Current Affairs: 13th June 2019


                                                               NATIONAL 1 - Union Cabinet clears NDIAC Bill, 2019.  The Union Cab...


1 - Union Cabinet clears NDIAC Bill, 2019.

  •  The Union Cabinet has cleared the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (NDIAC) Bill, 2019. The Bill provides for setting up of an independent and autonomous body for institutional arbitration.
  • It also aims to acquire and transfer the undertakings of International Centre For Alternative Dispute Resolution to New Delhi International Arbitration Centre (NDIAC) w.e.f 2nd March 2019.

2 - India accounts for 12% of the world’s internet users.

  • According to the annual report on internet trends by venture capitalist Mary Meeker, India accounts for 12% world’s internet users.
  • China has the largest base, accounting for 21% of all internet users globally, and the US comes third at 8%.

3 - Dell has emerged as the most trusted brand in India in 2019: TRA

  •  According to a report released by brand analytics firm TRA Research, “Dell” has emerged as the most trusted brand in India in 2019. With 31% Brand Trust Index (BTI) difference from Dell, auto brand Jeep makes a dramatic entry in the second spot. LIC and Amazon are ranked on the third and fourth spots and Apple iPhone emerged as India’s fifth most trusted brand.
4 - RBI sets up 6 member panel to examine the ATM charges and fees.

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up a high-level six-member committee under IBA Chief Executive V G Kannan. The committee will examine ATM charges and fees by banks amid demands for reviewing the levies. There have been persistent demands to change automated teller machines (ATM) charges and fees as its uses are growing significantly.
  •  Panel Members:
  • Head of the Panel: IBA Chief Executive V G Kannan
  • The members are Dilip Asbe (CEO, NPCI), Giri Kumar Nair (CGM, SBI), S Sampath Kumar (Group Head, Liability Products, HDFC Bank), K Srinivas (Director, Confederation of ATM Industry), Sanjeev Patel (CEO, Tata Communications Payment Solutions).
  •  Purpose of Panel:
  • The panel will review the existing structures and patterns of costs, charges and interchange fees for ATM transactions. The committee is to review the overall patterns of usage of ATMs by cardholders and assess the impact, if any, on charges and interchange fees.
  • Also, the panel will be assessing the entire range of costs in respect of the ATM ecosystem and make recommendations on the optimal charge/interchange fee structure and pattern.

5 - Scientists has discovered a new frog species in the Northeast.

  •  Scientists from Delhi University and Wildlife Institute of India in collaboration with researchers from Indonesia and the USA has discovered a new frog species in the Northeast.
  •  The frog is reddish brown in colour. It has prominent dark streaks and ash grey mottling on the lateral sides. Web is absent on its feet.

6 - The Union Cabinet approved an extension of Presidents rule in Jammu and Kashmir.

  •  The Union Cabinet approved an extension of President's rule in Jammu and Kashmir for six more months beginning July 3. The central rule has been continuing in Jammu and Kashmir since June 20, 2018.
  •  This is because, Under Section 92 of the Constitution of J&K, there is no provision for further continuation of Governor's rule after six months.
7 - SBI launches digital residential property show in Hyderabad.
  • SBI has set up a new marketing outfit called ‘Destination: The Home Shoppe’ near IKEA in Hitec City.
  • At this Home Shoppe, the bank will have a digital display of residential projects from leading developers and approved by SBI.


1 - India slips 5 places to 141 on Global Peace Index 2019; Iceland again tops.
  •  India's rank has slipped five places to 141 among 163 countries on the Global Peace Index 2019, while Iceland remains the most peaceful country and Afghanistan the least peaceful nation, says a report.
  • Australian think tank Institute for Economics & Peace ranks countries according to their level of peacefulness based on three thematic domains -- the level of societal safety and security, the extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict and the degree of militarization.

1 - DRDO successfully tested the indigenously developed HSTDV along with several technologies.

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted the maiden test of an indigenously developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) along with several technologies on 12 June.
  • The HSTDV missile was successfully launched from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha. The missile was tracked by various radars, telemetry stations and electro optical tracking sensors through its course. It HSTDV being developed by DRDO with assistance from Israel and the UK and Russia.

                                     AWARD AND HONOURS

1 - Indian girl honoured in UAE for Green efforts.
  •  An eight-year-old Indian-origin student in Dubai has collected nearly 15,000 kg of paper waste in the Gulf emirate as part of a nationwide recycling campaign, according to a media report.
  •  Nia Tony has been honoured for her efforts in keeping the environment clean by collecting the paper waste, the Khaleej Times reported.

2 - Amitav Ghosh becomes the first English writer to get Jnanpith award.
  • Renowned author Amitav Ghosh was awarded the 54th Jnanpith Award for his contribution to the enrichment of Indian Literature in English. He was conferred the award by former governor of West Bengal Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
  •  Jnanpith Award is a highest Indian Literary Award presented to an author for his outstanding contribution towards literature.

3 - Priyanka Chopra to be honored with a humanitarian award by UNICEF.
  •  Priyanka Chopra, a global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights is going to be honoured with Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award by UNICEF at the UNICEF SNOWFLAKE BALL.



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