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INDIAN AFFAIRS

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar inaugurates 3 day MODI fest in Panaji

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar inaugurates 3 day MODI fest in Panaji

  1. In the Goa there are maximium of 50,000 croweds for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally in Panaji on Saturday, there is the peoples of the party a BJP MLA for the last five assembly elections said the Manohar Parrikar.
  2. Modi said in his 30-minute speech at Campal-Panaji, “Give us a comfortable majority and we will make Goa the most comfortable state in the country,”
  3. “Amit Shah had hinted at Modi sending Parrikar back to Goa but if Modi himself says it here in Goa then there is a good chance people may reconsider not voting for us… people in Goa are very proud of Parrikar,” a party worker overseeing preparations at the rally venue said.
  4. The BJP president said, “(Prime Minister) Narendrabhai (Modi) needs him (Parrikar) at the Centre as well. We will decide after elections where Parrikar will be working. But let me assure you that wherever Parrikar may be working, the Goa government will function under his leadership,”

KEYS:

  1. Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea
  2. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches and the area’s tropical spice plantations
  3. Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda

 

K Kasturirangan heads panel on National Education Policy

K Kasturirangan heads panel on National Education Policy

  1. The Union ministry of human resource development has chosen the former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) head Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan to head the much-awaited committee to draft the National Education Policy; it is get to know by the source of officials.
  2. In the HRD ministry release said, “The council will start its work from immediate effect. In an exhaustive democratic exercise carried for the last 30 months the HRD ministry has received thousands of suggestions from educationists, teachers, experts, students and other stakeholders from across the country,”
  3. The release said, “Consultations were held at Tehsil, district and state level. Regional conferences were organized where state governments have given their detailed opinion. Rajya Sabha debated the issues and a special education dialogue was organized in which 48 MPs from all parties participated. Many MPs have given their views in writing. On MyGov platform 26, 000 people gave their views online,”
  4. A source said. “It took us some time but the panel that has been appointed has members from diverse background especially in the field of education,”

KEYS:

  1. The National Policy on Education (NPE) is a policy formulated by the Government of India to promote education amongst India’s people
  2. The policy covers elementary education to colleges in both rural and urban India
  3. The first NPE was promulgated in 1968 by the government of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and the second by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1986

 

Indian Army rethinking on Sahayak system, may induct civilians in peace stations

  1. The official said, “We are looking at getting civilian staff to replace Sahayaks in peace stations. Currently, we are examining various aspect of the option”
  2. The Army is now organizing the considering the civilian staff in peace stations in the different places to do away with the colonial-era Sakayak system, in the wake of rising cases of jawans coming out openly against it.
  3. In the month of the last month there are the number of videos had surfaced where some Army jawans were has get seems in the voicing their anger over the Sahayak system with some even alleging that they are treated as servants by the officers to whom they are attached.
  4. In the month of the March, the body of a jawan, Roy Mathew, was found hanging at Deolali cantonment in Maharashtra after a sting video, which showed him complaining about being made to do household chores of superior officers, went viral.

KEYS:

  1. The Indian Army is the land-based branch and the largest component of the Indian Armed Forces
  2. The President of India serves as the Supreme Commander of the Indian Army, and it is commanded by the Chief of Army Staff, who is a four-star general
  3. Motto: “Service Before Self”
  4. Headquarters: New Delhi, India
  5. Chief of the Army Staff (COAS): General Bipin Rawat
  6. Vice Chief of the Army Staff(VCOAS): Lieutenant General Sarath Chand
  7. Founded: August 15, 1947, India
  8. Color: Gold, red and black

 

 

Arunachal Pradesh govt raise retirement age of employees to 60 years

  1. The Arunachal Pradesh government has announced that to increase the retirement age of regular state government employees to 60 years with effect from January 1 next year.
  2. After the meeting that was held for the discussion, the government observed that there are various categories of employees who are already having the benefit of retirement age of 60 years, it is get to know in the report that was released on Sunday.
  3. In the term of get differential retirement age for the regular employees serving under the same government, the state government decided to establish the retirement age of such employees from existing 58 to 60 years.
  4. In the released statement of the source it is said that in this that will be happen after the counting of the total time of statutory changes to be made to the new scheme, the government decided to implement it with effect from January 1, 2018.

