Category Archives: June 2017

June 30

  • India’s first-ever mega trade event for the textiles sector has inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on June 30, 2017.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the Indian Delegation at the 12th edition of G20 Summit, which is scheduled to be held at Hamburg in Germany on July 7-8, 2017.
  • Rajiv Kumar, the 1981-batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Uttarakhand state has been conferred with the award of excellence at the 2nd edition of Global Skill Development Summit (GSDM) – 2017 in Paris, France on June 23, 2017 for innovations and extensive use of IT for skill developments the state’s youth
  • Dr Jitendra Singh, the Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Personnel, has launched a new training programme Online Modified Modules on Induction Training (COMMIT) for State Government officials.
  • The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has signed an agreement with Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd (KHI) of Japan to manufacture stainless steel coaches and bogies for metro rail.
  • The National Statistics Day (NSD) is celebrated every year in India on June 29 to create public awareness about importance of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation
  • Raghubar Das, the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, has recently inaugurated the India’s largest fresh water aquarium “Ranchi Machchli Ghar” at Bhagwan Birsa Munda Biodiversity Park in Ranchi to encourage tourism in the state.
  • Achal Kumar Jyoti, a retired 1975-batch IAS Officer of Gujarat Cadre, has been appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) for one year, when he will turn 65.

June 29

  • Rajesh V Shah has been appointed as the new chairman of the board of governors of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and will be in charge till March 31, 2019.
  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) has collaborated with Facebook to launch first Nationwide “Voter Registration Reminder” on July 1, 2017 to encourage Indian citizens to register themselves on the electoral rolls.
  • The 22nd edition of the Asian Athletics Championships (AAC-2017) will be held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha from July 6 to 9, 2017.
  • China has officially started building the world’s first forest city in the north of Liuzhou, Guangxi Province to fight against pollution and climate change, which is set to be completed in 2020.
  • China has officially started building the world’s first forest city in the north of Liuzhou, Guangxi Province to fight against pollution and climate change, which is set to be completed in 2020.
  • Krishna R Urs, a veteran Indian- origin career diplomat, has been appointed as the new US Ambassador to Peru by the Donald Trump administration.
  • Dr. Manoj Soni, the former Vice Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, has recently taken the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
  • The Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has been appointed as the brand ambassador by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) for the government’s flagship Skill India campaign. Priyanka will use her celebrity status to motivate youngsters to hone their abilities through a media campaign.
  • Odisha will become the India’s first state to set up blood bank for cattle. The first of its kind blood bank would be established on the premises of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.25 crore.

June 28

  • Former India hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay will be conferred with the East Bengal football club’s highest honour “Bharat Gaurav” on their foundation day. The ceremony will be held on August 1, 2017.
  • India has been ranked 93rd out of 128 countries in the 2017 Social Progress Index (SPI). The list is topped by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.
  • India has been ranked 93rd out of 128 countries in the 2017 Social Progress Index (SPI). The list is topped by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.
  • The Uttar Pradesh Government has signed an agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a loan of Rs 1950 crore for strengthening of roads in different district.
  • Kaushik Basu, an Indian economist, has taken over as new President of the International Economic Association (IEA) on June 23, 2017 and will serve the post for 3-years.
  • Sharjah, the city of United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been designated as the UNESCO World Book Capital 2019 by Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, at the Headquarters of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) at La Haye.
  • Sharjah, the city of United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been designated as the UNESCO World Book Capital 2019 by Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, at the Headquarters of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) at La Haye.
  • The Dudhwa National Park is located in the Terai of Uttar Pradesh and covers an area of 490.3 km2, with a buffer zone of 190 km2 (73 sq mi). It is home to swamp deer, sambar deer, barking deer, spotted deer, hog deer, tiger, Indian rhinoceros, sloth bear, ratel, jackal, civets, jungle cat, fishing cat, etc.

