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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS

World Bicycle Day – Observed on June 03 

  • In April 2018, the United Nations General Assemblydeclared June 3 as International World Bicycle Day.
  • The resolution for World Bicycle Day recognizes “the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries, and that it is a simple, affordable, reliable, and clean and environmentallyfit sustainable means of transport”.
  • The day aims at developing a culture of cycling for basic transportation, commutation, and strengthening physical and mental health.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

Union Cabinet approved draft of Model Tenancy Act

  • The Union Cabinet has approved the draft of Model Tenancy Act (MTA) for adoption and enactment by States and Union Territories to promote rental housing in the country.
  • MTA envisages balancing the interests and rights of both, the owner and tenant, in an accountable and transparent manner.
  • A digital platform will be set up in the local vernacular language or the language of the State and Union Territory for this purpose.
  • The MTA also provides for a time-bound and robust grievance redressal mechanism.
  • The Centre has said that the Model Tenancy Act will make vacant houses available on rent as well as repose confidence of investors in the sector.

Union Agriculture Minister launches Seed Minikit Programme

  • Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched Seed Minikit Programme by distributing Seed Minikits, higher yielding varieties of seeds to farmers.
  • The mini kits are being provided by the Central Agencies, National Seeds Corporation, NSC, NAFED and Gujarat State Seeds Corporation and it is fully funded by the Government of India through the National Food Security Mission.
  • The distribution of seeds will continue till 15th of this month so that the seeds reach the farmers before the Kharif sowing commences.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Isaac Herzog Elected as President of Israel

  • Isaac Herzog is a former head of Israel’s Labor Party and opposition leader who unsuccessfully ran against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the 2013 parliamentary elections.
  • Isaac Herzog, a veteran politician and the scion of a prominent Israeli family, was elected president, a largely ceremonial role that is meant to serve as the nation’s moral compass and promote unity.
  • Herzog will be Israel’s 11th president, succeeding Reuven Rivlin, who is set to leave office next month after seven years in office.

About Israel:

  • Capital: Jerusalem
  • Currency: Israeli Shekel
  • Prime minister: Benjamin Netanyahu

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS NEWS

TCS launches its first European innovation centre in Amsterdam

  • Tata Consultancy Services has launched TCS Pace Port Amsterdam, a co-innovation and advanced research center designed to help customers successfully navigate their growth and transformation journeys.
  • Bringing together an ecosystem of partners from academia, government institutions, start-ups and technology providers, TCS Pace Port Amsterdam will serve as a hub for TCS teams to co-innovate with European customers, guiding them through the discovery, definition, refinement and delivery phases of innovation.

About TCS:

  • Tata Consultancy Services is an Indian multinational information technology services and consulting company, headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India and largest campus and workforce in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • CEO: Rajesh Gopinathan

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING NEWS

HDFC Bank install mobile ATMs across 50 cities in India

  • HDFC Bank mentioned it has installed mobile ATMs across 50 cities in India, which can be used for over 15 transactions by customers.
  • The bank stated These ATMshave been deployed in various metros and non-metros in view of the restrictions imposed by Covid-19.
  • Customers can conduct over 15 types of transactions using the Mobile ATM, which will be operational at each location for a specific period.
  • The Mobile ATM will cover 3-4 stops in a day.

About HDFC:

  • CEO: Sashidhar Jagdishan
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Tagline: We understand your world

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENT AND RESIGNATION NEWS

Air Marshal Vivek Chaudhari appointed as IAF Vice Chief

  • The Indian Air Force has appointed Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari as the next Vice Chief of Air Staff in the Air headquarters.
  • Two new commander-in-chiefs would also be moving for their new assignments as Director General Air Operations.
  • Air Marshal Ballabha Radha Krishna would be succeeding Chaudhari at the Western Command in Delhi while Air Marshal RJ Duckworth would be taking charge of the Central Air Command in Prayagraj.

