Daily Current Affairs (English) - 23.06.2018
PM Modi inaugurates nature center in New York
PM Modi inaugurated the ‘YO1 Nature Cure Center‘ in the Catskills area of New York through a video link on the occasion of 4th International Day of Yoga. The Indian Consulate General here said YO1 is a “large Indian investment” in New York and will contribute to the wellness of New Yorkers.
South Central Railway becomes 1st zone to become 100 percent LED Lit
South Central Railway has become the first 100 percent LED (Light Emitting Diode) lit Zone on Indian Railways, achieving the milestone on 21 June, well before the target date of June 30 that was set by Railways Minister Piyush Goyal. Earlier, SCR had provided 1,35,417 LED luminaries to cover all its 733 railway stations and 1,424 service buildings by March, which also was a first amongst all Zones. The commissioning of LED lighting at all residential quarters on the Zone, has added to make the Zone 100 percent LED lit now.
South Central Railway introduces ‘Train Captain’ service in Venkatadri Express
Venkatadri Express which started from Kacheguda towards Chittoor on 20th June evening became the first train across South Central Railway (SCR) to have a ‘Train Captain’. The ‘Captain’ will be sporting a badge and his name and mobile number will be made available for the passengers so that he can be directly contacted for any train-related issue like a deficiency of service or any complaint during the course of the journey. The captaincy is being handed over to the senior-most among the traveling ticket examiner (TTE) in the train from the starting point.
Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian resigns
Union Minister Arun Jaitley had said that Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian will be leaving the finance ministry because of “pressing family commitments” and will return to the US. Subramanian was appointed as CEA to the finance ministry on October 16, 2014, for a period of three years. In 2017 his term was extended for a year.
TCS ranks among top 100 brands in the U.S.
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) has been ranked among the top 100 most valuable U.S. brands for the fourth consecutive year by Brand Finance, a leading brand valuation firm. TCS has been ranked 58th among America’s most valuable brands across all sectors, rising five places from last year’s analysis.
India & Tajikistan agree to enhance mutual cooperation for sustainable water development
India and Tajikistan have reaffirmed their commitment to promoting bilateral relations and agreed to enhance economic cooperation, particularly in sustainable water development. Shri Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, currently on a two-day official visit to the central Asian republic, held wide-ranging talks with Shri Sirodjidin Muhridin, Foreign Minister of Tajikistan in Dushanbe.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives in Ulaanbaatar on his maiden Mongolia visit
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Ulaanbaatar on his maiden three-day visit to Mongolia, aimed at strengthening India’s relation with the strategically important East Asian country that shares its boundaries with China and Russia.
Srikanth is the SI sportsperson of the year
Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has received the ‘Sportsperson of The Year 2018‘ title at an event organized by sports media brand, Sports Illustrated. The 25-year-old was honored for his stupendous performance in 2017, which included 4 superseries crowns apart from ending the last season as World No. 2. Legendary hockey player Dhanraj Pillay, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, expressed his gratitude for the honor.