Daily Current GK Update
09 June, 2019
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Forex reserves swell by $1.8 bn to $421.8 bn
The country’s foreign exchange reserves increased by USD 1.875 billion to USD 421.867 billion in the week ending 31st May 2019.
Reserve Bank weekly data released showed that foreign currency assets, which is a major component of the overall reserves, rose by USD 1.946 billion to USD 394.134 billion.
Source: – The Hindu Business Line
3 Indian-origin techies among richest self-made women in US: Forbes
Three Indian-origin techies have featured in Forbes list of America’s 80 richest self-made women. Ranked 18th with $1.4 billion net worth, Jayshree Ullal is CEO of computer networking firm Arista Networks, and Neerja Sethi, ranked 23rd with $1 billion net worth, cofounded IT consulting firm Syntel. Neha Narkhede has been ranked 60th with a net worth of $360 million.
Source: – Forbes
World Oceans Day observed 8th June
World Oceans Day takes place every 8 June. We celebrate World Oceans Day to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe. The theme of World Oceans Day 2019 is ‘Gender and the Ocean’.
Source: -Live Mint
Piyush Goyal leads Indian delegation to G20 Ministerial meeting in Japan
Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal is leading the Indian delegation for the two-day G20 Ministerial meeting on Trade and Digital Economy beginning at Tsukuba city in Japan. Mr. Goyal will discuss developments in the global trade situation, WTO matters, and digital trade. He will also hold dialogue with other participating Trade Ministers on current international trade and investments.
The G-20 Trade Ministers deliberations will form part of the G-20 Summit Leaders agenda in the formal discussions and will also be a part of the Summit Declaration.
Source: – Business Standard
PM Modi awarded Maldives’ highest honour for foreign dignitaries
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Saturday conferred the Maldives’ highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries, ‘The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen’, during his visit to the island nation. PM Modi is visiting the Maldives as part of his first diplomatic foreign visit after he assumed office for a second term.
Caribbean nation with 1 lakh population smallest ever to win UNSC seat
The Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, having a population of around 1.1 lakh, has become the smallest ever nation to be elected to the United Nations Security Council. Four other nations, namely, Estonia, Niger, Tunisia, Viet Nam, were also elected for a two-year term. These countries will take up their seats as non-permanent members in January 2020.
Source: – ANI
IAS Saket Kumar appointed as Amit Shah’s Private Secretary
Saket Kumar, a 2009-batch IAS officer of the Bihar cadre, has been appointed as private secretary to Union Home Minister Amit Shah until July 2023. In 2018, Kumar was appointed as private secretary to Manoj Sinha, who was MoS (Independent Charge) for Communications and MoS Railways at the time. A native of Madhubani, Kumar secured AIR 13 in UPSC exam.
Source: – ANI