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Top Current Affairs 3 June 2024
National Affairs

CPGRAMS- A Foundation for SMART Government

  • The IBM Center for The Business of Government, located in Washington, DC, asked DARPG to speak via video conference on June 3, 2024, to US government personnel and other stakeholders.
  •  V. Srinivas, Secretary of the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), gave the Indian presentation on the Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS).
  •  The understanding of how technology can empower people, close the gap between the public and the government and maximize accountability and transparency.
  • The 10-step reforms of CPGRAMS have been put into practice, and the quality of grievance redressal has significantly improved, but the timeliness of grievance redressal has decreased. 
  • India has mapped 1.02 lac issues and successfully resolved over 1.5 lac complaints every month.

 

National Level Coordination Committee

  • The world's largest grain storage plan's National Level Coordination Committee (NLCC) met for the first time in the Ministry of Cooperation in New Delhi on June 3, 2024.
  • The committee examined how its pilot project, which was started in 11 States last year, was being implemented.
  •  The Plan envisions the creation of various agricultural infrastructure at PACS level, including warehouses, custom hiring centers, processing units, Fair Price Shops, etc.
  • The members of the Committee also talked on how to advance the proposal across the country.

 

NBT Signed an MoU with Department of School Education

  • Under the auspices of the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, in New Delhi, the Department of School Education, Ministry of Education, and the National Book Trust (NBT) signed an MoU on June 3, 2024.
  •  It was signed in order to establish the Rashtriya e-Pustakalaya Digital Library Platform's institutional foundation.
  • The goal of Rashtriya e-Pustakalya, a first-of-its-kind digital library, is to encourage a lifelong love of reading in Indian children and youth by providing them with over 1000 non-academic books written by over 40 reputable publishers in more than 22 languages save English.
  • Its goals will include making high-quality books more widely available in terms of geography, language, genre, and reading level as well as offering children and teenagers in the nation device-independent accessibility. 

 

New Mobile Number Series Launched

  • The Center launched a new numbering series, 160xxxxxxx, for service or transactional calls on June 3, 2024.
  • This action intends to reduce unsolicited voice calls from telemarketers utilizing 10-digit mobile numbers and assist citizens in quickly identifying legitimate calls.
  •  Telemarketers are assigned the 140xxxxxxx series for transactional, service, and promotional calls.
  • Consumers frequently disregard these calls, though, because they are frequently used for promotional objectives, which causes them to miss crucial service and transactional contacts.
  • The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) declared that Principal Entities will only make service and transactional calls on the new 160xxxxxxx series.
  •  By differentiating between legitimate and advertising calls, this differentiation will assist citizens in managing their communication more effectively.
  • TSPs, or telecom service providers, must make sure that comprehensive verification of each entity before assigning a number from the 160 series.
International Affairs

Maldives Banned Israeli Citizens

  • The Maldives on June 3, 2024 prohibited travelers with Israeli passports, due to growing tensions and public outrage over recent events in Gaza.
  • President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu made the decision that his Cabinet instructed him to make in response to pressure from the populace and the government.
  • The restriction has sparked responses across and is consistent with responses globally.
  •  The Israeli airstrike that killed 45 individuals in a tent camp in Rafah that was designated as a "safe zone" drew criticism from President Muizzu.
  • This attack incited a great deal of anger among the Maldivians. President Muizzu ordered a ban on Israeli passport holders in the wake of the Rafah tragedy.
  • He also launched a national fundraising campaign for Palestinians and planned a solidarity event called "Maldivians in Solidarity with Palestine."
  • The Israeli government advised its citizens to avoid traveling to the Maldives.
  • If any Israelis are already there, they're encouraged to consider leaving since there may not be much assistance available at the moment.
Economy and Banking

