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July 06, 2017

June 2017 Current Affairs Highlights (One-Liners)

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Friends, here are the Major Current Affairs Highlights of June 2017. These one-liners cover all important International, National, MOUs, Indexes, Banking, Technology, Books & Authors, Committees and Sports affairs of June month (from 1st to 30th June  2017). We will  provide the pdf version soon, but we advise you to write these on your own so that you wont forget them again. All the Best and Happy Reading :)

June 2017 Current Affairs Highlights (One-Liners)

  • 3rd International Yoga Day was observed on 21st June 2017.
  • 5th June 2017 was observed as the World Environment Day with the Theme "Connecting people to nature" [Host Country : Canada]
  • 8th June 2017 was observed as World Oceans Day with the Theme "Our Oceans, Our Future".
  • 14th June 2017 was observed as World Blood Donor Day‬ with the Theme “Give Blood. Give Now. Give Often”
  • 15th June 2017 was observed as ASEAN Dengue Day with the Theme “United Fight Against Dengue”
  • 15th June 2017 was observed as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) with the Theme “Understand and End Financial Abuse of Older People: A Human Rights Issue”
  • 17th June 2017 was observed as the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought with the Theme “Our land. Our home. Our Future”
  • 17th SCO’s (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) was recently held in Astana, Kazakhstan from 8th and 9th June 2017. Secretary General of SCO - Rashid Olimov
  • 20th June 2017 was observed as the World Refugee Day with the Theme #WithRefugees
  • 23rd June 2017 was observed as the International Widows Day with the Theme "Empowering Women for Greater Achievements"
  • 23rd June 2017 was observed as the World Public Service Day with the Theme ‘The Future is Now’
  • 25th June 2017 was observed as the Day of the Seafarer with the Theme "Seafarers Matter".
  • 29th state of India Telangana has celebrated the 3rd anniversary of its foundation on 2nd June 2017.
  • A Chinese malware named 'Fireball' has hit 25 crore computers worldwide, infecting them with malicious code designed to change the default search engine.
  • A month after WannaCry attacked systems worldwide, a new ransomware called 'Petya' has hit computers in countries like Ukraine, Russia, India, and US.
  • A total of 23 Guinness World Records were set at an International Yoga Day event in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on 21st June 2017.
  • According to a recently released Child Rights and You (CRY) Report on child labour, more than 8 lakh children between the age group of 5 and 6 years in India are engaged in child labour. Uttar Pradesh topped the number of child labourers (2,50,672 children) in India followed by Bihar (1,28,087 children) and Maharashtra (82,847 children).
  • According to the ‘One Family at a Time’ study conducted by the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Indians working across the world had sent home USD 62.7 billion in 2016 making India the top remittance-receiving country surpassing China.
  • According to the United Nations' annual population survey, the Global population will hit 8 billion in 2023. According to this survey, India will overtake China to become the world's most populous nation by 2024.
  • Ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with US President Donald Trump, the United States designated Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist'.
  • Aimed at minimising the risk of injuries and casualties, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order banning the private use of firecrackers in the country
  • Aiming to reduce emissions and promote sustainability to help India's smart city programme, France and the European Union have extended a grant of €3.5 million (nearly ₹25 crore) to India.
  • 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.
  • Anil Ambani has recently announced that the merged entity of Reliance Communications and Aircel will be called Aircom. RCom will hold a 50% stake in the new company.
  • As a part of the government’s anti-plastic drive and Green-Kerala Mission, the Kerala State government has come out with a Green Protocol to make the weddings in the state more nature-friendly.
  • As many as 65 countries will be celebrating 'Azadi ke 70 Saal', a festival marking 70 years of Indian independence this year.
  • As part of its 'Power For All' scheme, the Uttar Pradesh government will be providing free electricity connections to all urban Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.
  • Asgardia, the first-ever country planned to be floated in space would be launching its maiden satellite in August, billionaire founder Igor Ashurbeyli has recently announced.
  • Astana World EXPO 2017, an International Exposition (large international exhibition designed to showcase achievements of nations) was recently held at Astana (Kazakhstan). Theme of this expo : "Future Energy"
  • Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is going to launch Messi Experience Park, an Amusement park themed around him in China in 2019.
  • Bengaluru became the 2nd Indian city after Delhi to get a full-fledged metro system, following the inauguration of the final section in the project's first phase.
