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1. The Union Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi launched the IAP HealthPhone programme in New Delhi. The IAP HealthPhone programme is the world’s largest digital mass education programme for addressing the malnutrition in women and children.
This programme was developed by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) in partnership with the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development, UNICEF and is supported by Vodafone India.
It is a public-partnership initiative that leverages the increasing penetration of mobile phones in the country to educate over 6 million girls and women between 13 and 35 years of age and their families on better health and nutrition practices by 2018. IAP HealthPhone programme aims to tackle the challenge of malnutrition in mothers and children across India.
Vodafone will enable its customers to view/download the videos free of data charges and on viewing the 4 videos, the user will receive a talk time incentive of 10 rupees. Vodafone will send out approximately 300 million text messages to its subscribers every year to promote the viewing of the four videos. They will partner with social media giants such as Facebook, Twitter and Google to use their exponentially growing channels to reach more-rural and urban-caregivers.
2. The Union Government simplified the defence rules to boost defence manufacturing in the country and encourage foreign players to explore business in India.
In order to provide a level-playing field to private players, the government withdrew excise and customs duty exemptions enjoyed by the Ordinance Factory Board and defence Public Sector Undertakings.
It will encourage more private sector firms to collaborate with foreign partners such as Boeing, Airbus and Lockheed Martin and enter the defence equipment manufacturing business.
3. The trial run of Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala direct bus service began on 1st June 2015.
During its journey, the bus will cross two international checkpoints- Petrapole between West Bengal and Bangladesh and second is Akhuara on Tripura-Bangladesh border. With the launch of the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala direct bus service, the time taken to reach Agartala from Kolkata will be reduced to 17 hours. Earlier, the distance was covered in three days.
Besides, India and Bangladesh will also announce Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati service during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh.
4. For the first time two patients infected by MERS Virus (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)) died in South Korea. So far, there have been 25 confirmed cases of MERS since a man tested positive following a trip to Saudi Arabia and became the country’s first MERS patient.
Facts about MERS Virus:
» Source: MERS is a betacoronavirus derived from bats. Camels have shown to have antibodies to MERS, but the exact source of infection in camels has not been identified.
» Transmission: It can be transmitted from infected person to others after close contact via a respiratory route. It spread’s in droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
» Symptoms: Fever, Breathing problems, Pneumonia and Kidney failure.
» Treatment: Till date there is no vaccine available to prevent it. However intensive medical care can help patient to breath.
5. Union Government has launched Khoya Paya web platform for people to directly report, track and upload information on missing children. Khoya Paya is joint initiative of the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY).
Khoya Paya website has three sections:
» My child is missing- where citizens can report missing children.
» I have sighted a child- where citizens can report sightings and whereabouts of missing children without wasting much time.
» Search a missing child and the found children can also be reported on it.
The reporting to the KhoyaPaya site can be done through text, photographs, videos and other means of transmitting and uploading information.
1. South Korea and China signed the Korea-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in Seoul, South Korea. The agreement was signed by the South Korea’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Yoon Sang-jick and Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng.
It aims to gradually remove tariffs on more than 90% of traded goods between both the countries within 20 years. The pact will also greatly contribute to the economic integration of East Asia, the Asia-Pacific region and the development of the world economy. For this, negotiations for a trilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) among China, South Korea and Japan were launched in November 2012.
1. Sepp Blatter resigned as President of FIFA amid the corruption scandal that has engulfed the football’s governing body. Blatter has been serving as president of world soccer governing body FIFA since 1998.
1. Pawan Munjal was on appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) & CEO of Hero MotoCorp Ltd. (HMCL). He succeeded his father Brijmohan Lall Munjal.
Awards & Recognition:
1. New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum and Coach Mike Hesson were honoured with Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM). Their names were listed in the honours list that was released to mark the annual Queen Elizabeth II Birthday public holiday.
2. Harriette Thompson, a 92 year 65 days old cancer survivor became the oldest woman to finish a marathon. The previous record holder was Gladys Burrill. She made the record at the age of 92 years and 19 days at the 2010 Honolulu Marathon.
3. Edward Snowden, former US security contractor and electronic surveillance whistleblower has been awarded a Norwegian prize for freedom of expression (also known as Bjornson Prize). The award was bestowed upon him by the Norwegian Academy of Literature and Freedom of Expression for his work protecting privacy and for shining a critical light on US surveillance of its citizens and others.
Mergers & Acquisition:
1. Emami Limited acquired ayurvedic hair and scalp care brand Kesh King for 1651 crore rupees.
2. Intel Corporation acquired Altera Corporation for USD 16.7 billion. Altera is an American based company and it manufactures Programmable Logic Devices (PLDs).
3. Pizza Hut and Kissan Ketchup jointly marketing a new ketchup and pizza brand ‘Twist‘. Hindustan Unilever (which manufacture Kissan Ketchup) will sell a ketchup with the new brand, while Pizza Hut will add the brand to its menu in the form of a new hot and spicy pizza.
Science & Technology:
1. Maharashtra Cabinet approved a Composite Renewable Energy Policy worth Rs. 4156.43 crore which would help attract investment of Rs. 1 lakh crore. The policy was approved at a cabinet meet chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
The policy aims at achieving 14400 MW of installed capacity from the present 6700 MW over a period of five years, that is, till 2020. The policy targets to increase the share of renewable energy in total electricity production in the state to 15% from present 9%.
1. American Nobel laureate Irwin Rose, a biochemist whose groundbreaking work helped in the development of treatments for cervical cancer and cystic fibrosis, died on 2nd June 2015. He was 88.
Rose won the 2004 Nobel Prize in chemistry, along with Israel Institute of Technology researchers Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko, for research into how cells break down and dispose of old and damaged proteins in plants and animals.