Daily Current Affairs (English) - 20.06.2018
Government to team up with Google for flood forecasting
Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari has expressed hope that collaboration with Google will help in effective flood management in India. Central Water Commission (CWC), India’s apex technical organization in the field of Water Resources, has entered into a Collaboration Agreement with Google.
ICICI Bank names Bakhshi as interim head; CEO Chanda Kochhar to go on leave during probe
ICICI Bank CEO and managing director Chanda Kochhar will go on leave until the completion of an enquiry probing allegations of conflicts of interest against her, the bank said on 18th June. Sandeep Bakhshi, who heads the life insurance arm of the bank, has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for a period of five years, the bank stated in a stock market filing. Mr. Bakhshi will report to Ms. Kochhar, who will continue in her role as MD and CEO of ICICI Bank.
‘Bank credit rises 3.4% in Dec. 2017 quarter’
Bank credit grew 3.4% on a sequential basis in the December 2017 quarter, helped by the better performance by private sector banks and an uptick in industrial credit after two successive quarters of declines, according to the Reserve Bank data. At the end of the December quarter, bank credit stood at 80.62 trillion compared with 77.95 trillion in the September 2017 quarter as per the RBI data.
Government plans largest National Data Centre in Bhopal
government plans to expand its BPO promotion scheme to one lakh seats and will also set up India’s largest National data center in Bhopal, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on 18th June. The fifth National Data Centre will come up in Bhopal with the capacity of five lakh virtual servers, he added. The National Data Centres – that host Government websites, services, and apps – are currently operational at four locations – Pune, Hyderabad, Delhi, and Bhubaneswar.
European Union film fest to travel to 11 Indian cities
The European Union Film Festival 2018 will showcase a handpicked selection of the finest and most-riveting films from Europe. Inaugurating the European Union Film Festival in New Delhi, Rathore said films not only served as a medium to tell stories but also allowed people to meet and cultures to converse. 24 films from 23 EU states will bring a cross-section of unusual stories told through cinema. The festival will travel to 11 cities, including Delhi. All films will be screened with English subtitles and entry is free.
Indian Coast Guard fleet 4th largest in the world
Addressing the gathering after commissioning the Fast Patrol
Vessel (FPV) Rani Rashmoni, the fifth and last of the FPV series
constructed by the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) at
Visakhapatnam, Additional Director General (Operations and
Coastal Security) of Coast Guard V Sri Ramachandra Murthy said
that Indian Coast Guard fleet has steadily grown over the years
and now stood at fourth largest CG in the world.
Presently, the CG has 136 ships, 62 aircraft and over 13,000 personal, he said.
WHO releases new global classification of diseases
The World Health Organization (WHO) on 18th June released its new International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). The ICD is the foundation for identifying health trends and statistics worldwide and contains around 55,000 unique codes for injuries, diseases, and causes of death. It provides a common language that allows health professionals to share health information across the globe. WHO headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
Govt agrees with Google for flood forecasting
Central Water Commission, India’s apex technical organization in the field of Water Resources, has entered into a Collaboration Agreement with Google. CWC would use state-of-the-art advances made by Google in the in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and geospatial mapping for effective management of water resources. It will give flood-related information to the masses.
3-day national yoga olympiad-2018
A 3-day National Yoga Olympiad was inaugurated at the National Council of Educational Research and Training in CIET in New Delhi. This is the third consecutive year of National Yoga Olympiad of NCERT and this year about 500 students from 26 States and 4 RIEs are participating. Two books – Joy of Theatre and Sangeet — training packages were released on the occasion.
Year of Disabled Soldiers In Line of Duty
To honour soldiers who have been disabled in line of duty, while serving the Nation and to celebrate the undying spirit of ‘Soldiering’, Indian Army is observing the year 2018 as the ‘Year of Disabled Soldiers in Line of Duty’. The primary focus is towards alleviating the sufferings of these soldiers The endeavour this year is to provide a one-time financial assistance to disabled soldiers.
Delhi to run out of groundwater by 2020
At least 21 major Indian cities, including Delhi and Bengaluru, are expected to run out of groundwater by 2020. It will affect 100 million people, according to government think tank NITI Aayog report. It further stated that 40% Indian population will have no access to drinking water by 2030 and that India will lose 6% GDP by 2050 due to the crisis.
Brazil & India firm most vulnerable to hikes
According to a report from Mckinsey Global Institute, a 200 basis-point increase in interest rate would spark a sharp price in corporate debt especially in case of Brazilian and Indian firms. This is seen as central banks of many emerging economies have raised interest rates, a similar thing done by RBI. It also said advanced economies would be protected from such increase of interest.
Goa and Hawaii to sign sister agreement
The government of Goa and US state of Hawaii will sign a sister agreement as the draft was cleared by State Cabinet. This would enhance the cooperation between Goa and Hawaii and would include areas such as trade, tourism, sports, technology, yoga, skill development, agriculture and Ayurveda. This would also boost the infrastructure project such as Mandovi river project & Zuari river bridge
121.4 Cr Aadhar Card generated till June 2018
According to a report, nearly 121.4 crore aadhar cards have been generated till 16 June 2018. The IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also revealed that nearly 22.5 crore handsets are manufactured each year with a value of Rs. 1.32 lakh crore. The Unified Mobile Application for New Age Governance (UMANG) app also saw 64 lakh downloads which is a great achievement.
7th OPEC international Seminar
The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill development & Entreprenuership Dharmendra Pradhan to participate in the 7th OPEC International seminar as a special guest in Vienna, Austria on 19th June. The visit is crucial as global oil prices are at highest since 2014 and are impacting India’s increasing economy. He will also be visiting Germany and will take part in a yoga event.
11th Common Review Mission report
Shri Ashwini Choubey, Minister of Health and Family welfare released the 11th Common Review Mission (CRM) report. The report stated that the country had registered 22% reduction to 130 from 167 in Maternal Mortality rate (MMR) since 2013. The report also focussed on creation and conversion of Sub health centers as health and wellness centers (HWC) to achieve the aim of 150000 HWC by 2022.