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Around 40 Indians died, 50 Injured in a fire at a labour housing facility in Kuwait

Around 40 Indians died and over 50 were injured in a fire at a labour housing facility in Mangaf, Kuwait on June 12, 2024.

The Indian Embassy in Kuwait is working with Kuwaiti authorities and the involved company to gather full details. Injured individuals are receiving medical care in five government hospitals, with most in stable condition.

External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar discussed the incident with his Kuwaiti counterpart Abdullah Ali Al-Yahya. Dr. Jaishankar was assured that the incident will be fully investigated and responsibilities will be assigned.

Q: Around 40 Indians died, and 50 were injured in a fire at a labour housing facility in which country on June 12, 2024?

A) United Arab Emirates
B) Saudi Arabia
C) Kuwait
D) Qatar

Ans : C) Kuwait

N. Chandrababu Naidu took the oath of office as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh

N. Chandrababu Naidu took the oath of office as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on 12 June 2024. This is Naidu’s fourth term as Chief Minister and Second term since the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014. Previously served as Chief Minister from 1995 to 2004 and from 2014 to 2019.

Ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Amit Shah, J.P. Nadda, and Nitin Gadkari. Oath administered by Andhra Pradesh Governor S. Abdul Nazeer. Cabinet consist of 21 MLAs from TDP, three from Janasena Party, and one from BJP.

Notable attendees: former Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundarajan, Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh, Union Minister Rammohan Naidu, actors Chiranjeevi, Rajnikanth, and Nandamuri Balakrishna.

Naidu led TDP-BJP-Janasena National Democratic Alliance to a landslide victory in assembly and parliamentary elections. TDP holds majority in 175-member assembly with 135 MLAs. Janasena Party has 21 MLAs, BJP has eight MLAs. Opposition YSR Congress Party has 11 legislators.

Q: Who became the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on 12 June 2024?

A) Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy
B) Pawan Kalyan
C) N. Chandrababu Naidu
D) K. Chandrashekar Rao

Answer: C) N. Chandrababu Naidu

Pema Khandu elected Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh for the third term in a row

BJP leader Pema Khandu was re-elected as leader of the BJP Legislature Party in Arunachal Pradesh. Pema Khandu will become Chief Minister for the third term in a row. He will take the oath of office along with his cabinet on 13 June 2024. He became Chief Minister for the first time in 2016.

BJP won 46 seats in the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh assembly in the elections. A meeting of the newly-elected BJP MLAs was held in the presence of Bharatiya Janata Party’s central observers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Tarun Chugh and Pema Khandu was unanimously elected as the leader of the legislative party. Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju, who is an MP from the state, was also present at the meeting.

Q: Who has been elected Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh for the third time in 2024?

A) Kiren Rijiju
B) Nabam Tuki
C) Pema Khandu
D) Tapir Gao

Answer: C) Pema Khandu

Japan-India maritime exercise (JIMEX 24) commenced at Yokosuka, Japan

Japan-India maritime exercise (JIMEX 24) commenced on 11 June 2024 at Yokosuka, Japan.

  1. Participating Navies: The Indian Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force are participating.
  2. Indian Navy Representation: The Indian Navy is represented by the indigenous Stealth Frigate INS Shivalik.
  3. Japan Representation: Japan is represented by the Guided Missile Destroyer JS Yugiri.

Objectives:

  • To jointly hone warfighting skills at sea.
  • To enhance interoperability between the navies.
  • To learn from each other’s best practices.
  • To facilitate operational interactions between India and Japan.

Significance: The exercise reaffirms the shared commitment of India and Japan towards maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region.

Q: The maritime exercise (JIMEX 24) conducted in June 2024 was between the navies of which countries?

  • A) India and China
  • B) India and Japan
  • C) Japan and South Korea
  • D) India and Australia

Answer: B) India and Japan

Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi appointed as the next Army Chief

Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi has been appointed as the next Chief of the Army Staff. He will take charge from 30 June 2024.

The present Chief of the Army Staff, General Manoj C Pande will retired on 30th June.

Born on 1st July 1964, Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi was commissioned into the Infantry (Jammu and Kashmir Rifles) of the Indian Army on 15th December 1984. He has served as Director General Infantry and General Officer Commanding in Chief (Headquarters Northern Command) from 2022 to 2024, before getting appointed as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff.

An alumnus of the Sainik School, Rewa, National Defence College and US Army War College, Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi has M Phil in Defence and Management Studies and two Master’s Degrees in Strategic Studies and Military Science. He has been decorated with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.

Q: Who has been appointed as the next Chief of the Army Staff?

