Jun Top Current Affairs: 25 June 2018
Nor Shamsiah appointed new BNM
Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus will be appointed as the Bank Nagara Malaysia (BNM) governor for a term of 05 years. She will replace Tan Sri Muhammad Ibrahim who resgen on June 2018.
Vasundhara Raje conferred with ‘CM of the year’ award
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was conferred the ‘Chief Minister of the Year’ award for her remarkable work in e-governance. The award was given at the 52nd Skoch Summit held in New Delhi.
Supreme Court notifies new roster for judges
• Following the retirement of Justice J. Chelameswar, the Supreme Court on June 24, 2018 notified a new roster for the allocation of cases to judges, which will come into effect from July 2, 2018.
• The Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra will hear all public interest litigation petitions, besides pleas on social justice, elections, habeas corpus and contempt of court.
• Justice Ranjan Gogoi, the senior most judge after the Chief Justice, will deal with labour laws, indirect taxes, personal law and company law cases.
• The notification lists the matters that will be heard by Benches headed by the CJI and 10 other judges — Gogoi, Lokur, Joseph, AK Sikri, SA Bobde, NV Ramana, Arun Mishra, AK Goel, RF Nariman and AM Sapre.
• The roster was put in the public domain for the first time in February 2018 after Justices Chelameswar, Gogoi, M.B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph held a press meeting in January 2018 questioning the allocation of sensitive petitions and crucial cases to judges junior to them.
IIFA 2018 Awards: ‘Tumhari Sulu’ best film, Irrfan Khan best actor
• Vidya Balan-starrer “Tumhari Sulu” won the Best Picture Award at the International Indian Film Academy Awards 2018 in Bangkok.
• Irfan Khan was adjudged the Best Actor for his role in the film “Hindi Medium”.
• Sridevi was posthumously awarded the Best Female Actor for “Mom”.
• The Best Director trophy was won by Saket Chowdhary for his film “Hindi Medium”.
• “Newton”, which was India’s official entry to Oscars this year, won the award for Best Story for director Masurkar.
• Anupam Kher, who has over 500 films to his credit, was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the ceremony.
• The award ceremony was held at Bangkok’s Siam Niramit theatre on June 24, 2018 and was hosted by director Karan Johar and actor Riteish Deshmukh.
President Tayyip Erdogan returns to power in Turkey
• President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a new five-year term after securing outright victory in the first round of Turkey’s Presidential poll.
• Erdogan received the absolute majority of all valid votes.
• With 99 percent of votes counted, Erdogan won 53 percent votes and his closest rival Muharrem Ince won 31 percent.
• The final results will be announced on June 29, 2018.
Love Sonia to open London Indian Film Festival
The 9th London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) began on June 2018 with the red-carpet world premiere of Hollywood-cum-Bollywood starrer “Love Sonia”, a film by the Oscar-nominated producer of “Life of Pi”, David Womark. The film is tale of two sisters forced into Mumbai’s sex trade, which stars Demi Moore, Freida Pinto, Manoj Bajpayee & Rajkummar Rao, will open this year’s line-up for the festival.
Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli visits China, signed agreements
Nepali Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli is on his first visit to China after assuming the charge as Prime Minister. China will build a railway connecting the western region of Tibet with Nepal, one of several bilateral deals signed during Oli’s visit to Beijing. The link will connect the Tibetan city of Xigaze with Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.
Sandeep Sejwal clinches gold
Indian swimmer Sandeep Sejwal clinched the gold medal in men’s 50 meter breaststroke event with a timing of 27:59 seconds at the Singapore National Swimming Championships in Singapore. Besides, Virdhawal Khade grabbed a silver medal in the 50 meter freestyle event with a timing of 22.68 seconds.
Archery World Cup: Deepika Kumari clinches gold medal
• In Archery, Deepika Kumari clinched a gold medal in the women’s recurve event at stage three of World Cup in Salt Lake City of the US.
• Deepika defeated Michelle Kroppen of Germany by 7-3.
• With this win, the four-time World Cup final silver medalist has automatically qualified for the Archery World Cup Final to be held in Samsun, Turkey in 2018.
