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Current Affairs of 12th June

Anjali Singh, Published On:12-Jun-2019


                       Current affairs

1.Power Minister Satyendra Jain inaugurated a ‘smart public charging station’ in South Extension-2 market, set up by electricity discom BSES.

  • BSES in statement said that it had entered into a partnership with multiple organisations to develop 150 such stations

2.External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar announced the start of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra for the Lipulekh route, asserting that the pilgrimage was an “important step” towards strengthening the friendship between India and China

3.The Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared the setting up of the Defence Space Research Agency (DSRO) which has been entrusted with the task of creating space warfare weapon systems and technologies.

  • To enhance the capabilities of the armed forces to fight wars in space, the government has approved the setting up of a new agency which will develop sophisticated weapon systems and technologies.
  • The decision was taken at the topmost level some time ago and the agency has started taking shape under a Joint Secretary level scientist. The agency would be provided with a team of scientists which would be working in close coordination with the tri­services integrated Defence staff officers.
  • It would be providing the research and development support to the Defence Space Agency (DSA) which comprises members of the three services. The DSA has been created “to help the country fight wars in space”

4.Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and BP Plc. have sanctioned the development of MJ project, known as D55, in Block KG D6, offshore east coast of India.  

  • MJ is the third of the three new projects in the Block KG D6 integrated development plan and its approval follows sanctions for the development of ‘RSeries’ deep­water gas field in June 2017 and for the satellites’ cluster in April 2018.  
  • The gas will satiate the increasing demand for clean fuel in the country, save foreign exchange and reduce dependency on imported gas.

5.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to waive the charges levied on banks for Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS) and National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) transactions from July 1.

  • Banks were advised to pass on the benefits to their customers.
  • The RBI has formed a committee to review the entire gamut of automated teller machines’ (ATMs’) charges and fees.

6.The RBI said it will infuse ₹15,000 crore into the financial system.

  • Based on an assessment of prevailing liquidity conditions and also of the durable liquidity needs going forward, the RBI has decided to conduct purchase of (six) government securities under OMOs (Open Market Operations) for ₹150 billion on June 13 through multi security auction using multiple price method.              

                Appointment and Resignation

7.BJP MP from Madhya Pradesh Virendra Kumar will be the Pro ­tem Speaker of the Lok Sabha.  

  • The first all party meeting will be convened on June 16, before the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha to be held from June 17 to July 26.
  • Mr. Kumar,is a seven ­term Member of Parliament. He won the Lok Sabha election from Tikamgarh.  
  • As Pro­tem Speaker, he will preside over the first sitting of the Lok Sabha, administered the oath of office to the newly elected MPs, and oversee the election of the Speaker.

8.Thailand's junta leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha was officially proclaimed prime minister after the king endorsed Parliament's vote for him to serve another term.

  • Prayuth has served as prime minister since he led a military coup that toppled an elected government in 2014. The junta will cease power once a new Cabinet is inaugurated.

9.Vigilance Commissioner Sharad Kumar has been named interim CVC until a new incumbent is chosen by Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed selection panel.

  • Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) K V Chowdary and Vigilance Commissioner T M Bhasin completed their tenure at the anti-graft body.

                         Awards and Recognition

10.Former diplomat Gopal krishna Gandhi will present the Jnanpith Award to author Amitav Ghosh.

  • Ghosh, one of the most prominent contemporary Indian writers, will receive the 54th Jnanpith Award (for 2018). The honour recognises outstanding contribution towards literature

11.U.S. retail giant Amazon has moved past Apple and Google to become the world’s most valuable brand.

  • The brand value of Amazon surged by 52% to $315 billion. Amazon jumped from third to first place to eclipse Google while Apple holds on to the second spot

12.Nia Tony has been honoured for her efforts in keeping the environment clean by collecting the paper waste

  • An eight­ year ­old Indian ­origin student has collected nearly 15,000 kg of paper waste in the Gulf emirate as part of a nation wide recycling campaign.
  • She was honoured during the 22nd edition of the Emirates Recycling Awards in Dubai. Ms. Tony won the paper section in the individual category for collecting a total of 14,914 kg of paper waste.   

                     Important Days  

13.The World Day Against Child Labour, which is held every year on June 12, is an International Labour Organization (ILO) first launched in 2002 aiming to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour.

  • On this World Day Against Child Labour will look back on progress achieved over a 100 years of ILO support to countries on tackling child labour.
  • We will also look forward towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7 set by the international community calling for an end to child labour in all its forms by 2025.                       


14.Veteran point guard Tony Parker has confirmed that he is officially retiring from basketball after 18 seasons in the NBA.

  • He won four NBA championships with Spurs.

15.A seven­ member Indian team will compete in the fifth Crossminton World Championship to be staged in Budapest from July 4 to 7.

  • Originally, eight men and six women were selected, but the entire women’s team, including former women’s national runner­-up in tennis Shweta Rana, withdrew owing to various reasons.
  • The secretary general of the All India Crossminton Organisation, Bilal Ahmad, said that more than 600 players would be competing from 30 countries in the world championship

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

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