Weekly Current Affairs June 2018 2nd Week

1. IN Ships arrive Guam to participate in Ex-Malabar 2018

Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, Shakti and Kamorta of the Eastern Fleet arrived at Guam on 07 June to participate in the 22nd edition of Exercise Malabar, off Guam, USA from 07 to 16 June 2018.

  • Exercise Malabar, which started as a bilateral exercise between the US Navy and the Indian Navy in 1992, has evolved over the years with the participation of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) from 2007.
  • Malabar 17 was held in July last year on the Eastern Sea Board of India, off Chennai and Visakhapatnam.
  • It is for the first time that the exercise is being conducted off Guam, a major US Naval Base in the Western Pacific.
  • It would be of interest to note that the US has recently named their Hawaii-based Pacific Command as the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

2. 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.

3. World Oceans Day: 8 June

World Oceans Day is held every year on 8th June to raise awareness of the vital importance of our oceans and the role they play in sustaining a healthy planet.

  • The conservation action theme for World Oceans Day 2018 is “Preventing Plastic Pollution and Encouraging Solutions for a Healthy Ocean”.

4. QS World University Rankings 2019: IIT Bombay, IISc move up

Three Indian universities feature in the top 200 universities of the QS World University rankings 2019.

  • These includes-Indian Insitiute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and IIT Delhi.
  • IIT-Bombay is now the top institute in the country at 162 rising 17 positions from 2018, IIT-Delhi retained its 2018 position with a rank of 172 while the Indian Institute of Science has overtaken IIT-Delhi and is ranked 170.
  • The list has been topped by Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the seventh year in a row.

5. G7 summit 2018 held in Canada

The 44th G7 summit was held on June 8–9, 2018, in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada.This was the sixth time since 1981 that Canada has hosted the meetings.

The summit received significant attention due to a significant decline of relations of members with the United States.

Due to this, the summit was dubbed the “G6+1” by France and some members of the media.

Points to Remember

  • Earlier it was known as G8, but in March 2014, the G7 declared that a meaningful discussion was currently not possible with Russia in the context of the G8. Since then, meetings have continued within the G7 process.
  • The G7 is a group consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

6. 58 Indian companies in 2018 Forbes ‘Global 2000’ list

Fifty-eight Indian companies featured on the 2018 Forbes ‘Global 2000’ list of the world’s largest public sector companies, the same number as last year.

  • The Mukesh Ambani-led oil-to-telecom conglomerate, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), rank at 83, retaining its top spot as the most valued Indian company on the list.
  • HDFC Bank, the country’s largest financier, took the second spot among Indian companies, ranking at 202.
  • Overall, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China is ranked 1 for the sixth consecutive year.

7. 11th World Hindi Conference to be Held in Mauritius

The 11th World Hindi Conference (WHC) is being organized from 18-20 August 2018 in Mauritius by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in association with the Government of Mauritius.

  • The main theme of the Conference is “Hindi Vishwa Aur Bharatiy Sanskriti”.
  • The first World Hindi Conference was held in 1975 in Nagpur, India. Since then, ten such Conferences have been held in different parts of the world.

8. Indians form 2nd largest group of international students in US

With 1,86,000 Indian students currently studying in the United States, India is the second highest sender of foreign students to the US, next only to China.

  • US consul general in Kolkata, Craig Hall, said that the United States is the top destination for foreign students worldwide and the number of Indian students in the US has more than doubled in the last 10 years.

9. International ICT conference to be held in Nepal

The Computer Association Nepal (CAN) is organizing an international-level ‘Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Conference-2018’ in Kathmandu on June 17-18.

  • The objective of the conference is to exchange information on the improved practices of information technology.
  • Various international experts will attend and present their working papers on the occasion.
  • Experts from China, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and UNDP are participating in the two-day conference.

10. World Day Against Child Labour: 12 June

The World Day Against Child Labour, which is held every year on June 12, is intended to foster the worldwide movement against child labour in any of its forms.

  • The International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations body that regulates the world of work, launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 in order to bring attention and join efforts to fight against child labour.

11. World Blood Donor Day

Every year on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD).

  • The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.
  • The theme for Blood Donation Day in 2018 is ‘Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life.’

12. Three Indian cities among top 10 for GDP risk from terrorism

 

Three Indian cities, including Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru are ranked among the top 10 cities globally for GDP risk from terrorism threats, a recent study found out.

  • Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore stood at fifth, sixth and seventh in this aspect, in the latest edition of Lloyd’s India’s City Risk Index (CRI).

13. President Declares ‘Queen Pineapple’ as State Fruit of Tripura

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind formally declared the “Queen Pineapple” as the state fruit of Tripura.

  • The President inaugurated the National Highway from Matabari to Sabroom in Udaipur, Tripura.
  • The President also visited the Matabari Temple complex in Udaipur.

14. Andhra Pradesh now is Open Defecation Free (ODF) State

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has announced that the state was now Open Defecation Free (ODF) as it had achieved its goal of constructing 2.77 lakh individual toilets.

  • With this achievement, Andhra Pradesh becomes the first large state in the country to be declared as Open Defecation Free.

15. Indian PM leaves for China to attend SCO Summit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for China to attend the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit that begins Qingdao.

  • This will be India’s first SCO Summit as a full member.
  • Modi will be interacting with leaders of SCO nations and discussing a wide range of subjects with them.

16. Sikkim gets its longest tunnel

Minister of State for Defence Subhash Ramrao Bhamre has inaugurated 578-metre-long Theng Tunnel, the longest in Sikkim.

  • Constructed on Gangtok-Chungthang State Highway by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), the double-lane tunnel bypasses a treacherous stretch of road between Sikkim’s capital Gangtok and Chungthang, which frequently remains closed due to land slides and shooting stones.
  • The tunnel would provide all-weather connectivity, said a Defence Ministry spokesperson.

17. Kalinga Literary Festival begins in Odisha

The 5th edition of the Kalinga Literary Festival kick-started in Bhubaneswar in the presence of eminent personalities from Indian literature, politics, media, and public services.

  • Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated the three-day festival.
  • He said the event could be a perfect opportunity to showcase the rich heritage of Odia literature and litterateurs.

18. CSIR lab to give technology for India’s first indigenous Lithium Ion Battery project

Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu under Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and RAASI Solar Power Pvt Ltd have signed a Memorandum of Agreement for transfer of technology for India’s first Lithium Ion (Li-ion) Battery project.

  • A group at CSIR-CECRI headed by Dr Gopu Kumar has developed an indigenous technology of Lithium-ion cells in partnership with CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) New Delhi, CSIR- Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CSIR-CGCRI) Kolkata and Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) Hyderabad.
  • CSIR-CECRI has set up a demo facility in Chennai to manufacture prototype Lithium-Ion cells.

19. Dhanush, India’s first indigenous artillery gun

India’s first indigenous, long-range artillery gun “Dhanush” has passed its final test at Pokhran, paving the way for its induction into the Army.

  • Dhanush is a 155mm x 45mm calibre artillery gun and is also called the “desi Bofors”.
  • It has a strike range of 38 kilometres and 81% of its components are indigenously sourced.

20. Delhi most vulnerable UT in India’s first disaster risk index, Maharashtra leads states

A national disaster risk index mapping hazards and vulnerabilities across 640 districts puts Maharashtra at the top of the chart followed by West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

  • Delhi is most at risk among Union territories (UTs).
  • The index is currently in the form of a draft report prepared by the Union home ministry with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

21. India to have its 1st police museum in Delhi

India will soon have its first national police museum as the central government has decided to establish the unique facility in Lutyens’ Delhi.

  • The museum will come up as an underground facility in the premises of the national police memorial in Chanakyapuri area of the national capital.
  • The museum is expected to be inaugurated on October 21 (Police Commemoration Day) at the hands of either Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

22. India’s first lithium ion cell factory to come up in Andhra Pradesh

Munoth Industries Limited will set up India’s first lithium ion cell production project by investing Rs 799 crore in three phases in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.

  • It will provide a trigger for enabling mobile component manufacturing in India that will also lead to value addition in overall mobile phone manufacturing.
  • In the first phase, Rs 165 crore will be invested to produce li ion cells having total storage capacity of 200,000 Ah (Ampere hour) per day.

23. Grand Finale of the First Hardware edition of Smart India Hackathon 2018

The Ministry of  HRD along with AICTE, Persistent Systems, i4C and IIT Kharagpur is all set to host the Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon 2018 – Hardware edition from Jun 18-22, 2018.

  • This was disclosed by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar.
  • He said that the Smart India Hackathon 2018 is in line with the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and is proving to be an important vehicle for scouting new ideas and help them convert them into products and businesses.

