Current Affairs: Daily GK Update 30th June 2017

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1. PM Modi inaugurates filling of Aji Dam at Rajkot by Narmada water

i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated various irrigation and water-related initiatives at Aji Dam in Rajkot, Gujarat including the filling of Aji dam with Narmada waters under Sauni Yojana.
ii. PM recognized the role of younger generation in finding solutions to the everyday problems. PM on the occasion launched Smart Rajkot Hackathon where urban local body will engage with young students to find innovative solutions to improve the efficiency of various government departments.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • The Capital of Gujarat is Gandhinagar.
  • Mr. O.P. Kohli is the governor of Gujarat.

2. UNSC approves resolution reducing joint UN-AU peacekeeping force in Sudan’s Darfur

i. The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution sharply reducing the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region.
ii. The British-drafted resolution will reduce the number of peacekeepers by 44 per cent and international police by about 27 per cent in the Darfur mission.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Darfur is a region in western Sudan.
  • The Security Council held its first session on 17 January 1946 in London.

3. British PM Theresa May wins confidence vote in parliament

i. British Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly won the confidence vote in the parliament, winning her first major test as the Prime Minister of a minority government in the United Kingdom (UK).
ii. With this, May was finally confirmed as the British Prime Minister three weeks after the election, after winning the vote on her legislative program known as the Queen's Speech.

Static Takeaways from Above News-
  • Robert Walpole (1721–42) was the first PM of Britain.

4. Rajiv Kumar appointed as Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh

i. Rajiv Kumar was appointed as the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh. His appointment was approved by the Uttar Pradesh Government. Prior to this appointment, Kumar was a Secretary in the Union Shipping Ministry.
ii. Mr. Kumar has replaced Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Mr. Ram Naik is the Governor of UP.
  • Dudhwa National Park is in UP famous for Tigers.

5. Uttarakhand gets award of excellence at international meet

i. Uttarakhand was conferred with the award of excellence at the 2nd Global Skill Development Summit held in Paris recently for innovations and extensive use of IT for skilling the state's youth.
ii. Project Director of Uttarakhand Skill Development Committee Pankaj Kumar Pandey received the honor on behalf of the state on the concluding day of the event.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Krishna Kant Paul is the present Governor of Uttarakhand.
  • Trivendra Singh Rawat is the newly elected CM of Uttarakhand.

6. Vijay Keshav Gokhale appointed economic relations secretary in MEA

i. Senior diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale was appointed as the economic relations secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment.
ii. Mr. Gokhale, a 1981-batch officer of Indian Foreign Service (IFS), is at present India's envoy to China. He was the High Commissioner of India to Malaysia from 2010 to 2013.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Smt. Sushma Swaraj is the Union External Affairs Minister.

7. Dr. Jitendra Singh launches new training programme ‘COMMIT’ for State Government officials 

i. The Minister of State for Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh launched a new training program 'Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training' (COMMIT) for State Government officials. 
ii. The objective of this training program is to improve the public service delivery mechanism and provide citizen-centric administration through capacity building of officials who interact with the citizens on day-to-day basis.
iii. COMMIT will be launched in 6 States of Assam, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal initially on the pilot basis during the current financial year 2017-18 and within next year it is expected to cover all India level.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training is the full form of  COMMIT.

8. India becomes 1st country to give to UN Tax Fund with $100000 contribution

i. India has contributed $100,000 to a UN fund to help developing countries actively participate in the discussion of tax issues, becoming the first country to make the contribution. The UN Tax Trust Fund aims to support the work of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters.
ii. The UN Tax Committee, a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council (ESOSOC), has provided guidance on current issues such as double taxation treaties, transfer pricing (profit shifting) taxation of the extractive industries and taxation of services.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • UN Headquarters in New York City, USA.
  • The Secretary General of UN is Mr. Antonio Guterres.

9. Govt. unveils new hydrocarbon policy

i. Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan introduced a new oil and gas block licensing policy that is expected to open up 2.8 million square kilometers of sedimentary basins to exploration and production activities.
ii. The Minister was at the inauguration of the government’s Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP) and the National Data Repository. The OALP, a part of the government’s Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP), gives exploration companies the option to select the exploration blocks on their own, without having to wait for the formal bid round from the Government.

i. Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveries have been awarded the Global Leadership Awards of the US-India Business Council for their role in integrating India in the global supply chain.
ii. Liveris and Godrej were presented with the prestigious annual award at the USIBC's annual gala. Both were honored for creating inclusive business environments, integrating India in the global supply chain and advancing core values such as manufacturing, innovation and scale in tough market conditions.

Important Takeaways from Above News-
  • The President of USIBC is Mr. Mukesh Adhi.

i. City-based astrologer and numerologist T S Vineeth Bhatt has been conferred with the 'Best astrologer of the world' award at the 'Russian-Indian economic dialogue' round-table meet held in Moscow. 
ii. The event was organized by Peacemakers International, a charity that works for the advancement of conflict resolution through mediation services and training.

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