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Current Affairs June 12, 2018

1. June 12- World Day against Child Labour

  • The World Day against Child Labour is observed globally on June 12 to raise awareness against child labour.
  • The theme of World Day against Child Labour 2018 is- Generation Safe & Healthy.
  • The main purpose of this day is to shine a spotlight on global need to improve safety and health of young workers and end child labour.


2.  Piyush Goyal launches 'Rail Madad' app and 'Menu on Rails' app for travelers

  • Piyush Goyal (Minister of Railways & Coal) launched two mobile apps: Rail Madad and Menu on Rails for improvement of travel experience. These apps are in line with ‘Digital India’ initiative of PM Narendra Modi.
  • Rails Madad app is for complaint redressal as it allows passengers to lodge complaints through mobile app. The app will be available on Android and IOS platforms.
  • Menu on Rails (developed by IRCTC) would allow passengers to check the list of meals and beverages served on all type of trains and their prices.


3. India to get its 1st police museum in Delhi

  • Union Government has decided to start India’s first national police museum in Lutyens' Delhi.
  • The museum will depict the history of central and state police forces and it will come up as an underground facility in premises of National Police Memorial in Chanakyapuri area of national capital.
  • It will be inaugurated on Police Commemoration Day on October 21 by either Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Home Minister Rajnath Singh.


4. Mauritius to host 11th World Hindi Conference

  • 11th World Hindi Conference (WHC) is being organized from 18-20 August 2018 to increase the popularity of Hindi globally in Mauritius by Government of India in association with Government of Mauritius.
  • The World Hindi Conference is a major event organized every three years by External Affairs Ministry. World Hindi Secretariat (WHS) will be the organizing authority of this year’s event.
  • This conference will cover both classical and modern elements of Hindi and will see participation of representatives and scholars of Hindi from all over the world. The special focus of this year’s event will be on Bollywood and global reach of Hindi through movies.
  • The decision to organize 11th edition of Conference in Mauritius was taken at 10th World Hindi Conference held in Bhopal, India in September 2015.


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5. 1st batch of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra flagged off

  • Vijay Kumar Singh (Union minister of state for external affairs) has flagged off the 1st batch of three month-long Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2018 in New Delhi. The Yatra will continue till September 8, 2018.
  • Singh also counseled pilgrims to remain physically fit and establish communion with nature to come out rewarded from the Yatra. The first batch comprising 60 pilgrims will reach Kailash Manasarovar via Lipulekh.
  • There are two routes for Yatra-through Lipulekh pass (Uttarakhand) and through Natu La pass (Sikkim).


6. India gives Rs 99 million to Nepal to install shallow tube wells

  • India extended a financial aid of Rs 99 million to Nepal for installation of of 2,700 shallow tube well irrigation systems in 12 districts of country's southern Terai region to increase agricultural productivity.
  • The aid has been extended as part of final payment for Nepal-Bharat Maitri Irrigation Project which was launched to raise growth the Himalayan nation's agricultural sector.
  • Manjeev Singh Puri (India's Ambassador to Nepal) handed over a cheque of 99.21 million Nepalese Rupees to Sanjay Sharma (country's Energy Secretary).


7. Sharad Kumar appointed as vigilance commissioner in CVC

  • Former NIA chief Sharad Kumar has been appointed as vigilance commissioner in the probity watchdog Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).
  • Mr. Kumar has been appointed vigilance commissioner in the Central Vigilance Commission for a term of four years.
  • 62-year-old Mr. Kumar is a 1979-batch IPS officer of the Haryana cadre. He retired in September last year after heading the National Investigation Agency, an anti-terror probe organization, for over four years.


8. State Bank of India NPAs surpass Rs 1 Lakh Crore in FY18

  • State Bank of India (SBI), nation’s largest public sector lender, recorded its highest non-performing asset (NPAs) of Rs. 1.1 lakh crore in 2017-18, virtually equal to what it had registered within the decade before.
  • This is available through RTI and the bank’s annual report.
  • The gross NPAs of the financial institution went up from Rs 1.12 lakh crore in 2016-17 to Rs 2.23 lakh crore within the final fiscal.
  • There was a decline within the gross NPAs of SBI from Rs 61,605 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 56,725 crore in 2014-15, taking place by Rs four,880 crore.


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