13 &14 June Current Affairs 2019

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13 &14 June Current Affairs 2019

Daily GK Updates & Current Affairs for Government Exams

World Blood Donor Day is observed on June 14

The day is celebrated to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors.  The theme is – Blood Donation and Universal Access to Safe Blood Transfusion The main aim is to use as a component of achieving universal health coverage.  The theme encourages more people all over the world to become blood donors and donate blood regularly.

ISRO unveiled plan to set up its own space station in seven years

14 June 2019 Current Affairs: ISRO unveiled plan to set up its own space station in seven years. ISRO is to set up a very small and a separate space station. It will not be a part of the International Space Station (ISS). The project will be an extension of the Gaganyaan mission, which aims to send an Indian crew to space in 2022.

The weight of the space station will be around 20 tonnes. ISRO’s proposal will be sent to the government for approval by 2022 after the first Gaganyaan mission. the mission is looking at 5-7 years to execute the programme. The cost of the proposed space station was not disclosed.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a partnership between European Space Agency, the United States (NASA), Japan (JAXA), Canada (CSA) and Russia (Roscosmos). It is the world’s largest international cooperative programme in science and technology.hina also plans to build a space station of its own. 

The Union Cabinet approved an extension of Presidents rule in Jammu and Kashmir

The Union Cabinet approved an extension of President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir for six more months beginning July 3. The central rule has been continuing in Jammu and Kashmir since June 20, 2018. After the approval of the Union Cabinet, the President Ram Nath Kovind will sign the proclamation for imposition of President’s rule in the state.  The President’s rule which was imposed in J&K on 20 December, 2018 expires on July 2.

India ranked 113 out of 176 countries in End of Childhood Index

According to the 3rd End of Childhood Index Global Childhood Report 2019, India ranked 113 in 176 countries with 769 scores out of 1000.  The Index released on May 28, 2019, by ‘Save the Children’, a United Kingdom (13K) based non-profit organization which works for child rights. The countries are decided on 8 parameters namely child mortality, malnutrition, lack of education, child labor, early marriage, adolescent birth, displacement by conflict and child homicide.

RBI sets up 6 member panel to examine the ATM charges and fees

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up a high-level six-member committee under IBA Chief Executive V G Kannan. The committee will examine ATM charges and fees by banks amid demands for reviewing the levies. There have been persistent demands to change automated teller machines (ATM) charges and fees as its uses are growing significantly.

Panel Members: Head of the Panel: IBA Chief Executive V G Kannan

The members are Dilip Asbe (CEO, NPCI), Giri Kumar Nair (CGM, SBI), S Sampath Kumar (Group Head, Liability Products, HDFC Bank), K Srinivas (Director, Confederation of ATM Industry), Sanjeev Patel (CEO, Tata Communications Payment Solutions).

Arjun Munda Tribal Affairs Minister launched the e-governance initiatives for ST Welfare schemes

Shri Arjun Munda Tribal Affairs launched the “e-governance initiatives for ST Welfare schemes”  It is organized by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. Smt. Renuka Singh Saruta, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs These e-governance initiatives serve their purpose of the betterment of tribal communities across the nation. Ministry of Tribal Affairs officials to prepare a Databank of the previous beneficiaries of the schemes of the ministry on a priority basis.

DRDO successfully tested the indigenously developed HSTDV along with several technologies

13 June 2019 Current Affairs: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted the maiden test of an indigenously developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) along with several technologies on 12 June.

The HSTDV missile was successfully launched from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha. The missile was tracked by various radars, telemetry stations and electro optical tracking sensors through its course. It HSTDV being developed by DRDO with assistance from Israel and the UK and Russia.

Japan To Invest Rs 13,000 crores In Northeast India

The Government of Japan planned to invest an amount of 205.784 billion Yen equal to Rs 13000 crores to complete new projects in different states of India’s North- Eastern region.  This decision is disclosed after a meeting held with Minister Jitendra Singh with Japanese delegation led by Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu. The important topics where Japan collaborates include Guwahati Water Supply Project and Guwahati Sewage Project in Assam, Northeast Road Network.

Author Amitav Ghosh was conferred the 54th Jnanpith Award

Author Amitav Ghosh was conferred the 54th Jnanpith Award. He was awarded for his contribution to the enrichment of Indian literature in English at a ceremony. The award was presented by the former governor of West Bengal Gopalkrishna Gandhi in New Delhi on 13 June. Amitav Ghosh is the first English writer to get this prestigious  Jnanpith Award Amitav Ghosh: Amitav Ghosh is an Indian writer. He is best known for his work in English fiction.

Bollywood Badshah to be guest of honor at Indian Film Festival Melbourne

14 June 2019 Current Affairs: Badshah of Bollywood Shahrukh khan to lead the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne as the chief guest to celebrate ‘courage’ as its central theme.

The Indian Film Festival Melbourne is back for its 10th edition in the cultural city.

The IIFM along with the other festival guests and in the company of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and festival director Mitu Bhowmick Lange. This event has grown significantly over the past decade and with the extraordinary Shah Rukh Khan. Khan is looking forward to Melbourne to celebrate Indian cinema.

Several actors like Rani Mukerji, Vidya Balan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor have remained a part of the film festival.

PM Kisan Pension Scheme: Farmers’ contribution to be Rs 100 per month

14 June 2019 Current Affairs: Central government plans to launch a village-level campaign to enroll an additional one crore farmers in Kisan Credit Card (KCC) scheme over the next 100 days,The scheme urged States to ensure wider coverage of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojna (PM-Kisan) and pension schemes Currently, there are about 6.92 crore KCC holders. Around 14.5 crore operational landholdings farmers eligible for an agricultural loan of up to ₹1.6 lakh. Among the major States that have poor KCC penetration are: Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and West Bengal.

Priyanka Chopra to be honoured with humanitarian award by UNICEF

14 June 2019 Current Affairs: Indian actress Priyanka Chopra with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)Snowflake Ball in the month of December.

The event will be held on December 3 in New York. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She visited Ethiopia last month. She is known for her contribution to social causes She will raise her voice for children’s education. India to raise awareness against child welfare. She is also to improve the education, health and safety of girl child in India.