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27th June 2020 Daily Current Affairs Headlines, GK Update

Important Days

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: 26 June

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is observed on 26th June every year to raise awareness among the people about the human torture that it is not only unacceptable but it is also a crime.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. It was founded on 24 October 1945.
  • Mr Antonio Guterres is the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: 26 June

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is commemorated across the world on 26th June every year to encourage action and assistance to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. The theme of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2020: “Better Knowledge for Better Care”.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Headquarters: Vienna, Austria.
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Founded: 1997.

National News

NITI Aayog launches campaign “Navigating the New Normal”

A campaign called “Navigating the New Normal” has been started by the NITI Aayog in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ashoka University, Centre for Social and Behavioural Change, and the Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Women & Child Development. The campaign comprises of 2 parts: first is a web portal and the second is a media campaign. The web portal seeks to increase public participation and encourages people to practise COVID-safe behaviours. While the second part, i.e. the media campaign focuses on the wearing of masks as it is a simple measure which has made a big difference in the fight against COVID-19.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • CEO of NITI Aayog: Amitabh Kant.

Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates PADC at Paradip, Odisha

Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan has introduced a Product Application and Development Centre (PADC) set up by Indian Oil at Paradip, Odisha with a CAPEX of Rs 43 crore (USD 6.10 billion), adjacent to its Refinery and Petrochemicals complex.

There are 4 laboratories in PADC namely:

  • Polymer Processing Lab
  • Analytical Testing Lab
  • Chemical Analysis Lab
  • Characterisation Lab

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

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

“Atma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rojgar Abhiyan” launched in UP

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has implicitly launched a scheme “Atma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rojgar Abhiyan” in Uttar Pradesh. The scheme intends to create employment for the migrant workers of the state who recently returned from other states.

It is launched in 31 districts of Uttar Pradesh creating more than 25,000 returnee migrant workers.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

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

Tripura to launch “Mukhyamantri Matru Pushti Uphaar” scheme

Government of Tripura has declared an energetic scheme “Mukhyamantri Matru Pushti Uphaar” to provide nutrition kits to pregnant and lactating women in order to combat infant and maternal mortality and malnutrition. The scheme is expected to benefit 40,000 women in the state. Under the scheme, pregnant women would be tested four times in the Primary Health Centers (PHC), and will be offered a nutrition kit after each test.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Tripura: Biplab Kumar Deb; Governor: Ramesh Bais.

International News

Pakistan to remain on FATF grey list

The global terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has voted to keep Pakistan in the Grey List for terror funding as the country failed to check the flow of money to terror groups. The judgment was taken at the Financial Action Task Force’s third and final plenary held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The plenary was held under the Chinese Presidency of Xiang Liu. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 by the Ministers of its Member jurisdictions.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • The headquarters of FATF is in Paris, France.
  • FATF was founded in July 1989.

World’s First Yoga University Outside India launched in Los Angeles

V Muraleedharan, the Minister of State of External Affairs and P P Chaudhary, Chairperson of the Standing Committee on External Affairs, jointly launched World’s First Yoga University “Vivekananda Yoga University”(Vayu) in Los Angeles, United States of America, over the virtual event at the Consulate General of India in New York.

The event was combined hosted by Sandeep Chakravorty, Consulate General and the founding director of Vayu, Prem Bhandari, the chairperson of Jaipur Foot USA.

Vivekananda Yoga University:

Programmes:

Online programmes based on the scientific principles and modern research approaches combined with the ancient indian practice of yoga.

Chairman:

The first chairman of the “VaYU” is the Indian Yoga Guru, Dr H R Nagendra, the Chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (SVYASA), Bengaluru, Karnataka, the first Yoga University in India.

Points to Remember:

  • The official recognition to offer yoga-based higher education programmes was received in November 2019, from the Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education, California.
  • The University will support collaborative research, credit transfers, and joint programmes with other universities across the world.

Banking and Finance

Yes Bank Launches Digital Wallet Solution ‘Yuva Pay’ in Partnership with UDMA Technologies to Enable Contactless Payments

Yes Bank launches a digital wallet solution mobile application named as ‘Yuva Pay’ in partnership with UDMA Technologies Pvt Ltd to allow contactless payments for its customers. The wallet is issued under minimum Know Your Client (KYC) regulations.

  • The solution aims to help the low-income group to access the digital and contactless transactions, which will enable broad access to secure electronic payment services.

Features of Yuva Pay

Multi-Payment Option

  • Through this wallet utility bills like municipal, house, water tax, electricity,  Liquefied Petroleum Gas(LPG), Direct to Home(DTH), mobile phone bill, licence fee, windmill and solar park fee, building sanction fees and billboard taxes can be paid through Bharat Bill Pay and Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
  • In addition to this , insurance renewal, FASTag recharge, Equated Monthly Installment (EMI) payment, school fee payment & retail outlets payment can be made.

Accessibility– The solution can be accessed on Smart & Feature phones. It also can be with & without the Internet, where users need not depend on Internet Bandwidth (2G/3G/4G) for Digital Payment.

Flexibility– It is User-Friendly, Multilingual, Single Click, Hassle Free & enable seamless transactions 

Security– The solution has End to End Encryption with Multi-factor authentication which prevents hacking and Enables Privacy Protection

Implementation

1st phase– 1st live programme of the solution will be implemented by the Rural Development & Panchayat Raj Department, Karnataka, which will cover 158 gram panchayats with 238 villages.

2nd phase– The 2nd phase of the programme will be implemented in 6,200 gram panchayats, which covers 12 million households across 29,000 villages.

About UDMA Technologies Pvt Ltd:
Headquarters– Karnataka
Founder & Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Prashanth B

About Yes Bank:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director(MD) & CEO– Prashant Kumar


Sports

Liverpool wins English Premier League 2019-20 title

The English Premier League 2019-20 title won by the Liverpool. They won the first English top title in the last 30 years. This is club’s overall 19th league title win, while this victory is their first in the Premier League era. Liverpool has clinched the title earlier than any other Premier League champions, breaking the previous record of five games left.

Rachel Priest retires from International Cricket

NewZealand wicketkeeper-batswoman Rachel Priest has declared her retirement from International Cricket. She has served New Zealand in 87 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 75 T20Is.

She had a long career which spanned for 13 years. After her retirement, she has now signed up a contract with Cricket Tasmania to play in Australia Women’s National Cricket League and will represent Tasmanian Tigers for the 2020/21 season.


Summits & Conferences

Shripad Naik inaugurates “Defence Conclave 2020 Gujarat”

Defence Conclave 2020 Gujarat has been inaugurated by the Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Naik. It is a two-day digital conference on the defence & aerospace manufacturing sector, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Gujarat along with Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM). The conclave aims to bring together the high-level government representatives to deliberate and exchange ideas, viewpoints and knowledge regarding the critical defence offset policies, sector analyses and review choices of technology presently available globally for the manufacturing and production of indigenous defence systems.


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