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School Assembly News Headlines for 30 June 2024: School Assembly News Headlines provide students with a comprehensive learning experience of news in English for 30 June 2024.

In our school assembly news headlines, we aim to offer a diverse learning experience by presenting the latest national and international news headlines in English, along with updates on sports and today’s entertainment news in English.

Additionally, we will include a thought for the day for the students, word of the day, and a segment on what happened today in history worldwide to keep peers informed and inspired.

National News Headlines in English for 30 June 2024

Stay updated with 30 June 2024 news headlines in English for school assembly. Learn about various sectors´ happenings in our country. 

1. Morgan Stanley Applauds PM Gati Shakti Scheme:

Morgan Stanley has highlighted the success of the PM Gati Shakti scheme in boosting India’s infrastructure development and multi-modal connectivity, which includes highways, railways, and ports. The report underscores that India has significantly scaled up its infrastructure investments over the last decade, leading to better-targeted and potentially more productive outcomes. The investment bank projects infrastructure investment to grow from 5.3% of GDP in FY24 to 6.5% by FY29, indicating a strong 15.3% CAGR and cumulative spending of USD 1.45 trillion over the next five years. This growth is expected to drive a sustained period of high productive growth in the country.

2. Maharashtra Government Reverses Decision on Mumbai Metro One Buyout:

In a notable setback for Anil Ambani-led Reliance Infrastructure, the Maharashtra government has reversed its previous decision to acquire the company’s stake in Mumbai Metro One. This comes just months after the initial approval, which was intended ahead of the State Assembly elections. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) was supposed to buy Reliance’s 74% stake in the metro line for around ₹4,000 crore. However, the MMRDA’s financial constraints and the subsequent denial of state funding led to the cancellation of the acquisition plan.

3. NTA Announces New UGC-NET 2024 Examination Dates:

The National Testing Agency (NTA) has announced new dates for the UGC-NET 2024 exam, which will now be conducted between August 21 and September 4. This exam, previously held in an offline mode, will now be administered as a Computer-Based Test (CBT). Additionally, the NTA has scheduled the Computer-Based Test for NCET 2024 on July 10 and the Joint CSIR-UGC NET exam from July 25 to July 27, 2024. The All India Ayush Post Graduate Entrance Test (AIAPGET) 2024 will be held as planned on July 6, 2024.

4. Maharashtra Government Withdraws Plan to Acquire Metro-1 Stake from Reliance Infrastructure:

The Maharashtra government has withdrawn its earlier plan to acquire Reliance Infrastructure’s 74% stake in the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 line. This decision, initially approved in March, was reversed following MMRDA’s financial incapacity to fund the acquisition. The state cabinet decided to cancel the purchase plan after MMRDA’s request for state funding was denied.

5. Controversy Over Canadian Defence Minister’s Afghan Sikhs Rescue Order:

Reports have emerged that Harjit Sajjan, Canada’s Defence Minister in 2021, instructed the Canadian Armed Forces to prioritise the rescue of 225 Afghan Sikhs after the Taliban took over Afghanistan. Sajjan has denied these claims, asserting that he merely informed the authorities to act as they deemed fit, amidst ongoing criticism that resources allocated for Canadian citizens were used for the rescue operation.

7. IIRF University Rankings 2024 Released:

The IIRF University Ranking 2024 has recognized Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi as the top central university. The University of Delhi (DU) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have also secured top positions. Among the deemed universities, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) have been highlighted for their academic excellence. Ashoka University in Sonipat has climbed to the top spot among private universities, followed by Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT) and Shiv Nadar University.

8. Delhi Receives Record Rainfall, IMD Predicts More:

Delhi experienced a record 228.1 mm of rainfall in 24 hours, the highest in a single day in June in 88 years, causing waterlogging and power outages across the city. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted very heavy rainfall to continue until July 1.

