14th June 2018 Current Affairs

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India Ranks 177 on Global Environment Performance Index 2018

  • India came in second last on the Global Environment Performance Index (EPI Rankings), getting 177th Rank spot out of 180 countries with an EPI Score of just 30.57

  • Burundi is last with an EPI Score of 27.43

  • Switzerland is the Top Ranking Nation on the EPI, with a score of 87.42. This is followed by France and Denmark, registering scores of 83.95 and 81.60 respectively.

  • India has an Air Quality Score of 5.75 which is lower than China (14.39) and Pakistan (15.69).

Maharashtra Govt, Quebec sign pact for greater economic corporation

  • The Maharashtra Government and Canada’s Quebec province have signed the pact to increase the economic co-operation.

  • Key areas to focus are Information Technology, Biotechnology, Artificial Intelligence, and Welfare of the Tribal Community.

  • CM Devendra Fadnavis signed the MoU with the Canadian PM Phillippe Couillard.

United States, Canada and Mexico win bid to host World Cup 2026

  • The United States, Mexico and Canada won the right to host the 2026 FIFA Football World Cup.

  • The three nations beat Morocco in a vote by FIFA Member nations in Moscow.

  • The North – American bid received 134 of the 203 Votes, Morocco won 65 Votes.

  • The FIFA World Cup will return to North America for the first time since 1994 when the United States hosted the tournament.

  • The FIFA World Cup 2018 is being held at Russia; the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be held in Qatar.

Indian- American Dhivya Suryadevara to become CEO of General Motors

  • Indian- American Dhivya Suryadevara has been named the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) of the USA’s largest automaker, General Motors (GM).

  • Suryadevara is currently the vice-president of corporate finance at GM.

  • She will take over Chuck Stevens, the General Motors present CFO on 1st September this year.

  • GM’s CEO is also a woman – Mary Barra. Marry and Dhivya are the first women in their respective positions in the auto-industry.

Sulabh Founder Bindeshwar Pathak honoured with Japan’s Nikkei Asia Prize

  • Social Reformer and Founder of Sulabh International Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak (PhD) was honoured with Japan’s prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture and Community.

  • Dr. Pathak received the award for his significant work in tackling poor hygiene and discrimination.

  • Launched in the year 1996, the award honors people in Asia whoever have made significant contributions in one of the three areas- Regional Growth, Science, Technology and Innovation and Culture and Community.

  • Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Infosys Chairman Narayan Murthy are among the few Indians who have won the prize in the past.


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