Daily Current Affairs – 27/06/2017

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National News:-

1) Survey for world’s highest rail track to commence in Leh:-

  • The Railways will kick off the final location survey of the 498 km long Bilaspur-Manali-Leh line at Leh in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Coming up at a high of 3,300 metres, the strategically important rail project is touted to become the highest rail track in the world, overtaking China’s Qinghai-Tibet Railway.
  • The all-weather Leh rail network is one of the four important railway connectivities identified by the defence ministry along the China border.

2) Govt to observe anti-Emergency day on Jun 25-26:-

  • The government has observed anti-Emergency day on June 25-26 and asked all its ministers to hold programmes across the country to remind people how Emergency was clamped by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1975.
  • Terming the Emergency as a “black day” in the constitutional democracy of independent India, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had written to all ministers, asking them to make themselves available.

3) Aadhaar not valid for travel to Nepal, Bhutan, says Home Ministry:-

  • Aadhaar is not a valid identification document for Indians travelling to Nepal and Bhutan, the Union Home Ministry has said.
  • Indians can travel to Nepal and Bhutan–countries for which they don’t need visas–if they possess a valid national passport or election ID card issued by the Election Commission.
  • Moreover, to ease travel, persons over 65 and below 15 years of age can show documents with photographs to confirm their age and identity. These include PAN card, driving license, Central Government Health Service (CGHS) card and ration card but not Aadhaar.

International News:-

1) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: 26 June:-

  • By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the UN General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
  • It aims to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.
  • The theme for 2017 is: “Listen First – Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe.”

2) Day of the Seafarer: 25 June:-

  • Annual Day of the Seafarer (DotS) is observed on 25 June.
  • DotS was established in a resolution adopted by the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila to adopt the revised STCW Convention.
  • Its stated purpose is to recognize the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole.
  • This year’s theme is “Seafarers Matter”.

Economic News:-

1) World Bank clears $250-mn loan to train India’s job seekers:-

  • The World Bank has cleared a USD 250-million loan for making Indian youth more employable through reskilling, in a move that is seen to aid the Skill India mission.
  • The multi-lateral lender is keen to support the Indian government in its efforts to better equip the young workforce with employable skills.
  • The support will help the youth contribute to India’s economic growth and prosperity.

Appointments:-

1) IDFC Bank elevates Sunil Kakar as MD and CEO for 3 years:-

  • Private sector lender IDFC Bank announced the elevation of its CFO Sunil Kakar as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company with effect from July 17 for three years.
  • Besides, the bank announced that the Board has approved the resignation of veteran banker Vikram Limaye from the post of MD and CEO who is set to join leading stock exchange NSE as its new Managing Director and CEO.

2) K Kasturirangan heads panel on National Education Policy:-

  • The committee for preparation of final draft of National Education Policy has been constituted under the Chairmanship of eminent Scientist Padma Vibhushan Dr K. Kasturirangan.
  • The council will start its work from immediate effect.
  • In an exhaustive democratic exercise carried for last 30 months the HRD ministry has received thousands of suggestions from, educationists, teachers, experts, students and other stakeholders from across the country.

Books:-

1) Lone Fox Dancing: Ruskin Bond’s autobiography:-

  • The prolific writer Ruskin Bond recently launched his autobiography ‘Lone Fox Dancing’, a book that revolves around the writer’s life in India.
  • Bond was born to Edith Clarke and Aubrey Bond during the Colonial rule and spent most of his childhood in Jamnagar and Shimla.
  • He wrote his first short story at the age of 16 and wrote his very first book, Room on the Roof, at the age of 17.

2) Naidu launches book ‘The Emergency-Indian Democracy’s Darkest Hour’:-

  • Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu launched a book titled ‘The Emergency-Indian Democracy’s Darkest Hour’ written by A. Surya Prakash, chairman Prasar Bharati Board.
  • The book launch was organised as part of the day-long convention organized to mark the anniversary of the Emergency by Megh Nirghosh Media today in Ahmedabad.
  • Mr.Naidu further that freedom of speech and expression ensured in our Constitution comes with responsibility. The real essence of democracy lies in people’s participation.