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World Refugee Day | June 20

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.

The 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol help protect them.

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Theme 2022: 'Together we heal, learn, and shine'

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PM Modi inaugurates Delhi’s Pragati Maidan tunnel, five underpasses

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 1.3-km-long Pragati Maidan tunnel and five underpasses on Mathura Road.

The Pragati Maidan corridor has been built at a cost of more than Rs 920 crore and is funded entirely by the Union government. It is aimed at providing hassle-free access to the new world-class exhibition & convention centre being developed at Pragati Maidan.

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The tunnel is 1.6 KM long

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India-Bangladesh holds 7th Round of Joint Consultative Commission in New Delhi

The seventh round of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission was held in New Delhi. It was co-chaired by External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and his Bangladesh counterpart Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen.

Jaishankar said India is looking forward to working on new areas of cooperation with Bangladesh including artificial intelligence, cyber security, startups,fintech.

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This was the first physical JCC meeting after the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Women soldiers participate in 4-day 'Women Peace and Security' Seminar in Mongolia

Women soldiers of the Indian Army participated in the four-day 'Women Peace and Security' Seminar at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The four-day event was held under the auspices of Mongolian President Ukhnaa Khurelsukh.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first deployment of Mongolian peacekeepers to UN peacekeeping operations.

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Six high courts get new chief justices

5 High Court(HC) judges were elevated as chief justices(CJ). CJ of Telangana HC, Justice Satish Chandra Sharma, was transferred to the Delhi High Court in the same capacity.

Appointments as CJ:

Vipin Sanghi-Uttarakhand HC; Amjad A Sayed - Himachal Pradesh HC;S S Shinde - Rajasthan HC;Rashmin M Chhaya - Gauhati HC; Ujjal Bhuyan - Telangana HC.

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CIET, NCERT under Department of School Education & Literacy wins UNESCO’s King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for 2021.

Use of ICT under a comprehensive initiative called PM eVIDYA by Department of School education, Ministry of Education (MoE), particularly during COVID-19 pandemic won the prize.

Award honours creative ideas to utilising new technology to improve educational & lifetime possibilities for all people in accordance with SDG Goal 4 on Education.

PM eVIDYA was launched on May 2020

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Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET) is a constituent unit of NCERT

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Govt declares ICICI, HDFC, NPCI's IT resources as critical information infra

Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), in the notification dated June 16, declared the IT resources of ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and UPI managing entity NPCI as 'critical information infrastructure', implying any harm to them can have an impact on national security and any unauthorised person accessing these resources may be jailed for up to 10 years.

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RBI suspends license of Millath Co-operative Bank due to inadequate capital

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cancelled the license of Millath Co-operative Bank Ltd., Davangere in Karnataka.

The bank does not have adequate capital and earning prospects. As such, it does not comply with the provisions of Section 11(1) and Section 22 (3) (d) read with Section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, says RBI.

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HSBC India will lend $250 million to Indian startups

Foreign lender HSBC India announced that it will lend $250 million to startups in the country. The bank did not specify the timeframe for disbursal of the amount

The lending will be done to high-growth, tech-led startups in the third largest startup ecosystem in the world, the lender said in a statement.

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CIDCO gets SBI’s Rs 5,000-crore line of credit for PMAY mega housing scheme

The Maharashtra government’s town planning and infrastructure development authority, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), has secured a fund-based Line of Credit (LOC) worth Rs 5,000 crore from the State Bank of India(SBI) for the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) mass housing project in Navi Mumbai.

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SBI has sanctioned the line of at a very affordable rate of only 6%.

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UPEIDA signs MoUs with PSBs to boost investment in UP Defense Industrial Corridor

Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) has signed MoUs with SBI, Bank of Baroda, PNB and SIDBI to boost investment in the UP Defense Industrial Corridor.

In addition to this, UPEIDA also signed an MOU with the IIT Kanpur Research and Technology Park Foundation for research and development in the field of aerospace and defence ecosystem.

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Punjab launches e-stamping facility; abolishes physical stamp papers of all denominations

In a decision to bring more efficiency and check the pilferage of state revenue, the Punjab government has abolished physical stamp papers. The stamp paper of any denomination can now be obtained via e-stamp (computerized print-out) from any stamp vendor or from banks authorised by the state government.

This decision will at least save Rs 35 Crore annually.

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Well-known photojournalist R Raveendran passes away

Well-known photojournalist R Raveendran, who clicked the iconic picture of Delhi University student Rajiv Goswami setting himself on fire during the Mandal Commission agitation that intensified the protests leading to VP Singh government's resignation,passed away.

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China takes over as biggest importer of Indian broken rice

China emerged as the top buyer of Indian rice during the pandemic, with the neighbouring country importing 16.34 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) or 7.7% of India’s total rice export of 212.10 LMT in financial year 2021-22, according to an analysis of trade data.

The analysis shows that out of China’s total rice import from India of 16.34 LMT, nearly 97 per cent was broken rice.

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European Parliament votes to ban sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035 to fight climate change

Members of the European Parliament have voted to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035. The move aims to step up the fight against climate change through the faster development of electric vehicles.

The European Union assembly voted in Strasbourg, France to require automakers to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 100 percent by the middle of the next decade.

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Somali president appoints Hamza Abdi Barre as prime minister

Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud appointed Hamza Abdi Barre, a former chairman of the Jubbaland state election commission,as the country’s Prime Minister.

Last month Mohamud won the presidency for the second time, having previously served from 2012 to 2017.

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Somalia:
Capital:Mogadishu;
Currency: Somali shilling

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Author and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki wins Women's Prize for Fiction

Renowned US-Canadian author, film-maker, and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki has won the Women's Prize for Fiction this year for her novel 'The Book of Form and Emptiness'.

Ozeki's fourth novel, 'The Book of Form and Emptiness' tells the story of a thirteen-year-old boy who, after the tragic death of his father, starts to hear the voices of objects speaking to him.

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Assam celebrates Baikho festival for good harvest and rain

Baikho festival is a celebration of good harvest. It is an ancient tradition that is predominantly observed by the Rabha Tribe.

Rabhas are a Tibeto-Burman community who reside majorly in Lower Assam, Garo hills and West Bengal’s Dooar region. They are among the plains tribe in Assam. They are an agriculture based community who have distinctive culture and celebrations.

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India's Anahat Singh wins Asian Junior Squash title in under-15 category

Indian player Anahat Singh won the gold medal in the girls Under-15 category at the Asian Juniors Squash Championships in Pattaya, Thailand.

The 14-year-old Anahat defeated Kwong Ena of Hong Kong 3-0 in the final to claim the top prize.

She is the only Indian girl to win the US Junior Open in any category and the British Junior Open.

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New thick-thumbed bat species discovered in bamboo forest in Meghalaya

A team of scientists has discovered a new species of thick-thumbed bat from a bamboo forest near Lailad in Ri-Bhoi district in Meghalaya, which is adjoining to Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary.

With this new discovery, the total number of bat species known from India stands at 131 species with Meghalaya harbouring the highest bat diversity with 67 species.

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The bat species was named after the state as Glischropus meghalayanus.

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CVC-constituted panel ABBFF gives advice on 84 bank fraud cases

Headed by former Vigilance Commissioner T M Bhasin, ABBFF was set up in August 2019, by CVC in consultation with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for conducting first-level of examination in the cases of frauds reported by Public Sector Banks (PSBs), Public Sector Financial Institutions (PSFIs) before these cases were reported to the external investigative agencies viz.CBI, etc.

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