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  1. The state of Madhya Pradesh has recently launched a new scheme called ‘Rozgar Setu’ scheme, with an aim of providing employment to the skilled workers who have returned to the state.  The state is surveying the skilled workers who were employed at industries in other states and have returned now. The government will contact the owners of industries and factories and contractors associated with infrastructure projects such as road and bridge construction.
  2. The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is celebrated on 29 May every year, to pay tribute to the contribution of the peacekeepers. This year the theme of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 2020 is “Women in Peacekeeping: A Key to Peace”.This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace & Security. UN honours more than 3,900 UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives during their service, since 1948.
  3. The foundation stone for setting up a Missile Park ‘Agneeprastha’ was recently laid at INS Kalinga, Visakhapatnam by Commodore Rajesh Debnath, who heads INS Kalinga. A 2 MW solar photovoltaic plant was also commissioned at INS Kalinga by the Vice Admiral of Eastern Naval Command.  This is the largest plant in the Eastern Naval Command and has an estimated life of 25 years. This step is in line with the National Solar Mission proposed by the Union Government to achieve 100 GW of solar power by 2022.
  4. The Union Ministry of Labour and Employment has partnered with TCS iON to offer free online “Career Skills Training” on its National Career Service (NCS) portal. This scheme is to be implemented under the Ministry’s National Career Service (NCS) project, which provides several employment related services.  This course also includes soft skills required by several industries. The training module is available to the registered job seekers in both Hindi and English.
  5. As per the data from the Controller General of Accounts (CGA), India’s fiscal deficit was 4.59% of gross domestic product (GDP) for the year 2019–20. Fiscal Deficit is the gap between the government’s revenue and expenditure the govt’s revised target for its fiscal deficit was 3.8%, and the real deficit has exceeded it. However, the budget estimate was 3.5% of GDP. The Union Finance Minister invoked the escape clause in the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act to peg the deficit 0.5% higher than the Budget estimate.
  6. The United Nations General Assembly has recently adopted a New voting procedure for the upcoming election of new members of the Security Council. This change is due to the restrictions for large gathering and to ensure social distancing during the COVID–19 pandemic. Usually, the assembly meet in a horseshoe–shaped assembly chamber at UN headquarters. But now, the ambassadors from 193 UN member nations will cast secret ballots at predetermined places & time slots.
  7. The President of the United States Donald Trump has recently announced that US is terminating its relationship with World Health Organization over its handling of the COVID–19. The President has been blaming WHO and China for the deaths and damages caused by the pandemic across the world. The President also said that the funds provided by the US to WHO will be redirected to other global public health needs. He also issued directions to deny entry to certain Chinese nationals and tightened regulations against Chinese investments in America.
  8. Major technology firm Google has launched a new application named ‘Sodar’, to help people maintain social distancing. The application uses Augmented Reality (AR) for this purpose.  It creates a visual boundary using the user’s smartphone camera and show who is breaching that distance, on a realtime basis. Earlier, the UN Technology Innovation Labs released a free mobile social distancing app 1point5 which uses Bluetooth signal.
  9. The Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan has announced that Kerala Fibre Optic Network (K–FON) project would be launched by December 2020. The objective of the Rs 1,500 crore scheme is to provide free internet access to the poor and at affordable rates to others. It is being implemented by Kerala State IT Infrastructure Limited and Kerala State Electricity Board. Using the KSEB posts, optical fibre cables are being laid across the state.  
  10. Goa is the smallest state of India, by are and the fourth–smallest state by population. It recently celebrated its statehood day on May 30. In 1961, Indian Army invaded and annexed Goa, Daman and Diu into the Indian union, through Operation Vijay.After that, Goa along with Daman and Diu, was categorised as a centrally administered Union territory of India. On 30 May 1987, the union territory was split and Goa was made the 25th state of India and Daman and Diu remained as a UT.
  11. As per the recent announcement of the Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the state is to develop 800 km roads as Herbal roads in the state. The Herbal roads will have medicinal trees on both sides, including Peepal, Neem, Sehjan and other important herbal trees. The state’s Public Works Department will implement the project and rain water recharging system on the roads.
  12. The state government of Karnataka recently announced that it would launch a first–of–its kind project called “State Health Register”. The aim of the project is to maintain the health database of all its citizens in the register. As per the state’s release, a survey of all 6.5 crore people in the state using ASHA team, Primary Health Centre, members from Revenue & Education Departments. It’ll be implemented in Chikkaballapur district on a pilot basis.
  13. As per the recent data of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Singapore was the largest source of FDI in India during 2019–20 with USD 14.67 billion worth investments. It was followed by Mauritius and the Netherlands.  The data also showed that FDI in India grew by 13% to a record high USD 49.97 billion in 2019–20. Maximum foreign inflows were in service sector (USD 7.85 billion), followed by computer software and hardware.
  14. Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman chaired the 22nd Meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) and reviewed the current global and domestic macro–economic situation and financial stability in the nation.  Union Finance Minister is the chairperson of FSDC, an autonomous regulatory body setup in the year 2010. Besides the ten members which includes the RBI Governor, Finance Secretary, Chief Economic Adviser, Chairpersons of SEBI, IRDAI, PFRDA, and IBBI among others, the Finance Minister may invite any other required person.
  15. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has officially launched the instant Permanent Account Number (PAN) facility which uses Aadhaar number based e–KYC. This was announced during the 2020 budget along with an interchangeable Aadhar and PAN feature. The Income tax department launched the beta facility on their e–filing website in February 2020. As this a paperless and realtime facility, the turn around time taken for allotting the PAN through this facility is only about 10 minutes
  16. Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal participated in the Digital Summit on Exports organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). During his address through video conferencing, the Minister said that he expects the decline in exports to narrow to 8–10 per cent in the month of June.  In the month of April, 28 out of 30 major product groups have witnessed huge decline in exports up to 99 per cent.
  17. Every year, May 28 has been celebrated as The World Menstrual Hygiene Day across the world. It is a global platform initiated by the German non–profit organisation WASH United.This year, the theme of Menstrual Hygiene Day is ‘Periods in Pandemic’. Several government agencies, individuals, non–profits and media join hands to create awareness about the safe menstruation practices and hygiene management.
  18. Facebook has recently launched an experimental short music videos application called ‘Collab’. The videos created using Collab app can be published on other platforms including Instagram and Facebook Stories.  The research team of Facebook, NPE Teams has developed this application. Earlier, the team had developed some other apps including CatchUp & Hobbi.
  19. The President of the United States Donald Trump has recently announced that US is terminating its relationship with World Health Organization over its handling of the COVID–19. The President has been blaming WHO and China for the deaths and damages caused by the pandemic across the world. The President also said that the funds provided by the US to WHO will be redirected to other global public health needs. He also issued directions to deny entry to certain Chinese nationals and tightened regulations against Chinese investments in America.
