Updated: Jun 16, 2019
International Current Affairs 14 June 2019
1. World Blood Donor Day: 14 June 2019
Every year on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD).
The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.Theme: Safe blood for all
National Current Affairs 14 June 2019
2. India successfully test fires hypersonic cruise missile
India conducted a successful first test flight of the indigenously developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) from a base off the Odisha coast.
The only other countries that possess this technology are the US, Russia and China.The HSTDV is an unmanned scramjet demonstration vehicle that can cruise up to a speed of 6 Mach and rise up to an altitude of 32 km in 20 seconds. It has a range of uses, including missiles of the future, and energy-efficient, low cost and reusable satellite-launch vehicle.
3. India is home to the world's 2nd largest internet user base
According to Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2019 report, India accounts for 12% of the world’s internet users.
Almost 3.8 billion people or more than half of the world’s population is on the Internet.China continues to be on top of the list, accounting for 21% of the total Internet users.The United States continues to occupy the third position with 8%, after being toppled by India in 2016.
4. Government reduces ESI contribution rate to 4 per cent
The government has reduced the rate of the contribution made by employees and employers under the Employees' State Insurance (ESI) Act from 6.5 per cent to 4 per cent.
The government has taken a historic decision to reduce the rate of contribution under the ESI act.The new rate will be effective from the 1st of July. It will benefit 3.6 crore employees and 12.85 lakh, employers.
5. HCL to roll out "Tech Bee" programme
HCL Technologies is all set to roll out "Tech Bee", a company initiative under which it trains and hires students who have completed Plus Two, across several states.
The pilot programme of "Tech Bee", which was taken up two years ago in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu yielded good results. As many as 700 students have now become employees of the company while some of them are pursuing higher studies as part of the initiative.
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6. FDI flows to India grew 6% in 2018 to 42 billion
Foreign Direct Investment to India grew by 6 per cent to 42 billion dollars in 2018.
It grew with strong inflows in the manufacturing, communication and financial services sectors, and cross-border merger and acquisition activities.The report ranked India among the top 20 host economies for FDI inflows in 2017-18.The World Investment Report 2019, released by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said, Foreign Direct Investment inflows to South Asia increased 3.5 per cent to 54 billion dollars.
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7. Kassyam-Jomart Tokayev takes oath as the new president of Kazakhstan
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took oath as the new president of Kazakhstan.
He was acting president following the surprise resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev in March this year.The career diplomat became the country’s second elected president after succeeding 78-year-old Nursultan Nazarbayev. Mr Toqaev took the oath of office during a ceremony at the Palace of Independence in the capital, Nur-Sultan.
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8. Priyanka Chopra to receive UNICEF’s humanitarian award
Actress Priyanka Chopra will be awarded the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award by UNICEF’s American chapter at their Snowflake Ball in December.
The award is named after actor-philanthropist Danny Kaye, who was UNICEF’s first Goodwill Ambassador.The actor is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, as a part of which she visited Ethiopia last month.Priyanka Chopra is known for her contribution to social causes and for being a voice for children’s education.She has been a part of United Nation’s global “Girl Up” Campaign and is associated with several NGOs in India to raise awareness about ways to improve the education, health and safety of girl child in India.
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9. Veteran journalist Rajnath Singh 'Surya' died in Lucknow
In Uttar Pradesh, veteran journalist and former Rajya Sabha Member Rajanath Singh 'Surya' died in Lucknow.
Mr Surya had worked in various newspapers and he was a well-known columnist.Surya was a colossus figure in the area of journalism and it is a great loss for the state and country.