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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Harsimrat Kaur Badal virtually launched Rs 10,000 cr PM-FME Scheme; Operation Greens scheme extended to 18 more fruits, vegetablesHarsimrat Kaur Badal launches the PM FME

i.As a part of Rs 20 Lakh crore “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” to tackle the COVID-19 impact, Minister for Food Processing Industries (FPI) Harsimrat Kaur Badal launched Centrally Sponsored Prime Minister Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises (PM FME) scheme named “Sapno ki Udaan” to be implemented over a period of five years from 2020-21 to 2024-25.
ii.One District One Product (ODOP) approach will be adopted for this scheme under which the states will identify food product (specialized or perishable or cereal) for a district on the basis of availability of raw material. 
iii.35% Credit-linked capital subsidy will be provided for upgradation of micro food processing units.
iv.Operation Greens scheme has been extended to additional 10 fruits (Mango, Banana, Guava, Kiwi, Lichi, Papaya, Citrus, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Jackfruit) and 8 vegetables (French beans, Bitter Gourd, Brinjal, Capsicum, Carrot, Cauliflower, Chillies (Green) and Okra).
About Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI):
Harsimrat Kaur Badal constituency– Bathinda, Punjab
MoFPI Scheme– Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana (Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters).
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Dharmendra Pradhan Inaugurates Asia’s First Continuous Galvanized Rebar Production Facility in PunjabDharmendra Pradhan inaugurates Asia's first-ever Continuous Galvanized Rebar

On 29th June 2020, Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Steel & Petroleum and Natural Gas virtually inaugurated Asia’s first Continuous Galvanized Rebar Production Facility near Gobindgarh, Punjab launched by Madhav KRD Group in association with International Zinc Association with the support of Hindustan Zinc Limited.
About Ministry of Steel:
Minister– Dharmendra Pradhan
Minister of State– Faggan Singh Kulaste
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Government bans 59 Chinese mobile apps prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of IndiaGovernment bans 59 mobile apps

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY), invoking its power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 has decided to ban 59 apps due to their activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.

  • It should be noted that all of the blocked apps are Chinese including popular ones such as TikTok, Helo, WeChat, UC Browser, Shareit and CamScanner.
  • This move comes at a time of rising tensions between India and China following clashes at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
  • This decision also followed the exhaustive recommendations of the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for blocking these malicious apps.

Background:
MEITY and Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) have received many complaints from various sources about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India. Therefore, this decision has been taken to safeguard data and privacy of 130 crore Indians.
Click here for Full list of 59 blocked apps
About Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY):
Union Minister– Ravi Shankar Prasad (Constituency- Patna Sahib, Bihar)
Minister of State (MoS) Sanjay Dhotre

Nitin Gadkari Launched  Portal With New Classification and Registration of MSMEs : ‘UdayamRegistration’CONSOLIDATED NOTIFICATION FOR CLASSIFICATION AND REGISTRATION

i.Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Nitin Jairam Gadkari released the consolidated notification in the form of guidelines for classification and registration of MSMEs, which are facing several challenges due to the COVID-19 impact.”Udyam Registration” is a new process of Classification and Registration of MSMEs from 1st July, 2020.MSME ministry launched the portal for Udyam Registration is www.udyamregistration.gov.in.

ii.As per the notification, in exercising of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) read with sub-section (9) of section 7 and sub-section (2) read with sub-section (3) of section 8, of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006, hereafter, MSME will be known as Udyam, and accordingly, the registration process will be known as Udyam Registration w.e.f July 1, 2020.
About Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises:
Nitin Gadkari constituency– Nagpur, Maharashtra
Minister of State (MoS)– Pratap Chandra Sarangi
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5 years of PMAY (U), Smart Cities Mission (SCM) and AMRUT completed on June 25, 20205TH Anniversary of Urban Missions

On June 25, 2020, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) organized an online event to mark the 5th Anniversary of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(Urban) (PMAY-U), Smart Cities Mission (SCM) and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). The event  addressed by Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs(I/C) organized to celebrate the achievements and boost implementation of the urban missions.

  • Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT)

Launched on June 5, 2015, AMRUT aims at ensuring universal coverage of drinking water supply and substantial improvement in coverage and treatment capacities of sewerage across 500 cities, covering more than 60% of urban population. 

