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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Culture Ministry celebrating “Sankalp Parva” to plant trees from 28th June to 12 July 2020Culture Ministry to celebrate Sankalp Parva to plant trees

i.To enhance the Herbal Wealth of India and to support the clean and healthy environment, Union Ministry of Culture is celebrating two week long Sankalp Parva from 28th June to 12 July 2020 wherein, the Subordinate Offices, Academies, Attached Institutions, Affiliated Institutions of the ministry will plant trees in its campus or at the surroundings wherever it is possible. 
ii.The decision for tree plantation has been taken on the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has identified 5 trees representing the herbal heritage of our country. The trees are:

  • Bargad  (Ficus benghalensis)
  • Awla (Phyllanthus emblica)
  • Pepal (Ficus religiosa)
  • Ashoka (Saraca asoca)
  • Bel (Aegle marmelos)

About Ministry of Culture:
Prahlad Singh Patel Constituency– Damoh Loksabha in Madhya Pradesh
Secretary– Anand Kumar
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1st Indo-Bhutan Joint Venture Agreement for 600 MW Kholongchhu Hydroelectric Project Signed
Agreement for Hydroelectric Project in Bhutan

The Bhutan government and the Kholongchhu Hydro Energy Limited signed the Concession Agreement for 600 MegaWatt (MW) Kholongchhu hydroelectric Project (Joint Venture of India and Bhutan) in Thimphu, in virtual presence of Dr. S Jaishankar,Minister of External Affairs and his Bhutanese Counterpart Dr. Tandi Dorji. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.
Key Highlights:-

  • It will be implemented by Kholongchhu Hydro Energy limited, a joint venture company formed between Drunk Green power Corporation(DGPC) of Bhutan and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited(SJVNL) of India.
  • The 600 MW run-of-the-river project is located on the Kholongchhu River in Trashiyangtse District in Eastern Bhutan.

About Bhutan:-
Capital: Thimphu
Prime Minister: Lotay Tshering
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Centre Sanctions Additional Rs 1,691 crore For Road Construction in J&K, UttarakhandGovt approves additional Rs 1,691 cr for highway

On June 28, 2020, In a major development, the central Government has sanctioned an additional Rs 1,691 crore for the construction of highways by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Uttarakhand during 2020-21 in the wake of clashes with China in Ladakh.

  • Of this amount, Rs 1,351.10 crore has been allocated for the construction of BRO roads in the border areas of J&K.While, Rs 340 crore have been sanctioned for road-building in Uttarakhand.

About Border Roads Organisation (BRO):
Headquarter– New Delhi
Director General- Lt. Gen.Harpal Singh
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Uttarakhand Develops India’s First Lichen Park to Conserve Jurassic Era Plant in MunsiyarIndia’s ‘first’ lichen park in Uttarakhand's Munsiyari

The Forest Department of Uttarakhand has developed India’s First Lichen Park in Munsyari(Munsiyari), Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand as a research centre with over 150 Lichen species – Jurassic Era plant which was inaugurated on 27th June 2020, The development process of the 1.5 acres park began in 2019.
About Uttarakhand:
Chief Minister– Trivendra Singh Rawat
Governor– Baby Rani Maurya
Capital– Dehradun (winter capital), Gairsain (summer capital).
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Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ virtually participated in G20 Extraordinary Virtual Education Ministers’ Meeting

G20 Extraordinary Virtual Education Ministers Meeting newi.On June 27, 2020, Union HRD (Human Resource Development) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ participated in group of 20 (G20) Extraordinary Virtual Education Ministers’ Meeting which was focused on the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on the education sector
ii.The meet discussed how different nations have dealt with it and how the Member States can collaborate to further the cause of education in these difficult times.
iii.The HRD ministry is also going to launch the Prime Minister eVIDYA programme.
About G20 or Group of Twenty:
Current Presidency– Saudi Arabia
2020 G20 Presidency theme– Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All
Chairman– Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (2020)
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