Vodafone Idea appointed Shabnam Syed as EVP of post-paid marketing

  • Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL) has appointed Shabnam Syed as executive vice president of post-paid marketing.
  • Shabnam Syed brings wide experience across varied industry segments which will help us curate products and services for our postpaid customer base.
  • Prior to VIL, she was VP–Marketing and Ecommerce at Go Air”.
  • Syed has more than 20 years experience in marketing strategy, digital marketing and Analytics and brand management among others.

Justice A.K. Mishra appointed as NHRC chief

  • After a 5-member Appointments Committee meeting, comprising of one Opposition member and four NDA representatives, proposed Arun Kumar Mishra’s name, the contentious former Supreme Court judge took over asthe new chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on 2 June.
  • The panel included Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Harivansh, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, and the Opposition leader in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge.

The IBF appointed Former Justice Vikramjit Sen as the Chairman

  • The Indian Broadcasting Foundation(IBF), renamed as Indian Broadcasting & Digital Foundation (IBDF), the apex body of broadcasters and OTT operators, has announced the appointment of Justice (Retd.) Vikramjit Sen as the Chairman, along with six other eminent industry members for the newly formed Digital Media Content Regulatory Council (DMCRC). 
  • The Council constitutes prominent personalities from the Media & Entertainment industry and Online Curated Content Providers (OCCPs), with experience in IPR, programming and content creation.
  • The Council includes national award-winning filmmaker Nikkhil Advani; Deepak Dhar, CEO and founder, Banijay Group; prominent artist, filmmaker and writer Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari; and creative writer and innovative director, Tigmanshu Dhulia.
  • The other two members from the OCCPs include Ashok Nambisan, General Counsel, Sony Pictures Pvt. Ltd, and Mihir Rale, Chief Regional Counsel, Star and Disney India.

Union Bank of India appointed A K Vinod as chief compliance officer

  • State-owned Union Bank of India stated it has nominated A K Vinod as its chief compliance officer.
  • A K Vinod, chief general manager, has been nominated as the chief compliance officer with effect from June 1, 2021 in place of K L Raju, general manager, the lender said in a regulatory filing.
  • Vinod, 50, who was handling MSME and small corporate vertical of the bank, has been nominated as the CCO for a minimum period of three years.

Dr Patrick Amoth of Kenya Appointed as Chair of WHO Executive Board

  • As Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhancompleted his tenure as the Chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board, he stated that there is no scope for industries to stick to intellectual property rights (IPR) of COVID-19 vaccines and those organizations must find ways to ensure affordable access to key drugs.
  • Dr Patrick Patrick Amoth, Acting Director-General for Health, Ministry of Health of Kenya has been appointed as the Chair of WHO Executive Board to replace Harsh Vardhan.

Dr Vinay K Nandicoori appointed as Director of CCMB, Hyderabad

  • Molecular biologist and scientist at DBT-National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, Dr Vinay K Nandicoori has been appointed as the Director of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad.
  • Dr Nandicoori’s research interest extensively spans molecular signaling networks in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the micro-organism that causes TB.
  • His research has found national and international relevance and recognition.
  • Dr Nandicoori will succeed Dr Rakesh K Mishra as CCMB’s Director.

WhatsApp appoints Paresh B Lal as Grievance Officer for India

  • WhatsApp has appointed Paresh B Lal as its grievance officer for India, updated information on the messaging platforms’ website.
  • The move comes amid a legal battle between WhatsApp and the government over new digital rules.
  • The instant messaging app has alleged that one of the new rules that require the identification of the originator of a message violates the citizens’ right to privacy.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

Indian-origin girl bags Apple ‘WWDC21 Swift Student Challenge’

  • Abinaya Dinesh, a 15-year-old Indian-origin girl, is among three winners of the annual tech giant Apple WWDC21 Swift Student Challenge, a platform for the young brains willing to demonstrate their coding and problem-solving skills.
  • Passionate about the intersection of medicine and technology, something that became personal for her last year, Dinesh created an app called Gastro at Home, which she plans to launch on the App Store this summer.
  • Applehas selected 350 Swift Student Challenge winners from 35 different countries and regions, as it opens all-virtual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2021′ from June 7-11.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU’s AND AGREEMENTS

