World’s first mission to study the Sun

NASA will launch mankind’s first mission to the Sun – a car-sized probe that will swoop to within 4 million miles of the solar surface. The ‘Parker Solar Probe’ will study the Sun closer than any human-made object ever has. The Parker Solar Probe carries a lineup of instruments to study the Sun. Parker Solar Probe will explore the corona, a region of the Sun only seen from Earth.

Fastest man-made spinning object developed

Scientists have developed the fastest man-made rotor in the world, which will help them study quantum mechanics. At more than 60 billion revolutions per minute, this machine is more than 100,000 times faster than a high-speed dental drill. Quantum mechanics is a fundamental theory in physics which describes nature at the smallest scales of energy levels of atoms and subatomic particles.

Google is working on project “Fuchsia”

Google has been working on software that will replace Android. The project, known as Fuchsia, was created to overcome the limitations of Android as more personal devices and other gadgets come online. It’s being designed to better accommodate voice interactions and frequent security updates and to look the same across a range of devices, from laptops to tiny internet-connected sensors.

Enerparc commissions rooftop solar project

Enerparc commissions rooftop solar project
Enerparc India, a subsidiary of global solar solution provider Enerparc AG has commisioned 980 KW solar project at Bharat Fritz Werner Ltd. in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The rooftop solar project at BFW will generate approx. 15 lacs of units annually thus reducing its dependency on fossil fuels. Enerparc India had also Installed World’s 1st Solar Power Plant on Ship to Shore cranes in Mumbai.

Meghalayan Age: Latest Era in Earth’s History

Meghalayan Age: Latest Era in Earth’s History
The last 4,200 yrs have been classified by geologists as a new distinct age in Earth’s history, called the “Meghalayan Age,” named after the northeastern Indian state. The International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS) has made it a part of Holocene Era. The Meghalayan goes back 4,200 yrs when a drought severely impacted civilizations in Egypt, Greece, the Indus Valley, Yangtze River Valley.

Google announces Android Dev Summit

Google announces Android Dev Summit
The Android Dev Summit is being organized at the Computer History Museum, Moutain View, California on 7 – 8 Nov 2018. The last one was in 2015, and it also happened at the Computer History Museum. Android Developer Days, or ADD, is an open conference held at various locations worldwide each year.

Karnataka to set up five tech innovation hubs

18 : Karnataka’s first ‘K-Tech Innovation Hub’ was inaugurated in Belagavi by K J George, Karnataka Minister for IT/BT & ST. The K-Tech Innovation Hub backed by providing space and infrastructure, prototyping facilities and a world-class innovation network. The K-Tech Innovation hub leverages the globally connected ecosystem & brings infrastructure similar to the MIT Fab Lab to Belagavi.

Govt to deliver 11 Crore Ayushman Cards

The government will be printing and delivering 11 crore Ayushman Bharat ‘family cards’ by organizing public contact programme called ‘Ayushman Pakhwaras’. The CEO of Ayushman Bharat- National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) is Indu Bhushan. The scheme was announced by Union Minister Arun Jaitley in his budget 2018 and is expected to be the world’s largest health coverage scheme.

Forbes highest paid entertainers’ list

Floyd Mayweather with earnings of 285 million dollars topped the Forbes list of world’s 100 highest-paid entertainers. Forbes said the world’s 100 top-earning entertainers pulled in a combined $6.3 billion pretax over the past 12 months. Akshay is ranked 76th on the Forbes list of the World’s Highest Paid Celebrities 2018 while Salman is on the 82nd spot.

India to be VC of WCO’s Asia Pacific region

India has become the Vice-Chair of the Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organisation (WCO) for a period of two years, from July 2018 to June 2020. A ceremony will be organized in New Delhi on 16 June. The Theme of the Inaugural Ceremony is “Customs – Fostering Trade Facilitation”. WCO represents 182 Customs administrations across the globe that process approx 98% of world trade.

