Current Affairs This Week (18-06-2017)

  • Public-Interest Litigation (PIL)
    PIL is directly filed by an individual or group of people in the Supreme Court. It was felt that their interests are undermined by the govt. In such situation the court directly accepts the public good. Justice Bhagwati introduced PIL.
  • NITI Aayog launches SATH Program
    Its ‘Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital’ with the State Governments for furthering the agenda of cooperative federalism. SATH program plans to identify & build three future ‘role model’ states for health systems.
  • Kaladan project in Myanmar
    Government has awarded a Rs 1,600-cr contract for constructing 109km road connecting Paletwa river terminal to Zorinpui as a part of the $484-million Kaladan multi-modal transport projects in Myanmar Its connectivity to Mizoram.
  • UK Elects its First Female Sikh and First Sikh as MPs
    In a first Preet Kaur Gill has become the first Sikh to be elected to the British Parliament’s House of Commons. Similarly, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi has become the first turban-wearing Sikh to be elected to the House of Commons.
  • First-ever AIFF Women’s player
    Jeje Lalpekhlua and Sasmita Malik were awarded 2016 AIFF Player of the Year and the AIFF Women’s Player of the Year respectively at the first ever All India Football Federation (AIFF) Awards in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Indian Girl Sahithi Pingali to get Planet Named after Her
    Sahithi Pingali, a twelfth grader from Bengaluru will get a minor planet in Milky Way named after her as a reward for developing an integrated mobile phone app and lake monitoring kit to monitor pollution in water bodies.
  • Bopanna-Dabrowski Wins French Open Mixed Doubles
    Rohan Bopanna has won his maiden Grand Slam title along with his Gabriela Dabrowski by winning the French Open mixed doubles trophy. With this title win he has become only the fourth Indian to clinch a major.
  • WHO revises Protocol for Antibiotics
    With an aim to curb antibiotic resistance, the WHO has revised the protocol for antibiotics. This revision is the biggest such revision of the antibiotics section in the 40-year history of the essential medicines list (EML).
  • Special Recognition Award for Global Tobacco Control
    Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda has been conferred the WHO Director-General’s Special Recognition Award for global tobacco control. India is the second largest tobacco consuming country in the world with 27 cr users.
  • June 8: World Oceans Day
    At the first world Oceans Day in 1992, the objectives were to move the oceans from the sidelines to the centre of the intergovernmental and NGO discussions and policy and to strengthen the voice of ocean & coastal constituencies world wide.
  • French Open: Jelena Ostapenko wins Women’s Crown
    Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia has won the 2017 French Open Women’s Singles crown.This will be Ostapenko’s 1st ever Grand Slam title. 1st unseeded woman to win the French Open after Britain’s Margaret Scriven’s feat in 1933.
  • France’s highest civilian award “Legion of Honour”
    Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee has been selected for France’s highest civilian award “Legion of Honour” for his outstanding contribution to cinema & theater. With this, She become the 1st Bengali actor.
  • Vikram Limaye NSE Chief
    SEBI has granted conditional approval for the appointment of Vikram Limaye as the MD and CEO of the NSE. In February 2017, Limaye who is MD and CEO of infrastructure financing company IDFC was selected for the post of NSE chief.
  • India moves WTO against US
    India has moved the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against the US as it has not yet complied with the rulings of the WTO pertaining to imposition of high import duty on certain Indian steel products.
  • Rafael Nadal Wins his 10th French Open Title
    This will be his 15 major title win.With this victory,Rafael Nadal has become the 1st man or woman in the Open era to clinch a Grand Slam tournament 10 times.2nd place above Pete Sampras on the list of all-time Grand Slam winners.
  • June 12: World Day Against Child Labour
    It focus attention on the global extent of child labour. Needed to eliminate it.2017 theme is “In conflicts & disasters,protect children from child labour” it focuses on the impact of conflicts & disasters on child labour.
  • Jnanpith Awardee C Narayana Reddy Passes Away
    Cinare – He won Sahitya Akademi Award in Telugu in 1973 for his poetry collection Mantalu Manavudu, the Jnanpith Award in 1988 and was conferred with the Sahitya Akademi fellowship in 2014.
  • Bihar’s ‘Project Jal Sanchay’- National Award
    Its a water conservation model which is successfully adopted in Nalanda district of south-central Bihar, has been chosen for the national award for excellence in the Mahatma Gandhi national rural employment guarantee programme (MGNREGP).
