Current Affair of June 2022
1. On 1st June 2022, the latest edition of the Asia University Rankings was released by the Times Higher Education (THE). The 2022 edition of the rankings comprises 616 universities from 31 countries and territories across Asia. India is the third most-represented country in this 2022 rankings with 71 institutions making this list.
2. The government of Bihar will soon be conducting a caste-based census in the state. This decision was taken at an all-party meeting that was chaired by Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of the state on 1st June 2022. The Chief Minister announced that the exercise would be named Jaati Aadharit Ganana.
3. Ashok Gehlot, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan has announced that Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award will be introduced in the state for various sportspersons. The Rajasthan government is taking big decisions to develop sports in the state, and the incentive amounts received by the medal winners will increase with time.
4. An app named "ACB 14400" has been launched by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy. This app was launched to curb corruption at government offices across the State. This app has been developed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). Through this app, the people can lodge corruption related complaints against any government officials in the State.
5. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted that, India has achieved 10 percent ethanol blending of petrol, five months before the schedule. 10 percent ethanol blending has reduced carbon emission by 27 lakh tonnes. It has saved India's Rs. 41,000 crore on oil imports, in foreign exchange spending.
6. On the occasion of World Food Safety Day, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) led 4th State Food Safety Index (SFSI). The 4th State Food Safety Index was released for measuring the performance of States on five parameters of food safety.
7. On 2nd June 2022, the government of Maharashtra launched the faceless Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) to help the citizens of the state avail facilities such as driving licences, etc, without the need of being physically present at the RTOs. This initiative was launched by the Minister of State for Transport Satej Patil.
8. Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog has said that Aadhaar has become the substructure for various government welfare schemes. Aadhar, which is issued by UIDAI, has saved more than Rs. 2 lakh crore for the government by eliminating duplicate and fake identities. The NITI Aayog CEO has said that Aadhaar is one of the world's most-successful biometric identity programs.
9. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) under Operation Mahila Suraksha has rescued 150 women and girls from falling into the trap of human trafficking syndicates. This initiative is being run by the railways with the aim of providing security to women while they travel on trains.
10. The central government is planning to set up state-of-the-art 'PM Shri schools' with the aim of preparing students for the future and these schools will act as the laboratory of the new National Education Policy (NEP). The announcement of the 'PM Shri Schools' was made by Education Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan who was addressing the two-day National Education Minister's Conference in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
11. A new colourful species of leopard named "Eublepharis pictus" was recently identified by researchers. The species is also known as Painted Leopard Gecko. The species is common in forests of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. And geographically appears to be separated by Brahmani River.
12. Global initiative "Lifestyle for Environment Movement" was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of "World Environment Day" on 5th June 2022. During the launch of initiative, PM noted that, challenges on earth are well-known to all. Thus, there is a need of human-centric, collective efforts and robust action to strengthen the sustainable development.
13. Anurag Thakur, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports has launched a nationwide 'Fit India Freedom Rider Cycle Rally' on 3rd June 2022 from Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, Delhi. This rally was launched on the occasion of World Bicycle Day 2022. A distance of 7.5 km was covered by the Union Minister along with 750 young cyclists during the cycle rally that commenced from the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium.
14. An elephant rescue centre has been established by the forest department of Bihar at Valmiki Tiger Reserve at West Champaran district of Bihar. The elephant rescue centre will be used to rehabilitate stray, abandoned and injured elephants. This facility is yet to be approved by central government.
15. The government of Punjab has abolished physical stamp papers with the aim of bringing more efficiency and checking the pilferage of the state revenue. After this decision, stamp papers of any denomination can currently be obtained via e-stamp (computerized print-out) from any authorized banks or stamp vendors. Earlier, the e-stamping facility in the state was applicable only for valuations of above Rs. 20,000 but according to the new rules, this facility has been extended for all denominations starting from One Rupee.
16. The Baikho festival is celebrated in the state of Assam, which is called as gateway to northeast India. It is celebrated by Rabha tribes of India. Assam is having a diverse flora and fauna. It is also known as land of Red River and Blue Hills. It is a nucleus, that inhibits beautiful biodiversity of India.
17. 2022 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) was released recently, ranking 180 countries on 40 performance indicators in 11 issue categories of climate change performance, ecosystem vitality and environmental health. In the index, India has been ranked at 180th position, bottom of the 2022 Index.
18. Maharashtra State Board for Wildlife (MSBWL) recently approved 12 new conservation reserves and 3 wildlife sanctuaries, for boosting wildlife conservation movement and environment protection movement. These protected areas (PAs) will have an area of around 1,000 sq km. In this, an area of 692.74 sq km will be for conservation reserves while an area of 303 sq km will be for wildlife sanctuaries.
19. During the celebration of World Environment Day 2022; the Chief Minister of Sikkim, P. S. Golay, declared Blue Duke as "State Butterfly of Sikkim". This was announced at Saramsa Garden near Ranipool, in an event organized by Forest department. Blue Duke edged past Krishna Peacock, which was to be announced as State Butterfly of Sikkim.
20. Recently, the Apex Court directed that every protected forest, national park and wildlife sanctuary across India should have a mandatory eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of minimum 1 km, starting from demarcated boundaries. This direction came from a three judge Bench comprising of Justices L. Nageswara Rao, Aniruddha Bose and B. R. Gavai.
21. According to the 14th Assam rhino estimation, Rhinos in Manas National Park have higher life expectancy, however they need translocation support. Rhino census was carried out in all three ranges of Manas National Park namely, Bhuyanpara, Bansbari and Panbari, comprising of 71 estimation blocks.
22. The Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry has invited public feedback on the New Draft National Policy on Disability (PwD), that proposes interventions in disability prevention, healthcare, education, accessibility and social security.
23. Appointment of new chief Justices in five high courts has been approved by Central Government. Justice Vipin Sanghi has been appointed to Uttarakhand HC. Justice Ujjal Bhuyan will be appointed to Telangana HC. Justice Amjad Ahtesham Sayed appointed to Himachal Pradesh HC. Justice Shinde Sambhaji Shiwaji appointed to Rajasthan HC. Justice Rashmin M. Chhaya appointed to Guwahati HC. Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma appointed to Delhi HC.
24. As a part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the "National Museum of Customs and GST". The National Museum of Customs and GST called "Dharohar" was inaugurated in Goa. Museum was inaugurated as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Iconic week (6th June to 12th June 2022) of Ministry of Finance.
25. On 14th June 2022, Uttar Pradesh Government decided to give incentives for setting units in first medical device park of states. This unit has been proposed on 350 acre of land in Sector 28 of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA). Government also decided to implement Pt Deendayal Upadhyay Kisan Samridhi Yojana in state till 2026 - 27.