India inaugurates its largest visa centre

India has inaugurated its largest visa centre in the world in Dhaka to reduce the waiting time for applicants. Bangladeshis constitute one of the largest number of visitors from a single country to India. Last year, India issued 1.4 million visas to Bangladeshi nationals. India has 12 visa centres in Bangladesh, which is the highest number the former has in any country in the world.

South Africa launches powerful new telescope

South Africa has unveiled the 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope, slated to be the world’s largest and most powerful telescope on its completion in 2030. Built for $330 million, MeerKAT will be integrated into an array of 3,000 dishes. The telescope is being built by an international consortium, including Australia, Britain, Canada, China, India, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden and the Netherlands.

World’s cheapest clean drinking water

With the launch of the cost-effective innovative water project, Bihar will soon provide the cheapest drinking water in the world. The first of such project was launched in Bihar’s Darbhanga district, by Sulabh International. With the help of this project, people will be able to get clean water in 50paisa/litre. The project converts contaminated pond & river water into safe drinking water.

World Bank report on Malala Day

In a report of world bank ‘Missed Opportunities: The High Cost of Not Educating Girls’, not educating girls or creating barriers in their school education globally costs between USD 15 to USD 30 trillion. According to the report,132 million girls around the world below 17 are still not in school. The report was released on 12 July 2018, on the eve of United Nations Malala Day.

Connaught Place: 9th most costly location

According to the report of property consultant CBRE, New Delhi’s Connaught Place is the 9th most expensive office location in the world with an annual rent of $153 per sq ft. The ranking was topped by Hong Kong at the 1st position followed by London. The survey highlighted that prime office occupancy cost growth was consistent across all regions in the past 12 months.

Spiritual leader Dada Vaswani passes away

Dada Vaswani, spiritual leader and head of the Sadhu Vaswani mission, passed away at the age of 99 in Pune on 12th July. Dada Vaswani is known for actively promoting vegetarianism and campaigning for animal rights. Vaswani had initiated a global peace initiative,‘The Moment of Calm’. His birthday is also observed as World Forgiveness Day.

AP tops ease of doing business ranking

Andhra Pradesh has topped the ease of doing annual business ranking of states and Union Territories by the World Bank and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. Telangana and Haryana are at the second and third positions respectively. DIPP in collaboration with World Bank conducts an annual reform exercise for all States/UTs under the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP).

India muscles past France in WB ranking

According to updated World Bank figures for 2017, India has become the world’s sixth-biggest economy, pushing France into seventh place. India’s gross domestic product (GDP) amounted to $2.597 trillion at the end of last year, against $2.582 trillion for France. According to the IMF, India is projected to generate growth of 7.4% this year and 7.8% in 2019.

India bag four medals at Asian Archery

India has bagged four medals in the Asia Cup World Archery Ranking Tournament Stage 3 in Taipei. The feat comprised 3 silver medals and a bronze. India finished joint third with Iran in the championship. India ended their campaign behind toppers Korea and hosts Chinese Taipei.

World Population Day

World Population day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. This year, the theme for the World Population Day is ‘Family Planning is a Human Right’. According to UN, China with 1.4 billion & India with 1.3 billion people are the 2 most populous countries, contributing to 19% & 18 % of the global population respectively.

Dipa Karmakar clinches gold medal

India’s premier gymnast Dipa Karmakar clinched a gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin in Turkey. Karmakar who had finished fourth in the vault event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, scored 14.150 to win gold. This is Dipa’s first medal in a World Challenge Cup. She had topped the qualification also with a score of 13.400.

Siddhanta scales world’s highest volcano

Satyarup Siddhanta has become the 2nd Indian mountaineer after Malli Mastan Babu to climb Mt Ojos del Salado, the highest volcano in the world. Ojos del Salado is a stratovolcano in the Andes on the Argentina-Chile border and the highest active volcano in the world at 6,893 metres. Satyarup is also set to be the first Indian to climb Mt Sidley, the highest volcano of Antarctica.

