Current Affairs

 At the Indian International Film Awards (IIFA), late star Sridevi won Best Actress (posthumously) for MOM while Irrfan Khan was given the Best Actor Award for Hindi Medium. The award ceremony was held in Bangkok. Vidya Balan's Tumhari Sulu was awarded the Best Film trophy. Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh hosted the show.
Here's the complete list of winners:
S. No.   Category Winners
1. Best Film Tumhari Sulu
2. Best Actor in a leading role (Female) Sridevi (MOM)
3. Best Actor in a leading role (Male) Irrfan Khan (Hindi Medium)
4. Best Actor In Supporting Role (Female) Meher Vij (Secret Superstar)
5. Best Actor In Supporting Role (Male) Nawazzuddin Siddiqui (MOM)
6. Best Director Saket Chaudhary (Hindi Medium)
7. Best Debut Director Konkona Sensharma (A Death in the Gunj)
8. Outstanding Achievement by an Actor in Indian Cinema Anupam Kher
9. Best Story Amit V Masurkar (Newton)
`10. Best Music Direction Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi, Akhil Sachdeva (Badrinath Ki Dulhania)
11. Best Background Score Pritam (Jagga Jasoos)
12. Best Screenplay Nitesh Tiwari, Shreyas Jain (Bareilly Ki Barfi)
13. Best Playback Singer Female Meghna Mishra (Main Kaun Hoon - Secret Superstar)
14. Best Playback Singer Male Arijit Singh (Hawayein - Jab Harry Met Sejal)
15. Best Lyrics Nusrat Fateh Ali, A1 Melody Fana & Manoj Muntashir (Mere Rashke Qamar - Baadshaho)
16. Best Choreography Vijay Ganguly and Ruel Dausan Varindani (Galti Se Mistake - Jagga Jasoos)
17. Best Style Icon of the Year Kriti Sanon
    Source- NDTV News 

 Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was conferred the ‘Chief Minister of the Year’ award for her remarkable work in e-governance. The award was given at the 52nd Skoch Summit held in New Delhi. Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh was the chief guest at the function. The award was received by Raje’s OSD in advisory council Dr Anuj Saxena and joint director of IT department R L Solanki on her behalf from Skoch Group chairman Sameer Kochhar.
Source- The Indian Express

 The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) along with several industry members and senior government officials and academia, recently participated in X International IT Forum at Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. FICCI received an award during the event, for its support and active participation at the forum, consecutively for two years. Organised by the Government of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug-Ugra region, the forum brought together industry leaders from BRICS and SCO nations as well as other countries to a single platform to interact and discuss collaboration in the fields of information technology and digital transformation.
Source- The Hindu Business Line

 Indian swimmer Sandeep Sejwal put up an impressive performance to clinch the gold medal in men's 50m breaststroke event at the Singapore National Swimming Championships in Singapore. Besides, Virdhawal Khade grabbed a creditable silver medal in the 50m freestyle event with a timing of 22.68 seconds. Competing against a host of international swimmers, Sandeep broke the Singapore meet record with a timing of 27:59 seconds to win the gold.
Source- The Firstpost

 Archer Deepika Kumari won her first individual gold medal in six years at the Salt Lake World Cup, in the USA. She defeated Germany’s Michelle Kroppen in the recurve final. The win ensured Deepika will represent the country at the season-ending Archery World Cup Final in Samsun, Turkey in October 2018. In six appearances at the Archery World Cup, Deepika had come back with silver medals in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 but this time she finally got the Gold. 
Source- The Times of India

 The three-day annual Sindhu Darshan Festival celebrations on the bank of Indus River started in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. The Festival was organised by Sindhu Darshan Yatra Samiti and Ladakh Phandey Tsogspa, Leh. It will be marked by the holy dip in the Indus River, hosting of the national flag and cultural programme of different areas of the country. This year marked the 22nd Sindhu Darshan festival and it was started by the former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani in 1997.
Source- AIR World Service

 Award-winning American poet and writer Donald Hall passed away at the age of 89. He was the United States Poet Laureate for 2007-’08 and received the Robert Frost Medal in 1991 and the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honour for artists, in 2010.  Hall began writing when he was just 12 years old. Over the course of a career that spanned more than seven decades, he wrote more than 40 books, half of which were works of poetry.
Source- The Quint

 The Day of the Seafarer is being observed every year on 25 June across the globe as an expression of thanks to the seafarers for their contribution to the economy and civil society of the world. It also acknowledges the risks and personal costs endured by seafarers while being in their jobs. The theme for year 2018 is ‘Seafarers wellbeing’. It highlights issues of seafarers wellbeing, particularly mental health. It deals with specific strategies to tackle stress and other issues affecting seafarers mental conditions and make tools available more widely known.
  • Background
The Day of the Seafarer was designated by International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in 2010. It was established in resolution adopted by 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila to adopt revised Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW)Convention,  1978. For the first time it was observed in 2011 and since then it is observed annually. It has also been included in the list of observances by United Nations. The day acknowledges that almost everything that we use in our daily lives has been directly or indirectly linked with sea transport. A per IMO, around 90% of the world’s goods trade is carried out through ships.

 India’s R Praggnanandhaa has become the country’s youngest and the world’s second youngest Grand Master at the age of 12 years, 10 months and 13 days after reaching the final round of the ongoing Grendine Open in Italy.  The Chennai-based player was paired with Grand Master Prujjsers Roland in the final round, which ensured that he would achieve the feat. Ukraine’s Sergey Karjakin remains the youngest ever GM, having achieved the feat at the age of 12 years and seven months in 2002.
Source- The Hindustan Times

 Nepali Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli is on his first visit to China after assuming the charge as Prime Minister. China will build a railway connecting the western region of Tibet with Nepal, one of several bilateral deals signed during Oli’s visit to Beijing. The link will connect the Tibetan city of Xigaze with Nepal’s capital Kathmandu. The two sides signed more than 10 agreements involving technology, transportation, infrastructure and political cooperation. Nepal has already scrapped a $2.5 billion deal with China's state-owned Gezhouba Group to build a hydropower facility in the west of the country.
Source- The Hindu


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