TNPSC - Current Affairs in English Medium - 18.06.2016

TN lifter Sathish books Rio berth - 2016
  • Tamil Nadu weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam became the second from the state to qualify for the Rio Olympics.After paddler Sharath Kamal did it sometime back, it was the turn of Vellore-born weightlifter to snatch a berth in the men's 77-kg category 
Just 15% water left in India's 91 big reservoirs
  • The slow progress of the monsoon has meant water storage in India's 91major reservoirs has dipped and overall availability stands at a mere 15% of the total storage capacity. This has affected not only the kharif sowing operation but also the availability of drinking water in large areas, reports Vishwa Mohan.
Kochi to become first Indian city to get `Water Metro'
  • Kochi will be the first Indian city where water connectivity will be developed as a feeder service to the Metro rail. New boats which will be procured for this project will provide the same transportation experience as the Metro, and will be called `Water Metros'.
  • Kochi Metro Rail, the Kerala government and German funding agency KfW will sign an agreement for this project on Saturday involving a ` 747-crore investment. This is also the first time such a huge investment is being brought in for im proving urban water-borne passenger traffic.
Support India for NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group)
  • The US on Friday called on Nuclear Suppliers Group members to support New Delhi's claim for a seat at the high table, while British Premier David Cameron has assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the UK's “firm support“.
  • The developments come ahead of the NSG plenary in Seoul from June 20-24.While a majority of NSG members back India's bid, China, New Zealand Ireland are among those who oppose it.
India and Thailand Prime Minister steer clear of South China Sea dispute
  • New Delhi: India and Thailand agreed to further enhance their partnership in maritime security, defence and counter-terrorism as PM Narendra Modi met his Thai counterpart Gen Prayut Chan-ocha Friday. This is Prayut's first visit to India since he took over as Prime Minister in 2014 in a coup.
  • The two countries though conveniently gave a miss to the ongoing security scare in South China Sea, preferring to focus more on the Indian Ocean. Thailand is not a party to any of the maritime territorial disputes in South China Sea and has generally avoided taking a position on the issues involved.
Courtesy: The Times of India

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