1. World Brain Tumour Day: 8 June
World Brain Tumor Day is observed on June 8, which also coincides with World Ocean Day
Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe, which is a Non-profit organisation declared June 8 as the World Brain Tumor Day in 2000.
It has been regarded as an international commemoration day as well as a tribute to the brain tumour patients and their families.
2. Bande Utkal Janani: State song of Odisha
The iconic ‘Bande Utkal Janani’ has been accorded the status of State Anthem of Odisha.
The decision was taken after a cabinet meeting over video conference which was chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
‘Bande Utkal Janani’ has been rendered by Kanta Kabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra.
The song’s tune, version, manner will be decided and recorded by the 1&PR Department.
3. ADIA: New investor in Jio Platforms
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), one of the world’s biggest sovereign wealth funds, will invest Rs 5,683.5 crore into Jio Platforms.
The decision by ADIA is 8th investment in Jio Platforms in less than seven weeks and marks the largest continuous fundraising action by a company anywhere in the world.
RIL has now sold a little over 21 percent stake in Jio Platforms.
4. Javed Akhtar bagged Richard Dawkins Award
Javed Akhtar has been named 2020’s recipient of the Richard Dawkins Award.
Akhtar became the first Indian to be given the honour for critical thinking, advancing human progress and humanist values.
Every year, the award recognises a distin guished individual from the field of science, scholarship, education, or entertainment.
5. G20 countries pledge over $21 billion
Member countries of the Group of 20 have pledged more than $21 billion to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement comes after the G20 countries injected more than $5 trillion into the global economy in late March 2020 to fight the virus and its economic impact.
Emergency measures aimed at protecting health will be targeted, proportionate, transparent, and temporary.
6. Environment performance index released
India secured 168th rank in the 12th edition of the biennial Environment Performance Index (EPI Index 2020).
The index measured the environmental performance of 180 countries and was released by the Yale University on June 4, 2020.
India scored 27.6 out of 100 in the 2020 index.
The global index considered 32 indicators of environmental performance.
7. Technosoft appointed Sean Narayanan as CEO
Technosoft has announced that Sean Narayanan has been appointed as CEO and will join the Board of Directors of Technosoft.
Sean joins Technosoft from Atos, where he was a Senior Executive Vice President and CEO of the €4B Business and Platform Solutions division.
Prior to Atos, Sean was Chief Business Officer at LiquidHub (now Capgemini).
8. Gairsain: Summer capital of Uttarakhand
Gairsain in Chamoli district was declared as the summer capital of Uttarakhand on 8 June 2020.
A notification in this regard was issued by Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh after Governor Baby Rani Maurya gave her assent to the move.
CM Trivendra Rawat had made this an announcement during the budget session of the state assembly on March 4, 2020.
9. Monika Mohta: New Ambassador to Switzerland
Diplomat Monika Kapil Mohta has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Switzerland.
Presently, Mohta, an Indian Foreign Service officer of 1985 batch, is India’s Ambassador to Sweden.
She is expected to take up the assignment shortly.
Mohta has served as the Ambassador of India to Poland and Lithuania from July 2011 to January 2015.
10. Israel’s first female ambassador to Egypt
Israeli government has appointed diplomat Amira Oron as the new ambassador to Egypt.
The Appointments Committee of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had decided on Oct. 29, 2018, to appoint Oron as its ambassador to Egypt, to succeed former ambassador David Govrin.
Oron will be the first female ambassador to Egypt since the signing of the Egypt-Israel peace treaty in 1979.
11. Michael Clarke appointed as an officer
Michael Clarke has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday list for Australia with the former cricket captain recognised for both his sporting career and community work.
Clarke was appointed an Officer in the general division of the Order of Australia.
Former women’s captain Lynnette Larsen and Olympic hockey gold medallist Renita Garard were both named a Member of the Order of Australia.
12. Wipro, IBM to collaborate
Wipro Limited has announced a collaboration with IBM to assist Wipro customers embark on a seamless and secure hybrid cloud journey.
Through this alliance Wipro will develop hybrid cloud offerings to help businesses migrate, manage and transform mission critical workloads and applications, with security across public or private cloud and on-premises IT environments.
13. ‘STREE’ programme launched in Hyderabad
Hyderabad City Security Council in association with Hyderabad City Police has launched a programme ‘STREE!
It will support and empower women undergoing domestic violence and abuse.
The name reflects the vision – “She Triumphs through Respect, Equality, and Empowerment” (STREE).
It will create awareness among the women on their rights, entitlements, laws and support systems available.
14. Manipur CM inaugurated Plant Health Clinic
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated a Plant Health Clinic at the Directorate of Horticulture and Soil Conservation, Imphal on 8 June 2020.
The aim is to boost the economic growth of Manipur through agriculture and horticulture
During the inaugural function, the Chief Minister also launched a mobile soil testing laboratory van.
15. TAF develops rescue pod “ARPIT” for evacuation
The Indian Air Force has designed, devel oped and inducted an Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation (ARPIT).
It will be utilised for the evacuation of critical patients with infectious diseases including COVID-19 from high altitude areas, isolated and remote places.
It has been developed at a mere cost of Rs 60,000, compared to the imported systems costing up to Rs 60 lakh.
