Daily Current Affairs and General Knowledge NEWS 09 June 2019

International Current Affairs 09 June 2019

1. African bloc suspends Sudan, demanding an end to military rule

The African Union (AU) suspended Sudan until the establishment of civilian rule, intensifying global pressure on its new military leaders to stand down after the worst violence since Omar al-Bashir's fall in April.

Meeting in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, the AU's peace and security council invoked its response to interruptions of constitutional rule by suspending Sudan.

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Sudan Capital: Khartoum Currency: Sudanese pound

2. SriLankan Airlines named world's most punctual

SriLankan Airlines, the flag carrier of the island nation, has been named the 'World's Most Punctual Airline'.

It has been named for the second consecutive time with over 90 per cent of its flights in May being "on time".

In May, it achieved a punctuality rating of 90.75 per cent. Global flight tracker, Flightstats analysed data of 41 carriers from Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East, and South America, including most of the world's largest and most prestigious airlines before drawing its conclusions.

National Current Affairs 09 June 2019

3. Piyush Goyal leads Indian delegation to G20 Ministerial meeting in Japan

Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal is leading the Indian delegation for the two-day G20 Ministerial meeting on Trade and Digital Economy beginning at Tsukuba city in Japan.

Mr. Goyal will discuss developments in the global trade situation, WTO matters, and digital trade.He will also hold dialogue with other participating Trade Ministers on current international trade and investments.The G-20 Trade Ministers deliberations will form part of the G-20 Summit Leaders agenda in the formal discussions and will also be a part of the Summit Declaration.

4. Govt notifies extension of PM-KISAN scheme to all farmers

The government has notified its decision to extend the benefit of six thousand rupees per year to eligible farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme.

The decision will benefit all 14.5 crore farmers, irrespective of the size of their landholding, in the country.Notifying the decision, the Union Agriculture Ministry has written to all state governments, asking them to identify beneficiaries subject to the existing exclusion factors.PM-KISAN scheme was announced in the interim budget, under which the government decided to provide 6,000 rupees per year to about 12.5 crore small and marginal farmers.

5. PM Modi to lead the main event of International Yoga Day in Ranchi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the main event of International Day of Yoga 2019 celebrations to be held in Ranchi, Jharkhand on 21st of this month.

Around 30,000 people are expected to participate in the main event.Ministry of AYUSH is the nodal Ministry for observation of the International Day of Yoga across the country.

Important Appointments 09 June 2019

6. Justice Prashant Kumar appointed as acting CJ of Jharkhand HC

Justice Prashant Kumar was appointed as the acting chief justice of the Jharkhand High Court as the incumbent Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel has been appointed as the chief justice of the Delhi High Court.

Justice Patel took charge in the Delhi HC on June 7.Patel was appointed as the acting chief justice of the Jharkhand HC last month following the elevation of the chief justice Aniruddha Bose to the Supreme Court.

People Awarded For Their Achievements 09 June 2019

7. Maldives confers its highest civilian award on PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with the Maldives' highest civilian award, the ‘Order of the Distinguished Rule of Izzudeen’, by the President of the host country, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

The award is in recognition of the many services Prime Minister Modi has offered to cement the longstanding and amicable ties between the two countries.Also for the magnanimous assistance that the Indian government continues to provide to the Maldives under his stewardship.

8. Equator Prize 2019 winners announced for local innovative climate solutions

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and partners announced the winners of the 10th Equator Prize, recognizing 22 local and indigenous communities from across the world.

The winning organizations, which showcase innovative, nature-based solutions for tackling climate change, environment, and poverty challenges.Equator Prize winners will each receive US$10,000 and the opportunity for two community representatives to join a week-long summit in New York during the 74th United Nations General Assembly.The women groups of the Deccan Development Society, Telangana also have bagged the prize.

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