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Current affairs of 23rd June

Anjali Singh, Updated On:25-Jun-2019


                           Current affairs

1.The Rajasthan government has given an official permission to implement the Central government’s flagship health insurance scheme, Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.

  • It will be integrated with the State’s existing Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana.
  • Rajasthan is currently providing benefits to 97 lakh families under the BSBY scheme, and many of the eligible families under AB­PMJAY are already covered under BSBY.
  • All eligible families will be made eligible to avail health benefit up to ₹5 lakh per year under the scheme.
  • The Central scheme is also undergoing a price review of the over 1,000 medical packages being offered to patients.  


2.The Odisha  government has announced the fourth Saturday of every month as general holiday for all government employees.

  • In order to improve the efficiency in the administration and to make it more citizen­ centric, the government has been taking various innovative steps, government hereby declares fourth Saturday of every month as general holiday for all State government employees.
  • The working hours in the government offices will be from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. with half ­an ­hour lunch break from 1.30 p.m. to 2 p.m.


3.The U.S. Commerce Department blacklisted five Chinese technology entities — including prominent supercomputer manufacturer Sugon and its three subsidiaries — in a new move against Beijing’s supercomputing industry. All the five entities will be barred from obtaining U.S. technology.


4.Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said the Ministry is in talks with banks to see ways to extend foreign currency loans to exporters.

  • Addressing members of the CII, he said there were ways to resolve the problem of inadequate and expensive credit without putting a significant stress on the exchequer. He said providing subsidies was not a solution to trade­ related issues.


5.Microsoft’s education arm and NASA have come together to create online lessons to get school students interested in space.

  • The eight online lesson include 3D design challenges, Virtual Reality (VR) experiences and data analysis. Most of the courses would require three or four 50-minute time commitments

             Appointment and Resignation

6.Y.V. Subba Reddy was appointed as the 50th chairman of the TTD Board of Trustees at a function in Tirumala.

  • Mr. Reddy thanked Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy for appointing him to the coveted post.


7.Donald Trump has nominated Mark Esper to be the U.S. Secretary of Defense, as Washington navigates a spike in tensions with Iran.  

  • Mr. Esper, who must be confirmed by the Senate, is the third man to lead the Pentagon in six months.


8.Justice V Ramasubramanian took oath as the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court in Shimla.

  • Governor Acharya Dev Vrat administrated the oath of office to the new Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court.

                        Awards and Recognition

9.InSight spacecraft, the first robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of Mars, touched down safely on the surface of Mars

                             Books and Authors

10.Author Arundhati Roy’s new book My Seditious Heart will be launched soon across India, said Penguin publishing house.

  • My Seditious Heart is a collection of her entire body of political essays spanning over two decades.
  • She is best known for her debut novel The God of Small Things, which won the 1997 Man Booker Prize

                         Important Days

11.The UN General Assembly, designated 23 June as Public Service Day.

  • The UN Public Service Day celebrates the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlight the contribution of public service in the development process; recognize the work of public servants, and encourages young people to pursue careers in the public sector.
  • The 2019 United Nations Public Service Forum (UNPSF) will take place in the Republic of Azerbaijan from 24 to 26 June 2019, under the theme ‘Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through effective Delivery of Services, Innovative Transformation and Accountable Institutions’.


12.Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has been suspended with immediate effect by the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), the governing organisation of all registered sporting associations in the country.

  • ZC acting managing director Givemore Makoni has also been suspended.


13.The Indian women’s team claimed a historic first­ ever international rugby a 21­19 win over Singapore — to finish third in the Asia women’s (Division 1) championship.

  • The tournament is one of the qualifying rounds for the 2021 women’s rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand.  
  • China won the event over the Philippines.

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


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