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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS

International Day of the Tropics – Observed on June 29

  • The International Day of the Tropicsis observed every year on 29 June to highlight opportunities, unique challenges faced by nations lying between the tropics and celebrates the diversity of tropical regions.
  • Theme of this year is ‘Digital Divide in the Tropics’.
  • The day aims at promoting tropical regions on the planet and raising awareness about conservation strategies.
  • The Tropics are defined as the area between the tropic of Capricorn and the tropic of Cancer.
  • The tropics are regions of the Earth that lie roughly in the middle of the globe.
  • The tropics between the latitude lines of the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
  • The tropics include the Equator and parts of North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

National Statistics day – Observed on June 29

  • World Statistics Day is an international day Observed on June 29, to celebrate statistics.
  • The theme of Statistics Day, 2021 is Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)- 2 (End Hunger, Achieve Food Security and Improved Nutrition and Promote Sustainable Agriculture).
  • The birth anniversary of PC Mahalanobis is observed as National Statistics Day.
  • Often referred to as the ‘father of Indian statistics’, PC Mahalanobis, was born on June 29, 1893 in Calcutta (now Kolkata), West Bengal.
  • He was a key member of the first Planning Commission of independent India and a Padma Vibhushan awardee. 
  • The first National Statistics Daywas observed on June 29, 2006.
  • The day is celebrated every five years.
  • The Chief Guest of the National Statistics Day 2021 event is Rao Inderjit Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) and Ministry of Planning.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

Union Govt announced the Scheme FAME II extended till 2024

  • The scheme has increased the demand incentive by 50 percent to Rs 15,000 per kWh compared to Rs 10,000 per kWh
  • The maximum cap is also increased at 40 percent of the e-two-wheeler cost compared to 20 percent
  • The FAME II scheme, introduced to drive greater adoption of EVs in India, was launched with a massive budget outlay of Rs 10,000 crore in April 2019, to support 7,000 e-buses, 500,000 e-three-wheelers, 55,000 e-passenger vehicles and a million e-two-wheelers. 
  • However, it seems to have missed its desired outcome by a huge count.
  • The Union government has announced the extension of the second phase of FAME India scheme by two years till March 31, 2024.

About FAME India scheme:

  • The FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacture of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles) Scheme is an incentive scheme for the promotion of electric and hybrid vehicles in the country.
  • Ultimate objective of the scheme is to promote electric mobility and it gives financial incentives for enhancing electric vehicle production and creation of electric transportation infrastructure.
  • The incentives are provided in the form of subsidies to manufacturers of electric vehicles and infrastructure providers of electric vehicles.
  • Launched by the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises in 2015, the first phase of the scheme started in 2015 and was completed on March 31st, 2019. 
  • Phase I of the FAME-India Scheme was implemented with an outlay of INR 895 Cr.  Approximately 2,18,625 Electric Vehicles were promoted by FAME I till July 2018.
  • The allocations for the scheme during the periods 2019-20 and 2020-21 were approximately INR 1500 Cr and INR 5000 Cr, respectively.
  • For the year 2021-22, the amount is estimated to be INR 3500 Cr.

Rajnath Singh inaugurates 63 bridges built by BRO in 8 states

  • With an aim to strengthen the road connectivity in the border areas, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated 63 bridges in six states and two Union Territories built by Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
  • Among the 63 bridges, 11 are in Ladakh, four in Jammu & Kashmir, three in Himachal Pradesh, six in Uttarakhand, eight in Sikkim, one each in Nagaland and Manipur, and 29 in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The combined cost of the projects is Rs 240 crores.
  • With the inauguration of 63 bridges in one go, BRO has surpassed its own record of 44 bridges launched in 2020.
  • These 63 bridges, combined with 12 roads dedicated to the nation by Shri Rajnath Singh on June 17, 2021, form a bouquet of 75 infrastructure projects completed by BRO when the nation is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its Independence.

About Border Roads Organization:

  • The Border Roads Organization is a road construction executive force in India that provides support to and is a part of the Indian Armed Forces.
  • BRO develops and maintains road networks in India’s border areas and friendly neighboring countries.
  • Director General: Gen. Rajeev Chaudhary
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

All High Court websites initiated to introduce captchas for physically disabled access

  • All websites of the high courts now have captchas that are accessible to people with disabilities, the law ministry.
  • The task of making the digital infrastructure of the Indian judicial system more accessible to people with disabilities has been a core component of the work of the e-Committee of the Supreme Court in the last few months.
  • “A significant milestone that the e-Committee’s efforts towards this objective have yielded has been to ensure that all high court websites now have captchas which are accessible to Persons with Disabilities (PwDs)“.
  • The e-Committee of the Supreme Court is headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud

About Captcha:

  • Captcha is a programme that protects websites against bots by generating and grading tests that humans can pass but current computer programmes cannot.
  • These captchas serve as entry points to access several essential facets of a court website, such as judgments and orders, cause-lists and checking the status of cases.

