18-19 June 2017 - Current Affairs

Kidambi Srikanth wins Indonesia Open Super Series Premier title

  • Indian shuttler ‘Kidambi Srikanth’(24-year) has lifted the Indonesia Open Super Series men's singles Premier title at Jakarta, Indonesia. 
  • In the final, Srikanth defeated Kazumasa Sakai (Japan) in straight games 21-11, 21-19.
  • Now, Srikanth clinched his 3rd Super Series title after he had notched up victories at the China Open (2014) and the India Open (2015).
  • Srikanth: The first Indian men's single player to win the tournament.
  • Saina Nehwal: The first Indian women's single player to win the Indonesia Open Super Series title.

  • The Indonesia Open in an annual badminton tournament organized by Persatuan Bulutangkis Seluruh Indonesia (PBSI) and held in Indonesia since 1982.
  • It became part of the BWF Superseries tournament in 2007 and got the Super Series Premier status in 2011.

Pakistan clinch maiden ICC Champions Trophy title

  • Pakistan has clinched its maiden ICC Champions Trophy title with a massive 180-run victory over defending champions India at the Oval in London.
  • Zaman's innings of 114-run, Pakistan to post a formidable 338 for 4.
  • Paceman Mohammed Amir (Pakistan) tore through the Indian top order and reduced the holders to 33 for 3.
  • Hardik Pandya was the only Indian who showed some resistance and scored a fiery 76 runs (46-ball).

Final Score:
  • Pakistan: 338 for 4 (50 overs).
  • India:  158 all out (30.3 overs).
  • The Man of the Match: Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan).
  • The Man of the series: Hasan Ali (Pakistan).

19th June: International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

  • International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is being observed on 19th June to raise awareness to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence.
  • The theme of 2017 is ‘Preventing Sexual Violence Crimes through Justice and Deterrence’.

Note: The United Nations General Assembly on 19 June 2015 proclaimed the day as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Ramakrishna Mission Chief Swami Atmasthananda passes away

  • The President of Ramakrishna Math & Mission Swami Atmasthananda (98-year) passed away in a Kolkata hospital after a prolonged illness.
  • He was born near Dhaka (now in Bangladesh) and had received ‘mantra diksha’ from 'Swami Vijnananandaji Maharaj' in 1938.
  • He was elected President of the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission in December 2007.

  • The ‘Ramakrishna Mission’ is a philanthropic, volunteer organization founded by Ramakrishna's chief disciple ‘Swami Vivekananda’ on 1st May 1897.
  • The mission conducts extensive work in health care, disaster relief, rural management, tribal welfare, education, and culture.
  • The mission headquartered at ‘Belur Math’ in Howrah, West Bengal.

Harry Potter’s actor Sam Beazley passes away

  • British actor Sam Beazley (101-year), who played Professor Everard in ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix‘, has passed away.
  • As Professor Everard, Beazley became known as one of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry's most celebrated head teachers.
  • He appeared in the film as a portrait hanging in Professor Dumbledore's office and in the Ministry of Magic's Headquarters.

Australia announces online visa applications for Indians from 1st July

  • The Australian govt. has announced that all Indian nationals can apply for a visitor visa online from 1st of July.
  • The online application option would make applying for the country's visitor visas easier and enhance the experience for Indians.
  • There has been a significant increase in demand for Australian visas in India with the rising popularity of Australia as a holiday destination.
  • Earlier in the first four months of 2017, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection granted more than 65,000 visitor visas to Indian nationals.

AIIB approves membership of Argentina, Madagascar & Tonga

  • The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Board of Governors has approved the membership of Argentina, Madagascar, and Tonga at its second annual meeting.
  • These members will join the AIIB once they complete the required domestic processes and deposit the first installment of the capital with the bank.
  • The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a multilateral development bank that aims to support the building of infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region.

Only needy farmers to benefit from state loan waiver: Maharashtra

  • According to the Maharashtra Chief Minister ‘Devendra Fadnavis’, only needy farmers will benefit from the State loan waiver scheme with the help of a digital platform.
  • The farmers who were financially better off, professionals and govt. employees also into farming will be left out of the scheme.
  • The state govt. would be required to raise Rs. 25,000 crores or more for this purpose.

Govt. sets up GST facilitation cell in DIPP

  • The Union Govt. has set up a GST facilitation cell headed by ‘Sudhansu Sekhar Das’ (Economic Advisor) in Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to facilitate the rollout of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • Now, the cell will remain in constant touch with major industry and business associations relating to the Department.
  • The cell will be the first point of contact for addressing any issue being faced by any sector related to the Department.

Venkaiah launches ‘Urban housing project’ for financially backward people of State

  • Today, the Union Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation ‘M Venkaiah Naidu’ has launched (through video conferencing) the ‘urban housing project’ for financially backward people of Andhra Pradesh.
  • The affordable housing project will be built in G+3 stories across 38 urban spaces in the State.
  • The "National Mission of Housing for All” project aims to provide shelter to all by 2022.
  • The Govt. has sanctioned more than one lakh 90 thousand houses to Andhra Pradesh and is also inviting FDI in the housing sector.

Final raising of Sardar Sarovar Dam cleared by Narmada Control Authority

  • Narmada Control Authority (NCA) under the Chairmanship of ‘Dr. Amarjit Singh’ has cleared the final raising of Sardar Sarovar Dam (SSD) in Gujarat by lowering of gates and impounding of water in the reservoir up to its Full Reservoir Level (FRL) of EL 138.68 mts.
  • Now, the effective height of SSD remained at EL 121.92 mts. with backwater levels of EL 134.32 mts. at dam site and the live storage capacity would increase (267%) from 1565 to 5740 MCM.
  • The clean (hydro-power generation) would increase by present 1300 MW to 1450 MW with an increase in annual generation by about 1100 Million Units.
  • The Environment Sub-group has also asked the State Governments to complete leftover works by June 30,2017.

Note: The ‘Sardar Sarovar Project’ would primarily meet the water requirement of drought prone and desert areas of Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Ministry of Culture launches ‘National Mission on Cultural Mapping of India’

  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture & Tourism ‘Dr. Mahesh Sharma’ has launched the implementation of the ‘National Mission on Cultural Mapping of India’ at Goverdhan Block, Mathura District, Uttar Pradesh
  • This Mission is part of the ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ umbrella and a stage will be provided to the registered artists for performance and display their talent.
  • Registration can also be done directly on the portal ‘culturalmappingofindia.nic.in’.
  • The scheme is set to cover all the Blocks of the Country, involving a total of 6.40 Lakh villages over the span of next 3 years.

Note: The mission aims at converting the vast and widespread cultural canvas of India into an objective cultural map, designing a mechanism to fulfil the aspirations of the whole artist community of the nation and preserving the rich cultural heritage of this country in the form of a cultural repository of artists and art forms.

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