Dalabehera bags bronze in World Weightlifting

Indian lifter Jhilli Dalabehera has bagged the bronze medal in the 2018 IWF Junior World Weightlifting Championships at Tashkent. She lifted 167 kg in the 48 kg category to finish third on the podium. According to Indian Weightlifting Federation Secretary General Sahdev Yadav, Jhilli is the 2nd woman lifter after Saikhom Mirabai Chanu in 2013 to win a medal in the Junior World Championships.

World Sanskrit Conference in Vancouver, Canada

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar will inaugurate the 17th World Sanskrit Conference to be held at Vancouver, Canada from 9th to 13th July, 2018. The conference aims to promote, preserve & practice the Sanskrit language all over the world by the people. World Sanskrit Conference is being held in various countries across the globe once in every 3 years & so far it has been held thrice in India.

PM to inaugurate statue of unity

PM Modi will inaugurate the Statue of Unity on 31st October 2018, the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The construction of the tallest statue in the world that began in December 2015, is nearly complete. World’s tallest statue dedicated to country’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabbhai Patel is being built with 5,700 Metric tonne structural steel and 1,900 MT of bronze.

World’s largest mobile factory

Samsung has set up what is the world’s largest mobile factory at Sector 81 in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Not just mobiles, the expansion of current facility will double Samsung’s production capacity of consumer electronics like refrigerators. Samsung is currently making 67 million smartphones in India & with the new plant being functional, it is expected to manufacture nearly 120 million phones.

Zuckerberg becomes 3rd richest person

Mark Zuckerberg has leapfrogged Warren Buffett to become the third richest person in the world. Zuckerberg is now worth $81.6 billion, about $373 million more than Buffett, the chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Zuckerberg trails only Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates.

Gjirokastra at the risk of disappearing

Gjirokastra, the slanted city of Albania is crumbling and is at a risk of disappearing. Many of the fortified and century-old buildings of the town which are a tourist attraction, won a place in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005, but are at a risk of disappearing. Most of the buildings date from the 17th and 18th centuries.

President to visit Goa

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, will visit Goa on July 7 and 8, 2018. This will be his first visit to Goa as the President of India. The President will visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Old Goa, and Shri Mangueshi Temple in Mardol, before returning to Delhi. The President will also address the 30th annual convocation of the Goa University.

World’s First All-Digital Art Museum at Tokyo

The world’s first digital art museum opened at the MORI Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo, a collaboration between the developer and art collective TeamLab. Owing to projection-mapping technology, the artworks react to movement and touch, inviting visitors to imagine they possess new superpowers. In 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics visitors to Tokyo will experience something unique.

IFC invests $100 mn in M&M arm

World Bank Group members IFC has invested $100 million in Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Ltd. This would enable the Mahindra group company to augment its growth by extending loans to individuals along with financing small and medium enterprises. The investment will be through secured non-convertible debentures.

New World heritage site: Chiribiquete Park

Being the ninth site in Colombia to be given the status of world heritage site, Chiribiquete park is the country’s largest park and has one of the highest rates of plant diversity in the northern Amazon. It is located on one of the world’s oldest rock formations, the Guiana Shield. It was first declared a national park in 1989. It also bears traces of ancient human life.

Australia wins Champions Trophy 2018

World Champions Australia defeated India 3-1 via shoot-off after both teams were locked at 1-1 in regulation time to clinch its 2nd consecutive Champions Trophy hockey title. It was the 37th and final edition of the tournament with Australia winning 15th Champions Trophy title. It was being held at Breda. India won their consecutive silver medal while the Netherlands won the bronze medal.

Asia’s first patent arbitration centre

1 : Asia’s 1st arbitration centre specialised in intellectual property will open in Tokyo to resolve growing number of disputes in the region. International Arbitration Centre in Tokyo is set to have around a dozen arbitrators from around the world, who would try to resolve disputes within a period of 1 year. IACT is due to handle disputes between non-Japanese companies, if both parties agree.

Rabies is India’s most fatal infection

According to data from National Health Profile 2018, Rabies is the only disease that had a 100% death rate in India in 2017. The vaccine-preventable viral disease spreads to people through bites or scratches of animals, mostly infected dogs. There were 4,370 rabies deaths in India in 2016, which accounted for 1 in 3 of the world’s 13,340 rabies deaths.

