13 June 2017 - Current Affairs

Jitu-Heena clinch gold in ISSF World Cup

  • India's Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu clinched the gold medal in mixed team 10m air pistol event of the ISSF World Cup, beating Russia 7-6 in the final.
  • France beat Iran to win the bronze in the event.
  • The event will see the eight best shooters of the world compete in each Olympic discipline along with reigning Olympic and World Championship medalists and wild-cards.

Consumer price based inflation falls to all time low

  • Consumer price based inflation (Retail inflation) fell to an all-time low of 2.18 % in May this year.
  • This number is the lowest inflation rate that the country has witnessed ever since it started publishing an economy-wide consumer price index (CPI) in the year 2012.
  • The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure that examines the weighted average of prices of a basket of consumer goods and services.
  • CPI is calculated by taking price changes for each item in the predetermined basket of goods and averaging them.

IRDAI takes over management of Sahara Life Insurance

  • The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has taken over the administration of Sahara India Life Insurance.
  • This is a first of its kind move in the insurance sector.
  • IRDAI appointed one of its general managers to manage the affairs of the insurer with "immediate effect".

India set to ratify global conventions to combat child labour

  • India is set to ratify two key global conventions on combating child labour.
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO) in his statement for World Day Against Child Labour, marked annually on June 12, said ILO’s Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138) and the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182) have now been ratified member states respectively.
  • After this, India would join majority of countries that have adopted the legislation to prohibit and place severe restrictions on the employment and work of children.

‘Anuyatra’, an empowerment programme for the differently abled

  • The Kerala government unveiled ‘anuyatra’, an empowerment programme for the differently abled persons.
  • As part of the programme, 23 differently abled children who were given special training in magic at the Thiruvananthapuram-based Magic Academy were declared as the ambassadors of ‘anuyatra’.
  • The initiative is aimed at transforming the southern state to a disabled-friendly one and empower differently-abled children by bringing them to the forefront of the society.

India awards road contract to complete Kaladan project (in Myanmar)

  • The contract for building 109-km road connecting Paletwa river terminal to Zorinpui in Mizoram border has been awarded by the government.
  • The Kaladan project connects Sittwe Port (Myanmar) to the India-Myanmar border.
  • This project will reduce distance from Kolkata to Sittwe by approximately 1328 km.

New NDRF base comes up in Delhi to respond to bio, nuke attacks

  • National Disaster Response Force team equipped with nuclear and biological combat gear has been positioned in the heart of the New Delhi to quickly respond to dangerous threats.
  • Till now, the NDRF base in sector-19 in neighbouring Ghaziabad was tasked with the responsibility of the Delhi area.
  • The Apex Body for Disaster Management in India is the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
  • The Chairman of the NDMA is the Prime Minister.

Arunachal demands separate time zone to improve efficiency, work hours

  • Arunachal Pradesh CM demanded for a separate time zone for the north-eastern states.
  • Separate time zone was needed to improve work efficiency and save electricity in the region.
  • A planning commission report in 2006, too, suggested different time zones in India to improve efficiency.

India, Israel sign ‘white shipping’ agreement

  • India and Israel signed a “white shipping” agreement to improve data sharing on non-classified merchant navy ships or cargo ships.
  • The agreement was signed by Admiral Lanba and Chief of the General Staff of Israeli Defence Force Lt Gen Gadi Eisenkot.
  • Defence ties between India and Israel have been growing rapidly and India is the largest buyer of Israel’s military hardware.

Odia language poet, essayist and columnist Haraprasad Das gets Kalinga Literary Award

  • Legendary Odiya poet, essayist and columnist Haraprasad Das was conferred with the covetous Kalinga Literary Award for his work and contribution to literature at the fourth edition of Kalinga Literary Festival.
  • This year the Kalinga Literary Festival introduced two new awards -the Kalinga International Literary Award, which was received by Anand Neelakantan and the Kalinga Karubaki Award, which was given to Paramita Satpathy.
  • Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) is an annual, two-day literary festival held in Bhubaneswar.

Bihar’s Nalanda model of water conservation chosen for national award

  • Nalanda model of water conservation in Nalanda district of south central Bihar, has been selected for the national award for excellence in the Mahatma Gandhi national rural employment guarantee programme (MGNREGP), by the ministry of rural development.
  • The award for excellence will be conferred on ‘Project Jal Sanchay’, the water conservation model at a function to be organised at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
  • Under the project, check dams and traditional Aahar-Pyne irrigation systems were created.

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