June 27

  • Mihai Tudose, the former economy minister, has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Romania and is expected to take office on June 29, 2017
  • Dr. Srinivas Gokulnath from Maharashtra has created history by becoming the first Indian to complete the 4,900-km Race Across America (RAAM) in solo 18-59 age category, which is considered to be the toughest cycle race in the world. He completed the race in 11 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.
  • The World Bank has cleared a $250-million loan to aid the Skill India mission. The loan amount would be used for making Indian youth more employable through reskilling
  • Narinder Nath Vohra, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), has been appointed as the new President of the India International Centre (IIC), which is one of the premier cultural institutions in the country
  • The book titled ‘The Emergency – Indian Democracy’s Darkest Hour’ has been authored by Surya Prakash, the chairman of Prasar Bharati.
  • The 3rd edition of Whatashort Independent International Film Festival (WIIFF) will be held at the Instituto Cervantes in New Delhi from July 8-9, 2017 to promote short films from across the globe
  • Roger Federer, a Swiss professional tennis player, has won the 2017 Gerry Weber Open tennis tournament by defeating Alexander Zverev in final by 6-1 6-3 at the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle, Germany.
  • P V Sindhu, an ace shuttler and Rio Olympics silver medallist, will be conferred with the best Sportsperson of the Year Award by the Sports Journalists Federation of India (SJFI)

June 25 – 26

  • Bhumika Sharma from Uttarakhand has won the 2017 Miss World title in BodyBuilding Championship in Venice, Italy.
  • Desh Bandhu Gupta (79), the founder and chairman of pharmaceutical major Lupin Ltd, has passed away on June 25, 2017 in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Manushi Chhillar from Haryana has won the 54th edition of Femina Miss India World 2017 at Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai, Maharashtra on June 25, 2017.
  • The Union ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has appointed a new nine-member committee to work on a new National Education Policy (NEP). The former ISRO chief Dr. K Kasturirangan will head the committee on NEP.
  • Indian film ‘Sultan’ has won the best action movie award at the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF).
  • The United Nations’ (UN) International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed every year on June 26
  • Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has won the Australian Open Super Series Badminton trophy by defeating former world number one and Rio Olympics Gold medalist Chen Long in the final by 22-20, 21-16 in Sydney on June 25. 2017
  • The Indian-origin Sikh human rights advocate, Palbinder Kaur Shergill has been appointed a judge at the Supreme Court of British Columbia in New Westminster
  • Yashaswini Singh Deswal from Chandigarh has bagged gold in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol competition at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Rifle/Pistol Championship in Suhl, Germany

June 24 2017

  • The West Bengal government has won the prestigious UN Public Service Award for year 2017 for its initiative to combat child marriage and ensure education to the girl child in the state.
  • The Maharashtra government will launch a mobile app ‘My Plant’ on July 1, 2017, which would help in recording data about tree plantations in the state. Using this app, people and organizations can feed the data about the saplings they have planted with the Forest Department, which would help it in creating a database of trees.
  • Imran Khawaja, the Chairman of Associates counties and an administrator from Singapore, has been unanimously elected as the new Deputy Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) board.
  • Kavita Devi, the former Indian powerlifter and South Asian Games gold medal winner, will become the first Indian woman to compete in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) when she takes part in the first ever Mae Young Classic tournament for women from July 2017.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully launched the world’s smallest and lightest satellite “Kalamsat” built by Indian students into the space from its facility in Wallops Island on June 23, 2017.
  • The 6th edition of International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup was held at the CIDCO Exhibition Centre in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra on June 24 – 25, 2017
  • The 6th edition of International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup was held at the CIDCO Exhibition Centre in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra on June 24 – 25, 2017
  • Manu S Pillai has won the 2017 Sahitya Academy Yuva Puraskar in English Language for his book titled “The Ivory Throne – Chronicles of the House of Travancore”, the biography of the last queen of Travancore.

June 23 2017

  • Government announces 30 smart cities, Thiruvanathapuram tops list
  • Indore has become the India’s first city where robot is being used on an experimental basis to control its ever growing and unruly traffic.
  • Axis Bank has launched India’s first open loop EMV contactless metro card “KMRL Axis Bank ‘Kochi1’ Card” in association with Kochi Metro Rail Corporation (KMRL) to make travel a convenient and hassle free experience for commuters in Kochi.
  • Nisha Dutt, the CEO of Intellecap, has been honoured with the “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” award at The 7th Asian Awards in London in recognition of her work in making Intellecap a globally known enterprise that focuses on social capital.
  • Wipro Chairman Azim Premji will be honoured with the 2017 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy for his efforts to reform India’s public school system.
  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister of Science and Technology, has launched the Visiting Advanced Joint Research Faculty (VAJRA) scheme in New Delhi to bring together the Indian scientists abroad and India-based researchers for conducting joint researches in India
  • Bengaluru has become the India’s first city where one can have fuel delivered at one’s doorstep just like milk and newspapers. Mypetrolpump, a one-year-old startup, has conducted a soft launch with three delivery vehicles – each with a capacity of 950 litres
  • The United Nations Public Service Day is observed every year on June 23 to recognize the work of public servants and to encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector
  • Indian anti-hunger activist Ankit Kawatra has honoured with the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders award for his exceptional work in transforming the lives of others
  • The Kishtwar National Park (KNP) is located in the Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir.

