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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

“My Life My Yoga” Video Blogging contest launched; announced by PM Modi in Mann Ki BaatPrime Minister announces My Life My Yoga Video Blogging contest

i.The contest being organized by the Ministry of AYUSH and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is open for participants from all countries.
ii.It has already gone live on the social media handles of the Ministry of AYUSH on 31 May 2020.
iii.The objective of the contest is to focus on the transformative impact of Yoga on the lives of individuals.
About Ministry of AYUSH:
Founded– 2014
Minister of State (MoS)– Shripad Yesso Naik
About ICCR:
President– Vinay Sahasrabuddhe
Headquarters– New Delhi
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Ravi Shankar Prasad launched India’s national Artificial Intelligence Portal & launched “Responsible AI for Youth”IT Minister Launches National AI Portal of India

i.On May 30, 2020 Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology(IT), Law and Justice and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad launched India’s National Artificial Intelligence(AI) Portal called www.ai.gov.in
ii.Also launched a National Program for the youth, “Responsible AI for Youth” during the occasion of the first anniversary of the second tenure of the government. 
iii.The portal was developed jointly by the National e-Governance Division of Ministry of Electronics and IT and NASSCOM from the IT industry . 
Constituency of Ravi Shankar Prasad– Patna Sahib, Bihar
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India’s access to USD 50-60 billion worth of carbon credits can be achieved if it propagates agroecology: NITI AayogIndia can access carbon credits worth USD 50-60 bn

The National Institution for Transforming India(NITI) Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar stated that India’s access to USD 50-60 billion worth of carbon credits can be achieved if it propagates natural farming and agroecology, while suggesting adoption of innovative farming methods based on ecological principles during a virtual high-level round-table on ‘Agroecology and Regenerative Agriculture’.

  • Discussion made by Rajiv Kumar– Emphasized the need to make agriculture more knowledge intensive & there is also a need to ensure that natural farming is scalable and absorbs innovations.

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 BANKING & FINANCE

SEBI Extends Deadline for Power Of Attorney Norms till August 1, 2020SEBI Extends Deadline For Power Of Attorney Norms

i.The decision regarding extension has been taken due to the difficulty face by the stock brokers and broker associations in implementing the provisions amid the situation arising due to COVID-19.
ii.In a bid to curb the misuse of POA  given by the clients to the trading member (TM) or clearing member (CM), SEBI had prescribed that margin obligations to be given in the form of securities by client will be by the way of pledge or re-pledge in the depository system.
About SEBI:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– Ajay Tyagi
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Board of BEML approved signing of MoU with MELCO as a part of Expression of Interest (EoI)Board of BEML approves signing of MoU with MELCO

i.This approval is on the lines of invitation of BEML regarding Expression of Interest (EoI) for Manufacturing, Partnerships under “Make in India” policy.
ii.The JV will be for manufacturing of certain propulsion systems and other railway electrical equipment utilised for electric multiple units for Indian Metro Rail Projects, Indian Railway Projects and other products.
About BEML:
Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka
Chairman and Managing Director (CMD)– Deepak Kumar Hota
About MELCO:
President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Takeshi Sugiyama
Headquarter– Tokyo, Japan
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   ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS        

YES Bank picks 24.19% stake in Dish TV by invoking pledged sharesYes Bank acquires 24

Private sector lender Yes Bank Limited has acquired a 24.19% stake in Dish TV India Ltd, a company providing Direct to Home (DTH) television service in India, following invocation of 44.53 crore pledged shares due to default in payment of debt by Dish TV and some other companies.
It is to be noted that as of March 31, 2019, Dish TV’s debt stood at Rs 2,758 crore.
i.Following the transaction, Dish TV promoters led by Jawahar Goel will only have just 30.37% stake in the company.
About Yes Bank Limited:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO– Prashant Kumar
Tagline– Experience our Expertise.
About Dish TV India Ltd:
Headquarters– Noida, Uttar Pradesh 
CEO– Anil Dua
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Swiz launches world’s first app “SwissCovid” with Exposure Notification API of Apple and GoogleGoogle and Apple's Exposure Notification system

i.Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne(Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne – EPFL) and ETH Zurich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich) developed the “SwissCovid” based on a decentralized approach to track the spread of coronavirus.
ii.SwissCovid utilizes the Exposure Notification API (Application Programming Interface) of Apple and Google.
About EPFL:
President- Martin Vetterli
Location- Switzerland
About ETH Zurich:
President- Joël François Mesot(Joel Mesot) 
Secretary General- Katharina Poiger Ruloff
Location- Switzerland
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 NASA astronauts fly SpaceX spacecraft ‘Dragon’ first private company to dock with ISS  SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft docks Astronauts

