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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Dr Harsh Vardhan Launched India’s 1st I-Lab, a DBT – AMTZ Mobile Diagnostic Unit for Covid TestingMobile Diagnostic Unit for COVID Testing I-Lab

i.In order to provide Covid testing access to rural inaccessible areas of India, the Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated and flagged off India’s first I-Lab (Infectious disease diagnostic lab) in New Delhi as a part of DBT-AMTZ COMManD [COVID Medtech Manufacturing Development] Consortia.
ii.I-Lab is a mobile testing facility that has been created by the Andhra Pradesh Med-tech Zone (AMTZ) team with the support of Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the National Biopharma Mission being implemented by the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC). 
About DBT:
Secretary– Renu Swarup
Headquarter– New Delhi
About AMTZ:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)- Dr. Jitendar Sharma
Headquarter– Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
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Coal Ministry & FICCI Initiated e-Auction Process of 41 Coal blocks for Commercial mining; Launched by PM ModiPM launches Auction process of Coal blocks for Commercial mining

i.On the lines of the announcement made by Central government under the 20 Lakh crore Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, on June 18, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the two stage electronic auction of 41 coal blocks for commercial mining through video-conference. 
ii.The commencement of the auction process of these blocks is likely to contribute Rs 20,000 crore revenues annually to the state governments. On the Central Government front, it is expected to garner Rs 33,000 crore of capital investment over next five to seven years.
About Ministry of Coal:
Union Minister– Pralhad Joshi
Secretary– Anil Kumar Jain
About FICCI:
President– Sangita Reddy
Headquarter– New Delhi
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MNRE Sets Up Project Development Cell Under Amitesh Kumar Sinha For Investment in Green Energy SectorMNRE forms project development cell to attract investment in green energy

On June 17, 2020, The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has set up a Project Development Cell (PDC) under its joint secretary Amitesh Kumar Sinha to attract investment in clean energy, especially in the solar sector.

  • This cell will offer for investment those renewable energy projects where all the necessary works like detailed project report, land availability etc. have been completed.

About Ministry of New & Renewable Energy:
Headquarters– New Delhi
Minister of State (Independent Charge)- Raj Kumar Singh
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UP provided employment to 57 lakh 12975 migrant workers under MGNREGA; Highest in IndiaUP employed under MGNREGA, ‘highest in country’

i.In accordance with the official government data, on June 15, 2020, Uttar Pradesh (UP) has provided employment to 57 lakh 12975 workers in 56,981 village panchayats of the state under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), making it the top Indian state to provide highest employment under MGNREGS. 
ii.UP is followed by Rajasthan, which has engaged 53.45 lakh workers, Andhra Pradesh (AP) with 36 lakh workers, West Bengal (WB) with 26 lakh and Madhya Pradesh (MP) with 23.95 lakh workers.

About MGNREGS:-
Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act 2005, later renamed as the “Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act”(MGNREGA) was passed in September 2005.It is an Indian labour law that aims to guarantee the ‘right to work’.
About UP:
Chief Minister– Yogi Adityanath 
Capital– Lucknow
Governor– Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel
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India’s 1st ever Climate Change Assessment – Climate Change TrackerIndia's first ever climate change assessment

i.On 19th June 2020, India released its first national report on the state of the climate crisis prepared with the support of the Ministry of Earth Science(MoES) and edited by the scientists of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology(IITM), Pune.
ii.The projections of the report are based on the IITM Earth System Model and Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment datasets.
About IITM:
Director– Prof. Ravi Shankar Nanjundiah
Location– Pune, Maharashtra
About MoES:
Minister– Harsh Vardhan
Secretary– M.Rajeevan
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Centre Approved Funds for Implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Tripura₹1,829 Crore for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission

On the lines of the announcement made by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019 regarding Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) which aims to provide “Functional Household Tap Connection” (FHTC) to 18 Crore rural households of the country by the year 2024, the Centre has earlier approved funds for the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission for Odisha, Meghalaya, Assam & Bihar. Click Here to Read. After that Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand & West Bengal received fund allocations for the same. Click Here to Read. Now extending this scheme further for other states, Centre has now approved funds to the following states for FY2020-2021:

  • Central Govt approved funding of Rs 1,829 Crore for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Maharashtra
  • Central Govt has approved fund of Rs 1,189.40 Crore for implementation of JJM in Karnataka in 2020-21
  • Central Govt allocated Rs 156.61 Crore for FY20-21 to Tripura for implementation of JJM in State

