Current Affairs 26 June 2018

Current Affairs of June 26, 2018, are as follows:-

1. FICCI awarded at X International IT Forum, Russia:-

  • Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) received an award during the event, for its support and active participation at the forum, consecutively for two years.
  • The prime objective of the X International IT Forum was to leverage on the unique strengths of the Indian IT industry potential and Russia's innovative products.
  •  More than 1,500 participants from 55 countries participated in the forum, which has established itself as an international venue for discussion of key issues in development and implementation of the digital economy in the region.

2. Heads of 11 banks to appear before Parliamentary Panel:-

  •  Heads of eleven public sector banks will appear before the Standing Committee of Parliament on Finance in New Delhi on June 26, 2018. 
  •  They will appraise the committee of the bad loan issues and rising fraud cases in the banks. 
  • Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is also a member of the panel which is headed by Congress leader M Veerappa Moily. 
  •  Officials of IDBI, UCO, Corporation, and Allahabad Bank, Central Bank of India, BOI, Indian Overseas Bank, Dena Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Bank of Maharashtra and United Bank will make presentations before the committee.

3. Kalki Koechlin will be conferred with French honor:-

  • For contribution in enhancing Indo-French ties in cinema, Actor Kalki Koechlin will be conferred with the French distinction of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres).
  • The award will be presented by the Ambassador of France to India, Alexandre Ziegler, who will be undertaking a two-day trip in Mumbai on June 22-23 to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the sustainable urban mobility, cultural, academic and corporate sectors between France and India.

4. World Food Prize 2018 awarded to Lawrence Haddad and Dr. David Nabarro:-

  •  The World Food Prize 2018 was awarded to Lawrence Haddad and Dr. David Nabarro for their individual but complementary global leadership in elevating maternal and child undernutrition within food security. 
  •  Lawrence Haddad is British economist and food policy researcher and Dr. David Nabarro has worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations (UN) on health and hunger issues. 
  • The World Food Prize is the most prominent global award for individuals whose breakthrough achievements alleviate hunger and promote global food security. 

5. Pallavi Durua crowned as first Tribal Queen in India:-

  • Pallavi Durua, who belongs to Odisha's Koraput district, was crowned as the first "Tribal Queen" at the Adi Rani Kalinga Tribal Queen competition held at Utkal Mandap.
  • The prime objective of the event was to promote tribal art and culture.

6. India expects AIIB to fund 9 infrastructure projects:-

  • India has picked almost 28% or $ 1.4 billion of AIIB’s total funding for seven projects.
  • Finance Minister, Piyush Goyal said ‘In India, Infrastructure creation requires $4.5 trillion in investments over the next 10 years’.
  • India is expecting investment in 9 more infrastructure projects with a funding of $ 2.4 billion from AIIB.

7. International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2018 observed globally:-

  • The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was observed across the globe on June 26, 2018, with an aim to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society.
  • On the occasion of the 2018 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Fourth National Awards for outstanding services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse to the institutions and individuals. 

8. Seychelles gifts two giant tortoises to India:-

  • Seychelles has gifted a pair of Giant Aldabra tortoise to India as a goodwill gesture. 
  •  They were brought to India as the gift by the Seychelles President Danny Faure during his visit to India. 
  •  The pair was handed over to Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad after Central Zoo Authority (CZA) in New Delhi gave permission to house them.
  •  Both the tortoises are aged about 20 years and weigh around 120 and 150kg. 
  • They have been kept under quarantine at Nehru Zoological Park and will continue to be under observation for 30 days, after which they will be released into an enclosure for public view.
  •  Gifting or giving Aldabra tortoise on loan to friendly countries is a part of the Seychellois diplomacy. In 2010, Seychelles had loaned two giant tortoises to Shanghai Zoo in China, while another pair was presented to Guangzhou Zoo in 2014.

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