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 INDIAN AFFAIRS

Delhi most vulnerable UT in India’s first disaster risk index, Maharashtra leads states
A national disaster risk index currently in the form of a draft report prepared by the Union home ministry with the support of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has ranked Delhi as the most vulnerable Union Territory to risk) and Maharashtra has topped the high risk states list.
National disaster risk index:
i. The national disaster risk index maps hazards and vulnerabilities across 640 districts.
ii. Disaster risk index of states:

RankState
1Maharashtra
2West Bengal
3Uttar Pradesh
4Madhya Pradesh
5Rajasthan
6Karnataka
7Assam
8Andhra Pradesh
9Gujarat
10Bihar

iii. High Risk districts on disaster:
1.Pune, Maharashtra
2.North 24 Parganas, West Bengal
3.South 24 Parganas, West Bengal
4.Thane, Maharashtra
5.Hooghly, West Bengal
6.Howrah, West Bengal
7.Bengaluru, Karnataka
8.Nashik, Maharashtra
9.Gulbarga, Karnataka
10.Mumbai, Maharashtra
iv. Pune has scored a vulnerability factor of 9.48 on a scale of 10.
v. The states that are prone to natural calamities like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and other northeastern states like Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh are in the risk-free zone. This is due to the agricultural, economic and population factor.
vi. This All India ranking of states and districts was prepared by considering the following 6 factors:

  • Hazards
  • Vulnerability
  • Hazard specific vulnerability
  • Hazard and vulnerability exposure
  • Capacity
  • Risk

vii. Some states have shown consistent progress in disaster risk reduction (DRR) by developing required infrastructural facilities and regular investigation in early warning systems. States like Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Assam, Gujarat and Assam have lowered the net risk to population and economic losses.
About United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
♦ UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India – Yuri Afanasiev
♦ UNDP India Country Office – New Delhi

Cabinet may decide on FAME II scheme in a month: Geete
Union Heavy Industries Minister Anant Geete has said that, the Union Cabinet may decide on the launch of the FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India) scheme’s phase II within a month, to enhance adoption of energy-efficient vehicles.
Cabinet may decide on FAME II scheme in a month: GeeteFAME II scheme:
i. The proposal with details of the scheme would be presented in the Union Cabinet in a month.
ii. The second phase will be for a period of five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23. It is expected to involve financial support of Rs 9,381 crore.
iii. It would focus on new energy vehicles utilized for public transport, commercial purposes and high-speed two-wheelers.
iv. The scheme would also involve setting up of a Rs 500 crore venture capital fund related to electric vehicles to support high-risk startups and promote innovation and entrepreneurship.
v. The main focus of the venture capital funding will be development of zero emission vehicles and its component manufacturing base, making prototype to manufacturing and development of R&D, and promoting work on alternative battery chemistries, etc.
vi. The government had extended phase I till the end of September or till phase II is approved, whichever is earlier.
vii. Phase I was initially proposed for two years till 31st March 2017. It was extended twice for six months till 31st March 2018.
viii. The government had launched FAME India scheme in 2015. Under FAME II, demand aggregation will be implemented for city buses, electric three-wheelers and electric four-wheeler taxi segment to reduce the cost of vehicles.
ix. Agencies like EESL, ASRTU (Association of State Road Transport Undertakings) can be considered as potential aggregators.
x. Also under FAME II, Large EV components like motor, drive power train and controller that are not currently covered under modified special incentive package scheme (MSIPS) of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology have been proposed to be given capital investment subsidy at a rate of 20-25 per cent of capital investment.
About EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited):
♦ Joint venture of four National Public Sector Enterprises – NTPC Limited, PFC, REC and POWERGRID
♦ Set up under – Ministry of Power

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates 2 CNG stations in Cuttack
On June 9, 2018, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated two Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations in Cuttack district of Odisha. He also attended the the 9th City Gas Distribution (CGD) bidding round programme.
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates 2 CNG stations in CuttackObjective:
To provide cheaper, environment-friendly and safer fuel to CNG-run auto-rickshaws.
Key points:
i. The CNG stations, located at CDA Sector 1 and Bidyadharpur in Cuttack.
ii. Two more CNG stations are coming up at Khandagiri and Tamando.
iii. In 2018 more than 20 CNG stations will be commissioned in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to supply CNG to vehicles.
iv. 7 GAs will be set up in 19 districts of Odisha in the next five years with an investment of about Rs 3000-3500 crore in the state. Work for CGD network has been started in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.
Odisha:
♦ Chief Minister :Naveen Pattnaik
♦ UNESCO World Heritage Site:Konark Sun Temple (Black Pagoda).

