08.06.18 Uttarakhand (UKPCS) Current Affairs



  • Govt mulls to cover all staff under u-health


  • The State Government is contemplating to provide the benefit of comprehensive and revised U-health card system to all its employees from August 15 this year. Different employee organisations are demanding for long that the comprehensive health insurance cover, the U-health card should be made more attractive and all employees should be covered under it. On Thursday, a delegation of  joint forum of employees met the Secretary health and family welfare Nitesh Jha and discussed the scheme. Jha assured the delegation that the revised U-health card scheme would be launched on August 15 this year.


  • The U-health card scheme though operational at present is optional and not very attractive. The employee organisation want the scheme should cover Out Patient Department (OPD) and efforts should be made to bring all hospitals into its panel. They want that the representatives of the employees should be included in the steering committee of the U-health card scheme.


  • To provide the benefit of cashless health insurance to its employees and pensioners the state government launched the U -healthcard scheme on October 25, 2010. The scheme was made optional for the employees but mismanagement and delay in payment ensured that both the employees and the hospitals preferred to keep a distance from this scheme. At present there are only eleven hospitals in the state and two located in National Capital Region (NCR) that are in the panel of the scheme (Medanta Medicity Gurgaon and National Heart Institute New Delhi).


  • Under the optional  scheme an annual premium of Rs 5000 is charged from the employee having grade pay in excess of Rs 6600 while those getting a grade pay of Rs 4200 to Rs 5400 a sum of Rs 3500 is charged. The employees getting grade pay of Rs 1900 and 1800 pay Rs 1500 while those receiving less are liable to pay only Rs 700 per year.


  • The pensioners are also accorded the benefit of the scheme.  Under the U health card, the cardholders and their families are accorded unlimited cashless medical reimbursement in the empanelled hospitals.




  • India ranks 137th on Global Peace Index 2018


  • According to a report by an Australian think tank, India has moved up four places to the 137th rank among 163 countries on the 2018 Global Peace Index.


  • Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008. New Zealand, Austria, Portugal and Denmark also sit in the top five most peaceful rankings.


  • Syria remains the least peaceful country in the world, a position it has held for the past five years.


·        World Oceans Day 2018 observed across the world


  • The World Oceans Daywas observed across the world on June 8, 2018, to highlight the major role of the oceans in everyday life.
  • The action focus for the 2018 World Oceans Day was ‘preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean’.
  • The agenda also coincided with the theme of 2018 World Environment Day –‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.
  • Plastic pollution is causing tremendous harm to the marine resources:
  • Around 80 percent of all pollution in the ocean comes from people on land.
  • There are 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year, causing damage to wildlife, fisheries, and tourism.
  • The Plastic pollution costs the lives of 1 million seabirds and 100000 marine mammals per year.


  • The Plastic pollution costs the lives of 1 million seabirds and 100000 marine mammals per year.



·        Central Government seeks explanation from Facebook over users’ data sharing without consent


  • Union Government sought an explanation from Facebook over reports of data sharing without explicit consent.
  • Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology asked for a detailed factual report from the Facebook by 20th of this month.
  • Recently, there were media reports claiming that Facebook has agreements which are allowing phone and other device manufacturers’ access to its users’ personal information including that of their friends without taking their explicit consent.
  • The IT Ministry it is deeply concerned about reports of such lapses and violations.
  • They earlier notices about breaches of personal data relating to the Cambridge Analytica episode, Facebook had apologized and given strong assurances to the Government of India that they will take sincere efforts to protect the privacy of users’ data on the platform.


  • However, such reports raise uncomfortable questions about the assurances made by Facebook.


  • FDI Inflows to India Fall by $4 Billion Last Year: UN Report


  • Foreign Direct Investmentto India decreased to 40 billion dollars last year from 44 billion dollars in 2016 while outflows from India, the main source of investment in South Asia, more than doubled, according to a new trade report by the UN.
  • According to the World Investment Report, 2018 by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) global foreign direct investment flows fell by 23 percent in 2017, to USD 1.43 trillion from USD 1.87 trillion in 2016.




·        Prime Minister Narendra Modi to embark on 2-day visit to China to attend SCO Summit


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for a two-day visit to China to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation- SCO Summit. Briefing media in New Delhi, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, regional issues will be discussed during the summit.
  • He will hold bilateral talks with the Chinese President Xi Jinping followed by the summit event on Sunday.
  • The objective of the SCO summit is to further deepen the existing relationship between the member countries.
  • India’s focus will be on strengthening cooperation to fight terrorism, improving connectivity among member countries and bringing peace and stability in the region.


·        Short-Term Subsidised Crop Loan To Be Implemented Through DBT Mode


  • Reserve Bank of Indiastated that interest subsidy scheme on short-term crop loans of up to three lakh rupees will be implemented through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode from the current financial year.
  • The Centre has earmarked 15,000 crore rupees for 2018-19 towards interest subvention for short-term crop loans.
  • The notification adds that the scheme will be required to be settled as applicable in Plan Scheme namely Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and North East Region among others.


  • Mithali Raj becomes first Indian to score 2,000 T20I runs


  • Star batswoman Mithali Raj has became the first Indian cricketer to amass 2,000 runs in Twenty20 Internationals (T20I).


  • Mithali achieved the landmark after scoring a knock of 23 during India’s seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Women’s Asia Cup T20.


  • She now has 2,015 runs in 75 matches. Mithali is the seventh woman to reach 2,000 runs.


·        Himachal Pradesh Government to scrap semester system in under-graduate courses


  • Himachal Pradeshgovernment decided to do away with semester system in undergraduate courses and revert to annual examination system.
  • Education Minister Suresh Bharadwaj yesterday that the decision has been taken on the recommendation made by a review committee on the issue.


  • Asserting that the thrust of the government was on qualitative improvement in education, that a decision has also been taken to start nursery classes in 3,000 schools from this year.
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