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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS – 4th June 2020 : GK UPDATES
1. India to be re-elected as non-permanent member of UNSC
– India is set to be re-elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council during the elections in June 2020.
– India is the sole candidate for the non-permanent seat from the Asia-Pacific category for the 2021-22 term.
– India’s candidature for the Asia Pacific seat in the non-permanent category was unanimously endorsed by the 55-member Asia Pacific grouping including Pakistan and China in 2019.
– Canada, Ireland and Norway will contest elections for the two seats in the Western Europe and Other countries category.
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The United Nations Security Council is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, charged with ensuring international peace and security, recommending the admission of new UN members to the General Assembly, and approving any changes to the UN Charter.
Headquarters: New York, United States
2. Govt approves amendment of essential commodities act, passes two ordinances
– The Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the amendment to the six and half decade old Essential Commodities Act. The cabinet in the meeting has also passed two agricultural ordinances.
– After the amendment to the Essential Commodities Act, commodities such as edible oils, cereals, onions, pulses, and potatoes will be deregulated.
– It will help in transforming the farming sector as well as in raising the farmer’s income.
3. PM Modi to hold Virtual Summit with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison today
– Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold India-Australia Virtual Summit with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison today. Dates for the visit of the Australian Prime Minister to India this year had been finalized, but the visit could not take place. It was agreed to hold a Virtual Summit.
– This is the first time that Prime Minister Modi will be holding a Bilateral Virtual Summit. It signifies the strengthening of ties with Australia and its upward trajectory.
– The two leaders earlier had a telephonic conversation on 6th of April where they discussed the ongoing COVID-19, including facilitation and support for citizens stranded in each other’s country. The Indian diaspora has contributed significantly to the linkages between the two countries.
4. Kiren Rijiju, Arjun Munda inaugurate Khelo India e-Pathshala programme
– Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda inaugurated Khelo India e-Pathshala programme with a webinar attended by young archers, archery coaches and experts of the discipline from across the country.
– The e-pathshala aims to provide online coaching and education to athletes living in far-off areas. The programme was launched by the Sports Authority of India (SAI), in association with National Sporting Federations (NSFs)- .
– The unique programme will connect athletes from secluded areas of India, who may not always have access to established players and coaches.
5. Gaitri Kumar appointed India’s next High Commissioner to the UK
– Seasoned diplomat Gaitri Kumar has been appointed as India’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
– Kumar, a 1986-batch Indian Foreign Service officer succeeds Ruchi Ghanashyam.
– At present, Kumar is serving as Indian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union.
– Her appointment to the high-profile post comes at a time India is looking at further expanding ties with the UK after it came out of the powerful European Union.
6. World Bicycle Day: 3rd June
– World Bicycle Day is observed on June 3rd. The day is celebrated to lay emphasis on the benefits of cycling.
– Riding a bicycle is not only good for one’s health but is also good for the environment.
– As per the World Health Organization (WHO), safe infrastructure for walking and cycling is also a step towards achieving greater health equity.
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This is the third anniversary of World Bicycle Day, which was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in April 2018.