Daily Current Affairs and General Knowledge NEWS 25 June 2019

International Current Affairs 25 June 2019

1. United Nations Public Service Day: 23 June

The United Nations Public Service Day is celebrated on June 23 of every year.

On this day, the UN Public Service Awards are given. The First award ceremony occurred in 2003. It is known as the most esteemed global acknowledgement of magnificence in public service.The United Nations Public Service Forum (UNPSF) 2019 will happen in the Republic of Azerbaijan from 24 to 26 June 2019.

2. UAE launches UN-developed anti-money laundering platform

The UAE has become the first country in the Gulf to launch a new reporting platform developed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to curb organised crimes.

The UAE’s Financial Intelligence Unit launched the new anti-money laundering platform 'goAML', which has been open for registration since May.All financial entities and Designated Non-Financial Businesses or Professions have to register on this system.The platform will help the FIU prevent money laundering, financing of terrorism and other illicit financial activities.

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3. Government to launch Universal Smart Card Driving License

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to modify the format of driving licenses to smart card type driving licences.

Ministry has prescribed a common standard format and design of the Driving Licence for the whole of the country.This Ministry, through its flagship application called SARATHI developed by NIC, has a common countrywide database of all driving license holders.The SARATHI application has the feature to identify duplicate records online in real time and access information about the challans if any.

4. The code name of Balakot strike: Operation Bandar

The air strike by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on a terrorist training camp in Balakot, Pakistan, was code-named ‘Operation Bandar’.

It was IAF’s first strike inside Pakistan since the 1971 Indo-Pak war.The airstrikes were conducted 12 days after the terror outfit claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Kashmir.IAF had deployed 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets for the attack.The two pilots launched Israeli-made Spice 2000 satellite-guided bombs at the target.

5. Maharashtra to get floating solar power generation plants on four dams

Maharashtra is all set to get floating solar power generation plants on four dams.

The backwater of Wardha, Bebala, Khadakpurna and Pentakli dams has been selected for setting up the floating solar panels as per the Swiss Challenge method.The estimated investment per megawatt is 4.45 crore rupees, with a total installed capacity of 500 MW.A committee headed by the executive director of the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) is currently scrutinising the detailed project report and drafting the tenders.

6. World Bank approves $147 Million Loan to the Government of Jharkhand

The Government of India, the Government of Jharkhand and the World Bank, signed a $147 Million Loan Agreement.

The agreement has been signed to provide basic urban services to the people of Jharkhand and help improve the management capacity of the urban local bodies (ULBs) in the State.The Jharkhand Municipal Development Project will focus on improving the municipal sector’s capacity to provide basic urban services. It will invest in urban services such as water supply, sewerage, drainage, and urban roads; and strengthen the capacity of the Jharkhand Urban Infrastructure Development Company (JUIDCO) as well as that of the ULBs to carry out reforms in the areas of urban finance and governance.

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7. SBI plans to tap Singapore SME businesses

The State Bank of India is planning to expand its market in Singapore by enhancing its relationship across small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The SBI has served the Singapore retail and corporate sectors as a qualified full bank since 2008. It has six branches and offering ATM services under ATM5 network across the island state and two remittance centres.The SBI plans to offer its YONO app, an omnichannel service at the fingertip, to manage a wide range of financial services here.During his visit to Singapore on May 31, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched three Indian apps - BHIM, Rupay and SBI app - at a 'Business, Innovation and Community Event'.

8. RBI launches CMS for filing online complaints against banks, NBFCs

The Reserve Bank of India has launched an application on its website for lodging complaints against banks and NBFCs.

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das launched the Complaint Management System (CMS), a software application.The application system improves transparency by keeping the complainants informed through auto-generated acknowledgements and enabling them to track the status of their complaints and file appeals online against the decisions of the Ombudsmen, where applicable.He informed that the RBI also plans to introduce a dedicated Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system for tracking the status of complaints.

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9. India's junior women's team adjudged best in Black Forest Cup

In Boxing, India's junior women pugilists clinched seven medals, including five gold, while the team was adjudged the best of the tournament in the Black Forest Cup in Villingen, Schwenningen, Germany.

Haryana's Neha (54kg) and Karnataka's Anju Devi (50kg) claimed the honours of best boxer and promising player of the tournament. Ten countries including India, Ukraine, Germany, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Hungary, Lithuania, Mongolia, Greece, and Poland took part in this tournament.

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10. Rajasthan BJP chief Madan Lal Saini dies

Rajasthan BJP president Madan Lal Saini passed away while undergoing treatment at AIIMS in Delhi.

He was appointed BJP state president last year.He was a former MLA and RSS volunteer who held various posts in the Bhartiya Kisan Morcha as well.

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