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PM Modi launched Rs 50,000 cr Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan to boost employment and livelihood for migrant workersPM Modi launches Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan

i.An employment -cum- rural public works Campaign for 67 lakh migrant workers titled “Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (GKRA)” has been launched for 6 states viz. Bihar, Uttar Pradesh (UP), Madhya Pradesh (MP), Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the lines of the announcement made in Rs 20 Lakh crore Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. 
ii.The outlay of this campaign is Rs 50,000 Crores and Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) is the nodal Ministry for its implementation
iii.GKRA, the mission mode campaign of 125 days will cover 116 districts comprising more than 25,000 returnee migrant workers each across 6 states. Under this 25 public work areas have been identified for employment in villages.
About MoRD:
Union Minister– Narendra Singh Tomar
Minister of State (MoS)– Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti
Secretary– Nagendra Nath Sinha
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Centre sanctions Rs 190 cr for augmentation of healthcare facilities in North Eastern StatesCentre sanctions Rs 190 cr for augmentation of healthcare facilities

i.Union Minister of State (MoS) of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh has sanctioned Rs 190 crore for augmentation of healthcare facility in the eight North Eastern (NE) States viz. of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Sikkim, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura for developing infrastructure for management of infectious diseases.
ii.Ministry of DoNER has also given the NE States the option to send proposals for health related projects to be funded up to over Rs 500 crore from North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS).
Launched in 2017, NESIDS is a 100% centrally funded scheme to provide financial aid to the State Governments of NE Region for the projects of physical infrastructure.
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CIL Joined Hands with NITI Aayog’s AIM to Boost Innovation Ecosystem in IndiaAtal Innovation Mission partners with Coal India Ltd

Coal India Limited (CIL),an Indian state-owned coal mining and refinery company, has entered into the partnership with NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog’s flagship initiative Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), to actively support the latter’s key innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives across India.
i.According to the SOI signed between the two, the partnership is classified as per the program in which CIL helped select Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL) schools to adopt, conduct teacher training sessions to students.
About Coal India Limited (CIL):
Headquarters– Kolkata, West Bengal
Chairman & MD– Pramod Agarwal
About NITI Aayog:
Headquarters– New Delhi.
Chairperson– Narendra Modi.
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)- Amitabh Kant.
Vice Chairperson– Rajiv Kumar.
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15th Finance Commission Grants First installment of Rs.15187.50 cr to Rural Local Bodies (RLBs) 
First instalment of Fifteenth Finance Commission

i.The Fifteenth Finance Commission (XV FC) has submitted its interim report for the period FY 2020-21 and the Government of India has accepted its recommendations in respect of the Rural Local Bodies (RLBs). The commission has recommended the grant of Rs.60,750 cr for the period FY 2020-21 for RLBs which is the highest ever allocation made by the Finance Commission in any single year.
ii.On 17th June, 2020, Ministry of Finance (FinMin) has released the first installment of Rs.15187.50 crore, as grants-in-aid, in respect of 2.63 lakh RLBs located in 28 States of the country. This grants-in-aid forms part of the Untied Grant as recommended by XV-FC for the period FY 2020-21 and is to be used by RLBs for the location-specific felt needs.
iii.The other installment of Rs.15187.50 crore for RLBs as tied Grants is expected to be released shortly by the Ministry of Finance.
About Ministry of Finance:
Union Minister– Nirmala Sitharaman
Minister of State (MoS)– Anurag Singh Thakur
Departments– 5: Department of Economic Affairs, Department of Expenditure, Department of Revenue, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management, and Department of Financial Services.
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IIT-Delhi, UN-WFP to offer research-based solution to storage, supply of food grainsProvide Reserach-Based Solutions

i.The United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) India and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi have joined hands to support state and national governments in achieving the food and nutrition security.
ii.The overall objective of this partnership is to use advanced analytics and operations research to develop practical solutions that support long term strategic planning of procurement, storage, and movement of food grains by agencies such as the Food Corporation of India (FCI).
About UNWFP:
Headquarters– Rome, Italy
Member States– 36
Executive Director– David Muldrow Beasley
About IIT-Delhi:
Director– Valipe Ramgopal Rao
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SC on Writ Petition Concerning Rule of Law Index

WJP Rule of Law Index 2020The Supreme Court asked the government to treat a writ petition, for setting up expert panels to improve India’s performance in the Rule of Law Index, as a “representation” and to decide further action within 6 months’ time.

  • India was Ranked 69th in the WJP Rule of Law Index 2020
  • India has never been ranked even among top 50 in the Index, but successive governments did nothing to improve the international ranking of India.

