Defence

  • India successfully tests nuclear-capable Agni-5 missile

India on June 3, 2018 successfully test-fired indigenously developed nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-5 from the Integrated Test Range on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island, previously known as Wheeler Island.

  • Coast Guard interceptor ship commissioned

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on June 7, 2018 commissioned an interceptor boat- ICGS C-439 at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

  • EFC extends timeline of Dam Rehabilitation & Improvement Project to 2020

The Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) on June 7, 2018 approved the revised cost estimate of the Dam Rehabilitation & Improvement Project (DRIP) for Rs 3466 crore and extended time period for conclusion of the project till June 2020

  • Indian Army observes 2018 as ‘Year of Disabled Soldiers in Line of Duty’

The Indian Army is observing the year 2018 as the ‘Year of Disabled Soldiers in Line of Duty’ to honour soldiers who have been disabled in the line of duty while serving the nation and to celebrate the undying spirit of ‘Soldiering’.

World’s largest iceberg set to disappear after 18-year-long journey

The world’s largest iceberg, which broke away from Antarctica’s Ross ice shelf 18 years ago, could be nearing the end of its voyage, as per NASA observation.

The icerberg B-15, which measured about 296 kilometres long and 37 kilometres wide when it first broke away in March 2000 has since then broken into numerous smaller bergs, most of which have melted away.

NGT directs hill states to file report on forest fires

The National Green Tribunal has directed the hill states to file a report on the steps taken by them to control recurring forest fires.

The bench headed by acting NGT Chairperson Jawad Rahim impleaded the Ministry of Environment and Forests as well as the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal in the case.

 

 

SUPREME COURT JUDGMENTS

  • FSSAI proposes life imprisonment, Rs10 lakh fine for food adulteration

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on June 26, 2018 recommended stringent punishment for those adulterating food products following the Supreme Court order. Now, those adulterating food products could face life imprisonment and penalty of up to Rs 10 lakh.

 

  • Don’t disburse grants to States not registering domestic workers: SC to Center

The Supreme Court (SC) on May 31, 2018 directed the Centre to not to disburse any grants to the states which have not yet registered domestic workers under the Unorganised Workers Social Security Act, 2008.

 

  • Candidate with varicose veins unfit to join Army: Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court has ruled candidates suffering from varicose veins as unfit to join the armed forces.

 

POLITY/CONSTITUTION

  • Government launches new scheme ‘SevaBhojYojna’

The Union Ministry of Culture on June 1, 2018 introduced a new scheme called ‘SevaBhojYojna’ to reimburse the central share of CGST and IGST on items for food/prasad/langar/bhandara offered free of cost by charitable religious institutions.

  • Government launches ‘Online Analytical Tool’ to monitor foreign contributions under FCRA

The Union Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh on June 1, 2018 launched an Online Analytical Tool to facilitate closer monitoring of the flow and utilisation of foreign contributions received by various organisations registered or permitted under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010.

  • Government launches ‘Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan’ to help farmers raise their income

The Union Ministry of Agriculture and farmers’ welfare has launched the Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan from June 1, 2018 till July 31, 2018 to aid, assist and advice farmers on how to improve their farming techniques and raise their incomes.

  • President approves promulgation of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind on June 6, 2018 gave approval to promulgate the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018.

  • Government approves revision of carpet area of houses eligible for interest subsidy under PMAY-U

The Union Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has approved a 33-per cent increase in the carpet area of houses eligible for interest subsidy under the Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) for the Middle-Income Group (MIG) under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) (PMAY-U) to boost affordable housing.

  • Swachh Bharat Mission: Union Government announces 10 new Swachh Iconic Places

Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary of the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, on June 12, 2018 launched the Phase III of ‘Swachh Iconic Places’ (SIP) under PM Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission.

  • NITI Aayog to launch Composite Water Management Index

NITI Aayog on June 13, 2018 announced to launch the Composite Water Management Index with an aim to achieve the objective of ‘SabkaSaath, SabkaVikas’.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind approves Governor’s rule in J&K after BJP-PDP split

President Ram Nath Kovind on June 20, 2018 approved the Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) following the resignation of Mehbooba Mufti as Jammu and Kashmir’s Chief Minister.