National

NATIONAL

Between 2010-’19, India’s population grew at 1.2 average annual rate: 

According to the United Nations Population Fund, India’s population grew to 1.36 billion at an average annual rate of 1.2% between 2010 and 2019 which stands more than double the annual growth rate of China.

The UN sexual and reproductive health agency in the State of World Population Report stated that India’s population of 1.36 billion in 2019 has picked growing from 942.2 million in 1994 and 541.5 million in 1969.

Compared to India, China’s population has grown at an average annual rate of 0.5% between 2010 and 2019. Currently in 2019, China’s population stands at 1.42 billion which has risen from 1.23 billion in 1994 and 803.6 million in 1969.

The report has stated that in India, the total fertility rate per woman dropped from 5.6% in 1969 to 3.7% in 1994 to 2.3% in 2019.

NGT sets up Central Monitoring Committee to control pollution

A bench headed by NGT(National Green Tribunal) Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel has formed a Central Monitoring Committee to enforce a national plan reduce the pollution.

The Committee will further synchronize with the River Rejuvenation Committees of the states and supervise the implementation of the action plans.

The committee is set to establish 350 river stretches across the country to deal with the pollution as it has caused serious threat to safety of water and environment.
About NGT
♦ National Green Tribunal Act, 2010 is an act of the Parliament of India which enables creation of a special tribunal to handle the expeditious disposal of the cases pertaining to environmental issues.

India and Sweden launches joint programme on solution for smart cities, clean tech

India and Sweden inked a pact that will deal a range of challenges around smart cities and clean technologies among others.The programme co- sponsored by Indian Department of Science and Technologies (DST) and Swedish agency Vinnova.

Vinnova donate to Swedish participants upto 2,500,000 Swedish Krona (around Rs. 1.87 crore).From Indian side, provide upto 50% per project to the Indian partners.

Triple helix model of innovation that include participation of industry, academia and government is implemented in this project.
About Sweden:
♦ Capital : Stockholm
Currency: Swedish krona

International

INTERNATIONAL

Namami Gange gets approved with Global recognition at Global Water Summit 

National Mission for Clean Ganga or Namami Gange which is India’s flagship programme,  was approved, with the ‘Public Water Agency of the Year’ award at the Global Water Summit held in London on 9th April, 2019.

National Mission for Clean Ganga was awarded this for its initiatives in the water sector which brings remarkable improvements in the lives of people.

2019 edition of Global Water Summit was a 3-day event held at Sofitel London Heathrow Hotel, Hounslow which started from on 8th April.
About Namami Gange programme
♦ This programme is an integrated mission for Ganga rejuvenation. It has a comprehensive multi-sectoral intervention with multi-stakeholder involvement and adopts a basin based approach which includes Ganga and its tributaries.

First-ever global coalition launched for clean cooling

The 1st ever of global coalition on clean and efficient cooling was launched at First Global Conference on Synergies between the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement in Copenhagen, Denmark.

This coalition is aim to identify solutions and mobilise action to accelerate progress towards clean and efficient cooling.

Global Cool coalition was supported by the UN, Climate and Clean Air Coalition, the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program and Sustainable Energy for All.

Banking&Finance

BANKING & FINANCE

Govt keeps interest rate unchanged for General Provident Fund at 8% for April-June, 2019-20

For the first quarter of current financial year, the government has stuck to the previous (January-March quarter of 2018-2019) interest rate for (GPF) General Provident Fund, Contributory Provident Fund (CPF) and other schemes at 8%.

The Department of Economic Affairs notified that the mentioned interest rate of 8% will be applicable on provident funds of Contributory Provident Fund (India), the All India Services Provident Fund, the State Railway Provident Fund, the General Provident Fund (Defence Services), the Indian Ordnance Department Provident Fund, the Indian Ordnance Factories Workmen’s Provident Fund, the Indian Naval Dockyard Workmen’s Provident Fund, the Defence Services Officers Provident Fund, and the Armed Forces Personnel Provident Fund.
What is GPF?
GPF is a provident fund account where only central government employees are entitled to be a member and those specific government employees are allowed to contribute a part of their salary and are entitled to the lump sum  fund at the time of retirement.
Applicability of candidates:
The GPF rules are applicable to the government employees who’ve been appointed on or before December 31, 2003.  At the time of opening their account, the employees can also nominate someone.
Eligibility: Temporary government employees after continuous service of 1 year and permanent government servants are compulsorily allowed to subscribe to GPF.
Subscription amount: The amount that the subscriber fixes which is subject to a minimum of 6% of salary and not more than his total salary.

RBL Bank partners with CreditVidya to leverage customer experience

RBL Bank  has partnered with CreditVidya to enhance the lender’s customer experience (by offering them relevant credit products) and construct customised offerings for over 15 lakh customers.

RBL bank had first partnered with CreditVidya in 2018  for instant and automated verification of employment details of salaried card applicants.

