Top Daily GK Update 20th June 2017, Important Current Affairs

1. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the first Afghanistan-India air corridor at the Kabul International Airport. The corridor is a direct route that will bypass Pakistan and is meant to improve commerce in Afghanistan.

2. The iconicTaj Mahal PalaceHotelin the Mumbai City has acquired an'image trademark',making it thefirst building in the country to get intellectual property rights protectionfor its architectural design.

3. Minister for Science & Technology Dr. Harshvardhanlaunched a Mobile App“Celebrating Yoga”developed by Ministry of Science & Technology in New Delhi.

4. Shri Piyush Goyal,Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines launched theEnergy Conservation Building Code 2017 (ECBC 2017). Developed byMinistry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), ECBC 2017 prescribes the energy performance standards for new commercial buildings to be constructed across India.

5. Thedefensearm of the Tata Group has signed an agreement with American firmLockheed Martinto produce and export new generationF-16 fighter aircraft, potentially kick-starting a mega‘Make in India’ project.

6. Bihar GovernorRam NathKovindhas resigned from his gubernatorial post. The resignation follows his nomination as the ruling NDA’s presidential candidate. President Pranab Mukherjee has accepted the resignation ofKovindas the Governor of Bihar.

7. TheWorld Refugee Dayis observed across the world on20 Juneto commemorate the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees. The day is celebrated by United Nations.

8. Indian Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) also called Mangalyaancompletes 1000 Earth days in its orbit on 19th June 2017. The interplanetary mission of ISRO was launched on 5thNovember 2013.

9. Online financial services marketplaceBankBazaarhas begun its operations inMalaysiato strengthen its presence in South East Asia.

10. India has become the 71st countryto ratify the United NationsInternational Convention on Road Transports, TIR. The Convention is a multilateral treaty to boost International Transport of Goods. TIR is managed and developed by IRU - the world road transportorganization.

11. IDBI Bankhas started insolvency resolution process againstLanco Infratech Ltd.following a directive fromthe Reserve Bank of India (RBI). While this is the first resolution process initiated by the lenders against 12 large borrowers identified by the RBI recently.

12. India won six medalsin theWushu competition of the first ever BRICS Games, which concluded in Guangzhou, China recently. The medals haul comprised two each in gold, silver, and bronze.

13. The father of India's nuclear fusion reactor research program, Padma Shri Prof Predhiman Krishan Kaw, passed away.

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