Important Weekly Current Affairs PDF Download (21st to 30th June 2020)

Dear Readers, Here we have given the list of Important Weekly Current Affairs of 4th 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

National Reading Day

  • National Reading Day is observed on June 19. The celebration is marked in the honour of the father of the Library Movement, the late P N Panicker. Puthuvayil Narayana Panicker is famously known as the Father of the Library Movement in the state of Kerala.

International Yoga Day 

  • Every year, June 21 is recognised as International Yoga Day.
  • However, this year, due to social distancing measures adopted by most countries, the theme set by the United Nations is “Yoga for Health – Yoga at Home”

International Father’s Day

  • Every year, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June to acknowledge the many roles a father plays in his child’s life. This year, it will be celebrated on June 21.

World Music Day

  • The World Music Day is celebrated every year on June 21 in over 120 countries including its country of origin France where it is known as ‘Fête de la Musique‘ meaning “festival of music” to honor both amateur and professional musicians.

 World Hydrography Day

  • The International Hydrographic Organization ( IHO ) and its international members celebrate World Hydrography Day every year on June 21.
  • The World Hydrography Day theme for 2020 is ‘Hydrography – enabling autonomous technologies’

International Olympic Day

  • The International Olympic Day is celebrated on 23rd June every year to make people aware of the importance of games in life.The entire Olympic Movement has been mobilised to join the online activities on 23rd of June.

United Nations Public Service Day 

  • The United Nations Public Service Day is celebrated on June 23 of every year.
  • UN Public Service Day celebrates the value and virtue of public service to the community

International Widows Day

  • International Widow’s Day is celebrated worldwide on June 23.
  • International Widow’s Day mainly aims to target the poor conditions of widow’s in underdeveloped or developing countries.

International Day of the Seafarer

  • The Day of the Seafarer is celebrated each year on June 25.2020 campaign – Seafarers are Key Workers

World Vitiligo Day

  • The World Vitiligo Day, observed on June 25, is an initiative aimed to build global awareness about vitiligo.

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

  • This day was observed on 26 June every year to make people aware of the harmful effects of drugs and to determine a society free of drug abuse.
  • The theme for the 2020 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking “Better Knowledge for Better Care”

 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

  • The UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June marks the moment in 1987 when the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, one of the key instruments in fighting torture, came into effect.

World MSME Day

  • Every Year on June 27th is observed as World MSME day.

National Statistics Day

  • National Statistics Day is observed on June 29 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Professor PC Mahalanobis. The theme of the day this year is Sustainable Development Goals -3 (Ensure healthy lie and promote well-being for all at all ages) and Sustainable Development Goals-5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls)

 International Day of the Tropics

  • International Day of the Tropics, which is marked on June 29 every year

 World Allergy Week

  • The World Allergy Organization is proud to announce that World Allergy Week 2020 will occur 28 June – 4 July 2020 and will focus on the theme of “Allergy care does not stop with COVID-19.”

 World Asteroid Day

  • World Asteroid Day or International Asteroid Dayis celebrated in the remembrance of the Tunguska impact over Siberia, Russia. It took place on 30 June, 1908.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL

PM Modi launches Rs 50,000 cr Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan for migrant workers

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a massive rural public works scheme, the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan, to create jobs for millions of migrant workers who returned home during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • PM Modi launched the scheme worth Rs 50,000 crore through video conference

Niti Aayog forms panel to develop job platform for migrant labours

  • Government think tank Niti Aayog has formed a panel including top officials of tech companies like Google, Microsoft and Tech Mahindra to develop a job platform for migrant labours.
  • Niti Aayog under the leadership of its CEO, Amitabh Kant has formed a high-powered committee to drive public and private partnership in order to engage and develop technologies that can solve this looming crisis and provide better job opportunities to the migrant workers

Decarbonising Transport: International Project to Develop Pathway to Low-CO2 Mobility for India

  • NITI Aayog in collaboration with International Transport Forum (ITF) will launch the “Decarbonising Transport in India” project, with the intention to develop a pathway towards a low-carbon transport system for India.

Centre sanctions Rs 190 cr for augmentation of healthcare facilities in North Eastern States

  • The Ministry of DoNER has decided to sanction 190 crore rupees for augmentation of healthcare facilities in the eight North Eastern States, particularly for developing infrastructure for management of infectious diseases.

NCERT launches Online Yoga Quiz Competition to promote integration of Yoga in school curriculum

  • The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) through the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has undertaken multi-dimensional initiatives to promote integration of Yoga in school curriculum.

Procurement of MFP by govt touches all time high, giving boost to tribal economy

  • The ongoing procurement of Minor Forest Produces under the Minimum Support Price for MFP Scheme in 16 states has hit a record-breaking high with the procurement touching 42 crore rupees.

KVIC starts reviving ancient glory of Pokhran potteries

  • Seeking to restore the lost glory of the once-most famous pottery of Pokhran, a small town in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan where India conducted its 1st nuclear test, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) distributed 80 electric pottery wheels to 80 potter families in Pokhran which has a rich heritage in terracotta products.

Atal Innovation Mission partners with Coal India Ltd to boost its Innovation & Entrepreneurship initiatives

  • Coal India Limited (CIL) has agreed to partner with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog to support proactively the flagship mission’s innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives across the country. A Statement of Intent (SoI) of a strategic partnership between AIM and Coal India Limited was signed and exchanged in a virtual e-summit .

Harsimrat Kaur Badal launches Food Processing Edition of Exclusive Investment Forum

  • Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal stated that new opportunities are opening up in the Food processing sector. She was launching the Food Processing Edition of the Exclusive Investment Forum.

IIM Ahmedabad launches Rs 100-crore endowment fund

  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad has launched an endowment fund with an initial corpus of Rs 100 crore, the first business school in the country to have such a corpus.
  • The institute is targeting Rs 1,000 crore as part of this fund over the next five years.

Smriti Irani launches FICCI-FLO initiative ‘Empowering the Greater 50%’

  • Ms Smriti Irani, Minister of Women and Child Development and Minister of Textiles, Govt of India launched a special campaign ‘Empowering the Greater 50%’, a FICCI and FLO initiative spearheaded by Dr Sangita Reddy, President, FICCI.

India pledges USD 10 million to UNRWA over next two years

  • India has announced contributing 10 million US dollar to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) over the coming two years.

Rs. 2,000 crore allocated by PM CARES Fund for supply of 50,000 ventilators to govt run COVID hospitals

  • The PM-CARES Fund Trust has allocated 2,000 crore for supply of 50,000 ‘Made-in-India’ ventilators to government run COVID hospitals in all States and Union Territories. In addition, Rs. 1,000 crore have been allocated for the welfare of migrant labourers.

HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launches 2nd phase of YUKTI

  • Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, launched the second phase of YUKTI 2.0 (Young India combating COVID with Knowledge, Technology and Innovation) to help systematically assimilate technologies having commercial potential and information related to incubated startups in country’s higher education institutions.

Govt approves Rs 15K-cr animal husbandry infra fund to generate employment

  • The government announced a Rs 15,000 crore infrastructure development fund with an interest subsidy scheme to promote investment by private players and MSMEs in dairy, meat processing and animal feed plants, a move which is expected to create 3.5 million jobs.

Gadkari launches scheme to provide Rs 20,000 cr guarantee cover to MSMEs

  • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari launched the Credit Guarantee Scheme for Sub-ordinate Debt to provide Rs 20,000 crore of guarantee cover to two lakh micro, small and medium enterprises.

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurates Devika and Puneja Bridges in Udhampur & Doda Districts 

  • Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated two important Bridges Devika and Puneja in Udhampur and Doda districts respectively in Jammu and Kashmir through virtual platform.

Govt to provide 2% interest subsidy to ‘Shishu’ borrowers under Mudra Yojna

  • The government decided to provide 2 per cent interest subvention to borrowers under the ‘Shishu’ category of the flagship Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY), for a period of 12 months to eligible borrowers.
  • Under the Shishu category, collateral free loans of up to50,000 are given to beneficiaries.

MSDE Ministry, IBM unveil Free Digital Learning Platform to reach job seekers

  • Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) in partnership with IBM has unveiled Free Digital Learning Platform ‘Skills Build Reignite’ to reach more job seekers and provide new resources to business owners in India.

Tourism Ministry conducts webinar on ‘Vedic Food and Spices of India’

  • Tourism Ministry conducted a webinar on ‘Vedic Food and Spices of India’ under Dekho Apna Desh webinar series.

Cabinet opens space assets for private sector

  • Cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ratified the decision of boosting private sector participation in the space sector in the country.
  • Union Atomic Energy and Space Minister, Dr. Jitendra Singh informed that that government will constitute Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACE) for effective socio-economic usage of space technology.