NASA astronauts Robrt Behnken and Douglas Hurley docked the SpaceX with the International Space Station(ISS) on 31st May 2020 at 10.16 am EDT (7.59 p.m India), over the border of China and Mongolia before the ISS started travelling above the Earth’s night side.
Spacex was launched on 30th May at 3.22 pm (1.50 am Sunday India).
About SpaceX:
SpaceX became the first private company to fly astronauts into orbit.
Founder & CEO- Elon Musk
President & COO- Gwynne Shotwell
Founded- 2002
Headquarters- Hawthorne, California, United States of America
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Karnataka launches COVID-19 tracking platform built by NASSCOM

Nasscom launches coronavirus tech platformOn May 30, 2020 The National Association of Software and Services Companies(NASSCOM) announced that it has delivered an end-to-end coronavirus tracking platform for Karnataka, called the Karnataka Listening Dashboard for COVID-19. 

  • As part of the launch, NASSCOM has provided the 1st set of dashboards to state government’s use and will add more soon.

Purpose of the platform- The analytics-driven platform is to assist state governments in sustainable industry recovery & helps them make informed decisions to reopen their economies in a phased manner across the state.
Gist about the platform
i.The multi-faceted, open-architecture platform has various advanced Artificial intelligence(AI) technology models & allows real- time streaming of infectious data across regions and states.
Information provided by the platform:

  • COVID summary- key facts useful for officials to get a quick glance of state and district level numbers; 
  • COVID source analysis- cases in the last 24 hours and their origin & spread analysis; Testing summary- COVID+ rates by number of tests; 
  • Tests by category- useful to understand the source of infections; 
  • Hospital capacity- bed occupancy and availability by district; 
  • India summary- state level summary to give details on COVID

About Karnataka:
Capital city– Bengaluru
Chief Minister– B.S Yeddyurappa
Governor– Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala
About NASSCOM:
Headquarters- Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Chairman– UB Pravin Rao
President– Debjani Ghosh 

ENVIRONMENT

Researchers of CMFRI have found a rare bandtail scorpionfish in Gulf of MannarRare scorpionfish found in Gulf of Mannar

i.Researchers at the Central Marine Fisheries Institute (CMFRI) found a rare bandtail scorpionfish from Sethukarai coast in the Gulf of Mannar. 
ii.This was the first time that the particular species was found alive in Indian waters during the exploratory survey of the seagrass ecosystem.
About CMFRI:
Headquarters– Kochi, Kerala.
Director– Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan.
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Millipede-like creature, Kampecaris obanensis is the world’s oldest-known land animal: Scotland ResearchMillipede from Scotland is world’s oldest-known land animal

According to the research published in the journal Historical Biology, fossilized millipede-like Silurian Period creature called as Kampecaris obanensis(approximately 450 million years old) is unearthed on the island of Kerrera in the Scottish Inner Hebrides(Scotland), which is likely to be  the world’s oldest-known land animal. 

  • Kampecaris obanensis is about an inch(2.5 cm) long with a segmented body, resembling modern millipedes. It is not ancestral to millipedes alive today & was a member of an extinct group. Its legs were not preserved in the fossil.

About Scotland:
Capital– Edinburgh
Currency– Pound Sterling
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SPORTS

SAI in collaboration with NSF launches India’s 1st online coaching programme ‘Khelo India e-PathshalaSAI to launch Khelo India e-Pathshala

On June 1, 2020, Sports Authority of India (SAI), the apex national sports body of India, in association with National Sports Federations (NSF) has launched India’s 1st -ever national-level open online coaching and education programme called “Khelo India e-Pathshala” to grassroots players.
Key Points:
i.Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju and Union Minister of Tribal Affairs and Archery Association of India president Arjun Munda have inaugurated the programme via a webinar.
ii.A total of 21 games are included in this program, where veteran players showcase their technical skills and talk to young players and help them improve their technical and overall game.
iii.The 21 games include, athletics, archery, boxing, cycling, fencing, football, gymnastics, hockey, judo, kayaking & canoeing, kabaddi, para games, rowing, shooting, taekwondo, table tennis, Volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu.
About Sports Authority of India (SAI):
Headquarters– New Delhi
Director General- Sandip Pradhan

