1. 26 June as International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illegal Smuggling is observed annually from June 26, 1989.
- This day is marked by the United Nations against drug abuse and illegal drug trade.
- 2019 Theme: Health for Justice. Justice for Health
2. IAF team to participate in ‘Garuda’ in France
An Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent, including Sukhoi fighter jets, will participate in a joint air exercise ‘Garuda’ with the French Air Force.
- The Garuda contingent will depart on June 25 and the exercise will take place between July 1 and July 14 in France.
- This is the sixth edition of the exercise, which is used for both air forces to exercise and learn best practices.
- Earlier, India and France have recently held naval drills in the Arabian Sea under the Varuna series war games in which Indian naval fighters along with the Rafale-M of the French Air Force took part.
3. Kerala topped NITI Aayog’s health index 2019 ranking
Kerala has topped the ranking state in terms of overall health performance as per the report submitted by NITI Aayog on health index. This is the second edition of its type. It measured the annual and incremental performances of states and UTs.
Next to Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra have emerged as the second and third best performers, respectively, on health parameters. Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were ranked the two worst performers, respectively.
Kerala secured an overall score of 74.01, while Uttar Pradesh was the least performing state with an overall score of 28.61. The report highlighted the outbreak of encephalitis in Bihar that killed over 150 children till 24 June.
In terms of incremental performances, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Jharkhand made the maximum improvement in terms of health among larger states.
Among the smaller states, Mizoram ranked first in overall performance, while Tripura and Manipur were the top two states in terms of incremental performance.
Among the Union Territories, Chandigarh ranked first in overall performance, while Dadra and Nagar Haveli made the most improvement.
Report prepared by:
The report was prepared NITI Aayog in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with technical assistance from the World Bank.
Healthy States Progressive India:
- NITI Aayog’s report, titled ‘Healthy States Progressive India’, ranked states and Union Territories (UTs) based on the Health Index. The evaluation was based on 23 indicators that cover the key aspects of health sector performance.
- The first edition of the report of this kind was released in 2018. It measured the annual and incremental performances of states and UTs for period 2014-15 (as the base year) to 2015-16 (as reference year).
- In the 2018 report, Kerala, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu had ranked on top in terms of overall performance among bigger states. Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, and Uttar Pradesh topped in terms of annual incremental performance.
- Formed on: 1 January 2015
- Headquarters: Delhi
- Chairman: Narendra Modi
- Vice Chairman: Rajiv Kumar
- CEO: Amitabh Kant
It replaced the Planning Commission.
The government think tank aims to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). It also plans to enhance cooperative federalism by fostering the involvement of State Governments of India in the economic policy-making process.
4. K Natarajan elected as new Director General of Indian Coast Guard
Krishnaswamy Natarajan was replaced by Rajendra Singh as the next Director General of the Indian Coast Guard.
- The other Coast Guard officer who led the force Natarajan will take charge on June 30.
- He joined forces on 18 January 1984 and received a master’s degree in Defense and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras.
- Natarajan has made many important command and staff appointments.
5. Ann Sarnoff became the first woman to run Warner Bros
Warner Media has chosen Warner Bros.’s head and made Ann Saranoff his CEO.
- Ann is the first woman to run a studio in a 96-year history.
- She currently serves as the President of BBC Studios America.
- Founded in 1923, Warner Bros. is one of Hollywood’s “Big Five”, including Paramount, Universal, Columbia, and Disney.
6. Japan gifted Manipur a peace museum
Japan gifted the Manipur museum of peace recently.
- This museum is gifted to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Imphal.
- This is one of the important battles of the Second World War.
- The Imphal Peace Museum inaugurated at Red Hill.
- It is about 20 km southwest of Manipur’s capital Imphal.
- The museum is funded by the Nippon Foundation.
- It is a private, non-profit grant-making organization in Japan.
Importance of Imphal Peace Museum
- The museum signifies the reconciliation between Japan and Britain along with Japan and India.
- They serve as a living memory of tragic war.
- They made the world to learn from the past monuments which are required for a lasting peaceful world.
- The incident took place in the region around the city of Imphal from Marc Second World War.
- Japanese armies planned to invade In forces at Imphal.
- The army forces were driven back into Burma.
