In​​ this​​ article,​​ we​​ have​​ shared​​ all​​ important​​ current​​ affairs​​ for​​ the​​ month​​ of​​ June​​ 2019.​​ This​​ is​​ highly​​ helpful​​ for​​ students​​ preparing​​ for​​ West​​ Bengal​​ Civil​​ Services​​ (WBCS)​​ examination.​​ At​​ the​​ end​​ of​​ this​​ post,​​ we​​ have​​ shared​​ a​​ link​​ tdownload​​ the​​ current​​ affairs​​ in​​ PDF​​ format.

 

Awards​​ 

 

  • The​​ former​​ Tribune​​ journalist,​​ at​​ present​​ with​​ Huffington​​ Post​​ who​​ has​​ been​​ awarded​​ the​​ prestigious​​ RedInk​​ Award​​ for​​ ‘Journalist​​ of​​ the​​ Year’​​ for​​ her​​ far-reaching​​ expose​​ during​​ Calendar​​ 2018​​ on​​ the​​ functioning​​ of​​ the​​ Unique​​ Identification​​ Authority​​ of​​ Indian​​ (UIDAI)​​ and​​ its​​ Aadhar​​ data​​ cache​​ –​​ Rachna​​ Khaira​​ 

 

  • The​​ Bengaluru​​ based​​ NGO​​ which​​ has​​ been​​ chosen​​ for​​ the​​ BBC​​ World​​ Service​​ Global​​ Champion​​ Award​​ –​​ Akshaya​​ Patra​​ 

 

  • The​​ former​​ Indian​​ President​​ who​​ has​​ been​​ conferred​​ the​​ Order​​ of​​ the​​ Aztec​​ Eagle​​ (the​​ highest​​ civilian​​ award​​ to​​ foreigners)​​ by​​ Mexico​​ –​​ Mrs.​​ Pratibha​​ Patil​​ 

 

Defence​​ 

 

  • The​​ Indian​​ Coast​​ Guard​​ officer​​ who​​ has​​ been​​ chosen​​ to​​ be​​ the​​ next​​ Director​​ General​​ of​​ Coast​​ Guard​​ replacing​​ DG​​ Rajendra​​ Singh​​ on​​ 30​​ June​​ 2019​​ –​​ Krishnaswamy​​ Natrajan​​ 

 

  • The​​ operation​​ launched​​ by​​ the​​ Indian​​ Navy​​ in​​ Gulf​​ of​​ Oman​​ to​​ reassure​​ Indian​​ flagged​​ vessels​​ transiting​​ through​​ the​​ area​​ is​​ named​​ –​​ Operation​​ Sankalp​​ 

 

Persons​​ 

 

  • The​​ new​​ Chief​​ of​​ Research​​ and​​ Analysis​​ Wing​​ (RAW)​​ chosen​​ to​​ succeed​​ Shri​​ Anil​​ Dhasmana​​ –​​ Shri​​ Samant​​ Goel​​ 

 

  • The​​ former​​ President​​ of​​ Egypt​​ from​​ June​​ 2012​​ to​​ July​​ 2013​​ who​​ passed​​ away​​ on​​ 17​​ June​​ –​​ Mohamed​​ Morsi​​ 

 

  • The​​ BJP​​ MP​​ from​​ Kota-Bundi​​ constituency​​ of​​ Rajasthan​​ who​​ has​​ been​​ elected​​ the​​ 17th​​ Speaker​​ of​​ the​​ Lok​​ Sabha​​ –​​ Shri​​ Om​​ Birla​​ 

 

  • The​​ BJP​​ leader​​ from​​ Madhya​​ Pradesh​​ who​​ has​​ been​​ appointed​​ the​​ Leader​​ of​​ the​​ House​​ -​​ Rajya​​ Sabha,​​ replacing​​ Shri​​ Arun​​ Jaitley​​ –​​ Thawarchand​​ Gehlot​​ 

 

  • The​​ Chairman​​ of​​ the​​ six-member​​ committee​​ to​​ review​​ the​​ overall​​ patterns​​ of​​ usage​​ of​​ ATMs​​ and​​ assess​​ the​​ impact,​​ if​​ any,​​ on​​ charges​​ and​​ interchange​​ fees​​ –​​ VG​​ Kannan​​ 

