Jun Top Current Affairs: 27 June 2018
- India most dangerous country for women
India is the world’s most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence and being forced into slave labour. War-torn Afghanistan and Syria ranked second and third in the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of about 550 experts on women’s issues.
- India’s first Tribal Queen
Pallavi Durua, who belongs to Odisha’s Koraput district, was crowned as the first Tribal Queen at the Adi Rani Kalinga Tribal Queen competition held at Utkal Mandap. The contest was organised by SC & ST department, Govt of Odisha and the State Tourism Department. Tribal population constitutes nearly 22.5% of the Odisha’s population.
- RBI proposes Board of Management for urban co-operative banks
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has proposed setting up of Board of Management (BoM) in all Urban Co-operative Banks (UCBs) having deposits of over Rs 100 crore within one year to strengthen governance and promote professional management in these banks.
- US Supreme Court upholds Trump’s travel ban on people from 5 Muslim-majority countries
The US Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Trump administration’s travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries.
• Lower courts had deemed the ban as unconstitutional, but the US top court reversed the decision in a 5-4 majority ruling.
• The ban prohibits most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the US.
• The court’s ruling is viewed as a victory for the Trump administration.
• In a proclamation in September 2017, Trump had placed entry restrictions on nationals of eight foreign nations whose systems for managing and sharing information about their nationals he deemed inadequate.
- World’s largest multilateral naval exercise RIMPAC to begin in Hawaii
The world’s largest multilateral naval exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) will begin on June 27, 2018 in Hawaii in the Western Pacific Ocean.
• The two-month long biennial exercise is likely to be attended by navies of 26 countries including India.
• Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri has already reached the Pearl Harbour in Hawaii to participate in the 26th edition of RIMPAC exercise.
• INS Sahyadri, commanded by Captain Shantanu Jha, is a state-of-the-art indigenously built guided missile stealth frigate which is a part of the Eastern Fleet under the Eastern Naval Command.
• India’s participation in the exercise provides a platform for increased interoperability and development of common understanding of procedures for maritime security operations.
- UK Queen approves Brexit Bill
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II granted royal assent to Prime Minister Theresa May’s flagship Brexit legislation, that will formally end the country’s European Union membership. The EU withdrawal bill repeals the 1972 European Communities Act through which the UK became a member of the bloc.
- 15th India-Australia joint ministerial commission
The 15th India-Australia Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) was held in Canberra, Australia. The meeting was jointly chaired by Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu and Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo.
- Monsoon Session of Parliament
The Monsoon Session of Parliament will be held from July. It will span over 24 days & will have 18 sittings. It was formally announced by Cabinet Committee of Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The CCPA recommendation now sets in summoning motion process of President Ram Nath Kovind for formally convening the session.
- Oxytocin formulations ban to come into effect from July 2018
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has restricted the manufacture of Oxytocin formulations to public sector for domestic use only from July 2018.
• It has also banned the import of Oxytocin and its formulations.
• No private manufacturer will be allowed to manufacture the drug for domestic use.
• Only Karnataka Antibiotics & Pharmaceuticals Ltd (KAPL), a public sector company, would be manufacturing this drug for domestic use.
• The Oxytocin formulations meant for domestic consumption will be supplied by KAPL to the registered hospitals and clinics in public and private sector directly.
• All the registered hospitals and clinics in public and private sector in the country shall contact KAPL and place their orders with the company as the drug will not be available with retail chemists or any other manufacturer.
- Anant Barua appointed as whole-time member of SEBI
• The Union Government has appointed Anant Barua as whole-time member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
• Barua is at present executive director in SEBI.
• He had taken charge as Executive Director of SEBI in May 2010.
• Prior to this assignment, he was legal adviser, Legal Affairs Department (LAD), SEBI. He had been working in LAD since 1992.
• He was on deputation to Central Bank of Bahrain as legal adviser and has also worked with National Fertilizers Ltd. (NFL), Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI) and DCM Ltd.
• He is commerce graduate with LL.B from the University of Delhi.
S Ramesh appointed as Chairman of CBIC
• The Union Government has appointed senior bureaucrat S Ramesh as Chairman of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), the apex policy-making body for indirect taxes.
• He has been appointed as chairman of CBIC with the status of special secretary to the central government.
• He will succeed Vanaja N Sarna who retired on June 30, 2018.
• S Ramesh is 1981 batch officer of the Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise).
• Prior to this appointment, he was member in CBIC, mandated with responsibility of implementing the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
• CBIC is the nodal national agency responsible for administering Customs, GST, Central Excise, Service Tax & Narcotics in India.
- US Supreme Court upholds Trump’s travel ban on people from 5 Muslim-majority countries
- Airtel announces senior leadership appointments
Country’s top telecom operator Bharti Airtel has appointed Ajay Chitkara as Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Business to spearhead the domestic and global enterprise business as one unit. Chitkara will continue reporting to Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO, Bharti Airtel.
- Vice President launches the book ‘Human Rights, Values and Cultural Ethos’
Hon’ble Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has launched the book ‘Human Rights, Values and Cultural Ethos’. It is a collection of essays and lectures written by Dr. R.P. Dhokalia.National News
1. Cabinet approves MoU between India and Singapore on Cooperation in the field of Planning
- The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex post-facto approval to the MoU between India and Singapore on cooperation in the field of urban planning and development.
