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The one liner of the week is a recap of the important happenings that occurred between 19 June and 25 June 2017. The important happenings of the week covered in this segment include United Nations Public Service Award, National Mission on Cultural Mapping of India & UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador among others.
  • The percentage of the discount to be offered in passport fees to applicants below the age of eight and above 60 is - 10
  • The US state that declared emergency due to escalating wildfires is - Arizona
  • The two nations that were recently given the status of test-playing nation by the International Cricket Council are - Ireland and Afghanistan
  • The Nigerian musician who was recently named by UNESCO as Human Living Treasure is - Victor Uwaifo
  • The theme of the 2017 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is - Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe
  • As per a recent global scientific assessment of climate change impacts on World Heritage coral reefs conducted by UNESCO, the world heritage coral reefs are likely to disappear by - 2100
  • The scheme of the West Bengal Government that won the first prize in United Nations Public Service Award for Asia Pacific is - Kanyashree Prakalpa
  • This state on 22 June 2017 approved 53 urban projects under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) - Odisha
  • This state has appealed to its employees to contribute a day’s salary to provide financial assistance to families of farmers in the suicide-prone regions of the state – Maharashtra 
  • The National space agency ISRO on 23 June 2017 successfully launched India’s ‘Cartosat-2 Series’ satellite and these many co-passenger payloads – 30 
  • NASA for the first time tested the effectiveness of ‘ROSA’ on space station that could be used to power satellites in future. ROSA stands for - Roll-Out Solar Array
  • Keshari Nath Tripathi was given the additional charge of Governor of Bihar. He is also serving as Governor of - West Bengal
  • State that approved the Solar Energy Policy 2017-2027 - Chhattisgarh- Most expensive city for expatriates in India according to Mercer’s 23rd Annual Cost of Living Survey - Mumbai
  • India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $275 million loan agreement for upgrading urban services in - Madhya Pradesh
  • This city has topped the newly released list of 30 cities for development as smart cities under Smart City Mission – Thiruvananthapuram
  • The International Widows’ Day was observed globally on this day - 23 June
  • She has been selected as the Congress-led opposition’s presidential candidate – Meira Kumar
  • This party among the opposition has declared its support for BJP candidate Ram Nath Kovind – JDU
  • A Bipartisan bill tabled in US house seeks to revoke this country’s ally status - Pakistan
  • Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with this organisation to enable members of its housing scheme to avail subsidy and interest subvention under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO)
  • The BJP has won the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council polls. Karbi Anglong is a part of this state - Assam
  • This state in June 2017 decided to totally use Godavari waters for Krishna delta for the current kharif season - Andhra Pradesh
  • This state has become the first state to provide electricity to every home – Kerala
  • A Union Ministry department has launched a web portal to ensure smooth GST implementation in this sector of the economy – Information Technology and Electronics
  • This country has unveiled the world’s first railless train that runs on a virtual track – China
  • According to the latest report by UN DESA - the World Population Prospects: The 2017- which country is forecasted to be the most populous country post 2024 – India
  • Person set to become the next US Ambassador to India - Kenneth I Juster
  • Father of India's Nuclear Fusion who died recently - Predhiman Krishan Kaw
  • Winner of the Prime Minister’s Yoga Award 2017 - Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute
  • India signed an agreement to promote cooperation in the field of archives with - Portugal
  • The country with which India on 21 June 2017 identified the key areas of cooperation in the Science and Technology sector - Russia
  • The Mosque on Mosul that was blown up by a group of Islamic State in Iraq - al-Nuri Mosque
  • The rocket that will carry India’s Cartost-2 Series satellite and 30 other co-passenger payloads, has begun on 22 June 2017 morning at 5.29 hours - PSLV C38
  • The Italian fashion legend who passed away recently is - Carla Fendi
  • The Russian Federation’s Permanent Representative to the International Organizations who was appointed the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office is - Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov
  • The ONGC and the UNESCO recently carried out a preliminary survey for the conservation of - Chilika Lake
  • The Indian anti-hunger activist is chosen for the prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award is - Ankit Kawatra
  • The Russian province in which China's largest power project recently started operation is -Yaroslavl
  • Medals won by Indian Wushu Team at the BRICS Games held in Guangzhou, China are - 6
  • The winner of the US Open 2017 Golf tournament is - Brooks Koepka
  • The airline that was named the World's Best Low-Cost Airline at the 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards is - Air Asia
  • The Defence Minister Arun Jaitley co-chaired the first meeting of the India-Russia High-Level Committee on Science and Technology with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin in -Novosibirsk, Russia