June 22

  • The renowned Ayurveda physician ‘Vaidya’ Rajesh Kotecha has been appointed as new special secretary in Ministry of Ayush for three years on a contract basis.
  • Narendra Kumar Sinha, the 1980 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre, will be the new secretary of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry.
  • The world’s first-ever data embassy will be established by the Estonian government in Luxembourg in 2018.
  • Russian diplomat Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov has been appointed as the head of the newly created United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office (UNCTO) and will hold the title of Under-Secretary-General.
  • Subhash C. Garg, a 1983 batch lAS officer of Rajasthan cadre, has been appointed as the new the economic affairs secretary in the Union Finance Ministry.
  • The book titled ‘Hope in a challenged democracy; An Indian narrative’ has authored by Dr. Ashwini Kumar, the renowned lawyer, author and veteran parliamentarian.

June 21

  • The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI), Pune has been selected as the first recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for outstanding contribution to promotion and development of Yoga.
  • The International Yoga Day (IYD) is celebrated every year on June 21 to highlight the fact that yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieving an equilibrium between mind and body.
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a loan agreement of $275 million with Government of India (GOI) for improving urban services in 64 small towns in Madhya Pradesh.
  • India has recently signed a historical agreement with Portugal to promote cooperation in the field of archives in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • India’s first indigenously built Floating Dock (FDN-2) for the Indian Navy has launched at the L&T Shipbuilding Yard at Kattupalli near Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • The Punjab Government has recently announced free education for girls in Government Schools and colleges from Nursery to PhD for women empowerment.
  • Indian agricultural microbiologist Dr. Shrihari Chandraghatgi, the President and CEO of EcoCycle Corporation, has been conferred with the 2017 Ministry of Environment Award in Japan for developing cutting edge technologies to address burning environmental problem.
  • Rajiv Gauba, the 1982 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre, will be the new home secretary in the union ministry for home affairs.
  • The Lahugala Kitulana National Park is one of the smallest national parks in Sri Lanka.

June 20

  • The first-ever BRICS Games has started at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center in Guangzhou, China on June 17, 2017.
  • The Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal has launched Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) 2017 in New Delhi to prescribe the energy performance standards for new commercial buildings to be constructed across India.
  • The iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel of Mumbai has acquired an `image trademark’ under the Trademark Act of 1999.
  • The World Refugee Day (WRD) is observed every year on June 20 to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.
  • The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has appointed Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan as new brand ambassador for Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • The Union Minister for Science & Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan has launched a mobile app “Celebrating Yoga” in New Delhi to connect people through Yoga for scientific healthy living.
  • India has re-nominated Justice Dalveer Bhandari as its candidate for another term as judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
  • The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has appointed Syrian refugee Muzoon Almellehan as its newest and youngest Goodwill Ambassador on World Refugee Day (WRD) on June 20, 2017.

June 18 – 19

  • John G. Avildsen (81), the Oscar-winning director of Rocky and The Karate Kid, has passed away in California, United States.
  • Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has become the first Indian men’s singles player to win the Indonesia Open Super Series men’s singles tournament
  • The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has launched digital enrollment process “APY@eNPS” for Atal Pension Yojana (APY) to expand the outreach of the scheme.
  • The International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is observed every year on June 19 to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence.
  • The State Bank of India (SBI) has tied-up with Tirumala Milk Products to provide loans to dairy farmers who supply milk to the latter.
  • The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has recently approved the membership of Argentina, the Republic of Madagascar and the Kingdom of Tonga at its 2nd annual meeting of Board of Governors in Jeju, South Korea, June 16, 2017.
  • John Bew has been bestowed with the 2017 Orwell Prize for his extraordinary biography “Citizen Clem” , which is about Clement Attlee.

June 17

  • The government has notified amendments to the Prevention of Money Laundering Rules making both Aadhaar and PAN mandatory starting June 1.Existing bank account holders will have to submit the Aadhaar by December 31, 2017, failing which the account will be declared invalid.
  • PM Modi flags off Kerala’s first metro in Kochi.
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s third annual meeting will be held in India
  • Ana Brnabić is set to become both the first gay and first female prime minister of Serbia.
  • India Ranks 75th in Environmental Impact Survey.
  • Amazon has announced that it’s buying Whole Foods for just under $14 billion.