24. Shri Piyush Goyal launches “Rail Madad”

Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways & Coal launched a new App “Rail Madad” – An App to expedite &  streamline passenger grievance redressal.

  • RPGRAMS (Railway Passenger Grievance Redressal and Management System),which has been developed by Northern Railway (Delhi Division) and comprises many novel features including ‘Rail Madad’ – a  mobile App  to register complaints by passengers through mobile phone/web.
  • It relays real time feedback to passengers on the status of redressal of their complaints.

25. Union Steel Minister dedicates to nation rebuilt Blast Furnace-1 of Rourkela Steel Plant

The Union Minister of Steel, Chaudhary Birender Singh dedicated the rebuilt Blast Furnace-1 ‘Parvati’ of SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) to the Nation.

  • Parvati is the first Blast Furnace of SAIL that was dedicated to the nation on 3rd February 1959 by the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.
  • The Blast Furnace was put down on 6th August 2013 for total rebuilding. Although erected on the old foundation, the rebuilt furnace equipped with superior technology has a higher production capacity.
  • With the rebuilding, the annual production capacity, of the furnace has increased from 0.438 Million tonnes (MT) to 1.015 MT.

26. India-Nepal Joint Ex SURYA KIRAN-XIII

Exercise SURYA KIRAN-XIII, a joint military training exercise between India & Nepal culminated at Pithoragarh, wherein the troops of both Armies participated in 14-day long joint training based on counter terrorist operations.

  • The training culminated with a 72-hour outdoor exercise in which troops of both contingents carried out a Cordon and Search Operation in a mock counter-insurgency village.

27. Ten new Swachh Iconic Places launched under Swachh Bharat Mission

Ten new iconic sites, namely, RaghavendraSwamy Temple (Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh); Hazardwari Palace (Murshidabad, West Bengal); Brahma Sarovar Temple (Kurukshetra, Haryana); VidurKuti (Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh); Mana village (Chamoli, Uttarakhand); Pangong Lake (Leh-Ladakh, J&K); Nagvasuki Temple (Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh); ImaKeithal/market (Imphal, Manipur); Sabarimala Temple (Kerala); and Kanvashram (Uttarakhand) have been taken up under Phase III of the flagship project Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) of the Swachh Bharat Mission.

  • The project envisioned by the Prime Minister is being coordinated by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation with the support of State governments and local administration.
  • The consultation is in process for finalising the PSUs/corporates for extending support to new sites as CSR partners.
  • These new sites have joined the 20 iconic places under Phase I & II where special Sanitation work is already underway.

28. 3,000 Additional Atal Tinkering Labs Announced

NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has selected 3,000 additional schools for the establishment of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs), bringing the total number of ATL schools to 5,441.

  • The selected schools shall receive a grant of Rs 20 lakh spread over the next five years to establish Atal Tinkering Labs for nurturing innovation and entrepreneurial spirit among secondary school children across India.
  • ATLs will soon be established in every district of India, seeking to enable an innovation ecosystem, which will facilitate transformational change in technological innovation and pedagogy.

29. India to host first BIMSTEC Military Exercise in September

India will host the first military exercise of the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) group focussing on counter-terrorism in September.

  • As part of this, a conclave of the Army chiefs of all seven member-states is being planned.
  • The exercise is scheduled to be held in Pune in the second week of September.
  • BIMSTEC was set up in 1997 and includes India, Bangladesh, Bhutan Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

30. Cabinet approves Repositioning of North Eastern Council

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal of Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) for the nomination of the Union Home Minister as ex-officio Chairman of North Eastern Council (NEC) – a statutory body with Governors and Chief Ministers of all the eight North Eastern States as its Member.

  • The Cabinet also approved that Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of DoNER would serve as Vice Chairman of the Council.
  • NEC implements various projects through the State and Central agencies. Under the new arrangement with Home Minister as Chairman and Minister of DoNER as Vice Chairman, NEC and all the Governors and Chief Ministers of North Eastern States as Member would provide a forum for discussing inter-state matters more comprehensively and also consider common approaches to be taken in future.

31. Cabinet approves proposal for withdrawal of Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for withdrawal of Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013 pending in the Rajya Sabha.