KEYS:

  1. Arunachal Pradesh is one of the 29 states of India, located in the Northeastern​ region of the nation
  2. It holds the distinction of being the Northeastern-most state of the country
  3. Area: 32,333 mi²
  4. Districts: 20
  5. Population: 1.255 million (2012)
  6. Official language: English Hindi
  7. Capitals: Guwahati (Judiciary), Itanagar

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

China’s fastest bullet train makes debut

China's fastest bullet train makes debut

  1. China’s new featured and amazing bullet train, that is with the maximum speed of 400 kilometer an hour, has made its new debut for the country that is today at the country’s busiest city Beijing-Shanghai line. The name of this train is ‘Fuxing’, a CR400AF model, have gain the top speed of 400 kilometers per hour and a consistent speed of 350 kilometers an hour.
  2. ‘Fuxing’ or rejuvenation firstly has arrived the Beijing South Railway Station at 11:05 am for Shanghai. At that time only, another CR400AF model left Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station for Beijing.
  3. The newly released bulolet train that is known as electric multiple units (EMU), took about five hours and 45 minutes to reach Shanghai. On its way, it stopped by 10 stations, including Jinan, Shandong province and Tianjin.
  4. The general manager of China Railway Corporation, Lu Dongfu, who is the operator of the new bullet train, said ‘Fuxing’, underpins the unique role that high-speed railway has played in China’s economic and social development.

KEYS:

  1. China is a populous nation in East Asia whose vast landscape encompasses grassland, desert, mountains, lakes, rivers and more than 14,000km of coastline
  2. Capital Beijing mixes modern architecture with historic sites such as the Forbidden City palace complex and Tiananmen Square
  3. Shanghai is a skyscraper-studded global financial center
  4. The iconic Great Wall of China runs east-west across the country’s north
  5. Capital: Beijing
  6. Currency: Renminbi
  7. President: Xi Jinping
  8. Official language and national language: Standard Chinese
  9. Official languages: Mandarin Chinese, Standard Mandarin

 

Trump claims victory as court partially reinstates travel ban

Trump claims victory as court partially reinstates travel ban

  1. On Monday, the US Supreme Court has retender the US president Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries, prompting the president to claim a victory for national security.
  2. The State Department said, “It allows the travel suspension for the six terror-prone countries and the refugee suspension to become largely effective. As president, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm.
  3. Attorney General Jeff Sessions voiced, “Groups like ISIS (the Islamic State group) and Al-Qaeda seek to sow chaos and destruction in our country, and often operate from war-torn and failed countries. It is crucial that we properly vet those seeking to come to America from these locations, and failing to do so put us all in danger.”
  4. Trump said, “As president, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm. I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive. My number one responsibility as commander in chief is to keep the American people safe.  Today’s ruling allows me to use an important tool for protecting our nation’s homeland.”

KEYS:

  1. The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean
  2. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC
  3. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking
  4. Capital: Washington, D.C.
  5. President: Donald Trump
  6. Gross domestic product: 17.95 trillion USD (2015) World Bank
  7. States: California, Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Alaska, More

 

For the First Time in Seven Years, Ayatollah Khamenei Rakes Up Kashmir

  1. In the seven years it is happen first time, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has mentioned the Kashmir, in his reported statement equating the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir with that of Yemen and Bahrain as requiring the support of “all Muslim nations”.
  2. Khamenei stated, “The World of Islam should explicitly support the people of Yemen, and express their disdain against the oppressors who’ve attacked the people in such horrible ways during the month of Ramadan. The same is true for the people of Bahrain and Kashmir. Our people can back this great movement within the World of Islam,”
  3. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei said on Nov 22, 2016, “On the basis of the first viewpoint, the Americans do not have a plan for uprooting Daesh. Like the English who have kept the wound of Kashmir open since the era of colonialism in the Indian subcontinent and which has resulted in two neighbouring countries, India and Pakistan, to have discord on this matter until the present time, the Americans too want to act on the issue of Daesh in a way that this problem continues to exist in Iraq without ever being resolved,”
  4. According to Sumitha N. Kutty, a foreign affairs specialist who tracks India and Iran, the difference from 2010 is that “we are in a post-deal environment where India is working very hard (with Iran) to bring its strategic projects like the Chabahar port to fruition, despite the US president’s moves to undermine the nuclear deal”.

