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June 16, 2019

15th & 16th June 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are the Important Current Affairs updates of 15th & 16th June 2019. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 15th & 16th June 2019

International Current Affairs
  • 15th June is observed as ASEAN Dengue Day.
    • ASEAN Dengue Day Theme 2019 :  “End Dengue: Starts With Me
  • 15th June is also observed as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).
    • This day was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations.
    • The purpose of this day is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.
  • The month of June is being observed as LGBTQ pride month to commemorate the anniversary of Stonewall riots at Stonewall Inn in New York, a gathering space for LGBTQ community during the 60s. 
    • On June 28, 1969, police raided the inn, leading to the gay liberation movement in the US.
    • 'Mother of Pride' Brenda Howard organised the first pride parade a year later.
  • An Israeli court today convicted Sara Netanyahu (wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) of fraudulently using $100,000 of state funds to order catered meals.
  • Brazil's Supreme Court has voted to criminalise homophobia and transphobia in the same way as racism under the country's laws until the Congress creates a specific law for the subject. 
    • Brazil's laws banning racism were passed in 1989 and provide a jail sentence of up to 5 years. 
    • Important Note : Brazil legalised same-sex marriages in 2013.
  • The UK has banned advertisements depicting "harmful gender stereotypes". 
    • The ban was enforced after the UK's advertising watchdog found that gender-stereotypical imagery "can lead to unequal gender outcomes in public and private aspects of people's lives". 
  • To celebrate 5th International Day of Yoga, the Embassy of India in Nepal organised a special event at Syangboche situated around 13,000 feet in the lap of Mt Everest
    • Members from various NGOs, women and youth groups of Solukhumbu district, officials of Sagarmatha National Park and a large number of local people enthusiastically participated in the programme.
    • First time, the International Day of Yoga celebrations were also held at the base camp of Mount Everest.
    • India's Mount Everest climber Bharat Sharma and other mountaineers from various countries created history by performing Yoga at 17600 feet in the backdrop of mighty Mount Everest.
  • Guatemala is set to elect a new President today after a tumultuous campaign.
    • A total of 19 candidates are vying to succeed outgoing President Jimmy Morales
    • Former First lady and candidate for the centre-left Unity of Hope (UNE), Sandra Torres, is heading into the elections as a favourite, having built a clear opinion poll lead over second-placed Alejandro Giammattei of the conservative Vamos.
  • The 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated in Dhaka.
    • The High Commission of India organised a bi-Cycle Rally at the Dhaka University campus on Saturday morning to mark his birth anniversary. 
National Current Affairs
  • To curb the rise in road accidents, the Madhya Pradesh government has issued a directive that mandates buyers of two-wheelers to purchase two helmets and show the receipt to the Transport Department to get their vehicle registered. 
    • The Transport Department has also instructed automobile dealers to sell/provide helmets along with the two-wheelers.
  • According to the Periodic Labour Force Survey data published by the NSSO, India's Female Labour Force Participation Rate has fallen to a historic low of 23.3% in 2017-18. 
    • This means over three out of four women over the age of 15 in India are neither working nor seeking work. 
    • Note : Only nine countries have a lower labour female participation rate than India.
  • A Dinosaur Museum and Fossil Park has opened in Gujarat’s Mahisagar district's Raiyoli village.
    • Spread across 72 acres, the park showcases fossilised remains of dinosaurs in the natural form. 
    • Important Note : This the 1st such facility in our country and third in the world.
  • The 1st session of the 17th Lok Sabha will commence tomorrow. 
    • The Rajya Sabha will sit from Thursday.
    • The session will continue till 26th of next month. 
    • Since it is the first session of the new Lok Sabha, it will mainly be devoted to Oath taking of newly elected MPs, election of Lok Sabha Speaker, the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address and financial business relating to Union Budget.
    • Note : The Union Budget will be presented on 5th of next month.
  • Assam Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary launched the State Transport Corporation's Chalo app for Guwahati. 
    • The app will help commuters to know about the live arrival time of their bus so they can plan their travel accordingly.
    • People can also track the live GPS position of their bus on a map.
    • It will also ensure safe travel with features such as Emergency SOS.
Science & Technology
  • India's second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2, the nation's 1st attempt to land spacecraft on the Moon, is being headed by 2 female scientists Ritu Karidhal and Muthayya Vanitha
    • Karidhal, deputy operations director for Mars mission, is the mission director for Chandrayaan-2 whereas Vanitha, an electronics systems engineer, is the project director. The mission is scheduled to launch on July 15.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced it will permanently switch off its Spitzer Space Telescope on January 30, 2020, after nearly 16 years of exploring the cosmos in infrared light. 
    • Designed for a minimum of 2.5 years, the spacecraft will have operated for more than 11 years beyond its prime mission.
    • The telescope had helped reveal a new ring around Saturn.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • India has decided to impose retaliatory tariffs on 28 US products, including almonds, apples and walnuts, after the US withdrew duty-free benefits for Indian exporters.
    • India announced these higher tariffs in June 2018 after the US refused to exempt it from new steel and aluminium tariffs.
    • Note : India is the largest buyer of US almonds and second-largest buyer of US apples.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked banks to ensure their ATMs are fixed to a wall, pillar, or floor by September 30, 2019, to enhance their security. 
    • ATMs installed in high-security premises such as airports, with adequate CCTV coverage and guards, are exempted from the decision. 
    • Additionally, all ATMs shall be operated for cash replenishment only with digital One Time Combination locks.
  • State-owned UCO Bank today declared Yashovardhan Birla as a wilful defaulter after his company Birla Surya failed to repay loans of ₹67.65 crore. 
    • The Kolkata-based lender said the Chairman of Yash Birla Group has not repaid the dues owed to the bank despite several notices. 
    • Note : Birla Surya is already under liquidation through the Bombay High Court's official liquidator.
Awards & Honors
  • Rajasthan's Suman Rao was named Miss India 2019 at the 56th Femina Miss India 2019. 
    • Miss India 2018 Anukreethy Vas crowned Suman, a CA aspirant, who'll go on to represent India at Miss World 2019.
  • Akshaya Patra, a Bengaluru-based non-profit organisation (NGO) running one of the world’s largest school meals project in India was awarded BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) World Service Global Champion Award for the programme.
New Appointments
  • In Slovakia, anti-corruption campaigner Zuzana Caputova was sworn in as the new President. 
    • With this, she became the country's 1st female president.
Sports Current Affairs
  • India have set a victory target of massive 337 Runs for Pakistan at Old Trafford in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019,  Manchester.
    • Rohit Sharma hit a magnificent 140 off 113 balls. 
    • It was his second century of the tournament and 24th ODI hundred overall. 
    • India are currently fourth in the 10-team points table with five points. 
    • Pakistan are ninth with three points.
  • Multiple times world champion Peter Gilchrist defeated India’s Sourav Kothari in final to win the 2019 Pacific International Billiards Championship played at the Yarraville Club in Melbourne, Australia.
  • The Indian men's recurve team today bagged a silver medal  in the Archery World Championships at Den Bosch in The Netherlands.

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