12th June 2019 Current Affairs

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India & Portugal to set up National Maritime Heritage Museum in Lothal

  • On June 8, 2019, Government of India announced that it will join hands with Portugal to set up maritime museum near ancient Harappans civilization at Lothal in Gujarat.
  • It will be a similar model of the museum which is at Lisbon, Portugal administered by the Portuguese Navy.
  • The Indian Navy is keen to be a stakeholder in the project and the Portuguese Navy has agreed to assist with their experience of administering the maritime museum in Lisbon.

Note :

About Portugal:

Capital: Lisbon

Currency: Euro

Prime Minister: Antonio Luís Santos da Costa

President: Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

ASI declared Chaukhandi Stupa as Monument of National Importance

  • On June 10, 2019, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has declared Chaukhandi Stupa as a “Monument of national importance”.
  • The ancient Buddhist site situated in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh.

Note:

About Uttar Pradesh

Capital: Lucknow

Chief minister: Yogi Adityanath

Governor: Ram Naik

MHA allows all states to setup Foreigners Tribunals

  • The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India empowered district magistrates in all States and Union Territories to set up Foreigners Tribunals (FTs).
  • In this regard, it has amended the Foreigners Tribunals Order, 1964 by the Foreigners Tribunal Order, 2019.
  • It is to decide whether a person staying illegally in India is a foreigner or not. The power to constitute Foreigners tribunal was only with the central government earlier.

Note:

About MHA

MHA – Ministry of Home Affairs

Formed  -15 August 1947

Headquarters – New Delhi

Election Commission grants national party status to NPP

  • The Election Commission of India on Friday declared the National People’s Party led by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma as a national party.
  • This made the NPP, formed by his father and former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A. Sangma in 2013, the first from the north-eastern region to earn the tag.

Note:

Leader: Conrad Sangma

Founder: P. A. Sangma

Founded: 6 January 2013

Alliance: National Democratic Alliance

P.K. Misra is again appointed as Personal Secretary to PM

  • Nripendra Misra and P K Mishra were today re-appointed as Principal Secretary and Additional Principal Secretary respectively to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Cabinet Minister rank.
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved both the appointments with effect from May 31.

Hero MotoCorp Becomes First Two-Wheeler Manufacturer to Receive BS VI Certification

  • Hero MotoCorp has become the 1st company to get BS VI certification for its Hero Splendor iSmart.
  • Hero has received the type approval certificate from ICAT after the Splendor iSmart was successfully tested for BS6 compliance.
  • Hero has received the type approval certificate from International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) after the Splendor iSmart was successfully tested for BS6 compliance.
  • The BS VI compliant Hero Splendor iSmart was fully designed and developed by Hero at its Centre for Innovation and Technology (CIT) centre in Jaipur.

Note:

About Hero Motocorp

Founder – Brijmohan Lall Munjal

Headquarters: New Delhi

Founded: 19 January 1984, Dharuhera

Sashakt Committee recommends RBI’s changes in Inter-Creditor Agreement (ICA) framework

  • Sashakt Committee headed by Punjab National Bank non-executive Chairman Sunil Mehta has stated that the new guidelines of RBI regarding the mandation of Inter-Creditor Agreement (ICA) framework is a right move to resolve non-performing assets (NPAs or bad loans).
  • “The Sashkat ICA can be modified to incorporate the requirements of New Framework and serve as the Master Inter-Creditor Agreement for resolution of all stressed asset under BLRA.
  • The New Framework is pragmatic and a step in the right direction.
  • It takes care of all stakeholders interests,” said Sunil Mehta, chairman of Sashakt Committee.

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About RBI

RBI – Reserve Bank of India

Headquarters: Mumbai

Founder: British Raj

Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata

Governor: Shaktikanta Das

Bank rate: 5.75%

Thawarchand Gehlot appointed leader of Rajya Sabha

  • Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawarchand Gehlot has been appointed as the leader of Rajya Sabha.
  • He will replace senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley who opted out of the government citing health reasons.
  • Gehlot, the social justice and empowerment minister, is an experienced parliamentarian and a Dalit face of the saffron party.
  • The appointment for the Leader of the Rajya Sabha is made by the party in power at the Centre.

