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Tourism Ministry launches the guidelines on Adventure Tourism - 01 Jun 18

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  • The Minister of State for Tourism launched the Guidelines by the Government of India on Adventure Tourism in New Delhi.
  • These guidelines on Safety and Quality Norms for Adventure Tourism in India have been formulated along with the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) in an effort to make adventure sports safer.
  • India has immense potential for adventure tourism ranging from the Himalayas to the coastal regions.
  • These guidelines are a beginning to building adventure tourism in India and extended whole support to all stakeholders for developing this niche sector so as to tap the whole potential offered.
  • The Minister also added that for India to be a well sought after destination, the facilities and support staff should be developed to global standards.
  • The guidelines have been formulated in  consultation with all stakeholders like State Governments, Tour operators and now they need to be adopted so that India could be an internationally acclaimed adventure tourism destination.
  • The aim of this initiative is to help adventure tour operators understand and execute safety guidelines in a better manner.
  • These guidelines cover land, air and water based activities which include mountaineering, trekking, bungee jumping, paragliding, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, river rafting and many other sports. 
  • The guidelines have been framed for 15 Land Based, 7 Air Based and 7 Water Based activities.
  • The guidelines codify the Standard Operating Procedures and instructions for Risk Mitigation and Emergencies as well as provide for details like Safety precautions, training required, insurance, etc
  • The information given covers some major areas such as the role of a guide, important equipment required, inspections and maintenance process, operating instructions, risk mitigation, medical safety etc.
  • Detailed guidelines covered in the document focus on safety from every possible angle.
  • It educates tour operators and other concerned agencies about important safety requirements and lesser-known dangers.
  • In order to put a strong foothold in the field of adventure sports, better safety measures are mandatory.
  • It is imperative that all adventure tourism stakeholders provide for better vigilance and strict adherence to these guidelines.

PM Modi launches 3 Indian digital payment apps in Singapore - 01 Jun 18

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Upgraded Pinaka rocket successfully test-fired from PXE at Chandipur in Odisha - 01 Jun 18

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  • An upgraded version of Pinaka rocket, with a guidance system and an enhanced range, was successfully test-fired from the Proof & Experiment Establishment (PXE) at Chandipur in Odisha today.
  • Two rounds of tests have been conducted and some more rounds have been planned.
  • The earlier Pinaka version, which was an unguided one, has now been upgraded into a guided version, with a navigation, guidance and control kit developed by the Research Centre, Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad. The RCI comes under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). 
  • According to a source in the DRDO, the conversion helped in enhancing the range and accuracy of Pinaka. 
  • If its range was earlier 40 km, it is more than 70 km now.
  • Radars, electro-optical systems and telemetry systems at the defence range at Chandipur, tracked and monitored the rocket all through its flight path. 
  • The guided version is Pinaka mark-II, which evolved from Pinaka mark-I.
  • The success of the guided Pinaka has reinforced the technological strength of the country in converting the unguided systems into weapons of high precision.
  • The guided Pinaka was developed jointly by the Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune, the RCI, and the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad. 
  • The PXE, Chandipur, provided the range and launch support.

Project Signing: India and World Bank Sign $500 Million Project for All-Weather Rural Roads Using Green Technologies - 01 Jun 18

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Center approves construction of 1.5 lakh houses for urban poor - 01 Jun 18

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Centre forms Cauvery Management Authority to address water-sharing dispute - 02 Jun 18

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India’s First Advanced Forensic Lab in Chandigarh dedicated to women related cases - 02 Jun 18

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Tata Chemicals company completed the sale of its Haldia fertiliser unit in West Bengal - 02 Jun 18

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Odisha launches health insurance scheme for journalists - 02 Jun 18

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Times Higher Education’s ‘World Reputation Rankings 2018’: IISc Bengaluru placed intop 100 universities list - 02 Jun 18

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Volcan de Fuego erupted in Guatemala,death of at least 60 persons - 03 Jun 18

