Current Affairs Updates - 25th June 2018
Current Affairs Updates for 25th June 2018 has a list of important and Latest News Headlines which are very vital for the upcoming government examinations of Bank, Rail and SSC. Aspirants should go through all the headlines in details before going through our Current Affairs Quiz and One Liner GK and Note down Points at the end of the day.
International Widows Day is observed on 23rd June
- International Widows Day is a ratified day of action to address the "poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries.
Rankings & Indexes
Under the Swachh Survekshan 2018, Maharashtra takes the lead with 28 cities from the state featuring in the list of top 100 cities.
- The survey was conducted under the Swachh Bharat Mission, in cities with over 1 lakh population (Amrut cities).
The Centre of Excellence in Maritime & Shipbuilding (CEMS), Sets Up Labs in Mumbai and Vizag
- The Centre of Excellence in Maritime & Shipbuilding (CEMS), a well-funded start-up in skill development for maritime and shipbuilding sector, has announced setting up of 24 labs -6 in Mumbai and 18 in Vizag campus.
Prime Minister lays foundation stone of paperless Vanijya Bhawan
- The Bhawan, located near the India Gate, will be built on a plot of 4.33 acres, belonging to previous Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D).
UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix to visit India.
- The purpose of Lacroix's visit is to "thank the four countries for their service and sacrifice in the name of peace, as well as to update on the ongoing reforms in the UN peace and security reform area, and specifically the UN Secretary-General's Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative to make peacekeeping more focused, safer and stronger.
Baba Ramdev says will have wax statue at London’s Madame Tussauds museum
- Yoga guru Baba Ramdev says he will soon have a wax replica at the Madame Tussauds museum of London. Speaking to media persons on Friday, he said that he received the proposal almost two months back, and after much persuasion, decided to accept it.
Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Bangladesh visit to boost bilateral defence ties
- During his visit from June 24 to 29, Admiral Lanba, also the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, will hold discussions with the chiefs of the three armed forces of Bangladesh and other officials of the Bangladesh government and military.
US And South Korea To Suspend Training Exercises Indefinitely
- The United States and South Korea have agreed to indefinitely suspend two exchange program training exercises, the Pentagon said on Friday, in the aftermath of the summit earlier this month between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Defence & Railway News
PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Mundka-Bahardurgarh metro network
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Mundka-Bahardurgarh metro network through video conference. Haryana CM Manohar Lal along with Union minister Hardeep Puri attended the inaugural ceremony at city park metro station in Bahadurgarh.
Books & Authors
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) today launches the findings of SIPRI Yearbook 2018, which assesses the current state of armaments, disarmament and international security.
- Key findings include the following: all the nuclear weapon-possessing states are developing new nuclear weapon systems and modernizing their existing systems.
WWF-India launches first-ever nature-themed comic book
- ‘The Great Indian Nature Trail with Uncle Bikky' follows the travels of its protagonists Uncle Bikky, Chunmun and their dog Duggu as they learn about wildlife across India, and uses a humorous approach towards raising knowledge and awareness for wildlife protection and conservation.
Schemes / Programme
Gujarat launches SKY Scheme for farmers to generate solar power
- The Gujarat government on Saturday launched a solar power scheme for farmers- Suryashakti Kisan Yojana (SKY) enabling them to generate electricity for their captive consumption as well as sell the surplus power to the grid and earn an extra buck.
Agreements/ MoUs Signed
Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom on 21 June said that its subsidiary Nikiret has signed an agreement with Indian engineering services firm Core Energy Systems Pvt Ltd for the promotion of its technical security equipment in India.
- Rosatom, who are the technical consultants and equipment suppliers for the Nuclear Power Corp of India-operated Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu.
Nepal and China have signed several agreements on infrastructure development and connectivity including signing more than 10 agreements covering technology, transportation and political cooperation.
- Nepal can be a bridge between India and China as it wants to leverage its friendship with both the countries to boost its own development, Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said.
India signs 2 MoUs with Cuba to enhance cooperation in various fields
- Kovind will also meet Indian and Greek CEOs and deliver a speech on "India and Europe in a Changing World" at the Hellenic Foundation for Europe and Foreign Policy, a leading Greek think tank.
Summit /Conference / Events
PM Modi to inaugurate 3rd AIIB meeting in Mumbai
- The two-day event will be held at the Hotel Trident/Oberoi and NCPA. In the past, AIIB annual meetings have been held in Beijing, China, in 2016 and in Jeju, South Korea, in 2017.
Rajnath lays foundation stone for Indian-funded Mongolian oil refinery
- Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday attended the ground breaking ceremony for an Indian-funded oil refinery in Mongolia and termed it an important milestone in bilateral ties between both the countries.
PM Modi to inaugurate several development projects in Madhya Pradesh
- PM will distribute the Swachh Survekshan-2018 Awards, and launch the Swachh Survekshan-2018 results dashboard.
Awards & Honours: Sports
India's Amit Kumar Saroha has clinched the gold medal in the men's club throw F51 event at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Tunisia.
- The wheelchair-bound Indian athlete, a world silver medallist, produced the season's best performance of 29.42m to bag the gold, while in the men's shot put F57 Kuniya Puyil Sujith threw 11.47m with teammate Bhagat Singh (11.19m) in second place - the only para athletes to go beyond the 11-metre mark.
Awards & Honours: Miscellaneous
Ministry of Women & Child Development receives the ‘Best Performing Social Sector Ministry’ SKOCH Award for its Achievements and Initiatives
- Lauding the achievements of the Ministry of Women and Child Development in delivering the promises made and for its significant achievements and initiatives from the last 4 years, SKOCH has conferred the ‘Best performing Social Sector Ministry’ award on the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
India’s R Praggnanandhaa becomes world’s 2nd youngest Chess Grand Master
- India’s R Praggnanandhaa has become the country’s youngest and the world’s second youngest Grand Master at the age of 12 years, 10 months and 13 days after reaching the final round of the ongoing Grendine Open in Italy.
Kalki Koechlin to be conferred with French honour
- Kalki Koechlin will be conferred with the French distinction of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) on Friday, for her contribution in enhancing Indo-French ties in cinema.
Vasundhara Raje conferred with ‘Chief Minister of the Year’ award
- The award was given at the 52nd Skoch Summit held in New Delhi.
- Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh was the chief guest at the function.
Peter Thomson, a five-time winner of the British Open and the only player in the 20th century to win the tournament for three straight years, died.
- Thomson had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for more than four years and died at his Melbourne home surrounded by family members, Golf Australia said.
Charles Krauthammer, conservative commentator and Pulitzer Prize winner, dead at 68
- Charles Krauthammer, a longtime Fox News contributor, Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author who came to be known as the dean of conservative commentators, died Thursday. He was 68.