1. India signs six key agreements with the Maldives
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Maldives on 8 June. PM’s visit to the Maldives reflects the importance India attaches to its Neighbourhood First policy.
- During his visit, PM Narendra Modi and the President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih signed six key agreements and substantive bilateral level talks.
- MoU includes maritime and defense ties which are a top priority and the radar system are expected to boost maritime security.
- The leaders jointly inaugurated a coastal surveillance radar system and a composite training center for the Maldives defense forces.
- Launch of RuPay Card in the Maldives was welcomed by PM Modi as it will give a boost to tourism in the island nation.
The six agreements include:
- cooperation in the field of hydrography
- cooperation in the field of health
- customs capacity building between the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and Customs of India and the Maldives Customs Service the establishment of passenger and cargo services by sea
- training and Capacity Building Programme for Maldivian civil servants Maldives Civil Service Commission signed with India’s National Centre for Good
- Governance (NCGG) with the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances
- sharing white shipping information between the Indian Navy and the Maldives National Defence Force
In March 2019, India and Maldives signed an $800-million Line of Credit Agreement with an aim to assist the Maldives in achieving sustainable social and economic development.
- President: Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
- Vice President: Faisal Naseem
- Capital: Malé
- Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa (MVR)
- Official languages: English, Dhivehi
2. Jammu and Kashmir government appointed RK Chibber as interim chief of J&K Bank
Jammu and Kashmir government removed Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Bank Chairman Parvez Ahmad.
- They decided to take long term measures to improve the functioning of the bank so that it becomes an example of a well managed government-owned bank.
- They appointed R K Chibber as interim chairman of the lender.
- Ahmad was appointed in 2016 as the chairman of the bank.
- The Vigilance Organisation made 1,200 appointments during the previous PDP-BJP dispensation in the state during Ahmad’s tenure as chairman of the bank.
- Jammu and Kashmir Bank decided to take long term measures to improve the functioning of the bank and it becomes a shining example of a well managed government-owned bank.
- Last year the Governor-led State Administrative Council (SAC) approved the proposal for treating Jammu and Kashmir Bank Limited as a public sector undertaking (PSU) and to make it to the state legislature from its employees.
- The government will re-examine the issue of accountability.
About J and K Bank
- Headquarters: Srinagar
- Revenue: 7,178.66 crores INR (US$1.0 billion)
- Owner: Government of Jammu and Kashmir (59%)
- Interim Chairman: RK Chibber
3. Justice Prashant Kumar appointed as acting CJ of Jharkhand HC
Justice Prashant Kumar was appointed as the acting chief justice of the Jharkhand High Court as the incumbent Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel has been appointed as the chief justice of the Delhi High Court.
- Justice Patel took charge in the Delhi HC on June 7.
- Patel was appointed as the acting chief justice of the Jharkhand HC last month following the elevation of the chief justice Aniruddha Bose to the Supreme Court.
4. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra is appointed as IMD Chief
Renowned scientist and cyclone warning specialist Mrutyunjay Mohapatra appointed as the Chief of India Meteorological Department (IMD). His is popularly known as Cyclone man.
- He will take charge in the month of August.
- Mohapatra and his team at the Cyclone Warning Division (CWD) of the IMD are noted for their accurate forecasts on cyclones which have enabled the authorities to ensure early evacuation of millions of people eventually saving many lives.
- In the past six years, the CWD has given accurate forecasts on cyclones including when Phailin in 2013), Hudhud cyclone in 2014 and Titli in 2018 that hit the eastern coast.
India Meteorological Department
- Formed on: 1875
- Headquarters: New Delhi
- Functions under: Ministry of Earth Sciences
- Minister responsible: Harsh Vardhan
- Director General: K.J. Ramesh
The IMD is responsible for the weather and climate-related forecasts in the country. It is also mandated to issue warning to people about severe weather phenomenon like cyclones, dust storms, heavy rain and snow, cold and heat waves, among others.
5. Karnataka government launched Pink Sarathi vehicles for women’s safety
Karnataka government has launched ‘Pink Sarathi’ vehicles that are procured by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC). It was launched by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. BMTC will use the vehicles to attend to the grievances of women passengers in city buses.
