Hello and welcome to exampundit . Here are the important Current Affairs of 18th June, 2016. These are important for the upcoming SBI PO Mains 2016.
India, South Korea launch Korea Plus to promote investments
- India and South Korea have launched Korea Plus, a special platform to promote and facilitate Korean Investments in India.
- Korea Plus will act as a mediator in arranging meetings, assisting in public relations and research/evaluation and provide information and counselling to Korean companies investing in India.
- An MOU for establishing Korea Plus was signed in January 2016 following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to South Korea in May 2015.
Boeing, Tata to set up joint aerospace facility in Hyderabad
- Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) have joined hands to set up a facility here to co-produce Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter fuselages and other aerostructures.
- Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday laid the foundation stone of Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) at the aerospace Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Adibatla on the city outskirts.
- The facility will also deal in integrated systems in aerospace.
- The Hyderabad production facility will eventually be the sole producer of AH-64 fuselage globally.
- The AH-64 Apache is the world's most advanced multi-role combat helicopter and used by the US forces as well as many other countries, including India.
Indian Air Force commissions first batch of women fighter pilots
- Creating history, Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh today became the first women fighter pilots to be formally commissioned by the Indian Air Force.
- Batting for gender parity in the armed forces, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was chief guest at the combined graduation ceremony at Air Force Academy, Dundigal on the city outskirts, termed the event as a "milestone" as it also the first time that women have been given a combat role.
- Expressing happiness, the three women pilots, who successfully completed pre-commissioning training by the Flight Cadets of various branches of IAF, said they consider themselves "fortunate" and were excited to take on their duties.
- The trio will go to Bidar in Karnataka for their stage-III training for a year on Hawk advanced jet trainers, before they get to fly supersonic warplanes.
- Six female cadets were competing to become fighter pilots after the government, in a landmark move, approved an IAF plan in October to induct them as fighter pilots.
- However, only three female trainees were selected for the fighter stream.
- Parrikar, who reviewed the passing out parade, conferred 'President's Commission' on behalf the President to 130 Flight Cadets, including 22 women trainees, who were commissioned as Flying Officers.
India signs two MoUs with Namibia on capacity building for civil servants, centre of excellence in ICT
- India and Namibia on 16 June 2016 signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on capacity building for civil servants of Namibia and to set up of centre of excellence in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
- The agreements were signed after a dialogue between President Pranab Mukherjee and his Namibian counterpart Hage Geingob.
- Namibia is committed to honour the deal signed with India in 2009 to supply Uranium for civil use.
- Namibia is the fourth largest producer of uranium and assured India that it study the framework New Delhi has signed with 12 other countries including UK, US, Australia, Sri Lanka, France and South Korea besides others.
Microsoft & AICTE signed agreement to build app for HRD ministry's SWAYAM platform
- Microsoft was on 17 June 2016 selected as the technical partner to build a mobile Application (app) for Union Human Resources Ministry's SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) platform.
- The platform will launch 2000 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) for over three crore students in 2016.
- Microsoft signed a deal of 38 crore rupees with All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to build and run the app for three years. Later, it will be taken over by AICTE.
- Microsoft will deploy a team of dedicated people to set up the state-of-the-art application.
India settle for silver in Champions Trophy
- The Indian hockey team settled for a silver medal in its best ever Champions Trophy performance after the spirited side went down 1-3 to world champions Australia in a controversy-marred summit clash penalty shootout here.
- Only Harmanpreet Singh was able to score in the shootout, while SK Uthappa, SV Sunil and Surender Kumar all hit wide off the target. Just four attempts were required from the two teams as Australia had gained a winning 3-1 lead.
- Aran Zalewski, Daniel Beale and Simon Orchard scored for Australia, while Trent Mitton’s try was blocked by goalkeeper PR Sreejesh.
- India thus improved on its bronze medal show in the 1982 edition.