Current Affairs Daily Digest – June 30′ 2017


  1. Adi Godrej, Andrew Liveris bag USIBC Global Leadership Awards

Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveries have been awarded the Global Leadership Awards of the US-India Business Council for their role in integrating India in the global supply chain.  Liveris and Godrej were presented with the prestigious annual award at the USIBC’s annual gala.

Both were honoredfor creating inclusive business environments, integrating India in the global supply chain and advancing core values such as manufacturing, innovation and scale in tough market conditions.

  1. KK Venugopal appointed as new Attorney General

Senior lawyer and constitutional expert KK Venugopal has been appointed as the next Attorney General of India.  President Pranab Mukherjee has approved his appointment. The 86-year-old succeeds Mukul Rohatgi, who stepped down after the first term.

  1. Vijay Keshav Gokhale appointed economic relations secretary in MEA

Senior diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale was tonight appointed as the economic relations secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).  The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment. Gokhale, a 1981-batch officer of Indian Foreign Service (IFS), is at present India’s envoy to China.  He was the High Commissioner of India to Malaysia from January 2010 to October 2013.

  1. Rajiv Kumar appointed as Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh

The Uttar Pradesh government has  named Rajiv Kumar as the new Chief Secretary of the state. He replaces Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar, who was appointed by the previous Samajwadi Party (SP) government and continued in that post for the three months in the Yogi Adityanath government.

  1. Narendra Kumar Sinha assumes charge as Secretary I&B

Narendra Kumar Sinha, IAS has assumed charge as Secretary in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting on transfer of Shri Ajay Mittal, IAS. Prior to his appointment, Shri Sinha was Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Sinha has held various field postings and has worked from grassroots to the higher levels of governance in both State and Central Governments.  Prior to being Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Shri Sinha served as Principal Secretary, Information Technology Department, Government of Bihar.

  1. Prime Minister inaugurates Textiles India 2017

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi  has inaugurated Textiles India 2017, India’s first ever mega textiles trade fair, being held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Addressing the gathering at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, the PM said that based on Make in India, the textile industry is being infused with the mantras of ‘skill,scale,speed’ & ‘zero-defect, zero-effect’.

The PM said that the textile sector offers significant employment opportunities, it being the second largest employer after agriculture. The Prime Minister expressed the hope that Textiles India 2017 helps familiarize global & Indian leaders with India’s enabling policy environment, strengths & vast opportunities.

  1. Jitendra Singh launches new training programme ‘COMMIT’ for State Government officials

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 launched a new training programme Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training (COMMIT) for State Government officials.

The objective of this training programme is to improve the public service delivery mechanism and provide citizen centric administration through capacity building of officials who interact with the citizens on day-to-day basis.

  1. Uttarakhand gets award of excellence at international meet

Uttarakhand was conferred with the award of excellence at the 2nd Global Skill Development Summit held in Paris recently for innovations and extensive use of IT for skilling the state’s youth.  Project Director of Uttarakhand Skill Development Committee Pankaj Kumar Pandey received the honour on behalf of the state on the concluding day of the event on June 23.

  1. Launch of National Biopharma Mission

The first ever Industry-Academia mission to accelerate biopharmaceutical development in India will be formally launched by the Cabinet Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi on 30th June 2017. The program named Innovate in India (i3) will witness an investment of USD 250 million with USD 125 million as a loan from world Bank and is anticipated to be a game changer for the Indian Bio-pharmaceutical industry. It aspires to create an enabling ecosystem to promote entrepreneurship and indigenous manufacturing in the sector.

  1. June 29, 2017: National Statistics Day

In recognition of the notable contributions made by Late Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in the fields of statistics, statistical system and economic planning, Government of India in 2007, designated 29th June the birth anniversary of Prof. Mahalanobis as the “Statistics Day” in the category of Special Days to be celebrated every year at the National level.

The objective of celebration of this Day is to create public awareness about the importance of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation, to acknowledge the contribution of Prof. Mahalanobis and to pay homage to him.

  1. July 1 to be observed as GST Day: CBEC

As India transits to a new era with the rollout of GST, the government is leaving no stone unturned for a smooth switchover and has asked tax offices to convert into GST Seva Kendras to provide all assistance to tax payers. While the rollout day of July 1 will be known as ‘GST Day’, all the offices of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) have been instructed to be open as a trade facilitation measure.

  1. UNSC approves resolution reducing joint UN-AU peacekeeping force in Sudan’s Darfur

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution sharply reducing the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region, a move pressed by the United States that will save hundreds of millions of dollars.

The British-drafted resolution will reduce the number of peacekeepers by 44 percent and the number of international police by about 27 percent in the Darfur mission, whose current budget is over $1 billion annually.

  1. PV Sindhu to be appointed Andhra Pradesh government officer

The Andhra Pradesh State Public Service Commission has given the green signal for the appointment of Rio 2016 Olympic badminton silver medallist P.V. Sindhu as a Group-I officer. The state legislature had passed a Bill amending the State Public Services Act to appoint Sindhu as a Group-1 officer in the government.

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