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Current Affairs of 15th June

Anjali Singh, Published On:15-Jun-2019


                          Current affairs

1.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan exchanged greetings during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.

  • The informal exchange came in the backdrop of Mr. Modi’s strong pitch for a regional and global drive to eliminate terrorism. The Prime Minister exchanged the usual pleasantries with the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan in the Leaders’ Lounge.
  • Mr Modi asked the SCO member states to try coordinated action against international terrorism under the SCO­Regional Anti­Terrorist Structure (RATS). He also called for an international conference to fight terrorism.

2.India has decided to impose retaliatory tariffs on 29 goods imported from the U.S. from June 16, a year after it initially decided to do so.

  • The tariffs will apply to $220-­290 million worth of goods and will have about the same impact as the tariffs imposed by Washington on India last year.  
  • The official notification will be issued before June 16 by the Finance Ministry. The tariffs on the 29 goods — including walnuts, apples and some pulses — were initially announced in June 2018 in retaliation for U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision in March that year to impose higher import tariffs on Indian aluminium and steel. India had repeatedly asked for exemption from these higher tariffs.

3.Ahead of the Budget, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to meet all five departments of the Finance Ministry on June 20 to discuss a road map for boosting country’s growth and generating jobs.

  • The GST Council’s meeting scheduled for June 20 has been deferred by a day in view of the Prime Minister’s meeting.  
  • Mr. Modi is likely to discuss the road map for every department and the agenda for increasing revenue mop ­up and taking steps to push GDP growth, which has slipped to a 5­ year low of 6.8% in 2018­-19. The meeting comes at a time when the Ministry is in the process of finalising the 2019­-20 Budget.

4.The Jammu and Kashmir administration has approved the second phase of a comprehensive plan for flood management work on the Jhelum river at a cost of over Rs 5,400 crore.

  • The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik, accorded in-principle approval to the Comprehensive Plan for Flood Management Works on Jhelum-II at a cost of Rs 5411.54 crore.
  • The SAC directed Public Health Engineering (PHE) and Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) Departments to proceed with the implementation of Part A of Phase-II of the project utilising the available funds and earnestly take up the matter with the Government of India for funding its share of Part A of Phase-II of the project.

5.Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, also a renowned economist, will be missed in the upcoming Budget session of the Parliament as his nearly 30-year-long tenure as a Rajya Sabha member ended.

  • Singh, who is credited with keeping India away from the great recession of 2008, would not be present in the Rajya Sabha for the first time since his first election from Assam in 1991 as he could not make up to the Parliament' upper House due to Congress' poor strength in the state Assembly.
  • Congress could not get him re-elected from Assam as it has only 25 MLAs as against 43 first-preference votes needed. The grand old party would have fallen short of five MLAs had it even got the support of 13 legislators of All India United Democratic Front.

                Appointment and Resignation

6.Firebrand Janata Dal (United) leader Ajay Alok has resigned from the post of party spokesperson stating that he does not wish to cause “embarrassment” to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who also heads the party.

  • Although Mr. Alok, one of the most visible faces of his party, didn’t elaborate on what might have “embarrassed” his political mentor, there have been murmurs of Mr. Kumar being upset over his party spokesperson going overboard in his criticism of the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal and the illegal immigration problem in that State.

7.Neeraj Gambhir, former managing director and head of fixed income of Nomura India, will soon be joining private lender Axis Bank

  • Gambhir, 46, will be heading the bank’s capital and money market businesses.

                          Awards and Recognition

8.Akshaya Patra, a non­profit organisation running one of the world’s largest school meals project in India, has been awarded the BBC World Service Global Champion Award for the programme.

  • The award, presented at the BBC Food and Farming Awards in Bristol this week, recognises a person or project that is changing the way the world produces, processes, consumes or thinks about food for the better.  
  • The Bengaluru­ based NGO was selected by an international panel of judges from nominations sent in by the World Service audience around the world. Other projects on the shortlist included UK charity WRAP, and Food 4 Education working in Kenya.  

9.The Union Ministry of Culture said that twenty ­two writers across languages were selected for Sahitya Akademi’s Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2019.  

  • The Akademi also selected 23 writers for the Yuva Puraskar 2019. This award is given to writers aged below 35.  
  • The selection for these awards, which come with a cash prize of ₹50,000 each, was approved by the executive board of the Akademi at a meeting in Agartala.
  • For the Yuva Puraskar, 11 books of poetry, six of short stories, five novels and one literary criticism were selected.
  • The Bal Sahitya Puraskar was awarded to :
  • Swmim Nasrin (Assamese), Nabanita Debsen (Bengali), Lakhminath Brahma (Bodo), Vijay Sharma (Dogri), Devika Cariapa (English), Kumarpal Desai (Gujarati), Govind Sharma (Hindi), Chandrakanth Karadalli (Kannada), Naji Munauwar (Kashmiri), Rajashree Bandodkar Karapurkar (Konkani), Malayath Appunni (Malayalam), R.K. Sanahanbi Chanu (Manipuri), Salim Sardar Mulla (Marathi), Bhabilal Lamichhane (Nepali), Birendra Kumar Samantray (Odia), Pawan Harchandpuri (Punjabi), Sanjay Chaubey (Sanskrit), Lakshman Chandra Saren (Santali), Veena Shringi (Sindhi), Devi Nachiappan (Tamil), Belagam Bheemeswara Rao (Telugu) and Mohammad Khalil (Urdu).

                          Important Days

10.World Blood Donor Day is observed every year on the 14th of june.

  • The event serves to raise awareness to the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.

  • The campaign focuses on one main issue and this year the theme is “Safe blood for all”.
  • The theme is a call for action to all the governments, healthcare institutions and blood banks across the globe to meet the adequate demand of blood to all the patients who require a blood transfusion.    


11.Vikram Datt Sharma and Yashika Bhayana will lead the Delhi men’s and women’s teams respectively in the National Crossminton championship, scheduled to be held from June 27 to 29.

12.World champion Sourav Kothari was denied a back ­to ­back title when veteran Peter Gilchrist won the 2019 Pacific international billiards championship with a commanding display.

  • In the final, the former multiple times world billiards champion from Singapore was at his best to tame the Indian cueist 1500­-706

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

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