International Current Affairs 20 June 2019
1. World Refugee Day: 20 June
World Refugee Day is observed on the 20th of June every year.
The day celebrates the stories and contributions of refugees.The theme this year is Step with Refugees - Take a Step on World Refugee Day.According to the latest UN study, 70.8 million children women and men were forcibly displaced at the end of last year.This is the highest number in the organization’s almost 70-year history.
2. Thousands protest against the Guthi Bill in Kathmandu
In Nepal, thousands of people came onto roads in capital Kathmandu against controversial “Guthi Bill”.
The protesters are demanding the government to scrap the controversial bill.Guthis are socio-economic institutions/trusts, both public and private, that fund their obligations from incomes from cultivated or leased land assets.Depending on their obligations, Guthis fulfil religious, public service or social roles and could either involve members from a common lineage, or several.The Government of Nepal had tabled the Guthi Bill to amend Guthi Act and nationalise both public and private Guthis or trusts and regulate all religious sites under a powerful commission.
3. Bangladesh has emerged as the fastest growing economy among 45 countries of the Asia-Pacific region: ADB
Bangladesh has emerged as the fastest growing economy among the 45 countries of the Asia-Pacific region according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
In the financial year, 2018-19 Bangladesh attained a growth rate of 7.9 % which is its fastest rate since 1974.The bank predicted that the growth will be 8% in the next financial year.The bank said that higher public sector investment, stronger consumption demand, revival in exports, improved power supply and higher growth in private sector credit were the key factors of the high growth performance of Bangladesh.
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4. India extends $15 mn assistance to Niger for holding AU summit
India has extended USD 15 million assistance to Niger for organising the African Union (AU) summit.
The summit is scheduled to be held in Niamey from July 7-8. It will also be the first time that Niger is scheduled to host an AU summit.The support of grant assistance was in response to a specific request made by the Niger government.
5. PM Modi to set up a committee to examine the issue of one nation one election
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of Presidents of all political parties having representation in Parliament on the issue of One Nation One Election.
Prime Minister will form a committee to look into the various aspects of One Nation One Election in the country.
Points to Remember
“One Nation, One Election” envisages a system where elections to all states and the Lok Sabha will have to be held simultaneously.This would mean that the voters will cast their vote for electing members of the LS and the state assemblies on a single day, at the same time.
6. 23 Indian Institutions ranked among best global universities in QS World University ranking
IIT-Bombay has been ranked India’s best university for the second year in a row, gaining a global ranking of 152 in the QS World University Rankings for 2020.
Two other Indian universities, IIT Delhi (182) and the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru (184), have also cracked the top 200.There are a total of 23 Indian institutions in the top 1,000.
7. Himachal Pradesh makes GPS device must for trekkers
The Himachal Pradesh government make it mandatory for trekkers to carry a GPS device to tackle any exigency.
The decision has come out to secure trekkers so that they can be provided with all possible help in case of an emergency.Being a disaster-prone state, it is essential to pay special attention to disseminating weather advisories and installing early warning systems in Himachal Pradesh.Kullu and Dalhousie have been identified for installation of early warning systems.
8. J&K Govt to open 18 AMRIT stores
Jammu and Kashmir Government is planning to open 18 AMRIT (Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment) stores in all the Medical colleges' Hospitals and prominently associated hospitals of the State.
The purpose of the initiative is to provide quality and affordable medicines to the end users.AMRIT pharmacies, operating under the aegis of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.They offer more than 5200 drugs, implants, surgical disposables and other consumables at average discounts up to 60% of the maximum retail price.
9. Unemployed graduates in Rajasthan will get up to Rs 3,500 per month
Unemployed youth having graduation or equivalent degree will be given unemployment allowance up to Rs 3,500 by the Rajasthan government.
They will get the benefit of the Chief Minister Yuva Sambal Yojana from February this year. To be eligible for the scheme, applicants should be natives of Rajasthan.The amount will be given for two years or until they get employed.
10. Archery Association of India de-listed by the world body
Archery's world body has de-listed the Archery Association of India (AAI) as a member and given it a month's time to either get its house in order or face suspension.
World Archery (WA) will wait till 31st of next month before deciding on AAI's suspension.The WA will wait for the Supreme Court's verdict on the controversial elections of the AAI. The decision to de-list AAI will not prevent Indian archers from taking part in international events under the national flag in competitions for which entries have already been made.