KEYS:

  1. Iran is an Islamic republic on the Persian Gulf with historical sites dating to the Persian Empire
  2. Extensive marble ruins mark Persepolis, the empire’s capital founded by Darius I in the 6th century B.C
  3. The modern capital, Tehran, is home to opulent Golestan Palace, seat of the Qajar Dynasty (1794–1925), plus modern landmarks such as the 435m-high Milad Tower
  4. Capital: Tehran
  5. Supreme leader: Ali Khamenei
  6. President: Hassan Rouhani
  7. Official language: Persian

 

 

BANKING & FINANCE

World Bank clears $250- Million Loan to Train India’s Job Seekers

World Bank clears $250- Million Loan to Train India's Job Seekers

  1. The World Bank has accepted the USD 250-million loan to making Indian youth more employable through reskilling, in a move that is seen to aid the Skill India mission. The multi-lateral lender is keen to support the Indian government in its efforts to better equip the young workforce with employable skills.
  2. The Bank said in a release, “The USD 250-million Skill India Mission Operation (SIMO), approved by the World Bank board of executive directors, will increase the market relevance of short-term skill development programmes (3-12 months or up to 600 hours) at the national and state level,”
  3. World Bank Country Director to India Junaid Ahmad said, “This programme will support the government’s vision of investing in the human capital of India’s youth, enable greater off-farm employment and increase women’s participation in the labour market,”
  4. World Bank Country Director to India Junaid Ahmad said that the programme will benefit approximately 15,000 trainers and 3,000 assessors.

KEYS:

  1. The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to countries of the world for capital programs
  2. Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
  3. Purpose: Crediting
  4. Subsidiaries: International Finance Corporation, More
  5. Parent organization: United Nations
  6. Founders: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White

 

 

Nominated banks not taking fresh orders for gold imports till GST clarity emerges on July 1

Nominated banks not taking fresh orders for gold imports till GST clarity emerges on July 1

  1. There is the USD $5 have put the discount in the gold market has been decrease in the many of the bullion banks have stopped importing on consignment basis until clarity emerges on GST treatment over such imports, it is said by the Kolkata based bullion dealer.
  2. Harshad Ajmera, Kolkata based bullion dealer said, “Banks prefer to wait and see until after July 1 when GST kicks in. Till then they are not taking any fresh orders.”
  3. “There is no clarity on what happens to GST credit of banks if gold falls,” said James Jose, owner of a south based gold refinery. “Banks prefer to wait and see till the GST regime kicks in.”
  4. Under GST, Bank’s have put the 3% to the government as the new levy is on supply. Assume a bank imports a consignment at $1260 an oz . It pays 3% GST or $37.8. However at the time of sale if the price of gold drops to $1240, the GST it recovers from a customer will be lower.

KEYS:

  1. Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital of India’s West Bengal state
  2. Founded as an East India Company trading post, it was India’s capital under the British Raj from 1773–1911
  3. Today it’s known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals
  4. It’s also home to Mother House, headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, whose tomb is on site

 

 

IDFC Ltd elevates Sunil Kakar as MD and CEO for 3 years

  1. Private sector lender bank IDFC Bank has announced today that the elevation of its CFO Sunil Kakar as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company that will come in the effect in the law from the next month July 17 for three years. Kakar has also been appointed as additional director. Both the appointments are subject to shareholders’ approval at the annual general meeting(AGM).
  2. The Board of Directors has been given the permission for this appointment of Sunil Kakar as the Managing Director and CEO of the company for 3 years with effect from July 17, 2017, it is said in the report of the IDFC bank.
  3. Vikram Limaye will quit the Committee of Administrators (COA) for BCCI on July 14 when the Supreme Court reopens, to take over as the Managing Director and CEO of National Stock Exchange (NSE).
  4. Limaye was with IDFC since 2005 and has over 25 years of experience of working with financial institutions, global investment banks, international commercial banks, and global accounting firms.

KEYS:

  1. IDFC Bank Ltd. is an Indian banking company with headquarters in Mumbai that forms part of IDFC, an integrated infrastructure finance company
  2. The bank started operations on 1st October 2015
  3. Headquarters: India
  4. CEO: Rajiv Lall (Oct 1, 2015–)
  5. Founded: October 2015
  6. Number of employees: 3,906 (2017)
  7. Parent organization: IDFC Financial Holding Company Limited

 

Science and Technology

SpaceX successfully completes two Falcon 9 landings in one weekend

SpaceX successfully completes two Falcon 9 landings in one weekend

  1. A SpaceX launched the rocket that has carried 10 communications satellites into orbit of the earth that is from California on the Sunday, just after the two days the company successfully launched a satellite from Florida. The Falcon 9 rocket has get blasted off through low-lying fog at 1:25 p.m. PDT from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles.
  2. Iridium CEO Matt Desch said, “It’s hard to celebrate something like that, but these satellites have put in almost 20 years of service, and making sure we’ve cleaned up after ourselves as we deploy our new constellation is a priority,”
  3. Aireon CEO Don Thoma said, “This will truly be a revolutionary aspect of air-traffic control,”
  4. The USD $3 billion has been given or invested from the McLean, Virginia, company involves complex procedures to replace 66 operational satellites in use for many years. Some of the new satellites will be so-called on-orbit spares, or older satellites that remain in orbit on standby for use if the newer ones malfunction.