 

  • The​​ popular​​ Tamil​​ theatre​​ and​​ film​​ comedian​​ and​​ playwright​​ who​​ passed​​ away​​ on​​ 10​​ June​​ 2019​​ –​​ Crazy​​ Mohan​​ (Mohan​​ Rangachari)​​ 

 

  • The​​ BJP​​ MP​​ who​​ has​​ been​​ chosen​​ to​​ be​​ the​​ Protem​​ Speaker​​ of​​ the​​ 17th​​ Lok​​ Sabha​​ –​​ Dr.​​ Virendra​​ Kumar​​ 

 

  • The​​ former​​ Commander-in-Chief​​ of​​ Royal​​ Thai​​ Army​​ who​​ has​​ been​​ elected​​ its​​ Prime​​ Minister​​ by​​ Thailand's​​ new​​ Parliament​​ –​​ Prayuth​​ Chan-ocha​​ 

 

  • The​​ renowned​​ scientist​​ and​​ cyclone​​ warning​​ specialist​​ who​​ has​​ been​​ appointed​​ the​​ new​​ chief​​ of​​ Indian​​ Meteorological​​ Department​​ –​​ Dr.​​ Mrutyanjay​​ Mohapatra

 

  • The​​ world​​ famous​​ folk​​ dancer​​ of​​ Rajasthan​​ who​​ passed​​ away​​ in​​ a​​ road​​ accident​​ on​​ 02​​ June​​ 2019​​ –​​ Queen​​ Harish​​ 

 

  • The​​ Comptroller​​ and​​ Auditor​​ General​​ of​​ India​​ who​​ has​​ been​​ elected​​ as​​ the​​ external​​ auditor​​ of​​ World​​ Health​​ Organisation​​ for​​ a​​ term​​ of​​ 4​​ years​​ from​​ 2020​​ to​​ 2023​​ –​​ Shri​​ Rajiv​​ Mehrishi​​ 

 

  • The​​ present​​ National​​ Security​​ Advisor​​ who​​ has​​ been​​ reappointed​​ for​​ another​​ 5-year​​ term​​ with​​ a​​ cabinet​​ rank​​ status​​ –​​ Shri​​ Ajit​​ Doval​​ 

 

Places​​ 

 

  • The​​ cities​​ of​​ Italy​​ which​​ have​​ been​​ chosen​​ to​​ host​​ the​​ 2026​​ Winter​​ Olympic​​ Games​​ –​​ Milan​​ and​​ Cortina​​ 

 

  • The​​ venue​​ of​​ G-20​​ Summit​​ held​​ from​​ 28​​ to​​ 29​​ June​​ 2019​​ –​​ Osaka,​​ Japan​​ 

 

  • The​​ Indian​​ state​​ which​​ has​​ been​​ gifted​​ a​​ museum​​ of​​ peace​​ by​​ Japan​​ to​​ mark​​ 75​​ years​​ of​​ a​​ fierce​​ battle​​ in​​ 1944​​ –​​ Manipur​​ 

 

  • The​​ venue​​ of​​ meeting​​ of​​ Council​​ of​​ Heads​​ of​​ State​​ (CHS)​​ of​​ Shanghai​​ Cooperation​​ Organization​​ (SCO)​​ held​​ from​​ 13​​ to​​ 14​​ June​​ –​​ Bishkek​​ (Kyrgyz​​ Republic)​​ 

 

  • The​​ country​​ which​​ has​​ honoured​​ the​​ Indian​​ PM​​ Shri​​ Narendra​​ Modi​​ with​​ its​​ highest​​ honour​​ Rule​​ of​​ Nishan​​ Izzuddeen​​ –​​ Maldives​​ 

 

  • The​​ venue​​ of​​ 2nd​​ Global​​ Disability​​ Summit​​ held​​ from​​ 06​​ to​​ 08​​ June​​ 2019,​​ India​​ represented​​ by​​ Union​​ Minister​​ Shri​​ Thawarchand​​ Gehlot​​ –​​ Buenos​​ Aires,​​ Argentina​​ 

