CURRENT AFFAIRS 21ST JUNE

World Refugee Day is observed on 20 June with the theme #StepWithRefugees Take A Step on World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year. The day is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. The theme for 2019 World Refugee day is #StepWithRefugees — Take A Step on World Refugee Day. The theme expects communities, schools, businesses, faith groups and people from all walks of life should take big and small steps in solidarity with refugees.

Raavana-1: Sri Lanka’s 1st satellite successfully launched

Sri Lanka’s first ever satellite ‘Raavana-1’, designed and developed by two Sri Lankan engineers, was successfully placed into orbit. It was launched. from International Space Station (ISS) along with two other BIRDS 3 satellites from Japan and Nepal.

India grants $15 million to Nigeria to organize the AU summit

India grants USD 15 million assistance to Nigeria for organizing the African Union (AU) summit scheduled to be held in Niamey. This summit is scheduled to be held in Niamey from July 7-8.It is the first time that Nigeria is scheduled to host an AU summit. The assistance in the form of the grant was symbolically handed over to Nigeria’s Deputy Foreign Minister by Ambassador of India.

Om Birla named as the new Lok Sabha Speaker by the NDA

A two-time Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) Member of Parliament (MP) from Rajasthan’s Kota district, Om Birla was elected as the new Speaker of 17th Lok Sabha. His candidature as the Speaker was supported by all major parties including Congress, All India Trinamul Congress(AITC or TMC), Biju Janata Dal(BJD).

Ireland plans to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2030

Ireland decided to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030 as part of a major strategy to protect the environment. It is one among the 180 measures of the Irish government published in the ‘Climate Action Plan’. They plan to have 950,000 electric vehicles on Irish roads supported by a network of charging stations.

IIT-Bombay got top position among Indian Institution in QS World University Ranking 2020

In the Quacquarelli Symonds(QS) World University Ranking 2020, The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay emerged as India’s best institution. For the past three years, it has been securing the top position among Indian Institutes. It was followed by IIT Delhi and IISc Bangalore.

Facebook plans to launch Cryptocurrency Libra in 2020

Facebook confirmed that it will launch a blockchain-powered stablecoin ‘Libra’ in 2020 through the release of white paper.It will be a form of digital money backed by a reserve of assets. It will be governed by the independent Libra association, headquartered in Geneva,Switzerland.

WHO has unveiled a new tool to handle AMR named “AWaRe”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) launched a global campaign named “AWaRe” urging governments to adopt a tool to reduce the spread of antimicrobial ressistance(AMR), adverse events and costs. It was developed by the WHO Essential medicine List.

20th Meeting of the FSDC was held in New Delhi

Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs chaired the 20th Meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) held in New Delhi.  The FSDC Meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Government of India and the Financial Sector Regulators. The meeting reviewed the current global and domestic economic situation and financial stability issues including those concerning Banking and NBFCs.

ICG co-hosts 12th ReCAAP ISC capacity building workshop in New Delhi

Indian Coast Guard co-hosted the 12th Capacity Building Workshop in co-operation with the Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) at Information Sharing Centre(ISC) in New Delhi. It began on 19th June,2019 and will conclude on 20th June,2019. It is organized to deepen knowledge on issues related to piracy and armed robbery.


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