KEYS:

  1. Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, better known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California
  2. Founder: Elon Musk
  3. Founded: 2002
  4. CEO: Elon Musk (2002–)
  5. Headquarters: Hawthorne, California, United States
  6. Number of employees: 6,000
  7. Type of business: Privately held company

 

The Great Barrier Reef is literally a treasure. It’s worth $42 billion.

  1. In the financial cost there is no including of the Natural beauty. There are some of the researchers that are getting the argue for the Great Barrier Reef has a pretty big price tag. In the new report commissioned by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation argues the reef is worth an estimated $42.4 billion in U.S. dollars. That’s more than 12 Sydney Opera Houses.
  2. In this year in the earlier there are separate result is announced in that it is found that to continued bleaching could lead to a loss of over 1 million visitors annually to areas near the Great Barrier Reef. That alone would cost local economies $1 billion in tourism and around 10,000 jobs.
  3. The damage of the reef has been taken over the past two years doesn’t mean that it’s doomed, but there are still a number of factors threatening the reef and very few solutions for saving it.

KEYS:

  1. The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space
  2. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral
  3. It’s home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins and sharks
  4. Area: 132,974 mi²
  5. UNESCO World Heritage Site inscription: 1981
  6. The second longest barrier reef in the world, the Belize Reef off the Caribbean coast of Belize, only measures 290km (180 miles) in length

 

SPORTS

Shrinivas Gokulnath becomes first Indian to solo finish Race across America

Shrinivas Gokulnath becomes first Indian to solo finish Race across America

  1. Nashik’s army doctor Srinivas Gokulnath and Nagpur’s doctor Amit Samarth has created the history and became the first solo finishers from the country in the Race Across America (RAAM) that is on Sunday, one of the most esteemed ultra-endurance cycling events in the world.
  2. Samarth had quoted before heading for America, “RAAM is an ultimate test of human endurance. My objective is to promote sports and active lifestyle and inspire people of my country to give more priority to sports. In future, I want to establish the School of Endurance Sports in Nagpur to develop national and international level athletes in endurance sports like cycling, running and triathlon,”
  3. Pune-based Divya Tate of Inspire India said, “We have been waiting for this moment for years. This year has been significant for Indian cyclists, as two of them finished as solo while the Team Sahyadri will mostly finish in a day,”
  4. RAAM is about 30 per cent longer than the Tour de France. In this may of the racers completes his whole of the path by avoiding the rest in his path. Racers must cycle 3070 miles, across 12 states, and climb over 1, 70,000 vertical feet.

KEYS:

  1. Full form of RAAM- Race Across America
  2. The Race Across America, or RAAM, is an ultramarathon bicycle race across the United States that started in 1982 as the Great American Bike Race
  3. RAAM is one of the longest annual endurance events in the world

 

India’s Yashaswini Deswal bags gold in 10m air pistol

  1. The Indian pistol shooter, Youngster Yashaswini Singh Deswal has made the country proud by winning the prestigious and valuable gold medal at the women’s 10m air pistol event on Sunday to makes sure that India stayed at the second position in the medals tally at the end of day two of the ISSF Junior World Championship in Germany.
  2. In the main round that is the final round she starts with slow and after fast in the eight women field. He made fabulous performance made her clinch the world record equaling finals score of 235.9.
  3. The shooter’s fifth shot in the final was an effort of 7.8, which put her in the third position after the first five shots.
  4. Yashaswini’s game play was the best achivement for the another player that is on the second placed Korean Woori Kim’s effort of 231.8 was not even close. Guilia Campostrini of Italy won the bronze in the event. Yashaswini’s gold medal made sure India were No.2 on the points table with two gold medals, one silver and one bronze. China is at the summit of the table.

