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CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL
PM Modi Laid Foundation Stone Of Paperless Vanijya Bhawan
Prime Minister Narendra Modilaid the foundation stone of Paperless Vanijya Bhawan in New Delhi. Once ready, the new building will house Department of Commerce. The building will accommodate about 1000 officers and staff.
It will be a completely paperless office with state of the art facilities such as smart access control, central air-conditioning, video conferencing, and completely networked systems. The Department of Commerce is currently housed in Udyog Bhawan.
CEMS Sets Up First-Of-Its-Kind Labs In Mumbai And Vizag
The Centre of Excellence in Maritime & Shipbuilding (CEMS),a well-funded start-up in skill development for maritime and shipbuilding sector, has announced setting up of 24 labs -6 in Mumbai and 18 in Vizag campus. The announcement was made in the first seminar on Competencies, Employability, Methodology and Skills organized by CEMS in Mumbai.
CEMS has established one of the first of its kind of infrastructure in Asia Pacific regionwith 24 labs.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL
India notifies higher tariffs on U.S. imports
India has notified higher tariffs on several items imported from the U.S., including agricultural products such as apples, almonds, chickpeas, lentils, and walnuts, and industrial inputs such as some grades of iron and steel products, the latest salvo in the ongoing tariff tiff between the U.S. and several of its trading partners.
The notification, however, says that these higher tariffs would come into effect from August 4
India and Tajikistan agree to enhance mutual cooperation for sustainable water development:
India and Tajikistan have reaffirmed their commitment to promote bilateral relations and agreed to enhance economic cooperation, particularly in sustainable water development.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE
Free Braille textbooks for Class IX, X students in Odisha
From the current academic session, all visually impaired students of Class IX and X in Odisha will be provided free Braille textbooks.
Earlier, the Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority was providing free Braille textbooks to all visually impaired students studying in Class I to VIII in government-managed schools. From this year, this measure has been extended to Class IX and X students as well.
Kota set Guinness World Record for largest number of people performing yoga
The Guinness World Record (GWR) for largest number of people performing yoga at one place at the same time has been set up in Kota, Rajasthan in the 4th edition of International Yoga Day (IYD-2018).
Around one lakh 60 thousand people performed yoga at one place at a same time on Jun 21, 2018 at the State level yoga function in Kota.
AIIMS to set up in Madurai
Tamil Nadu govt said the much-anticipated All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) facility announced for the state by the Centre will come up near Madurai at an estimated cost of Rs 1,500 crore.
The 250-bed modern facility will be set up at Thoppur near Madurai at an estimated Rs 1,500 crore. It will also have 100 MBBS seats.
Tamil Nadu Capital
1st International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics launched in Gandhinagar
The world’s first of its kind and state-of-the-art, International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics has been launched in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
The centre is joint venture of Regional delegation of International Committee of Red Cross (ICCR) in India, Bhutan, Nepal and Maldives and also Gujarat Forensic Science University.
Om Prakash Kohli.
Gujarat Launches Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Policy
The Gujarat government announced wind-solar hybrid power policy - 2018, aiming to make optimum utilization of the land and grid. The policy, which will have a coverage period of five years, provides encouragement to renewable power producers supplying to the grid as well as to those having captive use.
Uttarakhand High Court has banned water sports in the state:
The Uttarakhand high court has banned paragliding, and white water rafting and other water sports until the government frames a policy to regulate them. It also expressed concern over environmental damages, remarking that the state is not maintaining the sanctity of river Ganga.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND FINANCE
RBI tells banks to upgrade software at ATMs by June 2019 or face penalty:
With banks failing to upgrade software in automated teller machines (ATM) despite repeated reminders, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has now directed the banks to complete the process in a phased manner latest by June 2019.
Banks have been asked to upgrade 25% of the ATMs by September 2018, 50% by December 2018, 75% by March 2019 and all by June 2019. Security measures should be implemented by August 2018 and anti-skimming and white-listing solutions by March 2019.
SEBI Simplifies Buyback Regulations, Changes IPO Price Band Timeline:
The Securities and Exchange Board (SEBI)has approved amendments to buyback and takeover regulations and changed the time for announcing the price band of initial public offering (IPO) from 5 to 2 days, according to the chairman of SEBI, Ajay Tyagi.
SEBI had made a proposal to bring changes based on suggestions made by the regulator’s Primary Market Advisory Committee (PMAC).In a consultation paper, SEBI had proposed that entities would not be required to file draft papers for rights issue worth up to Rs 10 crore.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS
Microsoft acquires Social Learning Platform Flipgrid in latest challenge to Google:
Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid, an education start-up with an app that lets students record and share videos on specific topics with their classmates. Microsoft is making Flipgrid free of charge. Schools that already have subscriptions will receive prorated refunds.
Google introduced Google Classroom in 2014 as a place for teachers to give out assignments and for students to hand them in, using the company's productivity apps like Google Docs. In 2016, Microsoft unveiled a similar tool called Microsoft Classroom as part of its Office 365 productivity software package for education.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS
Anukreethy Vas from Tamil Nadu crowned Femina Miss India 2018
Anukreethy Vas, a 19-year-old Tamil Nadu college student, has been crowned Femina Miss India 2018 in a grand ceremony in Mumbai hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Ayushmann Khurrana.
She, who was previously crowned fbb Colours Femina Miss Tamil Nadu, beat 30 contestants to bag the top honour in front of a judges panel that included Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar. She was awarded her crown by Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar.
Master of cinema Martin Scorsese to receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Veteran director Martin Scorsese will be conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Rome Film Fest. The announcement was made by director Antonio Monda and Laura Delli Colli, the head of the Fondazione Cinema per Roma.
Nine Year old Syrian girl Bana Alabed to be honoured for defending freedom
Syrian child activist Bana Alabed who live-tweeted her experiences in war-torn Syria will be honoured for "defending freedom". Alabed also featured on the TIME magazine's list of 25 Most Influential People on the Internet in 2017.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCHEMES AND PROGRAM
Women Wizards Rule Tech programme launched by NASSCOM
Indian IT industry’s apex body, NASSCOM (National Association of Software & Services Companies) launched ‘Women Wizards Rule Tech’ programme to increase number of women in senior levels in Information Technology (IT) industry.
It was announced in Mar 2018 at Nasscom Diversity and Inclusion Summit in Chennai as joint initiative by Nasscom Sector Skills Council and Data Security Council of India.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS
Kidambi Srikanth named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year
The country's top-ranked men's Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth was adjudged Sports Illustrated 'India's Sportsperson of the Year' for his stupendous performance in 2017.
Other winners included the women's cricket team, which bagged the 'Team of the Year' award while national football team coach Stephen Constantine clinched the title of 'Coach of the year'.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: OBITUARIES
Australian golfing great Peter Thomson dies aged 88
Peter Thomson won five British Open titles in the 1950s and 1960s and is the only player since the turn of the 20th century to win golf's oldest major championship three times in a row. He passed away at home in Melbourne surrounded by family on 20 June.