  20. The foundation stone for setting up a Missile Park ‘Agneeprastha’ was recently laid at INS Kalinga, Visakhapatnam by Commodore Rajesh Debnath, who heads INS Kalinga. A 2 MW solar photovoltaic plant was also commissioned at INS Kalinga by the Vice Admiral of Eastern Naval Command.  This is the largest plant in the Eastern Naval Command and has an estimated life of 25 years. This step is in line with the National Solar Mission proposed by the Union Government to achieve 100 GW of solar power by 2022.
  21. The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is celebrated on 29 May every year, to pay tribute to the contribution of the peacekeepers. This year the theme of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 2020 is “Women in Peacekeeping: A Key to Peace”. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace & Security. UN honours more than 3,900 UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives during their service, since 1948.
  22. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Mann Ki Baat address announced the Video Blogging Contest named “My Life – My Yoga” (also called “Jeevan Yoga”). It is a collaboration of Ministry of AYUSH and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).  The contest is a part of activities related to the 6th International Day of Yoga (IDY) on 21st June 2020. The contest is open to participants from all countries.
  23. Swiss Tennis legend Roger Federer has been ranked at the top spot in the annual Forbes ranking of Highest–paid athletes. As per the magazine, the total earning of Federer amounts to USD 106.3 million.  He is the winner of record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, the prize money of which gave him USD6.3 million. Federer is followed by the football trio in next three ranks: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar. Two female Tennis stars Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams were found in the top 100 list.
  24. Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers implements the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojna scheme through the network of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras. The scheme aims to make quality medicines available at affordable prices to all and reduce out expenses for healthcare.  The scheme was seen in news recently, as it achieved sales of Rs. 100.4 Crores in the first two months of 2020–21. During March, April & May 2020, the Kendras have sold Rs. 144 Crores worth affordable medicines.
  25. As per the test report of the Animal Husbandry Department of the state of Uttarakhand, the quality of the state’s sheep wool compiled was similar to the Merino sheep wool. The Merino sheep wool of Australia is famous across the world in the textile industry for its fine texture. India imports nearly 8000 MT of fine wool every year. Uttarakhand received 250 Merino sheep under the national livestock scheme last year. With appropriate breeding programmes, Uttarakhand would produce high quality fine Merino wool.
  26. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has nominated Indian cricket star Rohit Sharma for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.Other stars including Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Deepti Yadav have been shortlisted by the BCCI for the Arjuna Award. The period of consideration for the awards is between 2016 January 1 to 2019 December 31. Rohit Sharma has been named the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year for 2019.
  27. The Banks Board Bureau (BBB) has recently recommended the appointment for the toplevel position of three public sector banks. The BBB recommended the appointment of Ashwani Bhatia as the next Managing Director of State Bank of India.Ashwani Bhatia is currently the Deputy Managing Director in SBI. The Board also recommended the appointment of Matam Venkat Rao as the MD & CEO of Central Bank of India and PP Sengupta as the MD & CEO of Indian Overseas Bank
  28. The Union Government has launched a national programme for the youth, called “Responsible AI for Youth”. It has been developed by the Ministry of Electronics and IT in collaboration with Intel India, with support from Department of School Education and Literacy. It aims to equip young students with new generation technology.  A dedicated portal for Artificial Intelligence, which will be a platform for all AI related developments in India, was also launched to mark the first anniversary of the second tenure of the government. It has been jointly developed by the Ministry of Electronics and IT and NASSCOM.
  29. As per the recent order issued by the Department of Telecom, it has directed all internet service providers (ISPs) to block the computer file–sharing website ‘We Transfer’, due to security reasons. All Internet Service Providers are directed to block two download links on the website WeTransfer as well as the entire website. ‘We Transfer’ is an Internet–based computer file transfer service platform founded at Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  30. The Commission for Agricultural Costs & Prices (CACP) is an attached office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. Based on the recommendation of CACP, the Union Cabinet fixes the minimum support price (MSP).  Recently, the government raised the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy marginally by Rs 53 per quintal to Rs 1,868 per quintal for the 2020–21 crop year. It also hiked the rates for oilseeds, pulses cereals and commercial crops. This is expected to give 50–83 percent higher return over the cost of production to farmers.  
  31. The Union Government has recently launched a new micro–credit facility scheme named PM SVANIDHI – Pradhan Mantri Street Vendor’s Atmanirbhar Nidhi.Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry launched the scheme, which aims to provide affordable loans to street vendors. The duration of the scheme is till March 2022 and is expected to benefit over 50 lakh street vendors. The vendors can avail a working capital loan of up to Rs 10000, which is repayable in monthly instalments in one–year tenure.
  32. Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), the Delhi based laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a disinfection unit named Ultra Swachh.It is a multipurpose unit, which can be used to disinfect a wide range of objects and materials including Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), fabrics among others. The system is compliant with international standards of personal and environmental safety. The system will be available in two variants namely Ozonated Space and Trinetra Technology
  33. The Union Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilisers recently fixed the minimum percentage of local content in public procurement of 55 chemical and pesticide products. This step is a part of the government’s effort to boost domestic manufacturing and the Make in India programme. As per the new norm, the minimum local content has been fixed at 60 per cent for 2020–21, 70% for 2021–23 and 80% during 2023–25. Dept., of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade had revised the Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) Order, 2017 for implementing this norm.
  34. During April, the state of Punjab launched an operation to contain the outbreak of COVID–19 named ‘Mission Fateh’. Recently, the CM of Punjab Amarinder Singh has launched a month long drive to spread awareness about COVID–19 pandemic under Mission Fateh.  This campaign will expand the coverage of the original mission beyond the frontline workers to include all general public of the state in fighting the crisis. Various awareness programmes are to be held across the state.
  35. Union Minister for Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad has launched Three major schemes to boost manufacture of electronics in the country. Production Linked Incentive Scheme (PLI) aims for large scale electronics manufacturing. Other two schemes namely Scheme for Promotion of Manufacturing of Electronic Components and Semiconductors (SPECS) and Modified Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC 2.0) Scheme were also launched. This will generate manufacturing of electronics components worth Rs 10 lakh crore by 2025.
  36. The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister has recently approved to rename Kolkata Port as Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port. During the 150th anniversary celebration of the Kolkata Port trust, the Prime Minister announced that the Port trust would be named after the leader Syama Prasad Mookerjee.  The Port trust’s board of trustees passed a resolution to re–name Kolkata Port on February 2020. The Kolkata Port is the first Major Port as well as the only riverine port of the country
  37. The Union Cabinet has recently given its approval to re–establish Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H) as Subordinate Office under Ministry of AYUSH.PCIM&H is to be merged with the two central laboratories: Pharmacopoeia Laboratory for Indian Medicine (PLIM) and Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia Laboratory (HPL). The 2 laboratories were established in Ghaziabad in 1975. At present, PCIM&H is an autonomous body under AYUSH ministry.
