Current Affairs Today 26th June 2023 Daily GK Update

Daily Current Affairs 26th June 2023 Daily GK Update

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National News

8th Global Pharmaceutical Quality Summit 2023 held in Mumbai

  • Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers and Health & Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya addressed the 8th Global Pharmaceutical Quality Summit 2023 in Mumbai.
  • The theme for the Summit was, ‘Patient Centricity: New Paradigm of Manufacturing and Quality’.
  • The two-day Summit brought together industry leaders, global regulators, quality experts, and stakeholders to foster knowledge exchange and deliberate on areas of importance in shaping the pharmaceutical landscape in India.
  • India played the role of pharmacy for the world during COVID-19 by ensuring an uninterrupted supply of quality medicines and vaccines to the world.
  • The Indian pharmaceutical industry has demonstrated its potential both in terms of quality and quantity.

India and UAE signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Authorized Economic Operators

  • India has signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement with United Arab Emirates (UAE) for Authorized Economic Operators.
  • The agreement was formally inked today on the sidelines of the 141st/142nd sessions of the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) Customs Co-operation Council meeting held in Brussels.
  • The Mutual Recognition Arrangement establishes a framework that enables the recognition of Authorized Economic Operators (AEOs) from both countries.
  • The Mutual recognition arrangement comes as the continuation of historic India-United Arab Emirates Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which was signed between the two nations on 18 February 2022 and officially came into force on 1 May 2022.
  • CEPA is expected to increase the total value of bilateral trade in goods to over 100 billion US Dollars and trade in services to over 15 billion US Dollars within five years.

About United Arab Emirates (UAE)

  • Capital – Abu Dhabi
  • Currency – Dirham
  • President – Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • Prime Minister – Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
  • Official language -Arabic

Telangana CM inaugurates Medha Rail Coach Factory at Sangareddy

  • Telangana Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) has inaugurated the Medha Rail Coach Factory in Sangareddy district.
  • It is the largest private coach factory in India.
  • Medha signed an MoU with the Government of Telangana in 2017. The objective of the MoU is to set up a coach factory in the state.
  • The land was allotted by the Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC).
  • Medha and Swiss railway rolling stock manufacturer Stadler Rail signed a joint venture (JV) agreement. The joint venture Telangana unit is meant to cater to its tenders from the Indian market and exports from customers in the Asia Pacific region.
  • The joint venture aims to serve tenders from the Indian market and export to the Asia Pacific region.

About Telangana

  • Established – 2 June 2014
  • Capital – Hyderabad
  • Chief Minister – K. Chandrashekar Rao
  • Governor – Tamilisai Soundararajan

Amit Shah lays foundation stone of ‘Balidaan Stambh’ in Srinagar

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah has inaugurated the construction of the ‘Balidan Stambh’ in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The ‘Balidan Stambh’ is a part of the Srinagar Smart City project and serves as a tribute to martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the nation.
  • The ‘Sacrifice Pillar’ is a monument that is being built as part of the Srinagar Smart City project.

Amit Shah in News

  • Amit Shah unveils ₹8,000 crore schemes to strengthen disaster management
  • Amit Shah lays foundation stone of campus of National Academy of Coastal Policing in Gujarat
  • Amit Shah inaugurates training program on legislative drafting in New Delhi
  • Amit Shah launched Vibrant Villages Programme in Arunachal Pradesh
  • Amit Shah inaugurated Vedic Heritage portal in New Delhi

Rajasthan govt brings PCTS mobile app to ensure better healthcare

  • The Rajasthan Government launched the Pregnancy, Child Tracking & Health Services Management System (PCTS) app to monitor the health of pregnant women, obstetricians, and infants online.
  • The PCTS app allows every ASHA Sahyogini in the state to reach women and infants in their respective areas and file reports on a daily basis.
  • The ASHA Sahyoginis can use the PCTS app to access information about various health-related services.
  • This strengthens healthcare services for women and children and contributes to the improvement in the health of women and child.
  • The department officials can directly obtain progress reports by communicating with any ASHA or ANM in the state.

About Rajasthan

  • Capital – Jaipur
  • Chief Minister – Ashok Gehlot
  • Governor – Kalraj Mishra

TIMES Asia Rankings 2023: IISc best among Indian universities

  • A total of eighteen Indian universities featured in the top 200 positions on the Times Higher Education’s (THE) annual Asia university rankings 2023.
  • Overall, India has only one university in the top 50, about four in the top 100, and a total of 18 universities in the top 200.
  • The Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, secured the 48th rank this year, becoming the best among Indian higher education institutions, despite falling six positions as compared to last year.
  • As per the 11th edition of THE Asia University Rankings 2023 list, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysuru, secured the second highest position among Indian universities with 68th spot.
  • Jamia Millia Islamia University ranked 128th on the list while Jawaharlal Nehru University, which ranked 167th in 2022, failed to secure a rank among the top 200.
  • China’s Tsinghua University topped the rankings followed by Peking University and the National University of Singapore.

