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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS – 24 June 2020 : GK UPDATES
1. International Olympic Day: 23 June
– International Olympic Day is celebrated across the world on June 23 every year.
– The Olympic Day was celebrated for the first time ever on 23 June 1948.
– The day is observed every year to mark the importance of games and sports in our lives and to promote participation in games and sports across the world, irrespective of age, gender, cast or religion.
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The International Olympic Committee is a non-governmental sports organisation authority responsible for organising the modern Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland; President: Thomas Bach
2. UNHRC asks Myanmar to ensure safe return of Rohingyas
– The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has adopted a resolution calling upon Myanmar to create conditions for the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of Rohingyas and all forcibly displaced persons.
– Adopting the resolution, UNHCR also stressed the need to address the root cause of human rights violations and abuses against ethnic minorities like Rohingyas in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.
– The UNHCR called upon the Myanmar government to allow media, independent observers and diplomatic corps full access to the country. It also urged the government of Myanmar to lift the internet shutdown imposed in Rakhine state.
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UNHCR Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland Head: Filippo Grandi
Founded: 14th December 1950
2. Jagannath Rath Yatra begins in Puri amid COVID pandemic
– The world-famous annual Jagannath Rath Yatra began on June 23, 2020 in Odisha’s Puri after the Supreme Court gave its approval and left it on the wisdom of the state, centre and temple management to manage the festival.
– The Supreme Court has allowed the state to hold the festival with certain restrictions in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic. Only 500 people have been allowed to pull the chariots.
– The administration is taking particular care to ensure that all participants are wearing masks and follow social distancing protocol. The Additional Director General of Police will be supervising the arrangements for the yatra.
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Odisha Capital: Bhubaneswar; Governor: Ganeshi Lal
Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik
3. Yes Bank launches co-branded cashless card with Affordplan for heathcare needs
– Indian lender Yes Bank has joined forces with healthcare fintech Affordplan to launch a co-branded healthcare card to enable families to plan and manage their healthcare finance needs.
– The new card is part of the Delhi-based fintech’s ‘Swasth programme’, and therefore named as ‘Swasth Card’.
– In addition, the lender has also integrated its wallet on Affordplan Swasth app to enable wallet QR scan for making payments to the merchant. Customers can apply for the RuPay prepaid card through this wallet.
4. GeM makes country of origin mandatory to promote Atmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India
– Government-e-Marketplace (GeM) has made it mandatory for the sellers to mention their country of origin while registering all new products on GeM.
– Government-e-Marketplace is a special purpose vehicle which comes under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
– The sellers who have already uploaded their products before this new feature was introduced will be reminded regularly to update their country of origin. The portal will also issue a warning that those who fail to upload the required details, their products will be removed from the GeM portal.
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GeM portal was launched by the central government in August 2016 to facilitate online purchases of goods and services by all the central government departments and ministries.
5. IIT-Bombay develops Dhruva, Indian receiver chip for NAVIC, GPS satellites
– IIT-Bombay has developed a home grown receiver chip – Dhruva that can be used in smartphones and navigation devices to find locations and routes within the country.
– Dhruva will receive signals from India’s NAVIC group of navigation satellites as well as the US Global Positioning System-based satellites to determine these accurately under all weather conditions.
– The radio frequency receiver chip was designed in 18 months by students and researchers at IIT Bombay. It can receive in multiple frequency bands and handle weak signals.