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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS

Global Wind Day – Observed on June 15

  • World Wind Dayalso known as Global Wind Day is observed every year on 15 June
  • The event is is celebratedto discover and spread awareness about wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our energy systems, decarbonise our economies and boost employment and growth.
  • It is organised by WindEurope and GWEC.
  • It is a day when wind energy is celebrated, information is exchanged and adults and children find out about wind energy, its power and the possibilities it holds to change the world.
  • Denmark is called the country of winds.

Country uses the most wind power:

  • China – 288.32 GW
  • China boasts the world’s largest capacity for wind energy, totalling just over 288 GW at the end of 2020 – having added 52 GW of new power during that year, far more than any other country.
  • Just over 278 GW of China’s fleet is onshore wind, with the remaining 10GW based offshore.

Largest wind farm in the world

  • Jiuquan wind Power Base
  • Jiuquan wind Power Base is the largest ranked wind farm globally, with a planned installed capacity of 20GW.
  • The wind farm, also referred to as Gansu Wind Farm, will comprise 7,000 wind turbines, which will be installed in Inner Mongolia, Jiuquan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Hebei, and Xinjiang Provinces in Gansu, China.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – Observed on June 15

  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Dayis observed on June 15 every year to raise awareness about abuse and neglect of older persons and raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. 
  • The current theme of World Elder Abuse Awareness Dayis ‘Access to Justice’.
  • The theme serves as a reminder of the critical need to completely meet the needs of older people and how important it is to take care of them.
  • TheInternational Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations (UN) launched the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15, 2006 in an effort to unite communities around the world in raising awareness about elder abuse.
  • The colorpurple symbolizes the growing problem of elder abuse around the world. Each year, an estimated 5 million older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited.

International Day of Family Remittances – Observed on June 16

  • June 16th marks the annual International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR), which recognizes the financial contributions made by 250 million migrant workers to sustainable international development.
  • International Organization for Migration calls on governments, the financial sector, and money transfer operators to commit to a cross-sector approach to facilitate cheaper, transparent and more accessible remittances worldwide which leverage their full potential for development.

Family remittance

  • Any payment of an invoice or a bill can be called a remittance.
  • However, the term is most often used nowadays to describe a sum of money sent by someone working abroad to his or her family back home. 
  • The term is derived from the word remit, which means to send back.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

Defence Minister inaugurated two centres of excellence of BRO

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated two centers of excellence established by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) at Seema Sadak Bhawan in New Delhi.
  • Singh also flagged off the first-ever solo women motorcycle expedition by Kanchan Ugursandi to Umling La Pass, Ladakh and back.
  • The aim of the Centre of Excellence for Road Safety & Awareness (CoERSA) is to create awareness about road safety.
  • This will be done through analysis sharing of the accidents on the road as well as suggesting various methods that would help in saving lives.
  • The focus of Centre of Excellence for Roads, Bridges, Air Fields and Tunnels (CoERBAT) is on institutionalizing the knowledge which it has gained over years during the development of 56,000 meters of bridges, 19 airfields, of around 60,000 kms of roads and four tunnels in the eastern and north-western part of the country.

The recent connectivity projects in remote areas include:

  • State-of-the-art construction of ‘Atal Tunnel; Rohtang’, Kailash Mansarovar Road and Zojila pass.
  • On the budget allotment for BRO, the minister stated that it has been increased and approval has been given for special clothing for the personnel working in high-altitude areas.
  • Four software which have been developed for optimizing the work efficiency of BRO personnel,their HR management, recruitment management, enrolment and works management was also launched.
  • These were created by BRO which would help in reducing the paperwork and cutting down carbon footprint, and modernizing the organization.

