Current Affairs Daily Digest – July 06 2019
1. Centre raised its foreign aid to Nepal from Rs.750 crore to Rs.1,050 crore in the 2019-20 budget
Centre raised its foreign aid to Nepal from Rs.750 crore to Rs.1,050 crore in the 2019-20 budget. The Indian government has raised the foreign aid to Nepal from Rs.750 crore in 2018 to Rs.1,050 crore in the 2019-20 Budget. It is an increase of 40%.
Due to the 2015 Madhesi agitation, anti-India sentiments is growing in Nepal. Despite this, India never faltered its aids to Nepal. During a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal PM K.P.Sharma Oli in May, India committed to expediting a few pending projects that India is pursuing for infrastructure development in Nepal. India is engaged in creating Arun-III, a 900-MW hydroelectric project, in Nepal.
2. Rajya Sabha passed the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill 2019
Rajya Sabha passed the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill 2019. The Rajya Sabha passed the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on 4 June. The Bill was introduced by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. It allows for the supersession of the Medical Council of India (MCI) by a Board of Governors for a two-year period from 2018 till 2020.
3. Union Cabinet approved the MoU between India and Maldives for the establishment of passenger and cargo services by sea
Union Cabinet approved the MoU between India and Maldives for the establishment of passenger and cargo services by sea. The Union Cabinet approved the MoU between India and Maldives for the establishment of passenger and cargo services by sea. It was signed during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Maldives on 8 June 2019.
4. NASA launched an incredible new atomic clock into orbit to navigate distant planets
NASA launched an incredible new atomic clock into orbit to navigate distant planets. NASA has launched an incredible new atomic clock into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy. It was developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The mission aims to revolutionise how mankind explores the cosmos.
5. Pink City Jaipur gets UNESCO World Heritage tag
The announcement was made after the 43rd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC), underway at Baku (Azerbaijan) from June 30 to July 10, examined the nomination of the Walled City of Jaipur for inclusion in the World Heritage list.
6.Indian athletes win six medals in Kazakhstan
Indian track and field athletes won six medals, including three gold, on the first day of the Qasanov Memorial Meet.
- Mohammed Afsal won the men’s 800m gold
- Gagandeep Singh added another gold in men’s discus throw
- Senthil Kumar Mithravarun took the silver with a 49.54m throw
- Navjeet Kaur Dhillon, who had won a bronze in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, won the third gold for India with another below-par effort of 54.80m
- India then took a silver and bronze in women’s hammer throw through Jyoti Jakhar Ran (58.69m) and Anita (55.38m) respectively.
7. State of the Education Report for India 2019 launched
The State of the Education Report for India 2019: Children with Disabilities, was recently launched at an event organized by UNESCO in New Delhi. The event was attended by more than 200 representatives from government, civil society, academia, partners and youth.
8. Biggest earthquake in 20 years hit Southern California
US meteorologists say it is the biggest ever earthquake to hit Southern California in last 20 years. The quake was recorded outside Ridgecrest which is just 240km north-east to Los Angeles. Also, the same region was hit with a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Thursday causing severe damage to roads and buildings.
9. Government launches pan-India Jal Shakti Abhiyan
The ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ will focus on five aspects — water conservation and rainwater harvesting, renovation of traditional and other water bodies, reuse of water and recharging of structures, watershed development, and intensive afforestation, Drinking Water Sanitation Secretary Parmeswaran Iyer said.
Officers from the central government, led by additional secretaries and joint secretaries, have been assigned to these 256 districts, he said.
10. UIDAI sets up first Aadhaar centres in Delhi and Vijayawada, to set up 114 more centres in 2019
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has set up its first “Aadhaar Seva Kendra” (ASK) in Delhi and Vijayawada. In a tweet, UIDAI also said that it plans to set up 114 such centres in 53 cities across India.
These two centres are currently operating on a pilot basis. Citing sources, PTI reported that the Aadhaar centres will facilitate enrollment, updation and other activities. The source also added that UIDAI is looking to set up the remaining centres by this year at a cost of ₹300-400 crores.
11. International Day of Cooperatives
The International Day of Cooperatives is an annual celebration of the cooperative movement that takes place on the first Saturday of July since 1923. Since 1995, the United Nations and the International Cooperative Alliance have been setting the theme for the celebration of #CoopsDay .
2019 theme: COOPS 4 DECENT WORK
12. Army, NeGD ink pact for developing revamped app
The Army and the National eGovernance Division on July 5 inked a pact for developing a revamped application to maintain the centralised database for personnel, equipment and major stores to provide management-related information to the force, a statement said.
The National eGovernance Division is a part of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
13. Six Indian metros are hotspots of air pollutant nitrogen oxide: Greenpeace
Several Indian cities, including the national capital are major hotspots for rising levels of nitrogen oxide, a dangerous pollutant which contributes to the formation of ozone, an analysis has revealed.
An analysis by environmental NGO Greenpeace India said that as per satellite data, transport and industrial clusters are giving rise to the country’s worst Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) hotspots like Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad which have high vehicular population and diesel consumption.