Current Affairs Daily Updates: 29th June 2017

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Rajiv Kumar appointed as Secretary of Uttar Pradesh
  • The Uttar Pradesh government appointed Rajiv Kumar as the new Chief Secretary of the state.
  • He replaces Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar.
Union Government appoints Rajesh Shah as NIFT Chairperson
  • The Union Government (Ministry of Textiles) appointed Shri Rajesh V. Shah as Chairperson on the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT).
  • He has replaced Shri Chetan Chauhan as per the provisions of the National Institute of Fashion Technology Act, 2006.
Donald Trump appoints Indian-American as US Ambassador to Peru
  • Donald Trump appointed Indian-American Krishna R as the new United States Ambassador to Peru.
  • He is serving as Charge of Affairs of the United States Embassy in Madrid, Spain.
  • During his three decades of State, Department service he has specialised in economic issues and developed extensive policy experience in the Andean region of South America.
Uttarkhand gets award of excellence at International Meet
  • Uttarkhand state conferred the award of excellence at the 2nd Global Skill Development Summit held in Paris.
  • It has been awarded for innovations and extensive use of IT for skill developments the state’s youth.
  • Uttarakhand Skill Development Committee was also running International language training programmes for the state’s youth to strengthen the prospects of their employability by foreign companies.
India becomes the first country to contribute one lakh US dollars to UN fund
  • India has become the first country to contribute one lakh US Dollars to a UN fund to help developing countries actively participate in the discussion of tax issues.
  • The UN Trust Fund for International Cooperation in Tax Matters (the UN Tax Fund) has received its first financial voluntary contribution from India.
UNESCO names Sharjah as World Book Capital 2019
  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named Sharjah as World Book Captial.
  • Sharjah is the 19th city to become World Book Capital.
  • The Sharjah is the first in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and third in the Arab world and the Middle East received this recognition.
China launched its Biggest Naval Destroyer
  • China launched its most powerful naval destroyer, the Type 055, at the Shanghai port.
  • It is one among the largest warships in the world.
  • The Type 055 vessels will weigh more than 12,000 tonnes and are larger more powerful than India’s latest Project- 15B “Visakhapatnam” class destroyers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Centenary Celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Centenary Celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram.
  • It is on a two-day visit to his home state Gujarat and is scheduled to attend programmes in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Modasa and Gandhinagar.
  • He will inaugurate two water supply projects worth Rs 552 crore for the region.
  • He will attend a programme to dedicate water supply schemes based on Vatrak, Mazum and Meswo Dams at Modasa in Aravalli district in north Gujarat.
AP CM Naidu gives away Rs 50 lakh cash prize to shuttler Kidambi Srikanth
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister ‘N Chandrababu Naidu’ gave away 50 lakh cash prizes and offered Group 1 post to Badminton ChampionKidambi Srikanth and Rs.15 lakh cash prize for his Coach ‘P. Gopi Chand’.
  • He also announced the allocation of 1000 square yards house site to the player in ‘Amaravathi’.
  • Naidu announced that a sports university would come up in Amaravathi and invited National Badminton Coach P. Gopi Chand to set up an academy in Amaravathi.
Sixth Joint Trade Committee Meeting between India and Myanmar held in New Delhi
  • The Sixth India - Myanmar Joint Trade Committee (JTC) Meeting co-chaired by Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Commerce & Industry from India and Dr Than Myint, Union Commerce Minister from Myanmar was held in New Delhi.
  • The Joint Trade Committee plays a key role related to the enhancement of the bilateral economic partnership between the two countries.
  • Myanmar shares a long land border of over 1600 Kms with India as well as a maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal.
Vidya named Ambassador of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne
  • Vidya named as the Ambassador of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
  • They will showcase over 60 films indie and short included in 20 different languages.
  • These films were created to entertain, inspire, enrage, engage and challenge viewers. We look forward to welcoming a fantastic line up of guests and audiences to our screenings and special events.
National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) announces Provisional ceiling prices of 761 medicines including anti-cancer, HIV
  • The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) announces Provisional ceiling prices of 761 medicines including anti-cancer, HIV and also some antibiotics.
  • According to NPPA Chairman Bhupendra Singh, the actual increase or decrease in drug prices post GST is expected to be in the range of 2-3% depending on states.
Election Commission joins hands with Facebook to launch First Time Nationwide “Voter Registration Reminder”
  • The Election Commission of India has joined hands with Facebook to launch nationwide voter registration reminder aimed at reminding eligible Indian voters to register themselves on the electoral rolls.
  • As a part of the initiative, Facebook will activate a unique ‘Register Now’ button reminding all the eligible Indian users to enrol themselves as voters.
  • The remainder will be made available for four days beginning July 1.
  • Election Commission of India is a permanent body entrusted for the conduct of free and fair elections. An independent Election Commission has been provided for in Article 324 of the Constitution of India.
Union govt. launches new bidding mechanism for mega oil and gas auctions
  • The Union Govt. has launched two key interventions, oil and gas bidding mechanism named Open Acreage Licensing Process (OALP) and the National Data Repository (NDR) for the first major oil field auctions.
  • Now, the auctions will be held under a new ‘Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy’ (HELP).
  • The new bidding mechanism will allow interested firms to bid for blocks of their choice at any time of the year with the help of National Data Repository.
Odisha to become First State in the Country to Open a Blood Bank for Cattle
  • Odisha is the first state in the Country to open a Blood Bank for cattle.
  • The proposal has received the approval from the National Agriculture Development Programme (NADP).
  • The blood bank for cattle would be set up on the premises of the Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.25 crore.
Scientists create brightest light ever produced on Earth
  • The Scientists have created the brightest light ever produced on the Earth, shining a billion times stronger than the surface of the Sun.
  • Researchers discovered that it could be used as a new type of X-ray, capable of taking higher resolution images.
  • These lights are used for the safety purposes.
India's communication satellite GSAT-17 successfully launched
  • India's communication satellite ‘GSAT-17’ has been successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana.
  • This month this was the third satellite launched by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation).
  • GSAT-17 with a lift-off mass of about 3,477 kg carries payloads in Extended C-band, Normal C-band, and S-band to provide various communication services.
  • The Satellite carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite-based search and rescue services being provided by earlier INSAT satellites.
  • The satellite will provide the continuity in services of aging two satellites and widen the country's horizon to mobile satellite services as well as to Antarctica areas.
BCCI forms Committee to oversee Lodha Panel Reforms
  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the formation of a special seven-member committee to identify the ‘few critical points’ for the general body of the cricket board to consider before they are submitted to the Supreme Court.
  • The seven-member committee has Rajeev Shukla, Sourav Ganguly, Naba Bhattacharjee, TC Mathew, Jay Shah, Amitabh Choudhary and Anirudh Chaudhary.
  • This committee will be responsible for identifying those points that are difficult to be implemented, in regards to the Justice RM Lodha Committee reforms.