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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS – 13 June 2020 : GK UPDATES
1. World Day against Child Labour: 12th June
– Every year on 12th June, the World Day against Child Labour is observed in almost 100 countries all around the globe.
– According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there are about 152 million children globally who are engaged in child labour, 72 million of whom are in hazardous work.
– As per the United Nation’s website, World Day against Child Labour 2020 focuses on the impact of the crisis on child labour.
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The ILO launched World Day against Child Labour in 2002.
ILO Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
2. RBI constitutes Internal Working Group to review structure of pvt sector banks
– The Reserve Bank of India has constituted a five-member Internal Working Group to review the guidelines related to ownership, governance and corporate structure of private sector banks.
– In a press release, RBI informed that RBI Central Board Director P K Mohanty will head the committee, which will submit its report by 30th September, 2020.
– The panel will examine norms for promoter shareholding at the initial / licensing stage and subsequently, along with the timelines for dilution of the shareholding. The panel has also been asked to examine and review the eligibility criteria for individuals or entities to apply for banking licence and make recommendations on all related issues.
– RBI said it is necessary to align regulations to meet the requirements of a dynamic banking landscape as macro-economic, financial market and technological developments continue to influence the future of banking.
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The Reserve Bank of India is India’s central bank, which controls the issue and supply of the Indian rupee. RBI is the regulator of the entire Banking in India.
RBI Headquarters: Mumbai; Governor: Shaktikanta Das
3. PM Modi to interact with State Chief Ministers on 16th, 17th June
– Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the Chief Ministers of all States and Union territories on 16th and 17th of June. He will interact with them through video conferencing.
– On 16th June, the Prime Minister will interact with 21 States and Union Territories – Punjab, Assam, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Himachal, Chandigarh, Goa, Manipur, Nagaland, Ladakh, Puducherry, Arunachal, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra, Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, Sikkim and Lakshadweep.
– Mr Modi will interact with 15 States and Union Territories- Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu And Kashmir, Telangana and Odisha on the following day.
– The meeting assumes significance in the wake of the rising number of Corona virus cases in the country. This will be the sixth meeting of the Prime Minister with the Chief Ministers since the announcement of nationwide lockdown in March.
4. Union Agriculture Minister launches Sahakar Mitra: Scheme on Internship Programme
– The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launched Sahakar Mitra: Scheme on Internship Programme, an initiative by National Cooperative Development Cooperation (NCDC).
– The scheme promotes the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self-reliant India) that emphasizes the importance of vocal for local.
– The Scheme on Internship Programme (SIP) will provide an opportunity for the young professionals of practical exposure as well as learning from the working of NCDC and cooperatives as a paid intern.
5. NHAI becomes first construction sector to go completely digital
– The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has become of the first construction sector organization to go fully digital.
– The entire project management workflow of NHAI has been transformed from manual to the online portal based, with the launch of cloud-based and artificial intelligence-powered big data analytics platform Data Lake and Project Management Software.
– The digital platform will be beneficial amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in which social distancing is one of the key methods to prevent the infection. The online portal will help the NHAI employees in continuing their work without any physical contact.
6. Indian-American soil scientist Rattan Lal gets 2020 World Food Prize
– Eminent Indian-American soil scientist Rattan Lal has been named this year’s recipient of the World Food Prize for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change.
– Lal, a native of India and a citizen of the United States, will receive the 2.5 lakh dollar award that honours his contribution throughout his career spanning more than five decades to promote innovative soil-saving techniques that benefit the livelihoods of more than 500 million smallholder farmers, improve the food and nutritional security of more than two billion people and saves hundreds of millions of hectares of natural tropical ecosystems.
– Lal serves as Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and founding Director of the Carbon Management & Sequestration Centre at The Ohio State University (OSU).