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June 26, 2018

26th June 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (26th 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 26th June 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Today (26th June) is International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
    • This day  is a United Nations International Day against drug abuse and the illegal drug trade.
    • The date 26th June chosen to commemorate Lin Zexu's dismantling of the opium trade in Humen, Guangdong, just before the First Opium War in China.
    • Theme of the year 2018 : "Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe."
  • Today is International Day in Support of Victims and Nature.
    • This day had been launched by the United Nations (UN) in 1997 and is a result of the UN-convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This convention is binding according to international law, and aims to avoid, ban and prohibit torture.
  • India has topped the list of the most dangerous countries in the world for women, according to a survey conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. 
    • Afghanistan and Syria were placed on the second and third spot.
    • Top 5 in the List :
      • India
      • Afghanistan
      • Syria
      • Somalia
      • Saudi Arabia
  • Seychelles has gifted pair of Giant Aldabra tortoise to India as a goodwill gesture.
    • They were brought to India as gift from the President of Seychelles Danny Faure during his five-day visit to India.
Awards & Honors
  • The World Food Prize 2018 was awarded to Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro for their individual but complementary global leadership in elevating maternal and child undernutrition within food security.
    • Note : The World Food Prize is most prominent global award for individuals whose breakthrough achievements alleviate hunger and promote global food security. 
  • Pallavi Durua of Odisha's Koraput district was crowned as the first 'Tribal Queen' at the Adi Rani Kalinga Tribal Queen competition held in Bhubaneswar today. 
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the 3rd annual meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Mumbai
    • Theme of 3rd Annual Meeting of AIIB 2018 : 'Mobilising finance for infrastructure: innovation and collaboration'. 
    • AIIB is a multilateral development bank with a mission to improve social and economic outcomes in Asia and beyond.
  • Mukesh Ambani's Reliance is going to launch its e-commerce business by end of this year through an app meant for local retailers and stores. 
    • This app will help merchants manage inventory, logistics, and supply chain requirements and even accept payments and credit money back. 
  • State-run Punjab National Bank (PNB) has set up loan recovery cells in all its 6,900 branches
    • The bank has deployed nearly 25,000 employees to recover bad loans and created a stressed asset vertical led by four general managers at its central headquarters.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has proposed setting up of Board of Management (BoM) in all Urban Co-operative Banks (UCBs) having deposits of over Rs 100 crore within one year to strengthen governance and promote professional management in these banks.
Science & Technology
  • Russian billionaire and scientist Igor Ashurbeyli today officially declared himself as the leader of the world's first space nation 'Asgardia'
    • Asgardia aims to be an independent space nation, with its own government, currency, justice system and calendar. 
    • Focused towards establishing a permanent settlement on the moon in 25 years, Asgardia already has 2 lakh citizens.
  • To monitor citizens living in different parts of the country, China has launched bird-shaped drones fitted with a camera, GPS antenna, and satellite communication capability. 
    • The program codenamed "Dove", is run by Song Bifeng, a professor at Northwestern Polytechnical University.
MOUs & Agreements
  • India is going to sign a ₹3,400-crore ($500 million) deal with Israel for the purchase of around 4,500 Spike missiles for the Indian Army. 
    • Note : Spike Missile is a fourth-generation man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile designed by Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. 
    • This deal will be signed ahead of Israel Defence Director-General Udi Adam's visit to India on 2nd July 2018.
  • India and Seychelles have signed 6 MoUs to further expand bilateral ties between the two sides. The signed agreements are :
    • MoU between Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of Ministry of External Affairs of India and Department of Foreign Affairs of Seychelles.
    • MoU regarding Indian Grant Assistance for implementation of small development projects through local bodies, educational and vocational institutions.
    • MoU in the area of Cyber Security: It was signed between Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in) and Seychelles’ Department of Information Communications Technology.
    • Twinning Agreement on Establishment of Friendship and Cooperation between Panaji (Municipal Corporation), Goa (India) and Victoria City of Seychelles
    • MOU on Cultural Exchange Programme between India and Seychelles for the years 2018-2022.
    • Technical Agreement on Sharing White Shipping Information between Indian Navy and National Information Sharing and Coordination Center of Seychelles.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian Archer Deepika Kumari won her first individual Gold Medal in six years at the Salt Lake World Cup following a 7-3 win over Germany’s Michelle Kroppen in the recurve final.
  • Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, aged 45 years and 161 days, has become the oldest player to play a FIFA World Cup match. 
    • He achieved the feat by featuring in the Group A match against Saudi Arabia today.
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