Top 5 Current Affairs: 6 April 2018
Qatari women aged above 18 will now be able to volunteer for national service under the new law passed by the nation’s Emir. Qatari men, however, will have to serve in the military for a year instead of three months.
Weightlifter Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu on April 6, 2018 clinched the second Gold Medal for India by winning in the 53 kg Women weightlifting category at the 21st Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre in Gold Coast, Australia.
Sanjita defeated Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea with a total lift (snatch plus clean and jerk) of 192 kg (84 kg snatch + 108 kg clean and Jerk). She broke the Commonwealth Games record in snatch with a lift of 84 kg.
Qatar to allow women to volunteer for national service
Qatar would be introducing national service for women for the first time with immediate effect, under a new law issued by the Gulf nation’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
The nation has also extended the time served in the military by recruited men. While women aged over 18 will now be able to volunteer for national service under the law, men will have to serve for a year instead of three months.
It is the first time that women have been allowed to undertake national service, although some women already serve in the military in administrative roles.
Indo-Korean joint exercise SAHYOG-HYEOBLYEOG 2018 held
The Indo-Korean joint anti-piracy exercise 'SAHYOG- HYEOBLYEOG 2018' was conducted on April 5, 2018 off the Chennai coast.
This joint exercise is a part of a proposed establishment of a MoU between the Coast Guards of India and Korea to improve maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region. As part of the exercise, ships of the Indian Coast Guard and the Korean vessel undertook strategic exercises and drills to counter piracy and carry out maritime law enforcement tasks.
RBI directs banks to stop services to businesses dealing in virtual currencies
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on April 5, 2018 directed all the entities regulated by it including banks to stop providing services to businesses dealing in virtual currencies such as bitcoin, in order to protect consumer interest and check money laundering.
The central bank stated in its first bi-monthly monetary policy review of 2018-19 that though technological innovations including virtual currencies have the potential to improve the efficiency and inclusiveness of the financial system, they also raise concerns of consumer protection, market integrity and money laundering.
Union Government launches UTTAM App for Coal Quality Monitoring
Union Minister of Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal on April 5, 2018 launched the UTTAM App for Coal Quality Monitoring. The word 'UTTAM' here is abbreviated as 'Unlocking Transparency by Third Party Assessment of Mined Coal'.
The app has been designed with an aim to transform the citizens as stakeholders in the coal ecosystem. It aims to ensure transparency and efficiency in the coal quality monitoring process and brings coal governance closer to people.