Daily Current Affairs and General Knowledge NEWS 27 June 2019

International Current Affairs 27 June 2019

1. BIMSTEC Day celebrated in Dhaka

Members of the 7 countries regional grouping Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) celebrated the BIMSTEC Day in Dhaka.

Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr A K Abdul Momen was the chief guest of the event.Acting High Commissioner Bishwadip Dey represented India in the event.Points to rememberThe BIMSTEC member states- Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan.

National Current Affairs 27 June 2019

2. PM Modi reaches Osaka for G20 Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached the Japanese city of Osaka to attend the G20 Summit.

This summit will be an important stepping stone for India towards hosting the G-20 Summit in 2022 when the country will usher in a New India in the 75th Anniversary of the Independence.The theme of the Osaka summit is 'Human-centred future society'.Issues related to artificial intelligence, common efforts to address major global challenges such as terrorism and climate change form the reach agenda of the summit.

3. Beekeeping Development Committee released its report

The Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister set up a Beekeeping Development Committee under the Chairmanship of Professor Bibek Debroy.

The Beekeeping Development Committee (BDC) has released its report.BDC was constituted with the objective of identifying ways of advancing beekeeping in India, that can help in improving agricultural productivity, enhancing employment generation, augmenting nutritional security and sustaining biodiversity.

4. MoA signed to set up Centre for Inland & Coastal Maritime Technology at IIT Kharagpur

A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed between the Ministry of Shipping and IIT, Kharagpur for setting up the Centre for Inland and Coastal Maritime Technology.

The Centre will focus on indigenisation of ship designing, building and testing.The MoA will further the dream of Make in India and reduce the recurring cost incurred in the import of technology.Presently, only Germany, the Netherlands, Russia and Belgium have model testing facilities for ships.

5. Amitabh Kant gets a two-year extension as Niti Aayog CEO

Amitabh Kant was given a two-year extension as Chief Executive Officer of NITI Aayog.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the extension of Mr Kant's tenure for a further period of two years beyond June 30, 2019, i.e. up to June 30, 2021, on the same terms and conditions.

Points to Remember

The NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) is a policy think tank of the Government of India.Chairman: Narendra ModiVice Chairman: Rajiv Kumar

Important Appointments 27 June 2019

6. Samant Goel appointed as new RAW chief

Punjab cadre IPS officer Samant Goel has been appointed as the new chief of Research & Analysis Wing.

Mr Goel played a key role in planning the February 2019 Balakot airstrikes and the 2016 surgical strikes.Also, Assam Cadre IPS officer Arvind Kumar will be the new Director of Intelligence Bureau.Arvind Kumar is known as the government's Kashmir expert.

7. IOA and FIH chief Batra elected IOC member

Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee.

He secured 58 votes out of 62 while four voted against him.His election is linked to his function in a National Olympic Committee - that is president of IOA.Batra now has a rare distinction of becoming a member of the IOC, while heading a National Olympic Committee as well as an international federation. He is the first Indian to have this distinction.

Important Sports Event 27 June 2019

8. IOC strips world boxing body AIBA of Olympic status

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) stripped Olympic status from the troubled world boxing body AIBA (International Boxing Association).

As a result, the IOC will now organize qualifying and final tournaments for the 2020 Tokyo Games.Lausanne-based AIBA has said it is near bankruptcy with debts of about 17 million US Dollars.

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9. Swami Satyamitranand Giri Maharaj passes away

Swami Satyamitranand Giri Maharaj, a renowned seer, passed away at Dehradun in Uttarakhand after a prolonged illness.

The 87-year-old head of Bharat Mata Janhit Trust was undergoing treatment for some time at a hospital.He was a recipient of Padma Bhushan that has contributed immensely to society and dedicated his entire life for the welfare of underprivileged people.

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