16. “COVID BEEP” app launched
Union Minister Jitendra Singh has launched the ‘COVID BEEP’ app.
It is the country’s first indigenous wireless physiological parameters monitoring system for the affected patients.
COVID BEEP stands for Continuous Oxygenation and Vital Information Detection Biomed ECIL ESIC Pod.
The latest version of COVID BEEP has incorporated NIBP (non-invasive blood pressure) monitoring.
17. Engineer from Maharashtra developed ‘Coro-bot’
An Instrumentation Engineer Pratik Tirodkar, from Thane district in Maharashtra has developed a ‘Coro-bot!
It would cut away the requirement of physical contact of nurses and ward boys with the patient.
It is inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Make in India’ and his clarion call for innovation,
Currently, it is being used at Holy cross Hospital in Kalyan.
18. Rajasthan Govt launched “Raj Kaushal Portal”
The Rajasthan govt has launched centralised manpower repository “Raj Kaushal”.
It is the first of its kind portal in the country to connect migrant workers with job opportunities in their home state.
This centralised system ensures jobs for migrants which will also help to start industries in the state.
the portal has a database of more than 50 lakh people categorised by their skill set.
19. OPEC agreed to cut oil production by about 10%
Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allied nations have agreed to extend a production cut of nearly 10 million barrels of oil a day through the end of July 2020.
The measure is aimed at cutting out the excess production depressing prices as global aviation remains largely grounded due to the pandemic.
It represents some 10 per cent of the world’s overall supply.
20. RBI proposed a comprehensive framework
The RBI has proposed a comprehensive framework for sale of loan exposures, which could be standard, sub-standard or non-performing assets (NPAs).
Presently, the guidelines for sale of loan exposures, both standard as well as stressed exposures, are spread across various circulars of the RBI.
The stakeholders can send their comments on the draft framework to the RBI by June 30, 2020.
21. CBIC launched its flagship programme
Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, CBIC has launched its flagship programme ‘Turant Customs’, at Bengaluru and Chennai.
This is a giant leap forward to leverage technology for faster Customs clearance of imported goods.
Importers will now get their goods cleared from Customs after a faceless assessment is done remotely by the Customs officers located outside the port of import.
22. World Bank lent loan to West Bengal Govt
The World Bank has given Rs. 1,950 crore loans to the West Bengal Government for tackling COVID situation and developmental work in the State.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that out of it, Rs. 1,100 crore will be spent for creating Industrial infrastructures.
Remaining Rs. 850 crores have been allocated for spending on various Social-Welfare schemes.
23. Penalty on Gujarat’s Yashashvi Rasayan Pvt Ltd
National Green Tribunal has directed Gu jarat based chemical company Yashashvi Rasayan Private Ltd to deposit Rs. 25 crore.
NGT has imposed this penalty for the incident of blast at the company’s Dahej plant, in which 10 persons were killed and over 75 injured
After the blast in Dahej plant, the fire had spread rapidly and also damaged the second plant in the factory.
24. Madhya Pradesh topped wheat procurement
Madhya Pradesh has emerged the top state in the country in wheat procurement on support prices.
The state government has purchased over
1.27 crore tonnes from farmers.
It is almost equal to the 33 per cent of total wheat procured in the country.
Out of the total wheat procured, 118 lakh metric tonnes has been safely stored, which is almost 95 per cent of the quantity purchased.
25. Madhya Pradesh launched a welfare programme
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has launched Street Ven dor Registration Portal and “Mukhyamantri Shahri Path Vyavsayi Utthan Yojana”.
He transferred Rs 300 crore to urban local bodies.
A few days ago Rs 1,555 crore were provided to 22,800 Gram Panchayats for development purposes.
26. Hero MotoCorp launched platform eSHOP
Hero MotoCorp has launched an integrated online sales platform, eSHOP, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The platform enables a seamless buying experience, which is completely digital.
All the purchase-related information and actions are built into the system, allowing customers to purchase their preferred motorcycle or scooter directly from the company website.
27. Highest ever funds allocated under MGNREGS
A provision of Rs 1,01,500 crore has been made under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in the current financial year 20202021
It is the highest ever provision of funds under the programme.
A sum of 31,493 crores has already been released in 20202021 which is more than 50 percent of the budget estimate of the current Financial Year.
28. Government mandated a distinct colour strip
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has mandated a strip of green colour of 1 cm width on top of the existing sticker carrying details of registration for BS-VI ve vehicles of any fuel type i.e. for petrol or CNG which have a light blue colour sticker and a diesel vehicle which is of orange colour.
These stickers will now have a green strip of 1 cm on top for BS VI, as mandated.
29. DIAT developed disinfectant spray
Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune has developed a Nano-technology based disinfectant spray to combat COVID-19 by disinfecting all types of surfaces.
It has been named “ANANYA”.
This can be used by anyone, from a common man to a healthcare worker, for an individual as well as large scale use.
This is a water-based spray and will be effective for more than 24 hours after spray.
30. India, Denmark signed MoU
India and Denmark have signed an MoU for developing cooperation in the power sector.
The MoU was signed between the Ministry of Power and the Ministry for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Government of Denmark
Under the MoU, a Joint Working Group will also be established.
It will be co-chaired by Joint Secretary level officials.