  • Lewis Hamilton wins Canadian Grand Prix for Sixth Time
    Lewis Hamilton has won Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. It is Hamilton’s 6th victory at the Canadian Grand Prix. It is also his 3rd victory this season & the 56th of his career.
  • ISSF World Cup: Jitu Rai-Heena Sidhu Clinch Gold Medal
    Indian shooters Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu have clinched the gold medal in mixed team 10m air pistol event of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup held at Gabala, Azerbaijan.
  • First Indian woman to be elected as judge of ITLOS
    Dr. Neeru Chadha has become the 1st Indian woman to be elected as the judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). She become the first Indian woman to occupy a top UN position, after Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.
  • Uttar Pradesh ranks First in Number of Child Labourers
    According to a recently released CRY Report on child labour, more than 8 lakh children between the age group of 5 and 6 years in India are engaged in child labour. The organization got established in 1979 by Rippan Kapur.
  • India’ first canal top solar PV system
    NTPC has commissioned a150 KW India’s first canal top solar PV System on Cooling Water (CW) channel at its 2320 MW Mouda Thermal Power Project, near Nagpur in Maharashtra.
  • Haryana’s (ODF) village to be named after Donald Trump
    Sulabh believes the move will help draw the attention of the world towards India’s cleanliness campaign. We urge the global community to help us realise the goal of sanitation in India, Sulabh’s founder said.
  • DRDO Successfully Test-fires anti-Tank Nag Missile
    The Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired anti-tank ‘Nag’ missile in Rajasthan. The test was conducted by Scientists of the Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Missile Complex at Hyderabad.
  • Interesting fact of India : A floating post office
    India has the largest postal network in the world with over 1, 55,015 post offices. A single post office on an average serves a population of 7,175 people. The floating post office in Dal Lake, Srinagar, was inaugurated in August 2011.
  • Verizon Completes Yahoo Acquisition
    Telecom giant Verizon has acquired Yahoo’s core business for $4.48bn (£3.51m), thus ending Yahoo’s two-decade long run as an independent company. Verizon is the No.1 wireless operator in the US.
  • June 14: World Blood Donor Day.
    Give Blood. Give Now. Give often. Is theme of the 2017 WBDD. The World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) is observed every year on June 14 to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products.
  • 2017 Little Miss Universe Internet beauty contest.
    Padmalaya Nanda (12) from India has created history by becoming the youngest girl to bag the “Little Miss Universe Internet 2017”, crowns at the Little Miss Universe 2017 beauty contest at port city of Batumi in Georgia, United States.
  • World’s smallest and cheapest private jet.
    Cirrus Aircraft, the US-based aviation company, has launched the world’s smallest and cheapest 1st private jet ‘Vision Jet’ at Rs.12.6 Crore.The Jet can haul five adults up to 1,150 miles at 28,000 feet.
  • June 17: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
    Its a promote public awareness to combat desertification. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) had designated June 17 as the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought in 1994.
  • India-Afghanistan Air freight Corridor to Open Up Soon
    India and Afghanistan are set to operationalize their first air-freight corridor in the coming days. The first flight will be operated by Ariana Afghan Airlines, which is the Afghanistan’s national carrier.
  • Australia’s Vivid Sydney enters Guinness World Records
    The World’s largest festival of light,music &ideas;,Vivid Sydney has entered into Guinness World Book of Records. Its given Vivid Sydney installation Dreamscape the title for the‘Largest interactive lighting display’.
  • Automatic Information Sharing with Switzerland from 2019
    Switzerland has ratified automatic exchange of financial account information with India and 40 other countries. This will facilitate Switzerland to share information about suspected black money with India and other 40 nations.
  • Helmut Kohl father of German unification
    He was responsible for unifying Germany after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall despite facing stiff resistance from Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev.He served as the chancellor of West Germany in 1982.
  • Kerala’s first-ever beauty contest for transgenders
    Syama Sanju has won the Kerala’s first-ever beauty contest for transgenders “Queen of Dhwayah-2017”,which was held at CIAL Convention Centre in Nedumbassery, Kerala.Its organized by Dhwayah Arts & Cultural Society.
  • Ana Brnabic: first female prime minister of Serbia
    Ana Brnabic, a graduate of the University of Hull in England, will become the first gay and first female prime minister of Serbia, following her nomination by the nation’s president, Aleksandar Vucic.
  • K Srikanth wins Indonesian Open
    India’s Kidambi Srikanth has lifted the Indonesia Open Super Series badminton title at Jakarta by defeating Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai in straight sets 21-11, 21-19. For Srikanth who is currently World No. 22 this is a big title win.
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