Daily Current Affairs and General Knowledge NEWS 29 June 2019

International Current Affairs 29 June 2019

1. PM Modi chairs RIC meet with Putin, Xi Jinping

Prime minister Narendra Modi chaired the informal meeting of the RIC (Russia, India and China) framework on the sidelines of the G-20 summit.

The meeting was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.The interactions at the level of the leadership of these countries to discuss global issues are of immense importance.

2. Saudi Arabia raises India's Haj quota by 30,000

Saudi Arabia has increased India's Haj quota by 30,000.

Now the quota has been raised from 170,000 to 200,000, paving the way for 30,000 more Indians to go for the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.The issue of India's Haj quota was discussed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's bilateral talks with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman.

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3. A life-size sculpture of Maharaja Ranjit Singh unveiled at historic Lahore Fort

A life-size sculpture of Maharaja Ranjit Singh was unveiled at the historic Lahore Fort in Pakistan to mark his 180th death anniversary.

He ruled over Punjab for close to 40 years in the early 19th century. It took eight months to complete the eight-feet tall statue of the Sikh ruler sitting on his favourite horse named Kahar Bahar. The horse was a gift from Dost Muhammad Khan, the founder of the Barazkai dynasty.

4. India signs loan agreement of USD 328M with World Bank for Andhra Pradesh

India has signed a loan agreement of 328 million dollars with the World Bank for improved health services in Andhra Pradesh.

The agreement will help to improve the quality and responsiveness of public health services in Andhra Pradesh.The World Bank loan will support the Andhra Pradesh government to scales-up its efforts to bring better health care to all its citizens, especially pregnant women and those at risk of non-communicable diseases, like hypertension, diabetes and cervical cancer.

5. Conclave on ‘Transforming North East India through Science and Technology' beings in Meghalaya

In Meghalaya, a two-day North East Conclave 2019 on ‘Transforming North East India through Science and Technology’ began at Shillong.

It has been organised by the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD).In this conclave leading experts and policymakers from different parts of the country along with local stakeholders will come together to discuss transforming North East India through Science and Technology.

6. FSSAI calls for visible labelling of packaged foods

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued draft regulations aiming to mandate packaged food companies to label high fat, sugar and salt contents in the front of the package itself in red colour.

Alarmed by rising rates of obesity and diabetes, India has been planning rules from as early as two years ago.The food labels will also declare, per serve percentage contribution to RDA (recommended dietary allowance) on the front of the pack.

7. Mumbai named India’s most expensive city

Mumbai is India’s most expensive city and among the top 20 costliest cities surveyed in Asia for expatriates.

According to Mercer’s 25th Annual Cost of Living Survey, Mumbai fell 12 spots and was ranked at the 67th position out of 209 cities surveyed.The costliest city in the world for the second consecutive year is Hong Kong followed by Tokyo, Singapore and Seoul.

8. Zojila tunnel's project cost surges to Rs 8,400 crore

The project cost for the 14.2 km Zojila tunnel connecting Srinagar to Leh has surged by Rs 1,600 crore to Rs 8,400 crore.

Construction work on the 14.2 km long Zojila tunnel project has been stuck since May 2018. Asia's longest and strategic bi-directional tunnel, the Zojila project will provide all-weather connectivity between J&K's Srinagar, Kargil and Leh. It will cut down the time taken to cross Zojila pass from the present three and a half hours to just 15 minutes.Zojila pass, situated at an altitude of 11,578 feet on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway.

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9. Marcus Trescothick announces retirement from professional cricket

Former England star Marcus Trescothick announced he would retire at the end of the season, bringing down the curtain on a 27-season career.

The 43-year-old opening batsman, who played 76 Tests and 123 one-day internationals, has scored a total of 26,234 first-class runs since making his debut for Somerset in 1993.

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10. Eminent Gandhian Jharna Dhara Chowdhury passes away in Dhaka

Eminent Social Activist and secretary of the Gandhi Ashram Trust in Jayag, Noakhali, Bangladesh Jharna Dhara Chowdhury passed away in Dhaka.

She devoted her whole life to promoting peace, communal harmony and social justice.She was deeply influenced by the Gandhian principles of non-violence and communal harmony. In recognition of her work, Jharna Dhara Chowdhury was honoured with Padma Shri in 2013.She was also awarded Jamnalal Bajaj award in 1998.

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