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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India to become President of United Nation Security Council for August 2021

India will serve as the president of the United Nation security Council (15-Member) for the month of August 2021, which has been elected as a non-permanent member of the Security Council for two years(2021-22). 

India 2nd Major Driver of Global Energy Consumption in 2019 After China: 69th Edition of BP Statistical Review 2020

According to the 69th  edition of “Statistical Review of World Energy 2020”, which collects and analyses energy data for 2019 , released by UK (United Kingdom) based oil and gas company BP plc, India was the 2nd  major market after China to increase primary energy consumption in the year 2019. 


NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Dr Harsh Vardhan Launched India’s 1st I-Lab, a DBT – AMTZ Mobile Diagnostic Unit for Covid Testing

In order to provide Covid testing access to rural inaccessible areas of India, the Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated and flagged off India’s first I-Lab (Infectious disease diagnostic lab) from New Delhi as a part of DBT-AMTZ COMManD [COVID Medtech Manufacturing Development] Consortia.

I-Lab is a mobile testing facility that has been created by the Andhra Pradesh Med-tech Zone (AMTZ) team with the support of Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the National Biopharma Mission being implemented by the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC). 


Coal Ministry & FICCI Initiated e-Auction Process of 41 Coal blocks for Commercial mining; Launched by PM Modi

The commencement of the auction process of these blocks is likely to contribute Rs 20,000 crore revenues annually to the state governments. On the Central Government front, it is expected to garner Rs 33,000 crore of capital investment over next five to seven years.

About Ministry of Coal:
Union Minister– Pralhad Joshi
Secretary– Anil Kumar Jain

MNRE Sets Up Project Development Cell Under Amitesh Kumar Sinha For Investment in Green Energy Sector

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has set up a Project Development Cell (PDC) under its joint secretary Amitesh Kumar Sinha to attract investment in clean energy, especially in the solar sector.

About Ministry of New & Renewable Energy:
Headquarters– New Delhi
Minister of State (Independent Charge)- Raj Kumar Singh

UP provided employment to 57 lakh 12975 migrant workers; highest under MGNREGA

About UP:
Chief Minister– Yogi Adityanath 
Capital– Lucknow
Governor– Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel


Centre Approved Funds for Implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Tripura

  • Centre approved funding of Rs 1,829 for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Maharashtra
  • Central Govt has approved fund of Rs 1,189.40 Crore for implementation of JJM in Karnataka in 2020-21
  • Centre allocated Rs 156.61 Crore for FY20-21 to Tripura for implementation of JJM in State


ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Indian Economy to contract by 4% in 2020-21: ADB Forecast

About ADB:
Headquarters– Mandaluyong, Philippines
President– Masatsugu Asakawa
Members– 68

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

JSW Cement signs Sourav Ganguly & Sunil Chhetri as Brand Ambassadors

JSW Cement, a part of JSW Group, signed former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly the current president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Sunil Chhetri, captain of India’s National Football Team & Bengaluru FC as their brand ambassadors for their marketing campaign Leaders Choice in West Bengal, Bihar and Odisha.


ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS       

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund Buys 2.32% Stake in Jio Platforms for Rs 11,367 Crores

Jio Platforms stepped into 11th deal with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund(PIF), who bought 2.32% stake in Jio Platforms for Rs 11,367 crores.

CCI approves acquisition of Metso Oyj’s minerals business by Outotec Oyj

The Competition Commission of India(CCI) approved the acquisition of Metso Oyj’s (Metso) minerals business by Outotec Oyj (Outotec) under section 31(1) of the Competition Act, 2002. 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

NASA Astronomers Discover 240-year-old Neutron Star ‘Swift J1818.0−1607’ After Recent X-ray Burst

According to the study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters,  Astronomers at the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) have discovered the youngest known magnetar (a type of neutron star) named “Swift J1818.0-1607” about 16,000 light years away from Earth. 

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


IIT Mandi Develops Herbal Infusion Technology to Help Farmers in the Mid-Himalayan Region

Researchers of Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Mandi have developed a herbal infusion technology, as a source of income for local marginal farmers in the mid-Himalayas.

About IIT Mandi:
Chairperson– Subodh Bhargava
Director– Prof. Timothy A Gonsalves


OBITUARY

Veteran economist & Member of the 10th Finance Commission B.P.R. Vithal Baru passed away at 93


Scriptwriter & Filmmaker KR Schidanandan passed away 



Veteran Journalist & Freedom Fighter Dinu Ranadive passed away at 95


IMPORTANT DAYS

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 2020 – June 19



World Sickle Cell Day 2020: June 19



STATE NEWS

Manipur Observes the 19th Great June Uprising Day – June 18