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June 14, 2017

14th June 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (14th June 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 14th June 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (14th June) is World Blood Donor Day‬
    • This day  is celebrated every year on the day of birth anniversary of Austrian-American biologist and physician Karl Landsteiner (14th of June in 1868) who discovered the existence of different types of blood groups in 1901.  
    • He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930 for his discovery.
    • This day is observed to raise the public awareness about the need for safe blood donation.
    • Theme of  World Blood Donor Day‬ 2017 : “Give Blood. Give Now. Give Often
    • Important Note : World Blood Donor Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with 
      • World Health Day, 
      • World Tuberculosis Day, 
      • World Immunization Week, 
      • World Malaria Day, 
      • World No Tobacco Day, 
      • World Hepatitis Day and 
      • World AIDS Day.
  • 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. 
    • India has opposed the construction of the dam ever since it was proposed. The dam aims to generate 4,500 MW of electricity and to regulate the water flow to farmlands that are vulnerable to increasingly erratic weather patterns.
  • Indian warships have reached Australia’s port city of Freemantle to take part in AUSINDEX, a week-long naval exercise off the Western Australian coast.
    • Exercise Australia-India (AUSINDEX) was first conducted off the East Coast of India in September 2015. 
    • AUSINDEX-17 will be the second overall bilateral drill between Indian Navy and Royal Australian Navy. 
    • AUSINDEX bilateral exercise aims to enhance interoperability and professional interaction between two navies.
National Current Affairs
  • The Telangana government today launched the website 'PashuBazar' to facilitate online sale or purchase of cattle. 
    • The online platform has been developed to help farmers in selling their animals without physically taking them to weekly markets.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The government today 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.
  • Technology giant Google has topped the 2017 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands list, with a brand value of over $245 billion. 
    • Further, US tech giants Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook were also among the five most valuable brands.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
    • Note : Verizon is the No.1 wireless operator in the US.
Awards & Honors
  • IIT Kanpur is set to confer an honorary doctorate on former sprinter PT Usha on June 16 to mark the 50th convocation of the institute. 
Science & Technology
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired anti-tank ‘Nag’ missile in Rajasthan. 
    • This test was conducted by Scientists of the Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Missile Complex at Hyderabad, Defence Laboratory at Jodhpur, High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) at Pune and Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) at Pune.
    • Important Points to Note
      • Nag missile is one of the five missile systems developed by DRDO under the integrated guided missile development programme (IGMDP). 
      • The four other missiles developed under this programme include Agni, Akash, Trishul and Prithvi.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Pakistan defeated hosts England by 8 wickets to reach the final of the Champions Trophy tournament for the first time. 
    • Note : Pakistan last played the final of an ICC ODI tournament 18 years ago, in the 1999 World Cup.
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