Current Affairs Today
Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) has signed the Technology Collaboration Agreement (TCA) with Korean firm Nano Co Ltd. for design and manufacture of emission controlling equipment for coal-based power plants.
To comply with the norms of SOx and NOx emission, issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) for thermal power plants, BHEL is up to provide solution known as SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) Catalysts. It will be commissioned or retrofitted with high capacity emission control equipment for De-NOx application in coal-fired power plants.
Following this, BHEL will be the first Indian company to possess technology and manufacturing capabilities for Plate type SCR Catalysts as part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India has banned the manufacture of Oxytocin for domestic use from 1st July 2018 as it has been misused widespread in the dairy industry.
Oxytocin is a hormone that occurs naturally to cause uterine contractions during labor and lactation.
In dairy industries, livestock is injected with oxytocin to make them release milk at a time convenient for the farmers. It is also used in vegetables to increase their size.
French state-run power utility EDF and American conglomerate General Electric (GE) have signed to build 6 EPR (European Pressurized Reactors) nuclear reactors with capacity 1,650 megawatts (MW) at Jaitapur nuclear plant in Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra.
This agreement would make Jaitapur power plant the world’s largest nuclear power generating station by net electrical power rating. It will also help the Union Government to achieve its ambitious target of 22,480 MW nuclear power generation capacity by 2031.
ThyssenKrupp and Tata Steel are nearing a 15 billion euro deal this week to combine their European assets into a global steel giant. This joint venture would create the continent's second-largest steelmaker after ArcelorMittal.
The joint venture was originally planned to be signed in early 2018. It was delayed after ThyssenKrupp's steel business performed much better than Tata Steel’s, requiring a reassessment of the deal.
Signing is now planned at the end of June. There are disagreements over the size of the valuation gap, with estimate ranging from 500 million to 3 billion euros. Therefore, the signing event has been called into question.
North Korea continues to carry out improvements to its nuclear research facility in spite of declaring its commitment to the denuclearization of the peninsula at the Singapore Summit on June 12, 2018.
Recently the 38 North, commercial satellite imagery showed that North Korea is carrying out infrastructure works at its main nuclear site, Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Centre.
The US has threatened to impose sanctions against Turkey if it purchases S-400 missile systems from Russia.
US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Wess Mitchell warned the purchase will also affect Turkey's deal with the US to buy the F-35 fighter jets.
The Uttarakhand High Court has ordered the state government to set the limit of loudspeakers at 5 dB(A).
The court also disallowed any person or organisation, including religious bodies, from using loudspeakers without written permission and submitting an undertaking that the news level wouldn't exceed 5 dB(A).
The US and Russia have reached an agreement to hold the summit between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a "third country", at a date to be announced.
TN govt has taken steps to virtually connect 58 Computed Tomography (CT) and 18 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) located in different govt hospitals in the state.
The teleradiology system will allow selected images to be uploaded to a central server. Thus making the results accessible to radiologists sitting anywhere in the state.
The connectivity between the central server and hospital is established through a 2 MBPS Internet leased line. Each Radiologist will be given laptops with an integrated SIM and 4G connectivity to access the images and report immediately.
Air India's 23-storey building at Nariman Point, Mumbai, which was also once the airline's headquarters, will be sold to state-owned Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India's biggest container port.
Air India and JNPT comes under the Civil Aviation and Shipping ministries, respectively.
Air India's debt burden is estimated to be more than Rs 50,000 crore.
A Sukhoi Su-30 jet has crashed in Nashik, Maharashtra. Both pilots have ejected safely before the aircraft crashed.
The Su-30 was manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The aircraft was under production and was undergoing pre-delivery trials by HAL, and had not been handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) yet.
Su-30 is a twin-engine supersonic multirole fighter that can be used both for air-to-ground assaults and to maintain air superiority.
The Sukhoi Su-30 MKI was designed specifically for the IAF's requirements. It is a twin-seater fighter - typically carrying one pilot and one Weapons System Operator (WSO).
According to the language data of Census 2011, Hindi is the mother tongue of 43.63% Indians, making it the country's most spoken language, followed by Bengali.
Further, Marathi has replaced Telugu as the third most spoken language in the nation.
While Sanskrit is least spoken, Urdu became the seventh most spoken language in India.
Officials of Airports Authority of India (AAI) have begun discussions with a few Indian companies to buy humanoid robots in a few months.
Chennai airport will get 3 humanoid robots - one on each for domestic arrival, domestic departure and international departure. These robots will guide passengers and offer assistance with the queries.
In India, nearly 85% of cervical cancer are diagnosed in the advanced stages. Hence a new technique, Liquid Based Cytology (LBC) for screening cervical cancer was launched.
In the conventional method, the total number of samples taken may not be transferred to the slide. But in LBC, whatever sample is taken gets transferred to the slide making analysis with high accuracy.
LBC technique would help in detecting cervical cancer during the pre-cancerous stage. In Tamilnadu, about 5 to 6 hospitals have introduced this technique so far.
