Exam Power: 17 June 2018 Today Current Affairs :

Exam Power: 17 June 2018 Today Current Affairs :
India To Host European Union Film Festival from 18th June
The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) 2018 will premiere in New Delhi on 18th June, 2018 at the Siri Fort Auditorium.

The festival will be organised in 11 Indian cities: New Delhi, Chennai, Port Blair, Pune, Puducherry, Kolkata, Jaipur, Visakhapatnam, Thrissur, Hyderabad and Goa from 18th June till 31st August.

The Festival will be inaugurated by the Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Mr Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

Indias exports hit 6 month high of 28.86 billion dollar in May

Indias exports hit 6 month high of 28.86 billion dollar in May. Costlier crude also caused imports to grow 15% in the month, leaving a four month high trade deficit of $14.62 billion, or about Rs 99,975 crore.

Major commodity groups of export showing positive growth over the corresponding month of last year included petroleum products (104.47%), organic and inorganic chemicals (34.21%), drugs and pharmaceuticals (25.67%), cotton yarn (24.7%), and engineering goods (14.77%).

Veteran journalist Adiraju Venkateswara Rao passes away

80 year Old Veteran journalist and author Adiraju Venkateswara Rao passed away in Hyderabad, Telangana. His native is Khammam district.

In a career spanning over five-and-a-half decades, he worked for several Telugu and English dailies and news agencies including Andhra Jyothi, Udayam, Deccan Chronicle, Indian Express, Himachal Times and Hindustan Samachar at Hyderabad and Delhi.

Peggy Whitson most experienced space woman in the world retires as astronaut

NASA's record-breaking astronaut, Peggy Whitson, retired on June 15 after a 22-year-long career.

She has spent totally 665 days over three International Space Station missions.

The 58-year-old is the oldest woman to go into space and also the most experienced female spacewalker, with 10 missions.

McDonalds to ban plastic straws in all of its restaurants in UK and Ireland

As both the UK government and the EU are considering restrictions on single-use plastic products, McDonald's plans to ban plastic straws at all of its UK and Ireland restaurants by next year.

The company had found two suppliers to meet its needs for paper straws, the start-up Transcend Packaging based in Wales, and Huhtamaki, a global company which will produce the straws at its plant in Belfast. They will use paper coming from certified sustainable sources.

Other companies making the move away from plastic versions include Burger King, JD Wetherspoon, Costa Coffee, Pizza Express and Wagamama.

SBI to stop handling Iran oil payments after US President Donald Trump pulled out of Iran nuclear deal

SBI (State Bank of India) has informed refiners it will not handle payments for crude from Iran from November 2018.

Such a move from the SBI would come after US President Donald Trump pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran on May 8 and said he would reimpose sanctions within 180 days.

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), owner of the world's biggest refining complex, plans to halt oil imports from Iran while Rosneft-promoted Nayara Energy has started cutting purchases from this month.

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

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