Current Affairs 21st June 2018: Daily GK Update

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Current Affairs 21st June 2018: Daily GK Update

Important Dates

1. International Yoga Day being celebrated worldwide today (Click here for video)

  • International Yoga Day (4th) is being celebrated worldwide on 21st June to promote yoga and make it as a part of people’s daily routine.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi led more than 50 thousand of people in performing yoga asanas, in the main event organised at Forest Research Institute in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
  • The theme for this year is ” Yoga for Peace”.
  • Vishwas Mandalik (in Nasik) and the Yoga Institute (in Mumbai) have been selected as recipients of the Prime Minister’s award for outstanding contribution for promotion and development of yoga for the year 2018.

Note:

  • In Dec 2014, United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) had unanimously adopted an India-led resolution to observe 21st June as ‘International Day of Yoga’.
  • The first International Yoga Day (IYD) was celebrated across the world on 21st June 2015, with the backing of the Ministry of AYUSH (in India).

International Affairs

2. US withdraws from UN Human Rights Council (Click here for video)

  • According to Nikki Haley (US ambassador to the United Nations), United States has withdrawn from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and condemned the alleged hypocrisy of its members & bias against Israel.
  • The United States is half-way through a three-year term on the 47-member body.

Note:

  • The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a United Nations body whose mission is to promote and protect human rights around the world.
  • The UNHRC has 47 members elected for staggered three-year terms on a regional group basis.
  • The headquarters of UNHRC is in Geneva, Switzerland.

3. World’s first Intl Centre for Humanitarian Forensics launched in Gujarat(Click here for video)

  • The world’s first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics has been launched at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
  • It is a joint venture of the Regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in India, Bhutan, Nepal & Maldives and the Gujarat Forensic Science University.
  • The launch of the Centre was followed by an International Symposium on Humanitarian Forensics.

4. 7th OPEC International Seminar in Vienna (Click here for video)

  • The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is hosting the 7th OPEC International Seminar at the Imperial Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria (20−21 June 2018).
  • The theme of the Seminar is ‘Petroleum – cooperation for a sustainable future’.
  • The 2018 OPEC International Seminar will seek to reinforce OPEC’s longstanding commitment to strive towards a secure and stable market in support of a healthy global economy.

Note:

  • The Seminar bringing together Ministers from OPEC Member Countries, heads of intergovernmental organisations, chief executives of national and international oil companies, other industry leaders, renowned academics, analysts and media.

Obituaries

5. Renowned mimicry artist Nerella Venu Madhav passes away (Click here for video)

  • Renowned Mimicry artist Nerella Venu Madhav (85-years) passed away in Hanmakonda in Telangana after a brief illness.
  • Venu Madhav was fluent in several languages and his inimitable style of mimicry made him popular.
  • He was awarded Padmashree in 2001.

National Affairs

6. Five narrow gauge rail lines in Gujarat to be preserved for tourism (Click here for video)

  • Ministry of Railways has decided to preserve five narrow gauge rail lines in Gujarat to promote tourism in the state.
  • These five narrow gauge lines were laid down in the 19th century.
  • The five railway lines (collectively 204-km long) were originally owned by the princely state’s Gaekwad Baroda State Railway (now operated by the Western Railway).
  • The old narrow-gauge lines are part of Asia’s largest narrow-gauge light railway system.
  • One of these lines, Dabhoi-Miyagam line (33-km long) was the nation’s first narrow gauge line.

Note:

  • In India, the narrow-gauge lines are 2 feet 6 inches apart (broad gauge lines – 5 ft 6 inches).
  • Therefore, engines, coaches, machinery and maintenance apparatus required for the narrow-gauge network are different from the rest of broad gauge network.

7. Visva-Bharati setting up ‘Yoga Gram’ with central grant (Click here for video)

  • Visva Bharati University has received Centre ‘s grant of five crore rupees for setting up a ‘Yoga Gram‘ in the campus.
  • Small yoga themed cottages, with tiled or straw roofs and surrounded by fruit plants, would be built in the ‘Yoga Gram’ where even tourists can attend sessions.
  • The university will introduce people to undiluted, purest form of yoga dates back to the ancient times.
  • Work for the first phase of the project has started on 15 acres of land in the compound of the Institute of Education.

8.  “I-HARIYALI” App launched by Punjab govt

  • The Punjab Govt. has launched an app “I-hariyali” aimed at increasing the green cover and to provide fresh air in the state.
  • Ludhiana will distribute 2.5 lakh saplings through newly-launched mobile app ‘ihariyali’.
  • The people can book saplings of their choice in the app.
  • There are several varieties of saplings including fruit, medicinal, tree, timber, ornamentals, and shrubs.

9. Vice President receives the book ‘Vedvigyan Alok’

  • The Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has received the book “Vedvigyan Alok” (Maharishi Aitareya Mahidas Praneet – Aitareya Brahmina ki Vaigyanik Vyakhya) authored by Acharya Agnivarat Naishthik.
  • The book is divided into four broad volumes.
  • The Book Vedvigyan Alok is the scriptural verse in Vedas’ prose.
  • The Brahman textbooks are placed second in order of preference of Vedic literature.

10. Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian resigned (Click here for video)

  • According to union minister Mr Arun Jaitley, Arvind Subramanian (Chief Economic Advisor of India) had resigned from the post.
  • He will return to the US because of “pressing family commitments”.
  • In October 2014, Subramanian was appointed as Chief Economic Advisor of India (CEA) to the finance ministry for the period of three years.
  • In 2017 his term was extended for a year.

Note:

  • The Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) is the economic advisor to the Government of India and ex-officio cadre controlling authority of the Indian Economic Service.
  • The CEA is under the direct charge of the Minister of Finance.

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