Jinson Johnson shattered a four-decade-old national record of Sriram Singh in 800m and qualified for the Jakarta Asian Games. He won the men’s 800m title in the National Inter-State Athletics Championships.
The Armyman from Kerala timed 1:45.65 secs, eclipsing the record of Asian track stalwart of the 1970s, Sriram Singh, who ran 1:45.77 secs while finishing seventh in the 800m final at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
On Dec 3, 2014, a Japanese Probe, Hayabusa2, was sent on a mission to explore asteroids in deep space. It has reached an asteroid named ‘Ryugu’ meaning ‘Dragon Palace” to collect information about the birth of the solar system and origin of life.
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said that the probe was successfully settled into an observatory position into a 20 km above the asteroid.
It is expected that when the probe touches down on the asteroid, it will identify suitable sites to take samples from it to continue the research.
Yousaf Saleem, 25-year-old, a visually impaired lawyer, became the first blind judge in the history of Pakistan.
His sister is reportedly Pakistan's first visually impaired civil servant.
The Union Finance Ministry has given "in-principle" approval to proposed Metro Rail projects in Indore, Bhopal, Kanpur, Agra, and Delhi.
The estimated cost of the projects is ₹1.07 lakh crore.
Besides the five metro projects, the Rs 32,000 crore Delhi-Meerut corridor of the proposed Rapid Rail Transit System also got the in-principle nod from the finance ministry.
On International MSME (Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) Day 2018, the President of India Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Udyam Sangam-2018 in New Delhi.
It will empower women and weaker sections by providing training to 80 lakh women.
The President also launched the Solar Charkha Mission which will cover 50 clusters and every cluster will employ 400 to 2000 artisans.
President unveiled a portal of the Ministry of MSME called 'Sampark', which will act as a bridge between the talent pool and those enterprises seeking trained human resources.
Pakistan's National Security Adviser (NSA) Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua resigned without citing any specific reason.
Janjua was appointed as NSA in October 2015 by the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif, replacing Sartaj Aziz.
Before being appointed as the NSA, Janjua was heading the Southern Command in Balochistan.
Janjua was the second military official to hold the post after Major General (retd.) Mehmood Durrani who was NSA during an earlier Pakistan Peoples’ Party government.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that insurance coverage for women under the BJD’s health insurance proposal has been raised to Rs 7 lakh from Rs 5 lakh.
He accepted a proposal by a Malkangiri woman while holding a session of Ama Gaon Ama Bikas - a direct fund disbursement programme for development activities.
Odisha government had earlier announced the scheme on June 12 which would be implemented from August 15.
Union Minister for Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar has announced these places during the second quarterly review meeting on the Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) held at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, in Katra, Jammu and Kashmir.
These ten new iconic places which are to be brought to a higher standard of swachhta and visitors’ amenities are :
3. Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain,
4. Char Minar, Hyderabad,
5. Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assissi, Goa,
6. Adi Shankaracharya’s abode Kaladi in Ernakulam,
7. Gomateshwar in Shravanbelgola,
8. Baijnath Dham, Devghar,
9. Gaya Tirth in Bihar and
10. Somnath temple in Gujarat.
The ten Iconic places already in Phase I are:
1. Ajmer Sharif Dargah
2. CST Mumbai
3. Golden Temple, Amritsar
4. Kamakhya Temple, Assam
5. Maikarnika Ghat, Varanasi
6. Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
7. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, Katra, J&K
8. Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri
9. The Taj Mahal, Agra
10. Tirupati Temple, Tirumala.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, discussed ways to enhance India-US cooperation in various fields, including counter-terrorism.
"Freedom of religion is as important as freedom of rights and freedom of people", the US envoy to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on the first day of her India visit.
Nikki Haley visited India in late 2014 when she was the South Carolina Governor.
Ms Haley, the daughter of Sikh immigrants from Punjab, is the first Indian-American to serve in a Cabinet level position in any US presidential administration.
The meeting was jointly chaired by Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu and Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo.
The talks culminated in the signing of an MoU between Austrade and Invest-India in order to facilitate bilateral investment flows.
Prime Minister of Australia - Malcolm Turnbull.
Lawrence Haddad, who is a British economist and food policy researcher, and Dr. David Nabarro, who has worked with the World Health Organization and United Nations on health and hunger issues, were named the 2018 World Food Prize recipients.
They dedicated their careers to improving the availability of nutritious food for pregnant women and children in an effort to reduce the effects of malnutrition in developing countries.
26th edition of two month long exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) begun off Hawaii in the Western Pacific Ocean.
Navies of 26 countries including India is participating in this exercise, which is scheduled off Hawaii from June 27 to August 27.
INS Sahyadri, Commanded by Captain Shantanu Jha, has reached the Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, to participate in RIMPAC 2018.
Subsequently, the 25th edition of the exercise was attended by INS Satpura in 2016.
Senior bureaucrat S Ramesh has been appointed as chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), the apex policy-making body for indirect taxes.
He will succeed Vanaja N Sarna, who superannuates on June 30.
Sarna was appointed as chief of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), which has now been rechristened as the CBIC, in March last year.