Daily Current Affairs - 24th Jun 2019

Brazil and Venezuela become 1st two teams to enter quarter-finals in Copa America

  • Brazil and Venezuela have become the first two teams to enter the quarter-finals of the Copa America. Both teams won their third and final Group-A matches to advance to the last-eight stage.
  • At Sao Paulo, hosts Brazil thrashed Peru, five-nil to finish at the top of the Pool. In the other game, Venezuela got the better of Bolivia, three-one to end second in the group.

CJI writes to PM for removal of Allahabad High Court judge

  • Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to initiate a motion for the removal of Allahabad High Court judge, Justice S.N. Shukla, who was found guilty of misconduct by the in-house panel comprisng of Chief Justices Indira Banerjee, S.K. Agnihotri and P.K. Jaiswal.
  • When the CJI writes to the President and the PM for removal of a High Court judge, the Rajya Sabha Chairperson appoints a three-judge inquiry committee in consultation with the CJI to look into the allegations.

Czech Republic: Protesters take to streets demanding resignation of PM Andrej Babis

  • In the Czech Republic, hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of the capital city of Prague demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis. Prime Minister Babis is facing a criminal investigation over alleged abuse of two million Euros in EU subsidies.
  • This protest is being said to be the country’s biggest display of dissent since the 1989 velvet revolution that ended communism in former Czechoslovakia
  • Czech Republic
  • President: Andrej Babis
  • Capital: Prague
  • Currency: Czech koruna

Ethiopian army chief, regional president killed in unrest

  • Ethiopia's army chief and the president of a key region have been shot dead in a wave of violence highlighting the political instability in the country as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tries to push through reforms.
  • The latest unrest in the Horn of Africa nation flared in Amhara, one of nine autonomous regions, when a hit squad attacked a meeting of top officials.
  • Ethiopia
  • President: Sahle-Work Zewde
  • Prime Minister: Abiy Ahmed
  • Capital: Addis Ababa
  • Currency: Ethiopian birr

Foreign investors pump in Rs 10312 crore in June so far

  • As per the latest depositories data, overseas investors (foreign portfolio investors) have infused more than 10,000 crore rupees in the domestic capital markets this month so far, with debt segment accounting for the lion's share.
  • Equity investments have slowed down on account of rising geopolitical tensions in West Asia as well as US-India trade conflict.
  • FPIs, pumped in around 552 crore rupees into equities and around 9,761 crore into the debt market during Jun 3 to 21, taking the cumulative net investment to 10,313 crore rupees.
  • FPIs have been net buyers for the previous four consecutive months. They invested around 9,031 crore rupees in May, 16,093 crore rupees in April, 45,981 crore rupees in March and 11,182 crore rupees in February into the Indian capital markets-both equity and debt.

Germany and Norway storm into quarter-finals of Women's FIFA World Cup

  • Germany and Norway have stormed into the quarter-finals of the Women's FIFA World Cup being held in France. Germany defeated Nigeria, three-nil, Norway beat Australia, 4-1 on penalties after the score was 1-1 at the end of regulation time.

Govt develops National Strategic Plan to eradicate TB by 2025

  • Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey has said that the union government has developed a National Strategic Plan with the goal for ending Tuberculosis (TB) by 2025.
  • As India accounts for 27.4 lakh estimated new TB cases annually, which is the highest in terms of absolute numbers.
  • The estimated cases of TB in the country is 204 per lakh population for the year 2017 as per the last year's Global TB report.
  • However, India ranks 35th in the world in terms of TB cases per lakh population. Over 5 lakh 62 thousand patients were cured of TB last year.

ICC Cricket World Cup: Pakistan beat South Africa by 49 runs

  • Pakistan beat South Africa by 49 runs in a thrilling encounter at Lords in England. Chasing 309 for victory, South Africa collapsed in just 259 for 9 in 50 overs.
  • Earlier, electing to bat, Pakistan scored 308 for 7 in the stipulated 50 overs.

