Daily Current Affairs – June 23 & 24, 2019
June 23 – United Nations Public Service Day
- The UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/277, designated 23 June as Public Service Day. The UN Public Service Day celebrates the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlights the contribution of public service in the development process; recognizes the work of public servants, and encourages young people to pursue careers in the public sector.
June 23 – OLYMPIC DAY
- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was formally established on 23 June 1894 through the efforts of Pierre de Coubertin promoting competitive sport as a revival of the ancient Olympic Games. Olympic Day was held for the first time on 23 June with a total of 9 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) hosting ceremonies in their respective countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Great Britain, Greece, Portugal, Switzerland, Uruguay and Venezuela.
- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will officially inaugurate its new headquarters on 23 June during the celebration of Olympic day. In 2019 this symbolic day will mark the 125th anniversary of the creation of the IOC.
June 24 – International Widows’ Day
- International Widows’ Day was adopted by the United Nations in 2010, and was held on June 23rd the following year. Prior to being officially recognized by the United Nations, it had been held by the Loomba Foundation since 2005, which had been working for its adoption at the UN. The day “is an opportunity for action towards achieving full rights and recognition for widows.” The aim is to raise awareness of the effects, many times invisible, of widowhood on women throughout the world.
Government develops National Strategic Plan to eradicate TB by 2025
- The government has developed a National Strategic Plan with the goal for ending Tuberculosis (TB) by 2025. Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey said, India accounts for 27.4 lakh estimated new TB cases annually, which is the highest in terms of absolute numbers. He said, the estimated cases of TB in the country is 204 per lakh population for the year 2017 as per the last year’s Global TB report. However, India ranks 35th in the world in terms of TB cases per lakh population. Over 5 lakh 62 thousand patients were cured of TB last year.
Government set up 713 Krishi Vigyan Kendras to double farmers’ income by 2022
- The Government has set up 713 Krishi Vigyan Kendras and 684 Agricultural Technology Management Agencies at the district level in the country for dissemination of technologies among the farming community. This is aimed at meeting the target of doubling the farmers’ income by 2022.
- An inter-ministerial committee for the purpose has recommended the use of digital technology to transform and modernize agricultural activities. The technologies include Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics and Block Chair Technology.
Hardeep Puri inaugurates Central ATFM Complex
- Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (I/c) for Civil Aviation inaugurated the Air Traffic Flow Management – Central Command Centre at Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. The C-ATFM system is primarily meant to address the balancing of capacity against the demand to achieve optimum utilization of the major resources viz., airport, airspace and aircraft at every Indian airport where there is a capacity constraint.
- The C-ATFM system integrates flight data from various subsystems like ATC Automation System, flight updates and flight update messages. The system also displays weather information along with static information about airports, airspaces and air routes. The system processes the demand and capacity information and provides decision-making tools to the ATFM Flow Manager for collaborative decision making and to ensure regulated flow of traffic at each airport in India.
Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan sworn-in as Chief Justice of Telangana High Court
- Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan was sworn-in as Chief Justice of Telangana High Court in Hyderabad. Governor ESL Narasimhan administered the oath of office to Justice Chauhan at Raj Bhavan. Justice Chauhan is the second Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court after the bifurcation of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh High Court last year.
Tripura state government imparts training to rural women on making bamboo based handicrafts
- To make the state economically rich with bamboo-based products, the state government is imparting training to rural women on making bamboo based handicrafts with new designs and polishing. Some entrepreneurs have also come up with Startup ventures for widespread marketing of handicraft and handloom products. Two engineering graduates Shiba Prasad Ghosh from NIT Warrangle and Shubhajit Chowdhury from NIT Agartala have begun a startup venture, through e-commerce platform, namely, Yongmung Commerce Ltd and their web portal OGOCRAFT.COM.
Odisha government decides to provide transportation cost to students
- In a bid to improve attendance in schools in Odisha, thestate government has decided to provide transportation cost to students whostay more than a kilometre away from their schools. Officials said, only students with an attendance of more than30 per cent will get the transportation allowance. The decision was taken at areview meeting chaired by School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash.
