Current Affairs 23nd June 2018: Daily GK Update

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Current Affairs 23nd June 2018: Daily GK Update

Important Dates

1. International Olympic Day being observed today

  • The International Olympic Day (IOD) is observed every year on 23rd June to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.
  • The three pillars of Olympic Day are ‘move’, ‘learn’ and ‘discover’.
  • Move: Can refer to all sorts of physical activity for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Learn: Olympic Day is wonderful opportunity to look at the contribution of sport to global social issues that can affect your community
  • Discover: All about inviting and encouraging people to try new sports and activities that they have never done before.

Note:

  • The ‘Olympic Day’ was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on 23rd June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris.
  • The goal was to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.

2. 23 June: International Widows’ Day

  • The International Widows day (IWD) is observed every year on 23rd June to raise awareness of the issue of widowhood.
  • The day addresses the poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries.
  • International Widows Day was established by The Loomba Foundation.

3. 23 June: United Nations Public Service Day

  • The United Nations Public Service Day is observed on 23rd June every year to recognize the work of public servants and to encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector.
  • The day seeks to mark the invaluable contributions of public servants and administrators to build a better world for all.

National Affairs

4. Govt. asks AC manufacturers to regulate default AC settings at 24 degrees Celsius

  • According to the Power Minister R K Singh, the Union Government has advised AC manufacturers to keep default setting at 24 degrees Celsius.
  • The government will consider making it a mandatory setting for air conditioners in few months.
  • Every one-degree increase in the air-conditioner temperature setting results in saving of 6 per cent of electricity consumed.
  • The Minister also launched a campaign to promote energy efficiency in the air-conditioning area.

5. EMS sets up 24 labs for skill development in the maritime sector

  • According to the shipping ministry, 24 labs have been set up by Centre of Excellence in Maritime & Shipbuilding (CEMS) a startup for skill development in the sector.
  • CEMS has established one of the first of its kind of infrastructure in Asia Pacific with 24 labs (6 in Mumbai and 18 in Vizag campus).
  • With the setting up of these labs, CEMS is well-positioned to build competency in the maritime & shipbuilding sector through various courses ably supported by world-class infrastructure, the statement added.

International Affairs

6. Mongolia breaks ground for its first refinery to be constructed with Indian assistance

  • The Home Minister Rajnath Singh attended the ceremony for the construction of Mongolia’s first oil refinery at ‘Stantsiin Hooloi’ in Altanshiree Soum with the help of a USD 1 billion loan from India.
  • Ukhnaagin Khurelsukh (Prime Minister of Mongolia) and other dignitaries were present during the event.
  • Mongolia hopes the project will boost the economy and reduce its dependence on foreign gasoline imports, particularly from Russia.
  • The home minister is on a three-day visit to Mongolia to further strengthen India’s relations with Mongolia and security cooperation.

7. 7th India Minerals and Metals forum inaugurated in New Delhi

  • The seventh India Minerals and Metals forum has been inaugurated in New Delhi.
  • The forum seeks to come up with solutions to leverage in the sector with the changing global scenario.
  • The deliberations took cognizance on the need to consolidate small players for a strengthening of the overall health of the industry.

8. OPEC agrees on a modest increase in oil production from next month

  • The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has agreed on a modest increase in oil production from next month.
  • The move comes after its leader Saudi Arabia persuaded arch-rival Iran to cooperate.
  • Now, OPEC would raise supply by returning to 100% compliance with previously agreed output cuts.
  • Earlier, US, China and India had urged oil producers to release more supply to prevent an oil deficit that could undermine global economic growth.
  • The next formal OPEC meeting was set for 3rd December 2018.

Note:

  • Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is a permanent intergovernmental organisation of oil-exporting developing nations that coordinates and unifies the petroleum policies of its Member Countries.
  • As of February 2018, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is an intergovernmental organization of 14 nations.
  • OPEC was formed on September 14, 1960, at a meeting in Baghdad, Iraq.

Obituaries

9. Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Krauthammer passes away

  • United States political commentator and Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Krauthammer (68-year) passed due to cancer of the small intestine.
  • Krauthammer’s column has been published in The Washington Post since 1984
  • He regularly appeared as the political analyst on Fox News.

10. Ex-South Korean PM Kim Jong-pil passes away

  • Ex-South Korean PM Kim Jong-pil (92-years) passed away due to age-related complications at Seoul.
  • A retired lieutenant colonel Kim was a key member of a 1961 coup that put army, Maj. Gen. Park Chung-hee in power until his 1979 assassination.
  • He served twice as Prime Minister from 1971-to 1975 and 1998 to 2000.
  • Kim created and headed the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, a predecessor of the current National Intelligence Service.

Sports

11. Hockey Champions Trophy 2018 commences in the Netherlands today

  • Hockey Champions Trophy 2018 (37th edition) commences at Breda in the Netherlands.
  • Six teams (Netherlands, Australia, Argentina, Belgium, India, and Pakistan) are participating in the tournament from 23rd June to 1st July 2018.
  • In the opening match, India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan this evening (5:30 PM). 

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 ”Thought of the Day”

 ” Your most valuable asset can be your willingness to persist longer than anyone else.”

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