 

Sports​​ 

 

  • The​​ chess​​ player​​ from​​ Karnataka​​ who​​ has​​ become​​ 63rd​​ person​​ from​​ India​​ to​​ become​​ Grandmaster​​ –​​ Girish​​ A​​ Koushik​​ 

 

  • The​​ team​​ which​​ was​​ defeated​​ by​​ Indian​​ women's​​ hockey​​ team​​ in​​ the​​ finals​​ to​​ win​​ the​​ FIH​​ Series​​ Finals​​ Hockey​​ tournament​​ in​​ Hiroshima​​ hockey​​ stadium​​ in​​ Japan​​ –​​ Japan​​ 

 

  • The​​ number​​ of​​ ODIs​​ in​​ which​​ Virat​​ Kohli​​ has​​ reached​​ 11000​​ runs​​ becoming​​ the​​ fastest​​ to​​ do​​ so​​ beating​​ Sachin​​ Tendulkar's​​ record​​ of​​ doing​​ it​​ in​​ 284​​ ODIs​​ –​​ 230​​ 

 

Miscellaneous​​ 

 

  • The​​ theme​​ of​​ National​​ Statistics​​ Day​​ 2019​​ observed​​ on​​ 29​​ June​​ 2019​​ –​​ Sustainable​​ Development​​ Goals​​ 

 

 

  • The​​ theme​​ of​​ Finance​​ Literacy​​ Week​​ observed​​ by​​ Reserve​​ Bank​​ of​​ India​​ from​​ 03​​ to​​ 09​​ June​​ 2019​​ –​​ Farmers​​ and​​ how​​ they​​ benefit​​ by​​ being​​ a​​ part​​ of​​ the​​ formal​​ banking​​ system​​ 

 

  • The​​ public​​ sector​​ undertaking​​ which​​ has​​ become​​ the​​ most​​ profitable​​ public​​ sector​​ company​​ overtaking​​ Indian​​ Oil​​ Corporation​​ for​​ the​​ financial​​ year​​ 2018-19​​ –​​ Oil​​ and​​ Natural​​ Gas​​ Corporation

 

Miss​​ India​​ 2019​​ 

 

  • Venue​​ of​​ the​​ pageant:​​ Sardar​​ Vallabhbhai​​ Patel​​ Stadium,​​ Mumbai​​ 

 

  • Miss​​ India​​ 2019:​​ Ms​​ Suman​​ Rao​​ (Rajasthan)​​ 

 

  • Miss​​ Grand​​ India​​ 2019:​​ Ms​​ Shivani​​ Jadhav​​ (Chhattisgarh)​​ 

 

  • Miss​​ India​​ United​​ Continents​​ 2019:​​ Ms​​ Shreya​​ Shankar​​ (Bihar)​​ 

 

Important​​ Days​​ of​​ June

 

Global​​ Day​​ of​​ Parents:​​ 01​​ June​​ 2019​​ 

Designated​​ by:​​ United​​ Nations​​ General​​ Assembly​​ 

First​​ observed:​​ 2012​​ 

World​​ Milk​​ Day:​​ 01​​ June​​ 2019​​ 

Designated​​ by:​​ Food​​ and​​ Agricultural​​ Organisation​​ 

First​​ observed:​​ 2001​​ 

Theme:​​ Drink​​ Milk​​ Today​​ and​​ Everyday​​ 

International​​ Day​​ of​​ Innocent​​ Children​​ Victims​​ of​​ Aggression:​​ 04​​ June​​ 2019​​ 

