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20 June 2018

Every year, World Refugee Day is held on 20th June to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. The theme for World Refugee Day 2018 is ‘Now More Than Ever, We Need to Stand with Refugees’. World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations on December 4, 2000.

20 June 2018

Italy's Osteria Francescana was crowned the world's best restaurant for the second time. El Celler de Can Roca in Spain and Mirazur in France were ranked second and third respectively.

20 June 2018

US scientists have unveiled the world’s most powerful and smartest scientific supercomputer named "Summit" that can complete over 200,000 trillion calculations per second. This supercomputer called Summit will be eight times more powerful than its previous top-ranked system, Titan.  

20 June 2018

The Banks Board Bureau (BBB) has recommended 22 candidates from different banks for the Executive Director (ED) positions in PSU Banks. The BBB panel has selected four general managers (GM) of Punjab National Bank and three from Vijaya Bank. Two general managers were selected from Bank of India, Union Bank of India and Canara Bank each but not from Bank of Baroda, IDBI Bank and Indian bank. The four general managers from PNB includes Manas R Biswal, Gopal Gusain, Vivek Jha and Alok Shrivastava. The two GM from Union Bank of India are PR Rajagopal and Shenoy Vittal. The two GMs from Bank of India are Ajay Kumar Azad and Dinesh Kumar Garg and the two GMs from Canara Bank are Hemant Tamta and Ajit Kumar Das. The other members selected includes Sanjay Aggarwal and Shanti Lal Jain from Allahabad Bank; Vijay Dubey, A Manimekhalai and Ajay K Khurana from Vijaya Bank; Vikramaditya S Khichi and Usha Ravi from Dena Bank; Atul Kumar and K Srinivasa Rao from Syndicate Bank; Sanjay Kumar from United Bank of India; K Ramchandran from Corporation BankNSE -2.91 % and Ajay Vyas from Central Bank of India.

20 June 2018

Punjab govt launched a mobile app named "i-Hariyali" under 'Mission Tandarust' to offer free saplings for users. The users can book a sapling of their choice, a maximum of 25 per person, from a nearby government nursery.

20 June 2018

The Union Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar has launched the new digital initiative of HRD Ministry ‘National Digital Library of India’ (NDL) on the occasion of National Reading Day in New Delhi. The digital library at present hosts 17 million-plus items (books, audiobooks, images etc) in 200-plus languages from more than 170 institutions.

20 June 2018

Indian Railways will become a “net zero” carbon emitter by 2030, with the current action plans on anvil for 100 per cent electrification, coupled with renewable strategies. This has been announced by Railways Minister Piyush Goyal while addressing the Rail Contact 2018 conference organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

20 June 2018

For the third consecutive year, National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) organised three-day National Yoga Olympiad-2018 in New Delhi. In this, 500 students from 26 states and four regional educational institutions are taking part. Two books named "Joy of Theater" and "Music" were also released on this occasion.

20 June 2018

U.S. based ride hailing firm Uber has appointed Pradeep Parameswaran as new President of India and South Asia. This comes after Amit Jain was elevated to head the Asia Pacific region for Uber in May this year. Parameswaran joined Uber in January 2017 and was CEO of Den Networks, a Cable TV company in his last stint.

20 June 2018

England registered the highest-ever ODI total (481/6) in men's cricket history and defeated Australia by 242 runs to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. The 242-run defeat was Australia's heaviest-ever in ODIs. With this, England beated their own previous best of 444 runs which they registered against Pakistan in 2016 at the same venue. 

20 June 2018

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator Yogiraj Dabhadkar has demanded to name flyover on Mogra nullah at Lokhandwala Complex in Andheri after late Sridevi. Sridevi started her career in Bollywood as a child artiste in the film Julie, acted in several popular movies. Along with Hindi films, she also acted in Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil films. In 2013, Sridevi was felicitated with the Padmashri award by the Centre for her achievements in the field of acting.

20 June 2018

The Haryana government has decided to introduce a scheme under which school children will be given ₹50 for planting trees every six months for a period of three years. The scheme will cover students from Classes 6 to 12 of both government and private schools. It will be launched on July 10.

20 June 2018

Two petrol tankers overturned and caught fire in Chikmagalur's Kaduru in Karnataka. As many as 20 houses were burned down.

20 June 2018

The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council, accusing it of a "chronic bias against Israel," a move that activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult. The United Nations Human Rights Council consists of 47 member states, with a specific number of seats given to each region of the world. Members are elected by the U.N. General Assembly for three-year terms and cannot serve more than two terms in a row.

20 June 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind approved the imposition of Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect. The move comes within 24 hours of the breakdown of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - People's Democratic Party (PDP) alliance in the state. J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and her team of ministers submitted their resignation to Governor NN Vohra. Following this, Governor Vohra forwarded his report to President Kovind for the imposition of Governor's rule under Section 92 of the Constitution of J&K.

20 June 2018

Anukreethy Vas, a 19-year-old Tamil Nadu college student, has been crowned Femina Miss India 2018 in a grand ceremony in Mumbai hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Ayushmann Kurrana. Anukreethy Vas was previously crowned fbb Colours Femina Miss Tamil Nadu. Meenakshi Chaudhary from Haryana was the first runner-up while Shreya Rao Kamavarapu from Andhra Pradesh secured the second runner-up position. Anukreethy Vas will now represent India at Miss World 2018 while the two runners-up will represent the country at Miss Grand International 2018 and Miss United Continents 2018 respectively.