Current Affairs India - 1-2 June 2016

1. The Draft Trafficking of Persons (prevention, Protection & Rehabilitation) Bill, 2016 was launched by Union Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi with the aim to prevent human trafficking, protect and help them to rehabilitate. The bill closed several loopholes in the age old laws against human trafficking such as, Indian Penal Code, 1860, Criminal Procedure Code, 1973 and Offenders Act, 1958.

The bill recognises new offences such as disclosure of identity of the victim of trafficking and witness, use of narcotic drug or psychotropic substance or alcohol for the purpose of trafficking and use of chemical substance or hormones for the purpose of exploitation.

2. The Central Government has increased the retirement age of doctors of central services to 65 years of age in order to strengthen the healthcare sector and improve public health service in the country. The move will enable the government to retain experienced doctors for a longer period, and to provide better services in its public health facilities, particularly to the poorest, who are entirely dependent on public facilities.

3. The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal to set up India Post payment bank as Public Limited Company under Department of Posts, with 100% government equity. The total architecture of postal payments bank is of Rs. 800 crore in which Rs 400 crore will come from Equity.

4. Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed former Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, IPS (Retd) as a member of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). He is an officer of Indian Police Service of Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) cadre of 1977 batch.

5. India-s eight core industries grew by 8.5% in April 2016 compared to same month last year. The eight core industries have 38% weight in the Index of Industrial Production. This increase will boost IIP growth for the current month.

6. Popular TV actor and comedian Razzak Khan passed away after suffering from a cardiac arrest this week. He made his Bollywood debut in 1993 with Boney Kapoor's production venture Roop ki Rani Choron Ka Raja and acted in more than 90 films in his two decades long career.

7. Kolkata based Eden Garden's famous curator Prabir Mukherjee has passed away in Kolkata. He was 86 year old. He was in charge of the Eden Gardens for over two decades and also served as the manager of Bengal and East Zone teams. His association with Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) began in 1979.