Current Affairs are an important part of the general awareness section. With exams like SBI Clerk Mains, RBI Assistant Mains. SEBI Grade A, SSC CHSL etc. going to be held in the next couple of months, it’s high time that you keep yourself updated on current affairs. Current Affairs is a scoring section provided that you’ve started preparing for it well in advance. Generally, current affairs questions cover events of past 6-7 months. To help you with your preparation, we have come up with a series of weekly PDFs which will help you with a systematic preparation.
These current affairs PDFs have been prepared by subject matter experts who keep a continuous eye on the different types of questions asked in competitive exams. It’s highly recommended that you revise these PDFs several times on a regular basis. Revising it will help you memorize the content. For your convenience, we have collated all the Weekly Current Affairs PDFs of different months in a single article. We suggest you download all the articles and use them in your preparation to get good marks in the general awareness section.
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- The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issued distinct color band for the number plate sticker of BS VI vehicles. BS VI vehicles will carry a green strip of 1 cm width on the top of the existing sticker. The petrol fuel vehicles should hold orange color and diesel fuel vehicles should carry a blue color.
- The Asiatic Lion population has increased by 29%. It was 523 in 2015 and has increased to 674 in 2020. India has recorded 36% increase in distribution area of lions.
- The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change recently issued advisory to import of Exotic Live Species. Under the new guidelines, the Ministry has said that “Exotic Live Species” are to be construed to mean only under Appendices I, II and III of the CITES (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species).
The species listed under Appendix I of the CITES, no trade happens. To the species that are listed under Appendix II, trade shall be allowed only with minor permission. In Appendix III, there are large number of birds and animals that are listed that can be traded.
- The CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) will classify railway stations based on the quantity of wastewater generated by them and also based on the disposal of untreated water that are drained into the municipal drain systems.
- The Union Health Ministry has recently included Remdesivir as a part of investigational therapy and updated Clinical Management Protocol of COVID-19 patients. The ministry has also added loss of taste and loss of smell as two key symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
- The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has launched National Health Supply Chain portal called “Arogya Path” to provide real-time availability of health care supplies.
- Indian Energy Exchange has launched the first gas trading platform. The platform was inaugurated by the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan. The Indian Gas Exchange, the online gas trading platform will act as a subsidiary of Indian Energy Exchange and is to be launched in July 2020.
- The Indian Air Force recently developed Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation (ARPIT). The pod is to be used to evacuate critical patients that are suffering from COVID-19.
- The Pune based Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT) has developed Nano-Technology based disinfectant spray to fight against COVID-19. The spray has been named ANANYA.
- Union Minister of India Shri Jitendra Singh recently launched COVID BEEP, the first physiological parameter monitoring system for COVID-19 patients.
- The Researchers of IIT Kharagpur have developed an Artificial Intelligence based cyber-physical system to monitor social distancing in public places.
- The Defense Research and Development Organization has developed ‘GermiKlean’. GermiKlean is a sanitising chamber that can be used to sanitise uniforms of security and police personnel.
- The Railway Protection Force recently launched a Robot called “Captain Arjun”. ARJUN means Always be Responsible and Just Use to be Nice.
- The Archaeological Survey of India has recently claimed that a 500-year-old temple that submerged in the waters of Mahanadi resurfaced. The temple is called “Mastaka”.
- The State of Uttarakhand has recently opened a biodiversity park in Haldwani as the rich botanical heritage of the state is facing threats from climate change and degrading habitat loss, degrading landscapes, and development activities.
- The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has launched the first online waste exchange programme. The programme was launched for safe disposal of toxic wastes and promote recycling and reuse of toxic wastes.
- The Haryana Government will construct 1,000 water recharge bores in the state. The water bores are to be constructed in the water deficient areas of the state.
- The third phase of Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (SAUNI) scheme was launched by the Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. The scheme is to fill 115 dams with Narmada water by August 15, 2020 and March, 2021.
- The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has launched “Jagananna Chedodu” scheme. The scheme is to provide financial assistance to barbers, tailors and washer men.
- Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has launched the Panchvati Yojana for senior citizens in the rural areas of the state. Around 100 parks will be developed in the state under the scheme for the senior citizens to spend their leisure time in these gardens and parks.
- The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has recently launched the Poultry Policy, 2020. The Government has provided operational guidelines under the policy to promote establishment of poultry units.
- The Punjab Government has launched “Ghar Ghar Nigrani” mobile application to undertake house to house surveillance to eliminate COVID-19 pandemic.
