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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India elected for 8th term as non-permanent member of UN Security Council for 2021-22

India was elected unopposed for a 8th term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for two years (2021-22) starting January 2021 by gaining  184 votes in the 193-member General Assembly. 


NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Formal Jobs in India Increases by 28.6% to 78.58 Lakh in 2019-20: EPFO

According to the payroll data of EPFO (Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation), the formal employment in India saw an 28.6 % increase at 78.58 lakh in 2019-20 as compared to only 61.12 lakh added in 2018-19.

About EPFO (Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation):
Headquarters– New Delhi
Central Provident Fund Commissioner– Sunil Barthwal


BANKING & FINANCE

ICICI Home Finance Launches SARAL, Affordable Housing Loan Scheme 

ICICI Home Finance Company Limited(HFC) launched SARAL, a special affordable housing loan scheme to finance homes in urban and rural areas. 


Karnataka Bank Launches Health Insurance Policy to Cover COVID-19 in Partnership with Universal Sompo General Insurance Company 

The health cover can be availed at a nominal premium(current price without taking inflation or other factors into account) of Rs 399, inclusive of all taxes.

About Karnataka Bank:
Headquarters– Mangaluru(Mangalore), Karnataka
Managing Director(MD) & Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Mahabaleshwara M.S.


Tata AIA Life Insurance Partners with East Consultancy Services to Offer Aadhaar-Based Paperless Offline e-KYC Service

The e-KYC service will offer uninterrupted service to customers during the online application process for the company’s life insurance solutions.

Bank of Baroda to Fully Digitize Lending Operations

Bank of Baroda, India’s 3rd largest lender to fully digitise its lending operations including home, agriculture, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(MSME), personal and auto loans.
ii.The bank has set up a new vertical, digital lending Department at the corporate office.

About Bank of Baroda:
Headquarters– Vadodara, Gujarat
Managing Director(MD) & Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Sanjiv Chadha

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS     

Volkan Bozkir Becomes the 1st Turkish to be Elected as the President of 75th UN General Assembly

Volkan Bozkir(69) from Turkey was elected as the president of the 75th United Nations(UN) General Assembly. He is the 1st turkish to hold this post. 

About UN General Assembly:
Headquarters– New York, United States

Kubatbek Boronov Appointed as Kyrgyzstan’s Prime Minister

Kubatbek Boronov(55)  was appointed as Kyrgyzstan’s Prime Minister. Kyrgyzstan’s President Sooronbai Jeenbekov signed an order to appoint him. 

About Kyrgyzstan
Capital– Bishkek 
Currency– Kyrgyzstani Som

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

NASA Scientists Observe Bose-Einstein Quantum “Fifth State of Matter” in Space For The First Time

According to the research published in the journal Nature, a team of scientists at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)’s Cold Atom Lab (CAL), have found for the first time in space the evidence of ‘Fifth State of Matter’ (also known as Bose-Einstein condensates (BEC).
This special state of matter occurs when the atoms of some elements are cooled to absolute zero (0 Kelvin or -273.15 ° C).

About NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration):
Headquarters– Washington, D.C., United States
Administrator– Jim Bridenstine

OBITUARY

Former Lok Sabha MP and Banker Madhavrao Patil passes away at 80



BOOKS & AUTHORS

The Debut Novel of Megha Majumdar – “The Burning”  

 The Penguin Hamish Hamilton released the “The Burning”, debut novel of Megha Majumdar. The 32-year-old New York’s writer who was born and raised in Kolkata.

IMPORTANT DAYS

Sustainable Gastronomy Day 2020 – June 18


Autistic Pride Day 2020 – June 18



STATE NEWS

Telangana Govt Issues Ordinance to Defer Payment of Employees, Pensioners

Amid the ongoing fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19), the state Government of Telangana has promulgated the Telangana Disaster and Public Health Emergency (Special Provisions) Ordinance 2020 which allowed it to defer salaries and pensions of its employees, pensioner, institution, any person (ready contract or outsourcing employees) in the State.


Karnataka Observes Mask Day on 18th June 2020 

BS Yediyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka announced that Karnataka will observe 18th June 2020, as “Mask Day” to create awareness to the general public on the importance of wearing a mask, using sanitisers, washing hands and maintaining social distancing against COVID-19.
About Karnataka:
Capital– Bengaluru
Governor– Vajubai Rudabai
Chief Minister– B.S. Yediyurappa


Agri Dept of J&K Changed its Name to Agriculture Production & Farmers Welfare Department

The Jammu & Kashmir Administration approved the Agriculture Production Department’s proposal to change its nomenclature to “Agriculture Production & Farmers Welfare Department” and announced new rules for appointments to various posts.
About J&K General Administration Department:
Lieutenant Governor– G.C. Murmu
Chief Secretary J&K– B.V.R. Subrahmanyam