Daily Current Affairs (English) - 25.06.2018
Ramdev to get wax statue at Madame Tussauds
Baba Ramdev will soon have a wax replica at the Madame Tussauds museum of London. Baba Ramdev will be the second saint to be depicted at the notable wax museum after Swami Vivekanand. Madame Tussauds is a major tourist attraction in London, displaying the waxworks of famous and historic people and also popular film characters.
Swachh Bharat survey 2018
According to Swachh Bharat survey 2018, Jharkhand is the cleanest state in India followed by Maharashtra and Chattisgarh. Among the cities, Indore is the cleanest followed by Bhopal & chandigarh. Tripura was at the bottom of the list of cleanest states, followed by Puducherry, Nagaland and West Bengal. 18 out of 25 dirtiest cities in India with population of over 1 lakh are in West Bengal.
Plastic ban in Maharashtra
The Maharashtra government has imposed a ban on manufacture, use, sale, distribution and storage of all plastic materials across the state. As per the notification, violators will be fined Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 for the first and second-time offence. With this Maharashtra becomes the 18th state of the country to impose a complete ban on plastic.
24°C as the default setting for ACs
Power Ministry has suggested air-conditioner manufacturers to keep default setting at 24°C in a bid to save energy. It has also suggested that manufacturers should carry out labelling indicating optimum temperature setting for benefit of consumers, both from financial & health point of view. Having a default setting at 24°C will result in savings of 20 billion units of electricity in a year.
First-ever nature-themed comic book
To foster love for nature & raise awareness about its protection among children, WWF-India has launched its first-ever comic book. ‘The Great Indian Nature Trail with Uncle Bikky’ follows the travels of its protagonists Uncle Bikky, Chunmun and their dog Duggu as they learn about wildlife across India. Book was launched by Bikram Grewal, author and Ravi Singh, Secretary and CEO, WWF-India.
Kannur Int’l Airport to begin operations
Union Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu has announced the opening of the Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) in September in 2018. Kannur aerodome will become the fourth international airport in Kerala. With this, Kerala will be the state with the most number of international airports (4) in the country.
Modi inaugurates Mundka-Bahadurgarh Metro link
Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Mundka-Bahardurgarh metro network through a digital video link between PMO and Bahadurgarh. With the opening of the 11.2km Mundka-Bahadurgarh stretch of Green Line, Delhi Metro makes its third foray into Haryana, connecting Bahadurgarh to the heart of Delhi. With the opening of this section, Delhi Metro network will expand to 288 km with 208 stations.
Panel to lay down standards for metro systems
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the proposal of setting up of a committee to lay down standards for metro rail systems in India. The committee will be headed by retired Indian Engineering Service (IES) officer E Sreedharan, also known as “Metro Man”. Sreedharan served as the managing director of Delhi Metro between 1995 and 2012.
Amit wins gold at World Para Athletics
India’s Amit Kumar Saroha has clinched the gold medal in the men’s club throw F51 event at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Tunisia. The wheelchair-bound Indian athlete produced the season’s best performance of 29.42m to bag the gold. Amit Saroha is an Asian Para Games medalist and an Arjuna Awardee, competing in the F51 category in Discus throw and Club throw.
‘Chief Minister of the Year’ award
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was conferred the ‘Chief Minister of the Year’ award for her remarkable work in e-governance. The award was given to her at the 52nd Skoch Summit held in New Delhi. Efforts of the chief minister and state government were appreciated in implementing the prime minister’s Digital India campaign for benefitting the common man.
PM Modi nods setting up panel for metro rail systems
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24th June approved the proposal of setting up of a committee to lay down standards for metro rail systems in India. The committee will be headed by retired Indian Engineering Service (IES) officer E Sreedharan, also known as “Metro Man”. Sreedharan served as the managing director of Delhi Metro between 1995 and 2012.
India produces minerals worth Rs 1.13 lakh cr in FY18
The country has produced minerals worth Rs 1.13 lakh crore in FY18, registering an increase of 13 percent over the previous fiscal. India produced minerals worth Rs 1 lakh crore (provisional) in 2016-17, according to the Annual Report 2017-18 of Ministry of Mines. The estimated value for metallic minerals is Rs 53,029 crore and that of non-metallic minerals, including minor minerals, is Rs 60,512 crore, it said. Union Minister for Mines: Narendra Singh Tomar
Ambubachi Mela at Assam’s Kamakhya Temple kicks off
There is no denying the fact that India is a place of weirdly interesting practices and people. One nation, where even the misfits feel at home. In yet another reiteration of the fact, Assam’s Kamakhya Temple is all set to celebrate the menstruation cycle of Hindu Goddess Kamakhya. Yes, you read that right. The annual four-day celebration is set to start on June 22, 2018, and is famous by the name of Ambubachi Mela.
AIIB to invest USD 200 million in NIIF
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will invest USD 200 million in India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF). The AIIB, in a statement, said the proposal as a “concept” has been approved by the bank and the memorandum of approving the first tranche of USD 100 million is being presented for the Board of Directors’ approval at the 3rd annual meeting going to be held on June 25-June 26 in Mumbai.
Chennai’s R Praggnanandhaa becomes second youngest Grandmaster
Chennai lad R Praggnanandhaa created history on 23rd June as he became the second youngest Grandmaster in the world at 12 years, 10 months and 13 days. Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine had become the youngest Grandmaster at 12 years, seven months back in 1990.R Praggnanandhaa made history by becoming the 2nd youngest chess grandmaster in the world by earning his 3rd GM norm during Gredine Open. Praggnanandhaa who is just 12 years, 10 months and 14 days old is also the youngest Indian Grandmaster. Ukraine’s Serget Karjakin remains the youngest ever Grandmaster. Viswanathan Anand, India’s first ever GM, was 18 years old when he earned his 3rd norm
SKY Scheme for farmers to generate solar power
The Gujarat government has launched a solar power scheme for farmers – Suryashakti Kisan Yojana (SKY). Under the scheme farmers would not only be able to generate electricity for their captive consumption but will also be able to sell the surplus power to the grid and earn an extra buck. The extra electricity given to grid would be purchased at a rate of Rs7 per unit for a period of 7 years.