  • Smart Cities Mission (SCM)

Launched on June 25, 2015, its objective is to promote cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens. ClimateSmart Cities and DataSmart Cities are two important programs under the Smart Cities Mission.

  • Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban (PMAY-U)

Launched on June 25, 2015, the objective of PMAY-U is to provide pucca house to all eligible beneficiaries of Urban India by 2022 with the vision of ‘Housing for All’.  The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has received a validated demand of about 1.12 Cr houses under PMAY (U).  Approvals for 1.05 Cr houses have already been sanctioned.
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

45.8 million Women Missing in India Over the Past 50 Years: UNFPA Report45 Million Missing Females Are From India Says UN Report

On June 30, 2020, According to the report, “State of World Population 2020: Against my will – Defying the practices that harm women and girls and undermine equality”, which focuses on gender biased sex selection (GBSS) and female genital mutilation (FGM), released by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), India accounts for 45.8 million of the world’s 142.6 million “missing females” over the past 50 years & it has the highest number of missing women after China (72.3 million).
About United Nations Population Fund UNFPA:
Headquarters– New York,United States
Executive Director– Dr. Natalia Kanem
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BANKING & FINANCE

GoI and World Bank Sign Agreement to Increase Access to Affordable Housing in Tamil NaduGovernment of India and World Bank Sign Agreements

On 29 June, The World Bank and the government of India signed an agreement along with the Government of Tamil Nadu to help the low-income groups in the state of Tamil Nadu to get access to affordable housing.
Agreements signed:- 
Legal agreements of two projects were signed to strengthen the state’s housing sector policies, institutions, and regulations.

  • First Tamil Nadu Housing Sector Strengthening Programme worth $200 million (Rs 1,510 crore),
  • Tamil Nadu Housing and Habitat Development Project worth $50 million (Rs 377 crore).

About World Bank:-
Headquarters: Washington D.C., United States
President: David R. Malpass
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Swiggy in Partnership with ICICI Bank Launches an Industry- First Instant Digital Wallet, ‘Swiggy Money’Swiggy ties up with ICICI Bank

i.Swiggy has launched its own digital wallet, ‘Swiggy Money’ in partnership with ICICI Bank to enable a ‘single-click checkout experience’ on its platform. It is an industry- first instant digital wallet. 
ii.The Swiggy Money is powered by ICICI Bank’s ‘insta wallet service’ which is built on a cloud platform with Application Programming Interface (API)integration. 
iii.Swiggy customer can immediately use the wallet if he/she is an existing ICICI Bank customer.
About ICICI bank:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer(CEO)- Sandeep Bakhshi
About Swiggy:
Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka
Co-Founder– Sriharsha Majety 
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AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS       

Former RBI Governor Chakravarthi Rangarajan Receives the First Prof. P. C. Mahalanobis Award on National Statistics Day

Ex-RBI-governor-Rangarajan newi.On 29th June 2020, On account of National Statistics Day The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) presented the first Prof. P. C. Mahalanobis National Award in Official Statistics’2020 to Dr. Chakravarthi Rangarajan, Former Governor, Reserve Bank of India for his contribution to the National Statistical System(NSS).
ii.Prof. P.V. Sukhatme National Award in Statistics 2020 is jointly presented to, Dr Arvind Pandey and Dr. Akhilesh Chandra Kulshreshtha.
About Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) &Planning:
Minister of State(Independent Charge) – Rao Inderjit Singh

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 APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS       

KK Venugopal Reappointed as Attorney General of India for a Year & Tushar Mehta as Solicitor General for 3 YearsTushar-Mehta-re-named-Solicitor-General-for-three-years,-KK-Venugopal-Attorney-General-for-a-year

i.The Appointments Committee of the Union Cabinet has approved the re-appointment of senior advocate  K.K. Venugopal as Attorney General of India for a year, whose 3 year tenure ends in June 2020.
ii.Senior advocate Tushar Mehta as Solicitor General for a period of three years. K.K. Venugopal succeeded Mukul Rohatgi on June 30, 2017. He is the 15th Attorney General of India.
About Appointment Committee:
Members of the committee– Prime Minister(PM) of India, Narendra Modi (who is the Chairman) and the Union Home Affairs minister, Amit Shah
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Gudni Johannesson Re-elected as President of IcelandGudni-Jóhannesson-Re-elected-as-President-of-Iceland

