Daily Current Affairs 28th June, 2017

Daily Current Affairs 28th June, 2017

INTERNATIONAL

India and Netherlands sign 3 Agreements

  • India and the Netherlands have signed three MOUs after the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte in Hague the Netherlands.
  • Prime Minister’s visit to the Netherlands has come at a time when both the countries are celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations.
  • The Netherlands has backed India’s entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and other multilateral export control regimes.
  • The Netherlands also supported India’s bid for a permanent UN Security Council seat. For its part, India has thanked the Netherlands for its role in India’s accession to the Missile Technology Control Regime in June 2016.
  • Also, Prime Minister Modi invited the Netherlands to join the International Solar Alliance. In addition, both the countries have reaffirmed their commitment towards Paris climate deal.

Petya Ransomware Cyberattack

  • Petya Ransomware is part of a new wave of cyber-attacks and has infected computer servers across the world.

Extent of Attack

  • India – In India, the ransomware has crippled the operations at one of the terminals of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
  • The affected terminal was being operated by AP Moller-Maersk. The company operates the Gateway Terminals India (GTI) which has a capacity to handle 1.8 million standard container units.
  • The attack has impacted the external trade by affecting the systems dealing with the cargo and ships at the country’s largest port.
  • World– The Petya ransomware has hit computer servers all across Europe. Ukraine and Russia are the worst affected countries. The ransomware has also impacted some companies in the US and other Western European countries. In the severely affected Ukraine, government offices, energy companies, banks, cash machines, gas stations, and supermarkets, Ukrainian Railways, Ukrtelecom, and the Chernobyl power plant has been worst affected.

NATIONAL

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 reminder will be made available for four days beginning July 1.
  • When the users click the button, they will be redirected to National Voters’ Services Portal, where they can register themselves as voters. The reminder will be available in 13 languages-English, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Assamese, Marathi and Oriya.

ECONOMY,BANKING AND FINANCE

UP govt signs pact with ADB for strengthening of roads

  • Uttar Pradesh Government has signed an agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a loan of 1950 crore rupees for strengthening of roads in different district. The agreement was signed at Lucknow in the presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and ADB President Takehiko Nakao.
  • As per agreement, ADB will provide the loan amount for Uttar Pradesh Main District Roads Development Project of 2782 crore rupees cost. State government will spend 832 crore rupees form its own resources on the project.
  • Project is scheduled to be completed by 2024 and ADB will provide the loan for the period of 25 years on the interest rate of 2 percent.

GOVT SCHEME

Odisha to become First State in the Country to Open a Blood Bank for Cattle

  • Odisha is set to become the first state in the country to open a blood bank for cattle. The proposal has received the nod from the National Agriculture Development Programme (NADP).
  • It is now awaiting the approval from the state government.
  • 60{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} of the project cost would be funded by the Central government and the rest 40{be19e8fcc7081f751eba9e03bd22e904e5cf3e86733381e655a03b1ab7839769} would be funded by the Odisha state government.
  • Under this initiative, the blood would be procured voluntarily from the cattle farmers. The blood bank will also have blood transfusion facility for cattle blood.
  • The blood bank will help in preventing cattle deaths during deliveries and other ailments. It would come handy in saving the lives of the domesticated animals.

MSME Ministry launched ‘Digital MSME Scheme’, exchanged MoUs with SAP India, Intel and HMT

  • MSME Minister Mr. Kalraj Mishra has launched the Digital MSME Scheme and also exchanged three MoUs with SAP India, Intel and HMT. The United Nations has recently declared 27th June as the UN Day for MSMEs.
  • It has been celebrated for recognizing the importance of the crucial role that the sector plays both in terms of job creation and contribution towards economic growth. The MSME has a total budget of Rs. 85.705 Crore including Government of India’s contribution of Rs. 58.105 crore during 2017- 18 to 2019-20.
  • International Trade Centre (ITC) has celebrated the first International MSME Day on June 27, 2017. The theme of MSME is ‘Small business – big impact’.”