26. Institute for Management Development recently compiled and released the annual World Competitive Index on 15th 2022. India witnessed sharpest rise among Asian countries. India's witnessed a six-position rise from 43rd to 37th rank, due to gains in economic performance.
27. On 14th June 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a temple in Dehu near Pune in Maharashtra, which is dedicated to 17th century saint Tukaram Maharaj. Tukaram Maharaj was a warkari saint and poet. He was a prominent figure in Bhakti movement.
28. According to data from sample registration system (SRS), India's life expectancy at birth has reached up to 69.7 during 2015 - 2019. Data was released by demographic survey. India's life expectancy at birth has reached up after 10 years. However, it is still below the global average of 72.6.
29. Chief Election Commissioner, Rajiv Kumar, recently announced the schedule for President Election 2022. Voting for Presidential Election will be held on 18th July 2022 while votes will be counted on 21st July 2022. The tenure of current President Ram Nath Kovind is set to end on 24th July 2022.
30. According to a report by World Gold Council (WGC), India has become the fourth largest gold recycler worldwide. In 2021, it has recycled 75 tonnes of gold. In the report, China was ranked first in global gold recycling chart, Italy at second position and US at third position.
31. Assam has been experiencing unprecedented floods and landslides over the last one week. This has affected million people and left people dead too. In last 34 hours, 10 people were killed and 7 went missing. Assam has been experiencing more concentrated and heavy rainfall episodes because of climate change.
32. On 23rd June 2022, Government of Delhi issued an order to ban the entry of medium and heavy goods vehicles in Delhi, starting from November to February, in order to curb vehicular pollution. As per official, entry of vehicles will not be allowed from 1st November 2022 to 28th February 2023. This is because, vehicular pollution deteriorates air quality during winter months.
33. On 24th June 2022, the tenure of current chief of Research and Analysis wing (RAW), Samant Kumar Goel, was extended by one year. Tenure was extended by appointments committee of cabinet (ACC), till 30th June 2023. It is the second extension of service for Samant Kumar Goel.
34. On 27th June 2022, Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSE&L) of Ministry of Education (MoE) released the "Performance Grading Index for Districts (PGI-D)" report for the year 2018 - 19 and 2019 - 20. PGI-D assesses the performance of school education system at District level by formulating an index for comprehensive analysis.
35. On 27th June 2022, the supreme court asked 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs to respond to disqualification notice issued by Deputy Speaker, until 12th July 2022. Earlier, deputy speaker had given 48 hours to MLAs to respond. In this crisis, references have been made to landmark 1992 judgment in 'Kihoto Hollohan vs Zachillhu And Others'. In this case, Supreme Court upheld sweeping discretion available with the Speaker in deciding disqualification of MLAs cases.
1. The first commercial flight from Sanaa Airport, Yemen to Cairo, Egypt has been welcomed by the United Nations. The first commercial flight between both took off on 1st June 2022. This was the seventh flight that was operated under the terms that were brokered by the United Nations for two months of nationwide truce.
2. Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, reached Senegal (West Africa), on 2nd June 2022 and led delegation level talks with President of Senegal (H. E. Mr. Macky Sall). During the talks, Vice President of India assured India's continued commitment to Senegal, in a bid to support socio-economic development of Senegal by means of bilateral, regional and international frameworks.
3. On 2nd June 2022, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau signed a USD 1 billion deal, to settle a century-old land claim of Blackfoot tribe. Government took around half of the reserve lands of tribes in Alberta province in 1910, in order to use it for resources development as well as to sell to settlers.
4. Recently, a 20-year-old woman received a 3-D printed ear implant as she was born with a small and misshapen right ear. The 3-D printed ear implant was made from her own cells. This transplant was a part of first clinical trial of successful medical application of this technology and turned as an advance in the field of tissue engineering.
5. At the United Nations, Turkey will now be known as Turkiye. This decision was taken after intergovernmental body agreed to a formal request of Ankara for the name change. Acceptance of this name change at United Nations marks the start of similar process of adoption by similar bodies and international organisations.
6. On 4th June 2022, the Scientists, researchers and activists from across the world gathered in Stockholm. They were expected to issue a strong resolution for to phase out fossil fuels as well as to support developing nations in their transition to clean energy.
7. On 5th June 2022 China successfully launched the 3rd Crewed Mission to its New Space Station. Three Astronauts will continue the construction work for six months. Astronauts were lifted off on Shenzhou-14 spacecraft. It was launched by a Long March 2F rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, located in Gobi Desert of Inner Mongolia.
8. Joint Military Exercise between India and Bangladesh, Ex SAMPRITI-X, was started from 5th June 2022 at Jashore Military Station in Bangladesh. It will be concluded on 16th June 2022. The Ex SAMPRITI-X is being conducted with the aim of strengthening interoperability between both the armies and to understand each other's operational techniques and tactical drills.
9. On 5th June 2022, the BJP suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma as well expelled its Delhi spokesperson Naveen Kumar Jindal, after their comments about Islam and the Prophet recently. This was done after three Gulf countries, Kuwait, Iran and Qatar, had summoned the Indian ambassadors to their nations for registering their protest. The countries also demanded for public apology from India.
10. NASA is set to launch a mission called "DAVINCI Mission". DAVINCI stands for "Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry and Imaging Mission". The mission will fly by Venus and explore its harsh atmosphere in 2029. It will be the first mission to study Venus by means of both flybys and descent.
11. On 5th June 2022, the Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu launched the India-Qatar Start-Up bridge. During his visit to Qatar, Vice President met Prime Minister as well as Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani.
12. On 8th June 2022, India and Vietnam signed a joint vision statement along with a military logistic support pact. Both the pacts would enhance the scope and scale of existing defence cooperation between both the countries. There is a need to enhance the scope of defence cooperation in a bid to secure strategic interests in Indo-Pacific region, that China seeks to dominate.
13. On 8th June 2022, Algeria announced to suspend its treaty of "friendship, good neighbourliness, and co-operation", that it signed with Spain 20 years ago. This move has proved beneficial for both the countries. It came after Spain decided to shifting its position regarding Western Sahara dispute.
14. QS World University Rankings 2022 was released recently, in which Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru has become the highest ranked Indian Institute. Rank of IISc Bengaluru has improved by 31 places. Among the Indian institute, IIT-Bombay has been ranked second while IIT-Delhi has been ranked third.
15. According to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), India has jumped by one position to 7th in year 2021, among the top recipients of foreign direct investment (FDI). UNCTAD announced in its latest World Investment Report, which was released on 9th June 2022.
