Current Affairs on 30th June

Today’s Current Affairs 30th – June- 2018 – MyProgressCard

National News

  1. NITI Aayog Partners With GNFC Ltd

  • NITI Aayog and Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GNFC) have signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) to work together towards implementing a Proof-of-Concept (“PoC”) application using Block chain technology for fertiliser subsidy management.

NITI Aayog Partners With GNFC Ltd

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  • With the implementation of Block chain technology, it is expected that the distribution will become effective and efficient, and subsidy transfer could be automated and made real time.

Static/Current implications:

  • Chairman of NITI Aayog – Narendra Modi, CEO of NITI Aayog – Amitabh Kant
  • Chairman of GNFC – Dr. J N Singh, Managing Director of GNFC – Dr. Rajiv Kumar Gupta

2. NITI Aayog Releases 1st Delta Ranking

  • NITI Aayog has launched the first Delta ranking (incremental progress) for the Aspirational Districts, based on self-reported data of districts between March 31, 2018 to May 31, 2018, across five developmental areas of Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion and Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure.
  • Dahod district of Gujarat improved 19.8 points to rank first in the Delta ranking (was Ranked 17 in Baseline ranking).

NITI Aayog Releases 1st Delta Ranking

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  • West Sikkim district in Sikkim stood second with 18.9 points, a huge improvement from being in the 30th position in Baseline ranking.
  • The ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ programme aims to quickly and effectively transform some of the most underdeveloped districts of the country.

Static/Current implications:

  • Chairman of NITI Aayog – Narendra Modi
  • CEO of NITI Aayog – Amitabh Kant

3. UAE Consulate To Come Up In Hyderabad

  • After finishing the discussions with UAE foreign minister, Telangana’s Chief Minister gave a nod to the proposal to set up a consulate of United Arab Emirates in Telangana.
  • Also, arrangements for allocating the land for construction of the building were being made.

UAE Consulate To Come Up In Hyderabad

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  • The setting up of the consulate is expected to improve cordial relations between Telangana and UAE.

Static/Current implications:

  • Capital of UAE – Abu Dhabi
  • Currency of UAE – Dirham

4. Mumbai’s Victorian and Art Deco Ensembles Inscribed As UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • The two buildings of the Victorian and Art Deco of Mumbai have jointly been added to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage.
  • These buildings are a collection of 19th century Victorian Neo Gothic public buildings and 20th century Art Deco buildings in the Fort area of Mumbai.

Mumbai's Victorian and Art Deco Ensembles Inscribed As UNESCO World Heritage Site

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  • This is the third such honour for Mumbai, after Elephanta Caves and Majestic Victoria Terminus.

Static/Current implications:

  • Capital of Maharastra – Mumbai
  • Chief minister – Devendra Fadnavis
  • Governor – C. Vidyasagar Rao
  • Headquarters of UNESCO – Paris, France
  • Director General of UNESCO – Audrey Azoulay

5. Kathmandu-Varanasi direct flight flagged off

  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath flagged off a direct flight between Varanasi and Kathmandu.
  • This move is expected to make a positive impact on the tourism industry by attracting the tourists from Uttar Pradesh to Nepal.

Static/Current implications:

  • Capital of Nepal – Kathmandu, Currency – Nepalese Rupee
  • Capital of Uttar Pradesh – Lucknow, Governor – Ram Naik

6. Government to link 22,000 rural markets to the e-NAM portal

  • With a view of doubling the farmers’ income, the government has planned to link 22,000 rural markets with electronic national agricultural market (e-NAM) by 2022.
  • This move will enable the farmers to directly sell their produce to potential buyers.
  • e-NAM is a network of current Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) mandis.

Governmentt to link 22,000 rural markets to the e-NAM portal

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  • This portal provides single window facility for all APMC based information and services.

7 . Indian & Indonesian navies participate in PASSEX 2018

  • Indian and Indonesian naval ships participated in a passage exercise (PASSEX).
  • Indian Naval ships INS Shakti and INS Kamorta undertook the Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Madidihang (855), a Stingrays Class Fast Patrol Craft on leaving the Port of Makassar, Indonesia.
  • During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Indonesia last month, the two countries decided to enhance their maritime cooperation.

Static/Current implications:

  • Capital of Indonesia – Jakarta
  • Currency – Indonesian rupiah

Banking News

8. IRDAI Gives Nod To LIC To Buy Stake In IDBI Bank

  • Insurance Regulatory and development authority of India approved the request of Life Insurance Corporation of India for raising its stake from the current 10.82% to 51%.
  • LIC is planning to infuse Rs.13,000 crores in IDBI.

IRDAI Gives Nod To LIC To Buy Stake In IDBI Bank

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  • However, LIC is asked to lower its stake below 15% in near future.

Static/Current implications:

  • Headquarters of IRDAI – New Delhi
  • Chairman of IRDAI – Subhash Chandra Kuntia

Sports News

9. Gehlot elected IKF chief for next four years

Gehlot elected IKF chief for next four years

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  • Janardan Singh Gehlot was elected the President of International Kabaddi Federation for a period of four years in the Annual General Congress (AGC) of the federation organised at Dubai, UAE.
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