) – City of Nizams, City of Pearls, Bangle City, Hitech City
♦ Tenali (Andhra Pradesh) – Andhra Paris
♦ Guntur (Andhra Pradesh) – City of Chillies, City of Spices