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Daily Current Affairs for June 19-20,2018 ( English)

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Important days:
1.     June 19 - International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict was observed across the world with an aim to foster solidarity with the survivors who endure multiple, intersecting stigmas in the wake of sexual violence, including the stigma of association with a terrorist group and of bearing children conceived through rape by the enemy. The theme of 2018 is “Plight and Rights of Children Born of War”.
2.       2018 - The year 2018 is observed as “Year of Disabled Soldiers in Line of Duty” by Indian Army to honour soldiers who have been disabled in line of duty. The major endeavour of this initiative is to provide one-time financial assistance to disabled soldiers who have been boarded out from service on medical grounds and are rendered non-employable due to their medical or physical conditions. The primary focus of this initiative is to alleviate sufferings of these soldiers, who have done their duty with utmost dedication to nation and have been disabled for the life. It is also planning to showcase talent of disabled soldiers by organizing sports and physical activities, cultural events and their art exhibitions.
National:
1.       Women bear uneven burden in family planning as they account for more than 93% of sterilisations in the country according to 11th report of Common Review Mission of National Health Mission (NHM). In 2017-18 (till October) of the total 14,73,418 sterilisation procedures 93.1 % were female sterilisation (tubectomies) and only 6.8 % were male sterilization (vasectomy).
2.       National Testing Agency (NTA) will train paper setters to set better question papers and provide better model answers as per the announcement made by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD). NTA is expected to conduct some of the examinations that CBSE has been conducting till now. It will take over all examinations from the CBSE (except the 10th and 12th board examinations) from 2019 in phased manner. It will be also conducting prestigious Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for admission to engineering colleges like IITs and NITs and National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to all medical and dental colleges in the country (except AIIMS and JIPMER, Puducherry). NTA was set up to relieve Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and other educational regulator bodies from burden of conducting multiple examinations.
3.       Central Water Commission (CWC) has signed collaboration agreement with search engine giant Google for flood forecasting and dissemination of flood related information to masses. This initiative will help crisis management agencies to deal extreme hydrological events in better manner for effective flood management in India under National Hydrology Project (NHP).Under this Agreement, CWC and Google will share technical expertise to collaborate on i) Improving flood prediction systems, which will help provide location-targeted, actionable flood warnings, ii) High priority research project utilizing Google Earth to help visualize and improve flood management.iii) Cultural project to build online exhibitions on Rivers of India.
4.       National Digital Library of India (NDLI) launched by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) on the occasion of National Reading Day (observed on June 17) in New Delhi. NDLI has been developed by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. It is single window platform that collects and collates metadata from premier learning institutions in India and abroad, as well as other relevant sources. It is open to all at free of cost. It is digital repository 17 million-plus items containing textbooks, articles, videos, audio books, lectures, simulations, fiction and all other kinds of learning media) in 200-plus languages from more than 170 institutions. NDLI’s objective is to make digital educational resources available to all citizens of the country to empower, inspire and encourage learning.
5.       The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has declared medium (5 GW by 2022) and long-term (30 GW by 2030) targets for offshore wind power capacity addition. The target set for offshore wind power is moderate in comparison to on-shore wind target of 60 GW and its achievement of 34 GW and solar target of 100 GW by 2022. This is mainly because of challenges considering difficulties in installing large wind power turbines in open seas. The offshore wind turbines are of much larger dimensions and capacities than onshore turbines.
6.       The Chief Ministers Subgroup to coordinate policy approaches for agriculture sector and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) has constituted by the Union government. The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan will be its convener and CMs of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Sikkim along with Member NITI Aayog, Ramesh Chand as its members. CMs Subgroup formation comes in backdrop of vision of Central Government towards Doubling Farmers’ Income by 2022 which requires multi-dimensional and inclusive approach. It will submit its report within three months from its date of constitution.
7.       A workshop on Cyber Security Framework for Department of Defence was organized and inaugurated by Ministry of Defence. This one day workshop was organized with an aim to bring in synchronised approach for cyber security based on frame work document released by the Department of Defence Production in 2018. The framework is in line with National policies & guidelines; and provides a common mechanism for all organizations to describe their current cyber security posture & the target area for cyber security.
8.       Anukreethy Vas from Tamil Nadu was crowned Femina Miss India World 2018 on June 19, 2018 at a function held in Mumbai. Last year's Miss World Manushi Chhillar awarding her the crown. Haryana’s Meenakshi Chaudhary was announced as the first runner-up; Shreya Rao Kamavarapu of Andhra Pradesh was adjudged the second runner-up.
9.       The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has adopted Jagatpur village in Delhi for its Swachhata Abhiyaan. Jagatpur is destined to be one of the most beautiful villages in Delhi and NCR. The sanitation drive by KVIC began with a plantation drive and ended with cleanliness drive along the bank of the Yamuna river.KVIC is also installing 20 park benches on the bank on Yamuna River. The next cleanliness drive will be in Mumbai's Juhu Beach under KVIC’s Swachhata Mission.
10.   Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, has been selected as 100th Smart City after evaluating the proposal submitted by it. Till now, 99 smart cities had been selected in four rounds of competition and with today’s announcement; selection of 100 cities has been completed under the Smart Cities Mission.
11.   PM Narendra Modi will lead the 4th International Yoga Day Celebrations in Dehradun on June 21, 2018. The Prime Minister will join thousands of volunteers, performing Yoga asanas in the lawns of Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, located in the lap of the Himalayas. The Prime Minister had earlier participated in the International Yoga Day Celebrations at Rajpath in New Delhi in 2015, at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh in 2016, and the Ramabai Ambedkar Sabha Sthal in Lucknow in 2017.
12.   The world's first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics was launched at Gandhinagar in Gujarat. The launch of the Centre was followed by an International Symposium on Humanitarian Forensics. It is a joint venture of the Regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in India, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives and also Gujarat Forensic Science University. It is a joint venture of the Regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in India, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives and also Gujarat Forensic Science University.
13.   India and Australia have agreed to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation through regular exchange of information and sharing of best practices on countering violent extremism. The decision was taken during the 10th Meeting of the Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism in New Delhi. Both sides assessed and exchanged views on prevailing terrorist threats in their respective regions including the problem of cross-border terrorism in the Afghanistan-Pak region.