  • The Nalanda University was established on the basis of a Joint Press Statement at the 4th East Asia Summit held in Thailand in October, 2009, which supported its establishment as a non-state, non-profit, secular and self-governing international institution. Subsequently, the Nalanda University Act, 2010 was passed by the Parliament and came into effect from 25thNovember 2010.
  • The present proposal is for moving a motion in Rajya Sabha withdrawing the Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013 introduced in Rajya Sabha on August 26, 2013 to amend certain existing provisions of the Nalanda University Act, 2010 and add some new provisions.

32. Cabinet approves ‘Three Year Action Plan of Agricultural Education Division & ICAR Institutes

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the continuation of the Three Year Action Plan (2017-2020) of the scheme for Agricultural Education Division and ICAR Institutes with an outlay of Rs.2225.46 crore[Rs. 2197.51 crore + Rs. 27.95 crore (State share) as salary component for AICRP-HS]for strengthening and developing higher agricultural education in India.

It comprises of:

  • “Strengthening and Development of Higher Agricultural Education in India – Rs. Rs.2050.00 crore;
  • ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) – Rs. 24.25 crore and
  • ICAR – Central Institute of Women in Agriculture (CIWA) including All India Coordinated Research Project on Home Science (AICRP-HS) – Rs.151.21 crore.

33. Raksha Mantri Inaugurates BEL representative office in Vietnam

Raksha Mantri, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the first Representative Office of Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) in Hanoi, Vietnam.

  • BEL, India’s leading defence electronics company, is fast expanding its global presence, putting its best foot forward to give a thrust to exports worldwide, especially South East Asian countries such as the Republic of Union of Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines.
  • The Representative Office will aim to promote BEL’s exports in areas such as Weapon Systems, Radar Systems, Naval Systems, Military Communication Systems, Electronic Warfare Systems, Combat Management System and Coastal Surveillance System.

34. 10th Meeting of Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis

Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare inaugurated the 10th meeting of Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GAELF).

  • During his inaugural address, Shri Nadda said that India as a Global leader is committed to eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) transmission and disease burden so that our future generations are free from Lymphatic Filariasis.
  • He further stated that India will always welcome newer initiatives and research to translate into the Filariasis elimination programme.
  • At the event, Shri Nadda also gave away the GAELF awards to 11 countries- Cambodia, Cook Islands, Egypt, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Niue, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Togo, Tonga and Vanuatu, for successfully interrupting the transmission.
  • The Union Health Minister also released the Accelerated Plan for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) 2018 for India.

35. Cashless Ticketing through ‘Utsonmobile’ app developed by CRIS

Continuing towards digitalization and moving towards becoming a cashless economy, the initiative of faster and more techno-advanced transactions in Indian Railways is being taken up, the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) has developed a mobile based application ‘utsonmobile’.

  • The ‘utsonmobile’ application enables booking and cancellation of unreserved tickets, issue and renewal of season and platform tickets, check and load R-wallet balance and helps maintain user profile management and booking history.

36. Thawarchand Gehlot chairs ‘3rd Meeting of National Council of Senior Citizens’

Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment chaired the “3rd Meeting of National Council of Senior Citizens(NCSrC)” convened by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

  • Addressing on the occasion, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot said that the government is committed to the welfare of senior citizens and several new initiatives have been taken during past four years.
  • The NCSrC advises Central and State Governments on the entire gamut of issues related to welfare of senior citizens and enhancement of their quality of life.
  • The NCSrC meets at least twice a year. Its first meeting was held on 30th August, 2016 and the second meeting was held on 19th June 2017.

37. NITI Aayog to launch Composite Water Management Index

The objective of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas can be fully achieved once the benefits of the interventions reach the last mile.

  • As a step beyond measurement of outcomes, NITI Aayog has come out with various indices that not only fulfills its mandate of cooperative and competitive federalism but also challenges States and Union Territories (UTs) them to meet the aspirations of the new India.
  • Furthering this mandate, NITI Aayog has come up with the Composite Water Management Index as a useful tool to assess and improve the performance in efficient management of water resources.
  • This index is an attempt to inspire States and UTs towards efficient and optimal utilization of water, and recycling thereof with a sense of urgency.

38. Piyush Goyal dedicates NLCIL’s Three 100 MW Solar Power Projects to the Nation

The Union Minister for Railways, Coal, Finance & Company Affairs, Shri Piyush Goyal has inaugurated Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLCIL)’s three 100 MW Solar Power Projects for commercial operation and dedicated these projects to the Nation .