CBDT extends last date for filing income tax return for 2019-20 till 30th November

  • Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has extended the time limit for filing of original as well as revised income-tax returns for 2018-19 till 31st July, this year.
  • It has also extended the due date for filing income tax return for 2019-20 till 30th November of this year. The decision has been taken considering the difficulties faced by applicants due to the COVID pandemic.

Health minister Harsh Vardhan launches mobile app ‘eBloodServices’ to order blood

  • Union health minister Harsh Vardhan launched the ‘eBloodServices’ App in partnership with the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), for easy access to blood in this critical time of coronavirus pandemic.

Niti Aayog launches behaviour change campaign ‘navigating the new normal’

  • NITI Aayog launched the behaviour change campaign ‘Navigating the New Normal’ and its website to help people follow norms to contain the spread of Covid-19.

NS Tomar launches web portal of Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan

  • Minister for Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar launched the web portal of the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan through video conferencing from New Delhi.

‘Surakshit Dada-Dadi, Nana-Nani Abhiyan’ launched to ensure well-being of Senior Citizens amid COVID-19 pandemic

  • Surakshit Dada-Dadi, Nana-Nani Abhiyan is a collaborative effort between NITI Aayog, Piramal Foundation, and 25 Aspirational Districts to ensure the well-being of 2.9 million Senior Citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Centre to set up taskforce for ‘Golden Hour’ accident claims, insurance pool proposed

  • The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) will set up a ten-member task force to work out the modalities of funding motor accident victims’ treatment during the crucial ‘Golden Hour’.

President promulgates Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has promulgated the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.
  • The Finance Ministry stated that, The Ordinance amends the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 as applicable to Cooperative Banks

BRO rebuilds bridge on Munsyari Milam Road near Indo -China Border in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand

  • In Uttarakhand , a crucial bridge on the Munsyari Milam Road near the Indo -China Border in Pithoragarh has been rebuilt by the Border Road Organisation(BRO) in a record time of five days.
  • The 100 feet long bridge with a capacity of carrying weight of around 30 tonnes, is the only route for movement of Army and ITBP personnel to the higher Himalayan posts along the china border.

Govt Approves Additional Rs 1,691 Crore for Highway Works in J&K, Uttarakhand for 2020-21

  • The government has approved an additional Rs 1,691 crore for highway works by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand for 2020-21.

Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda launches TRIFED Digital Platforms through video conference

  • The TRIFED Digital Platforms, Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda stated that the team of “TRIFED Warriors” will take Tribal Commerce based on forest products, handlooms and handicrafts to a new high for transforming tribal lives and livelihoods.

Union Minister Shripad Naik Inaugurates Defence Conclave 2020 Gujarat

  • Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik inaugurated two-day Defence Conclave 2020 Gujarat via video conferencing and stated that strong defence capabilities would help the nation safeguarding the prosperity “generated in the last few decades”.

India inks pact with Bhutan for 600 MW Kholongchhu Hydroelectric Project

  • India signed a concession agreement with Bhutan for the 600 MW Kholongchhu Hydroelectric Project in the virtual presence of external affairs minister S Jaishankar.

India plans incentives to double auto exports in next five years

  • India is drawing up an incentive scheme for the autos sector aimed at doubling exports of vehicles and components in the next five years.

Govt launches PM FME scheme to help micro food processing enterprises

  • The Government launched a Rs 10,000 crore scheme for micro enterprises which offers 50% subsidy for storage and transportation to prevent distress sale by farmers.
  • The scheme, called Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro Food Enterprises (PM FME) launched by Food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, aims to bring in new technology, apart from affordable credit to help small entrepreneurs penetrate new markets.

Defence Minister launches web portal for issuing NOCs for projects in Indian waters

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched a web portal for issuing no objection certificates (NOCs) to entities that are undertaking power projects and activities related to research, survey, exploration and exploitation in the Indian territorial waters and exclusive economic zones.

Culture Ministry to  celebrate “Sankalp Parva” to plant trees from 28th June to 12 July 2020

  • The Ministry of Culture has decided to celebrate Sankalp Parva from 28th June to 12 July 2020.
  • This initiative is in line with the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi’s call for planting at least five trees either in Office campus or wherever it is possible, to ensure clean and healthy environment of the country.

NFL launches five Mobile Soil Testing Labs for testing the soil samples at farmers’ doorstep

  • National Fertilizers Limited- NFL has launched five Mobile Soil Testing Labs for testing the soil samples at the doorstep of farmers free of cost.
  • It will give further boost to the Soil Testing facility in the country for promoting appropriate use of fertilizers.

India bans 59 Chinese mobile apps on security threat

  • India has banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including the popular SHAREit, TikTok, UC Browser, and SHEIN, citing them to be a security threat. The government invoked its powers under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act and relevant provisions under IT Rules 2009 to block these apps, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) stated.

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NITI Aayog:

  • Headquarters– New Delhi.
  • Chairperson– Narendra Modi.
  • Chief Executive Officer(CEO)- Amitabh Kant.
  • Vice Chairperson– Rajiv Kumar.

The International Transport Forum (ITF):

  • Headquarters: Paris, France
  • Secretary-General :Young Tae Kim

Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region:

  • Jitendra Singh :MOS independent charge
  • Constituency: Udhampur, J&K

NCERT:

  • Director: Hrushikesh Senapaty
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

KVIC:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Vinai Kumar Saxena: Chairperson

Coal India Limited (CIL):

  • CEO: Anil Kumar Jha
  • Headquarters: Kolkata

Ministry of Food Processing Industries:

  • Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister of Food Processing Industries
  • Constituency: Bathinda, Punjab
  • Rameswar Teli, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries

MoWCD

  • Minister of Women and Child Development and Minister of Textiles: Smriti Irani
  • Constituency: Amethi, UP

Ministry of Human Resource Development:        

  • Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’: Cabinet Minister
  • Constituency :Haridwar , Uttarakhand
  • Deputy Minister: Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Minister of State

MoAHDF

  • Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries- Giriraj Singh
  • Constituency- Nawada, Bihar

MSME Ministry

  • Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Minister of Shipping and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises- Nitin Jairam Gadkari
  • Constituency- Nagpur,Maharashtra

BRO

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Director General: Lt. Gen.Harpal Singh

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship:

  • Mahendra Nath Pandey, Cabinet Minister
  • Constituency: Chandauli, UP
  • Raj Kumar Singh, Minister of State

Ministry of Tourism:

  • Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State (Independent charge)
  • Constituency: Damoh

CBDT:

  • Pramod Chandra Modi, Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:

  • Minister of Science and Technology, Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Minister of Earth Sciences: Dr. Harsh Vardhan
  • Constituency: Chandni chowk, New Delhi

Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS):

  • Headquarters: New Delhi

Ministry of Rural Development:  

  • Narendra Singh Tomar, Cabinet Minister
  • Constituency: Morena, Madhya Pradesh
  • Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Minister of State

Piramal:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Chairperson :Ajay Piramal

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH):  

  • Nitin Gadkari, Cabinet Minister
  • Constituency: Nagpur
  • General (Retd.) V. K. Singh, Minister of State

Ministry of Tribal Affairs:

  • Arjun Munda, Cabinet Minister
  • Constituency: Khunti
  • Renuka Singh Saruta, Minister of State

Bhutan

  • Capital: Thimphu
  • Capital: Bhutan Ngultrum
  • Prime minister: Lotay Tshering

 MoFPI

  • Minister of Food Processing Industries: Harsimrat Kaur Badal
  • Constituency: Bathinda, Punjab.

MoD

  • Defence Minister of India: Rajnath Singh
  • Constituency: Lucknow, UP.

Ministry of Culture

  • Prahlad Singh Patel Constituency– Damoh Loksabha in Madhya Pradesh

National Fertilizers Limited

  • Headquarters: Noida, India
  • Virendra Nath Datt (Chairman and MD)

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL

France commits 200 million Euros for India’s Covid response

  • France and India signed an agreement with Paris committing 200 million euros to support Delhi’s Covid response

One billion children experience violence every year as countries fail to protect them: UN report

  • Half of the world’s children — one billion every year — are affected by physical, sexual or psychological violence, suffering injuries and death because countries have failed to follow established strategies to protect them, the first report of its kind from the UN has stated, with experts noting that the coronavirus-related lockdowns have left far too many youngsters stuck with their abusers.
  • The report — launched by the World Health Organisation, the UNICEF, the UNESCO, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children and the End Violence Partnership — charted progress in 155 countries against the “INSPIRE” framework, a set of seven strategies for preventing and responding to violence against children.

