1. Bank of Baroda declared Dighi Port chairman Vijay Kalantri as ‘wilful defaulter’
Bank of Baroda (BoB) has declared Dighi Port chairman and managing director Vijay Goverdhandas Kalantri and his son Vishal Kalantri as wilful defaulters for owing close to Rs 3,334 crore to a consortium of 16 banks in the country that include BoB, while Bank of India is the lead lender.
- Vijay Kalantri-owned Balaji Infra has 51.01 percent stake in Dighi Port, while Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) holds 39.37 percent stake in the company.
- In May 2019, a bankruptcy court approved JNPT’s (Jawaharlal Nehru Port) resolution plan to buy Dighi Port for ₹853 crore.
2. Justice Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel Takes Oath As New CJI Of Delhi High Court
Justice Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel is sworn in as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.
- Lt Governor Anil Baijal administered the oath of office to Justice Patel at a function held at Raj Niwas.
- Earlier, Justice Patel was posted at the Jharkhand High Court.
- Supreme Court Collegium recommended his name for the appointment as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court
About Justice Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel
- Justice Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel is an Indian Judge.
- He is Chief Justice of Delhi High Court.
- He is former Acting Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court and Judge of Gujarat High Court.
3. BSF officer appointed as head of its Tekanpur-based academy
Border Security Force (BSF) appointed as the head of its Tekanpur-based academy, the alma mater of the officers of the country’s largest frontier-guarding force.
- S S Chahar took over the charge of the academy’s director — an Additional Director General (ADG) rank — a senior official said.
- He is the 13th officer of the cadre to have been elevated to the second top post in the organization in the history of over 50 years.
- He served on both the western and eastern frontiers of the country.
- BSF guards the important Indian borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh respectively.
- Chahar honors like the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) and police medals for meritorious and distinguished services under his belt/
About BSF Academy
- The BSF Academy is located in Tekanpur in Madhya Pradesh, near Gwalior.
- It is also home to institutes of national importance like the tear smoke unit (the only factory in the country to produce tear smoke shells and similar ammunition) and the national training center for dogs.
- The ADG rank is very rarely occupied by a BSF officer as only one post is reserved for them and the rest four are taken by Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, who join the central force on deputation.
- The academy trains BSF officers who come to it after clearing the UPSC exam and after graduating from it, they are posted as assistant commandants.
- The BSF has a strength of about 2.5 lakh personnel and apart from rendering its primary task of guarding the Pakistan and Bangladesh borders, it also conducts anti-Naxal operations and assists the state police units in undertaking law-and-order and counter-insurgency duties.
4. FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off in France
The FIFA Women’s World Cup will kickstart with a match between France and South Korea in France.
- The eighth edition of the Women’s World Cup will be contested by 24 teams in nine cities across France.
- It is also the first Women’s World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.
- Fifa women’s world cup Current champions: United States
- Most successful team: United States (3 titles)
5. World Oceans Dayis celebrated on 8th June
World Oceans Day is celebrated on 8th June every year. The day was declared in 2008. June 8 was marked as it marks the day when it was first proposed in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit, UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Conference supported the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
- The theme for the year 2019 is Gender and Oceans. The theme is to build greater ocean and gender literacy and to discover possible ways to promote gender equality in ocean-related activities such as marine scientific research, fisheries, labor at sea, migration by sea and human trafficking, as well as policy-making and management.
- The importance of gender equality is being recognized increasingly for the effective conservation and sustainable use of oceans, seas, and marine resources. Yet very little data and researches are available on these issues. Serious action towards gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is still needed in all ocean-related sectors to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 5.
- María Fernanda Espinosa, the President of the General Assembly launched Play. It Out which is a global campaign against plastic pollution. Decades of overuse of single-use plastics has caused a huge menace to the marine lives. 13,000,000 tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean every year which kills 100,000 marine animals annually.
- While most plastics are expected to remain intact for decades or centuries after use. These plastics erode and ends up as micro-plastics, consumed by fish and other marine wildlife, quickly making their way into the global food chain.
