Important Weekly Current Affairs PDF Download (1st to 6th June 2020)

Dear Readers, Here we have given the list of Important Weekly Current Affairs of 1st week June 2020. Candidates those who are preparing for Upcoming SBI Clerk 2020 and other competitive exams can make use of it.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DAYS

World No-Tobacco Day

  • World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on 31 May.

The theme for the World No Tobacco Day 2020 is #TobaccoExposed

Global Day Of Parents

  • Global Day of Parents is celebrated on June 1, annually. This day gives a special opportunity to appreciate parents and parental figures for everything they do for their children. The theme for Global Day of Parents 2020: “Appreciate all parents throughout the world”

World Milk Day

  • World Milk Day is observed on June 1 in order to celebrate the dairy sector and recognise the importance of milk as a global food. World Milk Day theme 2020 in India is all about “the 20th anniversary of world milk day”

International Sex Workers Day

  • This day is celebrated on 2nd June around the world.
  • International Sex Workers Day is observed on 2nd June because on 2 June, 1975 approximately 100 sex workers occupied at Sant-Nizier Church in Lyon, France, to express anger about their exploitative living conditions and work culture.

Telangana Formation Day

  • Telangana Formation Day is celebrated on the formation of Telangana State on 2 June every year since 2014. The state celebrates the occasion with formal events across the districts.

World Bicycle Day

  • In April 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 3 as International World Bicycle Day.

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

  • International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression was first recognized by the United Nations. It was established on August 19, 1982 and is observed every year on June 4. This day originally focuses on victims of the 1982 Lebanon War.

World Environment Day

  • Annually observed on June 5, World Environment Day stresses on the importance of everyone’s active participation in environment conservation and sustainable living.
  • This year, the theme is ‘Celebrating Biodiversity’.

 World Day Against Speciesism

  • World Day Against Speciesism is an annual observance held on June 5. Initiated by animal rights advocates, its main goal is to remind people that speciesism, like racism or sexism, has no place in a civilized society.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL

Centre announces ‘Mudra Shishu loan’ for small businesses and cottage industries

  • The  Government has pledged to make an Atma Nirbhar Bharat. A 1500 crore interest subvention for small business and cottage industries has been announced under Mudra Shishu loan. Under this scheme, one lakh beneficiaries can avail interest benefit of 2 per cent for a year.

PM Modi announces “My Life My Yoga” Video Blogging contest in Man Ki Baat

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon one and all to participate in the “My Life – My Yoga”(also called “Jeevan Yoga”) Video Blogging Contest, a joint effort by  the Ministry of AYUSH and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), during the course of his monthly Mann Ki Baat address to the nation.

PM SVANidhi launched to provide affordable loans to street vendors amid COVID-19 crisis

  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, decided to launch a special micro-credit facility scheme ‘PM SVANidhi’ for providing affordable loans to the street vendors.

Union Cabinet approves changes in definition of MSMEs

  • According to the new definitions, MSMEs with an investment of Rs 1 cr and turnover of Rs 5 cr will be classified as micro-units. Units with an investment of Rs 10 cr and turnover of Rs 50 cr will be classified as small units while those with an investment of Rs 50 cr and turnover of Rs 250 cr will be classified as medium units. Moreover, exports will not be excluded from the turnover cap.

Odisha, Sikkim, Mizoram join ‘One Nation-One Ration Card’ scheme

  • Three more States — Odisha, Sikkim and Mizoram — have joined the ‘One Nation-One Ration Card’ scheme, taking the number of States and union territories (UTs) which have joined the scheme to 20

Kisan Credit Cards (KCC) campaign launched for 1.5 crore dairy farmers

  • Government will provide Kisan Credit Card (KCC) to 5 crore dairy farmers belonging to Milk Unions and Milk producing Companies within the next two months (1st June-31st July 2020) under a special drive.

PM Modi appoints committee headed by Rajnath Singh for MSME loan scheme implementation

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appointed a committee headed by Rajnath Singh to resolve any problem in the implementation of the Rs 3 lakh crore collateral-free loan scheme for MSMEs, stated MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Power Minister R K Singh formally launches real-time power market

  • Power Minister R K Singh formally launched pan-India real-time market in electricity, which allows consumers to buy power just one hour before delivery.

Govt launches SWADES scheme for jobs to returning Indians from abroad

  • The government has launched a new initiative SWADES (Skilled Workers Arrival Database for Employment Support) to conduct a skill mapping exercise and provide employment opportunities to the returning citizens under the Vande Bharat Mission

Centre amends Essential Commodities Act; Cereals, pulses, onion and potatoes removed from essential commodities list

  • The Union Cabinet has approved a historic amendment to Essential Commodities Act. This is a visionary step towards transformation of agriculture and raising farmers’ income.

Nitin Gadkari announces development of new Greenfield expressway to Amritsar

  • Centre announced the development of a new Greenfield connectivityto Amritsar City from Nakodar via Sultanpur Lodhi, Goindwal Sahib, Khadoor Sahib as part of Delhi-Amritsar Expressway

DPIIT revises public procurement order to encourage Make in India initiative

  • Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, DPIIT has recently revised the public procurement order to encourage Make in India initiative with an aim to enhance income and employment generation in the country.

