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Current Affair Analysis

3rd & 4th June 2018 Current Affairs Analysis -IASToppers

Agni-5 Ballistic Missile; Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana; 'Blue Flag' tag; Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE); Society of Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM); e-waste generation; Highlights of the ASSOCHAM-NEC study; Hyderabad’s Ashoorkhana; Financial Literacy Week; New Humsafar express; Taj Declaration; 29th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre.
By IT's Current Affairs Analysis Team
June 04, 2018

Contents

Issues related to Health & Education

  • Odisha starts health insurance scheme for journalists

Environment, Ecology & Disaster Management

  • Odisha beach is Asia’s first to get ‘Blue Flag’ tag
  • India among the top five countries in e-waste generation: ASSOCHAM-NEC study

Art & Culture

  • A race to save Hyderabad’s Ashoorkhana

Science & Technology

  • India successfully test fires Agni-5, nuclear capable long-range ballistic missile

Key Facts for Prelims

  • Financial Literacy Week
  • New Humsafar express
  • “Taj Declaration to Beat Plastic Pollution”
  • 29th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre

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Issues related to Health & Education

Odisha starts health insurance scheme for journalists

Odisha government has launched “Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana” for working journalists.

  • The health insurance scheme for working journalists will be implemented with effect from June 1, 2018.

Gopabandhu-Sambadika-Swasthya-Bima-Yojana

Who was Gopabandhu Das?

  • Gopabandhu Das (1877–1928) was a social worker, reformer, political activist, journalist, poet and essayist from Odisha. He was popularly known as Utkalamani (Jewel of Utkal or Orissa).
  • He won election to the Legislative Council that had been created in 1909 under the terms of the Morley-Minto Reforms.
  • He became the first president of Utkal Pradesh Congress Committee in 1920, holding the post until 1928, and he welcomed Gandhi to the province in 1921.

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Contributions made by Gopabandhu Das:

  • Gopabandhu Das started a discussion group, called Kartavya Bodhini Samiti (Duty Awakening Society), in which he and his friends considered social, economic and political problems.
  • He established a school at Sakhigopala, near Puri. Popularly known as Satyabadi Bakul Bana Bidyalaya, but called the Universal Education League by Das, it was inspired by the Deccan Education Society, operated in the gurukula tradition and aimed to impart a liberal education on a non-sectarian basis, despite opposition from orthodox Brahmins.
  • He was influenced by Swadeshi movement and took part in the non- cooperation movement.
  • He also launched and acted as editor for a short-lived monthly literary magazine titled Satyabadi from the campus of his school. Through this he was able to indulge his childhood aspirations to be a poet.

About Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana:

  • Under the scheme, journalists from across the state will get health insurance coverage up to Rs 2 lakh.
  • At least five members of a journalist’s family would be covered under the scheme.
  • The scribes will get their health insurance card from the District Information and Public Relations Officer (DIPRO) in their respective districts.
[Ref: The Hindu]

 

Environment, Ecology & Disaster Management 

Odisha beach is Asia’s first to get ‘Blue Flag’ tag

The Chandrabhaga beach on the Konark coast of Odisha will be the first in Asia to get the Blue Flag certification. 

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What is Blue Flag project?

  • Blue Flag project is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that a beach, Marina or sustainable boating tourism operator, meets its stringent standards.
  • Launched in December 2017 by the Environment Ministry, the prime objective of the project is to enhance standards of cleanliness, upkeep and basic amenities at beaches.
  • Under the pilot project, each of coastal state/UT was requested to identify and nominate a beach, which is to be funded through ongoing Integrated Coastal Management Programme (ICMP).

Criteria for certification:

  • To achieve the Blue Flag standards, a beach has to strictly comply with 33 environment and tourism-related conditions. The standards were established by the Copenhagen-based Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) in 1985.
  • For example- a beach must be plastic-free and equipped with a waste management system. Clean water should be available for tourists, apart from international amenities.
  • The beach should have facilities for studying the environmental impact around the area.

About Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE):

FEE

  • The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation promoting sustainable development through environmental education.
  • FEE is active through five programmes; Blue Flag, Eco-Schools, Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE), Learning about Forests (LEAF) and Green Key.

Background:

  • Twelve more beaches in the country are being developed by the Society for Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM), an Environment Ministry’s body working for the management of coastal areas, in accordance with the Blue Flag standards.

 About Society of Integrated Coastal Management (SICOM):

  • SICOM has been established under the aegis of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate change.
  • The main objective of the Centre is to promote research and development in the area of coastal management including addressing issues of coastal communities.
  • It also supports implementation of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) activities in India and implements the World Bank assisted India ICZM Project.

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[Ref: The Hindu] 

 

India among the top five countries in e-waste generation: ASSOCHAM-NEC study

A recent ASSOCHAM-NEC study on “Electricals & Electronics Manufacturing in India” has revealed that India recycles only 5% of its e-waste and the country is one of the biggest contributors of e-waste in the world.

e-waste

Definition of E-waste:

  • E-waste or electronic waste refers to the electronic equipment being thrown away. It includes discarded computer monitors, motherboards, Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT), Printed Circuit Board (PCB), mobile phones and chargers, compact discs, headphones, white goods such as Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD)/ Plasma televisions, air conditioners, refrigerators and so on.

