Latest Current Affairs 22nd June 2020

Locust control operation in full swing: Agriculture Ministry:The locust control operation is in full swing, mainly in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh with the cooperation and coordination of the state agricultural departments, local administrations and the Border Security Force (BSF), the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare said in a statement on Monday.

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Home Minister Amit Shah hails Supreme Court ruling permitting Puri Rath Yatra:Union Home Minister Amit Shah has hailed the Supreme Court ruling on the Puri Rath Yatra. “Today is a special day for all of us, particularly our Odia sisters and brothers as well as devotees of Mahaprabhu Shri Jagannath Ji. The entire nation is delighted by the decision of the Honourable Supreme Court to ensure the Rath Yatra goes on,” he said in a series of tweets.

Supreme Court conditionally allows Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra in Puri, Odisha:After the Supreme Court gave its green signal with riders, the Odisha administration, on Monday, geared up for the smooth conduct of the annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath and his siblings in Puri.

COVID Care coaches of Indian Railways start getting utilised:Sustaining the fight against Covid-19, Indian Railways has started providing care to corona patients referred for admission in COVID Coaches deployed in various states. On 20th June 2020, 42 suspected patients were admitted in COVID Coaches deployed at Mau Junction in Varanasi division and 17 patients were admitted on 21st June, 2020. 8 patients have already been discharged.

COVID-19 recovery rate improves to around 56%:Union Government today said that a total of 2,37,196 people affected with the Corona virus have cured so far and the recovery rate reached to 55.77 per cent in the country.

India has one of lowest COVID cases per lakh population in world in spite of high population density: WHO Situation Report:India has one of the lowest COVID cases per lakh population in the world in spite of its high population density. The country’s cases per lakh population are 30.04 while the global average is more than its triple at 114.67.

Centre pleas in SC that Lord Jagannath annual Rath Yatra in Puri may be allowed without public participation:The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra in Puri can be allowed to be held this year without public participation in view of the Corona virus pandemic, saying the tradition of centuries may not be stopped.

Decarbonising Transport: International Project to Develop Pathway to Low-CO2 Mobility for India:NITI Aayog in collaboration with International Transport Forum (ITF) will launch the “Decarbonising Transport in India” project on 24 June, with the intention to develop a pathway towards a low-carbon transport system for India.

Procurement of MFP by govt touches all time high, giving boost to tribal economy:The ongoing procurement of Minor Forest Produces under the Minimum Support Price for MFP Scheme in 16 states has hit a record-breaking high with the procurement touching 79.42 crore rupees.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to attend Victory Parade in Russia:Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will pay a visit to Moscow to attend the Victory Parade on 24th of this month to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Second World War.

India’s COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 55.49%; over 2 lakh patients cured:The Union Government yesterday said that a total of 2,27,756 people affected with the Coronavirus have been cured so far and the recovery rate reached to 55.49 per cent in the country.

Mizoram extends total lockdown till 30th June:Mizoram government has extended the ongoing total lockdown in state capital Aizawl, 10 other district headquarters and containment areas for another eight days till June 30 to contain further spread of coronavirus infection.

Bangladesh declares ‘general holidays’ in red zones of 10 districts:The public administration ministry of the government of Bangladesh announced a ‘general holiday’ for certain areas falling under red-zone in 10 districts of the country.

Sri Lanka: Former Minister rejects Pakistan High commissioner claims about Easter Sunday attacks:In Sri Lanka, a former Minister has said they were unaware of warning from Pakistan prior to the Easter Sunday attacks as claimed by Pakistan High Commissioner.

5.8 magnitude earthquake hits Bangladesh:A moderate earthquake of 5.8 magnitude jolted Dhaka and several other parts of Bangladesh on Monday morning.

New opportunities opening up in Food processing sector: Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal:Union FPI Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal launched the Food Processing Edition of the Exclusive Investment Forum by Invest India, the National Investment Promotion & Facilitation Agency of the Government of India on Monday.

Sensex jumps 179.59 points to end at 34,911.32; Nifty up 66.80 points at 10,311.20:Equity benchmark Sensex advanced by about 180 points on Monday, led by gains in financial stocks, in contrast with the global peers.

India becomes 12th largest holder of US govt securities at April end:India has become the 12th largest holder of US government securities at the end of April, with holding worth 157.4 billion dollars.

Grigor Dimitrov tests positive for COVID-19, Adria Tour exhibition event final cancelled:Grigor Dimitrov has tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where top-ranked Novak Djokovic was due to play in the final.

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurates Virtual India Pavilion at Cannes Film Market 2020:Indian Participation at Cannes Film Festival – 2020 began on Monday with the e-inauguration of the Virtual India Pavilion by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar. The Festival will be held from 22 – 26 June, 2020.

India’s one of the largest 1st Virtual Healthcare & Hygiene EXPO 2020 inaugurated:Minister of State for Shipping (Independent charge) and Chemicals & Fertilisers Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday inaugurated India’s one the largest 1st Virtual Healthcare & Hygiene EXPO 2020 . The Expo has been organised by FICCI.

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