  • This ministry has established the GST facilitation cell to facilitate the implementation of new indirect tax regime for the stakeholders - Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry
  • Few days ahead of the rollout of the GST Act across India, the union government on 20 June 2017 notified certain number of sections in the GST Act that deals with mandatory registration of current indirect tax payers in the new regime. The number of sections that was notified is – 18
  • International Yoga Day was celebrated world-wide on 21 June 2017 with the theme - Yoga for Health
  • India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), ‘Mangalyaan’ completed these many Earth days in its orbit on June 19, 2017 - 1000
  • This airline company has been adjudged the World’s Best Airline of 2017- Qatar Airways
  • He has been appointed as the new crown prince of Saudi Arabia by King Salman - Mohammed bin Salman
  • She has announced her resignation from her post as the Defence Minister of France over a fake jobs scandal that has hit her small centrist MoDem party - Sylvie Goulard
  • The Union Government launched ECBC 2017 for new commercial buildings. ECBC stands for - Energy Conservation Building Code
  • Hotel that recently acquired an `image trademark’ under the Trademark Act of 1999 - Taj Mahal Palace hotel of Mumbai
  • World Refugee Day (WRD) is observed every year on - 20 June
  • Mobile app launched recently to connect people through Yoga for scientific healthy living -Celebrating Yoga
  • The Syrian refugee who was recently appointed as the UNICEF Goodwill Amabassador is -Muzoon Almellehan
  • The Scandinavian country that recently committed to become a net-zero carbon emission emitter by 2045 - Sweden
  • He was recently re-nominated by India for another term as the Judge of the International Court of Justice - Dalveer Bhandari
  • A joint naval exercise between Iran and China commenced recently at - Strait of Hormuz
  • The person who was recently conferred with the Member of the Order of the British Empire is -Annabel Mehta
  • Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems Limited recently signed an agreement for making - 70 F-16 Block fighter aircraft
  • Helpline launched by CRPF for Kashmiris’ across India - Madadgaar
  • Office market in India that was ranked ninth most expensive prime office market in the world - Connaught Place in Delhi
  • Bank that tied up with Tirumala Milk Products for providing loans to dairy farmers - State Bank of India
  • India has become the 71st country to ratify the United Nations International Convention on –Road Transport, TIR
  • This NASA telescope has spotted 219 potentially new planets, among which at least 10 are reported to be Earth-like - Kepler space telescope
  • This country’s President has vowed to end the dependence on nuclear power amid concerns over a Fukushima-style disaster in the future – South Korea
  • This town in Himachal Pradesh would be hosting the State Olympic Games 2017 - Hamirpur
  • The country whose president in June 2017 inaugurated the first air corridor that will directly connect it with India is – Afghanistan
  • The theme for 2017 International Yoga Day celebration that is being organised by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations is - Yoga for Health
  • The International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict was observed globally on 19 June 2017 with the theme - Preventing Sexual Violence Crimes through Justice and Deterrence
  • This party has won a clear parliamentary majority in the 2017 French legislative elections - La Republique en Marche
  • This country has announced the opening of online visitor visa applications for Indian nationals – Australia
  • This state’s Chief Minister announced that the state would be shielding 12% reservation for poor Muslim communities even in highest office of the Central government – Telangana
  • This interplanetary Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) of ISRO completed 1000 Earth days in its orbit on 19 June 2017- Mangalyaan
  • Dr. Mahesh Sharma, the Minister of State for Culture & Tourism launched the implementation of the ‘National Mission on Cultural Mapping of India’ from - Goverdhan Block, Mathura District of Uttar Pradesh
  • The ‘National Mission on Cultural Mapping of India’ that was launched in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh is a part of this national scheme - Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat
  • Narmada Control Authority has cleared the final raising of the Sardar Sarovar Dam (SSD) by lowering of the gates and impounding of water in the reservoir up to its Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of EL 138.68 meters. The dam is located in - Gujarat
  • He will be NDA's presidential candidate for the upcoming presidential election - Ramnath Kovind
  • The Union Government is planning to set up an academy to promote a Bhasha, a dialect of Hindi that is spoken in four to five districts of a state. The Bhasha is - Braj
  • The winner of the 2017 Indonesia Open Super Series Premier title is - Kidambi Srikanth
  • The President of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission who passed away recently is - Swami Atmasthananda
  • The player declared as the Player of the Series at the recently concluded 2017 ICC Champions Trophy is - Hasan Ali
  • As per a new study conducted by the UN Refugee Agency, the number of people displaced worldwide in the year 2016 was - 65.6 million
  • The city of Uttar Pradesh where a regional Silk Research and Production centre will be set up - Gorkahpur

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