1. French Open 2019 Concludes
The 2019 French Open is a Grand Slam tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts.
The 123rd edition of the French Open took place at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.
The winners of the various categories are as follows:
- Men’s Singles: Rafael Nadal (Spain)
- Women’s Singles: Ashleigh Barty (Australia)
- Men’s Doubles: Kevin Krawietz (Germany) and Andreas Mies (Germany)
- Women’s Doubles: Tímea Babos (Hungary) and Kristina Mladenovic (France)
- Mixed Doubles: Latisha Chan (Chinese Taipei) and Ivan Dodig (Croatia)
2. Reserve Bank of India imposed 2 crore penalty on Kotak Mahindra Bank
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed a penalty of ₹2 crore on Kotak Mahindra Bank for not furnishing information about the dilution of promoter shareholding.
- The penalty imposed in exercise of powers vested in it under the provisions of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.
- It is mainly based on the deficiencies in regulatory compliance
- It is not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transaction or agreement entered into by the bank.
- The bank failed to comply and a show cause notice was issued to the bank as to why penalty should not be imposed for non-compliance with the said directions.
- Uday Kotak recently told the Bombay High Court he was in full compliance of the RBI rules and the regulator had never communicated to the promoters on the matter of shareholding.
About Reserve Bank of India
- Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
- Established: 1 April 1935
- Governor: Shaktikanta Das
3. Japan defeat Mexico and won FIH Hockey Series
International Hockey Federation (IHF) conducted Men’s Hockey Series.
- The Final match is played at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar
- Japan defeated Mexico by a goal 3 – 1.
About International Hockey Federation (FIH)
- Founded: 7 January 1924
- Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland
- Membership: 137 national associations
- Motto: FairPlay Friendship Forever
- President: Narinder Batra
- CEO: Thierry Weil
- Capital: Tokyo
- Currency: Japanese Yen
- Prime minister: Shinzō Abe Trending
4. UAE Cabinet adopts “National Strategy for Wellbeing 2031”
The UAE Cabinet adopted the ‘National Strategy for Wellbeing 2031’ during its meeting at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.
- One of the most important initiatives is the development of the first ‘National Wellbeing Observatory’ to support the policymaking process.
- The strategy is based on a national framework of three main levels – individuals, society and the country.
- It includes 14 components and nine strategic objectives, which include enhancing people’s wellbeing by promoting healthy and active lifestyles, promoting good mental health and adopting positive thinking.
5. Romila Thapar elected as a member of American Philosophical Society
Famous Writer Romila Thapar elected as an international member of American Philosophical Society (APS) at its Annual Spring Meeting
- She is Emerita professor whose principal area of study is ancient India.
- She wrote several books including the popular volume, A History of India, and is currently Professor Emerita at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi.
- She was offered Padma Bhushan award but declined both times.
- Her famous Works: Aśoka, epigraphy of Mauryan period, and ground-breaking studies and multiple historiographies surrounding contested Hindu and Muslim history of Somnath.
About American Philosophical Society (APS)
- Founder: Benjamin Franklin
- Founded: 1743
- Headquarters: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
- Subsidiaries: American Philosophical Society Museum, American Philosophical Society Library
6. Pakistan’s economic growth expected to hit 3.3 %
Pakistan’s economic growth in the financial year ending in June is expected to hit 3.3 percent, well below the target of 6.3 percent.
- According to the Economic Survey, the dip in economic growth is expected as the government failed to meet targets in nearly all sectors.
- The manufacturing sector slid by 0.3 percent and the large scale manufacturing showed a negative growth of 2 percent against the target 8.1 percent.
7. Union Minister Piyush Goyal leads Indian delegation to G20 Ministerial meeting in Japan
Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal participated as Indian delegation for the two-day G20 Ministerial meeting on Trade and Digital Economy at Tsukuba city in Japan.
- The discussions will take place in the developments of the global trade situation, WTO matters, and digital trade.
- He will hold dialogue with other participating Trade Ministers on current international trade and investments.
