Latest Current Affairs of June 2017

The Navratna PSU with which Indian Railways has signed a MoU for smart redevelopment of 10 railway stations (Delhi Sarai Rohilla, Lucknow, Gomtinagar, Kota, Tirupati, Nellore, Ernakulam, Puducherry, Madgaon and Thane New Stations) NBCC Ltd
The city in United Arab Emirates which has been announced as the World Book Capital for 2019 by UNESCOSharjah
The founder and chairman of Lupin Limited, a multinational pharmaceutical company, who passed away on 26 June 2017 Desh Bandhu Gupta
The contestant from Haryana who has been crowned Femina Miss India 2017 at a beauty pageant held in MumbaiManushi Chhillar
The new training programme for State Govt officials launched by the Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh with the objective of improving the public service delivery mechanism and provide citizen centric administration is named COMMIT (Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training)
The committee constituted by the Central Govt for preparation of final draft of National Education Policy is headed by Dr. K. Kasturirangan
The Indian badminton player who has won the Australia Open Super Series tournament defeating China's Chen Lang in the finalsKidambi Srikanth
The State whose scheme to improve the improve the life and the status of the girls, namely Kanyashree Prakalpa has been awarded the United Nations Public Service AwardWest Bengal
The anti-hunger activist from India who has been chosen to be conferred Queen's Young Leaders Award by United KingdomAnkit Kawatra
The two Indian States which have become the 4th and 5th States to be declared Open Defecation Free (after Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala)Uttarakhand and Haryana
The country which has unveiled world's first train which runs on virtual track making use of sensor technology instead of metal railsChina
The Indian member of the International Court of Justice who has been re-nominated to the court for another termJustice Dalveer Bhandari
The President of Vanuatu who passed away suddenly due to a heart attack on 17 June 2017Baldwin Lonsdale
The Indian badminton player who has won the Indonesia Open Super Series tournament defeating Japan's Kazumasa Sakai in the finalsKidambi Srikanth
The eminent writer from Arunachal Pradesh who has been conferred Sarhad's 5th Bhupen Hazarika National Award 2017Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi
The place in Maharashtra where IOC, BPCL and HPCL have jointly decided to build one of the world's largest integrated refinery-cum-petrochemicals complexes with a capacity of 60 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA) to be commissioned by the year 2022Ratnagiri
China's first X-Ray Modulation Telescope launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on 15 June to study the evolution of black holes, strong magnetic fields and gamma-ray bursts is namedInsight
The book written by David Grossman (Israel) which has been chosen for the Man Booker International Prize 2017A Horse Walks into a Bar
The former Chancellor of Germany, known for his role in German reunification and creation of Eurozone, who passed away on 16 June 2017Helmut Kohl
The former Chief Justice of India considered a pioneer of judicial activism in the country for introducing the concept of PILs who passed away on 15 June 2017Justice P.N. Bhagwati
The second bilateral maritime exercise by the Navies of India and Australia at Fremantle, Australia from June 17 to June 19 is namedAUSINDEX-17
The initiative launched by Kerala Social Security Mission (KSSM) under the social justice department for the management of disabled in the State is namedAnuyatra
The places in Kerala where foundation stones of 2 mega food parks developed by Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA) and Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) respectively were laid recentlyPalakkad and Alappuzha
The private sector insurance company which has been taken over by Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India in the interest of policy holdersSahara India Life Insurance
The State whose Project Jal Sanchay has been selected for National Award for Excellence in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (MGNREGP)Bihar
The only Indian sportsperson who has been listed in the 2017 Forbes List of Highest Paid athletes (the list is topped by footballer Cristiano Ronaldo)Virat Kohli (rank 89)
The Sri Lankan cricketer who has become the first from his country to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of FameMuttiah Muralitharan
The Union Minister of Health who has been conferred WHO Director-General’s Special Recognition Award for global tobacco controlShri J.P. Nadda
The State which has become the first in the country to launch a pension for single women (Rs. 1000/- per month)Telangana
The State which has announced implementation of Green Protocol for wedding ceremonies banning use of plastic and non-biodegradable items at such functionsKerala
The State in which first project for rural LED street lighting in the country under the Government of India’s Street Lighting National Project (SLNP) will be implementedAndhra Pradesh
The place in Andhra Pradesh which has been chosen to be awarded MGNREGA annual award for effective implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act during 2015-16Vizianagaram
The Indian badminton player who has won his first Grand Prix Gold title clinching the Thailand Open defeating Christie Jonatan of Indonesia in Bangkok Sai Praneeth
The hypersonic missile capable of travelling at 4600 mph (making it impossible to be intercepted) test fired by Russia is namedZircon
The place in Odisha where the State's first Mega Food Park was inaugurated by Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Hon’ble Minister of Food Processing IndustriesRayagada
The only assigned competition manager of International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), who has become the first Indian to be nominated as a member of the Umpires and Referees Committee (URC)Ganeshan Neelakanta Iyer
The state in which India's first automatic coastal warning for disasters (Early Warning Dissemination System) that would enable loud sirens go off simultaneously from towers at 122 locations by JulyOdisha
The country which has decided to withdraw from 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate ChangeU.S.A.
The new Prime Minister of Nepal who is succeeding Pushpa Kamal Dahal who resigned in May 2017Sher Bahadur Deuba
The city in which the first case of Zika virus infection in India has been reportedAhmedabad