Exim Bank extends USD 20.1 mn credit line to Nicaragua govt

  • Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) stated it has extended a line of credit (LOC) of USD 20.10 million to the government of Nicaragua for reconstruction of Aldo Chavarria Hospital.

World Bank approves $1.05 billion to Bangladesh for jobs, economic recovery

  • The World Bank has approved dollar 05 billion for three projects in Bangladesh to create quality jobs and accelerate economic recovery in the wake of the corona pandemic.

China To Join UN Arms Trade Treaty To Enhance ‘peace And Stability’

  • China has decided to join a global pact on regulations of arms sales showing its willingness to address the poorly regulated international arms trade after the United States pulled out last year.

Terror financing watchdog FATF decides to continue Pakistan in Grey List

  • In a setback for Pakistan, the global terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has decided to keep Pakistan in the Grey List’ for terror financing. The decision has been taken as Pakistan has failed to check the flow of money to terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

World’s first yoga university outside India launched in Los Angeles

  • The World’s first yoga university outside India has been launched in Los Angeles, offering programmes that combine scientific principles and modern research approaches to the ancient Indian practice.

India’s NTPC wins PMC job for 500-MW solar project in Mali

  • Indian power producer NTPC Ltd (BOM:532555) has won a project management consultancy (PMC) contract for the development of a 500-MW solar park in the Republic of Mali.

USAID Announces A Contribution Of $356.2 Million From The U.S. Government For Sudan’s Democratic Transition

  • The United States is providing $356.2 million to support the democratic transition in the Republic of Sudan following a peaceful revolution in 2019.

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UNICEF:

  • Headquarter– New York, United States (US)
  • Executive Director– Henrietta Holsman Fore

WHO:

  • Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
  • Director general– Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
  • Chief Scientist– Soumya Swaminathan

UNESCO:

  • Headquarter– Paris, France
  • Director-General– Audrey Azoulay

EXIM Bank:

  • Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– David Rasquinha

Nicaragua:

  • Capital: Managua
  • Currency: Nicaraguan córdoba

France:

  • Capital: Paris
  • President: Emmanuel Macron
  • Currencies: Euro, CFP franc

Bangladesh:

  • Capital: Dhaka
  • Currency: Bangladeshi taka
  • Prime Minister: Sheikh Hasina

China:

  • Currency: Renminbi
  • Capital: Beijing
  • President: Xi Jinping

Financial Action Task Force (FATF):

  • Headquarters: Paris, France
  • President: Xiangmin Liu

 NTPC:

  • Chairman & Managing Director (CMD)– Gurdeep Singh
  • Headquarters– New Delhi

Republic of Mali:

  • Capital– Bamako
  • Currency– CFA (Communaute Financiere Africaine) franc

Sudan

  • Capital: Khartoum
  • Currency: Sudanese pound

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND FINANCE

Yes Bank partners Affordplan to launch co-branded cashless healthcare card

  • Yes Bank has partnered with fintech startup Affordplan to launch a co-branded health card to address healthcare needs. The co-branded healthcare card will enable families plan and manage their finances for their healthcare needs.

Karnataka Bank launches KBL Micro Mitra for micro enterprises

  • Karnataka Bank has launched a new product KBL Micro Mitra, wherein financial assistance up to Rs.10 lakhs can be provided to the Micro manufacturing and service enterprises either for working capital or for investment purposes.

UCO Bank partners with four insurers to sell their products

  • State-run UCO Bank tied up with four insurers to offer various insurance products to its customers through its network of branches across the country.
  • The lender teamed up with SBI Life Insurance Company, the Oriental Insurance Company and Religare Health Insurance Company, Star Health and Allied Insurance Company for selling their products.

SEBI announces relaxations for listed companies having stressed assets

  • Stock market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) decided to relax the pricing methodology for preferential issues by listed companies having stressed assets and exempt allottees of preferential issues from open offer obligations with immediate effect.

Pension fund FDI cap proposed at 49%

  • The draft rules propose that total foreign investment covering both direct and indirect investments can go up to 49 per cent in an Indian pension fund and the calculation would be done under regulations to be framed by PFRDA along with the Centre’s Consolidated FDI policy.

Sachin Bansal’s Navi launches new instant lending app with paperless KYC

  • Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal’s financial services startup Navi has launched a mobile app to provide instant personal loans targeted at consumers in the middle-income segment.
  • The Navi lending app will provide instant loans of up to5 lakh with repayment tenures of up to 36 months. The loan process is done completely using digital and contact less process for customers

J&K Bank launches products to provide financial support to business communities

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, in order to provide adequate financial support to different business communities to overcome business challenges due to the prevailing conditions, J&K Bank has launched two products titled ‘J&K Bank Business Support Loan Scheme 2019-20’ and ‘J&K Bank Business Support Loan Scheme 2019-20 for Hotels and Guest Houses’.

Yes Bank, UDMA Technologies launch digital wallet Yuva Pay

  • Yes Bank announced the launch of ‘Yuva Pay, a digital wallet, in partnership with UDMA Technologies to enable contact less payments.

IRDAI sets up panel on insurance for use drones

  • The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has formed a working group to suggest insurance products covering the various risks involved in the use of drones. The nine-member panel, headed by Anjan Dev, General Manager

Yes Bank launches full service digital savings account

  • Private sector lender Yes Bank has launched a full service digital savings account which would ensure physical distancing and eliminate the need for a branch visit, physical documentation or any in-person interaction in times of the current pandemic.

SOLV partners with Standard Chartered Bank to launch credit card for MSMEs

  • SOLV, a B2B digital platform for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), has launched a credit card tailor-made for the MSME segment, in partnership with Standard Chartered Bank, India.

Instamojo launches InstaCash to solve the liquidity challenge for MSMEs

  • Instamojo, has launched ‘InstaCash’ to enable merchants to gain access to working capital. Merchants can avail loans for upto Rs 1 lakh, for a period of 7–14 days.

PhonePe partners with ICICI Bank on UPI multi-bank model

  • Flipkart-owned PhonePe has partnered with ICICI Bank on UPI multi-bank model, giving its users the option to create and use multiple UPI IDs with ICICI and Yes Bank’s handles.

DGFT to launch new digital platform for delivery of services

  • The commerce ministry’s foreign trade arm DGFT is launching a digital platform for delivery of services like issuance of Import-Export Code (IEC), a move aimed at promoting ease of doing business for traders.

MSME comes out with consolidated notification for classification and registration

  • The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has come out with a consolidated notification in the form of guidelines for classification and registration of MSMEs. Earlier, the Ministry had published a Notification on 1st June with new criteria for classification of MSMEs based on Investment and Turnover

World Bank clears $500 mn to improve quality of education system

  • The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a USD 500 million (about Rs 3,700 crore) loan to improve the quality and governance of school education in six Indian states. The board approved a loan for Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States Program (STARS).

SBI working on setting up e-commerce portal “Bharat Craft” for MSMEs

  • State Bank of India is working on setting up an e-commerce portal for advertising of merchandise manufactured by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) within the nation.
  • The portal referred to as Bharat Craft can be collectively run by the financial institution and the federal government.

IMF Executive Board Approves a US$356.5 Million Disbursement to Myanmar to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • The IMF Executive board has approved an emergency financial assistance worth 5 million dollars for Myanmar to address challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic.

Reserve Bank of India extends enhanced borrowing limit to banks under MSF till Sept 30

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to extend the enhanced borrowing facility provided to the banks to meet their liquidity shortages till September 30.
  • The RBI, as a temporary measure, had increased the borrowing limit of scheduled banks under the marginal standing facility (MSF) scheme from 2 per cent to 3 per cent of their Net Demand and Time Liabilities (NDTL) with effect from March 27, 2020.

Sidbi sets up fund to facilitate free onboarding of MSMEs on TReDS platform

  • Small Industries Development Bank of India (Sidbi) stated it has set up a fund to support free on boarding for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) on trade receivables discounting system (TReDS). The fund, Swavalamban Crisis Responsive Fund, is an open-ended fund and the target is to onboard 10,000 MSMEs during the period

RBL Bank’s chatbot ‘RBL Cares’, now enables banking transactions

  • RBL Bank has now enabled additional banking transactions and added a host of new features to ‘RBL Cares’, its AI-powered conversational Chatbot that can provide real-time customer service assistance on a range of questions related to banking and credit card products and services.

World Bank Enhances Support for Rejuvenating the Ganga

  • The World Bank enhanced its support for the Government of India’s program to rejuvenate the Ganga River with a $400 million operation that will help stem pollution in the river, and strengthen the management of the river basin which is home to more than 500 million people.

