Daily Current Affairs and General Knowledge NEWS 26 June 2019

International Current Affairs 26 June 2019

1. International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: 26 June

The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed annually on 26 June, since 1989.

This day is observed by the United Nations against drug abuse and the illegal drug trade.2019 Theme: Health for Justice. Justice for Health

National Current Affairs 26 June 2019

2. Vaishno Devi shrine to have own disaster response force by Sept 2020

The Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, a religious pilgrimage will get a dedicated in-house disaster response force by September next year.

Training of the board staff who will be the first respondents in case of any eventuality has already begun at the headquarters of 7th battalion of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in Punjab.Nearly 86 lakh pilgrims visited the shrine, atop the Trikuta hills in Reasi district of Jammu region, last year, highest in the last five years.

3. Kerala tops health rankings in NITI Aayog report

For the second year in a row, Kerala has retained its top rank in the national health index.

The report analyses the overall performance and incremental improvement in all the states.According to the Health Index 2019 released by NITI Aayog, Kerala is the top performer with a score of 74.01 out of 100, followed by Andhra Pradesh with 65.13 and Maharashtra with 63.99.Uttar Pradesh was the worst-performing state with a score of 28.61, followed by Bihar and Odisha.

4. IAF team to participate in 'Garuda' in France

An Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent, including Sukhoi fighter jets, will participate in a joint air exercise 'Garuda' with the French Air Force.

The Garuda contingent will depart on June 25 and the exercise will take place between July 1 and July 14 in France.This is the sixth edition of the exercise which is intended for both the air forces to exercise together and learn best practices each one has to offer.Earlier, India and France had recently held naval drills in the Arabian Sea under the Varuna series war games in which Indian naval fighters along with the Rafale-M of the French Air Force took part.

Important Appointments 26 June 2019

5. K Natarajan appointed as new Director General of Indian Coast Guard

Krishnaswamy Natarajan was appointed as the next Director General of the Indian Coast Guard replacing Rajendra Singh.

K. Natarajan, the second Coast Guard officer to lead the force, would take over on June 30.He joined the force on January 18, 1984, and holds a Masters Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University.K. Natarajan has held various important Command and Staff appointments.

6. Ann Sarnoff becomes the first woman to run Warner Bros

WarnerMedia has chosen its head of Warner Bros and named Ann Sarnoff as its CEO.

Ann is the first woman to run the studio in its 96-year history.She currently serves as president of BBC Studios Americas.Founded in 1923, Warner Bros is one of Hollywood's "Big Five," which also includes Paramount, Universal, Columbia and Disney.

People Who Are Not With Us

7. Freedom fighter Mohan Ranade dies at 90

Freedom fighter Mohan Ranade, who participated in Goa’s liberation movement, passed away.

During Goa’s liberation movement, Ranade was active in attacking police stations at Betim, Banastarim and other outposts.He was arrested by Portuguese police in 1955 and was imprisoned at the Fort of Caxias near Lisbon in Portugal. He was kept in solitary confinement for six years.Ranade was awarded Padmashri in 2001 and Sangli Bhushan in 2006.He received the Goa Puraskar in 1986 for social work.

Books Released

8. Anupam Kher Unveils His Auto-Biography

Bollywood actor Anupam Kher is coming out with his autobiography, Lessons Life Taught Me Unknowingly that is set to hit stands on 5 August.

Kher, one of the most prolific actors in the Indian film industry, has over 530 films in several languages, both in India and the West, 100 plays and numerous TV shows to his credit.He is a winner of two National awards, eight Filmfare awards and a BAFTA nomination.He is also a recipient of the Padma Shree and Padma Bhushan awards.

9. Meenakshi Lekhi pens debut novel

BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi has written her debut novel, which talks of undercurrents of Delhi's political landscape.

‘The New Delhi Conspiracy’, co-authored with Krishna Kumar and published by HarperCollins India, is slated for release on July 8.Lekhi is a Lok Sabha member from Delhi and is a Supreme Court lawyer.

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