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Daily Current Affairs: 20 June 2022
Dr. Arati Prabhakar has been appointed as the science advisor to the US President – Mr. Joe Biden. She will be spearheading the core science team. Born in India and raised in Texas, Dr. Prabhakar has been in public service for decades, heading key institutions in different presidential terms.
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). Kerala has also been ranked fourth in global ranking in the GSER.
India’s unemployment rate fell further to 4.2% in 2020-21 despite this period witnessing two waves of the pandemic which had left millions of workers without work and resulted in suspension of field work, shows the periodic labour force survey by the ministry of statistics and programme implementation released.
Egypt hosted the Eighth Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians in Sharm El Sheikh today. The two-day conference was jointly organized by the House of Representatives and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
India has tested Short-Range Ballistic Missile, Prithvi-II from an integrated test range in Chandipur, Odisha. Prithvi is a tactical surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Israel and the Haryana government signed a joint declaration in integrated water resources management and capacity building.
Coursera’s latest Global Skills Report (GSR) 2022 has revealed India’s overall skills proficiency has slipped four places to be ranked at the 68th position globally. In Asia, India stands at the 19th position.
Tamil Nadu has displaced West Bengal to emerge as the largest State in terms of the outstanding portfolio of microfinance loans. According to MFIN Micrometer Q4 FY21-22, a quarterly report published by Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN), the gross loan portfolio (GLP) of Tamil Nadu as of March 31, 2022 stood at ₹36,806 crore. It was followed by Bihar (₹35,941 crore) and West Bengal (₹34,016 crore).
World soccer governing body FIFA announced the 16 cities – 11 in the United States, three in Mexico and two in Canada – that were successful from the 22 bids put forward in a special event at the Rockefeller Center in New York.
Chief Minister MK Stalin launched the Ennum Ezhuthum scheme to bridge the learning gap that was caused due to the COVID pandemic among students aged below eight.