Current Affair of 13 June 2018. Read Important Current Affairs for UPSC/SSC/Bank and other state exam
NITI Aayog Announces 3,000 Additional Atal Tinkering Labs
NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has selected 3,000 additional schools for the establishment of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs), bringing the total number of ATL schools to 5,441. The selected schools, according to a statement from NITI, shall receive a grant of Rs. 20 lakh spread over the next five years to establish ATLs for nurturing innovation and entrepreneurial spirit among secondary school children across India.
ATLs will soon be established in every district of India, seeking to enable an innovation ecosystem, which will facilitate transformational change in technological innovation and pedagogy.
AIM is mandated to create an umbrella structure to oversee innovation ecosystem of the country and revolutionizing the innovation eco-system – touching upon the entire innovation life cycle through various programs.
Haryana raises age limit from 40 to 42 years for entry in government service
The Haryana government raised the upper age limit of entry into government service from 40 to 42 years.
According to an official spokesperson of the state government, all the departments have been informed that they should incorporate the provisions relating to raising the upper age limit for entry into the government service in their service rules, at their own level.
Haryana CM approves e-auction for allotting petrol pumps, CNG sites
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has approved introduction of e-auction with an amendment in the policy for allotment of petrol pumps, CNG or PNG sites to various oil companies in the urban estates of Haryana Shehari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP).
The sites would be on leasehold basis and designated as filling-cum-charging stations. It could be used by the allottee for CNG or petrol pump and diesel pump or allied activities such as battery-charging station for future e-vehicles etc.
India at bottom of 2018 global environment performance index
Unable to improve its air quality, protect its biodiversity, and cut its greenhouse gas emissions, India – say all available data — stands today at the bottom of the Global Environment Performance Index (EPI) rankings. In 2016, the country had ranked 141 out of 180 countries. In 2018, according to the just released State of India’s Environment (SoE) 2018 in Figures, it has slipped to the 177th position.
The SoE in Figures is an annual compendium of environmental statistics put together by Down To Earth magazine, which Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) helps publish. Said Sunita Narain, director general, CSE: “The State of India’s Environment 2018 in Figures is a quantified statement on issues and concerns of environment and development – issues and concerns which affect us deeply. While our other annual State of India’s Environment in print is a descriptive report, this one is a completely data-driven version for easy access and use.”
India scored 5.75 out of 100 in air quality. India’s disappointing performance and the gravity of the situation is further highlighted when compared with countries such as Switzerland and Japan which have scored over 90.
World Day Against Child Labour: 12th June 2018
The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Every year on June 12 the World Day Against Child Labor is observed to raise awareness of the plight of child laborers worldwide.
This year, the World Day Against Child Labour and the World Day for Safety and Health at Work shine a spotlight on the global need to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labour.
Trump-Kim meet ends with promise
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pledged at a historic summit on Tuesday to move towards complete denuclearization, while the U.S. promised its old foe security guarantees.
The United States decided to provide security guarantees to North Korea, in exchange of Pyongyang’s firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
This is according to the joint document which was signed by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following their historic maiden talks at Singapore’s Sentosa island.
Trump and Kim are the first leaders of their respective countries to meet, marking the culmination of months of diplomatic wrangling and negotiations.
South Korea has termed the Trump-Kim summit as the talks of the century.
Boxer Saweety Boora claims gold at Umakhanov Memorial Tournament
Indian woman boxer Saweety Boora claimed a gold medal in the middleweight category at the Umakhanov Memorial Tournament in Kaspiysk, Russia.
She beat home favourite Anna Anfinogenova in the final to finish on top in the 75 kilogram category. Saweety was the only Indian among women to make it to the Final. She is also a former world championship silver-medallist.
Gavit Murali Kumar bags gold in men’s 10,000 metre race at Gouden Spike meeting
Young long-distance runner Gavit Murali Kumar bagged a gold in men’s 10,000-metre race at the Gouden Spike meeting in Leiden, The Netherlands. The 21-year-old Kumar, hailing from Gujarat, clocked a personal best of 28 minutes 43.34 seconds.
It was the best by an Indian in the ongoing season. It was also the second-fastest time by an Indian ever in the distance race, just short of long-distance coach Surendra Singh’s national record of 28 minutes 02.89 seconds set at Vigo, Spain in 2008.
Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana
- Government has provided cash incentives to nearly 23.6 lakh beneficiaries out of an estimated 51.6 lakh a year under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana.
- The scheme was approved by the Union Cabinet in 2017 and is implemented by Ministry of Women and Child Development.
- Under the scheme, pregnant women and lactating mothers are offered a cash incentive of Rs. 6,000 on the birth of their first child as partial compensation for wage loss.
- It was done to reduce maternal mortality and malnutrition levels among children.
- Many States like Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Odisha and West Bengal have not yet implemented the scheme.
- These states account for 25 percent of the beneficiaries.
- Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Odisha and West Bengal have their own maternity benefit schemes and have been reluctant to implement the PMMVY.
- A new mission plan named K2 “Second Light” was presented for consideration in 2013 by NASA.
- The K2 mission represents a new concept for spacecraft operations that enables continued scientific observations with the Kepler space telescope.
- K2 would involve using Kepler’s remaining capability, photometric precision of about 300 parts per million, to collect data for finding and studying more exoplanets.
- In this proposed mission plan, Kepler would search a much larger area in the plane of Earth’s orbit around the Sun.
- It entails a series of sequential observing Campaigns of fields distributed around the ecliptic plane and offers a photometric precision approaching that of the original Kepler mission.
- The K2 mission welcomes all proposals including, but not exclusive to, exoplanet, stellar, extragalactic, and solar system science.