West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi to hold additional charge of Tripura
• West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi was on June 7, 2018 given the additional charge of Tripura, according to a statement issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
• Tripathi would be discharging the functions of the Governor of Tripura, in addition to his own duties, during the absence of Tathagata Roy, the Governor of Tripura.
• The statement did not cite the reasons for the leave of the Tripura Governor.
Anupam Kher to be given Lifetime Achievement honour at upcoming IIFA
• Veteran film actor Anupam Kher will be given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement honour at the upcoming International Indian Film Academy awards ceremony in Bangkok.
• He will be presented with the honour on June 24 at the 19th edition of IIFA.
• The 63-year-old actor has worked in over 500 films spanning across languages along with projects both in India and abroad for over three decades.
Myanmar, UN sign pact on steps for Rohingya return
• Myanmar and UN agencies signed an agreement on June 6, 2018 that could lead to the return of some of the 700,000 Rohingyas who fled brutal persecution by the country's security forces and are now crowded into makeshift camps in Bangladesh.
• Myanmar's security forces have been accused of rape, killing, torture and the burning of Rohingya homes in western Rakhine state, where most Rohingyas lived.
• The UN and US have described the army crackdown that began in August 2017 as ethnic cleansing.
• Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed in November to begin repatriating Rohingyas.
President inaugurates 73 km long National Highway in Tripura
• President Ram Nath Kovind on June 7, 2018 inaugurated a 73 km long National Highway from Matabari (Udaipur) to Sabroom along the Gomati and South Tripura districts.
• Speaking on the occasion, the President stated that infrastructure plays a very important role in the development of any state.
• The President further stated that the Union Government was working on various projects expeditiously under its ‘Act East’ policy in North East Region.
Centre constitutes group to suggest changes in SEZ policy
• The Centre has constituted a group of eminent persons to study the Special Economic Zones, SEZ Policy of India. The group will be headed by Industrialist Baba Kalyani.
• The group will evaluate the SEZ policy, suggest measures to cater to the needs of exporters in the present economic scenario and make the SEZ policy WTO compatible. The Group has to submit its recommendation in three months.
• The SEZ Policy was implemented from 1st April, 2000. Subsequently, the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005 was passed by Parliament in May, 2005 which received Presidential assent on the June 23, 2005 and the Special Economic Zone Act was enacted.
Health Ministry bars 82 medical colleges to admit students for academic session 2018-19
• The Health Ministry has barred 82 medical colleges in the country to admit students for the academic session 2018-19, based on the recommendation of the Medical Council of India.
• The MCI has pointed out various deficiencies such as inadequate infrastructure, faculty and resources during its inspections of these colleges.
• The order of banning 82 medical colleges, which includes 70 private and 12 government, means more than ten thousand MBBS seats out of the total 64 thousand available will be blocked.
Upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un could extend into 2nd day
• The upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore could extend into a second day if it goes well.
• According to reports, US officials have laid the groundwork for the second day of meetings if the two leaders decide to continue discussions. However, the White House is yet to confirm the development.
• The summit will be a historic first meeting between a sitting US President and North Korean leader. Talks will begin at the Capella Hotel on Singapore's Sentosa Island at 9 AM on June 12.
C18-Mica-4 can remove majority of pollutants from urban waste water: Spanish scientists
• Spanish scientists have identified absorbent materials that can help soak up pollutants found in urban waste water in less than 24 hours.
• Researchers from University of Seville evaluated two types of phyllosilicates. These are a subclass of silicates and include common mineral in very different environments.
• The results show that the material C18-Mica-4 is capable of eliminating the majority of pollutants that were evaluated in urban waste water, as well as surface water and potable water.