Cabinet approves MoC between India, Japan 

  • The Union Cabinet approved a memorandum of cooperation with Japan in the field of sustainable urban development which is expected to create employment opportunities.
  • The memorandum of cooperation (MoC) will be signed between the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairsand the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan in supersession of an existing MoU of 2007 on urban development. 
  • The agreement will promote strong, deep and long-term bilateral cooperation in the field of sustainable urban development between the two countries.

About Japan:

  • Prime minister:Yoshihide Suga
  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Currency: Japanese yen

Cabinet approves MoU between India & Maldives

  • The Union Cabinet was apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India and Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure, Government of Maldives on cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development.
  • The MoU was signed in February 2021.
  • A Joint Working Group (JWG) will be constituted to strategize and implement programmes on cooperation under the framework of the MoU.
  • The Joint Working Group will meet once in a year, alternately in Maldives and in India.

About Maldives:

  • Capital: Malé
  • Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa
  • President: Ibrahim Mohamed Solih

CURRENT AFFAIRS : APPS & SERVICES

AI-based Solution XraySetu Developed to Detect Covid-19 in Rural Population Through WhatsApp

  • A new AI-driven platform called ‘XraySetu’ has been developed with the help of Chest X-ray, to help in early detection of COVID 19.
  • It can work with low-resolution images sent via mobiles, is quick and easy to use, and can facilitate detection in rural areas.
  • It is useful for RT-PCR tests and CT-Scans are not easily available.
  • X-Ray Setu, Can be operates through Whatsapp,
  • It has been developed by ARTPARK (AI & Robotics Technology Park), with support from the Department of Science & Technology (DST), GOI, in collaboration with Bangalore based HealthTech startup Niramai and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).

Working Procedure of ‘XraySetu’ :

  • Doctor needs to visit xraysetu.com and click on the ‘Try the Free X-Ray Setu Beta’ button.
  • The platform will then redirect to another page, in that they can choose to engage with the WhatsApp-based chatbot via web or smartphone application.
  • Otherwise doctors can simply send a WhatsApp message to the phone number +91 8046163838 to start the X-Ray Setu service.
  • Then they just need to click the picture of the patient’s X-ray and obtain the 2-page automated diagnostics with annotated images in a few minutes.

About AI & Robotics Technology Park :

  • It is a not-for-profit foundation established by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru.
  • It will promote technology innovations in AI (Artificial Intelligence)& Robotics leading to societal impact by executing ambitious mission mode R&D projects in healthcare, education, mobility, infrastructure, agriculture, retail and cyber-security focusing.

Note :

  • ARTPARK Co-founder and chief information officer : Subhashis Banerjee
  • Niramai Founder CEO and CTO : Geetha Manjunath

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

2021 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships – Sanjeet Kumar wins 91kg Gold Medal                               

  • Indian heavyweight boxer Sanjeet Kumar won a gold medal in the 91 kg weight category at the ASBC Asian Boxing Championships.
  • The 2021 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships was held from 24 to 31 May 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Sanjeet Kumar defeated five-time Asian Championships medallist and Rio Olympic silver medalist Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan in a 3-2 split decision in the final of Asian Championships.
  • The 19-member Indian contingent, including both men and women, secured 15 medals comprising 2 gold, 5 silver and 8 bronze.

