DAily Current Affairs | 20th June 2020
Dr Harsh Vardhan Launched India’s 1st I-Lab, a DBT – AMTZ Mobile Diagnostic Unit for Covid Testing
In order to provide Covid testing access to rural inaccessible areas of India, the Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated and flagged off India’s first I-Lab (Infectious disease diagnostic lab) in New Delhi as a part of DBT-AMTZ COMManD [COVID Medtech Manufacturing Development] Consortia.
Secretary– Renu Swarup
Headquarter– New Delhi
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)- Dr. Jitendar Sharma
Headquarter– Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Coal Ministry & FICCI Initiated e-Auction Process of 41 Coal blocks for Commercial mining; Launched by PM Modi
On the lines of the announcement made by Central government under the 20 Lakh crore Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, on June 18, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the two stage electronic auction of 41 coal blocks for commercial mining through video-conference.
About Ministry of Coal:
Union Minister– Pralhad Joshi
Secretary– Anil Kumar Jain
President– Sangita Reddy
Headquarter– New Delhi
MNRE Sets Up Project Development Cell Under Amitesh Kumar Sinha For Investment in Green Energy Sector
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has set up a Project Development Cell (PDC) under its joint secretary Amitesh Kumar Sinha to attract investment in clean energy, especially in the solar sector.
UP provided employment to 57 lakh 12975 migrant workers under MGNREGA; Highest in India
In accordance with the official government data, on June 15, 2020, Uttar Pradesh (UP) has provided employment to 57 lakh 12975 workers in 56,981 village panchayats of the state under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), making it the top Indian state to provide highest employment under MGNREGS.
Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act 2005, later renamed as the “Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act”(MGNREGA) was passed in September 2005.It is an Indian labour law that aims to guarantee the ‘right to work’.
Chief Minister– Yogi Adityanath
Governor– Anandiben Mafatbhai Patel
India’s 1st ever Climate Change Assessment – Climate Change Tracker
India released its first national report on the state of the climate crisis prepared with the support of the Ministry of Earth Science(MoES) and edited by the scientists of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology(IITM), Pune.
Centre Approved Funds for Implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Tripura
On the lines of the announcement made by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019 regarding Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) which aims to provide “Functional Household Tap Connection” (FHTC) to 18 Crore rural households of the country by the year 2024, the Centre has earlier approved funds for the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission for Odisha, Meghalaya, Assam & Bihar.
India 2nd Major Driver of Global Energy Consumption in 2019 After China: 69th Edition of BP Statistical Review 2020
According to the 69th edition of “Statistical Review of World Energy 2020”, which collects and analyses energy data for 2019 , released by UK (United Kingdom) based oil and gas company BP plc, India was the 2nd major market after China to increase primary energy consumption in the year 2019.
i.On the other hand, India’s energy consumption in 2019 was the third largest (34.06 EJ-an increase of 2.3%) only after China (141.70 EJ) and United States (94.65 EJ).
About BP plc:
Headquarters– London, United Kingdom
CEO– Bernard Looney
Indian Economy to contract by 4% in 2020-21: ADB Forecast
In accordance with the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) by Asian Development Bank (ADB), for FY20-21, Indian economy is projected to contract by 4% in fiscal year (FY) 2020, ending on 31 March 2021, before growing 5.0% in FY2021.
APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS
JSW Cement signs Sourav Ganguly & Sunil Chhetri as Brand Ambassadors
JSW Cement, a part of JSW Group, signed former Indian cricket captain & the current president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly and Sunil Chhetri, captain of India’s National Football Team & Bengaluru FC as their brand ambassadors for their marketing campaign Leaders Choice in West Bengal, Bihar and Odisha.
About JSW Group:
Chairman– Sajjan Jindal
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
About JSW Cement:
Managing Director- Parth Jindal
Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Nilesh Narwekar
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
NASA Astronomers Discover 240-year-old Neutron Star ‘Swift J1818.0−1607’ After Recent X-ray Burst
According to the study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, Astronomers at the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) have discovered the youngest known magnetar (a type of neutron star) named “Swift J1818.0-1607” about 16,000 light years away from Earth.
It was first discovered back on March 12 by NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory when when a large amount of X-rays were emitted by it. The European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton observatory and NASA’s NuSTAR telescope, then studied this magnetar and found that it was the youngest 240-year old.
IIT Mandi Develops Herbal Infusion Technology to Help Farmers in the Mid-Himalayan Region
Researchers of Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Mandi have developed a herbal infusion technology, as a source of income for local marginal farmers in the mid-Himalayas.
The technology is ready to license industries interested in working with Enabling Women of Kamand(EWOK)- a rural incubator at IIT Mandi, in the interest of empowering the Kamand Valley farmers.