INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. Finance Ministers of G20 countries discussing fair tax reforms to boost growth

• The meeting of Finance Ministers of G20 countries is underway in the Japanese city of Fukuoka.
• Finance chiefs of major economies are debating over how to revise tax systems to ensure big companies pay their fair share and support economies as global growth slows.
• They called for the creation of a digital tax for multinational technology companies. The aim is to prevent tax evasion and to modernise policies, as financial markets and businesses have been transformed by technology.
• Speaking at the meeting, Japanese finance minister Taro Aso, said this could be the biggest reform of the long established international framework in over 100 years.
• Meanwhile, talking to reporters on the sidelines of the meeting, US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said that Washington is open to further negotiations with China on their ongoing trade battle. He, however, warned the US would press on with tariffs if a deal could not be reached.
• US President Donald Trump is expected to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28-29. The leaders will possibly work on resolving their bruising standoff over trade and technology.

2. Relief at US-Mexico border after tariff climbdown

• Businesses and workers at the US-Mexico border in California have expressed relief over the scrapping of planned tariffs which had threatened to deal a devastating blow to a region built on cross-frontier trade.
• Senior officials announced an agreement Friday night to avert the tariffs after three days of intense negotiations to the delight of border workers.
• A day earlier, long lines of trucks had stretched into the distance across the border while warehouses on the US side were stuffed with goods as companies raced to shift their inventory in anticipation of the tariffs. But it was business as usual yesterday as a steady stream of freight vehicles passed through Otay Mesa’s sprawling inspection facility.
• Trump had threatened a five percent tariff on all Mexican goods coming into the United States on Monday, rising to 25 percent by October, if Mexico did not move to seriously address the northward flow of migrants from Central America.

3. Taliban reject ceasefire call by Afghan Peace Marchers

• In Afghanistan, the Taliban have rejected a call of ceasefire by peace marchers known as the People’s Peace Movement. The PPM said that the talks had revealed deep differences between the sides.
• PPM members set off for a long march from the capital of the southern province of Helmand, Lashkar Gah, to the Taliban-controlled Musa Qala District to personally extend an appeal for a ceasefire.
• PPM leader Iqbal Khaibar, who was present at the talks, told a press conference that they discussed ceasefire issues but the Taliban commanders told that they will announce ceasefire once US troops leave Afghanistan.

• The PPM gained prominence last year when it started a march to Kabul from Lashkar Gah after its loved ones lost their lives in a bombing.
• On the other hand, Talibans have refused to comment on the latest contacts with the PPM. Earlier, they claimed that the PPM was being managed by the US embassy in Kabul and intelligence services.

4. World Food Safety Day

• The world is geared up to celebrate the first-ever World Food Safety Day on June 7.
• First adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2018 and according to WHO, pursues efforts to mainstream food safety in the public agenda and reduce the burden of foodborne diseases globally.
• The very first theme for World Food Safety Day is “Food Safety, everyone’s business.”
• The World Food Safety Day comes close in the heels of a news report that went viral, showcasing a street food vendor from Mumbai who was seen using tap water from Borivali Railway Station toilet to prepare food. Following which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an investigation and subsequently issued a public warning against using such water, which could be contaminated.
• According to WHO one of the keys towards sustaining life and promoting good health is to have “sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food.” They further added that foodborne diseases impede socioeconomic development by straining health care systems and harming national economies, tourism and trade. WHO data points out that almost 1 in 10 people in the world fall ill after eating contaminated food and food safety is an increasing threat to human health.
• While biting into a crispy samosa or piping hot fried pakoras from a road side vendor might look extremely appealing, it might not always be a safe eating option.

5. Mega air exercise ‘Varun’

• The Indian and French air forces will carry out a two-week-long mega air exercise beginning July 1 in France.
• The Indian and French air forces will carry out a two-week-long mega air exercise beginning July 1 in France in a boost to military-to-military ties between the two countries, officials said Wednesday. A fleet of Sukhoi 30 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force will engage in dogfights with France’s Rafale multirole aircraft in simulated scenarios as part of the ‘Garuda’ exercise, they said.
• A large number of other assets including mid-air refueller will also be sent to France by the IAF. It will be one of the largest air exercise between the two strategic partners

• A large number of other assets including mid-air refueller will also be sent to France by the IAF. It will be one of the largest air exercise between the two strategic partners

• The exercise will also provide an opportunity to a sizeable number of IAF pliots to have a close look at the Rafale jets being operated by the French Air Force.
• India had signed a government-to-government deal with France in 2016 to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of about the Rs 58,000-crore. The first Rafale jet is scheduled to be delivered in September.

