Daily Current Affairs and General Knowledge NEWS 12 June 2019


1. Cyclone VAYU intensifies into a very severe cyclonic storm

Cyclone VAYU over East-Central Arabian sea has intensified into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm.

It currently lays centred about 420 kilometres west-northwest of Goa, 320 kilometres south-southwest of Mumbai and 420 kilometres south of Veraval in Gujarat.The Cyclone is very likely to cross the Gujarat coast between Veraval and Diu by 13 June.The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has mobilized 35 teams in Gujarat and four in Diu in coordination with local administration.

2. PM Modi’s two-day visit for SCO Summit at Bishkek

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s is on a two-day visit to Kyrgyzstan for SCO Summit at Bishkek.

The visit is expected to further boost the bilateral ties with Kyrgyzstan.The focus will remain on the sectors like pharmaceuticals, textiles, manufacturing and machinery among others.This will be the second visit of Prime Minister Modi to Kyrgyzstan.

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3. RBI waives off charges for transactions using NEFT, RTGS

With an aim to encourage the digital transfer of funds, the Reserve Bank has waived off all charges for transactions using National Electronic Funds Transfer - NEFT and Real Time Gross Settlement - RTGS systems.

RBI has advised banks to pass on the benefits to their customers with effect from 1st July 2019.While announcing the Second Bi-monthly Monetary Policy last week, RBI has issued a Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies, mentioning that it was planning to waive off these charges.The Reserve Bank levies minimum charges on banks for transactions routed through its RTGS and NEFT System.RTGS is meant for large-value instantaneous fund transfers while NEFT System is used for fund transfers up to 2 lakh rupees.

4. RBI constitutes a committee to review ATM pricing

The Reserve Bank of India has constituted a six-member committee to review the entire gamut of ATM charges and fees.

Chief Executive of Indian Banks’ Association VG Kannan will chair the committee consisting of senior officers from National Payments Corporation of India, SBI, HDFC Bank, Confederation of ATM Industry and Tata Communications Payment Solutions Limited.The committee will review existing patterns of costs, charges and interchange fees for ATM transactions. It is to submit its report within two months from the date of its first meeting.

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5. Thawar Chand Gehlot appointed leader of Rajya Sabha

Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot has been appointed as the leader of Rajya Sabha.

He will replace senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley who opted out of the government citing health reasons.Gehlot is a Rajya Sabha member representing Madhya Pradesh.

6. Nripendra Misra re-appointed as Principal Secretary to PM Modi

Nripendra Misra has been re-appointed as Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

PK Mishra has also been re-appointed as Additional Principal Secretary to Mr Modi.The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved both the appointments with effect from 31st May.The appointments will be co-terminus with the term of the Prime Minister.During the term of their office, they will be assigned the rank of Cabinet Minister.

7. China appoints veteran diplomat Sun Weidong as new envoy to India

China has appointed veteran diplomat Sun Weidong as its new envoy to India.

Sun also served as the ambassador to Pakistan and is currently the Director General of the Policy and Planning Department of the Foreign Ministry.He will succeed Luo Zhaohui, who has been appointed as Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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8. Amitav Ghosh to be honoured with Jnanpith Award 2018

The Jnanpith award for the year 2018 will be given to the noted English writer Amitav Ghosh.

Former Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi will present the award to him at a function in New Delhi.The award is given for outstanding contribution in literature.

Important Sports Event 12 June 2019

9. The United States claims biggest ever Women's Fifa World Cup win

In Football, the United States recorded the biggest-ever victory in the Fifa Women's World Cup when they crushed Thailand, 13-nil.

Alex Morgan scored a maximum of five goals.Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis netted two goals each.The US broke Germany's record of an 11-nil win over Argentina in 2007.

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