01-06-2020 Daily BPSC Current Affairs- Live Discussion

 

BIHAR

Bihar plans to provide tap water connection to all rural households by March next year

 

The Bihar government has planned to provide tap water connection to all rural households in the state by March next year, ahead of the national goal to achieve this target for the entire country by 2024.

The state, which is to go for Assembly polls later this year, has submitted its plan to the Jal Shakti (water resources) ministry which, in turn, approved it and allocated nearly Rs 1833 crore for this purpose in current financial year under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM).

Earlier, Haryana and Union Territory (UT) Jammu & Kashmir too had planned
to provide tap water connection to all rural households ahead of the national goal. Both had submitted their plan to achieve their respective targets by December, 2022.

Referring to the Bihar’s plan where the state will have to provide tap water connections to remaining 1.5 crore households in 2020-21, the Jal Shakti ministry on Saturday said, “It’s a huge target, but the state government is all set with the roadmap to achieve the target. A proper plan is in place for 100% coverage of all 38 districts during 2020-21.”

 

The ministry has been implementing the centre’s ambitious JJM in partnership with states to ensure every rural household in the country has Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTCs) for drinking water in adequate quantity and prescribed quality on regular and long-term basis at affordable service delivery charges by 2024.
The Centre has planned to spend Rs 3.6 lakh crore for the Mission.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

World No Tobacco Day: May 31

 

World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on 31 May.

The day spreads awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco and to discourage people from using tobacco products.

Tobacco use is considered to be one of the leading preventable causes of mortality in the world.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), nearly eight million people in the world die each year of tobacco use.

World Milk Day is observed on 1 June

World Milk Day is observed on 1 June every year. The day aims to provide an opportunity to bring attention to activities that are connected with the dairy sector. 2020 Milk day marks the 20th year since the initiative and the entire world celebrates the day to mark the significance of milk intake in the diet.

World Milk Day aims to provide information about the need and importance of milk in a human being’s life. The day will raise awareness about milk and its products. The day also aims to educate people about the nutrients that are present in milk like calcium, protein, vitamin B2, potassium, iodine, etc.

World Milk Day was established by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The day was initiated to recognize the importance of milk as a global food. The day has been observed each year since 2001.

 

NATIONAL

Govt extends existing foreign trade policy (2015-20) for one year till March 2021

 

The Government extended the existing foreign trade policy (2015-20) for one year till March 2021 amid coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown.

The existing foreign trade policy 2015-20 which is valid up to March 31 this year is extended up to March 31, 2021.

Various other changes are also made extending the date of exemptions by one year and extending validity of DFIA and EPCG authorisations for import purposes.

Exports during April-February this fiscal dipped by 1.5 per cent to 292.91 billion dollars.

Imports during the period declined by 7.30 per cent to 436 billion dollars, leaving a trade deficit of 143.12 billion dollars.

 

CBSE introduces ‘Applied Mathematics’ as new academic elective from 2020-21

 

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced ‘Applied Mathematics’ as a new academic elective from the current academic year (2020-2021) for class XI.

The Applied Mathematics course is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of Mathematics that are required to be successful in different fields of their future career.

The approach of Applied Mathematics subject will be practical, and the students are expected to learn through practical applications of Mathematics in different disciplines.

Those students who have passed Basic Mathematics in class X are now allowed to offer the new academic elective Applied Mathematics at Senior Secondary Level.

NPPA sets up Price Monitoring and Resource Unit in JK

 

Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory (UT) has become 12th State to get the Price Monitoring & Resource Unit (PMRU) on 1 April 2020. It was set up by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA).

 

Price Monitoring & Resource Unit (PMRU):

 The PMRU is a registered society. It shall function under the direct control and supervision of the State Drug Controller of Jammu & Kashmir.

The unit will be funded and supported by NPPA for its recurring and non-recurring expenses.

 The PMRU shall help NPPA and State Drug Controller to ensure the availability and accessibility of medicines at affordable prices.

 The unit will organize seminars, training programs, and other information, education and communication (IEC).

MoD received USD 8.82 million FDI during 2000-2019 period

Ministry of Defence (MoD) has received foreign direct investment (FDI) of $8.82 million (around Rs.51.93 crore) during the period April 2000 and December 2019. The Ministry announced it on 1 April. As per the data provided by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, FDI in the defence sector was aggregated at $2.18 million in 2018-19.

Highlights:

The data showed that, during the period April 2000-December 2019, the Foreign fund inflows in retail trading stood at $2 billion.

The top countries from where India attracted maximum FDI during the period are Mauritius, Singapore, Japan, Netherlands, and the US.

Also, the total merchandise imports from China were $76.3 billion in 2017-18 and it decreased to $70.3 billion in 2018-19. The total imports from China during April 2019- January 2020 were $57.9 billion.

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