Daily Current Affairs, 20th June 2020 - VISION

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Daily Current Affairs, 20th June 2020

1) World Refugee Day celebrated on 20 June
•UnitedNations celebrates World Refugee Day globally on 20 June every year. The World Refugee Day 2020 aims to remind the world that everyone, including refugees, are capable in contributing towards society and Every Action Counts in the effort to create a more just, inclusive, and equal world.

•The theme of World Refugee Day 2020 is “Every Action Counts”.

2) India to become UNSC President for August, 2021
•India has been elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and will serve as the President of the UN body for the month of August, 2021. According to the rules, the presidency of the United Nations Security Council is held by each of the members in turn for one month as per the English alphabetical order of names of the member states.

•According to the rules, India will assume the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of the August 2021. India, Norway, Ireland, Kenya and Mexico were recently elected as the non-permanent members of the council. These countries have been elected for a two-year term which will begin from 1st January, 2021.

3) Union Minister launches R&D Portal “SATYABHAMA”
•Union Minister for Coal, Mines and Parliamentary Affairs, Pralhad Joshi has launched R&D Portal “Science and Technology Yojana for Aatmanirbhar Bharat in Mining Advancement (SATYABHAMA)”. The portal has been launched for Science and Technology Programme Scheme of Ministry of Mines. The newly launched portal will increase efficiency as well as effectiveness in the implementation of the Scheme as it allows online submission of project proposals along with monitoring of the projects and utilization of funds/grants.

•The R&D Portal SATYABHAMA has been designed, developed and implemented by National Informatics Centre (NIC), Mines Informatics Division. It has been integrated with NGO Darpan Portal of NITI Aayog. It also accepts the researchers’ progress reports and Final Technical Reports of the projects in the electronic format.

4) Manipur celebrated 19th Great June Uprising Day
•The 19th Great June Uprising Day was observed on 18th June at Kekrupat, Manipur. The day is being observed every year on 18 June to pay tribute and respect to 18 persons who lost their lives in June, 2001 to protect the territorial integrity of Manipur. On the occasion, family members of the 18 martyrs and leaders of some organisations paid floral tribute & respect to 18 persons at Kekrupat, Manipur.

•In June 2001, the Union government signed the amended ceasefire agreement with the NSCN(IM) and inserted the words “without territorial limits”, following which people came out in streets to protest and there was arson at many places. To control the uprising, security personnels resorted to firing leading to death of 18 persons.

5) Urjit Patel appointed as Chairman of economic think tank NIPFP
•Urjit Patel has been appointed as the Chairman of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP). It is an economic think tank which is based in New Delhi, India. The appointment of the Urjit Patel has been made for a period of four years. He will be replacing the outgoing chairman Vijay Kelkar.

•Urjit Patel has earlier served as the Governor as well as the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He resigned as the Governor of RBI in December 2018.

6) RIL reaches $150-billion market valuation mark
•The Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has reached $150-billion mark in term of market capitalisation. Hence, the Mukesh Ambani-helmed RIL has become India’s first $150-billion company in terms of market capitalisation. RIL achieved this milestone when its share price had gained 6.23% to close at Rs 1,759, taking its market capitalisation to Rs 11.15 lakh crore i.e. around $150 billion.

•With this achievement, the market capitalisation of Reliance Industries Limited is more than that of Total SA, Royal Dutch Shell and BP among the top global energy players.

7) Ganguly & Chhetri signed as brand ambassadors of JSW Cement
•JSW Cement has signed Sourav Ganguly and Sunil Chhetri as its brand ambassadors. The cement brand has also launched a new multi-media marketing campaign “Leader’s Choice” which includes both sports icons. The multi-media marketing campaign “Leader’s Choice” of JSW Cement promotes the ideology of building a solid foundation for a better tomorrow.

•Sourav Ganguly is the former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian Cricket team. He is presently serving as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Sunil Chhetri is the captain of the Indian national football team and Bengaluru FC.