Current Affairs Current Affairs June 2018

 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj launched the new Passport Seva App. Now, people can apply for a passport from any part of the country through the App. EAM Sushma Swaraj has launched Mobile Passport Application on the occasion of Passport Seva Divas (26 June) in New Delhi. Police verification will be done on the address, provided by the applicant on the app and passport will be dispatched on the same address.
Source- DD News

 The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has restricted the manufacture of Oxytocin formulations for domestic use to public sector only from 1st July 2018. It has also banned the import of Oxytocin and its formulations. Oxytocin is a naturally-occurring hormone which causes uterine contractions during labour and helps new mothers lactate. Oxytocin’s misuse is widespread in the dairy industry, where livestock are injected with oxytocin to make them release milk at a time convenient to farmers. The hormone is also used to increase the size of vegetables and fruits such as pumpkins, watermelons, brinjals, gourds and cucumbers.
Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

 Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, signed an MoU with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to scale up the short term healthcare courses through its available robust platform. The signing ceremony was presided over by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare. The combined objective under this MoU is to scale up the health programs to create trained personnel in the healthcare sector and to set up a dedicated cell for developing, implementing and certifying the skill-based programs at IGNOU.
Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

 Turkey's long-standing leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a new five-year term after securing outright victory in the first round of a presidential poll. Mr Erdogan got nearly 53% with almost all votes counted. His closest rival Muharrem Ince was on 31%. He will now assume sweeping new powers, won in a controversial referendum in 2017. The post of PM will be abolished.
Source- DD News

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the third annual meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) at Mumbai's National Centre for the Performing Arts. The theme for this year's meeting is "Mobilising finance for infrastructure: innovation and collaboration".  The Prime Minister met business leaders and captains of industry, for a discussion on issues such as economic growth, infrastructure development, policy initiatives, investment, innovation and job creation.
Source- ANI News

 India and Bangladesh have agreed to institute Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) as an annual exercise between navies of two neighbouring countries. The first edition of CORPAT between two navies was inaugurated by Indian Navy’s Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba during his visit to Bangladesh. The aim Navy Chief’s visit was to consolidate bilateral defence relations between India and Bangladesh and to explore new avenues for naval cooperation. Indian Navy regularly conducts CORPATs with Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar.
Source- The Hindu

 Power distribution company BYPL (BSES Yamuna Power Limited) has signed an MoU with Business Finland, a Finnish government agency, for collaborative activities in different areas, including energy efficiency and electric vehicles. The three year MoU on 'cooperation in the power distribution sector' will encompass joint studies, pilot projects, knowledge-sharing and consultancy, research projects for inducting future and emerging technologies at the distribution utility level.
Source- The Times of India

 Pallavi Durua, who belongs to Odisha's Koraput district, was crowned as the first Tribal Queen at the Adi Rani Kalinga Tribal Queen competition held at Utkal Mandap. Panchami Majhi of Titlagarh and Rashmirekha Hansdah of Mayurbhanj were declared as the first and second runners-up of the beauty pageant respectively.
Source- ANI News

 Kalki Koechlin was conferred with the French distinction of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres), for her contribution in enhancing Indo-French ties in cinema. The honour comes in recognition of an actor, who has interpreted striking roles in the Indian film industry, experimented with various forms of films as well as shown an abiding commitment to important social issues. 
Source- The Firstpost

 The President of India Ram Nath Kovind presented the “Fourth National Awards for outstanding services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse” to the institutions and individuals on the occasion of ‘International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’  (26 June) at a function organized by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
Here is the complete list of  awardees:
Sl. No.  Name of Category of Award Name of Institution/Individual
1. Best Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts (IRCA) for providing rehabilitation services to alcoholics and drug users. Tapovan Nashamukti Evam Punarwas Sansthan, Rajasthan.
2. Best Panchayati Raj or Municipal Body working for prevention of alcoholism and substance (drug) abuse Lariapali Gram Panchayat, District Sambalpur, Odisha.
3. Best Educational Institution doing outstanding work in awareness generation and prevention of alcoholism and substance (drug) abuse Punjab Institute of Medical Science, Jalandhar, Punjab.
4. Best Non-Profit Institution, with outstanding contribution in Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse Nashabandi Mandal,  Mumbai, Maharashtra.
5. Best Research or Innovation Drug De-addiction and Treatment Centre (DDTC), Chandigarh.
6. Best Awareness Campaign State Literacy Mission Authority (SLMA), Bihar.
7. Outstanding achievement by an Individual. i. Dr. R.C. Sahni, Rajasthan.ii. Dr. Rajesh Tukaram Patil, Goaiii. Shri L.R. Madhujan,  Kerala.
    Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

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