Current Affairs: 18th June 2019

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1 - For the first time, India to host COP-14 of UNCCD in September 2019.
  • To address the issues of land degradation and desertification, for the first time, India will host the 14thsession of the Conference of Parties (COP-14) of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in September 2019. It will be held between September 2 and 13, 2019 at the India Expo Center and Mart, New Delhi.
  • India will take over the COP presidency from China for the next two years till 2021 until the next COP. Last Conference was held from 6-16 September 2017 in Ordos in the People’s Republic of China.
2 - Second Edition of World Food India to be held in New Delhi from 1-4 November, 2019.
  • Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal announced that World Food India (WFI) 2019, a biennial event, will be held at Vigyan Bhawan and Rajpath Lawns in New Delhi from 1-4 November 2019. It will be the biggest gathering of all global and domestic stakeholders in the Food Processing Sector. This will be the second edition of WFI, first was held in 2017.
  • The tagline of the event will be “Forging Partnerships for Growth”
3 - 10th edition of Regional GRIHA Summit 2019 was held in Nagpur, Maharashtra.
  • The 10th edition of Regional Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) summit, 2019 was held in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari addressed this meeting.
  • The theme of 2019 summit was “Transformation Strategies for Built Environment”. This theme was adopted to focus on the impact of incorporating sustainability initiatives into functioning public buildings.

4 - Lucknow builds its first road from plastic waste.
  • In an environment-friendly initiative, Lucknow constructed its first plastic waste road. The Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) has started using plastic waste to construct roads as a pilot project. This environment-friendly road is being constructed as a trial from Gomti Nagar Police Station to Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow.
5 - 3rd edition of Namaste Thailand Festival 2019 concludes in New Delhi.
  • A two-day event of Namaste Thailand Film Festival 2019 concluded its third edition at Select Citywalk in New Delhi. It was organized by Royal Thai Embassy with an aim to strengthen bilateral ties and increase cultural exchange between India and Thailand. The festival was inaugurated by the Ambassador of Thailand to India, H.E Chutintorn Gongsakdi.
  • The 1st edition of Thai film festival was inaugurated in 2017 to celebrate the 70 years of Indo-Thai diplomatic relations.

6 - Armies of India and Myanmar carried out a coordinated operation ‘Operation Sunrise 2’.

  •  The armies of India and Myanmar carried out a three-week-long coordinated operation from May 16 in their respective border areas named ‘Operation Sunrise 2’. They targeted the militant groups operating in Manipur, Nagaland, and Assam to bust terror camps.
7 - Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury named Congress leader in Lok Sabha.
  • The Indian National Congress on June 18 named Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury asleader of the party in the 17th Lok Sabha, reports suggest. Chowdhury is the sitting Member of Parliament (MP) from the Berhampore Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal.


                                INTERNATIONAL

1 – Facebook launches digital currency Libra. 
  • Facebook launched its own digital currency 'Libra', powered by blockchain technology, for users around the world.
  • Facebook's 'Calibra' digital wallet will let users save, send and spend Libra with a smartphone.
  • The digital wallet, expected to launch in 2020, will be available in Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and as a standalone app.

2 - India will overtake China as world’s most populous country: UN report.
  • According to the 26th edition of the UN (United Nations) population estimates and projection report, ‘The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights’ published by the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs states that India is going to surpass China as the world’s most populous country by 2027.
  • As per the report, India likely to add nearly 273 million people between 2019 and 2050.
  •  According to the World Population Review 2019, India currently ranks second in the index (out of 230 countries), with over 17 percent of the world population.

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