16. Members of the European Parliament recently voted to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035. This voting was held on an amendment, that would have allowed some auto emissions through new vehicles after 2035. This amendment was rejected by Members of Parliament.
17. The Ninth Summit of the Americas 2022 was held from 6th June to 10th June 2022. It is an international conference and was held in Los Angeles, United States. Summit of the Americas 2022 was held under the theme of "Building a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Future".
18. The 19th Shangri-La Dialogue was hosted in Singapore, from 10th June to 12th June 2022, in Singapore after two years. Asia's premier security summit was discontinued due to covid-19 pandemic. It is hosted by International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).
19. The Suraksha-Mitra project has become operational in the State of Kerala. Suraksha-Mitra Project is a vehicle monitoring system. It sends distress messages in case of any accident. Motor Vehicle Department has launched this project under Nirbhaya Scheme. This system will send a distress message to owner's mobile phones, if there are any untoward incidents while travelling.
20. On 10th June 2022, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted an India-led resolution on multilingualism mentioning Hindi language for the first time. This resolution encourages United Nations to continue disseminating important communications and messages in official and non-official languages, including Hindi.
21. The 12th Ministerial Conference of World Trade Organization (WTO) started on 12th June 2022. It is being held at WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. It was due to take place in 2021 but got postponed due to covid-19 pandemic.
22. A new comprehensive Geological map of the Moon was released by China. It is the most detailed map till date. The Geological Map is likely to make a significant contribution to scientific research, exploration and landing site selection on the Moon. Chinese scientists have created the high-resolution topographic map on the basis of data from Chinese lunar exploration project called "Chang'e project".
23. Australia appointed an "Assistant Minister for The Republic", in a move towards ending the leadership of Queen Elizabeth II. This move triggered a fresh wave of speculations, that British monarch will no longer be considered the head of the state.
24. Recently, China proposed a plan to launch a solar power plant in space, in order to get inexhaustible power in 2028, two years before the original schedule. China had planned to establish a solar power station of 1 megawatt capacity, in space by 2030.
25. The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) is organising an eight day long mango festival in Bahrain, in order to boost Mango export. During the mango festival, 34 varieties of mangoes are being displayed. All the mangoes have been taken from eastern states of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.
26. The Khuvsgul Lake National Park of Mongolia has been added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO. This decision was taken during 34th session of International Co-ordinating council of Man and Biosphere Programme. This programme is taking place in Paris, France.
27. Recently, Israel and Haryana government signed a joint declaration in capacity building and integrated water resources management. The joint declaration is a significant milestone as India and Israel are celebrating 30 years of full diplomatic relations.
28. Gustavo Petro has become the first leftist President of Colombia. He secured 50.5% of vote in second round of the presidential election, which was held on 19th June 2022. Gustavo Petro is an environmental and human rights activist. He was a part of urban guerrilla outfit called M-19. M-19 was established in 1970.
29. On 21st June South Korea launched its first domestically built space rocket in second attempt. Space rocket was launched months after its previous lift-off could not place a payload into orbit. Successful launch of the space rocket would boost the growing space ambitions of South Korea.
30. On 21st June 2022, over 6,000 people gathered at Stonehenge in Britain's Wiltshire to celebrate the summer solstice, which is the longest day of year in northern hemisphere. People arrived at the spot to see sunrise directly behind the largest stone at World Heritage site in southwest England.
31. Government of Canada has launched "Canada's Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System", in a bid to reduce carbon pollution. Reducing greenhouse gases from waste, which is responsible for 7 percent of greenhouse gases in Canada, is a key component for achieving Canada's emissions reduction targets.
32. The second consignment of relief materials from Tamil Nadu was sent from to Sri Lanka on 22nd June 2022. The relief material was sent to people of Sri Lanka, who are affected by an economic crisis. The Ship carried 15,000 metric tonnes of essential commodities.
33. On 23rd June 2022 External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr. S. Jaishankar addressed the "Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Foreign Minister's plenary", which was held in Rwanda. The meeting was delayed by two years, due to covid-19 pandemic. CHOGM Foreign Minister's plenary was held in Rwanda, under the theme of "Democracy, Peace and Governance".
34. The World Bank (WB) has approved a USD 245 million loan to extend support for Railway Logistics Project. World Bank loan will support India's efforts of modernising rail freight and logistics infrastructure. As per statement, capacity constraints of Indian Railways have reduced the speed & reliability of shipments as well as limited the volumes.
35. ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) recently discovered oil in a drilled well, Urraca-IX, in Colombia. While testing with Electrical Submersible Pump (ESP) initially, fluid flowed at around 600 barrels per day. Oil discovery in Lower Mirador play in the well has opened up new areas to further explore in northern part of the block.
36. On 25th June 2022, the central bank of China inked an agreement with the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), for establishing a Renminbi Liquidity Arrangement (RMBLA). The Renminbi Liquidity Arrangement will provide support to participating central banks during market fluctuations.
37. Russia has announced to transfer the "Iskander-M Missile System" to Belarus. This missile system can use ballistic or cruise missiles, in their nuclear and conventional versions. Iskander-M missile system is codenamed as "SS-26 Stone" by NATO. Iskander-M missile has a range of 500 km. It is capable of carrying a payload of up to 700 kg.
38. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) published its "2022 annual Global Trends Report" recently. The report noted that, 100 million people were forced to go back to their homes in 2021, due to violence, war in Ukraine, food insecurity, human rights abuses, climate crisis and other emergencies from Africa to Afghanistan.
39. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) recently launched its annual ranking of most liveable cities of the world, and Global Liveability Index for 2022. The EIU ranked 173 cities on the basis of several criteria, including infrastructure, political stability, availability to green space, health care and crime rates.
40. On 27th June 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the G7 Summit in Germany and asked the Group of Seven (G7) countries to consider investing in and promoting the emerging market for clean energy technologies in India. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz invited PM Modi for attending G7 Summit 2022 as a partner country.
41. India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and his counterpart from UK Liz Truss have announced plans to initiate a joint "India-UK Commonwealth Diplomatic Academy programme". This plan was announced after their meet at Rwanda. Under the programme, Graduates will play a significant role in delivering rejuvenated Commonwealth, which will be united in support of self-determination.
42. On 28th June 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan held bilateral talks at Abu Dhabi. Both the leaders reiterated their commitment to deepen and diversify India-UAE Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. This was the first in-person meeting between both the leaders, since August 2019.
