16-17 June 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

16-17 June 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

16-17 June 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. ‘Suman Rao’ crowned ‘Miss India 2019’

  • Suman Rao (20-year-old from Rajasthan) has been crowned fbb Colors ‘Miss India 2019’ (56th edition) in an extravagant ceremony at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium, Mumbai.
  • Chhattisgarh's Shivani Jadhav (23-years) was crowned Miss Grand India 2019.
  • Shreya Shanker (21-years) from Bihar won ‘Miss India United Continents 2019 title’.
  • Now, Suman Rao will represent India at Miss World 2019 in Thailand.
  • Telangana's Sanjana Vij was adjudged as Miss India Runner Up 2019.
  • Anukreethy Vas (Miss India 2018), Meenakshi Chaudhary (first runner-up 2018) and Shrey Rao Kamvarapu (second runner-up 2018) crowned their successor at the end of the event.
  • The Judges panel included renowned designer duo Falguni Shane Peacock, Miss World 2018 Vanessa Ponca de leon, actors Huma Qureshi, Chitrangda Singh, Aayush Sharma, choreographer-filmmaker Remo D'Souza, sprinter Dutee Chand and football captain Sunil Chhetri.
  • ‘Miss India’ is a national beauty pageant in India that annually selects representatives to compete in Miss World.
S. No. Results Winner
1. Miss India World 2019 Suman Rao (Rajasthan)
2. Miss Grand India 2019 Shivani Jadhav (Chhattisgarh)
3. Miss India United Continents 2019 title Shreya Shanker (Bihar)

2. Akshaya Patra wins BBC World Service Global Champion Award

  • Bengaluru-based NGO ‘Akshaya Patra’ has been awarded the BBC World Service Global Champion Award for the programme.
  • NGO ‘Akshaya Patra’ runs one of the world’s largest school meals project in India.
  • The Award, presented at the BBC Food and Farming Awards in Bristol this week, recognises a person or project who is changing the way the world produces, processes, consumes or thinks about food for the better.
Source: Business Today

3. Sahitya Akademi announces Bal Sahitya Puraskar and Yuva Puraskar 2019

  • Sahitya Akademi has selected 22 writers for the Sahitya Akademi Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2019 and 23 writers for Yuva Puraskar 2019.
  • Six books of children's poetry, including works by Vijay Sharma (Dogri), Naji Munauwar (Kashmiri), and Sanjay Chaubey (Sanskrit); five storybooks by authors including Govind Sharma (Hindi), Mohammad Khalil (Urdu), and Swmim Nasrin (Assamese); and five authors for their total contribution in children's literature won the Bal Sahitya Puraskar.
  • Apart from these, one folk tale author, Lakhminath Brahma, in Bodo language, three novels by Chandrakanth Karadalli (Kannada), Salim Sardar Mulla (Marathi), and Pawan Harchandpuri (Punjabi); one history book by Devika Cariapa in English, and one play by R K Sanahanbi Chanu in Manipuri won the prestigious award.
  • Eleven books of poetry, including works by Anuj Lugun (Hindi), Sagar Nazir (Kashmiri), Anuja Akathoottu (Malayalam); six of short stories by authors, including Tanuj Solanki (English), Ajay Soni (Gujarati), Keerti Parihar (Rajasthani); five novels by Moumita (Bengali), and Salman Abdus Samad (Urdu) among others won the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2019.
  • The winners of both the awards will receive a casket containing an engraved copper plaque and a cheque of Rs 50,000.
Source: Business Standard
Important Days

4. 17 June: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

  • The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought observed across the world on 17th June every year to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification.
  • World Day to Combat Desertification 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
  • The theme of 2019 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is “Let’s Grow the Future Together”.
  • Today, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has delivered a keynote address at an event in New Delhi to mark the occasion.
Source: UN.org

5. 16th June: International Day of Family Remittances

  • The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) is being celebrated every year on 16th June.
  • The day recognizes the contribution of over 200 million migrants to improve the lives of their 800 million family members back home, and to create a future of hope for their children.
  • The day is a universally- recognized observance adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/72/281).

6. Father’s Day: 16 June 2019

  • Father's Day is celebrated every year on the third Sunday of June to honour the journey of fatherhood and the role that father's play in the family structure and society.
  • This year, it is be celebrated on 16th June in India.
  • It complements similar celebrations honouring family members, such as Mother's Day, Siblings Day and Grandparents' Day.

