Current Affairs for 20th June 2019
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HP made GPS device must for trekkers
The Himachal Pradesh government made it mandatory for trekkers to carry a GPS device to tackle any exigency.
A decision in this regard was taken at a review meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary Shrikant Baldi on preparedness for the monsoon.
Kullu and Dalhousie have been identified for installation of early warning systems.
Shefali: India's representative to ICAO
Senior bureaucrat Shefali Juneja was appointed as India's representative in the Council of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a UN body.
She has been appointed to the post of Representative of India in the ICAO, Montreal, Canada, for a period of three years.
She will replace senior IAS officer Alok Shekhar who was named for the post in October 2015.
KSEB signed power purchase deal
Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) signed a power purchase agreement with Kochi-based GJ Eco Power Pvt. Ltd.
Under the agreement, the KSEB will purchase the power generated from the 9.76 MW — WtE plant at a rate of Rs. 6.17 per unit for a period of 20 years from the commercial operation date.
The tariff has been approved by the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission.
New CJ named for Telangana, Himachal HCs
The government has cleared the appointments of Justice RS Chauhan as Chief Justice of the Telangana high court and Justice V Ramasubramanium as the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh high court.
On June 7, the government had notified the appointment of Justice Ravi Shanker Jha as the Acting Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh high court.
RBI fined South Indian Bank
The RBI has imposed a fine of Rs. 10 lakh on South Indian Bank for violating norms regarding bank guarantees.
The penalty follows references from a government department and a private party alleging non-payment of invoked bank guarantees by the lender.
Examination in this regard revealed a violation of RBI directions on 'Guarantees and Co-acceptances'.
Bangladesh: a fastest growing economy
Bangladesh has emerged as the fastest growing economy among the 45 countries of the Asia-Pacific region according to Asian Development Bank (ADB).
In the financial year, 2018-19 Bangladesh attained a growth rate of 7.9 % which is its fastest rate since 1974.
Higher public sector investment, stronger consumer demand, were among the key factors of the high growth performance of Bangladesh.
23 Indian Institutions among the best universities
23 Indian Institutions have been ranked among the best global universities in QS World University ranking released on 19 June 2019.
IIT Bombay has become India's best institute, securing 152nd rank.
IIT Delhi and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore have also been figured in the top 200.
Cancer Institute at GMC Jammu approved
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare formally approved Rs.120 crore Cancer Institute at Government Medical College, Jammu.
With the setting up of the facility at GMC Jammu, the patients now need not move outside the State for specialized treatment facilities.
Earlier, one State Cancer Institute was approved for Shere Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar.
World Refugee Day: 20 June
World Refugee Day is observed on the 20th of June every year.
It celebrates the stories and contributions of refugees.
The theme this year is Step with Refugees - Take a Step on World Refugee Day.
According to the latest annual study released by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 70.8 million children, women and men were forcibly displaced at the end of 2018.
Voluntary Euthanasia became legal in Victoria
Victoria has become the first state in Australia to enact Euthanasia laws.
It would now allow terminally ill patients suffering from intolerable pain to legally ask their doctor for lethal drugs to end their lives.
The state's historic laws were effective from 19 June 2019.
Queensland and Western Australia are now considering enacting the legislation.