Daily Current Affairs and General Knowledge NEWS 18 June 2019

International Current Affairs 18 June 2019

1. Autistic Pride Day: 18 June

Autistic Pride Day is observed every year on 18 June.

Autistic pride recognises the importance of pride for autistics and understands it not as a disease but as a difference.Autism or Autism Spectrum Disability is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, restrictive and repetitive pattern of behaviour. It is a lifelong condition which usually occurs in the first three years of life.The exact cause of autism is not known but it is known to be associated with genetic and environmental factors.

2. India will overtake China as the world's most populous country in just 8 years

India projected to surpass China as the world's most populous country around 2027, according to a UN report.

India is expected to add nearly 273 million people between now and 2050 and will remain the most populated country through the end of the current century.The report titled 'The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights' estimated that the world's population is expected to increase by two million by 2050, from 7.7 billion today to 9.7 billion.Moreover, Indian along with eight other countries will constitute half of the population.

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3. Amazon India is the country's most attractive employer brand

E-commerce giant Amazon India is the country’s most attractive employer brand, according to the findings of the Randstad Employer Brand Research (REBR) 2019.

The company, which has more than 50,000 direct and indirect employees in India, has been steadily been expanding operations over the past five years.According to the REBR 2019, released Amazon scored high on financial health, utilisation of latest technologies and a strong reputation. Microsoft India emerged as the runner-up, followed by Sony India.

4. Power Minister Shri RK Singh attends G20 Ministerial Summit in Japan

Union Power Minister Shri RK Singh addressed the 'G20 Ministerial Meeting' on Energy & Environment in Japan.

In his address, Shri Singh highlighted the pathbreaking efforts made in the last 5 years in providing energy access to all in India.He said that India is implementing one of the largest Renewable Energy expansion programs and Energy Efficiency programs in the world.Power & Energy ministers of the G20 countries gathered in Japan for the first time in the group's history.

5. ‘World Food India’ to be held in New Delhi from Nov 1

Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said World Food India will be held in New Delhi from 1st of November 2019.

She said, the event which will continue till 4th November, will position India as Food Processing Destination of the World.Indian Food Processing Industry has grown tremendously recording 11 per cent growth rate, which is twice the pace of Global Industry.

6. India accounts for 6.3% of global fish production

India is the second largest fish producing country in the world as it accounts for 6.3 per cent of the global fish production, a release by the Fisheries Department.

The fisheries sector in the country is growing at a rate of 7 per cent, sustaining 14.5 million fishermen.Rajni Sekhri Sibal, Secretary, Department of Fisheries, also said that there is a huge potential in harnessing tuna and tuna-like species in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Important Appointments 18 June 2019

7. BJP MP Dr Virendra Kumar sworn in as Protem Speaker of 17th Lok Sabha

President Ram Nath Kovind swore in the seven-term member of Parliament Virendra Kumar as the Protem Speaker of Lok Sabha.

As soon as a new speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha is elected, his role will cease to exist. As pro-tem speaker, Virendra Kumar will preside over the first sitting of the Lok Sabha and administer the oath to the newly elected MPs.The first session of the newly constituted Lok Sabha will be held from June 17 to July 26.

People Awarded For Their Achievements 18 June 2019

8. 29 journalists conferred with Matri Shree Media Awards

Twenty-nine journalists from print and electronic media were felicitated with Matri Shree Media Awards for their contribution towards journalism.

Apart from media personalities, a social activist has also presented the Bharat Mata shield at the 44th Matri Shree media award ceremonyThe Matri Shree Media Awards was constituted during the Emergency.The first award was presented to journalist Lala Jagat Narayan.

Important Sports Event 18 June 2019

9. Naomi Osaka, Novak Djokovic continue as World No. 1 in latest WTA, ATP rankings

Japan's Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic of Serbia continue as World Number ones in the latest WTA and ATP rankings.

The rankings were announced ahead of Wimbledon which is just two weeks away.Naomi Osaka is just 252 points ahead of world No.2 Ashleigh Barty of Australia.Novak Djokovic leads the men's ATP tennis rankings ahead of French Open champion Rafael Nadal and former world number one Roger Federer.The top of the ATP rankings remains unchanged a week after Nadal claimed the Roland Garros title with victory over Dominic Thiem in the final.

10. Indian men's recurve team bags Silver Medal at Archery World Championships

The Indian men's recurve team bagged a silver medal in the Archery World Championships at Den Bosch in The Netherlands.

Indian trio of Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Pravin lost to a Chinese team of Ding Yiliang, Wei Shaoxuan and Feng Hao 6-2 in the summit clash. India thus ended their campaign with one silver and two bronze medals won in the women's compound team and individual events.The men's recurve team was playing in the final of World Championships after a gap of 14 years.

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11. Egypt′s former President Mohammed Morsi dies in court

Egypt’s former president Mohammed Morsi died after collapsing during a session in court.

Morsi, who was 67, was on trial for espionage and had just addressed the court when he blacked out.He was country's first democratically elected president and a member of Egypt's most powerful Islamist group, Muslim Brotherhood.Morsi had been in custody since his removal by the military after mass protests in 2013.

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Capital: Cairo

Currency: Egyptian pound

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