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India successfully test fires nuclear-capable Agni-5 - 03 Jun 18

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Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. record 20 million units landmark car production June 2018 - 03 Jun 18

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“Financial Literacy Week” starts by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) - 04 Jun 18

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Government released funds for special courts for cases against MPs and MLAs - 04 Jun 18

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India received first of its cheapest liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia - 04 Jun 18

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Mahesh Kumar Jain appointed as the fourth deputy governor of RBI - 04 Jun 18

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About RBI:

RBI Bi-Monthly Report: RBI Hikes Repo Rate to 6.25%, Home Loan EMIs Likely to Rise - 05 Jun 18

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World Environment Day: Tamil Nadu to ban plastic bags, bottles - 05 Jun 18

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Tamil Nadu to ban single use plastics:
‘Environment day is a mission for India’

Top bank officials to brief parliamentary panel - 05 Jun 18

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Odisha's Chandrabhaga beach is Asia’s first to get ‘Blue Flag’ tag - 05 Jun 18

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IBSA Ministerial Meet held at Pretoria, South Africa - 05 Jun 18

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  • The IBSA Ministerial Meet recently being held at Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Indian counterpart is lead by external affairs minister Mrs.Sushama Swaraj.
  • This ministerial summit chaired by India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was attended by South African Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu and the Brazilian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Bezerra Abbott Galvao. The outcome of this meeting was a document titled IBSA Declaration on South-South Cooperation. This document calls for contribtion of each of the member of IBSA forum to contribute to greater understanding of development cooperation as a common endeavour of the global South.
What is IBSA ?
  • IBSA Dialogue Forum, comprising India, Brazil, South Africa, is a tripartite group which supports promotion of cooperation in various field between these three important poles of South-South cooperation. 
Goal of IBSA:
  • To promote South-South cooperation by making an important axis between three important countries of three continents viz. India, Africa and South America.

Myanmar and UN sign pact on initial steps for Rohingya return - 06 Jun 18

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Who are Rohingya ?

South Africa commemorates 125th year of Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha - 06 Jun 18

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  • On eve of 125th year of Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha, South Africa commemorates its 125th year celebration in its country.
  • On the night of June 7, 1893, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a young lawyer then, was thrown off the train’s first class compartment at Pietermaritzburg station for refusing to give up his seat.
  • Mahatma Gandhi was evicted from a train because the compartment he was in was reserved for whites only.
  • The incident led him to develop his Satyagraha principles of peaceful resistance and mobilise people in South Africa and in India against the discriminatory rules of the British.
  • Earlier, the film, a co-production between India and South Africa, was made in 1996, soon after Nelson Mandela ascended to the position of South Africa’s first democratically-elected President.
  • The film was directed by Shyam Benegal and based on the book Apprenticeship of a Mahatma by the late freedom activist Prof. Fatima Meer.
  • The film recalls the incident and developments thereafter as Gandhiji decided to forego worldly life and started up the Phoenix Settlement commune in Phoenix near Durban and also Tolstoy Farm near Johannesburg.
  • Mr. Moosa was referring to the fact that British-trained lawyer Gandhi had been brought to South Africa from his Gujarat home to fight a legal battle between two Indian merchant cousins.
  • The commemoration continues over the next two days with events spearheaded by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
  • These include a youth workshop on Gandhiji, a special train ride with an engine and coaches bedecked with 400 metres of khadi cloth brought in from India, and a banquet at which top politicians will speak at the local City Hall, which will be lit up in the colours of the Indian flag.

