Current Affairs 28, June 2017 –  AP CM Chandrababu Naidu announces establishment of MSME, Corporation by earmarking Rs 100 cr:

NATIONAL

Kalraj Mishra launches Digital MSME Scheme, exchanges MoUs with SAP India, Intel and HMT:

The Ministry of Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSME) signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) with SAP India, Intel and HMT with the aim to digitally empower small businesses. It was launched by MSME Union Minister Kalraj Mishra.

The Minister also gave away National Awards for MSME 2015 to 56 enterprises in various categories, including 50 MSMEs and six banks for their “outstanding” performance.

The Government has decided to implement “Digital MSME” Scheme for promotion of Information & Communication Technology in MSME Sector with a total budget of Rs. 85.705 Crore including Government of India’s contribution of Rs. 58.105 crore during 2017- 18 to 2019-20.


Group insurance cover for Amarnath pilgrims raised to Rs 3 lakh:

The Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) announced to increase the group insurance cover for the pilgrims and service providers from existing Rs.1 lakh to Rs.3 lakh.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, who is chairman of SASB, announced the enhanced group insurance cover.


CM Pinarayi launches cleanliness drive:

    Kerala government’s three-day ‘massive cleanliness drive’, aimed at checking the spread of mounting fever cases, got underway, with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan leading the programme.

    The drive has been taken up removing garbage piles in public places and clear mosquito breeding sources in the wake of spread of various types of fevers, including dengue and H1N1, across the state that have claimed more than 100 lives and affected two lakh people this year.

Kerala

  • Capital: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan
  • Governor: P. Sathasivam

Mughalsarai Nagar Palika to be named after Deendayal Upadhyay:

    After proposing to rename the Mughalsarai railway station after RSS ideologue Pt Deendayal Upadhyay, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet decided to name the Mughalsarai municipality as ‘Deendayal Nagar’. The state cabinet is chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

    The state cabinet decided to name Mughalsarai Nagar Palika after Upadhyay in keeping with the sentiments of the people. Upadhyay’s body was found at the Mughalsarai railway station in 1968.

Uttar Pradesh

  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Governor: Shri Ram Naik

Bihar bets big on nuclear power; plans 3,000 MW plant:

    Bihar in its attempt to become power surplus and increase the share of renewable energy, the Bihar government has planned to set up a nuclear plant of around 3,000 MW capacity at Rajauli in Nawada district.

Bihar

  • Capital: Patna
  • Chief Minister: Nitish Kumar
  • Governor: Keshari Nath Tripathi (additional charges)

Govt makes mandatory to link Aadhaar with PAN with effect from July 1:

    The Government has made it mandatory to link existing Aadhaar numbers with PAN of taxpayers with effect from July 1. Amending income tax rules and notifying the same, the Government has also made quoting of the 12-digit biometric Aadhaar or the enrolment ID a must at the time of application of permanent account number (PAN).


AP CM Chandrababu Naidu announces establishment of MSME, Corporation by earmarking Rs 100 cr:

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced the establishment of Micro, Small, Medium Entrepreneurs, MSME, Corporation by earmarking 100 crore rupees. The MSME Corporation office will be constructed at Amaravati in 15 acres of land.

Andhra Pradesh

  • Capital: Amaravati
  • Chief Minister:  N Chandrababu Naidu
  • Governor: E. S. L. Narasimhan


 

 

Dalai Lama to celebrate 82nd birthday in Leh:

    Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will celebrate his 82nd birthday next month with the people of Leh in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir

  •  Capital: Srinagar
  •  Chief Minister: Mehbooba Mufti
  • Governor: Narinder Nath Vohra

Indian diaspora can now apply for OCI card till 31 December:

The government has extended for six months the last date for applying for conversion of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards to 31 December this year. Earlier, the facility was available till 30 June 2017.

The PIO card was first implemented in 2002 as a benefit to foreign nationals who could establish at least a third generation tie to Indian origin. The PIO card was valid for travel, work, and residence in India for a period of 15 years. 


Rajasthan government signed MoUs to reduce maternal, early neonatal morality rates:

The Rajasthan government signed three MoUs to leverage technology to reduce maternal and early neonatal mortality rates, and enhance health services in the state.

The government signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Reliance Foundation, Tata Trusts and USAID (United States Agency for International Development) for implementing Project ASMAN to reduce of maternal and early neonatal mortality rates in Ajmer, Bhilwara, Jhalawar and Kota districts.

The government also signed second MoU with Cairn Foundation for improving emergency delivery services in Barmer district.

In the third MoU, the government signed MoU with another company for improving family planning activities in the state.

