Exam Power: 10 June 2018 Today Current Affairs :

Exam Power: 10 June 2018 Today Current Affairs :
10 June 2018 Today Current Affairs :

Highway Tunnel Dedicates To Nation In North Sikkim

Minister of State for Defence, Dr, Subhash Bhamre dedicated a highway tunnel at Theng near Chungthang in north Sikkim to the nation.

The tunnel will benefit the tourism and rapidly propel the growth of the state. 

The double-lane tunnel stretching about 600 meters has been constructed by the Border Roads Organisation at cost of over 42 crore rupees.

Indian Coast Guard interceptor ship commissioned

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG)commissioned an interceptor boat- ICGS C-439 at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

The Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) C-439 was commissioned by Additional Director General K Natarajan, Coast Guard Commander of Western Seaboard.

The ceremony was attended by senior dignitaries from central, state government and the armed forces.

The ICGS C-439 is designed by the L&T Marine & Ship Design Division, an in-house facility of Larsen & Toubro Limited.

The vessel is 27.4 m long with a displacement of 136 tonnes. It can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots.

It has full aluminum-alloy hull for reduced weight and is powered by twin water-jet propulsion systems to enable quick response.

Reserve Bank of India Amends Gold Monetisation Scheme To Make It More Attractive

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) made changes in the Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS) to make it more attractive.

The revamping of the scheme is aimed at enabling people to open a hassle-free gold deposit account. 

The short-term deposits should be treated as bank's on-balance sheet liability. These deposits will be made with the designated banks for a short period of 1-3 years (with a facility of rollover). Deposits can also be allowed for broken periods (e.g. 1 year 3 months; 2 years 4 months 5 days; etc.). 

Sports Ministry Approves Upward Revision Of Pension To Meritorious Sportspersons

 Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore approved the upward revision of pension to meritorious sportspersons. Under the revision, the rate of pension has been doubled of the existing rate of pension on winning medals in international sports events.

Following the upward revision of pension, the medallist at the Olympic/Para-Olympic Games will get Rs.20,000 while a gold medallist at World Cup/World Championship in Olympic and Asian Games disciplines will get Rs.16,000.

Air India seeks Rs 1,000 cr bank loan to meet its urgent working capital requirement

National Carrier Air Indiasought proposals for short-term loans worth one thousand crore rupees to meet its urgent working capital requirements. 

According to the bid document, one thousand crore loan will be drawn in June in one or more tranches.

The airline has requested banks to submit their financial bids by 13th of this month. 

The tenure of the loan will be one year (renewable) from the date of availing short-term loans.

Amid fund crunch, during which Air India also had to defer its staff salaries, the airline borrowed 6,250 crore rupees from various banks between September last year and January this year for working capital requirements and other needs.

The debt-ridden Air India is not paid salaries of the staff for the month of May.

The government had attempted to sell 76 percent stake in of national carrier which came to a cropper last month after it did not get even a single bidder.

Mithali Becomes First Indian To Score 2000 T20I Runs

Indian cricketer Mithali Raj become the first batter from the country to score 2000 runs in T20I cricket. She achieved the feat during India's Women's T20 Asia Cup match against Sri Lanka in Kuala Lumpur.

Mithali has now scored 2015 runs in 74 T20Is with the help of 14 half-centuries.

She has a decent average of 38.01 with the highest score of 76 not out.

Mithali is the seventh woman batter to score 2,000 runs in T20Is, a list which is topped by Charlotte Edwards (2,605), followed by Stafanie Taylor (2,582) and Suzie Bates (2,515). When it comes to men's T20I, the list is led by Martin Guptill (2271) followed by Brendon McCullum (2140) and Virat Kohli (1983).

Intercontinental Cup: India lose last group game to New Zealand

India suffered a 1-2 defeat at the hands of New Zealand in their final league match of the Intercontinental Cup tournament in Mumbai.

With six points from two earlier games, the Indian team still hold a chance to enter the final to be played.

The home team had beaten Chinese Taipei and Kenya. If Kenya beat Chinese Taipei , it will be a complicated calculation to decide who plays in the final. 

In that situation, all the three teams -- India, Kenya and Chinese Taipei -- will have six points each and head-to-head results will be considered and then the goal difference.

Since India has a goal difference of plus 7 as against plus 1 of New Zealand, it has a big chance to make it to the final.

French Open 2018 :Simona Halep beats Sloane Stephens to win title
Simona Halep fought back from a set and a break down to finally achieve her “dream” of winning a Grand Slam title, beating Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in a gruelling Roland Garros final on Saturday. 
The World No. 1 had lost all three of her previous major finals, including two at Roland Garros, and said she struggled to contain her emotions after staging a thrilling comeback.

NASAs imaginative mission: To study Venus from a Floating Research Colony

Venus is not a hospitable place for humans.

The planet is covered in thick, billowing sulfuric acid clouds, underneath which temperatures reach nearly a thousand degrees Fahrenheit. 

If you were unfortunate enough to stand on Venus’ volcano-spotted surface, you would feel 100 times more pressure than you would be standing on the surface of our own planet, in large part due to its atmosphere.

Naturally, NASA scientists have a lot of questions. A team of them recently announced Project HAVOC, which stands for “High Altitude Venus Operational Concept.” The project details how a 30-day, manned mission to Venus might go down.

And while the operation is purely speculative much of the necessary technology doesn’t exist yet it marks the first serious plan for how people might explore our nearest planetary neighbor.

Even though this announcement arrived alongside news that NASA’s goals don’t match what the American public wants NASA to be doing (the White House scrapped climate research for more moon missions, the public wants the opposite), no one around here is complaining about this proposal. Because it’s an undeniably-cool sci-fi vision come to (theoretical) life.

Sources : The Hindu, ANI, TOI, Indian Express, NDTV,PIB, Economic Times

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