India, World Bank sign loan agreements for housing sector in Tamil Nadu

  • The government of India, government of Tamil Nadu and the World Bank signed legal agreements to help low-income groups in the state of Tamil Nadu get access to affordable housing.
  • The legal agreements were signed for two projects – $200 million First Tamil Nadu Housing Sector Strengthening Programme and $50 million Tamil Nadu Housing and Habitat Development Project – to strengthen the state’s housing sector policies, institutions, and regulations.

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Yes Bank

  • CEO: Prashant Kumar
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Tagline: Experience our Expertise

Karnataka Bank

  • Headquarters: Mangalore
  • CEO: Mahabaleshwara M. S

UCO bank:

  • Headquarters– Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Managing Director(MD) & Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Atul Kumar Goel
  • Tagline: Honours your Trust

SEBI:

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

PFRDA

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairperson: Supratim Bandyopadhyay

NAVI

  • Bengaluru-based Navi was founded by Bansal in May, 2018

J&K bank:

  • CEO: R K Chhibber
  • Headquarters: Srinagar
  • Tagline :Serving to Empower

IRDAI:

  • Founded: 1999
  • Headquarters: Hyderabad
  • Chairperson: Subhash Chandra Khuntia

Standard Chartered Bank:

  • Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
  • CEO: Bill Winters

Instamojo

  • Founded: 2012
  • Headquarters location: Bengaluru
  • Chief Executive Officer: Sampad Swain

Phonepe

  • Founded: December 2015
  • CEO: Sameer Nigam
  • Headquarters location: Bengaluru

DGFT:

  • Director General: Sh. Amit Yadav, IAS
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises:       

  • Nitin Gadkari, Cabinet Minister
  • Constituency: Nagpur
  • Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Minister of State

World Bank

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

SBI

  • Chairperson: Rajnish Kumar
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founded: 1 July 1955

IMF

  • Managing Director: Kristalina Georgieva
  • Chief Economist: Gita Gopinath
  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States

SIDBI:

  • Headquarters: Lucknow
  • Founded: 2 April 1990
  • Mohammad Mustafa: Chairman and Managing Director

RBL bank:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • MD & CEO: Mr Vishwavir Ahuja

Tamil Nadu:

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

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

Amazon to host Small Business Day on June 27 to help SME sellers

  • E-commerce major Amazon will host the third edition of its sale event Small Business Day (SBD) 2020  on June 27 to help small businesses, artisans, weavers, micro-entrepreneurs and start-ups rebound from economic disruption created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hyundai Motor India partners with HDFC Bank to offer online car loans on Click to Buy

  • Hyundai Motor India has announced a partnership with HDFC Bank to offer online auto retail financing solutions to the customers on its Click to Buy digital car buying platform. A customer can purchase any Hyundai vehicle, through the Click to Buy

Biocon ties up with DKSH to distribute 7 products in Singapore, Thailand

  • Bio-technology major, Biocon Pharma Ltd, a subsidiary of the bio-tech firm has signed an agreement with market expansion services provider DKSH for distribution of seven generic products in Singapore and Thailand.

Moody’s projects India GDP to shrink 3.1% in 2020, flags geopolitical risk

  • Moody’s Investors Service projected the Indian economy to shrink 1 per cent in 2020 and stated clashes with China on the border also suggest rising geopolitical risks in the Asian region where countries are particularly vulnerable to changes in geopolitical dynamics.

Haryana govt, Reliance Jio TV enter agreement to educate 52 lakh students

  • Haryana government and Reliance Jio TV have entered an agreement that is expected to benefit around 52 lakh school children in rural areas.

World’s First Gold-backed Digital Gold Currency Launched in India

  • IBMC Financial Professionals Group, an internationally recognized financial services institution and business consultants, has joined hands with US Gold Currency Inc and Blockfills to bring the world’s first monetary gold-backed digital gold currency to India. The currency is also being simultaneously introduced in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Middle East and Africa.

India’s GDP to contract by 5.3% in FY21, bounce back in FY22: Ind-Ra

  • India’s economy is likely to shrink by 3 percent this fiscal, the lowest GDP growth in the Indian history and the sixth instance of economic contraction, India Ratings and Research stated.

IMF projects sharp contraction of 4.5% in Indian economy in 2020; a historic low

  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected a deeper 5% contraction for India in FY21 than earlier estimated, citing a longer lockdown period and slower than anticipated recovery.

CCI approves acquisition of 9.99% stake in Jio Platforms by Jaadhu Holdings LLC

  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved acquisition of 99 per cent stake in Jio Platforms by Jaadhu Holdings LLC.

Carlyle to pick up 20 pc stake in Piramal pharma business for $490 million

  • The Carlyle Group has agreed to pick up a 20 per cent stake in Ajay Piramal’s pharma business for 490 million dollars (about Rs 3,698 crore), making it one of the largest private equity deals in the Indian pharmaceutical sector.

India’s economy in deep trouble, growth may contract 5 pc in FY21: S&P

  • S&P Global Ratings stated that Indian economy is in deep trouble with growth expected to contract by 5 per cent in the current financial year 2020-21.

Hindustan Zinc launches “Koi Bacha Rahe Na Bhookha” campaign

  • Hindustan Zinc Limited (HZL), in association with Government’s Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), has launched “Koi Bacha Rahe Na Bhookha” campaign – aimed at improving the health and well-being of the children in the age group of 0-6 years across 3089+ Anganwadis in Rajasthan

Government launches 7.15% floating rate bonds

  • The government is launching the Floating Rate Savings Bonds 2020 (Taxable) scheme from July 01, 2020. The Floating Rate Savings Bonds 2020 (FRSB Bonds) will have a tenure of 7 years and the interest rate will keep varying during the tenure of the scheme. Currently, the rate of interest has been set at 15 per cent per annum payable half-yearly. The minimum investment amount is Rs 1000, while there will be no maximum limit for investments made in the Bonds. The maximum investment in cash can be made up to Rs 20,000.

SAP launches Global Bharat program to equip MSMEs with digital technologies

  • German technology firm SAP India launched the Global Bharat program, designed to enable Indian micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) become globally competitive by equipping them with digital technologies.

Swiggy ties up with ICICI Bank to launch digital wallet

  • To enable a ‘single-click’ checkout experience on its platform, on demand delivery platform Swiggy launched its own digital wallet ‘Swiggy Money’ in partnership with ICICI Bank. The digital wallet will enable its customers to store money and be used for all food orders on Swiggy. ‘Swiggy Money’ is powered by ICICI Bank’s ‘insta wallet service’, which is built on a cloud platform with API integration

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Amazon

  • CEO: Jeff Bezos
  • Headquarters: Washington, United States

Hyundai Motors:

  • Headquarters–Seoul, South Korea
  • Chief Executive Officer(CEO): Chung Mong-koo

HDFC Bank:

  • Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Chairman– Deepak S. Parekh

Biocon:

  • CEO: Arun Suresh Chandavarkar
  • Founder: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru

Moody’s Investors Service:

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

Reliance Industries Limited

  • Chairman and Managing Director– Mukesh D. Ambani
  • Founder Chairman– Dhirubhai Ambani
  • Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra

 Haryana

  • Governor– Satyadeo Narain Arya
  • Chief Minister– Manohar Lal Khattar
  • Capital– Chandigarh

IBMC Financial Professionals Group:

  • Chairman– Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al Hamed and
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Managing Director (MD)– Mr Sajith Kumar PK

Ind-Ra:

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Managing Director (MD)– Rohit Karan Sawhney
  • Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra

CCI:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Ashok Guptha: Chairman
  • P K Singh: Secretary

Carlyle Group:

  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
  • Daniel A. D’Aniello :chairman​ emeritus

S&P Global Ratings

  • Founder: Henry Varnum Poor
  • Headquarters: New York City,U.S.

Hindustan Zinc Limited

  • CEO: Sunil Duggal
  • Headquarters: Udaipur

SAP

  • CEO: Christian Klein
  • Headquarters:Walldorf, Baden-Württemberg,Germany

Swiggy:

  • CEO: Sriharsha Majety
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru

ICICI:

  • CEO: Sandeep Bakhshi
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATES

Jharkhand to launch job guarantee scheme for urban poor

  • Jharkhand is set to launch a 100-day employment scheme for urban unskilled workers similar to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) amid the coronavirus pandemic and increasing unemployment.
  • The scheme will be known as Mukhyamantri SHRAMIK (Shahri Rozgar Manjuri For Kamgar) Yojna which is aimed at enhancing livelihood security for urban poor

NGT imposes Rs 10 lakh fine on Karnataka government over pollution in Bengaluru’s Kithiganahalli Lake

  • The NGT has imposed an interim penalty of Rs 10 lakh on the Karnataka government over pollution in the Kithiganahalli Lake, near Bommasandra suburb in Bengaluru, saying criminal offence is being committed by the authorities in not stopping the discharge of pollutants into the water bodies.
  • A bench headed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also slapped a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the municipal council of Bommasandra for failure to discharge its duties.

