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1.PM inaugurates filling of Aji Dam under Sauni Yojana :-

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today inaugurated the filling of Aji Dam near Rajkot under Sauni Yojana.

Addressing a public meeting on the occasion, he said that Gujarat has come a long way from the days of the past, when it faced tremendous water shortage.

He said that the last two decades have seen several positive changes in Gujarat’s development journey.

 

2.Rupee slides 10 paise to fresh one-month low :-

The rupee lost 10 paise to a fresh one-month low of 64.73 against the dollar in early session on June 30, 2017, with a decidedly lower start in stocks casting a shadow.

The American unit found greater traction among importers and banks.

Dealers attributed the rupee’s fall to fresh demand for the U.S. currency and a subdued opening in domestic equities.

 

3.US travel ban on on six Muslim countries takes effect :-

Washington President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on refugees and travelers from six mainly Muslim countries came into effect late Thursday, after the Supreme Court allowed it following a five month battle with rights groups.

The Trump administration says the ban is necessary to block terrorists from entering the country, but immigrant advocates charge that it illegally singles out Muslims.

 

4.India cautious as China sticks to its charge :-

Displaying caution, India on Thursday declined to respond to China’s accusation that Indian troops had crossed the India-China border in the Sikkim region. A Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said the questions on China’s moves were important that demand time to deal with and refused to speak in detail for the time being.

“The issues that you are raising are important and I need time to do justice to them,” said spokesperson Gopal Baglay responding to the China-related issues raised by media persons at a news conference at the MEA.

 

5.President of India inaugurates Bose institute’s unified campus at Salt Lake, Kolkata :-

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Bose Institute’s Unified Campus at Salt Lake, Kolkata today (June 29, 2017).

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that it was indeed a privilege for him to be present on the occasion of inauguration of the unified campus of the prestigious Bose Institute.

He stated that almost a century ago, J.C. Bose, dedicated this Institute, the first of its kind in the country fully devoted towards scientific research, to the service of the nation.

 

6.UK government wins key parliament vote on programme :-

British Prime Minister Theresa May won backing for her policy programme with a slender parliamentary majority on Thursday in the first major test of her authority since the June 8 election.

Ms. May won the vote by 323 votes to 309 votes.

 

7.India’s GSAT-17 Communication Satellite Launched Successfully :-

GSAT-17 became India’s third communication satellite to successfully reach orbit in the past two months. GSAT-17 was launched in the early morning hours using the European Ariane 5 Launch Vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana. The 3477 kg GSAT-17 carries communication payloads in C-band, Extended C-band and S-band for providing various services to the country. T

he satellite also carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite based search and rescue services.

 

8.Commerce & Industry Minister discusses infrastructure development with President, Asian Development Bank :-

Commerce & Industry Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman met Mr. Takehiko Nakao, President, Asian Development Bank (ADB) today . The Minister welcomed and appreciated the ADB’s efforts for infrastructure development in India.

She said that the Government would help the States to have the infrastructure projects funding. Smt. Sitharaman discussed the progress in Vizag Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC).

 

9.Qatar dismisses Gulf demands but says open for dialogue :-

Qatar is ready to discuss “legitimate issues” with Arab states to end a regional crisis, but it said a list presented by them last week contained some demands that were impossible to be met because they were not true.

The feud erupted this month when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt broke off ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and being an ally of regional foe Iran. Severing diplomatic and travel links set off one of the worst rifts in years between the U.S allies.

 

10.President of India attends 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Professor P.C. Mahalanobis :-

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Professor P.C. Mahalanobis in Kolkata today (June 29, 2017).

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that he was happy to attend the celebrations of 125th birth anniversary of Professor P.C. Mahalanobis, the pioneer of applied statistics and the architect of economic planning in our country. Prof. Mahalanobis was a visionary of extraordinary dimension.