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TODAY’S CURRENT AFFAIRS – 07-JUNE – 2018 – MyProgressCard

Ranks/Indices

  1. India ranks 136th on Global Peace Index 2018
  • India has been ranked 136th rank among 163 countries in the 2018 Global Peace Index by Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace.
  • India improved its rank from 141st to 136th.

India ranks 136th on Global Peace Index

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  • The main reason for the upliftment in the ranking is due to a reduction in the level of violent crimes driven by increased law enforcement.
  • The index is topped by Iceland, followed by New Zealand, Portugal, Austria and Denmark, whereas war-torn Syria remains the least peaceful country in the world, followed by Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen.

Banking News

2RBI allows Urban Co-operative Banks to become Small Finance Banks

  • RBI decided to allow the voluntary transition of the Urban Co-Operative Banks (UCBs) into Small Finance Banks (SFBs) in order to bring UCBs into mainstream banking.
  • This decision of RBI has roots in the recommendations made by the High Powered Committee on Urban Cooperative Banks in August 2015 chaired by R Gandhi.

RBI allows Urban Co-operative Banks

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Static/Current implications:                                                                                                                                                                   Governor of RBI – Urjit Patel                                                                                                                                                                        Deputy governors– BP Kanungo, Viral Acharya, N Vishwanathan and Mahesh Kumar Jain.

3. RBI eases GST registered MSME repayment norms for 180 days till December 31st 2018

  • RBI’s governor Urjit Patel stood his ground and did not succumb to government pressure to relax bad loan norms for corporates.
  • In its policy, RBI extended a relief to all MSMEs that was so far available only to small businesses that were registered for goods and services tax (GST).

RBI eases GST registered MSME repayment

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  • The MSMEs which are registered with Goods & Services Tax and which have credit facilities of up to Rs 25 crore were empowered up to 180 days (as against 90 days) to repay loans without being classified as non-performing assets.

Static/Current implications:

Governor of RBI – Urjit Patel                                                                                                                                                     

Deputy governors– BP Kanungo, Viral Acharya, N Vishwanathan and Mahesh Kumar Jain.

National News

4. India recorded 22% reduction in Maternal Mortality Ratio since 2013

  • India recorded a significant downfall in Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) registering a 22% reduction in such deaths since 2013. According to the Sample Registration System newscast, the Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) has declined from 167 (in 2011-2013) to 130 (in 2014-2016).

Maternal Mortality Ratio

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  • The latest figures reveal that India has gone beyond the UN Millennium Development Goals of the MMR.

5. President inaugurates 73 km long National Highway in Tripura

  • President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated a National Highway from Matabari to Udaipur-Sabroom.
  • While inaugurating the 73 km long NH in Tripura, President Kovind said that the development of northeast India is a priority of the government and infrastructure plays a key role in the development of any state.

73 km long National Highway in tripura

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  • He also appreciated that though the project entailed working over some difficult terrain, the work was completed in only 30 months.

Static/Current implications:

  • Capital of Tripura – Agartala
  • CM of Tripura – Biplab Kumar Deb
  • Governor of Tripura – Kesari Nath Tripathi

6. Keshari Nath Tripathi to hold additional charge as Tripura Governor

  • West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi was given additional charge of Governor of Tripura by the president during the absence of Tathagata Roy who is on leave.

Keshari Nath Tripathi as Tripura Governor

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Static/Current implications:

  • Capital of West Bengal – Kolkata
  • CM of West Bengal – Mamata Banerjee
  • Governor of West Bengal – Kesari Nath Tripathi

7. Election commission launches its online RTI portal

  • The Election Commission of India launched an online RTI portal to help applicants seeking information under the Right to Information Act.
  • The portal can be accessed on the home page of the commission’s website ‘eci.nic.in’, an official statement said.

Election Commossion Launches Online RTI Portal

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  • There is also a gateway for making online payment of requisite fees under the RTI Act.

Static/Current implications:

  • Chief election commissioner of India – Om Prakash Rawat
  • Election commissioners – Sunil Arora & Ashok Lavasa

8IIT Bombay displaces IIT Delhi as best-ranked Indian university in the QS World University Rankings

  • QS World University rankings 2019 featured 3 Indian universities feature in the top 200 universities. These include – IIT- Bombay, IISc. – Bangalore and IIT Delhi.

IIT Bombay displaces IIT Delhi as best-ranked Indian university

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  • IIT-Bombay is now the top institute in the country at 162 rising 17 positions from 2018, IIT-Delhi retained its 2018 position with a rank of 172 while the Indian Institute of Science has overtaken IIT-Delhi and is ranked 170.

9. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Flags-in NIMAS expedition team to Mt Everest

  • Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman flagged-in the expedition team to Mt. Everest conducted successfully by National Institute for Mountaineering & Allied Sports (NIMAS), Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh in New Delhi.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Flags-in NIMAS

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  • It is for the first time that any National Institute expedition team has put eight members on the top of Mt.Everest in their maiden attempt. All the 8 members of the team successfully scaled the peak on 19 and 20 May 2018 without any casualty or cold injury.

Awards/Honours

10. Anupam Kher to be given Lifetime Achievement honour at upcoming IIFA

  • The current chairman of Film and Television institute of India, Anupam Kher is going to be presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement honour at the International Indian Film Academy awards ceremony on June 24 at the 19th edition of IIFA in Bangkok.

Anupam Kher to be given Lifetime Achievement

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  • Anupam Kher has worked in over 500 films extending across languages along with projects both in India and abroad for over three decades.

Sports News

11. Mithali becomes first Indian to score 2000 T20I runs

  • Indian women cricket team captain Mithali Raj became the first Indian cricketer to accumulate 2000 runs in Twenty20 Internationals (T20I).

Mithali becomes first Indian to score 2000 T20I runs

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  • The 35-year-old right-hander from Jodhpur achieved the landmark after scoring a single off Oshadi Ranasinghe en route to her knock of 23 during India’s seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Women’s Asia Cup T20 in Kuala Lumpur. She now has 2,015 runs in 75 matches.
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