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14th June 2022




Cabinet approves development of Greenfield Airport in Guj's Dholera

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the development of Phase I of Greenfield Airport in Gujarat's Dholera. Union Minister Anurag Thakur said that 1,501 hectares of land have been allocated for the airport which'll be built within 48 months. It's expected to handle 2,73,000 tonne cargo and cater to 23 lakh passengers in the next 20 years, he added.

College of Engineering Pune tops AICTE's learning assessment survey

College of Engineering Pune has been ranked first in All India Council for Technical Education's (AICTE) learning assessment survey, with 314 undergraduates scoring over 70% in the test. Jharkhand's Birsa Institute of Technology and Karnataka's NMAM Institute of Technology ranked second and third. The three colleges don't fall in National Institute Ranking Framework's list of top 50 colleges.

Bengal Assembly passes bill to remove Guv as Visitor of pvt universities

The West Bengal Assembly on Tuesday passed a bill to replace Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar with the state Education Minister Bratya Basu as the Visitor of private universities. This comes after the Assembly passed a bill seeking to replace Dhankhar with CM Mamata Banerjee as the state-run universities' Chancellor. Both the bills need to get consent from Dhankhar before becoming acts.



India's first centralised AC railway terminal in Bengaluru becomes operational 

The ultra luxury Sir M Visvesvaraya Railway Terminal in Karnataka's capital city Bengaluru was made operational. The Ernakulam Tri-Weekly Express chugged trough the station to mark this special occasion.  According to the railway officials, the air-conditioned SMV Railway Terminal is a Rs 314 crore project. It has solar rooftop panels and rainwater harvesting mechanism.  The railway terminal at the city's Baiyappanahalli area, named after Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya, is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and claims to have an airport-like aura.

PM Modi launches special stamp to mark 200th anniversary of Mumbai Samachar

PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday released a special postal stamp commemorating the 200 years of the Mumbai Samachar newspaper. While addressing a gathering, PM Modi said, "Under the influence of foreigners, when this city became Bombay, even then this newspaper didn't leave its local connect." He added that regional newspapers played an important role in the Independence struggle.

Mobile phones will be confiscated if found in schools: TN Minister

Tamil Nadu School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi on Tuesday warned students against carrying mobile phones to classes and said that they would be confiscated if found in schools. "The young minds should be refreshed through education curriculum," he said. The minister's message comes a day after the schools for classes 1 to 10 re-opened on Monday.

Maharashtra govt makes rural stint mandatory for MBBS students

The Maharashtra government has announced that, starting academic year 2022-2023, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) graduates will have to compulsorily complete their one-year rural stint after completing their course. An official circular further states that without completing the rural stint, students will not be considered eligible to apply for postgraduate entrance tests.


Karnataka govt launched ‘FRUITS’ software for farmer schemes 

The Karnataka government has launched ‘The Farmer Registration & Unified Beneficiary Information System’ or FRUITS software for Aadhar-based, single-window registration for the schemes.  FRUITS software will facilitate single registration using an Aadhar card and Karnataka’s Bhoomi digitized land record system for authenticating ownership.  Through the creation of single digital identification through FRUITS, farmers can access benefits of hosts of schemes such as Direct Benefit Transfer under PM Kisan, payment for Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for crops, special financial assistance, caste certificate authentication, and ration cards.



Canada & Denmark divide island, end 50-yr-long ownership dispute

Canada and Denmark have decided to divide a small, uninhabited island in the Arctic called the 'Hans Island', ending a 50-year-long ownership dispute between the countries. The island, with an area of 1.2 square kilometres, is equidistant from both Canada's Ellesmere Island and Denmark's Greenland. Both countries had laid claim to the island since 1971.


Tesla India policy executive quits after company puts India plan on hold: Report

Tesla's Policy and Business Development executive for India and new markets in South East Asia, Manuj Khurana, has resigned weeks after the carmaker put on hold its plans to sell electric cars in the country, Reuters reported. Khurana was appointed to the role in March 2021 and was lobbying the Indian government to slash the import tax on electric cars.



Administrator at Srei finds over ₹3,000 cr in fraudulent transactions

The RBI-appointed administrator at Srei Equipment Finance Ltd has found fraudulent transactions worth over ₹3,000 crore conducted over FY20 and FY21. Loans involved with these transactions were at ₹2,512 crore, while the notional loss to the company stood at ₹513.67 crore, the company's filing said. The administrator has filed an application with the National Company Law Tribunal in this regard.

Foxconn's Bharat FIH gets SEBI's nod to raise ₹5,000 crore via IPO

Bharat FIH, the Indian arm of iPhone maker Foxconn, has received market regulator SEBI's approval for raising ₹5,000 crore through an IPO. The public issue comprises fresh issue of shares worth ₹2,502 crore and an offer-for-sale of up to ₹2,502 crore. Bharat FIH has reserved 75% shares for qualified institutional buyers and 15% shares for non-institutional investors


Retail inflation for May matches estimates at 7.04% 

According to data released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, India's headline retail inflation rate eased to 7.04 percent in May from April's near-eight-year high of 7.79 percent thanks to a favourable base effect.  The fall in inflation in May is unlikely to do much to slow down the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) rate hike cycle. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) based inflation was 7.79 per cent in April. In May 2021, the retail inflation stood at 6.3 per cent.

