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23 June 2017

Anti-hunger activist Ankit Kawatra selected for prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award with 60 others from all 53 Commonwealth countries. He will be honored by Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony to be held in the Buckingham Palace, United Kingdom. The Queen’s Young Leader Award recognizes and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.

23 June 2017

Bengaluru became the country's first city where fuel delivered at one's doorstep just like milk and newspapers. Mypetrolpump, a one-year-old startup, conducted a soft launch with three delivery vehicles -each with a capacity of 950 liters. Diesel is delivered at the day's running price with a fixed delivery charge for up to 100 liters, the one-time delivery charge is Rs.99.

23 June 2017

The Mizoram Health Minister Lal Thanzara launched the ‘Test and Treat Strategy’ of the Mizoram state AIDS Control Society (MSACS) to improve treatment for HIV affected people in the state. The Test and Treat Strategy is a new initiative of the Centre to combat the HIV/AIDS disease. Anti RetroviraTherapy (ART) has been found to be able to resist TB and other bacterial diseases.

23 June 2017

International Widows Day is observed on June 23 for action towards achieving full rights and recognition for widows. Programs and policies for ending violence against widows and their children, poverty alleviation, education and other support to widows of all ages also need to be undertaken, including in the context of action plans to accelerate achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The children of widows are often affected, both emotionally and economically and Widowed mothers.

23 June 2017

Union Government launches 'Visiting Advanced Joint Research Faculty' (VAJRA) by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). Under this scheme, scientists or senior researchers abroad of Indian origin or otherwise can collaborate with faculties. The endowments for faculties would be USD 15,000 in the first month of residency and USD 10,000, for the remaining months. 

23 June 2017

The Union Government announced 30 new smart cities with a total investment of Rs. 57,393 crores by Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu. The Government will further select 10 more cities under Smart City Mission. The Smart City Mission is a scheme of Union Government that will cover 100 cities and its duration is five years (2015-16 to 2019-20).

23 June 2017

The State Government of Odisha approved 53 urban projects with a total investment of Rs 538 crore under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). The main objective is to provide basic services is water supply, sewerage, urban transport to households and build amenities in cities which will improve the quality of life. Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Berhampur, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Balasore, Bhadrak, and Baripada are the nine places where the scheme is being implemented with fund sharing pattern, not 50:50 between the Centre and State Government. 

23 June 2017

The United States cleared the sale of the state-of-the-art Guardian 22 unmanned Guardian flights to India. The deal to sell Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flights to India is estimated to be worth $2 to $3 billion. The transfer of the state-of-the-art UAV technology to India will be the first significant progress after India’s entry into the exclusive Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and after the US has designated India as a major defence partner. Last year, the Indian Navy requested for this Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform. 

23 June 2017

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) workhorse rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-38) blasted off from the spaceport carrying the Cartosat-2 series satellite a dedicated satellite for the defense forces along with 30 co-passenger satellites. The 30 satellites will together weigh 243 kg and the total weight of all the 31 satellites, including Cartosat, is about 955 kilograms. The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries namely Austria, Belgium, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and the US as well as one Indian nanosatellite.

23 June 2017

Reserve Bank of India announced names of the members of Overseeing Committee. Another three members have been added former L&T Finance Holdings Chairman YM Deosthalee, former Canara Bank chairman MBN Rao, and Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) whole-time member S Raman appointed as new members. Pradeep Kumar has been named as the chairman of this 5-member committee.

23 June 2017

Kenneth I Juster is set to become America’s new Ambassador to India. He is the Deputy Assistant to the United States President for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of his National Economic Council. He is awarded Order of the British Empire (OBE).

23 June 2017

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) a retirement fund body will sign a pact with the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO). According to the statement, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed in the presence of Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister M Venkaiah Naidu. Under the housing scheme, EPFO allows its subscribers from societies for withdrawing up to 90% of their EPF accumulations to buy homes.

23 June 2017

The Intel company partners with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced a long-term technology partnership at an official signing with IOC President Thomas Bach and the US tech giant's chief executive officer Brian Krzanich. Intel will join "The Olympic Partner" (TOP) worldwide sponsorship program, becoming a Worldwide TOP Partner through 2024.

23 June 2017

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order banning the private use of firecrackers in the country.  Health authorities recorded 350 fireworks-related injuries as the country welcomed 2017.

23 June 2017

The Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM-G), rural Uttarakhand and rural Haryana declared as the 4th and 5th Open Defecation Free (ODF) the States of India. Already, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, and Kerala declared as ODF. Uttarakhand has 13 districts, 95 blocks, 7,256-gram panchayats and 15,751 villages. Haryana has 21 districts, 124 blocks, and 6,083-gram panchayats all of which have declared themselves as ODF in formal declarations in Dehradun and Chandigarh, respectively.

23 June 2017

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu launched India’s largest municipal bond program after banging a gong to incorporate the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) in the list of BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange). The PMC became the first municipal corporation in the country to tap money through municipal bonds in 14 years. Municipal bonds have been in existence in India from the year 1997. Cities such as Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Nashik, and Madurai have already issued them.