Highlights of the ASSOCHAM-NEC study:

  • India generates around 2 million tonnes per annum (TPA) of E-waste of which 12% constituted of telecom equipment alone.
  • Apart from India, the top e-waste generator countries are China, US, Japan and Germany.
  • Among Indian states, largest quantity of E-waste is generated by Maharashtra (19.8%), followed by Tamil Nadu (13%), Uttar Pradesh (10.1%), Karnataka (8.9%), Gujarat (8.8%) and Madhya Pradesh (7.6%).
  • Out of the 2 million TPA e-waste generated, only 4.38 Lakh TPA is recycled in India.
  • The low quantum of recycling of e-waste in India is due to lack of infrastructure, absence of strong legislative framework etc.
  • The chemicals and pollutants generated by E-waste lead to environment and public health issues. Prolonged exposure to chemicals released by e-waste causes damage of nervous systems, blood systems, kidneys and brain development, respiratory disorders, skin disorders, bronchitis, lung cancer, heart, liver, and spleen damage.

Background:

  • E-waste is one of the major global concerns of the 21st As per Moore’s law, the transistor numbers to be accommodated in same size chip double every two years, and due to this most electronic systems get outdated in about three years. People upgrade their mobiles, laptops, cameras, televisions etc. creating a large amount of useless e-waste.
[Ref: Indian Express, Times of India] 

 

Art & Culture 

A race to save Hyderabad’s Ashoorkhana

Telangana government and Aga Khan Trust are working to restore Hyderabad’s 17th century Badshahi Ashoorkhana.

About Hyderabad’s 17th century Badshahi Ashoorkhana:

Badshahi-Ashoorkhana-ias

  • Badshahi Ashurkhana is a Shia Muslim mourning place, near Charminar in Hyderabad, India. It was constructed in memory of martyrdom of Imam Hussain, and is used during the festival of Moharram.
  • It was built by Muhammed Quli Qutb Shah in 1611, three years after building the Charminar.
  • It was a house of mourning, where large congregations of Muslims gathered in memory of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain during the month of Muharram.
  • The building consists of a Kaman, Naqqar Khana (where ceremonial drums are beaten), Niyaz Khana (where visitors are fed), Sarai Khana (place to rest), Abdar Khana (drinking water is stored), the chabutra (platform) and a guard room.
  • During the rule of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, in 1178 Hijri (about 1764 AD), the Ashoorkhana was converted into a bandikhana. For 80 years, it was used as a stable where horses were kept, before it was restored as a place of worship by the then mutawalli Mir Nawazish Ali Khan.
  • The eight wooden pillars were reconstructed and the alams were reinstalled. During this time, the main entrance, Bab-e-Faiz-e-Imam-e-Alamiyan, was also constructed.

Key facts:

  • The founding day of Madras is considered to be August 22, 1639. Kolkata marks it birth on August 24, 1690. Hyderabad is much older than either of the two cities.

 [Ref: The Hindu] 

 

Science & Technology 

India successfully test fires Agni-5, nuclear capable long-range ballistic missile

India recently successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Long Range Ballistic Missile Agni-5 from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.

Milestone:

  • With this missile, India has joined an elite club of nations that possess the ICBM launch capability. Only the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United States and Britain, along with Israel, have so far possessed such long-range missiles.

Agni-5

About Agni-5 Ballistic Missile:

  • Agni 5 ballistic missile is the brainchild of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is the most advanced in the series.
  • It is a surface-to-surface missile which can carry nuclear warhead weighing 1.5 tonnes to a distance of over 5,000 km and is the longest missile in India’s arsenal capable of reaching most parts of China.
  • The missile features many new indigenously-developed technologies, including the very high accuracy Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System (RINS), and the most modern and accurate Micro Navigation System (MINS) which improves the accuracy of the missile.

Background:

  • At present, India has in its armoury the Agni series — Agni-1 with 700 km range, Agni-2 with 2,000 km range, Agni-3 and Agni-4 with 2,500 km to more than 3,500 km range.
[Ref: The Hindu]

 

Key Facts for Prelims 

Financial Literacy Week

  • Reserve Bank of India is conducting Financial Literacy Week from June 4 on the theme ‘Customer Protection’. The week-long event is to focus on creating awareness among customers of banks.
  • It will focus on creating awareness among customers of banks about financial products and services, good financial practices and going digital.
  • This year’s theme is ‘Consumer protection’
  • Last year’s theme of the week was, ‘Know Your Customer’.
  • RBI had introduced financial literacy week in 2016 to create a large scale awareness on key topics. 

RBI-Financial-Literacy-Week-2018

 

New Humsafar express

  • Indian Railways has introduced a new Humsafar Jodhpur Bandra express.
  • Humsafar would be fully air-conditioned third AC service with an optional service for meals.
  • Humsafar Express coaches have mobile charging points and reading lights for each passenger along with easy upper berth climbing arrangement.
  • The coaches also have facilities such as baby nappy changing pads and tea/coffee-makers, among other features.

humsafar-express

 

“Taj Declaration to Beat Plastic Pollution”

  • With an aim to make 500-meter area around Taj Mahal litter free and phase out single use plastic, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma administered a pledge to Agra Residents.
  • The pledge called “Taj Declaration to Beat Plastic Pollution”
  • The declaration came ahead to the World Environment day, June 5. The Environment day to be celebrated on June 5 has a slogan of ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.

 

29th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre

  • The 29thanniversary of Tiananmen Square protests was marked on June 4, 2018.
  • On this day in 1989, the Chinese troops had violently retook the Tiananmen Square in Beijing from the pro-democracy protesters.
  • On this occasion, the Chinese people worldwide also remember a lone man, better known as “Tank Man” who armed with nothing more than two shopping bags stepped in front of the row of tanks moving down the streets of Beijing.
  • Tiananmen Square in Beijing is known for three major protests viz. 1919, 1976 and 1989 in recent Chinese history.
  • The 1989 prodemocracy protests started in April that year and were suppressed on June 4 after the military crackdown. This event is also known as June Fourth Incident in modern Chinese history.

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