Central Govt launched “Project O2 for India” initiative

  • Centre has launched ‘Project O2 for India’ to step up production of medical oxygen to meet the potential increase in demand due to further waves of the pandemic.
  • ‘Project O2 for India’, an initiative of the Office of Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India (GoI), aims to help stakeholders working to augment the country’s ability to meet the rise in demand for medical oxygen.
  • Under the project, a ‘National Consortium of Oxygen’ is enabling supply of critical raw materials such as zeolites, setting up of small oxygen plants, manufacturing compressors, final products such as oxygen plants, concentrators, and ventilators.
  • Besides, the consortium is also working to strengthen the manufacturing ecosystem for long-term preparedness.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

Telangana AI Mission launched ‘Revv Up”

  • Telangana government had launched the Telangana AI Mission (T-AIM) powered by Nasscom and as part of the T-AIM an accelerator programme called Revv Up has been launched to enable and empower AI startups.
  • The programme that will begin its first cohort in July is another step towards making Telangana and Hyderabad as a global destination for AI and other emerging technologies.
  • The accelerator programme, exclusively designed for growth-stage AI startups, will cover various sectors.
  • Telangana Industries and IT principal secretary Jayesh Ranjan stated, “Telangana is committed to its vision of positioning the State as the leader in AI.
  • After becoming the first State in India to launch an actionable policy framework for Artificial Intelligence in June 2020, now set in motion the first edition of the Revv Up accelerator programme to hone innovative AI ideas under T-AIM.

About Telangana:

  • Capital: Hyderabad
  • Governor: Tamilisai Soundararajan
  • Chief minister: K. Chandrashekar Rao

Odisha welcomes agricultural year through ‘Raja Parba’ Festival

  • Raja Parba, a 3-day festival celebrating womanhood is being celebrated across Odisha.
  • During this period, it is believed that Mother Earth menstruates and prepares herself for future agricultural activities with the arrival of monsoon, stated by Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC), chairperson S Mishra.

About the festival:

  • The festival is synonymous with varieties of cakes (pithas). 
  • Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) launched a special programme named ‘Pitha on Wheels’.
  • “Due to COVID-19, we’re celebrating Raja Parba with a very low key.
  • As women don’t work during these 3 days 7 vehicles of ‘Pitha On wheels’ will reach people’s doorstep in Bhubaneswar,” she added.
  • Different kinds of pithas such as ‘Poda Pitha’, ‘Manda’, ‘Kakara’, ‘Arisha’, ‘Chakuli’ and ‘Chandrakala’ have been made available on ‘Pitha on Wheels’ (kiosks on wheels).
  • These vehicles selling traditional cakes have been stationed in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Sambalpur.

About Odisha:

  • Capital: Bhubaneswar
  • Governor: Ganeshi Lal
  • Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS NEWS

First time India Exports GI Tagged ‘Jardalu’ Mangoes to UK

  • India exportedthe first commercial consignment of Geographical Indications (GI) certified ‘Jardalu‘ mangoes from Bhagalpur, Bihar, to the United Kingdom giving a possible boost to the potential of farm exports from the eastern region.
  • APEDA has been initiating measures to boost mango exports from the non-traditional regions.
  • A week-long Indian mango promotion programme was organized in Bahrain where 16 varieties of the fruit including three GI certified Khirsapati & Lakshmanbhog (West Bengal) and Jardalu (Bihar) were displayed at super stores of importer Al Jazeera group.

India’s retail inflation reaches 6.3% in May

  • India’s retail inflation raced to 6.3% in May, breaching the upper limit of the central bank’s inflation target for the first time in six months and bringing further pressure on an economy whipped by the second wave of covid-19 infections. 
  • Aditi Nayar, chief economist at ICRA Ratings, mentioned core retail inflation, which excluded volatile food and fuel items, rose to an 83-month high of 6.6% in May and is expected to remain above 5% throughout FY22.
  • Sunil Kumar Sinha, principal economist at India Ratings and Research, stated it is still too early to say if retail inflation will remain in excess of 6% on a sustained basis given the high base of last year.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING NEWS

Ambuja cement Foundation tie-up with NABARD to skill Rural Youth

  • Ambuja Cement Foundation has joined hands with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for implementation of its employability through skill initiative project’s second phase.
  • The foundation received grant assistance from NABARD under the Gramya Vikas Nidhi, a fund created for the development of off-farm sector activities.
  • The project will provide skill training across 19 locations for two years in 12 trades. It has already reached over 4,000 youth despite the pandemic.

