11 June 2020

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Kerala government cancels Sabarimala Temple annual festival

The decision was taken after the state government held a closed-door meeting on June 11 with Sabarimala Tantri Kandararu Mahesh Mohanaru and Travancore Devaswom Board officials in Thiruvananthapuram.

Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra lead in Food Safety Index 2019-20

Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Maharashtra are in the lead on the Food Safety Index 2019-20 released by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). These 3 states topped the list of larger states ensuring food safety in 2019-20. On the other hand, Goa, Meghalaya and Manipur fetched the top spots in the list of smaller states.

Bharatmala Pariyojana delayed

The Bharatmala Pariyojana that was scheduled to be completed in 2021-22 is to be completed by 2025-26. The announcement of delay was announced by the rating agency ICRA (Investment Information and credit Rating Agency).

RBI releases Framework for sale of Loan Exposure and Securitization of Standard Assets

The Reserve Bank of India recently released draft framework for “Sale of Loan Exposures” and “Securitization of Standard Assets”.

The guidelines issued are applicable to Scheduled Commercial Banks. This includes All India Financial Institutions such as EXIM Bank, NABARD, Non-Banking Financial Companies. The guidelines have also included recommendations of Committee on Development of Housing Finance Securitization Market in India that was chaired by Dr Harsh Vardhan.

Asiatic Lion population increased

On June 10, 2020, PM Modi on Twitter announced about the increase in population of Asiatic Lions. The Asiatic Lion population has increased by 29%. It was 523 in 2015 and has increased to 674 in 2020. India has recorded 36% increase in distribution area of lions. It was 22,000 square kilo metres in 2015.

In 2020, the spread increased to 30,000 square kilo metres. The Asiatic Lions are currently in the protected areas of agro-pastoral landscape of Saurashtra, Gujarat.

Operation Desert Chase

The Rajasthan Police recently arrested two civil defense employees in Jaipur based on Military Intelligence inputs. They were arrested upon the input that they were passing sensitive information to Pakistan spy agency ISI (Inter Service Intelligence). The information was passed under Operation Desert Chase.