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Current Affair 16 June 2018

NATIONAL

Maharashtra Government, Quebec Province Sign Pact to Increase Economic Cooperation

The Maharashtra government and Canada’s Quebec province have signed a pact to increase the economic cooperation, especially in areas of information technology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and welfare of the tribal community.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was on a week-long tour to the US and Canada, signed MoU to this effect with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. They also discussed ways to increase collaboration over knowledge-sharing on ports.

India to host European Union Film Festival

The European Union Film Festival is organized by Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India partnering with the Delegation of the European Union and embassies of EU Member States in various city film clubs.

The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) will premiere in New Delhi at the Siri Fort Auditorium. With a selection of 24 latest European films from 23 EU Member States, this years' film festival brings some unusual stories for the world cinema enthusiasts.

The European Union Film Festival is organized by Directorate of Film Festivals. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India partnering with the Delegation of the European Union and embassies of EU Member States in various city film clubs.

NLCIL's Three 100 MW Solar Power Projects Dedicated to the Nation

Mr J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare exchanged the MoU with the State Health Ministers of 20 States marking their commitment towards the launch of the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM).

Smt. Anupriya Patel, Ministers of State for Health and Family Welfare and Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog were also present at the function. A web portal for initiating the empanelment of hospitals under the mission was also launched.

PM Modi to chair 4th meeting of Governing Council of NITI Aayog

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the fourth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

The council is the premier body tasked with evolving a shared vision of national development priorities, sectors and strategies with the active involvement of States in shaping the development narrative. It reviews the work done during the previous year and deliberates upon the future developmental priorities.

During the meeting, the council is expected to discuss important subjects including measures taken to double farmers’ income, progress of flagship schemes like Ayushman Bharat, National Nutrition Mission and Mission Indradhanush, development of aspirational districts and celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

INTERNATIONAL

Govt approves financial assistance amounting to Rs 5.5 lakh to WPRs

Government has approved financial assistance amounting to 5(point)5 lakh rupees per family to West Pakistan Refugees (WPRs).

According to an official statement, 5,764 families of West Pakistan Refugees settled in Jammu and Kashmir will benefit from the decision. The scheme came into effect from 13th of this month.

Trump admin reconfirms intent on revoking H-4 rule for spouses of H-1B visa holders.

The Trump administration has reconfirmed its intent to revoke the H-4 visa rule on employment authorisation to certain spouses of H-1B visa holders. Department of Homeland Security's Unified Agenda in the federal register notification said it was removing H-4 Dependent Spouses From the Class of Aliens Eligible for Employment Authorisation.

The Department of Homeland Security is proposing to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B non-immigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment authorisation.

The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers. The work visa is popular among Indian IT professionals. H-4 visas are issued to the spouses of H-1B visa holders.

AWARD

Sulabh International founder honoured with Japan's prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize

Bindeshwar Pathak, noted social reformer and founder of Sulabh International, honoured with Japan's prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize.

The award was conferred to Pathak under the ‘Culture and Community’ category for his significant work in tackling poor hygiene and discrimination.

  • Pathak invented a two-pit pour-flush ecological compost toilet, known as the Sulabh toilet, for household use.
  • The toilets have helped provide low-cost environment-friendly toilets to millions of people in the developing world.
  • Throughout India, 1.5 million Sulabh toilets have been built in homes and more than 9,000 in public lavatories.
  • SPORTS

    Smriti Mandhana to Become 1st Indian to Play in England's Kia Super League

    India Women's Cricket team opener Smriti Mandhana will become the first Indian player to appear in Kia Super League - the women's cricket super league in England.

    Smriti was signed by Western Storm and will represent them in the upcoming edition of the tournament that features six teams.

    BUSINESS

    MARG ERP Limited Partners With ICICI Bank

    Marg ERP limited, a leading Inventory and Accounting software solution company has partnered with ICICI Bank, India's largest private sector bank by consolidated assets, to offer an integrated payments platform to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) customers, using MARG's accounting software.

    This integration aims to promote 'Connected Banking' and enables ICICI Bank's current account holders to securely connect their bank account with the MARG ERP software.

    PhonePe Partners With Ola

    Flipkart-owned PhonePe has partnered cab aggregator Ola that will allow riders to book rides using the former’s payment platform.

    With this partnership, users can enjoy the ease of using their preferred ride-sharing app from within PhonePe while being assured of the reliability and integrity of their payments. PhonePe has also added ‘Auto-pay’ feature that allows users to make payments seamlessly.

    Important Days

    World Blood Donors Day 2018 - 14 June

    The World Blood Donors Day (WBDD) was observed across the world on June 14, 2018 with an aim to to express gratitude to voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations.

  • The theme of the World Blood Donors Day 2018 is ‘Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life’.
  • Based on samples of 1000 people, the blood donation rate is 32.1 donations in high-income countries, 14.9 donations in upper-middle-income countries, 7.8 donations in lower-middle-income countries and 4.6 donations in low-income countries.

    The World Blood Donors Day was established in 2004 to raise awareness of the need for safe bold and blood products, and to thank donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.

    LIFE

    Composite Water Management Index

    • The index is developed by NITI Aayog and it ranked states on how well they managed water.
    • It comprises 9 broad sectors with 28 different indicators covering various aspects of groundwater, restoration of water bodies, irrigation, farm practices, drinking water, policy, and governance.
    • According to the recent report, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh have managed water resources efficiently.
    • Meghalaya, Uttarakhand and Nagaland are the bottom three states in the index.
    • While Tripura has emerged as top performer in north-east, Rajasthan has emerged as the best performer in the incremental progress over last two years.
    • Some of the other important findings from the recent report are,
    1. India is facing its “worst” water crisis in history and that the demand for potable water will outstrip supply by 2030, if steps are not taken.
    2. 21 cities, including Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad, will run out of groundwater by 2020, affecting 100 million people.
    3. Critical groundwater resources, which accounted for 40% of the water supply, are being depleted at “unsustainable” rates and up to 70% of the supply is “contaminated”.