Current Affairs Current Affairs June 2019

 The Department of Higher Education of HRD Ministry has finalized and released a five year vision plan named Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme.
The Expert Groups have set the following goals for higher education sector:
  • Double the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education and resolve the geographically and socially skewed access to higher education institutions in India.
  • Upgrade the quality of education to global standards.
  • Position at least 50 Indian institutions among the top 1000 global universities.
  • Introduce governance reforms in higher education for well-administered campuses.
  • Accreditation of all institutions as an assurance of quality.
  • Promote Research & Innovation ecosystems for positioning India in the Top-3 countries in the world in matters of knowledge creation.
  • Double the employability of the students passing out of higher education.
  • Harness education technology for expanding the reach and improving pedagogy.
  • Promote India as a global study destination.
  • Achieve a quantum increase in investment in higher education.
Source: The Press Information Bureau

Exporters body Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) has elected Sharad Kumar Saraf as its new president.  Sharad Kumar Saraf will replace renowned exporter Ganesh Kumar Gupta.
Source: The Business Standard

  The GoI has reduced interest rates for small savings schemes by 10 basis points for the July-September quarter of the 2019-20 financial year. Some schemes that will fetch lower interest rates are Kisan Vikas Patra (7.6%), Public Provident Fund (7.9%), Sukanya Samriddhi Account (8.4%).
Source: The Live Mint

  Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced an annual financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to “loktantra senanis” or their spouse. Under this, they will be provided treatment at private or government hospitals. The term “emergency victim” on their identity cards would be replaced with “loktantra senani”. “Loktantra senanis” are those people who were imprisoned during the 1975-77Emergency under preventive detention laws.
Source: The Business Standard

IIT Kanpur honours India’s chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand with honorary doctorate on the occasion of their 52nd convocation. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are past recipients of the honour.
Source: The Hindu

  Virat Kohli becomes the fastest cricketer to score 20,000 international runs. He took just 417 innings to reach the milestone and bettered the time taken by legends such as Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara. The India captain reached the milestone when he reached the score of 37 in India’s 6th match in World Cup tournament against West Indies.
Source: The Live Mint

Former England batsman Marcus Trescothick is to retire from professional cricket. Trescothick, 43, played 76 Tests for England between 2000 and 2006 and scored 5,825 runs at an average of 43.79.
Source: The Indian Express

Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya sworn in as Governor of Manipur. The Nagaland Governor Acharya will serve as Governor of Manipur as an additional charge during the absence, on leave, of Dr Najma Heptulla, Governor of Manipur.
Source: The News on Air

India born Priya Serrao has won the Miss Universe Australia title for 2019. Western Australia’s Bella Kasimba and another Victorian Marijana Radmanovic rounded out 2019’s top three, placing second and third.
Source: The Indian Express

  G-20 summit has begun in Osaka, Japan. The theme of the summit is Human centred future society. 19 countries, the European Union and several special invitees are participating at the Osaka Summit.
Source: The DD News


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