  • 'Beren and Lúthien', a new Middle-earth love story by JRR Tolkien ('Lord of the Rings' author) has been published 100 years after being written.
  • Bharti Airtel has got approvals from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) for the proposed scheme of merger with Telenor (India) Communications Private Ltd.
  • BJP chief Amit Shah has announced that Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind will be BJP-led NDA's candidate for the upcoming Presidential poll.
  • Bollywood Actress Preity Zinta has launched Kavach Safety, an emergency response service for women.
  • Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan has bought the Cape Town-based side in Cricket South Africa's new T20 league.
  • Brazilian prosecutors have filed corruption charges against President Michel Temer, accusing him of receiving over ₹97 lakh in bribes. Termer is the Brazil's first serving leader to face a criminal trial.
  • Britain and France have announced a new joint campaign to stop the internet from being a safe space for terrorists as they plan tougher action to tackle online radicalisation.
  • Britain and the European Union held Brexit negotiations on June 19 as planned initially. Britain had been a member of the EU for 44 years.
  • China has announced plans to link its economic corridor in Pakistan to its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) involving India. The BRI is a part of China's initiative to link Europe with Asia.
  • China has developed world's most powerful magnetic detector which can find hidden metallic objects, including minerals and submarines. .
  • China has overtaken India to become the World's Fastest Growing Economy after India reported slow economic growth for the fourth consecutive quarter.
  • China is going to send mini-ecosystems comprising of potato seeds and silkworm eggs to the Moon by next year. The move is aimed at studying how the organisms develop in Moon.
  • China launched its first-ever X-ray space telescope, also its second space telescope, to study the evolution of black holes.
  • Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has been released from prison on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer.
  • Delhi Metro Rail Corporation's first automated driverless metro trains are set to start operations from October this year on new Magenta Line from Janakpuri West to Botanical Garden.
  • Department of Science and Technology has launched VAJRA (Visiting Advanced Joint Research) Faculty scheme. This scheme enables NRIs and overseas scientific community to participate and contribute to research and development in India.
  • E-commerce major Flipkart has debuted on MIT Technology Review's 50 Smartest Companies list for 2017. Flipkart is the only Indian company on the list.
  • Egypt's parliament has approved President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's proposal to extend the state of emergency in the country for three more months.
  • Elon Musk-led aerospace startup SpaceX successfully launched a used Dragon spacecraft for the first time in the company's eleventh cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
  • Elon Musk-led startup SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has successfully launched 10 communication satellites into orbit.
  • Estonia will be opening the world's first-ever data embassy next year in Luxembourg, to keep backup files of its vital information on cloud servers and double secure its data digitally.
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has inaugurated Know India Programme (KIP) for NRI and PIO youth with a view to provide them with an exposure to the country of their origin so that they can understand India better and more closely.
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has recently announced that all passports from now on will be in English and Hindi languages as against the existing passports which are only in English.
  • 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.
  • For the first time in India, Indore has installed a 14-foot-tall robot to control traffic.
  • For the first time in the history of Manipur, Chief Minister Biren Singh-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has launched a toll-free 24/7 helpline number '181' for women. This helpline will help fight and reduce crime against women in the state.
  • For the first time, Pakistan's Sindh government has recruited 46 women in the police's counter-terror department for combat operations and intelligence gathering.
  • Former powerlifter Kavita Devi will become the first Indian woman wrestler in WWE, after getting selected for the company's first-ever tournament for women, Mae Young Classic.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron's party has won a clear parliamentary majority.
  • Germany legalised same-sex marriage, with 393 parliamentarians voting to approve "marriage for everybody" and 226 voting against.
  • Goa Revolution Day was observed on 18th June 2017 to recall the sacrifices of freedom fighters and martyrs of the Liberation struggle.
  • Golden State Warriors have been crowned NBA Champions for the fifth time after defeating LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.
  • Government has awarded a Rs 1,600-crore contract for constructing 109-km road connecting Paletwa river terminal to Zorinpui in Mizoram border as a part of the $484-million Kaladan multi-modal transport (KMTT) projects in Myanmar which will offer connectivity to Mizoram.
  • Habibganj Railway Station (Bhopal) is going to become India’s first railway station to be redeveloped in a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
  • Haryana's Anish Bhanwala set a junior world record to win the Gold medal in the 25-metre standard pistol at the ISSF Junior Shooting World Championship in Germany.
