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INDIAN AFFAIRS

Fifth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog held in New Delhi

  • On June 15, 2019, The fifth meeting of the Governing Council of The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog was held under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhawan Cultural Centre, New Delhi.
  • This was the first governing council meeting under the new Modi government. The guiding principle of Union Government is “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwaas”.
  • Focus should be given to fisheries, animal husbandry, horticulture, fruits and vegetables in order to fulfill the commitment to double incomes of farmers by 2022.
  • Prime Minister said the goal to make India a five trillion dollar economy by 2024……………………………………Click here to Read more

Female labour force fell in India: Report

  • The Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) data published by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) reported that female labour force declined in India in 2017-18. It is one among the world’s bottom 10. In 2011-12, India was placed at 12th from the bottom globally.
  • India’s female Labour Force Participation Rate (LFPR) pointed out that three out of four women over the age of 15 in India were neither working nor seeking work. Bihar had the lowest rate of female workforce participation whereas the southern and eastern states did better.
  • As per the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates, during April-June 2018, the average employed Indian woman worked for 44.4 hours per week as against the developing country average of 35-36 hours,……………………………………………Click here to Read more

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh formed committee to work on modalities of revising pension under OROP
On June 14, 2019, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh formed a committee to work on modalities and methodology on the implementation of the next revision of pension to over 25 lakh ex-servicemen and widows under One Rank One Pension (OROP) Scheme.
Key Points:
i. The newly constituted committee is headed by the Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA), Shri Sanjiv Mittal and consists of representatives from the three services.
ii. It will submit its report in a month.
iii. OROP was implemented by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government during its first term with effect from July 1, 2014.
About Ministry of Defence:
Headquarters: New Delhi
Founded: August 15, 1947

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Venezuela to roll out three new banknotes due to Hyperinflation
On June 12, 2019, The Venezuelan government announced that it will issue new banknotes due to racketing hyperinflation which eroded the currency’s value. The central bank of Venezuela will release new Banknotes of 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000 bolivar denominations.

Venezuela will release new Banknotes of 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000 bolivarKey points:
i
. The decision aims to control the prevailing hyperinflationary situation that reached more than 1.3 million percent and strengthen the payment system and commercial transactions in the country.
ii. The highest bill in circulation was 500 bolivar note before the announcement.
iii. The largest denominations banknotes of 50,000 bolivars are worth about Rs.560 ($8) which is more than the minimum wage of 40,000 bolivars.
About Venezuela:
♦ Currencies: Venezuelan bolivar, Sovereign Bolivar
♦ Capital: Caracas

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Akshay Patra’s school meals program wins BBC award
The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF), a Non-governmental organizations (NGO) based in Bangalore that runs school lunch programme across India has been awarded the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) “World Service Global Champion Award” for the mid-day meal project. The award was presented at the BBC Food and Farming Awards in Bristol in London, UK.

Akshay PatraKey points:
i. An international panel of judges selected Akshaya Patra from nomination given by the audience around the globe.
ii. The NGO started to provide mid-day meal almost 20 years ago, now it reaches to feed 1.75 million children all over India.
About Akshaya Patra Foundation
i. It is an NGO in India was founded by Madhu Pandit Dasa in 2000.
ii. It runs with the mission of unlimited Food for Education and to ensure that no child is deprived of education because of hunger.

Suman Rao crowned as Miss India 2019
On June 15, 2019, A 20-year-old model, Suman Rao, a resident of Rajsamand, Rajasthan was crowned Miss India 2019. The ceremony was held at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium, Mumbai, Maharashtra. She was crowned by Miss India 2018 Anukreethy Vas from Tamil Nadu.

Miss India 2019Key Points:
i. Born on November 23, 1999. Suman has the title of Miss India Rajasthan 2019 and will represent India in the coveted Miss World 2019 which is going to be held in Pattaya, Bangkok in December 2019.  She is pursuing a Chartered Accountancy course from New Delhi along with B.Com.
ii. Shivani Jadhav from Chhattisgarh won Femina Miss Grand India 2019 title and Shreya Shanker from Bihar won Miss India United Continents 2019 title. Sanjana Vij of Telangana was adjudged as Miss India Runner Up 2019.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS

Padmaja appointed as India’s High Commissioner to Tuvalu
On June 15, 2019, the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, announced the appointment of Ms. Padmaja as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Tuvalu with the residence in Suva.
She is currently serving as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Fiji and also serving (concurrently accredited) as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Nauru. She succeeds Shri Vishvas Vidu Sapkal.
About Tuvalu
Capital: Funafuti
Currency: Australian dollar, Tuvaluan dollar

SPORTS

Peter Gilchrist lifted Pacific International Billiards Championship title
Peter Gilchrist of Singapore defeated India’s Sourav Kothari (Kolkata) to win the 2019 Pacific International Billiards Championship at the Yarraville Club in Melbourne, Australia.
Key points:
i. Multiple times world billiards champion Peter Gilchrist was at his best to defeat Sourav Kothari with 1500-706.
ii. Kothari entered into the final of Pacific International Billiards after getting the thumping win over Dhvaj Haria in Semi-Finals.
iii. Sourav Kothari defeated Peter Gilchrist of Singapore 1134-944 in 2018 WBL World Billiards Championship title.

OBITUARY

Former S. Korean first lady, feminist activist Lee Hee-ho passes away
Lee Hee-ho, a South Korean feminist & democracy activist and wife of the late South Korean president Kim Dae-jung, passed away. She was 96. Lee Hee-ho was born in September 1922 in Seoul, South Korea.

Lee Hee-ho passes awayKey points:
i. She was known for her women’s rights activism in the 1950s by establishing activist and research groups and also serving a senior role with South Korea’s YWCA (World Young Women’s Christian Association ).
ii. She also took an active role in the founding of the Gender Equality Ministry under Kim Dae-jung’s administration.

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Day of Family Remittances observed on 16 June 2019
On 16th June 2019, International Day of Family Remittances was observed all over the world.
This day recognizes the contribution of migrant workers to their families and communities back home, and to the sustainable development of their native countries. The day has adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (Objective 20) for the reduction of remittance transfer costs, and greater financial inclusion through remittances.

International Day of Family RemittanceKey points:
i. About one in nine people globally are supported by funds sent home by migrant workers
ii. The IFAD’s (International Fund for Agricultural Development) Governing Council in 2015 declared 16 June as International Day of Family Remittances.
iii. The first International Day of Family Remittances was celebrated on 16 June 2015. IFAD, as custodian of the IDFR, is supporting the #FamilyRemittances Campaign 2030.
About International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD):
Formation – 1977
Headquarter – Rome, Italy

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