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About Rajya Sabha

Chairperson: Venkaiah Naidu

Seats: 245 (233 + 12 Nominated)

BJP MP Virendra Kumar to be Pro-tem speaker of Lok Sabha

  • BJP MP from Madhya Pradesh Virendra Kumar will be the Pro-tem Speaker of the Lok Sabha.
  • As such, he will preside over the 1st sitting of the Lok Sabha, administer the oath of office to the newly elected MPs & oversee the election of the Speaker.
  • Kumar, 65, is a seven-term member of Parliament.
  • He won the Lok Sabha election from Tikamgarh.
  • As Pro-tem Speaker, he will preside over the first sitting of the Lok Sabha, administer the oath of office to the newly elected MPs, and oversee the election of the Speaker.

Note:

About Lok Sabha

Seats: 545 (543 elected + 2 Nominated)

Leader: Narendra Modi

I. V. Subba Rao to continue as secretary to vice president.

  • According to Personnel Ministry, I. V. Subba Rao will continue as secretary to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.
  • The appointment is on contract basis in the rank and pay of secretary of Government of India .
  • His tenure will be co-terminus with the tenure of the vice president.

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About Vice President

Term length: 5 years

Yes Bank’s Former Interim MD & CEO Ajai Kumar, Independent director Mukesh Sabharwal quits

  • On June 10, 2019, Yes Bank’s Former interim Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive (CEO) Ajai Kumar resigned from his position.
  • On June 11, 2019, Yes Bank’s independent director Mukesh Sabharwal has also quit the board of Directors.
  • The former Defence Personnel has been on the board of the directors since April 2012.

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About YES Bank

Headquarters: Mumbai

Founded: 2004

Revenue: 25,491 crores INR (US$3.5 billion, 2018)

IPS V.S. Kaumudi appointed as DG of BPR&D

  • Senior IPS officer V S Kaumudi has been appointed as the Director General of the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D).
  • Kaumudi, a 1986-batch IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, is at present the Additional Director General in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Note:

About BPR&D

Parent agency: Ministry of Home Affairs

Formed: 28 August 1970

Headquarters: New Delhi, India

June 12 is being celebrated as World Day Against Child Labour.

  • The ILO launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.
  • The 2019 theme is: Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams!
  • The day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them, according to the United Nations.
  • On World Day Against Child Labour 2019, the International Labour Organization is celebrating 100 years of advancing social justice and promoting decent work and looking back on progress achieved in view of support to countries on tackling child labour.

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About ILO

ILO – International Labour Organization

Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

Head: Guy Ryder

Founder: Paris Peace Conference, 1919

Founded: 1919

Former Puducherry CM R V Janakiraman passed away

  • Former Puducherry Chief Minister and senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader R V Janakiraman died recently.
  • He was the Chief Minister between 1996 and 2000, heading the coalition government of DMK and the Tamil Maanila Congress.
  • He was elected from Nellithope assembly constituency and served from May 26, 1996, to March 18, 2000, and also be the leader of the opposition from May 2001 to March 2006.

Note:

About CM R V Janakiraman

Born: 8 January 1941, Villianur

Party: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam

Mekathoti Sucharitha appointed as the Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh

  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister (CM) YS Jaganmohan Reddy appointed Mekathoti Sucharitha, aged 45, a representative from Prathipadu (SC) reserved constituency in Guntur district, as the Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
  • She became the first Dalit woman home minister of Andhra Pradesh after the formation of Telangana.
  • Sucharita is the first woman home minister in the residuary Andhra Pradesh state formed in 2014, afterTelangana was carved out.