  • Health Secretary C K Mishra has inaugurated the ‘Vatsalya – Maatri Amrit Kosh’, a National Human Milk Bank and Lactation Counselling Centre at the Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) in New Delhi.
  • Iceland has been named the World's Most Peaceful Country, topping the Global Peace Index for the tenth consecutive year followed by New Zealand and Portugal. Syria has been named the least peaceful country, followed by Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • 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
  • In a move honouring his campaign promise, US President Donald Trump pulled the country out of the Paris climate agreement.
  • In an attempt to prevent road accidents, police in Andhra Pradesh have launched a 'Face Wash and Go' initiative on national and state highways from 1 AM to 4:30 AM.
  • In the first-ever study of dating Jupiter's age, an international group of scientists have confirmed that Solar System's largest planet is also the oldest.
  • 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.
  • India and Russia are celebrating 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
  • India and South Korea signed an agreement for $10 billion assistance for infrastructure development projects in India, including smart cities.
  • India and Switzerland are going to start exchanging financial account information starting 2019, with the Swiss government formally ratifying the global convention for information exchange on tax matters with 38 countries.
  • India and the UN Office for South-South Cooperation have launched a partnership fund to promote sustainable development projects across the developing world.
  • India has become the 71st nation to join the United Nations TIR (Transports Internationaux Routiers) Convention.
  • India has signed an agreement with Sri Lanka to provide USD 318 million as line of credit for developing Sri Lanka’s railway sector.
  • India has signed the OECD multilateral convention that aims to check cross-border tax evasion by multinational companies. OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • India has voluntarily contributed $100,000 to a UN fund to help developing countries actively participate in the discussion of tax issues. With this, India has become the first country to voluntarily contribute.
  • India has waived off a cumulative ₹3.1 lakh crore ($49.1 billion) in farm loans till date, a report by data journalism firm IndiaSpend has revealed.
  • India is Afghanistan's most reliable regional partner, the Pentagon has recently announced in its first Afghan report.
  • India is drafting a policy to safeguard its interests in Antarctica and is going to present it at the winter session of the Parliament. [Being a consultative member of the Antarctic Treaty, it is important for India to have clear directives to guide its activities in the region.]
  • India is going to build the world's highest railway line (498-km) connecting Leh in Jammu & Kashmir to parts of Himachal Pradesh including Manali.
  • India is going to shift to a January to December financial year from 2018, thereby ending the 150-year-old tradition of an April to March fiscal.
  • India ranked 15th in the global 4G availability list, according to OpenSignal's State of LTE report, up nine places from its November 2016 rank of 24.
  • India test-fired its indigenously developed Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QR-SAM) for the first time from Chandipur.
  • India wins Re-Election to United Nations Council On Economic, Social Issues. India is among the 18 countries re-elected to the United Nations' Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for another three-year term.
  • India won six medals in the Wushu competition of the 1st ever BRICS Games, which was recently concluded in Guangzhou, China.
  • India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) completes 1000 earth days in orbit, which is more than 5 times the number of days it was designated to last.
  • India’s Skipper Virat Kohli has created a record by becoming the quickest batsman to score 8000 runs in one-day international cricket beating South Africa’s AB de Villier’s record by seven fewer innings.
  • Indian boxer Ankush Dahiya clinched Gold Medal at the Ulaanbaatar Cup boxing tournament in Mongolia.
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur has developed a wireless technology called ‘AmbuSens‘ for remote monitoring of condition of those patients who are ferried in ambulances.
  • Indian Men's and Women's throwball teams won Gold at the World Games in Kathmandu.
  • 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.
  • Indian professional tennis player Rohan Bopanna has become the 4th Indian to win a Grand Slam, winning the French Open mixed doubles along with Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski.
  • Indian shooters Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu won Gold in the 10-metre air pistol mixed team event at the ISSF World Cup.
  • Indian shooters Yashaswini Singh Deswal and Anish Bhanwala has bagged gold in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol and Men’s 25m Standard Pistol competition respectively in the ISSF Junior World Championship held in Germany.
  • Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth defeated Japan's Kazumasa Sakai to win the Indonesia Superseries Premier title.
  • Indian shuttler Sai Praneeth won the Men's singles title at the Thailand Open, defeating Indonesia's Jonatan Christie.
