Current Affairs in Short: 28 May 2018
The state government of Himachal Pradesh has decided to promote organic farming in a big way and plans to adopt an integrated approach for promoting organic and zero budget natural farming system.
Himachal government to promote organic farming
• The state government of Himachal Pradesh has decided to promote organic farming in a big way and plans to adopt an integrated approach for promoting organic and zero budget natural farming system.
• At present, 39,790 farmers have already switched over to organic farming ensuring production of healthy food grains, free from harmful chemical ingredients.
• The state government has introduced 'Prakritik Kheti Khushhaal Kisaan Yojana' to enhance agricultural income by adopting low-cost climate-resilient Zero Budget Natural Farming System.
• A state-level committee headed by the chief minister would monitor the implementation and progress of the Zero Budget Natural Farming System.
Britain's Theresa May refuses to relax Northern Ireland abortion rules
• British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a showdown with ministers and lawmakers in her Conservative party after refusing to back reform of Northern Ireland's highly restrictive abortion rules following the nation’s vote to liberalise its laws.
• Voters in Ireland, a once deeply Catholic nation, backed the change by two-to-one, a far higher margin than any opinion poll in the run up to the vote had predicted.
• The prime minister is facing calls from within her cabinet and from opposition parties to scrap the strict rules on abortion in Northern Ireland, bringing the law in the province in line with the rest of the United Kingdom.
Telangana government enhances retirement age limit for teaching professors
• The Telangana government has enhanced the retirement age limit for teaching professors of state health department from 58 to 65. This decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting held on May 27, 2018.
• The Cabinet has also approved the proposed farmer’s insurance scheme under which every farmer in the age group of 18 to 60 years will be provided with life insurance coverage of five lakh rupees.
Qatar bans goods from UAE, Saudi
• Qatar has announced that it would be banning products originating from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, almost a year after the states imposed sanctions on the nation, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
• Following the ban, products originating from the blockading states, which as a result of the blockade cannot pass the Gulf Cooperation Council Customs Territory, will have to undergo proper import inspections and customs procedures.
• According to a Qatari government directive, the main objective behind the move was to protect the safety of consumers in the nation and to combat improper trafficking of goods.
E-Way Bill system for intra-state goods movement comes into force in seven more states, UTs
• The e-Way Bill system for intra-state movement of goods came into effect in seven more states and Union Territories from May 28, 2018.
• The states and UTs include Maharashtra, Manipur, Chandigarh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Lakshadweep.
• With this, the number of States, where the system is being implemented, will go up to 27.
• As per the decision of the GST Council, e-Way Bill system was rolled out from April 1, 2018.
PM Modi launches Eastern Peripheral Expressway
• PM Narendra Modi on May 27, 2018 inaugurated India’s first highway to be lit by solar power in Bagpat, Uttar Pradesh.
• Eastern Peripheral Expressway is 135 km long, stretching from Kundli on NH 1 to Palwal on NH 2. It has been built in a record time of 17 months.
• The highway has provisions of rainwater harvesting on every 500 metres on both sides and would showcase 36 national monuments and 40 fountains.
Modi inaugurates India’s 1st 14-lane highway
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first phase of Delhi-Meerut Expressway on May 27, 2018.
• The Delhi-Meerut Expressway would be India’s first 14-lane highway. The project is being built in four segments and is expected to be fully completed by March 2019.
• The expressway will do away with 31 traffic signals on the Delhi-Meerut road, the busiest highway in the region, and make it signal free.
Spanish prime minister to face confidence vote on June 1
• Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will face a vote of confidence in his leadership on June 1, 2018, as corruption convictions handed down to dozens of people linked to his centre-right People's Party (PP) threatened his six-year rule.
• Spain's parliament agreed on May 28 that the debate and vote would take place on Thursday and Friday, although the opposition Socialists who proposed the vote may struggle to garner enough support in the fragmented legislature to unseat Rajoy.
• The 63-year-old survived a no-confidence vote last June.