Important Days of June

Global Day of Parents: 01 June 2017

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 2012

World Milk Day: 01 June 2017

Designated by: Food and Agricultural Organisation

First observed: 2001

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression: 04 June 2017

Designated by: UN General Assembly

World Environment Day: 05 June 2017

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 1974

Host Country: Canada

Theme: Connecting People to Nature

World Ocean Day: 08 June 2017

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2009

Theme: Our Oceans, Our Future

World Day Against Child Labour: 12 June 2017

Designated by: International Labour Organization

First Observed in: 2002

Theme: In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labour

World Blood Donor Day: 14 June 2017

Designated by: World Health Organisation

First Observed in: 2004

Theme: What can you do? Give blood, Give now, Give often

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: 15 June 2017

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Understand and End Financial Abuse of Older People: A Human Rights Issue

First Observed in: 2012

International Day for Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict: 19 June 2017

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Preventing Sexual Violence Crimes through Justice and Deterrence

First Observed in: 2015

World Refugee Day: 20 June 2017

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2001

International Day of Yoga: 21 June 2017

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Yoga for Health

First Observed in: 2015

International Widows Day: 23 June 2017

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 2011

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: 26 June 2017

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 1988

Theme: Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe

Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar and Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2017

The Yuva Puraskar are awarded annually for the first book or best book by an author of age 35 and below and carry a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and a copper plaque.

Assamese - Pratim Baruah; Bengali - Shamik Ghosh; Bodo - Bijit Gwra Ramchiary; Dogri - Rajinder Ranjha; English - Manu S. Pillai; Gujarati - Ram Mori; Hindi - Taro Sindik; Kannada - Shanthi K. Appanna; Kashmiri - Nighat Sahiba; Konkani - Amey Vishram Naik; Maithili - Chandan Kumar Jha; Malayalam - Aswathy Sasikumar; Manipuri - Kh. Krishnamohan Singha; Marathi - Rahul Kosambi; Nepali - Sarang Muskan; Odia - Suryasnata Tripathy; Punjabi - Harmanjit Singh; Rajasthani - Ummed Dhaniya; Sanskrit - Hemchandra Belwal; Santhali - Maina Tudu; Sindhi - Rekha Sachdev Pohani; Tamil - J. Jayabharathi; Telugu - Mercy Margaret; Urdu - Rasheed Ashraf Khan

The Bala Sahitya Puraskar are awarded annually for the book on children literature in the past 5 years and carry a cash prize of Rs 50,000 and a copper plaque.