Rajasthan

  • Chief Minister: Vasundhara Raje,
  • Governor: Kalyan Singh,
  • Capital: Jaipur

Union Minister Piyush Goyal chairs 5th Geosciences Advisory Council Meeting:

    Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines, addressed the 5th Geoscience Advisory Council (GAC) Meeting in New Delhi.

    The 5th GAC discussed issues related to Geophysical techniques for exploration of concealed/deep seated mineral deposits, Mineral System Research and advanced techniques for exploration of subsurface mineral deposits and others strategic resources.


Union Sports Minister Shri Vijay Goel concludes 2-day visit to Mizoram:

    Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Vijay Goel concluded his 2-Day visit to Mizoram.

    During his visit, he inspected various sports facilities and participated in programs promoting sports and youth development activities. He was received by the State Chief Minister Shri Lal Thanhawla and the volunteers from the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan.

Mizoram:

  • Capital: Aizawl
  • CM: Lal Thanhawla
  • Governor: Lt General (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma

Election Commission to Launch First Time Nationwide “Voter Registration Reminder” on Facebook:

Election Commission of India (ECI) is launching a Special Drive to enrol left out electors, with a special focus on first time electors from 1st July, 2017, so as to move in the direction of Commission’s motto that ‘NO VOTER TO BE LEFT BEHIND’.

On 1st July, a notification of the “voter registration reminder” will be sent to people on Facebook in India who are eligible to vote. The remainder will be sent out in 13 Indian languages – English, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Assamese, Marathi and Oriya.

  • Chief Election Commissioner: Nasim Zaidi

INTERNATIONAL

EU fines Google record $2.7 billion in first antitrust case:

    The European Union’s competition watchdog has slapped a record 2.42 billion euro fine on Google for breaching the anti-trust rules with its online shopping service.

    The European Commission said that Google has 90 days to stop favoring its own shopping service or face a further penalty per day of up to 5% of the average daily worldwide revenue of parent company Alphabet.

European Commission:

  • Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium
  • President: Jean-Claude Juncker

U.S. to declare China among worst human trafficking offenders:

The U.S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to declare Beijing, china as among the world’s worst offenders in human trafficking and labour based on the annual trafficking in persons report.

China will be placed in “Tier 3” which will be the lowest in ranking system. Also, official of the Tier 3 countries are also liable to be barred from participating in US government educational and cultural exchange programs. Tier 3 countries also liable to be penalised with sanctions.

Chin

  • Capital & Currency: Beijing & Renminbi
  • Premier: Li Keqiang
  • President: Xi Jinping

USA

  • Capital, Currency & President: Washington D.C, US Dollar & Donald Trump

Russian Navy test fired Bulava Missile:

The Russian Northern Fleet’s Project 955 underwater missile cruiser Yuri Dolgoruky (Nuclear Power Submarine) has successfully test-fired a Bulava missile (intercontinental ballistic missile) from the Barents Sea and hit all the designated targets at the Kura practice range in Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia.

The Bulava carried six nuclear warheads and has a range of up to 9,300 kilometres (about 5,770 miles).

Russia

  • Capital & Currency: Moscow & Russian ruble
  • Prime Minister: Dmitry Medvedev
  • President: Vladimir Putin

Indo-U.S. statement focuses on fight against terrorism:

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump jointly declared that bilateral ties between India and the U.S. would continue to grow.

    The security partnership between the US and India is incredibly important. Both our nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organisations and the radical ideology that drives them.

USA

  • President of the United States: Donald Trump
  • Currency: United States Dollar
  • Capital: Washington, D.C.

Kenyans are first in Africa to get generic version of latest AIDS drug:

    Kenya is the first African country to start using a generic version of the latest AIDS drug that can improve and prolong the lives of tens of thousands of people who suffer severe side effects and resistance to other treatments.

Kenya

  • Currency: Kenyan shilling
  • Capital: Nairobi

Chana dal, the latest entry in ‘Oxford English Dictionary’:

    Indian food essentials chana and chana dal are among the many new entries in the ‘Oxford English Dictionary’ (OED) unveiled.


6th Joint Trade Committee Meeting between India and Myanmar:

    The 6th India – Myanmar Joint Trade Committee (JTC) Meeting co-chaired by Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Commerce & Industry from India and Dr. Than Myint, Union Commerce Minister from Myanmar was held on 27th June 2017 at New Delhi.

    The Joint Trade Committee plays a key role in facilitating issues related to enhancement of the bilateral economic partnership between the two countries.

Myanmar

    • Capital: Naypyidaw
    • Currency: Burmese kyat
    • President: Htin Kyaw

Science & Technology

Scientists create brightest light ever produced on Earth:

    Scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the US have created the brightest light ever produced on the Earth, shining a billion times stronger than the surface of the sun. This could be used to find tiny tumours or micro fractures that are currently missed by conventional X-rays.


