Current Affairs 26th June 2020

1. Priyanka Chopra & Anurag Kashyap named Among 50 Ambassadors for 45th Edition of TIFF 2020

Actress Priyanka Chopra and Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap named among the 50 ambassadors for the 45th edition of Toronto International Film Festival(TIFF) 2020, which is to be held virtually. The festival will take place from September 10-19 with physical screenings and drive-ins, digital screenings, virtual red carpets, press conferences and industry talks.
This is the 1st time TIFF will launch a digital platform for the festival, offering new opportunities to connect with audiences beyond Toronto.
TIFF has partnered with Shift72 to develop the online platform.


2. India becomes World’s First Country to Use Drone Mounted ULV Sprayer for Locust Control

Under the Make in India initiative the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare (DAC&FW) has initiated to develop a vehicle mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayer for locust control to reduce the limitations of importing equipment.
This initiative is led by the Mechanization and Technology Division of DAC&FW with a sprayer prototype developed by Indian manufacturer. The initial trial of the sprayer has been conducted in Ajmer and Bikaner districts of Rajasthan and is awaiting approval for commercial launch.


3. Russia’s Energia Space Corporation plans to take first tourist on spacewalk in 2023

Energia Space Corporation in Russia announced on June 25 that it is planning on taking the first tourist on a spacewalk in 2023, under the terms of a new contract with a United States partner.
Energia has signed a contract with Space Adventures. The contact promises to take two space tourists to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2023.
Energia, which is a part of Russia’s Space Agency, Roscosmos informed that there is a plan that one of the participants of the expedition will do spacewalk from the Russian segment, together with a Russian cosmonaut.


4. Australia, New Zealand to jointly host FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The announcement was made by the Federation of International Football Associations on June 25, 2020.
FIFA’s official statement said that the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will be staged in Australia and New Zealand. This was decided following a vote taken by the FIFA Council during its meeting held via video conference, the result of which was announced by FIFA President Gianni Infantino.



5. Cleared of Doping Charges , K. Sanjita Chanu to receive Arjuna Award

Secretary of Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) has informed on 25th June 2020 that K. Sanjita Chanu will receive the Arjuna Award for 2018. The two time Commonwealth Games Gold medalist was cleared of doping charges earlier this month by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).
The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) dropped the doping charge against Chanu due to “non-conformities” in the handling of her sample last month. The Manipuri plans to seek compensation from the IWF for the “trauma” she endured.


6. Chhattisgarh launches “Godhan Nyay Yojana” and becomes first Indian state to buy cow dung from cattle owners

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel announced the launch of ‘Godhan Nyay Yojana’ in the state on June 25, 2020. The scheme aims to make animal husbandry commercially profitable, prevent open grazing by cattle and solve the problem of stray animals on roads and for environment conservation.
The ‘Godhan Nyay Yojana’ was launched through an online press conference. According to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, the scheme was launched to promote animal husbandry and make it a profitable practice.
As per the Chief Minister, the Godhan Nyay Yojana will be an innovative step forward towards protecting the financial interest of livestock owners in the state. The scheme is expected to boost the efforts made by the state government to strengthen the rural economy.


7. Union minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurated Virtual India Pavilion at “Cannes Film Market 2020”

Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar inaugurated the Virtual India Pavilion at Cannes Film Market 2020, commencing India’s participation at Cannes Film Festival. During the e-inauguration, the minister invited international film fraternity to come as well as shoot in India, and sell in the international market. This year, India has sent two films for screening during the festival, namely: MaiGhat: Crime No 103/200 (Marathi) and Hellaro (Gujarati).
The Indian Pavilion at Cannes will enable the Indian film makers and delegates to interact with the international community, and make them experience the colour, flavor and aroma of Indian cinema. It will also enable international film makers to explore the opportunities of working with Indian film makers and to shoot within Incredible India.

8. Pakistan remains in Grey list of terror financing watchdog “Financial Action Task Force”

Financial Action Task Force(FATF) in its 3rd and final plenary meeting under the Chinese Presidency of Xiangmin Liu over a virtual platform, retained Pakistan on the grey list till October 2020, for failing to prosecute and penalise terrorist financing in the country before the deadline fixed by FATF .
Germany will take over the presidency of the FATF from July, 2020 for a year.
If Pakistan fails to comply with FATF directive by October 2020 the country will be put under “Black List”.
Grey List:
i.The countries on the grey list will have difficulties in getting financial aid from the IMF, World Bank, ADB and European Union.
ii.The inclusion in grey list servers as a warning that the country may enter black list
Black List:
i.Non-cooperative countries or a Territories (NCCTs) are put in black list.
ii.Currently countries like North Korea and Iran are under black list

9. US Senate passes bill to impose sanctions on China over Hong Kong security law

The US Senate on June 25, 20202 passed a bill that seeks to impose sanctions on China for its decision to implement the controversial national security law in Hong Kong. The bill was passed with unanimous consent.
The bill comprises two measures, one of which- the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, aims to impose sanctions on individuals and businesses that help China restrict the autonomy of Hong Kong. The measure was jointly introduced by Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland.
The second measure was pushed by Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri. It is a resolution that condemns China for violating the Sino-British Joint Declaration signed in 1984 to guarantee autonomy for Hong Kong.
This is done by U.S because recently China created Special Administrative region by which Hongkong became answerable directly to Beijing which is threat to Hongkong’s international status.

10. NCPOR warns about the decline in the Arctic sea ice

The National Centre of Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) has warned about the decline in the Arctic sea ice. The dramatic decline in the Arctic sea ice is due to global warming. The loss of sea ice led to a localized increase in evaporation, air humidity, cloud cover, and rainfall.
It is well known that Arctic sea ice is a sensitive indicator of climate change and has strong retaliatory effects on other components of the climate system. NCPOR observed that the largest decline in Arctic sea ice in the past 41 years happened in July 2019.
It stated that, in the last 40 years (1979-2018), the sea ice has been declining at a rate of -4.7% per decade, while its rate was found to be -13% in July 2019. It warned that, if this trend continues, there would be no ice left in the Arctic sea by 2050, which would be dangerous for humanity and the entire environment.

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