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1st June, 2022 Current Affairs

1st June, 2022 Current Affairs
1st June, 2022 Current Affairs

Government revises premium to 436 for flagship insurance schemes PMJJBY, PMSBY

  • The government has revised the premium rates of its two flagship social security schemes, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, PMJJBY and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, PMSBY.
  • Premium rates for PMJJBY have revised to 436 from the earlier premium of 330 rupees per annum. For the PMSBY, the revised premium will be 20 rupees instead of the existing 12 rupees per annum.
  •  The revised premium rates will come into effect from 01st June, 2022.
  • This is the first revision in the premium rates since the inception of both schemes in 2015.
  • Union Finance Ministry said, this step would encourage other private insurers to come on board for implementing the schemes. It said, this will increase the saturation of the schemes amongst the eligible target population, especially those who are underserved or unserved population. The Ministry said, a target has been set to increase the coverage from 6.4 crore to 15 crore under PMJJBY and from 22 crore to 37 crore under PMSBY in the next five years.

Union Health Ministry issues guidelines on management of Monkeypox disease

  • Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued guidelines on the management of Monkeypox disease.
  • The Ministry said, all the clinical specimens should be transported to the laboratory of ICMR-NIV in Pune routed through the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme network of the respective district and state. There is no reported case of monkeypox disease in the country as of date.
  • The guidelines stress surveillance and rapid identification of new cases to reduce the risk of human-to-human transmission.
  •  As per the guidelines, contacts should be monitored at least daily for the onset of signs and symptoms for a period of 21 days during the infectious period.
  • The guidelines further explain in detail about raising awareness and educating people about the measures for the Monkeypox virus. It stresses avoiding contact with any material of the sick person, isolation of the infected patients, practicing good hand hygiene, and using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) while caring for patients.

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India and Pakistan hold routine talks on Permanent Indus Commission

  • The 118th meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) comprising of Indus Commissioners of India and Pakistan was held in New Delhi.
  • Ministry of External Affairs said, the meeting was held in a cordial manner. The Commission appreciated the commitment of the two sides to interact frequently and resolve issues through bilateral discussions under the Indus Water Treaty.
  • It was agreed to hold the next meeting of the PIC in Pakistan on mutually convenient dates.
  • During the two-day meeting, the Indian delegation was led by the Indian Commissioner for Indus Waters AK Pal and the visiting Pakistan delegation was led by the Pakistan Commissioner for Indus Waters Syed Muhammad Mehar Ali Shah. During the meeting, the annual report of the PIC was finalised and signed.

Iran dismisses IAEA’s latest report on country’s stockpile of enriched uranium

  • Iran dismissed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s latest report on the country’s stockpile of enriched uranium.
  •  Iran's Foreign Ministry in a statement said that it is not fair and does not reflect the truth about the talks between Iran and the agency.
  • Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh made the remarks during a press conference.
  • In a separate report published, the IAEA estimated that Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium had grown to more than 18 times the limit agreed in the 2015 deal.
  • The limit in the 2015 deal was set at 300 kg of a specific compound, the equivalent of 202.8 kg of uranium.
  • Iran and the IAEA agreed in March on an approach for resolving the issue of the sites, one of the remaining obstacles to reviving the 2015 deal.

Australia's new Labor government secures majority in Parliament

  • Australia's new Labor government has secured a majority in Parliament.
  • The centre-left party, led by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, defeated Scott Morrison's conservative coalition in an election on 21st of this month.
  • A record vote for independents and minor parties had made it uncertain whether Mr Albanese would govern in his own right.
  • The election analysts said, now, Prime Minister Albanese has the 76 lower house seats needed, after victories in tight races. However, in the Senate, where Mr Albanese's government will need crossbench support to pass laws.
  • About a third of Australians voted for candidates outside the major parties, with support surging for the Greens and independents running on climate platforms. Mr. Albanese has promised a constructive relationship" with the expanded crossbench, despite not needing to rely on their votes in the House of Representatives. Two seats there remain undecided. He will announce his cabinet.
  • The veteran politician, who heads Australia's first Labour government in almost a decade, has promised to adopt more ambitious emissions reduction targets.