CSIR lab to give technology for India’s first indigenous Lithium Ion Battery project
On June 10, 2018, Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI),Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu under Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and RAASI Solar Power Pvt Ltd has signed a Memorandum of Agreement for transfer of technology for India’s first Lithium Ion (Li-ion) Battery project in Bengaluru.
Objective:
To bring down the cost of cell manufacturing below Rs. 15,000/- per KWand to replace Lead Acid Battery.
Key points:
i. An indigenous technology of Lithium-ion cells has been built by CSIR-CECRI headed by DrGopu Kumar in partnership with CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) New Delhi, CSIR- Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CSIR-CGCRI) Kolkata and Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) Hyderabad.
ii. CSIR-CECRI has set up a demo facility in Chennai to manufacture prototype Lithium-Ion cells. It has also secured global IPRs .
iii. Indian manufacturers source Lithium Ion Battery from China, Japan and South Korea among some other countries. India is one of the largest importers and in 2017, it imported nearly $150 Million worth Li-Ion batteries.
iv. It will give tremendous boost to two flagship programmes of Prime Minister NarendraModi – increasing the share of Clean Energy in the energy basket by generating 175 Giga Watts by 2022, of which 100 Giga Watts will be Solar and National Electric Mobility Mission, to switch completely to electric vehicles by 2030.
v. To make Lithium Ion battery for solar roof top with life span of 25 years to make it affordable enough to drive the Photo Voltaic segment.
About Lithium Ion Batteries :
Li-Ion batteries have applications in Energy Storage System – from hearing aid to container sized batteries to power a cluster of villages, Electric Vehicles (2-wheeler, 3-wheeler, 4-wheeler and Bus), portable electronic sector, Grid Storage, Telecom and Telecommunication Towers, Medical Devices, Household and Office Power Back (UPS), Powering Robots in Processing Industry. Lithium-ion batteries can power any electrical application without the need of physical wires-means wireless.

BANKING & FINANCE

Karur Vysya Bank ties up with Aditya Birla Health
On June 5, 2018, Private sector bank Karur Vysya Bank announced its tie up with Aditya Birla Health .
Karur Vysya Bank ties up with Aditya Birla HealthObjective:
To provide insurance services to customers.
Key points:
i. It has already partnered with Birla Sunlife Insurance for the same.
ii. ABHICL will be able to access millions of customers of KVB, especially in the Tier I, II and IIIcentres.
Karur Vysya Bank :
♦ Headquarters: Karur , Tamil Nadu.
♦ National Parks of Tamil Nadu : Mudumalai National Park, Anamalai National Park, Guindy National Park.

UIDAI excludes Airtel Payments Bank from using full e-KYC via Aadhaar
On June 09, 2018, Airtel Payments Bank has been denied permission to use the UIDAI’s e-KYC facility due to wrong doing from the bank’s part.
i.As per RBI’s report the Bank has used the e-KYC facility to provide LPG subsidies to its customers without permission.
ii.UIDAI revoked a suspension on the use of e-KYC facility
iii.This would hamper bank’s competition and in achieving new customers and to provide facilities to its existing 10 million customers.
iv.They can carry out limited KYCs based on virtual IDs rolled out by the UIDAI.
Airtel:
CEO: Gopal Vittal.
UIDAI:
Under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
Chairman: J. Satyanarayana.
CEO: Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey.

