Current Affairs June 2017 - Places in NEWS


1 - Varanasi to get India’s first freight village


Varanasi will get the country's first 'freight village' spread over around 100 acres. It will be developed by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). The cost of the project is expected to be around Rs 1,000-crore.

A 'Freight Village' is a specialised industrial estate which attracts companies that require logistics services and can cluster to improve their competitiveness.

'Freight Village' also includes an inter-modal terminal, which facilitates integration between different modes of transport.

2 - Mysuru to have country’s first public bicycle sharing project


The Mysuru City Corporation has introduced India's first Public Bicycle Sharing service - Trin Trin. A total of 450 bicycles can be borrowed from 48 docking stations set up across the City for a nominal fee.

The users have to be registered as members by paying Rs 350 that also includes a refundable deposit and obtain a smart card by swiping which they can take out a bicycle from the docking station.

3 - Habibganj Railway Station to become India’s First Private Railway Station

Habibganj Railway Station

Bhopal's Habibganj will become the first railway station of the country to be built under a public-private partnership (PPP) under Indian railways' plan of refurbishment. Bansal Group, a local firm, has been awarded the contract to build, maintain and operate the station for eight years.

Bansal Group will invest Rs 100 crore to overhaul the station and around Rs 350 crore to develop four commercial land parcels adding up to 17,245 sq. m.

4 - Second edition of National Health Editors’ Conference on Yoga held in New Delhi

National Health Editors

The second edition of National Health Editors’ Conference on Yoga was inaugurated by Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik at National Media Centre in New Delhi.

The conference was organized by Ministry of AYUSH in association with the Press Information Bureau (PIB), M/o Information & Broadcasting; and Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (M/o AYUSH) as a part of celebrations of the 3rd International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2017.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Yoga for Health and Harmony”. The aim of the conference is to give insight to the journalists about the scientific aspects of yoga and its benefits for human health.

5 - Sumitra Mahajan inaugurated 16th NERCPA Conference at Imphal

Sumitra Mahajan

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan inaugurated the 16th North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (NERCPA) Conference at Imphal in Manipur. The theme of the Conference was North East and Look East Policy.

The Conference was deliberated on three significant themes - North East and Look East Policy, special plan for development of railways, airways, surface road and inland waterways connectivity for speedy economic development of North East Region and setting up of a chapter of Speaker’s Research Initiative in the North Eastern Region.

6 - Gem & Jewellery Training Institute set up in Udupi

Gem and Jewellery

Commerce and Industry Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman laid the Foundation Stone for a premier Gem & Jewellery Training Institute in Udupi, Karnataka.

This training centre shall be amongst the series of Training Institutes & Facility Centres set up by GJEPC (Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council) across India.

With IIGJ Udupi, GJEPC forays into Education & Training field in the Southern India for the first time. The Institute will provide training to the youth in the region in various aspects of hand-crafted jewellery making, which could eventually lead to employment opportunities in the G & J sector.

7 - Indore became India’s first city to use robot to control traffic

Robot to Control Traffic

Indore became the first city in India to use Robot on an experimental basis to control its ever growing and unruly traffic.

The traffic police in association with a private engineering college of the city for the first time has installed a metallic robot at a busy MR 9 intersection. The robot has been quite successful in controlling traffic.

Indore was recently ranked number one clean city of India by the Government of India.

8 - Bengaluru based Mypetrolpump becomes 1st in India to deliver diesel at home


Bengaluru has become the India's first city where one can have fuel delivered at one's doorstep. A city based start-up, Mypetrolpump, has begun delivering diesel on customers' doorsteps. The company conducted a soft launch with three delivery vehicles, each with a capacity of 950 litres.

For up to 100 litres, the one-time delivery charge is Rs 99. Above 100 litres, one needs to pay the day's running diesel price plus one additional rupee per litre. The minimum order now is 20 litres.