Daily Current Affairs and General Knowledge NEWS 22 June 2019

International Current Affairs 22 June 2019

1. UAE airlines reroute flights over Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman

The Emirates Airline has taken precautionary measures including rerouting all flights away from areas of possible conflict in the Gulf region.

The announcement came a day after an unmanned US drone was reportedly shot down by Iran in the region.The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, had issued an emergency order on prohibiting U.S. air carriers from flying in Iran-controlled airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman due to heightened tensions.

2. Saudi Arabia becomes the first Arab country to be granted full membership of FATF

Saudi Arabia has become the first Arab country to be granted full membership of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

It has gained this status following the group’s Annual General Meeting in Orlando, Florida.The Kingdom had obtained observer status in the Group in June 2015 and completed the mutual evaluation process in June 2018.The FATF now has 39 full members, including the permanent members of the UN Security Council and most countries of the G-20.The group is responsible for issuing international standards, policies and best practices to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation.

3. First Bangladesh International Theatre Festival being held in Dhaka

The first international theatre festival of Bangladesh is being held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in Dhaka.

The week-long festival will feature theatre and puppet shows by eight troupes from seven countries.Rabindranath Tagore’s dance-drama ‘Mayar Khela’ was performed as the inaugural presentation of the festival. Theatre troupes from India, Bangladesh, Russia, China, France, Vietnam and Nepal are participating in the festival.

National Current Affairs 22 June 2019

4. Triple Talaq Bill tabled in the Lok Sabha

The Muslim Women Bill 2019 (Protection of Rights on Marriage) to ban the practice of instant triple talaq was introduced in the Lok Sabha.

The bill was tabled by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, will replace an ordinance issued in February by the previous NDA government.With the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month, the bill lapsed, as it was pending in the Rajya Sabha, where the opposition is in a majority.

5. PM Modi to attend G20 summit in Japan's Osaka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will attend the 14th G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan from 28th to 29th June.

Former Union Minister Suresh Prabhu will be India's sherpa at the G20 meet. Energy security and financial stability issues will be discussed during the meet.The Summit under the Japanese Presidency is centred around the theme "Human-centred future society".India will host the G20 summit in 2022 for the first time.

6. GST Council simplifies rules for registration

The GST Council has simplified rules for registration and Aadhaar will now be used by businesses for registration under GST.

In the earlier system, people had to give various documents and now, several advantages will occur to the business by using Aadhaar.GST Council approved imposing a penalty of up to 10 per cent on entities not passing on benefits of GST rate cuts to consumers.Also, The proposal to reduce GST rate on electric vehicles to 5 per cent from the current 12 per cent and the GST rate on the electric charger to 12 per cent from 18 per cent has been sent to fitment committee. 

Business Important NEWS 22 June 2019

7. Tech Mahindra inks deal with Airbus

Information technology firm Tech Mahindra has signed a multi-year contract with Airbus for cabin and cargo design engineering.

Airbus is a strategic customer and partner of Tech Mahindra.The partnership will strengthen the company’s aerospace engineering portfolio, especially in areas like cabin engineering and customer services. As part of its TechMNxt charter, Tech Mahindra is betting on artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, cybersecurity, robotics, automation, blockchain and 5G.

Important Sports Event 22 June 2019

8. Pranati Nayak wins bronze at Asian Artistic Gymnastic Championship

In Gymnastics, India's Pranati Nayak clinched a bronze medal in the vault event at the Senior Asian Artistic Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

The 23-year-old from West Bengal, who had qualified for vault finals with a sixth place, came up with a score of 13.384 to claim the bronze medal.China's Yu Linmin and Japan's Ayaka Sakaguchi won the gold and silver medal at the event.

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