Current Affairs 13 June 2018

Current Affairs June 13, 2018, are as follows:-

1. International Conference On ICT To Be Held In Kathmandu, Nepal:-

  • An International Conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will be held in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal from June 17.
  • The conference is organized by the Federation of Computer Association Nepal (CAN).
  • The Theme of the conference is “Sustainable Development Goals for Smart Society”. And the conference is a two-day conference.
  • The conference aims to bring government and private sector together for developing a plan of action using sustainable ICT applications. It also seeks to unleash the prospects of SMART Nepal by 2030.
  • To attend the Conference there are around 500 delegates, including ICT users, trainers, professionals, experts, and researchers from Japan, China, Korea, India, and Nepal will attend the event.

2. Virat Kohli Receives "Polly Umrigar Trophy" At Annual BCCI Awards:-

  • Indian captain Virat Kohli received the prestigious Polly Umrigar Trophy (Cricketer of the Year) award for two consecutive seasons (2016-17 and 2017-18) at the BCCI Annual Awards function. 
  • Anshuman Gaekwad and Sudha Shah received the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award.
  • Jalaj Saxena and Parvez Rasool were adjudged ‘Best All Rounders' in Ranji Trophy while Krunal Pandya was rewarded for his performance in the Hazare one-day championship.

3. India Bags 3 Medals at Umakhanov Memorial Boxing Tournament:-

  • Indian boxers assets of our country bagged one Gold and two Silver medals at the Umakhanov Memorial Tournament in the Russian city of Kaspiysk.
  • Saweety Boora won the coveted yellow metal in the Women’s 75 kg category after beating Anna Anfinogenova (Russia) in the Final.
  • And from the  Men’s section, Brijesh Yadav in the 81 kg division and Virender Kumar in 91 kgs lost their Final bouts to settle for Silver medals. Earlier, India had claimed four Bronze medals in the Tournament.

4. President Ram Nath Kovind To Embark On 3-Nation Visit To Greece, Suriname And Cuba:-

  •  Ram Nah Kovind, the President will embark on a three-nation tour to Greece, Suriname, and Cuba.
  • On the first leg of the visit, the President will leave for Athens. President Kovind will leave for Suriname on the 2nd leg. A number of agreements and MoUs in the areas of health and medicine, elections, IT, Ayurveda are scheduled to be signed. 
  • Suriname is a founding member of the International Solar Alliance. A Line of Credit of 54.5 million dollars is being offered to Suriname for solar-related projects.
  • On the last leg of the visit, the President will be in Cuba. A number of agreements and MoUs in the areas of biotechnology, research and education in homoeopathic medicine, the traditional system of medicine and medicinal plants would be signed during the visit.

5. India at the bottom of EPI:-

  • India has ranked 177 out of 180 countries in the Global Environment Performance Index (EPI) rankings, as per the State of India’s Environment (SoE) 2018 in Figures that have been released recently.
  • Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) helps to publish it.

6. Union Government added 10 Iconic sites in 3rd phase of its flagship project of Swachh Iconic Places:-

  • The union government added ten Iconic sites in the third phase of its flagship project of Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) under Swachh Bharat Mission. 
  • The sites are Raghavendra Swamy Temple of Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh, Hazardwari Palace of Murshidabad, West Bengal, Brahma Sarovar Temple of Kurukshetra, Haryana, Vidur Kuti in Bijnor and Nagvasuki Temple of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and Mana village in Chamoli and Kanvashram in Uttarakhand. 
  • The first phase was launched in 2016 while the second in 2017. Speaking at the launch of the third phase of the project in Mana village in Uttarakhand yesterday, Drinking Water and Sanitation Secretary, Parameswaran Iyer said under it, the government will take up initiatives like improved sewage infrastructure, drainage facilities, installation of sewage treatment plant, improved sanitation facilities and water vending machines. 

7. Sulabh International founder honoured with Japan's prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize:-

  • Bindeshwar Pathak, noted social reformer and founder of Sulabh International, was on June 13, 2018, honoured with Japan's prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize.
  • The award was conferred to Pathak under the ‘Culture and Community’ category for his significant work in tackling poor hygiene and discrimination.

  • Speaking after receiving his award at the 23rd Nikkei Asia Prize ceremony in Tokyo, 75-year-old Pathak said that the honour will be another milestone in his commitment to the service of the society in Asia in particular and the world in general.

  • He dedicated the prize to the downtrodden section of the society.

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