Daily Current Affairs 15 June 2018: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 15 June 2018. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 15 June 2018. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs we would recommend to you to try 15 June 2018 Current affairs test.

National News

1. PM interacts with beneficiaries of various Digital India initiatives across the country through video bridge

  • The video bridge connected over 50 lakh beneficiaries, including those from Common Service Centres, NIC centres, National Knowledge Network, BPOs, Mobile Manufacturing Units and MyGov volunteers.
  • This is the sixth interaction in the series by the Prime Minister through video bridge with various beneficiaries of Government schemes.

2. India to host European Union Film Festival

  • The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) will premiere in New Delhi on 18th June, 2018 at the Siri Fort Auditorium. With a selection of 24 latest European films from 23 EU Member States, this years’ film festival brings some unusual stories for the world cinema enthusiasts.
  • The European Union Film Festival is organized by Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India partnering with the Delegation of the European Union and embassies of EU Member States in various city film clubs.

3. Twenty States Sign MoU For Implementing Ayushman Bharat – NHP Mission

  • J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare exchanged the MoU with the State Health Ministers of 20 States marking their commitment towards the launch of the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM).
  • A web portal for initiating the empanelment of hospitals under the mission was also launched.

4. Gujarat tops Niti Aayog’s composite water management index; while Jharkhand ranked lowest

  • Union Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari released Niti Aayog’s composite water management index report in New Delhi Yesterday. Gujarat topped the list while Jharkhand was adjudged as the worst performer. Gujarat is followed by Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
  • The report predicted that by 2030, the country’s water demand is projected to be twice the available supply, implying severe water scarcity for hundreds of millions of people.

International News

1. Maharashtra Government, Quebec Province Sign Pact to Increase Economic Cooperation

  • The Maharashtra government and Canada’s Quebec province have signed a pact to increase the economic cooperation, especially in areas of information technology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and welfare of the tribal community.
  • Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was on a week-long tour to the US and Canada, signed MoU to this effect with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. They also discussed ways to increase collaboration over knowledge-sharing on ports.

2. India, US Agree To Hold Comprehensive Talks To Address Trade & Economic Issues

  • India and the US have agreed to hold comprehensive talks to address trade and economic issues.
  • The decision in this regard was taken during a series of meetings, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu had with US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Mr Suresh Prabhu was on a two-day visit to the US.

3. Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize after N Korea summit

  • US President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in reaching an agreement with North Korea to denuclearise the Korean peninsula.
  • Trump took a huge and important step in direction of disarmament, peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea.

4. Former World Bank economist sworn in as Jordan PM

  • Former World Bank Economist Omar al-Razzaz was sworn in as Jordan’s Prime Minister on Thursday after King Abdullah issued a decree approving the new government.
  • Omar succeeded Hani al-Mulki the former PM.

Business News

1. Indian-American Dhivya Suryadevara To Become CFO of General Motors

  • An Indian-American woman, Dhivya Suryadevara has been named the Chief Finance Officer of the US’ largest automaker, General Motors.
  • Ms. Suryadevara, currently the vice president of corporate finance, will succeed Chuck Stevens, the General Motor’s present CFO, on September 1, 2018. She will report to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mary Barra, 56, who has been head of the automaker since 2014.

2. Inflation Rises to 14-Month High of 4.43% in May

  • India’s inflation measured by the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) rose to a 14-month high of 4.43% in May as compared to 3.18% in April.
  • Vegetable prices grew by 2.51% in May, while primary articles that account for over one-fifth of the entire WPI, grew by 3.16%. Fuel and power inflation grew at 11.22% in May.

3. Fitch raises India’s GDP growth forecast to 7.4% for FY19

  • Global rating agency Fitch on Wednesday raised India’s GDP growth forecast to 7.4% for 2018-19 from 7.3% earlier. Higher financing costs and rising oil prices should limit the upside to growth.
  • Moody’s cut India’s growth forecast for the ongoing fiscal to 7.3% from 7.5% citing rising oil prices.

4. Virtual ID can be used in place of Aadhaar for new SIM: DoT

  • Consumers can either give their Virtual IDs or Aadhaar card number to get new SIMs or verify existing ones, as per a notice by the telecom department.
  • The Virtual ID system provides users with a 16-digit randomly generated number which can be used instead of the Aadhaar number. The service will be enabled on the UIDAI website from July 1.

Sports News

1. United States, Mexico and Canada Win Right to Host 2026 FIFA World Cup

  • The United States, Mexico and Canada won the right to host the 2026 World Cup after easily beating Morocco in a vote by FIFA member nations in Moscow.
  • The North American bid received 134 of the 203 votes, while Morocco polled 65 in the ballot at a FIFA Congress held in Moscow.

2. Russia open World Cup with 5-0 off Saudi Arabia

  • Hosts Russia opened the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia in the first Group A fixture.
  • This was Russia’s first victory in the global tournament since their 2-0 win over Tunisia in the 2002 edition. Midfielder Yury Gazinsky scored the first goal of the 32-day-long tournament.

3. Karthik sets Indian record for longest gap between 2 Tests

  • After being named in the playing XI for the Afghanistan Test, wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has set the record for the most consecutive Tests missed between two appearances for India.
  • The 33-year-old is playing his first match since January 2010, missing 87 Tests in between. Parthiv Patel held the previous record, missing 83 Tests between two appearances.

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