- The G-20 Trade Ministers deliberations form part of the G-20 Summit Leaders agenda in the formal discussions and will a part of the Summit Declaration
About G 20 Summit
- Chairperson: Shinzō Abe
- Founder: Group of Seven
- Founded: 26 September 1999
- Aim: Bring together systemically important industrialized and developing economies in the global economy
- Membership: 20 members
8. Imports from Pakistan to India declined by 92% in March
Imports from Pakistan to India has declined by 92 percent to 2.84 million US dollars in March this year.
- The reason behind this decline is the imposition of 200 percent customs duties on all products following Pulwama terror attack.
- During the January-March period of 2018-19 fiscal, the imports from Pakistan declined by 47 percent to 53.65 million dollars.
- India’s exports to Pakistan to have dipped by about 32 percent to over 171. million dollars in March.
- India had revoked the MFN (Most Favoured Nation) status to Pakistan in the aftermath of the terror attack.
- It had granted the MFN status to Pakistan in 1996.
9. Ministry for Information and Broadcasting instituted Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman (AYDMS)
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) has instituted its first Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman (AYDMS). It was announced by the Minister Prakash Javadekar.
- The aim of the award is to acknowledge the positive role & responsibility of media in disseminating the outreach of Yoga in India and abroad.
- The award will be conferred to Media Houses engaged in Print Media, Electronic and (Television & Radio).
Prize: The award comprises of a special medal/plaque/trophy and a citation.
- Six juries will assess the contribution of Media in the popularising of Yoga. The duration of the coverage for AYDMS would be from 10th June to 25th June 2019.
- Announcement of the honors will be announced and Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman (AYDMS) ceremony in July 2019 (tentative date).
The award would be given under the following categories:
- Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Newspapers
- Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Television
- Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Radio
In 2019, the year the award was instituted, thirty-three awards have been conferred under the 3 categories.
- Under category I- Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Newspapers- Eleven Sammans will be conferred in 22 Indian languages and English
- Under category II- Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Television- Eleven Sammans will be conferred in 22 Indian languages and English
- Under category III- Best Media Coverage of Yoga in Radio- Eleven Sammans will be conferred in 22 Indian languages and English
- United Nations has universally acknowledged Yoga under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Yoga is being practiced globally around 200 countries on 21 June every year.
- Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophical traditions.
10. Forex reserves increase by 1.8 billion to 421.8 billion
The country’s foreign exchange reserves increased by USD 1.875 billion to USD 421.867 billion in the week ending May 31.
- Reserve Bank weekly data released showed that foreign currency assets, which is a major component of the overall reserves, rose by USD 1.946 billion to USD 394.134 billion.
- According to the RBI data, after remaining stable for the past few weeks, gold reserves declined by USD 62.9 million to USD 22.958 billion.
11. Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lead the event of #YogaDay2019 at Ranchi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the International Day of Yoga 2019 celebrations to be held in Ranchi on June 21.
- Around 30,000 people are expected to participate in the main event.
- This function will attend to by several State Dignitaries, besides the Yoga Organisations and Yoga Gurus.
- Ministry of AYUSH planned every year observation of the International Day of Yoga across the country.
The ministry successfully organized several programs during the last four years in connection with the International Day of Yoga.
- They requested the stake-holding Ministries and Departments of the Central Government, State Governments and other related institutions to work in a coordinated manner to observe the International Day of Yoga (IDY).
- Nearly two-minute long video shows a 3D-animated version of the prime minister performing the Ardha Chakrasana or the Half Moon Pose in a spacious room as a voiceover guides viewers through a step-by-step procedure of the yoga.
About International Yoga Day
May 21 is referred to as Yoga Day and celebrated since its inception in 2015. International day for yoga was declared by United Nations General Assembly. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his UN address suggested a date of 21 June as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares a special significance in many parts of the world. The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the current Prime Minister of India.
12. French Open: Rafael Nadal lifts Men’s Singles title for the 12th time
In Tennis, world number two Rafael Nadal has lifted the French Open Men’s Singles title for the 12th time.
- In the summit clash played at Paris, the Spaniard defeated Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 to win at the Roland Garros for the third straight year.
- The 33-year-old became the first player to win 12 Singles titles at the same Grand Slam and has now won 18 majors overall.