About Ambuja Cement:

  • Established in 1993, Ambuja Cement Foundation is a grassroots pan-India implementing organization that harnesses the power of partnerships –between communities, Government and other like-minded corporates and NGOs – to help solve pressing community problems and to foster prosperity.
  • For the past 25 years, ACF has created significant impact.

Skill Training for Rural Youth (STRY)

  • Offer modular skill training opportunities torural youths that applies to farmers and farm-women, depending on their local needs.
  • Create a team of skilled human resources to perform both farm and non-farm operations.

Ujjivan Small Finance Bank unite with MoEngage

  • Ujjivan Small Finance Bank stated it has collaborated with customer engagement platform MoEngage to drive digital banking experiences in the unserved and underserved regions of the country.
  • The main aim of this collaboration is to build a vast presence of the bank for connecting with customers in these regions through multiple digital touch points.
  • The partnership, it added, will foster holistic customer experience across all organic channels, like the website, app, email, text message, social media and branches to drive business growth.

Navi General Insurance launches EMI-based health insurance

  • Bengaluru-based Navi General Insurance has introduced a monthly subscription (EMI) based insurance product instead of paying the annual premium upfront to make health insurance affordable.
  • Navi General Insurance is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sachin Bansal-led Navi Technologies.
  • The insurance policies can be purchased at EMIs starting as low as INR 240 per month.
  • Navi offers health insurance cover ranging from INR 2 Lakh to INR 1 Cr for individuals and families.
  • The company claims that it has a claim settlement ratio of 97.3% and a network of 10,000+ cashless hospitals across 400+ locations in India.

RBI stretch the BBPS scope by August 31, 2021

  • The Reserve Bank of India stated the scope of Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) will be expanded by August 31 this year by adding ‘mobile prepaid recharges’ as a biller category, a move likely to help millions of prepaid phone subscribers in the country. 

About BBPS:

  • BBPS is an integrated bill payment system that offers interoperable bill payment service to customers online as well as through a network of agents on the ground.
  • The system will provide multiple payment modes and instant confirmation of payment.
  • BBPS functions under the aegis of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
  • In September 2019, the scope and coverage of BBPS were expanded to include all categories of billers which raise recurring bills (except mobile prepaid recharges) as eligible participants, on a voluntary basis.
  • Before that, the facility of payment of recurring bills through BBPS was available only in five segments — direct to home (DTH), electricity, gas, telecom and water.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENT AND RESIGNATION NEWS

Snapdeal appointed Girish Koppad as VP, Head of Technology

  • E-commerce platform Snapdeal announced the appointment of Girish Koppad as Vice President and Head of Technology. 
  • Previously he was serving as the former Samsung executive.
  • He has helped in building innovative products to serve internet users in markets around the world and has worked in large and entrepreneurial setups across the US, India, Russia, and Africa.
  • At Snapdeal, he will lead Technology Engineering and will spearhead development and services for technology infrastructure and data centres.
  • He will lead the technology team in continuing to further grow the platform’s capabilities to offer an enabling, intuitive and engaging experience to Snapdeal users.

Amara Raja Batteries founder-Chairman Ramachandra Galla decided to step down

  • The committee of Amara Raja Batteries Ltd. (ARBL) has decided to reign in the institution committee and has announced ‘Energy and Mobility’ arsenic, the strategic absorption for the institution going forward.
  • It has announced enlargement of the Lead Acid Batteries concern and the constitution of a New Energy SBU encompassing Lithium compartment and artillery pack, EV chargers, Energy Storage Systems, Advanced Home Energy Solutions and related products and services.
  • Founder Chairman Dr. Ramachandra Galla, who steered the institution for 36 years, volition measurement down arsenic Chairman, and Jayadev Galla volition presume the relation of Chairman of the committee after the AGM.
  • The committee accepted the resignation of Dr. Ramadevi Gourineni arsenic Non-Executive Director, and has decided to induct Harshavardhana Gourineni and Vikramaditya Gourineni arsenic Executive Directors.