Designated​​ by:​​ UN​​ General​​ Assembly​​ 

First​​ observed:​​ 1983​​ 

World​​ Environment​​ Day:​​ 05​​ June​​ 2019​​ 

Designated​​ by:​​ United​​ Nations​​ General​​ Assembly​​ 

First​​ observed:​​ 1974​​ 

Host​​ Country:​​ China​​ 

Theme:​​ Beat​​ Air​​ Pollution​​ 

World​​ Food​​ Safety​​ Day:​​ 07​​ June​​ 2019​​ 

Designated​​ by:​​ United​​ Nations​​ General​​ Assembly​​ 

First​​ observed:​​ 2019​​ 

Theme:​​ Food​​ Safety​​ -​​ Everyone's​​ Business​​ 

World​​ Ocean​​ Day:​​ 08​​ June​​ 2019​​ 

Designated​​ by:​​ UN​​ General​​ Assembly​​ 

First​​ Observed​​ in:​​ 2009​​ 

Action​​ focus:​​ Gender​​ and​​ the​​ Ocean​​ 

World​​ Day​​ Against​​ Child​​ Labour:​​ 12​​ June​​ 2019​​ 

Designated​​ by:​​ International​​ Labour​​ Organization​​ 

First​​ Observed​​ in:​​ 2002​​ 

Theme:​​ Children​​ shouldn't​​ work​​ in​​ fields,​​ but​​ on​​ dreams​​ 

World​​ Blood​​ Donor​​ Day:​​ 14​​ June​​ 2019​​ 

Designated​​ by:​​ World​​ Health​​ Organisation​​ 

First​​ Observed​​ in:​​ 2004​​ 

Theme:​​ Blood​​ donation​​ and​​ universal​​ access​​ to​​ safe​​ blood​​ transfusion​​ 

Slogan:​​ Safe​​ Blood​​ for​​ All​​ 

World​​ Elder​​ Abuse​​ Awareness​​ Day:​​ 15​​ June​​ 2019​​ 

Designated​​ by:​​ UN​​ General​​ Assembly​​ 

First​​ Observed​​ in:​​ 2012​​ 

World​​ Day​​ to​​ Combat​​ Desertification​​ and​​ Drought:​​ 17​​ June​​ 2019​​ 

Designated​​ by:​​ UN​​ General​​ Assembly​​ 

First​​ Observed​​ in:​​ 1995​​ 

Theme:​​ Let's​​ Grow​​ the​​ Future​​ Together​​ 

International​​ Day​​ for​​ Elimination​​ of​​ Sexual​​ Violence​​ in​​ Conflict:​​ 19​​ June​​ 2019​​ 

Designated​​ by:​​ United​​ Nations​​ General​​ Assembly​​ 

First​​ Observed​​ in:​​ 2015​​ 

World​​ Refugee​​ Day:​​ 20​​ June​​ 2019​​ 

Designated​​ by:​​ UN​​ General​​ Assembly​​ 

Theme:​​ Step​​ with​​ Refugees​​ -​​ Take​​ a​​ Step​​ on​​ World​​ Refugee​​ Day​​ 

First​​ Observed​​ in:​​ 2001​​ 

International​​ Day​​ of​​ Yoga:​​ 21​​ June​​ 2019​​ 

Designated​​ by:​​ United​​ Nations​​ General​​ Assembly​​ 

Theme:​​ Climate​​ Action​​ 

First​​ Observed​​ in:​​ 2015​​ 

Olympic​​ Day:​​ 23​​ June​​ 2019​​ 

Designated​​ by:​​ International​​ Olympic​​ Committee​​ 

First​​ Observed​​ in:​​ 1948​​ 

Observed​​ to​​ :​​ Celebrate​​ the​​ foundation​​ of​​ the​​ International​​ Olympic​​ Committee​​ at​​ the​​ Sorbonne,​​ Paris,​​ on​​ 23​​ June​​ 1894.​​ 

International​​ Widows​​ Day:​​ 23​​ June​​ 2019​​ 

Designated​​ by:​​ United​​ Nations​​ General​​ Assembly​​ 

First​​ Observed​​ in:​​ 2011​​ 

International​​ Day​​ against​​ Drug​​ Abuse​​ and​​ Illicit​​ Trafficking:​​ 26​​ June​​ 2019​​ 

Designated​​ by:​​ UN​​ General​​ Assembly​​ 

First​​ Observed​​ in:​​ 1988​​ 

Theme:​​ Health​​ for​​ Justice,​​ Justice​​ for​​ Health​​ 

 

Healthy​​ States,​​ Progressive​​ India​​ 

 

  • Report​​ released​​ by:​​ NITI​​ Aayog​​ 

 

  • A​​ composite​​ health​​ index​​ based​​ on​​ key​​ health​​ outcomes​​ and​​ other​​ health​​ systems​​ and​​ service​​ delivery​​ indicators.