9. Government Plans Partial Divestment in State-Run Companies:

The government is reportedly planning to sell small stakes in several state-run companies, including Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders, Indian Railway Finance Corp (IRFC), National Fertilisers Ltd (NFL), and Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers Ltd (RCF) in the current fiscal year. The government aims to achieve non-debt capital receipts worth ₹50,000 crore through these divestments.

10. Sebi May Remove Derivative Products, Impacting Broking Industry:

Sebi Chairperson Madhabi Puri Buch has indicated that Sebi might consider removing derivative products if an expert committee deems it necessary. Zerodha’s Nithin Kamath has expressed concern that such regulatory changes could significantly impact India’s broking industry, which relies heavily on earnings from options trading.

11. Nifty50 Companies See 27% Surge in FY24 Profits:

The combined profit after tax (PAT) for Nifty50 companies surged 27% to ₹8.14 lakh crore in FY24, up from ₹6.39 lakh crore in the previous fiscal year. The top 10 companies contributed nearly 60% of this combined profit, showcasing a strong financial performance.

12. ISRO’s Geoportal-Bhuvan Outshines Global Competitors: 

ISRO Chief S. Somanath announced that India’s Geoportal-Bhuvan now offers data ten times more detailed than Google. The introduction of new tools like Bhuvan-Panchayat and NDEM is set to enhance data access and utility, aiding sectors such as agriculture, urban planning, and disaster management.

13. CBI Files Chargesheet in 1994 ISRO Espionage Case:

The CBI has filed a chargesheet against two former DGPs, Siby Mathews and R B Sreekumar, along with three other retired police officials, in connection with the alleged framing of space scientist Nambi Narayanan in the 1994 ISRO espionage case. This follows a Supreme Court directive from 2021 to investigate the wrongful arrest.

14. Vikram Misri Appointed as New Foreign Secretary:

Vikram Misri has been appointed as the new Foreign Secretary, effective from July 15. Misri, a 1989 batch IFS officer, has previously served as ambassador to China, Spain, and Myanmar, and was the Deputy NSA in the National Security Council Secretariat.

15. PM Modi Extends Best Wishes for Amarnath Yatra:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conveyed his best wishes to all pilgrims embarking on the holy Amarnath Yatra. He expressed hope that the blessings of Baba Barfani would bring prosperity to the devotees. Home Minister Amit Shah assured that the government has made all necessary arrangements for a safe and smooth pilgrimage.

16. 18th National Statistics Day Celebrated: 

India is celebrating the 18th National Statistics Day, honouring the birth anniversary of statistician Prof. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis. The theme for this year is “Use of Data for Decision Making.” Dr. Arvind Panagariya emphasised the importance of accurate data in addressing the high demand for information.

17. PM Modi to Release Books on Former Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release three books on the life and journey of former Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu. These include a biography titled “Venkaiah Naidu – Life in Service,” a photo chronicle, and a pictorial biography in Telugu.

18. Telecommunication Regulations Amendment to Curb Fraudulent SIM Swaps:

The Telecommunication Mobile Number Portability (Ninth Amendment) Regulations 2024, effective from July 1, aim to prevent fraudulent SIM swaps. The amendment introduces a criterion that a Unique Porting Code (UPC) will not be allocated if requested within seven days of a SIM swap/replacement.

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International News in English for 30 June 2024

Explore global stories through international news in English. Discover updates from different countries:

1. Mongolian People’s Party Wins Parliamentary Elections:

Mongolia’s ruling party, the Mongolian People’s Party (MPP), has declared victory in the parliamentary elections, securing at least 68 out of 126 seats. The election, conducted under a mixed electoral system, saw votes counted by hand to prevent disputes. Official results are expected soon, confirming the MPP’s dominant position in Mongolia’s unicameral parliament.

2. India Rejects US Report on International Religious Freedom:

India has rejected the US State Department’s 2023 report on International Religious Freedom, calling it deeply biased and lacking an understanding of India’s social fabric. The External Affairs Ministry criticised the report for its selective use of facts and its prescriptive outlook, asserting that it misrepresents India’s constitutional provisions and legal judgements.

