Current Affairs | WORLD

Current Affairs | WORLD

Section C: WORLD

June 26 to July 2


• India gets its 37th UNESCO World Heritage Site
• 12 Christian sites in Japan added to UNESCO World Heritage list
• UNESCO lists Korean mountain Buddhist temples as World Heritage sites
• UNESCO adds 8 pre-Islamic Iranian sites to heritage list
• Remains of ancient Arab city in Spain gets UNESCO heritage status
• Italian industrial city of Ivrea gets UNESCO heritage status
• Pakistan placed on grey list by FATF for failing to curb terror financing
• Fourth annual meeting of AIIB to be held in Luxembourg in 2019
• India no longer a nation with world's largest poor population: Brookings
• Mumbai is India's most expensive city for expatriates: Mercer
• Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) gains new powers
• EU leaders reach migration deal
• Brexit Bill becomes law, allowing UK to exit EU
• India most dangerous country for women: Thomson Reuters Foundation survey
• Record tree losses seen in 2017
• Five dead in newsroom shooting in Annapolis (USA)
• OAS approves resolution condemning US family separation policy
• Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2018 in Mongolia
• Guinness World Record for longest hand-woven scarf created in Cambodia
• International Day in Support of Victims of Torture observed on June 26
• International Day against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking observed on June 26
• Day of the Seafarer celebrated on June 25
• International Day of the Tropics celebrated on June 29
• International Asteroid Day observed on June 30
• International Day of Parliamentarism observed on June 30
• Recep Erdogan re-elected President of Turkey
• Antonio Vitorino elected Director General of UN's International Migration Agency (IOM)
• South African photographer David Goldblatt dies at 87
• Nasser Khan Janjua resigns as Pakistan's National Security Adviser

May 1st Week.


• Basque separatists ETA announce dissolution
• Military spending rises to $1.8 trillion in 2017, India among top 5 spenders: SIPRI
• Scotland becomes first to start minimum alcohol pricing
• Dominican Republic severs diplomatic ties with Taiwan, establishes with Beijing
• Pyongyang aligns time zone with Seoul
• S. Korea to remove propaganda loudspeakers at shared border
• USA and Philippines launch “Balikatan” war games
• Nobel literature prize will not be awarded this year
• Singapore-Kuala Lumpur is world‟s busiest international air route
• Cambridge Analytica shuts downs after FB data scandal; files for bankruptcy
• 1,374 dancing drones set Guinness record in China
• World Press Freedom Day observed on May 3
• World Asthma Day observed on May 1
• Pak-origin MP Sajid Javid appointed new UK home secretary
• Shabana Azmi named ambassador for project founded by Hillary Clinton
• Film academy expels Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski
• Sri Lankan filmmaker Lester James Peiris dies at 99
• Imprisoned Bolivian ex-dictator Garcia Meza dies at 88

Section D: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

• First organised census for Indus dolphins to be carried out in India in Punjab
• Govt launches National Water Informatics Centre to maintain data on water resources
• Marine Observation System Along the Indian Coast to be set up
• Earth Sciences Ministry to procure polar research vehicle
• Google, NITI Aayog join hands for expanding India‟s AI ecosystem
• IIT students develop mobile app to monitor health of heart patients
• NASA blasts off Mars-bound spacecraft, InSight
• NASA probe unveils stormy environment of Jupiter‟s moon
• Australia pledges $34 million to help save koala population

Section E: AWARDS

• Chandrapur and Ballarshah most beautiful railway stations
• Four academics receive Visitor‟s Award from President
• Fiji‟s ex-PM Mahendra Chaudhry chosen for Krishna Menon Award
• 43rd Matri Shree Awards announced; Toilet: Ek Prem Katha chosen best film
• ONV Literary Prize for Malayalam writer M.T. Vasudevan Nair
• Patty Jenkins to receive 2018 Women in Motion Award at Cannes Film Festival

Section F: BANKING & FINANCE

• RBI allows FPIs to invest in treasury bills
• Ashok Lahiri appointed full-time member of 15th Finance Commission

April 2018.


– Japanese anime director Isao Takahata, best known for ‘Grave of the Fireflies’, dies at 82
– South Korea’s former President Park Geun-hye jailed for 24 years for corruption

– US President Trump directs deployment of military along the US-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration
– Sushma Swaraj addresses 18 th mid-term ministerial meeting of NAM in Baku, Azerbaijan
– Britain opens its 1 st permanent military base in Middle East in more than 4 decades in Bahrain
– Sierra Leone: Opposition candidate Julius Maada Bio elected new President
– Japan: Volcano Mt. Shinmoe erupts on Kyushu Island

– China to host Boao Forum for Asia on April 8-11 with theme as ‘Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity’
– Sushma Swaraj to represent India at Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) ministerial meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan on April 5-6
– Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad Ajay Bisaria today meets Pakistan’s NSA Naseer Khan Janjua
– US adds Lashkar-e- Taiba political front, Milli Muslim League to its list of terrorist groups
– Donald Trump declares Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program of previous administration as dead
– Indonesia declares state of emergency to stop the spread of deadly oil spill off the coast of the island of Borneo
– NASA’s Hubble telescope captures image of Icarus, farthest star ever seen
– SpaceX launches Dragon spacecraft for resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS)
– Photo-sharing platform Snapchat introduces new “Group Video Chat” feature
– Construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant starts with Russian assistance
– Hong Kong Rare Qing Dynasty bowl made for the Chinese emperor Kangxi fetches US$30.4 million in auction

– Malaysia’s Parliament passes law that makes “fake news” punishable with a maximum six-year jail term
– China slaps trade tariffs on the US amounting to $3 billion in retaliation to the latter’s decision of imposing similar trade tariffs on Chinese goods in March
– China’s space lab Tiangong-1 breaks into pieces upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere, plunges into South Pacific Ocean
– Costa Rica: Ruling party candidate Carlos Alvarado elected next president
– A supersonic parachute that will help NASA missions to land on Mars, successfully test launched
– A new Guinness record has been set in Italy for the most number of robots (1,372) dancing simultaneously
– Winnie Mandela, the ex-wife of South African former president Nelson Mandela, dies at 81
– World Autism Awareness Day observed on April 2 with focus on “Empowering Women and Girls with Autism”
– U.S. television writer and producer Steven Bochco, creator shows such as Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue and LA Law, dies at 74
– April 2 celebrated as International Children’s Book Day