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Mumbai girl Ahana Shah won a bronze medal  Under-7 category of the 2017 Kenilworth Junior Open Rapid Chess Tournament in the United Kingdom.  She also won a bronze medal in the Under-6 category of the National Age group chess championships category in Singapore. Ahana was the silver medalist in the Under-6 category of the Maharashtra State Schools competition last year.

Anil Ambani Group company Reliance Defence Ammunition entered a strategic partnership with Serbia’s state-run defence major Yugoimport to manufacture ammunition in India. They start the business with the minimum requirement of Rs 20,000 crores. Yugoimport, a state-owned enterprise, is a market leader in the field of ammunition production and has offered a fully compliant technical solution to meet the Make in India requirements of the Indian Government.

Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind resigned his Bihar Governor Post. His resignation follows his nomination as the ruling  National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Presidential Candidate. President Pranab Mukherjee accepted his resignation as the Governor of Bihar.  

Sweden pledged to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2045 in an ambitious move to tackle climate change. The vote makes Sweden the first country to significantly strengthen its climatic changes since Paris Agreement 2015. The first climate report will be presented in the second half of 2018, and first action plan will be presented in the year of 2019.

The Telangana Government launched the 'Hyderabad City Wi-Fi' project, providing the wireless Networking Technology at over 1,000 public places in the city. Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) is the technical adviser to the Telangana Government on the project. The network has now been installed at 1,000 hotspots with an assured bandwidth of 5-10 Mbps offering 30 minutes of free wi-fi.

The Australian Government announced that Indian Nationals can apply for a visitor visa online starting from 1 of July 2017. It offers benefits like 24/7 accessibility, electronic payment of the visa application.

India became the 71st country to sign the United Nations International Convention on Road Transports (TIR). TIR will help India to integrate with Myanmar and Thailand as well as Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal. TIR is managed and developed by IRU - The world road transport organization.

The Iranian wrestlers won 7 medals (three gold, two silver, and two bronze) and 69 points to win the Junior Asian Championships title. Uzbekistan won 67 points to rank second in the Wrestlers list. India’s won gold in the women’s 51kg freestyle category through Puja. Sonu won a silver medal in the 44kg category. Manu won a bronze in the 59kg division. Satish won a silver in the 120kg Greco-Roman style while Manish got a bronze in the 50kg category. Indian wrestlers won three medals, including a gold by Sharvan in men’s 60kg freestyle category. Deepak Punia won the silver medal in the 84kg freestyle. Karan won a bronze in 66kg freestyle.

Union Minister Shri Piyush Goyal Launches Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC 2017). The updated version of ECBC provides current as well as futuristic advancements in building technology to further reduce building energy consumption and promote low-carbon growth. ECBC 2017 was developed by BEE with technical support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the U.S.-India bilateral Partnership to Advance Clean Energy – Deployment Technical Assistance (PACE-D TA) Program.

The Vedanta group and Jharkhand Mineral Development Corporation (JSMDC) set up a steel plant at Manoharpur in West Singhbhum district. The total Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of Rs 700 crore has been signed and project proposals worth Rs 15 to 16,000 crore will be effective in July. The Government also plans to set up a world-class airport in Dhalbhumgarh under Ghatsila sub-division of East Singhbum district.

United States based aerospace and defense manufacturing firm Lockheed Martin signed an agreement with Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) to manufacture and export the F-16 Block 70 aircraft from India. Lockheed Martin is one of the largest aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technologies companies having worldwide interests. Make-in-India in conflict with President Donald Trump’s America first campaign where the companies to invest in the United States and create jobs instead of establishing factories abroad.

The 114-year old Taj Palace (also referred to as Taj Mahal Palace) in Mumbai became first Indian building to get itself trademarked joining the elite and small club of trademarked properties in the World which includes the Empire State Building in New York, the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Taj Palace getting a trademark is a unique feature as the registration of an architectural design never been attempted since the Trademark Act came into force in 1999.

India won six medals in the Wushu competition of the first ever Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Games concluded in Guangzhou, China. The medals comprised two each in gold, silver, and bronze. M. Gyandas and Anjul Namdev won one gold each. The two silver medals won by Bidheswari Devi and Toshibala. L. Sanatgombhi Chanu and Sajan Lama won bronze medal.

Minister for Science & Technology Dr. Harshvardhan launched a Mobile App “Celebrating Yoga”. The Mobile App has been developed by Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology on the occasion of International Yoga Day 2017.  The aim of the app is to popularize Yoga and encourage people to practice yoga for a scientifically healthy living.

The World Refugee Day (WRD) is observed on June 20 across the world. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families. It is the day the world commemorates the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) completes 1000 earth days in orbit. The MOM has at present completed 388 orbits of Mars and has sent 715 images back to earth. India plans to send Mangalyaan 2.0 and a new mission to Venus after 2020. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was launched into space on November 5, 2013, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre using a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket C25.

The Central Government roped in Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan to promote Goods and Services Tax (GST), ahead of the sweeping tax reform’s implementation scheduled from July 1. The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) will be making the 74-year-old Bachchan brand ambassador for GST.  Ace badminton star PV Sindhu was previously the GST ambassador.