Daily Current Affairs for Exams

21 Jun, 17

Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman appointed Crown Prince

  • Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, placing him firmly as first-in-line to the throne and removing the country’s counterterrorism czar and a figure well-known to Washington from the royal line of succession.
  • According to a royal decree, Mohammed bin Salman, 31, was also named deputy prime minister, and maintains his post as minister of defence.
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Government of India and the ADB Sign $275 Million Loan for Upgrading Urban Services and infrastructure in 64 Small Towns in Madhya Pradesh.

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $275 million loan on 19th June, 2017 for improving urban services in 64 small towns in the State of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Madhya Pradesh needs substantial investments to keep pace with rapid urbanization. Availability of continuous piped water supply is vital for improving the urban infrastructure, and it will facilitate improved access to safe drinking water for residents in the project area.
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Punjab Announced Free Education For Girls From Nursery To PhD next elections promise free Wi-FI for 13,000 primary schools and all 48 government colleges.

  • The Captain Amarinder Singh-led government in Punjab has announced free education for girls in government schools and colleges from Nursery to PhD.
  • Nursery and LKG classes will be reintroduced in government schools from next year.
  • Fulfilling another election promise Singh also announced free Wi-FI for 13,000 primary schools and all 48 government colleges.
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Meghalaya Govt signs two MoUs with SBI for digital transaction for GST.

  • Meghalaya government today signed two MoUs with the State Bank of India as a part of an initiative towards migrating government transactions to digital mode.
  • With implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), these MoUs are expected to give dealers and other citizens the desired platform for conducting financial transactions with the state government on a digital platform.
  • SBI CMP will help the state government to make its payments online and will reduce paper work and manual reconciliation of government transactions.
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India’s First Indigenously Built Floating Dock FDN-2 launched at the L&T Shipbuilding Yard at Kattupalli near Chennai goes on stream.

  • The country’s first indigenously built floating dock FDN-2 for the Indian Navy, was formally launched at the L&T Shipbuilding Yard at Kattupalli near Chennai.
  • The floating dock, awarded to Larsen and Toubro by the Ministry of Defence in May 2015, was to design and build at an order value of Rs. 468 crore.
  • The floating dock will be delivered to Indian Navy, Port Blair in the coming months after undergoing a series of “harbour trials”.
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International Yoga Day: 21 June 2017

  • Yoga in India is considered to be an around 5,000-year-old mental, physical and spiritual practice.
  • United Nations General Assembly declared 21st of June as International Yoga Day.
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20 Jun, 17

Predhiman Krishan Kaw, father of India’s nuclear fusion, dies

  • The father of India’s nuclear fusion reactor research programme, Padma Shri Prof Predhiman Krishan Kaw, died.
  • He was the founder director of Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar, an institute that catapulted India to being one among the seven member entities that is building the world’s largest fusion experiment — the US $ 14 billion International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER).
  • He was named the 2015 laureate of the Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Prize for “outstanding contributions” in the field of plasma physics.
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China plans to send mini-ecosystems to Moon containing potato seeds and silkworm eggs

  • In a first, China is planning to send mini-ecosystems – containing potato seeds and silkworm eggs – to the Moon next year, in an attempt to study how the organisms develop on the lunar surface.
  • The 3-kilogramme mini-ecosystem, developed by research teams led by Chongqing University in China, will be sent to the Moon by the Chang’e 4 scheduled to launch in 2018, authorities announced at the Global Space Exploration Conference.
  • An 18-centimetre-tall cylinder will carry potato seeds and silkworm eggs to be incubated.
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Lockheed Martin Signs Pact With Tata to Make F-16 Fighter Jets in India

  • US-based aerospace and defense manufacturing firm Lockheed Martin announced on Monday that it will partner with Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) to manufacture and export the F-16 Block 70 aircraft from India.
  • The F-16 Block 70 is ideally suited to meet the Indian Air Force’s single-engine fighter needs and this unmatched U.S.-Indian industry partnership directly supports India’s initiative to develop private aerospace and defense manufacturing capacity in India.
  • India’s air force needs hundreds of aircraft to replace its Soviet-era fleet, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has said foreign suppliers would have to make the planes in India with a local partner to help build a domestic industrial base and cut outright imports.
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Rural Development Ministry gives away 144 awards

  • The Rural Development Ministry today gave away 144 awards under various categories to states and other organisations.
  • Under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), Bihar was awarded for constructing the highest number of rural roads while Madhya Pradesh got the award for use of non- conventional construction material in constructing roads.
  • Haryana, Gujarat and Karnataka received a special prize for completing more than 95 per cent of their targets.
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Passport office, Cochin, awarded best passport office in the country

  • Regional Passport Office, Cochin, has won the award for the best passport office in India for the year 2016-17, amongst the big passport offices in the country that falls in category A.
  • This is for the fourth consecutive year that RPO Cochin is selected for the Passport Seva Puraskar constituted by the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • The second in this category is Jalandhar with 9.75 score and Ahmedabad at number three with 9.30 score.
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BankBazaar.com opens office in Malaysia Online financial services marketplace

  • BankBazaar today said it is beginning operations in Malaysia, strengthening its presence in South East Asia.
  • Further, to scale and steer its international operations, BankBazaar has appointed former Visa employee Vipin Kalra to lead the business growth internationally.
  • In line with this vision to expand its foothold across south east Asia, last month, BankBazaar announced an investment of Rs. 5 crore in the Malaysian market and an additional Rs. 10 crore in its Singapore business.
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Paytm Payments Bank set to join UPI platform by August.