Govt launches Electronics Mfg Scheme 2.0, aims to get 5 top global players

  • The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) launched the Electronics Manufacturing Scheme 2.0, which includes three sub-schemes and has a combined outlay of Rs 50,000, to promote production, not just for the domestic market, but also for export.
  • The three schemes are Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI) for large-scale electronics manufacturing, Scheme for Promotion of Manufacturing of Electronic Components and Semiconductors (SPECS), and Modified Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC 2.0) Scheme.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Bhutan on cooperation in environment

  • The union cabinet gave its approval for signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the India and Bhutan on cooperation in the areas of the environment

Union HRD Minister and MoS Housing & Urban Affairs jointly launch TULIP, an Internship Program with ULBs across the country, in New Delhi

  • Union Human Resource Development MinisterShri Ramesh Pokhriyal `Nishank’ and MoS (I/C), Housing & Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep. S. Puri  jointly launched a first of its kind initiative   `The Urban Learning Internship Program (TULIP)’ – A program for providing internship opportunities to fresh graduates in all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Smart Cities across the country.

Prakash Javadekar launches Urban Forest programme on World Environment Day

  • Union Environment Minister , Prakash Javadekar launched the Urban Forest program on the occasion of World Environment Day. The  main aim is to raise awareness to protect nature and look at various environmental issues. The theme for this year ‘s Environment day is Biodiversity.

Cabinet approves renaming of Kolkata Port Trust as Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port Trust

  • The Union Cabinet approved the renaming of Kolkata Port Trust as Syama Prasad Mukherjee Port Trust.

Power Minister launches the ‘#iCommit’ initiative on World Environment Day

  • Shri R. K. Singh, the Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, initiated the ‘#iCommit’ campaign, on the occasion of World Environment Day

CSIR, AIM join hands to promote culture of innovation, entrepreneurship

  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR has come together with Atal Innovation Mission, AIM to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in various sectors. These two organizations joined hands to support world class start-ups through CSIR incubators under Atal Innovation Mission initiatives and working together on new models of innovation including setting up of CSIR Innovation Parks.

EESL and USTATED Announce the “Healthy and Energy Efficient Buildings” Initiative

  • Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under Ministry of Power, in partnership with the S. Agency for International Development’s (USTATED) MAITREE program, launched the “Healthy and Energy Efficient Buildings” initiative that will pioneer ways to make workplaces healthier and greener.

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Food and Public Distribution Ministry

  • Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution- Ram Vilas Paswan
  • Constituency- Hajipur, Bihar.

Ministry Of Power:              

  • Raj Kumar Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge)
  • Constituency: Arrah

Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT):

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Secretary: Guruprasad Mohapatra

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)

  • Ravi Shankar Prasad, Cabinet Minister
  • Constituency: Patna Sahib
  • Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Minister of State

Bhutan :

  • Prime Minister: Lotay Tshering
  • Capital: Thimphu

All India Council for Technical Education

  • Headquarters– New Delhi
  • Chairman– Anil Sahasrabudhe

MoHUA

  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairsand Civil Aviation Minister of India – Hardeep Singh Puri
  • Constituency- Amritsar

CSIR:

  • Director General: Shekhar C. Mande
  • Head Quarters : New Delhi

Ministry of AYUSH:

  • Minister of State (Independent Charge):Shripad Yesso Naik
  • Constituency : North Goa

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL

WHO Launches ‘COVID-19 Technology Access Pool’ For Equitable Access To Life-saving Tech

  • WHO launched the ‘COVID-19 Technology Access Pool’ May 30. This comes after at least 37 countries jointly appealed to the World Health Organisation for common ownership of vaccines, medicines and other diagnostic tools to combat the global health crisis.

UNSC extends South Sudan arms embargo until May 2021

  • The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has adopted a resolution extending until May next year an arms embargo on South Sudan and a travel ban and financial sanctions for targeted individuals.

60 million could be pushed into extreme poverty in 2020 : World Bank President

  • The World Bank urged countries to go for comprehensive policies to boost long-term growth along with short term measures to address health emergencies and secure core public services in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, amid indications that 60 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty in

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WHO:

  • Director-General:Tedros Adhanom
  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Founded: 7 April 1948

South Sudan :

  • Capital: Juba
  • Currency: South Sudanese pound

World Bank:

  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
  • President: David Malpass

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND FINANCE

SEBI slaps Rs 20 lakh fine on DHFL for violating market norms

  • Markets regulator Sebi levied a fine of Rs 20 lakh on Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DHFL) for not complying with market norms while issuing non-convertible debentures (NCDs).

RBI imposes Rs.4 crore penalty on Citibank

  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a penalty of 4 crore on Citibank for non-compliance of no-objection certificate (NOC) norms at the time of opening current accounts.

Mohandas Pai to chair IBBI advisory committee on service providers

  • The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has reconstituted its advisory committee on service providers and it would now be chaired by Manipal Global Education Services Chairman T V Mohandas Pai. The 12-member panel would advise and provide professional support on regulation and development of the service providers dealt with by the IBBI

Yes Bank partners with Chalo launch contactless card for bus passengers

  • Yes Bank has partnered with Chalo to launch of a co-branded contactless travel card in Mangalore and Udupi, which would enable users to load money on the card to make ‘tap to pay’ payments across buses.

