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Current affairs of 8th June

Anjali Singh, Published On:08-Jun-2019


                       Current affairs

1.The Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, said that the Central government aims to make Plant India initiative a national movement led by people, like the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

  • He said that after holding a meeting with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other State officials on environment and forest ­related issues.

2.The Food Corporation of India has commissioned a new roadmap to speed up silo construction to meet its target of 100 lakh tonnes of storage space by 2022.

  • With record harvests and high procurement over the last few years, the FCI is sitting on a reserve stock of foodgrains that is almost double the required level, straining capacity and forcing the use of cover and plinth storage which is not entirely weather­proof.
  • The previous government had constructed 6.75 lakh tonnes of storage capacity while work is ongoing for 22 lakh tonnes, the reason for slow progress was due to the necessity of having 1.5 km rail sidings next to the silos.
  • Engineering consultancy firm RITES Ltd had been asked to prepare a roadmap for a new silo model within the next 90 days.

3.The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to facilitate seamless sharing of data and information for carrying out scrutiny, inspection, investigation and prosecution.

  • This assumes significance as the MCA has the database of all registered firms while SEBI only regulates listed entities that may have unlisted subsidiaries, with the MCA having access to all the data of such unlisted entities.
  • The MoU comes in the wake of increasing need for surveillance in the context of corporate frauds affecting important sectors of the economy. As the private sector plays an increasingly vital role in economic growth, the need for a robust corporate governance mechanism becomes the need of the hour.
  • The MoU will facilitate the sharing of data and information between the regulator and the MCA on an automatic and regular basis, while enabling sharing of specific information such as details of suspended companies, delisted firms, shareholding pattern from the SEBI and financial statements filed with the Registrar by corporates, returns of allotment of shares and audit reports relating to corporates

4.The poor state of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) reflected in the outcome budget 2019-20 which showed depleting fleet and dwindling earnings of the public transporter.

  • The outcome budget of the transport department, however, showed that cluster buses run under Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System (DIMTS) were registering growth in earnings.
  • The outcome budget of the Delhi government was released by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisoida.
  • The number of DTC's operational buses was 3,974 in 2017-18. The target was to raise it to 4,176 in 2018-19, but it remained stagnant 3,897.

5.A first of its kind 'Gandhi cycle rally for peace' was organised by the Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia as part of the celebrations to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

  • Over 150 participants from all walks of life, cultural and ethnic identities participated in the cycle rally organised in the Saudi capital Riyadh and remembered Mahatma Gandhi and relevance of his message of peace on the occasion.
  • India's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Dr Ausaf Sayeed, flagged off the event and also participated in the rally, which was organised in association with the Diplomatic Quarter Authority and Saudi Cycling Federation.

6.External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Bhutan's top leadership, including Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, and discussed important elements of the bilateral ties with emphasis on development partnership and cooperation in the hydropower sector.

  • Jaishankar is in the Buddhist kingdom on a two-day visit, his first overseas trip after assuming charge of the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • The two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest with emphasis on development partnership and hydropower, "giving a new thrust to time-tested friendship".

                      Awards and Recognition

7.The Election Commission declared the National People’s Party led by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma as a national party.

  • This made the NPP, formed by his father and former Speaker Purno A. Sangma in 2013, the first from the Northeast to earn the tag.

8.Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha was given an extension of three months in service beyond June 12, 2019.

  • Mr. Sinha’s extended term as the Cabinet Secretary will now expire on September 12, 2019.
  • This is the third extension for Mr. Sinha since his appointment as the top bureaucrat in 2015 for a fixed term of two years.

             Appointment and Resignation

9.Justice Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel takes oath as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.

  • Lt. Governor Anil Baijal administered the oath of office to Justice Patel at a function held at Raj Nivas.


10.Former Chief Election commissioner N Gopalaswami has been appointed as electoral officer to supervise the BCCI elections to be held on October 22.

  • Shri N Gopalaswami, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, as the Electoral Officer to supervise the elections of the BCCI and the Indian Cricketers Association.
  • Shri N Gopalaswami shall operate from the BCCI Headquarters in Mumbai.

11.Defending champion Rafael Nadal powered past Roger Federer in the French Open semi-finals, to move within one victory of a record-extending 12th Roland Garros title after handing his oldest rival his worst Grand Slam defeat in 11 years.

Source: The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Press Information Bureau website



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