Current Affairs for 11th June 2019
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Facebook to launch updated Portal devices
Facebook is set to launch an updated version of its video chat device 'Portal' later in 2019.
Facebook would also reveal some new form factors, including Ripley, that Portal would be shipped with.
The device is also powered by Amazon's voice assistant Alexa and comes with front cameras.
It was first launched in November 2018.
US diplomat to visit Sudan
A top US diplomat will visit Sudan to encourage talks between Sudan’s military rulers and protesters.
The US, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Tibor Nagy, during his visit plans to meet members of both sides.
Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) called the strike after more than 100 protesters were killed by a paramilitary group on 3 June 2019.
Mahindra won gold award in South Africa
India's automobile major Mahindra won the Gold Award for fairing on various indicators.
The automobile giant, which has more than 60 dealers in South Africa, secured the top position out of the 29 vehicle brands surveyed for the awards
Canada to ban plastics from 2021
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that single-use plastics will be banned in the country from 2021.
He declared it a global challenge to phase out the plastic bags, straws and cutlery clogging the world's oceans.
Single-use items represent some 70 percent of the plastic waste littering the marine environment.
NPAs plunge to 9.3% in FY19
The system-wide non-performing assets stock has declined massively to 9.3% in March 2019.
This is much faster than the RBI's estimate and steeply down from 11.5% in 2018.
In its half-yearly financial stability report, RBI had estimated that the gross non- performing assets ratio might improve to 10.3% by March 2019 from 10.8% in September 2018.
China to make trade deal with the US
China will enter into a trade deal with the United States, as told by US President Donald Trump.
Increased tariffs on Chinese products is having an impact on its economy.
China will subsidise their product because there is a need to keep people working, so China is going to pay a lot.
The US has put 25% tariffs on 250 billion dollars of Chinese goods
India's first dinosaur museum in Gujarat
Gujarat has joined the Jurassic bandwagon with India’s first ever Dinosaur-Museum-cum-Park in Raiyoli in Mahisagar district.
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani inaugurated the museum that is set to give visitors a Jurassic Park feel.
Located in Raiyoli area of Balasinor, the museum will have fossil records and remains of various dinosaur species.
US Secretary to visit India in June 2019
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would visit India in June 2019 to forge relations with India.
He would outline the US strategy on the IndoPacific ahead of his trip to India.
New Delhi would be Pompeo's first stop during the nearly week-long visit to the Indo-Pacific region.
The tour includes Sri Lanka and Japan with South Korea being his last stop.