Daily : July 7, 2017

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, 26 June

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illegal Trafficking

Question- What is the theme of ‘International Day against Drug Abuse and Illegal Trafficking’ 2017?
(a) First talk
(b) Listen first – listening to children and youth, is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe
(c) Prevention of narcotics through education
(d) Preventing narcotics through group discussion
Ans: (b)
Related facts:-

  • ‘International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’ was celebrated all over the world on June 26th.
  • The theme of this day for year 2017 is ‘Listen first- listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe’.
  • The United Nations General Assembly announced to celebrate ‘International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Traficking’ each year on 26th June on December 07, 1987.
  • The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking recognises the severe impact that illicit drugs have on health, development, peace and security.
  • The recently released World Drug Report 2017 examines another worrying phenomenon: the nexus between drugs, crime and terrorism and reveals a shifting pattern of relationships.
  • Once viewed as a marginal actor on the development stage, drugs and crime are now viewed as a disturbing obstruction to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly Goals 3 on health and Goal 16 on peaceful societies.

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Out going Visit of Prime Minister (June 24-27, 2017)

Prime Minister’s Tri-Nation Visit

Question:PM Narendra Modi was on which of the following three-nation visit between June 24th -27th, 2017?
(a) France, Portugal, America
(b) Portugal, United States, Netherlands
(c) Israel, America, Portugal
(d) Russia, America, Netherlands
Answer- (b)
Related facts:

  • Prime Minister NarendraModi was on three nation visit to Portugal, United State and Netherlands from June 24th to 27th, 2017.
  • In the first phase of his visit Prime Minister NarendraModi reached Portugal on June 24th, 2017.
  • During this visit, he met his Portuguese counterpartPrime Minister Antonio Costa.
  • After wide ranging bilateral talks between the two leaders, the following major MoU / Agreements were signed-
    (i) Indo-Portuguese Space Coalition
    (ii) MoU on Nano Technology
    (iii) MoU on Public Administration and Governance Reforms
    (iv) MoU on cultural cooperation
    (v) MoU on Youth and Sports
    (vi) MoUon cooperation in the field of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
    (vii) MoU between Portugal India Business Hub &Reira Group/Goa Desk.
    (viii) MoU on Biotechnology
    (ix) MOU between Portugal India Business Hub & Indian Chamber of Commerce.
  • In the second phase of his tri-nation tour, Prime Minister visited the USA on June 25th -26th, 2017.
  • It was the first visit of Prime Minister Modi to USA after the election of Donald trump as US President.
  • Prime Minister NarendraModi held official talks with President Trump on June 26 followed by delegation level talks.
  • PM Narendra Modi also met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and United States Secretary of Defense Jim Matisse in Washington DC.
  • He also met American business leaders in Washington D.C.
  • On the final leg of his three nation visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Amsterdam, Netherlands on June 27th, 2017.
  • His trip marks 70 years of the establishment of Indo-Dutch diplomatic relations.
    During his visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an official meeting with MarkRutte and called on King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima.
  • In addition to this, the Prime Minister met with the representatives of Dutch companies working in the Indian market and those who want to invest in India.
  • The Prime Ministers of both countries in a joint statement reaffirmed their commitment to combat terrorism and prevent radicalisation and reiterated the need for a unified and collective effort by the international community to eliminate terrorism through a holistic approach.
  • Prime Minister Modi invited the Netherlands to join the International Solar Association (ISA).
  • Importantly, The Netherlands hosts the second largest Indian Diaspora in Europe.


Rajesh Shah appointed NIFT chief

New President of National Institute of Fashion Technology

Question: Recently,who has been appointed by the Central Governmentas the new President of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)?
(a) Chetan Chauhan
(b) Dr. Manoj Soni
(c) Deepak Gupta
(d) Rajesh V. Shah
Ans: (d)
Related facts:-

  • On June 28, 2017, the Central Government appointed Rajesh V. Shah as the new chairperson of the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Fashion Technology.
  • His tenure will last till March 31, 2019.
  • Rajesh V. Shah succeeds Chetan Chauhanwho resigned from the post after being made the Sports Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
  • NIFT was established in the year 1986 under the aegis of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.
  • NIFT has been given statutory status through the National Fashion Technology Act, 2006 passed by the Parliament of India for the development and research of education in fashion technology.s
  • This institute is doing pioneering work to bring fashion education to the whole country through its 12 centers which are in New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Rae Bareli, Bhopal, Coonoor, Patna and Shillong.

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