43. The Commonwealth group of nations drafted a non-binding "living lands charter" under which, the commonwealth members have decided to voluntarily dedicate a 'living land' in their countries for future generations. Countries have decided to dedicate the living land, in line with the strategy formulated for United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
44. The G7 grouping has announced a USD 600 billion global infrastructure programmes for poor countries. This move was aimed at competing with formidable Belt and Road Initiative of China. During 2022 and 2027, US government and its allies will shoot for USD 600 billion figure "through federal financing, leveraging private sector investments and grants.
1. India and Israel have signed a 'vision Statement' with the aim of further deepening the long-standing defence cooperation between both nations. This statement was signed at a meeting held between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Benny Gantz, defence minister of Israel. Israel's defence minister emphasized the need to invest further in defence cooperation between both countries.
2. On 3rd June 2022, the Indian Navy Ships Nishank and Akshay were decommissioned, after rendering 32 years of glorious service to India. Decommissioning event was conducted at Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. In the traditional ceremony, the national flag, the naval ensign and the decommissioning pennant of both the ships were lowered for last time at sunset.
3. Chandigarh Administration was decided to set up a "Chandigarh IAF Heritage Centre" in Chandigarh. Chandigarh IAF (Indian Air Force) Heritage Centre will be set up in a bid to showcase the role of Indian Air Force in several wars and overall functioning. It will be set up jointly by the force and Chandigarh administration.
4. On 6th June 2022, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved the procurement of military equipment platform from domestic industries, of worth Rs. 76,390 Crore. Procurement proposals were approved by DAC, which is headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
5. "Ex Khaan Quest-2022", a multinational peacekeeping exercise, has commenced in Mongolia. It will continue for 14 days. The exercise features participation of military contingents from 16 countries, including India. It was inaugurated by President of Mongolia, Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh. Indian Army is being represented by contingent from the Ladakh Scouts.
6. Ministry of defence recently issued gazette notifications for amending regulations of Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force, related to appointment of the Chief of Defence Staff. As per notification, government may consider an officer for this post, who is serving as Air Marshal or Air Chief Marshal or a retired officer in the similar ranks but below the age of 62 years on appointment
7. Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) recently signed MoUs with some banks in order to boost investment in UP Defense Industrial Corridor. Those banks include- State Bank of India (SBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB), Bank of Baroda (BOB) and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI).
8. On 14th June 2022, Central Government launched a new scheme called "Agnipath Scheme", to recruit soldiers across three services. The scheme will be implemented in immediate effect. Recruited Soldiers will be called "Agniveers". Under it, about 45,000 to 50,000 soldiers will be recruited annually. Most of them will be recruited for just four years.
9. On 15th June 2022, India successfully test-fired its nuclear capable and indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile from Odisha, as part of user training trial. Prithvi-II missile is a proven system and a surface-to-surface missile. It is capable of striking targets with high degree of precision.
10. India and other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) have extended their support to China-led initiative "Solidarity-2023", in a bid to organise a joint border operation in 2023. This was announced by Director of Border Security Force (BSF) General Pankaj Kumar Singh after concluding the eighth meeting of heads of border authorities of SCO member states.
11. The Agnipath Scheme was launched by central government recently. The scheme aims to enrol youths into service for four years. But it has sparked protests in several parts of the country. After completion of the tenure, 25% of Agniveers will be retained or re-enlisted into regular cadre. 75% will be demobilised with an exit package
12. Stealth Frigate of Indian Navy, INS Talwar, is currently deployed for "Op Sankalp". The frigate is commemorating the 3rd continuous year of presence of Indian Navy in the Gulf for protection of Maritime Interests of India. It was started to ensure safe passage of Indian Flag Vessels passing through Strait of Hormuz.
13. The Multinational Peacekeeping Exercise "Ex Khaan Quest-2022" was concluded on 20th June 2022 at "Peace Support Operations Training Centre" in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. "Ex Khaan Quest-2022" was conducted from 6th June to 20th June 2022. It provided a platform for sharing best practices and mutual learning amongst armies from 16 Nations.
14. Eastern region of Indian Coast Guard, inducted the indigenously designed and developed Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Mark III on 20th June 2022. Advanced Light Helicopter is the first aircraft of newly created "840 Squadron". It will be positioned in the Coast Guard Region East.
15. On 24th June 2022, A vertical-launch, short-range, surface-to-air missile (VL-SRSAM) was successfully test-fired by Indian Navy. VL-SRSAM was launched from a warship, off the coast of Chandipur in Odisha. The VL-SRSAM system has been designed for striking at high speed airborne targets at 40 km to 50 km range and at an altitude of 15 km.
16. The Indian Air Force is taking part in 'Tactical Leadership Programme', that started on 24th June 2022. The Tactical Leadership Programme is being held at Egyptian Air Force Weapon School in Cairo west Airbase. From Indian side, two c-17 aircraft, three Su-30MKI aircraft and 57 IAF personnel including C-17 contingent are taking part.
17. Ministry of Defence has allowed to open BRO Cafes soon at different sections of border roads with Border Road Organisation (BRO). BRO Cafes will shortly open at 75 locations in 12 states and Union Territories. These cafes are aimed at providing basic amenities and comfort to tourists.
18. On 28th 2022, Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) Rajnish Kumar, Ministry of Defence, inaugurated the "Pay Roll Automation for Disbursement of Monthly Allowances (PADMA)". PADMA is an automated Pay & Allowances module, launched for the Indian Coast Guard. It will provide timely and seamless disbursal of Pay & Allowances to 15,000 Indian Coast Guard personnel.
Business, Economy & Banking
1. In the financial year 2021 - 22, India recorded its highest ever apparel and textiles exports which stood at USD 44.4 billion. The exports tally also includes handicrafts and indicates a substantial increase of 41 percent and 26 percent in comparison to the corresponding figures recorded in FY21 and FY20, respectively.
2. State-owned Power Finance Corporation (PFC) has announced that its maiden green bonds worth 300 million euros have been listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LSE). R. S. Dhillon, PFC Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) rang the bell during the listing ceremony that was held in GIFT IFSC Gujarat.
3. IIM-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has collaborated with SFarms India, an e-marketplace for agricultural land to develop a farm land price index that is based on the purchases and sales done on the platform. This index has been designed with the aim of recording and presenting quality-controlled data on the prices of agricultural land in India.
4. On 6th June 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a "national portal for credit-linked government schemes" called "Jan Samarth Portal". Portal was launched during the 'Iconic Week Celebrations' of Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Corporate Affairs at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
5. Recently, the National Stock Exchange of India witnessed a freak trade in weekly Nifty 50 options contact. It led to a loss of around Rs. 200 crore for traders. Such freak trades are called as Fat finger Trade. Recent freak trade is not just a one instance. India have witnessed such instances in past as well.
