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Current Affair 07 June 2018


World Environment Day 2018 Celebrated In New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed the global celebrations of World Environment Day 2018 on 05th June in New Delhi. Prime Minister also visited the exhibition set up on the occasion, themed 'Beat Plastic Pollution'. India was the global host nation for the 43rd edition of this event.

  • World Environment Day was established in 1972 during the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment.
  • Theme of this year: 'Beat Plastic Pollution'

  • Haryana bans single-use plastic bottles in offices

    The Haryana government on the occasion of World Environment Day, the Haryana government announced the ban single use plastic bottles in government offices, including departments, boards, corporations and autonomous units in the state.

    Now only multi-use water bottles of alternative material such as glass, steel, aluminium etc would be allowed instead of plastic bottles so as to minimize the generation of plastic waste.

    Ban on polythene in Uttarakhand from July 31

    The Uttarakhand Government has decided to completely prohibit the use of polythene or plastic from July 31, 2018.

    The move is aimed at curbing rampant use of plastic, which is increasingly becoming a huge environmental challenge. The announcement was made by the state on the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5, 2018.

  • The state would also be launching a comprehensive public awareness campaign on the environmental damage caused by polythene, one week before the complete ban on polythene.
  • According to the state’s Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, environmental conservation is a collective responsibility and so people's cooperation is necessary to make Uttarakhand polythene-free.
  • India’s forest cover stood at 21.34 percent in 2015

  • India’s forest cover stood at 21.34 percent in 2015, an increase of 1.29 percent from 2009, as per the Status of Environment Report India 2015 that was released by Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan.
  • Mizoram has the highest forest cover among the states and Union territories in the country with 89 percent.
  • Assam’s forest cover at 35 percent was the lowest.
  • Saudi banned imports from Kerala

    Saudi Arabia has banned frozen and processed fruit and vegetable imports from Kerala amid concerns over the deadly Nipah virus outbreak.

    The Nipah virus itself can cause encephalitis - a dangerous swelling of the brain - and common symptoms vary from none to elevated fevers, cough, headache, shortness of breath and confusion.

    UAE officials announced that 100 tonnes of fruit, vegetables and fresh produce that was to be imported from Kerala was prohibited from entry.

    Read More about Nipah Virus

    Govt to have quota in promotions for SC/ST

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday orally observed that promotions in government offices should go ahead in “accordance with law.” The court was responding to the government’s complaint that the entire promotion process was in limbo because of uncertainty over reservation in promotion for the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe employees.

    President approves promulgation of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018

    President Ram Nath Kovind gave approval to promulgate the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018.

    The Ordinance provides significant relief to home buyers by recognising them as financial creditors.

  • From now on, home buyers will have representation in the Committee of Creditors and will be an integral part of the decision making process.
  • Homebuyers will have the right to initiate a resolution process against the bankrupt real estate companies and get their money back.
  • The biggest beneficiaries of this ordinance will be homebuyers as the present version of the IBC does not consider homebuyers as secured creditors; they have no right to initiate a resolution process if a real estate company goes bankrupt.
  • Madhya Pradesh Announces Outstanding Power Bill Waiver Scheme

    The Madhya Pradesh government has announced an outstanding power bill waiver scheme for laborers and poor families. The state cabinet headed by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan approved the Bijli Bill Mafi Yojana 2018 (Power Bill Waiver Scheme) which is expected to benefit about 77 lakh people of the state.

    Laborers falling under the unorganized sector in Madhya Pradesh will get power supply at a subsidized rate. The state cabinet also approved Mukhyamantri Jan Kalyan (Sambal) Yojana 2018 (a scheme to provide subsidized power) in the meeting.


    Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupts

    The Volcan de Fuego, or “Volcano of Fire,” exploded in a hail of ash and molten rock shortly before noon, blanketing nearby villages in heavy ash. Lava began flowing down the mountain’s flank and across homes and roads around 4 p.m.

  • Fuego has been erupting since 2002, and was continuously active in 2017.
  • One of Central America’s most active volcanos, the conical Volcan de Fuego reaches an altitude of 12,346 feet (3,763 metres) above sea level at its peak.
  • President to issue declaration of state of emergency: Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said he would issue a declaration of a state of emergency to be approved by Congress and urged people to heed warnings from emergency officials.

    South Africa commemorates 125th year of Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha

    The screening of the biopic Making of a Mahatma here on Wednesday marked the opening of a three-day series of events to commemorate the historic incident 125 years ago when Mahatma Gandhi was evicted from a train because the compartment he was in was reserved for whites only.

    On the night of June 7, 1893, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a young lawyer then, was thrown off the train’s first class compartment at Pietermaritzburg station for refusing to give up his seat.

    The incident led him to develop his Satyagraha principles of peaceful resistance and mobilise people in South Africa and in India against the discriminatory rules of the British.

    The film, a co-production between India and South Africa, was made in 1996, soon after Nelson Mandela ascended to the position of South Africa’s first democratically-elected President.


    Repo Rate Increased By 25 Bps In Second Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Statement (2018-19)

    Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of Reserve Bank of India has increased the policy Repo Rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) by 25 basis points to 6.25 percent in the Second Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement (2018-19). Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the LAF stands adjusted to 6.0 percent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate to 6.50 percent.


    Virat Kohli Only Indian In World’s Highest Paid Athletes List

    India cricket captain Virat Kohli is among the world's highest-paid athletes, according to a Forbes' compilation topped by American boxing champion Floyd Mayweather.

    Kohli, the only sportsperson from India to be featured in the list, is ranked 83rd with earnings of USD 24 million.