About JJM:
It aims to enable every rural household has assured availability of potable water at a service level of 55 litres per capita per day (lpcd) on regular and long-term basis. The estimated outlay of the mission is Rs 3.60 Lakh Crore with Central and State share of Rs. 2.08 Lakh Crore and Rs.1.52 Lakh Crore respectively.
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India 2nd Major Driver of Global Energy Consumption in 2019 After China: 69th Edition of BP Statistical Review 2020global energy consumption

On June 17, 2020, According to the 69th  edition of “Statistical Review of World Energy 2020”, which collects and analyses energy data for 2019 , released by UK (United Kingdom) based oil and gas company BP plc, India was the 2nd  major market after China to increase primary energy consumption in the year 2019. 
i.On the other hand, India’s energy consumption in 2019 was the third largest (34.06 EJ-an increase of 2.3%) only after China (141.70 EJ) and United States (94.65 EJ).
About BP plc:
Headquarters– London, United Kingdom
CEO– Bernard Looney
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Indian Economy to contract by 4% in 2020-21: ADB ForecastEconomy to shrink 4%

i.In accordance with the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) by Asian Development Bank (ADB), for FY20-21, Indian economy is projected to contract by 4% in fiscal year (FY) 2020, ending on 31 March 2021, before growing 5.0% in FY2021.
ii.For Countries in ‘Developing Asia’, ADB forecasted growth of 0.1% in 2020. ‘Developing Asia’ refers to a group of over 40 countries that are members of the ADB.
iii.The growth of South-Asia is predicted to contract by 3% in 2020. For FY21-22, growth prospects revised down to 4.9% from 6%.
About ADB:
Headquarters– Mandaluyong, Philippines
President– Masatsugu Asakawa
Members– 68
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

JSW Cement signs Sourav Ganguly & Sunil Chhetri as Brand AmbassadorsSourav Ganguly, Sunil Chhetri as brand ambassadors

On 19th June 2020, JSW Cement, a part of JSW Group, signed former Indian cricket captain & the current president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly and Sunil Chhetri, captain of India’s National Football Team & Bengaluru FC as their brand ambassadors for their marketing campaign Leaders Choice in West Bengal, Bihar and Odisha.
About JSW Group:
Chairman– Sajjan Jindal
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
About JSW Cement:
Managing Director- Parth Jindal
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Nilesh Narwekar
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
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ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS       

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund Buys 2.32% Stake in Jio Platforms for Rs 11,367 CroresSaudi Arabia's PIF buys 2

i.Jio Platforms stepped into 11th deal with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund(PIF), who bought 2.32% stake in Jio Platforms for Rs 11,367 crores.
ii.With this investment, Jio Platforms has raised Rs 115,693.95 crores(1.15 lakh crores) from leading global investors since April 22, which is the largest continuous fund raised by a company in the world.
iii.This investment estimates the equity value of Jio Platforms at Rs 4.91 lakh crore & its enterprise value at Rs 5.16 lakh crore.  
About PIF:
Headquarters– Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Chairman– Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
About RIL:
Headquarters- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman & Managing Director– Mukesh D. Ambani
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CCI approves acquisition of Metso Oyj’s minerals business by Outotec OyjCCI approves acquisition of Metso Oyj’s by Outotec Oyj

i.The Competition Commission of India(CCI) approved the acquisition of Metso Oyj’s (Metso) minerals business by Outotec Oyj (Outotec) under section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002. 
ii.The proposed combination is subject to changes made by the parties, under Regulation 25 (1A) of the Competition Commission of India (procedure relating to business transactions related to combinations) Regulations, 2011.
iii.The combination will be achieved through a partial demerger of Metso Minerals as per the Finnish Companies Act.
About Outotec:
President & Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Markku Teräsvasara
About Metso:
President and CEO– Pekka Vauramo
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

NASA Astronomers Discover 240-year-old Neutron Star ‘Swift J1818.0−1607’ After Recent X-ray BurstAstronomers discover a ‘COSMIC BABY

According to the study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters,  Astronomers at the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) have discovered the youngest known magnetar (a type of neutron star) named “Swift J1818.0-1607” about 16,000 light years away from Earth. 

  • It was first discovered back on March 12 by NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory when when a large amount of X-rays were emitted by it. The European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton observatory and NASA’s NuSTAR telescope, then studied this magnetar and found that it was the youngest 240-year old.

About NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration):
Headquarters– Washington, D.C., United States 
Administrator– Jim Bridenstine
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IIT Mandi Develops Herbal Infusion Technology to Help Farmers in the Mid-Himalayan RegionIIT Mandi Develops Infusion Technology

i.Researchers of Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Mandi have developed a herbal infusion technology, as a source of income for local marginal farmers in the mid-Himalayas.
ii.The technology is ready to license industries interested in working with Enabling Women of Kamand(EWOK)- a rural incubator at IIT Mandi, in the interest of empowering the Kamand Valley farmers.
About IIT Mandi:
Chairperson– Subodh Bhargava
Director– Prof. Timothy A Gonsalves
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OBITUARY

Veteran economist & Member of the 10th Finance Commission B.P.R. Vithal Baru passed away at 93Veteran-economist-B.P

On June 19, 2020 Veteran economist & member of the 10th Finance Commission,IAS B.P.R. Vithal Baru passed away at 93  in Hyderabad due to old age-related ailments. He was born in 1926. 
Gist about B.P.R. Vithal Baru’s:
Education– He was educated at Madrasa-e-Aliya high school, Hyderabad & graduated from Madras Christian College(MCC) and joined the Hyderabad Civil Service.
Various posts held
i.B.P.R. Vithal Baru served as a Secretary, Finance and Planning, government of Andhra Pradesh, from 1972 to 1982. He was a Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board.
ii.He was also Chairman, Expenditure Commission, government of Kerala. For a short period he was the Fiscal Advisor to the governments of Sudan and Malawi at the International Monetary Fund.
iii.He was deputed as Registrar of the Osmania University in 1960. He established the Centre for Economic and Social Studies(CESS), Hyderabad. 
Essay- He was influential in shaping the demand for Telangana state through his essay titled “The Telangana Surpluses: A Case Study”.
Facts about B.P.R. Vithal Baru
i.He attended the Quit India session of the Indian National Congress in Mumbai and involved himself in the national movement. 
ii.He was the 1st Indian president of the MCC students’ union to fly the Indian tricolor.
iii.After his retirement, he was involved with many social organizations and causes, including the  Nizam’s trust, Hyderabad Literary Society and Jana Vignana Vedika.
About CESS:
Headquarters– Hyderabad, Telangana
Chairman– Prof. R. Radhakrishna

Scriptwriter & Filmmaker KR Schidanandan passed away Malayalam-director-K

On 18th June 2020, KR Sachidanandan(Sachy), Malayalam script writer & director passed away due to cardiac arrest and hypoxic brain damage in Jubilee Mission Hospital, Thrissur. He was a native of Kodungallur, Thrissur.
About KR Sachidanandan:
He practiced criminal and constitutional law for 8 years in Kerala High Court.
Career in Film industry:
i.He debuted as a writer in the malayalam film industry in collaboration with Sethunath.
ii.The duo of Sachy-Sethu were the scriptwriters of the films like Chocolate, Makeup Man, Robin Hood, Senior and Doubles.
iii.As an independent writer he worked in the films Run Baby Run, Ramaleela, Sherlock Toms and Driving Licence.
iv.Under his production company Thakkali Films he co-produced the film Chettayees in 2012.
v.He debuted as a director in the film Anarkali starring Prithiviraj in 2015.
vi.His last movie Ayyapanum Koshiyum, an action thriller starring Prithiviraj and Biju Menon was the highest grosser of this year till the implication of Lockdown.

Veteran Journalist & Freedom Fighter Dinu Ranadive passed away at 95Veteran journalist Dinu Ranadive passes away

On June 17, 2020 Veteran journalist and freedom fighter Dinu Ranadive passed away at 95 in his residency in  Dadar,Maharashtra due to a short illness. He was born in 1925 in Dahanu tehsil of adjoining Palghar district, Maharashtra.
About Dinu Randive:
i.Dinu Randive in the 1950s started his career as the founder-editor of “Samyukta Maharashtra Patrika” . 
ii.He was a reporter in Marathi newspaper Maharashtra Times in 1956 & participated in the freedom struggle, the Samyukta Maharashtra movement and the Goa liberation movement.
iii.During his career he reported on the following:  Indo-Pakistan war(1971), railway strike led by George Fernandes(1974), the 1992-93 communal riots in Mumbai, the Goa Freedom Struggle in 1961, the Bangladesh war in 1970-71.
iv.He had also reported on mill workers, tribals, and dalits. In the last two decades, he has written in several Marathi publications.
v.Dinu Ranadive worked as the Chief Reporter for years in the Maharashtra Times & retired  in the late 1980s.
Awards received– He received the lifetime achievement award of the Mantralaya Vidhimandal Vartahar Sangh and Mumbai Press Club’s RedInk Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2019.
About Maharashtra:
Capital– Mumbai
Chief Minister– Uddhav Thackeray
Governor– Bhagat Singh Koshyari

