Current Affairs – June 05-06, 2019

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India ranks 95 among 129 countries in global gender equality index

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India ranked 95th out of 129 countries in a new index that measures global gender equality looking at aspects such as poverty, health, education, literacy, political representation and equality at the workplace. Denmark was ranked at the first place and Chad at 129th place. China ranked at 74th position, Pakistan at 113th while Nepal and Bangladesh at 102nd and 110th respectively, the index said.
The Sustainable Development Goals Gender Index has been developed by UK-based Equal Measures 2030, a joint effort of regional and global organizations including African Women’s Development and Communication Network, Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and International Women’s Health Coalition.


Assam govt to provide a subsidy of Rs 1.7 lakh for admission in North East Skill Centre

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Assam government to provide a subsidy of 1.7 lakh rupees for the admission in the North East Skill Centre. Mission Director of the Assam Skill Development Mission AP Tiwari said that the total course fees of the first batch students would be around 2.2 lakh rupees. He said that 400 students would get admission in the first batch.
The Centre has got the support from Singapore’s IITEES. Mr. Tiwari said that Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal has given much stress in the skill development sector and various industry leaders have shown interest in this sector.


Indian Oil, BPCL, HPCL to form JV for Kandla-Gorakhpur LPG pipeline project

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IndianOil, Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) will be laying the world’s longest LPG pipeline, from Kandla (Gujarat) to Gorakhpur (UP). An IndianOil statement said the 2,757-km cross-country pipeline will connect three major States — Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh — to the western coast and reach LPG to 22 bottling plants (BPs) of the three oil marketing companies (OMCs).
The Kandla-Gorakhpur LPG pipeline is estimated to cost about ₹10,000 crore. It will be implemented through a joint venture company where IndianOil will hold 50 percent and the other two OMCs will hold 25 percent each.


Business - Current Affairs - June 05-06, 2019

World Bank retains India’s growth rate forecast for FY19-20 at 7.5%

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The World Bank has retained its forecast of India’s growth rate at 7.5% for the current financial year.In its Global Economic Prospects report, the World Bank also said growth rate is expected to remain the same for the next two fiscals. “In India, growth is projected at 7.5 percent in FY2019/20 (April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020), unchanged from the previous forecast, and to stay at this pace through the next two fiscal years,” the World Bank said in its report.
According to the report, private consumption and investment will benefit from strengthening credit growth amid more accommodative monetary policy, with inflation having fallen below the Reserve Bank of India’s target. Support from delays in planned fiscal consolidation at the central level should partially offset the effects of political uncertainty around elections, it added.


TN gets $287-m World Bank loan for healthcare reform

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The Centre, the Tamil Nadu Government(GoTN) and the World Bank have signed a $287-million loan agreement for the Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Programme (TNHSRP).
TNHSRP aims to improve the quality of healthcare, reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and fill equity gaps in reproductive and child health services in the State, according to an official statement.


Awards - Current Affairs - June 05-06, 2019

RBI approves Rakesh Makhija as Axis Bank non-executive Chairman

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The Reserve Bank of India has approved the appointment of Rakesh Makhija as the Non-Executive (Part-Time) Chairman of Axis Bank, the lender said in a regulatory filing on Monday. The appointment will be for a three-year period from July 18, 2019, to July 17, 2022. Axis Bank had in March this year proposed Makhija as the non-executive Chairman.


‘Cyclone man’ Mrutyunjay Mohapatra new IMD chief

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Renowned scientist and cyclone warning specialist Mrutyunjay Mohapatra was appointed as the chief of India Meteorological Department (IMD), according to a Personnel Ministry order. The 54-year-old Scientist ‘G’ and Additional Director General in the IMD has been appointed as Director General of Meteorology, IMD, for a period of five years.
Mohapatra and his team at the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD have earned praise for their accurate forecasts on cyclones, its wind-speed and likely impact on life and property including during the recent cyclone ‘Fani’, when their timely warnings enabled the authorities to ensure early evacuation of millions of people.


Gianni Infantino Waved in for Second Term as FIFA President

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Gianni Infantino has been re-elected as president of football’s world governing body Fifa for a second term. The Swiss-Italian, 49, was re-elected until 2023 without opposition at Fifa’s annual congress in Paris.
He succeeded Sepp Blatter in 2016 and has increased the number of teams at the 2026 World Cup and proposed key changes to the Club World Cup. Ex-president Blatter was in charge for 17 years until he was banned amid a corruption scandal in 2015.


