Current Affairs 13th June 2020

1. Nepal Parliament’s Lower House passes amendment bill to redraw political map

The lower house of Nepal’s parliament unanimously passed the historic Second Constitution Amendment Bill guaranteeing legal status for the updated political map of Nepal which includes India’s territories in Pithoragarh district.
The voting came after a day-long discussion which also included Maoist leader Prachanda’s praise for the Nepal Communist Party which he said is reversing centuries of diplomatic humiliation of Nepal.
Following this amendment, the region of Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh located at present in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand will be part of the map of Nepal which will be included in Nepal’s national emblem.

2. Narendra Singh Tomar virtually launched “Sahakar Mitra” scheme to provide paid internship to the Youth under NCDC initivative

Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister inaugurated a Sahakar Mitra: Scheme on Internship Program (SIP) an initiative of the NCDC (National Cooperative Development Corporation). The program will provide practical experience of the cooperative sector and assured project loans on liberalized terms to young professionals in the start-up industry. The portal for online application is available on the NCDC website:https://www.ncdc.in/.
The young professionals from academic institutions will be working with the NCDC under the scheme to develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills through the cooperative sector by playing the role of FPO(Farmer Producer Organisation).

3. Central Railway launches Robotic “CAPTAIN ARJUN” to intensify screening and surveillance

Railway Protection Force, Pune has launched a Robotic ‘CAPTAIN ARJUN’ (Always be Responsible and Just Use to be Nice) to intensify the screening and surveillance.
This Robot is launched to screen passengers while they board trains and keep a watch on anti-social elements.
Captain ARJUN is equipped with a motion sensor, one PTZ camera and one Dome Camera.
The Cameras use Artificial Intelligence algorithms to track suspicious and antisocial activity.
It also has an inbuilt siren, motion activated spotlight, with an in-built internal storage for recording in case there is a network failure.
Captain ARJUN does thermal screening and records the temperature in a digital display panel.

4. Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta assumes the charge as Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam

Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta assumed the charge as Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam.
Biswajit Dasgupta is an alumnus of National Defence Academy.
He was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1985 and is a specialist in Navigation and Direction.
He has commanded four frontline ships including the missile corvettes INS Nishank, INS Karmuk, stealth frigate INS Tabar and the aircraft carrier INS Viraat.

5. Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh launches mobile App- “Ghar Ghar Nigrani” to contain community spread

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has launched a mobile based app – ‘Ghar Ghar Nigrani’, to undertake house to house surveillance in the state till the elimination of the pandemic.
It is a Health Department initiative, encompassing ASHA workers/Community Volunteers, as a tool for early detection and testing of the people for Covid19, and preventing its community spread.
Entire rural and urban population of Punjab above 30 years of age shall be surveyed as part of the drive, which will also cover persons below the age of 30 having co-morbidity or Influenza like Illness/Severe Acute Respiratory Illness.
This would not be a one-time activity but an ongoing process till the containment of COVID.
He said that the survey would help the state develop an extremely important database to further plan its COVID containment strategy and make targeted interventions for the community.

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