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Yes Bank & Affordplan Jointly Launches Co-Branded Healthcare Card Called ‘Swasth Card’cashless card for heathcare needs

On June 21, 2020, Yes Bank Limited has joined hands with Delhi-based fintech startup Affordplan, to launch a first of its kind co-branded healthcare card called ‘Swasth Card’ under Swasth program with the aim to enable families plan and manage their finances for their healthcare needs.
i.The card will have affordable recharges from Rs 100 up to a maximum balance of Rs 1 lakh & also have Insurance cover, Cashback benefits, access to loan facilities for IPD(In Patient Department) treatments.
About Yes Bank Limited:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO– Prashant Kumar
Tagline– Experience our Expertise.
About Affordplan:
Location– New Delhi
CEO– Tejbir Singh
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UCO Bank Ties Up with 4 Insurers to Offer Various Insurance ProductsUCO Bank partners with four insurers

i.United Commercial Bank(UCO Bank) partnered with four insurers namely,  State Bank of India(SBI) Life Insurance Company, the Oriental Insurance Company and Religare Health Insurance Company, Star Health and Allied Insurance Company.
ii.UCO bank signs a ‘bancassurance’ pact with SBI Life Insurance to provide insurance solutions to the customers of UCO bank at its 3,086 branches spread across the country.
The agreement was signed by Nidhu Saxena, General Manager-Retail Banking,  Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(MSME) & Bancassurance Business, UCO Bank & Ashwani Kumar Shukla, Regional Director-Kolkata region, SBI Life Insurance.
About UCO bank:
Headquarters– Kolkata, West Bengal
Managing Director(MD) & Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Atul Kumar Goel 
About SBI Life Insurance Company:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO– Mahesh Kumar Sharma
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Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen Wins 2020 Peace Prize of the German Book TradePeace Prize of the German Book Trade

Indian economist, philosopher and Nobel Laureate Amartya Kumar Sen (86) has been selected for 2020 Peace Prize by the Board of Trustees of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade for his decades-long work around issues of global justice.

  • He will be presented with the award by German Publishers’ and Booksellers’ Association, Borsenverein in a ceremony that will take place on October 18, 2020, in Paulskirche, Germany.

About Germany:
Capital– Berlin
Currency– Euro
President– Frank-Walter Steinmeier
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Tata’s Natarajan Chandrasekaran Re-nominated as a Part-Time Non-Official Director on RBI Central boardTata Sons’ Chandrasekaran re-nominated

On June 21, 2020 As per  Reserve Bank of India(RBI)’s notification, Chairman of the Board of Tata Sons(since January 2017), Natarajan Chandrasekaran has been re-nominated  as a Part-Time Non-Official Director on RBI Central board for 2 years from 3rd March 2020 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

  • The government had 1st  nominated him as the Director on RBI Central board for 4 years from March 4, 2016.

Various positions held by Natarajan Chandrasekaran:
i.The  Natarajan Chandrasekaran joined Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in 1987,  he became its Chief Executive Officer from 2009-17 , prior to which he was Chief Operating Officer (COO) and executive director of TCS
ii.He served as the chairman of Tata Motors and Tata Global Beverages(TGB). He has also served as the Chairperson of the Information and Communication Technology Industry Governors at the World Economic Forum, Davos in 2015-16.
iii. He served as the chairman of The National Association of Software and Service Companies(NASSCOM), the apex trade body for IT services firms in India in 2012-13.
RBI’s central board 
i.The Reserve Bank’s affairs is governed by a central board of directors(BoD). The board is appointed by the Government of India in line with the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934. 
ii.The central BoD consists of 21 members. Currently RBI’s central board has 15 directors, including the Governor and three Deputy Governors.
About RBI:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Governor– Shaktikanta Das

IFTAS Appoints T.Rabi Sankar as Chairman and N. Rajendran as CEOIFTAS Announces the Appointment

On 22nd June 2020, The Indian Financial Technology & Allied Services (IFTAS), wholly owned subsidiary of Reserve Bank of India appoints T Rabi Sankar as the Chairman and Dr. N Rajendran as the Chief Executive Officer(CEO) effective from 15th May 2020 and 27th May 2020 respectively.
About IFTAS:
Chairman– T. Rabi Sankar
CEO– N. Rajendran
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
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ISRO Receives Patent for Liquid Cooling and Heating Garment for Astronauts Isro receives patent

The ISRO has initiated a 10,000 crore project- Gaganyaan to send humans to space by 2022, in accordance to which, ISRO has received a patent for its Liquid Cooling and Heating Garment (LCHG) for astronauts to use in space for protection from hot and cold environments.

  • It is a close fitting long garment and use as a single lightweight comfort inner wear over which the flight suit is worn.
  • It is designed according to specification filed by the organisation with the Patent office in 2016.

