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Monday, June 29, 2020

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 28-29 JUNE 2020


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 28-29 JUNE 2020
1. PRESIDENT PROMULGATES BANKING REGULATION (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE, 2020
·        President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind in exercising the powers conferred under clause (1) of article 123 of the Constitution has promulgated the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 which will amend section 45, and 56 of Banking Regulation Act, 1949 as applicable to Cooperative Banks.
·        This promulgation followed the Cabinet approval on June 24, 2020 regarding an ordinance to bring nearly 1,482 urban and 58 multi state cooperative banks under the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) supervision.
·        Therefore, RBI’s power applied to scheduled banks, will now apply for cooperative banks as well.

2. NASHA MUKT BHARAT: ANNUAL ACTION PLAN (2020-21)
·        To celebrate “International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” on the theme Better knowledge for better care, Rattan Lal Kataria, Minister of State (MoS) for Social Justice and Empowerment has virtually launched “Nasha Mukt Bharat: Annual Action Plan (AAP) (2020-21) for 272 Most Affected Districts” from New Delhi.
·        Rs 260 crores has been allocated for NAPDDR for the year FY 2020-21 as compared to Rs 110 crores for FY 2019-20.

3. THE YOUNG UNIVERSITY RANKING 2020 WITH 2 INDIAN INSTITUTES IN TOP 100
·        The Times Higher Education(THE) released THE Young University Rankings 2020 for the universities which are 50 years old or younger. 

·        Two Indian Institutes secured their ranks in the top 100 with IIT Ropar, the best 12year old  institutes of India at 62nd rank and IIT Indore at 64th rank.

Rank
Name
Country
1
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong
2
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore
3
Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University
France

4. HP PANCHAYATI RAJ DEPARTMENT WINS 1ST PRIZE
·        Himachal Pradesh panchayati raj department wins 1st prize under  e-Panchayat Puraskars 2020 for effective implementation of e-applications, developed by the central government & other applications developed by the state government. The prize will be given by Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj.
·        The e-panchayat puraskar is given to states  that have made maximum use of Information Technology to monitor the works of the panchayat

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 27 JUNE 2020


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 27 JUNE 2020
1. ‘AATMA NIRBHAR UTTAR PRADESH ROJGAR ABHIYAN’
·        Atma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rojgar Yojana was inaugurated by Shri Narendra Modi through video conferencing for migrant workers of Uttar pradesh.
·        The local entrepreneurship will be promoted along with providing employment opportunities to migrant workers.
·        Maintaining ‘Do Gaj Ki Doori’ and covering face mask are the best precautions until a vaccine is found.
·        About 5000 crore rupees were directly transferred to Jan Dhan accounts of 75 lakh poor women of UP.

2. RS 500 CR EMERGENCY FUNDS TO ARMED FORCES
·        The Central Government has granted special financial powers of Rs 500 crore as emergency funds to armed forces for war preparedness amid ongoing border tensions with China.
·        Under this financial aid, the three defence services (Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force) can buy any weapon system or any in inventory upto Rs 500 cr in consultation with the Department of Military Affairs (DMA).

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Friday, June 26, 2020

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 26 JUNE 2020


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 26 JUNE 2020
1. 14% RISE IN TB PATIENTS IN 2019 
·        Annual “India TB (Tuberculosis) Report 2020”  released by Central TB Division (CTD). The salient feature of 2020 report is that for the first time CTD introduced a quarterly ranking on TB elimination efforts by all the states and UTs.
·        In accordance with the report, there were around 24.04 lakh TB patients in 2019, a 14% increase in as compared to the year 2018.
·        It should be noted that the sustainable goal of eradicating TB globally is 2030, but the Indian government is committed to achieve this target in the country by 2025.
·        NI-KSHAY-(Ni=End, Kshay=TB), a web enabled patient management system for TB control under the NTEP is developed and maintained by the CTD in collaboration with the National Informatics Centre (NIC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) Country office for India.

2. NITI AAYOG & ITF LAUNCH DECARBONIZING TRANSPORT PROJECT
·        The NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) aayog and the International Transport Forum(ITF) of OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) launched the ‘Decarbonizing Transport in Engineering Economies’ (DTEE) project in India. 
·        ITF Secretary General Young Tae Kim and NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant inaugurated the launch.
·        The Five year project helps India in developing a pathway towards low-carbon transport system through development of modelling tools and policy scenarios.
·        The Transport sector of India is the third most greenhouse gas emitting sector (max contribution from Road transport).

3. KUSHINAGAR AIRPORT IN UPDEVLOPED AS AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
·        The Union Cabinet has given its assent for the declaration of airport in Uttar Pradesh’s (UP) Kushinagar as an international airport.
·        The reason behind this move is to provide improved connectivity to Kushinagar, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site, located in the north-eastern part of UP.
·         The town has pilgrimage sites in Lumbini, Shravasti, Kapilvastu nearby it. A little farther, it has sites in Sarnath and Gaya.
·        It is to be noted that Gautama Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana after his death at Kushinagar.

