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National

  • Odisha’s Chandrani Murmu (25 years and 11 months) has become the youngest Member of Parliament (MP) to the 17th Lok Sabha.
  • 15th Finance Commission headed by the Chairman Shri N.K. Singh held meeting with the representatives of Autonomous Development Councils (ADCs) of Meghalaya as part of its visit to the State.
  • On June 8, 2019, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani inaugurated the new Dinosaur Museum-cum-Park at Raiyoli village in Balasinor town of Mahisagar district.
  • 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.
  • On June 10, 2019, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has declared Chaukhandi Stupa as a “Monument of national importance”.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • According to the 3rd End of Childhood Index, a part of Changing Lives in Our Lifetime – Global Childhood Report 2019, India was ranked 113 in 176 countries on the wellbeing of children with 769 score out of 1000.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved to set up the Defence Space Research Agency (DSRA), a new agency which will develop sophisticated weapon systems and technologies.
  • On June 7, 2019, Central India got its First Sikh Museum in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
  • On June 12, 2019, the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Shri Arjun Munda launched “E-governance initiatives for ST Welfare schemes” at a function organized by Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
  • On June 13, 2019, the Government reduced the Employees State Insurance (ESI) contribution rate to 4% from 6.5%.

International

  • The women sangams (groups) of the Deccan Development Society (DDS) have bagged the United Nation’s Equator Prize for 2019.
  • The African Union (AU) on 06 June suspended Sudan until the establishment of civilian rule, intensifying global pressure on its new military leaders to stand down after the worst violence since Omar al-Bashir’s fall in April.
  • The Narendra Modi Government has decided to institute the Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman in order to encourage the media to help propagate Yoga during the run-up to International Yoga Day on June 21.
  • AIIB has made its 1st investment in Nepal with the provision of up to $90m loan to help fund a $650m hydropower project.
  • On June 9, 2019, The Cabinet of United Arab Emirates (UAE) adopted a 12-year strategy ‘National Strategy for Wellbeing 2031’ during its meeting at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.
  • Kazakhstan’s interim president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, chosen successor of veteran ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev who retains sweeping powers, has won a snap presidential election with nearly 71 per cent of the vote, according to early results.
  • The Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia organised a “Gandhi cycle rally for peace” in Riyadh on Friday to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Luxembourg, will host AIIB’s annual meeting next month, the first time the gathering has taken place outside of Asia.
  • The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador has recognized forests as living entities on the World Environment Day (5th June 2019).
  • French President, Emmanuel Macron has invited Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to attend the 45th session of the G7 Summit in Biarritz in France as a special invitee.
  • On June 13, 2019, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare announced that farmers in the country are expected to contribute Rs 100 per month under the Pradhan Mantri (PM) Kisan Pension Yojana.
  • Institute for Economics and Peace released the report, ‘Global peace index 2019’ stated that India ranked 141 among 163 countries on the Global Peace Index.
  • The 16th Edition of Asia Media Summit (AMS) 2019 was held in Siem Reap province, Cambodia from June 12 to June 14, 2019.

Economy and Business

  • On June 7, 2019, State Bank of India (SBI) announced to introduce repo-linked home loan product from July 1, 2019.
  • Hero MotoCorp has become the 1st company to get BS VI certification for its Hero Splendor iSmart.
  • 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).
  • Imports from Pakistan to India declined by 92% in March 2019 to $2.84 million due to the imposition of 200% customs duties on all products after Pulwama terror attack.
  • Amazon has overtaken Google and Apple to become the world’s most valuable brand at $315.5 billion, according to a ranking of global companies, up 52% on last year.
  • The 107 year-old IAAF will soon be renamed as “World Athletics”.
  • According to the report “Brand Trust Report, 2019”, by Trust Research Advisory (TRA), Dell tops the list as the most trusted brand for 2019 in India.

Sports

  • The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup (8th edition) started in France from 7 June to 7 July 2019.
  • Rafael Nadal swept to an historic 12th Roland Garros title and 18th Grand Slam crown on 09 June with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Austria’s Dominic Thiem.
  • Eight years after he prevented cancer from dictating his life choices, Yuvraj Singh brought the curtain down on a roller-coaster international career.
  • Star Cricketer Virat Kholi remains the only Indian in the Forbes list of World’s highest-paid athletes 2019 with the annual earnings of $25 millon(mn).
  • Reigning World billiards champion Sourav Kothari lifted the 2019 Pacific International Snooker Championship-The Reventon Classic, in Melbourne.
  • Former World No 1, Malaysia’s badminton player, Lee Chong Wei aged 36 announced retirement after 19 years of a successful career that included the Olympic medals and 69 world titles.