• Tan Ya-Ting of Chinese Taipei won bronze medal after beating Gabriela Bayardo of the Netherlands in four set.
• In the medal standings, India finished fourth behind US, Colombia and Chinese Taipei with a gold, silver and bronze each in the penultimate stage of the World Cup.
NCST to organise National Seminar on Conservation of Particularly Vulnerable Tribes of Andaman & Nicobar Islands
• National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) will organise a National Seminar on “Conservation of Particularly Vulnerable Tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: The Way Forward” on June 27-28, 2018 at Kamaladevi Multipurpose Hall, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi.
• About 44 Ministries have been invited by the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes to present their strategies and approach towards vulnerable tribes in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
• This Seminar will be organised in collaboration with Anthropological Survey of India (AnSI) and Directors of 18 Tribal Research Institutes in different States have also been invited to deliberate on critical issues of.
• Vice Chancellors of six Universities including Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak will provide academic inputs on tribal groups.
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands are home to the most primitive tribal groups: Great Andamanese, Onge, Jarawa, Sentinelese, Nicobarese and Shompens.
Government to make 24 degrees celsius as default setting for air conditioners
• The Union Ministry of Power is considering making 24 degrees celsius as mandatory default setting and labeling of air conditioners within few months.
• This has been planned after six months campaign was launched to promote energy efficiency in the area of air-conditioning.
• The campaign was launched on voluntary basis to increase awareness and encourage consumers to adopt the guidelines.
• It will result in substantial energy savings and also reduce greenhouse gas emission.
• Every one degree increase in temperature of air-conditioner results in saving of 6 percent of electricity consumed.
• It will also result in savings of 20 billion units of electricity per year.
India is the largest borrower from AIIB
With the total project portfolios of US$4.4 Billion, India has been the largest borrower of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) lending since the time the Bank started its operations. Unlike most other multilateral development banks set up by advanced economies, AIIB is the first major multilateral development bank where principal contributors are the borrowing members themselves.
Prem Chopra honoured with living legend award
Veteran Bollywood actor Prem Chopra was honoured with the Living Legend Prize at the 25th annual Bharat Nirman awards in Kolkata. Besides the well-known actor Raza Murad was also felicitated under the ‘Achievers Awards’ category for ‘Film Actor’.
Justice Chamleswar retires from SC
Jasti Chelameswar has retired as Supreme Court judge on June 2018. Justice Chelameswar, who had held presser along with three other Supreme Court judges to highlight discrimination in allocation of cases to benches, said that the credibility of the highest judiciary in danger.
1. Sridevi named best actress, Irrfan awarded best actor at IIFA held in Bangkok
- Sridevi won Best Actress for her role in 2017 film MOM, Irrfan Khan won the prize for Best Actor in a leading role for Hindi Medium. ‘Tumhari Sulu’ was named Best Picture. Saket Chaudhary won the best direction award for ‘Hindi Medium’.
- The Best Music Direction Award went to the trinity of Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi and Akhil Sachdeva for their work on Badrinath Ki Dulhania. Anupam Kher, who has over 500 films to his credit, was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the ceremony.
2. Haryana makes use of LED bulbs mandatory in govt offices by 15 Aug
- All halogen, sodium bulbs and tube lights will be replaced with energy-efficient LED bulbs and tube lights.
- The use of incandescent lamps and purchase of sodium vapour lamps by government sector, government aided sector, boards and corporations and autonomous bodies have already been banned.
3. Suryashakti Kisan Yojana (SKY) scheme
- To promote solar energy, the Gujarat government has announced Suryashakti Kisan Yojana (SKY) scheme under which farmers would be encouraged to generate electricity and sell their surplus to power distribution companies.
- The state government would provide financial assistance to 12,400 farmers out of the state’s total 15 lakh farmers to generate an estimated 175 MW of power.
4. National Seminar on Conservation of Particularly Vulnerable Tribes of Andaman & Nicobar Islands: The Way Forward
- National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) is organizing a National Seminar on “Conservation of Particularly Vulnerable Tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: The Way Forward” on 27th and 28th June, 2018 at New Delhi.
