Exam Power: 19 June 2018 Today Current Affairs

Exam Power: 19 June 2018 Today Current Affairs :
India proposes 241 mn dollar retaliatory tariffs on 30 products imported from the US
India has proposed to introduce $240-million retaliatory tariffs on a list of 30 items imported from the US, including motor cycle, certain iron and steel goods, boric acid and lentils.

India had asked the US to exempt it from its tariffs on steel and aluminium, but US rejected the request.

India has notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about the list, including apples, almonds and motorcycles, on which it intends to impose tariffs.

Nepal, China to sign pact on Tibet Kathmandu railway line during the visit of Nepal PM Oli

Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli's will visit China from June 19 to 24.

During this visit, Nepal will sign an MoU on constructing a railway line connecting Kerung of Tibet to Kathmandu.

This will be the first visit to China by the Prime Minister since he assumed power in February.

India And Nepal To Have Four New Air Gateways

18 June 2018 Current Affairs:
India has agreed to open four new air entry points to Nepal in the eastern and western parts of the country.

This aims at facilitating movement of international traffic.

The four routes that India agreed to make two-way are

1) Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Dhaka,

2) Kathmandu-Janakpur-Kolkata

3) Kathmandu-Janakpur-Patna in the eastern part of Nepal and

4) Kathmandu-Mahendranagar-Delhi (L626) in the west.

UAE to grant free 48 hour transit visa at Dubai, Abu Dhabi

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).

Union Cabinet approves proposal for enactment of Dam Safety Bill, 2018
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 13, 2018 approved the proposal for introduction of Dam Safety Bill, 2018 in the Parliament.
The draft bill has been finalised after wide consultation with leading Indian experts and international experts. It will enable all states and union territories of India to adopt uniform dam safety procedures that will not only ensure the safety of the dams but will also safeguard their benefits.
The uniformity will also help in protecting human life, livestock and property.
Tourism Ministry launches new Incredible India website
The Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism KJ Alphons launched the new ‘Incredible India’ website in New Delhi on June 14, 2018.
The interactive website will showcase India as a holistic destination, revolving around major experiences such as spirituality, heritage, adventure, culture, yoga and wellness.
It is designed using trends and technologies of international standards, in order to project India as a ‘must-visit’ destination, especially among its overseas travelers.

Sandeep Bakhshi to run ICICI Bank while CEO Chanda Kochhar goes on leave amid probe

ICICI Bank on Monday appointed Sandeep Bakhshi, who heads the bank’s life insurance arm, as a wholetime director and chief operating officer. Bhakshi will head the operations of the bank while chief executive Chanda Kochhar goes on leave till an enquiry into alleged conflict of interest in sanctioning loans is completed.
Bakhshi, who has been appointed for 5 years, was the managing director and CEO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. All executive directors on the board of ICICI Bank and the executive management will report to him.
Monday’s statement said Kocchar will remain in her role as MD and CEO of ICICI Bank and Bakhshi will report to her.

Tennis Player Roger Federer returns to No.1 ranking after winning his 98th career singles title

Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer clinched his 98th career singles title by defeating Milos Raonic in the Stuttgart Open final and reached the world number one ranking.

Now Rafael Nadal is in World No:2 ranking.

Roger Federer is 36 years old, born at Basel, Switzerland.

UK omits India from relaxed student visa rules

UK announced a relaxation of the Tier 4 visa category for overseas students from 25 nations.

However, India has been left out of this new expanded list, which means Indian students applying for similar courses will continue to face rigorous checks and documentary requirements.

The changes, which come into effect on July 6, aim to make it easier for international students to come to study in the UK.

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

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