• Daily Current Affairs: 9th June, 2018

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    1. Lyricist Rasaraj Narayan Prasad Singh passes away
      • Rasaraj Narayan Prasad Singh (86-year) was the lyricist of several popular melodious songs in Odia cinema.
      • Some of his soulful and melodious songs in Odia cinema are ‘Jeevan Jamuna re Juara uthere’, ‘Ratani gaja gamani’, ‘Ae ta kali kaal reeti biparita bhai re’.
    2. Short-Term Subsidised Crop Loan To Be Implemented Through DBT Mode
      • Reserve Bank of India stated that interest subsidy scheme on short-term crop loans of up to three lakh rupees will be implemented through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode from the current financial year.
      • The notification adds that the scheme will be required to be settled as applicable in Plan Scheme namely Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and North East Region among others.
    3. Highway Tunnel Dedicates To Nation In North Sikkim
      • A highway tunnel at Theng near Chungthang in north Sikkim to the nation will benefit the tourism and rapidly propel the growth of the state.
      • The double-lane tunnel stretching about 600 meters has been constructed by the Border Roads Organisation at cost of over 42 crore rupees.
    4. NASAs mission to study Venus from a Floating Research Colony
      • Venus has volcano-spotted surface, there is 100 times more pressure than earth.
      • Venus is not a hospitable place for humans.
      • The planet is covered in thick, billowing sulfuric acid clouds, underneath which temperatures reach nearly a thousand degrees Fahrenheit.
      • Nasa’s project HAVOC, which stands for “High Altitude Venus Operational Concept.” The project details how a 30-day, manned mission to Venus might go down.
    5. India and Belgium to celebrate International Yoga Day
      • the Embassy of India, Brussels, on 21 June 2018 in partnership with the European Parliament and the Art of Living Foundation, and on 24 June 2018 in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing, Environment, and Energy of the Brussels Capital Region Government, the City of Brussels and Vidonne Asbl will organize events on yoga, wellness and harmony of body and mind.
      • The yoga and meditation session will be led by renowned Indian spiritual leader and Yoga Guru, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
    6. Intercontinental Cup: India lose last group game to New Zealand
      • India suffered a 1-2 defeat at the hands of New Zealand in their final league match of the Intercontinental Cup tournament in Mumbai.
      • With six points from two earlier games, the Indian team still hold a chance to enter the final to be played.
      • Since India has a goal difference of plus 7 as against plus 1 of New Zealand, it has a big chance to make it to the final.
    7. Union Govt. Task Force on Shell Companies deregisters over 2 lakh 26 Thousand companies in 2017-18 for non-filing of annual returns
      • These companies have not filed their annual returns for a continuous period of two or more financial years. Over three lakh directors were also disqualified for non-filing of Financial Statements or Annual Returns.
      • The former directors and authorized signatories of the struck-off companies have been restricted from operating the bank accounts of these firms
    8. Upward revision of pension to meritorious sportspersons
      • Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports has approved the upward revision of pension to meritorious sportspersons.
      • Under the revised scheme, it is highlighted that the sportsperson should retire from active sports career and be attaining the age of 30 years at the time of applying pension under the scheme.
      • The revised pension rates are as follows:
        •  The medalists at the Olympic/Para-Olympic Games will now get Rs 20,000, double from earlier Rs 10000 per month.
        •  The gold medalists at World Cup/World Championship in Olympic and Asian Games disciplines will get Rs 16,000, which is also double from earlier Rs 8,000 per month.
        •  The silver or bronze medalists at World Cup or World Championship in Olympics and Asian Games disciplines and gold medalists in Asian Games/Commonwealth Games/Para Asian Games will now get Rs14, 000 from earlier Rs 7,000 per month.
        •  The silver and bronze medalist in Asian Games/Commonwealth Games/Para Asian Games will get Rs 12,000.
    9. Rural sanitation coverage crosses 85 per cent mark
      • The sanitation coverage in rural India has risen to 85 per cent under Swachh Bharat Mission, the largest cleanliness drive in the world.
      • A recent survey conducted by an Independent Verification Agency over 6000 villages found that the usage of toilets in rural India had risen to 93.4%.
      • Two independent surveys conducted in the past by the Quality Council of India in 2017 and National Sample Survey Organization in 2016 also recorded the usage of toilets in rural India to be around 91 per cent and 95 per cent respectively.
      • The development is significant because under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen), sanitation coverage increased to more than double the coverage at the time of the launch of the Mission.
    10. MoU to extend health cooperation signed India and Norway
      • The cooperation will be extended through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for a period of three years starting from 2018 to 2020.
      • This cooperation between India and Norway is aligned with the development goals of Indian Government as outlined in its National Health Policy 2017 for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
      • It will focus on global health issues of common interest.
      • It will enable cooperation in the areas related to maternal, new-born, child health and shall build on experiences from NIPI phase I and II.
      • Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) Phase 3 (2018-2020)
        •  NIPI Phase 3 (2018-2020) will be built on the experiences of NIPI Phase I and II.
        •  It will scale up to the intensified districts and also establish an innovation hub.
        • The best practices in maternal and newborn child health carried out under the National Health Mission and NIPI will be shared for global dissemination and learning.
        • The NIPI initiative through its work in the last ten years during 2007-2017 has resulted in newer initiatives.
        • NIPI has also supported National Health Mission by providing credible technical support in the five Indian states and at national level. This has resulted in development and release of multiple policies and guidelines for the NHM.
    11. New border battalions
      • Nine new battalions would be constituted by govt., among which two would be for the border areas.
      • The two new women battalions have also been sanctioned for the J&K police, one for Kashmir Division and for Jammu Division.
      • The battalions will primarily deal with incidents like stone pelting in Kashmir valley and other law and order duties.
      • The move is expected to provide employment to around 2000 women from the state.
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