DBS Bank partners with TCIL for real time payments to truck drivers

  • DBS Bank has partnered with Transport Corporation of India Limited (TCIL) to facilitate real time payments for truck drivers.

SBI creates separate business vertical for financial inclusion, agri biz

  • In a major restructuring exercise, State Bank of India has created a separate business vertical to focus on financial inclusion and micro-markets (FI&MM) in semi-urban and rural areas.

IndusInd Bank launches mobile app based facility for opening current accounts

  • Gurgaon-based IndusInd Bank has announced that it has launched a first-of-its-kind assisted mobile application based facility. The service enables the bank to open current accounts for self-employed individuals and businesses digitally within a few hours. The facility works in a way where the bank officials can now capture and verify information about customers and their businesses in real-time with the Indus Corporate mobile app

Mastercard, Axis Bank and Worldline launch Soft POS to enable smartphones to be used as POS devices

  • Mastercard, Axis Bank and Worldline launched Soft POS to become the first financial payments service in India to transform everyday smartphones into merchant Point of Sale terminals.

RBI to set up Rs.500-cr fund to expand payment infrastructure

  • The Reserve Bank of India announced the creation of a 500 crore Payments Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) to encourage deployment of Point of Sale (PoS) infrastructure (both physical and digital modes) in tier-3 to tier-6 centres and the North-East.

NABARD provides Rs 270 crore to Assam Gramin Vikash Bank

  • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has made available a Special Liquidity Facility (SLF) of Rs 270 crore to Assam Gramin Vikash Bank for supporting the agricultural activities of the farmers.

HDFC Bank launches summer treats

  • With the easing of the lockdown restrictions, private sector HDFC Bank announced a special Summer Treats campaign with offers for both merchants and, salaried and self-employed customers.

Tata AIG Launches Telematics-Based ‘Pay-As-You-Drive’ Cover for Private Cars

  • Tata AIG General Insurance has joined the list of a select few insurers to offer usage-based insurance cover to private car owners which reduces the overall premium
  • The new policy called ‘AutoSafe’ uses telematics-based next-gen application and device to track the usage of the car and decide on the premium

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SEBI

  • Founded- 12 April 1992
  • Headquarters- Mumbai
  • Chairperson- Ajay Tyagi

Citi Bank

  • Headquarters- New York, United States
  • CEO- Mary McNiff

IBBI:

  • Chairperson– Dr. M.S Sahoo
  • Established– 1st October 2016

YES Bank

  • CEO- Prashant Kumar
  • Headquarters- Mumbai
  • Tagline- Experience our Expertise.

DBS Bank :

  • Headquarters– Singapore
  • Chief Executive Officer(CEO) and Director– Piyush Gupta

TCIL:

  • Corporate Office– Gurgaon, Haryana
  • Chairman and MD– D P Agarwal

SBI:

  • Chairperson: Rajnish Kumar
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Tagline :The Banker to Every Indian

Indusind Bank:

  • CEO: Sumant Kathpalia
  • Headquarters: Pune
  • Tagline :We Make You Feel Richer

Axis Bank

  • HeadquartersMumbai, Maharashtra
  • Chief Executive Officer– Amitabh Chaudhry
  • Tagline- Badhti Ka Naam Zindagi

MasterCard

  • HeadquartersNew York, United States
  • Chief Executive Officer– Ajay Banga

RBI:

  • Governor: Shaktikanta Das
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founded: 1 April 1935

NABARD

  • Founded- 12 July 1982
  • Headquarters- Mumbai
  • Chairperson- Govinda Rajulu Chintala

HDFC:

  • CEO: Aditya Puri
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Tagline : We understand your world

 Tata AIG General Insurance:

  • CEO: Neelesh Garg
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

ISED launches business clinic for MSMEs in Kerala

  • Institute of Small Enterprises and Development (ISED) has rolled out a unique platform for extending advisory services to Covid19-affected MSMEs in Kerala.

OPPO partners T-Hub to support India’s startup ecosystem

  • Consumer electronics company OPPO and T-Hub, a startup incubator headquartered in Hyderabad, announced a tie-up to support India’s startup ecosystem.

India GDP may contract by 2 per cent in FY21, says BoA Securities

  • The extension of the lockdown by the government will have a deep impact on economic activity, a foreign brokerage stated, sharply cutting India’s GDP forecast for this financial year to a contraction of 2 per cent.

SEBI extends deadline to implement power of attorney norms till August 1

  • Markets regulator Sebi has extended to August 1, 2020 the date for implementing norms pertaining to power of attorney given by clients to trading members or clearing members. The regulator had in February 2020 specified guidelines with regard to margin obligations to be given by way of pledge and re-pledge in the depository system. The provisions of the circular were to come into effect from June 1, 2020.

Moody’s downgrades India’s sovereign rating to ‘Baa3’, maintains negative outlook

  • Moody’s has also revised its FY21 GDP estimate for India to 4% contraction against 0% growth projected earlier The country’s credit rating was downgraded to Baa3 from Baa2, according to a statement. The outlook remained unchanged.