UNESCO adds 8 pre-Islamic Iranian sites

UNESCO has added 8 pre-Islamic Iranian archeological sites to its World Heritage List. The sites collectively appear on the worldwide list as the “Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars region (Islamic Republic of Iran)”. With the latest addition, Iran now has 24 sites on the heritage list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

Climate change may cost India 2.8% of GDP

According to a World Bank report, changing monsoon patterns & rising temperatures driven by climate change could cost India 2.8% of GDP. Climate change could depress the living standards of nearly half of India’s population by 2050, which now lives in vulnerable areas. The worst hit would be people in 10 districts in Central India, which have been identified as severe hotspots by the report.

N.Korea: ‘worst human trafficking country’

According to the annual ‘2018 Trafficking in Persons Report’, North Korea has been ranked as worst human trafficking country in the world, along with China, Russia and Iran. The report said that the North Korean govt continued to use forced labour in prison camps. South Korea has been ranked at the highest category for the 16th consecutive year, along with US, UK, France and Canada.

World Bank to aid $480 million to Rohingyas

The World Bank decided to provide $480 million in aid to Bangladesh to address the needs of Rohingya refugees. The aid would include health, education, water & sanitation and other spheres. Nearly 7 lakh Muslim Rohingya have taken shelter from violence in Myanmar in Bangladesh, making it the world’s fastest-growing refugee camp. There are nearly 40000 Rohingya refugees in India as of 2017.

World’s 1st medicine made from marijuana

Epidolex is the world’s first medicine made from marijuana. The drug does not cause intoxication or a high and is approved by US FDA. It is created by GW Pharmaceuticals. It is an oral solution of cannabidiol (OSC) will be used to cure severe forms of epilepsies in children. The New England Journal of Medicine had first provided the evidence that marijuana can cure epilepsy.

Mumbai costlier than Washington and Melbourne

According to a Mercer survey, Mumbai is the most expensive city in India to live in for expatriates as compared to Washington and Melbourne. Hong Kong is ranked as the world’s costliest city to live in for expatriates, followed by Tokyo, Zurich, Singapore, and Seoul. Bengaluru, which has a high population of expatriates is getting more reasonable on cost of living.

Naval exercise RIMPAC to begin in Hawaii

The world’s largest biennial multilateral naval exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) will begin on 27th June off cost Hawaii in the Western Pacific Ocean. Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri will participate in the 26th edition of RIMPAC exercise. India’s participation in the exercise provides a platform for increased interoperability and understanding of maritime security operations.

Jai Hind 1-S: World’s lightest satellite

Four students of Chennai build the world’s lightest and cheapest satellite weighing just 33.39 grams. The name of the satellite is ‘Jai Hind 1-S’ and would be launched in August 2018. It analyses data like temperature, UV density and vapour pressure, at various points of the satellite’s upward journey. This will help in research and the better understanding of the environment in outer space.

Haddad and Nabarro win World Food Prize

Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro win 2018 World Food Prize. The World Food Prize was created by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug in 1986 to recognize scientists and others who have improved the quality and availability of food. The two men who have worked to provide availability of nutritious food for pregnant women and children to reduce malnutrition in developing countries.

Lewis Hamilton won French Grand Prix 2018

26 : Lewis Hamilton reclaimed the world championship lead with a victory in the French Grand Prix 2018. Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton MBE (born 7 January 1985) is a British racing driver who races in Formula One for Mercedes AMG Petronas. The Mercedes driver led from start to finish other than one lap around his pit stop to move 14 points ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who finished fifth.

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.

World’s 1st Manta ray nursery discovered

Researchers have identified the first recognized giant manta ray nursery in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration has recognised them as endangered species and is working on providing a natural habitat. Manta rays live in deep tropical and subtropical waters, making the study of the sea creatures quite difficult.

