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Daily Current Affairs 17th June 2024, Important News Headlines (Daily GK Update)

National News

Vice President Inaugurates ‘Prerna Sthal’ at Parliament House Complex

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Rajya Sabha Chairperson and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar inaugurated the ‘Prerna Sthal’ (Inspiration Site) within the Parliament House Complex. This newly constructed site houses statues of national icons and freedom fighters that were previously scattered across different locations on the premises.

India Set to be the 6th Country to have its own Deep Sea Mission

India Set to be the 6th Country to have its own Deep Sea Mission

India is set to join an elite group of nations with the launch of its ambitious Deep Sea Mission, making it the sixth country to embark on such a groundbreaking endeavor. Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, PMO, Atomic Energy, Space, Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions, expressed pride and happiness over the progress of this mission during a recent meeting in New Delhi.

International News

Peter Pellegrini Sworn in as Slovakia’s President Amid Political Tensions

In a ceremony marked by heightened security following an assassination attempt on Prime Minister Robert Fico, Peter Pellegrini has been inaugurated as Slovakia’s sixth president. His victory in the runoff election solidified Fico’s influence, maintaining control over strategic positions in the government. Pellegrini, known for his advocacy of a strong state role, previously served as Parliament’s speaker and aligned closely with Fico’s policies.

States News

Malabar River Festival 2024: Kayakers From Around The World To Ride White Water Rapids

Kerala’s Kozhikode is all set to host the Malabar River Festival 2024, featuring the International White Water Kayaking Championship from July 25 to 28. This exciting event aims to promote white-water kayaking in the region and will be held in Thusaharagiri, Chalipuzha, and Iruvazhinjipuzha. The high-octane events and pre-events will host over 100 national-level kayakers from India and kayaking professionals from over 20 countries.

Punjab Police Launch ‘Mission Nishchay’

Punjab Police in association with the Border Security Force (BSF) and Village Defence Committees (VDCs) will carry out a one-week drive against drugs in Fazilka district. They will reach out to residents of as many as 42 villages along the India-Pakistan border to gather actionable intelligence about the demand and supply of drugs.

Tesam Pongte Elected as the New Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Assembly

Tesam Pongte was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the 8th Arunachal Pradesh Assembly on June 15. Pro-tem Speaker Ninong Ering announced that Pongte was elected unopposed as the Speaker of the Assembly.

Defence News

India Advances in Drone Warfare with Nagastra-1 Deployment

India has achieved a significant milestone in its defense capabilities with the induction of the indigenous Nagastra-1 kamikaze drones developed by Solar Industries, based in Nagpur. This deployment addresses the escalating drone-related incidents along India’s Northern borders, highlighting the critical need for advanced indigenous drone technologies in combat applications.

Summits and Conferences News

Highlights of G7 Summit, 2024

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 14, held a series of bilateral meetings with world leaders. The countries including UK counterpart Rishi Sunak, French President Emmanuel Macron, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and others, on the sidelines of the G7 Summit, in southern Italy’s Apulia. Later, the Prime Minister also met Pope Francis of the Vatican. The theme of this year’s summit, which will be attended by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of the Republic of Turkiye, as a special guest, has been set as “rules-based international system.” 

Agreements News

Oracle Partners with Tamil Nadu to Empower Youth with IT Skills

Oracle has teamed up with the Tamil Nadu Skill Development Corporation to enhance IT skills among the state’s youth through the Naan Mudhalvan program. This initiative aims to provide training and certification in cutting-edge technologies like cloud computing, data science, AI, ML, and blockchain, offering employment-linked opportunities to over 200,000 students.

MEA and SBI Sign MoU to Enhance Digital Payments for Migrant Workers via eMigrate Portal

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the State Bank of India (SBI) have formalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to integrate SBI’s payment gateway, SBIePay, with the eMigrate portal. This collaboration aims to bolster digital payment services for Indian migrant workers, recruiting agents, and users of the portal.

Awards News

RBI bags ‘Risk Manager of the Year Award 2024’ by London’s Central Banking publication

RBI bags ‘risk manager of the year award 2024’ by London’s Central Banking publication

In a remarkable achievement, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been awarded the prestigious “Risk Manager of the Year Award 2024” by Central Banking, a renowned publication headquartered in London. This accolade recognizes the RBI’s significant strides in cultivating a robust risk culture and heightened awareness, solidifying its essential role in maintaining the stability of India’s financial system.

Siddhesh Sakore, Farmer From Maharashtra, Named Land Hero by UN Agency

Siddhesh Sakore, a farmer and the founder of AGRO RANGERS from Maharashtra, has been recognized as a Land Hero by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) on World Desertification and Drought Day. The announcement was made during a programme in Bonn, Germany, honoring 10 Land Heroes from around the globe.

Important Days

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2024

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2024

On June 17th, the world celebrates the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. This important day aims to raise awareness about the pressing issue of land degradation and its devastating effects on the environment and communities around the globe. This year’s theme, “United for Land. Our Legacy. Our Future,” emphasizes the critical importance of land stewardship as a shared responsibility for all.

Global Wind Day 2024 Celebrations in India

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) organized the ‘Global Wind Day’ on June 15, 2024, in Delhi to commemorate the achievements and potential of wind energy in India. The event highlighted India’s progress in the wind energy sector and discussed strategies for accelerating its adoption across the country.

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When is the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought observed?

June 17th