Microsoft launches programme for agritech start-ups

  • Microsoft has announced the launch of a programme for agritech start-ups in India that are committed to driving transformation in agriculture. The Microsoft for Agritech Startups programme is designed to help start-ups build industry-specific solutions, scale and grow with access to deep technology, business and marketing resources.

BSE Ebix Insurance Broking launches health insurance

  • BSE Ebix Insurance Broking, a joint venture of BSE and Ebix Fincorp Exchange, announced the beta launch of health insurance on its platform by enrolling Religare Health Insurance.

 Facebook signs a global licensing deal with music label Saregama

  • Facebook has struck a global licensing deal with Saregama to bolster the library of its music products across its flagship social networking platform and Instagram.

Hyundai introduces upgraded online retail platform ‘Click to Buy’

  • Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) introduced its upgraded online end-to-end automotive retail platform ‘Click to Buy’ curated to provide future retail experience to customers in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

India’s GDP may contract by 1.5% in FY21, says RBI survey

  • A survey released by the Reserve Bank has showed that Indian economy may contract by 5 percent in FY21 though the next fiscal is expected to be much better.

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OPPO:

  • Headquarters: Dongguan, Guangdong,China
  • founder & CEO: Tony Chen

Bank Of America:

  • Headquarters: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
  • CEO: Brian Moynihan

Moody’s

  • CEO: Raymond W. McDaniel Jr.
  • Headquarters: New York, United States

Microsoft :

  • CEO: Satya Nadella
  • Headquarters: Redmond, Washington, United States

Bombay Stock Exchange :

  • Location: Mumbai, India
  • Chairman: Just. Vikramajit Sen
  • MD & CEO: Ashishkumar Chauhan

Hyundai:

  • Headquarters: Seoul, South Korea
  • Chairman : Chung Mong-koo​

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATES

Meghalaya plans to provide tap connection to all rural households by December, 2022

  • Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) launched by Central Government last year aims to provide “Functional Household Tap Connection” (FHTC) to every rural household by 2024.
  • Meghalaya proposed 100% tap connections to all the households by December, 2022

HP govt launches online portal Skill Register to create database of migrants

  • In Himachal Pradesh, the State Government launched an online portal Skill Register to create a sound database of migrants, who have recently entered the state during the lockdown in the wake of the Corona pandemic. Skill Register would provide industries in getting information regarding skilled manpower.

Karnataka introduces Covid-19 tracking platform built by Nasscom

  • Karnataka government has efficiently handled Covid-19 with the use of technology and now with new data analysis tool developed by Nasscom

Punjab Chief Minister launches anti-COVID awareness drive

  • Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has launched a month-long drive, as part of ‘Mission Fateh’, to spread awareness about COVID-19.

Delhi CM launches app to help track hospital beds, ventilators for COVID-19 patients

  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched a Delhi Corona App for people to give accurate information about beds and ventilators availability in city’s hospitals. He urged the people to download the App.

Kerala’s free internet project to be commissioned in December

  • The Kerala government has announced that its ambitious Kerala Fibre Optic Network (K-FON) project, envisaged to provide free internet access to the poor, would be rolled out by December this year.

Chief Minister of Telangana inaugurates Kondapochamma Sagar

  • Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has inaugurated the 15 TMC Kondapochamma Sagar reservoir by switching on pumps at the Markook pump house under Gajwel Assembly segment

Andhra Pradesh govt gives Rs 10,000 each to 2.62 lakh auto, cab drivers in state

  • Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy announced the transfer of a total amount of Rs 262.49 crores to 2,62,493 beneficiaries under the YSR Vahana Mitra scheme during a digital conference with district collectors and beneficiaries.

Kerala implements ‘Food forest’ project in tribal belts of Attapady

  • On this World environment day, Kerala’s first ‘food forest’ is being prepared at tribal belts of Attapady in Palakkad district. As part of the  Tribal Comprehensive Development Programme in Kerala the “food forest” project is being implemented in cooperation with the Mahila Kissan Saktheekaran Pariyojana of the Central Government

Chhattisgarh govt launches ‘Spandan Campaign’ to check suicide and fratricide

  • The Chhattisgarh government launched the Spandan Campaign to contain incidents of suicide and fratricide involving police personnel, and instructions were issued to senior officers to strictly adhere to guidelines in this regard.

UP introduces a MoU Monitoring Mechanism for efficient implementation of investment proposals

  • Uttar Pradesh has introduced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Monitoring Mechanism in a move that aims at better implementation of investment proposals through handholding interested investors and better tracking of the MoUs signed.

Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launches online portal to manage waste collection and disposal in state

  • The Andhra Pradesh government launched an online waste management platform on the occasion of World Environment Day. The platform will look after the collection and disposal of liquid waste, air pollutants, and hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste in a comprehensive manner.

