28 June 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

28 June 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

28 June 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Amitabh Kant gets two-year extension as Niti Aayog CEO

  • Amitabh Kant was given a two-year extension as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NITI Aayog.
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the extension of Mr Kant tenure for a further period of two years beyond June 30, 2019, on the same terms and conditions. (up to 30th June, 2021).
  • Mr Kant has been a key driver of the 'Make in India', Startup India and 'Incredible India' initiatives.
  • Kant did his schooling from Modern School, Delhi, graduation in Economics (Honours) from St Stephens, Delhi University and masters from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
  • The NITI Aayog is a policy think tank of the GoI, established (in 2015) with the aim to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and to enhance cooperative federalism by fostering the involvement of State Governments of India in the economic policy-making process using a bottom-up approach.
  • It was established in 2015 to replace the Planning Commission which followed a top-down model.
  • The permanent members of the governing council are all the state/UT Chief Ministers, the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar, and a vice Chairman nominated by the Prime Minister.
  • The Prime Minister is the Ex-officio chairman.
Source: The Times of India
Important Dates

2. 27th June: Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day

  • The UN Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSME) Day is observed every year on 27th June to recognize the importance of MSME in achieving sustainable development goals and in promoting innovation, creativity and sustainable work for all.
  • The Government of India (GoI) has also organized a National Conclave (Udyam Sangam) to encourage dialogue and partnership among various stakeholders of the MSME ecosystem.
  • International Trade Center, United Nations (UN) will launch its flagship report: “The SME Competitiveness Outlook 2019: Big money for small businesses”.
Source: UN.Org
Honour & Award

3. Journalist Rachna Khaira bags RedInk Journalist of the Year 2019 Award

  • Rachna Khaira (former journalist - The Tribune) has bagged the prestigious RedInk Award for ‘Journalist of the Year’ 2019 for her far-reaching expose in 2018 on the functioning of the Unique Identification Authority of Indian (UIDAI) and its Aadhaar data cache.
  • The RedInk Awards for Excellence in Journalism has been instituted by Mumbai Press Club to encourage good quality reporting and analysis, fair play and high ethical standards in Indian journalism.
Books and Author

4. Meenakshi Lekhi Writes her first Novel ‘The New Delhi Conspiracy’

  • BJP MP & Supreme Court lawyer Meenakshi Lekhi has written her debut novel titled ‘The New Delhi Conspiracy’.
  • The book has been co-authored by Krishna Kumar who works with her and is published by Harper Collins India, is slated for release on 8th July.
  • Meenakshi Lekhi is a Lok Sabha member from South Delhi and is a Supreme Court lawyer.

5. Eminent social activist Jharna Dhara Chowdhury passes away

  • Eminent Social Activist Jharna Dhara Chowdhury passed away in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • She was deeply influenced by the Gandhian principles of non-violence and communal harmony.    
  • In recognition of her work, Jharna Dhara Chowdhury was honoured with Padma Shri (in 2013) and Jamnalal Bajaj award (in 1998).
  • She also received many other prestigious awards like Begum Rokeya Padak, Gandhi Seva Puraskar and Ekushey Padak.
  • Jharna Dhara Chowdhury was born on 15th October 1938 at Lakshmipur.
  • She devoted her whole life to promoting peace, communal harmony and social justice.
  • The Gandhi Ashram Trust in Jayag, Noakhali conducts a skill-enhancing training programme for women to boost their income and provides free education to poor children.
Source: AIR News

6. Actor-director Vijaya Nirmala passes away

  • Veteran actor-filmmaker Vijaya Nirmala (75-years) passed away in Hyderabad at Continental hospital, Gachibowli due to a heart attack.
  • Vijaya Nirmala (born in Tamil Nadu) worked as actress, producer, and director known for her works predominantly in Telugu cinema.
  • She acted in more than 200 films in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.
  • In 2008, she received the Raghupathi Venkaiah Award for her contributions to Telugu cinema.
National Affairs

7. Govt to provide broadband connectivity under BharatNet project to all gram panchayats

  • According to Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Union Government plans to provide broadband connectivity under ‘BharatNet Project’ to all gram panchayats in the country.
  • One lakh 28 thousand 870 Gram panchayats have been connected with optical fibre till date.
  • Under BharatNet project, the last mile connectivity is to be provided at all the 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country.
  • As of now, The Minister informed that Wi-Fi spots have been installed in 44,140 Gram panchayats.
  • Phase I of the project was completed in December 2017, and one lakh gram panchayats were made service ready.
  • Phase II is under implementation, and a total of 2 lakh gram panchayats are targeted to be completed by March 2020.
  • BharatNet is a project of national importance to establish, by 2017, a highly scalable network infrastructure accessible on a non-discriminatory basis, to provide on-demand, affordable broadband connectivity for all households in partnership with States and the private sector.
  • The objective of the project is to facilitate the delivery of e-governance, e-health, e-education, e-banking, Internet and other services to rural India.

