Current Affairs June 2018 - Places in NEWS


1 - Third National Health Editors’ Conference on Yoga held in New Delhi

Third National Health Editors

The Third Edition of Health Editors’ Conference on Yoga was held in New Delhi. The Conference was jointly organized by Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga and Press Information Bureau (PIB), Ministry of Information Broadcasting ahead of International Yoga Day, which is celebrated across the globe on June 21 every year.

The objective of the Conference was to spread awareness about principles and practices of Yoga and to bring out the scientific and technical aspects of Yoga with the help of experts.

2 - 11th Edition of Geo-Intelligence Asia - 2018 held in India

Geo Intelligence Asia

The Eleventh edition of Geo Intelligence Asia 2018 was organized at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi on 04-05 June 2018. It was organised by GeoSpatial Media and Communication with Directorate General of Information System as Knowledge Partners and Military Survey as Co-organisers. The theme of Seminar was ‘GeoSpatial : A Force Multiplier for Defence and Industrial Security’.

Geospatial Intelligence – a critical foundation for many aspects of defense and internal security, offers the capability of monitoring, predicting and countering threats, while helping strategize and support various field operations.

3 - Maneka Gandhi laid the foundation of India's first Advanced DNA Forensic Lab in Chandigarh

Maneka Gandhi

Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi laid the foundation stone of an advanced DNA forensic laboratory in Chandigarh. It is built at a cost of Rs 99.76 crore from the Nirbhaya Fund.

The state-of-the-art 'Sakhi Suraksha' lab will assist in investigation and prosecution of crimes including those committed against women and children. It will contribute in addressing the gap in forensic DNA analysis of pending sexual assault cases in the country.

4 - Thematic conference on "Private Sector Participation and Innovation in Resource Mobilization" held in Mumbai

Thematic Conference

Thematic conference on "Private Sector Participation and Innovation in Resource Mobilization" was organized in Mumbai as a lead-up event to 3rd AIIB, to address the critical dimensions of infrastructure project funding and underline the need for financial support, from private sector players.

The Global Infrastructure Hub Report states that, investment worth $97trillion is needed in the global infrastructure sector of which 50% is required by Asia. India needs around $4.5 Trillion investments in the Infrastructure sector by 2040. Conference highlighted the need for private sector participation and innovation in resource mobilization in Government projects.

5 - EU Film Festival inaugurated in New Delhi

EU Film Festival

Information and Broadcasting Minister Colonel Rajyavardhan Rathore inaugurated the European Union Film Festival at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. Film Little Harbour was the opening movie at the festival. 24 latest European movies from 23 European countries were screened in the festival.

The festival also traversed through eleven cities including, New Delhi, Chennai, Port Blair, Pune, Puducherry, Kolkata, Jaipur, Visakhapatnam, Thrissur, Hyderabad and Goa till 31st of August. The festival aimed at improving cultural ties between India and European countries.

6 - International Conference on ICT organized in Kathmandu

International Conference

An International Conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) was organized in Kathmandu, Nepal by the Federation of Computer Association Nepal (CAN). It was based on theme “Sustainable Development Goals for Smart Society”. Various ICT users, trainers, professionals, experts, and researchers from Japan, China, Korea, India and Nepal attended the conference. The conference highlighted on government and private sector partnership using ICT applications to create SMART Nepal by 2030.

Computer Association of Nepal is an umbrella organization with membership base ranging from ICT Institutions, Associations to Individuals for promotion of Information and Computer Technology within Nepal.

7 - 11th World Hindi Conference will be organized in Mauritius

World Hindi Conference

The 11th World Hindi Conference (WHC) is being organized from 18-20 August 2018 in Mauritius by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in association with the Government of Mauritius. The main theme of the Conference is "Hindi VishwaAurBharatiySanskriti". KaviSammelan and evening cultural programmes will be organized.

A SammelanSmarika and a Conference Report on discussions held during the academic sessions and their recommendations would also be published. The Indian Council of Cultural Relations would bring out a special issue of "Gagananchal” dedicated to the Conference.

8 - Delhi to have India’s first National Police Museum

National Police Museum

In order to establish the unique facility in Lutyens' Delhi, central government will set up India’s first national police museum in Lutyens' Delhi. The police museum will display history, artefacts, uniforms and gear of central and state police forces. It is first of its kind that India will have a national-level permanent exhibition on policing subjects.

The central police organisations and the state police forces have been asked to deposit their historical documents, items, police related gazette notifications and unique weapons and uniforms so that it can be kept at the museum.

9 - Shillong selected as 100th Smart City


Shillong has been selected as 100th Smart City after evaluating the proposal in this regard. Till now, 99 smart cities have been selected in four rounds of competition and with this announcement, selection of 100 cities has been completed under the Smart Cities Mission.

20 cities were selected in January 2016, 13 cities in May 2016, 27 cities in September 2016, 30 cities in June 2017 and 9 cities in January 2018. With the selection of Shillong, the total proposed investment in the finally selected 100 cities under the Smart Cities Mission will be over Rs 2,05,018 crore rupees.

10 - 7th India Minerals and Metals forum inaugurated in New Delhi

Minerals and Metals

7th India Minerals and Metals forum was held in New Delhi. The focus of the summit was "Global Steel Industry Vis-a-Vis Indian Steel Industry".

India is the 3rd largest steel producer with production of 97.38 million tonnes of crude steel in FY17. India is also a large producer of sheet mica and has the 7th largest bauxite reserves worldwide at around 2,908.85 million tonnes in FY17. The Government of India has allowed 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the mining sector and exploration of metal and non-metal ores under the automatic route.

11 - Livestock export from Nagpur airport began from June 2018

Nagpur Airport

On June 30, 2018, livestock of sheep and goat was exported for the first time to Sharjah from Nagpur airport. Around 1 lakh sheep and goat were exported over a period of three months from the Nagpur airport. This project took off due to the joint efforts of Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN), Air India, Agriculture Ministry and Commerce Ministry.

The export of livestock will benefit farmers of the Vidarbha region which is witnessing farmer’s suicides and in order to explore new avenues to improve farmer’s income this project has been undertaken.