Daily Current Affairs for 20 June 2023


GoI-UNSDCF 2023-2027

  • The Government of India (GoI) and the United Nations (UN) have joined hands to strengthen their commitment towards sustainable development.
  • A significant milestone was achieved with the signing of the Government of India – United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (GoI-UNSDCF) 2023-2027.
  • This partnership aims to accelerate progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), promote gender equality, empower youth, and uphold human rights

First Over Dimensional Cargo (ODC)

  • The transportation of over-dimensional cargo (ODC) via waterways has reached a significant milestone in India, showcasing the country’s commitment to leveraging its inland water resources.
  •  Led by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, this transformative endeavor is revolutionizing cargo transportation


Bangladesh Floats Currency for the First Time to Access IMF Funds

  • In a historic move, Bangladesh’scentral bank has decided to allow its currency, the taka, to float freely for the first time.
  • The decision comes in response to demands from theInternational Monetary Fund (IMF)and aims to unlock additional funds from a $4.7 billion loan program.
  • While Bangladesh is not heavily indebted, the country joins a growing list of nations, including Pakistan, Egypt, and Lebanon, that have opted to loosen control over their local currencies to secure financing from the Washington-based lender

IREDA at Intersolar Europe 2023 in Munich

  • IREDA,a Mini Ratna (Category – I) enterprise under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy,participated in the prestigious three-day “Intersolar Europe 2023” exhibition held in Munich, Germany.
  • The inauguration of the pavilion was carried out by CMD, IREDA, Pradip Kumar Das, who expressed the firm’s dedication towards a greener future.
  • During the exhibition, IREDA officials attended meetings with KfW Development Bank and Commerz Bank to review current progress and explore partnership opportunities.
  • IREDA officials also visited RCT GMbH to discuss the technology, milestones, and costs related to the Indosol Solar Manufacturing project


146th Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra 2023 begins in Gujarat

  • The 146th Rath Yatraof Lord Jagannathcommenced in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, with tight security measures in place.
  • A large number of devotees gathered along the 18-kilometer procession route to catch a glimpse of the deity.
  • This year, the Gujarat Police employed advanced 3D mapping technology to monitor the entire route and utilized anti-drone technology to prevent the unauthorized use of drones during the event


Centre Discontinues Sale of Rice and Wheat Under OMSS to State Govts to Check Price Rise

  • The Indian government has decided to discontinue the sale of rice and wheat from the central pool under the Open Market Sale Scheme (OMSS)to state governments.
  • This move, aimed at curbing rising prices, will impact certain states, including Karnataka, that provide free grains to the poor.
  • However, rice sales under the OMSS will continue for northeastern states, hilly regions, and states facing law and order issues or natural calamities


Gita Press, Gorakhpur awarded Gandhi Peace Prize for 2021

  • The Gandhi Peace Prize for 2021will be conferred on Gita Press, Gorakhpur,in recognition of its “outstanding contribution towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violent and other Gandhian methods”, the ministry of culture announced.
  • The decision to confer the award on Gita Press was taken by a jury headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi


Why is International Yoga Day Celebrated?

  • Yoga, originating in ancient India, is an ancient discipline that combines physical postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and ethical principles to promote overall well-being.
  • It offers a holistic approach to health, fostering harmony between the body, mind, and spirit.
  • Through regular practice, individuals can experience improved flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, mental clarity, and emotional well-being

World Refugee Day 2023

  • World Refugee Dayis an internationally recognized day established by the United Nations to pay tribute to refugees worldwide.
  • It is observed annually on June 20thand serves as a platform to acknowledge the bravery and determination of individuals who have been compelled to flee their homeland due to conflicts or persecution.
  • This significant day encourages the cultivation of empathy and comprehension towards the predicament of refugees and acknowledges their remarkable strength in reconstructing their lives.

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