US government clears sale of six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to India for $ 930M
• US government has approved a deal to sell the Indian military six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for 930 million dollars.
• The agreement has been passed to the US Congress for approval and if no US lawmaker raises an objection, the contract will go ahead.
• Boeing and Indian partner Tata have begun to produce Apache fuselages at a plant in India, but the recent approval concerns a direct sale of finished products from the US manufacturers.
• In addition to aircraft, the contract includes night vision sensors, GPS guidance and hundreds of Hellfire anti-armour and Stinger air-to-air missiles.
Afghanistan to play their maiden Test against India in Bengaluru
• Afghanistan will be playing their maiden Test against India in Bengaluru from June 14, 2018.
• The one-off Test match is a massive moment for Afghanistan cricket. The team earned their Test status in June 2017.
• Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Indian Team as regular skipper Virat Kohli is not available due to neck injury sustained during the IPL series.
• Afghanistan will be led by Asghar Stanikzai. The team recently grabbed their debut T20 series win against Bangladesh in Dehradun.
International Conference on ICT to be held in Kathmandu from June 17
• The International Conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will be held in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal from June 17, 2018.
• The Theme of two day conference is “Sustainable Development Goals for Smart Society”.
• The conference will be organised by the Federation of Computer Association Nepal (CAN).
• It aims to bring government and private sector together for developing a plan of action using sustainable ICT applications. It also seeks to unleash the prospects of SMART Nepal by 2030.
• Around 500 delegates including ICT users, trainers, professionals, experts, and researchers from Japan, China, Korea, India and Nepal are expected to attend the event.
May faces another day of Brexit compromise in parliament
• British Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to bow to pressure from pro-Europe rebels in her party for a second day on June 13 when lawmakers debate the government’s plans for future customs relations with the European Union.
• The government was forced into a major compromise on June 12 when it had to agree to give parliament a greater role in Brexit negotiations to avert a defeat at the hands of rebels from her own party who want to keep close EU ties after Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019.
• Two days of debate on the laws that will end Britain’s EU membership have crystallised long-running divisions within May’s party about the best strategy for leaving the EU, bringing to a head issues that will determine the relationship between the world’s fifth-largest economy and its biggest trading bloc.
President Kovind to embark on three nation tour to Greece, Suriname, Cuba from June 16
• President Ram Nath Kovind will embark on a three nation tour to Greece, Suriname and Cuba from June 16- 22, 2018.
• On the first leg of the visit, the President will visit Athens, the capital of Greece on June 16. He will be accompanied by a large delegation including Minister of State for Steel Vishnu Deo Sai.
• President Kovind will meet Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras and the Leader of Opposition during his visit. He is also scheduled to visit Monument of Unknown Soldiers and lay a wreath there.
• President Kovind will leave for Suriname on June 19. He will hold discussions with President Desire Delano Bouterse followed by official level talks.
• A number of agreements and MoUs in the areas of health and medicine, elections, IT, Ayurveda are scheduled to be signed.
• On the last leg of the visit, the President will be in Cuba from June 21-22. He will hold a wide range of discussions with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez.
Yuki back in 80s, Prajnesh touches career-best rank of 169
• Top-ranked Indian singles tennis player Yuki Bhambri Monday jumped nine places to 84 while Prajnesh Gunneswaran touched a career-best rank of 169 after climbing 14 spots on the ranking ladder.
• Yuki had crashed out in the first round of the French Open but made quarterfinals at the Surbiton Challenger to gain 30 points from the two events.
• The left-handed Prajnesh, who missed out on playing his maiden Grand Slam at Roland Garros, has had a good first half of the season, winning his maiden singles Challenger trophy apart from an ITF Futures title.
• The 28-year-old has also qualified for his maiden ATP World Tour event in Stuttgart.
• In the doubles, Rohan Bopanna was the top-ranked Indian at number 22, followed by Divij Sharan at 43, Leander Paes at 59 and Purav Raja at 77.
• In the WTA rankings, Ankita Raina continued to be India’s number one player at 203, followed by Karman Kaur Thandi, Pranjala Yadlapalli at 393 and Rutuja Bhosale at 403.