1. SWIFT India and South Asia Conference was held in Mumbai
The SWIFT India and South Asia Conference held at the St Regis Mumbai.
- The conference saw the participation of 500 delegates representing financial institutions, regulators, market infrastructure experts, multinational corporations, and other industry professionals, to discuss the most pertinent issues concerning the nation’s financial market.
- The theme of the conference was “Digitisation in transition: The future of innovation and cybersecurity”.
- It was organized and hosted by SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication).
- The objective of the conference was to discuss these key issues with a specific focus on innovation and our preparedness to face challenges around cybersecurity.
- At the conference, BCG (Boston Consulting Group) also released a paper titled “Unlocking Success in Corporate Banking Through Digital”
About SWIFT India:
It is the local unit of SWIFT global that facilitates international payments functions for banks.
Chairman – Mrs. Arundhati Bhattacharya
2. Union Cabinet Ministers Portfolio 2019 Part 1
A total of 24 Cabinet Ministers took oath at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, followed by nine Ministers of State (Independent Charge) and 24 Ministers of State.
- Rajnath Singh – Defence
- Amit Shah – Home Affairs
- Nirmala Sitharaman – Finance; Corporate Affairs
- Subrahmanyam Jaishankar – External Affairs
- Nitin Gadkari – Road Transport and Highways; Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
- DV Sadananda Gowda – Chemical and Fertilizers
- Ram Vilas Paswan – Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution
- Narendra Singh Tomar – Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Rural Development; Panchayati Raj
- Ravi Shankar Prasad – Law and Justice; Communications; Electronics and Information Technology
- Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Food Processing Industries
- Thawarchand Gehlot – Social Justice and Empowerment
- Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank – Human Resource Development
- Arjun Munda – Tribal Affairs
3. Union Cabinet Ministers Portfolio 2019 Part 2
- Smriti Irani – Women and Child Development; Textiles
- Dr. Harsh Vardhan – Health and Family Welfare; Science and Technology; Earth Sciences
- Prakash Javdekar – Environment, Forest and Climate Change; Information and Broadcasting
- Piyush Goyal – Railways; Commerce and Industries
- Dharmendra Pradhan – Petroleum and Natural Gas; Steel
- Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi – Minority Affairs
- Prahlad Joshi – Parliamentary Affairs; Coal; Mines
- Mahendra Nath Pandey – Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
- Arvind Sawant – Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise
- Giriraj Singh – Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries
- Gajendra Singh Shekhawat – Jal Shakti
4. World Milk Day is observed on 1 June
World Milk Day is a day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognize the importance of milk as a global food.
- It has been observed on June 1 each year since 2001.
- The day is intended to provide an opportunity to bring attention to activities that are connected with the dairy sector.
The objective of the day
- To provide information about the need and importance of milk in a human being’s life.
- Various activities are organized on this day to raise awareness about milk and milk products.
- To celebrate the contribution of milk and dairy products in several industries, the economy, and people’s lives.
- To educate people about the nutrients that are present in milk like calcium, protein, vitamin B2, potassium, iodine, etc.
- Several promotional activities about milk and its importance are launched by the International Dairy Federation on its website online.
- Milk contains valuable nutrients and offers a range of health benefits. It is a white liquid produced by the mammary glands of mammals.
- Milk is not only consumed by growing children but also by the people of all age groups. It is an important part of our daily diet.
- It has great nourishing value and a rich source of calcium, protein, fat, and vitamin C. Mainly we get milk from cows, buffaloes and from other animals like sheep, goat, and camel.
Milk day in India:
- The World Milk Day event does not follow a specific theme in the world. Different countries, governments, and non-governmental organizations decide their own theme.
- The theme for World Milk Day 2019 in India is “Drink Milk: Today & Everyday”.
- Various campaigns are organized in India at the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Izatnagar, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh and focuses on safe, hygiene milk production and consumption.
5. Environment Ministry launched a song Hawa Aane De to spread awareness about Air pollution
World Environment Day Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change launched a theme song ‘Hawa Aane De’ on air pollution.
- The song was launched in the national capital.
- The main aim is to spread awareness regarding protecting the environment.
- Secretary of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change launched the song in the presence of actor Shekhar Suman and singer Shaan.
- World Environment Day is celebrated on June 05.
About “Hawa Aane De” Song:
- It has been produced by MoEFCC, in collaboration with Bhamla Foundation, Mumbai, as the theme song for WED 2019.
- It is written by Swanand Kirkire. It is sung by Shantanu Mukherjee, Kapil Sharma, Sunidhi Chauhan, and Shankar Mahadevan.