8. MoA signed to set up Centre for Inland & Coastal Maritime Technology at IIT Kharagpur

  • Ministry of Shipping and IIT Kharagpur has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for setting up the Centre for Inland and Coastal Maritime Technology.
  • According to Shipping Minister Mr. Mandaviya, the MoA will further the dream of Make in India and reduce the recurring cost incurred in the import of technology.
  • The Centre will focus on indigenisation of ship designing, building and testing.
  • Currently, only Germany, the Netherlands, Russia and Belgium have model testing facilities for ships.
Source: AIR News
Banking and Finance

9. RBI advises all banks to accept coins of all denominations

  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has advised all banks to immediately direct all their branches to accept coins of all denominations.
  • RBI's advisory came after it received complaints about non-acceptance of coins by branches of various banks.
  • Reserve Bank advised all banks to accept coins of all denominations tendered at their counters for transactions or exchange and ensure strict compliance in the matter.
Source: Business Standard

10. Data related to payments to be stored only in India: RBI

  • According to The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), all data related to payments must be stored in systems located only in India.
  • Data processed abroad will have to be brought back to the country within 24 hours.
  • In April 2018, The RBI had issued a directive on 'Storage of Payment System Data'.
  • It had advised all system providers to ensure that within a period of six months, the entire data relating to payment systems operated by them is stored in a system only in India.
  • The complete end-to-end transaction details should be part of the data.
  • In case the processing is done abroad, the data should be from the systems abroad and brought back to India not later than the one business day or 24 hours from payment processing, whichever is earlier.
Source: AIR
International Affairs

11. PM Narendra Modi reaches Osaka for G20 Summit

  • Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached the Japanese city of Osaka to attend the G20 Summit which will be held tomorrow and the day after.
  • On the sidelines of the summit, Mr Modi will hold talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe (today) and US President Donald Trump (tomorrow) and discuss important issues of bilateral and global importance.
  • The Prime Minister will attend nearly 30 programmes during his 57 hours stay on this visit.
  • The summit under the Japanese presidency is centred around the theme "Human centred future society".
  • G-20 summit will provide an important opportunity to reiterate and reinforce India’s strong support to reformed multilateralism.
Know About G20:
  • The G20 is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 19 countries and the European Union.
  • The members of G20 are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
  • Collectively, the G20 economies account for nearly 90% of the gross world product, 80% of world trade, two-thirds of the world population, and approximately half of the world land area.
  • The G20 Summit is formally known as the “Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy”.

12. 32nd Congress of the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) begins in Hyderabad

  • Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Kailash Choudhary formally inaugurated the 32nd Congress of the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) in Hyderabad.
  • Over 600 delegates including seed experts, officials, policy makers and representatives of national and international companies from nearly 70 countries like the UK, South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand, Canada, Austria are taking part in the Congress.
  • Several pre and post-event workshops, conferences and exhibitions are also being held as part of the 8-day long Congress.
  • The deliberations will be mainly focusing on various technologies for increasing quality seed production and seed export-import policies.
  • The Seed Congress is being held for the first time in South Asia.

13. IOC strips world boxing body AIBA of Olympic status

  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) stripped Olympic status from the troubled world boxing body AIBA (Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur)
  • Now, IOC will organize qualifying and final tournaments for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
  • IOC members had voted to endorse the executive board's recommendation last month to suspend AIBA's Olympic status. 
  • Olympic inquiry panel chairman Nenad Lalovic said that AIBA had created very serious reputational, legal and financial risks for the IOC and its American stakeholders.
  • It is cut off from future income from Tokyo revenues, and the 2019 world championships for men and women in Russia are no longer Olympic qualifiers.
Source:  AIR News

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