June Month International News 2018

International News/Events in June 2018:

1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched three Indian digital payment systems: RuPay, BHIM app and UPI by SBI at the ‘Business, Innovation and Community Event’ in Singapore.

2. According to the US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, The United States has renamed its oldest and largest military command, US Pacific Command, or PACOM, to Indo-Pacific Command.

3. WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus joined Prime Minister Antonio Costa of Portugal to launch the new WHO Global action plan on physical activity and health 2018-2030: More active people for a healthier world.

4. Saudi Arabia has issued the first driving licenses to women in decades.

5. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced that the American fighter Ronda Rousey will become the first female MMA fighter to be inducted into the Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Fame.

6. India extended a financial aid of Rs 99 million to Nepal for the construction of 2,700 shallow tube well irrigation systems in 12 districts of the country’s southern Terai region to boost agricultural productivity.

7. USA government has approved a deal to sell the Indian military six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for 930 million dollars.

8. Raksha Mantri, Nirmala Sitharaman has inaugurated the first Representative Office of Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) in Hanoi, Vietnam.

9. A new study by an international team of scientists shown that more than three trillion tonnes of ice have melted in Antarctica since the year 1992. This shows that the ice loss is now triple than the normal amount which is going to lead to a dramatic rise in sea levels. Because of all the melted ice, the global sea level has risen by 7.6 millimeters.

10. McDonald’s plans to ban plastic straws at all of its UK and Ireland restaurants. UK government and the EU are considering restrictions on single-use plastic products.

11. According to the FDI Report 2018, U.S. has surpassed India to become the top destination for greenfield foreign direct investment in 2017.

12. The UAE government has decided that to grant free transit visas for first 48 hours to transit passengers. This visa can be extended for up to 96 hours by paying 50 Dirham (about Rs 930).

13. South Korea and the United States have agreed to suspend all planning activities regarding the “Freedom Guardian” military drill scheduled for August.

14. The US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

15. Algeria shut down all internet connections nationwide for two hours in order to prevent students from cheating during two high school diploma exams.

16. Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) had announced that its subsidiary Nikiret has signed an agreement with Indian engineering services firm Core Energy Systems Pvt Ltd for the promotion of its technical security equipment in India.

17. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) launches the findings of SIPRI Yearbook 2018, which assesses the current state of armaments, disarmament and international security.

18. Microsoft announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Bonsai, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) startup based in San Francisco, to boost its AI and machine learning capabilities.

19. Indian International Film Awards (IIFA) ceremony was held in Bangkok. Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh hosted the show.

20. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) along with several industry members and senior government officials and academia, recently participated in X International IT Forum at Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

21. Seychelles President Danny Faure is on his first bilateral visit to India. He held the talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reviewed the wide-ranging cooperation between the two countries, including in the fields of defense and security.

22. The summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, North Korea has decided to skip one of the most symbolic and politically charged events of its calendar: the annual “Anti-U.S. Imperialism” rally marking the start of the Korean War.

23. According to a survey conducted by the Boston Consulting Group and totaljobs.com., London is the most desirable city in the world for overseas workers.

24. China has launched bird-shaped drones fitted with a camera, GPS antenna, and satellite communication capability, to monitor citizens living in different parts of the country. The program reportedly codenamed “Dove”, is run by Song Bifeng, a professor at Northwestern Polytechnical University.

25. The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley is in India for the 2-day visit. During her two-day visit, Haley will meet with senior Indian government officials, NGO leaders, and the interfaith community to underscore the United States’ shared values and a strong alliance with the people of India.

26. Russian billionaire and scientist Igor Ashurbeyli on Monday officially declared himself as the leader of the world’s first space nation ‘Asgardia’. Ashurbeyli’s brainchild Asgardia aims to be an independent space nation, with its own government, currency, justice system and calendar.

27. The world’s largest multilateral naval exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) begun off Hawaii in the Western Pacific Ocean. The two-month long biennial exercise is likely to be attended by navies of 26 countries including India.

28. UK’s Prince William became the first member of the royal family to visit Israel on an official visit.

29. Ministers from France, Germany, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Estonia, Spain and Portugal signed a letter of intent in Luxembourg, to establish a joint European military intervention force.

30. Pakistan has been placed on the grey list by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for failing to curb anti-terror financing despite its diplomatic efforts to avert the decision.

31. North Korea continues to carry out improvements to its nuclear research facility in spite of declaring its commitment to the denuclearization of the peninsula at the Singapore Summit.

32. According to the annual Trafficking in Persons Report 2018, North Korea as one of the “Worst Human Trafficking Nations”.

33. The Japanese Government has used the famous cartoon character to boost local economy and tourism. This train will begin a three month run between the Osaka and Fukuoka cities. The train’s first carriage named ‘Hello! Plaza’ will not have any seats and will offer passengers.

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