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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS – 18 June 2020 : GK UPDATES
1. India elected as non-permanent member of UN Security Council for a two-year term
– India is elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for a two-year term after winning 184 votes in the 193-member General Assembly.
– Along with India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway also won the Security Council elections held last night.
– India was a candidate for a non-permanent seat from the Asia-Pacific category for the 2021-22 term. Its victory was certain as it was the sole candidate vying for the lone seat from the grouping.
– New Delhi’s candidature was unanimously endorsed by the 55-member Asia-Pacific grouping in June last year. India’s two year term will begin on January 1, 2021.
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This is the eighth time that India will sit at the UN high-table, which comprises five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members.
2. UP becomes top state in country to provide employment to workers under MGNREGA
– Uttar Pradesh has become the top state in the country to provide employment to the workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme MGNREGA.
– Uttar Pradesh provided employment to more than 57 lakh workers under MGNREGA.
– Officials said that the state has generated 7.93 crore man-days and the government will provide jobs to 10 lakh more workers in the coming days.
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UP Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath; Capital: Lucknow
Governor: Anandiben Patel
3. Sports Ministry all set to establish Khelo India State Centres of Excellence
– The Sports Ministry is all set to establish Khelo India State Centres of Excellence under the Khelo India Scheme.
– One such centre will be identified in each State and Union Territory with an aim to create a robust sporting ecosystem in the entire country.
– In the first leg, the Ministry has identified state-owned sports facilities in eight states including Karnataka, Odisha, Kerala, Telangana, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland which will be upgraded into Khelo India State Centre of Excellence.
– Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said, these centres are being established to strengthen India’s pursuit for excellence in Olympics.
4. World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought: 17th June
– The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is a United Nations observance each June 17.
– Its purpose is to raise awareness of the presence of desertification and drought, highlighting methods of preventing desertification and recovering from drought.
– This year the theme for World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is “Food. Feed. Fibre”.
The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought was declared in the United Nations General Assembly resolution on January 30, 1995, after the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch auction of 41 Coal Mines today
– Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the launching of the auction of 41 Coal Mines for Commercial Mining today. The commencement of this auction process of coal mines for sale of coal is part of the series of announcements made by the Government under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
– Coal Ministry in association with FICCI is launching the process for auction of these coal mines. A two stage electronic auction process is being adopted for allocation of the coal mines.
– The Prime Minister will outline his vision for the country to achieve Atma-Nirbharata (self reliance) in the mining sector which is the key source of input for many basic industries like Power, Steel, Aluminium and Sponge Iron.
– This auction process marks the beginning of the opening of Indian coal sector for commercial mining. It will enable the country to achieve self-sufficiency in meeting its energy needs and boost industrial development.
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It is expected to generate approximately 33 thousand crore rupees of capital investment in the country over next 5 to 7 years. These mines will contribute 20 thousand crore rupees revenues annually to the state governments.
6. India ranked 43rd on IMD’s World Competitiveness Index
– India continues to remain ranked 43rd on an annual World Competitiveness Index.
– Singapore has retained its top position on the 63-nation list. Denmark has moved up to the second position (from 8th last year), Switzerland has gained one place to rank 3rd, the Netherlands has retained its 4th place and Hong Kong has slipped to the fifth place (from 2nd in 2019).
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World Competitiveness Index is compiled by Institute for Management Development (IMD).