CURRENT AFFAIRS ( 11-20 JUNE)

11-20   JUNE

  1. India Invited To G-7 Outreach Session
  2. India has received an invitation from France to attend the outreach Session at the G-7 Summit to be held in France in August 2019. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted an invitation from French President to attend the outreach session of the G7 Summit in Biarritz as a special invitee.
  • The 45th summit of the G7 group of countries is going to take place from August 24 to August 26 in Biarritz in France.

2.Canada To Ban Single Use Plastics From 2021

  1. 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.
  2. Less than 10% of the plastics used in Canada are currently recycled. Each year a million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals worldwide suffer injury or death by becoming entangled in plastic or ingesting it through the food chain.
  • Canada Capital: Ottawa, Currency: Canadian dollar.

3.Novak Djokovic Tops ATP Rankings

  1. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic has topped in the recently released ATP Rankings. Rafael Nadal who has recently won the 12th Roland Garros title is at 2nd position. Austrian Dominic Thiem, whom Nadal beat in final, keeps his fourth place behind Switzerland’s Roger Federer. Russian Karen Khachanov jumped two spots into a personal best of the ninth rank.

4.Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘VAYU’ Over East-Central Arabian

  1. The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘VAYU’over East-central Arabian Sea moved nearly northwards with a speed of about 13 kmph in last six hours and lay centred over East-central Arabian Sea, about 470 km west-northwest of Goa, 280 km south-southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra)and 340 km nearly south of Veraval (Gujarat). 
  2. It is very likely to move nearly northwards and cross Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva around Veraval & Diu region as a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed 145-155 kmph gusting to 170 kmph around morning of 13th June 2019.

5.Nripendra Mishra Retained As Principal Secretary To PM Modi, Gets Cabinet Minister Rank

  1. Nripendra Misra and PK Mishrawere re-appointed as Principal Secretary and Additional Principal Secretary, respectively, to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Cabinet minister rank.
  2. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved both the appointments with effect from May 31. Their appointments will be co-terminus with the term of the prime minister

6.World Day Against Child Labour: 12 June

  1. The International Labour Organization (ILO)launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.
  2. Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them. The theme for World Day Against Child Labour 2019 is Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams! 

7.India accounts for 12% of the world’s internet users

  1. According to the annual report on internet trends by venture capitalist Mary Meeker, India accounts for 12% world’s internet users.
  2. China has the largest base, accounting for 21% of all internet users globally, and the US comes third at 8%

8.Amitav Ghosh becomes the first English writer to get Jnanpith award

  1. Renowned author Amitav Ghosh was awarded the 54th Jnanpith Award for his contribution to the enrichment of Indian Literature in English. He was conferred the award by former governor of  West Bengal Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
  • Jnanpith Award is an Indian Literary Award presented to an author for his outstanding contribution towards literature.
  • The award consists of a shawl, citation, statue of goddess Saraswati and Rs 11 lakh.
  1. Priyanka Chopra to be honoured with a humanitarian award by UNICEF
  2. Priyanka Chopra, a global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights is going to be honoured with Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award by UNICEF at the UNICEF SNOWFLAKE BALL.
  • UNICEF: United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund
  • Headquarter: New York, USA, Founded on 11th Dec 1946

