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  • Current Affairs 22nd June 2018

    Updated : 22-Jun-2018
    Current Affairs 22nd June 2018

    Current Affairs 22nd June 2018 - Important Points

    • Gujarat government launched Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Policy-2018 on - 21st June 2018
    • United States quits United Nations Human Rights Council under  - President Donald Trump government
    • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos becomes world’s richest man , study by -  Forbes World’s Billionaires list
    • International yoga day observed globally  on - 21st June 2018
    • Canada legalises recreational use of marijuana nationwide in - Cannabis Act
    •  World Music Day 2018 celebrated on - 21st June 2018

    Current Affairs 22nd June 2018 - Details

    Gujarat government launched Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Policy-2018 on - 21st June 2018

    The state government of Gujarat declared its Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Policy for 2018 on June 21 st , 2018, to encourage formation of wind and solar energy projects at single location.
    Key Highlights

    • The Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Policy 2018 will be effective for 5 years and it will issue inspiration to renewable power fabricators supplying to the grid and to those having confined use.
    • The policy would permit the designer of a present solar project to utilise the similar land for forming wind and solar power plants and at the same time it would also permit them to utilise the communal transmission line to abandon the energy.
    • A power project could also be formed on a terrestrial being utilised for wind farms.
    • The welfares of the new policy will be appropriate for a time period of 25 years. The power produced from wind-solar hybrid projects will be excused from energy charges.
    • The policy would also deliver 50% discount for cross-subsidy surcharge and extra surcharge when the produced energy is traded to a 3rd party.
    • For the captive subscriber, the hybrid projects will have wide-ranging waiver on cross-subsidy extra-charge and added surcharge. The projects will also succeed for 50% reduction in wheeling charges and distribution loss.

    United States quits United Nations Human Rights Council under  - President Donald Trump government

    The US under President Donald Trump government has declared its removal from United Nations Human Rights Council labelling it duplicitous and self-serving. It has held responsible United Nations Human Rights Council for bias against Israel and declining to expel members who are human rights violators.
    United States had elected to stay out of United Nations Human Rights Council before also. The George W. Bush government had elected against looking for membership when the council was formed in 2006.
    United Nations Human Rights
    Council’s regular trade almost as it has occurred. With United States removal, the council will be remained without one of its old-style defenders of human rights.

    More about United Nations Human Rights Council

    • United Nations Human Rights Council is an inter-governmen form within UN system.
    • It is answerable for fortifying promotion and protection of human rights worldwide.
    • It was formed by United Nations General Assembly on 15th March 2006 by accepting resolution to encourage human rights around the world. It had substituted previous United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
    • It is HQ in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Did you know?

    United Nations Human Rights Council is formed of 47 United Nation member states which are nominated by United Nations General Assembly with specific number of seats assigned for each member. Members work for 3 years terms and can work only 2 terms in a continuation.

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos becomes world’s richest man , study by -  Forbes World’s Billionaires list

    Amazon founder and Chief Executive OfficerJeff Bezos became the richest man worldwide with a net
    prosperity of$141.9 billion, according to the Forbes World’s Billionaires list.
    The Principal founder of Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates, is the 2nd richest man in the world with a net capital of $92.9 billion. Warren Buffet, has held at 3rd place with a net capital of $82.2 billion, who is one of the most effective investors in the world.
    Jeff Bezos formally became the richest person in the world in early 2018. Amazon has become the 2nd
    most appreciated organisation in the world afterward Apple. According to Fortune’s previous list, Amazon attained Eighth position on the America’s major companies list of 2018, with income of $177.87 billion.

