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June 21, 2019

21st June 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (21st June 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. 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 21st June 2019

International Current Affairs
  • Today (21st June) is World Music Day (FĂȘte de la Musique)
    • This day is celebrated every year on June 21 to mark summer solstice, the longest day of the year
    • This was proposed by American artist Joel Cohen in 1976. 
    • This day is celebrated  in an attempt to promote peace and spread goodwill through melodies. 
    • The day is originated in France in 1982 and is now observed in over 120 countries. 
    • Aim of this day : To encourage free and accessible concerts or events for the public.
  • The Indian Navy has deployed its warships in the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf to reassure the Indian vessels operating and transiting in the region. 
    • This comes amid heightened tensions between US and Iran over recent attacks on oil tankers which the US blamed on Iran. On Thursday, Iran shot down a US surveillance drone.
  • On the occasion of 5th International Yoga Day, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel performed Yoga at an altitude of 18,000 feet in northern Ladakh at -20° Celsius temperature. 
    • They also performed Yoga in Rohtang Pass and at an altitude of 19,000 feet in Sikkim. 
  • The 1st international film festival of Bangladesh was inaugurated at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy by the Bangladesh State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid yesterday.
    • The week-long festival will feature theatre and puppet shows by 8 troupes from 7  countries. 
    • Rabindranath Tagore’s dance-drama ‘Mayar Khela’ was performed as the inaugural presentation of the festival.
    • Note : Theatre troupes from India, Bangladesh, Russia, China, France, Vietnam and Nepal are participating in the festival.
National Current Affairs
  • 5th International Yoga Day is being celebrated today with participation of Crores of people in 192 countries.
    • This day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 11, 2014.
    • Theme of International Yoga Day 2019 : "Yoga for Heart"
    • On the occasion of this day, mass yoga demonstration programmes were held at various places in the national capital.
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi led around 30,000 people in Ranchi (Jharkhand) to mark the celebrations. 
    • President Ram Nath Kovind participated in the Yoga day event organised at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. 
    • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu participated in the Yoga Day celebrations organised by Brahma Kumaris at Red Fort.
    • Speaker of Lok Sabha Om Birla practised Yoga along with MPs in the Parliament House complex. T
    • External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar participated in the International Day of Yoga event with the diplomatic corps and his Ministry officials at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in New Delhi. 
    • IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal attended Yoga Day Celebrations at Lodhi Gardens.
  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today announced that the state government is going to amend laws to introduce strict provisions for teaching the Marathi language as a compulsory subject in all schools across Maharashtra.
  • A fresh bill to ban the practice of instant Triple talaq was introduced in the Lok Sabha today.
    • The Bill proposes to make the practice of instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) a penal offence. 
    • Under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2019, divorcing through instant triple talaq is illegal, void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.
Science & Technology
  • To help people track their stolen mobile phones, the Telecom Ministry is going to roll out a Central Equipment Identity Register, a database of International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI)
    • Note : IMEI is a 15-digit number that uniquely identifies each mobile device. 
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The 20th Meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) was recently held under the Chairmanship of the Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman
    • During this meet, Sitharaman reviewed the state of the economy and discussed various budget-related suggestions and proposals at a meeting with financial sector regulators.
    • The Meeting reviewed the current global and domestic economic situation and financial stability issues including, inter-alia, those concerning Banking and NBFCs.
    • Note : Sitharaman will present the 1st budget of Modi 2.0 government on July 5 against the backdrop of India's economy hitting a five-year low growth of 6.8 per cent in 2018-19.
  • The controller general of patents, designs and trademarks has granted the GI tag to Kolhapuri chappal from Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara and Solapur districts of Maharashtra and Dharwad, Belgaum, Bagalkot and Bijapur of Karnataka. 
    • These leather chappals are hand-crafted and tanned using vegetable dyes. 
    • The art of making them is passed down one generation to another.
    • Note : The GI tag will offer recognition to the footwear traditionally at the national and international markets, the originality of the product will be lost claims the local chappal makers.
Sports Current Affairs
  • The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) today nominated the inclusion of women's cricket in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. 
    • Beach volleyball and Para table tennis have also been recommended for inclusion in the Games.
    • Note : For the sports to be confirmed, the federation will need to receive a positive response from a minimum of 51% of the Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs).
  • India's all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket and Indian Premier League, has been signed up by the Toronto Nationals for the 2019 season of Global T20 Canada
  • India today named a 23-member squad to represent the country at the Asian Junior Badminton Championship.
    • The tournament will be held in Suzhou, China from 20th of next month.
    • The boys' singles challenge will be spearheaded by Manipur's Maisnam Meiraba Luwang
    • The girls' team will be spearheaded by Malvika Bansod of the Airport Authority of India (AAI). 

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