  38. Major technology company Microsoft has announced the launch of a programme named “Microsoft for Agritech Startups”. The programme is to focus on the start–ups that are committed to driving transformation in agriculture. The programme seeks to assist start–ups in building industry–specific solutions, access to deep technology and markets. The selected start–ups can also get access to Azure FarmBeats, an aggregation platform available in Azure Marketplace.
  39. The National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) recently released the State of India’s Birds report. As per the report, 15 bird species of Kerala have been flagged among ‘species of concern’. The bird species on the list include Banasura, Ashambu laughingthrushes, White–bellied Sholakili, Broad–tailed grassbird, Nilgiri thrush, Nilgiri pipit and White–rumped vulture among others. The authorities said that the entry of 2 bird species – Heart–spotted woodpecker and Forest wagtail is more concerning
  40. The Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of External Affairs have jointly launched a new initiative named SWADES. SWADES stands for Skilled Workers Arrival Database for Employment Support.Since many Indian citizens are returning under Vande Bharat Mission, this scheme aims to conduct a skill mapping exercise of the qualified people. The information will be shared with the companies for suitable job opportunities in the country.
  41. Veteran diplomat and former spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry Raveesh Kumar has been appointed as India’s next Ambassador to Finland.  The 1995 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, served as the spokesperson of the MEA from July 2017 to April 2020 and handled many important issues. He is set to replace Ambassador Vani Rao in Finland.
  42. The United General Assembly decided to commemorate 4 June of each year as the ‘International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression’.The objective of the day is to acknowledge the pain of the children across the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. UN had also ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  43. Veteran Bureaucrat & 1999 batch IAS officer, Brajendra Navnit has been appointed as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India (PRI) to the World Trade Organisation for a period of three years.  He had been the Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office prior to this appointment and will be posted at the Permanent Mission of India (PMI) to the WTO in Geneva. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet also gave a nod to the appointment of IRTS officer Anwar Hussain Shaik for the post of Counsellor.
  44. The Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a device called SUMERU–PACS that helps the wearers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to feel comfortable without sweating.  After receiving feedback about the discomfort faced by the people wearing PPEs, DRDO has developed a personal air circulation system that can be used inside the PPE. The system is in the form of a small backpack weighing approximately 500 grams.
  45. As per the recent data from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), as many as 750 tigers have died in the country in the last eight years. Out of the total mortalities, 369 were due to natural causes and 168 were due to poaching.  The state of Madhya Pradesh reported the highest casualties at 173, which is followed by Maharashtra. The data also highlighted that 101 tigers were seized by different authorities across the country between 2012 –2019. In Dec.2019, there were 2976 tigers in the country.
  46. Seasoned banker and Managing director and CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank, Uday Kotak has recently assumed office as the president of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2020–21. As per the chamber, Uday Kotak takes over from the present Chairman and Managing Director of Kirloskar Systems, Vikram Kirloskar. The MD and CEO of Tata Steel, T V Narendran is now the President designate of CII for 2020–21.
  47. United Kingdom recently hosted the Global Vaccine Summit, which was held virtually due to the restrictions involved amidst the COVID–19 pandemic. Indian PM Modi attended the conference and pledged $15 million as India’s contribution to the vaccines alliance GAVI. The British PM earlier urged all nations to pledge funds for vaccinations to save the lives of people across the world from outbreaks of infectious diseases in future.
  48. Skeletal remains of an animal have been recently unearthed at Manalur near Madurai, under the sixth phase of excavation work at Keeladi site, undertaken by the Tamil Nadu State Department of Archaeology. Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Mr. Edappadi K Palaniswami had started the 6th phase of excavation work in February at Keeladi, Kondhagai, Agaram and Manalur near Madurai.During the excavation, a variety of materials including weaving, animal husbandry and water management were recovered. The materials were found to be belonging to the 5th century of the Tamil culture.
  49. Veteran bureaucrat Rajeev Topno, a 1996 batch IAS officer who had been serving as the private secretary to the Prime Minister, has been appointed as senior advisor to the Executive Director (ED), World Bank. As per the Personnel Ministry order issued, five other officers have been appointed to various posts abroad.  This includes the appointment of Ravi Kota as Minister (Economic) at the Indian embassy in Washington; Lekhan Thakkar as Counsellor (Economic) at the Indian Embassy in Beijing; H Atheli, as Advisor to the ED of the ADB among others.
  50. World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 every year by the United Nations, to encourage awareness and environmental protection.  The theme of World Environment 2020 is ‘Celebrating biodiversity’. The day will be hosted in Colombia in partnership with Germany. It is reported that about one million species facing extinction, as of now. In India, Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry releases series of advisories during a programme ‘Saving Biodiversity through Effective Waste Management’.
  51. New Delhi based National Gallery of Modern Art, a subordinate office under the Union Ministry of Culture conducts the annual art programme named ‘Naimisha’. Recently, It has announced that it would conduct the digital version of the programme ‘Naimisha – 2020 Summer Art Program’ from 2020 8th June to 3rd July. Workshops will be organised to help participants learn from veteran practising artists virtually.
  52. Securities Exchange Board of India has reconstituted its Commodity derivatives advisory committee. As per the recent notification, the 17 member committee would be chaired by retired IAS officer Ashok Dalwani. The committee examines issues related to contract designs and new products in the segment and advises on matters related to delivery mechanism and warehouses. The panel includes members from BSE, NSE, NCDEX NITI Aayog and NABARD among others.
  53. As per the latest notification from the Union Women and Child Development Ministry, a ten member task force has been set up to examine matters regarding health and nutrition of women and children. Ms Jaya Jaitly has been named the Chairperson of the task force, which includes the Secretaries of various related Departments as ex–officio members. It will examine matters regarding age of motherhood, imperatives of lowering MMR and IMR, improvement of nutritional levels and other health & nutritional issues.
  54. The ratio of central taxes to GDP fell further in the fiscal year 2019–20 to 9.88 %, mostly due to the decline in collection from customs duties and corporation tax. This measure is reported to be a ten–year low, as the ratio stood at 10.97 % in FY19 and at 11.22 % in FY18. Due to the stagnation in economic activity, this indicator is expected to decline further. The gross tax revenue also fell 3.39 % in FY20, with a shortfall of Rs 1.5 trillion as compared to the revised Budget target for the year.
  55. The Indian Naval Ship Kesari reached Port Victoria in Seychelles to provide COVID–19 related essential medicines, as a part of Mission Sagar.Under Mission Sagar, the government of India is extending assistance to friendly foreign countries in fighting COVID–19 pandemic. The programme is being implemented in coordination with the Ministry of External Affairs and other Government agencies. This is in line with the ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’ vision proposed by the Government earlier.
  56. World Oceans Day is celebrated across the world on June 8, every year. The day is observed to encourage people to celebrate oceans and take steps to protect ocean health. The theme of World Oceans Day 2020 is “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean”.  Canada proposed the concept for World Oceans Day in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. In December 2008, the United Nations designated June 8 as World Oceans Day for the oceans.