- About 44 Ministries/Departments have been invited by the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes to present their strategies and approach towards PVTGs in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
1. Women in Saudi Arabia have been legally allowed to drive
- Women in Saudi Arabia have been legally allowed to drive for the first time in the history of one of the most conservative countries.
- On June 4, Saudi Arabia issued the first driving license to women, as Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud officially announced in September 2017 to allow women to drive. Driving schools for women have been set up in five cities in the kingdom.
2. Recep Tayyip Erdogan re-elected as the Turkish President
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan had won a 52.54% share of the national vote and re-elected as the Turkish President, extending his 15-year grip on power.
- Erdogan has won several consecutive elections to become Turkey’s longest-serving leader.
3. RemoveDebris mission
- The first spacecraft to demonstrate active space debris-removal technologies — such as a harpoon, a net and a drag sail — in orbit has been released from the International Space Station to commence its mission.
- RemoveDebris is an EU (European Union) research project to develop and fly a low cost in-orbit demonstrator mission that aims to de-risk and verify technologies needed for future ADR (Active Debris Removal) missions.
4. London has been voted the most desirable city
- London has been voted the most desirable city in the world for overseas workers, according to a survey conducted by the Boston Consulting Group and totaljobs.com.
- London beat New York, Berlin and Barcelona to take the top spot. Meanwhile, the UK overall has dropped three places in the country rankings, falling from second in 2014 to fifth.
1. The board of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved $100 million investment in the National Infrastructure and Investment Fund (NIIF).
- India is hosting the annual meeting of AIIB for the first time in June 2018.India is the second largest shareholder in AIIB after China and is also the largest recipient of funds from the multilateral agency.
- NIIF was set up in 2015 as an investment vehicle for funding commercially viable greenfield, brownfield and stalled projects in the infrastructure sector. NIIF will invest in areas such as energy, transportation, housing, water, waste management and other infrastructure-related sectors in India.
2. OPEC agrees to increase oil production
- The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has agreed to increase its daily output to address the problem of rising crude oil prices. The cartel’s output would be increased by about a million barrels a day beginning in July.
- Countries across the world have been vocal in recent months about the need to bring down rising oil prices that threaten to put the global economy under stress. Emerging markets such as India that have been affected by the rising cost of oil imports, have also been exerting pressure.
3. Government proposes to set up 3000 Van Dhan Kendras involving 30,000 SHGs across the country
- The Government proposes to set up 3000 Van Dhan Kendras involving 30,000 SHGs across the country under the Van Dhan Scheme of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. In a new game changing initiative, the Prime Minister launched the Van Dhan Scheme of Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED on 14th April, 2018 during the celebrations of Ambedkar Jayanti
- Van Dhan Mission is an initiative for targeting livelihood generation for tribals by harnessing non-timber forest produces, the true wealth of forest i.e. Van Dhan with an estimated value: Rs.2 Lakh Cr. per year.
4. Iran bans import of 1,400 items to support domestic products
- boosting the sales of domestic products amid US sanctions, Iran’s Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade has banned the import of 1,400 items.
- Managing Director of Iran’s Commerce Services of Trade Development Organisation, Farhad Noori, said that all the banned items have their similar domestic alternatives, adding that “we expect people to support domestic products”
1. US sprinter Noah Lyles runs fastest 100m of 2018 in 9.88 seconds
- Noah Lyles ran the fastest 100-metre race of the year to clinch the US national title in Des Moines, Iowa.
- He clocked 9.88 seconds in the final, after equalling Mike Rodgers’ world-leading time of 2018 of 9.89 seconds in the semi-finals.
2. Deepika Kumari wins gold at World Cup stage event
- Deepika opened the match with 29 out of a possible 30 points to take a 2-0 lead, before splitting the points with Kroppen in the second.
- Deepika’s last victory at a World Cup stage event came six years ago, in Antalya back in 2012.
3. India beat Olympic champions Argentina 2-1 in Champions Trophy
- India picked up their second straight win in the Champions Trophy and a massive coup with 2-1 margin over Olympic champions Argentina.
- This is India’s second game and second win of the tournament after beating Pakistan on Saturday.