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Daily Current Affairs Headlines 14th June to 16th June 2020 for Competitive Exams

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Important Days

World Blood Donor Day

World blood donor day is commemorated across the world on June 14th. This day is acknowledged to create awareness and make people realise how important it is to donate blood. The campaign theme for this year’s World donor Day is “Safe blood saves lives” with the slogan “Give blood and make the world a healthier place”.

Useful Notes for all competitive examination:

  • Headquarters of WHO: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Director-general of WHO: Tedros Adhanom.

International Albinism Awareness Day

International Albinism Awareness Day is commemorated on 13th June. The day is acknowledged to create awareness among the people about albinism and the human rights of people with albinism. The theme of International Albinism Awareness Day 2020: ‘Made To Shine’.

World Wind Day celebrated

World Wind Day, also recognised as Global Wind Day, is commemorated on 15th June every year to increases awareness on wind energy, which is a natural form of energy and also sheds light on all the ways that wind energy helps to shape the energy systems. European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) established the day as Wind Day in the year 2007.

Useful Notes for all competitive examination:

  • Chairman of Global Wind Energy Council: Morten Dyrholm.
  • CEO of Global Wind Energy Council: Ben Backwell.
  • Headquarters of Global Wind Energy Council: Brussels, Belgium.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is commemorated on 15th June. The day is recognised to increase voice for the elderly who are abused and victimized also to promote a better perception of abuse and neglect of older persons by creating awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. The day was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011.


National Headlines

NHAI becomes 1st construction sector to go ‘fully digital’

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has become the first development division to go “fully Digital”. NHAI has launched cloud-based and Artificial Intelligence-powered Big Data Analytics platform – Data Lake and Project Management Software considering the dangerous coronavirus pandemic.

Useful Notes for all competitive examination:

  • Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways: Nitin Jairam Gadkari.
  • NHAI Founded: 1988.
  • NHAI chairman: Sukhbir Singh Sandhu.

CSIR National Healthcare Supply Chain Portal “Aarogyapath” launched

“Aarogyapath” has been launched with a vision of “providing a path which leads one on a journey towards Aarogya (healthy life)”. It is an information platform developed by CSIR to fill the critical gaps in last-mile delivery of patient care within India via improved availability and affordability of healthcare supplies.

Narendra Singh Tomar launched Sahakar Mitra Scheme

Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar has launched “Sahakar Mitra: Scheme on Internship Programme (SIP)” an initiative by National Cooperative Development Cooperation (NCDC).

Useful Notes for all competitive examination:

  • Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare: Parshottam Rupala.
  • Managing Director of National Cooperative Development Cooperation: Sundeep Kumar Nayak.

State Headlines

UP govt starts “Bal Shramik Vidya Yojana” to educate child labourers

On the occasion of the International Child Labour Prohibition Day, Uttar Pradesh Cheif Yogi Adityanath has launched ‘Bal Shramik Vidya Yojana’ to educate child labourers in the state. The government will give monthly financial assistance of Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,200 to selected boys and girls, respectively.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

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

Hyderabad police launches ‘STREE’ programme for women

In Telangana, Hyderabad City Police along with Hyderabad City Security Council(HCSC) has launched a programme called “She Triumphs through Respect, Equality, and Empowerment” (STREE) to support and empower women victims of domestic violence and abuse.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Telangana government celebrates 2nd June as the Telangana Formation Day.
  • Chief Minister of Telangana: K. Chandrashekar Rao.
  • Governor of Telangana: Tamilisai Soundararajan.

MP govt gives ‘corona warriors’ status to Divyang Anganwadi workers

Madhya Pradesh government gives ‘corona warriors’ status to Divyang Anganwadi workers. These divyang Anganwadi workers are playing an important role in the state during the ongoing Corona crisis.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
  • Governor of Madhya Pradesh: Lal Ji Tandon.
  • Bandhavgarh National Park is in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This biodiverse park is known for its large population of royal Bengal tigers, especially in the central Tala zone.

