Daily Current Affairs and General Knowledge NEWS 28 June 2019

International Current Affairs 28 June 2019

1. G-20 summit begins in Osaka

G20 Summit begins in Osaka, Japan.

The theme of the summit is ‘Human-centred future society’.Several state heads including Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in the two-day summit.19 countries, the European Union and several special invitees are participating at the Osaka Summit.

Points to Remember

  • 2020 G20 summit: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  • 2021 G20 summit:  Italy

  • 2022 G20 summit: India

National Current Affairs 28 June 2019

2. Indigenously developed nuclear-capable missile Prithvi-II test fired successfully

India successfully test-fired indigenously developed nuclear-capable missile Prithvi-II as part of a user trial by the Army from a test range off the Odisha coast.

The trial of the surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, was carried out from a mobile launcher from Launch Complex-III of the Integrated Test Range, ITR at Chandipur.The missile is capable of carrying 500 to 1000 kg of warheads and is powered by liquid propulsion twin engines.Prithvi-II was also successfully test-fired on 21st February, last year from the ITR at Chandipur.

3. ISRO forms new PSU to commercially exploit technology, launch satellites

The ISRO has formed a public sector undertaking (PSU) named as the NewSpace India Limited (NSIL).

It will commercially exploit the research and development work of the space agency, co-produce PSLV and launch satellites through SSLVs.The functions of NSIL will involve small satellite technology transfer to industry, manufacture of Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV).The new company will also look after the production and marketing of space-based products and services, including launch an application, developed by ISRO Centres.

Points to remember

  • Antrix Corporation Ltd is another PSU under the Department of Space that acts as a commercial arm of the ISRO.

4. Sindhu Festivals being celebrated in Leh

In the Ladakh Region of Jammu and Kashmir, Sindhu Festivals is being celebrated on the bank of Indus River in Leh.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik inaugurated the festival.The festival is celebrated every year to attract tourists to Ladakh by presenting the Indus River as a symbol of the multi-dimensional cultural identity of India.The main attraction of the festival is local Folk songs and dances, exhibitions of handicrafts, and ethnic food items.

5. India signs USD 400M loan agreement with World Bank to eliminate TB

World Bank India has signed a loan agreement worth 400 million dollars with the World Bank to help treat and eliminate Tuberculosis from the country.

In India, around five lakh people died every year due to Tuberculosis.The World Bank supported program will cover nine States and it will support the government's National Strategic Plan to end TB in India by 2025.The Program will provide financial incentives to private sector care providers for reporting cases of TB and ensuring that their patients complete the treatment regimen.

6.  Govt sets up a working group to revise the current series of WPI

The Government has constituted a Working Group for the revision of the current series of Wholesale Price Index.

Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member, Niti Aayog will be the chairman of the 18-member committee. The Office of Economic Adviser, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade will be the nodal office for the Working Group.The current series of Wholesale Price Index with 2011-12 as the base year was introduced in May 2017.Since 2011-12, significant structural changes have taken place in the economy. Therefore, it has become necessary to examine the index numbers of the Wholesale Price Index.

Important Appointments 28 June 2019

7. Prasanta Kumar Saikia sworn in as Chairperson of Lokayukta in Arunachal Pradesh

In Arunachal Pradesh, Justice Prasanta Kumar Saikia (Retired) has been sworn in as the Chairperson of the Lokayukta in the state.

The oath was administered by Governor Dr. B D Mishra at Raj Bhawan in Itanagar. Mr. Yeshi Tsering was also sworn in as Member of the Lokayukta.

Important Sports Event 28 June 2019

8. Virat Kohli becomes the fastest batsman to score 20,000 runs

India captain Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to reach 20,000 international runs.

Virat Kohli took just 417 innings to reach the milestone and bettered the time taken by legends such as Tendulkar and Lara.Prior to India vs West Indies match, Kohli was 37 runs short of the milestone and reached in the 25th over of the India innings. Kohli, thus, became the 12th batsman and third Indian after Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to reach 20,000 international runs.

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9. Freedom fighter Mohammed Baji passes away

Eminent freedom fighter Mohammed Baji died at his residence in Nabarangpur District of Odisha.

He was a close associate of tribal civil rights activist Laxman Nayak. Baji was injured in police firing during the 1942 movement when 29 tribals were killed while protesting before the Mathili police station in Malkangiri district.He had joined the Indian National Congress in 1936, the year Odisha became a separate province on the basis of language.He also joined the Quit India Movement and was held on August 19, 1942.

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