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Current Affair 17 June 2018


Tamil Nadu to ban e-cigarette

Electronic-Cigarette, a battery-operated inhaler that emits doses of vaporised nicotine, or non-nicotine solutions, will be banned in Tamil Nadu.

“Tamil Nadu had already banned chewable tobacco. E-Cigarette also will be banned in Tamil Nadu for the well being of the people. Smokers are being attracted to E-Cigarette by attractive advertisements claiming that these cigarettes are not harmful”.

  • An electronic cigarette or e-cigarette is a handheld electronic device that simulates the feeling of tobacco smoking.
  • It works by heating a liquid to generate an aerosol, commonly called a “vapor”, that the user inhales.
  • Bellandur largest septic tank of Bengaluru

    Bengaluru's Bellandur lake has become the largest septic tank in the city due to "sheer callousness and indifference", according to a damning report from a committee mandated by the National Green Tribunal or Green Court, adding that there was "not even one millilitre" of clean water in the lake. The committee made equally disturbing observations for Bellandur's neighbouring Varthur lake. The committee said Varthur lake was "far worse" than Bellandur lake in almost every aspect, "from sewage to stink" and "from fire to froth", referring to the 12 times Bellandur lake had caught fire since 2016.

    PhD must for directly recruiting teachers

    The Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar at a press briefing announced that PhD degree will be a must for teaching at university level for the entry-level designation of Assistant Professor from 2021.

    Meanwhile, master's degree with National Eligibility Test (NET) or PhD would continue to be the minimum eligibility criteria for direct recruitment in colleges.

    "New recruitment for universities will be only PhD holders. We have given a time of three years. So from 2021, assistant professor (entry level position) will have to hold PhD degree."


    WhatsApp opens UPI-based payments service

    WhatsApp, the world’s highly popular messaging giant entered digital payments space by integrating UPI in its payment platform. It allows users to send and receive money from other users on WhatsApp. However, the wider rollout for mass audience was delayed due to legal troubles, especially with Facebook’s data sharing policy with third-parties. Now, after months of testing, the company has reportedly opened up the service to all users.

    The WhatsApp Payments setup procedure is pretty simple. You just need to link your bank account with the phone number, and authenticate using the OTP. Once all that is done, you can then send and receive money while chatting with other users on the platform.

    One thing that sets apart WhatsApp Payments from other solutions such as Google Tez, BHIM and others is the Rs 5,000 limit per transaction. There is also a request money feature where you can request for money from other users on WhatsApp.

    WhatsApp had launched its payments pilot in February to limited users. However, it attracted criticism during the pilot for lack of interoperability and alleged disruption of an ‘open’ system.

    Maharashtra CM Meets World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva in Washington DC to seek assistance for a Multimodal Transport Corridor and the Rural Livelihood Project which aims to provide sustainable livelihood enhancements in 10,000 villages in the state.

    World Bank has assured of positive consideration of both the projects. Fadnavis, who is on a three-nation tour, also attended a business discussion organised by US-India Strategic Partnership Forum.

    Mr Fadnavis was bestowed with the Outstanding Leadership in Development Award by Georgetown India Initiative and Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

    NABARD releases book on Indian Crops

    • Shri Nitin Gadkari released a book ‘Water productivity mapping of major Indian crops’ published by NABARD.
    • The book is based on a study of 10 important crops.
    • The ten important crops include rice, wheat, maize, pulses, oilseeds, sugarcane, cotton and potato etc.
    • The book suggests to realign cropping pattern keeping in view water scarcity of irrigation.


    Swajal Yojana

    • Swajal yojana was recently launched by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in 115 aspirational districts in the country.
    • It is a community owned drinking water programme for sustained piped drinking water supply powered by solar energy.
    • It ensures the availability of clean drinking water to every household round the year.
    • The scheme will train hundreds of rural technicians for operation and maintenance of Swajal units which generates employment in the rural areas.
    • Under the scheme, 90% of the project cost will be taken care by the Government and the remaining 10% of the project cost will be contributed by the community.
    • The operations and management of the project will be taken care by the local villagers.