The Daily Brief – 29th June, 2017


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  • Sharjah has been named as the book capital by UNESCO for the year 2019. Sharjah is the 19th city to be named as World Book Capital by the UNESCO and was selected because of the efforts taken by it to make books accessible for reading to as many people as possible, especially the marginalised populations.
  • S. President Donald Trump has appointed an Indian-American named Krishna R Urs as the new US Ambassador to Peru.

    Krishna R Urs
  • NALSA has launched a web application for free Legal Services to Prisoners at the conference held at Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. The web application will help in making the legal services system more transparent. It would be useful for all the concerned authorities to monitor the grant of legal aid to the prisoners in order to make sure that all prisoners are represented right from their first day in the court.
  • The US has issued new criteria for visa applicants from six Muslim countries. The US Supreme Court has partially restored President Trump’s executive order that banned travel of people from the six Muslim-majority countries. President’s executive order was widely criticised as a ban on Muslims. As per the new criteria, applicants from the six Muslim-majority countries must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the US. In short, the applicants must prove a “close” family or business tie to the United States.
  • India earned the distinction of becoming the first country to make a voluntary contribution to the UN tax fund. It has contributed $ 100,000 to the UN Trust Fund for International Cooperation in Tax Matters (the UN Tax Fund). The fund is aimed at helping the developing countries to actively participate in the discussion of tax issues.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the centenary celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad. The Prime Minister has also released the coin and postal stamp in the honour of Shrimad Rajchandrajion his 150th birth anniversary at Abhay Ghat. Shrimad Rajchandraji was the guru to Mahatma Gandhi
  • NASA has reached a major milestone in developing a quieter supersonic passenger jet that is capable of safely travelling over land. NASA has completed the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) aircraft design. The project falls under the ambit of NASA’s Commercial Supersonic Technology Project.
  • The government has notified the roll out of Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1st. The government has organised a special programme to be held in Central Hall of Parliament. The event will see the participation of President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and other Ministers and bureaucrats.

    Today’s Quiz

    1. Which city has been named the book capital of the year 2019 by UNESCO?

    2. Which country became the first country to make a voluntary contribution to the UN tax fund?

    3. Sabarmati Ashram is celebrating what numbered birth anniversary of Shrimad Rajchandraji, guruji to Mahatma Gandhi?

    4. Which year of celebrations at Sabarmati Ashram was recently inaugurated by Narendra Modi?


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