Indian-origin Anita Bhatia appointed UN Deputy Executive Director

Indian-origin Anita Bhatia, a veteran in strategic partnerships, resource mobilization, and management, has been appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as the Deputy Executive Director in the global body’s agency focused on women empowerment and gender equality.

Honda Motorcycle partnered with IDFC First Bank for retail financing

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) partnered with IDFC FIRST Bank to provide financing solutions for vehicles across the country. The Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) was signed for the loan facility up to 100% of vehicle cost, zero processing fee, down payment of Rs.999 and extended loan tenure of 48 months offered to two-wheeler customers.

Tenth National Science Film Festival of India to be held in Agartala, Tripura in 2020

10th National Science Film Festival of India(NSFFl) will be in Agartala, Tripura in January-February 2020. This is for the second time the event will be held in a North-Eastern city. It will be jointly hosted by Vigyan Prasar of the Central Government, State Government, and Tripura Central University. Chief Minister of the State Biplab Kumar Deb had requested the Union Science and Technology Minister to hold the NSFF in Tripura.

World Milk Day is observed on 1 June

World Milk Day is a day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognize the importance of milk as a global food. It has been observed on June 1 each year since 2001. The day is intended to provide an opportunity to bring attention to activities that are connected with the dairy sector.

SWIFT India and South Asia Conference was held in Mumbai

The SWIFT India and South Asia Conference held at the St Regis Mumbai. The theme of the conference was “Digitisation in transition: The future of innovation and cyber security. It was organized and hosted by SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication).  The objective of the conference was to discuss these key issues with a specific focus on innovation and our preparedness to face challenges around cybersecurity.  At the conference, BCG (Boston Consulting Group) also released a paper titled “Unlocking Success in Corporate Banking Through Digital”.

Union Cabinet Ministers Portfolio 2019 : Check Complete List Here

Modi took oath as the PM for a second consecutive term. 57 other members of the Council of Ministers, including Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, and Sadananda Gowda, also took the oath. A total of 24 Cabinet Ministers took oath at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, followed by nine Ministers of State (Independent Charge) and 24 Ministers of State.

Narendra Modi – Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; all important policy issues; and all other portfolios not allocated to any minister


‏Rajnath Singh – Defence

Amit Shah – Home Affairs

Nirmala Sitharaman – Finance; Corporate Affairs

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar – External Affairs

Nitin Gadkari – Road Transport and Highways; Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

DV Sadananda Gowda – Chemical and Fertilizers

Ram Vilas Paswan – Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

Narendra Singh Tomar – Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Rural Development; Panchayati Raj

Ravi Shankar Prasad – Law and Justice; Communications; Electronics and Information Technology

Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Food Processing Industries

Thawarchand Gehlot – Social Justice and Empowerment

Arjun Munda – Tribal Affairs

Smriti Irani – Women and Child Development; Textiles

Dr. Harsh Vardhan – Health and Family Welfare; Science and Technology; Earth Sciences

Prakash Javdekar – Environment, Forest and Climate Change; Information and Broadcasting

Piyush Goyal – Railways; Commerce and Industries

Dharmendra Pradhan – Petroleum and Natural Gas; Steel

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi – Minority Affairs

Prahlad Joshi – Parliamentary Affairs; Coal; Mines

Mahendra Nath Pandey – Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Arvind Sawant – Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise

Giriraj Singh – Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat – Jal Shakti

Kappaphycus alvarezii seaweed spreads to coral reef areas in Valai island in GoM

The invasive Kappaphycus alvarezii seaweed, which smothers and kills coral reefs, has spread its wings to coral reef areas in Valai island in the Gulf of Mannar (GoM) and set to invade new coral colonies in the marine national park. Macrofaunal and fish density decreased when Kappaphycus cover increased. After invading Shingle, Kurusadai and Mulli islands in Mandapam cluster of the GoM, the red algae invaded Valai island along Kilakarai coast following its cultivation in south Palk Bay.

India's FDI equity inflows declined for the first time in 6 years

India’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) equity inflows declined for the first time in six years in 2018-19. Data released by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and internal trade showed FDI equity inflows into India declined 1% to $44.4 billion in the year to 31 March. The decline signals a squeeze in long-term foreign investment into the country.


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