10.Dell has emerged as the most trusted brand in India in 2019: TRA

  1. According to a report released by brand analytics firm TRA Research, “Dell” has emerged as the most trusted brand in India in 2019. With 31% Brand Trust Index (BTI) difference from Dell, auto brand Jeep makes a dramatic entry in the second spot. LIC and Amazon are ranked on the third and fourth spots and Apple iPhone emerged as India’s fifth most trusted brand.
  • Dell is an American based multinational computer technology company
  • CEO of Dell: Michael S Dell
  1. Kohli is the sole Indian in the list of top-paid athletes
  2. Virat Kohli, ranked 100th, remains the sole Indian in the Forbes list of world’s highest-paid athletes with estimated annual earnings of $25 million. The list is headed by Barcelona and Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi.
  • FORBES: Forbes is an American business magazine.
  • Virat Kohli: Captain of Indian Cricket Team in all the three formats.
  • ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: It is the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup being hosted by England and Wales.
  1. Global Peace Index 2019: India Ranks 141st, Iceland Tops
  2. India’s rank has slipped five places to 141 among 163 countries on the GlobalPeace Index 2019,while Iceland remains the most peaceful country and Afghanistan the least peaceful nation, as per the report by Australian think tank Institute for Economics & Peace.
    ii. In South Asia, Bhutan topped the index with 15th rank, followed by Sri Lanka 72, Nepal 76 and Bangladesh 101. The neighboring country Pakistan has been ranked 153rd on the index.
  3. Global Peace Index 2019: India Ranks 141st, Iceland Tops
  4. India’s rank has slipped five places to 141 among 163 countries on the Global Peace Index 2019,while Iceland remains the most peaceful country and Afghanistan the least peaceful nation, as per the report by Australian think tank Institute for Economics & Peace.
    ii. In South Asia, Bhutan topped the index with 15th rank, followed by Sri Lanka 72, Nepal 76 and Bangladesh 101. The neighboring country Pakistan has been ranked 153rd on the index.
  5. Facebook backs Meesho in first startup investment in India
  6. Social networking giant Facebookhas picked up a minority stake in social-commerce company Meesho in its first startup investment in the country.
    ii. Bengaluru-based startup connects re-sellers to manufacturers to sell goods via social media platforms.
  • Facebook Headquarters:California, US, CEO: Mark Zuckerberg

15.World Blood Donor Day: 14th June

  1. World Blood Donor Daycelebrated by World Health Organizationon 14th June.The host country for World Blood Donor Day 2019 is Rwanda.
    ii. The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and also to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood and blood products.
  • Rwanda Capital- Kigali, Currency-Rwandan franc
  • WHO Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland, Director general: Tedros Adhanom

16.Akshaya Patra wins BBC award

  1. Akshaya Patra, a non-profit organization, has been awarded the BBC World Service Global Champion Award. It runs one of the world’s largest school meals project in India.

17.RBI asks banks to grout ATMs to wall, pill or floor to enhance security

  1. Based on the recommendations of the Committee on Currency Movement (CCM), the Reserve Bank have directed banks to ensure their ATMs are grouted to a wall, pillar, or floor by September-end, except those installed in high secured premises such as airports, to enhance the security of the cash vending machines. The committee to review the entire gamut of security of treasure in transit is chaired by Shri D.K. Mohanty.
  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata

18.NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope to Retire in 2020

  1. After nearly 16 years of exploring the cosmos in infrared light, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope will be switched off permanently on Jan. 30, 2020.
  2. Spitzer is a small but transformational observatory. It captures infrared light, which is often emitted by “warm” objects that aren’t quite hot enough to radiate visible light. Spitzer has lifted the veil on hidden objects in nearly every corner of the universe, from a new ring around Saturn to observations of some of the most distant galaxies known.
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States, Founded: 29 July 1958
  • Administrator: Jim Bridenstine

19.Govt directed TV channels to display title, credits in serials in regional languages too

  1. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry directed all satellite TV channels to display the cast, credits and titles of Hindi and regional language serials that they broadcast in the respective languages too. These orders were being issued for cinema too to promote Indian languages.
  2. Static/Current Takeaways

Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting: Prakash Javadekar

20.India static at 101st in FIFA rankings

  1. The Indian football team remained static at 101st place in the FIFA rankings. India had finished third in the King’s Cup in Thailand. The Indian team is at 18th spot among the Asian countries led by Iran (20th), Japan (28), Korea (37), Australia (43) and Qatar (55) form the top five in Asia.
  2. Belgium continued to top overall world rankings, followed by France, Brazil, England, and Portugal.

