Himachal banned sale of thermocol cutlery

The Himachal Pradesh government has banned the use and sale of thermocol cutlery including cups, plates, glasses, spoons or any other item in the state. Those violating the order will be fined according to the quantity of the thermocol. The state government has set a deadline of three months for manufacturers to dispose of their stocks.

UN member states approve USD 6.69 bn

The UN member states have approved a 6.69 billion US Dollar budget for 13 peacekeeping operations for the year 2018-19. It is the second year in a row, the committee has made significant cuts to the overall peacekeeping budget. The United States is the biggest contributor to the United Nations.

Karnataka to release water

The Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA), directed Karnataka to release water to Tamil Nadu and other States. The CWMA, which is yet to appoint full-time members, is scheduled to meet every 10 days during the monsoon months. The CWMA consists of a Chairman, a senior and eminent engineer, 2 whole-time members, 6 part-time members and a Secretary.

World Bank: Maha most vulnerable to climate

Maharashtra is among the states where people’s standards of living are most vulnerable to climate change, says a World Bank study released, titled “South Asia’s Hotspots”. The study projects that India could shave off 2.8% of GDP by 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions continue unmitigated. Many districts will see 9% – 11% decline in standards of living with Chandrapur district topping at 12.4%.

Composite Water Management Index out

NITI Aayog has released a Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) of Indian states comprising 9 broad sectors with 28 different indicators covering various aspects. Gujarat topped the list while Jharkhand has been adjudged as the worst performer. Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra have been placed after Gujarat respectively.

2 women battalions to be raised in J&K

To enhance the representation of women in the State Police, the Ministry of Home Affairs has approved raising two women Battalions for Jammu & Kashmir Police. One battalion each would be raised for Jammu region and Kashmir region. 60% of posts would be kept reserved for women of 10 border districts namely, Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Poonch, Rajouri, Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara, Kargil and Leh.

New scheme by MP Chief Minister

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that the state will give ?2 lakh to poor families whose heads die before the age of 60. He further said that in case the head of the family dies in an accident, the state will give ?4 lakh to the families. He also announced waiver on previous electricity bills.

CM inaugurates Green Mizoram Day

Green Mizoram Day was observed on 11 June across the Mizoram state. CM Lal Thanhawla inaugurated the Green Mizoram Day, 2018 at a function attended by his cabinet colleagues, legislators and senior government officials where they undertook ceremonial planting of trees along the river Chite in Aizawl. It is being organised every year on June 11 since 1999.

SBI NPAs Surpass Rs 1 Lakh Crore In FY18

11 : State Bank of India, recorded its highest non-performing asset (NPAs) of Rs. 1.1 lakh crore in 2017-18, almost equal to what it had registered in the decade before. This is available through RTI and the bank’s annual report. The gross NPAs of the bank went up from Rs. 1.12 lakh crore in 2016-17 to Rs. 2.23 lakh crore in the last fiscal.

Sikkim got its longest tunnel

Minister of State for Defence, Dr, Subhash Bhamre has dedicated a highway tunnel at Theng near Chungthang in north Sikkim to the nation. The tunnel 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.