  • Indian tennis player Leander Paes along with his Canadian partner Adil Shamasdin clinched the Men's doubles title at the Aegon Ilkley Challenger Trophy in Ilkley, England.
  • Indian wrestler Jinder Mahal defeated 14-time WWE champion Randy Orton to retain his WWE Championship at Smackdown's Money in the Bank event.
  • India's forex reserves surged by $2.404 billion to reach life-time high of $381.167 billion in the week to June 2 on account of rise in foreign currency assets, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced.
  • India's holdings in American government securities increased by $7 billion in April to reach $124.1 billion, the highest level since July 2016.
  • India's Kidambi Srikanth has won the Australian Open Superseries title by beating Rio Olympics champion China's Chen Long.
  • India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in its 40th flight successfully launched 31 satellites in one go into a 505 km polar Sun-Synchronous Orbit.
  • Israel has approved the construction of over 8,000 new homes in West Bank, making it the largest expansion of Jewish settlements in the area in 25 years.
  • Israel is going to offer manufacturing of Spike hand held 'fire and forget' Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) to India under Make in India.
  • 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.
  • Kolkata is going to host an exhibition match between Real Madrid Legends and Barcelona Legends on September 15. This match will be a tribute to Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff.
  • Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko (20) became the first ever unseeded women's singles player in the Open Era to win the French Open after defeating Romania's Simona Halep in the final.
  • Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan inaugurated the 16th North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (NERCPA) Conference at Imphal.
  • Market Regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has formed a Committee on Corporate Governance headed by Uday Kotak (MD of Kotak Mahindra Bank). The panel has been mandated to submit the report within a period of four months.
  • Mercedes' British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton registered his Formula One career's 6th Canadian Grand Prix title in Montreal.
  • 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.
  • Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines has launched the Energy Conservation Building Code 2017 (ECBC 2017). This Code prescribes the energy performance standards for new commercial buildings to be constructed across India.
  • Mumbai is the most expensive Indian city for expatriates and is ranked above major cities like Paris, Canberra, Seattle and Vienna, a report by consulting firm Mercer revealed.
  • Mumbai will get a suite of floating restaurants by 2018.
  • NASA and US-based researchers have revealed plans detailing various missions that could be sent to Uranus and Neptune by mid-2030s.
  • NASA has launched satellite 'KalamSat' which is developed by Indian teenagers hailing from Tamil Nadu. It is the first time that NASA has carried out an Indian students' experiment.
  • Nepal has signed a major deal with a Chinese company China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC) to develop a 1,200 MW hydroelectric project, the biggest hydro project in the landlocked country that could resolve its perennial power crisis.
  • Nepal will measure Mount Everest over a period of two years, amid fears the April 2015 earthquake could have affected its stature.
  • New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an anti-child marriage law to increase the marriageable age from 14 to 18.
  • NITI Aayog has launched SATH ‘Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital’ with the State Governments for furthering the agenda of cooperative federalism.
  • Odisha is set to become the first state in the country to open a blood bank for cattle.
  • Pakistan has claimed that its ally China will fund its long-delayed ₹77-crore mega dam project over the Indus basin in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
  • Pakistan has issued its 1st third-gender passport to a transgender activist.
  • Pakistan won their first ever Champions Trophy title after beating defending champions India by 180 runs in the tournament final.
  • Panama has established formal diplomatic ties with China and broke all of its relationship with Taiwan in a move that is seen as a victory for China in its drive to isolate Taiwan from the rest of the world. [China claims Taiwan as its own territory.]
  • PM Narendra Modi became the 1st foreign dignitary to have dinner at the White House with US President Donald Trump.
  • PM Narendra Modi became the 1st Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel with his three-day visit to the country starting 4th July 2017.
  • PM Narendra Modi presented the Overseas Citizen of India card to Portugal's Indian-origin PM Antonio Costa during his visit to Lisbon.
  • PM Narendra Modi, during his recent visit to Portugal, launched the India-Portugal International Startup Hub with his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attended the 18th India-Russia annual Summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin at St Petersburg.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Kochi Metro, Kerala's first metro rail system.
  • Rafael Nadal has won his 10th French Open Title in Men's singles category by beating Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off the Gandhi Darshan tourist train, being run to commemorate 100 years of Sabarmati Ashram.