NSO Report on Indian Economy Growth

  • India's GDP growth rate increased to 7.8% in Q4 of FY24, resulting in an annual growth rate of 8.2%, according to data from the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation's National Statistical Office (NSO) on June 3, 2024.
  • This was higher than earlier government forecasts of 7.6% and the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) estimate of 7% for the entire fiscal year 2023–24 (FY24).
  • The prior two quarters' GDP growth rates were 7.6% in Q2 and 8.4% in Q3.
  • In Q4FY24, the Real Gross Value Added (GVA) increased by 6.3%, mostly due to notable increases in the manufacturing (9.9%) and mining (7.1%) sectors.
  •  GVA growth was 7.2% throughout FY24 as opposed to 6.7% during FY23.
Science and Technology

Food Business Operators (FBOs) to remove Claim ‘100% Fruit Juices’ (Health and Nutrition)

  • The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued a directive on June 3, 2024, requiring all Food Business Operators (FBOs) to immediately remove any representation that reconstituted fruit juices are 100% fruit juice from their labels and ads.
  • Additionally, it has mandated that all FBOs use up all of their current pre-printed packaging supplies by September 1st, 2024.
  • In a statement, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated that the FSSAI had learned that a number of FBOs had been falsely marketing different kinds of reconstituted fruit juices by asserting that they were 100 percent.
  • The Food Safety and Standards (Advertising and Claims) Regulations, according to the FSSAI, do not allow for the creation of a 100% claim.

 

New Blue Ant Species Discovered (Environment and Ecology)

  • Scientists discovered a remarkable new form of ant in the Eastern Himalayas on June 3, 2024, in the Siang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • This discovery was produced by a team of entomologists from the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) in Bengaluru, India, and the University of Florida in the United States.
  • The genus Paraparatrechina has gained an important new member in the form of Paratrechina neela.
  • This species is the first of its kind to be discovered in the Indian subcontinent in over a century. The finding was made in the isolated village of Yingku while on a biodiversity excursion.
  • About ten feet above the ground, in a tree hole, the ant was observed. 
  • This was funded by the National Geographic Society which goal was to record the area's rich wildlife and look into how changes in the environment have affected it.

 

James Webb Telescope finds Giant Galaxy (Space and Technology)

  • The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) observed the JADES-GS-z14-0 galaxy on June 3, 2024, using its most sophisticated space camera to date.
  • This discovery is significant because it provides us with an insight into the cosmos during the cosmic dawn, which occurred 290 million years after the Big Bang.
  • Until now, the earliest known galaxy was discovered approximately 320 million years following the Big Bang.
  • JWST named the galaxy it observed, JADES-GS-z14-0. It possesses the mass of 500 million sun-sized stars and measures around 1,700 light-years across.
  •  This galaxy is amazingly producing 20 new stars a year. When considering the age of the cosmos, this is an extremely high pace.

 

South Korea Suspended Military Deal with North Korea (Defence)

  • South Korea was going to terminate a military agreement with North Korea on June 3, 2024, which was meant to ease tensions.
  • Hundreds of balloons loaded with trash were delivered across the border by North Korea, prompting the National Security Council (NSC) of South Korea to make this decision.
  • South Korea had previously canceled the pact in part following North Korea's spy satellite launch in November of the previous year.
  • Now, South Korea has suspended it completely. Nearly a 1000 balloons carrying human excrement and cigarette ends were sent into South Korea by North Korea, causing chaos.
  •  South Korea referred to this peculiar method of inciting unrest as "low-class" and "irrational."

