Current Affairs

30 June, 2020

International

36th ASEAN Summit chaired by Vietnam held via video conference; 1st session on Women Empowerment in the Digital Age held

the 36th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit was held via video conference on the theme “Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN”.
ii.The summit was chaired by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as Vietnam is ASEAN’s chair in 2020.

NASA Renames Washington HQ after Mary Jackson, first black Engineer at NASA

The headquarter building of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) located at Washington D.C., has been renamed after Mary Winston Jackson (1921-2005), the first black female engineer at NASA. Administrator Jim Bridestone made the announcement on 24th June.

India named in Switzerland’s top-3 partners for info exchange on tax matters: OECD’s Global Forum study

In accordance with the latest study by OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) Global Forum on transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes, referring to the period from July 2015 to June 2018, India named among the top-three countries as EOI (Exchange of Information) partners along with France and Germany. Means, India is getting detailed information on request, from Switzerland about bank accounts and beneficiary ownership of entities established by its residents.

FATF’s first global report on illegal wildlife trade released; more zoonotic diseases in the future

In accordance with the first ever report on illegal wildlife trade (IWT) titled “Money Laundering and the Illegal Wildlife Trade” report by Financial Action Task Force (FATF), illegal wildlife trade is a “global threat” which generate estimated revenues between $7to $23 billion a year. This crime could lead to more zoonotic diseases in the future.

National

1st Agreement for the 600 MW Kholongchhu Indo-Bhutan joint venture hydroelectric project Signed

The Bhutan government and the Kholongchhu Hydro Energy Limited signed the Concession Agreement for 600 MegaWatt (MW) Kholongchhu hydroelectric Project (Joint Venture of India and Bhutan) in Thimphu, in virtual presence of Dr. S Jaishankar,Minister of External Affairs and his Bhutanese Counterpart Dr. Tandi Dorji. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.

Culture Ministry celebrating “Sankalp Parva” to plant trees from 28th June to 12 July 2020

To enhance the Herbal Wealth of India and to support the clean and healthy environment, Union Ministry of Culture is celebrating two week long Sankalp Parva from 28th June to 12 July 2020 wherein, the Subordinate Offices, Academies, Attached Institutions, Affiliated Institutions of the ministry will plant trees in its campus or at the surroundings wherever it is possible.

Economy

Reserve Bank Extends Enhanced Borrowing Limit to Banks Under MSF Till Sept 30, 2020

In exercise of power conferred under the Section 24 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to extend the enhanced borrowing facility provided to banks under MSF till September 30, 2020 to meet the liquidity shortage in the midst of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

World Bank Enhances the financial Support for Ganga rejuvenation with $400 million through SNGRBP

The World bank enhanced the support to India’s programme to rejuvenate the Ganga with $400 million through Second National Ganga River Basin Project (SNGRBP), for the development of infrastructure projects Under the National Ganga River Basin Project.

World Bank Approves $500 mn Under ‘STARS’ Project to Improve Education Quality in 6 Indian States

The board of executives of the World Bank (WB) has approved loan of $ 500 million (about Rs 3,700 crore) under ‘Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States Program (STARS)’project to improve the quality and governance of school education across six states (Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Rajasthan) in India.

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Miscellaneous

Anandiben Patel, Governor of UP is given additional charges as Governor of Madhya Pradesh

The President of India has given additional charges of Madhya Pradesh to Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel, the governor of Uttar Pradesh

Lazarus Chakwera Sworn in as Malawi’s New President

Lazarus Chakwera, won Malawi’s President Elections and sworn in as the 6th President of Malawi on 28 June. He succeeded Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party by winning 58.57% of total votes.

Micheál Martin Elected as the New Prime Minister of Ireland; Succeeds Leo Varadkar

the voting at the special meeting of the Irish Parliament (the Dáil) at the Convention Centre, Dublin, Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin was elected as the new (Taoiseach) Prime Minister of Ireland and he will take over the office from Leo Varadkar.The results were announced by the speaker of the lower house, Sean O Fearghail.
i.Due to COVID-19 situations to follow the social distancing rule the vote took place at the Convention Centre instead of Leinster House.

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