On June 28, Gudni Johannesson, president of Iceland was re-elected by winning above 92% of votes in the Presidential election.He defeated Gudmundur Franklín Jónsson who secured only 6.5% of the vote.
Note – Each Presidential term in Iceland is four years & there is no term limit.(i.e. A Person can be a President for n number of times)
Key Points:-
i) In 2016, Gudni became the youngest president of Iceland since Independence in 1944. 
ii) He enjoyed a solid support from 76 to 86 percent throughout his first term.
iii) Iceland is the Second European country to hold polls during the COVID 19 pandemic.
About Iceland:
Capital: Reykjavik
Currency: Icelandic Krona

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh launches NOC issuance portal for power, oil and gas projectsNOC for power, oil and gas exploration projects

Defence minister Rajnath Singh launches a online Portal for issue of No Objection Certificate(NOC) for power projects and research, survey, exploration and Exploitation(RSEE) and activities in the Indian Territorial Waters (TW) and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ),  in the presence of Minister of state for Defence Shri Shripad Yesso Naik.
Portal: https://ncog.gov.in/modnoc/home.html
About Portal:-

  • The portal establishes an effective, speedy and transparent mechanism to process the proposals.
  • Applications are received from: Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the Ministry of Shipping.

About Ministry of Defence:-
Union Minister: Rajnath Singh
Union Minister of State: Shri Shripad Yesso Naik

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Rijiju Launches National Anti-Doping Agency’s 1st App, ‘NADA INDIA’ to Help Athletes Stay Updated on Banned SubstancesRijiju launches NADA app

On 30 June,2020 the first mobile app of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), “NADA INDIA” was released by Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. The initiative is an important step towards dope free sports, providing updates about the banned substances and their use.
Key Points:-

  • It acts as a bridge between athletes and the NADA by providing easy accessible information about sports and banned substances and their use which affects the career of athletes.
  • The app allows doping control officers to record their availability to conduct a test through this app for quicker process of dope test for athletes.

About National Anti-Doping Agency:
Headquarters: New Delhi
Director General (DG) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Navin Agarwal
Motto: ‘Play Fair’
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Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs Launches Webportal for Street Vendors loan scheme ‘PMSVANidhi’Beta-version-of-Street-Vendor’s-AtmaNirbhar-Nidhi-'PM-SVANidhi'-portal-launched

On June 29, 2020, Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary of Housing & Urban Affairs has rolled out the Beta version webportal for street vendors loan scheme Pradhan Mantri Street Vendors’ AtmaNirbhar Nidhi –PMSVANidhi (http://pmsvanidhi.mohua.gov.in/) developed by SIDBI to provide end-to-end solutions for scheme management.
i.PMSVANidhi scheme: Started on June 1, 2020 in the wake of coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, this loan scheme provides a working capital loan of up to Rs. 10,000 to street vendors.
About Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs:
Headquarters– New Delhi
Minister of State (Independent Charge)– Hardeep Singh Puri
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SPORTS

Nitin Menon Becomes the 3rd I ndian & Youngest Umpire to Enter ICC Elite Panel India's-Nitin-Menon-becomes-youngest-umpire-to-enter-ICC-Elite-Panel

i.Nitin Menon(36 years old) from India became the youngest member of the International Cricket Council’s(ICC) Elite Panel of Umpires
ii.He replaces Nigel Llong(England) for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
iii.He becomes the 3rd Indian umpire to be included in the ICC’s after former captain Srinivas Venkataraghavan and Sundaram Ravi.
About ICC:
Headquarters– Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Chairman– Shashank Manohar
Chief Executive Officer– Manu Sawhney
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Liverpool wins the top-flight title in 2020 Premier League Championship defeating Manchester CityLiverpool-end-30-year-wait,-win-2019-20-Premier-League-title

On 25th June 2020, Liverpool won its 19th top-flight title in the 28th edition of Premier League Championship 2020 football tournament after waiting for 30 years by defeating Manchester City by 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Key Points:
i.Between 1973 and 1990 Liverpool won 11 Premier league championships and this is Liverpool’s first title since 1989-90.
ii.On 24th June 2020, At Anfield, Liverpool won against Crystal Palace 4-0 moving within 2 points towards the title.
iii.Liverpool won the 19th title with the record of seven games left to play after Manchester City was defeated with a difference of 23 points.
iv.Liverpool won the title earlier than any other champions in the past breaking the record of five games by City and Manchester United.