International Widows’ Day

June 23, the world is commemorating International Widows’ Day as stipulated by the United Nations. According to UN Women’s 2018 Turning Promises into Action: Gender Equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to assist nearly 10% of the 258 million widows globally live in extreme poverty. It was formally adopted on December 21, 2010 by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.

Canada legalized marijuana

Canada has become the second nation in the world the first G7 nation to legalize marijuana. Uruguay was the first country to legalize marijuana’s production, sale and consumption in December 2013. Medical marijuana is already legal in Canada.

World’s 1st Humanitarian Forensics Centre

The world’s 1st International Humanitarian Forensics Centre was launched at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. It is a joint venture of International Committee of the Red Cross in India, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives. The Centre will conduct various academic and professional programmes, training, research and provide technical expertise to support operations in the field of humanitarian forensics.

4th International Yoga Day

21 : The 4th International Yoga day is being celebrated across the world. In India PM Narendra Modi started the event at Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. The theme for Yoga Day 2018 is “Yoga for Peace”. June 21 is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, hence day was selected by UN Assembly. The first International Day of Yoga was observed all over the world on June 21,2015.

Telangana to set up special turmeric cell

The Union Commerce Ministry along with Telangana government would set up a special cell for turmeric in Nizamabad. The proposed move would help in improving the production, quality, marketing and export of turmeric. India is the largest producer, consumer and exporter of turmeric in the world. The export volume is of 80,400 tons worth 778.07 Crore.

World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day, international observance observed June 20 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. On 4 December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 55/76 decided that, from 2001, 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day. UNHCR host World Refugee Day events in order to draw the public’s attention.

WB approves $700 mn to Bangladesh

The World Bank has approved $700 million to help Bangladesh achieve its education for all vision by improving the primary education sector. The Quality Learning for All Program (QLEAP) will cover more than 18 million children studying in pre-primary level to grade 5. It will also finance implementation of the government’s Fourth Primary Education Development Program (PEDP4).

Inter-governmental meeting on anti-doping

The 15th annual Asia and Oceania region inter-governmental meeting on Anti-doping begins in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The 2 day meeting would be based on how to ensure compliance with world anti-doping code, support capacity building & also conduct research to prevent athletes falling victims to doping. World Anti – Doping Agency (WADA) is the governing body with its president Sir Craig Reedie.

Jeff Bezos becomes richest man in the world

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos becomes the richest man in the world with a net worth of USD 141.9 billion according to the Forbes world’s billionaire list. Bezos beat the principal founder of Microsoft Corp. Bill Gates, who is the second richest man with a total wealth of USD 92.9 billion. Bezos’ company Amazon has now become the second most valuable company in the world after Apple.

Roger Federer wins Mercedes Cup

Roger Federer wins Mercedes Cup 2018 in Stuttgart by beating Milos Raonic of Canada. He had already secured number one in the world ranking by defeating Nick Kyrgios in the semi- final and this is his 98th tour title. He will be competing at Halle Open in June 2018

India to host European Union Film Festival

The European Union Film Festival will premiere in New Delhi on 18th June, 2018. With a selection of 24 latest European films from 23 EU Member States, this years’ film festival will bring some unusual stories for the world cinema enthusiasts. The European Union Film Festival is organized by Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India and EU.

New report on paid paternity leave

According to a new UNICEF analysis, India is among almost 90 countries in the world without national policies in place that ensure new fathers get adequate paid time off with their newborn babies. Almost two-thirds of the world’s children under one-year-old, nearly 90 million, live in countries where their fathers are not entitled by law to a single day of paid paternity leave.

Omar Al-Razzaz sworn in as Jordan PM

Former World Bank Economist Omar al-Razzaz was sworn in as Jordan’s Prime Minister after King Abdullah issued a decree approving the new government. The 58-year-old, who studied at Harvard University, was tasked with reviewing the country’s disputed tax system. Omar succeeded Hani al-Mulki who resigned following mass protests over price hikes and other government economic policies.

