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Current Affair 16 May 2018


President launched various Schemes.

President Ram Nath Kovind launches welfare schemes in Rajasthan President Ram Nath Kovind. This was President Kovind’s first trip to Rajasthan as head of the nation

  1. President Ram Nath Kovind launched , Sundar Singh Bhandari EBC (economically backward class) Swarojgar Yojana and Rin Maufi Yojna of Rajasthan State Government.
  2. Under Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Antyoday Swarojgar Yojana: loans of up to Rs 50000 on 4% cent interest will be given to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Class (OBC) families for self-employment.
  3. Under Sundar Singh Bhandari EBC (economically backward class) Swarojgar Yojana: a loan of Rs 50000 on 4% interest will be given to economically backward families of the general category
  4. Under Rin Maufi Yojna loan waiver scheme of up to Rs 50000 to SC, ST, OBC, sweepers and ‘divyang’.

E-Way Bill system in Assam & Rajasthan

Assam, Rajasthan to roll out Intra-State E-way Bill from this week , Under the GST regime, an e-way bill needs to be generated and carried for movement of all goods valued at over ₹50,000/-

  • The E-way bill system for intra-State transport of goods in Assam and Rajasthan will roll out on May 16 and May 20 respectively.
  • This would take the total number of States under the system to 21.
  • E-Way Bill system for inter-State movement of goods has been rolled out from 01st April 2018.
  • E-Way Bill is electronically generated for the consignment/movement of goods from one place to another.

E-way bill system for intra-state movement has been rolled out in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Puducherry.

Government issues National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy

government announced a national wind-solar hybrid policy, an aims to boost renewable power generation, which seeks to promote new projects as well as hybridisation of the existing ones. It also aims to reduce the variability in renewable power generation and to achieve better grid stability.

It offers integration of both wind and solar at AC and DC level. It offers flexibility in share of wind and solar components in hybrid project, subject to one condition that, rated power capacity of one resource should be at least 25 % of the rated power capacity of other resource for it to be recognised hybrid project.

The existing wind/solar projects can be hybridised with higher transmission capacity than the sanctioned one, subject to availability of margin in the existing transmission capacity.

WHO launches 'REPLACE' to eliminate trans fat in foods by 2023

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a comprehensive plan to eliminate industrially-produced artificial trans fats from the global food supply by 2023.

Elimination of trans fats is key to protecting health and saving lives, according to WHO. The global health body estimates that every year, trans fat intake leads to over 5,00,000 deaths worldwide from cardiovascular diseases.

Trans-fat is an unnecessary toxic chemical that kills, and there is no reason people around the world should continue to be exposed to it.

Physicist EC George Sudarshan passed away

  • Indian-American Famous theoretical physicist EC George Sudarshan passed away in Texas, USA.
  • He had been teaching as a professor at University of Texas for over 40 years.
  • He worked in the subjects of quantum Zeno effect, optical coherence, open quantum system, non-variance groups among others.
  • In 2007, the Kerala-born scientist was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian award.


International Shooting: Heena Sidhu clinches gold in Hannover

Heena Sidhu clinched gold while compatriot P. Shri Nivetha settled for a bronze in the women’s 10m air pistol at the International Shooting Competitions of Hannover ahead of next week’s ISSF Munich World Cup.

  • Indian Shooter Heena Sidhu clinched the gold medal in the women’s 10m air pistol at the International Shooting Competitions 2018 in Hannover, Germany.
  • Heena was in a rollicking form in the final where she was tied with France’s Mathilde Lamolle on 239.8 points. She won the tie to win the gold ahead of Mathilde.
  • The finish marks a strong build-up to next week’s ISSF World Cup in Munich.


Article 35A case for statute Bench?

  • The Supreme Court will examine fervent pleas for a five-judge Constitution Bench to decide whether special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir is unconstitutional. The three-judge Bench posted the case for August 6 to hear arguments.
  • Article 35A of the Constitution gives the State Legislature carte blanche to decide who all are the permanent residents of the State and grant them special rights and privileges in public sector jobs, acquisition of property within the State, scholarships and other public aid and welfare programmes.
  • The provision mandates that no Act of the State legislature coming within the ambit of Article 35A can be challenged for violating the Indian Constitution or any other law of the land.
  • Petitioner said Article 35A was in violation of the fundamental right of equality under Article 14. Article 35A was incorporated into the Indian Constitution in 1954 by an order of President Rajendra Prasad on the advice of the Jawaharlal Nehru Cabinet.
  • Parliament was not consulted when the President incorporated Article 35A into the Indian Constitution through a Presidential Order issued under Article 370.
  • Article 368 (i) of the Constitution mandates that only Parliament can amend the Constitution by introducing a new Article.
  • The court is hearing a writ petition filed by a non-governmental organisation, We the Citizens, which challenges the validity of both Article 35A and Article 370. It challenges that Article 35A is against the “very spirit of oneness of India” as it creates a “class within a class of Indian citizens”.
  • A second petition filed by Jammu and Kashmir native, Charu Wali Khanna, has challenged Article 35A for protecting certain provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution which restricts the basic right to property if a native woman marries a man not holding the Permanent Resident Certificate.


Green Skill Development Program

  • The Union Environment Ministry launched its full fledged Green Skill Development Program (GSDP).
  • The Ministry has taken up an initiative for skill development in the environment and forest sector.
  • It is to enable India's youth to get gainful employment and/or self employment and the program is called the Green Skill Development Program (GSDP).
  • It aims to train over 5.5 lakh workers in environment and forest sectors in the country through 30 courses by 2021.
  • The pilot project of GSDP was launched in 2017 for skilling Biodiversity Conservationists and Para-taxonomists spread over 9 bio-geographic regions of the country.
  • MoEF&CC is utilizing the vast network and expertise of Environmental Information System (ENVIS) hubs and Resource Partners (RPs).
  • The program endeavors to develop green skilled workers having technical knowledge and commitment to sustainable development.
  • It will help in the attainment of the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and National Biodiversity Targets (NBTs).
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