6. On 6th June 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a special series of coins. These coins have also been made visually impaired friendly. The coins of Rs. 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 denominations were launched. These coins will have the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) design. Coins are not commemorative coins but will be a part of circulation.
7. On 6th June 2022 Union Government has notified the Green Open Access Rules 2022, that will accelerate India's renewable energy programmes. These rules are notified to promote generation, purchase and consumption of green energy including the energy generated through waste-to-energy plants.
8. Union Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to inaugurate the National Tribal Research Institute in Delhi on 7th June 2022. National tribal Research Institute will be inaugurated as a part of "Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav" by Tribal Affairs Ministry. During the event, an exhibition showcasing the achievements of Ministry of Tribal Affairs will also be displayed.
9. Government has released draft amendments to IT Rules 2021 and sought public comments on some amendments to it. These rules provide a framework for content regulation by online publishers of current affairs content and news content, as well as curated audio-visual content.
10. Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India, recently decided to increase the Policy Repo Rate by 50 basis points to 4.9 percent in June 2022. MPC members voted unanimously to increase rates and to continue withdrawal of accommodative stance. According to MPC, inflation is likely to remain above 6 percent, for the first three quarters in financial year 2022-23.
11. State-owned National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has created a Guinness World Record for longest continuously laid bituminous lane of 75 kilometres, on national highway between Amravati and Akola districts of Maharashtra, in 105 hours and 33 minutes.
12. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has reduced India's growth to 6.9% growth in Financial Year 2023 from 8.1% estimated earlier. Growth was also slashed to 6.2 percent in 2023. OECD further expects policy rate to increase to 5.3% by the end of 2022 and remain same in 2023.
13. Department of Science and Technology (DST) launched the "Geospatial Self-Certification Portal" in a bid to convey adherence to provisions of Geospatial Guidelines by individuals, organisations, companies, and government agencies. It is a significant step for liberalising geospatial industry in India.
14. On 7th June 2022, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the superstructure replacement for Mahatma Gandhi Setu. Union Minister also laid foundation stones for 15 National Highway (NH) projects in Hajipur and Patna. Mahatma Gandhi Setu was constructed with a fund of Rs. 1,742 crore.
15. On 8th June 2022, the limit of funding of innovative defence projects was increased from Rs 10 crore to Rs 50 crore per project, under the Technology Development Fund (TDF). Funding has been enhanced in line with the announcement made in Union Budget 2022-23. Union Budget 2022-23 has reserved 25% of defence R&D budget for private industry, academia and start-ups, in order to facilitate increased funding for innovative TDF products.
16. On 8th June 2022, The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has increased the limit two times on housing loans from cooperative banks. RBI has also permitted the Rural Cooperative Banks (RCB) for financing residential real estate projects, in a bid to support affordable housing and inclusive growth.
17. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT), in association with public service broadcaster Prasar Bharat, is exploring the feasibility of a Direct-To-Mobile' (D2M) technology. The D2M technology allows to broadcast video and other multimedia content directly to mobile phones, without active internet connection.
18. On 8th June 2022, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched the EASE 5.0 "Common reforms agenda" of EASE Next program. Enhanced Access and Service Excellence (EASE) evolved for four annual editions from Financial Year 2019 to Financial Year 2022. It has also catalysed reforms in diverse areas in Public Sector Banks.
19. According to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), India has jumped by one position to 7th in year 2021, among the top recipients of foreign direct investment (FDI). UNCTAD announced in its latest World Investment Report, which was released on 9th June 2022.
20. Central Bank of United States has announced the biggest interest rate increase in 30 years in a move to fight the soaring consumer prices. Central bank has decided to increase its key interest rate by three quarters of the percentage point, in the range of 1.5% to 1.75%.
21. On 12th June 2022, Government of Telangana signed an MoU with Bengaluru based Elest, to set up India's first display fabrication unit in Hyderabad. The display fabrication unit will be set with an investment of Rs. 24,000 crore. It will be set up under India Semiconductor Mission Programme of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology.
22. First Train under the "Bharat Gaurav Scheme" started from Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) to Shirdi (Maharashtra) by Indian Railways' Southern Railway zone. Bharat Gaurav Train started on 14th June 2022 from Coimbatore North to Sainagar Shirdi. It will reach Sainagar Shirdi on 16th June 2022. 1100 passengers boarded the round trip service from Coimbatore to Shirdi.
23. Asia's Global Start-up Ecosystem Report was recently released on 14th June 2022, in the light of London Tech Week 2022. In the report, start-up ecosystem in Kerala has been ranked at first position in Asia. The report recognises creative steps taken by Kerala Start-up Mission (KSUM) to position it as a start-up power house.
24. On 15th June 2022, The Insolvency Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) amended insolvency regulations. The amended insolvency regulations now require creditors to file information on assets and liabilities of their corporate debtors, as well as other relevant financial information while undergoing the corporate insolvency process.
25. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, inaugurated the "Industrial Decarbonization Summit 2022" - road map for carbon neutrality by 2070 on 16th June 2022. During the inauguration, minister emphasized on maintaining equilibrium between environment, ecology and development.
26. National Standards Body "Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)" recently developed an Indian Standard for "non-electric cooling cabinet made of clay or "Mitticool refrigerator". The developed standard is "IS 17693 : 2022". Mitticool refrigerator has been invented by Shri Mansukh Bhai Prajapati of Gujarat. The refrigerator uses an environmentally friendly technology.
27. India hosted a Special ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers' Meeting (SAIFMM) on 16th June 2022, in order to commemorate 30 years of ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations. Meeting was co-chaired by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, Vivian Balakrishnan.
28. In a notification issued on 16th June 2022, the Union Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has declared IT resources of HDFC bank, ICICI Bank, and NPCI as 'critical information infrastructure (CII)'. According to Information Technology Act of 2000, "Critical Information Infrastructure" is a "computer resource". Incapacitation or destruction of such resource have debilitating impact on national security, public health, economy, or public safety".
29. On 17th June 2022, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released its vision on architecture of digital finance, in a document for payments systems. The Payments Vision 2025 document aims to provide a safe and affordable e-payment options to every user.
30. The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has amended the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for promoting telecom and networking products manufacturing, based on the feedback of stakeholders. DoT has extended the scheme by one year. It has announced an additional 1% incentive rate, over and above the existing rates.
31. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate much-awaited tunnel and six underpasses, as a part of Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor project, on 19th June 2022. The Transit Corridor is likely to ease traffic for 1 lakh commuters. Corridor has been built at a cost of Rs. 920 crore.
32. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to dedicate 100% electrification of the Konkan Railway (KR) route to India. He will flag off trains on electric traction from Ratnagiri, Margao and Udupi through video conferencing. Konkan Railway being one of India's biggest railway routes on Indian Railway network. On this route, train operations with electric traction will be implemented in a phased manner.
33. Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, has announced to conduct "Kerala Migration Survey 2022 - 23", in order to prepare a data bank on Malayali expatriates across the world. Data bank will be prepared, because lack of data affected the government's welfare measures for expatriates.
34. With the adoption of "One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) in Assam, this scheme has become operational in entire India. Assam became the 36th state to adopt One Nation One Ration Card food security scheme. With the addition of Assam, all the 36 states and union territories have now started issuing ration cards which will be applicable across India.
35. On 20th June 2022 Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Centre for Brain Research (CBR). The Centre for Brain Research (CBR) has been set up at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), at a cost of Rs. 280 crore. During the Programme, Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for Bagchi Parthasarathy Multispeciality Hospital. It is 832 bedded hospital.
36. Ministry of Finance recently released its 'Monthly Economic Review' report. In the report, Ministry has highlighted that, Fiscal Deficit and Current Account Deficit (CAD) are two key areas of concern for the Indian economy. Monthly Economic Review report noted that, Fiscal deficit has increased, possibly due to cuts in excise duties on petrol and diesel.
37. On 21th June 2022, the first India - Nepal Bharat Gaurav tourism train was flagged off from Safdarjung Railway Station in Delhi. The train is carrying 500 Indian tourists on board. It will arrive at Janakpur Dham station in Nepal, on June 23. This tourist train will connect India and Nepal, for the first time.
38. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has set up an advisory committee on hybrid securities, to make recommendations for the growth of hybrid securities. The committee will also recommend on measures focusing on attracting domestic & global capital and ease of issuance.
39. According to union commerce and industry ministry, seven companies have adopted ONDC protocols and have built their own ONDC-compatible apps. These apps have been able to complete the cascaded transactions successfully, across the ONDC network during pilot phase.
40. On 23rd June 2022 Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new "Vanijya Bhawan". While inaugurating the Vanijya Bhawan, he asked the industry and exporters to fix long term export targets for themselves as well to suggest ways to government for achieving those goals.
41. NITI Aayog recently published its report titled "India's Booming Gig and Platform Economy". In its report, NITI Aayog has proposed fiscal incentives for companies, such as tax breaks or start-up grants. It proposed to provide incentives for companies having one-third of their workforce people with disabilities and women.
42. On 24th June 2022, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) approved the Draft GSR Notification for introducing Bharat NCAP (New Car Assessment Program), in a bid to bring safer cars for India. The New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) provides a mechanism, wherein automobiles in India will be accorded 'Star Ratings', on the basis of performance in crash tests.
43. The South Eastern Coalfield Limited (SECL), an undertaking of Coal India Limited (CIL), has announced to venture into power production. For the purpose, SECL has inked an MoU with Madhya Pradesh Power Generation Company Limited (MPPGCL) to set up a 660 MW unit. This project will be started by setting up a joint venture between SECL and MPPGCL.
44. Ministry of Defence has allowed to open BRO Cafes soon at different sections of border roads with Border Road Organisation (BRO). BRO Cafes will shortly open at 75 locations in 12 states and Union Territories. These cafes are aimed at providing basic amenities and comfort to tourists.
45. On 24th June 2022, retired IAS officer Parameswaran Iyer was appointed as the new CEO of NITI Aayog, by Union Government. Parameshwaran Iyer is a 1981 batch IAS officer from UP cadre. He will replace Amitabh Kant and become the third chief executive officer of the public policy think tank of the government.
46. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has created performance standards for batteries being used in electric vehicles, after the recurring incidents of fire. BIS has released standard test specifications for lithium-ion traction battery packs and systems (performance testing) for the vehicles.
47. The State Bank of India published its Ecowrap report on Income Inequality in India. India also did well during covid-19 pandemic, with respect to navigating income shocks across population. There is a progressive growth in output, as proxied by GSDP (gross state domestic product). Thus, it is clear that, fruits of such growth have reverberated into an inclusive growth.
48. Huge reserves of Uranium have been found at Rohil (Khandela Tehsil) in Sikar district of Rajasthan. With this reserve, this state has come on the world map. It is located at around 120 km from state capital Jaipur. After Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand, Rajasthan has become the third state where uranium has been found.
49. On 28th June 2022, The Ministry of dairying and animal husbandry launched 'One Health' pilot project in Bengaluru. The One Health Pilot Project will bring stakeholders from human, animal, and environment health on single platform, in order to formulate solutions for preventing outbreak of zoonotic disease like covid-19 pandemic in future.
50. On 28th June 2022, Minister of Communications Ashwini Vaishnaw launched 'Dak Karmayogi'. It is an e-learning portal of Department of Posts. Dak Karmayogi portal has been launched with the aim of enhancing competencies of departmental employees and Gramin Dak Sevaks by enabling them to access uniform standardised content in blended campus mode or online.
51. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently decided to operationalise standards for fortified rice kernels (FRKs). Standards for fortified rice kernels will be operationalised with immediate effect, in order to strengthen national-level fortification programme in India.
52. Chief Minister of Telangana K. Chandrasekhar Rao is scheduled to inaugurate the new facility of business incubator T-Hub on 28th June in Hyderabad. The T-Hub 2.0 has been set up at Raidurg in Hitec City. It has been constructed with total built-up area of more than 5.82 lakh square feet. It is thus the largest innovation campus worldwide.
Science & Technology
1. Recently, Meta announced to roll out 'AMBER alerts' to Instagram across 25 countries. AMBER alerts will help users to get notifications of missing children in the area. This feature was already present on Meta's Facebook app since 2015, that has helped in finding hundreds of children.
2. India's first liquid mirror telescope first came to light in early 2022. This telescope will observe asteroid, space debris, supernovae, and all other celestial objects from an altitude of 2,450 metres in Uttarakhand. It is world's first liquid-mirror telescope, that was commissioned for astronomy. Other liquid-telescopes were previously built either to track satellites or were used for military purposes.
3. On 6th June 2022, India successfully carried night launch of nuclear-capable Agni-4 ballistic missile. It was launched from A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha. Agni-4 ballistic missile has a range of around 4,000 kilometres. It marks significant boost to India's military capabilities.
4. Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant, launched the "Beach Vigil App", by keeping in light the tourism sector and beaches of Goa. The app was launched with the aim of benefiting travellers as well as those working in tourism sector. It aims to holistically manage the beaches.
