08th June Current Affairs 2019

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08th June Current Affairs 2019

Daily GK Updates & Current Affairs for Government Exams

 

World Oceans Dayis celebrated on 8th June

08 June 2019 Current Affairs: World Oceans Day is celebrated on 8th June every year. The day was declared in 2008. June 8 was marked as it marks the day when it was first proposed in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit, UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Conference supported the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

PM Modi reconstituted NITI Aayog

Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the reconstitution of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog. Rajiv Kumar has been retained as the Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog. Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah has been appointed as one of the ex-officio members of the NITI Aayog, along with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

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Bank of Baroda declared Dighi Port chairman Vijay Kalantri as ‘wilful defaulter’

Bank of Baroda (BoB) has declared Dighi Port chairman and managing director Vijay Goverdhandas Kalantri and his son Vishal Kalantri as wilful defaulters for owing close to Rs 3,334 crore to a consortium of 16 banks in the country that include BoB, while Bank of India is the lead lender. Vijay Kalantri-owned Balaji Infra has 51.01 percent stake in Dighi Port, while Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) holds 39.37 percent stake in the company.

India Foreign Minister Jaishankar in Bhutan on his 1st bilateral visit

External Affairs Minister of India, S Jaishankar reached Bhutan on June 7 on a two-day visit. This is his first overseas trip after assuming charge of the Foreign ministry. During his visit, the two countries discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations, including the upcoming high-level exchanges, economic development and hydro-power cooperation. 

BSF officer appointed as head of its Tekanpur-based academy

08 June 2019 Current Affairs: Border Security Force (BSF) appointed as the head of its Tekanpur-based academy, the alma mater of the officers of the country’s largest frontier-guarding force.

S S Chahar took over the charge of the academy’s director — an Additional Director General (ADG) rank — a senior official said. He is the 13th officer of the cadre to have been elevated to the second top post in the organisation in the history of over 50 years. He served on both the western and eastern frontiers of the country.

BSF guards the important Indian borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh respectively. Chahar, honours like the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) and police medals for meritorious and distinguished services under his belt.

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CM Yogi Adityanath unveiled a 7 foot tall statue of Lord Rama at the Shodh Sansthan museum

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath unveiled a 7-foot tall statue of Lord Rama at the Shodh Sansthan museum in Ayodhya on 7 June. Adityanath will also inaugurate the event to celebrate Mahant Nritya Gopal Das.  Ram Statue: The statue is made out of a single rosewood block statue which was from Karnataka for Rs.35 lakh from Karnataka. The statue will depict Kodamb Ram, one of the five avatars of Lord Ram.

 

India to enhance its commitment to Sri Lanka

India’s foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said that India will enhance its commitment to Sri Lanka in the wake of the recent bomb attacks on churches and hotels that killed more than 250. The announcement is made ahead of the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka on June 8. The PM will be visiting the Maldives also. This will be his first foreign trip since winning a second term in power.

Trump threatened to increase tariffs on at least another USD 300 billion worth goods

08 June 2019 Current Affairs: US President Donald Trump has threatened that the US would hit China with tariffs on at least another $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. While Trump on 6 June said that talks with China were ongoing, no face-to-face meetings have been held since May 10.

On May 10, the US sharply increased tariffs on a $200 billion list of Chinese goods to 25% for which Beijing retaliated.

Tensions between the two countries have risen sharply since talks aimed at ending a festering trade war broke down in early May.