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Gujarat launches SKY Scheme for farmers to generate solar power

The Gujarat government launched a solar power scheme for farmers- Suryashakti Kisan Yojana (SKY) enabling them to generate electricity for their captive consumption as well as sell the surplus power to the grid and earn an extra buck.

Gujarat launches SKY Scheme

As per the scheme, farmers having existing electricity connection will be given solar panels as per their load requirements. The State and Central governments will give 60 per cent subsidy on the cost of project. The farmer is required to take 5 per cent cost, while 35 per cent will be provided to him as an affordable loan with interest rates of 4.5-6 per cent.

The scheme duration is 25 years, which is split between 7-year period and 18-year period.

This is a first such scheme in the country, where farmer would produce his power and sell the surplus to the State power utility.

As many as 12,400 farmers from 33 districts will be covered under the pilot project, which will generate 175 MW. The project cost is around Rs 870 crore.

Haryana panchayat to pass 'No Toilet, No Bride' resolution.

The Godikan panchayat(Dist: Sirsa) in Haryana has become the first panchayat in the country to pass a resolution to marry off girls only to families that have a toilet in their house.

No Toilet, No Bride

Inspired by Bollywood movie Toilet- Ek Prem Katha, the move, say panchayat members, is aimed to ensure safety and well-being of the women folk. Posters and banners that say “Beti wahin byahenge, jis ghar me shauchalaya payenge" (will marry off our daughters to households where we find a toilet), are expected to be put up soon. The Godikan panchayat has already been declared an Outdoor Defecation Free panchayat.

Kerala's 4th international airport at Kannur open in September

Union Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu announced the opening of the Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) in September

Kerala's 4th international airport

With this, Kerala will be the only state in the country to have four international airports with the others at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode.

The Kerala government has 35 per cent stakes, 25 per cent by public sector undertakings, 10 per cent with the Airport Authority of India and the remaining 30 per cent is with Cooperatives, banks and individual shareholders.

Cabinet Approvals

MoU between India and Singapore on Cooperation in the field of Planning-

The objective of the MOU is to facilitate government agencies in the Centre and States, including Municipal Bodies, to readily tap into the expertise of Singapore agencies in the areas of urban development and management and other areas, and thus help in urban rejuvenation, mission

Agreement between India and Denmark on Cooperation in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation-

The objective of the Agreement is to encourage, develop and facilitate cooperation between India and Denmark in fields of common interest within Science, Technology and Innovation.

President inaugurates 'Udyam Sangam 2018'

Udyam Sangam 2018

President Kovind starts Udyam Sangam-2018 on UN SME Day: The President of India launched the Solar Charkha Mission which will cover 50 clusters and every cluster will employ 400 to 2000 artisans. The Mission has been approved by the Government of India for which the MSME Ministry will disburse subsidy of Rs. 550 crores to the artisans. He further said that the Solar Charkha Mission will generate employment in rural areas and contribute to the green economy.

A portal of the Ministry of MSME called “Sampark” was also unveiled by the President. This portal will act as a bridge between the talent pool and those enterprises seeking trained manpower.

The purpose of the Conclave is to encourage dialogue and partnerships among various stakeholders of the MSME ecosystem for promoting innovation and knowledge sharing on MSME related issues. It is also aimed at creating awareness about the MSME Sector at the national level and assuring through the declaration of specific measures for knowledge, marketing, technical and financial handholding by the Government of India of the MSME Sector at the grass-root level.

“UdyamSangam2018” is a step forward towards consolidating the convergence and synergy of all the government initiatives relating to MSME Sector.

External Affair minister launched "Passport Seva App".

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj launched a new scheme under which a person can apply for a passport from anywhere in India irrespective of the place of stay.

Passport Seva App

The minister also launched a mobile application, available in Android and iOS platforms, that would have the facilities for applying, paying and scheduling appointments for acquiring a passport.

Under the new scheme, launched on the occasion of the Sixth Passport Seva Divas, a person can now choose the Regional Passport Office (RPO) and the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) for submitting the application.

With the launch of the 'mPassport Seva App', a person would not require access to a computer and printer to apply for a passport.

Odisha’s Pallavi Darua crowned as India's first 'Tribal Queen'

Pallavi Durua, who belongs to Odisha's Koraput district, was crowned as the first Tribal Queen at the Adi Rani Kalinga Tribal Queen competition held at Utkal Mandap.

India's first Tribal Queen

Supported by the SC & ST Department, Government of Odisha and the State Tourism Department, the contest saw participants from different parts of the country represent their tribe in the final round, wherein the girls dressed up in their traditional attire and walked the ramp.

