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International Current Affairs June 2nd Week 2017
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International Current Affairs June 2nd Week 2017

1.North Korea fires salvo of surface-to-ship missiles.

North Korea launched several projectiles believed to be short-range surface-to-ship cruise missiles from its east coast on 8th June 2017, according to South Korea`s military.

"North Korea fired multiple unidentified projectiles, assumed to be surface-to-ship missiles, this morning from the vicinity of Wonsan, Gangwon Province," the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

The JCS said the South Korean military has beefed up surveillance and vigilance against the possibility of additional provocations, maintaining full preparedness. The statement said the launches were immediately reported to South Korean President Moon Jae-in but gave no further details. 

The missiles fired Thursday traveled around 120 miles, according to the South Korean military. The latest provocation came less than a week after United Nations Security Council passed a new resolution expanding sanctions against the country as punishment for its missile tests.

North Korea conducted ballistic missile tests over three consecutive weekends in May going back to Mother`s Day, but last weekend there were no launches.  

The remote country is on pace to break its record setting 2016 missile test-launch record.

The latest missile tests come as South Korea suspended its use of the American-based missile defense system THAAD. 

1.Rohan Bopanna wins french open mixed doubles title.

 Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna and Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski produced a fighting performance to beat their German-Colombian opponents Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah in the final to clinch their maiden French Open mixed doubles title in Paris on Thursday.

Seeded seventh, Bopanna and Dabrowski took an hour and six minutes to win, saving two match points, as they overcame the unseeded Groenefeld and Farah 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 on Philippe-Chatrier Court.

Bopanna has become only the fourth Indian to win a Grand Slam crown, after Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza. Indians have accounted for 20 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Two of those victories belong solely to India with Sania Mirza partnering Mahesh Bhupathi.

2.IOC Approves New Events for Tokyo Olympics.


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved new events for the 2020 Tokyo Games, including a number of mixed-gender competitions announced o.

The IOC`s Executive Board made the decision at a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on Friday.

"The fascinating new events that we approved today, together with the five new sports that were added to the Tokyo 2020 programme last year, represent a step-change in the Olympic programme. I am delighted that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women," said IOC President Thomas Bach.

The additions include a mixed team event for judo. Each team will consist of 3 men and 3 women, all representing different weight classes. Team events have already taken place at the judo world championships, but never on a mixed-gender basis.

Table Tennis will also get a mixed doubles competition. The event was featured in the recent world championships in Germany. A Japanese pair won gold.

Three-on-three basketball is an example of the IOC`s focus on youth and urban sports. The 10-minute match on a half-sized court is known for its speed.

The International Basketball Federation adopted it as an official discipline with common rules in 2007, to make it popular around the world. The IOC has recommended awarding the hosting rights for both the 2024 and 2028 Games at the same time.

In Tokyo, the number of mixed events will double from nine in Rio 2016 to 18. All new events will make use of existing venues.

Los Angeles and Paris are bidding to host the 2024 Summer Games. Bach expressed hope that the two cities will both be awarded the hosting rights in a dual allocation.

4.Four Arab nations cut diplomatic ties with Qatar as Gulf rift deepens.


Four Arab nations cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, further deepening a rift between these nations and that country for its support to Islamist groups.

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates all announced that they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar, a gas-rich nation that will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Later, Yemen`s internationally recognised government also cut ties with Qatar.


5. Sher Bahadur Deuba elected Nepal`s Prime Minister for the 4th time

Mr. Deuba served as the prime minister from 1995 to 1997, from 2001 to 2002, and from 2004 to 2005.

Prachanda resigned in May under a power-sharing deal with the Nepali Congress leader.

He secured 388 votes in his favour and 170 votes against him. A total of 558 were cast during the voting. He needed 297 votes in the 593-strong Parliament to prove his majority.

The Nepali Congress leader has become the 40th Prime Minister of Nepal. The post of Prime Minister fell vacant after Maoist leader Prachanda resigned last month under a power sharing deal with the Nepali Congress leader.

6. Second MI Ministerial to be Held 7-8 June 2017 in Beijing:

On 7–8 June 2017, the second Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-2) will take place in Beijing, China.

MI-2 will bring together energy ministers and other representatives from MI member countries to share knowledge and collaborate on priorities for clean energy innovation.

This event will include ministerial working sessions, opportunities for high-profile announcements, Innovation Challenge discussions, and a series of side events.

MI-2 will be co-located with the eighth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8). While MI focuses on breakthrough research and development for the new technologies of tomorrow, the Clean Energy Ministerial focuses on scaling the deployment of clean energy technologies and solutions that are available today.



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