In this article, we will discuss all the important current affairs of 19th June 2021 in detail.
1. PM Narendra Modi announces the beginning of a “Customized Crash Course for Covid 19 Frontline Workers.”
- Under the Skill India scheme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced six tailored Crash Course programmes for COVID-19 frontline workers via video conferencing.
- The government will open 111 training centres across 26 states as part of the Customized Crash Course initiative.
2. The government has extended the validity of the Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum from March 31 to December 31.
- The validity of the Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum has been extended by the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises from March 31 to December 31 this year.
- This would make it easier for holders of the Entrepreneurs Memorandum Part-II and the Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum to take use of provisions under various existing programmes and incentives, such as MSME Priority Sector Lending advantages.
3. Rajasthan’s government plans to establish a Vedic Education and Sanskar Board.
- According to officials, the Rajasthan government would soon establish a Vedic Education and Sanskar Board to restore understanding of Sanskrit scriptures and vedas. In the following four to five months, the board will most likely be created.
- According to Minister of State (MoS) for Sanskrit Education Subhash Garg, a committee constituted to describe the board’s goals, objectives, and functioning has submitted its report to the state government, and modules would be presented to the board based on the report.
4. In the Gulf of Aden, the INS Trikand, a mission sent for anti-piracy operations, took part in the first IN – EUNAVFOR Joint Naval Exercise.
- The Indian Naval Ship Trikand, which is on a mission to combat piracy, is taking part in the first IN – EUNAVFOR Joint Naval Exercise in the Gulf of Aden.
- The two-day drill will feature five warships from four different navies. The Italian Navy Ship ITS Carabiniere, the Spanish Navy Ship ESPS Navarra, and two French Navy Ships FS Tonnerre and FS Surcouf are among the other vessels.
5. Last year, Indians ranked 51st in terms of assets held in Swiss banks.
- According to annual data from Switzerland’s central bank, cash deposited by Indian individuals and businesses in Swiss banks totaled more than Rs 20,700 crore (2.55 billion Swiss francs) in 2020.
- At the end of 2019, Indian consumers’ cumulative deposits with Swiss banks were Rs 6,625 crore. It marked the end of a two-year downward trend. Despite the excitement and enthusiasm of Indians over money being stored in Switzerland, the research revealed that India was ranked 51st.
6. Rajnath Singh, the Indian Defence Minister, speaks at the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus.
- Using video conferencing, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh attended the 8th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus).
- Maritime security concerns are another area of worry for India, according to Singh, who spoke virtually at the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus). India expects that the South China Sea Code of Conduct negotiations will result in conclusions that are consistent with international law.
7. The United Kingdom and Australia have reached a historic free trade agreement.
- Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, and Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister, have reached a historic agreement on a free trade agreement (FTA).
- It will lower the cost of selling British automobiles and scotch whisky in Australia, as well as abolish trade obstacles.
8. India and Bhutan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Climate Change and Waste Management.
- India and Bhutan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on environmental cooperation, according to Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.
- The Memorandum of Understanding will serve as a forum for us to strengthen our relationship and support, as well as share best practises in areas such as #AirPollution, #WasteManagement, #ChemicalManagement, and #ClimateChange.
Banking & Finance News
9. Centrum Financial Services Ltd will receive in-principle clearance from the RBI to establish a Small Finance Bank.
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has given Centrum Financial Services Limited in-principle clearance to establish a Small Finance Bank.
- This in-principle permission was given in response to centrum financial services limited’s declaration of interest dated February 1, 2021.
10. The Reserve Bank of India has released a Consultative Document on Microfinance Regulation.
- The Reserve Bank of India has issued a Consultative Document on Microfinance Regulation. It was created with the goal of harmonising the regulatory frameworks for various regulated microfinance lenders.
- The documents propose a consistent definition of microfinance loans for all regulated companies, as well as capping the outflow on account of repayment of a household’s loan obligations to a proportion of its income.