FATF’s first global report on illegal wildlife trade released; more zoonotic diseases in the futureMoney Laundering and the Illegal Wildlife Trade

i.In accordance with the first ever report on illegal wildlife trade (IWT) titled “Money Laundering and the Illegal Wildlife Trade” report by Financial Action Task Force (FATF), illegal wildlife trade is a “global threat” which generate estimated revenues between $7to $23 billion a year.  This crime could lead to more zoonotic diseases in the future. 
ii.Criminals are frequently misusing online marketplaces, mobile and social media-based payments, front companies linked to import-export industries, and shell firms to move and hide illegal proceeds (goods & money) from wildlife crimes.
iii.The report recommended that jurisdictions should consider legislative changes to increase the applicability of anti-money laundering laws to the illegal wildlife trade-linked offences.

  • For eg: In 2012, India amended the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 by removing a value threshold of Rs 30 lakh and above applicable to the wildlife trade predicates. Under the new approach (2012), there is no threshold. This has increased the applicability of India’s ML offence to a broader range of wildlife trafficking offences.

About FATF:
Headquarters- Paris, France
Presidency– Xiangmin Liu of China (The term of the President is of 1 year which begins on 1 July and ends on 30 June of the following year)
Executive Secretary– David Lewis
Member39– 37 member jurisdictions (including India) and 2 regional organisation
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India named in Switzerland’s top-3 partners for info exchange on tax matters: OECD’s Global Forum study India among Switzerland's top-3 partners for info exchange

i.In accordance with the latest study by OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) Global Forum on transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes, referring to the period from July 2015 to June 2018, India named among the top-three countries as EOI (Exchange of Information) partners along with France and Germany. Means, India is getting detailed information on request, from Switzerland about bank accounts and beneficiary ownership of entities established by its residents. 
ii.India is also rated as ‘largely compliant’ by this OECD’s review.
iii.To present itself as a clean global financial centre, Switzerland has entered into pacts with more than 100 countries, including India, for automatic exchange of information on tax matters. 
About OECD Global Forum on transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes:
Head of the Global Forum Secretariat– Ms Zayda Manatta from Brazil.
Secretariat Location– Paris, France
Member Nations– 161
About Switzerland:
Capital– Bern
Currency– Swiss Franc
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NASA Renames Washington HQ after Mary Jackson, first black Engineer at NASA first black female engineer, Mary Jackson

The headquarter building of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) located at Washington D.C., has been renamed after Mary Winston Jackson (1921-2005), the first black female engineer at NASA. Administrator Jim Bridestone made the announcement on 24th June.
About Mary W Jackson:-

  • Mary helps in opening opportunities for African Americans and women in the field of engineering and technology.
  • She was a research Mathematician and was promoted as the first black female engineer.
  • In 2019, The Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act was signed by President Donald Trump and awarded to honour Mary.

About NASA:-
Administrator: Jim Bridenstine
Found: 1 October 1958
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36th ASEAN Summit chaired by Vietnam held via video conference; 1st session on Women Empowerment in the Digital Age held36th ASEAN Summit held via video conference (1)

i.On June 26, 2020, the 36th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit was held via video conference on the theme “Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN”
ii.The summit was chaired by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as Vietnam is ASEAN’s chair in 2020. 
iii.The focus of the meet was on COVID-19 response, post-pandemic recovery and further cooperation with partners.
iv.Leaders at the summit adopted the ASEAN Declaration on Human Resources Development for the Changing World of Work.
About Association of Southeast Asian Nations:
Established in 1967, ASEAN groups 10 nations viz. Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Secretariat– Jakarta, Indonesia
Chairman– Nguyen Xuan Phuc
Secretary General– H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi
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BANKING & FINANCE

World Bank Approves $500 mn Under ‘STARS’ Project to Improve Education Quality in 6 Indian StatesWorld Bank approves $500 mn

On June 28, 2020, The board of executives of the World Bank (WB) has approved loan of $ 500 million (about Rs 3,700 crore) under ‘Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States Program (STARS)’project to improve the quality and governance of school education across six states (Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Rajasthan) in India.

