14 June 2020

Sushant Singh Rajput commits suicide

Former TV actor and popular Indian film star, Sushant Singh Rajput, who entertained cinema lovers all across with his innumerable performances sent shockwaves across the country with the news of his suicide. The 34-year-old actor reportedly ended his life by hanging himself at his Bandra residence, where he was living alone during the lockdown. The reason behind him taking this extreme step is not clearly known, however, early reports allege that he was suffering from depression for the past 6 months.

World Blood Donor Day: 14th June

World blood donor day is observed globally on June 14th every year to create awareness and make people understand how crucial it is to donate blood. The campaign theme for this year’s World donor Day is “Safe blood saves lives” with the slogan “Give blood and make the world a healthier place”. In May 2005, WHO officially established with its 192 Member States, World donor Day at the 58th World Health Assembly.

Quick Updates

  • AarogyaPath portal launched by govt. to provide information on real-time availability of critical healthcare supplies.
  • Paratha subjected to GST of 18% while GST on roti (chapati) is 5%: Authority for Advance Rulings (Karnataka bench)
  • DRDO develops ‘GermiKlean’ chamber to sanitise uniforms of security forces
  • GMR signs concession agreement with AP govt. for developing greenfield Bhogapuram international airport
  • Health Ministry adds loss of smell or taste to the list of Covid-19 symptoms
  • Paratha subjected to GST of 18% while GST on roti (chapati) is 5%: Authority for Advance Rulings (Karnataka bench)
  • Nepal’s lower house of parliament, Pratinidhi Sabha, passes bill to include India’s territories of Kalapani, Limpiyadhura and Lipulekh in Pithoragarh
  • International Albinism Awareness Day observed on June 13; theme: “Made To Shine”

“Ghar Ghar Nigrani” mobile app launch by Punjab government

“Ghar Ghar Nigrani” mobile application has been launched by the Punjab government to check the community spread of COVID-19 in the state of Punjab. The mobile application “Ghar Ghar Nigrani”, developed and designed in-house by the Health Department. Under this initiative, punjab government will undertake house to house surveillance in the state until the elimination of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shambhu S. Kumaran appointed India’s next Ambassador to Philippines

Shambhu S. Kumaran has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of the Philippines. He is presently serving as the Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Morocco. He will replace Jaideep Mazumdar as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Philippines.

RBI constitutes P K Mohanty led “Internal Working Group”

An Internal Working Group (IWG) has been constituted by the Reserve Bank of India with a prime objective of reviewing the extant guidelines on ownership and corporate structure for Indian private sector banks. The Internal Working Group (IWG) will be headed by Dr. Prasanna Kumar Mohanty, Director, Central Board of RBI. The Internal Working Group (IWG) is supposed to submit its report by 30th September 2020.

Actor Pankaj Tripathi becomes the brand ambassador of Bihar Khadi

Bollywood actor Pankaj Tripathi has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Bihar Khadi by the Bihar government to promote Bihar Khadi and the country’s largest Khadi Mall in Patna. The Khadi Village Industries Board has instructed all Khadi institutions to produce new designs of Khadi garments to increase production and sales.