  • Railways authorities have officially changed the name of Mumbai's biggest station from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.
  • Real Madrid became the first team to win back-to-back UEFA Champions League titles, defeating Juventus at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
  • Responding to an RTI query on Subhash Chandra Bose, the Central government has announced that Netaji died in a plane crash in 1945.
  • Retail giant Walmart has topped Fortune's annual list of America's top 500 companies for the fifth consecutive year with a revenue of $485.8 billion.
  • Sachin Tendulkar joined stars from various fields including David Beckham, Hugh Jackman, Lewis Hamilton and Novak Djokovic among others for UNICEF's 'Super Dads' campaign.
  • Saudi Arabia has recently introduced a 'family tax' of 100 riyals (₹1,700 approx) on immigrants living there.
  • Social media giant Facebook is developing a new app called 'Talk' for teenagers that would come with parent-centric features. With the new app, parents would be able to see and filter the people to whom their children are talking to.
  • Social networking platform Facebook has announced India-specific tools that will let users set up a 'guard' on their profile pictures to prevent others from downloading and sharing them.
  • South Africa's economy, one of Africa’s biggest, falls into recession.
  • Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake was on a visit to India. This is his first visit overseas as Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Srinivas Gokulnath from Maharashtra created history by becoming 1st Indian to complete toughest cycle race in world 4,900-km RAAM in solo category.
  • Swedish Parliament voted 254-41 in favour of adopting a climate bill and pledged to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 to tackle climate change. This makes Sweden the first country to significantly strengthen its climate targets since the Paris Agreement in 2015.
  • Swiss tennis player Roger Federer registered his career's 100th title, winning the Halle Open in Germany.
  • Tamil Nadu's Higher Education Minister KP Anbazhagan has announced that all transgender students will get free education in the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in Tirunelveli.
  • Technology giant Google has topped the 2017 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands list, with a brand value of over $245 billion.
  • Telangana Cabinet has approved an ordinance which will make online rummy illegal in the state.
  • Telangana has launched a digital wallet named T-Wallet for people to make public and private financial transactions. This is first such initiative by any state government in the country.
  • Telecom giant Verizon has acquired Yahoo’s core business for $4.48bn (£3.51m), thus ending Yahoo’s two-decade long run as an independent company. [Verizon is the No.1 wireless operator in the US].
  • The World Bank has projected 7.2 per cent growth for India this year against 6.8 per cent last year.
  • The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved $150 million equity investment loan to the India Infrastructure Fund. This loan will be the bank’s first equity investment to fund private projects.
  • The Australian government has announced that Indian nationals can apply for visitor visas online, starting July 1.
  • 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
  • The BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) grouping has established a 1 million dollar fund for boosting media cooperation.
  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) declared that Aadhaar will be a "must" for filing of Income Tax Returns or for obtaining a new PAN from July 1.
  • The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has announced that July 1st will be known as ‘GST Day’.
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired anti-tank ‘Nag’ missile in Rajasthan.
  • The Delhi Metro has introduced its own smart watches, Watch2Pay. Watch2Pay will enable commuters' faster entry and exit at metro stations.
  • The Election Commission of India has joined hands with the social networking giant Facebook to launch nationwide voter registration reminder aimed at reminding eligible Indian voters to register themselves on the electoral rolls.
  • The European Space Agency has approved €1.05-billion Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission that will search for minute ripples in space-time called gravitational waves.
  • The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the second time this year, citing continued economic growth. The US central bank voted to raise its key rate target to a range of 1% to 1.25%, the highest level since 2008 financial crisis.
  • The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is set to shift India's Under-17 World Cup matches from Mumbai to Delhi on request of India's sports ministry.
  • The government has approved the Interest Subvention Scheme for 2017-18 under which it will give an interest subsidy of 2% per annum to farmers for short term loans of up to ₹3 lakh.
  • The government has changed an over 50-year-old rule by setting a deadline of six months to complete probes in corruption cases involving government employees. It has amended the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965, in order to speed up investigation in such cases.
  • The government has directed all colleges and universities to stop accepting students' fees in cash and resort to digital modes from the next academic session.
  • The government has given in-principle approval for the disinvestment of state-run carrier Air India.
  • The Haryana government has changed the name of Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP).