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Meghalaya

  • Capital- Shillong
  • Governor- Tathagata Roy
  • Chief minister- Conrad Sangma

Himachal Pradesh:

  • Governor: Bandaru Dattatreya
  • Capitals: Shimla (Summer), Dharamshala (Winter)
  • Chief minister: Jai Ram Thakur

Karnataka:

  • Capital city– Bengaluru
  • Chief Minister– B.S Yeddyurappa
  • Governor– Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala

NASSCOM:

  • Headquarters- Noida, Uttar Pradesh
  • Chairman– UB Pravin Rao
  • President– Debjani Ghosh

Punjab:

  • Capital: Chandigarh
  • Chief minister: Amarinder Singh
  • Governor: V. P. Singh Badnore

Delhi:

  • Chief minister: Arvind Kejriwal
  • Governor : Anil Baijal

Kerala

  • Chief minister- Pinarayi Vijayan
  • Capital- Thiruvananthapuram
  • Governor- Arif Mohammad Khan

Telangana

  • Governor- Tamilisai Soundararajan
  • Capital- Hyderabad
  • Chief minister: K. Chandrashekar Rao

Chhattisgarh

  • Chief minister: Bhupesh Baghel
  • Governor: Anusuiya Uikey
  • Capital : Raipur

Uttar Pradesh

  • Governor– Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel
  • Chief Minister– Yogi Adityanath
  • Capital– Lucknow

Andhra Pradesh:

  • Capitals: Amaravati
  • Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan
  • Chief minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPS AND PORTALS

Ravi Shankar Prasad launches India’s National Artificial Intelligence Portal

  • The Union Minister for Electronics and IT, Law and Justice and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad launched India’s national Artificial Intelligence Portal called ai.gov.in

 PM Modi launches tech platform ”CHAMPIONS” for MSMEs

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched technology platform ”CHAMPIONS”to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) facing difficulties, and to handhold them to become national and international champions.

J&K launches app to provide salary information to employees

  • Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu launched JK Employees Salary Tracker Mobile App‘MeraVetan’ (Version-1). The newly launched application is aimed to provide Salary Related information to Employees.

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MEITY

  • The Union Minister of Electronics and IT, Law and Justice and Communications- Ravi Shankar Prasad
  • Constituency- Patna sahib, Bihar.

MSME

  • Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises- Nitin Jairam Gadkari
  • Constituency-Nagpur, Maharshtra.

J&K:

  • Lieutenant Governor: Girish Chandra Murmu
  • Capitals : Jammu (Winter), Srinagar (Summer)

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

YES Bank acquires 24.19% stake in Dish TV through pledged shares

  • Private sector lender YES Bank has acquired 19 per cent in Dish TV, making it the second-largest shareholder in the direct-to-home (DTH) company.

Tata Power acquires 51% stake in Odisha’s TPCODL; stock jumps 7%

  • Shares of Tata Power rallied nearly 7 per cent in intraday trade on the Bombay Stock Exchange after electric utility company stated it has completed the acquisition of 51 per cent stake in TP Central Odisha Distribution Ltd (TPCODL) for Rs 178.5 crore.

Facebook to acquire 9.9% stake in Jio Platforms via Jaadhu Holdings

  • Facebook will acquire 9 per cent stake in Jio Platforms announced last month via a new entity — Jaadhu Holdings LLC, as per regulatory documents.

Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala to buy 1.85% stake in Jio Platforms for Rs 9,093.6 crore

  • Abu Dhabi-based Abu Dhabi-based sovereign investor Mubadala Investment Company will invest Rs 9,093.60 crore in Jio Platforms at an equity value of Rs 4.91 lakh crore and an enterprise value of Rs 5.16 lakh crore.

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YES Bank

  • CEO- Prashant Kumar
  • Headquarters- Mumbai
  • Tagline- Experience our Expertise.

Dish TV

  • CEO-Anil Dua
  • Headquarters- Noida

Tata Power Limited:

  • Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • CEO & MD- Praveer Sinha

Facebook:

  • CEO: Mark Zuckerberg
  • Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, United States

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU

Ircon inks pact with NIIFL, Ayana Power to explore opportunities in solar energy

  • Ircon International Ltd stated it has inked pact with NIIFL and Ayana Renewable Power for exploring opportunities in solar energy sector.

GAIL (India) and Energy Efficiency Services sign MoU for development of Trigeneration projects in India

  • GAIL (India) and Energy Efficiency Services have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in New Delhi for cooperation in development of Trigeneration projects in India.

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IRCON:

  • Registered Office– New Delhi, India
  • Chairman & Managing Director(MD)– S.K. Chaudhary

AYANA:

  • Headquarters– Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Chairman– S. S. Mundra
  • MD & CEO– Shivanand Nimbargi

GAIL

  • Headquarters– New Delhi, India
  • CEO- Shri Manoj Jain

EESL:

  • Headquarters– New Delhi, India
  • Chairman– Rajeev Sharma

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATION

Arun Singhal Appointed Food Safety Regulator Chief

  • Senior bureaucrat Arun Singhal has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

Lieutenant General Manoj Pande takes over as Commander-In-Chief of Andaman & Nicobar Command

  • Lieutenant General Manoj Pande will take over as the 15th Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman & Nicobar Command (CINCAN).

Harsha Bangari takes charges as Exim Bank Deputy Managing Director

  • Harsha Bangari took charge as Deputy Managing Director at Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank).Prior to this, Bangari was the Chief General Manager and Chief Financial Officer of the bank.

