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Current Affairs 08 June: Sameer Bansal becomes MD and CEO of PNB MetLife India, Ramoji Rao, Chairman of Ramoji Group passed away

Current Affairs 08 June: Sameer Bansal becomes MD and CEO of PNB MetLife India, Ramoji Rao, Chairman of Ramoji Group passed away


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UN blacklisted Israel. Former astronaut William Anders, who took the ‘Earthrise’ photograph, passed away. Meanwhile, Wanindu Hasaranga became Sri Lanka’s top wicket taker.

Let us take a look at such important current affairs of today, which are important for students preparing for government jobs…

Obituary

1. Ramoji Rao, chairman of Ramoji Group, passed away: On June 8, media personality and chairman of Ramoji Group, Ramoji Rao passed away at 4:50 am. He breathed his last at Star Hospital in Hyderabad at the age of 87. Ramoji was admitted in the ICU since June 5. He was suffering from heart related problems.

Ramoji Rao's full name was Cherukuri Ramoji Rao.

Ramoji Rao’s full name was Cherukuri Ramoji Rao.

  • Ramoji also headed the television channels of ETV Network and the Telugu newspaper Eenadu.
  • Ramoji was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2016 for his contribution to journalism, literature and education.
  • He was born on 16 November 1936 in Pedaparapudi village, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh in a farmer family.
  • Ramoji Rao laid the foundation of Ramoji Group in 1962.
  • It houses the world’s largest film studio, Ramoji Film City, located in Hyderabad.
  • It also houses Usha Kiran Movies, Mayuri Film Distributors, Margdarshi Chit Fund and Dolphin Group of Hotels.
  • Ramoji Film City is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest film studio complex.

2. Former astronaut William Anders, who took the ‘Earthrise’ photograph, dies: On June 7, former American astronaut William Anders died in a plane crash. He was flying a small plane alone in Washington late at night. 90-year-old Anders was a part of ‘Apollo 8’, the first mission to take humans to the moon.

William flew on the Apollo 8 mission in 1968 with Colonel Frank Borman and Captain James Lovell.

William flew on the Apollo 8 mission in 1968 with Colonel Frank Borman and Captain James Lovell.

  • The plane crashed into the water north of Seattle at around 11:40 am local time.
  • On December 4, 1968, during their 10th orbit around the Moon, the three astronauts took several photographs of the Earth rising above the lunar horizon.
  • The goal of this mission was to prepare for Apollo 11, in which humans were to set foot on the Moon for the first time.
  • Apart from the Apollo 8 mission, Bill was also the backup pilot in the Apollo 11 mission.
  • In this mission, Neil Armstrong took the first step on the moon on 24 July 1969.
  • William Anders was born on 17 October 1933 in Hong Kong.

International

3. UN blacklisted Israel: On June 7, the United Nations (UN) blacklisted Israel. The UN has blacklisted Israel in view of the allegations of human rights violations against it amid attacks in Gaza.

According to UN experts, the humanitarian crisis in Gaza has increased due to Israel's restrictions on the supply of food, water, medicines and other essential goods.

According to UN experts, the humanitarian crisis in Gaza has increased due to Israel’s restrictions on the supply of food, water, medicines and other essential goods.

  • The office of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres finalised the list with its annual report.
  • After this, Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan was informed about this.
  • This is the first time Israel and Hamas have been added to this list.
  • The UN list also includes the names of Russia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Myanmar, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, ISIS and Al Qaeda.
  • Russia was added to this list last year in view of the atrocities against children amid the war in Ukraine.
  • So far, 37 thousand 700 Palestinians have died in the Israel-Hamas war that started on 7 October 2023, including 15 thousand 571 children.
  • According to the UN, more than 2.3 million population of Gaza is on the verge of starvation.

APPOINTMENT

4. Sameer Bansal becomes MD and CEO of PNB MetLife India: On June 7, PNB MetLife India Insurance announced the appointment of Sameer Bansal as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. PNB MetLife India Insurance is the life insurance company of Punjab National Bank (PNB).

The appointment of Sameer Bansal will be effective from July 1, 2024.

The appointment of Sameer Bansal will be effective from July 1, 2024.

  • Sameer Bansal will replace former MD and CEO Ashish Srivastava.
  • He is presently working as Chief Distribution Officer(CDO) in PNB.
  • He will lead PNB MetLife India Insurance’s 149 branches and over 18,600 extensive bank participations.
  • Sameer Bansal joined PNB MetLife India Insurance in 2007.
  • Sameer has more than 25 years of work experience in the banking field.

Sports

5. Wanindu Hasaranga becomes Sri Lanka’s top wicket taker: On June 7, the 15th match of the T20 World Cup was played between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, in which Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka by 2 wickets. In this match, Sri Lankan leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga became Sri Lanka’s top wicket-taker in T20.

  • Wanindu Hasaranga took 2 wickets against Bangladesh.
  • With this, he has taken 108 wickets in his T20 International career.
  • He broke Lasith Malinga’s record in T20 International cricket.
  • Lasith Malinga took 107 wickets in 84 matches.
  • Apart from Hasaranga and Malinga, no Sri Lankan bowler has been able to touch the figure of 100 wickets.

TODAY’S HISTORY

History of June 08: On this day in 1936, the Indian Radio Service was named All India Radio. Earlier, it was known as the Indian State Broadcasting Service. Radio in the country was started in Bombay on 23 July 1827.

It reaches 99.19% of India's population through 479 radio stations across the country.

It reaches 99.19% of India’s population through 479 radio stations across the country.

  • In 2014, Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova won the French Open title by defeating Simona Halep.
  • Famous writer and poet Habib Tanvir passed away in 2009.
  • In 2003, Poland was admitted into the United Nations (UN).
  • World Ocean Day was first celebrated in Brazil in 1992.
  • Siam was renamed Thailand in 1949.
  • The washing machine was patented by Noah Cushing in 1824.
  • In 1658, Aurangzeb captured the Agra Fort.
  • In 1557 England declared war on France.

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