1. Money in Swiss banks: India at 77th place, accounts for just 0.06% of all foreign funds
India has moved down three places to 77th rank in terms of money parked by its citizens and enterprises with Swiss banks at the end of 2019.
The UK has retained its top position, as per the latest data from Switzerland’s central bank. India was ranked 74th in the previous year.
It accounts for just about 0.06 per cent of the aggregate funds parked by all foreign clients of Switzerland-based banks. In comparison, the top-ranked UK accounted for close to 27 per cent of the total foreign funds parked with Swiss banks at the end of 2019.
The top-15 countries account for nearly 75 percent of all foreign money in Swiss banks, while the contribution of the top-30 is almost 90 per cent.
2. Grandmaster P. Harikrishna becomes the 1st Indian to join the USD 150,000 Chessable Masters
Grandmaster P. Harikrishna debuted the Magnus Carlsen Chess(MCC) Tour 2020 by joining the players in the USD 150,000 Chessable Masters. He is the 1st Indian in the tour. Harikrishna exited from the Chessable Masters with a final-round defeat to Alexander Grischuk
MCC Tour is a 12-player field that includes the world’s top 6- Magnus Carlsen, Norway; Fabiano Caruana, United States of America (USA); Ling Diren, China; Ian Nepomniachtchi, Russia; MaximeVachier-Lagrave, France and Alexander Grishcuk, Russia. They are on the classical format ranking list.
The Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour is an online series hosted by chess24.The tour includes the following namely; USD 250,000 Magnus Carlsen Invitational(April 18 – May 3); USD 150,000 Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge( May 19 – June 3), USD 150,000 Online Chess Masters(June 20 – July 5), USD 150,000 Legends of Chess(July 21 – August 5) and USD 300,000 Tour Final(August 9 – August 20).
3. Himachal Pradesh bags e-Panchayat Puraskar 2020
The Himachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj department has won a first prize under the E-Panchayat Puraskars-2020 to be given by the Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj.
The state has been selected for the award for effective implementation of the e-application developed by the Central government and other applications developed by the state government.
All 3,226 panchayats in the state have been provided with internet facility, now with the help of it, people can access various services online.
Various services such as family register, registration of birth, death and marriages are registered online in the panchayats.
4. Vini Mahajan becomes the first Woman Chief Secretary of Punjab
Senior IAS officer Vini Mahajan assumed charge as Punjab’s first woman chief secretary. She replaced Karan Avtar Singh.
Vini Mahajan is a 1987-batch IAS officer. Mahajan is the wife of the state’s director-general of police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta. Vini Mahajan will hold the additional charge of principal secretary, personnel, and vigilance.
5. On the call of Prime Minister, Culture Ministry to celebrate “Sankalp Parva” to plant trees from 28th June to 12 July 2020
The Union Ministry of Culture has announced on 27th June 2020 that on the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi the Ministry has decided to celebrate a 2-week long tree plantation campaign called ‘Sankalp Parva’ from 28th June to 12th July 2020. This was informed by the Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) Prahlad Joshi.
During the nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country has experienced the importance of a clean and healthy environment. Under the Sankalp Parva, the Ministry of Culture has recommended planting 5 tress: Bargad, Awla, Pepal, Ashok and Bel. These 5 trees represent the herbal heritage of the country.
Sankalp Parva will be celebrated across all the Subordinate Offices, Institutions affiliated & attached to the Ministry and academies. For the success of the campaign, the Ministry has urged Institutions to ensure that employees must take care of the sapling that they have planted until it survives and flourishes.