  • The new project will be executed through flagship central scheme, Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan.

About World Bank:
Headquarters– Washington D.C., United States (US).
Motto– Working for a World Free of Poverty.
President– David Malpass.
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World Bank Enhances the financial Support for Ganga rejuvenation with $400 million through SNGRBP World Bank steps up support for Namami Gange Programme

The World bank enhanced the support to India’s programme to rejuvenate the Ganga with $400 million through Second National Ganga River Basin Project (SNGRBP), for the development of infrastructure projects Under the National Ganga River Basin Project.
Key Points:
i.The world bank and the National Mission of Clean Ganga(NMCG) discussed on the components  of second national Ganga river basin Project which comprises spillovers of Ganga-I and take up new projects on tributaries like yamuna and Kali
ii.The two parts of the SNGRBP loan consists of USD381 million of loan amount and guarantee upto USD19 million as payment security mechanism.
About World Bank:
Headquarters: Washington D.C., United States
President: David Malpass
Director General NMCG: Rajiv Ranjan Mishra
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Reserve Bank Extends Enhanced Borrowing Limit to Banks Under MSF Till Sept 30, 2020 RBI extends enhanced borrowing limit

In exercise of power conferred under the Section 24 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to extend the enhanced borrowing facility provided to banks under MSF till September 30, 2020 to meet the liquidity shortage in the midst of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.
i.In addition, RBI has also extended the minimum daily cash reserve ratio (CRR) maintenance of 80% by three months until 25 September 2020.
About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Formation– 1 April 1935
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Deputy Governors– 4 (Bibhu Prasad Kanungo, Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, one is yet to be appointed).
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AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS     

24-time Grammy winner Popstar Beyonce to receive Humanitarian Award at the virtual 20th edition of BET Awards 2020 Beyoncé-to-get-Humantarian-Award-at-'BET-Awards-2020'-for-her-philanthropic-work

i.24-time Grammy winner Popstar Beyonce(38 years old) to receive the Humanitarian Award at 20th edition of annual BET Awards 2020, for her long standing philanthropic work, including her recent COVID-19 relief efforts. 
ii.The event will be held virtually for the 1st time on June 28.
iii.The awards will honor 2 personalities namely, basketball legend Kobe Bryant & Little Richard.
About BET Awards:
The American award show was established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports and other fields of entertainment over the past year.
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

Micheál Martin Elected as the New Prime Minister of Ireland; Succeeds Leo VaradkarMicheál-Martin-elected-as-Ireland’s-new-prime-minister

On 28th June 2020, the voting at the special meeting of the Irish Parliament (the Dáil) at the Convention Centre, Dublin, Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin was elected as the new (Taoiseach) Prime Minister of Ireland and he will take over the office from Leo Varadkar.The results were announced by the speaker of the lower house, Sean O Fearghail.
i.Due to COVID-19 situations to follow the social distancing rule the vote took place at the Convention Centre instead of Leinster House.
ii.Micheál Martin, will lead the government for the first two and a half years(until December 2022); the second half of the 5 year team will be led by Leo Varadkar, Indian Origin Leader of Fine Gael.
About Ireland:
Capital– Dublin 
President– Michael D. Higgins
Prime Minister(Taoiseach)– Micheál Martin
Currency– Euro
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Lazarus Chakwera Sworn in as Malawi’s New PresidentLazarus-Chakwera-sworn-in-as-Malawi''s-new-president

Lazarus Chakwera, won Malawi’s President Elections and sworn in as the 6th President of Malawi on 28 June. He succeeded Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party by winning 58.57% of total votes.
Lazarus Chakwera:-

  • Chakwera was born in Lilongwe.
  • Head of Malawi Congress Party(MCP).
  • Chakwera won with 2.6 million votes against 1.75 million for Mutharika.