Assamese - Horendra Nath Borthakur; Bengali - Shashthipada Chattopadhyay; Bodo - Renu Boro; Dogri - Sudesh Raj; English - Paro Anand; Gujarati - Harish Nayak; Hindi - Sri Swayamprakash; Kannada - NS Lakshminarayana Bhatta; Kashmiri - Showkat Ansari; Konkani - Vincy Quadros; Maithili - Amlendu Sekhar Pathak; Malayalam - SR Lal; Manipuri - Wareppam Jugindra Singh; Marathi - LM Kadu; Nepali - Shanti Chettri; Odia - Subhendra Mohan Srichandan Singh; Punjabi - Satpal Bhikhi; Rajasthani - Pawan Pahadia; Sanskrit - Raj Kumar Mishra; Santhali - Joba Murmu; Sindhi - Roshan Golani; Tamil - Velu Saravanan; Telugu - Vasala Narasaiah; Urdu - Nazeer Fatehpuri

Launch of Communication Satellite GSAT-17

Launched on: 29 June 2017

Launched from: Kourou, French Guiana

Launch vehicle: Ariane-5 VA-238

About GSAT-17: The 3477 kg GSAT-17 carries communication payloads in C-band, Extended C-band and S-band for providing various services to the country. The satellite also carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite based search and rescue services.

City Liveability Index

The Union Ministry of Urban Development has launched the ‘City Liveability Index’ for measuring the quality of life in 116 major cities including smart cities, capital cities and cities with a population of above one million each.

The Index is a Common Minimum Reference Framework to enable the cities know where they stand in terms of quality of life and the interventions required to improve the same.

The cities will be assessed on a comprehensive set of 79 parameters to capture the extent and quality of infrastructure including availability of roads, education and health care, mobility, employment opportunities, emergency response, grievance redressal, pollution, availability of open and green spaces, cultural and entertainment opportunities etc.

Launch of PSLV C38

Launch date: 23 June 2017

Satellite launched: CartoSat-2 along with 30 smaller satellites

Launched from: Sriharikota

Remarks: This was the 40th mission of PSLV. One of the 30 co-passenger satellites carried by PSLV-C38 was the 15 kg NIUSAT, a University/Academic Institute satellite from Nurul Islam University, Tamil Nadu, India. The remaining 29 co-passenger satellites carried were international customer satellites from USA (10), United Kingdom (3), Belgium (3), Italy (3), Austria (1), Chile (1), Czech Republic (1), Finland (1), France (1), Germany (1), Japan (1), Latvia (1), Lithuania (1) and Slovakia (1). With today’s successful launch, the total number of customer satellites from abroad placed in orbit by India’s workhorse launch vehicle PSLV has reached 209.

ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Host: England and Wales

Participating teams: Australia, England, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan

Winner & Runners-up: Pakistan and India

Player of the series: Hasan Ali (Pakistan)

Most Runs: Shikhar Dhawan (338)

Most Wickets: Hasan Ali (13)

Venue for the finals: Oval, London

Host for 2021 Champions Trophy: India

Gandhi Darshan tourist train

To commemorate the 100 years of Sabarmati Ashram and Champaran Satyagrah, Indian Railways has decided to run Gandhi Darshan Special Tourist Train or Astha Special Tourist Train as it is officially called.

Destination covered: Wardha, Motihari, Bettiah, Gaya, Varanasi, Allahabad & Surat

Boarding Points: Sabarmati – Anand – Vadodara – Bharuch – Surat

Flagged off from: Bandra

SATH Programme of NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog has launched SATH, a program providing ‘Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital’ with the State Governments. The vision of the program is to initiate transformation in the education and health sectors.

SATH aims to identify and build three future ‘role model’ states for health systems. The programme will be implemented by NITI along with McKinsey & Company and IPE Global consortium, who were selected through a competitive bidding process.

To select the three model states, NITI defined a three-stage process – expression of interest, presentations by the states and assessment of commitment to health sector reforms. NITI invited all states and UTs to participate in the program. Sixteen states expressed prima facie interest, of which fourteen made their presentations. Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh presented their project proposal to a Committee headed by Member of NITI Aayog, Shri Bibek Debroy and comprising of CEO, Amitabh Kant as well as a representative from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Of these fourteen states, five have been shortlisted. Subsequently, three will be selected on the basis of further evaluations and objective assessment of criteria affecting the potential for impact and likelihood of success. Metrics such as MMR, IMR, incidence of malaria and others have been considered for determining potential impact while density of doctors and nurses, compliance to IPHS norms are some of the metrics used to determine likelihood of success. The programme will be launched in the three selected states after the signing of MoUs.

