15 June 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

15 June 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

15 June 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day being observed today

  • The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is being observed across the globe on 15th June every year.
  • It represents the one day in the year when the entire world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.
  • Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world.
  • Around 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse, a figure higher than previously estimated and predicted to rise as populations age worldwide.
Source: UN.org

National Affairs

2. PM Modi chairs the fifth meeting of Governing Council of NITI Aayog

  • Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the fifth Governing Council Meeting of NITI Aayog at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
  • The meeting attended by Defence Minister, Home Minister, Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister, Agriculture Minister, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister as ex-officio members.
  • The agenda before the Meeting include rain-water harvesting, drought situation and relief measures, aspirational districts programme, transforming agriculture, and security-related issues with a specific focus on Left Wing Extremism districts.
  • So far, four meetings of the Governing Council have been held under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister with the Chief Ministers and Lt. Governors of the states and union territories and other members of NITI Aayog.
  • The Governing Council reviews the action taken on the agenda items of the previous meeting and deliberates upon the future developmental priorities.
  • The first meeting was held on 8th February 2015, at which the Prime Minister laid down the key mandates of NITI Aayog such as fostering cooperative federalism and addressing national issues through active participation of the states.

3. India ranks 141st on Global Peace Index 2019

  • India’s rank has slipped five places to 141st rank (136th - in 2018) among 163 countries on the 2019 Global Peace Index.
  • Iceland remains the most peaceful country (since 2008) and Afghanistan the least peaceful nation (replacing Syria) in the world.
  • Global Peace Index reports published by the Australian think tank Institute of Economics and Peace.
  • The 2019 report also includes new research on the possible effects of climate change on peace.
  • India together with the Philippines, Japan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Pakistan are the nine countries with the highest risk of multiple climate hazards.

4. DGT, Cisco and Accenture sign MoU to skill youth for the digital economy through ITIs

  • Directorate General of Training under the aegis of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry has joined hands with Cisco and Accenture to skill the youth for the digital economy through its Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs).
  • Nearly 15 lakh students across all the ITIs in India can access the digital learning module via the Bharat Skills portal.
  • This programme will equip students enrolled in ITIs across India with skills for the digital economy over the next two years. 
  • The programme includes tailor-made curriculum with modules for digital literacy, career readiness, employability skills and advanced technology skills such as data analytics and a blended learning model enabled by a combination of on-line self-learning via the Bharat Skills portal and in-classroom modules.
  • The initial phase of the in-classroom training programme is being rolled out across 227 ITIs in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Bihar and Assam, targeting more than one lakh youth.
Source: AIR News


5. DMK MLA K Rathamani passes away in Puducherry

  • DMK MLA Rathamani (69-years) passed away at Jipmer hospital in Puducherry.
  • He was suffering from cancer and recently got admitted into the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education JIPMER, Puducherry.
  • He represented the Vikkiravandi (विक्कीरवांडी) Assembly Constituency.
  • With his death, the number of vacancies in the assembly has gone up to two.
Source: The Hindu

Banking and Finance

6. Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail (ABFRL) acquires Jaypore

  • Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd (ABFRL) will acquire ethnic wear brands Jaypore and TG Apparel & Decor Pvt Ltd to strengthen its position in the branded fashion space.
  • Jaypore E-Commerce Pvt. Ltd sell ethnic fashion merchandise under its own brand ‘Jaypore’ for Rs. 110 crores.
  • The board also approved entering into a share purchase agreement with the existing shareholders of TG Apparel & Decor Pvt Ltd, which retails ethnic fashion, both online and offline, the company added.
  • The approvals are expected to get completed in 30-45 days.
Source: Economic Times

7. Japan to invest Rs 13,000 cr in the northeast in infrastructure projects

  • Japan government has decided to invest Rs 13,000 crore (205.784 billion yen) in several ongoing as well as new infrastructure projects in the northeast region.
  • Some of the important projects in which Japan will collaborate include the Guwahati water supply project, Guwahati sewage project, the northeast road network connectivity improvement project spread over Assam and Meghalaya and northeast network connectivity improvement project in Meghalaya.
  • This was disclosed after a meeting which the DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh had with the Japanese delegation led by Ambassador Mr Kenji Hiramatsu.

International Affairs

8. Canada to ban single-use plastics from 2021

  • According to Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, single-use plastics will be banned in the country from 2021.
  • He declared it a global challenge to phase out the plastic bags, straws and cutlery clogging the world's oceans.
  • Single-use items represent some 70% of the plastic waste littering the marine environment.
  • Canada has a unique chance to lead the fight against plastic pollution as the country with the world's longest coastlines.
  • Each year a million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals worldwide suffer injury or death by becoming entangled in plastic or ingesting it through the food chain.
  • Canada, France, Germany, Britain and Italy, along with the European Union, subscribed at last year's G7 summit in Quebec to a new charter against pollution in the world's oceans.
  • The United States and Japan did not join the pact.
  • The non-binding Ocean Plastics Charter called on participating countries and the EU to commit to making all plastics reusable, recyclable or recovered by 2030.
Source: AIR News

Honours & Awards

9. Udupi’s Amasebailu becomes Karnataka’s first solar-powered Gram Panchayat

  • Amasebailu in Kundapura Taluk of Udupi district has become Karnataka’s first solar-powered Gram Panchayat.
  • Over 1800 houses were provided solar lamps at a total cost of 2.13 crore rupees.
  • The project was funded by Centre and State Government in the ratio of 30:20 and the rest was paid by the Panchayat and charitable organizations.
  • According to Amasebailu Charitable Trust President A G Kodgi, the solar lamps have a guarantee of five years and any faulty lamps will be replaced by the supplier within the guarantee period.
Source: Deccan Herald

Science & Defence

10. India’s Moon mission ‘Chandrayaan 2’ to take off on 15th July

  • According to ISRO Chairperson Dr. K Sivan, India’s mission to the Moon ‘Chandrayaan-2’ will take off on 15th July (at 2.51 am) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
  • India’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 is an advanced version of the previous ‘Chandrayaan-1’ mission, which was launched about 10 years ago.
  • Chandrayaan-2 will carry 13 scientific satellites (weighs about 3.8 tonnes), explore the southern part of the Moon.
Know about ‘Chandrayaan-2’:
  • ‘Chandrayaan-2’ would make India the 4th country to soft-land on the Moon, a feat achieved only by the space agencies of the US, USSR, and China.
  • It will have three modules — Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) & Rover (Pragyan).
Source: Indian Express

11. India, France to hold mega air exercise ‘Varun’ in July

  • The Indian and French air forces will carry out a two-week-long mega air exercise in France (from 1st July).
  • It will provide an opportunity to a sizeable number of IAF pilots to have a close look at the Rafale jets being operated by the French Air Force.
  • A fleet of Sukhoi 30 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force will engage in dogfights with France's Rafale multirole aircraft in simulated scenarios as part of the 'Garuda' exercise.

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