Daily Current Affairs and General Knowledge NEWS 21 June 2019

International Current Affairs 21 June 2019

1. International Day of Yoga: 21 June

International Day of Yoga is celebrated annually on 21 June since its inception in 2015.

The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the current Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi.The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practising yoga.2019 Theme: Yoga for Climate Action

2. World Music Day: 21 June

World Music Day 2019 or International Music Day 2019 is observed every year on June 21.

It is originated in France where it is known as ‘Fête de la Musique’ meaning “festival of music” to honour both amateur and professional musicians.This move was proposed by French Politician Jack Lang and composer Maurice Fleuret to talk about the importance of music.

National Current Affairs 21 June 2019

3. Navy launches operation in the Gulf for Indian vessels' security

Indian Navy has deployed Ships INS Chennai and INS Sunayna in the Gulf of Oman.

It has deployed to re-assure Indian Flagged Vessels operating or transiting through the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman following the maritime security incidents in the region. In addition, aerial surveillance by Indian Navy aircraft is also being undertaken in the area.The Information Fusion Centre - Indian Ocean Region which was launched by the India Navy in December last year at Gurugram is also keeping a close watch on the movement of ships in the Gulf region.

4. Govt to widen the spectrum of Khelo India Programme

President Ram Nath Kovind has highlighted the importance of the government's flagship 'Khelo India Programme'.

Addressing the joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament, the President said the new government has decided to widen the spectrum of the 'Khelo India Programme' to cover the entire country.Under this programme, 2,500 talented players have been selected and are being trained.The President said this facility will now be provided to 2,500 new players every year.

5. Integrated Grievance Cell, Call Centre inaugurated for Pensioners

Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated the Integrated Grievance Cell and Call Center for Pensioners.

The Centre has been launched for Central Government pensioners at Janpath Bhawan in New Delhi.This centre will also act as a pressure on the departments to resolve the problems of the elderly pensioners.

6. Walmart to pay over 282 mn for violating anti-corruption regulations in 4 countries

International retail giant Walmart agreed to pay over  282 US Dollar to various US bodies to settle charges of violating anti-corruption regulations while conducting its business in India, China, Brazil and Mexico.

According to the US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), these violations were conducted by Walmart's third-party intermediaries who made payments to foreign government officials without reasonable assurances that they complied with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or FCPA.SEC has charged Walmart with violating FCPA by failing to operate a sufficient anti-corruption compliance programme for more than a decade as the retailer experienced rapid international growth.

7. PM’s Awards for Outstanding Contribution for Promotion & Development of Yoga 2019 announced

Prime Minister’s Awards for outstanding contribution for Promotion and Development of Yoga - 2019 has been announced.

Swami Rajarshi Muni of Life Mission, Gujarat, Ms. Antonietta Rozzi of Italy, Bihar School of Yoga, Munger and Japan Yoga Niketan, Japan are the recipients of the Award.The award is given for outstanding contribution for promotion and development of Yoga.On the occasion of the 2nd International Day of Yoga celebrations at Chandigarh, the Prime Minister had announced the institution of awards for the promotion and development of Yoga.The winners will be felicitated with of a Trophy, Certificate and a Cash Award of 25 lakh rupees each.

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8. Abhinav Bindra appointed by World Archery to sort out mess between warring factions of AAI

India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was appointed in an independent capacity by the World Archery to sort out the ongoing mess in the national federation.

The development comes a day after the world body de-listed the Archery Association of India for violating the constitution by unanimously electing two parallel bodies in Chandigarh and New Delhi.The WA has stated that if the Supreme Court does not give a verdict on the controversial elections by July 31, the world body would go ahead with suspension.

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