June 16

  • The World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum-2017 has held in Geneva, Switzerland on June 12-16.
  • Gaitri Issar Kumar, the joint secretary in the President’s Secretariat and a 1986 batch IFS officer, has been appointed as the India’s new Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union (EU).
  • The ASEAN Dengue Day (ADD) is observed every year on June 15 to raise awareness on dengue and to mobilise resources for prevention and control involving private and public sector stakeholders.
  • Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi, the renowned litterateur from Arunachal Pradesh, will be conferred with the 5th edition of Bhupen Hazarika National Award-2017 in a ceremony at Srinagar, Jammu & Kaskmir in September 2017.
  • David Grossman has become the first Israeli author to win the 2017 Man Booker International prize for his novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar”.
  • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has conferred honorary doctorate degree “Doctor of Science (D.Sc)” to former sprinter queen PT Usha at its 50th convocation in Kanpur on June 16, 2017 .
  • India has been ranked 60th out of 130 nations on the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2017.

June 15

  • The Union Health Ministry has launched an Intensified Diarrhea Control Fortnight (IDCF) across the country to reduce child deaths due to diarrhoea.
  • Dr. Neeru Chadha has become the first Indian woman to be elected as the judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) for a nine-year term from 2017 to 2026.
  • Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has inaugurated the 16th North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (NERCPA) Conference at Imphal in Manipur on June 15, 2017.
  • India has topped the global remittance-receiving list of 2016, as per the latest United Nations report ‘One Family at a Time’.
  • The Sikkim government has signed MoU with the British Council to increase quality of education in the state.
  • The 2017 G7 Environment Ministers Meetings was held in Bologna, Italy on June 11-12.
  • The book titled “Yug Purush, Bharat Ratna, Atal Ji” is based on the on the social and political life of former Prime Minister of India Atal Bhihari Vajpayee. It is authored by Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank”.
  • The Telangana government has launched Pashu Bazar website for online cattle sale.
  • The three state-run Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) – Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) have signed an agreement to jointly set up the world’s largest refinery and petrochemical complex at Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra at a cost of $40 billion.

June 14

  • The Nalanda University has signed MoU with South Korea’s Academy of Korean Studies for academic linkages and collaborations in Patna,
  • The Union Home Ministry has constituted an expert committee to examine methods to curb the misuse of free movement along the Myanmar border. The committee will be headed by Rina Mitra
  • Padmalaya Nanda (12) from India has created history by becoming the youngest girl to bag the “Little Miss Universe Internet 2017”, “Little Miss Universe Grand Prix” and “Little Miss Actress” crowns at the Little Miss Universe 2017 beauty contest at port city of Batumi in Georgia, United States.
  • Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) Principal Adviser E. Sreedharan has been bestowed with the 2017 Nanniyode Rajan Memorial Award for his contributions to the development of the country.
  • The 2nd edition of bilateral maritime exercise ‘AUSINDEX-17’ has started between Indian Navy and Royal Australian Navy in Fremantle, Australia from June 13 to increase inter-operability and cooperation between the two forces.
  • Cirrus Aircraft, the US-based aviation company, has launched the world’s smallest and cheapest private jet ‘Vision Jet’ at Rs.12.6 Crore. The Jet can haul five adults up to 1,150 miles at 28,000 feet.
  • The world’s biggest and most important trade fair for food and beverage trade “ANUGA 2017” will be held in Cologne, Germany on October 7, 2017. The acronym of ANUGA is Allgemeine Nahrungs- und Genussmittel-Ausstellung ( or General Food and Non essential Provisions Exhibition). India will be co-partner country in ANUGA 2017
  • The Valmiki National Park (VNP) is located in the West Champaran district of Bihar

June 13

  • Indian shooters Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu have clinched the gold medal in mixed team 10m air pistol event by defeating Russian pair in the final at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rife/Pistol stage held at Gabala, Azerbaijan.
  • Lewis Hamilton has won the 2017 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix tournament Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada.
  • The Punjab government will start free mortuary van service for it’s’ citizens in the state.
  • The water conservation model “Project Jal Sanchay” has been selected for the national award for excellence in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (MGNREGP). The award will be conferred at a function held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on June 19, 2017. The model is adopted successfully by the authorities in Nalanda district of south central Bihar.
  • India’s first underwater metro tunnel will come up in Kolkata, West Bengal, which will pass through the Hooghly River.
  • Jelena Ostapenk, a Latvian professional tennis player, has won the 2017 French Open Women’s Singles Tennis Tournament
  • India has signed a pact with Mauritius to institutionalize cooperation between Parliaments of the two countries.
  • The book “Indira Gandhi – A life in nature” presents the former prime minister’s life as a naturalist and examines how she steered India’s conservation policy, which is authored by Jairam Ramesh, the senior Congress leader and former Environment Minister .