RBL Bank will leverage CreditVidya’s big data underwriting platform across its credit card and mobile banking apps.

Indian Government clears procurement of 464 Russian tanks under the T-90 Project

The Cabinet Committee of Security has cleared the procurement of 464  Russian tanks from Russia under T-90 project in a deal worth over Rs 13,500 crore.

RailWire Wi-Fi is live at 1600 railway stations in India

Railtel, neutral telecom infrastructure providers in India, turned 1600 railway stations in India into RailWire WiFi zone. Santacruz railway station in Mumbai is the 1600th station to become a RailWire Wi-Fi zone.

RailTel Corporation, a Mini Ratna (category-I) PSU, is owning a pan-India optic fibre network on exclusive Right of Way (ROW) along Railway track.

RailWire is a retail Broadband initiative of the RailTel.

Sports

SPORTS

AITA inks pact with Serbian Tennis Federation to train Junior players

All India Tennis Association (AITA) has collaborated with Serbian Tennis Federation (STF) to train Indian junior players under world renowned Serbian coaches, at the RK Khanna Stadium, New Delhi.

This pact will aim to cooperate within the sphere of competence to work towards the development of junior tennis players in India.

Serbia’s trainers and coaches will come to India for a camp for the under 12, 14, 16 and 18 categories. Then in the latter half of the year, preparation camp will also be conducted in Serbia for 8-10 players in the age group of 15-18 and 3-4 trainers.
About Serbia
♦ Capital: Belgrade
♦ Currency: Serbian Dollar
♦ PM: Ana Brnabic

Miscellaneous

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Dost Education, India’s education technology startup conferred with “Next Billion Edtech Prize 2019”

‘Dost Education’, which is India’s education technology startup won a $25,000 (Rs 17 lakhs)tech prize for its ability to empower parents to take charge of their child’s early education.

The prize The Next Billion Edtech Prize 2019’ is run by UK-based Varkey Foundation.

This foundation recognizes the most innovative technology which creates a radical impact on education in low income and emerging world countries.
About Tanzania
♦ CapitalDodoma
♦ CurrencyTanzanian shilling
♦ Prime minister: Kassim Majaliwa
♦ President: John Magufuli
About Egypt
♦ CapitalCairo
♦ CurrencyEgyptian pound
♦ President: Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Rio Paralympics silver medalist Deepa Malik honoured with New Zealand Prime Minister’s Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019

the 48-year-old, Rio Paralympics silver medalist Deepa Malik has been honoured with the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019 in recognition of her “inspiring achievements”.

She won the silver medal in shot put F53 event in Rio Paralympics in 2016.

She became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympic Games and the first Indian women to win medals in three consecutive Asian Para Games in 2010, 2014 and 2018.
About New Zealand
♦ CapitalWellington
♦ Prime ministerJacinda Ardern
♦ Currency: New Zealand dollar

APPOINTMENTS

Shiv Das Meena named as the Chairman cum Managing Director (CMD) of National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC)

Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Shiv Das Meena has been appointed as the Chairman cum Managing Director (CMD) of National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC).

Shiv Das Meena, an Indian Administrative Service officer of Tamil Nadu cadre of 1989-Batch, will succeed Dr. Anoop Kumar Mittal.

He takes charge as the 17th CMD of NBCC.

Murali Kartik, the new brand ambassador of Fantasy 11

Fantasy 11,Gaming startup, has roped in Murali Kartik, former Indian Cricketer as its brand Ambassador.He was the’ official Fan Management Partner’ for recently concluded Premier Badminton League (PBL).

He will provide his expert opinions about cricket and will serve in marketing campaigns.

Murali Kartik represented India in the duration 2000 to 2007.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Google unveils new Cloud Platform, Anthos

Google has launched a new open platform named ‘Anthos’ to run and manage apps from anywhere. It lets users run applications on the public cloud or on  existing on-premise hardware investments.

It helps the users to manage workloads running on third-party clouds like Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS.

Google also announcedAnthos Migrate” in beta, which auto-migrates virtual machines from on-premises, or other clouds directly into Kunernetes Engine with minimal effect.

VMware,Dell EMC,HPE,Intel and Lenovo have committed to deliver Anthos.
About Google Inc:
♦ Founded : 1998, California
♦ Founders: Larry page, Sergey Brin
♦ Headquarters : California
♦ CEO : Sundar Pichai

“chain-melted state” which can be solid and liquid at the same time has discovered 

A new state of matter which can be solid and liquid at the same time has been discovered by scientists of the University of Edinburgh.

The study was led by Dr. Andreas Hermann of the university’s School of Physics and Astronomy and was published in the journal named ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.’

In this study, scientists found that more than half a dozen other elements, including sodium and bismuth, were able to reach the ‘the chain-melted state’ if they were put into the right environments. Also, Potassium is one of the simplest metals which can form very complicated structures under extremely high pressures and temperatures.

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