Daily Current Affairs (English) - 19.06.2018

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http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgISRO clears GSAT – 11 for Launch

  • ISRO has cleared GSAT – 11 for launch, which was recalled from Kourou in French Guinea for checks, after another satellite GSAT 6A, had lost contact which was launched earlier.
  • The 5,700 Kg Satellite was to launch on 26 May 2018 from Kourou, site in South America which India uses to launch heavy satellites.
  • Arianespace is the space agnecy that launches India’s Satellite from this site.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgRoger Federer wins Mercedes Cup

  • Roger Federer wins Mercedes Cup 2018 in Stuttgart by beating Milos Raonic of Canada.
  • He had already secured number one in the world ranking by defeating Nick Kyrgios in the semi- final and this is his 98th tour title.
  • He will be competing at Halle Open in June 2018

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgIndia excluded from UK’s relaxed student visa

  • India has been excluded from the UK’s new list of countries considered “low risk”, whose applicants will undergo reduced checks while applying for student visas.
  • The countries on the list include the US, Canada and China among others.
  • Students from these countries would face reduced checks on educational, financial and English language skill requirements to study at UK universities.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgIndia to open 4 new air gateways to Nepal

  • India has agreed to open 4 new air gateways to Nepal in the eastern and western part of the country, aimed to facilitate international traffic.
  • The eastern part would connect Patna and Kolkata of India with Kathmandu and Dhaka while the western part would connect Kathmandu with Delhi.
  • The routes will be operational till 2019.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgUS pips India as top greenfield FDI place

  • The USA has surpassed India as top greenfield FDI destination with a total FDI of USD 87.6 billion.
  • The number of greenfield FDI projects sharply fell by 21% during this year in case of India as compared to previous year.
  • China received a total FDI of USD 50.3 billion in the year 2017 while India received an FDI of 25.1 billion in 2017.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgIvan Duque became Colombia’s President

  • Colombia has chosen Ivan Duque to be its next president after a long and divisive campaign that often centred on a controversial peace process with leftist rebels the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
  • Duque, who will turn 42 just before taking office will be Colombia’s youngest ever President.
  • Bogota is the capital of Colombia.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpg4th Meeting of Governing council – NITI Aayog

  • The 4th meeting of governing council of NITI Aayog was held in New Delhi chaired by PM Narendra Modi.
  • The meeting aimed to double the farmers’ income and progress of flagship scheme such as Ayushman Bharat, National Nutrition Mission and Mission Indradhanush.
  • It planned for a 3 year action plan to develop a new agenda for “New India 2022”.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgBrooks Koepka wins US open 2018

  • Brooks Koepka wins US Open 2018 by defeating Tommy Fleetwood at Shinnecock Hills becoming first player in 3 decades to successfully defend his title.
  • Earlier the record was in name of Curtis Strange who won back to back titles in 1988 and 1989.
  • The victory comes less than 2 months after Koepka returned from left wrist injury that kept him out of action since Jan 2018.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgYoga Camp at Muktinath Temple

  • The 4th international Yoga day in Nepal was celebrated by locals by participating at Yoga camp at Muktinath Temple at a height of 12500 feet above sea level.
  • The yoga camp was organised by Indian embassy in Kathmandu.
  • The International yoga day is celebrated on 21st June each year since 2015 and was declared unanimously by United Nations General Assembly.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgAP’s largest petroglyph site at Kandanathi

  • Dr. Raghu of Yogi Vemmana university has discovered Andhra Pradesh’s largest petroglyph site at Kandanathi.
  • The site has nearly 200 engravings, peckings that belong to Mesolithic, Neolithic period.
  • The petroglyph at Kandanathi reveal the presence of the Boya community divided into groups – Mandla (herdsmen) and Yenubothula (buffalomen).

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgMeghana Shanbough becomes first woman fighter pilot from South

  • Overwhelmed and humbled at the same time, 24-year-old Meghana Shanbough, who graduated to become the first woman fighter pilot from Karnataka was at loss of words to describe how she was feeling.
  • Shanbough is the 6th woman fighter pilot in the country to be inducted into the Indian Air Force.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgRs 2,500 Cr fund for Bandra Versova Sea link

  • Maharastra Govt. will provide viability gap of Rs. 2,500 Cr for Bandra Versova Sea link by selling floor space index (FSI) to builders.
  • The total cost incurred in creating 39 km sea link would be Rs. 9,500 Cr that will connect Marine lines with Kandivli.
  • The govt will invest Rs. 2000 Cr, Rs. 5000 Cr is being raised by loans and the rest of Rs. 2500 Cr by FSI.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgMacedonia signed pact to change its name

  • Macedonia has signed a pact to change its name which would end a three-decade dispute with Greece.
  • After the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1991, Greece’s northern neighbour took the name Macedonia but Greece refused to accept it implying it had territorial claims over Greek province of Macedonia.
  • Both Countries agreed to rename it as “The Republic of North Macedonia” which requires a referendum.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgFadnavis visited Virgin Hyperloop test site

  • Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis visited one of Virgin Hyperloop One’s test sites in the US, earlier this week.
  • The visit follows the MoU signed by the state government with the Virgin Group to build the Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop at an estimated cost of ₹20,000 crore.
  • The Hyperloop is expected to reduce the travel time between the two cities to 25 minutes.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgYoga Day celebrated with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

  • Sri Sri Ravi Shankar inaugurated International Day of Yoga in the Netherlands.
  • It was held at Museumplein or museum square which was organised by the Embassy of India.
  • He was joined by Dutch Minister of Infrastructure Cora van Nieuwenhuizen and Ambassador of India to the Netherlands Venu Rajamon.

http://www.iasexamcentre.com/community/images/arrow.jpgUniversities to hold convocation every year

  • The HRD Ministry has written to all universities mandating them to hold convocation every year after few universities were found skipping the event.
  • “The event carries a huge significance for graduating students and is a moment of pride for their families,” officials said.
  • Interestingly, Jawaharlal Nehru University recently held its second convocation, 46 years after its first convocation.