- Maharashtra Government has launched iFLOWS is a flood warning system that alerts flood prone areas. The warning is provided 6 to 72 hours in advance. It was launched in Mumbai.
- India has joined the Global Partnership of Artificial Intelligence as a founding member. The other leading member countries that joined along with India are UK, USA, European Union, Australia, France, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Republic of Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, etc. The Gee-Pay or GPAI-Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence is a multi-stake holder initiative that will guide development of Artificial Intelligence.
- The Ministry of Power, India and Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Denmark signed Memorandum of Understanding on Energy Cooperation.
- The third India-ASEAN Youth Dialogue as held between June 8, 2020 and June 10, 2020. The dialogue was held in virtual mode. During the dialogue, India and ASEAN enhanced cooperation constructively in skill development, youthful energy and education.
- Swedish think-tank SIPRI has launched the SIPRI Yearbook, 2020 which states that India and China have increased their nuclear arsenal as compared to 2019. India has 150 nuclear war heads. China had 290 and Pakistan has around 150 to 160 nuclear war heads.
- India and Nepal signed a Memorandum of Understanding to improve infrastructure of the Pashupatinath temple complex.
REPORTS & SCHEMES
- The Government of India has allocated Rs 1,01,500 crores under the MGNREGA programme in the year 2020-21 so far. This is the highest provision of funds allocated for the scheme since its launch.
- The Government of India has extended its flagship programme, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (Ayushman Bharat) to the migrant workers. Earlier, GoI had announced that the Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries will receive free COVID-19 testing.
- The Government of India has allocated Rs 4,000 crores under Per Drop More Crop component of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana for the year 2020-21.
- The Government of India is to rationalize the coal linkages in the country. This is to be done in order to reduce the load on transportation infrastructure and also to ease evacuation constraints.
- The Government of India has rationalized the coal linkages to reduce the load on transportation infrastructure and ease evacuation constraints. The scheme will transfer coal in terms of gross Calorific Value and is to be implemented only for non-coking coal. The Rationalization of coal linkages is the transfer of coal supply source of a plant from a far mine to a nearer one.
- Union Agriculture Minister shri Narendra Singh Tomar launched Shahakar Mitra scheme. The scheme has been launched to assist the cooperative institutions to access innovative ideas of young professionals. The Scheme is an internship programme for the youths in the country initiated by the National Cooperative Development Cooperation (NCDC).
- The Bharatmala Pariyojana that was scheduled to be completed in 2021-22 is to be completed by 2025-26.
- A webinar titled “Van Dhan: Tribal Startups Bloom in India” organized by the TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India). Current coverage Van Dhan scheme is to be increased from 18,000 SHGs to 50,000 SHGs through Van Dhan Start-up programme.
- The World Bank in its latest Global Economic Prospect downgraded its projection of growth of India by -9%. However, the World Bank believes that Indian growth is to bounce back in 2021. The World Bank says that the growth of India has slowed by 4.2% in 2019-20.
- As per National Statistical Office recently released the Periodic Labour force Survey the percentage of self-employed households in rural India declined from 52.2% to 51.7% in the year 2019.
- According to the Mercer’s 2020 Cost of Living Survey, Mumbai is the 60th most expensive city in the world. Also, it is the 19th most expensive in Asia. The global list created by the survey was topped by Hong Kong, followed by Ashgabat in Turkmenistan. The third position was retained by Tokyo of Japan and Zurich of Switzerland.
- The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has launched Food Safety Index of the year 2019-20 which is topped by states of Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Among the smaller states, Goa topped the ranking followed by Manipur and Meghalaya. Among Union Territories Chandigarh, Delhi and Andaman islands topped the ranking. The Food Safety Index was released on World Food Safety Day under the Theme: Food Safety is everyone business.
- The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has released the Annual Report 2019-20. The report says that around 11,467 hectares of forest lands have been diverted in 22 states in 2019. The diversion has been made under Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. Of all the diversions made, one-third was for Odisha based projects.
- The Ministry of Human Resource Development released National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) for the educational institutions in the country. The IIT Madras topped the list followed by IISc Bangalore. The third place was secured by IIT Delhi.
- The Nature Research, a division of the popular Springer Nature recently released Nature Index. India secured 12th rank in the index. The countries that secured top 5 places in the index includes USA, China, Germany, UK and Japan. The top Indian Institutes that were rated high by the index include CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) and IISc Bangalore.
