Daily Current Affairs - 01st Jun 2019

Admiral Karambir Singh takes over as Chief of Naval Staff

  • Admiral Karambir Singh took over as the Chief of Naval Staff. With a career spanning over 37 years, Karambir Singh served as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff at the headquarters in New Delhi before moving to Vishakhapatnam last year as the Eastern Naval Commander.

French Open: Leander Paes advances to second round of men's doubles

  • In French Open Tennis, India's Leander Paes and his French partner Benoit Paire have advanced to the second round of men's doubles in Paris.
  • Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner M. Copil have also entered the third round of Men's Doubles Category.

GDP growth slows to five-year low at 5.8% in January-March quarter

  • India's economic growth rate slowed to five-year low of 5.8 per cent in January-March 2018-19, due to poor performance in agriculture and manufacturing sectors.
  • According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO) data released, GDP growth during 2018-19 fiscal stood at 6.8 per cent, lower than 7.2 per cent in the previous financial year.

Government approves extension of PM-KISAN scheme to all farmer; clears pension for farmers, traders

  • The newly-sworn in NDA government at the Centre has taken four major decisions related to farmers' and traders welfare in the first meeting of the Union Cabinet.
  • It has approved the extension of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) to all the farmers in the country. Earlier the benefit of the scheme was applicable to farmers having two hectares of land. The Centre approved the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Pension Yojana under which small and marginal farmers will get a minimum fixed pension of 3,000 rupees per month on attaining the age of 60 years.
  • The Cabinet also cleared a pension scheme for small traders. They will be given a minimum monthly pension of 3 thousand rupees on attaining the age of 60 years.

Growth of core infrastructure sectors slows to 2.6 pc in April

  • The growth of eight core infrastructure sectors slowed down to 2.6 per cent in April this year, due to negative growth in crude oil, natural gas and fertilizer output.
  • According to the government data released today, during April last year, the expansion rate of eight infrastructure sectors coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilizers, steel, cement and electricity -stood at 4.7 per cent.

ICC announces content partnerships with Facebook, YouTube, Twitter for World Cup

  • ICC has entered into content partnerships with global social media platforms Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to cater to the huge interest from fans in this event. Fans can enjoy recaps, reports, live scores and s, behind-the-scenes and other content across the ICC’s digital channels.

ICMR recommends ban on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

  • Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has recommended a complete ban on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), including e-cigarettes, saying their use can initiate nicotine addiction among non-smokers.
  • ENDS are devices that heat a solution to create an aerosol, which also frequently contains flavours, usually dissolved into propylene glycol and glycerin.

India to lose preferential trade terms with U.S.

  • India will lose access to preferential trade terms with the U.S. under the latter’s Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) programme.
  • President Donald Trump had written to the U.S. Congress on March 4 stating his intention to withdraw GSP benefits for India, saying India had failed to assure Washington that it would provide “equitable and reasonable access to the markets of India”.

India, Australia, Japan, US call for an open Indo-Pacific region

  • India, Australia, Japan and the US discussed cooperation in the areas of connectivity and infrastructure development at Bangkok and reaffirmed their commitment towards a free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.
  • According to an official statement from US, the four countries underscored their intent to continue close coordination and collaboration in support of sustainable, private sector-led development, maritime security and good governance. The consultations were part of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) an informal strategic grouping consisting of India, US, Australia and Japan.

Indian-origin Anita Bhatia appointed as UN-Women’s Deputy executive director

  • Indian-origin official Anita Bhatia, a veteran in strategic partnerships and resource mobilisation, has been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as the Deputy Executive Director in UN Women.
  • UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Iran's stocks of nuclear materials still within limits: IAEA

  • Iran's stocks of key nuclear materials are still within the limits set by a 2015 deal with world powers as per the latest International Atomic Energy Agency report.
  • Iran announced earlier this month that it no longer considered itself bound by the agreed restrictions on stocks of enriched uranium and heavy water. But, stocks of both did not exceed the ceilings set in the 2015 agreement, the report said.

Kasturirangan committee submits new draft education policy to HRD Ministry

  • Former ISRO chief Dr. Kasturirangan led Committee submitted the draft National Educational Policy (NEP) to HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank in New Delhi.
  • The policy draft recommends incorporation of Indian knowledge systems in the curriculum, constituting a National Education Commission and curbing arbitrary fees hikes by private schools. The expert panel also proposed massive transformation in Teacher Education by moving all teacher preparation and education programmes into large multidisciplinary universities or colleges.

Newly appointed Union Ministers take charge of their ministries

  • Newly appointed Ministers have started taking charge of their Ministries. Nirmala Sitharaman took the charge of Finance Ministry. Earlier, Santosh Gangwar took the charge of Ministry of Labour and Employment.
  • Rajnath Singh - Defence
  • Amit Shah - Home Affairs
  • Dr S. Jaishankar - External Affairs Minister.
  • Prakash Javadekar - Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
  • Nitin Gadkari - Road Transport and Highways;Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Ram Vilas Pawan - Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
  • Narendra Singh Tomar - Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Rural Development; Panchayati Raj
  • Ravi Shankar Prasad - Law and Justice; Communications;Electronics and Information Technology
  • Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi - Ministry of Minority Affairs
  • Piyush Goyal - Commerce and Industry Ministry
  • Thawarchand Gehlot - Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank - Human Resource Development
  • Arjun Munda - Tribal Affairs
  • Smriti Irani - Women and Child Development; Textiles
  • Dr Harsh Vardhan - Health and Family Welfare; Science and Technology; Earth Sciences
  • Prakash Javdekar - Environment, Forest and Climate Change; Information and Broadcasting
  • Piyush Goyal - Railways; Commerce and Industries

United Nations to cut 1,000 troops from Somalia force

  • United Nations Security Council has decided to cut 1,000 troops from a regional peacekeeping force in Somalia despite a rise in attacks by the Al-Shabaab militia in Mogadishu.
  • The council voted unanimously to draw down the African Union Mission in Somalia but left the door open for the council to revisit that decision if violence worsens.

US withdraws special tax exemption to Pakistani diplomats

  • The United States has withdrawn its special tax exemption to Pakistani diplomats. This move comes over a year after the Trump administration imposed travel restrictions on them. The US' move came after Pakistan imposed restrictions on American diplomats in the country and barred them from visiting the tribal belt and Karachi.
  • The Diplomatic Tax Exemption programme is usually granted to foreign diplomats and consulars. It provides sales and use, food, utility and other tax exemptions to eligible foreign officials on assignment in the US.

World No-Tobacco Day: 31st May

  • Every year, on 31st May, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.
  • The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019 is on “tobacco and lung health.”