OBITUARY

Bollywood Music Director Wajid Khan passes away at 42Singer-composer Wajid Khan dies

On June 1, 2020, Music Director Wajid Khan, of the popular duo Sajid-Wajid, known for his compositions for Salman Khan’s popular movies such as ‘Wanted’, the ‘Dabangg’ and ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, passed away at the age of 42 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Wajid Khan was the brother of music director Sajid Khan.
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Olympic medallist American Sprinter Bobby Morrow passed away at 84Former Olympic sprint champion Bobby Morrow

On 30th May 2020, American Sprinter, the San Benito Buller, Bobby Morrow died of natural causes at the age of 84 in his home in San Benito, Texas. He was born in October 1935, in Harlingen,Texas.
About Texas:
Governor- Greg Abbott
Capital- Austin
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IMPORTANT DAYS

20th Anniversary of World Milk Day: June 1, 2020World Milk Day 2020

i.World Milk Day (WMD) is observed every year on June 1 globally, with the aim to raise awareness about milk and its importance as global food. 
ii.The day encourages to talk about the benefits of dairy with regards to health and nutrition, affordability and accessibility, the sector’s passion and commitment to feeding our communities.
Theme for the year 2020: 20th Anniversary of World Milk Day.
About Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO):
The FAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
Headquarters– Rome, Italy.
Director-General– Qu-Dongyu.
About IDF:
Director-General– Ms Caroline Emond.

Head Quarters- Brussels, Belgium
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World No Tobacco Day 2020, May 31World no Tobacco Day 2020

i.31st May of Every year is celebrated as World No Tobacco Day, created by the Member States of the World Health Organization(WHO) in 1987 to educate the public on the effects of tobacco and tobacco related diseases.
ii.The theme of World No Tobacco Day 2020 is “Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use”
About TFI:
As a part of the Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health cluster, WHO established the Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI), to promote tobacco control works.
Programme Manager- Vinayak Mohan Prasad
Established- 1998
Headquarters- Geneva, Switzerland
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International Everest Day May 29International Everest Day 2020

i.May 29th is observed as the International Everest Day to commemorate the first summit of Mt.Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal in the year 1953.
ii.In 2008, the Government of Nepal made the decision to mark this day as the international Everest Day when Sir Edmund Hillary passed away.
About Mt. Everest:
Named after George Everest, former British Surveyor General of India.
Height- 8,850 meters (29,035 feet)
Tibetan name– Chomolungma (Mother Goddess of the world)
Located- the Himalayan mountain range
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International Day of Action for Women’s Health observed on May 28, 2020International Women’s Health Day

On May 28, 2020, The International Day of Action for Women’s Health (or International Women’s Health Day) was observed globally with the aim to raise awareness about the issues related to women’s health and well-being such as sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) around the world.
i.Netherland based Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) celebrating this day since the year1987.
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S.no   Current Affairs 2 June 2020
1 My Life My Yoga Video Blogging contest launched; announced by PM Modi in Mann Ki Baat
2 Ravi Shankar Prasad launched India’s national Artificial Intelligence Portal & launched “Responsible AI for Youth”
3 India’s access to USD 50-60 billion worth of carbon credits can be achieved if it propagates agroecology: NITI Aayog
4 SEBI Extends Deadline for Power Of Attorney Norms till August 1, 2020
5 Board of BEML approved signing of MoU with MELCO as a part of Expression of Interest (EoI)
6 YES Bank picks 24.19% stake in Dish TV by invoking pledged shares
7 Swiz launches world’s first app “SwissCovid” with Exposure Notification API of Apple and Google
8 NASA astronauts dock SpaceX spacecraft with ISS
9 Karnataka launches COVID-19 tracking platform built by NASSCOM
10 Researchers of CMFRI have found a rare bandtail scorpionfish in Gulf of Mannar
11 Millipede-like creature, Kampecaris obanensis is the world’s oldest-known land animal: Research
12 SAI in collaboration with NSF launches India’s 1st online coaching programme ‘Khelo India e-Pathshala’
13 Bollywood Music Director Wajid Khan passes away at 42
14 American Sprinter Bobby Morrow passed away at 84
15 20th Anniversary of World Milk Day: June 1, 2020
16 World No Tobacco Day 2020, May 31
17 International Everest Day May 29
18 International Day of Action for Women’s Health observed on May 28, 2020

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