Current Affairs for IAS Exams - 02 June 2019
VP urges nation to move towards progressive thinking
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has underlined the need for
writers and litterateurs to promote progressive and positive thinking among
the people even while holding a mirror to the happenings in society.
He was speaking at an event organised to mark the death
anniversary of noted social reformer KandukuriVeeresalingam at Visakhapatnam in
Andhra Pradesh yesterday.
Vice President said that Veeresalingam was popularly known as
Raja Ram Mohan Roy of Andhra and he was a strong advocate of widow remarriage,
opposed the dowry and caste system as also child marriage and batted for
empowering women through education.
Vice President said writers, authors, columnists can change the
mindset of the people through their progressive writing and can help remove
disparities and evils in society.
Stressing the need for protecting and preserving native
languages, Mr Naidu urged intellectuals, educationists and journalists to strive
towards promoting progressive thinking and bringing about an attitudinal change
among the people to eliminate social evils.
Ex-EC denies possibility of manipulation EVM-VVPAT system
Former Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi has said
that there is no possibility of manipulating the EVM-VVPAT system. He
however said that the Election Commission should explain to the opposition
and the people by clearing doubts about it.
In the recent LokSabha elections, the opposition had alleged
that Electronic Voting Machines and VVPAT (Voter Verified Paper Trail Machines)
were being manipulated. The EC had refuted the allegations.
Talking to PTI in Bengaluru today, Quraishi said People's trust
has to be maintained and won. He said EVMs cannot be tampered because there are
many checks and balances. He said, after the introduction of VVPATs any
possibility of any tampering should completely disappear.
On the opposition demand to go back to the ballot paper voting
system, Quraishi said, rather than doing away with the EVMs, one should look at
improving these machines.
GST collection crosses 1lakh crore for the third time
Even after slowdown in industrial activity, the Government
managed to collect more than ₹1 lakh crore plus in May. This is third
consecutive month of ₹1 lakh crore plus mobilization. However, collection in
May was lower than all-time high of April.
The growth in revenue collection has come at a time when
industrial production has slowed down. Growth rate in Core sector (comprising of
eight industrial sectors, steel, coal, electricity, cement, Refinery production,
crude oil, natural gas and fertiliser) dropped to 2.6 per cent in April.
These eight sectors together comprise of over 40 per cent in
Index of Industrial Production (IIP), which reflects performance of overall
industry. April figure for IIP to be released on June 12 while it turned
negative in March.
The revenue in May, 2018 was ₹ 94,016 crore and the revenue
during May, 2019 is a growth of 6.67 per cent over the revenue in the same month
last year. The revenue in May 2019 is 2.21 per cent higher than the monthly
average of GST revenue in FY 2018-19 (₹ 98,114 crore).
An amount of ₹ 18,934 crore has been released to the states as
GST compensation for the months of February-March, 2019.
HRD ministry gives clarification on new draft policy
The Centre has clarified that it has not taken any decision
on the three-language system as suggested in the draft New Education Policy
(NEP) prepared by a panel headed by eminent scientist K Kasturirangan.
In a statement issued yesterday, Human Resource Development
Ministry said, this is a draft policy submitted by the committee and is placed
for the views of the general public. The HRD ministry said, the final decision
will be taken after consulting state governments and getting feedback from the
Union HRD Minister Ramesh PokhriyalNishank also clarified that
it is just a recommendation and not a government policy. He said Prime Minister
NarendraModi has already said that no particular language will be imposed on any
Mr Nishank said it is just a draft and government will be
collecting information from various states and then it will have further
Information and Broadcasting Minister PrakashJavadekar also said
that Modi government has always promoted all Indian languages and there is no
intention of imposing any language on anybody.
The committee led by former ISRO Chief K Kasturirangan submitted
the draft education policy to the HRD Minister on Friday.
Trump urges for no deal Brexit for Britain
US President Donald Trump has said that Britain should go
for a no-deal Brexit with the EU and refuse to pay the agreed 39 billion
pounds (45 billion euros, USD 50 billion) divorce bill.
In an interview with the Sunday Times on the eve of his visit to
London, Mr Trump urged Britain's government to follow his rule book in
negotiating deals when it came to Brexit.
The comments came after US President used another newspaper
interview to declare that former foreign minister Boris Johnson would make an
excellent prime minister to take over from Theresa May.
Theresa May is to resign on 7th June after failing to get her EU
divorce text through parliament.
Mr Trump is to embark on a three-day state visit to Britain from
tomorrow, during which he will meet Queen Elizabeth II and have talks with Ms
Tanzania becomes yet another African nation banning plastic
A plastic bag ban comes into force in Tanzania as Africa
leads efforts to stem the tide of plastic pollution. Tanzania is banning the
importation, production, sale and use of plastic bags.
It becomes the 34th African country to implement such
restrictions, according to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).
Tanzania, known for wildlife tourism, has also issued a notice
to travellers that they will have to "surrender" plastic bags in their
possession before entering the country.
Globally, 127 countries have some sort of plastic bag
legislation. 91 of these include a ban or restriction on manufacturing,
importation and retail distribution, according to the UNEP.
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AYUSH ministry launches app to expand coverage of events
AYUSH Ministry has launched a mobile application to enable
people to locate yoga events and centres providing training and instructors.
The mobile app was launched ahead of International Yoga Day on
June 21. According to a senior official of the AYUSH ministry, yoga locator is a
map-based location app which will also enable yoga instructors to register
themselves and reach out to a large number of people.
The official said that yoga locator app will help people to
locate yoga centres as well as yoga instructors within the preferred radius of
It will be a permanent app which will give information to people
about yoga activities happening in their vicinity throughout the year.
India expresses interest in hosting Asian cup football
India is one of the three countries which have expressed
interest to host the Asian Football Confederation, AFC's Asian Cup football
tournament for Women to be held in 2022.
The AFC said, Chinese Taipei and Uzbekistan are the other
countries in contention to host Asia's premier women's competition.
The three countries will now be invited to nominate their
proposed venues for the tournament, with the host expected to be announced by
the second quarter of 2020. If India gets the right to host the event, it will
be their second time after 1980 in Kozhikode.
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