Sterling and Wilson Solar appointed Amit Jain as Global CEO

  • Sterling and Wilson Solar Ltd announced the appointment of Amit Jain as Global CEO.
  • Indian multinational and global leader in Solar EPC, Sterling and Wilson Solar Ltd has appointed Amit Jain as Global CEO, the company mentioned in a BSE filing.
  • He succeeds Bikesh Ogra, who relinquished the position with effect from May 31, 2021.
  • Ogra will continue as a Director on the Board of the company.

Ajai Puri re-elected as COAI chairman for 2021-22

  • COAI stated Ajai Puri, Chief Operating Officer of Bharti Airtel, has been re-elected as Chairman of the industryassociation for 2021-22.
  • Cellular Operators’ Association of India(COAI) mentioned that Pramod Kumar Mittal, President of Reliance Jio Infocomm, will continue as Vice Chairman of the association.
  • Ajai Puri, Chief Operating Officer (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel will once again hold the position of Chairman while Pramod Kumar Mittal, President, Reliance Jio Infocomm will be the Vice Chairman of the association”.

Rebeca Grynspan appointed as UNCTAD’s 1st Women Secretary General

  • On June 11, 2021, The United Nations appointed Rebeca Grynspan from Costa Rica as the new secretary general of its trade and development body, of  the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development.
  • She was nominated by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

About Rebeca Grynspan :

  • Grynspan, the first woman and Central American to be appointed as UNCTAD’s Secretary General, is an economist 
  • She is currently Ibero-American Secretary General.
  • She served as UNDP’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, a member of the high-level panel on financing for development.
  • She also Served as a Vice President of Costa Rica (1994 to 1998).
  • She was a former Under Secretary General of the UN and Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

About UNCTAD :

  • The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development was established in 1964 as a permanent intergovernmental body.
  • Headquarters location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Founded: 30 December 1964
  • Acting Secretary-General; Isabelle Durant

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

Indian peacekeepers in Sudan honoured with UN medals for outstanding performance

  • About 130 Indian peacekeepers deployed with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have been honoured with UN medals for their “outstanding performance”.
  • India is among the largest troop contributing countries to UN peacekeeping missions.
  • About 135 Indian and 103 Sri Lankan peacekeepers serving in the mission were awarded for their service.

Vinoo Mankad and 9 others conferred into ICC Hall of Fame

  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced a special edition intake of 10 cricket icons including former India cricketer Vinoo Mankad into the ICC Hall of Fame to celebrate the prestigious history of Test cricket, coinciding with this month’s maiden World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand. 

The stalwarts, who have made great contribution to the game and were inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame are: 

  • Aubrey Faulkner of South Africa and Monty Noble of Australia (Early Cricket Era, prior to 1918)
  • Sir Learie Constantine of West Indies and Stan McCabe of Australia (Inter-War Era, 1918-1945)
  • Ted Dexter of England and Vinoo Mankad of India (Post-War Era, 1946-1970)
  • Desmond Haynes of West Indie and Bob Willis of England (ODI Era, 1971-1995)
  • Andy Flower of Zimbabwe and Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka (Modern Cricket Era, 1996-2015).
  • These 10 legends have all made a significant contribution to the history of Test cricket, and join an illustrious list of ICC Hall of Famers, taking the total number to 103 as a result of this intake.

