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22 June 2018

The state government of Gujarat, Gujarat energy minister, Saurabh Patel on June 21, 2018 announced the wind-solar hybrid power policy - 2018, stating that the developer of an existing solar project will now be able to use the same land for setting up wind and solar power units. Also, it will allow them to use the common transmission line to evacuate the power. The 'Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Policy-2018' will remain in force for five years. At present, Gujarat produces approximately 7,100 MW of non-conventional energy including 5,500 MW of wind power and 1,600 MW of solar power.

22 June 2018

This new dialogue format was agreed upon between the two sides during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington in June 2017.  External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and minister of defence Nirmala Sitharaman will take part in the first meeting of the '2+2 Dialogue' with US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and Secretary of Defence James N Mattis on July 6 in Washington, DC.

22 June 2018

The Uttarakhand high court has banned paragliding, and white water rafting and other water sports until the government frames a policy to regulate them. It also expressed concern over environmental damages, remarking that the state is not maintaining the sanctity of river Ganga.

22 June 2018

Peter Thomson won five British Open titles in the 1950s and 1960s and is the only player since the turn of the 20th century to win golf's oldest major championship three times in a row. He passed away at home in Melbourne surrounded by family on 20 June.

22 June 2018

India and Tajikistan have reaffirmed their commitment to promote bilateral relations and agreed to enhance economic cooperation, particularly in sustainable water development. Tajikistan President - Emomali Rahmon Tajikistan currency - Somoni Tajikistan capital - Dushanbe

22 June 2018

Under ‘India Smart Cities Award' 2018, Surat has been awarded for showcasing "great momentum" in the implementation of projects under the Smart Cities Mission. Joint winners in ‘Innovative Idea' category were Bhopal for its Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) and Ahmedabad for Safe and Secure Ahmedabad (SASA) Project.   Under ‘Social Aspects' category - NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Council) and Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) bagged the award for implementation of ‘smart classrooms' project, Under ‘urban environment' category - Bhopal, Pune and Coimbatore bagged the award for public bike-sharing project.

22 June 2018

The world's first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics (ICHF) was launched on 20 June 2018 in Gujarat, India. It is launched by the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU) in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Regional Delegation for India, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives.

22 June 2018

Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid, an education start-up with an app that lets students record and share videos on specific topics with their classmates. Microsoft is making Flipgrid free of charge. Schools that already have subscriptions will receive prorated refunds. Google introduced Google Classroom in 2014 as a place for teachers to give out assignments and for students to hand them in, using the company's productivity apps like Google Docs. In 2016, Microsoft unveiled a similar tool called Microsoft Classroom as part of its Office 365 productivity software package for education.

22 June 2018

Music lovers all across the globe celebrate World Music Day on June 21 every year. The day is also known as Fete de la Musique after a music festival that began in France in 1982. To mark the day, around 150 artists from over 16 countries, including France, USA, Nepal, Spain, Italy, Thailand and India, will be performing at multiple venues across the city of Udaipur this year. 

22 June 2018

Intel Corp. removed Brian Krzanich as chief executive officer after the chipmaker learned he had a "past consensual relationship" with an employee, a violation of the company's policies. Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan was named interim chief executive officer, effective immediately.

22 June 2018

'LGBT' is used to denote the terms Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender. The use of the term appears to mark a significant change in the Vatican’s attitude towards gay Catholics, which it has previously described as people with “homosexual inclinations” and “homosexuals.”

22 June 2018

Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, was accused of misusing public funds to buy in food from restaurants. She had allegedly misused state funds worth $100,000 for personal dining and catering services at the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem.

22 June 2018

The Commonwealth Games 2018 gold-medal winning shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, was adjudged as the "Sportsperson of the Year for 2017" by the Sports Illustrated India magazine. In 2017, the Kidambi Srikanth won 4 Superseries titles – Indonesia, Australia, Denmark and France and finished the season as World No. 2. In April, he became the only male Indian badminton player to rise to the No. 1 in badminton rankings. Here are the award categories in which the athletes were felicitated: Team of the Year: Women’s Cricket Team Coach of the Year: Stephen Constantine Young Sportsperson of the Year: Manav Vikas Thakkar Lifetime Achievement Award: Dhanraj Pillay Special Award Living Legend: Balbir Singh Sr.

22 June 2018

Syrian child activist Bana Alabed who live-tweeted her experiences in war-torn Syria will be honoured for "defending freedom". Alabed also featured on the TIME magazine's list of 25 Most Influential People on the Internet in 2017.