1. The World Day against Child Labour is being observed across the world today, on June 12, 2019. The theme of the day this year is, ‘Children should not work in fields but on dreams’. The World Day against Child Labour was established by the International Labour Organization in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labor and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.
2. The Union Government has decided to develop Eklavya Model Residential Schools meant for scheduled tribes at par with Navodya Vidyalaya. The initiative is part of the 100 days target of the Ministry towards the welfare of scheduled tribes.
3. The Reserve Bank of India has constituted a six-member committee to review the entire ATM charges and fees. The committee will review existing patterns of costs, charges and interchange fees for ATM transactions. The committee will submit its report within two months from the date of its first meeting.
4. Cyclone Vayu is intensifying and advancing closer towards the Gujarat coast. The cyclone is present, on June 12, 340 kilometers away from Veraval and is expected to hit the coast in the next 24 hours. The landfall is predicted between Porbandar and Mahuva and Veraval and Diu Island.
5. Thawarchand Gehlot, the Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, has been appointed as the new leader of Rajya Sabha. The position was previously occupied by senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley under the first Narendra Modi-led government.
6. Chandrayaan-2 will be launched on July 15, 2019, confirmed Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Sivan on June 12. ISRO has released the first images of the moon lander. Chandrayaan-2 is India’s second mission to the moon.
7. Indian skipper Virat Kohli is again the only Indian in the Forbes 2019 list of world’s highest-paid athletes. The list, announced on June 11, 2019, is topped by Argentinean football star Lionel Messi.
8. Lionel Messi has topped the Forbes 2019 list as the world’s highest-paid athlete for the first time, dethroning boxing world champion Floyd May weather. Messi earned a total of $US127 million in the last 12 months including $92m from salary and winnings and an additional $35m from endorsements.
9. The BJP has constituted its Parliamentary Party Executive Committee with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the leader of the party and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh as Deputy leader of the party in the Lok Sabha.
10. Japan is planning to invest Rs 13,000 cr in the northeast region of India. Some of the important projects in which Japan will collaborate include Guwahati Water Supply Project and Guwahati Sewage Project in Assam and Northeast Road Network Connectivity Improvement Project spread over Assam and Meghalaya.
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