Assam to institute own versions of Bharat Ratna and Padma awards from next year

  • The Assam government will present its own versions of the Bharat Ratna and the Padma awards from next year.
  • The weekly cabinet meeting, chaired by chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma decided to institute the Asom Ratna Award to be presented every year to one person who has made significant contribution to the society.
  • The cabinet also instituted other civilian honours such as the Asom Bibhushan Award to be presented to three persons, the Assam Bhushan to five and the Asom Shree to 10 people every year.
  • These four awards will carry cash prizes of Rs 5 lakh, Rs 3 lakh, Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively with other benefits like free medical treatment for critical illness, free stay at Assam Bhawans and free travel in ASTC buses, among others.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU’s AND AGREEMENTS

Bihar signed MoU for mega hydropower project initiation with NHPCL

  • A MoU for Bihar’s mega Dagmara hydroelectric project, initiated with an aim to a new era of growth in the power sector, was signed between the Bihar State Power Holding Corporation and the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited (NHPC).
  • The MoU was signed forsetting up Bihar’s biggest hydroelectric power generation plant called the ‘Dagmara multipurpose hydropower project over the Kosi River in Supaul district.

Emirates Group Security, GMR Aviation Academy jointly signed MoU for aviation training

  • The Emirates Group Security (EGS) and the GMR Aviation Academy (GMRAA) signed a MoU to promote cooperation for development and exchange of information, technical expertise, and experiences in aviation security.
  • The GMRAA is part of the GMR Group, India’s leading infrastructure development company and the 4th largest private airport company in the world. 
  • Dubai-based EGS is a multi-faceted organization that develops and implements security strategies and measures across the Emirates Airline network.
  • Through this MoU, the GMRAA and the EGS will jointly offer more than 75 aviation and security courses in both online and conventional classroom settings – certificates, diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate – to thousands of professionals in India as well as in the Middle East and Asian regions.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

India’s first Power free CPAP device Jivan Vayu Developed By IIT Ropar

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar has developed a device called ‘Jivan Vayu.
  • It can be used as a substitute for a CPAP machine.
  • Khushboo Rakha, Assistant Professor, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, has developed the device at the Advanced Materials and Design Lab of IIT Ropar.

About Jivan Vayu :

  • The device has been manufactured using 3D printing and has also been tested mechanically.
  • It has an inbuilt viral filter at the air entrainment end which has a viral efficacy of 99.99%.
  • The device is designed to maintain an FiO2 of above 40% with a PEEP (positive end-expiratory pressure) of 5-20 cm H2O.
  • Jivan Vayu can deliver high flow oxygen up to 60 Litres Per Minute (LPM)
  • The new device is the “first to be designed in India that functions even without electricity” and is adapted to both kinds of oxygen generation units like CO2 cylinders and oxygen pipelines.

IIT Ropar in recent news (June 1):

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar (IIT Ropar) in Punjab has developed a first-of-its-kind IoT device AmbiTag that records real-time ambient temperature during the transportation of perishable products, vaccines and even body organs and blood. 
  • That recorded temperature further helps to know whether that particular item transported from anywhere in the world is still usable or perished because of temperature variation.
  • This information is particularly critical for vaccines including Covid-19 vaccine, organs and blood transportation.

About Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) :

  • Founder: Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Founded: 1951

European Space Agency’s EnVision mission to Venus in 2030

  • To Study Venus the European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the launching of its probe EnVision.
  • It will probably be launched to the planet in early 2030.
  • The spacecraft will carry a range of instruments to study the planet’s atmosphere and surface, monitor trace gases in the atmosphere and analyse its surface composition. 

About EnVision :

  • EnVision is an ESA led mission with contributions from NASA.
  • The EnVision probe of ESA will determine how and why Venus and Earth evolved so differently, even while being in the habitable zone to the Sun.
  • EnVision launched on an Ariane 6 rocket, the spacecraft will take about 15 months to reach Venus and will take 16 more months to achieve orbit circularisation.
  • Recently NASA selected two missions to the planet Venus, called DAVINCI+ and VERITAS.
  • Early ESA-led mission to Venus called ‘Venus Express’ (2005-2014) that focussed on atmospheric research and pointed to volcanic hotspots on the planet’s surface.
  • Other than this, Japan’s Akatsuki spacecraft has also been studying the planet’s atmosphere since 2015.