About Malawi:
Capital: Lilongwe
Currency: Malawian Kwacha

Anandiben Patel, Governor of UP is given additional charges as Governor of  Madhya PradeshUP-Governor-Anandiben-Patel-given-additional-charge-of-Madhya-Pradesh

On 28th June 2020, The President of India has assigned Anandiben Patel, Uttar Pradesh(UP) Governor with additional charge as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh (MP) due to the absence of Lalji Tandon, Governor of MP.
Key Points:
i.Lal Ji Tandon, the Governor of Madhya Pradesh has been under treatment at a private hospital in Lucknow since 11th June 2020.
ii.Ms. Patel served as Governor of Madhya Pradesh before Mr. Tandon took over last year.
About Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel:
i.She was the first woman Chief Minister of Gujarat.
ii.She was the Governor of Chhattisgarh from 2018 to 2019.
iii.Book:‘A mane hamesha yaad raheshe’ (Gujarati Edition),‘Prayas’,‘Pratibimb’
About Uttar Pradesh:
Governor– Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel
Chief Minister– Yogi Adityanath
Capital– Lucknow
About Madhya Pradesh:
Chief Minister– Shivraj Singh Chauhan
Capital– Bhopal

Aleksandar Vucic, President of Serbia Declares the Victory of the Ruling Party in the Parliament Election Serbia's-President-Aleksandar-Vucic-wins-parliamentary-vote

Aleksandar Vucic, President of Serbia has declared the victory of the Serbian Progressive Party (Srpska napredna stranka – SNS) with more than 63% vote in the Parliamentary election held on 21st June 2020 which was boycotted by most of the opposition parties.
The SNS holds about 189 seats in the 250 member General Assembly.
Note – The Serbia progressive party’s leader Aleksandar Vučić is currently serving as the President of Serbia since 2017.
Boycotted Election:
Most of the opposition parties boycotted the election considering the current pandemic situation which does not provide the free and fair environment to conduct elections.
About Serbia:
Capital – Belgrade
Currency – Serbian Dinar

OBITUARY

Sahitya Academy Awardee & Noted Kannada Novelist Geetha Nagabhushan passes away at 78Noted-Kannada-novelist-Geetha-Nagabhushan-passes-away

On 28th June 2020, Veteran Kannada Novelist Geetha Nagabhushan passed away at the age of 78 due to cardiac arrest in a private hospital at Kalaburagi. She was born on 25th March 1942 in Savalagi village, Kalaburagi.
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IMPORTANT DAYS

National Statistics Day 2020 – June 29National-Statistics-Day-2020-June-29

i.India celebrates June 29th as the National Statistics Day to recognise the contribution of statistics in daily life and to educate the general public on the importance of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation. 
ii.The first National Statistics Day was celebrated on 29th June 2007. 
iii.The theme of 2020 National Statistics Day is “SDG- 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) & SDG- 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls)”.
About ISI:
Director– Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay
Headquarters– Kolkata, West Bengal
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International Day of the Tropics – June 29International-Day-of-the-Tropics-2020June-29

i.United Nations(UN) International Day of the Tropics is observed annually on 29th June to raise awareness about the challenges faced by the tropical areas and the importance of the tropical areas in achieving the sustainable development goals(SDG)
ii.The State Of The Tropics (SOTT) 2020 Report was published on 29th June 2020 and will be launched on 30th June 2020.
iii.The United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) declared June 29th as the International Day of the Tropics in its resolution A/RES/70/267 adopted in 2016.
About UN:
Secretary General– António Guterres(Portugal)
Headquarters– New York, United States of America
About SOTT:
State of the Tropics is a dispassionate, statistical analysis of a range of statistical indicators that reveal trends and areas where progress is being made or lost
Convenor– Prof Sandra Harding
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STATE NEWS

Gujarat Govt’s Online Aid ”At One Click” Initiative of Rs 1,369 Crore for MSMEs, Textile IndustryGujarat govt''s online aid

On June 26, The Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani launched the online aid initiative ‘At One Click’ with Rs 1,369 crore for around 13000 Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) (i.e. MSMEs and textile industries) in Gujarat.
Key Points:-

  • The initiative has been started with Rs 768 crore in bank accounts of 12,247 MSME units and Rs 601 crore aids to industrial units including textile industry in Gujarat.
  • After the entire process of framing the government resolution the package will be implemented in a week.
  • The government of Gujarat is committed to restore the former vibrancy of the state with an aim ‘Jaan hai to Jahaan Hai’.