  • The Solar Power projects situated at Thoppalaakkarai and Sethupuram in Virudhunagar District and Sellaiya Sezhiyanallur in Tirunelveli District, with an installed capacity of 100 MW each, were erected at a cost of Rs.1300 Crores, which includes Operation & Maintenance cost for 15 Years.
  • The power produced from these units will be given to Tamilnadu Power Generation and Distribution Company (TANGEDCO) at a cost of Rs.4.41/- per unit.

39. Swajal Launched in 115 Aspirational Districts of India

A National Consultation on the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) and Swajal was held in the Capital to discuss the reforms needed in NRDWP and to outline a road map for the Swajal scheme.

  • The consultation was chaired by the Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Sushri Uma Bharti.
  • Ministers-in-charge of Drinking Water from 13 States, including Assam, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, attended the consultation and gave their views on the reforms needed in the ongoing Centrally-sponsored drinking water schemes being implemented in the respective states.

40. 20 States sign MoU for implementing Ayushman Bharat –AB-NHPM

Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare exchanged the Memorandum of Understanding with the State Health Ministers of 20 States marking their commitment towards the launch of the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) at a Health Ministers conclave.

  • Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Smt. Anupriya Patel, Ministers of State for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog, Dr. Vinod Paul, Member Health, NITI Aayog, Smt Preeti Sudan, Secretary (Health) and Shri Indu Bhushan, CEO, AB-NHPM, were also were also present at the function.
  • Shri J P Nadda further stated that AB-NHPM will protect around 50 crore people (from about 10 crore families).

41. Integrated Command and Control Centre of Naya Raipur Smart City inaugurated by PM

The Integrated Command and Control Centre of the Naya Raipur Smart City was inaugurated by Prime Minster Narendra Modi.

  • Sh. Hardeep Puri, MoS(I/C), Housing and Urban Affairs and Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh were also present on the occasion.
  • Integrated Command & Control Centre of Naya Raipur becomes the 10th Smart City Centre to be operational in the country.
  • Under the ambitious Smart City Mission, Integrated Command & Control Centres in 9 cities had already become operational in the cities of are Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Pune, Nagpur, Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, Bhopal and Kakinada.

42. National Tribal Museum proposed to be set up at Delhi

A National Tribal Museum along with a National Level Tribal Research Institute is proposed to be set up at Delhi by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

  • Briefing media persons on four years of initiatives and achievements of the Tribal Affairs Ministry, the Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Jual Oram said that the Museum will showcase the rich tribal culture and heritage using state-of-the-art technologies.
  • The proposal to set up the Museum and TRI has already been sent to the Niti Ayog.
  • As per the announcement made by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in his Independence Day Speech on 15th August, 2016, MoTA is setting up six Tribal Freedom Fighters Memorials including two of national importance ie. Narmada (Gujarat) and Birsa Munda Central Jail (Ranchi), the Minister disclosed.

43. Release of the Report on the Composite Water Management Index

As a step further in direction and keeping in view the criticality of water for life, NITI Aayog has prepared a report on Composite Water Management Index (CWMI).

  • The report released today ranks Gujarat as number one in the reference year (2016-17), followed by Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
  • In North Eastern and Himalayan States, Tripura has been adjudged number 1 in 2016-17 followed by Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Assam.
  • In terms of incremental change in index (over 2015-16 level), Rajasthan holds number one position in general States and Tripura ranks at first position amongst North Eastern and Himalayan States.
  • NITI Aayog proposes to publish these ranks on an annual basis in future.

44. Andhra Pradesh, Singapore sign pacts for Amaravati development

The state government of Andhra Pradesh and Singapore has signed several pacts for the development of a start-up area (1,691 acres) in the new capital, Amaravati, to transform it into a world-class city.

  • Under the agreement, the land would be handed over in three phases – 660 acres in the first phase – to the Singapore companies for infrastructure development and other promotional activities.

45. World Bank forecasts 7.3 per cent growth for India

The World Bank has forecast a growth rate of 7.3 per cent for India this year and 7.5 per cent for the next two years, making it the fastest growing country among major emerging economies.

  • A top World Bank official said India’s economy is robust, resilient and has potential to deliver sustained growth.
  • It said that growth in South Asia is projected to strengthen to 6.9 per cent in 2018.

46. Banks to set up dedicated mechanism to address stress assets

The government of India has set up a committee under Punjab National Bank non-executive chairman Sunil Mehta to consider the establishment of an asset reconstruction company to help resolve the bad loan burden.

