A Lancet study evaluated that India had the highest mortality rate among children under five years of age in 2015
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, US (United States) evaluated India’s state-level information on the causes of casualty among children under 5 years of age for the years 2000-2015, to find that India had progressed from reducing the annual mortality among children under 5 years from 2.5 million in 2000 to 1.2 million in 2015 which, still was the highest in the world.
i. The study used data from different countries to evaluate the causes of death among children under 5 years of age between 2000 and 2015.
ii. The research studies were published in The Lancet Global Health.
iii. The research team used sources of data from Indian government health surveys, and evaluated the total mortality, mortality rates and causes of mortality for children under 5 years of age, in 25 states in India.
CBIC introduced weightage system for appointments under compassionate appointment scheme
Recently, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has introduced a weightage system for appointments under compassionate grounds which will be based on nine criteria like family income, dependents, remaining service period of the deceased etc. The objective is to ensure objectivity, transparency and uniformity in the selection process for appointments on the compassionate ground.
i. The government appoints the dependent member of a government employee under compassionate appointment scheme on the grounds of medical condition or that employee dying in harness.
ii. The guidelines for appointment are issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) and CBIC introduced weightage points system for its cadres according to the guidelines of DoPT.
iii. Under this new system, the preference would be given to the widow of the deceased government servant.
For the first time India will host the 5th Army International Scout Masters Competition as part of the International Army Games
For promoting geniality among the participating nations, India, for the first time will host a part of an international military sports event named ‘ Army Scout Masters Competition ‘ in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan’s for 9 days in August (August 6 to August 14, 2019).
i. India will host the fifth Army International Scout Masters Competition as part of the games.
ii. The competition will be held under the patronage of the Indian Army and is organised by the Konark Corps at Jaisalmer military station.
iii. The International Army Games, organised by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, is taking place since 2015.
Mint Globetrotter Index notifies that Dubai is costlier than Delhi
The Mint Globetrotter Index was prepared by Mint’s data partner Howindialives.com which is a database and search engine for public data that took into account 25 essential spends in total, ranging from multifarious categories, namely, accommodation, shopping, leisure, market and food and came up with an index which would help general public to travel well-informed.
i. For an easy comparison between different cities, the indices were benchmarked to a value of 100 for Delhiand re-based accordingly.
ii. This means that, Zurich has an index value of 301 (this means that the 25 items cost 201% more of what they cost in Delhi) Kathmandu has an index of 82 (the same items here cost 18% less than what they cost in Delhi).
India joins global initiative termed ‘Christchurch call to action’ to fight against extremism online
India joined France, New Zealand, Canada and several other nations in launching a key initiative, termed ‘Christchurch call to action’ in Paris to fight against online terrorism and extremism and make the internet secure.
i. The initiative was termed after 51 people were killed (on 15th March, 2019) in an attack on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand and the video of which went viral.
ii. The initiative was headed by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and France’s President Emmanuel Macron.
iii. The objective of the initiative is to assemble collective efforts to globally secure the internet from terror groups as the internet is no more immune to abuse by terrorist and violent extremist actors.
BANKING & FINANCE
RBI has published ‘Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision 2019 – 2021’ to promote innovation, cyber-security, financial inclusion
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released its statement on ‘Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision 2019–2021’, which notifies the steps that RBI will take to promote innovation, cyber-security, financial inclusion, customer protection, and competition through which the vision looks forward to achieve a ‘highly digital’ and ‘cash-lite’ society.
The report consists of 36 specific action points with 12 specific outcomes, based on different inputs from stakeholders and guidance of the Board for Regulation and Supervision of Payment and Settlement Systems.
SRFI- HCL tie-up to improve Indian Squash
The Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) entered into a tie-up with HCL. The objective of this tie-up is to improve Indian Squash. There will be multiple tournaments organised under the ‘HCL Squash Podium Programme’ in which both the senior and junior level.
i. In recent past, very less Indian squash player has been able to make a major impact in professional squash except Dipika Pallikal, Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa. Recently, Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappawon the Asian Championship in both men’s and women’s category held in Kuala Lumpur.
About Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI)
♦ President: Debendranath Sarangi
♦ Location: Chennai
♦ Headquarter: Noida
♦ CEO: C Vijayakumar
China set to host Asian Cup 2023 after withdrawal from South Korea
Recently, Korea Football Association (KFA) had withdraw their bid to host Asian Cup 2023 which leave the sole other bidders China with a free run to become hosts. KFA announced that they are pulled out to strategically focus on a joint bid with North Korea to host Women’s World Cup in 2023.
i. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will confirm on June 4 about China’s bid to hold Asian Cup 2023 in China.
ii. Last time China hosted Asian Cup in 2004 when China lost to Japan by 3-1 in the final held in Beijing.
iii. This year the Asian Cup was held in UAE in which Qatar defeated Japan by 3-1 in the final.
About Asian Football Confederation (AFC)
♦ Headquarter: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
♦ President: Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Council of European Chambers of Commerce(CEUCC) to honour Anil Kapoor for promoting Children’s Rights
As a part of Europe Day celebrations, the Council of European Chambers of Commerce(CEUCC) in India and European Union(EU) delegation will felicitate Indian actor Anil Kapoor for promoting Children’s Rights and his effort to protect the rights of girls in collaboration with Plan India and the European Union.
i. Mr. Kapoor will be the Chief Guest for the celebrations. He will be accompanied by the EU Ambassador to India Tomasz Kozlowski, EU Member states Consuls and senior representatives from the European and Indian corporate world.
ii. The event will also demonstrate the emergence of Europe as the most favored destination for Indian filmmakers.
iii. Every year on May 9, Europe Day is celebrated to commemorate the formation of the European Union.
About European Union:
♦ Capital: Brussels (De Facto Capital)
♦ Currency: Euro
Cyril Ramaphosa re-elected as President of South Africa
Cyril Ramaphosa’s party, African National Congress (ANC) won South African elections with majority and secured 57.51 percent votes and Cyril Ramaphosa elected as South African President. Last year in February 2018, Cyril Ramaphosa elected as South African President after President Jacob Zuma resigned from the post due to charges of corruption.
i. This was the first time that African National Congress has got less than 60 percent votes in national polls.
About South Africa
♦ Capital: Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein
♦ Currency: South African rand
Padmaja appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Nauru
The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, announced the appointment of Ms. Padmaja as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Nauru with residence in Suva. She is currently serving as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Fiji. She is set to take up her responsibility soon. She succeeds Vishvas Vidu Sapkal.
♦ Capital: No Official capital, but Government offices are located at Yaren District
♦ Currency: Australian Dollar
♦ President: Baron Waqa
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Leading stock exchange ‘BSE’ launched ‘BSE StAR MF’ app to help mutual fund distributors to accelerate transactions process
BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange) notified that it has launched an app named ‘BSE StAR MF‘ in order to enable more participation and aid mutual fund distributors to accelerate transactions process.
i. ‘BSE StAR MF’ is BSE’s mutual fund platform which helps distributors in purchasing and redeeming the mutual fund units on behalf of their clients.
ii. The ‘BSE StAR MF’ app that is downloaded from Google Play Store supports dynamic (real-time) client registration, digital transactions, creates and uploads mandate for SIPs (Systematic Investment Plans), generates multiple orders, tracks and permits the distributor in evaluating his business instantly.
iii.The app is expected to drastically increase the number of its distributors.
Doordarshan launched online Souvenir Store on Amazon India
Public service broadcaster, Doordarshan has partnered with online retail giant Amazon India to launch a Souvenir Store. The store will offer whole range of merchandise which includes T-shirts, coffee mugs ad sippers with the tagline “I am in your DNA, I am your Doordarshan”. The purpose of this initiative is to establish stronger relationship with viewers of Doordarshan channel.
♦ Motto: Satyam Shivam Sundaram
♦ Parent Organisation: Prasar Bharati
♦ Headquarter: Bellevue, Washington, US
♦ CEO: Jeff Bezos