3. India Chairs First Colombo Process Meeting in Geneva:

India presided over its first meeting as Chair of the Colombo Process at the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Headquarters in Geneva. The Colombo Process, a forum for 12 Asian countries, facilitates the exchange of best practices on managing overseas employment. India’s commitment to advancing the objectives of the Colombo Process was emphasised during the meeting.

4. Xi Jinping Invokes Panchsheel for Global Peace and Security:

Chinese President Xi Jinping has emphasised the relevance of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, known as ‘Panchsheel’ in India, to resolve present-day conflicts. Speaking at a conference in Beijing marking the 70th anniversary of Panchsheel, Xi juxtaposed these principles with his Global Security Initiative, aiming to expand China’s influence in the Global South amid its tensions with the West.

5. S Jaishankar to Lead Indian Delegation at SCO Summit:

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will lead the Indian delegation at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, from July 3-4. Kazakhstan, the current president of the SCO, has proposed several initiatives, including the establishment of a joint investment fund. Prime Minister Modi has expressed full support for the success of the summit.

6. Iran’s Presidential Election: Saeed Jalili Leads:

In Iran’s tightly controlled snap presidential election, hardline former nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili has gained a slight lead over moderate candidate Massoud Pezeshkian. With over 10.3 million ballots counted, Jalili has secured more than 4.26 million votes compared to Pezeshkian’s 4.24 million. A run-off election is likely following the death of Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, amidst regional tensions and Western pressure on Iran’s nuclear program.

7. Cost-of-Living Crisis Leads to ‘Cozzie Livs’ Becoming Australia’s Word of the Year:

The global cost-of-living crisis, which began in 2022, has become a part of daily life, leading to “Cozzie livs” being named Australia’s word of the year by the Macquarie Dictionary. The latest Worldwide Cost of Living survey by EIU reveals that inflation remains high worldwide, with prices rising by an average of 7.4% over the past year. Singapore and Zurich have tied for the most expensive cities to live in.

8. Biden Administration Opposes Gender-Affirming Surgery for Minors:

The Biden administration has expressed its opposition to gender-affirming surgery for minors, marking the most explicit statement on the subject from a president who has supported transgender rights. This stance was conveyed to The New York Times in response to a report on a proposed removal of age minimums for such surgeries by an international transgender health organisation.

9. L&T Clarifies Non-Involvement in Delhi Airport Roof Collapse:

Following the collapse of a portion of the roof at Terminal 1 (T1) of Delhi Airport amid heavy rain, Larsen and Toubro (L&T) clarified that they were neither responsible for constructing the collapsed structure nor its maintenance. The company extended sympathies to those affected, emphasising that the structure was built by another company in 2009.

10. UN Warns Only 17% of Global Targets on Track for 2030 Deadline:

The United Nations has issued a warning that only 17% of its 169 targets aimed at improving life for over 7 billion people are on track to be reached by 2030. Adopted in 2015, the development goals range from ending global poverty to achieving gender equality. The report indicates that nearly half the targets show minimal or moderate progress, while over one-third are stalled or regressing.

11. Qatar Discusses Sale of Mirage 2000-5 Jets with India:

A Qatari delegation has engaged in talks with Indian defence officials in Delhi regarding the sale of 12 second-hand Mirage 2000-5 jets to the Indian Air Force (IAF). Qatar is offering the jets at an estimated cost of Rs. 5000 crores ($600M), but India is negotiating for a more reasonable price. The jets, along with engines and missiles, are reported to be in very good condition and compatible with the Indian Mirage 2000s.

12. University of Oxford Tops Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024:

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 includes 1,906 universities from 108 countries and regions, with the University of Oxford securing the top spot for the eighth consecutive year. Oxford also leads in the field of Medicine, boasting around 21,750 students, 42% of whom are international, and nearly 23% engaged in interdisciplinary Science research.

