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June 20, 2017

20th June 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (20th June 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 20th June 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (20th June 2017) is World Refugee Day.
    • This day is observed by the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
    • This day is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world.
    • The decision to observe the day, coinciding with Africa Refugee Day, was made by the UN in December 2000.
    • The first World Refugee Day marked the 50th anniversary of the UN Refugee Convention.
    • Theme of 2017 : #WithRefugees
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called up PM Narendra Modi today, with both leaders discussing the Paris Climate Agreement
    • Modi congratulated Trudeau on the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation this year, besides reaffirming India's commitment to climate change and implementation of the Paris Agreement. 
  • India has become the 71st nation to join the United Nations TIR (Transports Internationaux Routiers) Convention
    • Note : India’s decision to join the convention is part of its multi-modal transport strategy that aims at integrating Indian economy with global and regional production networks through better connectivity. 
National Current Affairs
  • For the first time in India, Indore has installed a 14-foot-tall robot to control traffic
    • It's equipped with a public address system and can take photos of traffic violators to generate e-challans when connected to police control room. 
    • Developed by Shri Venkteshwar Institute of Technology, the robot took two years and ₹20 lakh to complete.
  • Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has announced the following :
    • The government will establish wellness mohalla (ward) clinics across the state along with initiating the process of providing health insurance to all citizens. 
    • Free education for girls in government schools and colleges in the state from Nursery to PhD, fulfilling a poll promise. 
    • A waiver of more than ₹20,000 crore in farmer loans, in a move expected to benefit 10.25 lakh farmers. 
      • Note : The amount is double the relief announced by Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.
  • Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines has launched the Energy Conservation Building Code 2017 (ECBC 2017). 
    • This has been developed by Ministry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) with technical support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the U.S.-India bilateral Partnership to Advance Clean Energy – Deployment Technical Assistance (PACE-D TA) Program.
    • This Code prescribes the energy performance standards for new commercial buildings to be constructed across India.
  • Minister for Science & Technology Dr. Harshvardhan has launched a Mobile App titled “Celebrating Yoga”. 
    • The aim of the app is to popularise Yoga and encourage people to practice yoga for a scientifically healthy living.
New Appointments
  • The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has appointed 19-year-old Muzoon Almellehan as its newest and youngest Goodwill Ambassador on World Refugee Day.
    • With this, she became the first refugee to become an Ambassador for the organisation
MOUs & Agreements
  • American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company Lockheed Martin and India’s Tata Advanced Systems have signed an agreement to produce F-16 fighter planes in India.
Science & Technology
  • NASA's Kepler space telescope has discovered 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are Earth-like and orbit in their star's habitable zone, the distance at which liquid water can exist. 
    • To date, Kepler has identified 50 near-Earth-size habitable zone candidates, of which over 30 have been verified. 
    • Further, it has identified 4,034 planet candidates, with 2,335 being verified as exoplanets.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan has bought the Cape Town-based side in Cricket South Africa's new T20 league
    • The team, which will be called Cape Town Knight Riders, is Khan's third team in T20 leagues after IPL's Kolkata Knight Riders and Caribbean Premier League's Trinbago Knight Riders.
    • Note : GMR Group, Delhi Daredevils' owners, have also bought a team in the league.
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the Team of the Champions Trophy 2017, which includes 7 players from the finalists of the tournament, India and Pakistan.  They are,
    1. Shikhar Dhawan (India) (338 runs)
    2. Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan) 252 runs)
    3. Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh) (293 runs)
    4. Virat Kohli (India) (258 runs)
    5. Joe Root (England) (258 runs)
    6. Ben Stokes (England) (184 runs and three wickets)
    7. Sarfraz Ahmed (Pakistan) (captain) (wicketkeeper) (76 runs and nine dismissals)
    8. Adil Rashid (England) (seven wickets)
    9. Junaid Khan (Pakistan) (eight wickets)
    10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar  (India) (seven wickets)
    11. Hassan Ali (Pakistan) (13 wickets)
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