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01st July 2020 Current Affairs Headlines & GK Update

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Important Days

International Day of Parliamentarism: 30 June

International Day of Parliamentarism is commemorated globally on 30 June. The Day observes parliaments and ways during which parliamentary systems of government improve the everyday lives of individuals throughout the world. It is also a chance for parliaments to spot challenges and stock ways to deal with them effectively.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Inter-Parliamentary Union Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union President: Gabriela Cuevas Barron.
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union Founded: 1889.
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union Secretary-General: Martin Chungong.

International Asteroid Day: 30 June

International Asteroid Day is commemorated on 30th June. This day is observed to raise public knowledge about the asteroid impact hazard and to tell the public about the crisis communication actions to be taken at the worldwide level just in case of a credible near-Earth object threat.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Director: Simonetta Di Pippo.

National Headlines

Govt of India bans 59 Chinese apps

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 summoned 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.

To read the complete list of 59 ban Chinese app: Click Here

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Electronics and IT: Ravi Shankar Prasad.
  • Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and IT: Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao.

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 a clean and healthy environment of the country.

PM extends “Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana” till November 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approached the nation yesterday and its 6th times when PM address the nation since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in the country.

To read the complete speech: Click here


State Headlines

Uttrakhand forest department develops India’s 1st lichen park

Uttarakhand forest department has formed India’s first lichen park in Kumaon’s Munsiyari, Pithoragarh district. Lichens are important species as they are the best bioindicators of the pollution levels.

The project aims to study the distribution of different lichen species, their habitat, their morphological and physiological aspects, surveying and literature review, the establishment of species, current threats to their habitat including anthropological and climatic factors, and coming up with suitable conservation strategies and protection strategies. These Jurassic-era lichen species are used in food, perfumes, dyes and traditional medicines.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Uttarakhand: Trivendra Singh Rawat; Governor: Baby Rani Maurya.
  • Gairsain in Chamoli district has been formally declared as the summer capital of Uttarakhand.

Madhya Pradesh launches ‘Hamara Ghar-Hamara Vidyalaya’ campaign

In Madhya Pradesh, the school bell will be ringing in the houses of the state too from July 6. Children will read, perform yoga, write and listen to stories and make notes on them.

In order to maintain the academic regularity of students during the Corona crisis, the State Education Center 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.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

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

Maharashtra launches largest plasma therapy trial “Project Platina”

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has launched the world’s largest plasma therapy trials “Project Platina” for COVID-19 patients. The state government has approved Rs 16.65 crore for the project from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. There are 21 centres have been picked for the trial, including 17 medical colleges under the department of medical education and drugs, the government of Maharashtra and four BMC medical colleges in Mumbai.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray; Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

International Headlines

Lazarus Chakwera wins President election in Malawi’s

Lazarus Chakwera becomes the new President of Malawi. He defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with 58.57% of votes. Chakwera won with 2.6 million votes against 1.75 million for Mutharika. He is the head of the Malawi Congress Party(MCP).

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Malawi: Lilongwe.
  • The currency of Malawi: Malawian Kwacha.

Agreements

India signs agreement with Bhutan for 600 MW hydroelectric project

India and Bhutan signed a pact for the construction of the 600 MW Kholongchhu joint venture hydroelectric project in Bhutan. The agreement for the project between the Bhutanese government and therefore the Kholongchhu Hydro Energy Limited was signed within the presence of Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar and his Bhutanese counterpart Tandi Dorji.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Bhutan: Thimphu.
  • Prime minister of Bhutan: Lotay Tshering.
  • The currency of Bhutan: Bhutanese ngultrum.

Awards

Popstar Beyonce honored with BET 2020 Humanitarian Award

Popstar Beyonce has been honored with the BET 2020 Humanitarian Award for her longstanding philanthropic work with her BeyGOOD Foundation, including her recent COVID-19 relief efforts such as #IDIDMYPART, a mobile testing initiative. The award was presented by the former First Lady Michelle Obama.


Sports News

Former Germany footballer Mario Gomez retires from sport

Former Germany footballer Mario Gomez has announced his retirement from the sport. The German striker scored 31 goals in 78 appearances for the national team. He is considered as one of the best German forwards of his time.


Science & Technology

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

Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech declared 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).

The Drug Controller General of India – CDSCO, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare granted permission to initiate Phase I & II Human clinical trials after the company submitted results generated from preclinical studies, demonstrating safety and immune response. Human clinical trials are scheduled to start across India in July 2020. The SARS-CoV-2 strain was isolated in NIV, Pune and transferred to Bharat Biotech.

The indigenous, inactivated vaccine developed and manufactured in the company’s Bio-Safety Level 3 (BSL-3) High Containment facility located in Genome Valley, Hyderabad.

Expedited through national regulatory protocols, the company accelerated its objective in completing the comprehensive pre-clinical studies. Results from these studies have been promising and show extensive safety and effective immune responses.

Bharat Biotech’s track record in developing Vero cell culture platform technologies has been proven in several vaccines for Polio, Rabies, Rotavirus, Japanese Encephalitis, Chikungunya and Zika.


Obituaries

Kannada writer Geetha Nagabhushan passes away

Veteran Kannada writer Geetha Nagabhushan passed away. She was born on 25th March 1942 in Savalagi village, Kalaburagi, Karnataka. She served as the Chairperson of Karnataka Sahitya Academy. She chaired the 76th Akhil Bharat Kannada Sahitya Sammelan, at Gadag in 2010. She got an honorary doctorate from the Gulbarga University.


01st July 2020 Current Affairs Quiz – Video Discussion


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