Current Affairs June 15, 2018, are as follows:-
1. NASA's unmanned aircraft 'Ikhana' will make search and rescue operations efficient:-
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the first time successfully flown its large remote-piloted Ikhana aircraft in the public airspace without a safety chase aeroplanes, the US space agency.
- It is a modified General Atomics Aeronautical Systems' Predator B unmanned aircraft system being used by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA, for a variety of environmental science and aeronautical research roles.
2. Dr Inder Jit Singh Assumes Charge As Secretary, Ministry Of Coal:-
- Dr Inder Jit Singh assumed charge as Secretary, Ministry of Coal at Shastri Bhawan office, New Delhi.
- Dr Inder Jit Singh took over the charge of Secretary which fell vacant after superannuation of Susheel Kumar.
- In the interim, Secretary Mines, Anil G Mukhim had been holding additional charge as Secretary, Coal.
3. Solar Charkha Mission to be launched soon in 50 clusters:-
- The Solar Charkha Mission of the Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) will be launched by President Ram Nath Kovind on June 27, 2018, in New Delhi.
- The Mission has been approved by the Government of India and will disburse subsidy of Rs 550 crore to the artisans. It will cover 50 clusters and every cluster will employ 400 to 2000 artisans.
- The information was shared by Giriraj Singh, Minister of State (I/C), MSME, at a press conference in New Delhi on June 13 while releasing a booklet on the 4 years’ achievement of his Ministry.
4. Around three trillion tonnes of ice-melts in Antarctica, significant rise in water level:-
- A new study by an international team of scientists shown that more than three trillion tonnes of ice have melted in Antarctica since the year 1992.
- This shows that the ice loss is now triple than the normal amount which is going to lead to a dramatic rise in sea levels.
- Because of all the melted ice, the global sea level has risen by 7.6 millimetres.
- According to scientists, this water is enough to cover Texas to a calculated depth of 13 feet.
5. India ranks 177 in Environmental Performance Index 2018:-
- India has been ranked at 177 out of 180 countries in the 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI). India has become the fourth worst country in the world with an air quality score of 5.75 out of 100.
- India was placed at 141 out of 180 in 2016. The top five countries in terms of green rankings are Switzerland, France, Denmark, Malta and Sweden.
6. CRIS develops ‘utsonmobile’ app to enable cashless ticketing:-
- The Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) has developed a mobile-based application ‘utsonmobile' to enable cashless ticketing.
- The mobile app will enable booking and cancellation of unreserved tickets, issue and renewal of season and platform tickets and checking and loading of R-wallet balance.
- It will also help maintain user profile management and booking history.
7. Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan meets Ambassadors from OPEC countries to India:-
- Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan met the Ambassadors from OPEC countries and expressed concern about rising crude oil prices and its negative impact on consumers across the world, particularly in India.
- At a meeting in New Delhi, Mr Padhan emphasized that global crude prices have gone beyond the threshold which can be sustained by the world. He highlighted that market fundamentals do not support such high prices.
- He urged the OPEC Ambassadors to convey the message to their Governments regarding the need to move to responsible pricing. He also urged them to move to transparent and flexible markets for both oil and gas.
- India has a strong engagement with the OPEC countries and top 8 suppliers of crude oil to India are OPEC Member countries.
8. JP Nadda inaugurates 10th Meeting of Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis:-
- JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, inaugurated the 10th meeting of Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GAELF) on June 13, 2018.
- Nadda said that India as a Global leader is committed to eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) transmission and disease burden so that future generations are free from Lymphatic Filariasis.