21.ADB approves Rs 1,650 cr infra projects in Tripura

  1. The Asian Development Bank (ADB)has approved projects for infrastructure development worth Rs 1,650 crore ($235 million)in seven of the eight districts headquarter towns in Tripura.
  2. The ADB would give 80%of the amount as grant-in-aid and the Tripura Government would have to repay back only 20%loan in due course of time.
  • The ADB established on 19th December 1966.
  • Takehiko Nakaois the president of ADB.
  • Biplab Kumar Debis CM of Tripura.

22.ISRO opens its laboratories for Indian school students

  1. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)has, for the first time, opened itslaboratoriesfor Indian school students to undergo two-week training from this year.
    ii. The training module has been devised as part of its new Young Scientists Programme, or Yuva Vigyanik Karyakram, YUVIKA.
  • ISRO Director: Sivan
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru, Established in:

23.Union Power Minister participated in G20 Ministerial Meeting

  1. Union Power Ministerparticipated in G20 Ministerial Meetingon Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, Japan on 15-16 June, 2019.
  • Union Power Minister of India: Raj Kumar Singh
  • Japan Capital:Tokyo, Currency: Japanese yen, PM: Shinzo Abe
  1. Suman Rao from Rajasthan Crowned Miss India 2019
  2. Suman Rao from Rajasthanhas won the Femina Miss India World 2019 beauty pageantduring a star-studded ceremony at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
  3. Shivani Jadhav from Chhattisgarhclinched Femina Miss Grand India 2019 titleand Shreya Shanker from Bihar won Miss India United Continents 2019 title during the grand finale of the beauty pageant.

25.World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: 15th June


  1. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
    is being observed on 15th June.This day is observed on the 15th of June every year to voice opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on elderly people.

26.World Food India to be held in November 2019

  1. The second edition of World Food Indiato be held from 1st to 4th November 2019in New Delhi, which will position India as Food Processing Destination of the World. 
    ii. The tagline of the event will be “Forging Partnerships for Growth”.
  • Union Minister for Food Processing Industries: Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

27.RBI gets a new executive director

  1. Dr. Rabi N. Mishrahas been elevated from principal chief general manager to Executive Director in the Reserve Bank of India. 
  2. Mishra’s portfolio now includes non-banking and Co-op bank supervision as well as the College of Supervisors. Current strength of Executive directors in RBI is 12.
  • RBI 25th Governor:Shaktikant Das, Headquarters: Mumbai, Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata

28.“Amazon India” best place to work in the country”

  1. Randstad rates Amazon Indiaas country’s most attractive employer brand. Microsoft Indiaemerged as the runner-up.
  2. As per the study, salaryand employee benefitscontinue to be the top driver, while choosing an employer for the Indian workforce, followed by work-life balance and job security.
  • CEO of Amazon: Jeff Bezos

29.Gary Woodland won the 119th US Open

  1. Gary Woodlandwon the 119th US Open, capturing his first Major title after defeating two-time defending champion Brook Koepka.
  • The United States Open Championshipis the annual open national championship of golf in the United States.
  • US President: Donald Trump, Capital:Washington, D.C, Currency: US Dollar

30.Unemployed Graduates To Get Up To Rs 3,500 In Rajasthan

  1. Unemployed youthhaving graduation or equivalent degree will be given unemployment allowance by Rajasthan government.
  2. ii. Male applicants will get Rs 3,000/month,while the women and differently-abled will get Rs 3,500/monthunder Chief Minister Yuva Sambal Yojana from February this year.

iii. The applicants must be natives of Rajasthan and the amount will be given for two years or until they get employed.

