Current Affairs in Short: 14 June 2019
Kimberley Process Intersessional Meeting 2019 in Mumbai
• The Intersessional meeting of Kimberley Process (KP) is being hosted by India from 17th to 21st June, 2019 in Mumbai.
• Besides meetings of different Working Groups and Committees of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), two special forums regarding Diamond Terminology and Artisanal Mining – Small Steps to Larger Outcomes, will be held during the Intersessional.
• Around 300 delegates from the Government of India and other participating countries, industry and civil society will be attending the five-day Meeting.
Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy expands Cabinet
• Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy expanded his cabinet by inducting two Independent MLAs into the ministry.
• In the much-awaited expansion, R Shankar and H Nagesh were sworn in as cabinet-rank ministers by Governor Vajubhai Vala who administered them the oath of office and secrecy.
• Shankar had served as minister during the initial days of the Kumaraswamy government but was dropped from the cabinet during the rejig in December last year.
Cyclone Vayu Changed Course: IMD
• Cyclone Vayu lay centred over the northeast and adjoining east central Arabian Sea at 3:30 am on June 14, 2019, stated India Meteorological Department (IMD).
• Cyclone Vayu, which was going to make landfall in Gujarat has changed course and moved towards Oman.
• However, Gujarat is still on high alert and the evacuation camps will remain until one more day.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to Retire in 2020
• NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope will be switched off permanently on January 30, 2020, after nearly 16 years of exploring the cosmos in infrared light.
• Managed and operated by JPL, Spitzer is a small but transformational observatory. It captures infrared light, which is often emitted by "warm" objects that are not quite hot enough to radiate visible light.
• Spitzer has lifted the veil on hidden objects in nearly every corner of the universe, from a new ring around Saturn to observations of some of the most distant galaxies known.
Rare Easterly Winds over the Indian Ocean discovered
• Climate Prediction Centre of the US National Weather Service has said that unusually warm waters in the Arabian Sea have set up a rare band of easterly winds over the Indian Ocean.
• These winds have significantly delayed the monsoon onset over the Kerala coast. The number of factors has led to a dry spell in India, which is likely to continue throughout June.
• Its location and strength may play an important role in the development of monsoon over India during the next several weeks.