Exam Power: 21 June 2018 Today Current Affairs

Exam Power: 21 June 2018 Today Current Affairs :
International Yoda Day Observed on 21th June 
PM Modi led an estimated 50, 000 volunteers to mark the fourth anniversary of International Yoga Day. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu along with several Union Ministers also hosted similar events across the country. PM Modi said that Yoga acted as a force in unifying the world and also performed various asanas as part of the celebrations. The event in Dehradun was held at the Forest Research Institute, which has been spruced up and security across Dehradun tightened. PM Modi was welcomed at the Dehradun airport by Uttarakhand Governor Krishna Kant Paul, Chief Minister TS Rawat and other leaders and officials. 
Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Suresh Prabhu, Uma Bharti, Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad also took part in yoga events in Lucknow, Nagpur, Chennai, Rudraprayag, Hajipur and Patna respectively. Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu was present in Mumbai at a yoga event organized by a non-profit run by BJP's Mumbai unit chief Ashish Shelar. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was also present on the occasion.

Haryana government introduced a scheme to give school kids 50 rupees for planting trees

The Haryana government has decided to introduce a scheme under which school children will be given ₹50 for planting trees every six months for a period of three years.

The scheme will cover students from Classes 6 to 12 of both government and private schools.

It will be launched on July 10.

Punjab govt launched a mobile app named iHariyali to offer free saplings

Punjab govt launched a mobile app named "i-Hariyali" under 'Mission Tandarust' to offer free saplings for users.

The users can book a sapling of their choice, a maximum of 25 per person, from a nearby government nursery.

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launches National Digital Library of India

The Union Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar has launched the new digital initiative of HRD Ministry ‘National Digital Library of India’ (NDL) on the occasion of National Reading Day in New Delhi.

The digital library at present hosts 17 million-plus items (books, audiobooks, images etc) in 200-plus languages from more than 170 institutions.

President Ram Nath Kovind approves Governor rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect

President Ram Nath Kovindapproved the imposition of Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect.

The move comes within 24 hours of the breakdown of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - People's Democratic Party (PDP) alliance in the state.

J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and her team of ministers submitted their resignation to Governor NN Vohra.

Following this, Governor Vohra forwarded his report to President Kovind for the imposition of Governor's rule under Section 92 of the Constitution of J&K.

Uber appoints Pradeep Parameswaran as new President of India and South Asia

U.S. based ride hailing firm Uber has appointed Pradeep Parameswaran as new President of India and South Asia.

This comes after Amit Jain was elevated to head the Asia Pacific region for Uber in May this year.

Parameswaran joined Uber in January 2017 and was CEO of Den Networks, a Cable TV company in his last stint.

Three Day National Yoga Olympiad 2018 began in New Delhi

For the third consecutive year, National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) organised three-day National Yoga Olympiad-2018 in New Delhi.

In this, 500 students from 26 states and four regional educational institutions are taking part.

Two books named "Joy of Theater" and "Music" were also released on this occasion.

Restaurant Osteria Francescana in Italy Crowned Worlds Best Restaurant for the 2nd time

Italy's Osteria Francescanawas crowned the world's best restaurant for the second time.

El Celler de Can Roca in Spain and Mirazur in France were ranked second and third respectively.

US withdraws from United Nations Human Rights Council

The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council, accusing it of a "chronic bias against Israel," a move that activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult.

The United Nations Human Rights Council consists of 47 member states, with a specific number of seats given to each region of the world.

Members are elected by the U.N. General Assembly for three-year terms and cannot serve more than two terms in a row.

England registered new ODI record score of 481 against Australia

England registered the highest-ever ODI total (481/6) in men's cricket history and defeated Australia by 242 runs to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

The 242-run defeat was Australia's heaviest-ever in ODIs.

With this, England beated their own previous best of 444 runs which they registered against Pakistan in 2016 at the same venue. 

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

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