Business & Economy News
11. In 2020-21, India’s agricultural exports are expected to expand by 17.34%.
- Agricultural exports in India increased dramatically in the previous fiscal year.
- Exports of agricultural and allied products increased by 17.34 percent to 41.25 billion US dollars in fiscal year 2020-21, according to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
12. In the recent year, the country’s foreign exchange reserves increased by US$103 billion.
- According to the Reserve Bank of India, the country’s foreign exchange reserves hit an all-time high of US$ 605.0 billion on June 4, 2021. The country’s foreign exchange reserve increased by US$ 103 billion in the last year.
- According to the Reserve Bank of India, India is the world’s fifth-largest reserve-holding country, the 12th-largest foreign holder of US Treasury securities, and the tenth-largest in terms of gold reserves.
13. In April-May this year, India’s total exports, including merchandise and services, were anticipated to be USD 98.29 billion.
- In April-May of this year, India’s total exports, including merchandise and services, were anticipated to be USD 98.29 billion. In comparison to the same period the previous year, global exports increased by about 57 percent.
- Overall imports are expected to reach USD 104.14 billion in April-May 2021, according to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Overall imports increased by 77.82 percent over the same period last year, according to the report.
14. Yuvraj Singh’s partnership with Puma India has been extended.
- Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh has been named the face of PUMA Motorsport in India, continuing a decade-long collaboration with the global sports brand.
- Singh’s new persona will highlight his love of fast automobiles and sports-inspired clothes.
15. Aashish Chandorkar, a private citizen, has been named director of India’s WTO mission.
- Aashish Chandorkar, a private individual, has been appointed as “Counsellor” in India’s Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization for three years, ahead of the WTO’s ministerial session later this year.
- A private person has been appointed to the Mission for the first time. Mr. Chandorkar is the director of the Smahi Foundation of Policy and Research, a policy think tank based in Bengaluru.
16. 19-year-old Yuka Saso wins the US Women’s Open in a tiebreaker.
- Yuka Saso won the 76th U.S. Women’s Open golf event at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, overcoming two early double bogeys and defeating Japan’s Nasa Hataoka in a sudden death playoff on the third hole.
- With her first major triumph, Saso, 19, became the first Filipino player to win a major and established herself as a new force in the game.
17. Neeraj Chopra wins gold in Lisbon with a throw of 83.18 metres.
- Indian javelin champion At the Meeting Cidade de Lisboa in Lisbon, Neeraj Chopra made a remarkable return to the international circuit by winning gold.
- In a field of five competitors, Neeraj Chopra won with an 83.18m throw in his sixth and final attempt.
Awards & Honours News
18. The environmental organisation ‘Familial Forestry’ has been awarded a prestigious UN award.
- Familial Forestry, a concept developed by Rajasthan-based climate campaigner Shyam Sundar Jyani, has won the prestigious United Nations Land for Life Award this year.
- The United Nations Convention on Climate Change lauded Rajasthan’s Familial Forestry as “a unique concept of Shyam Sunder Jyani that connects a tree with a family, making it a green family member.”
19. Milkha Singh, a legendary Indian sprinter, has died.
- Milkha Singh, a legendary Indian sprinter, died at the age of 91 from complications caused by coronavirus illness (Covid-19) after a month-long battle in Chandigarh.
- Milkha Singh, a former army officer, has won numerous medals for India in track and field tournaments throughout the world. In the 1958 Tokyo Asian Games, he won four gold medals for India, including the 200 metre and 400 metre races.
20. Today is National Reading Day.
- On June 19, 2021, National Reading Day will be honoured across the country, and Reading Month will be observed from June 19 to July 18.
- The late P.N. Panicker, the father of India’s library movement, is honoured on this day.
21. International Day To End Sexual Violence In Armed Conflict
- On June 19, the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is observed.
- The purpose of the day is to raise awareness about the need to stop conflict-related sexual violence, honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world, and pay respect to all those who have bravely dedicated their lives to and lost their lives in fighting these crimes.
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