03rd June 2019 Current Affairs

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Water level in major reservoirs down by 20%

  • Water storage in reservoirs of most states in west and south India has dipped to less than the average of the past 10 years, the Central Water Commission (CWC) said, indicating a worsening water crisis in these regions.
  • According to the CWC, the water level in 91 major reservoirs in the country in the week ending May 30 was one percentage point down compared to the week before.
  • “The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on May 30 was 31.65 billion cubic metres (BCM), which is 20 per cent of total storage capacity of these reservoirs.
  • This percentage was at 21 per cent for the week ending on May 23,” the CWC said.

Centre to help expedite NRC process

  • The Centre will help the Assam government in setting up 1,000 foreigners’ tribunals by July 31 when the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is published.
  • Those left out of the final NRC can challenge their exclusion in these tribunals to be set up across Assam.
  • Home ministry secretary (border management) B.R. Sharma recently held a meeting to discuss the proposal of the Assam government for the creation of e-foreigners’ tribunals and 1,000 additional foreigners’ tribunals.
  • The central government is also in the process of giving its approval to the state government’s proposal to set up e-foreigners tribunals for those who were declared illegal immigrants.

Kasturirangan committee submits new draft education policy to HRD Ministry

  • Former ISRO chief Dr. Kasturirangan led Committee submitted the draft National Educational Policy (NEP) to the HRD Minister.
  • It recommends incorporation of Indian knowledge systems in the curriculum, constituting a National Education Commission.
  • The Draft Policy is built on foundational pillars of Access, Equity, Quality, Affordability & Accountability. Committee has proposed to rename MHRD as Ministry of Education (MoE).

US visa applicants face privacy hurdle

  • Nearly all applicants of US visas will have to provide information on their use of social media under new rules adopted to enhance vetting of foreign nationals and to screen out terrorists and other dangerous individuals seeking entry into America.
  • The State Department adopted a new policy on June 1 under which most visa applicants, including temporary visitors, will be required to list their social media identifiers along with other personal information.
  • If a visa applicant lies about social media use, they could face “serious immigration consequences”.

Nayib Bukele sworn in as president of El Salvador

  • In the Central American country of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele has been sworn-in as the nation’s President.
  • Delegations from 83 countries attended the ceremony.
  • Bukele was elected to succeed Salvador Sanchez Ceren.

Bank frauds hit Rs 71,500 crore in 2018-19

  • More than 6,800 cases of bank fraud involving an unprecedented Rs 71,500 crore have been reported in 2018-19, the RBI has said.
  • A total of 5,916 such cases were reported by banks in 2017-18 involving Rs 41,167.03 crore.
  • In the past 11 fiscal years, a total of 53,334 cases of fraud were reported by banks involving a massive amount of Rs 2.05 lakh crore, the central bank’s data said.
  • During 2008-09, a total of 4,372 cases were reported involving an amount of Rs 1,860.09 crore.
  • In 2009-10, Rs 1,998.94 crore worth fraud was reported in 4,669 cases.
  • A total of 4,534 and 4,093 such cases were reported in 2010-11 and 2011-12 involving Rs 3,815.76 crore and Rs 4,501.15 crore, respectively.

GST collections touch Rs 1 lakh cr in May

  • GST collections touched Rs 1 lakh crore in May, as compared to Rs 94,016 crore in the year ago period.
  • The gross collection in May at Rs 1,00,289 crore is, however, lower than Rs 1,13,865 crore collected in April.
  • A total of 72.45 lakh GSTR-3B returns were filed in the month of May, higher than 72.13 lakh in April.
  • “The total gross GST revenue collected in the month of May is Rs 1,00,289 crore of which CGST is Rs 17,811 crore, SGST is Rs 24,462 crore, IGST is Rs 49,891 crore and Cess is Rs 8,125 crore,” the finance ministry said.

