Current Affairs – June 24-25, 2018

PM Modi nods setting up panel for metro rail systems

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24th June approved the proposal of setting up of a committee to lay down standards for metro rail systems in India. The committee will be headed by retired Indian Engineering Service (IES) officer E Sreedharan, also known as “Metro Man”. Sreedharan served as the managing director of Delhi Metro between 1995 and 2012.

 

India produces minerals worth Rs 1.13 lakh cr in FY18

The country has produced minerals worth Rs 1.13 lakh crore in FY18, registering an increase of 13 percent over the previous fiscal. India produced minerals worth Rs 1 lakh crore (provisional) in 2016-17, according to the Annual Report 2017-18 of Ministry of Mines. The estimated value for metallic minerals is Rs 53,029 crore and that of non-metallic minerals, including minor minerals, is Rs 60,512 crore, it said.
Union Minister for Mines: Narendra Singh Tomar

 

Ambubachi Mela at Assam’s Kamakhya Temple kicks off

There is no denying the fact that India is a place of weirdly interesting practices and people. One nation, where even the misfits feel at home. In yet another reiteration of the fact, Assam’s Kamakhya Temple is all set to celebrate the menstruation cycle of Hindu Goddess Kamakhya. Yes, you read that right. The annual four-day celebration is set to start on June 22, 2018, and is famous by the name of Ambubachi Mela.

 

AIIB to invest USD 200 million in NIIF

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will invest USD 200 million in India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF). The AIIB, in a statement, said the proposal as a “concept” has been approved by the bank and the memorandum of approving the first tranche of USD 100 million is being presented for the Board of Directors’ approval at the 3rd annual meeting going to be held on June 25-June 26 in Mumbai.

 

Saudi Arabia lifts the ban on Women drivers

Saudi Arabia lifted its widely-criticized ban on women drivers on 24th June, sparking jubilation among many women in the country who went out on the roads shortly after the ban was lifted.
Capital: Riyadh
Currency: Saudi Riyal
King: Prince Mohammed bin Salman

 

Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared the winner of Turkey presidential polls

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won tightly-contested presidential polls, the election authority said today, extending his 15-year grip on power as the opposition complained bitterly about the conduct of the vote count.
Capital: Ankara
Currency: Turkish Lira

 

Chennai’s R Praggnanandhaa becomes second youngest Grandmaster

Chennai lad R Praggnanandhaa created history on 23rd June as he became the second youngest Grandmaster in the world at 12 years, 10 months and 13 days. Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine had become the youngest Grandmaster at 12 years, seven months back in 1990.

 

Marin Cilic stuns Novak Djokovic to take Queen’s title

Marin Cilic was crowned Queen’s Club champion for the second time as the Croatian stunned Novak Djokovic with a dramatic fightback in his 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 victory on 24th June.

 

Kvitova wins Birmingham title to boost Wimbledon bid

Petra Kvitova warmed up for Wimbledon in impressive style as the former All England Club champion won the WTA Birmingham tournament for the second successive year on 24th June. Czech star Kvitova saw off Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in a final lasting just over two hours on the grass-courts of the Edgbaston Priory Club.

 

Roger Federer loses No.1 spot as Borna Coric wins Halle title

Borna Coric ended Roger Federer’s 20-match winning streak on grass, beating him 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-2 in the Halle Open final on 24th June while also bringing to a halt the Swiss maestro’s reign as world number one. The defeat meant that Rafael Nadal will return to the top of the world rankings on 25th June.

 

Amelie Mauresmo becomes the first woman to captain French Davis Cup

Former world number one Amelie Mauresmo on Saturday became the first woman appointed to captain France’s Davis Cup team. Mauresmo succeeds Yannick Noah next year, the French tennis federation (FFT) announced.

 

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