- The film has been directed by Romanchak Arora.
- Founded: 1985 as Ministry of Environment and Forests
- Name Change: 2014
6. RBI to observe financial literacy week from June 5-9
The Reserve Bank of India will observe Financial Literacy Week across the country from 3rd to 7th of June.
- The theme this year is – ‘Farmers and how they benefit by being a part of the formal banking system’.
- Posters and leaflets will be used to spread awareness and spread the message of financial literacy among the farming community.
- The RBI has advised banks to display the posters and content in their rural bank branches, Financial Literacy Centres, ATMs, and websites.
7. Rajasthan government banned e-cigarettes in the State
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced the banned on the sale of e-cigarettes in Rajasthan. Gehlot issued the order on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day on May 31.
The government had banned the online or offline sale, storage, production, distribution, and advertisement of e-cigarettes in the state. The CM said that the ban follows his party’s manifesto to discourage the youth from addiction.
Harmful effects of E-cigarettes:
- E-cigarettes are too new for researchers to have found their adverse impact like cancer associated with tobacco. Researchers have found that initially many youngsters start smoking e-cigarettes and gradually shift to tobacco cigarettes later in life.
- Thus the ban will be an important step to curb e-cigarette addiction among youths and will prove effective to discourage them from consumption.
Committee to analyze:
The State government has set up a committee of experts to look into the adverse impacts of e-cigarettes and it found that there were indeed many. The committee will do a detailed study on the rising use of e-cigarettes.
Criticism on the ban:
But this is a surprise move in a state where the sale of tobacco products and cigarettes is allowed. Questions are being raised whether the ban has been done to safeguard interests of the tobacco lobby. Smoking tobacco has been found to be more dangerous than an e-cigarette. While public smoking of cigarettes is banned in the state, no steps to ban chewing of tobacco have been taken.
8. Indian-origin Anita Bhatia appointed UN Deputy Executive Director
Indian-origin Anita Bhatia has been the Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships.
- A veteran in strategic partnerships, resource mobilization, and management, she was appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the global body’s agency.
- She has had a distinguished career at the World Bank Group, serving in various senior leadership and management positions, both at the headquarters and in the field.
9. The Worlds smallest baby, weighing 245 grams survives
A US hospital revealed the birth of a baby girl named ‘Saybie‘ and said she’s believed to be the world’s smallest surviving baby, who weighed 245 grams at birth.
Born at 23 weeks and three days in December, she was in neonatal intensive care unit for five months. Initially, doctors said she would survive for only an hour.
- Saybie’s ranking as the world’s smallest baby ever to survive is according to the Tiniest Baby registry maintained by the University of Iowa.
- Saybie had the lowest birth weight of those submitted to the registry.
10. 6 Indian-origin students win US National Spelling Bee
Six Indian-origin students are among the eight participants who won the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee after defeating over 550 other contestants in an unprecedented competition in the US.
- It is the first time in the 94-year history of the competition that more than two co-champions have been named.
- Rishik Gandhasri, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Rohan Raja, Christopher Serrao, and Erin Howard were named as co-champions.
- Each will receive the full winner’s prize of 50,000 US Dollar in cash.
- The six boys and two girls combined to spell the final 47 words correctly over five consecutive perfect rounds.
11. ISRO partnered with IAF for Gaganyaan astronaut selection, training
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has signed an agreement with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for crew selection and training for the prestigious Gaganyaan, the country’s maiden manned mission.
AVM RGK Kapoor, ACAS Ops (Space), IAF handed over the MoU to Shri R Hutton, Project Director of Gaganyaan Programme.
- Under the programme, a three-member crew will spend a minimum of seven days in space.
- A human-rated GSLV Mk-lll will be used to carry the orbital module, which will have necessary provisions for sustaining a three-member crew for the duration of the mission.
- The Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) will lead the selection and training of astronauts on behalf of IAF.
- The necessary infrastructure for crew training, a realization of flight systems and ground infrastructure will be established to support the program.
- The ISRO will collaborate extensively with national agencies, laboratories, academia, and industry to accomplish the objectives of the prestigious mission.
- Gaganyaan (“Sky Craft”) is an Indian crewed orbital spacecraft intended to be the basis of the Indian Human Spaceflight Programme.
- Gaganyaan was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2018.
- The mission worth Rs. 10,000 crore.
- The Programme is aimed to be launched by December 2021.
- It was approved by the Union Cabinet in 2018.
- In its maiden crewed mission, ISRO’s largely autonomous 3.7-tonne capsule will orbit the Earth at 400 km (250 mi) altitude for up to seven days with a three-person crew on board.