 

Rank

Larger​​ States

Smaller​​ States

UTs

1.

Kerala

Mizoram

Chandigarh

2.

Andhra​​ Pradesh

Manipur

Dadra​​ and​​ Nagar​​ Haveli

3.

Maharashtra

Meghalaya

Lakshadweep

 

Global​​ Peace​​ Index​​ 2019​​ 

 

  • Released​​ by:​​ Australian​​ think​​ tank​​ Institute​​ for​​ Economics​​ &​​ Peace

 

Rank​​ 

Country​​ 

Rank​​ 

Country​​ 

1.​​ 

Iceland​​ 

15​​ 

Bhutan​​ 

2.​​ 

New​​ Zealand​​ 

72​​ 

Sri​​ Lanka​​ 

3.​​ 

Portugal​​ 

76​​ 

Nepal​​ 

4.​​ 

Australia​​ 

101​​ 

Bangladesh​​ 

5.​​ 

Denmark​​ 

141​​ 

India​​ 

 

Note:​​ India​​ was​​ ranked​​ 136​​ in​​ 2018.​​ Pakistan​​ is​​ ranked​​ at​​ 153.​​ 

 

Girish​​ Karnad​​ 

 

  • 19​​ May​​ 1938​​ to​​ 10​​ June​​ 2019​​ 

 

  • Indian​​ actor,​​ film​​ director,​​ Kannada​​ writer,​​ playwright​​ 

 

  • Director​​ of​​ the​​ Film​​ and​​ Television​​ Institute​​ of​​ India:​​ 1974–1975​​ 

 

  • Chairman​​ of​​ the​​ Sangeet​​ Natak​​ Akademi:​​ 1988–93​​ 

 

Awards​​ for​​ literature​​ 

 

  • Sangeet​​ Natak​​ Akademi​​ award​​ –​​ 1972

 

  • Padma​​ Shri​​ –​​ 1974​​ 

 

  • Padma​​ Bhushan​​ –​​ 1992​​ 

 

  • Kannada​​ Sahitya​​ Parishat​​ Award​​ –​​ 1992​​ 

 

  • Sahitya​​ Academy​​ award​​ –​​ 1994​​ 

 

  • Jnanpith​​ Award​​ –​​ 1998​​ 

 

  • Kalidas​​ Samman​​ –​​ 1998​​ 

 

  • In​​ addition​​ to​​ the​​ above,​​ he​​ won​​ several​​ awards​​ for​​ screenplay​​ and​​ acting​​ in​​ films.​​ 

 

French​​ Open​​ 2019

 

Title

Winner

Runner-up

Men's​​ Singles

Rafael​​ Nadal​​ (Spain)

Dominic​​ Thiem​​ (Austria)

Women's​​ Singles

Ashleigh​​ Barty​​ (Australia)

Marketa​​ Vondrousova​​ (Czech​​ Republic)

Men's​​ Doubles

Kevin​​ Krawietz​​ and​​ Andires​​ Mies​​ (Germany)

Jeremy​​ Chardy​​ and​​ Fabrice​​ Martin​​ (France)

Women's​​ Doubles

Timea​​ Babos​​ (Hungary)​​ and​​ Kristina​​ Mladenovic​​ (France)

Duan​​ Yingying​​ and​​ Zheng​​ Saisai​​ (China)

Mixed​​ Doubles

Latisha​​ Chan​​ (Taiwan)​​ and​​ Ivan​​ Dodig​​ (Croatia)

Gabriel​​ Dabrowski​​ (Canada)​​ and​​ Mate​​ Pavic​​ (Crotia)

 

Note:​​ Rafael​​ Nadal​​ has​​ won​​ 12​​ French​​ Open​​ titles​​ which​​ is​​ the​​ highest​​ for​​ any​​ player.

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