KEYS:

  1. Germany is a Western European country with a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches
  2. It has over 2 millennia of history
  3. Berlin, its capital, is home to art and nightlife scenes, the Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII
  4. Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and beer halls, including the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. Frankfurt, with its skyscrapers, houses the European Central Bank
  5. Capital: Berlin
  6. Dialing code: +49
  7. Population: 81.41 million (2015) World Bank
  8. President: Frank-Walter Steinmeier
  9. Chancellor: Angela Merkel

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Manushi Chhillar from Hariyana wins the title of Miss India 2017

Manushi Chhillar from Hariyana wins the title of Miss India 2017

  1. There is the many of the awaited bearers for the candidates and the public get cleared. There is the new face for the miss India has been chosen and revealed that is Miss Haryana Manushi Chhillar has been declared Miss India 2017. The contest of the Miss India was held on the night of June 25, at Yash Raj Film Studio, Mumbai.
  2. At the place of the gudges there were seated some of the leading faces of the fashion and Bollywood fraternity. Those given the task of choosing the winner included Arjun Rampal, Manish Malhotra, Illeana D’ Cruz, Bipasha Basu, Abhishek Kapoor, Vidyut Jammwal and Miss World 2016 Stehanie Del Valle.
  3. Manushi replied, “Throughout the journey I had a vision and with this came a belief, I can change the world.”
  4. Manushi was crowned by Stephanie Del Valle. Miss Jammu and Kashmir, Sana Dua, and Miss Bihar, Priyanka Kumari were declared the first and second runner-up respectively.

KEYS:

  1. Miss India or Femina Miss India is a national beauty pageant in India that annually selects representatives to compete in Miss World
  2. It is organised by Femina, a women’s magazine published by The Times Group
  3. Key person: Vineet Jain
  4. Parent organisation: The Times Group
  5. Formation: 1952
  6. Official languages: Hindi, English Language

 

OBITUARY

Jimmy Chi: Bran Nue Dae playwright, award-winning Indigenous ‘WA state treasure’ dies

Jimmy Chi: Bran Nue Dae playwright, award-winning Indigenous 'WA state treasure' dies

  1. Iconic Broome playwrighter Jimmy Chi, who has written the Australian musical and box office hit Bran Nue Dae,has died in Broome Hospital yesterday as the age of 69.
  2. Mr Chi has written the award-winning 1990 musical Bran Nue Dae, which was turned into a feature film in 2009, which starred Rocky McKenzie, Jessica Mauboy, Missy Higgins and Ernie Dingo.
  3. He was the prasentee of the Australia Council’s Red Ochre Award in 1997 for the lifetime achievement of an Indigenous artist, before being acknowledged by the WA Government as a State Living Treasure in 2004.
  4. The Perth International Arts Festival artistic director Wendy Martin said, “The world premiere of Bran Nue Dae at the 1990 Perth Festival was an extraordinary and life-affirming revelation. Six years in development, Bran Nue Dae was the first contemporary Aboriginal musical and it gave many non-indigenous audiences their first insights into modern Aboriginal life.”

KEYS:

  1. James Ronald “Jimmy” Chi was an Australian composer, musician and playwright
  2. His best known work is the 1990 musical Bran Nue Dae which was adapted for film in 2009
  3. Born: 1948, Broome, Australia
  4. Died: June 26, 2017
  5. Plays: Bran Nue Dae, Corrugation Road
  6. Movies: Bran Nue Dae
  7. Books: Broome Songwriters, Bran Nue Dae: 3 Cassettes
  8. Music group: Kuckles

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

June 28th 1975: India Imposes the Toughest Press Censorship since Independence

June 28th 1975: India Imposes the Toughest Press Censorship since Independence

  1. On June 21st in the year1975, the then President of India, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed has declared a state of emergency by the request of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
  2. By that declaration of the state emmergence there were many questions has arised for this. It is beginwith the Indira Gandhi being blamed of using unfair means to win the 1971 elections.
  3. On June 12th in the year 1975, the Allahabad High Court, upon an allegation by Jai Narain (who had been defeated in parliamentary elections by Gandhi) found Mrs. Gandhi guilty of misusing government machinery for her election campaign.

KEYS:

  1. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed was the 5th President of India from 1974 to 1977 and also the 2nd President of India to die in office
  2. Born: May 13, 1905, Delhi, India
  3. Died: February 11, 1977, New Delhi, India
  4. Children: 3
  5. Spouse: Begum Abida Ahmed (m. 1945–1977)
  6. Parents: Col. Zalnur Ali Ahmed
  7. Education: St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge

 

 

 

 

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