June G.K. of 2020

Awards

The Indian economist who has been chosen to be awarded the 2020 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade for his work on issues around global justice by German Publishers and Booksellers Association, Börsenverein – Amartya Sen

The leading soil scientist from Ohio State University, who has been chosen for 2020 World Food Prize for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change – Dr. Rattan Lal

The Indian poet, lyricist and writer who has been chosen for the Richard Dawkins Award 2020 by US based organisation Center for Inquiry – Javed Akhtar

The Indian writer who has been chosen for The Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2020 for Asia region by Commonwealth Foundation for her work The Great Indian Tee and Snakes – Kritika Pandey

 

Persons

The Health Minister of Kerala who has been honoured by the UN for her efforts to fight COVID-19 in Kerala – K.K. Shailaja

The Turkish diplomat and politician who has been elected as the President of the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations – Volkan Bozkir

The 13 year old girl from Tamil Nadu who has been chosen by UNADAP to be its Goodwill Ambassador for the Poor (the girl had spent her Rs. 5 lakhs savings on migrants) – M. Nethra

The former Delhi Police chief and former Governor of Jharkhand, Manipur and Mizoram, who passed away on 05 June 2020 – Ved Marwah

The well-known Bollywood filmmaker-screenwriter best known for directing films like Choti Si Baat, Rajnigandha, Baaton Baaton Mein etc who passed away on 04 June 2020 – Basu Chatterjee

The Bollywood music director and singer of Sajid-Wajid duo, famous for giving music in films Dabangg, Welcome etc. who passed away on 31 May 2020 – Wajid Khan

 

Places

The place in Uttarakhand where India's first lichen park has been developed by Uttarakhand Forest Department to protect, conserve and cultivate lichen – Munsiyari, Pithoragarh

The airport in Uttar Pradesh for which Union Cabinet has given its approval to be declared an International Airport – Kushinagar

The oil field in Tinsukia district of Assam which caught fire on June 9 resulting in death of 2 Oil India Limited persons – Baghjan

 

Sports

The Indian umpire who has been chosen to be a part of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Elite Panel of Umpires for the year 2020-21 – Nitin Menon

The two countries which have won the bid to host FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 beating the bid by Colombia – Australia and New Zealand

The cricketer who is only one from India to figure in 2020 Forbes' list of world's highest-paid athletes (list topped by Roger Federer, Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi) – Virat Kohli

 

 

Miscellaneous

The rank of India in terms of money parked by its citizens and enterprises with Swiss banks at the end of 2019 (UK is ranked at the 1st position) – 77

The theme of Statistics Day observed on 29 June 2020 to mark the birth anniversary of Prof. P C Mahalanobis – SDG- 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) & SDG- 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls)

The company which has become the first Indian company to touch $150 billion in market capitalisation in stock market – Reliance Industries

The Indian Railways zone which has launched AI enabled robot Captain Arjun (Always be Responsible and Just Use to be Nice) to intensify the screening and surveillance of railway passengers and railway staff – Central Railways

The autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways which has become the first construction sector organisation to go ‘Fully Digital’ – National Highways Authority of India

The patriotic poem written by Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra which has been given the State anthem status by Odisha cabinet – Bande Utkala Janani

The special micro-credit facility scheme for providing affordable loan upto Rs. 10,000/- to street vendors launched by the Central Govt is named – PM SVANIDHI

The tropical cyclone which originated in Arabian Sea and made landfall near Mumbai causing loss of lives and property in Maharashtra was name – Cyclone Nisarga

 

Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan

Purpose: To empower and provide livelihood opportunities in areas/ villages witnessing large number of returnee migrant workers affected by the devastating COVID-19.

Launched by: PM Shri Narendra Modi through video conferencing.

Flagged-off from: Village Telihar, Block Beldaur, district Khagaria, Bihar through Video-Conference attended by the CMs and Representatives of the 6 Participating States.

An amount of Rs 50,000 Crores would be spent for building durable rural infrastructure under the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan.

States in which it will be implemented: 1. Bihar; 2. Uttar Pradesh; 3. Madhya Pradesh; 4. Rajasthan; 5. Odisha and 6. Jharkhand

Work areas identified: 1. Construction of Community sanitation centre (CSC); 2. Construction of Gram Panchayat Bhawan; 3. Works under 14th FC funds; 4. Construction of National Highway works; 5. Water conservation & Harvesting works; 6. Construction of Wells; 7. Plantation works; 8. Horticulture; 9. Construction of Anganwadi Centers; 10. Construction of rural housing works; 11. Rural connectivity works; 12. Solid and liquid waste management works; 13. Construction of farm ponds; 14. Construction of cattle sheds; 15. Construction of poultry sheds; 16. Construction of Goat Shed; 17. Construction of Vermi-compost structures; 18. Railway; 19. RURBAN; 20. PM Kusum; 21. Bharat Net; 22. CAMPA plantation; 23. PM Urja Ganga Project; 24. KVK training for Livelihoods; 25. District Mineral Foundation Trust (DMFT) works.

 

Sushant Singh Rajput

Born: 21.01.1986; Death: 14.06.2020

Actor, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Debut TV serial: Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil (2008)

Debut Film: Kai Po Che

Other Films: Shuddh Desi Romance (2013), Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015), PK (2014), M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016), Kedarnath (2018) and Chhichhore (2019).

Launched Sushant4Education programme to help students achieve their dreams.

 

 

MSP for Kharif 2020-21

Sl. No

Crop

MSP (Rs.)

1.

Paddy (Common)

1,868

2.

Paddy (Grade A)

1,888

3.

Maize

1,850

4.

Tur (Arhar)

6,000

5.

Groundnut

5,275

6.

Sunflower Seed

5,885

 

FSSAI's Food Safety Index 2019-20

Large States

Small States

Union Territories

Rank

State

Rank

State

Rank

UT

1.

Gujarat

1.

Goa

1.

Chandigarh

2.

Tamil Nadu

2.

Manipur

2.

Delhi

3.

Maharashtra

3.

Meghalaya

3.

Andaman islands

 

Important Days of June

Global Day of Parents: 01 June 2020

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 2012

 

World Milk Day: 01 June 2020

Designated by: Food and Agricultural Organisation

First observed: 2001

Theme: 20th Anniversary of World Milk Day

 

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression: 04 June 2020

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First observed: 1983

 

World Environment Day: 05 June 2020

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 1974

Host Country: Colombia

Theme: Biodiversity

 

World Food Safety Day: 07 June 2020

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 2019

Theme: Food Safety - Everyone's Business

 

World Ocean Day: 08 June 2020

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2009

Action focus: Gender and the Ocean

 

World Day Against Child Labour: 12 June 2020

Designated by: International Labour Organization

First Observed in: 2002

Theme: Protect Children from Labour, now more than ever

World Blood Donor Day: 14 June 2020

Designated by: World Health Organisation

First Observed in: 2004

Theme: Safe Blood Saves Lives

Slogan: Give blood and make the world a healthier place

 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: 15 June 2020

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2012

 

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought: 17 June 2020

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 1995

Theme: Food. Feed.Fibre. - the links between consumption and land

 

International Day for Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict: 19 June 2020

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 2015

 

World Refugee Day: 20 June 2020

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Every Action Counts

First Observed in: 2001

 

International Day of Yoga: 21 June 2020

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Yoga for Health - Yoga at Home

First Observed in: 2015

 

Olympic Day: 23 June 2020

Designated by: International Olympic Committee

First Observed in: 1948

Theme: Move, Learn and Discover

Observed to: Celebrate the foundation of the International Olympic Committee at the Sorbonne, Paris, on 23 June 1894.

 

International Widows Day: 23 June 2020

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 2011

 

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: 26 June 2020

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 1988

Theme: Better Knowledge for Better Care

 

India Rankings 2020 for Higher Educational Institutions (NIRF)

Released by: Union HRD Minister

Overall

1.

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

2.

Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

3.

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

 

University

Engineering

1.

Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

1.

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

2.

Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

2.

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

3.

Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

3.

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

 

Management

Colleges

1.

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

1.

Miranda House, Delhi

2.

Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru

2.

Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi

3.

Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

3.

Hindu College, Delhi

 

QS World University Rankings 2021 Rank

Rank

University

Rank

University

1.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

172.

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

2.

Stanford University

185.

Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

3.

Harvard Universtiy

193.

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

 

Environmental Performance Index 2020

Rank

Country

Rank

Country

1.

Denmark

107.

Bhutan

2.

Luxembourg

120.

China

3.

Switzerland

142.

Pakistan

4.

United Kingdom

145.

Nepal

5.

France

168.

India

 

CHAMPIONS Platform

Launched by: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi

CHAMPIONS: which stands for Creation and Harmonious Application of Modern Processes for Increasing the Output and National Strength

The portal is basically for making the smaller units big by solving their grievances, encouraging, supporting, helping and handholding. It is a real one-stop-shop solution of MSME Ministry.

Detailed objectives of CHAMPIONS:

1. Grievance Redressal: To resolve the problems of MSMEs including those of finance, raw materials, labor, regulatory permissions etc particularly in the Covid created difficult situation;

1. To help them capture new opportunities: including manufacturing of medical equipments and accessories like PPEs, masks, etc and supply them in National and International markets;

1. To identify and encourage the sparks: i.e. the potential MSMEs who are able to withstand the current situation and can become national and international champions.

 

Abbreviations in News

CHAMPIONS: Creation and Harmonious Application of Modern Processes for Increasing the Output and National Strength

PM SVANIDHI: Pradhan Mantri Street Vendor's Atmanirbhar Nidhi

YUKTI: Young India combating COVID with Knowledge, Technology and Innovation


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