1. PM Modi Inaugurated Several Development Projects in Madhya Pradesh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a bouquet of development projects in Madhya Pradesh on his visit. In the first leg of his visit, PM Modi was in Rajgarh where he dedicated the Mohanpura Dam Project to the nation. The dam in Mohanpura has been constructed at a cost of 3800 crore rupees.
In the second leg of his visit, the PM arrived in Indore where he attended the Madhya Pradesh Shehari Vikas Mahotsav and remotely inaugurate various urban development projects worth over 4000 crore rupees.
2. President 3-Nation Visit: India & Cuba Sign MoUs
India and Cuba have signed two MoUs in the field of biotechnology, traditional medicine and homoeopathy. The agreements were inked following delegation-level talks between President Ram Nath Kovind and his Cuban counterpart Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel in Havana.
Cuba also reiterated its support to India’s candidature for a permanent seat in UN Security Council. The President is in the Latin American country on the final leg of his three-nation tour to Greece, Suriname and Cuba.
3. Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli Visits China, Signed Agreements
Nepali Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli is on his first visit to China after assuming the charge as Prime Minister. China will build a railway connecting the western region of Tibet with Nepal, one of several bilateral deals signed during Oli’s visit to Beijing. The link will connect the Tibetan city of Xigaze with Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.
The two sides signed more than 10 agreements involving technology, transportation, infrastructure and political cooperation.
4. HM Rajnath Singh Lays Foundation Stone For Mongolian Refinery
Mongolia broke ground for the construction of country’s first oil refinery with the help of a USD 1 billion loan from India. Home Minister Rajnath Singh attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the refinery at ‘Stantsiin Hooloi’ and described it as an important milestone in the bilateral ties.
The Prime Minister of Mongolia, Ukhnaagin Khurelsukh and other dignitaries were present during the event.
5. International Widows' Day: 23 June
International Widows' Day is a global awareness day that takes place annually on 23rd June.
The United Nations General Assembly decided to observe International Widows’ Day on 23 June each year to give special recognition to the situation of widows of all ages and across regions and cultures.
6. Arijit Basu Appointed SBI's New Managing Director
The government appointed Arjit Basu as Managing Director of the country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI). He will fill the position that fell vacant following the elevation of Rajnish Kumar as the chairman.
Now, after this, the SBI will have four managing directors. As per the SBI Act, the bank can have four managing directors. Mr Basu has held several key positions in various circles of SBI including the bank's office in Tokyo, Japan.
7. Ministry of Women & Child Development Received SKOCH Award
SKOCH Group has conferred the ‘Best performing Social Sector Ministry’ award on the Ministry of Women and Child Development for the achievements in delivering the promises made and for its significant achievements and initiatives from the last 4 years.
Minister for Women and Child Development Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has received the award on behalf of the Ministry in an event held in New Delhi.
8. India’s R Praggnanandhaa Becomes World’s 2nd Youngest Chess Grand Master
India’s R Praggnanandhaa has become the country’s youngest and the world’s second youngest Grand Master at the age of 12 years, 10 months and 13 days after reaching the final round of the ongoing Grendine Open in Italy.
The Chennai-based player was paired with Grand Master Prujjsers Roland in the final round, which ensured that he would achieve the feat. Ukraine’s Sergey Karjakin remains the youngest ever GM, having achieved the feat at the age of 12 years and seven months in 2002.