Current Affair of 10 June 2018. Read Important Current Affairs for UPSC/SSC/Bank and other state exam
Indian scientists discover planet 600 light years away
A team of scientists from the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, discovered a sub-Saturn or super-Neptune size exoplanet, which is about 27 times the mass of Earth and six times the radius of Earth.
The name of the host star is EPIC 211945201 or K2-236 and the planet will be known as EPIC 211945201b or K2-236b.
The surface temperature of the planet was found to be around 600 degrees Celsius, as it is very close to the host star.
Only 23 such systems (including the present) are known to this date.
Vadsar landfill site turns into tree museum.
A land fill site on the banks of Viswamitri river has now been converted into a ‘museum of trees’ that has 100 different species of trees and includes most found in the state.
Gardening on the site, which is reportedly worth ₹250 crore, began in 2016 after locals complained of the bad smell emanating from the landfill.
India will be free of leprosy this year -Union Health Ministry
According to Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda, the country will be free of leprosy this year and Kala-azar by next year. Talking to reporters at Ballia in Uttar Pradesh yesterday, Mr Nadda said, mortality rate in India has decreased and referred to a World Health Organisation report to stress that tetanus and some other diseases concerning children are well under control.
Uranium contamination in Rajasthan groundwater.
Many parts of Rajasthan may have high uranium levels in their groundwater, according to a study by researchers at the Duke University in North Carolina, United States, and the Central Groundwater Board of India.
The main source of uranium contamination was “natural,” but human factors such as groundwater table decline and nitrate pollution could be worsening the problem.
Nearly a third of all water wells we tested in one State, Rajasthan, contained uranium levels that exceed the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) safe drinking water standards.
US President Donald Trump withdraws endorsement of G7 joint statement.
US President Donald Trump withdrew his endorsement of a joint statement at the end of a G7 summit in Canada.
The US President who is on his way to Singapore for a summit with North Korean leader Kim-Jong-Un also reiterated warnings that his administration was mulling tariffs on automobiles flooding the US market.
Earlier, all the G7 nations agreed on the importance of a rules-based trading system. The eight-page statement also included joint commitments to ensure that Iran will “never seek, develop or acquire a nuclear weapon” as well as demands for Russia to stop undermining Western democracies.
India, China sign 2 agreements on Brahmaputra water data sharing & non-basmati rice export
India and China signed two bilateral agreements following the meeting between the Prime Minister and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the summit. The agreements include continuing to share Brahmaputra water data during flood season and exporting non-Basmati rice to China.
Indonesia wins U.N. Security Council seat
The Maldives failed to get elected to the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member. Maldives and Indonesia had contested for a seat in the UNSC, but in the plenary session of Friday held at the UN headquarters in New York, Indonesia won the seat after securing 144 votes against 46 for the Maldives.
In the election, 190 members participated, and the winning members had to get more than two-thirds majority or 127 votes. Indonesia is likely to take up the seat on January 1, 2019 with other newly elected non-permanent members — Germany, Belgium, Dominican Republic and South Africa.
RBI amends Gold Monetisation Scheme to make it more attractive
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has made changes in the Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS) of 2015 to enable people to open a hassle-free gold deposit account. In a notification issued yesterday, RBI said that the short-term deposits should be treated as bank’s on-balance sheet liability.
In 2015, the government launched the GMS with the objective of mobilising the gold held by households and institutions in the country.
The apex bank also said that the Medium Term Government Deposit (MTGD) can be made for 5-7 years and Long-Term Government Deposit (LTGD) for 12-15 years or for such period as may be decided by the Central Government from time to time. Deposits can also be allowed for broken periods (e.g. 5 years 7 months; 13 years 4 months 15 days; etc.).
The scheme allows banks’ customers to deposit their idle gold holdings for a fixed period in return for interest in the range of 2.25 percent to 2.50 percent.