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Important News Headlines and Daily Current Affairs update for 24th June 2024

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In the recent 53rd GST Council meeting held in New Delhi, key decisions were announced under the chairpersonship of Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman. The meeting was attended by several key officials, including Union Minister of State for Finance Shri Pankaj Chaudhary, Chief Ministers of Goa and Meghalaya, and other top government representatives.

One of the key highlights of the meeting was the announcement of India launching an E-Medical Visa facility for Bangladesh nationals. Prime Minister Narendra Modi revealed this initiative during a meeting with Bangladeshi delegations in the national capital. This move aims to streamline the process for Bangladeshi nationals seeking medical treatment in India, with a new consulate being opened in Rangpur, Bangladesh, to serve the northwest region.

On the legislative front, the Centre introduced a stringent anti-paper leak law amidst controversies surrounding the NEET and UGC-NET exams. The new law, which came into effect on June 21, 2024, imposes severe penalties, including up to 10 years of imprisonment and a hefty fine of Rs 1 crore, to deter malpractices in competitive examinations.

Switching gears to State news, Kozhikode made history by becoming India’s first UNESCO City of Literature on June 23, 2024. This prestigious recognition highlights the city’s rich literary heritage and cultural significance.

In Andhra Pradesh, MLA C. Ayyanna Patrudu was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the 16th Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly on June 22, 2024. With no other nominations challenging him, Mr. Ayyanna Patrudu’s election was a smooth process.

Moving on to appointments news, Pradeep Singh Kharola has been assigned the additional charge of NTA DG following the removal of previous Director General Subodh Kumar Singh amidst exam irregularities. The Chairman and MD of India Trade Promotion Organisation will hold this position until a regular incumbent is appointed.

In the field of economy, foreign direct investment (FDI) to India saw a 43% drop in 2023, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). This decrease positioned India at 15th among global FDI recipients, reflecting a global trend of declining FDI.

In sports, Max Verstappen emerged victorious at the Spanish Grand Prix 2024, further solidifying his lead in the Formula 1 drivers championship.

Lastly, the world observed International Day of Women in Diplomacy on June 24th, recognizing the vital role of women in shaping international relations and promoting peace.

These key developments across various sectors showcase the dynamic landscape of national and international affairs, highlighting important milestones, decisions, and achievements.

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