48th Rank – Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru

68th Rank – The Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara (JSS) Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysore, Karnataka

77th Rank – Shoolini University, Himachal Pradesh

95th rank – Mahatma Gandhi University or MG, Kottayam, Kerala

106th Rank – The International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad

111th Rank – Alagappa University, Karaikudi Tamil Nadu.

113th Rank – The Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Kuthambakkam, Tamil Nadu

128th Rank – Jamia Millia Islamia has nine faculties of Law, Engineering, Architecture

131st Rank – The Indian Institute of Technology Ropar (IIT Ropar) Rupnagar, Punjab.

137th Rank – The Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology university, Delhi.

142nd Rank – The Indian Institute of Technology Indore

145th Rank – Thapar University (TU) in Patiala, Punjab

147th Rank – Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), Bhubaneswar

155th Rank – The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

159th Rank – The Graphic Era University in Dehradun, Uttarakhand

170th Rank – Delhi Technological University

183rd Rank – Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Excellence, Madurai Tamil Nadu

190th Rank – Savitribai Phule Pune University in Maharashtra

IIT-Madras proposes sports quota with aim to boost diversity

  • The IIT Madras has proposed a sports quota in IITs with an aim to boost diversity in the country’s premier engineering institutions and to provide an opportunity to students performing well in the field of sport at state, national, and international levels.
  • Currently, the IITs don’t have a sports quota. Many of the country’s premium universities, including Delhi University, do.
  • The council, the apex body of the IITs is now looking at what this would mean. “In this regard, detailed implementation modalities and timelines for academic session 2024-25 may be prepared in consultation with JEE Apex Board (JAB)).
  • JAB is responsible for deciding guidelines for the conduct of JEE (Main) examination, and also coordinating the conduct of JEE (Advanced) exam for admissions to IITs.

International News

Global Liveability Index 2023 released

  • According to the Global Liveability Index 2023 published by the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU), Vienna in Austria has topped the ranking of the most liveable cities.
  • While Copenhagen in Denmark placed second on the list, followed by Melbourne and Sydney.
  • Damascus in Syria and Tripoli in Libya remained at the bottom of the liveability index.
  • The list contains the names of 173 cities around the world that have been ranked based on a number of significant factors, including health care, education, stability, infrastructure and the environment.
  • Five cities from India – Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Chennai, New Delhi and Mumbai – are also in the list based on their performance in various metrics.
  • From India, New Delhi and Mumbai are at 141st position and Chennai at 144th. Ahmedabad and Bengaluru are ranked 147 and 148, respectively.

Rank    Cities

1            Vienna, Austria

2            Copenhagen, Denmark

3            Melbourne, Australia

4            Sydney, Australia

5            Vancouver, Canada

6            Zurich, Switzerland

7            Calgary, Canada

8            Geneva, Switzerland

9            Toronto, Canada

10         Osaka, Japan and Auckland, New Zealand

141         New Delhi & Mumbai, India

144       Chennai, India

147       Ahmedabad, India

148      Bengaluru, India

173      Damascus, Syria

Recent index

  • Global Liveability Index 2023 – Rank 1 Vienna, Austria; Cities from India (141 – New Delhi, 141 – Mumbai, 144 – Chennai, 147 – Ahmedabad, 148 Bengaluru)
  • Global Gender Gap Index 2023: India ranked 127; topped by Iceland
  • Hanke’s Annual Misery Index (HAMI) 2022: India ranked 103rd; Zimbabwe (1st); Switzerland (157th)
  • World Press Freedom Index 2023: India ranked 161; topped by Norway
  • World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index 2023 – India ranked 38th
  • World’s Wealthiest Cities 2023 List – NewYork (Rank 1), Mumbai (21st), Delhi (36th), Kolkata (63rd), Hyderabad (65th)

Banking and Financial

IOB signs MoU with the Tamil Nadu State Rural Livelihood Mission

  • Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tamil Nadu State Rural Livelihood Mission (TNSRLM) to foster the growth of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in the State and provide them with vital financial support.
  • Under the terms of the MoU, TNSRLM will facilitate eligible SHGs for credit linkage with IOB.
  • This strategic collaboration aims to streamline access to financial resources for SHGs, enabling them to undertake entrepreneurial activities, expand their ventures, and contribute to the economic development of the State.
  • The collaboration is expected to catalyse the growth of SHGs targeting ₹1,875 crore and increase the disbursal under DAY-NRLM (Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission) during this fiscal, effectively doubling the impact of financial assistance.

