June 2018 Current Affairs

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June 2018 Current Affairs
Latest Current Affairs 2018 for competitive exams UPSC, AFCAT, TNPSC, IAS, RRB and Latest Affairs 2018 for banking exams IBPS PO Clerk, SBI, RBI and more. Read daily affairs, this beneficial Affairs 2018 resource yields the facts about the events of International affairs, National, Sports, Business, Banking Current Affairs of 2018 and more which are betterment for the Government & Private Job aspirants.


June 2018 Current Affairs:

National Current Affairs :

*       India pledged USD 5 million in assistance to the UN agency working for the welfare of Palestinian refugees to help bolster its "severe funding crisis" following US' cut in its annual aid to United Nations Relief & Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).
*       Govt. decided to set up two more underground crude oil storages in Odisha & Karnataka to increase emergency stockpile cover by 12 days to 22 days. The Cabinet approved setting up of 4 million tonne (MT) storage at Chandikhole in Odisha & 2.5 MT storage at Padur in Karnataka.
*       Centre released 340 crore rupees for flood relief work in Assam. 101 crore rupees released by the Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), while remaining 239 crore rupees was given by Home Ministry under State Disaster Relief Fund.

*       India & Cuba signed two MoUs in the field of biotechnology, traditional medicine & homoeopathy. This was signed after delegation-level talks between President Kovind & his Cuban counterpart Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel in Havana. Cuba also reiterated its support to India’s candidature for a permanent seat in UN Security Council.
*    PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Paperless Vanijya Bhawan in New Delhi.
*    Union Government announced to establish India’s first national police museum in Lutyens' Delhi.
*    India extended a financial aid of Rs 99 million to Nepal for the construction of 2,700 shallow tube well irrigation systems in 12 districts of the country's southern Terai region to boost agricultural productivity.
*       Union Health Minister JP Nadda launched the National Health Resource Repository (NHRR)- the country's first-ever national healthcare registry of authentic, standardised & updated geo-spatial data of all public & private healthcare establishments.
*       PM Modi launched three Indian digital payment systems - RuPay, BHIM app & UPI by SBI at the 'Business, Innovation & Community Event' in Singapore. With the launch, India's RuPay digital payments system was linked up with Singapore's 33-year old Network for Electronic Transfers (NETS).
*       President Kovind given his assent to an ordinance to set up the country’s first national sports university in Manipur.
*       Union Minister for Women & Child Development Maneka Gandhi laid the foundation stone of India's first advanced DNA forensic laboratory in Chandigarh as part efforts to reduce the backlog of cases needing advanced forensic analysis.
*       Talks between PMs Narendra Modi & his counterpart Lee Hsien Loong led to the signing of 8 agreements between the two sides which covered areas as wide as military cooperation & connectivity. The 8 key fields under which the agreements were exchanged are: Naval cooperation, Economic co-operation, Fintech, Cybersecurity, Nursing, Combating Narcotics smuggling & Human Trafficking, Personnel Management & Public Administration, MoU between the NITI Aayog & Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) on Cooperation in the Field of Planning.
*       Decks have been cleared for setting up a consulate of United Arab Emirates with Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao giving his nod for it after discussions with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
*       Mumbai's Victorian & Art Deco Ensembles inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
*       Odisha government decided to raise the health cover from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) for women.
*       PM Modi unveiled a bouquet of development projects in MP on his visit. He in Rajgarh, dedicated the Mohanpura Dam Project to the nation. In Indore, he attended the Madhya Pradesh Shehari Vikas Mahotsav.
*       Gujarat government announced wind-solar hybrid power policy - 2018, aiming to make optimum utilisation of the land & grid. The policy provides 50% concession for cross-subsidy surcharge & additional surcharge when the generated energy is sold to a third party.
*       The world's first of its kind & state-of-the-art International Centre for ‘Humanitarian Forensics’ (ICHF) was launched at the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
*       Union Minister of Steel, Chaudhary Birender Singh dedicated the rebuilt Blast Furnace-1 ‘Parvati’ of SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) to the Nation. Parvati is the first Blast Furnace of SAIL that was dedicated to the nation on 3rd February 1959 by the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.
*       The Integrated Command & Control Centre of the Naya Raipur Smart City was inaugurated by PM Modi. Integrated Command & Control Centre of Naya Raipurbecomes the 10th Smart City Centre to be operational in the country.
*       J P Nadda exchanged the MoU with the State Health Ministers of 20 States marking their commitment towards the launch of the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM).
*       PM Modi visited Chhattisgarh where he dedicated the modernised & expanded Bhilai steel plant to the nation. He also took part in programmes in Naya Raipur - the upcoming capital city of the state. He inaugurated Integrated Command & Control Centre at Naya Raipur. He inaugurated Raipur-Jagdalpur air service, laid the foundation stone for the new building of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhilai.
*       Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya has been selected as 100th Smart City. With the selection of Shillong, the total proposed investment in the finally selected 100 cities under the Smart Cities Mission would be Rs.2,05,018 crores.
*       Neem & black buck have been declared as the state tree & animal respectively of Andhra Pradesh. The rose-ringed parakeet will be the state bird while jasmine will be the state flower.
*       President Kovind has declared Tripura's queen variety pineapple as state fruit & its export was a major step in connecting the state with world trade.
*       Maharashtra government will provide the financial grant of 1,000 rupees per quintal to those farmers whose tur & gram could not be purchased by the administration before the May 31deadline.
*       In Uttarakhand, Polythene will be completely prohibited from 31st July in the state. All the polythene vendors have been asked to finish the polyethylene stock before 31st July.
*       Madhya Pradesh government has announced an outstanding power bill waiver scheme for laborers & poor families. The State Cabinet approved the Bijli Bill Mafi Yojana 2018 (Power Bill Waiver Scheme) which is expected to benefit about 77 lakh people of the state.
*       In a major step to give a big push towards the ease of doing business in Punjab, the state government has launched a "Business First Portal". It was unveiled by Industry Minister Sunder Sham Arora in Jalandhar.
*       HP government has decided to do away with semester system in undergraduate (UG) courses & revert to annual examination system.
*       Minister of State for Defence, Dr, Subhash Bhamre dedicated a highway tunnel at Theng near Chungthang in north Sikkim to the nation. The tunnel will benefit the tourism & rapidly propel the growth of the state.
*       West Bengal Government has decided to invest 107 crore rupees to check erosion at vulnerable areas along the banks of the Ganga & the Padma. A stretch of 15 kilometres will be concretised, to prevent erosion.
*       Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu stated that the state was now Open Defecation Free (ODF) as it had achieved its goal of constructing 2.77 lakh individual toilets. Naidu who was traveling through Chittoor district unveiled a plaque in Tirupati to honour the achievement.