Madhya Kshetra Vidyut Vitaran Company starts Nishtha Vidyut Mitra Scheme for women empowerment

  • In Madhya Pradesh, the Madhya Kshetra Vidyut Vitaran Company has started the Nishtha Vidyut Mitra Scheme for women empowerment in one of its kind of initiatives. In this scheme, women Self-Help Groups at Gram Panchayat level will work as Nishtha Vidyut Mitra.

Rath Yatra embarks in Puri

  • The Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra, one of India’s biggest religious festivals, is in the temple town in Odisha amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • But this year people will not be allowed after the Supreme Court placed several conditions, including the imposition of a curfew in Puri during the festivities.

Tripura to start ‘ Play little, Study little’ scheme for school students

  • With uncertainty prevailing over reopening of schools due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Tripura government has decided to start a scheme called ‘Ektu Khelo, Ektu Padho’ which means ‘Play little, Study little’, from June 25.

Maharashtra government declares 29.53-sq-km area in Konkan a conservation reserve

  • The Maharashtra government declared 53 square kilometre (sq km) area, comprising 10 villages in Dodamarg taluka, Sindhudurg district, as the Tillari Conservation Reserve.
  • This is the first notified conservation reserve along the Konkan coast and the seventh in the state.

Rajasthan govt to launch Indira Rasoi Yojna: CM Ashok Gehlot

  • Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced that his government will soon launch the Indira Rasoi Yojna for the poor to ensure that ‘‘no one sleeps hungry’‘ in the state.

Jagan Mohan Reddy releases Rs 15,000 each to Kapu community women

  • Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy Launched the YSR Kapu Nestham scheme intended to provide financial assistance of Rs 15,000 per annum each to members of the Kapu community

Tripura announces schemes to combat infant, maternal mortality, malnourishment

  • Tripura announced Mukhyamantri Matru Pushti Uphaar, an ambitious scheme to provide nutrition kits to pregnant and lactating women

Kushinagar Airport in Uttar Pradesh to be an international airport

  • Recently, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for the declaration of Kushinagar Airport in the state of Uttar Pradesh as an international airport.
  • It will be India’s 29thInternational Airport and fourth of Uttar Pradesh including the under construction Jewar Airport.

Telangana CM Launches Sixth Phase Of Haritha Haram Programme

  • Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao launched the sixth phase of Haritha Haram programme by planting a Black Plum (Neredu) sapling in the Narsapur forest area in Medak district.
  • The CM inaugurated the Narsapur Urban Forest Park, which was developed in 636 acres.

Karnataka Becomes First State To Amend Industries (Facilitation) Act For Small, Medium & Large-Scale Industries

  • The Karnataka government amended the long pending industrial reform “The Karnataka Industries (Facilitation) Act, 2002” to facilitate and attract investment in the state. The decision was taken by the state Cabinet meeting chaired by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka  BS Yediyurappa.

PM Modi to launch ‘Atma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rojgar Abhiyan’ for migrant workers

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch Atma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rojgar Abhiyan which is focused on generating employment for those migrant workers of Uttar Pradesh who recently returned from other states.

Tamil Nadu CM, Petroleum Minister inaugurate compressed bio gas plant

  • Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated a Compressed Bio Gas Plant (CBG) at Namakkal and five CBG fuel stations in Pudhuchattiram and Rasipuram

UP to raise Rs 1,500 cr in bank loans for 340-km Purvanchal Expressway

  • UP Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA), of total loans worth Rs 1,500 crore, Rs 1,000 crore and Rs 500 crore will be sourced from Bank of India and Central Bank of India respectively.This is to expedite the work on its flagship 340-km Purvanchal Expressway project post lockdown.

Maharashtra government announces Maha Parwana plan to attract fresh investments in industries

  • Maharashtra, the state government announced a new plan called ‘Maha Parwana’, which will offer several incentives and offer a single-window clearance system for project execution.

Chhattisgarh government to launch Adarsh police station scheme

  • In Chhattisgarh, efforts will be made to develop all police stations in the state as Ideal police stations. The Chhattisgarh government will launch Adarsh police station scheme from July 1. Certain parameters have been fixed and those police stations meet the set criteria will be rewarded.

UP Government to form a dedicated force for industrial security

  • Uttar Pradesh government has decided to form a dedicated force for security of courts, metro rail, airports, industrial establishments, banks and other organizations in the state. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to constitute the Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force (UPSSF) for this purpose.

Punjab Governor along with Petroleum Minister inaugurated Battery Swapping Facility, QIS

  • Punjab Governor and Administrator of Chandigarh V P Singh Badnore along with Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated Battery Swapping Facility, Quick Interchange Service (QIS) at Chandigarh in a function organised online.

Chhattisgarh to be the first state of the country to procure cowdung for welfare of cattle owners

  • Godhan Nyay Yojana’ to be launched in Chhattisgarh to promote environment conservation, cowdung management and to make animal husbandry more profitable.
  • This innovative scheme will be implemented in Chhattisgarh from the day of Hareli Festival.

 MP govt to launch ‘Kill Corona’ campaign from July 1

  • Madhya Pradesh government will launch a ‘Kill Corona’ campaign from July 1 to control the spread of coronavirus in the state. Under the campaign, a door-to-door survey will be conducted and tests would also be done on citizens for other diseases.

Uttarakhand forest department develops India’s first lichen park in Kumaon

  • Uttarakhand forest department has claimed to have developed the country’s first lichen park in Kumaon’s Munsiyari area, spread over 1.5 acres with over 80 species of lichens collected from across the Himalayan state.

Himachal Pradesh Government to open Varishth Nagrik Suvidha Kendra for senior citizens

  • Himachal Pradesh Government would open Varishth Nagrik Suvidha Kendra on pilot basis to offer comprehensive day care services to senior citizens to lead a healthy and dignified lifestyle.

Madhya Pradesh launches ‘Hamara Ghar-Hamara Vidyalaya’ campaign

  • In order to maintain the academic regularity of students during the Corona crisis, the State Education Center of Madhya Pradesh has prepared a ‘Hamara Ghar-Hamara Vidyalaya’ means My Home-My school scheme, in which children will be taught at home in a school-like environment.

Maharashtra set to launch a plasma therapy trial ‘Project Platina’ on COVID-19 patients

  • The Maharashtra government launched the largest plasma therapy trial for Covid-19. Launching  the programme, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray stated Maharashtra will be the first state in the country to conduct an overarching trial on convalescent plasma therapy

Plasma Bank to be set up in Delhi to treat COVID-19 patients

  • In a first for India, the delhi government launched a plasma bank for treating covid-19 patients.
  • Delhi was one of the first states to give the go-ahead for plasma therapy in April. It has now stated that the proposed plasma bank will be up and running in two days

Naveen Patnaik plans to increase green cover under ‘Sabuja Odisha’ over 1.30 Lakh Hectares

  • The Odisha Government planned to implement a new initiative ‘Sabuja Odisha’ to increase green cover through extensive plantation over 1,30,264 Hectares of land.

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Jharkhand

  • Capital: Ranchi
  • Chief minister: Hemant Soren
  • Governor: Draupadi Murmu

Karnataka

  • Chief minister: B. S. Yediyurappa
  • Capital: Bengaluru
  • Governor: Vajubhai Vala

Madhya Pradesh

  • Capital: Bhopal
  • Chief minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
  • Governor: Lalji Tandon

Odisha

  • Capital: Bhubaneswar
  • Governor: Ganeshi Lal
  • Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik

Tripura:

  • Capital: Agartala
  • Governor: Ramesh Bais
  • Chief Minister: Biplab Kumar Deb

Maharashtra:

  • Capital: Mumbai
  • Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari
  • Chief Minister: Uddhav Thackeray

Rajasthan:

  • Capital: Jaipur
  • Governor: Kalraj Mishra
  • Chief minister: Ashok Gehlot

Andhra Pradesh

  • Legislative Capital: Amaravati, Executive Capital: Vizag, Judicial Capital: Kurnool
  • Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan
  • Chief minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

UP:

  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Governor: Anandiben Patel
  • Chief minister: Yogi Adityanath

Telangana:

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

TN

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

MoPNG

  • Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Minister of Steel: Dharmendra Debendra Pradhan
  • Constituency: Deogarh, Odisha

Chhattisgarh:

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

Punjab:

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

Himachal Pradesh

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

Uttarakhand

  • Capitals: Dehradun, Gairsain (Summer)
  • CM: Trivendra Singh Rawat
  • Governor: Baby Rani Maurya

Delhi:

  • Governor: Anil Baijal,
  • Chief Minister: Arvind Kejriwal

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU

NI-MSME inks pact with Nitte to train MSMEs

  • The Hyderabad-based National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NI-MSME) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Mangaluru-based Nitte (deemed-to-be university) for the empowerment of the MSME sector.

