ICC announces World Test Championship, India to play first match against WI next year
On June 20, 2018, International Cricket Council (ICC) announced its Future Tours Programme (FTP) for a five-year period (2018-2023) which includes the World Test Championship and a 13-team ODI league.
i. The ICC World Test Championship will be held in July of 2019.
ii. India will play the first match against West Indies .
iii. The Test championship will involve nine teams playing three home and three away series over a two-year cycle beginning in 2019.
iv. The two top-ranked sides will then progress to the June 2021 final to decide the World Test champions which may be held in Lord’s in July 2021.
v. Every series will comprise of just three matches and it will be held from 2020 to 2022.
It is a region combining a group of islands like Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico.
Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal gets 1-Test suspension for ball tampering
Sri Lanka cricket captain Dinesh Chandimal has been suspended from his side’s third and final Test against the West Indies as he was found guilty of ball tampering in the second day of the second Test, which ended at Gros Islet on 18th June 2018.
Dinesh Chandimal gets 1-Test suspension for ball tampering:
i. ICC Match Referee Javagal Srinath gave Dinesh Chandimal the maximum punishment under the code: two suspension points and a fine of 100 % of his match fee.
ii. Two suspension points is equal to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first. Dinesh Chandimal will not play in the day/night Barbados Test that starts on 23rd June 2018.
iii. As two suspension points is equal to four demerit points, these have been added to his disciplinary record.
About ICC (International Cricket Council):
♦ CEO – David Richardson
♦ Headquarters – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Roger Federer Wins 98th ATP Title Ahead Of Return to No 1
On 17th June 2018, Roger Federer won his 98th ATP title by winning the Stuttgart Open, in Stuttgart, Germany.
Roger Federer wins Stuttgart Open:
i. Roger Federer defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) in the Stuttgart Cup final. Roger Federer defeated Milos Raonic for the 11th time in 14 meetings.
ii. Roger Federer will be playing for a ninth Wimbledon victory next month. Roger Federer will get back the world number one ranking.
Some important stadiums in India:
♦ Chinnaswamy Stadium – Bengaluru
♦ Sree Kanteerava Stadium – Bengaluru
♦ Mangala Stadium – Mangalore
BOOKS & AUTHORS
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu receives the Book ‘Vedvigyan Alok’
On 20th June 2018, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu received the book “Vedvigyan Alok” (Maharishi Aitareya Mahidas Praneet – Aitareya Brahmina ki Vaigyanik Vyakhya) written by Acharya Agnivarat Naishthik.
i. Vedvigyan Alok is divided into 4 volumes. Vedvigyan Alok is the scriptural verse in Vedas’ prose.
ii. The Brahman textbooks were composed in Vedic Sanskrit. Vedic Sanskrit is considered extremely complicated.
Some important museums in India:
♦ Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum – Ahmedabad, Gujarat
♦ Kaba Gandhi No Delo – Rajkot, Gujarat
♦ Kirti Mandir – Porbandar, Gujarat
HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launches National Digital Library on National Reading Day.
On June 20, 2018, The Union Human Resource Development Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar launched the new digital initiative of HRD Ministry ‘National Digital Library of India’ in New Delhi.
This was launched on the occasion of National Reading Day.
i. NDL is the Single Window Platform that collects and collates metadata from premier learning institutions in India and abroad, as well as other relevant sources.
ii. It is a digital repository containing textbooks, articles, videos, audio books, lectures, simulations, fiction and all other kinds of learning media.
iii.It can be accessed by the digital library anytime and anywhere absolutely free of cost and will contribute greatly to the Government’s commitment towards “Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat”.
About ‘National Digital Library of India’ :
i. National Digital Library of India (NDLI) is a project of the Ministry of Human Resource Development under the aegis of National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT). The objective of NDL is to make digital educational resources available to all citizens of the country to empower, inspire and encourage learning. National Digital Library of India is developed by IIT Kharagpur.
ii. It has 1.7 Crore content from more than 160 sources, in over 200 languages, everywhere and 30 lakh users are registered on NDL .
iii. NDL is also available on the Mobile app which has been downloaded over 6.70 lakh times. The app is available in three languages : English, Hindi, Bengali.
iv. It is a massive online library with resources covering tens and hundreds of fields, ranging from arts, music, dance, culture, theatre, science and technology to education, archaeology, literature, museums, cartography maps, e-papers and manuscripts, among others , in all possible forms collated and made available on a single online platform. This programme is a part of the National Mission on Libraries of the Ministry of Culture.
International Integration Day – 16 June
On 16th June, International Integration Day is observed all over the world every year.
International Integration Day:
i. International Integration is a financial concept in which countries have greater number of financial transactions, investments & interests outside their borders.
ii. Through financial integration countries become increasingly financially interdependent.
World Refugee Day – 20 June
On 20th June 2018, World Refugee Day was observed all over the world.
World Refugee Day:
i. World Refugee Day is observed every year on June 20th. This day honours the courage and perseverance of millions of refugees.
ii. In 2000, United Nations declared June 20 as World Refugee Day. This day marks the anniversary of the 1951 Convention Related to the Status of Refugees.
iii. The theme for World Refugee Day 2018 is: ‘Now More Than Ever, We Need to Stand with Refugees’.
About United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) also known as UN Refugee Agency:
♦ Established – 14 December 1950
♦ Purpose – to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems throughout the world