National Current Affairs 19 June 2019
1. Facebook unveils Libra cryptocurrency
Facebook revealed plans to launch a cryptocurrency called Libra.
It is the latest development in its effort to expand beyond social networking and move into e-commerce and global payments.Facebook has linked with 28 partners in a Geneva-based entity called the Libra Association, which will govern its new digital coin set to launch in the first half of 2020.Facebook has also created a subsidiary called Calibra, which will offer digital wallets to save, send and spend Libras.
2. Lander and rover meant for Chandrayaan-2 reaches ISRO’s launch pad at Sriharikota
The lander and rover meant for India’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 reached the ISRO’s launch pad at Sriharikota.
The rover called Pragyan is installed within the lander known as Vikram.Chandrayaan-2 will be launched aboard India’s most powerful booster GSLV-Mark-3 tentatively early in the morning on July 15th with the aim of making the lander to soft-land on the South Pole of the moon by September 6th.India would be the fourth country to have its probe soft-land on the moon.
3. India, Myanmar conduct a joint operation to destroy militant camps in Northeast
The armies of India and Myanmar carried out a three-week-long coordinated operation in their respective border areas, targeting several militant groups operating in Manipur, Nagaland and Assam.
The first phase of "Operation Sunrise" was conducted three months ago along the Indo-Myanmar border, during which a number of camps of north-east-based militant groups were busted. In the second phase of Operation Sunrise both the armies busted camps of Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), the NSCN (Khaplang), the United Liberation Front of Assam (I) and the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB).Four Northeast Indian states share the border with Myanmar: Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, and Manipur.
4. CRPF to launch 'save environment' campaign during Amarnath Yatra
In Jammu and Kashmir, apart from performing its primary duty of providing security, the CRPF will launch a 'save environment' campaign during the up-coming Shri Amarnathji Yatra in the South Kashmir Himalayas which is starting from Jammu on June 30.
CRPF has made an appeal to the visiting pilgrims as well as the public, in general, to play their vital role in preserving the fragile environment especially along the yatra area in Kashmir.CRPF has prepared hoardings and banners and will display these on prominent places along the yatra route, including the railway station, airport, bus stands etc.
5. Government to remove the minimum education requirement for commercial driving licence
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to remove the requirement of minimum educational qualification for driving a transport vehicle.
Under Rule 8 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, a transport vehicle driver needs to have passed class 8 to obtain a commercial driving licence.The decision comes after a recent meeting at the Transport ministry where the Haryana government requested for waiver of the educational qualification condition for drivers from the economically backward Mewat region.The decision will also help meet the shortage of nearly 22 lakh drivers in the transport and logistics sector, which is hindering its growth.
6. ICG co-hosts 12th ReCAAP ISC capacity building workshop
Indian Coast Guard (ICG) will be co-hosting 12th Capacity Building workshop with Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC) in New Delhi.
The ReCAAP is the first regional Government-to-Government agreement to deal with piracy and armed robbery at sea in Asia.Presently 20 countries are members of ReCAAP.India played an active role in the setting up and functioning of ReCAAPISC along with Japan and SingaporeIndia has hosted this workshop earlier in November 2011 at Goa and December 2017 at New Delhi.
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7. RBI penalises HDFC Bank for non-compliance of KYC norms
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore on HDFC Bank for non-compliance of Know Your Customer (KYC) norms and anti-money laundering norms, and for failure to report frauds.
The regulator said that it received a reference from customs authorities regarding submission of forged bill of entries (BoEs) by certain importers to the bank for remittance of foreign currency. .
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8. 29 journalists conferred with Matri Shree Media Awards
Twenty-nine journalists from print and electronic media were felicitated with Matri Shree Media Awards for their contribution towards journalism.
Apart from media personalities, a social activist has also presented the Bharat Mata shield at the 44th Matri Shree media award ceremonyThe Matri Shree Media Awards was constituted during the Emergency.The first award was presented to journalist Lala Jagat Narayan.
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8. Om Birla takes charge as speaker of 17th Lok Sabha
Om Birla, a two-time Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament from Rajasthan, was elected Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha.
Birla, 56, will take over from eight-term MP Sumitra Mahajan, who did not contest the Lok Sabha elections.Birla, who represents the Kota-Bundi constituency in Lok Sabha, had previously served for three terms in the Rajasthan Assembly.