5 June

International News Affairs

  • Today (5th June 2017) is World Environment Day.
    • This day is observed to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth.
    • This day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in the year 1972 on the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began.
    • This year’s host country : Canada
    • Theme of World Environment Day 2017 : “Connecting people to nature”
  • The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt today broke off all diplomatic ties and land and sea contact with fellow Gulf Arab state Qatar, citing “terrorism” and “flagrant violation” of international law.
    • This comes after Qatar’s state news reported that a Qatari emir criticised Donald Trump and praised Saudi Arabia’s regional rival Iran, although Qatar claimed this was fake news.
  • For the first time, Pakistan’s Sindh government has recruited 46 women in the police’s counter-terror department for combat operations and intelligence gathering.
    • Note : Less than 2% of Pakistani police officers are women.

Awards & Honours

  • The Ministry of Rural Development has selected Vizianagaram (Andhra Pradesh) as one among the 17 districts for MGNREGA annual award.
    • The award will be given to Vizianagaram for its effective implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act during the time period 2015-16.

Banking, Business & Economic Affairs

  • 2017 Global Retail Development Index
    • The 2017 Global Retail Development Index (GRDI) titled ‘The Age of Focus‘ has placed India at the top position among 30 developing countries on ease of doing business in the retail sector.
    • China stood at the second place and Malaysia has been ranked third.
    • Top 10 in the List
      • India (71.7)
      • China (70.4)
      • Malaysia (60.9)
      • Turkey (59.8)
      • United Arab Emirates (59.4)
      • Vietnam    (56.1)
      • Morocco (56.1)
      • Indonesia (55.9)
      • Peru (54.0)
      • Colombia (53.6)
    • Note: This is the 16th edition of the Global Retail Development Index (GRDI).
  • Khadi yarn, Gandhi topi, and India’s national flag will not attract any tax under the new GST regime, which is to be implemented from July 1.
    • Further, chandan tika, unbranded honey, and wick for diya have also been exempted under the new indirect tax regime.
  • The World Bank has projected 2 per cent growth for India this year against 6.8 per cent last year.
  • State-run NTPC today announced that the company has forayed into electric vehicle charging business and has set up first such charging stations at its offices in Delhi and Noida.

Science & Technology

  • The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)today successfully launched India’s heaviest rocket ‘Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III‘ carrying the 3,136 kg communication satellite GSAT-19.
    • The 43.43-metre rocket that weighs 640 tonnes is capable of lifting payloads of up to 4,000 kg into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit.
    • It was developed in 15 years at a cost of ₹300 crore.

Current Sports Affairs

  • India defeated Pakistan by 124 runs (D/L method) in their opening encounter of the Champions Trophy 2017, achieving the biggest margin of victory by runs against the arch-rivals in an ICC tournament.