16-06-2020 Daily JPSC Current Affairs


CM transfers Rs 75 Cr to 50,000 Sakhi Mandals

Chief Minister Hemant Soren transferred an amount of Rs 75 crore  online as a cyclic fund to 50,000 Sakhi Mandals of the State. Each of these Sakhi Mandals has been given Rs 15,000 as a grant. This will benefit about 6 lakh rural families associated with Sakhi Mandals and will enable the Didis to get money from Sakhi Mandal to meet the petty needs and will encourage transactions between them. They will get a chance to strengthen their livelihood.

The CM said that under the Aajeevika Mission, training and financial assistance is being given to rural women for skill development. This is the reason that today lakhs of women are self-supporting and empowering themselves by joining the livelihood mission.

Thirty lakh families have been linked with a total of 2 lakh 45 sakhi mandals in the State. In these, 1 lakh 16 thousand sakhi mandals have been provided Rs 174 crores as cyclic fund and 43 thousand sakhi mandals have been provided Rs 215 crores from the Community Investment Fund head. In addition to this, Rs 1649 crore have been made available to 1 lakh 17 thousand Sakhi mandals through bank linkage.


World Wind Day :15th June

Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June.

The event is celebrated to spread awareness about wind energy, the various uses of wind energy, and the ways and possibilities as to how wind energy can help change the world.

EWEA established the day as Wind Day in the year 2007 and later in 2009, EWEA (European Wind Energy Association) and GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council) teamed up with aims to coordinate the events globally and the name was changed to World Wind Day.

Global Wind Day began in Europe in 2007 and globally in 2009.


CIMAP announces photography competition on medicinal and aromatic plants

In an effort to create awareness about the usefulness of Medicinal and aromatic plants, the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic plants (CIMAP) has announced a photography competition on medicinal and aromatic plants.

Through this competition, CIMAP also wants to convey the message of conservation of these medicinal plants.

The theme of the competition is ‘Know your Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs)’. 

Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) is a research institute of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

It is located in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Centre distributed assistive aids and devices to divyangjan under ADIP Scheme

Government of India has taken special measures to benefit the welfare scheme for Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) amidst the prevailing unprecedented situation faced by the society due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Virtual Assistance to Disabled Persons (ADIP) Scheme for free distribution of assistive aids and devices at Block level for Divyangjans under the ADIP scheme was organized at Talwandi Bhai Block of Firozpur district in Punjab. 

 Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has announced that the Virtual ADIP Camps will be organized nationwide for distribution of aids & assistive devices to Divyangjan during the pandemic.

 Under the Ministry, several schemes have been initiated to provide financial assistance and scholarships to Divyangjan students to pursue their education to become self-reliant. 

Centre also invited Divyangjan and their family members to get enrolled for Unique ID Cards for Divyangjan which are valid all over India. 

 31 Lakhs Unique ID Cards have been delivered to Divyangjan so far.

Centre launched online delivery-based gas trading platform, Indian Gas Exchange

The Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan launched the Indian Gas Exchange (IGX).

It will be the first nationwide online delivery-based gas trading platform.  

 IGX will act as a delivery-based trading platform to deliver natural gas.  

 The launch of IGX aims to help the nation move towards free-market pricing of natural gas

 It is incorporated as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Indian Energy Exchange (IEX), India’s energy market platform.

 IGX will enable market participants to trade in standardized gas contracts. 

 The fully automated platform is a web-based interface and it provides seamless trading experience to the customers.

 IGX is expected to play a bigger role in realizing a free market for gas.

 IGX, India’s vision on mega investments on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals, gas pipelines, City-gas distribution (CGD) infrastructure, and permission for market-driven price mechanism will be materialized.

India joined GPAI to support the responsible and human-centric development and use of AI

India has joined as a founding member and launched the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI or Gee-Pay). Under this move, India has joined along with the league of leading economies including Australia, the US, the UK, European Union (EU), Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Korea, Singapore.

Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI):

GPAI initiative aims to guide the responsible development and use of AI across the world. 

The first of its kind initiative aims to evolve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities around AI using the experience and diversity of participating countries. 

 The main objective of the initiative is to bridge the gap between theory and practice on AI by supporting cutting-edge research and applied activities on AI-related priorities.

They will evolve new methodologies through which AI can be leveraged to better respond to the present global crisis around COVID-19 pandemic.

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