  57. Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL) has bagged one of world’s largest solar contract from Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). Under the contract, AGEL is to develop 8 GW of solar projects.  It has also committed to establish 2 GW of additional solar cell and module manufacturing capacity at a cost of USD 6 billion (₹45,000 crore). With this contract, AGEL will have 15 GW capacity under operation, construction or under contract.
  58. According to Mercer’s ‘2020 Cost of Living Survey’, Mumbai is the most expensive city of India, for expatriates. It is also the 60th most expensive city for expatriates globally and it ranks 19th in Asia.  In India, Mumbai is followed by New Delhi (101st globally) and Chennai (143rd globally). The global list was topped by Hong Kong, followed by Ashgabat of Turkmenistan. Tokyo and Zurich (Switzerland) are in the third and fourth positions, respectively.
  59. The 18th Bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has been recently inaugurated for the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Union Minister Jitendra Singh inaugurated the bench through video conference. The CAT Bench would deal exclusively with service matters of government employees.  With this all the departments of the Department of Personnel Training namely Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Central Information Commission (CIC) and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) are now operational in the UTs.
  60. The World Accreditation Day (WAD) is celebrated on 9th June every year to highlight and promote the role of accreditation in trade & economy.  The theme for World Accreditation Day 2020 is “Accreditation: Improving Food Safety”. It is decided by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). Quality Council of India (QCI) organised a Webinar to commemorate the event.
  61. The forest department of Uttarakhand has dedicated a biodiversity park in Haldwani to the people of state and country. The park is named as the ‘Sarv Dharm Vatika’, which spans over 18–acre area with 40 different sections and 479 plant species associated with all religions.  It also possesses living fossils and a soil museum that displays the earth from tropical, subtropical and alpine zones. It also has Jurassic garden with various living plant families of the Jurassic period.
  62. The QS World University Rankings has been released by global higher education consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) topped the list for the 9th consecutive year, followed by Stanford University and Harvard University all being American.  Only 3 Indian institutions namely IIT Bombay (172nd), IISc Bangalore (185th) and IIT Delhi (193rd) feature among the top 200 in the list, with none in the top 100.
  63. Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the leading and only National Chamber of Commerce that was founded in 1925. It is headquartered at Kolkata. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently delivered the inaugural address of the 95th annual plenary session of the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) through video conferencing. During his address, the PM also praised the chamber for contributing to the development of industries in East India and the North East.
  64. Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation has partnered with the Common Service Centre (CSC) to enable the pensioners submit Digital Jeevan Pramaan (Life Certificate). As per the statement of the Labour Ministry, around 65 lakh pensioners can submit their life certificate through over 3.65 lakh CSCs.  Every year, the Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS) pensioners need to submit their life certificates to continue to draw pension, as the life certificate will remain valid for one year from date of submission.
  65. A Central Public Sector Enterprise under Department of Fertilizers, National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) has tied up with Industrial Training Institutes located near to its plants to train youth in several trades. The partnership is expected to upskill the youth and to enhance their employability in heavy industries. NFL becomes first CPSE to start this initiative in Punjab, by signing a MoU with ITI, Nangal. The students will be trained under Dual System of Training Scheme where they will learn both theoretical skills and on the job training in Nangal plant
  66. The President of Asian Development Bank (ADB) Masatsugu Asakawa has launched a high–level panel of leading experts to help Southeast Asian economies tackle COVID–19 pandemic. The panel is moderated by the ADB Vice–President Ahmed M. Saeed. Former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India Raghuram Rajan features in the list among the experts of finance, health and economy. The panel will focus on structural reforms, innovation in domestic resource mobilization among others.
  67. The Coral Triangle Day is held every June 9 across the world. Coral Triangle is the ocean spread across 6 countries in the Asia–Pacific region: Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Timor Leste, also called the “CT6” countries.  The day is celebrated by all countries which are benefitted by the rich marine resources of the Coral Triangle. It is also one of the 3 great ecological complexes in our planet, along with the Congo Basin and the Amazon Rainforest.
  68. The cabinet of Kerala government has given its approval for the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the Thiruvananthapuram–Kasaragod Semi High–Speed Rail corridor. Called as the ‘Silver Line’ project, it aims to cover about 529.45 km in four hours.  The implementing agency Kerala Rail Development Corporation Ltd (K–rail) is a joint venture of the Indian Railways and the Kerala Government. The Cabinet changed the DPR, to skip Mahe of Puducherry in the route. The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 63,941 crore. It is expected to be completed in five years.
  69. Spain has recently granted Professional status to women’s football. As per the Spanish federation, the top two women’s football divisions in Spain have gained professional status.This decision is expected to promote the development of these competitions which were considered amateur football, until now. The sports council of the country also accepted the change in status for the competitions and it will also be valid for men’s and women’s futsal competitions of the country.
  70. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between governments. India is also a signatory to CITES. It seeks to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. The Environment ministry has issued rules for dealing with the import of exotic species and for assessing scale of possession within the country, as per the CITES agreement. Exotic live species are defined as plants and animals that are moved from their original habitat to a new one by human intervention.
  71. Indian–American soil scientist Dr Rattan Lal has won the prestigious World Food Prize. It is considered to be equivalent to a Nobel Prize in agriculture. Dr Rattan Lal has been awarded for his contribution in assisting small farmers to improve their soil’s health. He has promoted soil saving techniques which has benefitted the livelihoods of more than 500 million small farmers.
  72. The World Day against Child Labour is observed every year on June 12 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. This year (2020), the theme of the World Day against Child Labour is ‘COVID–19: Protect children from child labour, now more than ever’.  The day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people to highlight the plight of child labourers and the measures to help them.
  73. Indian Railways has recently created a new benchmark as it has successfully operated First Double Stack Container Train in electric zone. The train has been run in high rise Over Head Equipment (OHE) electrified sections, as per the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.This is the 1st of its kind initiative and will also promote the mission of Green India. This operation has been commenced from Palanpur & Botad stations in Gujarat.
  74. The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has become the first construction sector organisation to go fully digital. NHAI has launched ‘Data Lake and Project Management Software’, a cloud based and artificial intelligence powered big data analytics platform. With this launch, the entire project workflow of NHAI has been transformed to that based on online portal.
  75. Which Union Ministry has launched an internship programme called ‘Sahakar Mitra’?-Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
  76. Railway Protection Force, Pune has launched a robot named ‘Captain Arjun’, to screen passengers while they board trains. ARJUN stands for Always be Responsible and Just Use to be Nice.  It is equipped with a motion sensor, PTZ (Pan, Tilt and Zoom) camera and a Dome Camera. Captain Arjun also does thermal screening and also has a sensor–based sanitizer and mask dispenser. The robot uses artificial intelligence to track suspicious activity and antisocial activity.
