Current Affairs: 27th June 2019

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1 - Around 2.22 crore villagers received Digital Education under PMGDISHA
  • On June 27, 2019, Electronics and Information Technology Minister Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad announced that around 2.22 crore villagers were given Digital Education under Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA). The government has enrolled 636 training partners.
  • Key Points:
  • i. The target of the government is to make one lakh digital villages. In order to fulfill it, it has collaborated with Railways to lay the Optical fibre network at the gram level.
  • ii. It has prepared a draft 100-days action plan which includes National Policy on Electronics 2019 — new schemes to the Cabinet; National Policy on Software Products 2019 — launch of Registry; Digital India Infoway (National Government Network and National Knowledge Network 2.0); National Mission for Natural Language Translation – proposal to Cabinet

2 - Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana scheme, 81,03,196 houses were approved 
  • On June 27, 2019, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri announced that 81,03,196houses were approved under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) scheme. 47,57,987 houses are at stages of construction and 26,07,913 houses were completed or occupied.
  • Key Points:
  • i. Central Assistance of Rs. 51,113 crores was released under the PMAY (Urban) and the assistance was met through Budgetary Resources as well as Extra Budgetary Resources (EBR).
  • ii. State Level Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (SLSMC) under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary of the concerned State/Union Territories reviews the progress of implementation of the Mission ‘Housing for All by 2022’ at the State level.
  • About PMAY:
  • PMAY is an initiative by the Government of India in which affordable housing will be provided to the urban poor with a target of building 20 million affordable houses by 31 March 2022.  It has two components: Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) (PMAY-U) for the urban poor and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin) (PMAY-G/ PMAY-R) for the rural poor.

3 - 7th India and Brunei Darussalam Foreign Office Consultations held in New Delhi
  • On June 24, 2019, The 7th Foreign Office Consultations between India and Brunei Darussalam was held in New Delhi. The Indian side was led by Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary(East) and Brunei side was led by Hajah Siti Norishan Haji Abdul Ghafor, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brunei Government.
  • Key Points:
  • i. They reviewed bilateral relations between the 2 countries, including political, trade and investment, defence, cultural & people to people contact and exchanged views on regional and multilateral issues.
  • ii. They agreed to explore cooperation in energy, health and pharmaceuticals, higher education and agricultural sectors.
  • iii. The next round of Consultations will be held in Brunei on mutually agreed dates.
  • About Brunei Darussalam:
  •  Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan
  •  Currency: Brunei dollar

4 - 23rd edition of 4-day Sindhu Darshan Festival held at Sindhu Ghat Shey in Leh
  • A four-day event of 23rd Sindhu Darshan Festival 2019 celebrated at Sindhu Ghat Shey in Jammu and Kashmir’s Leh from 24 to 27 June 2019.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
1 - Sameer Gulati bags Rs. 3 lakhs for ‘world’s best coder’ at TechGig Code Gladiators 2019
  • In the 6th Edition of TechGig Code Gladiators 2019, an annual coding competition, Ex-champion, Sameer Gulati won the title as ‘world’s best coder’ and took home prize money of Rs 3,00,000, a trophy and a certificate. The event was held at Reliance Corporate Park, Navi Mumbai.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS
1 - Samant Kumar Goel got appointed as RAW chief
  • As per the Personnel Ministry, Government of India, Samant Kumar Goel, a 1984 batch IPS(Indian Police Service) officer of Punjab cadre appointed as chief of  Research and Analysis Wing(RAW) for a fixed two-year term. He is presently serving as Special Secretary in the RAW. He will succeed Anil K Dhasmana.

2 - Arvind Kumar becomes new IB head
  • According to the Personnel Ministry, Government of India, Arvind Kumar (59), a 1984 batch IPS (Indian Police Service) officer from Assam- Meghalaya cadre has been made the chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB) for the tenure of two years. He is currently serving as special director in the IB. He will succeed Rajiv Jain.

ENVIRONMENT
1- In Arunachal, New tortoise species have been discovered
  • A team of herpetologists from the Forest Department and two NGOs (Non-Government Organization)-Help Earth & Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) discovered two (one male and female) new species of tortoise In Yazali area of the Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. The species is called Manouria impressa (Impressed Tortoises ) because of the ‘impressive’ orange-brown to dark brown patches on its carapace.
  • Key points:
  • i. With this discovery, India now has 29 species of non-marine chelonians and five tortoises.
  • ii. The species inhabits moist primary forests of the hilly tracts of the Indo-Myanmar biodiversity hotspot.
  • About Arunachal Pradesh:
  • ♦ Capital: Itanagar
  • ♦ Chief minister: Pema Khandu

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