PF tax-exempt on completion of five years of continuous service

  • As per Fourth Schedule of the Income-tax Act, the accumulated PF balance due and payable to an employee is exempt from tax, if the employee has rendered continuous service with his employer for a period of 5 years or more.
  • According to EPF rules, a member can withdraw up to 75 per cent of the accumulated corpus after one month of quitting a job. Further, he/she can withdraw the remaining 25 per cent and opt for final settlement in case of unemployment for more than two months.

SpiceJet chief Ajay Singh elected to IATA board

  • SpiceJet’s Chairman and MD Ajay Singh was elected to the board of the IATA, after the airline joined the global grouping.
  • The new board of the global airlines’ grouping would be chaired by Lufthansa Group Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr.
  • Founder and former chairman of the now grounded Jet Airways Naresh Goyal, who was associated with the IATA for a long time, was a member on the previous board.

June 3 is being celebrated as World Bicycle Day

  • The United Nations General Assembly declared 3rd June as World Bicycle Day to recognise the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, which are affordable, environmentally friendly fit sustainable means of transportation.
  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), safe infrastructure for walking and cycling is also a pathway for achieving greater health equity.

Delhi govt proposes free rides for women

  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on June 3 that his government proposes to make Metro and bus travel free for women in the national capital.
  • The proposal will be implemented within 2-3 months, he said.
  • The move comes ahead of the Assembly election scheduled for early next year. “Women will be given free rides in DTC, cluster buses and Delhi Metro.
  • The government will bear their travel expenses,” Kejriwal said.
  • For the remaining part of this financial year, the cost of this comes to Rs 700-800 crore, he said.
  • Kejriwal said he has asked officials to study the proposal.

Try out the quiz ?

1. Which Commission has indicated a worsening water crisis in most states of west and south India?

Correct! Wrong!

Water storage in reservoirs of most states in west and south India has dipped to less than the average of the past 10 years, the Central Water Commission (CWC) said, indicating a worsening water crisis in these regions.

2. The Centre will help which state government in setting up 1,000 foreigners tribunals by July 31?

Correct! Wrong!

The Centre will help the Assam government in setting up 1,000 foreigners’ tribunals by July 31 when the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is published.

3. Which State Department has adopted a new policy on June 1 under which most visa applicants required to list their social media identifiers along with other personal information?

Correct! Wrong!

Nearly all applicants of US visas will have to provide information on their use of social media under new rules adopted to enhance vetting of foreign nationals and to screen out terrorists and other dangerous individuals seeking entry into America.

4. Bank fraud is involving an unprecedented Rs 71,500 crore have been reported in 2018-19. This report has been released by...

Correct! Wrong!

5. GST collections has touched how many lakh crore in May 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

GST collections touched Rs 1 lakh crore in May, as compared to Rs 94,016 crore in the year ago period.

6. Which state government is proposes to make Metro and bus travel free for women in that state?

Correct! Wrong!

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on June 3 that his government proposes to make Metro and bus travel free for women in the national capital.

7. Which Committee has submitted the draft of National Educational Policy (NEP) to the HRD Minister?

Correct! Wrong!

Former ISRO chief Dr. Kasturirangan led Committee submitted the draft National Educational Policy (NEP) to the HRD Minister.

8. Nayib Bukele has sworn in as president of which country?

Correct! Wrong!

In the Central American country of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele has been sworn-in as the nation's President.

9. According to EPF rules, a member can withdraw up to 75 per cent of the accumulated corpus after how many months of quitting his job?

Correct! Wrong!

According to EPF rules, a member can withdraw up to 75 per cent of the accumulated corpus after one month of quitting a job. Further, he/she can withdraw the remaining 25 per cent and opt for final settlement in case of unemployment for more than two months.

10. Which Indian has been elected for IATA board?

Correct! Wrong!

SpiceJet's Chairman and MD Ajay Singh was elected to the board of the IATA, after the airline joined the global grouping.

11. Which day is being celebrated as World Bicycle Day?

Correct! Wrong!

June 3 is being celebrated as World Bicycle Day.

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