16th June 2018 Current Affairs


Smriti Mandhana set to become the first Indian to play in England’s Kia Super League

  • India’s Women Cricket Team Opener, Smriti Mandhana will become the first player from India to appear in the England’s Kia Super T20 League.

  • Smriti was signed by Western Storm ahead of upcoming edition of the league that features six teams.

  • Smriti is 21 years old and has scored over 826 runs in the 40 T20 Internationals she had played so far.

  • Her Highest Score was 76 runs in T20 Match.

  • She has also played for Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia.

NICIL inaugurates three 100- MW Solar Power Projects

  • The Union Minister for Finance, Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal inaugurated NICIL’s three 100- MW Solar Power Projects at Virudhnagar and Tirunelveli Districts.

  • The Union Minister dedicated these Solar Power Projects to this Nation.

  • The Solar Power Project comprises of an Installed Capacity of 100 MW each at a cost of Rs 1300 Crores which includes Operation and Maintenance costs for 15 years.

  • The Power generated from these units will be given to the Tamil Nadu Power Generation and Distribution Company (TANGEDCO) at a cost of Rs 4.41 per unit.

DRDO converts indigenous Pinaka Rocket System into guided missile

  • The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has converted indigenous Pinaka Rocket System into a precision guided missile.

  • The new upgraded system will be able to hit the targets with enhanced range and accuracy.

  • The DRDO has completed the initial trials on the upgraded missile and is now conducting development trials.

  • The Pinaka Rocket is known for its Quick-Fire capabilities which means that 12 Rockets in 44 seconds.

  • The First version of Pinaka was a Mark-I Rocket with a range of 40 Km. The Pinaka Mark-II has an expanded range of about 80 Km.

US to Slap 25% Tariff on $50 Billion worth of Chinese Goods.

  • US will impose 25% Tariff on upto $50 Billion on Chinese Goods.

  • This decision is due to the China’s alleged infringements of intellectual property (IP) and other unfair trade practices.

  • The move could apply on about 1100 exports and will target the Chinese aerospace, robotics, manufacturing, and auto industries.

  • In retaliatory move, China therefore announced tariffs on $34 Billion worth of US Goods, including agriculture products.

Indian Government launches Swajal Scheme in 115 Aspirational Districts

  • The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation launched Swajal Scheme in 115 Aspirational Districts across the country to provide clean drinking water in rural areas.

  • The Project involves Rs 700 Crores pumped in through Flexi- Funds.

  • The Swajal Scheme along with the Government’s National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), will aim to provide villages with piped water supply powered by solar energy.

  • Under the schemes, hundreds of rural technicians will be trained for operation and maintenance of Swajal’s Units.

  • The Government is trying to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of “Safe drinking Water for all” in India by 2030.

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