Sibi George appointed India’s next Ambassador to Kuwait

  • Sibi George, an Indian Foreign Service officer of 1993 batch, has been appointed India’s next Ambassador to Kuwait. He is at present India’s Ambassador in Switzerland.

LVB CEO Subramanian Sundar gets extension

  • The Reserve Bank of India has approved the extension of tenure for Lakshmi Vilas Bank’s MD and CEO, Subramanian Sundar by six months.

Gaitri Kumar appointed as next High Commissioner of India to UK

  • Gaitri I. Kumar has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom. She is an IFS officer of 1986 batch.

Pradip Kumar Tripathi takes charge as Steel Secretary

  • Tripathi succeeds Binoy Kumar, who superannuated on May 31, 2020.
  • Senior IAS officer Pradip Kumar Tripathi took over the charge as Secretary in the Ministry of Steel.

Uday Kotak takes over as CII president

  • Veteran banker Uday Kotak has assumed office as the president of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2020-21.
  • He takes over from Vikram Kirloskar, chairman and managing director of Kirloskar Systems Ltd and vice chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motor.

Twitter names ex-Google CFO Patrick Pichette as new board chairman

  • Twitter appointed former Google chief financial officer Patrick Pichette as the company’s new chairman of the board. Pichette takes over the role after joining Twitter’s board of directors in 2017

Krishnendu Majumdar becomes first person of colour to be appointed BAFTA chair

  • Award-winning television producer Krishnendu Majumdar is the first person to be named as the chairperson of BAFTA in its 73 year-long history.

V N Datt takes over as C&MD, National Fertilizers Limited

  • Virendra Nath Datt, Director (Marketing), National Fertilizers Limited -NFL has taken over the additional charge of Chairman & Managing Director of the Company. Shri Datt is associated with Company as Director (Marketing) since October 2018.

Shri Sushil Kumar Singhal appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea

  • Shri Sushil Kumar Singhal, presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea

Adidas India appoints former Miss World Manushi Chillar as brand ambassador

  • The Indian arm of German sports brand Adidas announced the appointment of former Miss World Manushi Chillar as its new brand ambassador.

On Menstrual Hygiene Day, Manushi Chhillar teams up with UNICEF to spread awareness about menstruation

  • On World Menstrual Hygiene Day (May 28), former Miss World Manushi Chhillar underlined the need to spread awareness on feminine hygiene.

Prime minister’s private secretary Rajeev Topno moves to World Bank

  • Senior bureaucrat Rajeev Topno, private secretary to the prime minister, has been appointed as senior advisor to the Executive Director (ED), World Bank.

Rahul Shrivastava appointed as next Ambassador of India to Romania

  • Rahul Shrivastava, a senior diplomat has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Romania. Mr Shrivastava, a 1999 batch IFS officer is presently a joint secretary in the ministry.

Madurai girl declared ‘Goodwill Ambassador for the Poor’

  • In Tamil Nadu, a thirteen-year old Madurai girl Nethra has been appointed the Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Association for Development and Peace, the UNADAP. It was in recognition of her role in feeding the poor during the COVID-19 lockdown by her father, a hairdresser by profession.

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FSSAI

  • Headquarters- New Delhi
  • Chairperson- Rita Teaotia

 EXIM bank:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • CEO: David Rasquinha
  • Founded: 1 January 1982

Kuwait:

  • Capital: Kuwait City
  • Currency: Kuwaiti dinar

 LVB

  • Headquarters– Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • Tagline– The changing face of prosperity.

United Kingdom:

  • Capital: London
  • Prime minister: Boris Johnson

CII

  • Headquarters – New Delhi
  • President- Uday Kotak
  • Vice President- Sanjiv Bajaj

Twitter

  • CEO- Jack Dorsey
  • Headquarters- San Francisco, California, United States

NFL

  • Headquarters- Noida

Papua New Guinea:

  • Capital: Port Moresby
  • Currency: Papua New Guinean kina

Adidas :

  • Headquarters: Herzogenaurach, Germany
  • CEO: Kasper Rørsted

UNICEF

  • Executive Director– Henrietta H. Fore
  • Headquarters– New York, United States.

Romania :

  • Capital: Bucharest
  • Currency: Romanian leu

Tamil Nadu :

  • Capital : Chennai
  • Governor: Banwarilal Purohit
  • Chief Minister: Edappadi K. Palaniswami

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

Stefan Manegold Wins 2020 Sigmod Contributions Award

  • CWI researcher Stefan Manegold has been awarded the 2020 SIGMOD Contributions Award. The award recognizes his innovative work in the data management community to encourage scientific reproducibility.

Delhi-based NGO wins WHO award

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has conferred the World No Tobacco Day Award 2020 to the Socio-Economic and Educational Development Society (SEEDS), an NGO, for its efforts to ban pan masala, gutkha, e-cigarettes and hookah in Bihar and Jharkhand.

Indian writer Kritika Pandey wins regional award for Asia in Commonwealth Short Story Prize

  • Winners of this year were recently announced and Indian writer Kritika Pandey has won the coveted honour of the regional award for Asia in 2020 for The Great Indian Tee and Snakes. It talks about love in an age of hatred and prejudice.

