Daily Current Affairs 28th June 2017
HDFC ERGO joins hands with Utkarsh Small Finance Bank to offer general insurance products to customers
HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company, India’s third largest non-life insurance provider in the private sector and Utkarsh Small Finance Bank have signed a corporate agency agreement for the distribution of general insurance products through the bank’s network of branches across the country.
Cabinet approves India-Israel MoU on water conservation
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel next week, the Union Cabinet has given the nod for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between both countries on water conservation.
Cabinet nod for India-US MoU on homeland security
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoU) between India and the US on homeland security.
New oil, gas auction policy, data repository launched
Come July 1 and India’s oil and gas companies will be able to select exploration blocks on their own, without waiting for a formal bid round from the government. It will be possible because of the launch of Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP).
- Additionally the country’s first national data repository (NDR) has also been launched.
- The twin launches of OLAP and NDR are set to give India’s oil and gas exploration a big push.
Odisha to set up blood bank for cattle
Odisha is all set to become the first state in the country to have a blood bank for the cattle.
- The storage facility would come in handy for the veterinarians to save lives of the domesticated animals.
U’khand gets award of excellence at international meet
Uttarakhand has been conferred with the award of excellence at the 2nd Global Skill Development Summit held in Paris for innovations and extensive use of IT for skilling the state’s youth.
Election Commission ties up with Facebook to register voters from July 1
The Election Commission will launch a special drive to enrol new electors, and has collaborated with Facebook to launch a ‘voter registration reminder’ on July 1.
- The reminder will be sent out in 13 Indian languages – English, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Assamese, Marathi and Oriya.
Social Progress Index: India Ranks Poor On Environment Quality, Tolerance, Inclusion
In the Social Progress Tier, India comes in the Lower-Middle tier, along with China, Nepal, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries.
- The Social Progress Index is an aggregate index of social and environmental indicators that capture three dimensions of social progress: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity. The 2017 Social Progress Index includes data from 128 countries on 50 indicators.
- India with an aggregate score of 58.39 is Rank 93 among the 128 countries.
Langar at Golden Temple to be prepared with solar energy
Amritsar’s Golden Temple will now use solar energy to prepare ‘langar’ instead of LPG and wooden sticks, in a bid to cut down air pollution in the area. This comes after a Mumbai-based private company donated a solar energy system worth Rs1.5 crore to the Temple authorities. This is the Temple’s second eco-friendly move, after starting organic farming for grains.
BCCI forms Committee to oversee Lodha Panel Reforms
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has constituted a special seven-member committee to analyse the few contentious Lodha panel reforms which are being opposed by the state units.
- The seven-member Lodha committee has been formed under the head of Rajeev Shukla.
FIFA to shift India’s U-17 World Cup matches from Mumbai to Delhi
All India Football Federation (AIFF) had initially wanted Mumbai to host all of India’s matches in the group stage of the tournament.
- Now FIFA has taken decision to shift India’s group stage matches in the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup from Mumbai to Delhi.
Petya ransomware attack: JNPT, other Indian firms affected
The nation’s largest container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) has been hit, along with local manufacturing units of global companies, by ransomware Petya.
Vidya named ambassador of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne
Actress Vidya Balan has been named the ambassador of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. The festival, which will be held from August 10 to August 22, will showcase over 60 films.
UNESCO names Sharjah as World Book Capital 2019
The UNESCO has crowned Sharjah with the prestigious ‘the World Book Capital’ for 2019 for the quality of its literary and cultural activities and for its efforts to make books accessible to the entire population of the nation.
IMF cuts 2017 economic growth forecast for US
The International Monetary Fund has revised its 2017 gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for the US downward from 2.3 per cent to 2.1 per cent, citing the Trump administration’s inability to implement its economic policies.
- The IMF also cut its forecast for 2018 US GDP growth to 2.1 per cent from 2.5 per cent.
* IMF Managing Director — Christine Lagarde
India’s domestic travel market to reach $48 bn by 2020: Report
The report by Google India, along with Boston Consulting Group (BCG), titled “Demystifying the Indian Online Traveller” has said that India’s domestic travel market is expected to grow at 11-11.5 per cent to reach $48 billion by 2020.
China launches ‘Asia’s biggest’ destroyer
China has launched what it calls “the most advanced and largest warship in Asia”, billing it as a major step forward in the modernisation of its navy.
China officially starts building world’s first ‘Forest City’
China has officially started building the world’s first ‘Forest City’, to combat rising pollution and climate change. The Liuzhou Forest City is expected to absorb nearly 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually and produce 900 tonnes of oxygen. It is set to be completed in 2020.
1993 blasts convict Mustafa Dossa dead
One of the convicts in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, Mustafa Dossa has passed away.