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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 20TH JUNE 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 20TH JUNE 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)S
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1. SHRI PIYUSH GOYAL LAUNCHES ENERGY CONSERVATION BUILDING CODE 2017
i. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines launched the Energy Conservation Building Code 2017 which prescribes the energy performance standards for new commercial buildings to be constructed across India.
ii. ECBC 2017 aims to optimize energy savings with the comfort levels for occupants, and prefers life-cycle cost effectiveness to achieve energy neutrality in commercial buildings.
iii. ECBC 2017 has been developed by Ministry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency  with technical support from United States Agency for International Development under the U.S. – India bilateral Partnership to Advance Clean Energy – Deployment Technical Assistance Program.

2. MINISTRY OF CULTURE LAUNCHES ‘NATIONAL MISSION ON CULTURAL MAPPING OF INDIA’
i. Minister of Culture & Tourism Mahesh Sharma (I/C) has launched the implementation of the National Mission on Cultural Mapping of India at Goverdhan Block, Mathura District of Uttar Pradesh.
ii. The national mission on cultural mapping was launched at a Block level mega talent hunt programme (Sanskritik Pratibha Khoj Samaroh). This Mission is part of the ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ umbrella.
iii. This Mission includes data mapping, demography building formalizing the processes and bringing all the cultural activities under one web-based umbrella for better results.
iv. The mission aims at converting the vast and widespread cultural canvas of India into an objective cultural map. It helps in designing a mechanism to fulfill the aspirations of the whole artist community of the nation.

3. VEDANTA TO SET UP STEEL PLANT IN JHARKHAND IN JV WITH JSMDC
i. According to Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das, a steel plant has come up at Manoharpur in West Singhbhum district. The Vedanta group and Jharkhand Mineral Development Corporation would jointly set up the plant.
ii. The total MoU of Rs 700 cr has been signed and project proposals worth Rs 15 to 16,000 cr will be effective in July.
iii. Vedanta Ltd wins India's first-ever auction of a gold mine. The steel plant of West Singhbhum district is one of such projects.
iv. The government has also plans to set up a world class airport in Dhalbhumgarh under Ghatsila sub-division of East Singhbum district.

4. GOVT ROPES IN AMITABH BACHCHAN TO PROMOTE GST
i. The government has roped in Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan to promote Goods and Services Tax, which is scheduled to rolled out from July 1, 2017
ii. The Central Board of Excise and Customs will be making the 74-year-old Bachchan brand ambassador for GST. GST will simplify a web of taxes, regulations and border levies by subsuming an array of central and state levies including excise duty, service tax and VAT.
iii. A 40-second video featuring him has already been shot and is being circulated. According to the finance ministry GST is an initiative to create a unified national market.
iv. GST is an initiative to create ‘one nation, one tax, one market’. Ace badminton star PV Sindhu was previously the GST ambassador.

5. DR. HARSHVARDHAN LAUNCHES MOBILE APP “CELEBRATING YOGA” TO CONNECT PEOPLE THROUGH YOGA FOR SCIENTIFIC HEALTHY LIVING
i. Minister for Science & Technology Dr. Harshvardhan has launched a Mobile App “Celebrating Yoga”. It is developed by the Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science& Technology in New Delhi.
ii. The purpose of the APP is to popularize Yoga and encourage people to participate in it for a scientifically healthy living. Practicing Yoga means of maintaining a healthy society in harmony with nature and fulfill developmental aspirations.
iii. The International Yoga Day 2017 creates awareness and encourages a scientifically healthy living. The App will be connected with Google Map where shared information can been seen by the users.

6. SRIKANTH WINS INDONESIA OPEN SUPER SERIES FINAL
i. Indonesia Open 2017 Super Series Badminton tournament was held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
ii. Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth won his 3rd Super Series title, lifting the Indonesia Open men’s singles trophy. 
iii. Kidambi Srikanth had a straight-game victory over Kazumasa Sakai of Japan in the final. He had defeated world no. 1 Son Wan Ho of South Korea in the semi finals.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. PIYUSH GOYAL, MINISTER OF STATE (I/C) FOR POWER, COAL, NEW AND RENEWABLE ENERGY AND MINES LAUNCHED THE ECBC 2017 WHICH PRESCRIBES THE ENERGY PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR NEW COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS TO BE CONSTRUCTED ACROSS INDIA. ABBREVIATION ECBC STANDS FOR?
a)  Estimated Conservation Building Code 2017
b)  Energy Costing Building Code 2017
c)  Energy Conversion Building Code 2017
d)  Energy Conservation Building Code 2017
Q2. VEDANTA GROUP AND JHARKHAND STATE MINERAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION HAS SIGNED A MOU TO JOINTLY SET UP A STEEL PLANT IN WHICH DISTRICT OF JHARKHAND?
a)  Bokaro
b)  Dhanbad
c)  West Singhbhum
d)  Deoghar
Q3. WHICH BOLLYWOOD ACTOR HAS BEEN ROPED IN BY GOVERNMENT TO PROMOTE GOODS AND SERVICES TAX, AHEAD OF THE SWEEPING TAX REFORM’S IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULED FROM JULY 1, 2017?
a)  Salman Khan
b)  Amitabh Bachchan
c)  Shah Rukh Khan
d)  Amir Khan
Q4. MINISTER FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, DR. HARSHVARDHAN LAUNCHED WHICH MOBILE APP IN NEW DELHI?
a)  “Celebrating Yoga”
b)  “Yoga for Health”
c)  “Yoga for Life”
d)  “Yoga and Society”
Q5. WHO AMONG THE FOLLOWING HAS WON INDONESIA OPEN 2017 SUPER SERIES BADMINTON TOURNAMENT IN MEN’S SINGLES CATEGORY?
a)  Parupalli Kashyap
b)  Kidambi Srikanth
c)  Pankaj Ahuja
d)  Aditya Joshi

ANSWERS: 

1 - D    2 - C    3 - B    4 - A    5 - B

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