India’s Current Maternal Mortality Ratio is 130 - 06 Jun 18

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  • The registrar general of India has released new data showing significant decline in maternal mortality ratio of the country. 
Maternal Mortality and MMR :
  • According to WHO, Maternal Mortality is death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy,irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management but not from or incidental causes. 
  • Maternal Mortality Rate is death of such women per 100,000 live births. 
  • Maternal and child mortality and morbidity are taken as important health indicators because they reflect the state of female healthcare.
Global Maternal Mortality Rate :
  • The global MMR for year 1990 was 385. In 2015, this number stood at 216, showing a drop of 44% in 25 years. 
  • Most of the global maternal deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa (66%), followed by South Asia (22%).
  • Maternal Mortality Rate in India and its states In the 2011-13 period, India’s MMR was 167. 
  • As per the recently released data, the MMR during 2014-16 period stands at 130. Among states, the three best and worst states and their respective MMR are shown below:
Three best States:
  • 1. Kerala
  • 2.Maharashtra
  • 3.Tamil Nadu
Three worst States:
  • 1.Assam
  • 2. UP
  • 3. Rajasthan 
  • Significant decline (246 to 188) was seen in the so called Empowered Action Group (EAG) states and Assam. 
  • EAG states are are those states where economic and development indicators are a particular concern. 
  • Such states include Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

11th edition of Geo-Intelligence Asia 2018 held in India - 06 Jun 18

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India’s per capita plastic use among lowest - 06 Jun 18

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World Bank approved Rs.6,000 cr. groundwater recharge plan to India - 07 Jun 18

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CSIA Mumbai airport creates record with 1,000 flights in a day - 07 Jun 18

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Govt aims to provide affordable healthcare to all: PM Modi - 07 Jun 18

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Indian entrepreneur team wins $1 million prize for women's safety device - 07 Jun 18

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The Hague treaty on inter-country abduction of children:India not yet ready to sign - 08 Jun 18

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Political decision:
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Sanitation coverage in rural India under Swachh Bharat rises to 85% - 08 Jun 18

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What is Swachh Bharat Mission ?

Union government to set up committee on Asset Reconstruction Company - 08 Jun 18

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Centre accepted Irrigation projects worth Rs 85,000 crore - 08 Jun 18

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World Oceans Day being observed on June 8 - 08 Jun 18

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Oceans and the Sustainable Development Goals:

India will be free of leprosy this year 2018 - 09 Jun 18

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India the world’s highest, and most reckless, user of groundwater - 09 Jun 18

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National Disaster Risk Index-2018: Maharashtra state topped in the list - 09 Jun 18

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UNSC elects five Non-Permanent Members - 09 Jun 18

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French Open 2018(Women): Simona Halep defeated Sloane Stephens in the final - 10 Jun 18

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French Open 2018(Men): Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem in the final - 10 Jun 18

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FDI in India rises to $61.96 bn in 2017-18: Government - 10 Jun 18

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Global Peace Index 2018:India ranks 137th,Iceland remains No.1 - 10 Jun 18

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Vladimir Putin confers ‘highest state honour of China’ - 11 Jun 18

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Mauritius to Host 11th World Hindi Conference - 11 Jun 18

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10 previous World Hindi Conference was held:

National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) : Centre to sign pacts with 12 more on June 14 - 11 Jun 18

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Global Cities Index 2018: New York is world’s most influential city - 11 Jun 18

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What is Global Cities Index?

India's poverty line dropped from 38.9% to 21.2%:World Bank - 12 Jun 18

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Government expects new telecom policy to be in place by July 2018 - 12 Jun 18

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Union Govt plans digital services through CSCs - 12 Jun 18

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UDAY scheme: Discoms cut losses, but their dues to Gencos mount - 12 Jun 18

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S Ramesh appointed as CBIC Chairman - 13 Jun 18

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Sunil Chhetri becomes joint 2nd highest active international football goal scorer - 13 Jun 18

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Brief History:

India’s economic growth to 7.4% for F.Y’-2019 : Fitch - 13 Jun 18

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World Day Against Child Labour observed on 12 June - 13 Jun 18

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Generation Safe & Healthy:

ISRO to transfer lithium ion cell technology to industries for mass production - 14 Jun 18

