India hosts World Environment Day 2018 on 'Beat Plastic Pollution' theme
The World Environment Day was observed across the world on June 5, 2018 with an aim to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the protection of environment. The Day was first celebrated in 1974 and since then, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach.
The theme of the World Environment Day 2018 was ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. The theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ is a call to action to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on natural places and wildlife. 'Beat Plastic Pollution' urges governments, industry, communities, and individuals to reduce the production and excessive use of plastic.
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.
The Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan will be undertaken in 25 Villages with more than 1000 population, each in 111 Aspirational Districts identified in consultation with Ministry of Rural Development as per directions of NITI Ayog. In the districts where the number of villages (with more than 1000 population) is less than 25, all villages will be covered.
M K Jain named new RBI deputy governor
Mahesh Kumar Jain, MD & CEO of IDBI Bank was appointed as the fourth deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India on June 4, 2018. He would be serving a term of three years.
The fourth deputy governor’s post has been vacant since SS Mundra retired on July 31, 2017. In his new role, Jain is expected to be put in charge of banking supervision. He is also expected to be a communication bridge between Governor Urjit Patel and bankers on various issues, most importantly on the bankruptcy code and the stricter Non-Performing Asset (NPA) recognition norms.
Government launches ‘Suvidha’- affordable, biodegradable sanitary napkin
The Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Mansukh L Mandaviya, launched the ‘Janaushadhi Suvidha’, the oxo-biodegradable sanitary napkin, under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) in Delhi on June 4, 2018.
The affordable sanitary napkin will now be made available at over 3600 Janaushadhi Kendras functional in 33 states and union territories across the country. The average price of sanitary napkins available in the market currently is around Rs 8 per pad, whereas the Suvidha napkins will be available at Rs 2.50 per pad.
India receives cheapest LNG as Russia's Gazprom begins supplies
India on June 4, 2018 received its cheapest LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) as Russian company Gazprom began shipping natural gas under a long-term deal. As per the sources, Gazprom is providing LNG at around USD 7 per mmBtu.
LNG carrier 'LNG Kano', carrying a cargo from Russian supplier Gazprom, ported at Petronet LNG's import facility at Dahej, Gujarat. Gazprom supplied the 3.4 trillion British thermal unit (TBtu) of cargo from Nigeria. The LNG cargo was received by Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.