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Industry expects close to 8% GDP growth over next two years: CII
On June 10, 2018, According to a report by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) a growth close to 8% GDP in next 2 years is expected.
i. Rs 50,000 crore worth of investments have been made.
ii. Fiscal prudence, able macroeconomic management, and strong reforms would be the reasons for the growth.
iii. Good performance across sectors such as automotives, white goods, steel, cement, and capital goods.
iv. Manufacturing of smartphone components is set to go up, indicating upward local value-addition.
v. In the manufacturing sector, although input costs are rising , the overall demand is healthy.
CII:
♦ President: Shobana Kamineni.
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

SVC Cooperative Bank awarded National Payments Excellence Award by NPCI
On June 8, 2018, SVC Co-operative Bank has received the National Payments Excellence Award2017 by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).

SVC Cooperative Bank awarded National Payments Excellence Award by NPCIi. It is the highest recognition in the banking industry for exceptional performance in payments system.
ii. This is for their outstanding performance in NFS ATM Network and CTS .
iii. This effort will help in upgrading from the cheque system to UPI system and inclusion in the digital umbrella.
SVC cooperative Bank :
MD & CEO:AjitVenugopalan.
NPCI:
♦ Chairman :BiswamohanMahapatra .

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS

Suranjan Gupta takes over as EEPC India ED
Suranjan Gupta has taken charge as the Executive Director and Secretary of EEPC India.
Suranjan Gupta – ED and Secretary of EEPC India:
i. Suranjan Gupta succeeds Bhaskar Sarkar. He joined EEPC India in 2006.
ii. He has vast experience in international economics and trade. He has worked in American Consulate, European Commission and the Indian Chamber of Commerce etc.
About EEPC (Engineering Exports Promotion Council):
Chairman – Ravi Sehgal
Location – Kolkata

Arvind Saxena appointed acting UPSC chief
Arvind Saxena has been made the acting Chairman of UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) from 20th June 2018.
Arvind Saxena – acting Chairman of UPSC:
i. Arvind Saxena is a 1978 batch Indian Postal Service officer. He takes charge as acting Chairman from incumbent Vinay Mittal.
ii. He will perform the duties of the post of Chairman of UPSC, from June 20 till further orders or till completion of his term on 7thAugust 2020.
iii. He joined UPSC in May 2015. Earlier he worked in the Aviation Research Centre (ARC). He had worked in the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
About Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW or RAW):
Formed – 1968
Headquarters – New Delhi

Shri Sharad Kumar has been appointed as the Vigilance Commissioner
On 10th June 2018, former National Investigation Agency (NIA) chief Sharad Kumar was appointed as Vigilance Commissioner in the Central Vigilance Commission.
Shri Sharad Kumar has been appointed as the Vigilance CommissionerSharad Kumar – Vigilance Commissioner:
i. Sharad Kumar is an 1979 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Haryana cadre.
ii. He he has been appointed for a term of four years from the date on which he assumes office, or till he reaches 65 years of age, whichever is earlier. He was NIA Director from 2013 to 2017.
About National Investigation Agency (NIA):
Director General – Yogesh Chander Modi
Headquarters – New Delhi

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

India’s first indigenous, long-range artillery gun ‘Dhanush’ has cleared its final test
On June 10,2018, The final test of India’s first indigenous , long range artillery gun ‘Dhanush’ has been successfully conducted in Pokhran and would be inducted in the Indian Army.
i. It is a 155mm x 45 mm caliber gun and is also called ‘DesiBofors’.
ii. It was manufactured by Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) after getting the project in October 2011.
iii. in 2014 the first prototype was made and thereafter 11 more prototypes were made from which 4,200 rounds were fired.
iv. It has a strike range of 38 kilometres and 81% of its components are indigenously sourced.
v. The gun has passed tests under severe cold conditions in Sikkim and Leh and in hot and humid weather in Balasore, Odisha, Babina in Jhansi and in the desert of Pokhran.
vi. 12 guns would be supplied to the Army in the current fiscal while the total number for the initial phase is 114 guns. And a total of 414 Dhanush guns would be supplied to the Army under a future agreement.
vii. 155-mm gun costs about Rs 14.50 crore while each shell costs Rs one lakh.
Indian Army :
Motto: ‘Service Before Self’.
Chief of Army Staff: Gn. Bipin Rawat.
Vice Chief of Army Staff: Lt. Gn. Devraj Anbu.
Headquarters: New Delhi