  • Others on the committee include State Bank of India chairman Rajnish Kumar and Bank of Baroda managing director PS Jayakumar.

47. India gives Rs 99 million to Nepal for installing shallow tube wells

India has extended a financial aid of Rs 99 million to Nepal for the construction of 2,700 shallow tube well irrigation systems in 12 districts of the country’s southern Terai region to boost agricultural productivity.

  • The assistance has been extended as part of the final payment for the Nepal-Bharat Maitri Irrigation Project, which was launched in January last year to boost growth to the Himalayan nation’s agricultural sector through enhanced facilities.
  • India’s Ambassador to Nepal, Manjeev Singh Puri, handed over a cheque of 99.21 million Nepalese Rs to the country’s Energy Secretary, Sanjay Sharma.

48. Maharashtra Inks MoU with Canada’s Quebec Province for Greater Economic Cooperation

The Maharashtra government and Canada’s Quebec province have signed a pact to increase the economic cooperation, specially in areas of information technology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and welfare of the tribal community.

  • The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect with was signed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard  during his week-long tour to the US and Canada.

49. West Bengal Governor KN Tripathi to Hold Additional Charge of Tripura

West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi was given the additional charge of Tripura, according to a statement issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

  • The President of India has appointed Keshari Nath Tripathi to discharge the functions of the Governor of Tripura, in addition to his own duties, during the absence on leave of Tathagata Roy.

50. Bandhan Bank appoints H R Khan as chairman

Bandhan Bank said its board has appointed H R Khan, a former RBI deputy governor, as non-executive chairman.

  • The board of directors of the bank at its meeting appointed Harun Rasid Khan as the non-executive, part time chairman of the bank.
  • Khan’s appointment will be for a period of three years with effect from June 5, 2018.

51. U.N. Security Council elects five members for two-year term

The United Nations General Assembly voted to elect Germany, Belgium, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Indonesia for a two-year term in the Security Council starting on Jan. 1, 2019.

  • The five members giving up their seat at the end of this year are the Netherlands, Sweden, Ethiopia, Bolivia and Kazakhstan.

52. Arvind Saxena appointed acting UPSC chief

UPSC member Arvind Saxena has been appointed as the acting chairman of the commission from June 20, a government order said.

  • Saxena, a 1978-batch Indian Postal Service officer, will take over the charge from incumbent Vinay Mittal who completes his term at the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on June 19.

53. Appointment of Vigilance Commissioner

Shri Sharad Kumar (Indian Police Service, Retd., HY:1979) has been appointed as the Vigilance Commissioner in the Central Vigilance Commission, New Delhi.

  • His appointment will be for a term of four years from the date on which he enters upon his office, or till he attains the age of sixty five years, whichever is earlier.

54. Deepak Raj Joshee recommended as new CJ of Nepal

The Constitutional Council (CC) has recommended Acting Chief Justice Deeepak Raj Joshee as new Chief Justice (CJ) of the Nepalese Supreme Court (SC).

  • Joshee has been working as the Acting CJ after then CJ Gopal Parajuli resigned from his post on March 15, 2018.

55. S Ramesh appointed CBIC chairman

Senior bureaucrat S Ramesh was appointed as chairman of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC).

  • Ramesh, a 1981 batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (customs and central excise), is at present member in the CBIC, an apex policy making body for indirect taxes.
  • He will take over charge from incumbent Vanaja N Sarna who completes her term this month-end.

56. Rana Kapoor re-appointed MD & CEO for Yes Bank

Yes Bank shareholders have approved the re-appointment of Rana Kapoor as the bank’s chief executive officer and managing director for a period of three years.

  • The AGM also approved the appointment of Subhash Chander Kalia and Ajai Kumar as non-executive non-independent directors.

57. Dr. Inder Jit Singh assumes charge as Secretary, Ministry of Coal

Dr. Inder Jit Singh, (KL:1985) assumed charge as Secretary, Ministry of Coal at  Shastri Bhawan office, New Delhi.

  • Dr. Inder Jit Singh took over the charge of Secretary which fell vacant after superannuation of Shri Susheel Kumar (IAS:1982:UP) on April 30 this year.
  • In the interim, Secretary Mines, Shri Anil G Mukhim (IAS:1985:GJ) had been holding additional charge as Secretary, Coal.