Awards

  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with the Maldives’ highest civilian award, the Order of the Distinguished Rule of Izzudeen, by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on 8 June.
  • Swedish teenage activist Greta Thunberg (16), has won the Amnesty International’s, “Ambassador of Conscience award” for fighting against the peril of global warming.
  • Ex-President of United States of America (USA), Jimmy Carter (94) has won the inaugural George H. W. Bush Award.
  • Noted English writer Amitav Ghosh was conferred the 54th Jnanpith award for 2018.
  • On June 11, 2019, seven Indian-origin Australians have been honoured for their outstanding contributions in the field of medicine, music, education and finance in Australia.
  • Actor Priyanka Chopra will be awarded the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award by UNICEF’s American chapter at their Snowflake Ball in December.

Appointments

  • Delhi based Merchant service and UPI payments app, BharatPe have recently appointed Abhishek Singh as its Chief Marketing Officer.
  • India’s first international financial services centre GIFT City has appointed former Corporate Affairs Secretary Tapan Ray as the Managing Director.
  • 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.
  • Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawarchand Gehlot has been appointed as the leader of Rajya Sabha.
  • BJP MP from Madhya Pradesh Virendra Kumar will be the Pro-tem Speaker of the Lok Sabha.
  • According to Personnel Ministry, I. V. Subba Rao will continue as secretary to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.
  • On June 10, 2019, Yes Bank’s Former interim Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive (CEO) Ajai Kumar resigned from his position.
  • Senior IPS officer V S Kaumudi has been appointed as the Director General of the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D).
  • British consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser, named PepsiCo executive Laxman Narasimhan to succeed Rakesh Kapoor as CEO.
  • On June 11,2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed selection panel has named Vigilance Commissioner Sharad Kumar as interim Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) for a term of four years or till he attains the age of 65.
  • Japanese electronics firm Casio India announced that it has appointed Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff as the brand Ambassador for its popular range of G-Shock watches across different touch points including television, media, digital and social.
  • A recent order issued by the Ministry of Personnel, Government of India notified that V Ravi Anshuman has been designated as a part-time member in the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for the period of three years or until the age of 70.
  • On June 13,2019, According to the Personnel ministry,Government of India Bhola Nath Shukla has been appointed as Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd for a period up to October 31, 2020.
  • Digital payments firm BharatPe, has appointed Pratekk Agarwaal as its Chief Business Officer.

Important Days

  • World Oceans Day (WOD) is observed every year on 8th June to provide an opportunity to take personal and community action to conserve the ocean and its resources.
  • 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.
  • World Blood Donor Day is observed on 14 June every year.

Science and Tech

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has found a suitable window to launch India’s second spacecraft to the moon, ‘Chandrayaan-2’ between July 9 and July 16 with an expected soft landing on the moon on September 6.
  • On June 9, 2019, Mount Sinabung volcano has been erupted spreading a column of ash at 7 km high in the island of Sumatra in western Indonesia.
  • China has launched a rocket from a mobile platform at sea for the 1st time, sending 5 commercial satellites and 2 others containing experimental technician into space.
  • For the first time, Researchers at Ohio State University have created high-resolution maps of points around the globe where groundwater meets the oceans.

Defence

  • India conducted a successful first test flight of the indigenously developed HSTDV from a base off the Odisha coast.
  • On June 12, 2019, Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, AVSM (Ati Vishisht Seva Medal), NM assumed charge as the 7th Commandant of Indian Naval Academy (INA).

Obituaries

  • On June 10, 2019, Noted Actor, writer, and playwright Girish Karnad was passed away due to multiple-organ failure in Bengaluru at the age of 81.
  • Former Doordarshan and AIR News Editor Laldingliana Sailo passed away.
  • Former Puducherry Chief Minister and senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader R V Janakiraman died recently.

States

  • Culture Minister Prahalad Singh Patel has inaugurated the exhibition titled Unknown Masterpieces of Himachal Folk Art at National Museum in New Delhi.
  • Justice Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel (59-years) was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.
  • Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) announced that it will not be a part of the BJP-led NDA outside Bihar and will contest the upcoming assembly polls in four states on its own.
  • 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.
  • Bancha in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh is the first village in India to have zero wooden stoves and almost no use for LPG cylinders with all its 75 houses relying on solar-powered stoves to meet their cooking needs.
  • On June 9, 2019, The state government of Karnataka launched “Pink Sarathi vehicles” for women safety.
  • A 22-year-old civil engineer, Zonel Sougaijam from Imphal east of Manipur was recognized by the social media giant “Facebook” for discovering and reporting a WhatsApp bug that violated the privacy of a user.

Miscellaneous

  • After the first-ever in-depth analysis of child grooms, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) study revealed that an estimated 115 million boys and men around the world were married as children.
  • On June 4, 2019, Facebook launched its first interactive Game Show “Confetti” in India.
  • Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State (I/C) of Culture & Tourism, Government of India inaugurated the exhibition titled “Astitva: The Essence of Prabhakar Barwe”, at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi today.

Agreements

  • Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) entered into a Tripartite Agreement with French National Railways (SNCF) and French Development Agency (AFD).
  • On June 1, 2019, Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) Bank and Max Bupa, a Standalone Health Insurer (SAHI) signed a Bancassurance corporate agency agreement.

 

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