A) General Manoj C Pande
B) Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi
C) General Bipin Rawat
D) Lieutenant General Raj Shukla

Answer: B) Lieutenant General Upendra Dwivedi

Mohan Majhi to be the new Chief Minister of Odisha

Mohan Charan Majhi will be the new chief minister of Odisha. He was elected leader of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) legislature party at a meeting held on 11 June 2024. The 52-year-old leader, a four-time MLA, is a prominent tribal face in Odisha.

There will two Deputy CM- Kanak Vardhan Singh Deo and Pravati Parida.

The BJP is forming its first government in Odisha after securing a majority in the assembly polls. The BJP won 78 of 147 seats in the Odisha assembly.

Rajnath Singh and union minister Bhupender Yadav were in the state capital as the party’s central observers for the meeting of MLAs.

Q: Who has been elected as the new Chief Minister of Odisha?

A) Rajnath Singh
B) Kanak Vardhan Singh Deo
C) Mohan Charan Majhi
D) Pravati Parida

Answer: C) Mohan Charan Majhi

List of Ministers with Portfolios : Modi-3 (2024)

The portfolios allocated to the members of the Council of Ministers, who have been sworn in on 9 June, 2024, are as shown in the below
list.

LIST OF COUNCIL OF MINISTERS WITH PORTFOLIOS

Prime Minister

NamePositionPortfolio Responsibilities
Shri Narendra ModiPrime MinisterMinistry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; Department of Space; All important policy issues; and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.

Cabinet Ministers

No.NamePortfolio
1Shri Raj Nath SinghMinister of Defence
2Shri Amit ShahMinister of Home Affairs; Minister of Cooperation
3Shri Nitin Jairam GadkariMinister of Road Transport and Highways
4Shri Jagat Prakash NaddaMinister of Health and Family Welfare; Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers
5Shri Shivraj Singh ChouhanMinister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Minister of Rural Development
6Smt. Nirmala SitharamanMinister of Finance; Minister of Corporate Affairs
7Dr. Subrahmanyam JaishankarMinister of External Affairs
8Shri Manohar LalMinister of Housing and Urban Affairs; Minister of Power
9Shri H. D. KumaraswamyMinister of Heavy Industries; Minister of Steel
10Shri Piyush GoyalMinister of Commerce and Industry
11Shri Dharmendra PradhanMinister of Education
12Shri Jitan Ram ManjhiMinister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
13Shri Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan SinghMinister of Panchayati Raj; Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying
14Shri Sarbananda SonowalMinister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways
15Dr. Virendra KumarMinister of Social Justice and Empowerment
16Shri Kinjarapu Rammohan NaiduMinister of Civil Aviation
17Shri Pralhad JoshiMinister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; Minister of New and Renewable Energy
18Shri Jual OramMinister of Tribal Affairs
19Shri Giriraj SinghMinister of Textiles
20Shri Ashwini VaishnawMinister of Railways; Minister of Information and Broadcasting; Minister of Electronics and Information Technology
21Shri Jyotiraditya M. ScindiaMinister of Communications; Minister of Development of North Eastern Region
22Shri Bhupender YadavMinister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
23Shri Gajendra Singh ShekhawatMinister of Culture; Minister of Tourism
24Smt. Annpurna DeviMinister of Women and Child Development
25Shri Kiren RijijuMinister of Parliamentary Affairs; Minister of Minority Affairs
26Shri Hardeep Singh PuriMinister of Petroleum and Natural Gas
27Dr. Mansukh MandaviyaMinister of Labour and Employment; Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports
28Shri G. Kishan ReddyMinister of Coal; Minister of Mines
29Shri Chirag PaswanMinister of Food Processing Industries
30Shri C R PatilMinister of Jal Shakti

Ministers of State (Independent Charge)

No.NamePortfolio
1Rao Inderjit SinghMinister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation; Ministry of Planning; and Minister of State in Ministry of Culture
2Dr. Jitendra SinghMinister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Science and Technology; Ministry of Earth Sciences; Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office; Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy; and Department of Space
3Shri Arjun Ram MeghwalMinister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Law and Justice; and Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
4Shri Jadhav Prataprao GanpatraoMinister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Ayush; and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
5Shri Jayant ChaudharyMinister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; and Ministry of Education

