The World Oceans Day was observed across the world on June 8, 2018 to highlight the major role of the oceans in everyday life.
The action focus for the 2018 World Oceans Day was ‘preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean’. The agenda also coincided with the theme of 2018 World Environment Day –‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.
Punjab government launches ‘Business First Portal’
The Punjab Government on June 7, 2018 launched a ‘Business First Portal’ to give a big push towards the ease of doing business in the state. The portal was unveiled by the state’s Industry Minister Sunder Sham Arora in Jalandhar, Punjab.
The portal aims to be a one-step solution for industrialists. Regulatory clearances of all departments would be integrated in the portal.
Further, it would provide self access facility to the traders for the first time.
RBI amends Gold Monetisation Scheme to make it more attractive
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on June 7, 2018 amended the Gold Monetisation Scheme, 2015 (GMS) with an aim to enable people to open a gold deposit account hassle-free.
From now onwards, the short-term deposits will be treated as bank's on-balance sheet liability. These deposits will be made with the designated banks for a short period of 1 to 3 years. Deposits can also be allowed for broken periods such as for 1 year 3 months or for 2 years 4 months 5 days.
NASA approves mission extension for Juno
NASA on June 7, 2018 approved an extension of Juno’s science operations until July 2021. This provides the space probe with an additional 41 months in orbit around Jupiter.
NASA has now funded Juno through FY 2022. The spacecraft was supposed to end its mission by crashing into Jupiter's atmosphere in July this year. The end of prime operations is now expected to be in July 2021, with data analysis and mission close-out activities continuing into 2022.
Global Peace Index 2018: Iceland tops, India ranks 136th
India fetched 136th rank among 163 countries on the 2018 Global Peace Index that was released on June 7, 2018 by the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP), an Australian think tank.
While a total of 71 countries showed improvement in their rankings on the index, 92 countries showed deterioration in their rankings. Overall, the global level of peace was found to have deteriorated by 0.27 percent in the last year.