SPORTS

Women’s Asia T20 Cup 2018 (cricket)
On 10th June 2018, Bangladesh won the Women’s Asia T20 Cup 2018 at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Women's Asia T20 Cup 2018 (cricket)Women’s Asia T20 Cup 2018 (cricket):
i. Bangladesh defeated India by three wickets in the final and won their first Asia Cup title. Bangladesh has become the only other team to win the title apart from India.
ii. Scores: Bangladesh 113 for 7 (Sultana 27, Rumana 23, Poonam 4-9, Harmanpreet 2-19). India 112 for 9 (Harmanpreet 56, Rumana 2-22, Tul Kubra 2-23).
iii. Bangladesh’s Rumana Ahmed was named the Player of the Match.
About 2018 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup:
Dates – 3–10 June 2018
Administrator – Asian Cricket Council
Host – Malaysia

Asian Junior Athletics Championships at Gifu in Japan-Overview
On 10th June 2018,the final day of the Asian Junior Athletics Championships held in Gifu, Japan in which India won: Five gold, Two silver and Ten bronze medals.
Asian Junior Athletics Championships:

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

S.NOEVENTATHLETE NAMES
1.400 MetresJisna Mathew
2.800 MetresAnu Kumar
3.5000 MetresAjeet Kumar
4.Triple JumpKamalraj Kanagaraj
5.Hammer ThrowAshish Jakhar

SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

S.NOEVENTATHLETE NAMES
1.Hammer ThrowDamneet Singh
2.4*400 M RelaySubha Venkatesan,Rachna,Nithi Singh,Jisna Mathew

BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS

S.NOEVENTATHLETE NAMES
1.200 MetresJisna Mathew
2.1500 MetresDurga Deore
3.5000 MetresPoonam Sonune
4.10000 MetresKarthik Kumar
5.4*100 M RelayPrajwal Ravi,Akash Kumar,Nithin Balakumar,Gurindervir Singh.
6.Long JumpSreeshankar
7.Shot PutAshish Bhalothia
8.High JumpAbhinaya Shetty
9.Triple JumpPriyadharshini Suresh
10.Discus ThrowArpandeep Bajwa

i. Anu Kumar won a gold medal in the men’s 800 m. Arpandeep Kaur Bajwa bagged a bronze medal in the women’s discus throw.
ii. The team of Gurvinder Singh, Prajwal Mandanna Kakera Ravi, Akash Kumar and Nitin Balakumar registered a time of 40.75 seconds and won bronze medal in the Men’s 4 x 100 relay.
ii. Japan won the gold medal in Men’s 4 x 100 relay. Silver medal was won by Chinese Taipei.
About 2018 Asian Junior Athletics Championships (18th edition):
Host city – Gifu, Japan
Dates – 7–10 June 2018
Venue – Gifu Nagaragawa Stadium
Level – Junior (under-20)

French Open 2018
From 21st May to 10th June 2018, French Open tennis tournament was held in Paris, France.

EventPlayer Name
2018 Men’s Singles Rafael Nadal
2018 Women’s Singles Simona Halep
2018 Men’s Doubles Pierre-Hugues Herbert
Nicolas Mahut
2018 Women’s Doubles Barbora Krejčíková
Kateřina Siniaková
2018 Mixed Doubles Latisha Chan
Ivan Dodig

French Open 2018Simona Halep beats Sloane Stephens in final:
i. Simona Halep is currently number one in the WTA rankings. She defeated Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final and won the French Open 2018 title.
ii. Simona Halep has won her first Grand Slam title. Simona Halep had lost in two previous French Open finals to Maria Sharapova in 2014 and Jelena Ostapenko in 2017.
Rafael Nadal defeats Dominic Thiem in the final:
i. On 10th June 2018, Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in the final and won his 11th French Open title.
ii. This victory has confirmed his world No 1 ranking for Rafael Nadal.
Some important stadiums in India:
Tilak Maidan Stadium – Vasco da Gama, Goa
Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium – Taleigao, Goa
Moti Bagh Stadium – Baroda, Gujarat

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