Recent MoU in Banking Sector

  • Airtel Payments Bank ties up with Care for health insurance
  • IndusInd Bank collaborates with Wise to offer low-cost & fast inward remittance to India
  • SIDBI signs MoU with HDFC Bank to offer financial solutions to MSMEs
  • Wipro launched innovation experience for financial services with Microsoft
  • Yes Securities partners with WatchYourHealth to provide investment solutions to healthcare professional

Paytm signs MoU with Arunachal Pradesh for creating startup ecosystem

  • Paytm Payment Services Limited (PPSL) has signed an MoU with Arunachal Pradesh Innovation and Investment Park (APIIP) to create a startup ecosystem for the youth in the northeastern state.
  • According to the MoU, Paytm Incubation Centre will provide its product to early-stage startups at a discounted price and offer free credits through the Paytm Startup toolkit to aid the business ventures of youths in their early stage of growth.
  • Paytm is India’s payment app, which offers consumers and merchants payment services. It is a pioneer of mobile QR payments in the country.
  • It enables commerce for small merchants and distributes various financial services offerings to its consumers and merchants in partnership with financial institutions.

Recent MoU in Banking Sector

  • IOB signs MoU with the Tamil Nadu State Rural Livelihood Mission
  • Airtel Payments Bank ties up with Care for health insurance
  • IndusInd Bank collaborates with Wise to offer low-cost & fast inward remittance to India
  • SIDBI signs MoU with HDFC Bank to offer financial solutions to MSMEs
  • Wipro launched innovation experience for financial services with Microsoft


Anurag Thakur flagged off “Bharat in Paris” campaign

  • Union Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur flagged off the campaign with a short marathon at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
  • The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has launched the “Bharat in Paris” campaign to create awareness and promote sports across India ahead of the Paris Olympics games.
  • The 2024 Olympics will be held in Paris, France, from July 26 to August 11.
  • The Target Olympic Podium Scheme was launched in 2014-15 and the government bears all the expenses of boarding, lodging, and training of top athletes in their country and abroad.
  • Recently the hockey junior teams, men and women both, won the Asia Cup, the shooters performed very well in the World Championship while the doubles pair of Satwik and Chirag reached sixth place in the world badminton rankings.

Cristiano Ronaldo sets Guinness World Record for 200 international caps

  • Cristiano Ronaldo set a Guinness World Record by achieving 200 international caps for Portugal.
  • The legendary forward is making his 200th appearance for A Selecao das Quinas in their Euro 2024 qualifier against Iceland.
  • The 38-year-old has broken another record and is the most-capped player in international football.
  • Ronaldo is also the all-time top goalscorer in international football, with 122 goals in 200 games.

About International Caps

  • A cap is awarded to players who make official appearances for their national team in international football.
  • England’s Billy Wright was the first male footballer to play 100 international matches in 1959, collecting 105 caps.
  • Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo holds the current record with 200 international caps.
  • Badr Al-Mutawa of Kuwait previously held the record with 196 international caps.
  • Malaysia’s Soh Chin Ain held the record before Al-Mutawa with 195 FIFA-sanctioned appearances.

Important day

25 June – International Day of the Seafarer

  • International Day of the Seafarer is observed every year on 25 June.
  • This annual event aims to acknowledge the crucial role played by seafarers in international trade, the global economy, and society as a whole. Furthermore, it emphasizes their significant efforts in safeguarding the marine environment.
  • Theme 2023 – MARPOL at 50 – Our commitment goes on
  • The Day of the Seafarer was established through a resolution passed during the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila, where the revised STCW Convention was adopted.
  • The resolution encourages governments, shipping organizations, companies, shipowners, and other relevant parties to actively promote and appropriately celebrate this significant day.

26 June – World Drug Day

  • The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking or World Drug Day is observed every year on June 26.
  • It aims to strengthen action and cooperation against drug abuse to achieve a world free of this menace.
  • Theme 2023 – People first: stop stigma and discrimination, strengthen prevention
  • This year’s campaign aims to raise awareness on the importance of treating people with drug problems with respect and empathy.
  • The event began after the adoption of a resolution in December 1987 at the United Nations. The resolution recognized the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

26 June – UN International Day In Support Of Victims Of Torture

  • United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is celebrated every on June 26.
  • According to the United Nations, torture exists in all parts of the world, despite the total ban under international law. According to all relevant instruments, it is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances.
  • The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment generally known as the Torture Agreement, entered into force on June 26, 1987. This was a step towards recognizing that torture is universally banned.
  • Ten years later, on June 26, 1997, the United Nations General Assembly formally designated the day as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture in order to help survivors and raise awareness about its effects.

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