OmniCard becomes 1st RBI licensed PPI to launch cash withdrawal across all ATMs PAN India 

Payment solution provider, OmniCard has announced that it became the 1st RBI licensed PPI (prepaid payment instrument) to launch cash withdrawal using a RuPay-powered card from any ATMs across the country.  The move came in after RBI permitted the non-bank licensed entities to enable cash withdrawals from the digital wallets.  OmniCard users can withdraw cash from any ATM at their convenience with full security from frauds like card theft, card cloning, and PIN skimming as the withdrawal facility comes with high safety & secure features and protects the user from exposing their money and bank account details.  The company worked with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) team to enable the facility.

Defence News

38th India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol Conducted in Andaman Sea 

The 38th India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (IND-INDO CORPAT) between the Indian Navy Units of Andaman & Nicobar Command (ANC) and Indonesian Navy is being conducted from June 13 to 24 2022 in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca.  The 38th CORPAT is the first post pandemic Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) between the two countries.  It includes a visit by the Indonesian Navy units to ANC at Port Blair from June 13 to 15, 2022 followed by a Sea Phase in the Andaman Sea and visit by IN Units to Sabang (Indonesia) from June 23 to 24, 2022.

Sports News

Haryana won Khelo India Youth Games 2021 title 

Hosts Haryana won the Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2021 title with 52 gold medals on the final day.  Haryana also won 39 silver and 46 bronze medals, taking their overall medal tally to 137 medals - the highest cumulative haul by any state. The late surge helped Haryana leapfrog the 2020 champions Maharashtra on the KIYG medals table.  Maharashtra, meanwhile, managed 45 gold, 40 silver and 40 bronze medals to come second with 125 medals.  Karnataka, with 22 gold, 17 silver and 28 bronze, finished third with 67 medals.


Angelo Mathews and Tuba Hassan crowned ICC Players of the Month for May

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that Sri Lanka’s batting star Angelo Mathews and Pakistan’s debutante spin sensation Tuba Hassan have been voted the ICC Men’s and Women’s Players of the Month for May 2022.  Fans can continue to vote every month for their favourite male and female cricketers across all formats of international cricket as part of the ICC Player of the Month initiative by registering at


India record their biggest T20I victory against South Africa, stay alive in the series

India defeated South Africa by 48 runs in the third T20I in Visakhapatnam to stay alive in the five-match series after having lost the first two T20Is. The victory is India's biggest (by runs) against South Africa in T20Is. India's previous biggest T20I victory against South Africa had come on September 20, 2007, when they won by 37 runs.

Olympic gold medal-winning javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra breaks his own national record

India's Olympic gold medal-winning javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Tuesday broke his own national record at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland. The 24-year-old bagged silver medal in the event with a best throw of 89.30 metres. He had set the previous national record with an 88.07-metre throw in March 2021.


Max Verstappen won Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2022 

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix 2022 (his fifth victory of the season).  In the process, Verstappen became the most successful driver in the Red Bull of all time. Red Bull’s Sergio Perez came second and Mercedes’ George Russell came at the third spot.

Important Days

World Blood Donor Day 2022 observed on 14th June

World Blood Donor Day is observed globally on 14 June every year. The day is celebrated to promote awareness about the need for blood donation and thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.  The day aims to promote regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe blood in times of emergency needs.  The host nation for World Blood Donor Day 2022 is Mexico. The global event will be held in Mexico City on June 14, 2022.  The Theme for World Blood Donor Day 2022 is “Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives".  The World Health Organization initiated and declared June 14, the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner, as World Blood Donor Day in 2004.

NCPCR’s Elimination of Child Labour Week: 12-20 June 2022

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) is celebrating Elimination of Child Labour Week in the honour of World Day Against Child Labour.  It is being celebrated in 75 places as part of the “75th anniversary celebrations of India’s independence – “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” in different districts starting from 12th June to 20th June, 2022 as a significance to pay attention to the problem of child labour and to find ways to eradicate it.

Obituaries News

Long distance running legend Hari Chand passes away

Long distance great Hari Chand, a two-time Olympian and a double Asian Games gold medallist, passed away in Jalandhar. He was 69.   Chand won the 5000 and 10,000m gold at the 1978 Bangkok Asiad and also the 10,000m title at the 1975 Asian Championships in Seoul.  Chand, who hailed from Ghorewaha village in Punjab’s Hoshiarpur District, made waves with his barefoot running and broke the 10,000m National record at the 1976 Montreal Olympics which stood for 32 years before falling to Surendra Singh.


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