Daily Current Affairs – June 18, 2019
June 18 – Sustainable Gastronomy Day
- The UN General Assembly adopted on 21 December 2016 its resolution A/RES/71/246 and designated 18 June as an international observance, Sustainable Gastronomy Day. Sustainable Gastronomy Day emphasizes the need to focus the world’s attention on the role that sustainable gastronomy can play. It also reaffirms that all cultures and civilizations are contributors and crucial enablers of sustainable development.
Voluntary blood donation becomes social movement
- In Mizoram, voluntary blood donation has become a social movement. In this movement, youths are playing a key role. The number of enthusiastic youths towards voluntary blood donation is getting increased year after year. So far, 85 percent of state demands of blood units have been met through voluntary donations in 2018- 19. The Church and NGOs along with government blood transfusion cells are playing a big role in motivating youths towards blood donations.
Free Wi-Fi in all railway stations likely by September
- A total of 218 more stations in Southern Railway will offer free Wi-Fi connectivity to passengers by the first week of September, taking the number of stations with the facility to 500 in the zone. This is part of a scheme to provide access to the internet at 4,791 stations across the country. Google is likely to provide the solution for Authorising, Authenticating and Accounting of customers accessing the Wi-Fi, which will initially be of 1 Mbps speed.
Women’s employment rate higher than national average in kerala
- Women’s presence in public sector jobs in the State is yet to touch the 40% mark. In the private sector, it is slightly more than half, Labour Minister T.P. Ramakrishnan has said. women accounted for 3.4 lakh employees in the private sector, or 50.1%, slightly more than men. These figures revealed that the number of employed women in the State was higher than that indicated in the Labour Force Survey of the Central government which put their share of work force at 30.8%. Even that is higher than the national average of 23.7%,
Palau changes ocean sanctuary plan to allow Japan fishing
- The Pacific nation of Palau has amended plans to create a huge marine reserve so Japanese fishing boats still have partial access to its waters. Fish stocks are overexploited around the world, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation warned this year, and Palau has long been regarded as a pioneer in ocean conservation. The island nation will close 80 per cent of its exclusive economic zone — a 500,000 square kilometre (193,000 square mile) area, roughly the size of Spain — to commercial fishing from next year.
20 new species of Balsam in Eastern Himalayas
- 23 new species of group of plants commonly known as Balsams or jewel-weeds discovered from the eastern Himalayas. Consisting of both annual and perennial herbs, balsams are succulent plants with high endemism. Because of their bright beautiful flowers, these group of plants are of prized horticultural significance.
Bitcoin use causing huge CO2 emissions
- The use of Bitcoin, a popular virtual currency emits over 22 megatonnes of carbon dioxide annually, comparable to the total emissions of cities such as Las Vegas and Vienna, a study has found. Researchers from Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany carried out a detailed calculation of the carbon footprint of the Bitcoin system. Bitcoin mining has increased rapidly in recent years, raising the question of whether it is imposing an additional burden on the climate.
Business & Economy
Facebook to unveil new cryptocurrency
- Facebook is setting up a consortium called Libra, which has been joined by more than a dozen companies including Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Uber. Facebook is set to unveil a bid to bring cryptocurrency payments into the mainstream, reportedly with the endorsement of governments and financial giants.
Amazon India best place to work in the country
- E-com player Amazon India has been rated as the country’s most ‘attractive employer brand,’ as per a Randstad Employer Brand Research. The Randstad research this year covered 75% of the global economy with 32 participating countries and more than 2 lakh respondents worldwide.
World Food India to be held in New Delhi
- Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal World Food India will be held in New Delhi from 1st of November this year. She said, the event which will continue till 4th November, will position India as Food Processing Destination of the World.
Rankings & Indexes
WTA, ATP rankings
- Japan’s Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic of Serbia continue as World Number ones in the latest WTA and ATP rankings. The rankings were announced ahead of Wimbledon which is just two weeks away.
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