APPOINTMENTS

Dr. Manoj Soni takes Oath as Member, UPSC

Dr. Manoj Soni, former Vice Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, took the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The Oath was administered by the UPSC Chairman Prof. David R. Syiemlieh.


AWARDS

Dhanraj Pillay to be conferred East Bengal’s ‘Bharat Gaurav’ award:

Former India hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay will be awarded “Bharat Gaurav”, East Bengal football club’s highest honour on their foundation day. The ceremony will be held on August 1.


Shabnam Hashmi returns award to minority panel:

    Social activist Shabnam Hashmi returned the National Minority Rights Award to the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), conferred on her in 2008, to protest recent incidents of mob lynching and killing of Muslims.


Banking & Business

Apple acquires SMI eye-tracking company:

According to the MacRumors reports, Apple has acquired German SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), an eye-tracking firm. Apple plans to integrate eye tracking technology into its computers or Smartphone.


IPO-ready AU Small Finance Bank placed under RBI caution list:

    AU Small Finance Bank has been placed under the caution list by the Reserve Bank to monitor the foreign shareholding of the company which is hovering around the permissible limit of 49%.


Indians become second highest number of migrants in Australia:

Indians have become the second highest number of migrants living in Australia at 1,63,000 since 2011 followed by people of Chinese origin, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) census data.

Australia

  • Currency: Australian dollar
  • Capital: Canberra
  • Prime Minister: Malcolm Turnbull

SPORTS

India junior team wins bronze in 25m rapid fire pistol in ISSF World Championship:

India won a bronze medal in men’s 25m rapid fire pistol team event at the ISSF Junior World Championship Rifle/Pistol in Suhl, Germany.

The trio of Anish, Anhad Jawanda and Shivam Shukla notched up a combined score of 1711 to claim third place and take India’s overall tally from the competition is three gold, two silver and three bronze medal. India finished with second position behind China.

Germany

  • Capital & Currency: Berlin & Euro
  • Chancellor: Angela Merkel
  • President: Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Indian men, women Throw ball teams clinch gold in World Games:

Both the Indian men and women Throwball teams grabbed gold medals in the World Games held in Kathmandu, Nepal and created history as this was the first time India had participated in the World Series.

Men’s team defeated Bangladesh whereas Women’s team defeated Pakistan to clinch gold.

Nepal

  • Capital: Kathmandu
  • Currency: Nepalese rupee
  • Prime Minister: Sher Bahadur Deuba

Ganguly included in BCCI Special Committee:

    Rajeev Shukla, a former vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), will head a newly-formed seven-member Special Committee, as decided at Special General Meeting (SGM), to suggest a way forward for implementing the administrative overhaul prescribed in the Supreme Court order on July 18 last year.

    Besides Rajeev Shukla and BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, who will be the convener of the meeting, the committee will include former India captain Sourav Ganguly (Bengal), T.C. Mathew (Kerala), Naba Bhattacharjee (Meghalaya), Jay Shah (Gujarat) and Anirudh Chaudhry, the BCCI’s treasurer.


Sri Lanka quick Lasith Malinga handed suspended one-year ban:

    Lasith Malinga received a suspended one-year cricket ban after the fast bowler pleaded guilty to a charge of speaking to the media without permission of Sri Lanka’s cricket board.

    The sanction is suspended for six months and Malinga will also be fined 50 percent of the match fee from his next one-day international.

Srilanka

  • Currency: Sri Lankan rupee
  • Capitals: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
  • Prime minister: Ranil Wickremesinghe

NBA, sports world reacts to Russell Westbrook winning Kia MVP:

    Russell Westbrook has won the 2017 NBA MVP award (Most Valuable Player) over James Harden. The league announced the winner during the NBA Awards.


Emirates New Zealand wins America’s Cup:

    A dominant Emirates Team New Zealand claimed international sport’s oldest trophy in Bermuda’s Great Sound, with 26-year-old Peter Burling becoming the youngest helmsman to secure sailing’s biggest prize. And crew to a stunning victory over Oracle in the 35th America’s Cup match.


Telangana Sindhuja Reddy selected for US women’s national cricket team:

Sindhuja Reddy from Telangana has been selected as a member of the US women’s national cricket team.

Sindhuja Reddy from Amangal village in Nalgonda district will be part of the team going to participate in the World T20 Qualifiers in Scotland in August.

Telangana:

  • Chief Minister: K Chandrashekhar Rao
  • Capital: Hyderabad
  • Governor: E. S. L. Narasimhan

VIVO retains IPL title sponsorship in mega deal:

Mobile manufacturers VIVO retained the Indian Premier League title sponsorship for the next five years with a mammoth bid of Rs 2,199 crore, an over 500 percent increase from their previous deal.