HAL manufactured ALH Mk-III helicopters inducted into ICG

  • On June 12, 2021, The Indian Coast Guard inducted the first three of 16 Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) Mk-III designed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

About ALH Mk-III helicopters :

  • The ALH Mk-III marine version has been designed and developed with in-house customisation of 19 additional equipment by HAL to meet Coast Guard requirements.
  • The HAL will supply 16 ALH Mk-III to the ICG by mid next year 2022.
  • On induction, the 16 ALH Mk-III will be positioned at four Coast Guard squadrons at Bhubaneshwar, Porbandar, Kochi and Chennai.

About HAL :

  • Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • Founder: Walchand Hirachand
  • Founded: 23 December 1940, Bengaluru

About Indian Coast Guard :

  • Comes Under Ministry of Defence
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Director General: Krishnaswamy Natarajan
  • Additional Director General: D. Chafekar

CURRENT AFFAIRS : ENVIRONMENT

15-metre tree of Coffee discovered in Andaman & Nicobar Islands         

  • A new 15-meter-tall tree Pyrostria laljii, that belongs to the genus of the coffee family has recently been discovered.
  • It was discovered from the Andaman Islands by a team of researchers from India and the Philippines.

About Pyrostria laljii :

  • The tree has an umbellate inflorescence with 8-12 flowers. 
  • The colour of the flowers varies from white to cream, and turns brown after pollination.
  • The tree is distinguished by a long stem with a whitish coating on the trunk, and oblong-ovate leaves with a cuneate base, and was first reported from South Andaman’s Wandoor forest.
  • Pyrostria laljii, is also the first record of the genus Pyrostria in India.

Note :

  • Pyrostria laljii has been assessed as ‘Critically Endangered’ based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List criteria.
  • The new species has been named Pyrostria laljii after Lal Ji Singh, Joint Director and Head of Office, Andaman and Nicobar Regional Centre, Botanical Survey of India.
  • Singh and Mr. Naik has also discovered a new species of pokeweed named Rivina and amanensis. 
  • It represents the first record of the pokeweed family Petiveriaceae in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

About International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) :

  • Headquarters: Gland, Switzerland
  • CEO: Bruno Oberle
  • Founder: Julian Huxley
  • Founded: 5 October 1948, Fontainebleau, France

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

  • India’s Mirabai Chanu, the 2017 world champion in weightlifting, has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s 49-kg category announced by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).
  • The International Weightlifting Federation announced that Mirabai has qualified on the basis of her world ranking points.
  • The Indian Manipur lifter is ranked second in the women’s 49kg category with 4133,6172 points.
  • As per rules of the IWF, top eight lifters in each of the 14 weight categories, including seven in the women’s group, are eligible to compete in Tokyo Olympic Games.
  • In the men’s 67 kg category, India’s teenage weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga is ranked 12th.

About International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) :

  • Interim President: Michael Sheriar Irani
  • Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Founded: 1905
  • It has 192 Member Federations.

ICC Players of the month for May – Mushfiqur Rahim, Kathryn Bryce

  • Scotland’s Kathryn Bryce and Mushfiqur Rahim of Bangladesh have been named the International Cricket Council (ICC) Players of the Month for May.
  • Bryce secured the women’s prize after becoming the first Scottish player, male or female, to make it into the top 10 of the ICC rankings.
  • She is third on the T20 all-rounder standings and 10th on the bowling list.
  • Bryce played four T20 internationals in Scotland’s series with Ireland in May, where she scored 96 runs and took five wickets.
  • The 23-year-old was a standout performer despite her side losing the series.
  • Bryce beat off competition from Ireland duo Gaby Lewis and Leah Paul to land the monthly award.
  • Rahim took the men’s prize after helping Bangladesh to a one-day international series win over Sri Lanka.
  • He scored 125 in the second match and hit an unbeaten 68 in his side’s drawn Test against the same opponents.
  • Hasan Ali of Pakistan and Praveen Jayawickrama of Sri Lanka were also nominated.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : OBITUARIES

Kannada Actor Sanchari Vijay Passes Away

  • On June 14, 2021, Noted Kannada Actor Sanchari Vijay Passed Away.
  • He was 37.