- The objective of the MOU is to facilitate government agencies in the Centre and States, including Municipal Bodies, to readily tap into the expertise of Singapore agencies in the areas of urban development and management and other areas, and thus help in urban rejuvenation, mission.
2. Statistics Day
- The notable contributions made by Late Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in the fields of statistics, statistical system and economic planning, Government of India in 2007, has designated 29th June as the “Statistics Day”.
- 29th June, 2017 marked the beginning of the 125th year of birth of Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis. ISI has held year-round celebrations which will be culminated on 29th June, 2018.
3. 6.5MMT Strategic Petroleum Reserves at Chandikhol in Odisha and at Padur, Karnataka
- The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved establishment of additional 6.5 Million Metric Tonne (MMT) Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) facilities at two locations, i.e. Chandikhol in Odisha and Padur in Karnataka.
- The SPR facilities at Chandikhol and Padur will be underground rock caverns and will have capacities of 4 MMT and 2.5 MMT respectively.
4. Solar Charkha Mission
- The President of India launched the Solar Charkha Mission which will cover 50 clusters and every cluster will employ 400 to 2000 artisans. The Mission has been approved by the Government of India for which the MSME Ministry will disburse subsidy of Rs. 550 crores to the artisans.
- He further said that the Solar Charkha Mission will generate employment in rural areas and contribute to the green economy.
1. India ranked world’s most dangerous country for women
- A study by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, India has been named the world’s most dangerous country for women.
- Being ranked the worst in the world — even below Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan and Somalia — is a significant drop for India, which was ranked the fourth most dangerous country for women in the same survey seven years ago.
2. United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley to visit India
- United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley will be on three-day visit to India from June 26. The 46-year-old highest ranking Indian-American diplomat in US President Donald Trump’s administration will meet senior Indian Government officials to discuss a host of topics including India-US strategic ties and significant global developments.
- Haley is currently the 29th United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
3. UK Queen approves Brexit Bill
- Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II granted royal assent to Prime Minister Theresa May’s flagship Brexit legislation, that will formally end the country’s European Union membership.
- The EU withdrawal bill repeals the 1972 European Communities Act through which the UK became a member of the bloc.
4. Kalki Koechlin will be conferred with French honour
- Actor Kalki Koechlin will be conferred with the French distinction of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters .
- The award will be presented by the Ambassador of France to India, Alexandre Ziegler.
1. Cabinet approves capital infusion in Export Credit Guarantee Corporation Ltd.
- The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the capital infusion of Rs.2000 crore for strengthening of Export Credit Guarantee Corporation (ECGC).
- The amount would be infused in the three financial years i.e. Rs.50 crore in 2017-18, Rs.1450 crore in the year 2018-19 and Rs.500 crore for 2019-20.
2. Aviva Life Insurance has launched a chat-bot named “ALISHA”
- Aviva Life Insurance has launched a chat-bot named “ALISHA” in partnership with Findability Sciences, a cognitive and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions company. The chat-bot, also called Aviva Life Insurance Self Help Assistant, is powered by IBM Watson’s Conversation application programming interface (API).
- It is one of India’s first few Natural Language Processor (NLP)-powered Conversational Computing Solutions which can interpret customers’ questions and direct the flow of the conversation to guide and assist them in similar way like people interact and respond.
3. MS Dhoni signed as the first brand ambassador of Sumadhura Group
- Sumadhura Group, one of South India’s city-based realty majors, has roped in MS Dhoni as its first brand ambassador to represent the brand in all their national campaigns, in a multi-year engagement.
- Sumadhura Group has made significant inroads across Bengaluru and Hyderabad over the last 20 years having completed 30 projects. Their current portfolio includes residential projects of 5 million sq. ft. under construction and 8.2 million sq. ft. under planning.
4. Idea shareholders approve new name ‘Vodafone Idea Ltd’, Rs 15,000 cr fund raise plan
- Idea and Vodafone India are in process of merging their businesses.The approval for merger by the Department of Telecom (DoT) is in final stages.
- Idea’s Chairman of the board Kumar Mangalam Birla, proposed to be the non-executive Chairman of merged entity .Vodafone is expected to own 45.1 per cent, 26 per cent by Aditya Birla Group and Idea shareholders will own 28.9 in the combined entity.The merged entity will have around 430 million mobile subscribers from Day 1.
1. FIFA World Cup 2018 : Argentina qualifies for Round of 16
- Marcus Rojo’s goal four minutes from Full time keeps Argentina’s World Cup hopes alive to see off Nigeria 2-1.
- Argentina will face France in Round of 16
2. Messi overtakes Chhetri again, becomes 2nd best active scorer.
- Argentina captain Lionel Messi scored his international career’s 65th goal in the World Cup group stage, overtaking Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri’s tally of 64 goals.
- He is now only behind Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo among active international goal scorers.
3. Indian shooter Saurabh sets junior world record
- Sixteen-year-old Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary on Tuesday set a new world record and won a gold in the 10m air pistol event in the ISSF Junior World Cup in Germany.