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Evening News Digest , 15 June 2018(Including PDF)

NLCIL's Three 100 MW Solar Power Projects dedicated to Nation

  • Union Minister for Finance, Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal inaugurated three 100-MW solar power projects erected at Virudhunagar and Tirunelveli districts.
  • The solar power projects erected at Thoppalaakkarai and Sethupuram in Virudhunagar district and Sellaiya Sezhiyanallur in Tirunelveli district, with an installed capacity of 100 MW each, were dedicated to the nation.
  • The projects were erected at a cost of ₹ 1,302 crore, which include operation and maintenance cost for 15 years.
  • The power produced from the units would be given to Tamil Nadu Power Generation and Distribution Company (Tangedco) at a cost of ₹4.41 per unit.
  • NLCIL- NLC India Limited (NLCIL) formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation is a 'Navratna' profit making, Government of India Entreprise engaged in mining of lignite and generation of power through lignite based thermal power plants. NLCIL was established by GoI in 1956, following the discovery of lignite deposits in Neyveli, Tamil Nadu.

The Business portfolio of the company is as under:Lignite Mining,Thermal Power Generation,Solar Energy Generation,Wind Power Generation,Coal Mining.

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Swajal Launched in 115 Aspirational Districts of India

  • Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation announced Swajal schemes in 115 aspirational districts of the country including both teh districts of Goa.
  • The scheme involves national outlay of Rs 700 crores through flexible-funds under the existing NRDWP budget.
  • These schemes will aim to provide villages with piped water supply powered by solar energy.
  • The scheme will train hundreds of rural technicians for operation and maintenance of Swajal units.

20 States sign MoU for implementing Ayushman Bharat

  • Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare exchanged the Memorandum of Understanding with the State Health Ministers of 20 States marking their commitment towards the launch of the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) at a Health Ministers conclave.
  • Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) will have major impact on reduction of Out Of Pocket (OOP) expenditure.
  • Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission will have a defined benefit cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family per year.
  • Benefits of the scheme are portable across the country and a beneficiary covered under the scheme will be allowed to take cashless benefits from any public/private empanelled hospitals across the country.
  • Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission will be an entitlement based scheme with entitlement decided on the basis of deprivation criteria in the SECC database.
  • The beneficiaries can avail benefits in both public and empanelled private facilities.
  • One of the core principles of Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission is to co-operative federalism and flexibility to states.

National Tribal Museum proposed to be set up at Delhi

  • A National Tribal Museum along with a National Level Tribal Research Institute is proposed to be set up at Delhi by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
  • The Museum will showcase the rich tribal culture and heritage using state-of-the-art technologies. The proposal to set up the Museum and TRI has already been sent to the Niti Ayog.
  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in his Independence Day Speech on 15th August, 2016, Ministry of Tribal Affairs  is setting up six Tribal Freedom Fighters Memorials including two of national importance ie. Narmada (Gujarat) and Birsa Munda Central Jail (Ranchi).

Water Productivity Mapping of Major Indian Crops released

  • Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari released a book ‘Water productivity mapping of major Indian crops’ published by NABARD.
  • Addressing the gathering Shri Gadkari said that there is no scarcity of water in the country but we have to improve upon the planning and management of water resources.
  • Ministry and Government is thinking about innovative ways for better management of water resources.
  • Proposal for three projects at Tuticorin, Paradip and Kandla are under consideration where sea water can be desalinized and used for irrigation and other works.
  • Piped and drip irrigation will definitely conserve water. It is under the vision of ‘Har Khet Ko Pani’ and ‘Per Drop More Drop’.
  • The need of water testing like soil testing before cultivating any crop. This will improve crop yield and avoid wastage of water also.