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Day of Parliamentarism 2020: June 30 International-Day-of-Parliamentarism-2020-June-30

i.United Nations(UN) International Day of Parliamentarism is observed annually on June 30 to celebrate parliaments. 
ii.The day highlights the ways in which parliamentary systems of government improve the daily lives of people around the world. The year 2020 marks the 3rd edition of the day.
iii.The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/72/278 adopted the day
About IPU:
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
President– Gabriela Cuevas Barron
Secretary General– Martin Chungong 
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International Asteroid Day 2020 – June 30International-Asteroid-Day-2020-June-30

i.United Nations International Asteroid Day is observed annually on 30th June of every year to create awareness about asteroids and the hazards of asteroid impacts and to organise events around the world to educate about the Near Earth Objects(NEO) and Asteroids.
ii.The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) designated 30th June as International Asteroid Day in the resolution A/RES/71/90 adopted in December 2016.
iii.June 30th is chosen to observe the international anniversary of the impact of “Tunguska” over Siberia, Russian Federation on 30th June 1908.
About UNOOSA:
Director– Simonetta Di Pippo (Italy)
Headquarters– Vienna, Austria
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STATE NEWS

Maharashtra CM Launches ‘Platina’, World’s Largest Convalescent Plasma Therapy-Cum-Trial ProjectMaha CM launches world's largest convalescent plasma

i.Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray launched the world’s largest convalescent plasma therapy-cum-trial  project, ‘Platina’ to treat COVID-19 patients, through video conference at Nagpur’s government medical college.
ii.The project will benefit 500 lives of critically ill COVID-19 patients in the state and Rs 16.65 crore is allocated  for this project from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund
iii.He also inaugurated 4 other services namely;  plasma donation, plasma bank, plasma trial, and emergency authorisation at the college.
About Maharashtra:
Capital– Mumbai
Governor– Bhagat Singh Koshyari
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Arvind Kejriwal Launched India’s First Plasma Bank for COVID-19 TreatmentIndia’s first plasma bank for covid-19

i.On 29th June 2020, Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal launched India’s first Plasma Bank for the treatment of the patients tested positive for coronavirus.
ii.The Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences(ILBS) will house the plasma bank
iii.The plasma bank will start its operation by 2nd July 2020.
About Delhi:
Governor– Anil Baijal
Chief Minister– Arvind Kejriwal
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Madhya Pradesh launches “Hamara Ghar-Hamara Vidyalaya” scheme Madhya-Pradesh-launches-‘Hamara-Ghar-Hamara-Vidyalaya’-campaign

On 27th June 2020, Principal Secretary Rashmi Arun Shami of Madhya Pradesh (MP) launched “Hamara Ghar-Hamara Vidyalaya” Scheme over a virtual platform to maintain academic regularity of the students during the Lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme will start from 6th July 2020.
Department of School Education(M.P.):
Minister– Prabhu Ram Choudhary
Principal Secretary– Rashmi Arun Shami
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CoM of Assam passes MSME OrdinanceAssam Council of Ministers passes MSME Ordinance

On June 29, 2020, In a big boost to Aatma Nirbhar Assam, Council of Ministers (CoM) of Assam has passed the MSME(micro, small and medium enterprises) Ordinance that gives provision to put an end to the process of taking multiple permissions for setting up MSME in the state for next 3 years.
i.The state government also decided to change the academic year to April-March from existing January-December in order to make-up for academic loss due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak.
About Assam:
Capital– Dispur
Governor– Jagdish Mukhi
National Parks– Dibru-Saikhowa National Park ,Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Nameri National Park.
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Goa Government Allots Land to 49 MSME Units to Set Up India’s First Marine Cluster