International Current Affairs :

*       On his visit to Israel, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani met Israel's Agriculture & Rural Development Minister Uri Ariel & announced a joint working group (JWG) between Gujarat & Israel in the fields of agriculture, horticulture & allied sectors.

*       Pakistan has been placed on the grey list by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for failing to curb anti-terror financing despite its diplomatic efforts to avert the decision.

*       Britain’s Queen Elizabeth granted royal assent to PM Theresa May’s flagship Brexit legislation, ending months of debate over the legislation that will formally end the country’s European Union membership.
*       Nepali PM Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli is on his first visit to China after assuming the charge as PM. China will build a railway connecting the western region of Tibet with Nepal, this was signed during Oli’s visit to Beijing. The link will connect the Tibetan city of Xigaze with Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.
*       Mongolia broke ground for the construction of country’s first oil refinery with the help of a USD 1 billion loan from India. Rajnath Singh attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the refinery at ‘Stantsiin Hooloi’ & described it as an important milestone in the bilateral ties.
*       The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) launches the findings of SIPRI Yearbook 2018, which assesses the current state of armaments, disarmament & international security.  Key findings include the following:
1. All the nuclear weapon-possessing states are developing new nuclear weapon systems & modernizing their existing systems;
2. The number of personnel deployed with peace operations worldwide continues to fall while the demand is increasing.
3. At the start of 2018 nine states—the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel & the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) - possessed approximately 14,465 nuclear weapons.
*       World Bank approved $700 million to help Bangladesh achieve its education for all vision by improving the primary education sector. The Quality Learning for All Program (QLEAP) will cover more than 18 million children studying in pre-primary level to grade 5.
*       Nikki Haley, the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations announced the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), accusing the council of bias against US ally Israel. This marks the first time that a member has voluntarily left the UNHRC.
*       World Bank predicts that US growth will register 2.7% in 2018, aided by tax cuts, before slowing to 2.5% next year & 2% in 2020. China's growth is projected at 6.5% this year, 6.3% in 2019 & 6.2% in 2020.
*       India & Tajikistan reaffirmed their commitment to promote bilateral relations & agreed to enhance economic cooperation, particularly in sustainable water development.
*       United States decided to provide security guarantees to North Korea, in exchange of Pyongyang's firm & unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

