Current Affairs 16 June 2019 – Today | GK

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1. Zuzana Caputova was sworn in as president of Slovakia:

  • In Slovakia, anti-corruption campaigner Zuzana Caputova was sworn in as country’s first female president today.
  • In her inauguration speech, she pledged to make the justice system work for everyone. Caputova said, she did not come to rule but to serve the nation.
  • She said state officials that had proven incapable of stamping out corruption should lose their jobs and vowed to make the justice system work fairly for everyone.
  • Caputova scored a convincing victory against Smer-SD candidate Maros Sefcovic in March. Her allies from the Progressive Slovakia/Together party hope to use the momentum to unseat the ruling party in a 2020 general election

2. Exports up 3.93% in May; trade deficit widens to 15.36 bn dollars:

  • India’s exports grew by 3.93 percent to around 30 billion dollars in May on account of healthy growth in sectors such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and engineering.
  • According to Commerce Ministry data, the imports have also risen by 4.31 percent to 45.35 billion dollars. The trade deficit has widened to 15.36 billion dollars in May.
  • The Ministry said India’s overall exports (Merchandise and Services combined) in April-May 2019-20 are estimated to be 92.33 billion dollars, exhibiting a positive growth of 4.32 percent over the same period last year.
  • Overall imports in April-May 2019-20 are estimated to be 109.75 billion dollars, showing a positive growth of 5.30 percent over the same period last year.

3. Archery World Championships: Indian men’s recurve team win Silver Medal

  • The Indian men’s recurve team today bagged a silver medal in the Archery World Championships at Den Bosch in The Netherlands.
    Indian trio of Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das, and Pravin lost to a Chinese team of Ding Yiliang, Wei Shaoxuan and Feng Hao 6-2 in the summit clash.  India thus ended their campaign with one silver and two bronze medals won in the women’s compound team and individual events.
    The men’s recurve team was playing in the final of World Championships after a gap of 14 years. This was India’s sixth silver at the World Championships where the country is yet to win a gold medal.
  • The men’s recurve team, which had slumped to number 17 in rankings from being number one in May 2011, had also surprised everyone by sealing the Olympic quota place ahead of the fancied women’s team.
  • This was also for the first time since 2014 that the Indian men’s team made the final of a world event. The silver and two bronze at the 2019 World Championships took India’s overall count to eight medals in the premier biennial competition

4. Archery World Championships: Indian compound women’s team win bronze:

  • Jyothi Surekha Vennam produced a stellar show to help India clinch two bronze medals in the compound women’s section of Archery World Championships in the Netherlands today.
  • The Asian Games silver medalist first led the fight back in the team event by shooting six perfect 10s out of eight arrows as India, also featuring Muskan Kirar and Raj Kaur, bounced back to down Turkey 229-226 in the bronze play-off.
  • Jyothi then clinched another bronze in the evening session when she pipped world number two Yesim Boston of Turkey 10-9 in the shoot-off after the duo were locked 145-all in five ends of 15 arrows each.
  • India is also in the fray for a possible first ever World Championship gold medal when the men’s recurve team takes on China tomorrow in a bid to better their Madrid 2005 silver medal

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