French Open 2017

Men's SinglesRafael Nadal (Spain)Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)
Women's SinglesJelena Ostapenko (Latvia)Simona Halep (Romania)
Mens's DoublesRyan Harrison (USA) and Michael Venus (New Zealand)Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico) and Donald Young (USA)
Women's DoublesBethanie Mattek-Sands (U.S.A.) and Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) Ashleigh Barty (Australia) and Casey Dellacqua (Australia)
Mixed DoublesGabriela Dabrowski (Canada) and Rohan Bopanna (India)Anna-Lena Gronefeld (Germany) and Robert Farah (Colombia)

Note: Rafael Nadal has won his 10th French Open title (highest number of French Open singles titles).


Launch date: 05 June 2017

Satellite launched: GSAT - 19

Launched from: Sriharikota

GSLV Mk III is a three-stage heavy lift launch vehicle developed by ISRO. It is designed to carry 4 ton class of satellites into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) or about 10 tons to Low Earth Orbit (LEO), which is about twice the capability of GSLV Mk II.

Books in News

The Crisis Within - Ganesh Devy

Indira Gandhi - A Life in Nature - Jairam Ramesh

Abbreviations in News

SATH: Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital

VAJRA: Visiting Advanced Joint Research

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Current Affairs Questions

1. Which is the most profitable PSU in India?

  1. Oil and Naturanl Gas Corporation
  2. Indian Oil Corporation
  3. Air India
  4. BSNL

2. Telangana formation day is observed on -

  1. June 1
  2. June 2
  3. June 3
  4. June 4

3. INAM-Pro is a web based application launched by the Central Govt to facilitate buying and selling of -

  1. Cement
  2. Gold
  3. Coal
  4. Bonds

4. Which country is planning to conduct T20 Global League cricket tournament?

  1. Pakistan
  2. Australia
  3. England
  4. South Africa

5. Leo Varadkar, a person of Indian origin is set to become the next Prime Minister of which country?

  1. New Zealand
  2. Canada
  3. Ireland
  4. Bahamas

6. With which country did Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Yeman and Bahrain cut off diplomatic ties recently?

  1. Qatar
  2. Kuwait
  3. Iran
  4. Libya

7. In which country is Budhi Gandaki Hydroelectric project being developed?

  1. Nepal
  2. Bhutan
  3. Myanmar
  4. Pakistan

8. In which country did the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi present 100 volumes of Buddhist text Urga Kanjur to the head priest of a Buddhist Temple?

  1. Germany
  2. Russia
  3. Spain
  4. France

9. A military aircraft of which country crashed in the Andaman Sea recently killing all 122 people on board?

  1. China
  2. Malaysia
  3. Myanmar
  4. Thailand

10. With which of the following is Sunil Jaglan associated?

  1. Skill India
  2. Selfie with daughter
  3. Yoga for everyone
  4. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

11. Recently 'Vatsalya – Maatri Amrit Kosh', a National Human Milk Bank and Lactation Counselling Centre was launched at the Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC), New Delhi. The centre has been established with collaboration of -

  1. Norway
  2. Israel
  3. Russia
  4. France

12. In which State is the Kambala, buffalo race organised?

  1. Kerala
  2. Gujarat
  3. Karnataka
  4. Tamil Nadu

13. Which English letter has been used as an inset letter in both the number panels in the new series of 500 rupee notes released recently by RBI?

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D

14. In which state has the Indian Army launched Army's Super-40 initiative for coaching youth for engineering entrance examinations?

  1. Jharkhand
  2. Assam
  3. Bihar
  4. Jammu and Kashmir

15. In which country is the ANUGA food trade fair held biennially?

  1. Australia
  2. Germany
  3. France
  4. Russia

16. Which of the following programmes has been launched by the Union Govt in a bid to reverse brain-drain, and enable non-resident Indian scientists to work in the country's institutions for a period of one to three months?

  1. VAJRA
  4. SATH

17. Operations at which of the following ports were severely affected due to a ransomware attack?

  1. Paradip
  2. Mormugao
  3. Jawaharlal Nehru Port
  4. Kandla

18. In which year was the first ATM put into use?

  1. 1957
  2. 1964
  3. 1966
  4. 1967