  • The HRD ministry has constituted a 9-member panel to frame a new National Education Policy (NEP). Head of this Committee : K Kasturirangan (space scientist)
  • The Indian Army has received its first batch of modern bullet-proof helmets, two decades after initiating the process.
  • The Indian government has approved the proposal for setting up a Greenfield airport in Jewar (Greater Noida). This airport is likely to be operational in the next five-six years.
  • The Indian government has increased the visa fee for the foreign nationals visiting India by up to 50% across categories.
  • The Indian Olympic Association's (IOA) chief N Ramachandran has revealed that IOA has asked the government for permission to bid for the 2032 Olympics and 2030 Asian Games.
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) GSAT-17 satellite was successfully launched aboard French rocket Ariane 5, making it the third satellite launch in a month.
  • The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched India's heaviest rocket 'Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III' carrying the 3,136 kg communication satellite GSAT-19.
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) has recently announced that the ICC World T20 event scheduled for 2018 will be scrapped, with the next edition of the tournament being scheduled for 2020.
  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially included mixed gender relay racing and 3-on-3 men's and women's basketball as Olympic events for the Tokyo Games to be held in 2020.
  • The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has revealed plans to send its first astronaut to the Moon by 2030.
  • The Malaysian Ringgit became the strongest Asian currency this quarter by climbing twice as much as the Chinese Yuan, according to Bloomberg.
  • The merger between Flipkart and eBay India has been approved by the Competition Commission of India (CCI).
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs has launched a Twitter handle called BharatKeVeer for a fund to help the families of paramilitary personnel martyred while fighting extremists.
  • 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 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is launching an unmanned spacecraft named 'Parker Solar Probe' to the Sun on 31st July 2018.
  • The National Board of Wildlife has approved Rutland Island in South Andaman to be the site for India’s long-range missile test facility.
  • The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has launched a web application for free Legal Services to Prisoners at the conference held at Indian Law Institute, New Delhi.
  • The new ₹1 note, which will be printed with a new design, is the only note to be printed by the Central government and not the RBI. It will have 'Bharat Sarkar' on its masthead.
  • The Pakistan government has tasked the country's National Council of Arts with the responsibility to rearrange the musical rendition of its national anthem 'Qaumi Taranah' using a world class orchestra in order to represent cultural diversity. The anthem, which is also called 'Pak Sarzamin', was written by Hafeez Jullundhri in 1952 and was officially adopted in 1954.
  • The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority has introduced "APY@eNPS", providing a complete digital enrolment process for Atal Pension Yojana (APY).
  • The Philippines' parliament has passed a law where singing the national anthem shall be "mandatory and must be done with fervour".
  • The poverty-stricken unincorporated US territory of Puerto Rico has voted in favour of becoming the 51st US state with 97% voters supporting the referendum.
  • The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has launched a mobile Application ‘Selfie with Daughter’. Aim of this Campaign : To motivate society to feel proud to be parents of a girl child which in turn is expected to have a positive impact in improving the child sex ratio.
  • The Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies, Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum signed an agreement to jointly set up the world’s largest refinery and petrochemical complex in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recently announced that India’s Current Account Deficit (CAD) narrowed during 2016-17 fiscal owing to a contraction in the country’s trade deficit.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has started printing currency notes of ₹200 denomination, the third denomination notes to be printed after demonetisation.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is going to introduce a new batch of ₹500 currency notes, which will have inset letter 'A'.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) kept the Repo Rate unchanged at 6.25% during its bimonthly monetary policy review on 7th June 2017.
  • The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled a specially designed two-dollar coin, or 'toonie'. This is world’s first glow-in-the-dark coin to enter circulation.
  • The State Bank of India (SBI) has reduced rates for home loans above ₹75 lakh by 10 bps. The revised interest rates will be 8.55% per annum for salaried women and 8.60% per annum for others.
  • The 'Stratolaunch' aircraft built by Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen to launch rockets into space. This is the world's biggest aircraft with a wingspan of 385 feet.
  • The Telangana government has recently launched the website 'PashuBazar' to facilitate online sale or purchase of cattle.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal to introduce a Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 which will provide a comprehensive resolution framework for financial sector entities to deal with bankruptcy situation in banks, insurance companies, and other entities.
  • The Union Ministry of Law and Justice has cleared the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill 2017, and thus legalising Kambala (traditional slush track buffalo race of Karnataka).