KVIC Distributes 2330 Bee-Boxes In Kashmir

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has created a world record of distributing the maximum number of bee-boxes in one day. This was achieved by the KVIC in the Zangalee Army area at Kupwara in Kashmir. It had beaten its previous best of 1000 bee boxes distributed in Kaziranga forest area among the Mishing tribe on the occasion of World Honey Bee Day (18 August).

World Blood Donor Day, 14 June 2018

Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations. This year’s slogan is “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life”.

World Day against Child Labour 2018

ILO launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, the people from around the world come togather to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them. The theme for World Day against Child Labour 2018 is Generation Safe & Healthy.

Nadal won 11th French Open title in 14 yrs

World number one Rafael Nadal defeated world number eight Dominic Thiem in the men’s singles final to clinch his record-extending 11th French Open title in 14 years. With this, Nadal equalled former world number one female player Margaret Court’s record of winning a single Grand Slam singles title 11 times. Overall, it was Nadal’s 17th Grand Slam title.

Mauritius to host global Hindi meet

The upcoming 11th World Hindi Conference in Mauritius is likely to produce directives to increase the popularity of Hindi globally. The World Hindi Conference is a major event organised every three years by the External Affairs Ministry. The World Hindi Secretariat (WHS) supported by India is located in Mauritius.

India mulls new group in WTO

India is considering bringing together a group of 8-10 member countries of the WTO. It would be an informal group within the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The group may include nations like Brazil, China, South Africa, China, Indonesia and Columbia.

Vettel claims 50th win

Sebastian Vettel claimed the 50th win of his career and reclaimed the lead of this year’s world championship at the Canadian Grand Prix. It was also Vettel’s second win in Canada where he won in 2013 for Red Bull. Vettel’s third victory this season lifted him to 121 points ahead of Hamilton on 120 after seven races.

Simona Halep beats Sloane Stephens

World number one Simona Halep has claimed her maiden grand slam title winning the French Open. She is the second Romanian woman to win a Grand Slam title, after Virginia Ruzici’s victory at Roland Garros in 1978. Halep won the Roland Garros girls’ singles in 2008 and is only the sixth player to do so, then win the women’s title.

Queen pineapple became Tripura’s ‘State Fruit’

President Ram Nath Kovind declared Tripura’s queen variety pineapple as state fruit. The state holds good potential in world trade. Export of the pineapple to foreign countries is a major step in connecting with world trade. Tripura exported its first consignment of one-tonne pineapples to Dubai earlier this month.

World Ocean Day: 8th June 2018

8 : On June 8th each year, we celebrate the ocean, its importance in our lives, and how we can protect it. World Oceans Day helps raise the profile of the ocean and inspire more involvement in helping to conserve this amazing resource we all depend on. The main action focus is to prevent plastic pollution and encourage solutions for a healthy ocean.

WB approves 6,000 crore Atal Bhujal Yojana

The World Bank has approved Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY), a Rs.6000 crore Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. The scheme is to be implemented over a period of five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23. The scheme aims to improve groundwater management in priority areas in the country through community participation.

India ranks 137th on Global Peace Index 2018

India has moved up four places to the 137th rank among 163 countries on the 2018 Global Peace Index. Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008. New Zealand, Austria, Portugal and Denmark also sit in the top five most peaceful rankings. Syria remains the least peaceful country in the world, a position it has held for the past five years.

World first EPR nuclear reactor begins

A third generation EPR reactor in China carried out its first nuclear chain reaction, an initial start up which is a world first for the much-delayed European technology. The European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) in China “carried out its first chain and therefore it has started. The reactor is not expected to be completed until the mid 2020s.

Virat Kohli among highest-paid athletes

India cricket captain Virat Kohli is among the world’s highest-paid athletes, according to a Forbes’ report. Kohli, the only sportsperson from India to be featured in the list, is ranked 83rd with earnings of USD 24 million. The ‘World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2018’ list is topped by 41-year-old Mayweather, with USD 285 million earnings.

Haryana baned single-use water bottles

On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Haryana government has banned single-use water bottles in all government offices in the state. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that a five-point programme would be implemented for maintaining ecological balance in Haryana. It will include plantation of 20 lakh saplings and using LED bulbs.