The prime objective of the event was to promote tribal art and culture.

Oxytocin ban to come into effect from July 1

Restricting manufacturing and sale of oxytocin formulation to prevent its misuse, the health ministry said no private manufacturer will be allowed to manufacture the drug for domestic use from July 1.

Only Karnataka Antibiotics and Pharmaceuticals Ltd (KAPL), a public sector company, would be manufacturing this drug for domestic use now. The government has also banned the import of the formulations.

The drug is heavily misused in the dairy industry where livestock are injected with oxytocin to make them release milk at a time convenient to farmers. The hormone is also used to increase the size of vegetables such as pumpkins, watermelons, brinjals, gourds and cucumbers.

Sreedharan panel to lay down metro standards

  • ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan will head a newly constituted high-level committee to lay down indigenous technical standards for all metro rail systems across the country.
  • The multi-disciplinary committee will set indigenous technical standards for the entire ecosystem of metro functioning in India, including rolling stock, signalling, track and the like.


Emergency declared in Papua New Guinea over Polio outbreak

A public health emergency has been declared in three Papua New Guinea (PNG) provinces as the country responds to its first polio outbreak in 18 years when it was declared free of the disease.

As per the Health Ministry report, at least three provinces Morobe, Madang and the Eastern Highlands confirmed the outbreak of the potentially deadly virus.

As per the World Health Organisation (WHO), the virus was detected in a six-year-old boy in April this year. Later, it was found that the same virus stain has been identified in other healthy children in the same locality and community. That declared an official outbreak.

According to the WHO, Polio has no cure and can lead to irreversible paralysis. Polio mainly affects children who are under five. It can only be prevented by giving a multiple vaccine doses to children.

The public health emergency order will remain in place for at least 12 months, as per the Minister for Health Puka Temu.

Saudi Arabia becomes last country to let women drive

Saudi women steered their cars through busy streets for the first time after the world’s last remaining ban on women driving was lifted.

It’s a historic moment for women who have had to rely on their husbands, fathers, brothers and drivers to run basic errands, get to work, visit friends or even drop kids off at school. The ban had relegated women to the backseat, restricting when and how they move around.

Al-Ajaji had a U.S. driver’s license before obtaining a Saudi one and appeared comfortable at the wheel as she pulled up and parked. As for the male drivers on the road, “they were really supportive and cheering and smiling”.

World’s largest multilateral naval exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) begun off Hawaii in the Western Pacific Ocean. The two-month long biennial exercise is likely to be attended by navies of 26 countries including India.

Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri has already reached the Pearl Harbour in Hawaii to participate in the 26th edition of RIMPAC exercise.


Arijit Basu Appointed SBI’s New Managing Director

The government of India appointed Arijit Basu as managing director of the country's largest lender State Bank of India.

The government has appointed deputy managing director Basu as managing director with effect from the date of taking over charge till his superannuation in October 2020

S Ramesh appointed chairman of CBIC


Senior bureaucrat S Ramesh has been appointed as chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). He will succeed Vanaja N Sarna, who superannuates on June 30.

He has been appointed as chairman of the CBIC with the status of special secretary to the central government.


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Udyam Sangam-2018

  • President of India has recently launched Udyam Sangam to mark UN SME (Small and Medium sized Enterprises) Day.
  • In April 2017, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 27 would be World SME day.
  • The inaugural event was celebrated last year, including in Melbourne.
  • The day was designed to highlight and celebrate the significant contribution SMEs make to the global economy and to the UN’s global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Oxytocin Ban

  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has restricted the manufacture of Oxytocin formulations for domestic use to public sector only from 1st July 2018.
  • It has also banned the import of Oxytocin and its formulations.
  • From 1st July 2018, no private manufacturer will be allowed to manufacture the drug for domestic use.
  • Karnataka Antibiotics & Pharmaceuticals Ltd (KAPL) is the only public sector company, authorised for manufacturing this drug for domestic use.
  • Oxytocin in any form or name will not be allowed to be sold through retail Chemist.
  • Oxytocin - It is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland in human.
  • It is also called as Love Hormone.
  • It plays a role in reproduction, child birth and lactation, apart from social interaction in humans.
  • It also has physical and psychological effects, including influencing social behavior and emotion.
  • Oxytocin is used both for humans and animals, to accelerate normal labour.
  • It is being misused in the livestock industry to stimulate the mammary gland and induce milk production in farm animals.
  • The drug’s abuse in animals shortens their lives and makes them barren sooner.