Current Affairs of 16th June
Anjali Singh, Updated On:23-Jun-2019
1.Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's support in upgrading the state's water distribution infrastructure and requested the setting up of a fresh tribunal on river water disputes among neighbouring states.
- At the NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting, Singh, who could not attend it due to ill-health and was represented by Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, also called for greater interstate cooperation to effectively tackle cross-border crimes.
- He demanded the deployment of paramilitary forces along the border as well as a special package for upgrading the police force in the border areas, where it forms the second line of defence.
2.The fifth meeting of Niti Aayog's Governing Council began with the main agenda of deliberating upon drought situation, farm distress and security concerns over Naxal-affected districts.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi is chairing the meeting, which is being held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. This will be the first governing council meeting under the new Modi government.
- Among others attending the meet are Union ministers Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman and Rajnath Singh.
- The agenda for the meeting also includes rain-water harvesting, aspirational districts programme and structural reforms in the agriculture sector.
- The council, the apex body of Niti Aayog, includes all chief ministers, lieutenant governors of union territories, several union ministers and senior government officials.
3.Power Minister Shri RK Singh participates in G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth in Japan.
- The Minister was making interventions at the Meeting which is being held in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, Japan on 15-16 June, 2019.
- In the intervention made by the Minister, he highlighted the pathbreaking achievements in household electrification and providing energy access to all in India.
- The Minister also mentioned about the progressive steps towards the achievement of our target to fulfill our commitment made in Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
- He expressed confidence that India will achieve 40% RE in the energy mix by 2030. In addition to this Shri Singh mentioned various energy efficiency programs such as through PAT, UJALA, Standard & Labelling, ECBC etc and reiterated India’s commitment for greener and healthier planet.
4.The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is set to launch a special housing scheme for reserved categories where approximately 500 flats will be on offer.
- The Special Online Housing Scheme 2019 for SC/ST category should be floated within a month. The reconciliation process is currently on and once the vacant flats are identified, the scheme will be launched. Reservation ratio will be 2:1 for SC and ST category applicants.Offered flats will be of High Income Group, Middle Income Group, Low Income Group and Janta or EWS category.
- In the existing provision for allotment of flats to reserved categories, if requisite number of applications is not received, all the remaining flats are offered to persons of the general category.
5.The Tripura government announced that a museum to showcase the work of celebrated music composer R.D. Burman would be built.
- Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb conveyed the decision to singing icon Asha Bhosle, wife of the maestro and also requested her to inaugurate the museum after its completion.
6.74 countries have signed framework agreement on International solar alliance in Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Summit. The International Solar Alliance is an alliance of more than 122 countries initiated by India.
- While addressing the Summit, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar announced that the initiative of International solar alliance has received overwhelming support. The 5th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Summit is happening in Tajikistan's Dushanbe.
- CICA is a pan-Asia forum for enhancing cooperation and promoting peace, security and stability in Asia. The theme of this year's summit is, "Shared Vision for a Secure and More Prosperous CICA Region."
Appointment and Resignation
7.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which swept the Lok Sabha elections by winning 303 of the 542 constituencies where votes were counted, launched a membership drive to boost its organizational setup and hinted that there might be a change in the top leadership of the organization after the drive.
- The party has appointed former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan as the convener for the drive, at a meeting of the party’s national office bearers held by BJP president Amit Shah.
- The meeting was also attended by the presidents and general secretaries of the party’s state units.
8.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has promoted Rabi N Mishra as the central bank’s executive director (ED), after the position fell vacant on Rosemary Sebastian’s retirement
- Mishra was principal chief general manager of the bank’s risk management department. As ED, Mishra would be looking after the newly-created specialised supervisory and regulatory cadre within the RBI.
9.Nripendra Misra and P K Mishra were re-appointed as Principal Secretary and Additional Principal Secretary respectively to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with cabinet minister rank.
- The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved both the appointments with effect from May 31.
- During the term of their office, they will be assigned the rank of cabinet minister.
10.Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June.
- It is a day for discovering wind energy, its power and the possibilities it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economies and boost jobs and growth.
- Global Wind Day is organised by WindEurope and Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). Various events are organised in several countries on this day.
11.The Indian women's hockey team started their campaign at the FIH Series Finals Hiroshima 2019 with an impressive 4-1 win over Uruguay.
- Ranked No.9 in the world, the Indian team opened their account with captain Rani giving them the lead in the 10th minute with a skilful strike. At the end of the first quarter, India led 1-0 despite Uruguay dominating the possession and creating more opportunities.
12.The Indian women’s compound archery team of Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Muskan Kirar and Raj Kaur came from behind to down Turkey by three points and win the bronze in the World Championships
Source: The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Press Information Bureau website