- 44. The International Labour Organization and the UNICEF have released a report on Child Labour titled “COVID-19 and Child Labour: A Time of Crisis, A Time to Act” According to the report, COVID-19 will increase poverty that will eventually drive the increase in child labour.
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
- The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts hosted a four day virtual fair for around 200 Indian Exporters. The exporters were mainly from the industries of fashion jewelry and accessories
- The Government of India had recently announced that the import duty on bamboo sticks is to be increased from 10% to 25%. This is to have great impact on Agarbatti industry creating at least 1 lakh new jobs according to KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission).
- The National Highway Authority of India became the first construction sector to become digital. The project management workflow of NHAI has been transformed from manual to online portal.
FINANCE AND BANKING
- The Government of India has allowed taxpayers to fill their NIL GST monthly return form through SMS. This will improve ease of GST compliance to more than 22 lakh taxpayers. The facility of filing the NIL form through SMS has been made available in GSTN portal. The GST return has to be filed by every registered person irrespective of business profits. If there are no invoices issued in a month then NIL GST return is filed.
- The Reserve Bank of India recently released draft framework for “Sale of Loan Exposures” and “Securitization of Standard Assets”. The guidelines issued are applicable to Scheduled Commercial Banks. This includes All India Financial Institutions such as EXIM Bank, NABARD, Non-Banking Financial Companies. The guidelines have included recommendations of Committee on Development of Housing Finance Securitization Market in India chaired by Dr Harsh Vardhan along with the recommendations made by the Task Force set up on the Development of Secondary Market for Corporate Loans.
- The Reserve Bank of India has constituted an internal working group to review guidelines of ownership of private sector banks. The panel constituted by the apex bank is to examine regulations to hold financial subsidiaries through non-operative financial holding company. The group is to be headed by the Executive Director of RBI, P K Mohanty.
- The Ministry of Finance announced that the public sector banks have so far disbursed Rs 14,690 crores for the MSMEs under the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS).
- The Government of India recently reconstituted the advisory panel on corporate insolvency resolution and liquidation process. The IBBI recently reconstituted advisory panel by inducting four members. The committee was constituted in 2017 and is chaired by a noted banker Uday Kotak.
AWARDS & RECOGNISTION
- Indian American soil scientist Dr Rattan Lal has won the World Food Prize for mainstreaming and developing soil centric approach in order to increase food production. Dr Lal’s strategy of restoring soil health has been adopted by three United Nations Climate Change Conferences.
- A Manila, Philippines based foundation that gives out Ramon Magsaysay Award announced that the awards are being cancelled due to COVID-19.
PERSON IN NEWS
- The Astronaut and Oceanographer Kathy Sullivan recently reached the deepest point in the ocean, Challenger Deep. With this she has become the first woman to reach the deepest point in the earth.
- The Veteran Urdu poet Anand Mohan Zutshi ‘Gulzar’ Dehlvi died after recovering from COVID-19.
- Actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Mumbai apartment.
- World Oceans Day is celebrated by the United Nations on June 8. The Day is celebrated to remind people all over the world about the importance of oceans in everyday life. This year, the World Oceans Day is celebrated under the Theme: Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean
- The World Accreditation Day is celebrated on June 9. The initiative of celebrating the day was launched by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). This year the day was celebrated under Theme: Accreditation, Improving Food Safety.
- The World Day against Child Labour is celebrated on June 12. It was launched by the International Labour Organization, a United Nations body. The World Day against Child Labour was launched in 2002. Theme: ‘Covid-19: Protect Children from Child Labour, now more than ever!’
- World Blood Donor Day is celebrated on June 14. The day is celebrated to thank voluntary blood donors and also raise awareness about the need for regular blood donations. This year the World Blood Donor Day is celebrated under the Theme: Safe Blood Saves Lives
- The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is celebrated on June 15 by the United Nations. The day is celebrated to raise awareness about the neglect and abuse of older persons. It also raises awareness of social, cultural, economic and demographic processes that has impacts on elder neglect and abuse. This year the day is marked under the Theme: Lifting up Voices
- The FIFA ranking was released. Indian team retained its 108th position as the international football for the year 2020 has been suspended since March.
- The Asian Championship Gold medal winner Gomathi Marimuthu has been banned from sport activities for 4 years. The 31-year old athlete had tested positive for anabolic steroid Nandrolene at the 2019 Asian Championship.
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