UNGA adopts the resolution condemning Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza

  • The U.N. General Assembly condemned Israel for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians and asked U.N. chief Antonio Guterres to recommend an “international protection mechanism” for occupied Palestinian territory.
  • The General Assembly adopted a resolution with 120 votes in favor, eight against and 45 abstentions.
  • It was put forward in the General Assembly by Algeria, Turkey and the Palestinians after the United States vetoed a similar resolution in the 15-member U.N. Security Council.
  • The General Assembly text condemned the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas, but did not mention Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza. General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding but carry political weight.
  • In December 128 countries defied President Donald Trump and voted in favor of a U.N. General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Greece, Macedonia reach the accord to resolve the dispute over Macedonian's name

  • Greece and Macedonia reached a historic accord to resolve a dispute over the former Yugoslav republic's name that has troubled relations between the two neighbours for decades.
  • Under the deal, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said his country would officially be called the "Republic of Northern Macedonia".
  • It is currently known formally at the United Nations under the interim name "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia".
  • The deal would open the way for the tiny Balkan nation's eventual membership of the European Union and NATO, currently blocked by Greece's objections to its use of the name Macedonia.
  • Athens says that the name implies territorial claims on a northern Greek province of the same name.
  • The accord still requires ratification by the two national parliaments and a referendum in Macedonia, a tough test for the leaders of both the countries.

Star system with three Earth-sized planets discovered

  • Scientists have discovered two new planetary systems, one of which hosts three Earth-sized planets.
  • Researchers from Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) and the University of Oviedo in Spain analysed the data collected by the K2 mission of NASA’s Kepler satellite, which started in November 2013.
  • The study, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS), reveals the existence of two new planetary systems detected from the eclipses they produce in the stellar light of their respective stars.
  • The first exoplanetary system is located in the star K2-239, characterised as a red dwarf type M3V from observations made with the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC), at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (Garafia, La Palma).
  • The other red dwarf star, called K2-240, has two super-Earth-like planets about twice the size of our planet.

16th Annual Forbes Global 2000 list released

  • Forbes released its 16th annual Global 2000 list, a ranking of the biggest, most powerful and most valuable companies in the world.
  • The ranking is based on a combination of four metrics: sales, profits, assets and market value.
  • Chinese companies extend their streak at the top of the Global 2000 list. Industrial & Commercial Bank of China is ranked No. 1 for the sixth consecutive year. China Construction Bank remains in the No. 2 spot.
  • The other two of China’s “Big Four” banks – Agricultural Bank of China and Bank of China – remain in the top ten, which is evenly split between China and the United States.
  • JPMorgan Chase is now the largest company in the U.S., moving up one spot to No. 3 and overtaking Berkshire Hathaway (No. 4). Rounding out the top ten are Agricultural Bank of China (No. 5), Bank of America (No. 6), Wells Fargo (No. 7), Apple (No. 8), Bank of China (No. 9) and Ping An Insurance (No. 10).
  • There are a total of 58 Indian companies on the overall list of 2,000 firms from across the world.
  • These include Reliance Industries at 83rd place, the only from India in the top-100. Besides, HDFC Bank is at 202nd, ONGC at 266th, Indian Oil at 270th and ICICI Bank at 320th.
  • Some of the other Indian companies in the overall list include Tata Motors at 385th position, Tata Consultancy Services (404), Larsen & Toubro (471) and State Bank of India (489).

Dhivya Suryadevara: First woman CFO of General Motors

  • Dhivya Suryadevara, an Indian-American woman hailing from Chennai, has been appointed the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of General Motors – the largest automaker in the USA.
  • She is the first woman to assume this prestigious post in the company.
  • Chennai-born Dhivya, will report to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mary Barra, 56. This is a first as no other major global automaker has a female CEO and CFO serving concurrently.
  • She played a key role in getting a $2.25 billion investment in GM Cruise by Japanese tech giant SoftBank Group Corp, and GM’s investment in San Francisco-based on-demand transportation company Lyft.
  • Dhivya served as CEO and Chief Investment Officer for GM Asset Management from 2013 to 2017.
  • Dhivya earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Commerce from the University of Madras in present-day Chennai
  • She is a chartered financial analyst and accountant. 

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Senior Editor Shujaat Bukhari killed by gunmen in Srinagar

  • Unknown gunmen shot and killed Shujaat Bukhari, veteran journalist and editor of the Rising Kashmir newspaper in the heart of Srinagar ahead of Id-ul-Fitr.
  • Bukhari was The Hindu's correspondent in Srinagar from 1997 to 2012 and a contributor to the Frontline magazine.
  • Mr. Bukhari was a popular commentator on national TV channels. His brother, Basharat Bukhari, is Law Minister in Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s government.

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