Current Affairs – June 2019

India’s population to overtake China by 2027: UN

  • In World Population Prospects 2019 recently UN explained that India is expected to show the highest population increase between now and 2050, overtaking China by around 2027.
  • India, along with eight other countries will make up over half of the estimated population growth between now and 2050.
  • World’s population is expected to increase by two billion people in the next 30 years, from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7 billion in 2050.
  • Till 2050, Over 16 per cent of the population would be over 65 years of age i.e. 1 in 6 up from one in 11 in 2019 (9 per cent).
  • The number of people aged 80 years or over is projected to triple, from 143 million in 2019 to 426 million in 2050.
  • Although overall life expectancy will increase (from 64.2 years in 1990 to 77.1 years in 2050), life expectancy in poorer countries will continue to lag behind.

Matri Shree Media Awards

  • 29 journalists from both print and electronic media were felicitated with Matri Shree Media Awards.
  • Awardees Shri Agraj Pratap Singh (UNI), Jitender Kumar (Univarta), Poonam Gaur (Navbharat Times), Kunal Kashyap (Punjab Kesari), Sandeep Ashwario (Chief Cartoonist Times of India), Namita (PTI Bhasha), Durga Prasad Mishra (PTI photojournalist) and Ravi Bhushan Dwivedi (Sandhya Times) are among others.
  • This year was the 44th edition of Matri Shree media award.
  • This time apart from media personalities, a social activist was also presented Bharat Mata shield, earlier from 2000 they included filmmakers too.
  • The awardees were presented the Matri Shree Bharat Mata shield and a pen for their contribution towards journalism.
  • Awards were presented in New Delhi by Swadesh Bhushan Jain, Working President of Punjab Kesari (Delhi) and Ashok Aggarwal, chairman of the committee.
  • Award was constituted during the Emergency era in 1975.

Compulsory GPS for trekkers in Himachal Pradesh

  • Government of Himachal Pradesh made a Global Positioning System (GPS) as a mandatory device to carry for trekkers, so it can help in an emergency.
  • The decision was made in a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary of HP for the monsoon preparedness to tackle any exigency during monsoon season.
  • Apart from this Kullu and Dalhousie have been identified for installation of early warning systems, Rampur and Mandi towns have been zeroed in for setting up the relief and rescue base of National Disaster Response Force.

Om Birla elected as new Lok Sabha Speaker

  • Shri Om Birla, a three-time MP from Kota, unanimously elected to become new Speaker of 17th Lok Sabha.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi moved the motion for his election and opposition parties supported his candidature.
  • 56-year-old Shri Birla had been active in politics from his student days and was the president of the BJP’s state unit for six years.
  • In previous Lok Sabha Smt. Sumitra Mahajan was the speaker.

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