About ISRO:
Headquarters: Bangalore, Karnataka
Chairman: Dr. K. Sivan
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Rajinder Goel, Domestic cricket stalwart passes away at 77Domestic-cricket-stalwart,left-arm-spinner-Rajinder-Goel-dies

On 21st June 2020, the Domestic cricket stalwart, Legendary first-class spinner Rajinder Goel who represented Haryana, Punjab and Delhi passed away at the age of 77 due to old age related illness at his residence in Rohtak, Haryana, India. He was born on 20th September 1942 in Punjab, British India (today’s Haryana).
About BCCI:
President– Sourav Ganguly
Headquarters– Mumbai
About Haryana:
Governor– Satyadeo Narain Arya
Chief Minister– Manohar Lal Khattar
Capital– Chandigarh
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Vir Chakra Awardee, Major General Lachhman Singh Lehl Passed Away at 97Maj Gen Lachhman Singh Lehl, renowned veteran

On 20th June 2020, Vir Chakra Awardee, retired Major General Lachhman Singh Lehl, passed away at the age of 97 in New Delhi. He was born in Hoshiarpur, Punjab.
i.He joined the Indian Military Academy(IMA) as a temporary commission officer and was commissioned to the 1st Field regiment on 11th July 1943.
ii.He took part in the 1948 war in Jhangar area of Jammu and Kashmir as a captain.
iii.He was the General Officer Commanding(GOC) of 20 Mountain Division of the Indian Army during the Indo-Pak war in 1971 and won the Battles of Hilli and Bogra in which Major General Nazir Hussein Shah of Pakistan surrendered to end the war.
iv.He was transferred to New Delhi as Deputy Quartermaster General in 1974 and retired on 11th July 1978.
Key Points:
i.He was one of the veterans who took part in the wars of both 1948 and 1971.
ii.He received the Vir Chakra, the third highest gallantry award in India for his role as a forward observer in the 50 Para Brigade.
iii.He authored “Missed Opportunities” a comprehensive book on the 1965 Indo-Pak war.


Amish Tripathi Released the Book ”Legend of Suheldev: The King Who Saved India”A-new-book,-Legend-of-Suheldev-The-King-Who-Saved-India-authored-by-Amish-Tripathi

Best-selling author and the Director of Nehru Centre, London(since 2019) Amish Tripathi released his fiction book,”Legend of Suheldev: The King Who Saved India”. The book is published by Westland Publications Pvt Ltd.
Essence of the book:
The book is about the Indian King Suheldev who struggles to defend his homeland, makes tremendous personal sacrifices, shows glorious leadership & unites everyone in the country irrespective of their religion, caste, region, or status in society.
Idea behind the book– To bring national awareness about the ignored  pages of Indian history. 
About Amish Tripathi
i.Amish Tripathi is the 1st author in the Indian publishing history to hold his 6 fiction books  in the top 10 of the HT-Nielsen Bookscan national bestseller list for 4 weeks in a row.
ii.His 1st book is ‘The Immortals of Meluha’, which is also the 1st book of Shiva Trilogy.
iii.His 1st non-fiction book is ‘Immortal India’ in 2017. His Best known books are the Shiva Trilogy and Ram Chandra series among others.
iv.His books have also been translated into Indian &  International languages.
Awards and Achievements

  • Hello Hall of Fame Awards for Literary Excellence (2019), Ustad Bismillah Khan Award (2018) for contribution to Indian culture, Kalinga International Literary Award (2018)
  • Raymond Crossword Popular Fiction Award for his book Scion of Ikshvaku in 2016.
  • He was inducted in Forbes Celebrity 100 List (2017).

Note: He is currently working on the 4th book of his Ram Chandra series, the sequel to ”Raavan – Enemy of Aryavarta”


International Day of Yoga 2020 – June 21

International Yoga Day newi.21st June 2020 marks the 6th annual United Nations(UN) International Day of Yoga(IDY) to raise awareness about the benefits of practicing yoga and to educate the public on the importance of choosing a healthy lifestyle to achieve good health. 
ii.UN declared IDY 2020 theme as “Yoga for Health – Yoga at Home”.

  • Ministry of AYUSH in India is promoting IDY 2020 with the theme as “Yoga at Home – Yoga with Family”

iii.The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared June 21st as International day of yoga(IDY) by the resolution 69/131 on 11th December 2014.
Static GK:
The Union Minister of State for Culture & Tourism– Prahlad Singh Patel
The Union Minister of State AYUSH– Shripad Yesso Naik
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World Hydrographic Day 2020: June 21 World-Hydrographic-Day-2020-June-21