June 11 – 12

  • Spain’s Rafael Nadal has won the 2017 French Open Men’s Singles Tennis Tournament by defeating Swiss star Stanislas Wawrinka in final by 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in Paris, France. With the win, Nadal has become the first player in the Professional arena to win the same Grand Slam title 10 times.
  • Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee has been selected for France’s highest civilian award “Legion of Honour” for his outstanding contribution to cinema and theatre.
  • The Union Government has launched a video conferencing aided legal service ‘Tele Law’ for the people living in rural areas.
  • Poet Haraprasad Das, the legendary poet and essayist, has been conferred with the 2017 Kalinga Literary Award for his work and contribution to literature at the 4th edition of Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) on June 11, 2017.
  • The Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary is located in Unnao district on the Kanpur-Lucknow highway in Uttar Pradesh.

June 10

  • Mandatory for Bengaluru malls, restaurants to provide drinking water free
  • President Pranab Mukherjee launched ‘Selfie with Daughter’, a mobile application aimed at raising awareness about female foeticide and sex selection.
  • NITI Aayog has launched SATH, a program providing Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital with State Government.
  • European Union has imposed new anti-dumping duties on steel products from China, as it broadens its campaign to protect struggling steel manufacturers in Europe.
  • The world’s oldest fossil mushroom dating back to about 115 million years has been discovered in Brazil.
  • Canara Bank has inked pact with the New India Assurance to sell policies through its branches.

June 09

  • The second edition of National Health Editors’ Conference on Yoga was inaugurated by Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik in New Delhi.
  • India has signed the OECD multilateral convention that aims to check cross-border tax evasion by multinational companies
  • India and the UN Office for South- South Cooperation have launched a partnership fund that will support sustainable development projects across the developing world
  • In an effort to curb antibiotic resistance, the World Health Organization has divided the drugs into three categories — access, watch and reserve
  • 17th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit began in Astana, Kazakhstan.India, Pakistan, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are its members. It is headquartered in Beijing, China
  •  Microsoft acquires Hexadite.
  • Rohan Bopanna lifted his maiden Grand Slam title by winning the French Open mixed doubles trophy with Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski
  • Sri Lanka’s most successful bowler in Tests and one-day internationals Muttiah Muralitharan was inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

June 08

  • According to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2017, India continues to remain as a favourite destination for FDI even though tax related concerns remain as a deterrent for the foreign investors.
  • According to QS World University Rankings 2018 IIT-Delhi has replaced IISc as the best ranked Indian institution in the world.
  • State-run oil companies will revise petrol and diesel prices every day in sync with international rates from 16 June onwards
  • Health Secretary C K Mishra inaugurated the ‘Vatsalya – Maatri Amrit Kosh’, a National Human Milk Bank and Lactation Counselling Centre at the Lady Hardinge Medical College.
  • Sahithi Pingali a class 12 student from Bengaluru will get a minor planet in Milky Way named after her
  • Axis Bank launches Biodegradable prepaid gift cards.
  • Manchester United has replaced Real Madrid as the world’s most valuable football team, according to the annual list published by Forbes

June 07

  • The Reserve Bank of India has kept repo rate unchanged at 6.25% in its second bi-monthly monetary policy review. Reverse Repo rate has been kept unchanged at 6%. The RBI has cut the Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) by 50 basis points to 20%.
  • The world’s first hybrid ‘aeroboat’ which has been built by an Indo-Russian joint venture has been unveiled at a start-ups event organized by Russia’s state-run Skolkovo Foundation.
  • India signed a USD 39.2 million loan agreement with the World Bank for the ‘citizen-centric service delivery’ project in Assam.
  • India has signed an agreement with Sri Lanka to provide USD 318 million as line of credit for developing Sri Lanka’s railway sector.
  • Union Health Minister J P Nadda launched the ‘Skills for Life, Save a Life initiative to promote skill development in the health sector
  • Government will appoint Nyaya Mitras across the country to expedite the cases pending for last 10 years in lower courts.
  • Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba elected as Nepal’s prime minister for the fourth time.
  • Montenegro Becomes NATO’s 29th member.
  • Proposed merger between Aadhar Housing Finance and DHFL Vysya Housing Finance has got the nod from housing finance regulator National Housing Bank

