Current Affairs

26 June, 2020

International

Pakistan remains in Financial Action Task Force’s Grey list

the Financial Action Task Force(FATF) in its 3rd and final plenary meeting under the Chinese Presidency of Xiangmin Liu over a virtual platform, retained Pakistan on the grey list till October 2020, for failing to prosecute and penalise terrorist financing in the country before the deadline fixed by FATF .

COVID-19 Widened Educational Divide: 2020 UNESCO’s GEM Report on Inclusion and Education: All Means All

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report Team launched its 2020 Report on Inclusion and Education: All Means All, assessing the progress towards the Sustainable Developments Goal 4 on education and other SDG agendas related to education.

Virtual conference of the Russia-India-China trilateral hosted by Moscow, Russia

the Russia-India-China (RIC) Foreign Minister-level virtual conference was held following the cross border clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley in Ladakh on June 15, 2020, where India lost 20 Army personnel. It was the biggest ever confrontation between the two sides after a gap of 45 years. The conference was hosted by Moscow, Russia.

From Indian side, External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar participated in the meet. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov were the other two participants of the conference.

National

Cabinet approvals on June 24, 2020

Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has given its approval to the following proposals:

Jitendra Singh e-Inaugurates ”Puneja Bridge” & “Devika Bridge” in J&K

Union Minister of State(MoS) (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh inaugurated Jammu and Kashmir’s ”Puneja Bridge” in Doda district and “Devika Bridge” in Udhampur district over a virtual platform.
ii.The bridges were built by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

NITI Aayog & ITF Launch Decarbonizing Transport Project in India

The NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog and the International Transport Forum(ITF) of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD) launched the ‘Decarbonizing Transport in Engineering Economies’ (DTEE) project in India.

Harsh Vardhan released Annual TB Report 2020 prepared by Central TB Division; 14% rise in TB patients in 2019

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s (MoHFW) Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and its Minister of State (MoS), Ashwini Kumar Choubey launched the Annual “India TB (Tuberculosis) Report 2020” through a virtual event which is released by Central TB Division (CTD), MoHFW . The salient feature of 2020 report is that for the first time CTD introduced a quarterly ranking on TB elimination efforts by all the states and UTs.

Economy

Indian Economy will Shrink by 4.5% in 2020, Global Economy will Come Down to -4.9%: IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the June 2020 update “A Crisis Like No Other, An Uncertain Recovery” of its flagship World Economic Outlook (WEO), has predicted that the Indian economy will have a big 4.5 % contraction in 2020 and it will come down to a historic low.

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Miscellaneous

Health Ministry & Indian Red Cross Jointly Launches ‘eBloodServices’ App to Order Blood

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has launched ‘eBloodServices‘ mobile app , under which needy people can demand/order up to 4 units of blood & the blood banks will wait for them for 12 hours.
The mobile app, developed by the ERaktkosh team of C-DAC (Development of Advanced Computing) India, is an initiative of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) with the aim of ‘Safe blood saves lives’.

Priyanka Chopra & Anurag Kashyap Named Among 50 Ambassadors for 45th Edition of TIFF 2020

Actor Priyanka Chopra and Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap named among the 50 ambassadors for the 45th edition of Toronto International Film Festival(TIFF) 2020, which is to be held virtually.

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