Current Affairs Pocket : 26 June 2020

England’s Clare Connor to become 1st female president of MCC
* Former England women’s captain Clare Connor is to become the 1st female president of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in its 233-year history. The 1st non-British MCC president, Kumar Sangakkara has nominated Connor. Connor is presently served as England and Wales Cricket Board’s head of women’s cricket. She made her England debut aged 19 in 1995 and went on to captain her country in 2000 before retiring six years later.

Priyanka Chopra & Anurag Kashyap named among ambassadors at TIFF 2020
* Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap named among the 50 ambassadors at 45th edition Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2020. This year 45th edition Toronto International Film Festival is to be held virtually. The 45th edition of TIFF will take place from September 10-19.
* This is the 1st time TIFF will launch a digital platform for the festival, offering new opportunities to connect with audiences beyond Toronto. TIFF has partnered with Shift72 to develop this industry-leading online platform. The selection for 2020 comprises 50 new feature films, 5 programmes of short films, interactive talks, film cast reunions, and Q&As with cast and filmmakers.

IMF predicts Indian economy to contract by 4.5% in FY21
* The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected that Indian economy will experience a sharp contraction of 4.55% in Fiscal Year 2021, as compared to that of 1.9% expansion projected in the month of April 2020. The international organization has called this a “historic low” for India. The contraction in the Indian economy will be due to the the COVID-19 pandemic.
* IMF has forecasted that Indian economy will recover in the fiscal year 2022 with a growth rate of 6%. These projections has been stated by IMF in its latest World Economic Outlook titled “A Crisis like No Other, An Uncertain Outlook“.

Liverpool wins English Premier League 2019-20 title
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Liverpool has won the English Premier League 2019-20 title. The football club has won the first English top title in last 30 years. This is club’s overall 19th league title win, while this victory is their first in the Premier League era. The club won the title after Manchester City’s loss to Chelsea with score 2-1.
* Liverpool has clinched the title earlier than any other Premier League champions, breaking the previous record of five games left. Liverpool has scored 86 points from 31 matches hence making them the earliest ever champions in terms of games played.

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport as first airport that gets AWMS at both ends of the runway
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In India, The Kempegowda International Airport has been as the first indian airport that has got Aviation Weather Monitoring System (AWMS) at both sides of the runway.
* Bangalore International Airport(BIAL) has set up AWMS. and Bengaluru-based CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) played an important role to develop AWMS system.
* Apart from this, BIAL also installed 4 Drishti Transmissometers that are to measure the Runway Visibility Range (RVR).

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