31 May : Current Affairs for SSC CGL-2018 Tier-1
26 countries will participate in the biennial RIMPAC military exercise
As many as 26 countries, including India, will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific, RIMPAC military exercise from June 27 to August 2, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.
- The announcement was made by the Pentagon. It is the world’s largest international maritime exercise.
- RIMPAC involves 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel.
World No Tobacco Day : 31 May
31 May is observed as the World No Tobacco Day 2018, World Health Organization and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD).
- The theme of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is “Tobacco and heart disease.”
- The day highlights the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
Odisha government launched ‘Paree Pain Katha Tiye’
Odisha government launched ‘Paree Pain Katha Tiye’ (A word for the little angel), an awareness campaign against child sexual abuse.
- UNICEF and the State police have joined hands for the campaign to create the awareness on the importance of preventing child sexual abuse.
- In each district, the campaign will be led by the Superintendent of Police and District Collector.
India has released 33.10 Crore rupees to Nepal for the Road Projects
India has released 33.10 Crore rupees to Nepal towards the cost of two road packages of Birgunj-Thori Road being implemented under Postal Highway Projects in Nepal with Government of India’s grant assistance.
- The amount has been released towards 25% of the tendered cost (including 10% mobilization advance) of the Postal Highway Projects.
Kerala cartoonist Thomas Antony has won an international award in the best caricature category
Kerala cartoonist Thomas Antony has won an international award in the best caricature category. He is among the 9 winners at the 13th edition of the World Press Cartoon awards 2018, instituted by an organization based in Lisbon, Portugal.
- The awards are given to the best works published in 2017 in newspapers and magazines from around the world.
- According to World Press Cartoon website, the winners are from 8 countries in three continents- Europe, Asia and South America.
- Antony is the lone cartoonist selected from Asia selected for the prize.
Patanjali launched ‘Kimbho’ to compete with WhatsApp
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali launched a new swadeshi messaging application called ‘Kimbho’ to compete with WhatsApp. Kimbho caters to private and group chats with free phone and video calling.
- The tagline of Kimbho is “Ab Bharat Bolega”.
- Patanjali has recently tied up with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) to enter the telecom sector by launching Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM cards.
India, Indonesia Agree To Nearly Triple Bilateral Trade To USD 50 Billion
India and Indonesia have agreed to double their efforts to boost bilateral trade to USD 50 billion by 2025. They exchanged views with President Widodo on potential areas of cooperation in areas like defence, maritime security, trade and economy.
- PM Modi also announced 30-day free visa for Indonesian citizens.
- Both leaders agreed to cooperate in the promotion of energy efficiency technologies, new and renewable energy technologies.
Vikas Gowda – CWG Gold Medallist Retires
Indian discus thrower Vikas Gowda retired from the sport after competing at the highest level for more than 15 years. His retirement was announced by the Athletics Federation of India.
- He became the first and only Indian male to win a Commonwealth Games medal in the Discus throw.
- He also won silver in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a gold in the 2014 Glasgow CWG. In the Asian Games, he won a bronze in 2010 and a silver in 2014.
China Claims Thomas Cup 2018
China beat Japan 3-1 to claim Thomas Cup. This is the 10th time for China to win the Thomas Cup.
- In the deciding match was the world number 4 doubles duo Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen won over the japan’s Keigo Sonoda and Yuta Watanabe .
- The event was held in Bangkok.
India improves its childhood index global ranking
India has been placed at 113th position in the list of 175 countries in “End of Childhood Index 2018” indexed by global child rights group, Save the Children.
- The overall score of India in 2018 rose by 14 points from 754 in 2017 to 768 on a scale of 1000.
- Singapore and Slovenia are placed at the top sharing the first place in the index and Niger figures at the end of the list at 175.