5. Researchers from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore have developed a new class of artificial peptides or mini-proteins, that can inactivate the viruses like SARS-CoV-2. This study was published in Nature Chemical Biology journal. Mini-proteins will block virus entry into our cells. It will also clump virus particles together by reducing ability of virus to infect.
6. On 6th June 2022, the Information Data Systems (IDS) launched Bharat Blockchain Network which is an Academic Blockchain Consortium & Polyversity which is an Educational Metaverse. Bharat Blockchain Network and Polyversity was launched in the presence of Minister for Education Dharmendra Pradhan and AICTE officials during an event organised at AICTE Auditorium.
7. The Gaia Space Observatory of European Space Agency recently detected several "starquakes", which were similar to tsunami-like earthquakes. Gaia Space Mission was launched in 2013. It studies the Milky Way. The mission has created a map of galaxy. It has revealed new information regarding stars and their chemical composition including the colour, temperature, age and brightness level of stars.
8. Indian Institute of Technology Madras has developed a robot called to clean septic tanks and eliminate manual scavenging in India. It is all set to be deployed in field. A total of ten robots are planned to be deployed across Tamil Nadu. Researchers are in touch with sanitation workers for identifying locations.
9. A giant tortoise, which was found alive in 2019, has now been confirmed to belong to a Galapagos species long believed extinct. The giant species has been named Fernanda, because Fernandina Island is home to species. The tortoise is the first of her species called Chelonoidis phantasticus, that has been identified in more than a century.
10. Astronomers have detected a signal from a galaxy, which is around 3 billion light years away. This signal is called "Fast Radio Burst (FRB)". Mysterious Fast Radio Burst have been detected for the second time ever. The Burst is said to be "co-located with a compact and persistent radio source.
11. On 13th June 2022, the Ministry of Agriculture unveiled India's first Covid-19 vaccine "Anocovax" for animals. Vaccine has been developed by Hisar-based National Research Centre on Equines. It can protect animals against Delta and Omicron variants of coronavirus. The vaccine can be used in dogs, leopards, mice, lions and rabbits.
12. Recently, Children in Street Situations (CiSS) App was launched by 'National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)' for the rehabilitation of children. This app was launched under Baal Swaraj portal, in order to help in rehabilitation process of Children in Street Situations.
13. Recently, a woman died in United States due to infection of tick-borne Powassan virus. She was in her 90s. She is the second person to test positive for Powassan virus in 2022. Powassan virus is a Flavivirus, which is transmitted by ticks. This virus is found in North America and Russian Far East. It is named after the town of Powassan, Ontario. In Powassan town, this virus was first identified in 1958, for the first time.
14. The Army Training Command (ARTRAC) has announced to establish a 5G Testbed in association with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Madras. The 5G test bed for Army Training Command will be established at Military College of Telecommunication at Mhow in Indore.
15. Iran recently launched a solid-fuelled rocket named "Zuljanah" into space. Zuljanah is a 25.5 meter long, Iranian Satellite Launch Vehicle. It is capable of carrying a payload or satellite of 220 kilogram, into the orbit situated at 500 kilometres above the Earth. This satellite will gather data in low-earth orbit as well as promote Iran's space industry.
16. On 17th June 2022 China launched its third aircraft carrier, named "Fujian" in a bid to extend the range of its navy in Indo-Pacific region. The newly launched aircraft carrier is most advanced and first "fully domestically built" naval vessel. It was launched at a brief ceremony, at Shanghai's Jiangnan Shipyard.
17. According to a study led by scientists from Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Palaeoanthropology (IVPP) of Chinese Academy of Sciences, middle ear of human has evolved from fish gills. Middle ear of human houses three tiny, vibrating bones. It helps in transporting sound vibrations into inner ear. In the inner ear, sound vibrations become nerve impulses, allowing us to hear.
18. On 22nd June 2022 Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) unveiled its patented indigenous solar cook top called Surya Nutan. Surya Nutan has been developed by Faridabad R&D centre of the oil refiner (IOC). The solar cook top will aid in reducing CO2 emissions of India drastically and keep its citizens insulated from high international fossil fuel prices.
19. On 23rd June India launched its GSAT-24 satellite, that has been built by ISRO for New Space India Limited (NSIL). GSAT-24 satellite was launched on Ariane 5 space launch vehicle, by French company Arianespace. It was launched from Kourou in French Guiana, in South America.
20. Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have developed a new Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) based machine learning algorithm. The new Algorithm is called RaAl-LiFE (Regularized, Accelerated, Linear Fascicle Evaluation). It can help scientists in understanding and predicting connectivity between different regions of brain, in a better manner.
21. Indian Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) has now allowed the private space sector launches in India and has started authorising Indian private firms. Participation of private sector is being encouraged in space sector, so that, ISRO could concentrate on essential activities such as research & development, strategic use of space and planetary exploration and free itself from ancillary or routine work which private industries could take up easily.
22. Scientists have discovered a giant white bacterium named "Thiomargarita magnifica Bacteria" on rotting leaves in saline waters of red mangrove swamp in Guadeloupe in Lesser Antilles. The average bacterium is usually between ~0.4 and 3 μm3 in volume. Thus, it is only visible with powerful compound microscope, that use multiple objective lenses.
23. A cloud-based security company, Lookout, recently discovered a new spyware called "Hermit". Hermit spyware is capable of affecting Android and iOS devices. As per TechCrunch report, Lookout's security researchers have informed that, national governments have used the android version of Hermit spyware in "targeted attacks", with victims in Kazakhstan and Italy.
1. The National Health Authority (NHA) launched a public dashboard for real-time information under its scheme Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM). This public dashboard will be utilized as a one stop solution to finding out information regarding the mission's progress at the state level.
2. On 1st June 2022, the Har Ghar Dastak 2.0 campaign began across the nation to ensure that all eligible beneficiaries receive complete Covid-19 vaccination. This campaign gives special focus on the vaccination of those aged between 12 to 14 and precaution doses for those above the age of 60. This is a two-month-long door-to-door campaign that will go on from 1st June to 31st July 2022.
3. The Union Cabinet has expanded the scope of the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) to allow cooperative societies to register as buyers on this portal. This decision will help the cooperatives of the nation to get competitive prices via a transparent and open process. Due to this decision, over 8,54,000 registered cooperatives along with their 270 million members will be benefitted.
4. On 3rd June 2022, the National Health Authority (NHA) announced that government's 'eSanjeevani' telemedicine service has been integrated with Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission. This integration will help existing eSanjeevani users to easily create their Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA).
