Monday, 5 June 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - June 05, 2017

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Women To Be Allowed In Combat Role In Army, Says Gen Bipin Rawat

Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat has said the process to allow women in combat role, currently an exclusive domain of men, is moving fast. He said initially women will be recruited for positions in military police. Army Chief talking to PTI said, currently women are allowed in a number of select areas including in medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings of the Army but combat roles are kept off limit for them due to operational concerns and logistical issues. The Army Chief said he was ready to recruit women as jawans and the matter is being taken up with the government. Very few countries including Germany, Australia, Canada, the US, Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden and Israel have allowed women in combat roles.

US, Australian Officials Warn Of Returning Foreign Fighters

Top US and Australian officials today warned that foreign fighters may return to Southeast Asia from the Middle East and take up arms in their own countries. Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne said, ISIS fighters may come back with battlefield skills and we need to be very aware of that. She was speaking at the start of an Australia-US ministerial summit also attended by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop and Pentagon chief Jim Mattis. Mattis said, US President Donald Trump has instructed the Pentagon to annihilate IS in a bid to prevent escaped foreign fighters from returning home as they lose ground in Iraq and Syria. The warning follows this weekend's terror attacks in London, which were claimed by the Islamic State group, and amid a jihadist threat in Philippines. Hundreds of civilians are trapped, in the Philippines, by fighting between the military and Islamist militants who have overrun the city of Marawi on the restive southern island of Mindanao.

Govt Dismisses Reports Of Downturn In IT Sector

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad dismissed as completely wrong the reports of a downturn in the Indian IT sector. The minister said a good number of people will get jobs in the current fiscal. His statement comes against the backdrop of media reports that IT firms in India were in the midst of the industry's largest retrenchment drive due to US President Donald Trump's protectionist policies. Mr Prasad said in a press conference in Kochi that 6 lakh appointments have taken place in the last three years of the Narendra Modi-led government. He claimed that retrenchment of 100-200 people had happened in the sector on performance ground. The minister said the Indian digital economy was going to become USD 1 trillion in the coming 5 to 7 years.

SBI Makes Aadhaar Number Mandatory For All Recruits From July 1

State Bank of India (SBI) proposes to introduce from July 1, 2017, a scheme for verifying the identity of candidates applying for all its recruitment processes through Aadhaar cards. Accordingly, while applying for appointment, it will be mandatory to furnish the 12-digit Aadhaar number (or 28-digit Aadhaar enrollment ID in case the Aadhaar has been applied for, but not received). The Aadhaar number will be used to match the biometric information taken through a biometric attendance system at the time of examination/ interview/ medical fitness test/ reporting for joining with that stored on the Aadhaar server, to establish the identity of the candidate.The above provision is applicable in all states and union territories except Jammu & Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam.

RBI Expected To Hold Rates, But Adopt Dovish Stance

The Reserve Bank of India is likely to keep interest rates unchanged in the second bi-monthly policy review scheduled for June 7. The central bank may, however, adopt a dovish tone to reflect ebbing inflation risks, according to market experts. While retail inflation fell to a low in April 2017 and the GDP growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter of 2016-17 suggesting that the time may be opportune to cut rates the central bank may prefer to wait it out. The RBI will be watchful for data on the impact of the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST), trajectory of the monsoon and the effects of the house rent allowances under the 7th Central Pay Commission award before taking a call on a rate cut. The RBI last cut its repo rate or the repurchase rate (the interest rate at which it lends funds to banks to overcome short-term liquidity mismatches) from 6.50 percent to 6.25 percent in the October 2016 policy review. Since then, there have been three policy reviews, but the central bank has kept its policy rate steady.

World Environment Day Being Observed On The 5th June 2017

World Environment Day 2017 will be observed on the 5th June 2017 across the world and the theme of this year is Connecting People to Nature. According to United Nations, the theme of this year implores people to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth. Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, global warming and climate change are adversely affecting the whole world and people should contribute to save the planet. The State government in Kerala will launch a massive tree planting exercise today on the occasion of world environment day. This is being organised under the ' Haritha Keralam' project an initiative to make the state green. The government's programme is to plant one crore saplings across the state by involving school students, 'Kudumbashree' (women self-help group) units and civic bodies. This is Kerala's initiative to tackle climate change. 

B Sai Praneeth Lifts Men's Singles Crown In The Thailand Grand Prix Gold Badminton Tournament

India's B Sai Praneeth has lifted the Men's Singles Crown in the Thailand Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament. In the final in Bangkok today, third-seeded Praneeth defeated Indonesia's Jonatan Christie in three games, 17-21, 21-18, 21-19. This is the first Grand Prix Gold title for Praneeth. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Praneeth for winning the tournament. In a tweet, Mr. Modi said, India is elated on the accomplishment.

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