- BMTC had received Rs.56.07 crore from the Centre under the Nirbhaya scheme. It has also taken up various measures for the safety of women passengers, including the launch of Pink Sarathi vehicles. The BMTC now has a fleet of 25 Pink Sarathi vehicles fitted with GPS and public announcement systems.
- The safety of female passengers will be a priority. It will also take on other tasks such as manning traffic movement at bus bays making sure that drivers stop at the designated stops, taking action against bus crew when they fail to close the door once the vehicle is in motion, and ensuring that men are not occupying seats reserved for women.
6. Maldives confers its highest civilian award on PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with the Maldives ‘highest civilian award’, the ‘Order of the Distinguished Rule of Izzudeen’, by the President of the host country, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
- The award is in recognition of the many services Prime Minister Modi has offered to cement the longstanding and amicable ties between the two countries.
- Also for the magnanimous assistance that the Indian government continues to provide to the Maldives under his stewardship.
7. ICICI Bank launches center for MSMEs in Bengaluru
ICICI Bank launched a center in Bengaluru to provide business solutions exclusively to start-ups and MSME sector.
- ICICI Bank along with Viral Rupani, Retail Business Head South, ICICI Bank inaugurated the center.
- The services offered include working capital loans upto ₹20 crore, business loans (based on GST returns) upto ₹1 crore, instant overdraft facility of ₹15 lakh, extensive trade solutions and cash management services, among others.
- The center has a legal and valuation desk to assist customers in resolving challenges pertaining to collaterals offered for various loans.
About ICICI Bank
- Industry: Banking, Financial services
- Headquarters: ICICI Bank Towers, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai, India.
8. Equator Prize 2019 winners announced for local innovative climate solutions
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and partners announced the winners of the 10th Equator Prize, recognizing 22 local and indigenous communities from across the world.
- The winning organizations, which showcase innovative, nature-based solutions for tackling climate change, environment, and poverty challenges.
- Equator Prize winners will each receive US$10,000 and the opportunity for two community representatives to join a week-long summit in New York during the 74th United Nations General Assembly.
- The women groups of the Deccan Development Society, Telangana also have bagged the prize.
9. Lt Gen PJS Pannu designated as Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (operation)
Lt Gen PJS Pannu takes over as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations) from Air Marshal Rajeev Sachdeva on June 1.
- He is currently posted as Deputy Chief Integrated Defence Staff (Doctrine Organisation and Training).
- The General Officer is an alumnus of Indian Military Academy and was commissioned into 22nd Battalion, The Maratha Light Infantry (MLI) on December 13, 1980, and commanded the battalion from May 1999 to February 2001 in Uri Sector (Jammu and Kashmir) during Operation VIJAY.
- He has also held important appointments in various Formation Headquarters and Army Headquarters such as General Staff Officer grade 1 and Director in Military Operations Directorate, Colonel Military Secretary at HQ 1 Corps,
- He has commanded an Infantry Brigade in Kashmir Valley, has been Commandant of MLI Regimental Centre, commanded an infantry division in the North East.
- General Officer served as ADG MO and DG Infantry before taking over a prestigious Corps in the Northern Command.
10. Ajeya Kallam appointed a principal advisor to Andhra Chief Minister
Former Chief Secretary Ajeya Kallam appointed as the principal advisor to Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
- It was issued by Chief Secretary LV Subrahmanyam.
- He will have cabinet rank and leading the secretaries in the Chief Minister’s office.
- He will be in the position for 3 years, with a monthly salary of Rs 2.5 lakhs.
- He served as director of horticulture, commissioner of agriculture, commissioner of endowments, executive officer of the TTD, and as Visakhapatnam Port Trust chairman.
11. Bancha, the first solar kitchen only village in India
Bancha in Betul district is the first village in India to have zero wooden stoves and almost no use for LPG cylinders with all its 75 houses relying on solar-powered stoves to meet their cooking needs.
The project of installing solar power plates, batteries and stoves in all the 74 houses was started in September 2017 and got completed by December 2018.