6. Researchers found 2 children’s milk teeth in north eastern Siberia
Researchers found two children’s milk teeth buried deep in a remote archaeological site in northeastern Siberia. This discovery has revealed a previously unknown group of people who lived there during the last Ice Age.
- The group of people have been named as the Ancient North Siberians and described their existence as a significant part of human history. Researchers said that this population does not appear to be the direct ancestor of Native Americans.
- The DNA was recovered from the only human remains discovered from the era, two tiny milk teeth, that were found in a large archaeological site found in Russia near the Yana River.
7. CM Yogi Adityanath unveiled a 7-foot tall statue of Lord Rama at the Shodh Sansthan museum
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath unveiled a 7-foot tall statue of Lord Rama at the Shodh Sansthan museum in Ayodhya on 7 June. Adityanath will also inaugurate the event to celebrate Mahant Nritya Gopal Das.
- The statue is made out of a single rosewood block statue which was from Karnataka for Rs.35 lakh from Karnataka. The statue will depict Kodamb Ram, one of the five avatars of Lord Ram.
- Kodamb Ram is worshipped in the south. The statue depicts the stage of Ram’s life when Sita was kidnapped by Ravan, the demon king. The statue shows Ram alone, without Sita and Laxman.
Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan:
The Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan museum was established in 1986. The museum is a government-funded museum. It hosts works related to the Hindu epic Ramayana.
- Lord Ram is said to have been born in Ayodhya. Ayodhya is at the heart of a dispute which involves the site where the 16th-century Babri mosque stood before it was razed in 1992 by Hindu activists. It is believed that it was built on the ruins of an ancient temple marking the birthplace of Lord Ram. After the mosque demolition, 2,000 people died across the country in the riot.
- In 2018, the Uttar Pradesh State government announced a project to build a Ram statue on the banks of the Sarayu river. It is expected to measure 221 meters topping even the famed freedom movement icon Sardar Patel’s Statue of Unity in Gujarat. The central government is yet to announce a date for the construction of Ram temple.
8. Indian archers bag four berths for Tokyo Paralympics
Indian archers secured two quota places each in the recurve and compound sections for next year’s Tokyo Paralympics after dishing out superb performances at the World Para Championships in the Netherlands.
- Punjabi University’s Harvinder Singh and Uttar Pradesh’s Vivek Chhikara finished joint ninth to bag the two available berths in the recurve men’s open section.
- In the compound men’s open category, Jammu’s Rakesh Kumar was first to qualify after making the bronze play-off
- He was later joined by Rajasthan’s Shyam Sundar Swami after his joint ninth finish.
9. Trump threatened to increase tariffs on at least another USD 300 billion worth goods
- US President Donald Trump has threatened that the US would hit China with tariffs on at least another $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. While Trump on 6 June said that talks with China were ongoing, no face-to-face meetings have been held since May 10.
- On May 10, the US sharply increased tariffs on a $200 billion list of Chinese goods to 25% for which Beijing retaliated.
- Tensions between the two countries have risen sharply since talks aimed at ending a festering trade war broke down in early May.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that escalating tariff threats reduce business and market confidence and it could slow global growth that is currently expected to improve in 2020. Regarding this issue, the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is scheduled to meet People’s Bank of China Governor Yi Gang at a gathering of G20 finance leaders in Japan. This will be the first face-to-face discussion between key negotiators in nearly a month.
10. P Jayadevan appointed as IOCL executive director for TN, Pondy
P Jayadevan appointed as executive director of IndianOil Corporation Ltd for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry with immediate effect.
- He succeeds R Sitharthan
- He will function as the coordinator for the oil industry in the state and also in the union territory.
- He will head as the chairman’s secretariat at the corporate office, New Delhi.
- He has over three decades of experience primarily in LPG, operations, engineering and sales.
- He holds a master’s degree in petroleum management from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
- He is presented with the Prime Minister’s Aadhaar Excellence Award for his contribution.
About Indian Oil Corporation
- Headquarters: New Delhi
- Chairperson: Sanjiv Singh
- Subsidiaries: Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited, Lanka IOC