About Sanchari Vijay :

  • Sanchari Vijay was awarded the National Award Best Actor win for Naanu Avanalla…Avalu in 2015.
  • In his Naanu Avanalla…Avalu film, he fetched the Best Actor Award at the 62nd National Film Awards, in which he played the role of a transgender.
  • His Noted Films include, Dasavala, Oggarane, Harivu, Killing Veerapan, Nathicharami.
  • He received the Karnataka State Film Award for Best actor and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best South Actor.

Daily CA On June 13 & 14 :

  • International Albinism Awareness Day is celebrated annually on June 13 to celebrate the human rights of persons with albinism worldwide. The theme of the day this year is #StrengthBeyondAllOdds.
  • World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) is held on June 14each year. For 2021, the World Blood Donor Day theme will be “Give blood and keep the world beating”.
  • Union Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced the release of the report of All India Survey on Higher Education 2019-20. 
  • Naftali Bennett was sworn in as Israel’s new Prime Minister, ending Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year hold on power and the political uncertainty that gripped the Jewish nation for months after inconclusive elections.
  • The Group of Seven richest democracies has sought to counter China’s growing influence by offering developing nations an infrastructure plan that could rival President Xi Jinping’s multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative.
  • The country’s presidency stated that Henri Marie Dondra has been named prime minister of the Central African Republic (CAR).
  • In Madhya Pradesh, ‘Yuva Shakti Corona Mukti Abhiyan’ means free from corona with the help of a youth power campaign will be launched to make people aware about the COVID pandemic.
  • India’s foreign exchange reserves crossed $600 for the first time. As on June 4, the foreign exchange reserves stood at $605 billion, almost tying with Russia as the fourth largest reserve holder in the world.
  • E-commerce firm Flipkart stated it has partnered with the Telangana government to lead a consortium tasked with the development and execution of drone deliveries of medical supplies to remote areas under the ‘Medicines from the Sky’
  • The Centre has appointed Anand Mohan Bajaj, Additional Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) as Member of the Board of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), which is the capital markets as well as commodity derivatives market regulator.
  • Dr Mukesh Sharma, a professor who is an air quality expert with the civil engineering department of IITKanpur, has been appointed as an honorary member of WHO’s Global Air Pollution and Health Technical Advisory Group (GAPH-TAG). 
  • The UN General Assembly approved the nomination of Costa Rican economist Rebecca Grynspan to head the UN agency promoting trade and development, the first woman and Central American to lead the Geneva-based organisation.
  • Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar has been appointed as the new brand ambassador of biotechnology company Mylab Discovery Solutions.
  • Nagraj Adiga elected in International Association of Ultrarunners Council
  • KL Deemed to be University has been awarded “One District One Green Champion,” by the Government of India. The award is bestowed to the educational institutes for the contribution to the Swachh Bharat initiative by the Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education (MGNCRE), Department of Higher Education under the Ministry of Education of the Government of India.
  • On June 11, 2021, a mobile application called Namaste Yoga Launched by the Ministry of Ayush .
  • Novak Djokovic and Barbora Krejcikova win in The French Open Tennis Tournament 2021.
  • On June 11, 2021, India’s 1951 Asian Games marathon bronze medal winner and 1952 Olympian Surat Singh Mathur Passed away.
  • On June 11, 2021, Noted neurologist and Padma Shri recipient Dr Ashok Panagariya Passed away.
  • On June 11, 2021, Noted Kannada poet, playwright and Dalit activist, Siddalingaiah Passed away.