World Environment Day 2018

World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth. The theme for the World Environment Day 2018 is “Beat Plastic Pollution”. Every World Environment Day has a different global host country. This year it is India.

India among top 5 in e-waste generation

5 : India is among the top five e-waste generating countries in the world besides China, the US, Japan and Germany, according to a report. Among states, Maharashtra contributes the largest e-waste of 19.8% but recycles only about 47,810 tonne per annum (TPA), the report released by Assocham and NEC. Tamil Nadu with e-waste contribution of 13% recycled about 52,427 TPA.

Taj Declaration to Beat Plastic Pollution

A ‘Taj Declaration to Beat Plastic Pollution’ was adopted. Efforts would be made to make the 500-metre area around the 17th-century monument litter-free. Steps would also be taken to phase out single-use plastic there. Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma said India and the whole world was grappling with pollution due to plastics.

MSCI puts India on notice

MSCI is placing emerging markets including India and Brazil on notice for limiting investor access. MSCI is the world’s biggest index compiler. The indices are closely tracked by global investors. Inclusion in MSCI Inc.’s stock indices opens up investment interest from foreign investors in a particular country and brings a stamp of financial credibility.

World Bicycle Day was observed on 3 June

On June 3, 2018, the first official World Bicycle Day was celebrated. It was approved on 12 April 2018 as an official United Nations day of awareness about the multiple societal benefits of using the bicycle for transport and leisure. It encourages the Member States to include the bicycle in international, regional, national and subnational development policies and programmes.

World heritage tag for Victorian and Art Deco

Victorian Gothic & Art Deco buildings of Mumbai have been declared as a World Heritage site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO. The decision was taken at the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO in Bahrain. With this, Mumbai gets its 3rd such site – Elephanta Caves and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus are also on the UNESCO list.

India, World Bank signed $500 million loan

India has signed a USD 500 million loan pact with World Bank to provide additional financing for PMGSY rural road projects. Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana will build 7,000 km of climate resilient roads, out of which 3,500 km will be constructed using green technologies. World Bank has supported PMGSY since its inception in 2004 & so far it has invested over $1.8 billion in loans & credits.

Kerala cartoonist wins international award

Kerala cartoonist Thomas Antony has won an international award, in the best caricature category. Antony, currently working as Executive Artist of Malayalam daily ‘Metro Vaartha’, is among the nine winners at the 13th edition of the World Press Cartoon awards. The awards are given to the best works published in 2017 in newspapers and magazines from around the world.

India improves its childhood index ranking

1 : India has improved its ranking in the world childhood index but stays at a poor 113th position in the list of 175 countries indexed by global child rights group, Save the Children. The report, titled “End of Childhood”, commends India’s achievements in reducing the rate of child marriages. Nutrition, infant mortality and child labour remained issues of grave concern in India.

World No Tobacco Day observed on 31 May

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on 31 May. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe. The World Health Organisation(WHO) has designated 31st May of each year as the World No Tobacco Day. The theme for 2018 is “Tobacco and heart disease”.

RIMPAC from June 27, 2018

As many as 26 countries, including India, would participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) military exercise from June 27 to August 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. RIMPAC is known as the world’s largest international maritime exercise. Four countries — Brazil, Israel, Sri Lanka and Vietnam — are participating in RIMPAC for the first time in 2018.

Talks on bilateral social security agreement

India and China have agreed to start formal negotiations on a bilateral social security agreement. So far, India has signed social security agreements with 18 countries from different parts of the world. The bilateral social security agreements are aimed at protecting the interests of Indian professionals, skilled workers working abroad.

India signed loan agreement with World Bank

India has signed a loan agreement with the World Bank for USD 21.7 Million for strengthening the public financial management in Rajasthan project. The project aims to contribute to improved budget execution, enhanced accountability and greater efficiency in Revenue Administration in Rajasthan.It also involves strengthening of expenditure & revenue systems and project management among others

WHO Adopts Digital Health Resolution

The resolution on digital health brought out by India was adopted by the 71st World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). The 71st World Health Assembly was held in Geneva and was attended by delegations from all WHO member states. The resolution paves the path for WHO to establish a global strategy on digital health.