  77. The World Blood Donor Day is observed every year on June 14 to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors. The 2020 theme “Safe blood saves lives” is a component of achieving universal health coverage.
  78. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has constituted an internal working group to review the guidelines on ownership and corporate structure of private sector banks. The working group will be headed by PK Mohanty, an Executive Director at RBI.The group will examine the licensing guidelines of banking and regulations on ownership of private sector banks. It will also review the regulations on holding of financial subsidiaries through a non–operative financial holding company.
  79. As per the recent report of UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), India received $51 billion of foreign investments in 2019. With $51 billion, India was the world’s 9th largest recipient of foreign direct investments (FDI) in 2019. This rank was released in the flagship report of UNCTAD titled ‘The World Investment Report 2020’ released recently.  Last year, India managed to attract 42 billion dollars of FDI with the rank of 12. India’s market will continue to attract market–seeking investments, UNCTAD said.
  80. Indian chess player P. Harikrishna bagged second place in the Sharjah World Stars online chess tournament. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won the online tournament by scoring 7.5 / 10 points. Polish Grandmaster Radoslaw Wojtaszek finished third.
  81. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that a commission to look at racial equality in the UK will be established.The proposed body would look at all forms of inequality in employment, health outcomes, academics, criminal justice system & all aspects of life. This announcement has been given after protests have been undertaken after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
  82. The Union Sports Ministry is set to establish Khelo India State Centres of Excellence (KISCE) under the flagship Khelo India Scheme. One KISCE will be identified in each state and union territory, to create a strong sporting ecosystem in the country.In the first phase, the Ministry has identified the sports facilities in eight states out of the 15 proposals, to be converted to KISCEs. The eight centres will be given a grant and the government will extend a Viability Gap Funding, for upgradation.
  83. In a violent conflict that took place in the Galwan Valley located in the Union Territory of Ladakh, as many as 20 Indian soldiers were killed. The US media reported that its intelligent officials quoted about 35 Chinese troops have been killed.  The infrastructure projects that India has undertaken recently, a strategic road through the Galwan Valley, connecting the region to an airstrip, has escalated the conflict.
  84. TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India) recently organised a webinar titled “Van Dhan: Tribal Start–ups Bloom in India”.As per the Managing Director of TRIFED, the target of TRIFED is to expand the current coverage of 8,000 SHGs to 50,000 Van Dhan SHGs. The number of tribal gatherers is also to be made 3 times to 10 lakhs, through the COVID–19 relief plan of the Tribal Affairs Ministry.
  85. In the month of February, the Cabinet approved to build the Vadhavan port at Palgarh district in Maharashtra at an estimated cost of Rs. 65544 crores.Recently, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has said that ports as an industry are allowed in the ecologically sensitive Dahanu taluka area, which includes the Vadhavan in Palgarh district. The port will be developed with Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) as the lead partner.
  86. The United Nations General Assembly has recently elected Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir to be its president. He is the First Turkish national to head the General Assembly. This decision has been taken ahead of the 75th General Assembly in September.  Volkan Bozkir is serving as the head of the Turkish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. He had also served as Turkey’s Minister of European Affairs and Chief Negotiator. He would assume office in September 2020 and hold the post for one year.
  87. As per the official confirmation, the US Open tennis championships will be held as scheduled in the month of August. The championships will be held without spectators, in Queens, New York from Aug.31 to Sept.13. The New York Governor Andrew Cuomo formally gave approval to the event. Safety procedures & sanitation protocols would be followed.
  88. Recently, a team of astronomers at NASA and European Space Agency ESA have discovered a neutron star called ‘Swift J1818.0–1607’. The neutron star has been estimated to be about 240 years old.  It was first discovered in March 2020, when it released a massive burst of X–rays. Neutron stars are the smallest and densest stars. According to NASA, Swift J1818.0–1607 contains twice the mass of The Sun.
  89. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, in association with Guwahati Medical College & Hospital and a private firm has developed Low cost diagnostic kits for COVID–19.  VTM kits have two transport media for collecting swabs. The institution has also developed RT–PCR kits, and RNA isolation kits.
  90. Indian Grandmaster P. Harikrishna is the first Indian to participate in the in the million dollar Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour that continues with the $150,000 Chessable Masters. The Chessable Masters is a 12 player tournament which is to be played by the top six players of the world, on the classical ranking list, including Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, China’s Ling Diren and USA’s Fabiano Caruana. The field has been divided into two groups of 6 players each.
  91. Former Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel has been appointed as Chairman of the economic think tank, the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP). Urjit Patel will be the Chairperson of NIPFP for a 4 year term from June 22, 2020.  He will replace Vijay Laxman Kelkar, who had been the Chairman of the institute since 2014. Urjit Patel served as the Deputy Governor of RBI in 2013 and Governor of RBI from 2016 to 2018.
  92. World Refugee Day is observed annually on June 20, to create awareness of the situation of refugees across the world. The theme of this year’s observance is “Every Action Counts”.  On December 4, 2000, the United Nations General Assembly decided that June 20 would be celebrated as World Refugee Day. The 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol protect the refugees, who are present throughout the world.
  93. The United States Senate has named that veteran Indian – American scientist Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan as the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF is a top American body that promotes fundamental research in non–medical fields of science and engineering. The 58 year old Scientist is the Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Arizona State University, at present. He is to replace France Cordova as the 15th Director of the NSF. He is also the second Indian–American ever to be nominated for the position.
  94. The Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs along with FICCI and two private healthcare institutes organised a webinar titled ‘National Sickle Cell Conclave’, to mark World Sickle Cell Day. Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda addressed the webinar and announced that the government has launched a new portal with registration facility, information about the disease and various government initiatives undertaken.  The Ministry has initiated ‘Action Research’ project for helping SCD patients. A report titled ‘Stepping out of the shadows – Combating Sickle Cell Disease in India’ was released.
  95. The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has set up a Project Development Cell (PDC) to attract more investments into the sector.  It is to be headed by the Joint secretary of MNRE, Amitesh Kumar Sinha, and will help meet the country’s 175 GW target for green energy. The PDC aims to create projects that have all prior approvals for investors to adopt them.