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  • ISRO’s rocket sciences arm Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) has decided to transfer its own in-house lithium ion (Li ion) cell technology to successful Indian industries and start-ups on non-exclusive basis in automobiles for Rs. 1 crore. 
  • The initiative aims to accelerate development of indigenous electric vehicle (EV) industry and reduce dependence of imported lithium ion cell technology.
  • In this regard, VSSC has issued RFQ (request for quotation) inviting multiple qualified companies or start-ups to use its power storage technology to produce range of Li ion cells for many purposes, mainly EVs or electric vehicles.
  • Presently, lithium-ion battery is the most dominant battery system finding applications for variety of societal needs including handy consumer electronics goods such as mobile phones, laptops, cameras and many other portable consumer gadgets apart from industrial applications and aerospace. 
  • Most of the current domestic demand is met by batteries imported from China, South Korea and Taiwan. 
  • The Li ion cell production initiative is part of Central Government’s plan to achieve 100% EVs in the country by 2030.

International Conference-2018 on ICT to be held in Kathmandu - 14 Jun 18

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  • The International Conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will be held in Kathmandu the capital city of Nepal.
  • The International Conference is a two-day event scheduled to held from 17th June to 18th June 2018.
  • The Theme of two day International Conference is “Sustainable Development Goals for Smart Society'.
  • The International Conference is organised by Federation of Computer Association Nepal (CAN). It aims to bring government and private sector together for developing plan of action using sustainable ICT applications. It also seeks to unleash prospects of SMART Nepal by 2030.
  • The International Conference will provide a common platform to participants to exchange their knowledge and discover new insides. Around 500 delegates, including ICT users, professionals, trainers, researchers and experts from India, Japan, China, Korea and Nepal will attend the event.

India among over 90 nations without paid paternity leave for new dads: UNICEF - 14 Jun 18

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World Blood Donor Day observed on 14 th June - 14 Jun 18

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Reduced risk of heart attack:
Reduced risk of cancer:
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Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un took place ,Singapore in a historic meet - 15 Jun 18

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Sandeep Bakhshi appointed as the chief operating officer (COO) of ICICI Bank - 15 Jun 18

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RNEL has filed a complaint against defence contrac of Indian Navy’s Rs 20,000 crore project - 15 Jun 18

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Journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead by gunmen in Srinagar - 15 Jun 18

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Odisha govt. would not implement ‘Modicare’ health scheme - 16 Jun 18

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day observed on 15 June - 16 Jun 18

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SCO headquarters in Beijing holds first Yoga Day event - 16 Jun 18

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India to host European Union Film Festival - 16 Jun 18

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TCS became the first listed company in India day's trade with over Rs. 7 lakh crore - 17 Jun 18

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United Nations International Day of Family Remittances celebrated on 16 June - 17 Jun 18

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India-Japan talks to focus on defence and security - 17 Jun 18

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Russia Launches Soyuz-2.1b Carrier Rocket With Glonass-M Navigation Satellite - 17 Jun 18

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World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought observed on 17 June - 18 Jun 18

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The decay of the land:
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Uday Vora appointed member of National Wetland Committee - 18 Jun 18

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Dhanush artillery gun clears third and final trials - 18 Jun 18

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The World Sustainable Gastronomy Day observed on June 18 - 18 Jun 18

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FIFA World Cup -2018: Japan became the first Asian side to beat a South American team Colombia - 19 Jun 18

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Highest ODI Record : England score of 481 runs against Australia - 19 Jun 18

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ICGS Rani Rashmoni commissioned at Visakhapatnam - 19 Jun 18

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India and Italy agree to revitalise bilateral ties - 19 Jun 18

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Visva-Bharati University (VBU) to set up yoga village - 19 Jun 18

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Arvind Saxena took over as the acting chairman of the UPSC - 20 Jun 18

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Tamil Nadu's Anukreethy Vas crown as Femina Miss India 2018 - 20 Jun 18