 In Men’s Category :

  1. Sanjeet Kumar – 91 kg – Gold Medal
  2. Amit Panghal – 52 kg – Silver Medal
  3. Shiva Thapa – 64 kg – Silver Medal
  4. Vikas Krishan Yadav – 69 kg – Bronze Medal
  5. Varinder Singh – 60 kg – Bronze Medal

In Women’s Category :

  1. Pooja Rani – 75 kg – Gold Medal
  2. Mary Kom – 51 kg – Silver Medal
  3. Lal Buat Saihi – 64 kg – Silver Medal
  4. Anupama Kundu – 81 kg – Silver Medal
  5. Monika – 48 kg – Bronze Medal
  6. Sakshi Chaudhary – 54 kg – Bronze Medal
  7. Jasmine – 57 kg – Bronze Medal
  8. Simranjit Kaur – 60 kg – Bronze Medal
  9. Lovlina Borgohain – 69 – Bronze Medal
  10. Saweety Boora – 81 kg – Bronze Medal

ICC Expands Men’s ODI World Cup To 14 Teams For 2027 & 2031 Editions

  • On June 01, 2021, The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the men’s ODI World Cup will once again become a 14-team tournament in 2027 and 2031. 
  • These 14 teams will split into two groups of seven, with the top three in each group progressing to a Super Six stage, followed by semi-finals and final.
  • Earlier in the 2019 World Cup, only 10 teams contested.
  • The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be expanded to a 20-team. 
  • The tournament will take place every two years from 2024-2030.

About ICC :

  • CEO: Manu Sawhney 
  • Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Founded: 15 June 1909
  • It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference.
  • The ICC has 104 member nations

CURRENT AFFAIRS : OBITUARIES

Olympic activist, Record-setting sprinter, Lee Evans Passes away       

  • The record-setting sprinter & Olympic activist  Lee Evans Passed away.
  • He was 74.

About Lee Evans :

  • He became the first man to crack 44 seconds in the 400 meters, winning the gold medal at the Mexico City Games in 43.86.
  • He Co-founded the olympic project for Human Rights.
  • He was also the athletes boycott and the Black Power Movement.
  • He wore a black beret in a sign of protest at the 1968 Olympics then went onto a life of humanitarian work in support of social justice.

Daily CA On June 02 :

  • Telangana Day commonly known as Telangana Formation Day Observed On June 02.
  • The Health Minister has launched the revamped Central Government Health Scheme, CGHS and the Umbrella schemes of Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi, RAN and Health Minister’s Discretionary Grant, HMDG on NHA’s platform, making them cashless, paperless and the citizen centric.
  • The group of ministers was constituted after several member states of the council, such as West Bengal and Punjab asked for exempting GST on all Covid-essential materials.
  • The WHO has advised against using location-based terms for variants, and has designated an official name for the variant first detected in India: B.1.617.
  • InKarnataka, the Health Department has launched Doctors ride towards village side programme. Under this scheme, the Government provides necessary logistic support for the teams led by medical students to visit villages and provide better healthcare during the pandemic.
  • The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) cut its growth projection for India for FY22 to 9.9% from 12.6% estimated in March, as the second wave of coronavirus infections has paused economic recovery in Asia’s third largest economy.
  • Lucknow – based RDSO, which sets standards for the railway sector, has become the first standards body in the country to join the central government’s ‘One Nation, One Standard’ scheme that aims to ensure quality products to Indian consumers.
  • The State Bank of India (SBI) has revised India’s growth outlook downwards for the current financial year. The latest SBI Ecowrap report has projected a 7.9 percent growth for India’s GDP, down from its previous projection of 10.4 percent growth.
  • The RBI stated it has cancelled the licence of Shivajirao Bhosale Sahakari Bank, Pune as the lender does not have adequate capital and earning prospects.
  • The spokesperson of the Indian Navystated that Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, who has commanded various operation and staff appointments, assumed charge as Chief of Personnel.
  • Industry chamber CII stated it has elected T V Narendran, CEO and MD, Tata Steel, as its new president for 2021-22.
  • On May 31, 2021, The World Health Organization (WHO) honoured Union health minister Harsh Vardhan with Director-General Special award for his efforts to control tobacco consumption in India on World No Tobacco Day.
  • Leading stock exchange BSE stated it has joined hands with Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) to create awareness about the benefits of listing among small businesses and startups.
  • Boxop, a Kerala-based startuphas tied up with Mahindra Insurance Brokers Ltd (MIBL) to provide low-cost insurance protection for the Covid-19 treatment.
  • The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) under the Ministry of Women and Child Development has devised an online tracking portal Bal Swaraj (COVID-Care link).
  • On May 28, 2021, Bharti group backed OneWeb, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, Co-owned by Bharati Global and the UK Government launched the next successful 36 satellites.
  • On May 29, 2021, China has successfully launched an automated cargo resupply spacecraft named Tianzhou-2, or Heavenly Vessel 
  • On May 31, 2021, Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) introduced the world’s first Nano Urea for the farmers.
  • The Zoology Department of Panjab University, Chandigarh, in April 2021 by a team of zoologists headed by Dr Ranjana Jaiswara discovered a new species of Spider Cricket named Indimimus jayanti.