    International yoga day observed globally  on - 21st June 2018

    The 4 th International Yoga Day was observed worldwide on June 21 st , 2018. The observance of the day in India were headed by PM Narendra Modi in Dehradun.
    The PM united thousands of volunteers, executing Yoga in the lawns of Forest Research Institute in Dehradun.
    Same Yoga related programmes were organised worldwide to celebrate the occasion.
    Previously, the PM took part in the opening Yoga revelries at Rajpath, New Delhi in 2015, the Capitol Complex, Chandigarh in 2016 and the Ramabai Ambedkar Sabha Sthal, Lucknow in 2017.
    Talking on the importance of Yoga, PM Modi said that Yoga is not just a set of few workouts that maintains the body fit, however, Yoga promises check and balance, it promises calmness, focus and even promises hope, strength and courage.
    More about the day’s celebration

    • 8 events were held in New Delhi along with the main event at Rajpath. The New Delhi Municipal Council held events at Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park, Talkatora Garden and Rajpath.
    • Approximately, 50000 yoga enthusiasts from various Central Armed Police Forces including Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force, CISF took part in yoga programme at Red Fort held by Brahma Kumaris.
    • Yoga guru Ramdev organised a yoga session in Kota, Rajasthan at RC Ground.
    • ITBP force completed yoga in cold desert of Ladakh at a height of 18000 feet.
    • Eastern naval command staff also did yoga on board INS Jyothi in Bay of Bengal off Visakhapatnam. Eastern Naval Command's submarine staff also took part during the celebrations of the day.
    • Worldwide, the day was observed in over 150 nations, with Indian missions collaborating activities in landmark places.

    Canada legalises recreational use of marijuana nationwide in - Cannabis Act

    The Canadian Parliament has approved Cannabis Act, which is a landmark law that legalizes frivolous
    usage of marijuana around the nation. It makes Canada the first G7 nation to legalise the drug’s
    recreational usage and the 2nd to have a nationwide, legal marijuana market, after Uruguay which got
    permission in December 2013.
    Key Facts

    • The law controls and regulates the utilisation, production, sale and distribution of the drug.
    • It permits adults to possess about 30 gms of dried cannabis in public, but least legal age to buy and devour the drug has been set nationwide at 18.
    • It makes illegal to possess above 30 gms of cannabis in public, grow above 4 plants per house and to purchase from non-licensed dealer.
    • It issues rigorous penalty of jail about fourteen years if someone caught selling drug to minors. With the approval of the bill, Canadians will be enable to buy and devour marijuana legally as early as September 2018.
      Marijuana is greenish-grey mixture of dried leaves, stems, seeds and flowers of Cannabis plant. It is utilised as painkiller for medical problems including cancer, nervous system diseases, glaucoma, migraines and many more and also utilised to treat nausea and improve appetites for people with AIDS and other chronic diseases.

    Did you know?

    Cannabis is permitted for medicinal use in fourteen European nations, Argentina, Israel, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Panama, Turkey, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In the United States, its medicinal purpose is legal in 29 states and 9 states have permitted both medical and personal use.

     World Music Day 2018 celebrated on - 21st June 2018

    As music brings the world nearer, because these are not just words, there are notes, songs, and tunes
    to express every feeling. To mark its importance, music lovers worldwide celebrates World Music Day
    on June 21 st every year. The day is also called as “Fete de la Musique” after a music festival that
    began in France in 1982.
    It is famous that the French cultural minister Jack Lang perceived the idea of music through this
    festival and since then, it has been observed as the World Music Day. However, another theory also
    explains that American musician Joel Cohen planned the idea of an whole night music festivity in
    France for the starting of the summer solstice in 1976 and since then, the whole world observes this

    • The day highlights the significance of music and how it benefits people connect across borders.
    • Various musicians perform free music and showcase the energy of music on this day. It has gradually
      become a part of pop culture and this day is observed in above 32 nations as one of the most
      important summer programmes.
    • To celebrate the day, around 150 artists from more than 16 nations, including France, United States,
      Nepal, Spain, Italy, Thailand and India, will be accomplishing at multiple locations across the city of
      Udaipur this year. The line-up aptitudes to be an enthralling one.
    • From Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy to Txarango, a Catalan fusion band, playing at the festival, the programme promises to bring a bouquet of culturally varied music on a single platter.

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