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Latest Current Affairs 17th June 2020

Pakistan violates ceasefire on LoC in J&K’s Rajouri:Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling on Wednesday on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu & Kashmir’s Rajouri district.

J&K administration wins 3 awards for development of Panchayats:The Jammu and Kashmir administration was conferred with three prestigious Deen Dayal Upadhyay Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) awards for its outstanding contribution to the socio-economic development of the gram panchayats.

PM holds second part of interaction with CMs to discuss situation post Unlock 1.0:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held the second part of two day interaction with Chief Ministers via video conferencing to discuss the situation post Unlock 1.0 and plan for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

India’s Covid-19 testing labs increase to 924: Health Ministry:As the number of coronavirus infected patients across India crossed to 3.54 lakh, the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday said it has increased the number of COVID-19 testing labs to 924.

Indian Railways deploys 960 COVID Care Coaches in 5 States:Sustaining the fight against Covid-19, Indian Railways is making an all out effort to supplement the health care efforts of State Governments; Indian Railways has geared up to provide its 5231 Covid Care Coaches to the States; Zonal Railways have converted these coaches as COVID Care Centres to be used for very mild / mild cases.

Karnataka to observe ‘Mask Day’ on Thursday to raise awareness:Karnataka will observe Thursday as ‘Mask Day’ to create awareness in the masses about the importance of wearing one amid the Covid pandemic..

NTA clears rumors regarding fake Public Notice of postponement of NEET UG, July 2020:National Testing Agency (NTA) clears rumors regarding fake Public Notice of postponement of National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) UG, July 2020; NTA informs candidates and parents that no such decision has been taken by NTA or concerned authorities till date.

EAM Jaishankar speaks to Chinese counterpart to find ways to reduce tensions:External Affairs Minister and the State Councillor and Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi, had a phone conversation on Wednesday on recent developments in Ladakh.

India, China face-off: PM Modi calls all-party virtual meeting on June 19:Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for an all-party meet on June 19 to discuss the India-China border issue.

India won’t step back from border at LAC: Army sources:There is no unaccounted Indian soldier unaccounted for, Army sources said on Wednesday.

Nation stands shoulder to shoulder with our soldiers: Rajnath Singh:Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh on Wednesday expressed condolences to the families of the soldiers who were martyred at the violent face-off at Galwan Valley

Weather forecast: Muzzafarabad to see partly cloudy skies:The national capital, Delhi will witness a minimum temperature of 29 and maximum of 43 degrees Celsius.

Southwest monsoon further advances into the country:The southwest monsoon has further advanced into some more parts of West Madhya Pradesh, most parts of East Madhya Pradesh and some more parts of East Uttar Pradesh.

Covid19 in India: Active cases stand at 1,55,227:A look at the latest figures in India as on 17 June, 8 AM.

China attempted to change status quo unilaterally: MEA on Galwan face-off:The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has issued an official statement over the violent face-off between Indian troops and soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in the Galwan Valley on Monday night.

Indian Army confirms 20 soldiers killed in action in the stand off:At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed during a violent clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night, the Indian Army said on Tuesday.

Military to monitor New Zealand quarantine after two cases detected in blunder:New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday ordered a top defence official to monitor COVID-19 isolation facilities and borders after a ‘failure of the system’ in which two overseas arrivals were able to leave managed quarantine and later tested positive for the virus.

Bangladesh: Another Minister detected Corona positive, highest single day infection:The Corona pandemic in Bangladesh continued to sperad as the number of infected people crossed 98,000 on Wednesday in the country. According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 4008 new Corona positive cases were detected in the country on Wednesday which is the highest single day figure since the first Corona infection was found in Bangladesh on March 8. The number of people succumbing to Coronavirus increased to 1305 as 43 people died in the 24 hours since Tuesday afternoon.

Myanmar to probe controversial China backed-city project:The government of Myanmar has set up a tribunal to probe the construction of a mega city project being undertaken by Chinese support in the Karen state about 15 km north of Myawaddy.