Ashis Ray’s Book On World Cup “Cricket World Cup: The Indian Challenge” Launched

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“Cricket World Cup: The Indian Challenge” – a book on the history of the tournament from an Indian perspective by veteran broadcaster and writer Ashis Ray – has been formally unveiled by the chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, Tom Harrison. The event took place on May 29 at the annual summit of the UK-based India Business Group at the Institute of Directors in London. Speaking at the function, Harrison said: “I am much looking forward to reading the book.”


Awards - Current Affairs - June 05-06, 2019

Sunder Pichai, Nasdaq’s Friedman to receive 2019 Global Leadership Award

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In the United States, Google’s India-born CEO Sundar Pichai and Nasdaq president Adena Friedman have been chosen for the prestigious Global Leadership Awards 2019 by business advocacy group USIBC in recognition of the two companies’ contribution as the leading technology-driven platforms.
The award by Washington-based US-India Business Council (USIBC) would be conferred upon Indian-American Pichai, 46, and Friedman, 50, during the next week’s ‘India Ideas Summit’. Given annually since 2007, the USIBC Global Leadership Awards recognize top corporate executives from the United States and India whose companies play a major role in catalyzing growth in the US-India commercial corridor.


Malayalam actor Sheela J.C. honored with J.C. Daniel Award

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Veteran actress Sheela was chosen for the prestigious J C Daniel Award, the Kerala government’s highest honor for outstanding contribution to Malayalam cinema. The annual honor, named after J C Daniel, who made the first silent movie in Mollywood, comprises a purse of Rs 5 lakh, a citation, and a plaque.


International - Current Affairs - June 05-06, 2019

World Environment Day: 05 June

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Since its inception in 1974, World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 in more than 100 countries. The World Environment Day provides an opportunity to broaden the “basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises, and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment,” according to the United Nations.
Every year, World Environment Day is organized around a theme in order to draw attention towards pressing environmental issues. ‘Beat Air Pollution’, the theme for World Environment Day 2019, is a call for action call to combat the global crisis and has been chosen by this year’s host, China.


International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing: 5 June

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The purpose of the International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing is to draw attention to the threats posed by IUU fishing activities to the sustainable use of fisheries resources as well as to ongoing efforts to fight these activities.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities are responsible for the loss of 11–26 million tonnes of fish each year, which is estimated to have an economic value of US$10–23 billion.


International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression: June 4

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The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is observed on June 4 each year. The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. This day affirms the UN’s commitment to protecting the rights of children.
The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is celebrated by various groups and organizations to protect and preserve the rights of children. Like the “Say Yes for Children” campaign took several actions to improve the lives of children.


Jay-Z Named World’s First Billionaire Rapper

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Jay-Z has become the world’s first hip-hop billionaire, according to US business magazine Forbes. It says even a “conservative estimate” of his earnings has him breaking the billion-dollar barrier.
Alongside music, his fortune includes more than $410m (£300m) invested in alcohol companies and a roughly $70m stake in Uber. Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, grew up in one of New York’s roughest neighbourhoods.


Thaawarchand Gehlot leaves for Buenos Aires to participate in 2nd Global Disability Summit

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Social Justice and Empowerment minister Thaawarchand Gehlot has left for Buenos Aires in Argentina to participate in 2nd Global Disability Summit.
The objective of the three-day summit is to deliberate on issues across the world concerning empowerment and inclusion of Persons with Disabilities and to work out a mechanism for enabling them to live an independent and dignified life.


Indian businessman Yusuff Ali gets first Gold Card permanent residency visa in UAE

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The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday announced that it had issued its first gold residence card to Indian business leader Yusuff Ali MA, the chairman of LuLu Group International.
The Indian business tycoon became the first among 6,800 investors to receive the UAE’s permanent residency. The first batch of beneficiaries include investors with total investments exceeding (dirham) Dh100 billion.
Yusuff Ali was awarded the gold card by Brigadier Saeed Salem Al Shamsi, the executive director of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs.


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