Ministers of State

No.NamePortfolio
1Shri Jitin PrasadaMinister of State in Ministry of Commerce and Industry; Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology
2Shri Shripad Yesso NaikMinister of State in Ministry of Power; Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
3Shri Pankaj ChaudharyMinister of State in Ministry of Finance
4Shri Krishan PalMinister of State in Ministry of Cooperation
5Shri Ramdas AthawaleMinister of State in Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
6Shri Ram Nath ThakurMinister of State in Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
7Shri Nityanand RaiMinister of State in Ministry of Home Affairs
8Smt. Anupriya PatelMinister of State in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers
9Shri V. SomannaMinister of State in Ministry of Jal Shakti; Ministry of Railways
10Dr. Chandra Sekhar PemmasaniMinister of State in Ministry of Rural Development; Ministry of Communications
11Prof. S. P. Singh BaghelMinister of State in Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying; Ministry of Panchayati Raj
12Sushri Shobha KarandlajeMinister of State in Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; Ministry of Labour and Employment
13Shri Kirtivardhan SinghMinister of State in Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; Ministry of External Affairs
14Shri B. L. VermaMinister of State in Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
15Shri Shantanu ThakurMinister of State in Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways
16Shri Suresh GopiMinister of State in Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas; Ministry of Tourism
17Dr. L. MuruganMinister of State in Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs
18Shri Ajay TamtaMinister of State in Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
19Shri Bandi Sanjay KumarMinister of State in Ministry of Home Affairs
20Shri Kamlesh PaswanMinister of State in Ministry of Rural Development
21Shri Bhagirath ChoudharyMinister of State in Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
22Shri Satish Chandra DubeyMinister of State in Ministry of Coal; Ministry of Mines
23Shri Sanjay SethMinister of State in Ministry of Defence
24Shri Ravneet SinghMinister of State in Ministry of Food Processing Industries; Ministry of Railways
25Shri Durgadas UikeyMinister of State in Ministry of Tribal Affairs
26Smt. Raksha Nikhil KhadseMinister of State in Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
27Shri Sukanta MajumdarMinister of State in Ministry of Education; Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region
28Smt. Savitri ThakurMinister of State in Ministry of Women and Child Development
29Shri Tokhan SahuMinister of State in Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
30Shri Raj Bhushan ChoudharyMinister of State in Ministry of Jal Shakti
31Shri Bhupathi Raju Srinivasa VarmaMinister of State in Ministry of Heavy Industries; Ministry of Steel
32Shri Harsh MalhotraMinister of State in Ministry of Corporate Affairs; Ministry of Road Transport and Highways
33Smt. Nimuben Jayantibhai BambhaniyaMinister of State in Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
34Shri Murlidhar MoholMinister of State in Ministry of Cooperation; Ministry of Civil Aviation
35Shri George KurianMinister of State in Ministry of Minority Affairs; Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying
36Shri Pabitra MargheritaMinister of State in Ministry of External Affairs; Ministry of Textiles

Official List : Portfolios allocated to the members of the Council of Ministers : Download PDF

18th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) from June 15 to 21, 2024.

The 18th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) will be held in Mumbai from June 15 to 21, 2024.

  • Screenings will also take place in Delhi, Chennai, Pune, and Kolkata.
  • 314 films from 59 countries will be showcased.
  • Special theme: India in Amrit Kaal.
  • 17 films from Japan, Russia, Belarus, Iran, Italy, Vietnam, and Mali will be featured.
  • There will be 8 world premieres, 6 international premieres, 17 Asia premieres, and 15 India premieres.
  • Special curated packages include award-winning films from the Oscars and Berlinale.
  • The opening film will be “Billy and Molly, an Otter Love Story”.
  • MIFF has received corporate collaborations from over 20 brands for the first time.

Q: Which film will be the opening film of the 18th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF)?

A) “The Journey of a Lifetime”
B) “Tales of the Heart”
C) “Billy and Molly, an Otter Love Story”
D) “Echoes of the Past”

Ans : C) “Billy and Molly, an Otter Love Story”

Prem Singh Tamang sworn in as the Chief Minister of Sikkim for a second consecutive term

Prem Singh Tamang, the president of the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Sikkim for a second consecutive term on June 10, 2024. The swearing-in ceremony took place at Paljor Stadium in Gangtok, where Governor Lakshman Prasad Acharya administered the oath of office and secrecy. 

The SKM secured a landslide victory in the assembly polls, winning 31 out of 32 seats in the assembly. Tamang’s leadership played a crucial role in the party’s success, and he was unanimously elected as the leader of the legislature party during a meeting on June 2.

Q: Who was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Sikkim for a second consecutive term on June 10, 2024?

A) Pawan Kumar Chamling
B) Prem Singh Tamang
C) Bhaichung Bhutia
D) Hemant Soren

Answer: B) Prem Singh Tamang

ICC T20 World Cup : India defeated Pakistan by 6 runs

India secured a thrilling victory against Pakistan in a low-scoring encounter during the ICC T20 World Cup on June 10, 2024 at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York

Result: India won by six runs

Inning 1 (India):

  • India scored 119 runs for 10 wickets in 19 overs
  • Top Performers: Rishabh Pant (42 runs), Arshdeep Singh (3 wickets), Jasprit Bumrah (3 wickets)

Inning 2 (Pakistan):

  • Pakistan scored 113 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs
  • Top Performer: Mohammad Rizwan (31 runs)

Player of the Match: Jasprit Bumrah (India)

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