June 30, 2020
  • World’s first-ever Online B.Sc. Degree in Programming and Data Science launched by IIT Madras
  • NTPC Ltd, Indian Oil and SDMC signs MoU for Waste to Energy Plant in Delhi
  • First Edition of ‘Matsya Sampada’ launched by Union Minister
  • Helicopter Services for Locust Control flagged off by Union Minister
  • ‘NADA INDIA’ Mobile Application launched to help athletes Stay Updated about Prohibited Substances
  • China running Campaign to Slash Birth rates among the Muslim Minorities
  • New Strain of Swine Flu Virus having Human Pandemic Potential Discovered in China
  • RBI to conduct Special OMOs on 2nd July to Pump up Liquidity
  • Indigenously Developed ‘COVAXIN’ gets DCGI approval for Human Clinical Trials
  • China passes Hong Kong National Security Law
  • K.K.Venugopal reappointed as Attorney General for India
June 29, 2020
  • Indian Government signs agreement for Two Projects in Tamil Nadu with World Bank Group
  • World’s Largest Plasma Therapy Trial under Project ‘Platina’ launched by Maharashtra
  • Concession Agreement Signed between India & Bhutan for Joint Venture Hydroelectric Project
  • PM FME Scheme launched, To Generate 9 Lakh Employment
  • Delhi Government to set up ‘Plasma Bank’ at ILBS, the First Plasma Bank in India
  • 3 Million Houses will be Built under YSR Jagananna Colonies
  • ‘Kill Corona’ Campaign in Madhya Pradesh from 1st July 2020
  • Approx 2.4 Million Children Below the Age of 5 are facing Hunger and Malnutrition in Yemen
  • Lazarus Chakwera elected as New President of Malawi following Evidence of Irregularities in 2019 Elections
  • World Bank Group Approves USD 500 Million under STARS Program
  • 29th June: National Statistics Day
June 27, 2020
  • TPPA of USD 2.4 Billion Signed by Pakistan with China for Hydro Power Project in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir
  • Dexamethasone added in Clinical Management Protocols for COVID-19 Patients by Health Ministry
  • Nine-year-long dispute between Sudan, Ethiopia, and Egypt likely to end in Upcoming Weeks
  • ‘Sankalp Parva’ on the call of Prime Minister by Ministry of Culture from 28th June to 12th July 2020
  • 3.5 Million Houses Handed Over to Beneficiaries under PMAY-U, Highlights from 5 Years of PMAY-U, SCM, and AMRUT
  • Vote for Constitutional Reforms begins as Putin looks to lead Russia until 2036
  • Democrat-led House of Representatives approves Statehood Bill for Washington D.C
  • ‘At One Click’ Initiative launched by Gujarat Government for MSMEs & Other Bigger Industries
  • Apollo Tyres commissions its Andhra Pradesh Manufacturing Plant
  • 27th June: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Day
  • Sero-Survey begins in New Delhi to determine the Spread of COVID-19
Current Affairs: June 26, 2020
  • USD 31.3 Billion Required by WHO-led coalition ‘ACT-Accelerator’ to fight against COVID-19
  • NASA’s headquarter building named after ‘Mary W.Jackson’
  • Vini Mahajan become the First Woman Chief Secretary of Punjab
  • Indigenously Developed Torpedo Decoy System Inducted by Indian Navy
  • Cleared of Doping Charges, K. Sanjita Chanu to receive Arjuna Award
  • Mukhyamantri Matru Pushti Uphaar announced by Tripura Government
  • Russia’s Energia plans to take First Tourist on Space Walk in 2023
  • Current Affairs: June 26, 2020
  • PM launches Atma Nirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rojgar Abhiyan
  • Liverpool wins 2019-20 English Premier League title
  • Behaviour Change Campaign launched by NITI Aayog
  • 26th June: International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
Current Affairs: June 25, 2020
  • CM KCR launched the sixth phase of Haritha Haram Programme
  • Karnataka amends its Industries (Facilitation) Act for Attracting Investments
  • World Bank Approves USD 500 Million to Bangladesh for Improving Road Connectivity
  • RCEP Member States hope India will Rejoin the Proposed Trade Agreement
  • Gujarat, Tripura, and Nagaland Best Performing States in Annual TB Report 2020
  • Mobile Application ‘eBloodServices’ launched by Union Health Minister
  • China annexes parts of Nepal by diverting the flow of Rivers that acted as Natural Boundary
  • Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to set up Permanent Base in the Indian Ocean
  • World’s Longest Internet Shutdown in Myanmar enters 2nd year
  • Pakistan gets another extension on FATF Grey List despite failure to act against terror groups
  • World’s First Yoga University outside India, Vivekananda Yoga University launched in Los Angeles
Current Affairs: June 24, 2020
  • Decisions taken by the Union Cabinet on 24th June to Boost Infrastructure Projects
  • Scheme with Guarantee Cover worth Rs 20,000 Crore launched for MSMEs
  • Devika and Puneja Bridges Inaugurated in Jammu & Kashmir
  • Union Cabinet Approves Private Sector Participation in Space Activities
  • Cabinet Approves Ordinance to bring UCBs and MSCBs under RBI supervision
  • Foundation Stone Laid for the First Hindu Temple in Pakistan’s Capital
  • Reliance JioTV & Haryana Government Signs Agreement to benefit 5.2 Million School Children
  • President Halimah Yacob dissolves Parliament, 2020 Singapore General Election will be held on 10th July
  • Indigenously Developed ULV Sprayer successfully completed Trials for Locust Control
  • India calls for 50% Staff Reduction after Pakistan violates Vienna Convention
  • RIC: Russia Backs India for Permanent UN Security Council Seat, FM reminds China to Respect International Laws
  • HRD Minister launches ‘YUKTI 2.0’ Platform
Current Affairs: June 23, 2020
  • China has decided to join the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)
  • President Aleksandar Vucic’s SNS-led Coalition registers landslide win in 2020 Parliamentary Election
  • Financial Assistance of Rs 4957 Crore provided to 17.5 Million Building & Other Construction Workers
  • Rajasthan Government to launch ‘Indira Rasoi Yojna’
  • U.S. Russia talks on new Nuclear Disarmament Treaty begins without China
  • Last Satellite of China’s BeiDou Satellite System 3 (BDS-3) Launched
  • Bill to Rename ‘Tonoshiro’ to ‘Tonoshiro Senkaku’ triggered tensions between Japan and China
  • Rs 2000 Crore from PM CARES Fund allocated for 50,000 Made-in-India Ventilators
  • 23rd June: International Olympic Day
  • Healthcare & Hygiene EXPO 2020- India’s first-ever Largest Virtual Exhibition
  • 23rd June: United Nations Public Service Day
  • U.S. Temporarily Suspends ‘Green Cards & Non-Migrant Work Visas’ till 31st December 2020
Current Affairs: June 22, 2020
  • Cipla’s ‘Cipremi’ gets approval for Treatment of COVID-19 Patients in India
  • Project ‘Decarbonising Transport in India’ will be launched on 24th June
  • India becomes 12th Largest Holder of US Government Securities at April 2020 end
  • China plans to Establish National Security Bureau in Hong Kong
