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June 28, 2017

28th June 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (28th June 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 28th June 2017

International Current Affairs
  • To combat rising pollution and climate change, China has officially started building the world's first 'Forest City'. 
    • The Liuzhou Forest City is expected to absorb nearly 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually and produce 900 tonnes of oxygen. 
    • Set to be completed in 2020, the energy self-sufficient city will house 30,000 people, 40,000 trees and nearly 1 million plants.
  • US President Donald Trump has reaffirmed the support of the United States for India's permanent membership on a reformed UN Security Council
    • The remarks were made following Modi and Trump's meeting at the White House.
  • India is drafting a policy to safeguard its interests in Antarctica and is going to present it at the winter session of the Parliament. 
    • Note : Being a consultative member of the Antarctic Treaty, it is important for India to have clear directives to guide its activities in the region.
MOUs & Agreements
  • India and the Netherlands have signed 3 MOUs after the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte.
    • The signed MOUS are
      • MOU on Amending Social Security Arrangement
      • MOU on Cultural Cooperation
      • MOU on Water Cooperation
National Current Affairs
  • In a bid to cut down air pollution in the area, Amritsar's Golden Temple will now use solar energy to prepare 'langar' instead of LPG and wooden sticks. T
    • Note : This is the Temple's second eco-friendly move, after starting organic farming for grains.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • E-commerce major Flipkart has debuted on MIT Technology Review's 50 Smartest Companies list for 2017.
    • Important Note : Flipkart is the only Indian company on the list. 
  • The World Bank has cleared a $250-million (over ₹1,610 crore) loan for making Indians more employable through re-skilling, under the government's Skill India mission
    • The programme is targetted at people between 15-59 years of age who are underemployed and unemployed.
    • It also mandates the provision of entrepreneurship opportunities to women and to increase their exposure to skill training.
  • Internet search giant Google was hit with a record $2.7 billion fine by European Union regulators for illegally favouring its shopping service in search results.
    • This is the biggest fine for a company in an EU antitrust case.
People in News
  • Brazilian prosecutors today filed corruption charges against President Michel Temer, accusing him of receiving over ₹97 lakh in bribes. 
    • Note : Termer is the Brazil's first serving leader to face a criminal trial.
New Appointments
  • Kaushik Basu has taken over as President of the International Economic Association (IEA)
    • He will serve a three-year term as the President. 
  • Bollywood Actress Vidya Balan has been named the Ambassador of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
    • The festival, which will be held from August 10 to August 22, will showcase over 60 films.
  • Dr Manoj Soni has taken Oath of Office and Secrecy as a Member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Science & Technology Affairs
  • A month after WannaCry attacked systems worldwide, a new ransomware called 'Petya' has hit computers in countries like Ukraine, Russia, India, and US. 
    • Petya differs from typical ransomware as it doesn't just encrypt files, it also overwrites and encrypts the information in hard disks. 
    • According to a cybersecurity expert, the Petya ransomware attack infected as many as 5,000 systems within 10 minutes initially. 
    • Petya is based on the same Windows exploit as WannaCry, but uses a strengthened method to spread itself. 
    • Operations at one of the terminals of Mumbai's Jawaharlal Nehru Port, India's largest container port, were disrupted by this ransomware, marking the first reported case of the ransomware in India. 
  • Mustafa Dossa, a convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, died of a heart attack today in Mumbai,.
    • This comes a day after the CBI sought capital punishment for Dossa, claiming that his role in the blasts was more severe than that of hanged convict Yakub Memon.
Recent Committees in News
  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has constituted a special 7-member committee to analyse the few contentious Lodha panel reforms which are being opposed by the state units.
    • Head of this Committee : Rajeev Shukla
    • Members :
      • Sourav Ganguly
      • T.C. Mathew 
      • Naba Bhattacharjee
      • Jay Shah
      • Anirudh Chaudhary 
      • Amitabh Choudhary
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian origin cricketer (Telangana) Sindhuja Reddy, is set to be a part of the USA women's cricket team in the World Twenty20 Qualifiers in Scotland.
  • Kerala's traditional snake boat racing, which is held during Onam, is set to become an IPL-like league-based sport with the inaugural edition of the Kerala Boat Race League scheduled to start in August this year. 
    • The league, comprising nine races, will feature snake boats, which are usually 100-foot long and require around a hundred rowers to ride.
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