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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India named in Switzerland’s top-3 partners for info exchange on tax matters: OECD’s Global Forum study 

In accordance with the latest study by OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) Global Forum on transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes, referring to the period from July 2015 to June 2018, India named among the top-three countries as EOI (Exchange of Information) partners along with France and Germany

NASA Renames Washington HQ after Mary Jackson, first black Engineer at NASA 

The headquarter building of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) located at Washington D.C., has been renamed after Mary Winston Jackson (1921-2005), the first black female engineer at NASA. Administrator Jim Bridestone made the announcement on 24th June.

36th ASEAN Summit chaired by Vietnam held via video conference; 1st session on Women Empowerment in the Digital Age held

The 36th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit was held via video conference on the theme “Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN”


NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Culture Ministry celebrating “Sankalp Parva” to plant trees from 28th June to 12 July 2020

To enhance the Herbal Wealth of India and to support the clean and healthy environment, Union Ministry of Culture is celebrating two week long Sankalp Parva from 28th June to 12 July 2020

1st Agreement for the 600 MW Kholongchhu Indo-Bhutan joint venture hydroelectric project Signed

The Bhutan government and the Kholongchhu Hydro Energy Limited signed the Concession Agreement for 600 MegaWatt (MW) Kholongchhu hydroelectric Project (Joint Venture of India and Bhutan) in Thimphu, in virtual presence of Dr. S Jaishankar,Minister of External Affairs and his Bhutanese Counterpart Dr. Tandi Dorji. 

About Bhutan:-
Capital: Thimphu
Prime Minister: Lotay Tshering

Centre Sanctions Additional Rs 1,691 crore For Road Construction in J&K, Uttarakhand

 In a major development, the central Government has sanctioned an additional Rs 1,691 crore for the construction of highways by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Uttarakhand during 2020-21 in the wake of clashes with China in Ladakh.

About Border Roads Organisation (BRO):
Headquarter– New Delhi
Director General- Lt. Gen.Harpal Singh

Uttarakhand Develops India’s First Lichen Park to Conserve Jurassic Era Plant in Munsiyar

About Uttarakhand:
Chief Minister– Trivendra Singh Rawat
Governor– Baby Rani Maurya
Capital– Dehradun

Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ virtually participated in G20 Extraordinary Virtual Education Ministers’ Meeting

Union HRD (Human Resource Development) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ participated in group of 20 (G20) Extraordinary Virtual Education Ministers’ Meeting which was focused on the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on the education sector

BANKING & FINANCE

World Bank Approves $500 mn Under ‘STARS’ Project to Improve Education Quality in 6 Indian States

The board of executives of the World Bank (WB) has approved loan of $ 500 million (about Rs 3,700 crore) under ‘Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States Program (STARS)’project to improve the quality and governance of school education across six states (Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Rajasthan) in India.

About World Bank:
Headquarters– Washington D.C., United States (US).
Motto– Working for a World Free of Poverty.
President– David Malpass.

World Bank Enhances the financial Support for Ganga rejuvenation with $400 million through SNGRBP 

The World bank enhanced the support to India’s programme to rejuvenate the Ganga with $400 million through Second National Ganga River Basin Project (SNGRBP), for the development of infrastructure projects Under the National Ganga River Basin Project.

Reserve Bank Extends Enhanced Borrowing Limit to Banks Under MSF Till Sept 30, 2020

In exercise of power conferred under the Section 24 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to extend the enhanced borrowing facility provided to banks under MSF till September 30, 2020 to meet the liquidity shortage in the midst of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS     

24-time Grammy winner Popstar Beyonce to receive Humanitarian Award at the virtual 20th edition of BET Awards 2020 

24-time Grammy winner Popstar Beyonce(38 years old) to receive the Humanitarian Award at 20th edition of annual BET Awards 2020, for her long standing philanthropic work, including her recent COVID-19 relief efforts. 

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

Micheál Martin Elected as the New Prime Minister of Ireland; Succeeds Leo Varadkar

About Ireland:
Capital– Dublin 
President– Michael D. Higgins
Prime Minister(Taoiseach)– Micheál Martin
Currency– Euro

Lazarus Chakwera Sworn in as Malawi’s New President

Lazarus Chakwera, won Malawi’s President Elections and sworn in as the 6th President of Malawi on 28 June. He succeeded Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party by winning 58.57% of total votes.

About Malawi:
Capital: Lilongwe
Currency: Malawian Kwacha

Anandiben Patel, Governor of UP is given additional charges as Governor of  Madhya Pradesh

i.She was the first woman Chief Minister of Gujarat.
ii.She was the Governor of Chhattisgarh from 2018 to 2019.
About Uttar Pradesh:
Governor– Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel
Chief Minister– Yogi Adityanath
Capital– Lucknow
About Madhya Pradesh:
Chief Minister– Shivraj Singh Chauhan
Capital– Bhopal


Aleksandar Vucic, President of Serbia Declares the Victory of the Ruling Party in the Parliament Election 

Aleksandar Vucic, President of Serbia has declared the victory of the Serbian Progressive Party (Srpska napredna stranka – SNS) with more than 63% vote in the Parliamentary election held on 28th June 2020 which was boycotted by most of the opposition parties .


OBITUARY

Veteran Kannada Novelist Geetha Nagabhushan passes away at 78



IMPORTANT DAYS

National Statistics Day 2020 – June 29

The theme of 2020 National Statistics Day is “SDG- 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) & SDG- 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls)”.

International Day of the Tropics – June 29



STATE NEWS

Gujarat Govt’s Online Aid ”At One Click” Initiative of Rs 1,369 Crore for MSMEs, Textile Industry

The Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani launched the online aid initiative ‘At One Click’ with Rs 1,369 crore for around 13000 Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) (i.e. MSMEs and textile industries) in Gujarat.

V P Singh Badnore & Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates Battery Swapping Facility Quick Interchange Service virtually

Punjab Governor and Administrator of Chandigarh, V P Singh Badnore with Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated Battery Swapping Facility Quick Interchange Service(QIS) at Chandigarh in a virtual function.


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