  • Electronic payment and e-commerce portal, Paytm, will soon launch its payments bank on the unified payment interface. The launch will enable an easier transaction process for its customers and is reported to happen by August this year.
  • The Paytm Payments bank was introduced last month. In the first year alone, it targets to open 31 branches and 3,000 customer service points in a bid to attract 500 million customers by 2020.
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India win 6 medals in wushu at the BRICS Games.

  • The Indian wushu team bagged six medals, including two gold, at the BRICS Games.
  • They also won two silver and as many bronze medals.
  • Indian Wushu players gave tough competition to wushu strongholds China and Russia.
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Sarfraz Ahmed Named Captain Of ICC Team of Champions Trophy

  • Virat Kohli along with three Indians were named in the ICC Team of the Champions Trophy 2017, with Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed named its captain.
  • The ICC Team of the Champions Trophy 2017 includes seven players from the two finalists – India and Pakistan.
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AIIB Approves Argentina, Madagascar and Tonga as New Members

  • The board of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved the applications of Argentina, Madagascar and Tonga to be members.
  • The three prospective members will officially join once they complete the required domestic processes and deposit the first instalment of capital with the bank.
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Australia Announces Online Visa Application Facility For Indians starting from July 1.

  • The Australian government today announced that Indian nationals can apply for a visitor visa online starting July 1.
  • The online application option would make applying for the country’s visitor visas easier and enhance the experience for Indians.
  • There has been a significant increase in demand for Australian visas in India with the rising popularity of Australia as a holiday destination.
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114-year-old Taj Palace becomes first Indian building to get trademark

  • The iconic Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai has just got itself trademarked. This makes the 114-year-old building the first in the country to get such a registration.
  • The hotel, which has been a defining structure of Mumbai’s skyline, has joined the elite and small club of trademarked properties in the world which includes the Empire State Building in New York, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and Sydney Opera House.
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Centre Launches App For Sharing International Yoga Day Experience

  • Government today launched a mobile application via which people can share their experience about participating in yoga and related activities.
  • Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan launched the application, ‘Celebrating Yoga’.
  • The mobile application will help in capturing big events organised at public places, and schools and offices across the country on International Yoga Day on June 21.
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Anti-profiteering panel to levy penalty if businesses do not pass on the benefit of price reduction.

  • A five-member anti-profiteering authority will be set up to decide on levying penalty if businesses do not pass on the benefit of price reduction to consumers under the goods and services tax regime.
  • The authority, to be headed by a retired secretary-level officer, can take suo motu action, besides acting on complaints of profiteering.
  • The GST Council, chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising state finance ministers as members, today approved the anti-profiteering rules.
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Government Starts ‘Talent Hunt’ under National Mission on Cultural Mapping of India.

  • Minister of culture and tourism Mahesh Sharma on Saturday launched the National Mission on Cultural Mapping of India in the city.
  • Under the mission, the government will hold a “talent hunt” for artists of various genres and give them a platform to showcase their talent on the national stage.
  • Officials said that artists can register themselves on the cultural mapping portal, after which they will be given a unique ID.
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Government launches new Energy Conservation Building Code 2017

  • The government launched the Energy Conservation Building Code 2017 (ECBC) .
  • The updated version of code provides current as well as futuristic advancements in building technology to further reduce building energy consumption and promote low-carbon growth.
  • The earlier Energy Conservation Building Code has been adopted by 10 states in the country.
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India ratifies United Nations TIR (Transports Internationaux Routiers) Convention

  • India became the 71st country to ratify the United Nations TIR (Transports Internationaux Routiers) Convention, a move that will help boost trade through smoother movement of goods across territories.
  • The ratification is a part of India’s multi-modal transport strategy that aims to integrate the economy with global and regional production networks through better connectivity.
  • The TIR Convention will also facilitate India’s current national and multilateral connectivity-related initiatives to improve cross border road transport, facilitating overland trade integration with both eastern and western neighbours.
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Vedanta to set up steel plant in in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand with JSMDC

  • A steel plant would soon come up at Manoharpur in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand.
  • The Vedanta group and Jharkhand Mineral Development Corporation (JSMDC) would jointly set up the plant.
  • Claiming that investors were being attracted towards the mineral-rich state, the chief minister said that the state government had signed Rs 3 lakh crore worth of long-term and mid-term MoUs with the investors during the Momentum Jharkhand investors meet in February.
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Govt appointed Amitabh Bachchan to promote GST as a brand ambassador

  • The government has roped in Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan to promote Goods and Services Tax (GST), ahead of the sweeping tax reform’s implementation scheduled from July 1.
  • The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) will be making the 74-year-old Bachchan brand ambassador for GST.
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Punjab to get mohalla clinics, health insurance for all citizens

  • Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced his government’s decision to establish wellness mohalla (ward) clinics across the state.
  • Government had initiated the process of providing health insurance to all the citizens so that they can get quality healthcare facilities at affordable cost.
  • The government has given an incentive of 30% marks to PCMS doctors in the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for post-graduation.
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World Refugee Day: 20 June

  • On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees.
  • This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.
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19 Jun, 17

NASA’s James Webb space telescope to find signs of life in exoplanets

  • Finding signs of life on the earth-sized planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system and on Saturn’s moon Enceladus are among the science targets that NASA‘s James Webb space telescope has following its launch.
  • These specific observations are part of a program of Guaranteed Time Observations (GTO), which provides dedicated time to the scientists that helped design and build the telescope’s four instruments.
  • NASA recently announced the discovery of the first known system of seven Earth-sized exoplanets around a single star.
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