21st June 2020 Daily GK Update: Read Daily GK, Current Affairs for Bank Exam

Here is the daily GK update of 21st June 2020 covering the following news headlines: International Day of Yoga, ITF panel, NSF, Zimbabwe, Niti Aayog.

Daily GK updates are incorporated with the important news that made the current affairs headlines for banking or other competitive exams. Daily GK Update is the complete bag of the important news that held all day long. One should have complete knowledge about the banking terms, current affairs news, etc. So, here is the GK update of 21st June 2020 to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.

National News

1. Niti Aayog forms panel to develop job platform for migrant labourers

Niti Aayog has formed a panel to develop a job platform for migrant labourers. The panel includes top officials of tech companies like Google, Microsoft and Tech Mahindra including Reliance Industries President Kiran Thomas, Microsoft India President Anant Maheshwari, Tech Mahindra MD and CEO CP Gurnani, Google India country manager and vice president Sanjay Gupta, Bharti Airtel CEO Gopal Vittal, among others. This platform helps migrant workers have lost their jobs during the lockdown period. The platform will connect job seekers, employers, government agencies, skill centres and external partners using new-age technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of NITI Aayog: New Delhi.
  • Chairperson of NITI Aayog: Narendra Modi.
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NITI Aayog: Amitabh Kant.
  • Vice Chairperson of NITI Aayog: Rajiv Kumar.

Appointments

2. Vijay Khanduja appointed India’s next Ambassador to Zimbabwe

Vijay Khanduja has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Zimbabwe. He is presently serving as Director in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Currencies of Zimbabwe: United States Dollar.
  • Capital of Zimbabwe: Harare.
  • President of Zimbabwe: Emmerson Mnangagwa.

3. U.S. Senate appoints Sethuraman Panchanathan as head of NSF

The U.S. Senate has appointed Indian-American scientist Dr Sethuraman Panchanathan as the Director of the National Science Foundation(NSF). He will replace France Cordova as the 15th director of the NSF. He is the second Indian-American ever to be nominated to the prestigious science position with the first being Dr Subra Suresh who served from October 2010 to March 2013. National Science Foundation is a top American body supporting fundamental research in non-medical fields of science and engineering.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950.

Sports News

4. National champion Niki Poonacha elected to ITF panel

The International Tennis Federation has declared the list of players, who have been chosen for the ITF World Tennis Tour Player Panels. India’s Niki Poonacha is elected as a player member to ITF World Tennis Tour Player Men’s panel. He will represent the Asia-Oceania zone along with Ti Chen of Chinese Taipei. The Men’s and Women’s Panel will be headed by Mark Woodforde and Mary Pierce respectively who are the athlete representatives on the ITF board of directors.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • International Tennis Federation President/CEO: David Haggerty.
  • International Tennis Federation Chief Operating Officer(COO): Kelly Fairweather.
  • International Tennis Federation Headquarters: London, United Kingdom.

Important Days

5. World celebrates International Day of Yoga on 21 June

United Nations celebrates International Day of Yoga globally on 21 June every year to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga. Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The theme of International Day of Yoga 2020 is “Yoga for Health – Yoga at Home”.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Secretary-General of United Nations: António Guterres.

6. World Hydrography Day: 21st June

World Hydrography Day is observed globally on 21st June every year. This day was adopted by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) as an annual celebration to publicise the work of hydrographers and the importance of hydrography. The theme of World Hydrography Day 2020 is “Hydrography enabling autonomous technologies”.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) was the International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB) which was established in 1921.
  • Chairman of International Hydrographic Organization: Shepard M. Smith.
  • Secretary-General of International Hydrographic Organization: Mathias Jonas.
  • Headquarters of International Hydrographic Organization: Monaco.

7. World Music Day celebrated on 21st June

World Music Day is observed globally on 21st June every year to provide free music to everyone, and also to encourage amateur musicians to showcase their work to the world. Over 120 countries celebrated World Music Day by organizing free public concerts in parks, streets, stations, museums and other such public places.

8. International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice: 21 June

International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice is observed globally on 21st June to spread awareness about solstices and equinoxes and their significance for several religions and ethnic cultures. The day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on 20th June 2019 within the Resolution A/RES/73/300.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Secretary-General of the United Nations: António Guterres.

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