About Gujarat:
Capital: Gandhinagar
Governor: Acharya Devvrat
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V P Singh Badnore & Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates Battery Swapping Facility Quick Interchange Service virtuallyPunjab-Governor-along-with-Petroleum-Minister-inaugurated-Battery-Swapping-Facility,-QIS

i.Punjab Governor and Administrator of Chandigarh, V P Singh Badnore with Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated Battery Swapping Facility Quick Interchange Service(QIS) at Chandigarh in a virtual function.
ii.Indian Oil Corporation Limited(IOCL) has signed an agreement with Sun Mobility Private Limited to explore the setup of Energy infrastructure for Electric vehicles through Battery Swapping model across IndianOilRetail outlets in select cities. 
About IOCL:
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
Chairman– Sanjiv Singh
About Sun Mobility Private Limited
Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka
Co-Founder & Vice Chairman- Chetan Maini
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AC GAZE

Former Germany striker Mario Gómez retired from soccer

Former Germany, 33-year-old striker Mario Gómez retired from soccer, who won the Bundesliga title in 2007 in his first stint at Stuttgart and was also part of Bayern Munich’s treble winning team in 2013.

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S.no        Current Affairs 30 June 2020
1 Culture Ministry celebrating “Sankalp Parva” to plant trees from 28th June to 12 July 2020
2 1st Agreement for the 600 MW Kholongchhu Indo-Bhutan joint venture hydroelectric project Signed
3 Centre Sanctions Additional Rs 1,691 crore For Road Construction in J&K, Uttarakhand
4 Uttarakhand Develops India’s First Lichen Park to Conserve Jurassic Era Plant in Munsiyar
5 Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ virtually participated in G20 Extraordinary Virtual Education Ministers’ Meeting
6 FATF’s first global report on illegal wildlife trade released; more zoonotic diseases in the future
7 India named in Switzerland’s top-3 partners for info exchange on tax matters: OECD’s Global Forum study
8 NASA Renames Washington HQ after Mary Jackson, first black Engineer at NASA
9 36th ASEAN Summit chaired by Vietnam held via video conference; 1st session on Women Empowerment in the Digital Age held
10 World Bank Approves $500 mn Under ‘STARS’ Project to Improve Education Quality in 6 Indian States
11 World Bank Enhances the financial Support for Ganga rejuvenation with $400 million through SNGRBP
12 Reserve Bank Extends Enhanced Borrowing Limit to Banks Under MSF Till Sept 30, 2020
13 24-time Grammy winner Popstar Beyonce to receive Humanitarian Award at the virtual 20th edition of BET Awards 2020
14 Micheál Martin Elected as the New Prime Minister of Ireland; Succeeds Leo Varadkar
15 Lazarus Chakwera Sworn in as Malawi’s New President
16 Anandiben Patel, Governor of UP is given additional charges as Governor of  Madhya Pradesh
17 Aleksandar Vucic, President of Serbia Declares the Victory of the Ruling Party in the Parliament Election
18 Veteran Kannada Novelist Geetha Nagabhushan passes away at 78
19 National Statistics Day 2020 – June 29
20 International Day of the Tropics – June 29
21 Gujarat Govt’s Online Aid ”At One Click” Initiative of Rs 1,369 Crore for MSMEs, Textile Industry
22 V P Singh Badnore & Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates Battery Swapping Facility Quick Interchange Service virtually
23 Former Germany striker Mario Gómez retired from soccer

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