29th June 2020 Daily GK Update: Read Daily GK, Current Affairs for Bank Exam

Here is the daily GK update of 29th June 2020 covering the following news headlines: GeM, ICICI Bank, G20, NPC, Sankalp Parva, Maareech.

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 29th June 2020 to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.

National News

1. Arjun Munda inaugurates Tribes India store on GeM

Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda has inaugurated the TRIBES India store on the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) and the TRIFED’s new website (trifed.tribal.gov.in). The store will help in facilitating purchases by Government. The newly launched website contains all important information about the schemes as well as initiatives underway to the benefit of tribal communities. The products and the website were launched during a webinar organised by TRIFED, Ministry of Tribal affairs with focus on “TRIFED Goes Digital” and “Be Vocal for Local”.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of TRIFED: Ramesh Chand Meena.

Agreements & MoUs

2. PhonePe partners with ICICI Bank on UPI multi-bank model

PhonePe has partnered with ICICI Bank on UPI multi-bank model. Through this partnership, Phonepe will give its users the option to create and use multiple UPI IDs with ICICI bank. The PhonePe customers will now be able to choose between multiple handles for their UPI IDs, thus making payments easy, secure and accessible to all.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Phonepe founded: December 2015.
  • CEO of Phonepe: Sameer Nigam.
  • Headquarters location: Bengaluru, Karnataka.

Appointments News

3. Anandiben Patel given additional charge of Madhya Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel has been given the additional charge of Madhya Pradesh as its Governor. She will be discharging the functions of the Governor of Madhya Pradesh in addition to her own duties, as the present governor of Madhya Pradesh Lalji Tandon is undergoing treatment in Lucknow.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh: Yogi Adityanath.
  • Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Summits & Conferences

4. G20 Extraordinary Virtual Education Ministers’ Meet

The G20 Extraordinary Virtual Education Ministers’ Meeting was held to address the widespread disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the education sector. Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ represented India in the meeting. The meeting held under the presidency of Saudi Arabia, was convened to deliberate the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on the education sector, to discuss how different governments are dealing with it and how the Member States can collaborate to further the cause of education in these difficult times.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier forum for international economic cooperation which brings together the leaders of both developed and developing countries from every continent. ​
  • The members of the G20 group are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, ​Republic o​f Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union (EU)​.

5. Piyush Goyal chairs 49th Governing Council Meeting of NPC

Shri Piyush Goyal, Commerce & Industry Minister and President of NPC Governing Council chaired the 49th Governing Council Meeting of National Productivity Council (NPC). The participants in the meeting deliberated on increasing the productivity levels of the India in various sectors and put forward various suggestions such as interlinking of academia and industry for creation of a highly skilled labor force, identification of Champion sectors which has the potential to drive the economy, sector formulation of specific action plans by NPC especially in agriculture and logistics sectors, and adoption of technology to increase the productivity.

Sports News

6. Indian umpire Nitin Menon inducted in ICC Elite Panel

Indian umpire Nitin Menon has been inducted into International Cricket Council’s Elite Panel of Umpires for the upcoming 2020-21 season. He has replaced England’s umpire Nigel Llong. Nitin Menon was earlier a part of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Umpires. He has an experience of officiating in three Tests, 24 One Day Internationals and 16 T20 Internationals.

Defence News

7. Indian Navy inducts Advanced Torpedo Decoy System “Maareech”

The Indian Navy has inducted an advanced anti-torpedo decoy system called ‘Maareech’ which has been designed and developed indigenously by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and it is capable of detecting, locating and neutralizing incoming torpedo. The prototype of this technique installed onboard a nominated naval platform had successfully completed all user evaluation trials and demonstrated the features as per the Naval Staff Qualification Requirements.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)Headquarter: New Delhi.
  • Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)Chairman: Dr G. Satheesh Reddy.
  • Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh.

Important days

8. National Statistics day celebrated on 29th June

Government of India celebrates the National Statistics day on 29th June on the birth anniversary of Prof. P C Mahalanobis. The National Statistics Day is celebrated to create awareness among youth about the role of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation. The National Statistics Day was first celebrated on 29th June 2007. Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis is known as the father of Indian Statistics. The theme of Statistics Day 2020 is selected as SDG- 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) & SDG- 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls).

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation: Rao Inderjit Singh.
  • Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation established: 15 October 1999.

Miscellaneous News

9. Ministry of Culture celebrates “Sankalp Parva”

The Ministry of Culture is celebrating the “Sankalp Parva” from 28th June to 12 July 2020. Under the “Sankalp Parva” celebrations, Ministry of Culture expects its Subordinate Offices, Academies, Attached Institutions as well as Affiliated Institutions to plant trees in its campus or at the surroundings wherever it is possible. The ministry also recommended five trees which represents the herbal heritage of our country. These are: Awla, Bel, Pepal, Bargad, Ashok.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (I/C): Prahlad Singh Patel.

10. India becomes 1st country to control locusts through drones

India is the first country to control locusts through drones. Under the Make in India initiative, the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare (DAC&FW), Agriculture Ministry has indigenously developed a vehicle-mounted Ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayer for locust control. Locust is a crop-threatening migratory pest that has entered the country through the India-Pakistan border.

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