  • Emergency Funds to Armed Forces of Rs. 500 Crore, Specialised Mountain Forces deployed at LAC
  • MCL prepares Rs 60,000 Crores Investment Plan in Odisha
  • Job Gaurantee Scheme for Urban Poor to be launched by Jharkhand Government
  • Tripura Government to start ‘Play Little, Study Little’ Scheme from 25th June
  • No Ambubachi Mela at Kamakhya Temple for the first time in Recorded History
  • Hetero’s injectable ‘Covifor’ gets DCGI approval for COVID-19 Treatment
  • Large Scale Phishing Attack using COVID-19 as Bait alerts CERT-In
Current Affairs: June 22, 2020
  • FM radio stations in Nepal starts Weather Bulletins of Indian Territories
  • Current Affairs: June 21, 2020
  • India’s First Oral Vaccine for Moderate COVID-19 Cases gets Approval
  • 21st June: World Hydrography Day
  • 21st June: International Yoga Day
Current Affairs: June 20, 2020
  • 42 Crore Citizens received Financial Aid of Rs 65,454 Crore under PMGKP
  • USD 1.05 Billion Approved by World Bank for 3 Projects in Bangladesh
  • CIL partners with AIM to boost Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiatives
  • India Ideas Summit 2020 on 21st & 22nd July
  • 68 Million Years Old Egg discovered from Antarctica
  • Stegodon Fossil discovered from Saharanpur estimated to be 5 to 8 Million Years Old
  • 5 Day Institutional Quarantine now Mandatory for COVID-19 Positive Patients in New Delhi
  • RBI extends restrictions on PMC Bank, eases Withdrawal Limit
  • ICMR approves User-Friendly PPEs ‘NavRakshak’
  • Kharif Crops Sowing Area Increases Significantly as Compared to Last Year
  • WHO warns about a New and Dangerous phase of COVID-19
  • 20th June: World Refugee Day
  • First Installment of Highest Ever Rs 60,750 Crore Grant to RLBs Released
Current Affairs: June 19, 2020
  • SATYABHAMA Portal for AtmaNirbhar Bharat in Mining and Mineral Sector launched
  • Low Cost Covid-19 Diagnostic Kits developed by IIT Guwahati
  • RIL becomes first Indian Company to be valued at USD 150 Billion
  • Supreme Court Calls for Uniformity in Fees for Covid-19 Testing
  • MoU for providing Special Micro-Credit Facility for Street Vendors signed
  • Armed Forces of India and China to take part at Moscow Military Parade on 24th June 2020
  • India will be UNSC President for August 2021
  • Urgent Procurement of 21 MiG 29s, 12 Su 30s following Border Tensions
  • COVID Testing I-Lab created by the DBT- AMTZ COMManD Consortia flagged off by Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare
  • 25 Schemes will be brought together under Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan
Current Affairs: June 17, 2020
  • IM Vijayan recommended for Padmashri
  • National Employment Policy
  • KVIC taps Indian Palm Industry
  • Arunachal Pradesh: New Fish Species Discovered
  • Largest COVID-19 facility in Delhi
  • Solar Eclipse in India
  • India-China clash at Galwan Valley
  • GoI establishes Khelo India State Centres of Excellence
  • India to supply Pneumonia Vaccine to low-income nations
  • 750 million USD loan approved by AIIB to India
  • High Court seeks EIA on Lonar lake colour change
  • SC issues Notice over health insurance for Mental Illness
  • GoI Report: Average Temperature in India to raise by 4.4 degree Celsius
  • Shramik Trains generated Rs 360 crores revenue
Current Affairs: June 16, 2020
  • Institute for Management Development releases World Competitive Index
  • First Time India sends tri-services contingent to Russia’s Victory Day Parade
  • India-Nepal sign MoU
  • June 17: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
  • World Investment Report released by UNCTAD
  • COVID-19: Fifth Recession of India
  • Fifth State of Matter observed by NASA scientists
  • Van Dhan Yojana: Expanded from 18,000 Van Dhan SHGs to 50,000
  • ADIP scheme: First Distribution of Assistive aids to Divyangjan
  • June 16: International Day of Family Remittances
  • India joins Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence
  • SIPRI Yearbook: Nuclear Weapons of India and China increases
  • Rapid Antigen Test Kits recommended
Current Affairs: June 15, 2020
  • India’s first gas trading platform launched
  • Russia-India-China Trilateral Conference
  • India’s first infectious disease Diagnostic Lab
  • 500-year old Temple submerged in Mahanadi found
  • Advisory Panel on Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) reconstituted
  • Captain Arjun: The Robot launched by Railway Protection Force
  • NIPER institutes at the NIRF rankings
  • Remdesivir now a part of COVID-19 therapy in new health protocol
  • Indian Gaurs facing Mutation
  • M B Lal Committee
  • Asian Championship Winner Gomathi Marimuthu stripped off Medal
  • “Arogya Path”: Portal to provide health care supply updates launched
  • June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
  • Actor Sushant Singh Rajput dies
Current Affairs: June 14, 2020
  • June 14: World Blood Donor Day
Current Affairs: June 13, 2020
  • June 13: International Albinism Awareness Day
  • Jammu and Kashmir launches J&K Poultry Policy 2020
  • COVID-19 and Child Labour Report by the United Nations
  • “Ghar Ghar Nigrani”: Mobile Application launched by Punjab Government
  • Panel formed by Delhi LG to advise Delhi Disaster Management Authority
  • IIT Kharagpur: AI Based Social-Distancing Monitor
  • ‘GermiKlean’: Developed by DRDO to sanitise uniforms of police and security personnel
  • Deforestation of Amazon Forest: Highest in 5 years
  • Rs 14,690 Crore disbursed under Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme
  • RBI sets up P K Mohanty Panel to Review Ownership of Private Banks
  • Challenger Deep
  • Railway Stations to be classified on Waste Water Output
  • Uttar Pradesh: TrueNat machines to test COVID-19 in 75 districts
  • Veteran Poet Gulzar Dehlvi passed away after recovering from COVID-19

Current Affairs: June 12, 2020
  • Shahakar Mitra Scheme launched
  • Dr Rattan Lal: Indian born American Scientist wins World Food Prize
  • NHAI: First Construction Sector to become digital completely
  • GST Council meet
  • FIFA Ranking: India retains 108th rank
  • Panchvati Yojana launched
  • Jagananna Chedodu Scheme launched
  • SAUNI Scheme: Third Phase launched
  • Police Use of Facial Recognition banned by Amazon
  • Enhanced Import Duty on Bamboo Sticks
  • Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle at Vizag
  • Nature Index
  • International Religious Freedom Report
  • India-ASEAN Youth Dialogue
Current Affairs: June 11, 2020
  • Guidelines for Import of Exotic Species
  • June 12: World Day against Child Labour
  • NIRF Ranking
  • Haryana: 1,000 Water Recharge Bores to be constructed
  • RBI releases Framework for sale of Loan Exposure and Securitization of Standard Assets
  • Forex Reserves of India are rising
  • Asiatic Lion population increased
  • June 9: Coral Triangle Day
  • Operation Desert Chase
  • Rationalization of Coal Linkage Scheme
  • June 9: World Accreditation Day
