15 June 2018 - Daily Current Affairs


15 June 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

15 June 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

1. FIFA World Cup 2018 kicks off in Russia

  • The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup kicks off in the Russian.
  • The opening ceremony took place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.
  • Thirty-two nations (divided into eight groups) will battle it out for the coveted trophy in the quadrennial month-long event.
  • Russia thrashed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the World Cup Football in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
  • Russia gets three points on the board and leads group A.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Schedule Dates
  • Host country: Russia
  • Dates: 14 June – 15 July (32 days)
  • Teams: 32 (from 5 confederations)
  • Venues: 12
Groups
Teams
GROUP A Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
GROUP B Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
GROUP C France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
GROUP D Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
GROUP E Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
GROUP F Germany, Mexico, Sweden, Korea Republic
GROUP G Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
GROUP H Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

Important Days

2. 15 June: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

  • The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is being observed across the globe on 15th June every year.
  • It represents the one day in the year when the entire world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.
  • Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world.

National Affairs

3. KSLMA initiates 'Water Literacy' campaign to create awareness about the importance of water

  • Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority has initiated a 'water literacy' campaign to create awareness about the importance of water conservation in the State.
  • As per the campaign, every student (around 70,000) will take classes about water conservation for 15 families in their locality.
  • Around 10 lakh people will be benefited from the campaign scheduled to be held from June 20 to September 20 this year.
  • Kerala’s State Education Minister Prof C Raveendranath has released a special course book containing 16 chapters designed for the purpose.

4. J P Nadda inaugurates 10th Meeting of Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis

  • The Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare J P Nadda has inaugurated the 10th meeting of Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GAELF) in New Delhi.
  • This is the second time India (first in 2002) hosted meeting of GAELF.
  • It provided insight of larger global programme and enable them to join the discussion and contribute to solutions.
  • Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis) is one of the oldest and most debilitating neglected diseases.
Note:
  • GAELF is the alliance of partners from 72 LF endemic national country programmes, NGOs, private sectors, academic and research institutes and international development agencies that assists WHO’s Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis.
  • It was formed in 2001, since then it is being held biennially.

5. NLCIL's three 100 MW Solar Power Projects dedicated to the nation

  • The Union Minister Mr Piyush Goyal has inaugurated Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLCIL)’s three 100 MW Solar Power Projects for commercial operation and dedicated these projects to the Nation in Tamil Nadu.
  • The Solar Power projects situated at Thoppalaakkarai and Sethupuram in Virudhunagar District and Sellaiya Sezhiyanallur in Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu state were erected at a cost of Rs.1300 Crores.
  • The power produced from these units will be given to Tamil Nadu Power Generation and Distribution Company (TANGEDCO) at a cost of Rs.4.41/- per unit.

6. UGC brings new regulations in order to attract the best quality teachers in Universities, Colleges

  • The University Grants Commission (UGC) has brought out new regulations in order to attract and retain the best quality teachers and other academic staff in Universities & Colleges.
  • For the post of Assistant Professor, PhD degree has been made mandatory for direct recruitment to Universities and for promotion in Colleges.
  • For colleges, Master degree with National Eligibility Test (NET) or PhD would continue to be the minimum eligibility criteria for direct recruitment.
  • For the first-time provision for promotion in Colleges will be up to Professor level.
  • According to Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, the new regulations will come into effect from July 2021.

7. Maharashtra Inks MoU with Canada’s Quebec Province for Greater Economic Cooperation

  • The Maharashtra government and Canada’s Quebec province have signed a pact to increase the economic cooperation.
  • The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard during his week-long tour to the US & Canada.

Banking and Finance

8. WPI inflation spikes to a 14-month high of 4.43% in May

  • Inflation based on wholesale prices shot up to a 14-month high of 4.43% in May this year.
  • The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) based inflation stood at 3.18% in April and 2.26%in May last year.
  • According to government data released today, inflation in food articles was at 1.60% in May 2018 (0.87% in the preceding month).
Note:
  • The wholesale price index (WPI) is based on the wholesale price of a few relevant commodities of over 240 commodities available.
  • The commodities chosen for the calculation are based on their importance in the region and the point of time the WPI is employed.

9. National Tribal Museum proposed to be set up at Delhi-Shri Jual Oram

  • According to the Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Jual Oram, The Ministry has proposed to set up a National Tribal Museum along with a National Level Tribal Research Institute at Delhi.
  • The Museum will showcase the rich tribal culture and heritage using state-of-the-art technologies.
  • MoTA is setting up six Tribal Freedom Fighters Memorials including two of national importance, Narmada (Gujarat) and Birsa Munda Central Jail (Ranchi).

Conferences

10. Conference on Implementation of National Pension System (NPS) held in New Delhi

  • Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has organized a Conference on Implementation of National Pension System (NPS) in New Delhi.
  • The objective of the conference was to provide a forum to all the Central Autonomous Bodies (CABs) to discuss the progress in the implementation of NPS.

11. 106th Indian Science Congress to be held in LPU

  • The ‘106th Indian Science Congress’ to be held at Lovely Professional University (LPU) from January 3 to 7, 2019.
  • The theme for the five-day science congress is ‘Future India: Science & Technology’.
  • Around 15,000 delegates, including 300 top scientists and Nobel Laureates from across the world are expected to attend the congress.
  • There will be four mega events including children science conference; women science conference; science communicators’ meet; and science exhibition.
 Note:
  • Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) is a premier scientific organisation of India with headquarters at Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • It meets annually in the first week of January
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