Current Affairs Daily Digest – June 23 2019
1. Federer wins same title 10 times for first time in his career
World number three Roger Federer defeated David Goffin 7-6(7-2), 6-1 in the final on Sunday to win the Halle Open for the 10th time. It is the first time that the 37-year-old has won the same title 10 times in his career. It was Federer’s 102nd tour-level title and his 19th tour-level title on grass.
2. India has the highest data usage per smartphone in the World: Report
India has the highest data usage per smartphone in the World. According to the Ericsson Mobility Report, monthly data usage per smartphone in India rose to 9.8 gigabytes (GB) at the end of 2018, the highest in the world. It is expected that, Monthly data usage per smartphone would grow at 11 percent to reach 18 GB by 2024 from 9.8 GB in 2018.
3. Mauritania holds election for 1st time in 60yrs
Mauritania, a country in Northwest Africa went to polls for the first time since the African nation gained independence from France nearly 60 years ago..
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (62), who seized power in a military coup in 2008, agreed to step down and abide by serving period of maximum two five-year elected terms. Under his reign he has positioned Mauritania, as an ally of West against Islamist militants.
4. India gets new C-ATFM System
India now has a state-of-the-art Central Command Centre for Air Traffic Flow Management (C-ATFM) in New Delhi, which will optimise utilisation of resources such as airspace and aircraft at the capacity-constrained Indian airports.
It is a system that integrates flight data from various subsystems like ATC (Air Traffic Control) Automation System, flight updates and flight update messages so as to provide safe and orderly flow of traffic.
5. Bihar Government bans Tree-Felling
The Bihar Government recently announced ban on felling of trees in different cities of Bihar, citing increasing pollution as well as a fatal heatwave in the state as reason for the ban.
Bihar Government has taken this decision as most cities of Bihar are ranked in list of World’s most polluted cities which includes – Patna (7th position), Muzaffarpur (13th position), Gaya (18th position) and Bhagalpur.
6. International Widows Day observed on June 23
International Widows Day is a United Nations ratified day of action to address the “poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries”. The day takes place annually on 23 June.
International Widows Day was established by The Loomba Foundation[clarification needed to raise awareness of the issue of widowhood. The significance of 23 June is that it was on that day in 1954 that Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba, mother of the foundation’s founder, Lord Loomba, became a widow. One of the foundation’s key goals is to highlight what it describes as an invisible calamity.
7. UN Public Service Day observed on June 23
The United Nations Public Service Day is celebrated on June 23 of every year. The prestigious UN Public Service Awards are given away on this day. The UN Public Service Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution, to “celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community”.
8. PM Modi to attend G-20 summit in Japan from June 27-29
PM Modi to attend G-20 summit in Japan from June 27-29. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan from June 27-29, the Ministry of External Affairs. He would be participating in the summit.
He would hold bilateral (discussions) and participate in plurilateral meetings which would be announced closer to the date. The G-20 members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.
9. India women’s rugby team record their 1st ever international 15s win
The Indian women’s rugby team claimed their first-ever international 15s victory on Saturday by defeating Singapore 21-19 in the Asia Rugby Women’s Championship Division 1. India’s scrum-half Sumitra Nayak handed India the win after kicking a penalty in the dying minutes of the match. The victory helped India finish third in the tournament.
10. Fiscal deficit at 0.75% of GDP in April: DoE figures
Fiscal deficit for the month of April was at ₹1,57,048 crore which is 22% of the budgeted estimate for the year 2019-20, slightly lower than what it was in the same period a year ago and as a percentage to the GDP, the fiscal deficit is at 0.75%, Department of Expenditure (DoE).