UNSC elections for non-permanent membership to be held today; India a candidate for the seat:The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will elect five new non-permanent members to the council on Wednesday.

UN Secretary General expresses concern over India-China violent face-off:UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over reports of violence at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China.

North Korea vows to increase military activities at border:North Korea threatened on Wednesday to bolster its military presence at now-shuttered inter-Korean project sites and rebuild guard posts in the Demilitarized Zone, a day after it blew up its liaison office with Seoul, sharply raising tensions on the peninsula.

POTUS signs order pushing to reduce US police violence:US President Donald Trump issued an order on Tuesday to improve policing, calling for a ban on dangerous choke holds

Govt agencies procure wheat at record 382 LMT: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan:Wheat procurement in the current Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) 2020-21 touched 382 metric lakh tonnes (LMT) as on June 16, surpassing previous record of 381.48 LMT achieved during 2012-13, said Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday.

RBI proposes to increase minimum Net Owned Fund size of HFCs: The Reserve Bank on Wednesday proposed to increase the minimum Net Owned Fund size of Housing Finance Companies (HFCs).

Sensex slips 97 points; Nifty gives up 9,900 level:Equity benchmark Sensex dropped 97 points on Wednesday in a volatile session amid concerns over border tensions with China and the impact of spiking coronavirus cases on economic recovery.

Sensex, Nifty drop over 200 points in early trade:Equity benchmark Sensex dropped over 200 points in early trade today dragged by weakness in index-heavyweights amid weak cues from Asian peers and persistent foreign fund outflows.

India 9th largest recipient of FDI in 2019, will continue to attract investments: UN:India received 51 billion US dollar in foreign investment in 2019.

Khelo India State Centres of Excellence to be set up across country:The sports ministry is all set to establish Khelo India State Centres of Excellence under the Khelo India Scheme.

World 100m champion Coleman faces suspension after new missed test:Reigning world 100m champion Christian Coleman is facing a two-year suspension after revealing on Tuesday he missed a drugs test last December.

US Open to be held on schedule, but without audience:The US Open tennis championships will go ahead as scheduled in August but without spectators, officials confirmed on Tuesday.

Online news winning more subscribers globally, but trust remains low: Survey:Increasing numbers of readers are paying for online news around the world even if the level of trust in the media in general remains very low, according to a report published Tuesday.

COVID19: Door-to-door health survey of residents undertaken in 242 Containment Zones of Delhi:In pursuance of decisions taken by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a series of meetings held on Sunday and Monday, June 14-15th, to handle the COVID-19 situation in Delhi, sample testing has been doubled immediately. A total of 16,618 test samples were collected on June 15-16.   Daily collection of samples varied between 4,000-4,500 till 14th June. Reports of 6,510 tests have been received so far and the remaining will be received by Thursday.

International Yoga Day 2020: Govt. gears up with ‘Yoga at Home, Yoga with Family’:AYUSH Ministry is encouraging people to learn the Common Yoga Protocol using the resources it has made publicly available on the Yoga Portal, social media handles and the television.

India to send Tri-Service contingent to participate in 75th Victory Day Parade of WW II in Moscow:On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Second World War, there will be a military parade in Moscow to honour the heroism and sacrifices made by the Russian and other friendly people. It may be recalled that  Prime Minister  Narendra  Modi  had  written to President of the Russian  Federation Vladimir Putin a congratulatory message on the  occasion  of the Victory  Day –  May 9, 2020. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has also sent a congratulatory message to his counterpart Sergei Shoigu on the occasion.

Coronavirus Pandemic: Ambubachi Mela at Assam’s Kamakhya Temple cancelled:For the first time, the famous Ambubachi Mela which is held at Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati every year is cancelled due to the outbreak of Corona Virus. It was announced by the Kamakhya Devalaya Management Committee in a press meet held at Kamakhya premisis on Wednesday.

Organic products, new jobs in offing as Khadi taps palm Industry:The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has rolled out a unique project to produce Neera and Palmgur which has huge potential to create employment in the country.

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