8-12 June 2020 Current Affairs

Tamil Nadu | Name changes | First Black US AF Chief | Richard Dawkins Award | New Google Search Head |

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1) Which state government on 11 June 2020 issued a notification for changing the English names of 1,018 places to match their exact local pronunciation? – Tamil Nadu (The Tamil Nadu state government on 11 June 2020 issued a notification for changing the English names of 1,018 places. The change has been done to match exact Tamil pronunciation of these places. Some prominent changes are Coimbatore will be called Koyampuththoor, Vellore (Veeloor) and Madurai (Mathurai))

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2) A 1,250-tonne cryostat base made by which Indian company was successfully installed at the world's biggest nuclear fusion project during June 2020? - L&T Heavy Engineering (A 1,250-tonne cryostat base made by L&T Heavy Engineering was successfully installed at France's International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), the world's biggest nuclear fusion project. The $22 billion science experiment is backed by the EU, the US, China, India, Japan, South Korea and Russia. It is worth mentioning that the L&T manufactured cryostat base is the single largest and heaviest component in the reactor)

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3) Who was unanimously confirmed as the as the next chief of staff of the US Air Force by the US Senate on 9 June 2020 thus becoming the first African American to serve as a service chief in the US military? - General Charles Brown Jr. (The American Senate on 9 June 2020 unanimously confirmed Gen. Charles Brown Jr. as the Air Force’s chief of staff. He will thus be the first black man to hold the position of a chief in the US military. His elevation to the post was approved by a vote of 98 to 0, which is a rare moment of unanimity in a deeply divided Senate. General Brown will be the 22nd Chief of the US Air Force and will replace General David L. Goldfein)

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4) Who became the first Indian to win Richard Dawkins Award for critical thinking, as was announced during June 2020? – Javed Akhtar (Lyricist Javed Akhtar was honoured with Richard Dawkins Award 2020 for critical thinking, holding religious dogma up to scrutiny, advancing human progress and humanist values. He thus became the first-ever Indian to win the coveted this award. Richard Dawkins Award, named after British evolutionary biologist, is presented annually to individuals who have significantly furthered the cause of reason and science)

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5) Which India-born executive was appointed as the new head of Google Search during June 2020? - Prabhakar Raghavan (IIT-Madras graduate Prabhakar Raghavan, who joined Google in 2012 and was leading advertising product since 2018, was appointed as the new head of Google Search by the tech-giant Google during June 2020. He holds a PhD from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Prabhakar published a foundational text on search and also led search teams at IBM and Yahoo)

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6) Which company won the world's largest solar order from the Indian government to develop 8 GW of solar power? - Adani Green Energy (Adani Green Energy on 9 June 2020 announced that it won the world's largest solar order from the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to develop 8 GW of generation projects. The deal is valued at Rs. 45,000 crore, or $6 billion. The first 2 GW of generation capacity is expected to come online by 2022

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7) Who became the first woman to reach the deepest known point in Earth's ocean? - Kathryn Sullivan (Former NASA astronaut Kathryn Sullivan on 8 June 2020 returned from Challenger Deep, the deepest known point on Earth at about 35,853 feet under the Western Pacific Ocean. She thus became the first woman to reach the deepest known point in Earth's ocean. It is worth mentioning that Kathryn was also America’s first female spacewalker, when she performed the feat in 1984)

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8) Which UP-based cooperative bank was barred by the RBI from granting fresh loans and accepting deposits for six months on 11 June 2020? – People’s Cooperative Bank (On 11 June 2020 the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) barred Kanpur-based People’s Cooperative Bank from granting fresh loans and accepting deposits for six months until its financial position improves. The banking regulator also restricted the withdrawal of money from the accounts of depositors. The co-operative bank has also been barred from selling, transferring or disposing of any of its properties or assets)

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