  • Rajasthan CM:Ashok Gehlaut, Governor: Kalyan Singh

31.RBI fines HDFC Bank Rs 1 crore

  1. Reserve Bankfined country’s largest private sector lender HDFC BankRs 1 crore for not reporting frauds and non-compliance with other directions.
    ii. The fine pertains to submission of forged bill of entries (BoEs) by certain importers to HDFC Bank for remittance of foreign currency.
  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das, Headquarters: Mumbai, Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.
  1. United Nation’s World Population Prospects Report 2019
  1. United Nationreleased its“World Population Prospects Report 2019”. Findings of thereport are:
  • Indiawill overtake China as the most populous country by 2027 and will have almost 1.64 billion inhabitants by 2050.
  • The Central and the Southern Asiaregion is expected to see a 25% increase in population till
  • The rate of population growthis the highest in sub-Saharan Africa, where the fertility rate stand at 6 births per woman over a lifetime.
  • Indiais still among the countries where the working-age population (25-64 years) is growing faster than other groups.
  • Peopleaged above 65 are the fastest growing age group.
  • United Nations Headquarters inNew York, USA. It was founded on 24 October 1945. 
  • Mr Antonio Guterresof Portugal is the Secretary-General of the United Nations

33.Om Birla Elected As 17th Lok Sabha Speaker

  1. Om Birla,a two-time Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of Parliament (MP) from Rajasthan, is set to be unanimously elected as the 17th Lok Sabha Speaker.
  2. Om Birla was elected to the 17th Lok Sabha from the Kota-Bundi constituency.

 

  • Sumitra Mahajan was 16th Lok Sabha Speaker

34.Rashid Khan becomes most expensive bowler in World Cup history

  1. Afghanistanleg spinner Rashid Khanrecorded the worst bowling figures in a ICC World Cup Match after conceding 110 runs in 9 overs against England.
  2. Previous record of conceding 105 runs in 12 overs was held by New Zealand’s Martin Snedden.
  • The International Cricket Council is the global governing body for cricket.
  • ICC Chief Executive: Manu Sahney, Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

35.Himachal Pradesh makes GPS device must for trekkers

  1. The Himachal Pradesh governmentmakes mandatory for trekkers to carry a GPS device so that they can be provided all possible help in case of any emergency.
  2. According to the Himachal Pradesh government, as Himachal Pradesh being a disaster prone state, therfore
  • Kulluand Dalhousie have been identified for installation of early warning system.
  • Rampurand Mandi towns have been zeroed in for setting up the relief and rescue base of National Disaster Response Force.

36.World Refugee Day: 20 June

  1. World Refugee Dayis celebrated around the world on 20th Juneto raise awareness about the precarious condition of refugees around the world who have been forced to leave their homes due to war, persecution and conflict.
  2. Theme for 2019: Step With Refugees — Take A Step on World Refugee Day
  • UN Headquarters:New York, USA; Founded: 24 October 1945.
  • Mr Antonio Guterresof Portugal is the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  1. 35000 km of highways to be built by 2022 under Bharatmala
  2. According to the President of India,construction or upgradation of about 35,000 kilometres of national highways are to be undertaken by 2022 under the ‘Bharatmala Project’.
  3. ii. Also under the‘Sagarmala Project’, a network of good quality roadsare to be constructed in coastal areas and areas adjoining ports.
  4. International Day of Yoga: 21 June
  1. The International Day of Yogais being observed on 21st Juneevery year.
  2. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga. This is the5th Edition of International Day of Yoga.

iii. Theme: Yoga for Climate Action

  • On11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.

39.World Music Day: 21 June

  1. World Music Dayis observed every year on June 21.
  2. Each year there are events in over 120 countries and 700 cities around the world, not including France where there were too many events to count.

iii. The event is also known as Fête de la Musique (or World Music Day) and was originated in France in 1982.

40.Namma Kolhapuri chappal gets GI tag

  1. Namma Kolhapuri chappalhas earned Geographical indication tagfrom Intellectual Property India.
  2. The approval for GI tag wasjointly received by Karnataka and Maharashtra.

iii. These leather chappals are hand-crafted and tanned using vegetable dyes. The art of making them is passed down one generation to another.

  1. Pankaj Advani clinches men’s Asian Snooker Championship
  1. India’s ace cueist Pankaj Advanihas clinched the 35th men’s Asian Snooker Championship held in Doha.
  2. Advani defeated Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 6-3 in the finals to become the first player to win the Asian Snooker and World Snooker championships in all formats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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