Current Affairs for BANK, IBPS Exams - 28 June 2022
Current Affairs for BANK, IBPS Exams - 28 June 2022
Editors Guild of India condemns journo Zubair’s arrest
The Editors Guild of India has condemned fact-checking website Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair’s arrest and demanded his immediate release.
In a statement, it called the arrest “extremely disturbing” as he has done exemplary work in identifying fake news. “It is apparent that Alt News’ alert vigilance was resented by those who use disinformation as a tool to polarise society and rake nationalist sentiments.”
The Delhi Police on Monday arrested Zubair weeks after he flagged former BharatiyaJanata Party spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s comments against Prophet Mohammed.
In its First Information Report (FIR) against Zubair, the police said the words and the picture he used in a 2018 tweet “against a particular religious community and are highly provocative and more than sufficient to incite a feeling of hatred among people”.
The FIR says the complainant in the case, a police sub-inspector, was monitoring social media when he came across Twitter user @balajikijaiin’s post seeking action against Zubair’s tweet, which said: “BEFORE 2014: Honeymoon Hotel. After 2014: Hanuman Hotel.” The tweet was posted with an image of the hotel’s signboard.
G7 vows to keep pressure on Russia after missiles strike Ukraine shopping mall
Russian missiles struck a crowded shopping mall in central Ukraine on Monday, President VolodymyrZelenskiy said, as Moscow fought for control of a key eastern city and Western leaders promised to support Kyiv in the war "as long as it takes".
More than 1,000 people were inside when two Russian missiles slammed into the mall in the city of Kremenchuk, southeast of Kyiv, Zelenskiy wrote on Telegram. At least 13 people were killed and 50 injured, Ukrainian officials said. Rescuers trawled through mangled metal and debris for any survivors.
"This is not an accidental hit, this is a calculated Russian strike exactly onto this shopping centre," Ukrainian President VolodymyrZelenskiy said in an evening video address. He said the death count could rise.
Russia has not commented on the strike, which was condemned by the United Nations and Ukraine's Western allies. But its deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyanskiy, accused Ukraine of using the incident to gain sympathy ahead of a June 28-30 summit of the NATO military alliance.
As night fell in Kremenchuk, firefighters and soldiers brought lights and generators to continue the search. Family members, some close to tears and with hands over their mouths, lined up at a hotel across the street where rescue workers had set up a base.
KirilZhebolovsky, 24, was looking for his friend, Ruslan, 22, who worked at the comfy electronics store and had not been heard from since the blast.
States add 1.1 million families to un-electrified list
Two years after the Centre’s flagship village electrification scheme Saubhagya concluded with the government claiming 99.9 per cent success, several states have added close to 1.1 million rural households that remain to be connected to the electricity grid.
This new list includes earlier unwilling households that have now agreed to have a metered connection and also those built or discovered in the states’ surveys since 2019.
Assam and Uttar Pradesh are the states that have the majority of such new additions. Officials said household electrification was an ongoing process and, despite the Saubhagya scheme concluding, states continued to come up with new sets of numbers.
Recently, in Odisha it was discovered that a hamlet of Ubarpeda, the ancestral village of DraupadiMurmu, presidential candidate of the ruling BJP, is un-electrified and the authorities are now rushing to provide an electricity connection in the area.
Among the states that have seen no progress are Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, and Uttar Pradesh, according to the data submitted by the Union Ministry of Power in response to a question in the RajyaSabha.
“A total of 2.817 crore (28.17 million) households including 91,80,571 households of Uttar Pradesh were electrified since the launch of Saubhagya, up to 31.03.2021.
Thereafter, some States reported that 11,83,870 additional households (including 3,34,652 households of Uttar Pradesh), which were unwilling earlier, were now willing for electrification. These were also sanctioned. Against this, 4,40,893 households have been electrified as on 15.03.2022,” said the ministry in the same reply.
Saubhagya, or SahajBijliHarGharYojana, was launched in 2017 as part of the rural electrification campaign of the BJP-run Central government, called the Deendayal Gram JyotiYojana (DDUGJY), for 100 per cent rural household electrification.
Rupee ends almost flat at 78.34 against US dollar despite equity rally
The rupee slipped 1 paisa to close at its fresh life-time low of 78.34 (provisional) against US dollar on Monday despite a rally in the domestic equity markets.
Firm crude oil prices in the international market and unabated foreign capital outflows put pressure on the domestic unit.
However, a weak dollar overseas supported the local currency, forex dealers said.
At the interbank forex market, the local unit opened sharply higher at 78.24 against the greenback, but paired all of its initial gains to settle at 78.34. It witnessed an intra-day high of 78.24 and a low of 78.36.
In the previous session, the rupee had settled at 78.33 against the greenback.
On the domestic equity market front, the BSE Sensex ended 433.30 points or 0.82 per cent higher at 53,161.28, while the broader NSE Nifty rose 132.80 points or 0.85 per cent to 15,832.05.
The dollar index, which measures the greenback's strength against a basket of six currencies, slipped 0.21 per cent to 103.97.
Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.32 per cent to USD 113.48 per barrel.
PCB to challenge IPL's proposed extended window at ICC conference
Feeling "short-changed", the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to challenge the proposed two-and-a-half month expanded window for the Indian Premier League.
PCB chairman Ramiz Raja said that the issue will be raised at the next ICC conference.
"There has been no announcement or decision as yet on the IPL window being increased. I will give my views on this issue at the ICC conference," Raja said during a media conference here on Friday.
"My point is clear: if there is any development in world cricket that means we are being short-changed, we will challenge it in a very forceful manner and put our point across strongly in the ICC," he said.
The PCB's decision to officially challenge the decision comes weeks after BCCI secretary, Jay Shah, in an exclusive interview to PTI said that the Indian board will be getting an extended window for the IPL in the ICC's next FTP cycle starting from 2024 till 2031.
"From the next FTP cycle, IPL will have an official two-and-a-half-month window so that all the top international cricketers can participate. We have had discussions with various boards as well as the ICC," Shah had told PTI.