15 June 2024 Current Affairs

15 June 2024 Current Affairs

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National News

National Crime Record Bureau(NCRB) launches Mobile App ‘NCRB Sankalan of Criminal Laws’NCRB Launches “NCRB Sankalan of Criminal Laws” Mobile App

  • The National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) has introduced a mobile app called “NCRB Sankalan of Criminal Laws,” designed to be a comprehensive guide providing complete information about the new criminal laws, which will come into effect on July 1st.

About the App: The “NCRB Sankalan of Criminal Laws” app compiles the new criminal laws, including Bharatiya Nayaya Sanhita, Bharatiya Nagrik Suraksha Sanhita, and Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam. It features an index linking all chapters and sections of these new laws. This app is intended for use by the general public, court officers, advocates, law students, and police officers to enhance their understanding of the new criminal laws. It will be available for download on Google Play Store, Apple Store, and in a desktop version from the official websites of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and NCRB.

Purpose of the App

The Sankalan app is designed to facilitate navigation through the new criminal laws, acting as a bridge between the old and new laws. It serves as a comprehensive guide for all stakeholders. The app functions in offline mode as well, ensuring accessibility in remote areas so that stakeholders can access the information they need around the clock.

Key Information for Competitive Exams

  • National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB):
    • Founded: March 11, 1986
    • Agency Executive: Vivek Gogia, IPS, Director
    • Headquarters: Delhi
    • Jurisdiction: Government of India
    • Key Document: Creation of NCRB (Notification)
    • Motto: Empowering Indian Police with Information Technology

Inauguration of ‘PM Shri Tourism Air Service’ in Madhya Pradesh

Event: On June 13, 2024, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav inaugurated the intra-state air service facility ‘PM Shri Tourism Air Service’ at Bhopal airport. This event marked the completion of six months of the Mohan Yadav government, which was sworn in on December 13, 2023.

Key Announcements:

  • Green Initiative: No green tree will be cut; instead, trees will be transplanted.
  • New Initiatives: Several new state government initiatives were announced.

PM Shri Tourism Air Service

  • Purpose: To connect the state’s religious and tourist spots by air, enhancing connectivity for both domestic and international tourists.
  • Partnership: Launched in collaboration with JETSERVE Aviation Private Limited.
  • Connected Cities: Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Rewa, Ujjain, Gwalior, Singrauli, and Khajuraho.
  • Initial Launch: On June 13, 2024, connecting Bhopal, Jabalpur, Rewa, and Singrauli. Gwalior and Ujjain will join on June 15 and June 16, respectively.
  • Ticket Booking: Available at Indore, Bhopal, and Jabalpur airports.
  • Aircraft: Two aircraft, each with a six-passenger capacity.

PM Shri Religious Tourism Heli Service

  • Launch Date: June 16, 2024.
  • Route: Connecting Omkareshwar and Maheshwar Jyotirlingas with Bhopal and Indore.

Civilian Helicopter Training School at Khajuraho

  • Significance: India’s first civilian Helicopter Training School has started at Khajuraho.

Madhya Pradesh:

  • Capital: Bhopal(Executive Branch)
  • Chief minister: Mohan Yadav
  • Governor: Mangubhai Chhaganbhai Patel 

International news:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Address at the G7 Summit:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized prioritizing the concerns of the Global South, especially Africa, at the G7 Summit’s Outreach Session in Apulia, Italy. He highlighted the honor of India’s presidency in admitting the African Union as a permanent G20 member.

Key Points from Modi’s Address:

  • Energy Transition: India’s strategy focuses on availability, accessibility, affordability, and acceptability, with a goal of achieving NET ZERO by 2070.
  • Environmental Initiatives: Modi urged global participation in the “Plant4Mother” tree plantation campaign launched on World Environment Day.
  • AI Mission: India promotes “AI for All,” aiming to use AI for global progress and well-being. Modi highlighted India’s role in the Global Partnership for AI.
  • Technological Advancements: Emphasizing a human-centric approach, Modi shared India’s success in using digital technology for public service delivery.
  • G7 Milestone: Modi congratulated the G7 on its 50th anniversary and expressed satisfaction at attending the summit following his re-election in the largest democratic exercise globally.

G7 Summit:

The G7 Summit is an annual gathering of leaders from seven of the world’s most advanced economies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The European Union also participates. The summit serves as a forum for these leaders to discuss and coordinate economic policy, as well as address global issues such as security, climate change, and international development.

Key Aspects of the G7 Summit:

  • Member Countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The European Union also attends the meetings.
  • Purpose: To discuss and collaborate on a wide range of global issues including economic policy, international security, health, climate change, and more.
  • Rotating Presidency: Each year, a different member country assumes the G7 presidency and hosts the summit. The host country sets the agenda and organizes the meetings.
  • Global Influence: While the G7 does not have any formal power to enforce decisions, it wields significant influence as it comprises some of the world’s largest and most influential economies.

Recent G7 Summits:

  • Focus Areas: Recent summits have focused on issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recovery, climate action, and geopolitical tensions.
  • Global South Engagement: Increasingly, the G7 has been involving leaders from non-member countries, especially from the Global South, to ensure broader representation and address global concerns more inclusively.

Significance:

  • Economic Policy Coordination: The G7 members coordinate their economic policies to promote global financial stability and growth.
  • Global Challenges: The summit addresses pressing global challenges and seeks collaborative solutions, enhancing international cooperation.
  • Policy Influence: Discussions and decisions made at the G7 can influence international policies and actions, given the economic and political weight of the member countries.

In summary, the G7 Summit is a key international event where some of the world’s most influential leaders come together to address major global challenges and coordinate policies to foster global stability and prosperity.

