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22nd & 23rd June 2020 Current Affairs Headlines, Daily GK Update

Important Days

International Day of Yoga: 21 June

United Nations commemorates International Day of Yoga worldwide on 21 June. This day is celebrated to increase knowledge of the various advantages of practising yoga. Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The theme of International Day of Yoga 2020 is “Yoga for Health – Yoga at Home”.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Secretary-General of United Nations: António Guterres.

World Hydrography Day: 21st June

World Hydrography Day is recognised globally on 21st June. This day was raised by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) as an annual celebration to publicise the work of hydrographers and the importance of hydrography. The theme of World Hydrography Day 2020 is “Hydrography enabling autonomous technologies”.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) was the International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB) which was established in 1921.
  • Chairman of International Hydrographic Organization: Shepard M. Smith.
  • Secretary-General of International Hydrographic Organization: Mathias Jonas.
  • Headquarters of International Hydrographic Organization: Monaco.

World Music Day celebrated on 21st June

World Music Day is celebrated on 21st June every year to present free music to everyone, and also to encourage amateur musicians to showcase their work to the world.

International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice: 21 June

International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice is commemorated across the world on 21st June. This day is observed to increase information about solstices and equinoxes and their significance for several religions and ethnic cultures. The day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on 20th June 2019 within the Resolution A/RES/73/300.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Secretary-General of the United Nations: António Guterres.

National News

Niti Aayog forms panel to develop job platform for migrant labourers

Niti Aayog has formed a panel to develop a job platform for migrant labourers. The panel includes top officials of tech companies like Google, Microsoft and Tech Mahindra including Reliance Industries President Kiran Thomas, Microsoft India President Anant Maheshwari, Tech Mahindra MD and CEO CP Gurnani, Google India country manager and vice president Sanjay Gupta, Bharti Airtel CEO Gopal Vittal, among others. This platform helps migrant workers have lost their jobs during the lockdown period. The platform will connect job seekers, employers, government agencies, skill centres and external partners using new-age technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of NITI Aayog: New Delhi.
  • Chairperson of NITI Aayog: Narendra Modi.
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NITI Aayog: Amitabh Kant.
  • Vice Chairperson of NITI Aayog: Rajiv Kumar.

NITI Aayog to launch project “Decarbonising Transport in India”

NITI Aayog will launch the “Decarbonising Transport in India” project in collaboration with International Transport Forum (ITF) to develop a pathway towards a low-carbon transport system for India. It will design a tailor-made transport emissions assessment framework for India and facilitate the government with a comprehensive understanding of present as well as future transport activities along with the related CO2 emissions. The project “Decarbonising Transport in India” is a part of the International Transport Forum’s “Decarbonising Transport in Emerging Economies (DTEE)” family of projects.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • International Transport Forum (ITF) is an intergovernmental organisation for transport policy, since 2008.
  • Secretary-General of International Transport Forum: Young Tae Kim.
  • Chief executive officer of NITI Aayog : Amitabh Kant.

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.


International Headlines

France to boost India’s COVID-19 response with 200-million-euros

France has signed a loan agreement of 200-million-euros with India to boost India’s COVID-19 response and to increase the state and central governments’ capacities to support India’s most vulnerable people in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. World Bank has developed the programme design in collaboration with the Indian authorities to optimize and expand the existing social protection measures taken by India. World Bank would be the lead funder of this programme, being supported by the French Development Agency (AFD) including other multilateral and bilateral development banks.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • President of France: Emmanuel Macron; Capital: Paris.

World Bank approves USD 1.05 billion to Bangladesh

To produce more jobs and promote economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, The World Bank has approved USD 1.05 billion for three projects in Bangladesh.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Prime Minister of Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina; Capital: Dhaka; Currency: Taka.
  • President of World Bank: David Malpass.

Exim Bank extends LOC of USD 20.10 Mn to government of Nicaragua

A Line of Credit (LOC) of USD 20.10 million has been extended by the Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) on behalf of the Government of India, to the Government of the Republic of Nicaragua for the reconstruction of Aldo Chavarria Hospital. With the signing of the above LOC Agreement for reconstruction of hospital, the total number of LOCs extended by Exim Bank to the Republic of Nicaragua comes to four with total value of the 4 LOCs is USD 87.63 million.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Managing Director of Exim Bank: David Rasquinha.
  • Capital of Nicaragua: Managua; Currency: Nicaraguan córdoba.

Appointments Headlines

U.S. Senate appoints Sethuraman Panchanathan as head of NSF

The U.S. Senate has selected Indian-American scientist Dr Sethuraman Panchanathan as the Director of the National Science Foundation(NSF). He is going to replace France Cordova as the 15th director of the NSF.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950.

Banking News

RBI enhances withdrawal limit for PMC’ depositors to Rs 1 Lakh

The Reserve Bank of India has magnified the withdrawal limit for depositors of Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank Limited, Mumbai from Rs 50 thousand to Rs 1 Lakh per account holder. According to RBI, with the enhancement of the withdrawal limit, more than 84% of the depositors of the bank will be able to withdraw their entire account balance.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikanta Das; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.

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 to plan and manage their finances for their healthcare needs.

Yes Bank’s wallet has also been integrated on Affordplan Swasth to enable wallet QR scan for making payments to merchant partners empanelled on the app.


Sports News

National champion Niki Poonacha elected to ITF panel

The International Tennis Federation has announced the roster of players, who have been picked for the ITF World Tennis Tour Player Panels. India’s Niki Poonacha is selected as a player member to ITF World Tennis Tour Player Men’s panel. He will represent the Asia-Oceania zone along with Ti Chen of Chinese Taipei.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • International Tennis Federation President/CEO: David Haggerty.
  • International Tennis Federation Chief Operating Officer(COO): Kelly Fairweather.
  • International Tennis Federation Headquarters: London, United Kingdom.

Ranking

Mukesh Ambani 9th among top-10 richest men

Reliance Industry Limited 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.

Top 10 billionaires

  • Jeff Bezos- $160.1 billion
  • Bill Gates- $108.7 billion
  • Bernard Arnault & family- $103.2 billion
  • Mark Zuckerberg- $87.9 billion
  • Warren Buffett- $71.4 billion
  • Steve Ballmer- $68.9 billion
  • Larry Ellison- $68.9 billion
  • Amancio Ortega- $65.8 billion
  • Mukesh Ambani- $64.6 billion
  • Larry Page- $64.3 billion

Obituaries

Padma Shri awardee Vidyaben Shah passes away

Padma Shri awardee and a social worker Vidyaben Shah passed away recently. She was a pathfinder in the field of child welfare as she created the first Bal Bhavan in Rajkot in the 1940s.

Former cricketer Rajinder Goel passes away

Former Left-arm spinner Rajinder Goel passed away. Goel played 157 first-class matches, most of them for Haryana, and finished with 750 wickets. Rajinder Goel holds the record for most wickets taken in Ranji Trophy history as he scalped 637 wickets which is 107 more than S Venkataraghavan who is second on the list.


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