India and Russia to hold tri-service military exercise ‘Indra’ 2018
On June 20, 2018, According to a news agency , Russia would hold talks about the tri-servicemilitary exercise with India called : ‘INDRA’.
i. Indra-2018 will take place in an Indian military base in the second half 2018.
ii. Combined military Russian Eastern Military District force will participate in the exercise.
iii. The previous Indra execise was held in 2013 in Mahajan Field Firing range in Bikaner.
♦ Capital: Moscow .
♦ Currency: Russian Ruble.
Chief of Army staff: General Bipin Rawat.
Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Sunil Lanba.
Chief of Air Staff: Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos becomes world’s richest man with a net worth of $141.9 billion
On 18th June 2018, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos became the richest man in the world with a net wealth of $141.9 billion, as per the Forbes World’s Billionaires list.
Jeff Bezos becomes world’s richest man:
i. Bill Gates, the principal founder of Microsoft Corporation, is the second-richest man in the world with a net wealth of $92.9 billion.
ii. Warren Buffet, who is one of the most successful investors in the world, has secured third place with a net wealth of $82.2 billion.
iii. Jeff Bezos officially became the richest person in the world in early 2018. Amazon has become the second most valuable company in the world after Apple.
iv. As per Fortune’s last list, Amazon obtained 8th rank on the 2018 list of America’s largest companies, with revenue of $177.87 billion.
Some important international airports in India:
♦ Trivandrum International Airport – Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
♦ Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport – Indore, Madhya Pradesh
♦ Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport – Mumbai, Maharashtra
Dharmendra Pradhan on a visit to Austria and Germany
On June 20, 2018, The Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan returned from his visit to Austria and Germany.
On His Visit to Austria:
i. The Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan participated in the 7th OPEC International Seminar organised by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as a special guest in Vienna, Austria from 19-20th June 2018.
ii. Energy Ministers from all the OPEC countries including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iran as well as Russia, China, Oman participated in the Conference.
iii. India’s engagement with OPEC is important as India sources about 82% of crude oil, 75% of natural gas and 97% of LPG from OPEC member countries.
iv. He delivered a speech on “Sustainable Global Energy Future”.
On his visit to Germany :
i. He visited Germany from 21-22nd June, 2018.
ii. He will lead International Day of Yoga at Alexander Platz on 21stJune, 2018, Berlin wherein he will take part in an event organised by Indian Embassy to promote Yoga.
iii. He visited Lapp Company – a German SME, Vocational School ‘Berufsschule’ at Stuttgart and a Utility Company ‘Berlin Water and Energy supply’.
iv. He visited Siemens Dual VET Centre, Berlin, Germany and discussed the role of the Chamber of Crafts in German Dual Training System at the Chamber of Crafts.
v. He also met Ms. Anja Karliczek, German Federal Minister for Education and Research on 22ndJune, 2018 and discuss mutual issues on Vocational Education & Training (VET) Cooperation between India and Germany.