Current Affairs This Week (25-06-2017)

  • 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.
  • ISRO’s MOM completes 1000 Earth Days in Orbit
    ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) completes 1000 earth days in orbit. The MOM has at present completed 388 orbits of Mars & has sent 715 images back to earth. India has plans to send Mangalyaan 2.0 and a new mission to Venus after 2020.
  • Lockheed and Tata sign Pact to make F-16 Planes in India
    Lockheed Martin and India’s Tata Advanced Systems have signed a pact to produce F-16 fighter planes in India. The 2 companies have announced their agreement at the Paris Airshow.
  • NASA’s Kepler Telescope finds 10 Earth-Like Planets
    NASA’s Kepler Telescope has identified 10 Earth-like planets outside the solar system that are expected to host life due to their right size and temperature. This finding is a boost in the hope for life elsewhere.
  • June 21: International Yoga Day
    June 21st is annually celebrated as International Yoga Day since the year 2015.This year, the 3rd International Day of Yoga is being observed. The purpose of the yoga day is to promote yoga and make it as a part of people’s daily routine.
  • World’s First Train that runs on Virtual Tracks
    China has unveiled world’s first train that runs on a virtual track making use of sensor technology instead of metal rails. The new trains are non-polluting as they are battery powered.
  • First Indigenously built Floating Dock Launched by L&T
    Larsen & Toubro has launched the first indigenously built Floating Dock (FDN-2) to repair Indian Navy ships at its Shipyard at Kattupalli, north of Chennai. Its used for repairing assets of the Indian Navy and also of other services.
  • ISRO to launch Earth Observation Satellite
    Indian Space Research Organisation is all set to launch earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series weighing 712 kg and 30 nano-satellites using Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. 29 will be of foreign origin and 1 will be of India’s.
  • Taj Mahal Palace Hotel acquires ‘Image Trademark’
    Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace hotel has acquired an ‘image trademark‘ under the Trademark Act of 1999, making it is the first building in the country to acquire intellectual property rights protection for its architectural design.
  • June 20:The World Refugee Day
    The World Refugee Day (WRD) is observed every year on June 20 to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.
  • John Avildsen, the renowned film director
    John G. Avildsen (81), the Oscar-winning director of Rocky and The Karate Kid, has passed away in California, United States. Other films he directed include Joe, Save the Tiger, Fore Play, The Formula, Neighbors, For Keeps, Lean on Me.
  • Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth
    Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has become the first Indian men’s singles player to win the Indonesia Open Super Series men’s singles tournament by defeating Kazumasa Sakai of Japan in the final at Jakarta by 21-11, 21-19.
  • First-ever BRICS Games 2017
    The first-ever BRICS Games has started at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center in Guangzhou, China on June 17, 2017. It featured some 300 athletes from five countries- Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa.
  • Interesting fact of India: Kumbh Mela
    The 2011 Kumbh Mela was the largest gathering of people with over 75 million pilgrims. The gathering was so huge that the crowd was visible from space.
  • Plasma physicist
    Prof Predhiman Krishan Kaw (69), an internationally recognised plasma physicist and pioneer of thermo-nuclear fusion in India, He was the founder director of the Institute of Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar.
  • 1st time scientists create ‘Liquid Light’
    The extraordinary observation in the work is that the scientists have demonstrated that superfluidity can also occur at room-temperature, under ambient conditions, using light-matter particles called polaritons.
  • First PM’s yoga award
    Pune’s Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute has become the first recipient of the Prime Minister’s award for outstanding contribution for promotion and development of yoga 2017.
  • World’s first ever data embassy
    The world’s first-ever data embassy will be established by the Estonian government in Luxembourg in 2018. Its establishment is part of the Estonian general strategy of data management & fundamentally a double guarantee to their data.
  • Free Education For Girls From Nursery To PhD
    The Captain Amarinder Singh-led government in Punjab has announced free education for girls in government schools and colleges from Nursery to PhD. According to the census of India 2011, the literacy rate in Punjab is 75.84%.
  • Ministry of Environment Award in Japan
    Indian agricultural microbiologist Dr. Shrihari Chandraghatgi, the President, has been conferred with the 2017 Ministry of Environment Award in Japan for developing cutting edge technologies to address burning environmental problems.
  • Valmiki National Park (VNP)
    The Valmiki National Park (VNP) is located in the West Champaran district of Bihar. It is home to tiger, Rhinoceros, Black bear, Leopard, Wild dog, wild buffalo, wild boar etc. At present 241 bird species have been reported in the forest.
  • Subscriber Identity Module – SIM
    SIM is integrated circuit that is intended to securely store the international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) number & its related key, which are used to identify and authenticate subscribers on mobile telephony devices.
  • China: Research Project to Compile Data on Disputed Region
    China has launched a research project aimed at compiling historical data obtained during earlier expeditions conducted by its teams to the disputed South China Sea since the late 1950s.

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