• The air exercise will take place nearly two months after Indian and French navies carried out a naval warfare exercise in the Arabian Sea as well as in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa.

6. Culture Minister to inaugurate exhibition-‘Unknown masterpieces of Himachal Folk Art’

• Culture Minister Prahalad Singh Patel inaugurated the exhibition titled ‘Unknown Masterpieces of Himachal Folk Art’ at National Museum in New Delhi.
• The Exhibition is being jointly organised by the National Museum and Home of Folk Art, Gurugram in which more than 240 artefacts will be on display.
• The aim of the exhibition is to highlight the Folk art tradition of Himachal Pradesh.
• It will remain open for public till 31st of next month.

 

NATIONAL NEWS

7. EAM S Jaishankar to embark on a two-day visit to Bhutan

• External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will embark on a two-day visit to Bhutan.
• This is Mr Jaishankar’s first overseas visit after assuming charge of the Ministry.
• During the visit, Mr Jaishankar will call on Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering and meet his counterpart Tandi Dorji.
• It will be Jaishankar’s first visit abroad as the external affairs minister and reflects the importance that India attaches to its relationship with Bhutan, a close friend and neighbor.

8. Dzükou Valley, Nagaland becomes Plastic Free Zone on World Environment Day

• In affirmation of its pledge to preserve and the protect the environment, the Southern Angami Youth Organization (SAYO) is all set to declare Dzükou Valley a ‘Plastic Free Zone’ coinciding with World Environment Day.
• The SAYO had undertaken social work at Dzükou Valley last month and cleaned the area of plastics and compost waste materials. Careless disposal of plastic waste in and around the valley over the years has not only become an eyesore but also greatly endangers the pristine environment.
Er. Zale Neikha, Advisor, Youth Resources & Sports will make the official declaration on June 5 in the presence of the public at Viswema village at 10:00am.
• Southern Angami Public Organization (SAPO) President, Vimeyol Theyo will also exhort the gathering.
• SAYO President, Zakeleto Tsükrü informed that in order to enforce strict compliance of a ‘Plastic Free Dzükou,’ the two entry point to Southern Dzükou will be manned.
• The much-appreciated initiative on declaring this scenic valley as a ‘plastic-free zone’ was taken by Southern Angami Youth Organisation (SAYO).
• SAYO had started the task of cleaning the valley since last month, where local volunteers had worked tirelessly to clear the plastic debris from all the areas of the iconic valley.

 

9. 2nd Global Disability Summit

• The Government of Argentina Republic, the International Alliance Disability (IDA) and the Latin American Network of Non-Governmental Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and their Families (RIADIS) are pleased to announce that they are hosting “Disability Summit, Argentina 2019 “, which will take place in Buenos Aires, between June 6 and 8, 2019.
• This will be a follow-up to the first “Global Disability Summit”, held in London in 2018; and seeks to strengthen the commitment of Latin America and the world to ensure the full inclusion of people with disabilities and guarantee their rights, freedoms and human dignity.
• The Summit represents an opportunity to reflect on the formulation and strengthening of public policies and good practices in the different discussion panels, with the voices of people with disabilities to be at the forefront.
• The Summit will also be an opportunity to share, consolidate the contribution of Latin America to this global space of exchange and reiterate commitments made in the Latin America region for the rights of persons with disabilities.
• As a result, the Summit will bring together governments, organizations of people with disabilities, civil society organizations, international organizations, international cooperation agencies, academia and the private sector, with the hope of achieving real change for people with disabilities.