The Government of Goa allotted land to a consortium of 49 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(MSME) units to set up India’s first Maritime Cluster, Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister of Goa provided 14,380 square Metres of land to set up the Common Facility centre.
Maritime Cluster:
i.The Project is aimed to create a world class facility for ship designing, ship building, ship repairers and marine equipment manufacturing.
ii.The project is supported by the Union shipping ministry, Directorate General of Shipping, and Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).
iii.The 49 MSME units under this project will provide direct benefits to an additional 180 units.
iv.The ships built in the centre will be used for local purpose and will be exported to the European and Asia-Pacific Region.
Ministry of MSME:
Minister– Nitin Jairam Gadkari
Minister of State– Pratap Chandra Sarangi

Karnataka Chief Minister Launches a Portal, ‘Skill Connect Forum’ to Connect Job Seekers and Employers

On June 29, 2020 Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa launched a portal, ‘Skill Connect Forum’ to connect job seekers(skilled workers) and employers(private entrepreneurs) on a common platform. The portal provides information on available jobs and those who need job.
Gist about the portal:
i.Job seekers  can register on  https://skillconnect.kaushalkar.com by uploading details of their educational qualification, skill sets and other details. 
ii.Employers will also register on the portal. The portal matches the requirement and availability.
iii.The job seekers can search for jobs in different sectors  and different regions within the state.
Other Initiatives for employment generation 

  • The state will undertake a talent acceleration programme with the help of the skill development department to help 1,000 graduates upgrade their skills at a cost of Rs 2 crore. 
  • Karnataka Skill Development Corporation is  also organising an online job fair on July 7, to help people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. 

About Karnataka
Capital– Bengaluru
Governor– Vajubhai Vala

AC GAZE

Madhya Pradesh to launch ‘Kill Corona’ campaign

In order to control the spread of Covid-19, Madhya Pradesh has decided to launch a 15-day campaign called ‘Kill Corona’ from July 1, 2020.This campaign includes door-to-door surveys and tests would also be done on citizens for other diseases.

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S.no         Current Affairs 1 July 2020
1 Harsimrat Kaur Badal virtually launched Rs 10,000 cr PM-FME Scheme; Operation Greens scheme extended to 18 more fruits, vegetables
2 Dharmendra Pradhan Inaugurates Asia’s First Continuous Rebar Production Facility in Punjab
3 Government bans 59 Chinese mobile apps prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India
4 Nitin Gadkari publicized consolidated notification for classification and registration of MSME; MSME named as Udyam
5 5 years of PMAY (U), Smart Cities Mission (SCM) and AMRUT completed on June 25, 2020
6 45.8 million Women Missing in India Over the Past 50 Years: UNFPA Report
7 GoI and World Bank Sign Agreement to Increase Access to Affordable Housing in Tamil Nadu
8 Swiggy in Partnership with ICICI Bank Launches an Industry- First Instant Digital Wallet, ‘Swiggy Money’
9 Former RBI Governor Chakravarthi Rangarajan Receives the First Prof. P. C. Mahalanobis Award on National Statistics Day
10 KK Venugopal Reappointed as Attorney General of India for a Year & Tushar Mehta as Solicitor General for 3 Years
11 Gudni Johannesson Re-elected as President of Iceland
12 Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh launches NOC issuance portal for power, oil and gas projects
13 Rijiju Launches NADA App to Help Athletes Stay Updated on Banned Substances
14 Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs Launches Webportal for Street Vendors loan scheme ‘PMSVANidhi’
15 Nitin Menon Becomes the 3rd Indian & Youngest Umpire to Enter ICC Elite Panel
16 Liverpool wins the top-flight title in 2020 Premier League Championship
17 International Day of Parliamentarism 2020: June 30
18 International Asteroid Day 2020 – June 30
19 Maharashtra CM Launches ‘Platina’, World’s Largest Convalescent Plasma Therapy-Cum-Trial Project
20 Arvind Kejriwal Launched India’s First Plasma Bank for COVID-19 Treatment
21  Madhya Pradesh launches “Hamara Ghar-Hamara Vidyalaya” scheme
22 CoM of Assam passes MSME Ordinance
23 Goa Government Allots Land to 49 MSME Units to Set Up India’s First Marine Cluster
24 Karnataka Chief Minister Launches a Portal, ‘Skill Connect Forum’ to Connect Job Seekers and Employers
25 Madhya Pradesh to launch ‘Kill Corona’ campaign

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