EU leaders agree to ban 90 % of Russian oil imports by year-end

  • European Union (EU) leaders have agreed to embargo most of Russian oil imports into the bloc by year-end.
  •  It is a part of new sanctions on Moscow worked out at a summit focused on helping Ukraine. The embargo covers Russian oil brought in by sea. It allows a temporary exemption for imports delivered by pipeline, a move that was crucial to bring landlocked Hungary on board a decision that required consensus.
  • EU Council President Charles Michel said, the agreement covers more than two-thirds of oil imports from Russia. European Union Chief, Ursula Von der Leyen, the head of the EU’s executive branch, said, the punitive move will effectively cut around 90 percent of oil imports from Russia to the EU by the end of the year. Michel said the new sanctions, which needed the support of all 27 member countries, will be legally endorsed by Wednesday.
  • Michel added that EU leaders meeting in Brussels also agreed to cut off the largest Russian bank, Sberbank, from the SWIFT system and to ban three more Russian state-owned broadcasters.
  • Michel said leaders also agreed to provide Ukraine with a 9 billion-euro tranche of assistance to support the war-torn country’s economy. It was unclear whether the money would come in grants or loans.


US Overtakes China as India’s Largest Trading Partner in FY22

  • The United States overtook China to become India’s top trading partner in 2021-22, reflecting strong economic ties between the two countries.
  •  According to commerce ministry data, in 2021-22, bilateral trade between the US and India stood at US$ 119.42 billion as against US$ 80.51 billion in 2020-21.
  • Exports to the US increased to US$ 76.11 billion in 2021-22 from US$ 51.62 billion in the previous fiscal, while imports rose to US$ 43.31 billion as compared to around US$ 29 billion in 2020-21.
  • During 2021-22, India’s two-way commerce with China aggregated at $115.42 billion as compared to $86.4 billion in 2020-21, the data showed. Exports to China marginally increased to $21.25 billion last fiscal year from $21.18 billion in 2020-21, while imports jumped to $94.16 billion from about $65.21 billion in 2020-21. The trade gap rose to $72.91 billion in 2021-22 from $44 billion in the previous fiscal year.

Indian women's shooting team bags gold medal in 10m air rifle event at ISSF World Cup 2022 in Baku

  • Indian women's shooting team of Elavenil Valarivan, Shreya  Agarwal and Ramita have bagged a gold medal for India in the 10m air rifle women's team event at the ISSF World Cup 2022 in Baku.
  • This was India's first medal at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Baku.
  •  The trio from India defeated Denmark 17-5 in the gold medal match. Tokyo Olympian Elavenil Valarivan shot above 10 in all the 11 series' in the final.
  • Meanwhile, the men's 10m air rifle team, featuring Rudrankksh BalasahebPatil, PaarthMakhija and Deaflympics champion DhanushSrikanth, narrowly missed the podium after going down 16-10 to Croatia in the bronze medal match.


RJ Umar receives the Immunisation Champion award by UNICEF

  • Radio Jockey Umar Nisar (RJ Umar) from South Kashmir, has been awarded the ’01 Best Content Award’ and the Immunization Champion award by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) at the annual Radio4Child 2022 Awards in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • The award was presented by multi-Grammy Award-winning music composer, environmentalist, and UNICEF celebrity supporter Ricky Kej, OIC UNICEF, UP Dr Zafrin Chowdhury, chief of communications and advocacy and partnerships, UNICEF India.
  • The award has been conferred to Umar for his work of providing awareness and countering rumours to reach audiences during the pandemic. The Radio4Child felicitated radio professionals from private FM and All India Radio from across the country for their commendable work during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as for routine vaccination. These radio professionals highlighted the importance of routine vaccination among people.
Published date : 01 Jun 2022 06:24PM

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