7. Zuzana Caputova sworn in as Slovakia’s first female President

  • Anti-corruption campaigner Zuzana Caputova (45-years) was sworn in as Slovakia’s first female president.
  • Caputova scored a convincing victory against Smer-SD candidate Maros Sefcovic.
  • Her allies from the Progressive Slovakia/Together party hope to use the momentum to unseat the ruling party in a 2020 general election.
  • Caputova is the fifth president in modern Slovak history.
  • The President of the Slovak Republic is the head of state of Slovakia and the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces.
  • The president's official residence is the Grassalkovich Palace in Bratislava.
Source: Business Standard

8. Brazil development bank’s head resigns

  • The head of Brazil's powerful state development bank ‘Joaquim Levy’ (former finance minister) quit, fueling a political crisis.
  • Levy's sudden departure follows a tumultuous week for a government less than six months into its term, in which Bolsonaro fired his third minister.
  • BNDES is one of the largest development banks in the world (after the Chinese Development Bank, which boasts assets of around RMB 7.52 trillion, or around $1.2 tn).
  • The BNDES has three integral subsidiaries: FINAME, BNDESPAR and BNDES Limited. Together, the three companies comprise the BNDES System.
Source: AIR News
National Affairs

10. The First session of newly elected Lok Sabha begins today

  • The first session of the newly elected Lok Sabha has begun with administering of oath to the Members.
  • Seven-time Lok Sabha MP, Dr Virendra Kumar (Pro-Tem speaker) administered the oath to the members.
  • Prime Minister and Leader of the House Narendra Modi took the oath.
  • Cabinet Ministers including Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, D V Sadananda Gowda, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Santosh Gangwar among others took the oath as Members of the Lok Sabha.
  • The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha will continue till 26th June 2019.
Source: AIR news

11. Culture Minister inaugurates the exhibition ‘Astitva: The Essence of Prabhakar Barwe’

  • Prahlad Singh Patel (Minister of State (I/C) of Culture & Tourism) has inaugurated the exhibition titled "Astitva: The Essence of Prabhakar Barwe”, at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
  • According to Mr. Patel, museums are required ‘to look into our past thereby helping us to move forward in life by learning things from the past’.
  • The Minister also added the museums act as a ‘symbol of respect for our ancestors’.
  • The exhibition will be open to public until 28th July 2019.
Source: PIB

12. World’s highest weather stations installed on Mount Everest

  • A team of Tribhuvan University and National Geographic Society scientists & researchers have installed the world’s highest, fully automated weather stations atop Mount Everest.
  • Total five weather stations, including one at a record height of 27,657 feet, were installed on the Earth’s highest mountain above sea level.
  • The weather station will record data on temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed, and wind direction.
Source: Business Standard

13. Central Government granted the approval to set up of e-Foreigner Tribunal (e-FT) in Assam

  • The Union Government has permitted to set up e-Foreigner Tribunal (e-FT) in Assam.
  • It is a quasi-judicial authority which assesses the question of the authenticity of a person’s citizenship.
  • It should be set up by July 31, 2019, when the final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC) is published.
  • The proposed integrated e-FT IT system will be implemented across the state for effective monitoring and resolution of cases registered with Foreigner Tribunal.

14. ADB approves Rs 1,650 cr infra projects in Tripura

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a project worth Rs 1,650 crore to develop infrastructure in 7 districts of Tripura.
  • The ADB will provide Rs 1,650 crore, out of which 80 per cent will be grant-in-aid and the state will have to repay 20% loan in due course of time.
  • The project will be taken up in Khowai, Ambassa, Dharmnagar, Kailashahar, Udaipur, Bishramganj and Belonia.
  • The Urban Development Department of the Tripura government will start preparing DPRs with the assistance of ADB for speedy execution of the said project.
Source: DD News

15. Archery World Championships: Indian men's recurve team bags Silver Medal

  • The Indian men's recurve team bagged a silver medal in the Archery World Championships at Den Bosch in The Netherlands.
  • Indian trio of Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Pravin lost to Chinese team of Ding Yiliang, Wei Shaoxuan and Feng Hao 6-2 in the summit clash. 
  • India ended their campaign with one silver and two bronze medals won in the women's compound team and individual events.
  • The men's recurve team was playing in the final of World Championships after a gap of 14 years.
  • This was India's sixth silver at the World Championships where the country is yet to win a gold medal.
  • This was also for the first time since 2014 that the Indian men's team made the final of a world event.
  • The silver and two bronze at the 2019 World Championships took India's overall count to eight medals in the premier biennial competition.
Source: AIR News

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