Politics


1. India To Host European Union Film Festival

The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) will premiere in New Delhi at the Siri Fort Auditorium. With a selection of 24 latest European films from 23 EU Member States, this years' film festival brings some unusual stories for the world cinema enthusiasts. The European Union Film Festival is organized by Directorate of Film Festivals. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India partnering with the Delegation of the European Union and embassies of EU Member States in various city film clubs.

The Festival will be inaugurated by the Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Mr. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. The EU, which consists of 28 countries, has the world's largest economy and its third largest population, after China and India.

 

2. NLCIL's Three 100 MW Solar Power Projects Dedicated to the Nation

The Union Minister for Railways, Coal, Finance & Company Affairs, Mr. Piyush Goyal inaugurated Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLCIL)’s three 100 MW Solar Power Projects for commercial operation and dedicated these projects to the Nation in Tamil Nadu. The Solar Power projects were erected at a cost of Rs.1300 Crores, which includes Operation & Maintenance cost for 15 Years.  A MoU was also signed by NLCIL and Anna University. The MoU would help set up a pilot project on solar drying of lignite, in order to increase its Caloric Value from 2700 Kcal to 4350 Kcal. The cost of the pilot project is Rs.2 Crore 69 Lakhs.

NLCIL is a 'Navratna' profit-making, Government of India Enterprise engaged in mining of lignite and generation of power through lignite based thermal power plants.

NLCIL was established by GoI in 1956, following the discovery of lignite deposits in Neyveli, Tamil Nadu.

 

3. 20 States Sign MoU For Implementing Ayushman Bharat - NHP Mission

 

Mr. J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare exchanged the MoU with the State Health Ministers of 20 States marking their commitment towards the launch of the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM). Smt. Anupriya Patel, Ministers of State for Health and Family Welfare and Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog were also present at the function. A web portal for initiating the empanelment of hospitals under the mission was also launched.

 

4. PM Modi Inaugurates Developmental Projects in Chhattisgarh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a one-day visit to Chhattisgarh where he dedicated the modernized and expanded Bhilai steel plant to the nation. He also took part in programmes in Naya Raipur - the upcoming capital city of the state. The PM inaugurated Integrated Command and Control Centre at Naya Raipur. Thereafter, in Bhilai, he inaugurated Raipur-Jagdalpur air service, laid the foundation stone for the new building of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhilai. He also inaugurated air connectivity between Raipur and Jagdalpur under the Centre's 'Udaan' scheme.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister- Raman Singh, Governor- Balram Das Tandon.

 

5. Conference On Implementation of NPS by the CABs Held in Delhi

A Conference on Implementation of National Pension System (NPS) by the Central Autonomous Bodies (CABs) was organized by Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) in Delhi. The prime objective was to provide a forum to all the CABs, where the progress in the implementation of NPS with respect to compliance of timelines in various NPS related activities could be brought to the fore and a way forward could be provided.

 

6. World Blood Donors Day: 14 June

 

Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The theme of the World Blood Donors Day 2018 is ‘Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life’. The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations.

 

7. Former World Bank Economist Omar al-Razzaz Sworn in as Jordan PM

Former World Bank Economist Omar al-Razzaz was sworn in as Jordan's Prime Minister after King Abdullah issued a decree approving the new government. The 58-year-old, who studied at Harvard University, was tasked with reviewing the country's disputed tax system. Omar succeeded Hani al-Mulki who resigned following mass protests over price hikes and other government economic policies.

Jordan Capital- Amman, Currency- Jordanian dinar.

 

8. Georgia's PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili Resigns

 

Giorgi Kvirikashvili, prime minister of Georgia, has announced his resignation amid a disagreement with Bidzina Ivanishvili, the leader of the ruling party. Kvirikashvili, 50, has been the country's prime minister since 2015.


Sports


1. Smriti Mandhana to Become 1st Indian to Play in England's Kia Super League

 

India Women's Cricket team opener Smriti Mandhana will become the first Indian player to appear in Kia Super League - the women's cricket super league in England. Smriti was signed by Western Storm and will represent them in the upcoming edition of the tournament that features six teams.