Current Affairs: News Headlines: June 20, 2018

Following are the key current affairs headlines in newspapers for June 20, 2018

INDIA

  • BJP pulls out of its 3-year-old ruling coalition with the PDP. CM Mehbooba Mufti resigns. Governor N. N. Vohra recommends imposition of President’s rule
  • Tri-service joint Russia-India military exercise Indra-2018 to be conducted in India in 2nd half of 2018
  • Centre constitutes Chief Ministers’ sub-group to coordinate policy approaches for agriculture and MGNREGS with MP CM Shiv Raj Singh Chauhan as the convener
  • WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi launches the “Handbook on legal processes for Police in respect of Crime against Children”
  • Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launches National Digital Library of India on National Reading Day in New Delhi
  • Google launches training programme for journalists, aimed at raising awareness against misinformation and fake news
  • Haryana to rank its panchayats on the basis of 7 social parameters under its 7-Star Gram Panchayat Rainbow scheme
  • West Bengal: Visva-Bharati receives central grant of Rs 5 crore for setting up a ‘Yoga Gram’ in the university campus
  • Telangana: Renowned mimicry artiste Nerella Venumadhav dies in Warangal at 85

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • BSE Sensex closes at 35,286.74 points (–261.52), NSE Nifty at 10,710.45 (–89.40)
  • RBI tightens norms for Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) by making quoting of PAN mandatory even for transactions below USD 25,000.
  • Government declares national targets for off-shore wind power: 5 GW by 2022 and 30 GW by 2030
  • Sandeep Bakhshi appointed Chief Operating Officer of ICICI Bank; N.S. Kannan is new MD & CEO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company
  • NASSCOM launches its ‘Women Wizards Rule Tech’ programme to increase the number of women in senior levels in IT industry
  • Infosys sets up Digital Centre of Excellence in Marseille to strengthen its footprint in France

WORLD

  • South Korea and the US have decided to suspend the Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) exercise slated for August
  • Number of people forcibly displaced worldwide reaches a new high in 2017 at 68.5 million: UNHCR
  • International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict observed on June 19
  • There are over 1 billion firearms in the world today, including 857 million in civilian hands: Small Arms Survey
  • Pakistan has more nuclear warheads than India: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
  • India to construct a war memorial at Villers Guislain in France as tribute to Indian soldiers who died in World War I
  • Microsoft acquires video discussion platform Flipgrid which is used by 20 million teachers and students across the world
  • Kazuo Kashio, one of the four brothers who founded Japan’s Casio Computer Co, dies at 89
  • Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is richest man in the world with a net wealth of $141.9 billion: Forbes World’s Billionaires list
  • World’s oldest Sumatran orangutan dies aged 62 in a zoo in Perth, Australia
  • Actor Tim Robbins to receive Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) in Czech Republic in July

SPORTS

  • FIFA World Cup in Russia: Belgium beat Panama 3-0 in Group G match in Sochi. Japan beat Colombia 2-1 in a Group H match in Mordovia. England beat Tunisia 2-1 in Group G match in Volgograd
  • Indian women’s hockey team beat Spain 4-1 in the 5th and final match in Madrid to level the series 2-2

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