i.World Hydrographic Day is observed annually on June 21 to highlight the importance of hydrography & its relevance in our lives.
ii.The day aims to increase the coverage of hydrographic information on a global basis, and urges all States to work with the International Hydrographic Organization(IHO) to promote safe navigation.
iii.Theme of World Hydrographic Day 2020: ‘Hydrography Enabling Autonomous Technologies’
About IHO:
Headquarters– Monaco 
Secretary General– Mathias Jonas(Germany)
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International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice 2020 – 21 JuneInternational Day of the Celebration of the Solstice

i.Every year, the United Nations(UNs) International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice is globally observed on 21st June to create awareness about the solstices and equinoxes and their cultural and religious significance.
ii.The United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) proclaimed the 21st June as the International Day of the Celebration of the Solstices in its resolution A/RES/73/300 on 20th June 2019.
About UN:
Secretary-General– António Guterres
Headquarters- New York, United States of America
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World Music Day 2020: June 21 World Music Day 2020

World Music Day(Fête de la Musique) is celebrated annually on June 21 around the world to honour amateur and professional musicians. The day aims to provide free music to everyone & to promote peace and spread goodwill through music.
Significance of the day:

  • The day is different from a typical music festival as this festival is open to anyone who wants to take part. 
  • On this occasion, all kinds of musicians will come and share their music publicly in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries.

World Music Day 2020
This year the outdoor celebrations seem to be highly unlikely. But, several organisations & companies are organising virtual concerts, dance classes and competitions to celebrate the day.
i.The Fête de la Musique, a music festival was launched in 1982, on the occasion of the Summer Solstice (21 June) to celebrate music through street performances and free concerts. 
ii.Since then it has gradually spread to many countries and is now also known as World Music Day.
iii.The day is founded by France’s Minister of Culture, Jack Lang; French composer, music journalist, radio producer, arts administrator, and festival organiser- Maurice Fleuret
About France:
Capital– Paris
Currency– Euro, Franc
President– Emmanuel Macron


Rajasthan Signs Pact With POWERGRID & EdCIL to Setup Smart Classrooms in 100 SchoolsEducational Consultants India Limited

i.Rajasthan Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara informed that Rajasthan government has signed a tripartite agreement with the Power Grid Corporation of India(POWERGRID) and the Educational Consultants India Limited(EdCIL)
ii.To set up smart classrooms in 100 schools with a cost of Rs 1.85 crore.
iii.E-content syllabus will be available for students from classes  1 to 12. In each school 4 teachers will be trained to teach in the smart classrooms.
Headquarters– Gurgaon, Haryana
Chairman & Managing Director– Kandikuppa(K.) Sreekant 
About EdCIL:
Head office– Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Chairman & Managing Director– Manoj Kumar
About Rajasthan:
Capital– Jaipur
Chief Minister– Ashok Gehlot
Governor– Kalraj Mishra
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Meteorite-like object falls from sky: Rajasthan

On June 19, 2020 A meteorite-like object weighing around 2.78kg has fallen from the sky in Rajasthan’s Sanchore town of Jalore District, resulting in a one-foot deep crater in the earth, explosion heard 2-km away, which has metallic properties of Germanium, Platinium, Nickel and Iron with the major share.


Current Affairs Today (AffairsCloud Today)       Current Affairs 23 June 2020
1PM Modi launched Rs 50,000 cr Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan to boost employment and livelihood for migrant workers
2Centre sanctions Rs 190 cr for augmentation of healthcare facilities in North Eastern States
3CIL Joined Hands with NITI Aayog’s AIM to Boost Innovation Ecosystem in India
4First installment of Rs.15187.50 cr 15th Finance Commission Grants to Rural Local Bodies (RLBs) released
5IIT-Delhi, UN-WFP to offer research-based solution to storage, supply of food grains
6SC on Writ Petition Concerning Rule of Law Index
7Yes Bank & Affordplan Jointly Launches Co-Branded Healthcare Card Called ‘Swasth Card’
8UCO Bank Ties Up with 4 Insurers to Offer Various Insurance Products
9Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen Wins 2020 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade
10Tata’s Natarajan Chandrasekaran Re-nominated as a Part-Time Non-Official Director on RBI Central board
11IFTAS Appoints T.Tabi Sankar as Chairman and N. Rajendran as CEO
12ISRO Receives Patent for Liquid Cooling and Heating Garment for Astronauts
13Rajinder Goel, Domestic cricket stalwart passes away at 77
14Vir Chakra Awardee, Major General Lachhman Singh Lehl Passed Away at 97
15Amish Tripathi Released the Book ”Legend of Suheldev: The King Who Saved India”
16International Day of Yoga 2020 – June 21
17World Hydrographic Day 2020: June 21
18International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice 2020 – 21 June
19World Music Day 2020: June 21
20Rajasthan Signs Pact With POWERGRID & EdCIL to Setup Smart Classrooms in 100 Schools
21Meteorite-like object falls from sky: Rajasthan


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