10. J C Daniel Award

• Veteran actress Sheela was chosen for the prestigious J C Daniel Award.
• It is the Kerala government’s highest honour for outstanding contribution to Malayalam cinema.
• The annual honour is named after J C Daniel, who made the first silent movie in Mollywood.
• The award comprises Rs 5 lakh, a citation and a plaque.
• Iconic director Adoor Gopalakrishnan and veteran lyricist Sreekumaran Thampi were the recipients of the honour in the previous years.

 

11. Uttarakhand finance minister Prakash Pant passes away

• The Finance Minister of Uttarakhand, Prakash Pant passed away in the US where he was undergoing treatment for a lung ailment.
• In February this year, Prakash Pant almost fainted twice while reading his budget speech in the state assembly.
• Governor Baby Rani Maurya, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Speaker Premchand Aggarwal have condoled the death of Prakash Pant.
• Uttarakhand formerly known as Uttaranchal is a state in the northern part of India. It is often referred to as the Devabhumi (literally “Land of the Gods”)due to a large number of Hindu temples and pilgrimage centres found throughout the state. Uttarakhand is known for the natural environment of the Himalayas, the Bhabhar and the Terai.
• On 9 November 2000, Uttarakhand became the 27th state of the Republic of India, being created from the Himalayan districts of Uttar Pradesh.[22] It borders Tibet Autonomous Region of China to the north; the Sudurpashchim Pradesh of Nepal to the east; the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh to the south and Himachal Pradesh to the west and north-west.
• The state is divided into two divisions, Garhwal and Kumaon, with a total of 13 districts. The interim capital of Uttarakhand is Dehradun, the largest city of the state, which is a railhead. The High Court of the state is located in Nainital.

12. International Yoga Day celebrations to be held in Ranchi

• The main event of International Day of Yoga 2019 celebrations will be held at Prabhat Tara in Ranchi on 21st of this month. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the main function.
• Jharkhand government has planned to celebrate the day in grand manner by organising a week-long programme starting June 15. Speaking to media in Rabchi yesterday, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghuwar Das said that presence of Mr Modi on the International Yoga Day is going to be a great occasion for the state as Prime Minister will give message from Ranchi to the whole world on Yoga.
• About 35 thousand people will take part in Yoga Day event along with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Ranchi in open air, for which people can do online registration at website www.yogadayindia.nic.in and get their e-gatepass printed by themselves.
• The e-gatepass will be generated after their online applications get security clearance. This year International Yoga Day of 21st June of Ranchi would be eco friendly, and hence Khadi Yoga Mat would be used, in place of the usual rubber mat. From 15th June, a week long event will start with ‘Run for Yoga’, that would culminate on 21st June International Yoga Day.

 

SPORTS NEWS

13. Most capped India player

• Talismanic striker and captain Sunil Chhetri with 108 matches have played the most number of international football matches for Indian national football team.
• He took the field in India’s opening King’s Cup tie against Curacao at the Chang Arena in Buriram, Thailand.
• Earlier, he was tied with legendary footballer Bhaichung Bhutia with 107 matches each.
• The Secunderabad-born is also the highest goal scorer for the ‘Blue Tigers’ with a total of 68 strikes to his name.
• He recently led India to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, but unfortunately, India failed to get past the group stage.

14. French Open 2019

• In French Open Tennis, Australian Ashleigh Barty won her first Grand Slam singles title after easing past Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets in the women’s final.
• In the women’s final, No. 8 seed Barty outclassed Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 in one hour and 10 minutes.
• In men’s singles top seed Novak Djokovic saw his 26-match winning streak in Grand Slams snapped at the hands of fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem in full sets in semifinals yesterday.
• In men’s singles, Djokovic, lost to Thiem 2-6, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 5-7 in a marathon semifinal marred by wind and rain. Thiem will now seek revenge on Nadal after losing last year’s summit clash to the ace Spaniard in straight sets. Nadal on Friday beat Swiss legend Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 at the Philippe-Chatrier Court in the 39th meeting between the two stalwarts.
• In the men’s doubles final, German pair of Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies got past home favorites Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin 6-2, 7-6 (3).
• The German pair of Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies has become only the second team in the Open era to win the men’s doubles title at the French Open on its Roland Garros debut. Krawietz and Mies beat French duo Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin 6-2, 7-6 (3).

 

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