‘AI arm, IndiGo among lowest cost worldwide’

Air India’s low-cost international arm Air India Express and budget carrier IndiGo are among the top five lowest cost airlines in the world, according to Melbourne-based travel planning site Rome2rio. India ranks fourth among 46 countries with lowest average air fares. The study ranks 200 airlines in the world on the basis of average price per kilometre.

Oldest Indian woman to scale Mount Everest

Sangeeta Bahl, at the age of 53 has become the oldest Indian woman to scale the Mount Everest. She scaled the peak on May 19, 2018, with the help of 2 Sherpas and was felicitated at the Indian embassy in Kathmandu. She carried a banner to the peak advocating early detection of breast cancer in women & funding for the same. She has already conquered 6 out of the 7 highest peaks of the world.

India to attend WTO members meet in Paris

India and other key members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will discuss ways to combat growing protectionism across the world at an informal meeting of select Trade Ministers at the OECD meet in Paris. India has been invited to participate in the informal Ministerial meeting hosted by Australia in Paris. The OECD meet is taking place between May 31 and June 3.

Akshay launches ad campaign for Swachh Bharat

Akshay Kumar launched an advertisement campaign for the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen). The campaign was launched at a Collectors Convention for Toilet Technology. The campaign focuses on promoting the twin pit toilet technology in rural India. The advertisement campaign launched is an effort, supported by the World Bank.

World Environment Day to be hosted by India

India will be the host country for this year’s celebrations of World Environment Day. World Environment Day is celebrated annually on June 5th. This year’s theme is “Beat Plastic Pollution: If you can’t reuse it, refuse it”. World Environment Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972.

World’s longest surface-to-air missile

World’s longest surface-to-air missile test was conducted by Russia quietly. This S-500 surface-to-air missile successfully struck a target that was 299 miles away. Russia claims that this missile system is capable of destroying objects flying in space 62 miles above the Earth’s surface. It is also capable of intercepting aircrafts, drones and hypersonic missile.

MCX launches India’s first silver options

India’s Multi Commodity Exchange has launched the country’s first silver options contracts. Five contracts expiring in June, August, November, February and April with a lot size of 30 kg were launched. India is the world’s biggest consumer of silver, which is mainly used for jewellery making in the county. The exchange had recently launched crude oil and copper options.

World’s Largest Bird Sculpture ‘Jatayu’

Kerala tourism will soon inaugurate the world’s largest bird sculpture, Jatayu Earth’s Centre, in Thiruvananthapuram. The replica of bird ‘Jatayu’, a character in the Ramayana is 65 feet tall & is positioned right at the top of a rock situated 1,000 feet above sea level. The rock, ‘Jatayupara’, where the structure is based, is the place where Jatayu fell after its wings were slain by Ravana.

World’s most popular athlete

Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo was named the most popular athlete in the world as he topped the ESPN World Fame 100 list for a third straight year.Three-time NBA champion Lebron James retained his second spot on the list, while Messi came third. 11 Indian athletes including Virat Kohli, Saina Nehwal and Saina Mirza have made it to the list of ESPN World Fame 100 of 2018.

India drags United States to WTO

India has dragged US to World Trade Organisation’s dispute settlement mechanism over the imposition of import duties on steel & aluminum. Donald Trump had recently signed two proclamations that levied a 25% on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum imported from all countries except Canada & Mexico. India’s exports of steel and aluminum products to U.S. is about $1.5 billion every year.

Elina Svitolina won Italian Open 2018

Elina Svitolina defeated Simona Halep 6-0, 6-4 in the finals to successfully defend her Italian Open crown. The win marked Elina Svitolina’s 12th career title on what was her eighth final in succession. Svitolina, the world number 4, has now successfully defended 3 career titles, in Baku, Dubai and also Rome. She also won in Brisbane and Dubai this season to take her 2018 title total to 3.