13. Google DeepMind Enhances Gemini 1.5 and Gemini API for Developers:

Google DeepMind has announced several new features for Gemini 1.5 and its Gemini API, including a two-million context window for Gemini 1.5 Pro and code execution capabilities. These updates, unveiled alongside Gemma 2, are expected to significantly enhance the functionalities of both Gemini 1.5 Pro and the Gemini API, providing developers with improved tools for their applications.

14. US Military to Sink Ex-USS Tarawa During RIMPAC Exercise:

The United States military is set to sink the decommissioned warship, ex-USS Tarawa, during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2024 near Hawaii. This exercise, which started on June 27 and will run until August 2, has garnered significant interest from both US and Chinese analysts. According to Chinese state-owned media Global Times, analysts believe that the 40,000-ton target ship’s sinking aims to demonstrate the capability to destroy a Chinese amphibious assault ship or aircraft carrier amid ongoing tensions in the Taiwan Straits and the South China Sea.

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Sports News in English for 30 June 2024

Get the latest sports news in English and follow your favourite sports events:

1. Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand Advance to US Open Quarterfinals:

The young Indian women’s doubles team of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand made it to the quarterfinals at the US Open Super 300 tournament in Texas, USA, after a tough three-game match on Thursday. In other matches, Priyanshu Rajawat and Malvika Bansod secured victories in their second-round matches, while Sai Pratheek and Krishna Prasad lost in men’s doubles. 
Treesa and Gayatri, the second-seeded Indian pair, overcame the Chinese Taipei duo of Pei Shan Hsieh and En-Tzu Hung, who initially took the lead by winning the first game 21-16. However, the Indian pair bounced back, winning the next two games 21-11 and 21-14.

2. Sumit Nagal Prepares for Wimbledon Debut Against Miomir Kecmanovic:

India’s top singles player, Sumit Nagal, is set to make his debut in the Wimbledon men’s singles main draw. In the opening round, he will face Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic, who is higher ranked. Currently ranked 72nd in the world, Nagal could potentially face World No. 1 Jannik Sinner in the third round if he advances. His first match against Kecmanovic will be challenging, as the Serbian previously defeated him four years ago in Cologne, Germany.

3. Princess Anne Returns Home After Hospital Stay:

Princess Anne, 73, returned home after spending five days in the hospital due to head injuries and a concussion from a horse-related incident. Her husband, Sir Tim Laurence, expressed gratitude to Southmead Hospital for their care and kindness during her stay. She is expected to rest at home for a while.

4. Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana Set Record in Women’s Test Cricket:

Indian cricketers Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana set the highest opening partnership in women’s Test cricket with a 292-run stand against South Africa. This surpassed the previous record of 241 runs by Pakistan’s Sajjida Shah and Kiran Baluch in 2004. The one-off Test match is being held at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, with India declaring their first innings at 603 for six.

5. Yoga to be Included in Asian Games:

Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Mansukh Mandaviya welcomed the decision by Indian Olympic Association President Dr. PT Usha to include Yoga in the Asian Games. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has recognized Yogasana Bharat to promote Yoga as a competitive sport in India.

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Today’s Entertainment News in English 

Now, let’s dive into the entertainment world and see what news has taken place.

1. Vidyut Jammwal Reflects on Financial Losses from ‘Crackk’:

 Actor and producer Vidyut Jammwal discussed the financial setbacks from his latest film ‘Crackk,’ which flopped at the box office. Despite losing crores, Jammwal recovered the losses within three months by taking proactive measures. He joined a French circus troupe to learn and mitigate future losses.

2. Dua Lipa Dazzles at Glastonbury Festival:

Pop star Dua Lipa wowed the crowd at Glastonbury, transforming the Pyramid stage into an open-air nightclub. Her performance featured hits like “Levitating” and “Houdini,” fireworks, multiple outfits, and an ensemble of break dancers. Lipa expressed her long-time dream of performing at this iconic festival.

