Current Affairs: News Headlines: June 20, 2018

Following are the key current affairs headlines in newspapers for June 20, 2018


  • BJP pulls out of its 3-year-old ruling coalition with the PDP. CM Mehbooba Mufti resigns. Governor N. N. Vohra recommends imposition of President’s rule
  • Tri-service joint Russia-India military exercise Indra-2018 to be conducted in India in 2nd half of 2018
  • Centre constitutes Chief Ministers’ sub-group to coordinate policy approaches for agriculture and MGNREGS with MP CM Shiv Raj Singh Chauhan as the convener
  • WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi launches the “Handbook on legal processes for Police in respect of Crime against Children”
  • Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launches National Digital Library of India on National Reading Day in New Delhi
  • Google launches training programme for journalists, aimed at raising awareness against misinformation and fake news
  • Haryana to rank its panchayats on the basis of 7 social parameters under its 7-Star Gram Panchayat Rainbow scheme
  • West Bengal: Visva-Bharati receives central grant of Rs 5 crore for setting up a ‘Yoga Gram’ in the university campus
  • Telangana: Renowned mimicry artiste Nerella Venumadhav dies in Warangal at 85


  • BSE Sensex closes at 35,286.74 points (–261.52), NSE Nifty at 10,710.45 (–89.40)
  • RBI tightens norms for Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) by making quoting of PAN mandatory even for transactions below USD 25,000.
  • Government declares national targets for off-shore wind power: 5 GW by 2022 and 30 GW by 2030
  • Sandeep Bakhshi appointed Chief Operating Officer of ICICI Bank; N.S. Kannan is new MD & CEO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company
  • NASSCOM launches its ‘Women Wizards Rule Tech’ programme to increase the number of women in senior levels in IT industry
  • Infosys sets up Digital Centre of Excellence in Marseille to strengthen its footprint in France


  • South Korea and the US have decided to suspend the Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) exercise slated for August
  • Number of people forcibly displaced worldwide reaches a new high in 2017 at 68.5 million: UNHCR
  • International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict observed on June 19
  • There are over 1 billion firearms in the world today, including 857 million in civilian hands: Small Arms Survey
  • Pakistan has more nuclear warheads than India: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
  • India to construct a war memorial at Villers Guislain in France as tribute to Indian soldiers who died in World War I
  • Microsoft acquires video discussion platform Flipgrid which is used by 20 million teachers and students across the world
  • Kazuo Kashio, one of the four brothers who founded Japan’s Casio Computer Co, dies at 89
  • Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is richest man in the world with a net wealth of $141.9 billion: Forbes World’s Billionaires list
  • World’s oldest Sumatran orangutan dies aged 62 in a zoo in Perth, Australia
  • Actor Tim Robbins to receive Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) in Czech Republic in July


  • FIFA World Cup in Russia: Belgium beat Panama 3-0 in Group G match in Sochi. Japan beat Colombia 2-1 in a Group H match in Mordovia. England beat Tunisia 2-1 in Group G match in Volgograd
  • Indian women’s hockey team beat Spain 4-1 in the 5th and final match in Madrid to level the series 2-2

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Women bear uneven burden of family planning through sterilisation: NHM report

According to 11th report of Common Review Mission of National Health Mission (NHM), women bear uneven burden in family planning as they account for more than 93% of sterilisations in the country. The report was based on latest data from Health Management Information System (HMIS) where states upload data on various parameters of NHM including sterilisations. CRM is an external evaluation of the flagship NHM.

Key Highlights of Report

Women continue to bear uneven burden of terminal methods of family planning and sterilisation. In 2017-18 (till October) of the total 14,73,418 sterilisation procedures 93.1 % were female sterilisation (tubectomies) and only 6.8 % were male sterilisation (vasectomy).

This is marginal improvement from earlier years when women accounted for 98% of all sterilisation in the country. In 2015-16, of the total 41,41,502 sterilisations across India under government programmes, 40,61,462 were tubectomies. In 2014-15, out of 40,30,409 sterilisations, 39,52,043 were tubectomies.

The vasectomy or male sterilisation services still remain inadequately available across the country. Despite efforts to make male sterilisation more acceptable, it was found that non-scalpel vasectomy services are available in very few facilities and uptake is negligible in all states.


Vasectomy or male sterilisation is process of cutting or tying vas deferens which is duct that carries sperm from testes to urethra so that it cannot be released for fertilisation. It is easier process than tubectomy (female sterilisation) which involves blocking or clamping of fallopian tubes so eggs do not reach uterus.

Reasons for low male sterilisation

Reluctance of Indian men to undergo vasectomy or sterilisation stems from history, social taboo and logistical limitations. Forced sterilisations during emergency have given this procedure of family planning bad name. Moreover, misinformation about it robbing men of their strength has made it social taboo and fact that there are no male health workers means these impressions cannot be corrected. Due to male dominate nature of India society, it is also difficult for ASHA worker in village to talk to men about sterilisation.

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