Daily CA On June 03 :

  • In April 2018, the United Nations General Assemblydeclared June 3 as International World Bicycle Day.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the draft of Model Tenancy Act (MTA) for adoption and enactment by States and Union Territories to promote rental housing in the country.
  • Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched Seed Minikit Programme by distributing Seed Minikits, higher yielding varieties of seeds to farmers.
  • Isaac Herzog is a former head of Israel’s Labor Party and opposition leader who unsuccessfully ran against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the 2013 parliamentary elections.
  • Tata Consultancy Services has launched TCS Pace Port Amsterdam, a co-innovation and advanced research center designed to help customers successfully navigate their growth and transformation journeys.
  • HDFC Bank mentioned it has installed mobile ATMs across 50 cities in India, which can be used for over 15 transactions by customers.
  • The Indian Air Force has appointed Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari as the next Vice Chief of Air Staff in the Air headquarters.
  • Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL) has appointed Shabnam Syed as executive vice president of post-paid marketing.
  • Arun Kumar Mishra’s name, the contentious former Supreme Court judge took over asthe new chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on 2 June.
  • The Indian Broadcasting Foundation(IBF), renamed as Indian Broadcasting & Digital Foundation (IBDF), the apex body of broadcasters and OTT operators, has announced the appointment of Justice (Retd.) Vikramjit Sen as the Chairman.
  • State-owned Union Bank of India stated it has nominated A K Vinod as its chief compliance officer.
  • Dr Patrick Patrick Amoth, Acting Director-General for Health, Ministry of Health of Kenya has been appointed as the Chair of WHO Executive Board to replace Harsh Vardhan.
  • Molecular biologist and scientist at DBT-National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, Dr Vinay K Nandicoori has been appointed as the Director of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad.
  • WhatsApp has appointed Paresh B Lal as its grievance officer for India, updated information on the messaging platforms’ website.
  • Abinaya Dinesh, a 15-year-old Indian-origin girl, is among three winners of the annual tech giant Apple WWDC21 Swift Student Challenge, a platform for the young brains willing to demonstrate their coding and problem-solving skills.
  • The Union Cabinet approved a memorandum of cooperation with Japan in the field of sustainable urban development which is expected to create employment opportunities. The memorandum of cooperation (MoC) will be signed between the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan in supersession of an existing MoU of 2007 on urban development.
  • The Union Cabinet was apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India and Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure, Government of Maldives on cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development.
  • A new AI-driven platform called ‘XraySetu’ has been developed with the help of Chest X-ray, to help in early detection of COVID 19. It can work with low-resolution images sent via mobiles, is quick and easy to use, and can facilitate detection in rural areas.
  • Indian heavyweight boxer Sanjeet Kumar won a gold medal in the 91 kg weight category at the ASBC Asian Boxing Championships. The 2021 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships was held from 24 to 31 May 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • On June 01, 2021, The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the men’s ODI World Cup will once again become a 14-team tournament in 2027 and 2031. 
  • The record-setting sprinter & Olympic activist  Lee Evans Passed away.

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