Economy news

India’s Forex Reserves Touch New All-Time High Of 655.817 Billion US Dollars

  • India’s forex reserves jumped 4.307 billion US Dollars to a new all-time high of 655.817 billion Dollars for the week ended June 7. The kitty had jumped 4.837 billion dollars to 651.51 billion dollars in the previous reporting week.
  • The previous high for the kitty was 648.87 billion dollars on May 10. In the past few weeks, the reserves have witnessed handsome jumps.
  • For the week ended June 7, foreign currency assets, a major component of the reserves, increased by 3.773 billion dollars to 576.337 billion dollars.

Appointment news

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Appoints New Leadership

  • Harsh Pati Singhania, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of JK Paper Ltd and Director of JK Organisation, has been elected as the First Vice-Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) headquartered in Paris, France.
    • Philippe Varin (France), a global industry leader, has been elected as Chair of the ICC. Philippe Varin succeeded Maria Fernanda Garza, who becomes the Honorary Chair of ICC.
    • Shinta Kamdani (Indonesia) and Patrick Obath (Kenya) have been elected as Vice- Chairs of the ICC.
    • The formal election was held during the annual meeting of the ICC World Council on 11 June 2024 in Paris.

About International Chamber of Commerce (ICC):

ICC is the apex body for all Chambers of Commerce globally.

  • Secretary General- John W.H. DENTON AO
  • Headquarters- Paris, France
  • Founded- 1919

Defence news

Indian Navy Launches Missile Cum Ammunition (MCA) Barge

  • On June  2024, The Indian Navy (IN) launched the Missile Cum Ammunition (MCA) Barge, Landing Ship Ammunition(LSAM 13)(Yard 81), the fifth Barge of 08 x MCA Barge project, built by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Shipyard, M/S SECON Engineering Projects Private Limited (SEPPL),Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh (AP).
    • The barge was launched at M/s Vinayaga Marine Petro Limited, Mira Bhayandar, Maharashtra (the launch site of SEPPL).
    • The launching ceremony was presided over by Commodore (Cmde) Manish Vig, General Manager- Quality Assurance (QA), Naval Dockyard, Mumbai (ND(Mbi)).

About Indian Navy (IN):

  • Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) – Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi
  • Headquarters – New Delhi, Delhi
  • Founded – January 26, 1950
  • About Ministry of Defence (MoD): Union Minister – Rajnath Singh (Constituency- Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (UP)) Minister of State (MoS) – Sanjay Seth (Constituency: Ranchi, Jharkhand)

Sports news:

Euro Cup 2024 To Kick-Start On June 15

  • The 2024 season of the European Football Championship, also known as Euro Cup 2024, will kick-start on June 15 (according to Indian Standard Time) when the hosts Germany take on Scotland at 1230 hrs (IST).
  • A total of 24 teams will be vying for glory, starting June 15. Italy are the defending champions after they defeat England in the final in the previous edition of Euro Cup, which was held in 2021, a delay in year due to Covid-19 pandemic.
  • 24 teams are divided in six groups with each having six teams. The hosts are in Group A while the defending champions Italy are in Group B, which is also regarded as group of death. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal are place in Group F, along with Turkey, Georgia and Czechia, formerly known as Czech Republic.


Gudakes Motie and Chamari Athapaththu Named ICC Players of the Month for May

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has named Gudakesh Motie of the West Indies as the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for May 2024.

ICC Players of the Month for May 2024

Gudakesh Motie: ICC Men’s Player of the Month

  • Nationality: West Indies
  • Role: Left-arm spinner
  • Performance: Played a key role in West Indies’ series win over South Africa, taking eight wickets at an average of 8.50 in a three-match T20I series in Jamaica.
  • Significance: Second West Indian to win this award, following Shamar Joseph (January 2024).

Chamari Athapaththu: ICC Women’s Player of the Month

  • Nationality: Sri Lanka
  • Role: Captain
  • Performance: Led Sri Lanka to qualify for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2024 in Bangladesh.
  • Awards:
    • Second time winning ICC Women’s Player of the Month (previously won in September 2023).
    • ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year for 2023.

These accolades highlight the exceptional performances and significant contributions of both players to their respective teams and the sport.

Science news

Wipro Launches Lab45 AI Platform

Wipro has introduced its Lab45 AI platform, aimed at boosting efficiency across various business functions including HR, sales, marketing, and operations by leveraging generative AI, machine learning, and deep learning technologies.

Key Features:

  • Technological Integration: The platform incorporates state-of-the-art large language models (LLMs) from leading providers and custom deep-learning models.
  • Functionality: Supports various functionalities such as generating images from text prompts, and indexing, parsing, and summarizing content.
  • Accessibility: Available to all Wipro employees and clients, operating on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model.

Lab45 Innovation Lab:

  • Role: Acts as Wipro’s dedicated innovation hub, responsible for developing the AI platform.
  • Capabilities: Integrates language and visual processing to enhance business operations and efficiencies.

Objective: To enhance efficiencies and transform business functions across industries through advanced AI technologies.

Three Craters on Mars Named for Physicist Devendra Lal and Indian Towns:

Three newly discovered craters on Mars have been named by the Ahmedabad-based Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) to honour significant Indian contributions and places. These names are “Lal,” “Mursan,” and “Hilsa.”

Crater Names and Significance

  1. Lal Crater:
    • Named After: Professor Devendra Lal, a renowned cosmic ray physicist from Varanasi.
    • Diameter: Approximately 65 kilometers.
    • Contributions: Professor Lal served as the director of PRL from 1972 to 1983 and made notable contributions to cosmic ray physics and space research. His work has significantly advanced our understanding of cosmic rays and their impact on planetary environments.
    • Scientific Importance: SHARAD data indicates substantial sedimentary deposits within Lal Crater, suggesting that water