Current Affairs Updates - 19th June 2018
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New Appointments: International
Iván Duque wins election to become Colombia's president
- Colombia has chosen Iván Duque, a conservative neophyte, to be its next president after a long and divisive campaign that often centred on a controversial peace process with leftist rebels the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc).
Banking, Economic & Financial Affairs
Northeast India’s first small bank, North East Small Finance bank starts operation, Ratan Tata launches the first branch of the bank.
Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi (North East) Microfinance Limited received the Small Finance Bank License from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on March 31, 2017.
The state government will provide viablility gap funding of Rs 2,500 crore for the proposed Bandra-Versova sea link from the premium that is collected by selling fungible floor space index (FSI) to builders.
- The sea link project, which is part of the ambitious 39km coastal road being implemented by the BMC, is being executed by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation at a cost of Rs 9,500 crore.
Taking Yoga practice to new heights, monks and locals in Nepal, celebrated fourth International Day of Yoga at Muktinath Temple, 12500 feet above sea level.
- The Yoga camp was organised by the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu.
State’s largest petroglyph site discovered at Kandanathi
- Kandanathi, a tiny village located about 5-km south of Yemmiganur mandal headquarters in the district, is the biggest petroglyph site in Andhra Pradesh, an exploration by an archaeology researcher of Yogi Vemana University has revealed.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday, 18 June, reached Paris for the second leg of her four-nation tour of Italy, France, Luxembourg and Belgium.
- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Paris for the second leg of her four-nation visit.
India has agreed to open four new air entry points to Nepal in the eastern and western parts of the country.
- This aims at facilitating movement of international traffic. The four routes that India agreed to make two-way are Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Dhaka, Kathmandu-Janakpur-Kolkata, and Kathmandu-Janakpur-Patna in the eastern part of Nepal and Kathmandu-Mahendranagar-Delhi (L626) in the west, Kathmandu Post reported.
World Bank approves 700 million dollars to improve primary education in Bangladesh
- The Quality Learning for All Program (QLEAP) will cover more than 18 million children studying in pre-primary level to grade 5.
The US has surpassed India to become the top destination for greenfield FDI investment in 2017
- The number of greenfield FDI projects in India during the year fell sharply by 21 per cent to 637, said the FDI Report 2018 compiled by FDI Intelligence, a division of The Financial Times Ltd.
South Korea conducts war games to defend against Japan
- South Korea will begin two days of war games to practice defending the disputed Dokdo islands off its east coast - against an unlikely attack by Japan.
U.K. excludes India from relaxed student visa rules
- Britain’s efforts to reform the visa application process for international students from a number of countries will not extend to India — a development that highlights recent strains in the bilateral relations between the two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to London earlier this year.
Science & Technology
ISRO Clears 5,700 kg GSAT-11 for Launch after Conducting Thorough Checks
- The ISRO has cleared for launch GSAT-11, the satellite which was recalled from Kourou in French Guinea for thorough checks, after losing contact with its another satellite that was launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Schemes / Programme
Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare released the 11th Common Review Mission (CRM) report of the National Health Mission
- Speaking at the function, Choubey stated that India has registered a record 22% reduction in MMR since 2013, which is the highest percentage decline so far when compared to all the previous reductions in Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) as per the earlier rounds of Sample Registration Scheme (SRS).
Agreements/ MoUs Signed
Muthoot Fincorp Limited today announced its partnership with National Skill Development Corporation to train over 10,000 youth over the next three years and make them job ready.
- With the partnership, Muthoot Fincorp claims to have become the first major private sector player to partner with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to launch the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY.2) programme.
Greece and Macedonia defied protests and set aside three decades of dispute on Sunday as they agreed on a new name for the Balkan state, potentially paving the way for Macedonia's admission to the European Union and NATO.
- The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia signed an accord to rename the former Yugoslav republic the "Republic of North Macedonia," despite a storm of protest over a deal seen as a national sellout by some on both sides.
Summit /Conference / Events
The fourth meeting of Niti Aayog’s governing council began on Sunday with main agenda of deliberating upon measures taken to double farmers’ income and the progress of government’s flagship schemes.
- The governing council is expected to take up issues such as measures taken to double farmers’ income, progress made by flagship schemes such as Ayushman Bharat, National Nutrition Mission, and Mission Indradhanush and development of aspirational districts. It will also take stock of the work done during the previous year and deliberate upon development agenda for ‘New India 2022’.
The European Union Film Festival (EUFF), aimed at putting a spotlight on the latest European cinema, will premiere in New Delhi
- The Festival, to be held at the Siri fort auditorium in Delhi, will be inaugurated on Monday evening by Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, in the presence of Amit Khare, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting;
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the Hyperloop test site in the US.
- Fadnavis in his endeavour to explore new technology to reduce Mumbai-Pune trip to 25 minutes, visited one of the test sites of Virgin Hyperloop One in Las Vegas.
Awards & Honours: Sports
Brooks Koepka wins US Open title for second year in a row
- There was a time during the second round on Friday at the 118th U.S. Open Championship that Brooks Koepka was at 7-over-par and appeared hopelessly out of the race to repeat as champion at this tournament.
Roger Federer claimed his 98th ATP title and re-established his unrivalled superiority on grass with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Milos Raonic in the Stuttgart Cup final.
- The top-seeded Swiss beat his Canadian opponent for the 11th time in 14 meetings while winning a first Stuttgart title.