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General Studies has now become the core area for testing the abilities of the Civil Services aspirants. There are two parts of General Studies, one is the topics related to the different subjects, and the other is Current Affairs. While subject related topics are static, the Current Affairs is the dynamic aspect of the General Studies.

So the study and analysis of current affairs has to be given more emphasis because significant portion of it is dedicated to it both in the civil services mains and the prelims exam.

Even at the interview stage awareness about current affairs is very important as it decides the rank of the candidates.

In such a scenario the preparation of current affairs topics related to India and the world is an important part of your preparations. The students have to be aware of the happening in India and around the world as this portion is an integral part of the general studies paper.

In order to make you ready for the challenges of the Current Affairs preparation, we are covering the current affairs topics on a regular basis.

Our current topics are categorised in such a way that it includes; political affairs, current news, science news, general knowledge, government's scheme and policies and international affairs.

We provide you comprehensive topics of preparation that covers not only India's current scenario but also international events. We also cover Indian news headlines and other important international events under the current affairs segment.

For the very purpose of getting you ready for the challenge that is current news and views in India, we are covering the current affairs 2015 on a regular basis. Our hot topics are categorised such that they include political affairs, current news, science news, general knowledge, current government affairs and international affairs. Only studying India's current scenario or political affairs is not sufficient as you have to cover international events and affairs along with the Indian newsspace, as well as important and current events in the field of science and sports.

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Current Affairs June 05th to June 11th 2017

International Current News

  • European Union Commission-the group whose President Jean-Claude Juncker recently urged its member nations to boost their defence spending. EU members are spending an average of 1.3% of GDP on defence much less than the United States, Russia and China. The EU unveiled a new defence fund recently to provide a total of Euro 500million in EU money in 2019 and 2020 to help buy and develop military equipment.
  • 8th June 2017–this day was recently celebrated as World Ocean Day.World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This site serves as the central coordinating platform for World Oceans Day, with free resources and ideas for everyone – no matter where you live – to help expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day on June 8 and year-round. Overall theme for World Oceans Day 2017 is: Our Oceans, Our Futurewhile thefocus ofConservation action is Encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future

National Current News

  • NPCI–it stands for National Payment Corporation of India which is planning to ask banks not to charge for transactions made through the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) to promote digital payments and prevent consumers from going back to cash payments. The value of UPI transactions has gone up from value of Rs.90 cr (Volume-0.3m) in November 2016to Rs.2, 200crore (Volume-6.9m) in April 2017. As per banking estimates the cost for digital payment through UPI comes to Rs.2.5 per transaction.
  • Major three benefits of Atal Pension Yojana- Minimum guaranteed pension between Rs.1000-Rs.5000 from age of 60, Same pension to spouse after death of subscriber after 60 years, Return of pension corpus between Rs.1.70 lakh to Rs.8.50 lakh to nominee after death of subscriber & the spouse are the major three benefits of Atal Pension Yojana. More than 54lakh people have already subscribed to Atal Pension Yojana (APY).
  • 2 percent– the percentage higher than the previous forecast is the latest forecast for monsoons in India by India Meteorological Department (IMD) which will boost farm incomes and economic growth. India's crucial monsoon rains are expected to reach 98 percent of the long-term average this year. The monsoon delivers about 70 percent of India's annual rainfall, critical for crops such as rice, cane, corn, cotton and soybeans because nearly half of the country's farmland lacks irrigation. Monthly rainfall across the country is likely to be 96 percent of its long-term average during July, and 99 percent of the average during August, both with a model error of 9 percent, the IMD said in a statement. India is likely to receive higher monsoon rainfall than previously forecast as concern over the El Nino weather pattern eased.
  • SahithiPingali- the student from Bangalore who will be sharing the space with other luminaries in the Milky Way by having a minor planet named after her. This milestone is part of her winning streak at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Los Angeles. Earlier this month at ISWEEEP (The International Sustainable World Engineering Energy Environment Project) Olympiad held in Houston, Texas, Sahithi won the Gold Medal for her research on 'An Innovative Crowdsourcing Approach to Monitoring Freshwater Bodies' which was based on city lakes. She has also researched on Varthur Lake with her school team especially. The Lincoln Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which has the right to name minor planets, decided to name a planet after her.
  • Main features of GSLV MkIII-D1-It is a three-stage vehicle with indigenous cryogenic upper stage engine , It is the heaviest rocket to be launched from our own soil, It has two solid strap-on motors (S200) and a core liquid booster (L110) are the main features of GSLV MkIII-D1 which was successfully launched from the spaceport in Sriharikota. Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III (MkIII D-1) injected the 3,136-kg GSAT-19, the heaviest satellite to be launched from the country yet, into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit about 16 minutes later. GSLV MkIII can orbit payloads or satellites weighing upto 4,000 kgs into the GTO and 10,000 kgs into Low Earth Orbit.
  • Major highlights of the second bi-monthly monetary policy for 2017-18- Repo rate unchanged at 6.25%, Reverse repo unchanged at 6%, Statutory Liquidity Ratio cut by 0.5% to 20% were the major highlights of the second bi-monthly monetary policyfor 2017-18recently announced by Reserve bank of India. The policy lowered projections for inflation while striking a less hawkish tone in a policy statement.
  • Major highlights of the 'TB Cough'campaign- It warns people of increasing risk of TB associated with smoking cigarettes or bidis, It warns people of increasing risk of TB on being exposed to second-hand smoke are the major highlights of the 'TB Cough', the campaign launched to spread awareness against TB by Ministry of Health, Govt. of India on World No Tobacco Day on May 31. With this India has become the first country to launch a national mass campaign establishing the link between smoking and tuberculosis(TB) in a bid to raise awareness and encourage smokers to seek medical opinion when they have persistent cough.
  • El Nino-the phenomenon which affects the normal monsoon in India. The south west monsoon began on strong note in 2017 as El Nino is not likely to effect Indian sub-continent this summer.
  • Main of issues of conflict between India and China-Sovereignty issues, NSG issues and terrorism issues in neighbouring state as the main of issues of conflict between India and China. Both the countries which saw worsening of ties over these issues recently talked of managing their differences as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, recently to discuss the impact of mega connectivity projects such as OBOR among other issues. The two leaders were meeting for the first time since India skipped Xi's mega show-a summit on One Belt One Road project in Beijing in May 2017.
  • 23-the number agricultural commodities for which the government fixes minimum support prices or MSPs. The Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) is required to give recommendations to the government regarding MSP. The commission assesses demand and supply by sending questionnaires and holding discussions with government agencies and various trade and industry bodies. These prices are announced at the beginning of each sowing season. The government essentially guarantees to buy any of the harvest that is offered to it at this price. The assurance of remunerative prices are supposed to encourage farmers to invest more and hence increase production of these crops.

Sports Updates

  • ViratKohli- the sole sportsperson from the country to feature among the world's 100 highest paid athletes in the latest Forbes list topped by soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. Kohli, 28, has been ranked 89th on the 2017 Forbes list of 'The World's highest paid athletes' with a total pay of USD 22 million that includes USD three million from salary and winnings and another 19 million from endorsements. Describing Kohli as the "Indian cricket Phenom", Forbes said the sports star has "for good reason" already drawn comparisons to all-time great Sachin Tendulkar.
  • Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi,Sania Mirza & Rohan Bopanna–these are the only four Indians who have won Grand Slam trophies for India. Rohan Bopanna lifted his maiden Grand Slam title by winning the French Open mixed doubles trophy with Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski, becoming only the fourth Indian ever to clinch a major, recently