International: 
1.       As per the draft of new document that was released in Dec 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified gaming addiction as mental health disorder in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 11. WHO defines gaming disorder as pattern of gaming behavior (video-gaming or digital-gaming) characterized by impaired control over gaming, increased priority given to gaming over other activities to such extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities.
2.     Nikki Haley, the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on June 19, 2018 announced the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), accusing the council of bias against US ally Israel. However, Haley asserted that United States will continue to promote human rights outside of the council and would consider rejoining it in the future, if reforms are made.
Defence:
1.       ICGS Rani Rashmoni, fast patrol vessel (FPV) has commissioned by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. It is named after legendary Rani Rashmoni of Kolkata. It has been designed and built by Hindustan Ship Yard Ltd. It is 51 metre long, 8.36 metre wide and weights 346-tonne. It is fifth and last ship to be commissioned in the series of fast patrol vessel (FPV) project of ICG. It can perform multifarious tasks such as surveillance, search and rescue, interdiction, anti-smuggling and anti-poaching operations. The ship will be based at Visakhapatnam under the administrative and operational control of Commander, No.6 Coast Guard District Headquarters (Andhra Pradesh).
2.       The Indian Army has drawn detailed plan to develop Jaisalmer Military Station in Rajasthan as smart facility patterned on Central Government’s Smart Cities Mission. The plan has been formulated in consonance with eight key areas identified by central government for development of Smart Cities. It has provisions for rainwater harvesting, centralized garbage disposal, solar-security lights, underground electric cabling, solar-water heaters, LED lighting and LPG supply through pipelines.
3.       Indra-2018 - the tri-service joint military exercise between India and Russia will take place at Indian military base in second half of 2018. In this edition of exercise, combined military units of Russian Eastern Military District will participate in military drills. Members of Indian defence forces were also involved in planning of the exercise which included practical operations of units besides consumer services, catering and medical support for Russian units. In addition, they also agreed on procedure for receiving and servicing of military transport aircraft in India. In this regard, Russian military delegation visited India to discuss logistics of the exercise.
Economy/ Banking:
1.       The definition of relatives under the ‘maintenance of close relative’ category of Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) to check outflow of funds and prevent misuse of facility has narrowed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Henceforth, funds under this category can be sent only to immediate relatives such as parents, spouses, children and their spouses.
Schemes:
1.       7-Star Gram Panchayat Rainbow scheme to give star rankings to its panchayats on the basis of seven social parameters has launched.by Harayana Government.Under this scheme, seven social parameters under which panchayats will be judged are sex ratio, education, hygiene, environment preservation, governance and social participation. Stars of different colours (mentioned below) are awarded to panchayats depending upon their performance in each parameter. Pink star: It will be awarded to those panchayats that make outstanding performance in improving sex ratio. Green star: It is for protection of environment, white star for cleanliness. Saffron star: It is for crime-free villages. Sky colour star: It will be awarded to village that will have no drop out. Golden star: It is for good governance. Silver star: It will be awarded for participation in development of villages. Gram panchayats scoring maximum in all parameters will be recognized as Indradhanush Gram Panchayats. They will get special grants for development works from Development and Panchayats Department of the State Government depending upon their performance. Villages winning six stars will be entitled to get additional developmental works worth Rs 20 lakh. Villages with 5 stars rating will get additional developmental works worth Rs. 15 lakh. Villages with 4 stars will get additional developmental works worth Rs 10 lakh.
2.       National Health Resource Repository (NHRR) Project has launched by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It is country’s first ever healthcare establishment census to collect data of all public and private healthcare establishments. It aims to strengthen evidence-based decision making and develop platform for citizen and provider-centric services by creating robust, standardized and secured IT-enabled repository of India’s healthcare resources. The census will be conducted under Collection of Statistics Act 2008.
Appointments/ Resignations:
1.       President Ram Nath Kovind on June 20, 2018 approved the Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) following the resignation of Mehbooba Mufti as Jammu and Kashmir's Chief Minister.
Deaths:
1.     The world's oldest known Sumatran orangutan passes away in an Australian zoo on June 18, 2018 due to age-related complications. She was aged 62. Puan, described as the grand old lady of Perth Zoo had been at the zoo since 1968 and was officially recognised by Guinness World Records.
2. Mimicry artist, Padma Sri awardee Nerella Venumadhav passed away on June 19, 2018 following a brief illness at his home in Mattewada in Warangal city. He was 85.

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Sir/madam pls put tamil current affairs in daily update

Sir/madam pls put tamil current affairs in daily update

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