Current Affairs – June 19, 2018

Government to team up with Google for flood forecasting

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari has expressed hope that collaboration with Google will help in effective flood management in India. Central Water Commission (CWC), India’s apex technical organization in the field of Water Resources, has entered into a Collaboration Agreement with Google.

 

ICICI Bank names Bakhshi as interim head; CEO Chanda Kochhar to go on leave during probe

ICICI Bank CEO and managing director Chanda Kochhar will go on leave until the completion of an enquiry probing allegations of conflicts of interest against her, the bank said on 18th June. Sandeep Bakhshi, who heads the life insurance arm of the bank, has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for a period of five years, the bank stated in a stock market filing. Mr. Bakhshi will report to Ms. Kochhar, who will continue in her role as MD and CEO of ICICI Bank.

 

‘Bank credit rises 3.4% in Dec. 2017 quarter’

Bank credit grew 3.4% on a sequential basis in the December 2017 quarter, helped by the better performance by private sector banks and an uptick in industrial credit after two successive quarters of declines, according to the Reserve Bank data. At the end of the December quarter, bank credit stood at 80.62 trillion compared with 77.95 trillion in the September 2017 quarter as per the RBI data.

 

Government plans largest National Data Centre in Bhopal

government plans to expand its BPO promotion scheme to one lakh seats and will also set up India’s largest National data center in Bhopal, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on 18th June. The fifth National Data Centre will come up in Bhopal with the capacity of five lakh virtual servers, he added. The National Data Centres – that host Government websites, services, and apps – are currently operational at four locations – Pune, Hyderabad, Delhi, and Bhubaneswar.

 

European Union film fest to travel to 11 Indian cities

The European Union Film Festival 2018 will showcase a handpicked selection of the finest and most-riveting films from Europe. Inaugurating the European Union Film Festival in New Delhi, Rathore said films not only served as a medium to tell stories but also allowed people to meet and cultures to converse. 24 films from 23 EU states will bring a cross-section of unusual stories told through cinema. The festival will travel to 11 cities, including Delhi. All films will be screened with English subtitles and entry is free.

 

Indian Coast Guard fleet 4th largest in the world

Addressing the gathering after commissioning the Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) Rani Rashmoni, the fifth and last of the FPV series constructed by the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) at Visakhapatnam, Additional Director General (Operations and Coastal Security) of Coast Guard V Sri Ramachandra Murthy said that Indian Coast Guard fleet has steadily grown over the years and now stood at fourth largest CG in the world.
Presently, the CG has 136 ships, 62 aircraft and over 13,000 personal, he said.

 

WHO releases new global classification of diseases

The World Health Organization (WHO) on 18th June released its new International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). The ICD is the foundation for identifying health trends and statistics worldwide and contains around 55,000 unique codes for injuries, diseases, and causes of death. It provides a common language that allows health professionals to share health information across the globe.
WHO headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

 

Lt Gen Aziz Ahmed appointed as Bangladesh Army Chief

Lieutenant General Aziz Ahmed has been appointed as new chief of Bangladesh Army. As reported by the Daily Star, Quarter Master General of Bangladesh Army Lieutenant General Aziz Ahmed will hold the office of Army chief from June 25.
Capital: Dhaka
Currency: Bangladeshi Taka

 

Koepka wins second straight U.S. Open

American Brooks Koepka put brilliantly to win the U.S. Open by one stroke at Shinnecock Hills on 17th June, becoming the first player in almost 30 years to successfully defend his title.

 

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