Jammu and Kashmir
Vaishno Devi shrine to get dedicated in-house disaster response force
- In Jammu and Kashmir, Mata Vaishno Devi shrine will get a dedicated in-house disaster response force by September next year. The shrine board is planning to train 180 employees by September next year to prepare a dedicated disaster response force for the shrine. The shrine board is also planning to set up an emergency operation centre as part of its disaster preparedness. Mata Vaishno Devi shrine is a religious pilgrimage atop the Trikuta hills in Reasi district of Jammu region that attracted 86 lakh pilgrims from across the world last year.
US unveils 50 Billion Dollar Economic Plan for Palestine
- United States today unveiled a 50 billion dollar global investment plan for the Palestinians under the Middle East peace plan. The scheme, which calls for a mix of public and private financing and intends to create at least a million new jobs for Palestinians, was posted to the White House website ahead of a two-day conference in Bahrain. The plan calls for projects 27.5 billion dollars in the West Bank and Gaza, and 9.1 billion dollars for Palestinians in Egypt, 7.4 billion dollar Palestinians in Jordan and 6.3 billion dollars for Palestinians in Lebanon.
Awami League of Bangladesh celebrated 70th foundation day
- The ruling Awami League of Bangladesh celebrated its 70th founding day on June 23. Prime Minister and President of the Awami League of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has greeted the countrymen on this occasion. Awami League was founded on June 23, 1949 in Dhaka of the then East Pakistan. It led a number of major movements such as the Language Movement in 1952, anti- Ayub movement in 1962 and mass surge in 1969.
- Finally after the Liberation War against the Pakistani forces actively supported by India, Bangladesh emerged as an independent country in 1971.
Saudi launches residency scheme to boost revenue
- Saudi Arabia launched a new special residency scheme aimed at luring wealthy expats as the petro-state seeks to boost non-oil revenue.The scheme offers a permanent residency for 800,000 riyals ($213,000) and a one-year renewable residency costing 100,000 riyals ($27,000), according to the online portal for registrations.The scheme will allow expats to do business without a Saudi sponsor, buy property and sponsor visas for relatives.
Device to trap ocean plastic waste relaunches
- A floating device designed to catch plastic waste has been redeployed in a second attempt to clean up an island of trash swirling in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii. Boyan Slat, creator of The Ocean Cleanup project, said that the 2,000-foot long floating boom that broke apart late last year was sent back to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch this week after four months of repair.
Viral Acharya quits as RBI Deputy Governor
- Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor Viral Acharya has resigned from his position six months before the end of his term, according to sources in the central bank. Acharya, who was in charge of the monetary policy department of the RBI, reportedly resigned due to “personal reasons”. The RBI now has three Deputy Governors left — N.S. Vishwanathan, B.P. Kanungo and M.K. Jain.
MoU & Cabinet Approval
NSIC signs MoU with Commom Service Centres– eGovernance Services India
- The National Small Industries Corporation signed an MoU with Common Service Centres (CSC) e-Governance Services India in New Delhi, for enhancing new offerings for the MSME sector by synergizing each others’ This MoU will have special focus on providing services to village level entrepreneurs (VLEs) and would to lead to exponential growth of Village Entrepreneurs in the country. The MoU will also enable CSCs to utilize plethora of NSIC offerings through the NSIC portal www.msmemart.com .
Indian women’s hockey team clinches FIH Series Finals
- Indian women’s hockey team beat Asian Games champions and hosts Japan 3-1 in the summit clash of the FIH Series Finals in Hiroshima.Indian men had won the FIH Series Finals in Bhubaneswar recently.
International Olympic Committee opens new headquarters in Switzerland
- The International Olympic Committee(IOC) formally opened its new headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, exactly 125 years after the Olympic Games were revived. The new headquarters costs 145 million US Dollars. Renewable energy is provided using solar panels on the roof and pumps taking water from Lake Geneva.
Indian women’s rugby team claims 1st-ever international Rugby 15s victory
- The Indian women’s rugby team claimed a historic first-ever international Rugby 15s victory with a 21-19 win over Singapore to finish third in the Asia Women’s – Division 1 Rugby XVs Championship in Manila.The tournament was one of the qualifying rounds for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand.
Flying taxis to ease Olympic traffic in 2024 Paris OlympicsSports
- Paris aims to give visitors to the 2024 Paris Olympics a flying start by offering airborne taxis to tournament sites straight from the airport. Arrivals in the City of Light currently face an hour-long haul by train or bus from Charles de Gaulle airport to the north of Paris. Vertical take-off & landing vehicles can cut travel time during the 2024 Games in Paris
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