UST Global recognized as ‘IT Service Provider of the Year 2020’ by Everest Group

  • UST Global, a leading digital transformation solutions company, announced that it has been named to the list of the Everest Group’s PEAK Matrix® Top 20 IT Service Providers of the Year 2020

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw named EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020

  • Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, founder and current Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon Limited, has been named EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year for 2020

Forbes highest-paid celebrities: Kylie Jenner tops, Akshay Kumar only Indian on the list

  • Kylie Jenner and Kanye West topped the annual Forbes list of the highest paid celebrities, but sports stars, including Roger Federer and Lionel Messi, dominated the top 10.

Hyderabad airport receives ACI recognition for green practices

  • GMR-led Hyderabad based Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) International Airport received the highest Platinum Recognition in the Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific Green Airports Recognition 2020 in the 15-35 million passengers per annum (MPPA) category.

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UST global:

  • CEO: Krishna Sudheendra
  • Headquarters: Aliso Viejo, California, United States

Forbes

  • Headquarters- New york, United States
  • Chief Executive Officer- Michael Federle

 Airports Council International (ACI):

  • located : Montreal, Quebec
  • Director General, ACI Asia-Pacific : Stefano Baronci

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SUMMITS AND CONFERENCE

Prime Minister Addresses the virtual Global Vaccine Summit 2020

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was addressing the virtual Global Vaccine Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in which over 50 ​countries – business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State and country leaders participated.
  • India has pledged 15 Million US Dollars to Gavi, the international vaccine alliance.

WEF Davos summit to focus on ‘The Great Reset’ in 2021

  • The World Economic Forum (WEF) will adopt a new twin-summit format for its next annual Davos meeting in January 2021, by bringing together leaders from across the globe for in-person as well as virtual dialogues with a theme of ‘The Great Reset’

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GAVI:          

  • Head quarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • CEO: Seth Berkley

World Economic Forum (WEF):

  • Headquarters: Cologny, Switzerland
  • Executive Chairman: Klaus Schwab

CURRENT AFFAIRS: RANKING

Virat Kohli only cricketer in Forbes’ 2020 list of world’s highest paid athletes

  • India skipper Virat Kohli is the only cricketer to feature in Forbes’ list of the top 100 highest paid athletes in the world for the year 2020. Kohli had an estimated total earnings of $26 million

India drops six places in the ranking for world’s best startup ecosystems

  • India is home to the third largest startup ecosystem, but in a latest ranking of global startup ecosystems by Startup blink, India has dropped 6 places to the 23rd spot.
  • United States has topped the ranking list with a score of 123.167.

COVID-19 to shave USD 25 bn off from top 100 domestic brands’ value

  • According to the latest report by Brand Finance, globally, the top 500 brands could see a value erosion of USD 1 trillion from their January 2020 brand value, following COVID-19 disruptions. Tata Group has retained the title of the most valuable brand

8 Indian institutes in top 100, IITs on a ‘decline’: Times Higher Education Asia University Ranking

  • THE Asia University Ranking: With eight institutes in the top 100, India is the third most represented country in the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Ranking .
  • While the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore retains its top position in the country by attaining the 36th spot globally, eight Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have also been featured in the top 100

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BOOKS AND AUTHORS

Indian Author Luke Coutinho’s New Book To Promote Benefits Of ‘dry Fasting’ Diet

  • Luke Coutinho’s new book, “The Dry Fasting Miracle: From Deprive to Thrive”.
  • Co-authored by Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Ali Bin Rashed Al Nuami, a member of the Ajman royal family in the UAE, the book will be published under the Ebury Press imprint of Penguin Random House.

I&B Ministry releases e-booklet on Narendra Modi govt 2.0’s 1st year

  • I&B Ministry released an e-booklet highlighting its key achievements during the second term , the 92-page booklet ‘One Year of Modi 2.0 – Towards A Self-Reliant India’ has been brought out by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

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I&B Ministry

  • Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Information and Broadcasting and Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises- Prakash Keshav Javadekar
  • Constituency- Madhya Pradesh

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station after Dragon capsule successfully docks

  • SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft with two NASA astronauts successfully docked with the International Space Station after a historic launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It has marked the dawn of a new age in commercial space travel.

DRDO develops Ultra Swachh for disinfection of PPEs, electronic items, fabrics

  • Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has developed a disinfection unit named Ultra Swachh to disinfect a wide range of materials, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), electronics items, fabrics and others.

Rare scorpionfish found in Gulf of Mannar

  • Researchers at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) have found a rare fish from Sethukarai coast in the Gulf of Mannar.

Millipede from Scotland is world’s oldest-known land animal

  • A fossilized millipede-like creature discovered in Scotland may represent the oldest-known land animal, a humble pioneer of terrestrial living 425 million years ago that helped pave the way for the throngs that would eventually inhabit Earth’s dry parts.

South Africa, Nasa collaborate to support human missions to Moon, Mars and beyond

  • South Africa has partnered with Nasa to host a deep-space ground station, which will support human spaceflight missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond

DRDO develops device to keep PPE wearers comfortable, without sweating

  • The Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a device SUMERU-PACS that helps wearers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to feel comfortable without sweating.

