Current Affairs in Short 26 June 2019
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi to discuss several contentious issues as well as ways to strengthen the India-US ties.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets PM Modi
• US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi to discuss several contentious issues as well as ways to strengthen the India-US ties.
• Pompeo also met Foreign Minister S Jaishankar to prepare the groundwork for the summit level meeting between US President Donald Trump and PM Modi on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan on July 28.
• The US secretary will also meet National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval to hold discussion on key issues of terrorism and national security.
55 Asia-Pacific countries endorse India’s bid for UNSC non-permanent seat
• India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat at the powerful UN Security Council for a two-year term has been endorsed by the Asia-Pacific group at the world body.
• Elections for five non-permanent members of the 15-nation Council for the 2021-22 term will be held around June next year.
• A video message accompanying Mr. Akbaruddin’s tweet said, “Asia-Pacific Group endorses India for Non-Permanent Seat of United Nations Security Council. 55 countries, 1 nominee – India for non-permanent seat of UN Security Council Term 2021-2022.”
NITI Aayog Health Index: Kerala tops while Bihar, UP at bottom
• Kerala was ranked the best in the country in terms of health performance, according to health index scores in a report by NITI Aayog.
• Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Bihar are the worst performers. The states are broadly grouped into three: larger and smaller states and union territories so as to maintain a constant when comparing their health indices.
• The health index score was calculated on the basis of 23 indicators. The report showed that Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were the only two states that showed an increase incrementally as well as overall.
“Jal Hi Jeevan Hai’ Scheme launched by Haryana Govt.
• The scheme has been launched by Haryana Govt with an aim to encourage farmers to adopt crop diversification and sow crops consuming less water like Maize, Arhar etc. instead of water guzzling crops such as paddy so as to conserve water.
• Under the scheme, the amount Rs. 2000/acre will be transferred into the accounts of farmers in two phases i.e. Rs. 200/- at the time of registration and the balance Rs. 1800/- after verification of sowing data within two months.
• Free of cost hybrid seeds would also be provided under the scheme. The diversified crops produced, would be completely procured by the State Government.