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 2020 – June 19International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 2020

i.June 19 of every year is observed as the international day for the elimination of sexual violence in conflict to create awareness about the conflict related sexual violence.
ii.The day was established by the United Nations General Assembly on 19th June 2015.
iii.COVID-19 hampers the possibility of survivors to report sexual violence and further exacerbates the existing structural, institutional and sociocultural barriers to reporting such crimes.
Note – There is no theme for International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 2020.
About UN:
Secretary General– António Guterres (Portugal)
President of General Assembly– Tijjani Muhammad-Bande (Volkan Bozkır, President elect will succeed by September 2020)
Headquarters– New York, United State
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World Sickle Cell Day 2020: June 19World Sickle Cell Day

i.Every year on June 19 the World Sickle Cell Day is observed to increase public knowledge & understanding about sickle cell disease. 
ii.The day also aims to put forth the challenges faced by these patients, their families and caregivers.
iii.World Sickle Cell Day was 1st organised by the United Nation General Assembly in the year 2008 to recognise sickle cell disease as a public health problem. 
About UN:
Headquarters– New York, United States
Secretary General– António Guterres
About WHO:
Headquarters- Geneva, Switzerland
Director General– Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
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STATE NEWS

Manipur Observes the 19th Great June Uprising Day – June 18

19th Great June Uprising DayOn 18th June 2020, Manipur observes the 19th Great June Uprising Day in memory of the 18 people who lost their lives on 18th June 2001 in the June uprising to protect the territorial integrity of Manipur.
Events:

i.The day is observed in all the parts of the state and the main event took place at the Kekrupat Martyrs memorial.
ii.The commemoration was organised by the observation committee headed by Sunil Karman and Pheiroijam Nando Luwang.
iii.The family of the martyrs and leaders of Civil Society Organisations(CSOs), Meira Paibi groups and community leaders attended the anniversary commemoration.
History:
i.The June uprising was the protest to protect the integrity and sanctity of the Manipurs territory against insertion of “without territorial limits” in the amended ceasefire agreement between the Union Government and National Socialist Council of Nagaland(NSCN).
ii.The Union Government removed the offended words after the protest of people from all sections.

AC GAZE

India to become President of United Nation Security Council for August 2021

India will serve as the president of the United Nation security Council (15-Member) for the month of August 2021, which has been elected as a non-permanent member of the Security Council for two years(2021-22). Following the English alphabetical order of the member states’ names,the presidency of the Council is held by each of the members in turn for one month.Click here to know more

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S.no      Current Affairs 20 June 2020
1 Dr Harsh Vardhan Launched India’s 1st I-Lab, a DBT – AMTZ Mobile Diagnostic Unit for Covid Testing
2 Coal Ministry & FICCI Initiated e-Auction Process of 41 Coal blocks for Commercial mining; Launched by PM Modi
3 MNRE Sets Up Project Development Cell Under Amitesh Kumar Sinha For Investment in Green Energy Sector
4 UP provided employment to 57 lakh 12975 migrant workers; highest under MGNREGA
5 India’s 1st ever Climate Change Assessment – Climate Change Tracker
6 Centre Approved Funds for Implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Tripura
7 India 2nd Major Driver of Global Energy Consumption in 2019 After China: 69th Edition of BP Statistical Review 2020
8 Indian Economy to contract by 4% in 2020-21: ADB Forecast
9 JSW Cement signs Sourav Ganguly & Sunil Chhetri as Brand Ambassadors
10 Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund Buys 2.32% Stake in Jio Platforms for Rs 11,367 Crores
11 CCI approves acquisition of Metso Oyj’s minerals business by Outotec Oyj
12 NASA Astronomers Discover 240-year-old Neutron Star ‘Swift J1818.0−1607’ After Recent X-ray Burst
13 IIT Mandi Develops Herbal Infusion Technology to Help Farmers in the Mid-Himalayan Region
14 Veteran economist & Member of the 10th Finance Commission B.P.R. Vithal Baru passed away at 93
15 Scriptwriter & Filmmaker KR Schidanandan passed away
16 Veteran Journalist & Freedom Fighter Dinu Ranadive passed away at 95
17 International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 2020 – June 19
18 World Sickle Cell Day 2020: June 19
19 Manipur Observes the 19th Great June Uprising Day – June 18
20 India to become President of United Nation Security Council for August 2021

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