Current Affairs Daily Digest – June 29 2020
1. Delhi Government to set up ‘Plasma Bank’ at ILBS, the First Plasma Bank in India
To treat COVID-19 patients, on 29th June 2020 Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was announced that a ‘Plasma Bank’ will be set up at the National Capital in the next two days. The Plasma Bank will be set up at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS). At the Delhi Government’s Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, 35 people have been administered with Plasma Therapy out of which 34 have survived.
2. 3 Million Houses will be Built under YSR Jagananna Colonies
The State Government of Andhra Pradesh will take up the construction of 3 Million (30 lakh) houses under the YSR Jagananna Colonies project after distributing the house sites to the beneficiaries on 8th July 2020. Jagananna Colonies is part of the State Government’s Navratnalu- Pedalandariki Illu (houses for all the poor) Program.
3. ‘Kill Corona’ Campaign in Madhya Pradesh from 1st July 2020
To control the spread of COVID-19 in the state, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan has informed that the State Government will launch a campaign called ‘Kill Corona’ from 1st July 2020 under which door-to-door Survey will be conducted.
During the campaign, the highlight will be the number of tests conducted. The campaign will double the COVID-19 testing capacity from 4000 per 10 lakh people to 8000 per 10 lakh people in the state.
4. Approx 2.4 Million Children Below the Age of 5 are facing Hunger and Malnutrition in Yemen
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 26th June 2020 has stated that amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, around 2.4 million (24 lakh) children who are below the age of 5 are facing hunger and malnutrition in Yemen. The global pandemic has further added to a shortage of humanitarian aid in the war-torn nation that is has been struggling with a widespread shortage of essential services, medicines, etc since the beginning of the civil war back in 2015.
5. Lazarus Chakwera elected as New President of Malawi following Evidence of Irregularities in 2019 Elections
On 23rd June 2020, the Presidential Elections of Malawi was conducted after the annulment of the results of the 2019 Presidential Elections by the Constitutional Court of Malawi earlier in the month of February 2020.
Lazarus Chakwera was elected as the new President of Malawi after winning 2,604,043 votes, which is 59.34 percent of the total valid votes. 2019 Presidential Election winner Peter Mutharika secured 39.92 percent of the total valid votes in the 2020 Presidential Elections.
6. World Bank Group Approves USD 500 Million under STARS Program
The World Bank Group has announced that a loan of USD 500 million (approx Rs 3700 crore) was approved by its Board of Executives on 24th June 2020 for improving the quality and governance of school education system in India.
The loan approved will benefit 10 million teachers and 250 million school students across 1.5 million schools in 6 states of India. The loan was approved as a part of the STARS Program. The 6 Indian States are Rajasthan, Odisha, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Maharashtra.
7. 29th June: National Statistics Day
To popularize the use of Statistics in everyday life, every year 29th June is celebrated as the National Statistics Day. The day 29th June was chosen to acknowledge the invaluable contributions made by Prof. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in establishing the National Statistical System. 29th June is the birth anniversary of Prof. P.C Mahalanobis. National Statistics Day was celebrated first in the year 2007. World Statistics Day is celebrated on October 20th every year.
Theme – Good Health & Well Being & Gender Equality
8. Bengaluru in world’s top 30 startup ecosystem list
Indian’s startup capital Bengaluru has been ranked in the world’s top 30 startup ecosystems. Topped by the Silicon Valley in California, Bengaluru is at the 26th spot and the only India city to feature in the list by ‘The Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2020’ by Startup Genome.
9. Culture Ministry to celebrate Sankalp Parva from June 28-July 12
Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (I/C) Prahlad Singh Patel announced on June 27, 2020 that the Ministry has decided to celebrate “Sankalp Parva” from June 28 to July 12, 2020 and plant trees as desired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
PM Narendra Modi has called for planting of at least five trees either in Office campus or wherever it is possible, to ensure a clean and healthy environment of the country.