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DRDO

  • Headquarters -New Delhi
  • Chairman- Dr G. Satheesh Reddy

Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI):

  • Headquarters: Kochi
  • Director: Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan

NASA:

  • Headquarters– Washington, United States.
  • Administrator– Jim Bridenstine

 SANSA:

  • Headquarters– Gauteng, South Africa
  • CEO– Valanathan Munsami

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS

Indian long-distance runner Kiranjeet Kaur handed four-year ban after being tested positive for doping

  • Long-distance runner Kiranjeet Kaur, who won the Tata Steel Kolkata last year, has been handed a four-year ban by World Athletics’ anti-doping body for returning positive for a banned substance in a test conducted in Doha.

BCCI nominates 4 players for Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) nominated India opener Rohit Sharma for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2020 while pacer Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and India women’s cricketer Deepti Sharma have been nominated for the Arjuna Awards.

Amit Panghal, Vikas Krishan nominated for Khel Ratna by BFI; 3 names for Arjuna

  • World silver-medallist Amit Panghal and the seasoned Vikas Krishan were nominated for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by the Boxing Federation of India

SAI to launch Khelo India e-Pathshala, an online coaching programme for grassroot level

  • The Sports Authority of India (SAI) is all set to launch Khelo India e-Pathshala in association with National Sports Federations (NSF) with an aim to provide first-ever national-level open online coaching and education programme for grassroot-level athletes

India Captain Rani Rampal Nominated for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

  • Indian women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal has been nominated for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award by Hockey India.
  • Her teammates Vandana Katariya and Monika were nominated for the Arjuna award, as was Harmanpreet Singh from the men’s team

TTFI nominates Table Tennis star Manika Batra for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

  • India’s table tennis star Manika Batra was recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by the national federation TTFI

AFC Grants India the Rights to Host AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 Finals

  • India is all set to host the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Finals in 2022 after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) granted All India Football Federation the rights for it, at the AFC Women’s Football Committee.

Fit India to launch special films promoting 10 indigenous sports of India under Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat

  • Sports Ministry’s flagship programme Fit India is joining hands with the Department of School Education and Literacy, to launch a series of special films promoting 10 indigenous sports of India under the Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat initiative.

Chelsea women awarded WSL title, Aston Villa win Women”s C”ship

  • Chelsea FC Women were named the Womens Super League champions overtaking Manchester City on a points-per-game record, following the termination of the 2019/20 season last month. Aston Villa Women were announced as champions of the Women”s Championship

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WADA

  • Headquarters- Montreal, Canada
  • Founder- Dick Pound

BCCI

  • President- Sourav Ganguly
  • Headquarters- Mumbai

SAI

  • Headquarters- Delhi
  • Founded- 25 January 1984
  • Director General- Sandip Pradhan

Asian Football Confederation:

  • Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • President: Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa
  • General Secretary: Windsor John

CURRENT AFFAIRS: OBITUARY

Renowned astrologer Bejan Daruwalla passes away

  • Famous astrologer Bejan Daruwalla succumbed to lung infection has passed away.

Wajid Khan, of composer duo Sajid-Wajid passes away

  • Wajid Khan, of composer duo Sajid-Wajid has passed away at the age of 42.He was suffering from Covid 19.

Former Olympic sprint champion Bobby Morrow passes away

  • American sprinter Bobby Morrow, who won three gold medals at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, passed away at the age of 84.

BJP Tamil Nadu former president KN Lakshmanan passes away

  • Former two-time Tamil Nadu State BJP president K N Lakshmanan passed away.n 2001, he was elected to the State Assembly from the Mylapore constituency in Chennai

Archery coach Jayantilal Nanoma passes away

  • International archer-turned-coach Jayantilal Nanoma passed away in a road accident.
  • He worked as a coach with the Indian team in different overseas competitions. He received the prestigious Maharana Pratap State Sports Award.

Former Union Minister, Congress leader P Namgyal passes away

  • Former Union Minister and three-time Congress MP from Ladakh, P Namgyal, passed away.
  • Namgyal was also an agriculturist, and a social worker, besides having interest in sports and music as well.

NBA Hall of Famer Wes Unseld passes away

  • Wes Unseld, the burly Hall of Famer who led the then-Washington Bullets to the franchise’s only NBA championship, passed away

Veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passes away

  • Veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee, known for his middle-of-the-road cinema and films such as “Chhoti Si Baat” and “Rajnigandha”, passed away. He was 93.

Ex-Pakistan first-class cricketer Riaz Sheikh dies of suspected coronavirus

  • Former Pakistan first-class cricketer Riaz Sheikh became the second professional player in the country to die because of suspected coronavirus.

Bollywood lyricist Anwar Sagar passes away

  • Veteran lyricist Anwar Sagar passed away. He was 70. Among his notable hits is “Waada Raha Sanam” in Abbas-Mustan”s 1992 release, “Khiladi”, starring Akshay Kumar, and “Yeh dua hai mere rab se” in the 1992 release, “Sapne Saajan Ke

Management guru Pritam Singh dies of cardiac arrest

  • Acclaimed management guru and Padma Shri awardee, Pritam Singh, died following a cardiac arrest. He was 78. He served as independent director in several private companies.
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