5. The SHRESHTHA scheme was launched by Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr Virendra Kumar on 3rd June 2022. This scheme was launched for Scheduled Castes, as they have faced historical injustices in a hierarchical based society and education is the most powerful tool to empower them as a community.
6. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is set to roll out 'door-to-door Aadhaar seva". For this purpose, around 48,000 postmen are being trained. UIDAI is training the postmen of India Post Payment Bank, to go door to door across India and link Aadhaar number with mobile number, update details as well as conduct enrolment of children at doorstep.
7. Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has launched a scheme called "Sagarmala Young Professional Scheme", in a bid to engage talented, dynamic and forward-thinking young professionals in different divisions of the Ministry. Sagarmala Young Professional scheme focuses on active on-the-ground learning for young professionals.
8. Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has decided to organise Pradhan Mantri National Apprenticeship Mela every month onwards. Pradhan Mantri National Apprenticeship Mela will be organised with the aim of connecting youth with more opportunities to provide on-ground training within corporates. It will also increase chances of getting employed.
9. The 'Ayurveda Aahar' logo was launched on 7th June 2022 by Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, on the occasion of World Food Safety Day. The Ayurveda Aahar Logo will allow for easy identification. Thus, it will help in creating a unique Identity of 'Ayurveda Aahar'. The logo will also reinforce the quality of Ayurvedic products.
10. India's first ever girl Panchayat, called "Balika Panchayat", was started in several villages of Kutch district in Gujarat. The Balika Panchayat Initiative was started with the aim of promoting social and political development of girls as well as ensure active participation of girls in politics.
11. Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. K. Stalin launched the "Ennum Ezhuthum Scheme" in state, as schools re-opened after summer vacation. This scheme was launched to bridge the learning gap among students aged under 8, caused as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. It aims to ensure foundational numeracy and literacy by 2025.
12. "Use of ICT in PM e-Vidya scheme" by Ministry of Education won UNESCO's recognition, called King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize recently. PM eVIDYA programme was launched by Ministry of Education, as part of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan' by in May 2020. The programme unifies all efforts associated to digital, on-air, online education, in order to enable multi-mode access for imparting education using technology to minimise learning losses.
13. An Innovative project called "National Initiative for Promoting Upskilling of Nirman workers (NIPUN) was launched on 20th June 2022 by Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri. The NIPUN Initiative was launched for skill training of 1,00,000 construction workers.
Awards & Honours
1. Former chief minister of Karnataka S. M. Krishna, founder of Infosys & IT industry veteran N. R. Narayana Murthy, as well as former badminton player Prakash Padukone, were selected for Kempegowda International Award 2022". This announcement was made by Higher Education Minister of Karnataka, C. N. Ashwath Narayan. He is the Vice-President of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Heritage Area Development Authority.
2. Recently, 2nd edition of "Awards for Excellence in District Skill Development Planning 2022" was organized at Dr Ambedkar International Centre. District Skill Development Planning Awards 2022 was given to Top 30 districts, for their innovative best practices in skill development.
3. Several Ministries or Departments or Agencies of Government of India have instituted various civilian awards, for recognizing people who have made exceptional contribution and excelled in their fields. A common 'Rashtriya Puruskar Portal' has been developed by Government, to invite nominations for various awards, in order to bring all the Awards of different Ministries or Departments or Agencies under one digital platform. This portal will help in ensuring transparency and public partnership (Jan Bhagidari).
4. Ruchira Kamboj has been appointed as the next Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations. She is currently Indian ambassador to Bhutan. Ruchira Kamboj will succeed T. S. Tirumurti. She is likely to take up assignment soon. Ruchira Kamboj joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1987.
5. Residents of Puri had moved the High Court alleging that, structural safety of 800 year old Jagannath Temple could be in danger, if land surrounding the temple were dug up. They also allege that, state government has insulted the devotees by demolishing mutts in order to clear roads to Shri Jagannath temple. These roads were closely linked with different rituals of 12th century shrine because of ongoing Srimandir Parikrama Project.
6. First National Logistics Excellence Awards was hosted by Government of India in New Delhi. Union minister Piyush Goyal and minister of state for commerce and industry Som Parkash presented awards in 12 categories. The first edition comprises of 169 entries and 12 categories for awards.
7. On 23rd June 2022 Former DGP of Punjab Dinkar Gupta was appointed as the new Director General of National Investigation Agency (NIA). CRPF Director General, Kuldiep Singh, was given additional charge of NIA in May 2021, following the retirement of Y. C. Modi. Dinkar Gupta will hold the post till 31st March 2024 or till further orders. It is the date of his retirement.
8. Appointments Committee of the cabinet has approved the appointment of IRS officer Nitin Gupta as the new chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). Nitin Gupta is an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer of 1986 batch. He belongs to the Income Tax cadre.
9. The National Highways Excellence Awards 2021 was organised by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) at Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi. This event was organised under "Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav". It was organised under the theme "Innovation and Excellence in Road Construction".
1. In the eight-team Asia Cup hockey tournament, India beat Japan for the second time to win the bronze medal. This match was held at the GBK Sports Complex in Jakarta. Raj Kumar Pal scored in the seventh minute which saw India clinch the medal with a 1-0 score.
2. On 5th June 2022, Rafael Nadal won the 14th French Open. With this win, his record extended to 22nd Grand Slam title. He became the oldest male champion at Roland Garros. In the final, Nadal won 6 - 3, 6 - 3, 6 - 0. The victory came 17 years to the day since he won the first French Open in 2005.
3. India's first National Air Sports Policy (NASP 2022) has been released by Ministry of Civil Aviation. It aims to provide a safe, accessible, sustainable and affordable air sports ecosystem in India. It has a vision of making country a hub for air sports nation by 2030.
4. Indian Cricketer Mithali Raj took to Twitter on 8th June 2022 and announced retirement from all forms of cricket. She recently led the Indian team in Women's World Cup 2022, which was recently concluded in New Zealand. Mithali Dorai Raj is a right-handed batter, she played for India between 1999 and 2022. She captained for India between 2004 and 2022. She holds the record of highest run-scorer in women's international cricket.
5. The official logo, mascot and hashtag were unveiled by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. K. Stalin and President of AICF Dr. Sanjay Kapoor in Chennai. 'Thambi' is the official mascot of the Olympiad. In Tamil language, Thambi means little or younger brother.
6. India is set to play three group stage matches at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha as FIFA announced the schedule for U-17 Women's World Cup. FIFA announced the schedule for U-17 world cup, in association with the Local Organising Committee (LOC). Official draw is scheduled to take place on 24th June 2022.