UPSC Daily Current Affairs- 27th June 2018

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Daily Current Affairs- 27th June 2018

GS – II (Indian Affairs)

 Bonalu festival

Why it is in News?

  • Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao released 15 crore for organizing Bonalu Festival.

Key facts:

  • This will be celebrated as a state festival.
  • A special meeting with the people’s representatives of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad will be organized.
  • Bonalu is an annual festival of Telangana celebrated in twin cities Hyderabad, Secunderabad and other parts of Telangana.
  • It is celebrated in the month of Ashada Masam, in July/August. Special poojas are performed for Yellamma on the first and last day of the festival.
  • The festival is also considered a thanking the Goddess for fulfillment of vows.

setting up of community toilets, procurement of dustbins for Kumbh Mela-2019

Why it is in News?

  • 2 projects worth Rs.116.6 crores approved by NCMG for setting up of community toilets, procurement of dustbins for Kumbh Mela-2019.

Key facts:

  • In the upcoming Kumbh Mela 2019 in Allahabad, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) in its 13th Executive Committee meeting approved two projects for community toilets and procurement of dustbins at an estimated cost of Rs. 113 crore and Rs. 3.6 crore respectively.
  • The first project includes setting up of 27,500 communities FRP toilets (with septic tank) and pre-fabricated toilets (with septic tanks).
  • Besides this,20,000 community FRP urinals will also be set up during the Kumbh Mela.
  • The second project is deployment of 16000 dustbins for solid waste management with installation of lining bags in dustbins.
  • Gathering for Kumbh Mela will take place on the banks of river Ganga for a period of 60-90 days with close to 10 lakh pilgrims stationed in the camps.

Passport Seva app

Why it is in News?

  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj launched a Passport Seva app for seamless application and issue of passports on the occasion of Passport Seva Diwas.

Key facts:

  • Along with the launch she highlighted that new passport centres are now functional in separate Northeast regions of the country as opposed to a single centre in Guwahati.
  • In the first 2 phases251 passports registration centres were announced out of which 212 centres are already established.
  • In the third phase 38 additional centres were announced out of which two centres have been operationalized.
  • The 260 working passport centres will be expanded to all Lok Sabha constituencies.

6 MW small Hydro-electric power project

Why it is in News?

  • The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu inaugurated the 6 MW Shaikangchu small hydro electric project at Gongkhar village in Arunachl Pradesh.

Key facts:

  • It is considered to be the biggest project undertaken by the department of hydropower in the state.
  • It has 14 hydel stations with total installed capacity of 11.41 MW developed by hydropower department of the state.
  • It will supply electricity to 27 villages around Mukto circle and the surplus power will be supplied to Tawang headquarters.

GS – II (International Affairs)

 world’s largest multilateral naval exercise

Why it is in News?

  • 26th edition World’s largest multilateral naval exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) began off Hawaii in the western Pacific Ocean from June 27 to August 2,2018.

Key facts:

  • This will be a 2 month long exercise and 26 countries are participating in it including India.
  • About 25000 personnel and 52 ships will take part.
  • From India’s part , INS Sahyadri will take part in it .
  • It will be commanded by Captain Shantanu Jha and it is a indigenously built guided missile stealth frigate of the Eastern Fleet under Eastern Naval Command.
  • Countries taking part on this exercise are : Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.
  • RIMPAC, the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, is the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise.
  • RIMPAC is held biennially during June and July of even-numbered years from Honolulu, Hawaii.

GS – III (Environment)

Oxytocin formulations ban from 1st July 2018

Why it is in News?

  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has restricted the manufacture of Oxytocin formulations for domestic use to public sector only from 1st July 2018.

Key facts:

  • The import of Oxytocin and its formulations is also banned.
  • Private manufacturers will not be allowed to manufacture Oxytocin for domestic use.
  • Only Karnataka Antibiotics & Pharmaceuticals Ltd (KAPL), a public sector company, will manufacture Oxytocin for domestic use from 1st July 2018.
  • Oxytocin formulations for domestic consumption will be supplied by KAPL to the registered hospitals and clinics in public and private sector directly.
  • Oxytocin in any form or name will not be allowed to be sold by retail Chemist.
  • All the registered hospitals and clinics in public and private sector in India are asked to contact only KAPL and place orders.
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