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Current Affairs June 17 and 18, 2018

1. June 17- World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

  • The World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) is observed every year on 17 June to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification.
  • The Day was declared by United Nations General Assembly in 1994. Many countries, groups and individuals celebrate and observe WDCD by organizing a variety of outreach activities and awareness raising events.
  • The theme of World Day to Combat Desertification 2018 is- “Land has true value – invest in".

2. Maharashtra government and Quebec signed pact

  • Maharashtra government and Canada’s Quebec province signed an agreement to raise economic cooperation especially in areas like information technology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and welfare of tribal community.
  • Devendra Fadnavis (Chief Minister of Maharashtra) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Philippe Couillard (Prime Minister of Quebec province of Canada).
  • CM also met Pierre Beaudoin, chairman of Board Corporate office of Bombardier Inc, a multinational aerospace and Transportation Company.

3. Nepal and China to sign deal for three oil depots

  • An agreement on building oil storage depots at three locations in Nepal with Chinese assistance is expected to be signed during Nepali Prime Minister KP Oli's visit to China.
  • According to the agreement, building oil storage depots would have combined capacity of 110,000 kilo litre. The building of oil storage facilities with Chinese assistance is a part of implementing agreements reached between two sides in March 2016.
  • The construction of this project is expected to be completed by mid 2019.

4. Tripura launched 24×7 Mobile Policing Service

  • Tripura government has launched GPS (Global Positioning System) and wireless-based 24×7 ‘mobile policing’ service to restrict crime especially against women.
  • With launch of this service, people won’t need to go to police and police would go to the spot within a few minutes to deal with situation.
  • It would save time and physical involvement.

5. Reliance investing in first carbon fibre unit of India

  • Reliance Industries Ltd. is investing in setting up India’s first carbon fibre manufacturing unit to fulfil aerospace and defence needs.
  • It will make low-cost and high-volume composite products like modular toilets, homes and composites for windmill blades and rotor blades. Reliance has developed capabilities for 3D printing of wide-range of plastic and metals products.
  • Carbon fibre is made by heating lengths of rayon to extremely high temperatures in oxygen-deprived oven.

6. Muthoot Fincorp Limited announced its partnership with NSDC

  • Muthoot Fincorp Limited has announced its partnership with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to train over 10,000 youth over next three years and make them job ready.
  • With partnership, Muthoot Fincorp declares to become the first major private sector player to partner with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to launch Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY-2) programme.
  • NSDC has approved a target of 3,000 candidates in first year and 3,500 each in the subsequent two years.

7. Union Cabinet approved proposal for introduction of Dam Safety Bill 2018

  • Union Cabinet (chaired by PM Narendra Modi) approved the proposal for introduction of Dam Safety Bill, 2018 in Parliament which will help states and union territories to adopt uniform safety procedures to ensure safety of reservoirs.
  • The bill seeks to constitute a national committee on dam safety which shall evolve safety policies and recommend necessary regulations.
  • There are over 5,200 large dams in India and about 450 are under construction. In addition, there are thousands of medium and small dams. Lack of legal and institutional architecture for dam safety in India has been an issue of concern.

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8. India and Nepal To Have Four New Air Gateways

  • India has agreed to open four new air entry points to Nepal in eastern and western parts of the country facilitate movement of international traffic.
  • The four routes that India agreed to make bidirectional are Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Dhaka, Kathmandu-Janakpur-Kolkata, Kathmandu-Janakpur-Patna and Kathmandu-Mahendranagar-Delhi.
  • This move is aimed at facilitating plan of Buddha Air and other Nepali private carriers to connect New Delhi, India from Nepalgunj.

9. “School Chale Hum Abhiyan 2018” launched in Bhopal

  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister) inaugurated the ‘School Chale Hum Abhiyan 2018’ in Bhopal.
  • The main purpose of this scheme is that no child should be deprived of schooling. Vijay Shah (Cabinet Minister for School Education), who was also present at the event, urged every person to send one underprivileged poor kid to school.
  • The CM also rewarded students of various schools with cash prizes at a function.

10. Karnataka Bank unveiled ‘Deposit Only Card’

  • Karnataka Bank Ltd has launched a novel card variant ‘KBL-Deposit Only Card’ that allow hassle-free cash deposit transactions at bank’s 24X7 e-lobby services.
  • This card is specially meant for the Bank’s Current/Overdraft customers. By using this card customers can perform card based cash deposit transactions even with higher deposit limit at Bank's Bunch Note Acceptor (BNA) / Cash Recycler kiosks.
  • The limit for the cash deposit a day is Rs 10 lakh.

11. NABARD released book- ‘Water productivity mapping of major Indian crops’

  • Nitin Gadkari (Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation) released a book named “Water Productivity Mapping of Important Agricultural Crops of India” at an event held in New Delhi.
  • The book is based on a study of 10 important crops. The 10 important crops include rice, wheat, maize, pulses, oilseeds, sugarcane, cotton and potato etc.
  • The book is based on the study conducted for NABARD by Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER).

