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18th June 2020 Current Affairs Headlines

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Important Days

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed on 17th June. This day is celebrated to expand information among people about the cooperation required to combat desertification and the effects of drought.

It is an uncommon moment to tell everybody that desertification is often effectively tackled, that resolutions are desirable, which key tools to the present aim lay in strengthened community participation and co-operation in the least levels. The theme of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2020: Food. Feed.Fibre. – the links between consumption and land.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change: Prakash Javadekar.

National News

Trustees of PM CARES fund appoints SARC & Associates as its auditor

New Delhi based Chartered Accountants, SARC & Associates has been appointed by the Trustees of the Prime Minister’s Citizens Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations fund as its auditors for the next 3-years. The SARC & Associates is directed by Sunil Kumar Gupta who is also the patron of the PM’s National Relief Fund appointed in 2019.

West Bengal government launches a job portal “Karmabhumi”

Government of West Bengal has launched a web portal for IT professionals who have returned to the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic named as ‘KarmaBhumi’. IT professionals can use the portal to connect with companies based in the state. It will act as a medium between the professionals and IT companies in Bengal.

Useful for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee; Governor: Jagdeep Dhankhar.

UP becomes top state in providing employment under MGNREGA

Uttar Pradesh has become the top state in India to provide employment to the workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA).  According to the report, 57 lakh 12975 workers got employment is around 57 thousand village panchayats of the state.

Useful for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh: Yogi Aditya Nath; Governor: Anandiben Patel.

New fish species found in Arunachal Pradesh

Dr Keshav Kumar Jha who is an Associate Professor & Head of Department of Zoology, Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat discovered a new fish species named as “Schizothorax sikusirumensis” in Arunachal Pradesh. He discovered a new fish species from genus Schizothorax. The Fish species was discovered near Gakang area under Mebo circle of East Siang District, at the confluence of River Siku and Sirum.

Useful for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh: Pema Khandu; Governor: B.D. Mishra.

Raja Parba festival celebrated in Odisha

A 3-days festival in which the onset of monsoon and the earth’s womanhood called as Raja Parba festival celebrated in Odisha. It is believed that during this time the Mother Earth or Bhudevi undergoes menstruation. The fourth day is the day of the ‘purification bath’. During the celebration, people of Odisha suspends all agricultural works such as ploughing, sowing for three days as a mark of respect towards the earth during her menstruation days.

Useful for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik; Governor: Ganeshi Lal.

International News

PM of Kyrgyzstan Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev resigns from post

Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev has resigned from the post, citing an ongoing criminal investigation into the assignment of national radio frequencies. The Kyrgyz parliament raised the issue of the offer of radio frequencies, which was trailed by various representatives requesting Abylgaziev demonstrate his honesty against charges of debasement.

Useful for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek.
  • The currency of Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstani som.

Sports News

Mamedyarov wins Sharjah Online International Chess Championship

Grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan has won the World Stars Sharjah Online International Chess Championship. He won the coveted title and price of $3000 after scoring 7.5 points from 10 rounds. Indian Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna finished second in the Championship after scoring 6.5 points from 10 rounds.

Sports Ministry to set up “Khelo India State Centres of Excellence”

Under its flagship programme “Khelo India Scheme”, the Sports Ministry is going to establish Khelo India State Centres of Excellence (KISCE) to create a robust sporting ecosystem in the entire country, as well as to strengthen India’s pursuit for excellence in Olympics, one KISCE will be identified in each state and union territory (UT).

In the first phase of setting up KISCE, the sports ministry has identified state-owned sports facilities in eight states of India. To upgrade the existing state-owned sports facilities in the above states into KISCE, ‘Viability Gap Funding’ would be extended by the government in sports science and technology support for sports disciplines practised at the centre. Best resume templates free for download.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports: Kiren Rijiju.

Awards & Honours

Deccan Development Society wins Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Award

Hyderabad-based Deccan Development Society has won the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Award. The society has been honoured for its help in promoting biodiversity and support farming in degraded lands. The honour was declared by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Vice President and CEO, Olivier Wenden.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Director of Deccan Development Society PV Satheesh.
  • Headquarters of Deccan Development Society: Hyderabad, Telangana.

Schemes & Committees

IBBI Board reconstitutes Advisory Committee on Corporate Insolvency Resolution & Liquidation

The Board of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India has reconstituted the Advisory Committee on Corporate Insolvency Resolution & Liquidation. The committee will be chaired by Uday Kotak while Methil Unnikrishnan has been designated as the secretary to the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee comprises of 14 members including the Chairman.


Maha Vir Chakra Awardee Lt Gen Raj Mohan Vohra passes away

Maha Vir Chakra awardee Lt Gen (retd) Raj Mohan Vohra passed away due to COVID-19. He was a 1971 war hero. Lt Gen Vohra had received the coveted award in 1972.

Freedom fighter & veteran journalist Dinu Randive passes away

Freedom fighter & Veteran journalist Dinu Ranadive passed away. He was born in 1925 at a tribal hamlet at Dahanu near Mumbai and started his journalistic career in 1956. He was recently conferred with Mumbai Press Club’s Red Ink award for Lifetime Achievement.

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