  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has named UAE's Sharjah as the World Book Capital for 2019.
  • The United Nations General Assembly has approved the establishment of a new United Nations office of counter-terrorism to help Member States implement UN’s global counter-terrorism strategy. UN will now transfer the relevant functions out of the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) into the new body.
  • The United Nations held its first-ever Ocean Conference to renew member nations' commitment to combatting rising sea levels, pollution, and harmful fishing practices for the protection of world's waterways.
  • The United States has cleared the sale of the state-of-the-art Guardian 22 unmanned Guardian drones to India. The deal to sell UAV drones to India is estimated to be worth $2 to $3 billion.
  • The United States has dropped Iraq and Myanmar from a list of the world's worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, despite multiple reports of continuous usage of children in armies and militias in the two countries.
  • The United States is going to declare China as one among the world’s worst offenders on human trafficking in its annual Trafficking in Persons Report. The declaration would place China in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Syria.
  • The urban development minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has launched ‘City Liveability Index’, the 1st Liveability index which will rank the country’s 116 major cities on the basis of the quality of life. The rankings based on the index would be released in 2018.
  • The US Navy has commissioned a new warship, USS Gabrielle Giffords, in the name of former Arizona congresswoman who was severely injured in a 2011 shooting, as a tribute to her perseverance.
  • The West Indies cricket team has been officially renamed as 'WINDIES' while the West Indies Cricket Board has rebranded itself as 'Cricket West Indies' on its 90th anniversary.
  • 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 World Bank has cleared a USD 250-million loan to aid the Skill India mission. The loan amount would be used for making Indian youth more employable through reskilling.
  • The World Taekwondo Federation has changed its name to World Taekwondo after its acronym 'WTF' was found to have "negative connotations".
  • The world’s first hybrid ‘Aeroboat’ which has been built by an Indo-Russian joint venture has been unveiled at a start-ups event organized by Russia’s state-run Skolkovo Foundation.
  • 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.
  • Two Chinese supercomputers Sunway TaihuLight and Tianhe-2 have been declared the fastest machines in the world, according to a list released by researchers in the US and Germany.
  • UK PM Theresa May has signed a 'confidence and supply' deal with the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, allowing her to officially form a minority government.
  • UK PM Theresa May has told European Union leaders that any EU citizen living in UK for five years will be given "UK settled status" after Brexit.
  • Under Kaushalya Karnataka scheme, the Karnataka government is going to launch a skill development programme for providing vocational training to domestic workers, which includes people employed as cooks, house help and gardeners.
  • Under the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM-G), rural Uttarakhand and rural Haryana have been declared as the 4th and 5th Open Defecation Free (ODF) States of India. Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala have already been declared as Open Defecation Free.
  • Union Health Ministry launches Intensified Diarrhea Control Fortnight (IDCF) across country to reduce child deaths due to Diarrhoea.
  • Union Minister Hansraj Ahir has announced that the Centre is planning to set up 'cow sanctuaries' and initiate 'Project cow' on the lines of Project Tiger.
  • US Defence Department Pentagon has signed a deal to sell domestically manufactured F-15 fighter jets for $12 billion to Qatar despite President Donald Trump criticising the Gulf nation for allegedly supporting terrorism.
  • US President Donald Trump has reaffirmed the support of the United States for India's permanent membership on a reformed UN Security Council.
  • US-based aviation company Cirrus Aircraft has launched the world's smallest and most affordable private jet called 'Vision Jet' for ₹12.62 crore.
  • Victims of acid attacks and people with autism, mental illnesses, and intellectual disabilities will get 1% reservation for central government jobs and promotions.
  • Vijaya Bank has recently announced that it is going to develop as many as 100 digital villages in various States across the country as part of its initiative to promote digital banking among the rural population. As of now, Vijaya Bank is the only public sector financial institution to develop digital villages with focus on rural population.
  • West Bengal's capital Kolkata will get India's first underwater metro system, which will pass through the Hooghly river.
  • Wipro has become the first Indian IT firm to declare US President Donald Trump a potential threat to business, by officially mentioning it in its filings.
  • Yemen and Libya have followed the decision by Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
  • Yuvraj Singh has became the 5th Indian and the 19th overall to feature in 300 ODIs, after facing Bangladesh in the Champions Trophy semifinal.
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