Defence Current Affairs :

*       The navies of India & Indonesia participated in Passage Exercise (PASSEX). Indian Naval ships INS Shakti & INS Kamorta under the command of Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, undertook Passage Exercise with Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Madidihang (855) on leaving the Port of Makassar, Indonesia.
*       World’s largest multilateral naval exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) begun off Hawaii in the Western Pacific Ocean. It 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.
*       India & Bangladesh agreed to institute Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) as an annual exercise between navies of two neighbouring countries. The first edition of CORPAT between two navies was inaugurated by Sunil Lanba during his visit to Bangladesh.
*       India will host first military exercise of the BIMSTEC Countries in September 2018 in Pune, Maharashtra. The theme of the exercise includes counter-terrorism in semi-urban terrain & cordon & search.
*       Raksha Mantri, Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the first Representative Office of Navratna Defence PSU Bharat

Electronics Limited (BEL) in Hanoi, Vietnam.

*       The indigenously upgraded artillery gun Dhanush successfully completed final user trials & is ready for induction into the Army. Dhanush is an upgraded version of the Swedish Bofors gun procured by India in the mid-1980s.
*       First biannual Indian Air Force Commanders’ Conference inaugurated by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at Air Headquarters in New Delhi. The Exercise ‘Gagan Shakti’ was mentioned as the landmark exercise for IAF.
*       The United States has renamed its oldest & largest military command, US Pacific Command, or PACOM, to Indo-Pacific Command, according to the US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.
*       Making a breakthrough in missile technology, India successfully carried out the flight test of Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) propulsion based missile, according to the Defence Ministry.
*       In a swift operation, the Indian Navy has rescued 38 Indians from Socotra island in Yemen where they were stranded for nearly 10 days after a severe cyclonic storm hit the area. The Navy had diverted its ship INS Sunayna from the Gulf of Aden to Socotra as part of the operation ‘NISTAR’ to rescue the Indians.
*       India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Long Range Ballistic Missile, Agni-5 from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast. It has a strike range of 5,000 kilometres & can carry a nuclear warhead of more than one tonne.
*       Eminent scientist S Christopher has completed his term as the chief of the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), & Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra was given additional charge of the post.

Miscellaneous Topics :

*       The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare restricted the manufacture of Oxytocin formulations for domestic use to public sector only from 1st July 2018. Oxytocin is a naturally-occurring hormone which causes uterine contractions during labour & helps new mothers lactate.

*       The Centre of Excellence in Maritime & Shipbuilding (CEMS), a well-funded start-up in skill development for maritime & shipbuilding sector, has announced setting up of 24 labs -6 in Mumbai & 18 in Vizag campus.

*       NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has selected 3,000 additional schools for the establishment of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs), bringing the total number of ATL schools to 5,441. The schools to establish ATLs for nurturing innovation & entrepreneurial spirit among secondary school children across India.
*       Government launched 5,000 Wi-Fi Choupals in villages & delivery of rail tickets through Common Service Centres (CSCs).
*       The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) will premiere in New Delhi at the Siri Fort Auditorium.
*       Information & Broadcasting Minister Col Rajyavardhan Rathore inaugurated the European Union Film Festival at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi.
*       Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh has flagged off the 1st batch of three month-long Kailash Mansarovar Yatra-2018 in New Delhi. The Yatra will continue till the 8th of September 2018.
*       India received the first-ever cargo of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Russia as New Delhi diversifies import basket to meet its vast energy needs.
*       Environment-friendly, clean & equipped with amenities of international standards for tourists, 13 Indian beaches will soon get the Blue Flag certification. These beaches of Odisha, Maharashtra & other coastal states will be the first in not just India, but in Asia, to get the Blue Flag certification.
*       NTPC Ltd has adopted the iconic Charminar in Hyderabad under the Swachh Iconic Places Projects of India. This is part of a special drive under the Centre’s Swachh Bharat Mission.
*       Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) created a world record of distributing the maximum number of bee-boxes in one day.
*       Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) proposed a draft bill to repeal the University Grants Commission (UGC) & set up the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI). This move that aims to reform higher education in India. The Act entitled ‘Higher Education Commission of India Act, 2018 (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act)’ revamps UGC Act, 1951 & its parent legislation completely.


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