 

Bonn Climate Change Conference Held (Environment and Ecology)

  • The Bonn Climate Change Conference, known as the 60th Session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies, will took place from June 3-13, 2024.
  • This meeting was crucial for preparing for the 29th Conference of Parties (COP 29) in Baku, Azerbaijan, where a new climate finance goal will be set.
  • UNFCCC Executive Secretary Simon Stiell emphasized the urgency of establishing a New Collective Quantified Goal (NCQG) for climate funding.
  • The NCQG aims to secure financial commitments from developed countries to support climate action in poorer nations.
  • The conference highlighted disagreements between developed and developing countries, particularly on financial standards and structures.
  • The EU advocated for diverse funding approaches, while the G77 and China called for a substantial, needs-based goal funded primarily by public resources from developed nations.
Sports Panorama

15th UEFA Championships

  • Real Madrid made history once more on June 3, 2024, at Wembley Stadium as they won a record-tying 15th UEFA Champions League trophy.
  • The Spanish powerhouses defeated a brave Borussia Dortmund team 2-0, showcasing their renowned tenacity and clinical edge.
  •  Real Madrid won the Champions League for the sixth time in 11 seasons with this victory, extending their incredible run of success in Europe.
  • This accomplishment is comparable to the illustrious group that started Real Madrid's obsession with the European Cup, having taken home the trophy's first 5 times in 1956 and again in 1966.
  • Surprisingly, Real Madrid has triumphed in the last 10 European finals in a row. This run dates back 41 years to their last Cup Winners' Cup loss to Aberdeen.
Person in News

Gautam Adani

  • Gautam Adani, the chairman of the Adani Group, surpassed Reliance Industries' chief executive Mukesh Ambani to reclaim the title of richest person in Asia on June 3, 2024.
  •  Following a spike in the stock prices of the publicly traded firms of Adani's apples-to-airport conglomerate, this milestone was reached.
  • With a staggering $111 billion in net worth, Mr. Gautam Adani is the 11th richest person in the world based on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
  •  However, Mr. Ambani is ranked 12th in the world with his $109 billion in wealth. This change was mostly brought about by the increase in the market capitalization of Adani Group.

 

Dinesh Kartik

  • The seasoned wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik declared his retirement from all forms of cricket on June 3, 2024.
  •  After his tearful departure from the Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) team during the just finished Indian Premier League (IPL) season, the writing was clearly on the wall.
  •  Over the course of 180 matches in all three formats during his international career, Dinesh Karthik earned 3463 runs, 17 half-centuries, and one Test century.
  • With 172 wickets under his belt, the most of them on the outfield and a few behind the stumps, his wicket keeping abilities were equally remarkable.
  • Under Sourav Ganguly's captaincy, Karthik stunned the public in 2004 when he stumped Michael Vaughan from the air in England.
Awards and Honours

Gudleppa Hallikeri Award 2024

  • Poet and dramatist Siddhalinga Pattanashetti presented with the Gudleppa Hallikeri Award for 2024 on June 3, 2024.
  • The Gudleppa Hallikeri Memorial Foundation, situated in Hosaritti, Haveri District, issued this statement.
  • The award, which was given out at a formal ceremony on June 6, comes with a ₹25,000 cash prize and a keepsake.
  •  According to Veeranna Chekki, trustee of the Gudleppa Hallikeri Memorial Foundation, Siddhalinga Pattanashetti is the 19th notable person to be awarded this accolade.
  •  The Gudleppa Hallikeri Award honors those who have made significant achievements to literature, society, or social service.
  •  It bears the name of Gudleppa Hallikeri, a well-known liberation warrior who shared Mahatma Gandhi's beliefs.
State Affairs

Summer Carnival Drass 2024 Organised

  • The Summer Carnival 2024, which was arranged by the Forever in Operation Division, came to an end on June 3, 2024, in Ladakh's picturesque Drass valley.
  • Held in observance of Kargil Vijay Diwas' Rajat Jayanti, this week-long celebration of the region's rich cultural legacy, sports, and local talent was organized under the auspices of "Operation Sadbhavana."
  • The Carnival began at the Sando Rear Polo Ground, attracting both sports fans and cultural connoisseurs on May 28, 2024.
  •  Participants in the tent pegging, horse polo, and archery games showed exceptional ability, dexterity, and teamwork.
  • The occasion demonstrated the Indian Army's commitment to empowering young people and promoting Drass's athletic and cultural legacy.

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