Current Affairs 07 June 2018

Current Affairs of June 07, 2018 are as follows:-

1. President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates 73 km long NH in Tripura:-

  • In Tripura, President Ram Nath Kovind infrastructure plays a very important role in the development of any state.
  • He was inaugurating a 73 km. long National Highway from Matabari (Udaipur) to Sabroom along the Gomati and South Tripura districts.
  • Addressing a gathering, the President said the Central Government is working on various projects expeditiously under its ‘Act East’ policy in North East Region.

2. World Bank approves funding for Atal Bhujal Yojana:-

  • The World Bank has approved Water Resources and River Development Ministry’s Rs 6000 crore worth central sector scheme, ‘Atal Bhujal Yojana’.
  • The scheme will be implemented over a period of five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23 with assistance from the World Bank.

  • The scheme proposal has already been recommended by the Expenditure Finance Committee and the Ministry will be seeking Cabinet approval for the project shortly.

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    The scheme has been formulated by the Water Resources Ministry to address the criticality of groundwater resources in major country parts.

3. Home Minister Rajnath Singh to visit Jammu and Kashmir:-

  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is arriving in Srinagar today on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
  • During his stay, Mr. Singh will take a detailed review of the Ramzan ceasefire announced by the Centre and chair a security meeting to assess the situation.
  • He will also meet Governor NN Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, and top civil, police and paramilitary officials.

4. India records 22 percent reduction in Maternal Mortality Ratio:-

  • India recorded 22 percent reduction in Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) since 2013, as per the Sample Registration System (SRS) bulletin that was released by the Office of the Registrar General of India on June 6, 2018.
  • According to the bulletin, the Maternal Mortality Ratio in India declined from 167 in 2011-2013 to 130 in 2014-2016.

  • The MMR is defined as the proportion of maternal deaths per 1, 00,000 live births.

  • The decline in the ratio was most significant in Empowered Action Group (EAG) states from 246 to 188.

5. Baba Kalyani heads a group to study SEZ Policy:-

  • A government of India has constituted a group of eminent persons to study the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Policy of India.
  • The group will evaluate the SEZ policy, suggest measures to cater to the needs of exporters in the present economic scenario and make the SEZ policy WTO compatible, suggest course correction in SEZ policy, make the comparative analysis of the SEZ scheme and dovetail the SEZ policy with other similar schemes.

6. India enters final of Intercontinental Cup Tournament in Football match:-

  • India entered the final of the Intercontinental Cup Football tournament beating Kenya 3-0 in Mumbai.
  • Captain Sunil Chhetri's double strike helped India record a comprehensive victory over Kenya to enter the final. 
  • Chhetri earned a penalty and broke the deadlock in the 68th minute, while Jeje Lalpekhlua doubled the home team's lead with his piledriver in the 71st minute.
  • Chhetri ended it in the best possible manner, scoring in the stoppage time off a Balwant Singh assist, as fans went berserk.

7. Cricket Australia CEO Sutherland announces the resignation:-

  • Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland informed the Chairman & board of Cricket Australia of his intention to resign from his current position.
  • James Sutherland started working with Cricket Australia in 1998. He became CEO of Cricket Australia in 2001.
  • He has given 12 months notice. He will continue as CEO until a new person is appointed.

8. Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Flags-in NIMAS expedition team to Mt Everest:-

  • Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman flagged-in the expedition team to Mt. Everest conducted successfully by National Institute for Mountaineering & Allied Sports (NIMAS), Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh in New Delhi.
  • Sitharaman congratulated the team led by Director and Team Leader Col Sarfraz Singh for their remarkable achievement.
  • It is for the first time that any National Institute expedition team has put eight members on the top of Mt.Everest in their maiden attempt.
  • The expedition started from South Ridge of Mt Everest from Nepal side on 02 April 2018 from Lukla to Everest Base camp via Namche.

9. White House defends tariffs on steel and aluminum imports:-

  • The White House defended Trump administration's move to increase tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, saying these are defensive measures and are not aimed at any individual country.
  • US President Donald Trump brought in tariffs of 25 percent on EU steel imports and 10 percent on imported aluminum on June 1, citing "national security" interests. 
  • White House Director of National Trade Council Peter Navarro told in an interview to a private channel, these tariffs are not aimed at any individual country, whether it is a strategic rival like China or an ally and friend like Canada.

10. Pippa Harris named BAFTA Chairperson:-

  • Producer Pippa Harris has been selected as the Chairman of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA). she will be replacing Jane Lush.