Latest Current Affairs 03rd June 2018

Rajasthan reels under heatwave; dust storm ‘very likely’ in UP:Thunderstorm and dust storm accompanied with gusty winds are “very likely” at isolated places in 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh over next two days, the meteorological department forecast on Sunday, even as Rajasthan continued to reel under heatwave with Sriganganagar recording a high of 48.2 degrees Celsius.

Taj Declaration to Beat Plastic Pollution adopted in Agra:A Taj Declaration to Beat Plastic Pollution was adopted in Agra on Sunday as part of which efforts would be made to make the 500-metre area around the historic ivory-white marble monument litter-free and phase out single-use plastic.

Air India marks 70 years since 1st India-UK flight:Air India is marking 70 years since its first flight took off from Mumbai to London in June 1948, which laid the foundations of the India-UK relationship.

Indian Navy evacuates 38 Indians stranded on Yemen’s Socotra island:The Indian Navy on Sunday evacuated 38 stranded Indians from Socotra island in Yemen where they got stuck after a cyclone hit the area 10 days ago, forcing India to launch an operation to rescue them. All are reported to be safe.

Asia’s first 13 ‘Blue Flag’ beaches to be developed in India:Environment-friendly, clean and equipped with amenities of international standards for tourists, 13 Indian beaches will soon get the Blue Flag certification.

World Bicycle Day: VP Naidu flags off mega cycling event in New Delhi:World Bicycle Day is being celebrated today. Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu flagged off a mega cycling event in New Delhi. New Delhi is one of the three cities in the world where major events are being organized to mark the day. Berlin & Times Square, New York are the other two places.

India successfully test-fires nuclear capable Agni-5 missile:India on Sunday successfully test-fired it’s indigenously developed nuclear-capable Long Range Ballistic Missile Agni-5, which has a strike range of 5,000 km, off the Odisha coast.

Two BSF soldiers martyred, 10 injured as Pak targets Indian post:Two BSF personnel, including an officer, were today martyred as Pakistani Rangers targeted Indian posts along the IB here with mortars and firing, a violation which comes nearly a week after DGMOs of both countries agreed to implement the ceasefire pact of 2003 in “letter and spirit”.

EAM Sushma Swaraj reaches South Africa for a five-day visit:External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has reached South Africa for her five-day visit to South Africa.

Union Ministers leaving no stones unturned in enlisting govt’s achievements:Union Ministers continue their outreach program to showcase govt’s achievements in last four years. Smiriti Irani, Piyush Goel, Ravishankar Prasad, Nitin Gadkari and Prakash Javadekar held press conferences across the country to highlight benefits of various centrally-sponsored schemes being run by the Modi government and economic reform carried out by the government.

Prime Minister Modi returns to India after successful three-nation visit:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday returned to New Delhi after concluding his significant and successful three-nation visit to Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Syrian President Assad says will visit North Korea to meet Kim:Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he plans to visit North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to North Korean state media reports on Sunday (June 3), potentially the first meeting between Kim and another head of state in Pyongyang.

US isolated as trade outrage roils G7 ministerial meet:Group of Seven finance ministers ended their annual meeting with US allies united in condemning Washington’s aggressive protectionism, calling on President Donald Trump to reverse his decision to impose punishing metal tariffs.

Death toll in Oman, Yemen from Cyclone Mekunu rises to 30:Authorities say Cyclone Mekunu killed at least 30 people when it barreled across Oman and Yemen last month.

New Mexico wildfires force hundreds to evacuate:About 300 structures are threatened in Cimarron, New Mexico, where officials issued a mandatory evacuation on Friday (June 1) as wildfires, stoked by low humidity and high temperatures, raged in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

Average airfares declined by 18% in 2017: Suresh Prabhu:Civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday said that average airfares dropped by 18 per cent in 2017, while the number of passengers flown by the domestic carriers recorded a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19 per cent in FY18 over FY14.

Russia 2018: Brazil aim to restore past glory:The 2018 FIFA World Cup is just around the corner. After their 2014 humiliation, Brazil’s recovery has been impressive enough for many people to make them favourites for the tournament. They were the first ones to qualify for the mega event.

Russia 2018: Germany prepares for World Cup defence:Germany has four Football World Cup titles to their name. The Germans beat Argentina in 2014 final to clinch the trophy after 24 years.

Intercontinental Cup: All eyes on Chhetri as India take on Kenya:Sunil Chhetri will be the cynosure of all eyes as he seeks to make his 100th international memorable by continuing his scoring spree in the Intercontinental Cup match against Kenya in Mumbai on Monday.

India bundle out Malaysia for 27 in 142-run win in Women’s Asia Cup:As many as six Malaysia batswomen fell for duck as India bundled them out for just 27 to register a resounding 142-run victory in their opening Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup match in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

Virat Kohli backs Sunil Chhetri, urges sports fans to watch football team play in stadium:Throwing his weight behind the national football skipper Sunil Chhetri, who issued an emotional plea for support, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has urged the fans to throng stadiums and watch the team play.

Rashid stars again as Afghanistan outclass Bangladesh in T20 series opener:Leg spinner Rashid Khan carried his lethal IPL form into international cricket as Afghanistan outplayed Bangladesh by 45 runs in the opening T20 of the three-match series at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun.

Traces of water, metal found in unique exoplanet:Scientists have identified traces of of multiple metals, along with possible signs of water, in one of the least dense exoplanets ever found.

School children should become environment protectors: Harsh Vardhan:Union Environment minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday urged school children to become environment protectors and help the government and society overcome the menace of plastic pollution.

Expecting this World Environment Day to be most exciting ever: UN Environment Chief:UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim has said that the World Environment Day (WED) 2018 to be hosted by India on Tuesday is expected to be the most “exciting and inspiring WED ever”.

No need for chemo in many breast and lung cancers, major studies show:Two major studies released on Sunday show that many people with breast and lung cancers may forgo chemotherapy and still live longer, signaling a waning need for what was long seen as the standard of cancer care.

Walking faster may add years to your life:Speeding up your walking pace could extend your life, say scientists who have found that a brisk or fast gait significantly reduced the risk of early death.

Get, set, cycle! It’s World Bicycle Day today:Today is the first official World Bicycle Day to encourage a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation.