General Knowledge & Current Affairs

June 2022 - 13th to 19th

  • J&K ranks highest among UTs in national e-governance service delivery assessment (NeSDA)
  • Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah chairs 25th meeting of the Western Zonal Council meeting at Diu
  • Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah Amit Shah inaugurates memorial museum at decommissioned warship INS Khukri at Diu
  • Doordarshan and Doordarshan News Director-General Mayank Kumar Agrawal given additional charge of Prasar Bharati CEO
  • Fortified rice to be distributed in 291 aspirational and high-burden districts across country through PDS (Public Distribution System) in 2022-23: Govt
  • Rice fortification is a process of adding micronutrients like Iron, Folic Acid and Vitamin B12 to address the challenge of anaemia
  • West Bengal Assembly passes bill to replace governor with CM as chancellor of state universities
  • Information and Broadcasting Ministry advises media to refrain from advertising online betting platforms
  • Union MoS Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar launches Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight
  • Navies of India, Indonesia holding coordinated patrol exercise in Andaman Sea and Malacca Strait from June 13 to 24
  • Home Ministry to give priority to Agniveers who complete 4 years of service under Agnipath scheme in recruitment of CAPFs, Assam Rifles
  • IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University) to offer a special three-year programme for ‘Agniveers’
  • President Ram Nath Kovind lays foundation stone of new Raj Bhavan building at Dona Paula in Goa
  • First National Conference of Chief Secretaries being held at Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh on June 15-17
  • EAM Dr. S. Jaishankar holds meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares Bueno in New Delhi
  • India’s Life Expectancy at Birth Grows by 2 Years to 69.7 in 2015-19; Still Below Global Average of 72.6
  • India ranks last in World Bank’s Environment Performance Index 2022 among 180 countries
  • Air pollution reducing Indians’ life expectancy by 5 years, says University of Chicago study
  • 12th meeting of BRICS National Security Advisors held virtually
  • China lifts 2-year Covid visa ban on Indians
  • Surat to be the first city in the country to get processed steel slag road
  • NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) to provide an opportunity for further education to those Agniveers who are just 10th class pass out
  • India hosting meeting of SCO’s Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) on June 15-17
  • India hosts SAIFMM (Special ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting) in New Delhi to commemorate 30 years of ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations
  • US announces $122mn fund for India to prevent avoidable epidemics
  • Night launch of Prithvi-II short range ballistic missile carried out; has a strike range of 350 kms
  • Railways flags off first train under Bharat Gaurav scheme; from Coimbatore North in Tamil Nadu to Sainagar Shirdi in Maharashtra
  • Rajya Sabha: P. Chidambaram resigns from his seat in Maharashtra following his election from Tamil Nadu
  • Govt. extends upper age limit for Agnipath recruitment scheme from 21 to 23 years
  • SC on UP demolitions: Authorities should strictly follow due process
  • Nearly 5 mn in India displaced due to climate change, disasters in 2021: UN
  • External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar addresses Ministerial Session of the Delhi Dialogue -12
  • SCO approves the Plan for conduct of the Joint Border Operation Friendship Border 2022
  • ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’: 75 Sea beaches to be cleaned from 3rd July to 17th Sept
  • Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju meets Mongolian president Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh in Ulaanbaatar
  • Govt. reserves 10% vacancies for recruitment in CAPFs (Central Armed Police Forces) and Assam Rifles for Agniveers
  • Gujarat: PM participates in ‘Gujarat Gaurav Abhiyan’ in Vadodara; launches schemes worth Rs 21,000 crore
  • Gujarat: PM inaugurates redeveloped Kalika Mata temple in Pavagadh
  • Ex-Supreme Court judge Ranjana Desai is new Chairperson of Press Council of India
  • EAM S. Jaishankar with his Vietnamese counterpart Bui Thanh Son launch joint logo for celebration of 50 Years of bilateral Diplomatic Relations
  • Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates National Yoga Olympiad 2022 in New Delhi

  • World Day Against Child Labour celebrated on June 12; theme: “Universal Social Protection to End Child Labour”
  • WHO advisory group suggests Huanan seafood market in China’s Wuhan played important role in amplification of Covid-19 pandemic
  • New school building inaugurated in Sarlahi, Nepal under grant assistance from India
  • International Albinism Awareness Day observed on June 13; theme: “United in making our voice heard”
  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day observed on June 15
  • Egypt hosts Eighth Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians in Sharm El Sheikh
  • Sri Lanka: Govt. imposes 2.5% social contribution tax on companies with an annual turnover of Rs 120 million
  • Four European Union leaders — French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian PM Mario Draghi, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis — visit Ukraine
  • Microsoft shuts down Internet Explorer browser after 27 years
  • 94% of domestic workers worldwide lack comprehensive social security: ILO
  • International Day of Family Remittances observed on June 16
  • European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) halts UK’s first flight deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda
  • US Federal Reserve raises main interest rate by 0.75%
  • World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought observed on June 17, theme: “Rising up from drought together”
  • China launches its third aircraft carrier named Fujian
  • UK approves extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to US
  • EU Commission backs candidate status for Ukraine
  • China blocks India, US bid to designate Pak-based Abdul Rehman Makki as global terrorist by UN
  • 110th Session of the International Labour Conference held in Geneva
  • Russia’s Gazprom cuts gas supply to Germany
  • Mongolia’s Khuvsgul lake added to UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves
  • Sustainable Gastronomy Day observed on June 18
  • International Day for Countering Hate Speech observed on June 18
  • Global dirty money watchdog FATF (Financial Action Task Force) keeps Pakistan on ‘grey list’
  • French screen icon Jean-Louis Trintignant dies aged 91
  • Urdu scholar-litterateur Gopi Chand Narang dies in US at 91

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  • China’s Tencent buys stake worth $264 million in Flipkart from Binny Bansal
  • RTS (Radio Technical Systems) of Russia signs contract with AAI to supply 34 sets of instrument landing system
  • New guidelines for celebrity endorsements issued; endorsements must reflect the honest opinions, belief or experience of the endorsers
  • Pradhan Mantri National Apprenticeship Mela to be hosted in 200 locations
  • Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw launched “Start-Ups for Railways” in New Delhi
  • Retail inflation eases to 7.04% in May
  • Denmark tops World Competitiveness Index of 63 economies compiled by the Institute for Management Development; India 37th
  • Govt to auction 5G spectrum for 20 years; allows private captive networks
  • 90% of business leaders feel GST made doing business easy: Deloitte survey
  • France’s TotalEnergies to buy 25% stake in Adani Group’s hydrogen unit
  • India Energy Transition Summit held in New Delhi
  • Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat says DRIP (Dam Rehabilitation Improvement Project) of Govt has improved safety, operational performance of large dams
  • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurates Industrial Decarbonization Summit 2022 in New Delhi
  • Government issues draft guidelines for operationalization of Ro-Ro, Ro-Pax ferry services along Indian coast
  • RBI lifts restrictions on Mastercard over onboarding new customers after compliance with Storage of Payment System Data norms
  • Unemployment rate declined to 4.2% in 2020-21 from 4.8% in 2019-20: Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS)
  • UAE suspends re-export of wheat and flour from grain originating in India
  • Trade deficit in May at $15.44 billion; Exports: $62.21 billion, Imports: $77.65 billion
  • India adds 15.4 gigawatts (GW) of renewable power capacity in 2021; 3rd highest behind China, USA
  • BCCI to get Rs 44,075 crore from selling IPL TV and digital media rights for 2023-27
  • Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal terms World Trade Organisation’s 12th Ministerial Conference in Geneva as successful; claims India received 100 percent success
  • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari proposes setting up of Innovation Bank for new ideas, research findings, technologies to focus on quality in infrastructure development
  • Forex reserves down $4.5 billion to $596.4 billion in the week ended June 10
  • Indians’ funds in Swiss banks jump 50% to 3.83 billion Swiss francs (over Rs 30,500 crore) in 2021; customer deposits up too
  • India and European Union re-launch negotiations for India-EU free trade agreement
  • EU
    EU Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU), recommended that Ukraine be granted candidate status to one day join the 27-nation bloc. Candidate status is a significant step to joining the EU. However, the whole process can take many years.
    All bridges to the embattled Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk have now been destroyed. Fierce fighting is taking place in the eastern city where Ukrainian officials said Russian artillery had driven its forces out of the centre.
    Russian state-controlled gas giant Gazprom said it was limiting the amount of gas to Germany to under 70 million cubic metres per day – well under half the current rate. The reason it gave was to service equipment in the Nord Stream pipeline.
    Egypt, Israel and the European Union have signed a provisional deal for the export of natural gas aimed at lessening the EU’s reliance on gas from Russia. The Israeli gas is expected to be sent to liquefaction plants in Egypt and then shipped north to markets in Europe.

    Namibia’s environment and tourism ministry said it has discovered the carcasses of 11 rhinos killed by suspected poachers in the Etosha National Park since the beginning of the June.
    China has officially launched its third aircraft carrier, naming the vessel the Fujian. The People’s Liberation Army Navy already has two fully-functioning aircraft carriers, Shandong and Liaoning.
    Kenya’s Norah Magero was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. Her winning invention is a small, portable, solar-powered fridge, named Vaccibox, that safely stores and transports vaccines.
    Mongolia’s Khuvsgul Lake National Park has been added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves of UNESCO. Khuvsgul Lake holds 70% of Mongolia’s fresh water, or 0.4% of the world’s total.
  • UK
    The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) grounded the first flight from UK deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda. On June 15, the ECHR issued last-minute injunctions to stop the deportation of the handful of migrants on board.
  • US
    The British government has approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to face criminal charges, bringing his long-running legal saga closer to a conclusion. Assange is wanted by US authorities on 18 counts, including a spying charge.

  • Avinash Sable creates new national record of 8:12.48s in men’s 3000m steeplechase
  • Manpreet Kaur creates new national record in women’s shot put with a throw of 18.06
  • Khelo India Youth Games 2021 conclude at Panchkula in Haryana; hosts top medals tally
  • Gurunaidu Sanapathi becomes India’s first weightlifter to win a gold at the IWF Youth World Championships in Leon, Mexico
  • Max Verstappen of Red Bull wins Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix at Baku
  • Indonesia Masters badminton: Denmark’s Viktor
  • Axelsen and China’s Chen Yufei win singles titles
  • Neeraj Chopra set a new national record of 89.30 metres in men’s javelin throw
  • England hit world record one-day international score of 498-4 against the Netherlands in Amstelveen
  • Sourav Kothari clinches Pacific International Billiards Championship in Melbourne
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