June 06

  • The United Nations is hosting its first-ever World Oceans Conference at the UN Headquarters in New York, United States from June 5, 2017
  • India’s first-ever Rural LED Street Lighting Project will be implemented by the Government of India (GoI) in Andhra Pradesh (AP).
  • India has signed a $39.2 million loan agreement with the World Bank (WB) for the ‘citizen-centric service delivery’ project in Assam.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 5th international conference of Spic Macay on June 5, 2017 at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi via video conferencing.
  • Dr. Sharad Kumar Jain has assumed the additional charge of Director General (DG) of National Water Development Agency (NWDA) under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
  • India has been ranked 45th out of 63 countries in the IMD’s world competitiveness rankings 2017.
  • The Telangana Government has become the only state government in India to launch the single-women pension scheme. Under the scheme, a financial assistance of Rs. 1,000 financial is given to single women of the state per month on humanitarian grounds.
  • India has been ranked 51st out of 63 countries in the 2017 IMD World Digital Competitiveness ranking.

June 04 – 05

  • The World Environment Day (WED) is observed every year on June 5 to raise awareness about forests and wider issues of environmental protection.
  • Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth from India has won the Men’s Singles Crown in the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament
  • Real Madrid has won the 2017 UEFA Champions League football competition by defeating Juventus 4–1 in the final.
  • India’s first smartcard-based Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) initiative has launched in Mysuru, Karnataka on June 4, 2017
  • Ranjit Kumar is the present Solicitor General of India, whose tenure has been extended by the Government of India (GoI).
  • The World Bank (WB) in its latest report “Global Economic Prospects (GEP)” has projected India’s GDP growth rate at 7.5% in 2018 and 7.7% in 2019.
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched its 3136 kg GSAT-19 communication satellite with its brand new and heaviest – Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III D-1 (GSLV-Mk III D-1) satellite into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on June 5, 2017.
  • The Abohar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Fazilka District of Punjab.

June 03

  • Leo Varadkar, the leader of the Fine Gael Party, will become the new Prime Minister of Ireland.
  • Shashi Shekhar Vempati, a former principal architect of Infosys Technologies, has been appointed the new chief executive officer (CEO) of public broadcaster Prasar Bharati for a period of five years.
  • India has been ranked 37th out of 103 nations in the 2017 global Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI), according to a new report by the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative.
  • Ananya Vinay (12), the 6th-grader from California, has won the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee competition by successfully spelling “marocain” in the final round at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland on June 1, 2017.
  • Indian wild card Nitin Kumar Sinha has won the boys singles title at the 2017 HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship.
  • Ganeshan Neelakanta Iyer has become the first Indian to be nominated as a member of the ITTF Umpires and Referees Committee (URC).
  • The researchers at IIT Kharagpur has developed a wireless technology ‘AmbuSens‘ for remote monitoring of patients’ condition ferried in ambulances.
  • The Gumti Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Tripura that covers an area of about 389.54 sq km.

June 02

  • India and Russia have signed agreement on setting up two more units of a nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu.
  • India successfully test-fired it’s indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile from a test range in Odisha.
  • Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister of Food Processing Industries inaugurated first Mega Food Park in the state of Odisha.
  • Japan has launched a new satellite to improve the global positioning system’s accuracy and establish an efficient communication system in the event of natural disasters
  • China overtook India as World’s fastest growing economy
  • US president Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
  • Bharti Airtel has received the merger approval between Airtel and Telenor Communications from SEBI, BSE and NSE.

June 01

  • India has recently signed a loan agreement of $36 million with the World Bank (WB) for Himachal Pradesh Public Financial Management Capacity Building Programme
  • Tapan Ray, the 1982 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer and currently the corporate affairs secretary, has taken additional charge as the new Economic Affairs Secretary
  • The 2nd annual meeting of the board of governors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will be held in Jeju, South Korea from June 14-15, 2017
  • Ram Shankar Katheria, a BJP MP from Agra, has been appointed as the new chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) for a period of three years.
  • India’s first ‘freight village’ will be developed by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan on June 8-9, 2017.
  • The World Milk Day (WMD) is observed every year on June 1 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to recognise the importance of milk as a global food.
  • The Sri Venkateshwara National Park is located at Chittoor and Cuddapah districts in Andhra Pradesh