ILS develops antibodies against Chikungunya infection

  • The Institute of Life Sciences (ILS), which functions under the Department of Biotechnology, has entered into a non-exclusive license for product commercialisation after having successfully developed antibodies against the Chikungunya viral (CHIKV) infection.
  • The ILS will partner with a biotechnology-based company for product commercialisation and marketing of antibodies in a 60:40 profit sharing basis.
  • The antibodies were developed following decade-long research on the CHIKV infection at the ILS laboratory headed by Dr. Soma Chattopadhyay, a senior molecular virologist.

India rejects US international religious freedom report

  • India has rejected a US religious freedom report, making it clear that a foreign government has no locus standi to comment on the state of Indian citizens' constitutionally protected rights.
  • In its annual 2018 International Religious Freedom Report, the US State Department observed that mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against minority communities, particularly Muslims, continued in India in 2018, amid rumours that the victims had traded or killed cows for beef.

Indian women's hockey team clinches FIH Series Finals

  • Indian women's hockey team beat Asian Games champions and hosts Japan 3-1 in the summit clash of the FIH Series Finals in Hiroshima. For India, Gurjit Kaur scored two goals while captain Rani Rampal gave India early lead. Kanon Mori equalised for Japan.
  • Gurjit was adjudged the highest scorer of the tournament with 11 strikes to her name while captain Rani Rampal was declared player of the tournament.
  • This Indian team qualified for the FIH Olympic Qualifiers 2019 after securing a place in the finals of the competition with a win over Chile in the semi-final.

International Olympic Committee opens new headquarters in Switzerland

  • The International Olympic Committee(IOC) has formally opened its new headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, exactly 125 years after the Olympic Games were revived. The new headquarters costs 145 million US Dollars.
  • The Olympic House has been built on the site of the former headquarters, and 95 per cent of the old materials were reused and recycled.
  • IOC President: Thomas Bach
  • Charles Pierre de Coubertin was the founder of the International Olympic Committee, and its second President. He is also considered one of the fathers of the modern Olympic Games.
  • second President. He is also considered one of the fathers of the modern Olympic Games.

Monsoon season: Country received 70.9 mm rainfall so far

  • With the progress of southwest monsoon still remaining sluggish, India is facing a deficiency of 38 per cent rainfall, India Meteorological Department said. It further stated that the country has received 70.9-millimeter rainfall so far in this monsoon season as compared to long period average of 114.2 millimeter.

Saudi launches residency scheme to boost revenue

  • Saudi Arabia launched a new special residency scheme aimed at luring wealthy expats as the petro-state seeks to boost non-oil revenue. This scheme offers a permanent residency for 800,000 riyals ($213,000) and a one-year renewable residency costing 100,000 riyals ($27,000).
  • The scheme will allow expats to do business without a Saudi sponsor, buy property and sponsor visas for relatives.
  • This move appears to be aimed at boosting non-oil revenue as the kingdom seeks to diversify its economy.
  • Saudi Arabia is currently home to some 10 million overseas workers.

Sri Lanka: India-assisted emergency ambulance service reaches its countrywide coverage

  • In Sri Lanka, India-assisted emergency ambulance service reached its countrywide coverage with the launch in the eastern province. This service is now available in all nine Provinces of Sri Lanka.
  • This service was launched in two provinces in July 2016 under an Indian grant of 7.5 million US dollars covering the purchase of 88 ambulances, the operational expenditure of the service for one year and setting up of an emergency response centre
  • The emergency ambulance service which can be obtained by simply dialling toll-free no ‘1990’ on any network in Sri Lanka, is the largest Indian grant project in Sri Lanka after the Indian Housing Project.
  • External Affairs Minister of India : Dr. S. Jaishankar
  • Sri Lanka
  • President: Maithripala Sirisena
  • Prime Minister: Ranil Wickremesinghe
  • Capitals: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
  • Currency: Sri Lankan rupee

Trump warns of major additional sanctions on Iran

  • US President Donald Trump has said that America will impose major additional sanctions on Iran in a bid to prevent the country obtaining nuclear weapons.
  • This warning comes after Iran announced that it will exceed internationally agreed limits on its nuclear programme. The limit on its stockpile of enriched uranium was set under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
  • Iran
  • President: Hassan Rouhani
  • Capital: Tehran
  • Currency:Iranian rial