1. June 20 - World Refugee Day is observed every year to raise awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. The theme for World Refugee Day 2018 is “Now More Than Ever, We Need to Stand with Refugees.”
2. June 21- International yoga day was celebrated across the world. The 4th International yoga day celebrations in India were led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Dehradun. The Prime Minister joined thousands of volunteers, performing Yoga asanas in the lawns of Forest Research Institute in Dehradun. Similar Yoga related events were held across the world to mark the occasion. The theme for 2018 is “ Yoga for peace”
3. June 21 – World Music Day
1. Women Wizards Rule Tech’ programme to increase number of women in senior levels in Information Technology (IT) industry has launched by Indian IT industry’s apex body NASSCOM (National Association of Software & Services Companies). The programme is designed to support women who are moving up in the career ladder and also pave the way for potential leaders of the future. It will aid women techies in core technologies like IT-Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES), product and research and development (R&D), Business Process Management (BPM) sectors by equipping them with the skills required for an edge in their career.
2. The pilot Training of Trainers (ToT) Course on Civilian Protection and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) was held at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi from June 18 to 22, 2018. It was jointly held by Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK), India and Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.
1. North Korea may soon return the first out of 200 sets of remains of American soldiers who died during the Korean War. This comes after an agreement was reached last week by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.
2. Japan has halted evacuation drills simulating a North Korean missile attack in the wake of historic talks between Washington and Pyongyang. The Japanese Government, however, instructed that the drills should be postponed for the time being following a change in the environment after the US-North Korea summit.
3. India and Tajikistan have reaffirmed their commitment to promote bilateral relations and agreed to enhance economic cooperation, particularly in sustainable water development. Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, currently on a two-day official visit to the central Asian republic, held wide-ranging talks with Sirodjidin Muhridin, Foreign Minister of Tajikistan in Dushanbe on June 20.
4. US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to keep together immigrant families who have been detained at the border with Mexico. With the decision, Trump reversed his own policy amid heavy pressure from his fellow Republicans, Democrats and the international community, over the separation of undocumented parents and children.
1. The number of nuclear warheads with nine nuclear countries has reduced from 14,935 at start of 2017 to 14,465 at start of 2018 according to updated count by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). SIPRI is an independent think tank that uses open sources to compile such data since 1966. These nine countries are United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea. The reduction is due to arms control commitments by US and Russia in 2010 Treaty on Measures for Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensi.ve Arms (New START Treaty)
1. The second edition of MSME Pulse, a quarterly report on MSME sector has released by the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), a premier financial institution for the promotion, financing and development of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector, in joint venture with TransUnion CIBIL, a Credit Information Company. The report provides the policy makers, regulators and industry with precise data-driven insights to support policy as well as business decisions. The first edition of the report was released in March 2018.
First in State/ National/ International:
1. Canada becomes the first G7 country to legalise the drug’s recreational use and the second to have a nationwide, legal marijuana market, after Uruguay (permitted in December 2013). The Parliament of Canada has passed Cannabis Act (or Bill C-45), a landmark law that legalizes recreational use of marijuana (a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant intended for medical or recreational use) nationwide.
2. ‘i-Hariyali’ mobile application under ‘Mission Tandarust Punjab’ which aimed at increasing the state’s green cover has launched by Punjab government. Using it, users can book sapling of their choice, a maximum of 25 per person, from nearby government nursery. It will ensure clean, green, healthy and robust Punjab with active participation of people.
1. India Smart Cities Awards 2018:Total nine awards in three categories including Innovative Idea Award, Project Award, and City Award were announced by Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs under India Smart Cities Awards 2018. Innovative Idea award: Bhopal and Ahmedabad were jointly honoured for Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) and Safe and Secure Ahmedabad (SASA) Project, respectively. The award was given to project and idea particularly remarkable for its innovative, bottom-up and transformative approach towards achievement of sustainable integrated development. Project awards: They were given to most innovative and successful projects in seven categories that have been completed by April 1, 2018. Projects selected under it are 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. City Award Surat smart city from Gujarat was selected for ‘City Award’ for showing great momentum in implementation of projects under India Smart Cities Awards 2018 especially in categories of urban environment, transport and mobility and sustainable integrated development.
1. AR Rahman has appointed as Brand Ambassador of the State for a year by Sikkim Government. Earlier Rahman was made state’s Brand Ambassador of tourism and business. In his new role, he will promote and project Himalayan state’s achievements nationally and globally. .
1. In the latest ICC Test rankings, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan moved up 10 places to achieve a career-best 24. His teammates Murali Vijay and Ravinder Jadeja also moved up. Dhawan's knock of 107 in the historic Bengaluru Test against Afghanistan saw him become the first Indian to complete a century before lunch on the opening day of a Test match. Vijay's innings of 105 has lifted him six spots to the 23rd position. Indian spinner Jadeja also inched up one slot to third position after claiming six wickets in the Bengaluru Test.
2. Seven Indian boxers entered the quarterfinals to make a resounding start at the Ulaanbaatar Cup Tournament in Mongolia on June 20, 2018. Shiva Thapa and L.Sarita Devi, both in 60 kg category, were among the prominent winners. Ashish, Mandeep Jangra, Etash Khan and Salman Sheikh joined Shiva in the quarters among the men after clinching contrasting victories. In the women's draw, national champion Sarjubala Devi and veteran Sarita Devi made the last-eight stage.
Books and Authors:
1. "Unfinished" is a collection of personal essays, stories and observations of the actor, producer, activist and UNICEF goodwill ambassador Priyanka Chopra. The announcement was made by publishers Penguin Random House India on June 19. The book will be published simultaneously in the US by Ballantine Books and in the UK by Michael Joseph.