Note:

About Andhra Pradesh:

Capital: Amaravati

Chief Minister: Y S Jaganmohan Reddy

Governor: E. S. L. Narasimhan

Facebook launched its first interactive Game Show “Confetti” in India

  • On June 4, 2019, Facebook launched its first interactive Game Show “Confetti” in India.
  • It was first launched in the United States.
  • It will challenge participants to answer pop culture trivia questions for a chance to win Rs 3 lakh as cash prize every day.
  • The interactive game is exclusive to Facebook Watch.

Note:

About Facebook

Founded: February 2004

CEO: Mark Zuckerberg

Headquarters: Menlo Park, California, United States

CFO: David Wehner

Try out the quiz ?

1. Government of India has joined hands with which country to set up maritime museum at Lothal in Gujarat?

Correct! Wrong!

On June 8, 2019, Government of India announced that it will join hands with Portugal to set up maritime museum near ancient Harappans civilization at Lothal in Gujarat.

2. Archaeological Survey of India has declared Chaukhandi Stupa as a “Monument of national importance”. Chaukhandi Stupa is situated in which state?

Correct! Wrong!

On June 10, 2019, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has declared Chaukhandi Stupa as a “Monument of national importance”. The ancient Buddhist site situated in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh.

3. Which Ministry has allowed all states to setup Foreigners Tribunals?

Correct! Wrong!

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India empowered district magistrates in all States and Union Territories to set up Foreigners Tribunals (FTs).

4. Which two-Wheeler manufacturer has become 1st company to get BS VI certification?

Correct! Wrong!

Hero MotoCorp has become the 1st company to get BS VI certification for its Hero Splendor iSmart.

5. Who has been appointed as the leader of Rajya Sabha?

Correct! Wrong!

Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawarchand Gehlot has been appointed as the leader of Rajya Sabha.

6. Virendra Kumar will be the Pro-tem Speaker of the Lok Sabha. He has elected from which constituency?

Correct! Wrong!

BJP MP from Madhya Pradesh Virendra Kumar will be the Pro-tem Speaker of the Lok Sabha. He won the Lok Sabha election from Tikamgarh.

7. Who is the secretary of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu?

Correct! Wrong!

According to Personnel Ministry, I. V. Subba Rao will continue as secretary to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.

8. World Day Against Child Labour is being celebrated on which day?

Correct! Wrong!

June 12 is being celebrated as World Day Against Child Labour. The ILO launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.

9. R V Janakiraman has passed away. He was former Chief Minister of which state?

Correct! Wrong!

Former Puducherry Chief Minister and senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader R V Janakiraman died recently.

10. Recently which party has got status of national party by Election Commission of India?

Correct! Wrong!

The Election Commission of India on Friday declared the National People’s Party led by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma as a national party.

11. Who has been appointed as Personal Secretary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi?

Correct! Wrong!

Nripendra Misra and P K Mishra were today re-appointed as Principal Secretary and Additional Principal Secretary respectively to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Cabinet Minister rank.

12. Sashakt Committee has recommended RBI to changes in Inter-Creditor Agreement (ICA) framework. Who is the head of this Committee?

Correct! Wrong!

Sashakt Committee headed by Punjab National Bank non-executive Chairman Sunil Mehta has stated that the new guidelines of RBI regarding the mandation of Inter-Creditor Agreement (ICA) framework is a right move to resolve non-performing assets (NPAs or bad loans).

13. Ajai Kumar has resigned from his position. He was MD & CEO of which bank?

Correct! Wrong!

On June 10, 2019, Yes Bank’s Former interim Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive (CEO) Ajai Kumar resigned from his position.

14. Who has been appointed as the Director General of the Bureau of Police Research and Development?

Correct! Wrong!

Senior IPS officer V S Kaumudi has been appointed as the Director General of the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D).

15. Who is the Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh?

Correct! Wrong!

Mekathoti Sucharitha appointed as the Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh

16. What is 'Confetti'?

Correct! Wrong!

On June 4, 2019, Facebook launched its first interactive Game Show “Confetti” in India.

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