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Current Affairs of 11th June

Anjali Singh, Published On:11-Jun-2019


                       Current affairs

1.In the first meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his re­-election, Secretaries to the Government of India have been tasked with creating a five­ year road map for each Ministry with well­ defined targets.

  • The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Dr. Jitendra Singh.
  • During the meeting, Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha tasked the sectoral groups of secretaries with preparing a five­ year plan document for each Ministry, with well ­defined targets and milestones.
  • Mr. Modi pointed out that each department had a role to play in making India a five­ trillion dollar economy. While asking each Ministry to focus on ‘ease of living’, the Prime Minister added that India’s progress in ‘Ease of Doing Business’ should reflect in greater facilitation for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

2.In a sweeping action aimed at removing corrupt officials from service, President Ramnath Kovind forcibly ordered the retirement of 12 senior officials of the Ministry of Finance.  

  • The 12 officers — all of the rank of Chief Commissioners, Principal Commissioners, or Commissioners of Income Tax — are to be paid a sum equivalent to the amount of pay and allowances for a period of three months at the same rate at which they would have received immediately before their retirement.

3.Canada will ban single ­use plastics from 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced, declaring it a “global challenge” to phase out the plastic bags, straws and cutlery.

4.UltraTech Cement has got the Environment Ministry’s nod for a ₹2,500 ­crore project in Andhra Pradesh.

  • Under the project, the firm will set up an integrated cement plant at Petnikote in Kurnool district with a clinker capacity of 4 million tonne per annum (MTPA), 6 MTPA of cement, 60 MW of captive power plant and 15 MW of waste heat recovery­ based power unit.

5.New Zealand says it will withdraw all of its troops from Iraq by next June.

  • The South Pacific nation has a small contingent of 95 so-called non combat personnel deployed at the Taji Military Complex northwest of Baghdad, where they are tasked with training Iraqi security forces.
  • The training mission is a joint operation with Australia, which has about 300 troops stationed at Taji. Australia has not made any announcement about its long-term plans at the base.
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the number of New Zealand troops will be reduced to 75 by July and then to 45 by January before all the troops all withdrawn.
  • Ardern also announced New Zealand will reduce the number of defense force personnel it has posted in Afghanistan from 13 to 11.

             Appointment and Resignation

6.Private sector lender Yes Bank has informed the stock exchanges that Ajai Kumar, non ­executive director of the bank, has resigned citing personal reasons.

  • The former chairman and managing director of Corporation Bank was appointed to Yes Bank board on January 29, 2016. Mr. Kumar was appointed as the bank’s interim CEO for a month after Rana Kapoor’s term ended on January 31, 2019.

7.Japanese auto major Nissan has announced the appointment of Sinan Ozkok as the president of its Indian operations.

  • Mr. Ozkok will be responsible for all functions in India, including sales and marketing, R&D and manufacturing, for both Nissan and Datsun brands.
  • He joins India from Nissan Otomotiv A.S. (NOAS), the automaker’s national sales firm in Turkey, where he has been MD since 2015

                         Awards and Recognition

8.Sweden's teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was awarded a prestigious Amnesty International award for mobilising world public opinion on the looming peril of global warming.

  • The 16-year-old said that it is a huge honour to receive the Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award saying it was a recognition for everybody inspired by her "Fridays for Future" movement that has seen students strike from school to take part in climate protests.

9.The George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S. China Relations says Jimmy Carter will receive the inaugural George H. W. Bush Award for Statesmanship in U.S.-China Relations.

  • The award goes to people who have made "profound contributions to the development of constructive and mutually beneficial relations" between the U.S and the People's Republic of China.


10.‘Crazy’ Mohan, prominent Tamil theatre artiste and ace script writer for Tamil films, passed away.

11.Former puducherry Chief Minister and DMK leader R.V. Janakiraman, 79, passed away.


12.Ferrari said they will appeal against the five-second penalty that cost Sebastian Vettel victory in the Canadian Grand Prix.

  • Five-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton maintained Mercedes' record winning start to the season when he was handed the controversial victory courtesy of a disputed stewards' decision, despite crossing the finish line just behind the German.
  • Vettel was deemed to have forced a charging Hamilton towards a wall after running off at the chicane and rejoining across a strip of grass.

13.Yuvraj Singh, the player­ of the ­tournament in India’s triumphant 2011 World Cup campaign, announced his retirement from the game.

  • Yuvraj has featured in 23 domestic seasons and will be remembered as one of the most skilful white­ball cricketers.
  • The architect of India’s two ICC titles over the last 12 years, Yuvraj hopes to continue playing his trade in franchise overseas leagues for the next few years

Source: The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Press Information Bureau website

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