DEFENCE

 Nathu La

  • China has accused Indian troops of “crossing the boundary” in the Sikkim sector and put their immediate withdrawal as condition to reopen the Nathu La Pass for Indian pilgrims travelling to Kailash Mansarovar.
  • Nathu La is a mountain pass in the Himalayas. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.
  • It is also one of the four officially agreed BPM (Border Personnel Meeting) points between the Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army of China for regular consultations and interactions between the two armies, which helps in defusing stand-offs.
  • The four BPM are: Chushul in Ladakh, Nathu La in Sikkim, Bum La Pass in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, and Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand.

ENVIRONMENT,SCIENCE AND TECH

Uranus’ Unusual Rotation Creates Light Switch Effect

  • NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft has discovered that Uranus’ magnetosphere – the region defined by the icy planet’s magnetic field and the material trapped inside it – gets flipped on and off like a light switch every day as it rotates along with the planet.
  • The finding showed that magnetosphere is ‘open’ in one orientation, allowing solar wind to flow into it. It is later “closed”, forming a shield against the solar wind and deflecting it away from the planet. When the magnetised solar wind meets this tumbling field in the right way, it can reconnect and Uranus’ magnetosphere goes from open to closed to open on a daily basis.
  • Therefore, scientists say Uranus’ rapid rotational change in field strength and orientation lead to a periodic open-close-open-close scenario as it tumbles through the solar wind.

Scientists create the brightest light ever produced on Earth

  • Scientists have created the brightest light ever produced on the Earth, shining a billion times stronger than the surface of the sun. The researchers discovered that it could be used as a new type of X-ray, capable of taking higher resolution images than the traditional kind.
  • These could be used in hospitals but also by engineers, scientists and for security purposes. Normally an electron scatters just one photon of light at a time but the light beam produced in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Extreme Light Laboratory saw nearly 1,000 photons scattered at a time.

ISRO successfully launches GSAT-17 Satellite

  • ISRO has successfully launched GSAT-17 communication Satellite onboard the Ariane-5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center at French Guiana on June 28.
  • GSAT-17 will be the ISRO’s third satellite that is launched within a span of three months.
  • The 3,477-kg GSAT 17 communication satellite will be placed in the geostationary orbit and will have a mission life of 15 years.
  • The satellite will be an addition to the current fleet of 17 Indian communication satellites that are already providing services from space.
  • Apart from providing communication services, the satellite will provide meteorological and satellite-based data to help rescue services which were earlier provided by geostationary satellites called Indian National Satellite System (INSAT).
  • GSAT-17 will provide continuity of services of operational satellites in C, extended C and S bands
  • Once launched, ISRO’s Master Control Facility at Hassan in Karnataka and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh will take over and place the satellite in geostationary orbit. GSAT-17 was designed and assembled at the ISRO Satellite Centre in Bengaluru.

PERSONS IN NEWS

Priyanka Chopra appointed as ambassador for Government’s Skill India campaign

  • Actress Priyanka Chopra has been appointed as the ambassador for government’s flagship Skill India campaign, with the National Skill Development Corporation.
  • Priyanka will use her celebrity status to motivate youngsters to hone their abilities through a media campaign.

APPOINTMENT

Dr. Manoj Soni takes Oath as UPSC Member

  • Dr Manoj Soni has taken Oath of Office and Secrecy as a member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
  • The Oath was administered to him by the UPSC Chairman Prof. David R. Syiemlieh.
  • Born on 17th February 1965, Dr Manoj Soni was a former Vice-Chancellor of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University.
  • He became the youngest-ever Vice Chancellor in independent (India). Manoj Soni is a scholar of Political Science with specialisation in International Relation Studies. He has earned his doctorate in “Post-Cold War International Systemic Transition and Indo-US Relations” from Sardar Patel University

SPORTS

Federer lifts ninth Halle Open title, defeated Alexander Zverev

  • Swiss legend Roger Federer has clinched his ninth Halle Open title after beating Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 in the final. The top seed Roger Federer showed no mercy with fourth seed Alexander Zverev after wrapping up his ninth title in his 11th Halle final.
  • The final took place at the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle, Germany. The match was the quickest final in the history of the Halle Open.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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