12. National Tribal Museum to be built at Delhi

  • National Tribal Museum along with National Level Tribal Research Institute is proposed to be set up at Delhi by Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
  • The Museum will showcase rich tribal culture and heritage using state-of-the-art technologies.
  • The proposal to set up this Museum has already been sent to Niti Ayog. The Centre is sanctioning Rs 16 crore for the purpose.

13. New Incredible India website launched by Tourism Ministry

  • Shri K.J. Alphons (Minister of State for Tourism) launched new Incredible India website to project India as a “must-visit” destination.
  • The website showcases India as a holistic destination revolving around major experiences such as spirituality, heritage, adventure, culture, yoga, wellness and more. The website is aesthetically designed to enable easy dissemination of a large amount of information.
  • The website has many useful features to make it more interactive and to provide a deeper engagement to the travelers visiting the website.

14. Veteran journalist Adiraju Venkateswara Rao passed away

  • Senior journalist and writer Adiraju Venkateswara Rao passed away in Hyderabad.
  • 79-year-old Rao has worked for several Telugu and English news agencies including Andhra Jyothi Udayam Deccan Chronicle, Indian Express, Himachal Times and Hindustan Samachar at Hyderabad and Delhi.
  • He played an active role in the separate Telangana agitation in 1969 and state government honoured him during Telangana formation day celebrations.
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Weekly Current Affairs 10 June to 16 June, 2018 PDF

We are sharing Weekly Current Affairs 10 June - 16 June, 2018 (English Edition). This file of Weekly Current Affairs is a collection of important news and events that occurred in the week 10 June - 16 June, 2018. These News are highly important for various competitive exams and interviews.
We have Covered all the given important heads:
  • National News
  • International News andamp; Foreign Affairs
  • Banking
  • New Appointments
  • Defence andamp; Science
  • Important Days
  • Sports
  • Awards
  • Obituaries

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Weekly Current Affairs in Hindi 10 June to 16 June, 2018 PDF

हम साप्ताहिक वर्तमान घटनाएं 10 जून - 16 जून, 2018 (हिंदी संस्करण) साझा कर रहे हैं। साप्ताहिक वर्तमान मामलों की यह फाइल महत्वपूर्ण समाचारों और घटनाओं का एक संग्रह है जो 10 जून - 16 जून, 2018 कोघटित हुई थी। ये खबर विभिन्न प्रतियोगी परीक्षाओं और साक्षात्कारों के लिए बेहद महत्वपूर्ण हैं।

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Current Affairs June 16, 2018

1. Gujarat tops Niti Aayog's Water Management Index

  • Nitin Gadkari (Minister for Water Resources) released Niti Aayog’s composite water management index (CWMI) report in New Delhi. Gujarat has topped the list while Jharkhand was adjudged as worst performer.
  • Gujarat is followed by Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra on the index. In north eastern and Himalayan states Tripura has been adjudged as top state in 2016-17 followed by Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Assam.
  • Niti Aayog has ranked the states through first of its kind index on composite water management comprising 9 broad sectors with 28 different indicators covering various aspects of ground water, restoration of water bodies, irrigation, farm practices, drinking water, policy and governance.

2. PM Modi inaugurated multiple developmental projects in Chhattisgarh

  • PM Narendra Modi is on visit to Chhattisgarh where he inaugurated several projects for Chhattisgarh worth thousands of crores of rupees. He dedicated modernised Bhilai steel plant to nation. He also took part in programmes in Naya Raipur (upcoming capital city of Chhattisgarh).
  • PM Modi inaugurated Integrated Command and Control Centre at Naya Raipur. He also inaugurated Raipur-Jagdalpur air service and laid foundation stone for new building of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhilai.

3. Conference on implementation of National Pension System by CABs held in Delhi

  • A conference on implementation of National Pension System (NPS) by Central Autonomous Bodies (CABs) was organized by Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) in New Delhi.
  • The main objective is to provide a forum to all Central Government Ministries andamp; Departments where progress in implementation of NPS with respect to subscriber coverage and services could be brought to the fore and a way forward could be provided. Senior officials from almost all the Ministries andamp; Departments attended the conference.
  • Satya Ranjan Prasad (Executive Director) emphasised the need for discipline of remitting of the subscriber contribution.

4. India will host European Union Film Festival from June 18

  • India will host the 23rd European Union Film Festival (EUFF) with selection of 24 latest European films from 23 EU Member States. The festival will premiere in New Delhi at Siri Fort Auditorium
  • This festival is organized by Directorate of Film Festivals under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in partnership with the delegation of the EU and embassies of EU member states.
  • Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting) will inaugurate this festival. It will traverse through 11 cities in India including New Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur, Hyderabad and Goa, besides others.

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5. PhonePe ties up with Ola

  • PhonePe (Flipkart-owned digital payments firm) has tied up with home-grown cab aggregator Ola.
  • The users will be able to book a cab by using micro-app built on its payments platform.
  • The company has gone live with three such micro-apps including redBus and Metro services.

