Current Affairs in English – 16 June, 2022

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Russia overtakes Saudi Arabia to become India’s 2nd biggest oil supplier:

  • Russia has overtaken Saudi Arabia to become India’s second-biggest supplier of oil behind Iraq as refiners snap up Russian crude available at a deep discount following the war in Ukraine.
  • Indian refiners bought about 25 million barrels of Russian oil in May, or more than 16 per cent of all their oil imports.
  • Russian-origin crude hit 5 per cent of India’s total seaborne imports in April for the first time, rising from under 1% throughout 2021 and Q1 2022.

Google announced a startup accelerator program for women founders:

  • Google announced a startup accelerator program for women founders. The program will help them address challenges such as fundraising and hiring.
  • Google CEO: Sundar Pichai;
  • Google Founded: 4 September 1998;
  • Google Headquarters: Mountain View, California, United States.

NATIONAL NEWS

WPI inflation spiked to 15.88% in May 2022:

  • Wholesale price inflation spiked to 15.88% in May, the highest since September 1991 as a surge in price pressure in food and fuel overwhelmed a moderation in the dominant manufactured product segment.
  • January: 12.96%
  • February: 13.11%
  • March: 14.55%
  • April: 15.08%

‘Rashtriya Puruskar Portal’ launched by the government:

  • Union Government has developed the Rashtriya Puruskar Portal, which invites nominations for numerous awards given by various Ministries, Departments & Agencies.
  • The Portal intends to make it easier for public to propose people and organisations for various prizes given out by the Indian government.

Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw Launches ‘StartUps For Railways’ Policy:

  • Union Railway Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw has launched “StartUps for Railways”, an important initiative in the field of innovation.
  • Aiming at bringing about innovative solutions to problems like rail fracture, reduction of time between two trains and other passenger related issues.
  • The innovation policy is expected to bring about scale and efficiency in the field of operation, maintenance and infrastructure creation through participation of very large and untapped startup ecosystem.

PM Modi inaugurates Jagatguru Sreesant Tukaram Maharaj Shila Mandir in Pune:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated Jagatguru Sreesant Tukaram Maharaj Shila Mandir at Dehu Village near Pune.
  • Sant Tukaram was a Warkari saint and poet, famously known for Abhanga devotional poetry and community-oriented worship through spiritual songs known as Kirtans. He lived in Dehu.

India’s 1st private train service flagged off under ‘Bharat Gaurav Scheme’:

  • The first train to be operated between Coimbatore and Shirdi by a private operator, under the ‘Bharat Gaurav’ scheme of the Indian Railways, was flagged off.
  • Ministry of Tourism has informed that the first ever Bharat Gaurav Train has been flagged off on Coimbatore north to Sainagar Shirdi route.
  • The train will cover several historical destinations on the route while giving the passengers an insight into the cultural heritage of the country.

Global Startup Ecosystem ranking: Kerala ranks top in Asia in global report:

  • Providing a boost for Kerala’s start-up ecosystem, the State has been ranked first in Asia in Affordable Talent in Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER).

‘Agniveers’ to be prioritised by UP Govt. for recruitment:

  • Agniveers personnel recruited on short-term contracts under the Agnipath system would be preferred in recruitment to the state’s police and associated services.
  • Defence Minister of India: Shri Rajnath Singh
  • Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh: Yogi Adityanath

SPORTS

Neeraj Chopra Sets New National Record With 89.30 Metre Javelin Throw:

  • India’s ace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra set a new national record as he threw 89.30 metres at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland. Neeraj Chopra is India’s first ever Olympic gold medallist in athletics and only the second individual gold medallist at Olympics.
  • Chopra’s 89.30m effort will take him to fifth spot in the world season leaders’ list.

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Day of Family Remittances 2022: 16 June:

  • The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and is observed on 16 June.
  • This year, the United Nations is continuing last year’s theme for International Day of Family Remittances: recovery and resilience through digital and financial inclusion.

PER DAY ONE INFO

Geography:

  • + GMT5.30 hours Indian standard time is differs from Greenwich meridian
  • Ganges river has the largest drainage system in India
  • Kolleru is a freshwater lake of Godavari river also known as Viruthakanga.

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