IIT Delhi And  UN World Food Programme To Increase Efficiency Of Government’s Food Security Net

  • The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, or IIT Delhi, has collaborated with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), India, to develop solutions for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of food security programmes of the Government of India. The aim of this tie-up is to create “sustainable models” that can be used across the country and beyond.

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UNWFP:

  • Headquarters– Rome, Italy
  • Executive Director– David Muldrow Beasley

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATION

National champion Niki Poonacha elected to ITF panel

  • National champion Niki Poonacha has been elected to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) men’s player panel and will represent the Asia-Oceania zone along with Ti Chen of Chinese Taipei.
  • The ITF also has a women’s player panel with Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan from Asia.

Tata Sons’ Chandrasekaran re-nominated to RBI central board

  • The Central government has re-nominated Natarajan Chandrasekaran as a part-time non-official director on the Reserve Bank of India’s central board, for a further period of two years beyond March 3, 2020, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

Standard Chartered appoints Gaurav Maheshwari as CFO – India

  • Standard Chartered Bank (India) announced the appointment of Gaurav Maheshwari as its new Chief Financial Officer effective 22 June 2020.

ASU research and innovation leader Sethuraman Panchanathan confirmed as NSF director

  • Arizona State University Executive Vice President and Chief Research and Innovation Officer Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan has been named as 15th director of the National Science Foundation, unanimously confirmed by the S. Senate

IFTAS Announces the Appointment of Shri. T. Rabi Sankar as Chairman and Dr. N Rajendran as Chief Executive Officer

  • IFTAS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reserve Bank of India announces the appointments of Shri. T Rabi Sankar as the Chairman and N Rajendran as the CEO of the organization

Nikhil Rathi, Indian-origin chief of the London Stock Exchange, appointed as CEO to UK’s financial regulator

  • UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak appointed Indian-origin chief of the London Stock Exchange Nikhil Rathi as the new chief executive of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority

Joe Biden wins Democratic Presidential primary in New York

  • Joe Biden has won the Democratic presidential primary in New York.
  • New York is a reliably Democratic-voting state. The general election is in November.

Sanjay Kumar To Succeed Ajoy Mehta As Chief Secretary Of Maharashtra

  • The Maharashtra government appointed senior bureaucrat Sanjay Kumar as the new chief secretary.
  • Kumar will succeed Ajoy Mehta, who, post retirement on June 30, will take over as principal advisor to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, a new position created in the backdrop of the coronavirus crisis.

Priyanka Chopra, Anurag Kashyap among ambassadors for TIFF 2020

  • Indian star Priyanka Chopra and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap are among the 50 celebrated filmmakers and actors invited as the ambassadors of a slimmed down Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this year.

Clare Connor to become first female MCC president in 233 years

  • Former England woman all-rounder Clare Connor is all set to become the first female president of the Marylebone Cricket Club in the club’s 233-year long history.

Trump nominates Indian-American entrepreneur to IDFC board

  • An Indian-American entrepreneur Deven J Parekh, who was on the board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be a director of the reconstituted US International Development Finance Corporation (IDFC)

Micheal Martin Becomes Ireland’s Prime Minister

  • Ireland’s Parliament appointed Micheal Martin, a center-right politician, as prime minister. Martin replaces Leo Varadkar.

Vini Mahajan is Punjab’s first woman Chief Secretary

  • Vini Mahajan, became the first woman bureaucrat in the history of Punjab to be elevated to the top post of the state’s Chief Secretary.

UP Governor Anandiben Patel Gets Additional Madhya Pradesh Charge

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has assigned Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel additional charge of Madhya Pradesh in the absence of Governor Lal Ji Tandon, who has taken ill and has been in a hospital.

Lazarus Chakwera sworn in as Malawi president after historic win

  • Lazarus Chakwera has been sworn in as Malawi’s new president.
  • He defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57% of votes.

K K Venugopal reappointed as Attorney General of India for one year

  • K K Venugopal was reappointed as the Attorney General for India for one year. His present three-year term ends.
  • The President is pleased to re-appoint Shri K K Venugopal, Senior Advocate as Attorney General for India for a period of one year we.f.July 1, 2020

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ITF

  • President/CEO– David Haggerty
  • Headquarters– London, United Kingdom

SCB

  • Head Quarters: London, United Kingdom
  • CEO- Standard Chartered Bank, India: Zarin Daruwala

NSF

  • Acting Director: Kelvin Droegemeier
  • Headquarters: Virginia, United States

IFTAS

  • Indian Financial Technology & Allied Services (IFTAS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of theReserve Bank of India.  IFTAS is established under Section 8 of Indian Companies Act, 2013

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation:

  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
  • Chief Executive Officer: Adam S. Boehler

Ireland

  • Capital: Dublin
  • Currency: Euro

Malawi

  • Capital: Lilongwe
  • Currency: Malawian Kwacha

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONORS

Amartya Sen to be awarded the 2020 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

  • Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen has been awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade for his decades-long work around issues of global justice.

Golden Globe awards postponed to February 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic

  • The annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony for film and television has been postponed to February next year, organizers stated.
  • The Golden Globes ceremony, which kicks off Hollywood’s awards season, will now take place on 28th of February in Beverly hills, California instead of its usual slot on the first Sunday in January.

Folk artist Gulabbai Sangamnerkar to get lifetime honour

  • The Maharashtra government announced the Vithabai Narayangaokar lifetime achievement award to folk artist Gulabbai Sangamnerkar. The Annasaheb Kirloskar award will be conferred upon veteran theatre actress-singer Madhuvanti Dandekar

 Himachal bags e-Panchayat Puraskar 2020

  • Himachal Pradesh state panchayati raj department secured first prize under e-Panchayat Puraskar-2020, given by the Union ministry of panchayati raj.

Six District Hospitals of J&K UT win Kayakalap award

  • In a significant achievement in the health sector, six District Hospitals of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir have bagged Kayakalap award claiming notable positions in the best hospitals category 2019-20.

United Nations honours KK Shailaja for efforts to fight pandemic

  • The United Nations gave recognition to the achievement of the Kerala state in fighting  Covid-19 on its Public Service Day, celebrated on June 23.
  • Health Minister KK Shailaja was the lone speaker from the country to speak about the strategies adopted by the state.

National TB Elimination Program 2019: Nagaland, Tripura awarded for best performing small states

  • Nagaland and Tripura have been awarded for being the best performing small states under the National TB elimination programme in the year 2019. This was declared during the release of the annual TB Report 2020 by Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan.

Ex-RBI governor Rangarajan gets lifetime achievement award on Stats Day

  • Former Reserve Bank of India governor C Rangarajan was conferred with the lifetime achievement award for his contribution to statistics on the occasion of Statistics Day.

Beyonce receives BET Humanitarian Award from Michelle Obama

  • Beyonce received the prestigious BET Humanitarian Award.
  • Former first lady Michelle Obama, who worked on her Let’s Move! campaign with Beyoncé during her time in the White House, gave a pretaped speech during the virtual BET Awards honoring the music star for all of her charitable efforts.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SUMMITS AND CONFERENCE

Indian officials attend virtual EAG plenary meet in June

  • Indian officials, including representatives from enforcement agencies, attended the virtual 32nd special Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG) plenary meeting, under the aegis of the Financial Action Task Force

 The 36th ASEAN Summit being hosted by Vietnam

  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has indicated that the 36th ASEAN Summit will be the first ever to take place via teleconference, with Vietnam to host the remote gathering, set to focus on handling regional public health issues and funding to cope with COVID-19.

S Jaishankar to join Russia-India-China trilateral virtual conference

  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will join his Chinese and Russian counterparts at a virtual conference of the Russia-India-China trilateral, against the backdrop of New Delhi’s frayed ties with Beijing over the Galwan Valley

Mansukh Mandaviya inaugurates India’s one of India’s largest & first Virtual Healthcare & Hygiene EXPO 2020

  • Union State Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya inaugurated one of India’s   largest and first Virtual Healthcare and Hygiene EXPO 2020.

Union Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar inaugurates Virtual India Pavilion at Cannes Film Market 2020

  • Indian Participation at Cannes Film Festival – 2020 with the e-inauguration of the Virtual India Pavilion by Hon’ble Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Shri Prakash Javadekar. The Festival will be held from 22 – 26 June, 2020.

Piyush Goyal Led the Governing Council Meeting of National Productivity Council

  • The 49th Governing Council Meeting of National Productivity Council (NPC), an autonomous body under Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India was held through video conferencing.