Odisha becomes 1st state to get ISO for tribal hostels

Odisha has become the first state in the country to receive ISO certification for hostels meant for tribal students. The ST & SC Welfare Department has launched the ‘Mission Suvidya’ project to provide all the tribal hostels of the state uniform standards of infrastructure, amenities and human resources.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

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

“Ghar Ghar Nigrani” mobile app launch by Punjab government

Punjab government has launched a “Ghar Ghar Nigrani” mobile application to check the community spread of COVID-19 in the state of Punjab. It is developed and designed in-house by the Health Department.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Punjab: Capt. Amarinder Singh.
  • Governor of Punjab: V.P. Singh Badnore.

Flood warning system “iFLOWS” launched in Mumbai

State of the art flood warning system “iFLOWS” has been started in Mumbai. I-FLOWS consists of seven modules: Data Assimilation, Flood, Inundation, Vulnerability, Risk, Dissemination Module and Decision Support System. The system will enable Mumbai to predict floods three days before they happen and will make it more resilient as it will provide early signs of the forthcoming danger during high rainfall and cyclone events.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

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

Awards

Indian-American scientist Rattan Lal wins World Food Prize 2020

Rattan Lal who won the World Food Prize 2020. He has been awarded for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change. He will receive USD 250,000 as prize money.


Appointments News

Shambhu S. Kumaran appointed India’s next Ambassador to the Philippines

Shambhu S. Kumaran has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of the Philippines. He is presently serving as the Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Morocco.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Capital of Philippines: Manila; Currency: Philippine Peso.
  • President of Philippines: Rodrigo Duterte

Attorney General of India KK Venugopal to get 1-year extension

Attorney General of India, KK Venugopal will get the 1-year extension of service. His ownership is coming to an end on 30th June 2020. He was selected as Attorney General and had succeeded Mukul Rohatgi on June 30, 2017.

Imtaiyazur Rahman becomes CEO of UTI Mutual Fund

Imtaiyazur Rahman has selected as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UTI Mutual Fund. Previously he was working as the acting Chief Executive Officer of the UTI Mutual Funds.


Sports Headlines

FIFA’s latest ranking: India retains 108th slot

India football team retained its 108th spot in the latest FIFA rankings. While Belgium ranked first and world champion France is in 2nd place and Brazil is at 3rd spot. In the wake of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the qualifier tournaments have been postponed for the FIFA World Cup and other major games at the international level.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of FIFA: Zürich, Switzerland.
  • President of FIFA Gianni Infantino.

Obituaries

Veteran Urdu poet Gulzar Dehlvi passes away

Veteran Urdu poet, Anand Mohan Zutshi Gulzar Dehlvi passed away. He was the editor of ‘Science ki Duniya’, the only science magazine published in Urdu by the government, which was launched in 1975. He is also credited with setting up Urdu schools across India. He was also associated with the freedom movement since the ’30s when he was in school.

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput passes away

Bollywood Actor Sushant Singh Rajput passed away. He made his Bollywood debut with the 2013 movie “Kai Po Che!” and was famous for his role in 2016 hit MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.

SAIL director Atul Srivastava passes away

Atul Srivastava, Director of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) passed away. He assumed charge as Director (Personnel) of SAIL on March 12, 2018. During his entire career, he had led Personnel and Administrative functions at SAIL’s Bokaro and Durgapur Steel Plants and also at its Corporate Office.

India’s oldest first class cricketer Vasant Raiji passes away

India’s oldest First Class cricketer Vasant Raiji passed away at the age of 100. He was a right-handed batsman and played nine First-Class games in the 1940s and scored 277 runs. He was also a founding member of Jolly Cricket Club in Mumbai.


Miscellaneous News

Actor Pankaj Tripathi becomes the brand ambassador of Bihar Khadi

Bollywood actor Pankaj Tripathi has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Bihar Khadi by the Bihar government to promote Bihar Khadi and the country’s largest Khadi Mall in Patna. The Khadi Village Industries Board has instructed all Khadi institutions to produce new designs of Khadi garments to increase production and sales.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Governor of Bihar: Phagu Chauhan, Chief Minister: Nitish Kumar.

Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes 1st woman to reach deepest point of ocean

Former NASA astronaut and Geologist, Kathryn D. Sullivan has become the 1st woman to reach the deepest point of the ocean, Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. She is the 1st American woman to walk in space and has now become the first woman to reach the deepest known spot in the ocean. She has also become the first person to both walk-in space and to descend to the deepest point in the ocean.


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