4. 2% INTEREST SUBVENTION ON SHISHU LOANS
·        The Cabinet has also approved a scheme for interest subvention of 2% for a period of 12 months to all Shishu loan accounts under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) to eligible borrowers w.e.f. June 01, 2020 till May 31, 2021.
·        The estimated cost of the Scheme is approximately Rs 1,542 crore and will be implemented through the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI).
·        The scheme provides loan up-to 10 lakhs to the non-corporate, non-farm small/micro enterprises.
·        The loans provided under PMMY are classified as MUDRA (Micro Units Development & Refinance Agency Ltd) loans.
·        The loan coverage is classified under these three products.

5. PAKISTAN REMAINS IN FATF GREY LIST
·        Financial Action Task Force(FATF) in its 3rd and final plenary meeting under the Chinese Presidency of Xiangmin Liu over a virtual platform, retained Pakistan on the grey list till October 2020, for failing to prosecute and penalise terrorist financing in the country before the deadline fixed by FATF .
·        Germany will take over the presidency of the FATF from July, 2020 for a year.

6. GLOBAL ECONOMY WILL COME DOWN BY 4.9%: IMF
·        The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the June 2020 update “A Crisis Like No Other, An Uncertain Recovery” of its flagship World Economic Outlook (WEO), has predicted that the Indian economy will have a big 4.5 % contraction in 2020 and it will come down to a historic low.
·        This historical decline will be the lowest level since 1961 due to the Coronavirus (covid-19) epidemic, its prevention measures and slowdown of economic activity.
·        The coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic has had more negative effects in the first half of 2020. In China, where recovery continues from the first quarter’s decline, the growth rate is estimated at 1 % in 2020.

7. 45TH EDITION OF TIFF 2020
·        Actor Priyanka Chopra and Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap named among the 50 ambassadors for the 45th edition of Toronto International Film Festival(TIFF) 2020, which is to be held virtually.
·        The festival will take place from September 10-19 with physical screenings and drive-ins, digital screenings, virtual red carpets, press conferences and industry talks.
·        This is the 1st time TIFF will launch a digital platform for the festival, offering new opportunities to connect with audiences beyond Toronto.

8. CLARE CONNOR , 1st FEMALE PRESIDENT OF MCC
·        Former England Women Cricket Captain Clare Connor(43 year old), an all-rounder, becomes the 1st female president of Marylebone Cricket Club(MCC) in 233 years.
·        Her tenure will begin on October 1, 2021, and will end on September 30, 2022. She will succeed Kumar Sangakkara.
·        She is current head of women’s cricket in the England and Wales Cricket Board (since 2007). 

9. ‘EBLOODSERVICES’ APP TO ORDER BLOOD
·        In order to save the needy from anemia in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, Union Health Minister Dr.
·        Harsh Vardhan has launched ‘eBloodServices‘ mobile app developed by the ERaktkosh team of C-DAC (Development of Advanced Computing) India for easy access to blood needed for transfusion.
·        The mobile app is an initiative of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) with the aim of ‘Safe blood saves lives’ will be available in entire Delhi-NCR initially.

10. DRONE MOUNTED ULV SPRAYER FOR LOCUST CONTROL 
·        Under the Make in India initiative the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare (DAC&FW) has initiated to develop a vehicle mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayer for locust control to reduce the limitations of importing equipment. 
·        India is to be the first country in the world to control desert locusts using drones.


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Thursday, June 25, 2020

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 25 JUNE 2020


DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS 25 JUNE 2020
1. LARGEST ECONOMY ON PPP BASIS FOR 2017
·        In accordance with the World Bank Data under the International Comparison Program (ICP), revealed by India’s National Statistical Office (NSO) of Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI), India has retained its position as the third-largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP) for 2017 as it accounted for 6.7% or $8,051 billion out of world total of $119,547 billion of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
·        India has followed China (16.4%) and the United States-US (16.3%) which ranked 1st and 2nd respectively.
·        It states that exchange rates between currencies are in equilibrium when their purchasing power is the same in each of the two countries.
·        For example- How much milk that Rs 75 can purchase in India and One Dollar can purchase in the US. On this basis (PPP) the GDP of India is measured.

2. COVID-19 TO PUSH ADDITIONAL 120 MILLION CHILDREN INTO POVERTY IN SOUTH ASIA
·        The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) released its first report titled “Lives Upended How COVID-19 threatens the futures of 600 million South Asian children” focusing on the South Asian region on the impacts of COVID-19 on children states that around 240 million children are classified as poor and the current COVID-19 situation will affect an additional 120 million children, a total of 360 million children will be pushed into poverty and food insecurity in the next 6 months.

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