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FATF

  • Headquarters– Paris, France
  • Membership– 39
  • President– Xiangmin Liu

MEA

  • Minister of External Affairs: Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
  • Constituency: Gujarat

MosCF

  • Union Minister of State for Shipping and Union Minister of State for Chemical and Fertilizers: Mansukh Mandaviya
  • Constituency: Gujarat

MCE

  • Minister of Railways and Commerce: Piyush Vedprakash Goyal
  • Constituency: Maharashtra

CURRENT AFFAIRS: RANKING

Mukesh Ambani 9th among top-10 richest men

  • RIL’s market capitalisation crossing the Rs 11-trillion mark, its chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani became the ninth-richest billionaire globally on the Forbes Real-time Billionaires List with a net worth of $64.6 billion.
  • Jeff Bezos owns an 11.1 per cent stake of his e-commerce colossus Amazon, topped the list with net worth $160.1 billion

India becomes 12th largest holder of US govt securities

  • India became the 12th largest holder of US government securities at the end of April, with holding worth $157.4 billion. It is released by US Treasury Department.

RIL 57th most valuable firm globally by market-cap; Saudi Aramco tops chart

  • Reliance Industries (RIL) became the first Indian company to be valued at $150 billion with the stock hitting a fresh all-time high of Rs 1,804 on the BSE. Over the past three months, the RIL stock has doubled – from a low of Rs 883.85 hit on March 23 as compared to a 35 per cent rise in the S&P BSE Sensex.

Nita Ambani only Indian among top global philanthropists of 2020

  • Reliance Foundation chairperson Nita Ambani became the only Indian to feature in Town & Country magazine’s top global philanthropists of 2020 list.
  • While RIL’s Mukesh Ambani, with a net worth of $64.5 billion, recently became the only Asian tycoon among the world’s top 10 richest people, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index

India retains position as third largest economy in PPP, global actual Individual consumption, capital formation

  • India has retained its position as the third-largest economy in the world in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP), behind the US and China.
  • India accounts for 7% or $8,051 billion, out of the world’s total of $119,547 billion of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in terms of PPP compared to 16.4 % in case of China and 16.3 % for the US, World Bank data for reference year 2017 show.

BSE bags spot among world’s 10 most valued exchanges

  • BSE figures among the world’s 10 largest exchanges in terms of cumulative market capitalisation of all companies listed on its platform, as per the latest data from the World Federation of Exchanges.
  • BSE is at the tenth place in the top-10 list, with a market capitalisation of $1.7 trillion

THE Young University Ranking 2020: IIT-Ropar best in country, two Indian institutes in global top 100

  • The best among the youngest institutes in the country is IIT-Ropar at 62nd rank. This is despite the institute having scored 0 per cent in the international students’ category. The second in India is IIT Indore at 64th rank.
  • The best among the global varsities in the world is The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Max Life at Rank 24 is the Only Life Insurance Company to be Amongst India”s Top 100 Great Places to Work

  • Ranked amongst Top 50 Best Workplaces for the 4th consecutive year of participation
  • Moves up 11 places from 35 in 2019 to 24 current Rank in 2020. Also recognized as one of the top 25 ‘Best Workplaces in BFSI

India slips to 77th rank, accounts for 0.06% of all foreign funds with Swiss banks

  • India has moved down three places to 77th rank in terms of money parked by its citizens and enterprises with Swiss banks at the end of 2019, while the UK has retained its top position, as per the latest data from Switzerland’s central bank. India was ranked 74th in the previous year

Bengaluru in world’s top 30 startup ecosystem list

  • Indian’s startup capital Bengaluru has been ranked in the world’s top 30 startup ecosystems. Topped by Silicon Valley in California, Bengaluru is at the 26th spot and the only India city to feature in the list by ‘The Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2020’ by Startup Genome.

IIM Bangalore jumps 25 places to break into top 50 of QS EMBA Rankings

  • From 61st position last year, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore has broken into the global top 50 Executive MBA (EMBA) Rankings by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) this year at 36th position.

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Reliance Industries Limited:

  • CEO: Mukesh Ambani
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

BSE

  • Location: Mumbai, India
  • Founded: 9 July 1877
  • Vikramajit Sen; (Chairman); Ashishkumar Chauhan; (MD & CEO)

Max Life Insurance Company Ltd:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Founder: Analjit Singh

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BOOKS AND AUTHORS

Amish Tripathi launches new book ‘Legend of Suheldev: The King Who Saved India

  • Amish announced the launch of his new fiction book – Legend of Suheldev: The King Who Saved India
  • The publishers of the book, Westland Publications Pvt Ltd, revealed that the book will be available across physical and online bookstores.

Noted poet Dr. Adyasha Das releases poetry anthology “The Yogini Poems: Love and Life”

  • Adyasha Das, well-known poet from Odisha has released her fourth book of poems, “The Yogini Poems: Love and Life”, based on the Chausathi Yoginis of Hirapur.

Hindi writer Priyamvad’s new book “Bharatiya Loktanktra Ka Koras: Kuch Bisari Bikhari Dhwaniyan”

  • Penguin Random House India’s Indian language publishing division, Hind Pocket Books has recently signed Shri Priyamvad, a celebrated writer in Hindi literature. His new book,Bharatiya Loktanktra Ka Koras: Kuch Bisari Bikhari Dhwaniyan will be released next year.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Annular solar eclipse with majestic Ring of Fire, witnessed in several parts of India

  • The country witnessed a rare celestial event, an annular solar eclipse on 21st june. The annular ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse, wherein the Sun appears like a ring of fire, is visible in different parts of the country.
  • The solar eclipse took place on the summer solstice, which is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere.

ISRO receives patent for protective garment for human spaceflight

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has received a patent for its Liquid Cooling and Heating Garment (LCHG) made of biocompatible fabrics and components to provide a comfortable temperature and removal of sweat for astronauts, for use in space for protection from hot and cold environments.

China launches final satellite in GPS-like Beidou system

  • China launched the final satellite in its Beidou constellation that emulates the US Global Positioning System, marking a further step in the country’s advance as a major space power.

IIT-Bombay develops chip Dhruva to be used in smartphones and navigation devices to find locations

  • IIT-Bombay has developed a homegrown receiver chip -Dhruva– that can be used in smartphones and navigation devices to find locations and routes within the country.

Young Giant Planet Offers Clues to Formation of Exotic Worlds

  • A new study in the Astronomical Journal reports on the detection of the exoplanet HIP 67522 b, which appears to be the youngest hot Jupiter ever found. It orbits a well-studied star that is about 17 million years old, meaning the hot Jupiter is likely only a few million years younger, whereas most known hot Jupiters are more than a billion years old.

Indian Institute of Science develops Nanozymes

  • A research team at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru has developed nanozymes that destroy the cell membrane of bacteria by directly targeting its phospholipids. Nanozymes are nanomaterials that can disintegrate the cell membranes of a range of diseases causing bacteria.

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport becomes 1st in India with this new tech at both ends of runway

  • Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport gets Aviation Weather Monitoring System for the first time in India, an Aviation Weather Monitoring System has been installed at the Bangalore airport at both ends of the runway.

IISc in process of commercialising ICU-grade ventilator ‘Project Praana’

  • Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), has successfully completed the prototyping of an intensive care unit (ICU) grade ventilator which is now in the process of being commercialised. Code-named ‘Project Praana’, the product is a technology development, to address the shortage of medical ventilators in the fight against Covid-19.

NASA Renamed Its Headquarters For ‘Hidden Figure’ Mary Jackson

  • NASA renamed the street outside their headquarters as the ‘Hidden Figures Way’.
  • Jim Bridenstine, a NASA administrator, announced that their Washington headquarters will be renamed after Mary Jackson, who overcame hurdles to become NASA’s first Black woman engineer.

CSIR-NCL and BEL manufacture Oxygen Enrichment Unit useful in Covid-19 treatment

  • Oxygen Enrichment Unit (OEU), developed by scientists from Polymer Science and Engineering Division of CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), will help reduce the requirement of ventilators and oxygen cylinders in homecare, villages and remote places.

Bharat Biotech Announces India’s First COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate ‘COVAXIN’ With DCGI Approval For Human Clinical Trials

  • Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech announced that it has successfully developed Covaxin, India’s first vaccine candidate for Covid-19, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and National Institute of Virology (NIV).