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Arvind Subramanian quits as Chief Economic Advisor - 20 Jun 18

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Smart Cities Mission Project : Shillong is 100th Smart City of India - 20 Jun 18

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Sikkim govt announces A.R. Rahman as its Brand Ambassador - 21 Jun 18

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India's first river interlinking project caught in U.P.-M.P. tussle - 21 Jun 18

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International Yoga Day: Kota records over one lakh yoga gathering - 21 Jun 18

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India working towards becoming $ 5 trillion economy by 2025 - 21 Jun 18

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USA quits 'biased' UN human rights council - 22 Jun 18

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What is the UN Human Rights Council ?
Why has the US decided to quit?

Veteran journalist Prabhakar Choubey passes away - 22 Jun 18

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World’s hungry population on the rise again:United Nations(UN0) - 22 Jun 18

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Union Govt to launch fresh hunt for APTEL head 7 months after vacancy - 22 Jun 18

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World’s first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics launched in India - 22 Jun 18

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Iran's Chabahar port may open by 2019 - 23 Jun 18

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PM Modi dedicates Rs 4,000 crore irrigation project in MP - 23 Jun 18

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Indians get most naturalised citizenship in OECD nations - 23 Jun 18

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What is OECD?

India and Cuba agree to enhance cooperation in biotechnology,renewable energy - 23 Jun 18

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Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Krauthammer dies at age 68 - 24 Jun 18

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India and Mongolia committed to strengthen cultural bond - 24 Jun 18

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Canada legalises marijuana after 90 years of prohibition - 24 Jun 18

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Air pollution killed 4.2 million people in 2016: UNO - 24 Jun 18

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Revenue from e-commerce in India to touch $52 billion by 2022 - 25 Jun 18

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Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail line to be highest in the world, overtaking Qinghai-Tibet Railway - 25 Jun 18

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Union Government extends ban on import of milk products from China for 6 months - 25 Jun 18

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Maharashtra plastic ban to cost 3 lakh jobs, loss of Rs 15,000 crore - 25 Jun 18

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AIIB to invest $200 million into an NIIF fund of funds - 26 Jun 18

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Suryashakti Kisan Yojna: Gujarat Govt launches solar scheme - 26 Jun 18

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India most dangerous nation for women: Thomson Reuters Foundation - 26 Jun 18

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World Food Prize-2018: Economist Lawrence Haddad & Dr. David Nabarro duo awarded - 26 Jun 18

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What is World Food Prize ?

India cuts export of commodities quotas for Maldives - 27 Jun 18

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International Day Against Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking observed on 26 June - 27 Jun 18

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India increases grants to $15 million to handle global environment crises - 27 Jun 18

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SC appoints Justice M. Sathyanarayanan as third judge on 18 AIADMK MLAs disqualification - 27 Jun 18

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AIIMS Delhi to get a national centre for elderly - 28 Jun 18

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Global Real Estate Transparency Index: India jumps one place to take 35th spot - 28 Jun 18

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Anant Barua appointed whole-time member of SEBI - 28 Jun 18

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Government proposes 'Higher Education Commission of India' to replace UGC - 28 Jun 18

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ICICI Bank Names Girish Chandra Chaturvedi As Non-Executive Chairman - 29 Jun 18

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e-NAM portal: As many as 22,000 rural markets to be linked - 29 Jun 18

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India rejects anti-chemical weapons draft due to incomplete consultations - 29 Jun 18

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“Statistics Day” will be celebrated on 29th June, 2018 - 29 Jun 18

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Haryana to host World Union of Wholesale Markets Conference - 30 Jun 18

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S Ramesh takes over as Chairman, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs - 30 Jun 18

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International Day of Parliamentarism observed on 30 June - 30 Jun 18

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Facts and Figures about Parliaments:

NITI Aayog releases First Delta Ranking of Aspirational Districts - 30 Jun 18

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