Top Current Affairs 28 June 2020


Top Current Affairs 28 June 2020: We have collected the latest current affairs for 28 June 2020 that are important for all competitive exams like Bank, SSC, IBPS, SBI exams. The GK current affairs will help you score more in these competitive exams. Improve your general knowledge with our daily online current affairs. 

National News

India is the first country in the world to control Locust through Drones

  • India has become the first country in the world to control locust by using drones, as the Centre deployed drones, tractor mounted sprayers and fire tender vehicles to undertake locust control in the country.
  • Under Make in India initiative, the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare (DAC&FW), Agriculture Ministry has indigenously developed a vehicle-mounted Ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayer for locust control.
  • In total 60 ground control teams of Locust Circle Offices and 12 drones are being used for locust control operations in the affected areas.
  • The need of aerial spray for locust control was felt as the ground control vehicles sprayers can spray up to a height of 25-30 feet only. The tractor-mounted sprayers also have a limitation in reaching inaccessible areas and tall trees.
  • Locust is a crop-threatening migratory pest that has entered the country through the India-Pakistan border.

Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy Launches YSR Kapu Nestham Scheme for Women of Kapu 

  • Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has unveiled a scheme titled ‘YSR Kapu Nestham’ for the welfare of the women from Kapu community.
  • Under the scheme, the government will provide financial assistance of Rs 15,000 per year for all the eligible women of the community aged between 45 and 60 years for a period of five years.
  • In five years, the beneficiaries will be getting a total of Rs 75,000.

Chhattisgarh announces Godhan Nyay Yojana to procure cow dung at fixed rate from farmers

  • The Chhattisgarh government, led by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has launched ‘Godhan Nyay Yojana’ in the state to make animal husbandry commercially profitable, prevent open grazing by cattle, solve the problem of stray animals on roads and for environment conservation.
  • Under the scheme, the state government will procure cow dung from Livestock owners on fixed rate. 
  • The cow dung will be used for the production of vermi-compost, which would then be sold through cooperative societies, to meet the fertilizer requirement of farmers.
  • It is an effective initiative for cow dung management as well as to make animal husbandry more profitable.
  • The scheme will be implemented in the state from Hareli Festival.
  • It is an important festival of Chhattisgarh’s ‘Gond’ Tribe and is celebrated in The new moon day of Srawan (Sawan Amavsya) month of the Hindu calendar between July and August in rainy season.

IIT-Bombay develops receiver chip ‘Dhruva’ to find accurate locations in all weather conditions

  • Researchers at IIT-Bombay have developed a homegrown receiver chip named Dhruva, that can be used in smartphones and navigation devices to find locations and routes within the country.
  • Dhruva will receive signals from India’s NAVIC group of navigation satellites (built by ISRO) as well as the US Global Positioning System-based satellites to determine these accurately under all weather conditions.
  • Dhruv is a radio frequency receiver chip designed in 18 months by students and researchers at IIT Bombay.
  • The Dhruva project was funded by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
  • SAMEER (Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research) is the nodal agency.
  • It can receive signals in multiple frequency bands and handle weak signals.

Sachin Bansal’s startup ‘Navi’ launches instant lending app to disburse personal loans

  • Bengaluru-headquartered Navi Technologies, a financial services startup founded by Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal, has launched a mobile app to provide instant personal loans, targeted at consumers in the middle-income segment.
  • The ‘Navi Lending’ app will provide instant loans of up to Rs 5 lakh with repayment tenures of up to 36 months.
  • The loan process will be done completely using the digital and contactless process for customers.
  • The loan amount will be sent directly into the bank accounts of consumers who will need to enter their permanent account number (PAN) and Aadhaar numbers to link their accounts.

International News

Pakistan to remain in Financial Action Task Force Greylist

  • Pakistan is likely to remain on the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as it has failed to comply with the tasks given by the global terrorist-financing watchdog to stop terror financing in the country
  • Islamabad is yet to complete 13 out of 27 items of its FATF Action Plan.
  • This decision was taken at the third and final plenary meeting of FATF, under the Chinese Presidency of Xiangmin Liu.
  • Pak’s progress on its Action Plan would now be evaluated in the next plenary meeting to be held in October 2020, under the Presidency of Germany.

NASA Names its Washington, D.C. headquarters after Mary W. Jackson

  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has announced that the agency’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C., will be named after Mary W. Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA.
  •  It would be called as Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters.
  • Jackson started her NASA career in 1951 as a human-computer, a mathematician who performed hand calculations for NASA missions.

Sports News

Former England Women Cricket Captain Clare Connor Set to become first female President of Marylebone Cricket Club in 233 years

  • Former England’s women captain Clare Connor has been named as the first female president of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in its 233-year history.
  • Connor will replace incumbent President Kumar Sangakkara. She will take charge of her new post on 1 October 2021.
  • Connor is currently the managing director of women’s cricket of England and Wales Cricket Board.
  • Former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara, who is the first non-British MCC president appointed in 2019 for one-year tenure, has been invited to hold the position for another 12-month period due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Important Days

Passport Seva Divas: 24 June

  • In India, the Ministry of External Affairs observes the Passport Seva Divas on 24 June every year.
  • It was on this day in 1967 that the Passports Act, 1967 had come into effect.

World Vitiligo Day 2020: 25 June

  • The World Vitiligo Day is observed on June 25 to build global awareness about vitiligo.
  • Vitiligo is a skin disorder leading to loss of colour in the skin creating a variety of patterns on the skin from loss of pigment.
  • Vitiligo is often called a disease instead of a disorder and that can have a significant negative social or psychological impact on patients.
  • The first World Vitiligo Day was observed on June 25, 2011.

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