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After aid for defence buys, India gifts plane to Seychelles

India gifted a Dornier maritime patrol aircraft to Seychelles which will enhance the surveillance capabilities of the island nation.

PM announced a $100 million line of credit under which Seychelles can purchase military hardware from India.

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) built Do-228 aircraft was formally handed over by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

The aircraft is expected to be flown at the upcoming 42nd Independence Day celebrations of Seychelles on June 29.

This is the second Dornier to be gifted by India to Seychelles after the first one in January 2013.

Did you Know

The Dornier is equipped with a 360 degree surveillance radar, forward looking Infra-red system, satellite communication, traffic collision and avoidance system, enhanced ground proximity warning system and other sensor as requested by the operator.
It started in 1981.


U.S. Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban

The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.

The ban prevents most immigrants, refugees and visa holders from five Muslim-majority countries - Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen - as well as North Korea and Venezuela from entering the US.

But the restrictions on North Korea and Venezuela were not part of the legal challenge.

Did you Know

United States
Capital: Washington D.C.
Currency: Dollar
President: Donald Trump


Granite cluster to come up in Karimnagar

Centre has decided to adopt the cluster development approach (CDA) to infuse life into the granite industry.

It helps to enhance productivity and competitiveness as well as capacity-building of entrepreneurs of the industry in Karimnagar district.

The first-of-its-kind granite cluster in Telangana is coming up at Bahupeta village on the outskirts of Karimnagar town.

The Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has decided to set up the cluster at a cost of ₹15 crore.

This would include 70% assistance from the Centre, 10% from State government and 20% by the local granite industry.

Did you Know

Chief Minister of Telangana: K. Chandrashekar Rao
Famous Dam: Nagarjuna Sagar Dam
State Bird of Telangana: Indian roller


Now, apply for passport on mobile phone from anywhere in India

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has launched a Passport Seva app that will allow people to apply for the vital travel document from anywhere in the country using their mobile phones.

The mPassport Seva App, released on the occasion of the Sixth Passport Seva Divas, is available on both Android and iOS platforms and will have the facilities to apply, pay, and schedule appointments for passport service.

This initiative is expected to benefit the applicants who are unable to apply at a PSK/POPSK near their ordinary place of residence.

Did you Know

77 Passport Seva Kendras were available in the last 48 years while 231 more were added in the last 48 months.
At least one Passport Seva Kendra or Post Office Passport Seva Kendra will be made available in all the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies.
As of now there are 307 PSKs across the country.


PF funds can be taken out faster if job is lost

The member of Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) can withdraw 75% of their funds after one month of unemployment and retain their PF account with the body.

Currently, a subscriber can withdraw funds only after two months of unemployment.

Did you Know

The Employees Provident Fund came into existence with the promulgation of the Employees’ Provident Funds Ordinance on the 15 November 1951.
Headquarter: New Delhi
Central PF Commissioner: V P Joy


Government decides to discontinue overtime allowance for most employees

The Centre has decided to discontinue overtime allowance (OTA) given to its employees except operational staff.

The move follows a recommendation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission in this regard.

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Chairman of Seventh Pay Commission: Justice Shri Ashok Kumar Mathur


Global poll says India most dangerous country for women

India has been ranked as the most dangerous country out of the world’s 10 worst countries for women, behind Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia.

The poll conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The same poll conducted in 2011 had placed India at the fourth place.

A source in the Ministry of Women and Child Development said that the survey is not based on scientific findings.

Did you Know

The Department of Women and Child Development came into existence as a separate Ministry with effect from 30th January, 2006, earlier since 1985 it was a Department under HRD Ministry.
Minister: Maneka Sanjay Gandhi
Constituency: Pilibhit (Uttar Pradesh)
Party: Bharatiya Janata Party


Polio returns to PNG after 18 years

The World Health Organization (WHO) said, an outbreak of polio has been confirmed in Papua New Guinea with the virus detected in a child of 18 years after the nation was declared free of the disease.

A six-year-old boy with lower limb weakness from Morobe province — with the disease detected in late April as per WHO.

Did you Know

Papua New Guinea
Prime Minister: Peter O’Neill
Capital: Port Moresby
Currency: Papua New Guinean Kina


Visually impaired lawyer becomes Pak’s first blind judge

Yousaf Saleem, a visually impaired lawyer from Lahore became Pakistan’s first blind judge.

Mr. Saleem was first denied the position despite being a topper but was reconsidered and recommended for the position of civil judge.

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Prime minister: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
Capital: Islamabad
President: Mamnoon Hussain
Currency: Pakistani rupee


Brexit Bill becomes law

A Bill enacting Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (E.U.) has become law after months of debate.

The E.U. (Withdrawal) Bill, which repeals the 1972 European Communities Act through which Britain became a member had received royal assent from Queen Elizabeth II.

Did you Know

Brexit is the impending withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU).
In a referendum on 23 June 2016, 51.9% of the participating UK electorate voted to leave the EU, out of a turnout of 72.2%.
On 29 March 2017, the UK government invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union.
In the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 Parliament has defined "exit day" as 29 March 2019 at 11 pm (4.30 a.m. IST) midnight Brussels time.