58. Virat Kohli to get cricketer of the year award at BCCI annual awards

The Board of cricket control in India (BCCI) has announced its annual awards for the previous two seasons.

The award winners for 2016-17 season:

  • COL. C.K. NAYUDU LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Late Mr. Pankaj Roy (posthumously)
  • BCCI LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR WOMEN: Diana Edulji (DECLINED)
  • BCCI SPECIAL AWARD: Abbas Ali Baig and Late Naren Tamhane
  • POLLY UMRIGAR AWARD: Virat Kohli
  • BEST INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER (WOMEN): Harmanpreet Kaur
  • LALA AMARNATH AWARD FOR THE BEST ALL-ROUNDER IN THE RANJI TROPHY: Parvez Rasool of Jammu and Kashmir
  • LALA AMARNATH AWARD FOR THE BEST ALL-ROUNDER IN DOMESTIC LIMITED-OVERS COMPETITIONS, 2016-17: Krunal Pandya
  • MADHAVRAO SCINDIA AWARD (HIGHEST SCORER IN THE RANJI TROPHY IN 2016-17): Priyank K Panchal of Gujarat.
  • MADHAVRAO SCINDIA AWARD (HIGHEST WICKET-TAKER IN THE RANJI TROPHY IN 2016-17): Shahbaz Nadeem of Jharkhand
  • M.A. CHIDAMBARAM TROPHY (HIGHEST SCORER IN (U23) COL. C K NAYUDU TROPHY IN 2016-17): Ekant C Sen of Himachal
  • M.A. CHIDAMBARAM TROPHY (HIGHEST WICKET-TAKER IN (U23) COL. C K NAYUDU TROPHY IN 2016-17): Karan Kaila of Punjab
  • M.A. CHIDAMBARAM TROPHY (HIGHEST SCORER IN (U19) COOCH BEHAR TROPHY IN 2016-17): Jonty Sidhu of Delhi
  • M.A. CHIDAMBARAM TROPHY (HIGHEST WICKET-TAKER IN (U19) COOCH BEHAR TROPHY IN 2016-17): Rahul Singh of Assam
  • JAGMOHAN DALMIYA TROPHY (HIGHEST SCORER IN (U16) VIJAY MERCHANT TROPHY IN 2016-17): N Thakur Tilak Varma of Hyderabad
  • JAGMOHAN DALMIYA TROPHY (HIGHEST WICKET-TAKER IN (U16) VIJAY MERCHANT TROPHY IN 2016-17): Rohit Dattatraya of Vidarbha C A
  • JAGMOHAN DALMIYA TROPHY (BEST WOMAN CRICKETER OF 2016-17): Punam Raut

AWARD WINNERS OF 2017-18:

  • COL. C.K. NAYUDU LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Anshuman Gaekwad
  • BCCI LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR WOMEN: Sudha Shah
  • BCCI SPECIAL AWARD: Late Mr. Budhi Kunderan
  • POLLY UMRIGAR AWARD: Virat Kohli
  • BEST INTERNATIONAL CRICKETER (WOMEN): Smriti Mandhana
  • LALA AMARNATH AWARD FOR THE BEST ALL-ROUNDER IN THE RANJI TROPHY, 2017-18: Jalaj Saxena of Kerala
  • LALA AMARNATH AWARD FOR THE BEST ALL-ROUNDER IN DOMESTIC LIMITED-OVERS COMPETITIONS, 2017-18: Diwesh Pathani of SSCB
  • MADHAVRAO SCINDIA AWARD (HIGHEST SCORER IN THE RANJI TROPHY IN 2017-18): Mayank Agarwal of Karnataka
  • MADHAVRAO SCINDIA AWARD (HIGHEST WICKET-TAKER IN THE RANJI TROPHY IN 2017-18): Jalaj Saxena of Kerala
  • M.A. CHIDAMBARAM TROPHY (HIGHEST SCORER IN (U23) COL. C K NAYUDU TROPHY IN 2017-18): Aryaman Birla of Madhya Pradesh
  • M.A. CHIDAMBARAM TROPHY (HIGHEST WICKET-TAKER IN (U23) COL. C K NAYUDU TROPHY IN 2017-18): Tejas Baroka of Delhi
  • M.A. CHIDAMBARAM TROPHY (HIGHEST SCORER IN (U19) COOCH BEHAR TROPHY IN 2017-18): Y V Rathod of Vidarbha
  • M.A. CHIDAMBARAM TROPHY (HIGHEST WICKET-TAKER IN (U19) COOCH BEHAR TROPHY IN 2017-18): Ayush S Jamwal of Himachal Pradesh
  • JAGMOHAN DALMIYA TROPHY (HIGHEST SCORER IN (U16) VIJAY MERCHANT TROPHY IN 2017-18): K Nithish Kumar Reddy of Andhra
  • JAGMOHAN DALMIYA TROPHY (HIGHEST WICKET-TAKER IN (U16) VIJAY MERCHANT TROPHY IN 2017-18): Reshu Raj of Bihar
  • JAGMOHAN DALMIYA TROPHY (BEST WOMAN CRICKETER OF 2017-18): Deepti Sharma.

