Daily Current Affairs 9 June 2020 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.
Gairsain declared summer capital of Uttarakhand
Gairsain in Chamoli district was declared as the summer capital of Uttarakhand.A notification in this regard was issued by Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh after Governor Baby Rani Maurya gaver her assent to the move.
- It fulfills Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat’s announcement about Gairsain in the Vidhan Sabha and a major promise made by the party in its manifesto for the 2017 Assembly polls.
Bande Utkala Janani’ Gets State Anthem Status in Odisha
Odisha Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approved the proposal to give state anthem status to “Bande Utkala Janani“.
- The proposal to grant the state song tag to the poem penned by Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mohapatra.
- The anthem will be played or sung in schools, colleges, meetings, cultural events. Whenever the anthem is sung or played, everyone will have to stand in attention except senior citizens, patients, infants, disabled and pregnant women
Madhya Pradesh launches urban street vendor welfare programme
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan launches Street Vendor Registration Portal and Mukhyamantri Shahri Path Vyavsayi Utthan Yojana as well as transferred Rs 300 crore to urban local bodies.
- A few days ago we provided Rs 1,555 crore to 22,800 Gram Panchayats for development purpose and today’s amount has also been transferred to the accounts of urban local bodies amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Rajasthan CM Gehlot launches Online Labour Employment Exchange
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot recently launched the Raj Kaushal Portal and Online Shramik Employment Exchange through video conferencing.
- It is a major initiative taken by the state government after the lockdown, to make it easier for the workers to get employment who are suffering from livelihood losses and to make the labour available to the industries facing labour shortage.
Plantation drive named “Thank Mom” started in Madhya Pradesh
In Madhya Pradesh, a plantation drive named “Thank Mom” has been started on the premises of Social Justice and Disabled Welfare Directorate from on World Environment Day.
- All the plants which are planted during this period are being fitted with a plaque in the name of the mother of each employee.
- The employees will take care of the plant just like her mother. Plants of Neem, Guava, Mango, Moonlight, Parijat and Tulsi were planted in the premises.
Manipur CM inaugurates Plant Health Clinic in Imphal
PWith an aim to boost economic growth of Manipur through agriculture and horticulture, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated a Plant Health Clinic at the Directorate of Horticulture and Soil Conservation, Imphal .
- During the inaugural function, the Chief Minister also launched a mobile soil testing laboratory van.
- The state government has decided to give more emphasis on agriculture and horticulture sectors in this hour of the pandemic COVID-19.
CBIC launches flagship programme “Turant Customs”
Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, CBIC launched its flagship programme Turant Customs, at Bengaluru and Chennai.
- CBIC said, this is a giant leap forward to leverage technology for faster Customs clearance of imported goods.
- Importers will now get their goods cleared from Customs after a faceless assessment is done remotely by the Customs officers located outside the port of import.
New Zealand declares itself free from “Coronavirus”
New Zealand has declared itself free from the coronavirus and lifted all virus-related restrictions within the country.
- Border controls will remain in place in an effort to prevent infected people from bringing the virus into New Zealand. All other restrictions will end, including social distancing and limits on economic activity and public gatherings.
India ranks 168th in Environment Performance Index 2020
India secured 168 rank in the 12th edition of the biennial Environment Performance Index (EPI Index 2020) that measured the environmental performance of 180 countries and was released by the Yale University on June 4, 2020.
- The country scored 27.6 out of 100 in the 2020 index.
- Denmark has ranked first in the world, followed by Luxembourg, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, France, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Germany in the top 10 countries. While Japan has ranked 12th, the United States of America ranks 24th, and China stands at 120th.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
India’s Economy to Contract by 3.2 Percent in Fiscal Year 2020-21: World Bank
The Indian economy is expected to contract by 3.2% in this fiscal year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions, the World Bank said in its Global Economic Prospects (GEP) June 2020 report. Growth is forecast at 3.1% next year.
- Emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) are expected to contract by 2.5% this year, and economic activity in advanced economies is forecast to shrink by 7%, as domestic supply and demand, finance and trade have been disrupted due to the pandemic
Tech Mahindra signs UN Global Compact Initiative to reduce emissions
Tech Mahindra, a provider of digital transformation, consulting and business reengineering services signed a joint declaration with UN Global Compact urging governments to align their COVID-19 recovery efforts with the latest climate science
- Tech Mahindra reaffirms its commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions while calling on governments to “prioritize a faster and fairer transition from a grey to a green economy.”
2020 World Archery Field Championships postponed to 2022
The 2020 World Archery Field Championships in Yankton, USA, have been postponed until 2022 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The event was due to take place in September this year at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Centre, the world’s largest dedicated archery facility which has previously hosted the world youth and world indoor championships.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
IAF inducts indigenously developed pod ARPIT to evacuate critical patients from remote areas
The Indian Air Force inducted an indigenously designed and manufactured pod called ARPIT, which will be used for evacuation of critical patients suffering from infectious diseases like COVID-19 from isolated and remote areas.
- The IAF has designed, developed and inducted an Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation (ARPIT).
- This indigenously designed system has been developed at a cost of Rs 60,000, which is very less when compared to imported systems which cost up to Rs 60 lakh a piece.
Karnataka govt launches app for real time info on rains, flooding in Bengaluru
The Karnataka government launched “Meghasandesha” App that would provide real-time information as well as forecast on rains, flooding and thunderstorm alerts in Bengaluru.
- The app has been developed by Karnataka state natural disaster monitoring centre along with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the Department of science and technology among others.
- A dedicated portal, Varunamitra, was also launched that aims to leverage technology driven solutions to manage and mitigate the Urban Floods
‘Coro-bot’ developed to reduce physical contact of care-givers with COVID-19 patients
A 23-year old, Instrumentation Engineer named Pratik Tirodkar, from Thane district in Maharashtra, came out with the idea of developing a robot which would cut away the requirement of physical contact of nurses and ward boys with the patient.
- Pratik made this ‘Coro-bot’, inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Make in India’ and his clarion call for innovation. Currently it is being used at Holy cross Hospital in Kalyan.
- Most importantly Pratik and his team has created a special app to operate this robot from any location in the world based on the idea of Internet of Things (IoT).
- This is a first anywhere in the world that this technique is being deployed in the medical field.