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June 30, 2017

30th June 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (30th June 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 30th June 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Germany legalised same-sex marriage today, with 393 parliamentarians voting to approve "marriage for everybody" and 226 voting against. 
    • The reform gives gay and lesbian couples full marital rights, including child adoption. 
National Current Affairs
  • Railways authorities have officially changed the name of Mumbai's biggest station from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
    • The Centre approved the change last month after the Shiv Sena demanded the addition of 'Maharaj' as a sign of respect to the Maratha king. 
Places in News
  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has named UAE's Sharjah as the World Book Capital for 2019
    • Note : Sharjah, the 19th city to be named World Book Capital, has previously been named Capital of Islamic Culture and Capital of Arab Culture. 
Awards & Honors
  • An anti-hunger activist, Ankit Kawatra, has been awarded the Queen's Young Leaders Award for 2017 by Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony in London's Buckingham Palace. 
    • The 25-year-old is the founder of Feeding India, an organisation that aims to eradicate hunger and food wastage in India.
  • Arnav Sharma, an 11-year-old Indian-origin boy in the UK has secured the top possible score of 162 on a Mensa IQ test, two points higher than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
New Appointments
  • U.S. President Donald Trump has appointed an Indian-American named Krishna R Urs as the new US Ambassador to Peru.
  • Shuttler PV Sindhu will be appointed as a revenue divisional officer in Andhra Pradesh, after the AP State Public Service Commission approved her appointment. 
    • Last month, the state legislature had passed a Bill amending an Act to appoint Sindhu as an officer in the government.
  • Saurashtra Cricket Association's former chief Niranjan Shah has been added as an invitee to BCCI's Special Committee
    • The committee was instituted to overlook the implementation of the Lodha Panel reforms, as ordered by the Supreme Court. 
    • The eight-member committee's first meeting will be held in Delhi on July 1, with Supreme Court's hearing on the matter scheduled for July 14.
  • Singer Sabita Chowdhury (72) passed away.  
    • She is the wife of late music composer Salil Chowdhury.
    • She was known for her Bengali songs like 'Jaare jaa jaa mono paakhi', 'Oi jhilmil jhauer boney', among others. 
Science & Technology
  • The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has revealed plans to send its first astronaut to the Moon by 2030
    • The announcement comes as India and China develop their indigenous space programmes.
  • Facebook's drone 'Aquila', a solar-powered drone to bring the internet to rural places, completed its second successful test flight in the Arizona desert.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully launched Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket that created colourful artificial clouds visible in the skies of the US. 
    • The rocket was launched from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) today announced that July 1st will be known as ‘GST Day’. 
    • It will be celebrated in all offices of CBEC just like in case of Central Excise Day and International Customs Day, the board said. 
    • This comes ahead of the launch of GST, which is scheduled for July 1.
    • The GST launch event will start today at 11 pm at the Parliament House.
    • This event will start with the national anthem, followed by remarks by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. 
    • It will be followed by an address by the Prime Minister and the President, after which GST will be launched.
  • The government has prohibited dual maximum retail price (MRP) for same products including soft drinks and water bottles at multiplexes, airports, and malls.
    • Further, it has also made it mandatory for all packaged commodities to have increased font size for "best before" and "date of manufacturing", among others. 
    • These amendments will be effective from January 1, 2018.
  • The Malaysian Ringgit became the strongest Asian currency this quarter by climbing twice as much as the Chinese Yuan, according to Bloomberg.
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