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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 27 JUNE 2018


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 27 JUNE 2018
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1.      SANITATION ACTION PLANS PREPARED FOR 10 NEW SWACHH ICONIC PLACES
i. Ten new Swachh Iconic Places of the country came up with the thorough action plans for raising their sanitation standards to exemplary levels.
ii. The plans were formulated at a two-day consultation in Hyderabad held between Central and State Government agencies, local administrations and the Trusts of the iconic places.

2.      PRESIDENT INAUGURATES UDYAM SANGAM-2018 TO MARK UN SME DAY
i. President of India, Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Udyam Sangam-2018 in New Delhi.
ii.It is a step forward towards consolidating the convergence and synergy of all the government initiatives relating to MSME Sector.
iii.The President of India launched the Solar Charkha Mission which will cover 50 clusters and every cluster will employ 400 to 2000 artisans.

3.      EAM SUSHMA SWARAJ INTRODUCES 'PASSPORT SEVA APP'
i. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj launched the new Passport Seva App.
ii.Now, people can apply for a passport from any part of the country through the App.
iii.EAM Sushma Swaraj has launched Mobile Passport Application on the occasion of Passport Seva Divas (26 June) in New Delhi.
ii. Police verification will be done on the address, provided by the applicant on the app and passport will be dispatched on the same address.


4.      MANUFACTURE OF OXYTOCIN TO BE BANNED FROM JULY 1
i. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has restricted the manufacture of Oxytocin formulations for domestic use to public sector only from 1st July 2018.
ii.It has also banned the import of Oxytocin and its formulations.
iii. Oxytocin is a naturally-occurring hormone which causes uterine contractions during labour and helps new mothers lactate.
ii. Oxytocin’s misuse is widespread in the dairy industry, where livestock are injected with oxytocin to make them release milk at a time convenient to farmers.
5.      E SREEDHARAN COMMITTEE TO LAY DOWN STANDARDS FOR METRO RAIL SYSTEMS
i. The government has set up a committee under former Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan to lay down standardisation norms for components with an aim to cut costs in the construction and operation of metro rail systems in the country and bring them under the Make in India umbrella.
ii. Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the proposal, following a meeting at the PMO to review ongoing and upcoming metro projects.

6.      MAHARASHTRA GOVERNMENT FORMS STUDY COMMITTEE FOR FLOATING SOLAR POWER PLANT
i. Maharashtra government has set up a committee to study issues related to the development of a 1,000-MW floating solar power plant at Ujani dam in Solapur district.
ii.The committee will be headed by Satish Chavan.
iii.The committee will study the environmental impact of the project and monitor the month-wise water level of the dam. Ujani is among the largest dams in Maharashtra.

7.      WORLD’S LARGEST MULTILATERAL NAVAL EXERCISE RIMPAC BEGINS
i. world’s largest multilateral naval exercise Rim of the Pacific  begun off Hawaii in the Western Pacific Ocean.
ii.The two-month long biennial exercise is likely to be attended by navies of 26 countries including India.
iii. Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri has already reached the Pearl Harbour in Hawaii to participate in the 26th edition of RIMPAC exercise.

8.      15TH INDIA-AUSTRALIA JOINT MINISTERIAL COMMISSION HELD IN AUSTRALIA
i. The 15th India-Australia Joint Ministerial Commission  was held in Canberra, Australia. 
ii. Both the sides agreed to have greater collaboration between Austrade, the Australian Trade and Investment Commission and Invest-India, which is the National Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency of India.
iii.The talks culminated in the signing of an MoU between Austrade and Invest-India in order to facilitate bilateral investment flows.

9.      ECONOMIST LAWRENCE HADDAD, DR DAVID NABARRO AWARDED WORLD FOOD PRIZE
i. Lawrence Haddad, who is a British economist and food policy researcher, and Dr David Nabarro, who has worked with the World Health Organization and United Nations on health and hunger issues, were named the 2018 World Food Prize recipients.
ii. The World Food Prize was awarded this year to two men who have dedicated their careers to improving the availability of nutritious food for pregnant women and children in an effort to reduce the effects of malnutrition in developing countries.
iii.The World Food Prize was created by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug in 1986 to recognize scientists and others who have improved the quality and availability of food.

10.  S RAMESH APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF CBIC
i. Senior bureaucrat S Ramesh has been appointed as chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs , the apex policy-making body for indirect taxes.
ii. Ramesh is at present the member in the board, mandated with the responsibility of implementing the Goods and Services Tax .

11.  ISSF JUNIOR WORLD CUP: SAURABH CHAUDHARY SETS WORLD RECORD, WINS GOLD
i. Sixteen-year-old Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary set a new world record on the way to winning a gold medal in the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany.
ii. In the women’s 25m pistol final, Manu Bhaker was fifth with 19 hits and Devanshi Rana was eighth with five.
iii. India continued to top the medal standings with 8 gold medals, 1 silver and 5 bronze,

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