This Daily Current Affair Capsule aims to be a time-saving tool for going through relevant news from national dailies and government releases on PIB. Aspirants for UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etc. will find it highly useful to cover for revision and awareness purposes.
National Important Current Affairs – 25 and 26 June 2018
■ The Indian Army contingent comprising of 7 Garhwal Rifles Infantry Battalion Group was awarded United Nations Medal for “selfless service”. The contingent is part of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in South Sudan. It has played an active and decisive role in ensuring peace and stability in violence-hit Jonglei State of South Sudan.
■ Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has been conferred the ‘Chief Minister of the Year 2018’ award for her remarkable work in e-governance. The award was given at the 52nd Skoch Summit held in New Delhi.
■ Haryana has made use of LED bulbs and tubelights mandatory in all government offices by August 15. All halogen, sodium bulbs, and tubelights will be replaced with energy-efficient LED bulbs and tubelights, as per CM Manohar Lal Khattar’s directions.
■ Maharashtra has become the 18th state to enforce a complete ban on the sale, use and manufacture of plastic bags. Other states which have imposed a complete ban include Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, among others.
■ Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra has made biometric attendance compulsory in all state government offices with immediate effect. The move is aimed at ensuring punctuality in all the offices.
■ Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Mohanpura irrigation project in Madhya Pradesh’s Rajgarh district. The Rs 3,866 crore project includes a dam and a canal system which will provide drinking water to over 400 villages.
■ The Gujarat government has launched a new solar power scheme for farmers titled Suryashakti Kisan Yojana (SKY). It is first such scheme in the country, where the farmer will produce his power and sell the surplus to State power utility. This scheme will cover about 12,400 farmers from 33 districts. The project cost is around Rs 870 crore and it will generate 175 MW.
■ According to a recent survey by the union housing and urban affairs ministry, 19 of the 25 dirtiest cities in India are in West Bengal. The 19 cities include Darjeeling, Siliguri, North Barrackpore and Bankura.
International Current Affairs Capsule – 25 and 26 June 2018
■ Saudi Arabia became the last country in the world to allow women to drive after it lifted the ban on female motorists.
Note that: The Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had announced the lifting of the ban last year.
■ Mongolia has launched construction of its 1st strategically important oil refinery funded by India in southern Dornogovi province. This refinery was jointly launched by Mongolian Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa and Indian Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh. The refinery will be capable of processing 1.5 million tonnes of crude oil per year. The cost of the refinery is estimated at $1.35 billion, and it will include a pipeline and its own power plant.
Its financing is part of $1 billion soft credit line agreement between Mongolia and Export-Import Bank of India, made during 2015 official visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
■ India and Cuba have agreed to enhance cooperation in biotechnology, renewable energy and traditional medicine as President Ram Nath Kovind held wide-ranging talks with his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel to further cement the strong bilateral ties. Cuba also reiterated support for India’s candidature for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
■ Russian billionaire and scientist Igor Ashurbeyli has officially declared himself as the leader of the world’s first space nation ‘Asgardia’. Asgardia aims to be an independent space nation, with its own government, currency, justice system and calendar. Focused towards establishing a permanent settlement on the moon in 25 years, Asgardia already has 2 lakh citizens.
■ India and Bangladesh have agreed to institute Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) as an annual exercise between navies of two neighbouring countries. The first edition of CORPAT was inaugurated today by Indian Navy’s Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba during his visit to Bangladesh. During the joint patrol, naval forces of both the countries shared information through naval communication and understanding. In the CORPAT exercise, four maritime patrol aircraft, two from the Bangladesh Navy and two from the Indian navy, and four frigates, two from the Bangladesh Navy (BNS Abu Bakar and BNS Dhaleswari) and two from the Indian navy (INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt) will participate.
■ Seychelles has gifted a pair of Giant Aldabra tortoise to India as a goodwill gesture. They were brought to India as a gift from the President of Seychelles Danny Faure during his five-day visit to India.
■ To monitor citizens living in different parts of the country, China has launched bird-shaped drones fitted with a camera, GPS antenna, and satellite communication capability. The program codenamed “Dove”, is run by Song Bifeng, a professor at Northwestern Polytechnical University.
Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 25 and 26 June 2018
■ Private sector lender Karnataka Bank is targeting to disburse about Rs 9,000 crore agriculture loan this fiscal, seeing potential opportunities in the sector. The bank has announced that it is also in line with government’s vision to double farm sector income by 2022.
■ The government will sell a strategic stake in IDBI Bank to Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India. The proposal is part of a plan to professionalise the state-owned lender using the Axis Bank model, which has been mooted for a long time.
■ The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has proposed setting up of Board of Management (BoM) in all Urban Co-operative Banks (UCBs) having deposits of over Rs 100 crore within one year to strengthen governance and promote professional management in these banks.
■ Indian Archer Deepika Kumari won her first individual Gold Medal in six years at the Salt Lake World Cup, following a 7-3 win over Germany’s Michelle Kroppen in the recurve final.
■ China led multilateral development bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved the investment of $200 million in India’s National Investment & Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) to give greater impetus to mega infrastructure projects. AIIB so far approved $4.4 billion investments in 25 projects. Of these investments, $1.2 billion has been approved for six infrastructure projects in India, making it largest recipient of funds from the multilateral agency.
Sports Current Affairs – 25 and 26 June 2018
■ Chennai’s R Praggnanandhaa has become the second youngest Grandmaster in chess history at the age of 12 years, 10 months, 13 days.
Note that: The youngest Grandmaster ever is Sergey Karjakin (Russia), who achieved the feat aged 12 years, 7 months and has held the record since 2002.
■ Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, aged 45 years and 161 days, has become the oldest player to play a FIFA World Cup match. He achieved the feat by featuring in the Group A match against Saudi Arabia.
■ Former world number one women’s tennis player Amélie Mauresmo has been appointed as the next captain of France’s men’s Davis Cup team. Amélie will replace Yannick Noah next season to become the first woman to captain France’s Davis Cup team and overall sixth woman to captain in the tournament history.
■ Indian swimmer Sandeep Sejwal clinched the Gold medal in men’s 50-meter breaststroke event with a timing of 27:59 seconds at the Singapore National Swimming Championships in Singapore. Virdhawal Khade grabbed Silver medal in the 50 meter freestyle event with a timing of 22.68 seconds.
“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims – 25 and 26 June 2018 “
Q1. Which committee will be constituted by the Union Government to lay down standards for metro rail systems in the country?
- A) K S Mehta committee
- B) Elattuvalapil Sreedharan committee
- C) Vijay Kapoor committee
- D) Neeraj Pandey committee
Q2. Which city is hosting the 4th National Review and Consultation on Swachh Iconic Places?
- A) Hyderabad
- B) Kurnool
- C) Allahabad
- D) Murshidabad
Q3. Which country’s researchers have developed the world’s smallest computer “Michigan Micro Mote”?
- A) United States
- B) China
- C) Japan
- D) Germany
Q4. Which state government has launched a new scheme ‘Paani Bachao, Paise Kamao’ to check depletion of underground water?
- A) Rajasthan
- B) Madhya Pradesh
- C) Uttar Pradesh
- D) Punjab
Q5. Which state government has launched Suryashakti Kisan Yojana (SKY) for farmers?
- A) Madhya Pradesh
- B) Gujarat
- C) Rajasthan
- D) Uttar Pradesh
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