Friday, 9 June 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - June 09, 2017

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Law Ministry Clears Kambala Bill

The Union Ministry of Law and Justice has cleared the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill 2017, and thus legalising Kambala. The bill will now be sent to the President for getting his assent. 

In November 2016, the Karnataka high court had banned the kambala along with bull-cart race in the state while hearing a case filed by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) citing animal cruelty. The high court had stayed these traditional sports in view of the Supreme Court’s ban on jallikattu, a traditional bull taming sport of Tamil Nadu.

Oil Marketing Companies To Make Daily Revision In Retail Selling Prices Of Petrol And Diesel From 16th June 2017 Across The Country

Oil Marketing Companies will make a daily revision in retail selling prices of Petrol and Diesel from 16th of this month across the country. The decision will make the retail prices more reflective of the current market conditions, minimising the volatility in the retail price of Petrol and Diesel. It will also enhance transparency in the system, besides enabling a smoother flow of products from the refinery to retail outlets. The decision has been taken by Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, and Bharat Petroleum Corporation after the successful implementation of daily revision of retail selling prices of these two products on pilot basis in Udaipur, Jamshedpur, Puducherry, Chandigarh, and Vishakhapatnam. Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies are also taking steps to establish an appropriate mechanism for conveying the prices to consumers every day through newspapers and SMS. Many developed countries are already revising the prices of Petrol and Diesel on a daily basis.

Food Grains, Milk, And Vegetables To Be Cheaper Under GST

The government today said, items like food grains, flour, milk, vegetables, and fruits will get cheaper by four to five percent after the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax from the 1st of July. According to the Finance Ministry, items like cereals, pulses, atta, maida, and besan will be cheaper as they will attract zero rate. Besides, milk, vegetables and fruits, common salt, puffed rice, salt, organic manure, animal feed, firewood, raw silk, wool, jute and hand-operated agriculture equipment too will be zero-rated under the new indirect tax regime. However, branded foodgrains and flours with registered trade mark will attract 5 percent tax under GST.

WHO Revises Protocol For Antibiotics

With an aim to curb antibiotic resistance, the World Health Organization (WHO) has revised the protocol for antibiotics. This revision is the biggest such revision of the antibiotics section in the 40-year history of the essential medicines list (EML). 

Salient Highlights:
WHO has divided the drugs into three categories - access, watch and reserve. It has also specified which category of drugs are to be used for treating common ailments and which are to be used to treat complicated diseases.

One Million Dollar Fund Established for BRICS Media

The Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) grouping has established a one million dollar fund for boosting media cooperation in the five-nation grouping. During the inaugural session of the BRICS Media Forum held in Beijing, Xinhua News Agency and executive president of the Forum had announced that the Xinhua news agency will invest one million U.S. dollars for bolstering BRICS media. The BRICS media forum is a joint initiative of Xinhua News Agency, Brazil’s CMA Group, Russia’s Sputnik News Agency and Radio, The Hindu group of publications from India, and South Africa’s Independent Media. BRICS Media is aimed at promoting six objectives including balanced reporting. It aims to create an alternative media narrative distinct from the media of western nations. The proposal is also aimed at joint development of BRICS digital media, financial information services and promoting people- to-people contacts.

Hottest Known Planet in Universe

Scientists have discovered the hottest known exoplanet, designated KELT-9b which is warmer than most stars in the universe. The study has been published in the journal Nature. Exoplanet is a planet that does not orbit the Sun and instead orbits a different star, stellar remnant, or brown dwarf. They are also called as extrasolar planet. The planet orbits a massive star KELT-9 every day and a half. The planet’s dayside temperature is 4,326 degree Celsius and is only 926 degree Celsius cooler than the Sun. The planet is located 650 light years from Earth and sports a giant, glowing gas tail like a comet. The ultraviolet radiation experienced by the planet from its star KELT-9 is so fierce that the planet may be evaporating producing a glowing gas tail. The Jupiter-like planet is 2.8 times more massive than Jupiter. However, it is only half as dense as that of the Jupiter. Due to extreme radiation from its host star, the atmosphere of the planet has puffed up like a balloon. It has been classified as a planet by considering its mass but its atmosphere is not similar to any other known planet. Due to the bombardment of stellar radiation, the planet is very hot so much so that the molecules such as water, carbon dioxide, and methane cannot form there.

French Open: Bopanna-Dabrowski Win Mixed Doubles Title

In French Open Tennis, Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian teammate Gabriela Dabrowski have won the mixed doubles title beating the pair of Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Colombia's Robert Farah by 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 today. In Men's Singles, Rafael Nadal has reached the semi-finals while Novak Djokovic has been ousted in the quarter-final after losing to Dominic Thiem.

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