6. Indian-American Dhivya Suryadevara to become CFO of General Motors

  • Indian-American woman, Dhivya Suryadevara (currently vice president of corporate finance) has been named Chief Finance Officer (CFO) of largest automaker of US, General Motors.
  • 39-year-old Suryadevara will succeed Chuck Stevens (General Motor’s present CFO) on September 1.
  • She was named vice president of corporate finance in July 2017, a job that included overseeing investor relations.

7. Dr. Inder Jit Singh appointed as Coal Secretary

  • Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has appointed Dr. Inder Jit Singh as coal secretary at Shastri Bhawan office, New Delhi.
  • 1985-batch Kerala cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Dr. Inder Jit Singh took over charge of Secretary which fell vacant after superannuation of Susheel Kumar.
  • Singh's appointment comes at a time when 25 coal-based power stations have low coal stock. In the interim, Secretary Mines, Anil G Mukhim had been holding additional charge as Secretary, Coal.
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Current Affairs June 15, 2018

1. June 14- World Blood Donor Day

  • 14 June is globally celebrated as World Blood Donor Day. This event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.
  • The main aim of this day is to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need.
  • The theme of World Blood Donor Day 2018 is- “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life”.

2. Cabinet approved NEC (North Eastern Council) Repositioning

  • Union Cabinet (chaired by PM Narendra Modi) has approved repositioning of North Eastern Council (NEC) making Union Home Minister as ex-officio chairman of council and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) minister
  • The Cabinet has also approved that Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of DoNER would serve as Vice Chairman of the Council.
  • North Eastern Council (NEC) is a statutory body with governors and chief ministers of all eight north eastern states as its member. It was set up under North Eastern Council Act, 1971 as an apex level body for securing balanced and coordinated development and facilitating coordination with states.

3. Cabinet approved withdrawal of Nalanda Amendment Bill, 2013

  • Union Cabinet (chaired by PM Narendra Modi) has approved a proposal to withdraw the Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013 pending in the Rajya Sabha.
  • Nalanda University was established on the basis of a Joint Press Statement at 4th East Asia Summit held in Thailand in October, 2009. Later, Nalanda University Act, 2010 was passed by Parliament and came into effect from November 25, 2010.
  • The present proposal is for moving a motion in Rajya Sabha withdrawing Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013 introduced in Rajya Sabha on August 26, 2013 to amend certain existing provisions of Nalanda University Act, 2010 and add some new provisions.

4. Cabinet approved 3-year Action Plan of Agricultural Education Division andamp; ICAR Institutes

  • Union Cabinet (chaired by PM Narendra Modi) approved continuation of Three Year Action Plan (2017-2020) of scheme for Agricultural Education Division and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Institutes with investment of Rs.2225.46 crore for strengthening and developing higher agricultural education in India.
  • This scheme has allotted Rs 2,050.00 crore for strengthening and development of higher agricultural education in India, Rs. 24.25 crore for ICAR- National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM) and Rs. 151.21 crore for ICAR - Central Institute of Women in Agriculture (CIWA) including All India Coordinated Research Project on Home Science.
  • The main purpose of this scheme is to generate quality human resources from the institutions.

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5. Bindeshwar Pathak honoured with Nikkei Asia Prize

  • 75-year-old Bindeshwar Pathak (Renowned Social reformer and founder of Sulabh International) has been honoured with Japan’s prestigious ‘Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture and Community’ for his significant work in tackling poor hygiene and discrimination.
  • Launched in 1996, this award honours people in Asia who have made significant contributions in regional growth, science, technology and innovation, and culture and community
  • Manmohan Singh (Former Prime Minister) and Narayan Murthy (Infosys Chairman) are among the few Indians who have won this prize.

6. MoU between the ICMR and INSERM, France

  • Union Cabinet (chaired by PM Narendra Modi) has been apprised of a MoU which was signed in March, 2018 between the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and INSERM (only public research organization in France entirely dedicated to human health), France.
  • This MoU aims at cooperation in areas of common interest within medical, life sciences and health research fields.
  • The scientific excellence on two sides will help to successfully work on health research in specified areas.

7. Jammu and Kashmir to get two women battalions

  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has approved raising of two women battalions of Jammu and Kashmir State police to enhance representation of women in State Police. One battalion each would be raised for Jammu region and Kashmir region.
  • 5 battalions of Indian Reserve Police and two women’s battalions of State police would be raised with 60% reservation for border residents.
  • 60% of posts would be kept reserved for women of 10 border districts- Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Poonch, Rajouri, Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara, Kargil and Leh.

8. Rana Kapoor re-appointed as MD andamp; CEO of Yes Bank for 3 years

  • Private sector lender YES Bank shareholders have approved re-appointment of Rana Kapoor as chief executive officer and managing director of bank for three years.
  • The decision was taken at 14th annual general meeting of shareholders of the bank.
  • The AGM also approved appointment of Subhash Chander Kalia and Ajai Kumar as non-executive non-independent directors of the bank.
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