3. Pooja Entertainment Faces Payment Disputes:

Pooja Entertainment owes Rs 33.13 lakh to director Tinu Desai for their 2023 film ‘Mission Raniganj.’ The production house also owes Rs 31.78 lakh to workers involved in films like ‘Ganpath’ and ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan.’ Desai’s complaint highlights unpaid dues amounting to Rs 4.03 crore, with only Rs 3.70 crore received.

4. Kalki 2898 AD’ Box Office Collection Drops:

 ‘Kalki 2898 AD,’ starring Deepika Padukone and Prabhas, saw a 43% drop in box office collections on its second day. The film earned ₹54 crore on Friday, down from ₹95.3 crore on its opening day. Despite the drop, the film’s two-day total stood at ₹149 crore in India.

5. BTS Members Release New Music Despite Military Service:

Despite their mandatory military service, BTS continues to engage fans with new releases. Jimin’s latest track, “Smeraldo Garden Marching Band (feat. Loco),” released on June 27, quickly garnered over 4 million views on YouTube, showing the group’s enduring popularity.

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Thought for the Day for Students

Start your day with an inspirational thought for the day for students. Believe in yourself and prepare to face challenges:

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Word of the Day 

Let us learn a new word of the day to improve your vocabulary and language skills:

WordMeaning Sentence
Juxtapose (Verb)To place two or more things
side by side, often to compare
or contrast them.
The artist juxtaposed vibrant colours with dark shadows to create a striking contrast in her painting.
Juvenescent (Adjective)Becoming young or youthful; youthful in appearance or characteristics.The evanescent glow of her skin made her look much younger than her actual age.
Jurisprudence (Noun)The theory or philosophy of
law; is a legal system or body
of laws.
The professor specialised in Roman jurisprudence, focusing on ancient legal systems.
Jettison (Verb)To throw or drop something
from an aircraft or ship; to discard something
unnecessary or burdensome.
The crew decided to jettison the excess cargo to lighten the ship during the storm.
Jocund (Adjective)Cheerful and lighthearted.Her jocund laughter filled the room, instantly lifting everyone’s spirits.

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What Happened Today in History

Understand the significance of what happened today in history and learn how to make a difference:

1. Asteroid Day Established to Raise Awareness (2014)

On June 30, 2014, scientists and activists established Asteroid Day to increase public awareness about asteroids and the potential hazards they pose. The date commemorates the anniversary of the Tunguska Event. Asteroid Day aims to educate people on the importance of detecting and tracking near-Earth objects to prevent future impacts.

2. French Surrender to Germans in Franco-Prussian War (1871)

On June 30, 1871, the French army surrendered to German forces, ending the Franco-Prussian War. This event marked a significant shift in European power dynamics, leading to the unification of Germany. The Treaty of Frankfurt, signed later, officially concluded the conflict and had long-lasting effects on Franco-German relations.

3. Meteor Flashes Over Chelyabinsk (2013)

On June 30, 2013, a meteor streaked across the sky over Chelyabinsk, Russia. It exploded in the atmosphere, producing a bright flash and a powerful shockwave. The event caused extensive damage to buildings and injured over 1,000 people. The Chelyabinsk meteor highlighted the potential threat of near-Earth objects.

4. Tunguska Event: A Mysterious Explosion Rocks Siberia (1908)

On June 30, 1908, a massive explosion occurred near the Tunguska River in Siberia. The blast flattened over 2,000 square kilometres of forest. Scientists believe a meteoroid or comet caused the explosion, releasing energy equivalent to 15 megatons of TNT. The Tunguska Event remains one of the most powerful natural explosions in recorded history.

5. Einstein’s Miraculous Year: Publishing Special Theory of Relativity (1905)

On June 30, 1905, Albert Einstein published his groundbreaking paper on the Special Theory of Relativity. This paper introduced the famous equation E=mc², revolutionising the world’s understanding of physics and laying the foundation for modern science. Einstein’s insights changed how we perceive time, space, and energy.

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