- Japan’s Burma Campaign around 70,000 Japanese soldiers.
- They are led by Subash Chandra Bose with British led forces in the areas of Imphal and Kohima.
7. Rachna Khaira of The Tribune News Service won the 2019 Journalist of the Year
Rachna Khaira of The Tribune News Service won the Redlnk Award for Excellence in Indian Journalism Journalist of the Year 2019. She is currently working for The Huffington Post.
The award is for her imperil during 2018 on the functioning of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and its Aadhaar data cache. The investigation that was conducted by Rachna Khaira proved that personal data of millions of citizens were at risk of being hacked/traded for a price.
The journalists ran a series of sting operations regarding the issue and it helped to raise serious doubts over government claims that Aadhaar data stored on UIDAI servers were safe and secure.
The Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019 was jointly awarded to two retired senior journalists, Dinu Ranadive, who retired from the Maharashtra Times, and Photojournalist Sebastian D’Souza, who served as Photo Editor of Mumbai Mirror.
Ranjeet Jadhav was conferred the Redlnk ‘Star Mumbai Reporter’ award for 2019.
About the award:
The RedInk awards are a set of yearly awards which were instituted by The Mumbai Press Club in 2010. The award recognizes an individual for his/her excellence in journalistic achievements as assessed by a special jury. This award grants national recognition to journalists by a professional body.
8. India has proposed to host 2023 IOC session in Mumbai
India proposed to host the 2023 International Olympic Committee session in Mumbai.
- It is assumed to choose the host city for the 2030 Winter Olympics.
- Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra and IOC member Nita Ambani presented the formal bid for the IOC chief Thomas 2022-2023, it is the 75th year of Indian independence and Indian sports are celebrated in a better way in India.
- Batra is selected as a new IOC member. The IOC session is a general meeting of 100memberers. It is organized once a year, where each member has a vote.
- The decisions of the IOC are final.
- Extraordinary sessions are called by the President of the IOC.
- India planned to host the ongoing session but they lost to Milan City of Italy.
- IOC rules prohibit host city candidates from being chosen in their country.
The Italian city was named as the host of the 2026 Winter Olympics.
About the International Olympic Committee
- Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland
- Membership: 95 active members
- Honorary President: Belgium Jacques Rogge
- President: Germany Thomas Bach
9. Central Government planned to set up Krishi Vigyan Kendras to double farmers’ income by 2022
Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar made central Government decide to use digital technology across rural India to double farmers income by the year 2022.
- The Government set up 713 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) and 684 Agricultural Technology Management Agencies (ATMA) at the district level in the country for dissemination of technologies among the farming community.
- The Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, and Block Chair Technology, Internet of things(loT) are the technologies used here.
- The space technology which helps to forecast agricultural output, agro-meteorology and land-based observations, horticulture assessment and management, drought assessment and monitoring system.
- The government set up an Inter-Ministerial committee and suggested a strategy to achieve the goal by 2022.
- About 100 mobile apps are compiled by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
- They contribute valuable information regarding farming, sending crop related advisories through SMS to the farmers.
- They are produced by the state’s Agricultural Universities, ICAR, and Krishi Vigyan Kendra.
10. Russia continued its ban on food products from the European Union up to 31 December 2020
Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed for extending Moscow’s Embargo on food products from European Union (EU) upto 31 December 2020. This is due to Russia’s retaliation against sanctions over Ukraine. The decree prohibits a number of imports from various countries for one year which includes agricultural products, raw materials, and other food items.
Russia primarily targeted its confinements on energy, finance and defense sectors of the Russian economy. The Russian economy is influenced by pushing up food products.
Reason for the ban:
- In 2014, Russia imposed an official ban on a wide range of imports from the EU and other countries. This is to retaliate the international sanctions over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis.
- EU agri-food exports to Russia initially dropped almost 50%. The European Commission explained that the economy fell from around €11.8 billion (US$13.4 billion) in 2013 to around €6 billion (US$6.8 billion) in 2017.
- President: Vladimir Putin
- Prime Minister: Dmitry Medvedev
- Capital: Moscow
- Official/National language: Russian
- Currency: Russian ruble (₽) (RUB)
Russia is a transcontinental country in western Europe and north Asia.