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ISRO

  • Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • Director: Kailasavadivoo Sivan

Bharat Biotech:

  • Headquarters: Hyderabad
  • Founder: Krishna Ella

Indian Council of Medical Research:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Secretary & Director General: Dr. Balram Bhargava

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENCE

NRDC Licenses NavRakshak PPE Suit Manufacturing Know-how to Five MSMEs Developed by Indian Navy

  • National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) has licensed the manufacturing know-how of a PPE Suit being named as NavRakshak to five MSME clients: M/s Greenfield Vintrade Pvt Ltd (Kolkata), M/s Vaishnavi Global Pvt Ltd (Mumbai), M/s Bharat Silks (Bangalore), M/s Sure Safety (India) Ltd (Vadodara) and M/s Swaps Couture (Mumbai) to meet the ongoing country wide demand of quality PPE kits.

Indian Navy inducts indigenously developed Torpedo Decoy System Maareech

  • The Anti-Submarine Warfare capability of the Indian Navy received a major boost with the induction of the Advanced Torpedo Decoy System Maareech capable of being fired from all frontline warships.

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Indian Navy

  • Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS): Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar, AVSM, VSM
  • Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (DCNS): Vice Admiral M. S. Pawar, AVSM, VSM
  • Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS): Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS

The Undertaker retires from WWE

  • Wrestling legend and WWE superstar The Undertaker whose original name is Mark Calaway has announced his retirement from World Wrestling Entertainment.
  • The Undertaker’s last match was against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36.

IOC joins forces with WHO and the United Nations to fight COVID-19

  • The International Olympic Committee and WHO together with the United Nations launch a partnership to encourage individuals and communities around the world to be #HEALTHYTogether. The three partners and Olympic athletes will spotlight the global collaboration needed to stay healthy and reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19.

New Zealand’s Rachel Priest Announces Retirement from International Cricket

  • Rachel Priest, the New Zealand wicketkeeper-batter, has announced her retirement from international cricket. She has signed up with Cricket Tasmania to play in Australia Women’s National Cricket League.

World Karate Federation provisionally de-recognises KAI

  • The World Karate Federation (WKF) has provisionally de-recognised the Karate Association of India with immediate effect for infighting and violating the world body’s statutes during its elections last year.

US Open Include Wheelchair Tennis In 2020 Tournament

  • The United States Tennis Association announced that the 2020 US Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition will be held from September 10 -13 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing.

Rahul Dravid beats Sachin Tendulkar in Wisden poll on greatest Indian Test batsman

  • According to a poll conducted on social media by Wisden India, Dravid beat Tendulkar by a narrow margin of votes in the final round of voting.
  • Rahul Dravid is the greatest Indian Test batsman, got 52 per cent of the votes, with as many as 11,400 fans taking part in the final round of voting.

Liverpool crowned Premier League champions for first time after Chelsea win

  • Thirty years of hurt came to an end for Liverpool when they were confirmed as Premier League champions courtesy of second-placed Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat by Chelsea.

Australia, New Zealand win joint bid to host 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

  • Australia and New Zealand will co-host the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
  • The island neighbours beat Colombia 22-13 in a vote by the FIFA Council.

Bangladesh board launches app to track Covid-19 symptoms among its players

  • The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has come up with an app ‘Covid-19 well-being app’ to help its players track symptoms related to contagious disease.

World Athletics launches ‘Road to Tokyo’ qualification tracking tool

  • World Athletics has launched ‘Road to Tokyo’, an online tool to track the qualification process for next year’s Olympic Games.

Sanjita Chanu to receive Arjuna award after IWF drops doping charges

  • Two-time Commonwealth Games gold medal winning weightlifter K. Sanjita Chanu, who was recently exonerated from doping charges, will get the Arjuna award for 2018

Mario Gomez: Former Germany and Bayern Munich striker announces retirement

  • Former Germany striker Mario Gomez retired from football after scoring in his last game for Stuttgart.
  • Gomez won the Bundesliga title during his first spell at Stuttgart in 2007 before winning another two league titles at Bayern Munich after moving to the German giants in 2009

India’s Nitin Menon becomes youngest umpire to enter ICC Elite Panel 

  • India’s Nitin Menon became the youngest member of the International Cricket Council’s Elite Panel of Umpires, replacing England’s Nigel Llong for the upcoming 2020-21 season after an annual review

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International Olympic Committee:

  • Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • President: Thomas Bach

WHO:

  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Director-General: Tedros Adhanom

WKF

  • Headquarters– Madrid, Spain
  • President– Antonio Espinos

Bangladesh

  • Capital: Dhaka
  • Currency: Bangladeshi taka
  • PM: Sheikh Hasina

World Athletics:

  • Headquarters: Monaco
  • President: Sebastian Coe

IWF

  • Headquarters: Budapest, Hungary
  • President: Ursula Papandrea
  • Founded: 1905

CURRENT AFFAIRS: OBITUARY

Prof Kirk Smith passes away

  • ProfKirk Smith was a professor of global KEM hospital environmental health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and Director of the Collaborative Clean Air Policy Centre in New Delhi.

Iraqi football legend Ahmad Radhi passes away after battling COVID-19

  • Iraqi football legend Ahmed Radhi has passed away after diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Radhi, a striker, led Iraq to victory in the Gulf Cups of 1984 and 1988, when he was voted Asian footballer of the year.

Legendary Indian left-arm spinner Rajinder Goel passes away

  • India’s finest left-arm spinners, Rajinder Goel passed away aged 77 after battling long-term illness.
  • In 2017, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) honoured Rajinder Goel with the CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ex-Indian kabaddi player Ilaiah passes away

  • Former Indian kabaddi players M Ilaiah Yadav passed away. Ilaiah, who also captained the State team, retired from GHMC service.

Major General (Retd) Lachhman Singh Lehl passes away

  • Major General (Retd) Lachhman Singh Lehl has passed away aged 97. He commanded the 20 Mountain Division of the Army that exhibited massive courage and valour during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

 Former India shooter Pournima Zanane passes away

  • Former India shooter Pournima Zanane has passed away aged 42. She had been suffering from cancer for the past two years and also underwent extensive treatment for the same.

KPCC general secretary K Surendran passes away

  • KPCC general secretary and INTUC national organising secretary K Surendran (64) passed away .He had suffered a heart attack.

Social worker Vidyaben Shah passes away

  • Social worker Vidyaben Shah passed away. She was 98. As a university student, she participated in the Quit India Movement

Veteran journalist, former MP Vishwa Mohan Gupta passes away

  • Former MP and veteran journalist Vishwa Bandhu Gupta passed away. He was 93.

Trinamool MLA Tamonash Ghosh passes away of COVID-19

  • Trinamool Congress MLA Tamonash Ghosh who tested positive for COVID-19 passed away. Mr. Ghosh represented Falta Assembly constituency in South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal.

Director Joel Schumacher passes away

  • Joel Schumacher, the eclectic and brazen filmmaker who has passed away from Cancer. He was 80.

State basketball star Ragunath passes away

  • Former Karnataka basketball star K Raghunath passed away due to age-related complications. He was 74.
  • Fondly referred to as ‘Pappachi’, Raghunath was one of the founding members of the still-popular Beagles Basketball Club.

1971 war hero Sqn Ldr Parvez Jamasji passes away

  • Sqn Ldr Parvez Jamasji (retd), who was awarded the Vir Chakra for gallantry during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war, has passed away. He was 77.

‘Shrek 2’, ‘Smurfs’ director Kelly Asbury passes away

  • Writer-director Kelly Asbury, whose credits include animated films such as “Shrek 2”, “Smurfs: The Lost Village” and “Beauty and the Beast”, passed away at the age of 60 after a long battle with cancer.

Renowned Jammu advocate Bhupinder Slathia passes away at 70

  • Senior advocate and former president of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association, Bhupinder Singh Slathia passed away.

Milton Glaser, Designer Behind The ‘I ♥ NY’ Logo, passes away

  • Milton Glaser, the graphic designer behind the iconic “I ♥ NY” logo, has passed away at 91.Glaser is also known for creating the Brooklyn Brewery Logo and for his work on Mad Men

Charles Webb, Elusive Author of ‘The Graduate,’ passes away at 81

  • Charles Webb, who wrote the 1963 novel “The Graduate,” the basis for the hit 1967 film, and then spent decades running from its success, passed away at 81.

Former Delhi cricketer Sanjay Dobal Passes Away

  • Former Delhi cricketer Sanjay Dobal has passed away after contracting COVID-19 infection. He was 52.
  • A student of coach Tarak Sinha at the Sonnet Club, Dobal was employed with Air India.

Bangladesh Defence Secretary Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury passes away

  • Bangladesh Defence Secretary Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury passed away due to the novel coronavirus.

Noted Kannada novelist Geetha Nagabhushan passes away

  • Kannada novelist Geetha Nagabhushan, has passed away of cardiac arrest.
  • She was the first woman writer to bag Kendra Sahitya Academy and Nadoja awards and serve as the chairperson of Karnataka Sahitya Academy.
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