Current Affairs – June 13, 2019

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National - Current Affairs - June 13, 2019

India slips to 141 in annual Global Peace Index; Iceland retains top spot

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India has slipped by four points in an annual global index on peacefulness this year, finishing at 141 among 163 countries, while Iceland remained at the top position, according to a report by an international think tank.
The Global Peace Index (GPI) gauges ongoing domestic and international conflict, safety and security in society, and the degree of militarisation in 163 countries and territories by taking into account 23 indicators.


End of Childhood Index: India ranks 113 of 176 countries

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According to the 3rd End of Childhood Index, a part of Changing Lives in Our Lifetime – Global Childhood Report 2019, India was ranked 113 in 176 countries on the wellbeing of children with 769 scores out of 1000. The Index was released on May 28, 2019, by ‘Save the Children’, a United Kingdom (UK) based non-profit organization which works for child rights.
In 2018, India was ranked 116 among 172 countries. The Index was topped by Singapore with a score of 989 and 8 European countries figured among the top 10. South Korea stood at the 10th position.


India test fires Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle

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India on Wednesday successfully test-fired Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) off Odisha coast. It was test-fired from launch pad number-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island in Balasore district at 11.22 a.m.
With scramjet engine, it can cruise at Mach 6 and have multiple civilian applications. It can be used for launching satellites at low cost and long-range cruise missile, said sources. The trial was conducted in the presence of the senior scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Defence secretary Sanjay Mitra, sources added.


SBI unveils digital residential property show

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State Bank of India (SBI) has set up a new marketing outfit called ‘Destination: The Home Shoppe’ in Hitech City in Hyderabad. It was inaugurated by J Swaminathan, Deputy Managing Director, in the presence of senior officials of industry associations, including CREDAI, TREDA and TBG.
The bank will have a digital display of residential projects from leading developers that have been approved by SBI. The prospective buyers can have a detailed digital walkthrough of participating projects. It will function as a virtual property show bringing builder, customers, and SBI under one roof. The Home Shoppe would facilitate the short-listing of projects by prospective buyers. The bank has already got 12 builders with 17 projects on board.


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Thawarchand Gehlot appointed Leader of Rajya Sabha

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Union Minister Thawarchand Gehlot was appointed on Tuesday the Leader of the Rajya Sabha, a position occupied in the previous Narendra Modi-led government by senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley who has had health issues and is currently recovering. Gehlot, the social justice and empowerment minister, is an experienced parliamentarian and a Dalit face of the saffron party.
Union minister Piyush Goyal was appointed as the Deputy Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha. The two-time Rajya Sabha MP will be succeeding Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who has been elected to the Lok Sabha. Goyal, the Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry in the Narendra Modi government.


MP Virendra Kumar to be protem speaker of 17th Lok Sabha

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BJP MP from Madhya Pradesh Virendra Kumar will be the Pro-tem Speaker of the Lok Sabha. The first all-party meeting will be convened on June 16, before the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha to be held from June 17 to 26.
Mr. Kumar, 65, is a seven-term member of Parliament. He won the Lok Sabha election from Tikamgarh. As Pro-tem Speaker, he will preside over the first sitting of the Lok Sabha, administer the oath of office to the newly elected MPs, and oversee the election of the Speaker.


Nripendra Mishra appointed Principal Secretary to PM Modi

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on Tuesday approved the appointment of Dr. Nripendra Mishra, IAS (Retired) as the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with effect from May 31.
P K Mishra, IAS officer (Retired) has been appointed the Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister. During the term of their office, both the officers will be assigned the rank of Cabinet minister in the order of precedence.


Awards - Current Affairs - June 13, 2019

Messi is the world’s highest paid athlete, Kohli only Indian on the list

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Lionel Messi was the world’s highest-paid athlete over the past year, Forbes reported in its annual sporting rich list, and India cricket captain Virat Kohli was the sole Indian to feature on the list, ranked 100th on the table.
Barcelona and Argentina icon Messi led the list with a total of $127 million in earnings, while his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo was second with a total earning of $109 million. Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar completed a sweep of the top three positions by footballers, coming in third with earnings of $105 million.


Priyanka Chopra to receive UNICEF USA humanitarian award

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Actor Priyanka Chopra will be awarded the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award by UNICEF’s American chapter at their Snowflake Ball in December. The award is named after actor-philanthropist Danny Kaye, who was UNICEF’s first Goodwill Ambassador.
The actor is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, as a part of which she visited Ethiopia last month. Priyanka Chopra is known for her contribution to social causes and for being a voice for children’s education. She has been a part of United Nation’s global “Girl Up” Campaign and is associated with several NGOs in India to raise awareness about ways to improve the education, health and safety of girl child in India.


Sports - Current Affairs - June 13, 2019

IAAF to rebrand as World Athletics

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World athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, is to rebrand as World Athletics, it was announced on 9th June and will see the organization take on its new name and a re-designed logo after the World Athletics Championship in Doha in October. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was initially founded in 1912 as the International Amateur Athletic Federation.
The body, currently presided over by Britain’s two-time Olympic 1500m gold medallist Sebastian Coe, took its present name in 2001 and World Athletics should be operational from October.


International - Current Affairs - June 13, 2019

World Day Against Child Labour: June 12

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.
Each year on 12 June, the World Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.
This year’s theme is ‘Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams!‘.


Singapore dethrones the US as the world’s most competitive economy

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The United States is no longer the most competitive economy in the world. As per IMD World Competitiveness Ranking 2019, the US has been dethroned by Singapore which emerged at the top of the list. Hong Kong moved up to the second spot in the list. India ranked at 43, one position higher compared to 2018.
According to the IMD World Competitiveness Center, the ranking process takes into account a wide range of “hard” statistics such as unemployment, GDP and government spending on health and education, as well as “soft” data from an Executive Opinion Survey covering topics such as social cohesion, globalization, and corruption.


India hands over NPR 1.6 billion to Nepal for post-quake reconstruction

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India handed over NPR 1.6 billion as reimbursement of part payment of the first and second tranches of housing reconstruction in Nuwakot and Gorkha, among the areas affected in the devastating 2015 earthquake. The Ambassador of India to Nepal, Manjeev Singh Puri, handed over the cheque to the Finance Secretary of the country, Rajan Khanal, in Kathmandu.
The amount has been released towards reimbursement of part payment of first and second tranches of housing reconstruction extended by Government of India to 50,000 housing beneficiaries in Nuwakot and Gorkha districts.


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