Daily CA On June 15 & 16 :

  • World Wind Dayalso known as Global Wind Day is observed every year on 15 June It is organised by WindEurope and GWEC.
  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Dayis observed on June 15 every year to raise awareness about abuse and neglect of older persons and raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. The current theme of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is ‘Access to Justice’.
  • June 16th marks the annual International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR), which recognizes the financial contributions made by 250 million migrant workers to sustainable international development.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated two centers of excellence established by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) at Seema Sadak Bhawan in New Delhi.
  • Centre has launched ‘Project O2 for India’ to step up production of medical oxygen to meet the potential increase in demand due to further waves of the pandemic.‘Project O2 for India’, an initiative of the Office of Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India (GoI).
  • Telangana government had launched the Telangana AI Mission (T-AIM) powered by Nasscom and as part of the T-AIM an accelerator programme called Revv Up has been launched to enable and empower AI startups.
  • Raja Parba, a 3-day festival celebrating womanhood is being celebrated across Odisha.
  • India exported the first commercial consignment of Geographical Indications (GI) certified ‘Jardalu‘ mangoes from Bhagalpur, Bihar, to the United Kingdom giving a possible boost to the potential of farm exports from the eastern region.
  • India’s retail inflation raced to 6.3% in May, breaching the upper limit of the central bank’s inflation target for the first time in six months and bringing further pressure on an economy whipped by the second wave of covid-19 infections. 
  • Ambuja Cement Foundation has joined hands with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for implementation of its employability through skill initiative project’s second phase.
  • Ujjivan Small Finance Bank stated it has collaborated with customer engagement platform MoEngage to drive digital banking experiences in the unserved and underserved regions of the country.
  • Bengaluru-based Navi General Insurance has introduced a monthly subscription (EMI) based insurance product instead of paying the annual premium upfront to make health insurance affordable.
  • The Reserve Bank of India stated the scope of Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) will be expanded by August 31 this year by adding ‘mobile prepaid recharges’ as a biller category, a move likely to help millions of prepaid phone subscribers in the country. 
  • E-commerce platform Snapdeal announced the appointment of Girish Koppad as Vice President and Head of Technology. 
  • The committee of Amara Raja Batteries Ltd. (ARBL) has decided to reign in the institution committee and has announced ‘Energy and Mobility’ arsenic, the strategic absorption for the institution going forward.
  • Sterling and Wilson Solar Ltd announced the appointment of Amit Jain as Global CEO.
  • COAI stated Ajai Puri, Chief Operating Officer of Bharti Airtel, has been re-elected as Chairman of the industryassociation for 2021-22.
  • On June 11, 2021, The United Nations appointed Rebeca Grynspan from Costa Rica as the new secretary general of its trade and development body, of  the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development.
  • Indian peacekeepers in Sudan honoured with UN medals for outstanding performance
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced a special edition intake of 10 cricket icons including former India cricketer Vinoo Mankad into the ICC Hall of Fame to celebrate the prestigious history of Test cricket, coinciding with this month’s maiden World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand. 
  • The Assam government will present its own versions of the Bharat Ratna and the Padma awards from next year.
  • A MoU for Bihar’s mega Dagmara hydroelectric project, initiated with an aim to a new era of growth in the power sector, was signed between the Bihar State Power Holding Corporation and the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited (NHPC).
  • The Emirates Group Security (EGS) and the GMR Aviation Academy (GMRAA) signed a MoU to promote cooperation for development and exchange of information, technical expertise, and experiences in aviation security.
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar has developed a device called ‘Jivan Vayu.
  • To Study Venus the European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the launching of its probe EnVision.
  • On June 12, 2021, The Indian Coast Guard inducted the first three of 16 Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) Mk-III designed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
  • A new 15-meter-tall tree Pyrostria laljii, that belongs to the genus of the coffee family has recently been discovered.
  • India’s Mirabai Chanu, the 2017 world champion in weightlifting, has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s 49-kg category announced by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).
  • Scotland’s Kathryn Bryce and Mushfiqur Rahim of Bangladesh have been named the International Cricket Council (ICC) Players of the Month for May.
  • On June 14, 2021, Noted Kannada Actor Sanchari Vijay Passed Away.

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