59. Anupam Kher to be given Lifetime Achievement honour at upcoming IIFA awards

Veteran film actor Anupam Kher will be given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement honour at the upcoming International Indian Film Academy awards ceremony in Bangkok.

  • He will be presented with the honour on June 24 at the 19th edition of IIFA.
  • The 63-year-old actor, has worked in over 500 films spanning across languages along with projects both in India and abroad for over three decades.

60. Kamila Shamsie’s “Home Fire” wins 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction

Renowned British Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie’s book “Home Fire” has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, 2018.

  • The book, was also in the race for last year’s Man Booker Prize, is a contemporary reimagination of Sophocles’ “Antigone”.

61. Sulabh founder bags Nikkei Asia Prize

Noted social reformer and founder of Sulabh International Bindeshwar Pathak was honoured with Japan’s prestigious ‘Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture and Community’.

  • The award honours people in Asia who have made significant contributions in one of the three areas: regional growth; science, technology and innovation; and culture and community.
  • Former PM Manmohan Singh and Infosys Chairman Narayan Murti are among the few Indians who have won the prize in the past.

62. 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.

63. Halep beats Stephens to win maiden Grand Slam title

Romanian Simona Halep beat Sloane Stephens of US 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win the French Open, which is her first Grand Slam title.

  • Halep became the second Romanian woman to win a Grand Slam singles trophy after Virginia Ruzici.
  • This was Halep’s fourth major final and has lost all three in the past, including two at Roland Garros.

64. French Open 2018: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win 11th title

World number one Rafael Nadal won an 11th French Open title by beating Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets.

  • Nadal, 32, won 6-4 6-3 6-2 to earn his 17th Grand Slam, three adrift of Roger Federer’s all-time men’s record.
  • Nadal is the only second player in history to win the same Grand Slam on 11 occasions after Margaret Court, who won 11 Australian Open titles between 1960 and 1973.

65. Bangladesh beat India to lift maiden Women’s Asia Cup T20 title

Bangladesh stunned India by three wickets in a last-ball finish to win their maiden Women’s Asia Cup T20 title at the Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur.

  • Chasing 113, Bangladesh reached the target off the final delivery to record a historic title win over the defending champions India.
  • Thus, India’s run of six straight Asia Cup titles  came to an end with Bangladesh claiming their first ever.

66. India beat Kenya to win Intercontinental Cup

Indian captain Sunil Chhetri scored a brace to put himself on par with Lionel Messi and lead the home side to Intercontinental Cup title triumph with a 2-0 win over Kenya in the summit clash.

  • Playing in his 102nd international match, Chhetri struck in the eighth and 29th minutes to hand a dominant India the trophy.
  • Chhetri is now on par with Argentine superstar Messi with 64 strikes for the country to be the joint second highest international goal scorer among active players.

67. Vettel wins Canadian GP

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel dominated the Canadian Grand Prix to retake the championship lead as Lewis Hamilton could finish only fifth for Mercedes.

  • Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas finished second.
  • Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took third after a valiant but unsuccessful attempt to pass Bottas.

68. Former Union Minister and Congress leader LP Shahi dead at 98

Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister L.P. Shahi died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He was 98.

  • He became MP from Muzaffarpur in 1984 and later served as the Education and Culture Minister.

69. Legendary Brazilian tennis player, Maria Bueno, dies

Maria Bueno, the Brazilian “queen” of tennis, who won three Wimbledon and four US championship singles titles, died in Sao Paulo at age 78, the hospital where she was being treated said.

  • Known for her stylishness and her exciting way of playing, she was the first South American woman to win the Wimbledon singles title.
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