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June 21, 2018

21st June 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (21st June 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 21st June 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Today (21st June) is World Music Day (Fête de la Musique)
    • This day is celebrated  in an attempt to promote peace and spread goodwill through melodies. 
    • The day is originated in France in 1982 and is now observed in over 120 countries. 
    • Aim of this day : To encourage free and accessible concerts or events for the public.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind today met Surinam’s President Dési Bouterse in capital Paramaribo and performed yoga asanas along with him to observe the International Day of Yoga.
    • Note : This is the first time that heads of two countries together participated in the International Day of Yoga
  • US President Donald Trump today ended the policy of separating immigrant families at the US-Mexico border after public uproar over it. 
    • More than 2,000 children have been separated from their family at the border between April 19 and May 31.
  • The Hungarian Parliament today adopted the "Stop Soros" law that criminalises helping migrants.
    • Hungary named the legislation after George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist it accuses of encouraging migration of Muslims to Europe. 
    • The law states that anyone "facilitating illegal immigration" in Hungary will be sentenced to one year in prison.
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel and discussed ways to expand bilateral cooperation in trade and investment, space and people-to-people relationship.
    • Swaraj, who arrived in Luxembourg on the third leg of her four-nation tour today, became the first external affairs minister from India to visit the European country.
National Current Affairs
  • 4th International Yoga Day is being celebrated today with participation of Crores of people in 192 countries.
    • This day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 11, 2014.
    • More than 1 lakh people together performed Yoga in Kota (Rajasthan) today to create Guinness World Record on the occasion of International Yoga Day. 
    • Earlier, 55,000 people of Mysore held the record of the largest crowd performing yoga.
    • Theme of International Yoga Day 2018 : "Yoga for Peace"
  • The world’s first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics was launched in Gandhinagar (Gujarat). 
    • The centre is joint venture of Regional delegation of International Committee of Red Cross (ICCR) in India, Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives and also Gujarat Forensic Science University.
  • Rajasthan has been ranked first by the NITI Aayog among all states after it registered a significant increase in groundwater level due to the water conversation structures built under Chief Minister's Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan
    • The state also witnessed an increase of 81% in irrigation capacity. 
    • As many as 4 lakh structures were built in Rajasthan in the last three years.
  • Shillong (Capital city of Meghalaya) has been selected as 100th Smart City, to receive funding under the Centre’s flagship Smart Cities Mission, after evaluating the proposal submitted by it. 
    • Till now, 99 smart cities have been selected in four rounds of competition and with Shillong’s selection, the list of 100 cities has been completed under the Smart Cities Mission.
  • Punjab government has launched ‘i-Hariyali’ mobile application under ‘Mission Tandarust Punjab’ aimed at increasing the state’s green cover. 
    • It will enable app users to order free plant saplings and help to save the environment from pollution.
    • Aim of I-Hariyali - To inspire more and more people to plant maximum saplings during current monsoon season so as to save environment from pollution hazards. 
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has revised the Priority Sector Lending (PSL) guidelines for housing loans with Affordable Housing definition under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
    • The apex bank announced that housing loans of up to 35 lakh rupees for dwellings costing less than 45 lakh rupees, will be treated as priority sector lending to give a fillip to the low-cost segment.
    • The RBI has further revised existing family income limit of Rs 2 lakh per annum for loans to housing projects for Economically Weaker Sections and Low Income Groups to Rs 3 lakh per annum and Rs 6 lakh per annum, respectively.
  • Senegal-born singer Akon has announced the launch of his cryptocurrency called AKoin, that will be available for sale in two weeks. 
    • As part of the AKoin venture, the singer plans to complete a '100% crypto-based futuristic city' on 2,000 acres of land located near Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. 
  • Australian golfing great Peter Thomson (88), who won the British Open five times, passed away.
    • Thomson was the 1st Australian to win the British Open.
Awards & Honors
  • Surat smart city has been selected for ‘city award’ for showing great momentum in implementation of projects under ‘India Smart Cities Awards’ 2018.
    • Other Winners of India Smart Cities Awards 2018 :
    • Governance category : PMC Care from Pune.
    • Built Environment category : Smart Place Making from Pune.
    • Social Aspects category : Smart Class rooms from NDMC and Jabalpur, Smart Campus from Visakhapatnam, Lighthouse from Pune.
    • Culture and Economy category : B Nest Incubation Centre from Bhopal and Conservation of Rajasthan School of Arts from Jaipur.
    • Urban environment category : Public Bike Sharing from Pune, Bhopal, Coimbatore and Waste to Energy Plant in Jabalpur.
    • Transport and Mobility category : Integrated Transit Management System (TMS) from Ahmedabad and Surat.
    • Water and Sanitation category : Smart Water Management through SCADA from Ahmedabad.
  • The Ayush Ministry today announced that Vishwas Mandlik of Nashik and the Yoga Institute in Mumbai are the recipients of the Prime Minister's Award for outstanding contribution to promotion and development of yoga in Individual and Organization categories respectively.
  • The selection was done from among 186 nominations received under different categories for the year 2018.
Science & Technology
  • Richard Branson-led Virgin Hyperloop One is going to invest ₹3,000 crore to build a 15-km-long Hyperloop demonstration track in Pune for the Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop project
    • The Hyperloop route is expected to reduce the commute time between Mumbai and Pune to 25 minutes.
Books & Authors
  • The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has received the book titled "Vedvigyan Alok" authored by Acharya Agnivarat Naishthik today.
    • This book is the scriptural verse in Vedas' prose. 
New Appointments
  • SBI Managing Director B Sriram has been given additional charge as the MD & CEO of IDBI Bank for a "temporary" period of 3 months. 
    • He will replace M K Jain who was recently appointed as the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
  • French beauty giant L'Oréal has appointed Amit Jain as its new India Managing Director.
    • With this he became the 1st Indian to lead L'Oréal's operations in the country
  • Oscar winning music composer A R Rahman has been appointed as the Brand Ambassador of the Sikkim government.
    • As the Brand Ambassador, Rahman will promote and project Sikkim's achievements nationally and globally.
  • Indian-American surgeon and journalist Atul Gawande has been appointed the CEO of a new healthcare company started by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon.
    • Based in Boston, the new venture is meant to help the companies get their healthcare costs down. The new venture will be independent from the three firms.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Japan's Princess Hisako has become the 1st member of the Imperial family to visit Russia since 1916. 
    • Hisako, who is an honorary patron of the Japan Football Association, arrived in Russia to attend the ongoing FIFA World Cup. 
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