Current Affairs: June 10, 2020
  • FSSAI Food Safety Index
  • Per Drop More Crop: Rs 4,000 crore allocated
  • Ayushman Bharat: Migrant Workers to get insurance
  • Uttarakhand opens Biodiversity Park
  • Annual Report of Environment Ministry
  • GoI to boost Saffron and Heeng Production
  • Mumbai: 60th most Expensive in the world
  • Saturn Moon Titan: Drifting faster than before
  • Asia’s Nobel Prize-Ramon Magsaysay Awards cancelled
  • China’s New Record: Reaches Deepest point on the earth
  • Assam Baghjan Oil Well Fire
  • First virtual Trade Fair of India
Current Affairs: June 9, 2020
  • ANANYA: Disinfectant Spray developed by Defence Institute
  • Periodic Labour Force Survey: Decline in Self-Employed households
  • 18th Bench of CAT in UTs of Ladakh and J&K
  • GoI facilitates filling of NIL GST Return through SMS
  • World Bank Report
  • Highest Allocation to MGNREGA
  • India to set up Coal Exchange
  • Different Colour bands for BS VI vehicles
  • Delhi: LG over rules CM’s order
  • ARCI develop Ultra Violet based disinfection cabinet
  • India-Denmark sign MoUs
  • ARPIT: Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation by Indian Air Force
Current Affairs: June 8, 2020
  • India’s first Online Waste Exchange launched
  • ISRO signs Memorandum of Understanding
  • Gairsain declared Summer Capital of Uttarakhand
  • Mission Sagar: INS Kesari reaches Seychelles
  • Jharkhand approves Border Road Organization to recruit 11,800 workers
  • Indian PMO secretaries to hold key positions in WTO, World Bank
  • State of India’s Environment Report
  • Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China
  • Javed Akhtar: First Indian to receive Richard Dawkins Award
  • GoI: Public procurement Norms modified
  • India first in world to make internet-controlled Robot
  • Scientists of ARCI develop rare earth based Magnetocaloric material
  • Environment Performance Index: India ranks 168
  • Jaya Jaitly Task Force Constituted
  • June 8: World Oceans Day
Current Affairs: June 6, 2020
  • June 7: World Food Safety Day
  • Facts Box: Spandan Campaign of Chhattisgarh
  • India-China Dispute: Pangong Lake
  • To Change India’s Name to Bharat
  • CeNS: Low cost Catalyst for Hydrogen Generation
  • Ministry of Urban Affairs releases advisories on Waste Management
  • June 6: Russian Language Day
  • Atal Innovation Mission: To promote Entrepreneurship
  • Line of Actual Control: ITBP sanctions twin commands
  • “#iCommit” Initiative launched by Power Ministry
  • GoI: No New Schemes for a year
Current Affairs: June 5, 2020
  • India announces its priorities for UNSC
  • Campaign launched on Prevention of Human and Animal Mortality on Highways
  • Kiran Mazumdar Shaw: EY World Entrepreneur of the year
  • India to host AFC Women’s Cup
  • RBI creates Payment Infrastructure Development Fund
  • Nagar Van Scheme
  • Green Field Expressway Project
  • GAVI Alliance: India pledges 15 million USD
  • June 5: International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing
  • Oil Spill in the Arctic region of Russia
  • Arsenicum Album: Homeopathic drug recommended by AYUSH Ministry
  • Magnetic Field of Solar Corona unveiled
  • Annual Report of Periodic Labour Force Supply
  • DRDO develops SUMERU PACS
  • Amery Ice Shelf: Increase by 24% by 2021
Current Affairs: June 4, 2020
  • June 5: World Environment Day
  • India-Australia sign landmark Defence Agreements
  • TULIP internship programme
  • World Economic Forum to hold Twin Summit
  • India joins virtual Global Vaccine Summit
  • WHO resumes Hydroxychloroquine Study
  • Kohala Hydro Power Project
  • Union Cabinet approves re-establishment of Pharmacopoeia Commission
  • Cabinet Approves to form Empowered Group of Secretaries
  • June 4: International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
  • Global Economic Prospects Report, 2020 by World Bank
  • GoI: 10 Sectors identified to cut imports
  • SWADES Initiative: Skill Mapping programme for Indians returning from Abroad
Current Affairs: June 3, 2020
  • Central Employment Guarantee Council Meet chaired by Rural Development Minister
  • India to hold first ever virtual bilateral summit with Australia
  • Union Cabinet approved MoUs signed between India and Bhutan
  • DPIIT revises Public Procurement Order to encourage Make in India
  • Cabinet Approval: Kolkata Port Trust renamed to Shyama Prasad Mukerjee Port Trust
  • Union Cabinet approves farmer friendly Essential Commodities Act
  • Make in India: Ministry of Defence places indents to boost
  • G7 summit postponed; To be expanded as G10 or G11
  • June 2: International Sex Workers Day
  • Bimal Julka Committee on Rationalization of Film Media units
  • June 3: World Bicycle Day
  • GoI to formulate new STIP (Science, Technology and Innovation) policy
  • Arunachal Pradesh to provide Tap connection to all by March 2023
  • “Delhi Corona” App launched by Delhi Government
Current Affairs: June 2, 2020
  • GoI launches Kisan Credit Card scheme for Dairy Farmers
  • WHO launches COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP)
  • Loans worth Rs 3,200 crores sanctioned under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan
  • Khelo India Community Coach Development Programme
  • GoI launches three new schemes to boost Electronics sector
  • Khel Ratna Award: India Women’s Team Captain Rani Rampal recommended
  • Telangana celebrates Statehood Day
  • Union Cabinet approves change of definition of MSMEs
  • Real Time Electricity Market launched by Indian Energy Exchange
  • GoI increases Minimum Support Price of 14 Kharif crops
  • Technology Platform called CHAMPIONS launched by PM Modi
  • GoI launches PM SVANidhi scheme
  • “Ultra Swachh” Booth developed by DRDO to disinfect PPEs
Current Affairs: June 1, 2020
  • One Nation One Card Scheme: Three more States included
  • NITI Aayog organizes Convention to boost Natural Farming
  • Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Kendra: Sales up to Rs 100 crores
  • June 1: World Milk Day
  • Rohit Sharma nominated for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
  • What is “George Floyd” protest in news currently?
  • GoI discontinues 7.75% savings bonds
  • China objects the presence of US THAAD missile in South Korea
  • Scorpaenospsis neglecta: Rare fish found in Gulf of Mannar
  • PM Modi launches “My Life My Yoga”
  • New Asteroid discovered near Jupiter
  • Unlock 1.0; Lock Down 5.0 begins in India
  • Jal Jeevan Mission: Funds allocated to Assam and Bihar
  • SpaceX: First Private Space Company to send NASA astronauts to space
  • Current Affairs: May 31, 2020
  • Existence of Earth like planet orbiting Proxima Centauri confirmed
  • GoI launches “Responsible AI for Youth” programme and an AI Portal
  • Birth of New Planets witnessed first time in human history
  • “Indian National Super Model” launched by DST

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