IFSCA constituted Panel to Examine Best Practices in Ship Financing, Leasing Chaired by Vandana Aggarwal

  • The International Financial Services Centre Authority (IFSCA) has constituted a committee to examine global best practices in financing and leasing of ships, identify opportunities and devise a roadmap to enable such activities from GIFT IFSC.
  • Gujarat International Finance Tec (GIFT) City is a business district near Ahmedabad in Gujarat.
  • It is the country’s first operational greenfield smart city and international financial services centre.
  • This committee, to be chaired by Vandana Aggarwal, former Senior Economic Advisor, and Government of India will include representatives from the Government of India, Gujarat Maritime Board and industry experts possessing domain knowledge.

About IFSCA:

  • The IFSCAis a unified authority for the development and regulation of financial products, financial services and financial institutions in the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in India.
  • At present, the GIFT IFSC is the maiden international financial services centre in India.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Ashgabat world’s most expensive city for foreign workers

  • Turkmenistan’s capital city Ashgabat has become the world’s most expensive city for foreign workers, according to this year’s Mercer Cost of Living Survey.
  • The annual report has ranked 209 cities across five continents by measuring the comparative cost of more than 200 items, including housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment.
  • The survey used New York City, ranked 14 on the list, as the base city and currency movements were measured against the US dollar.
  • List of top 10 expensive cities mostly features global financial hubs like Hong Kong, which was the priciest last year, Tokyo, Shanghai, Zurich and Singapore.
  • Mumbai remains India’s most expensive city at 78th rank but has dropped 18 places in this year’s ranking “due to a relatively weak Indian rupee in comparison with other cities in the ranking.”
  • Other Indian cities on the list are New Delhi (117), Chennai (158), Bengaluru (170), and Kolkata (181).

About Turkmenistan:

  • Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia bordered by the Caspian Sea and largely covered by the Karakum Desert.
  • It’s known for archaeological ruins including those at Nisa and Merv, major stops along the ancient trade route the Silk Road.
  • Ashgabat, the capital, was rebuilt in Soviet style in the mid-20th century and is filled with grand monuments honoring former president Saparmurat Niyazov.
  • Capital: Ashgabat
  • Currency: Turkmenistani manat
  • President: Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

China replaced UAE became the 2nd Largest Export Destination of India in FY21

  • China overtook the UAE to emerge as India’s second-largest export destination in FY21, behind only the US, for the first time in recent memory, despite the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic and a deadly border clash with outbound shipments to the neighbouring country rising 27.53% to $21.18 billion in the pandemic year.
  • The US remained the country’s top export partner, according to government data, but shipments declined 2.78% to $51.63 billion in a year when India’s merchandise trade —both exports and imports — fell amid global lockdowns and disruption to logistics due to the pandemic.

About China:

  • China, officially the People’s Republic of China, is a country in East Asia.
  • It is the world’s most populous country, with a population of more than 1.4 billion.
  • It borders 14 countries, the second most of any country in the world, after Russia.
  • Currency: Renminbi
  • Capital: Beijing
  • President: Xi Jinping

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

PM Modi inaugurates Zen Garden and Kaizen Academy at AMA, Ahmedabad

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a Zen garden and Kaizen Academy in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad.
  • The virtual event can be watched live on the Ahmedabad Management Association’s YouTube channel.
  • A joint endeavour of the Japan Information and Study Centre at AMA and Indo-Japan Friendship Association (IJFA) in Gujarat, ‘Zen-Kaizen’ at AMA seeks to showcase several elements of Japanese art, culture, landscape and architecture.
  • It has been supported by Japan’s Hyogo International Association (HIA).

Zen Garden:

  • A traditional Zen garden, known as karesansui, is a minimalist dry landscape comprised of natural elements of rock, gravel, sand and wood, with very few plants and no water.
  • Man-made components include bridges, statuary and stone lanterns, with an enclosing wall or fence to separate the space from the outside world.

About Gujarat:

  • Gujarat is a state on the western coast of India with a coastline of 1,600 km – most of which lies on the Kathiawar peninsula – and a population of 60.4 million.
  • It is the fifth-largest Indian state by area and the ninth-largest state by population.
  • National parks in the state: Gir Forest National Park, Blackbuck National Park, Vansda National Park, Marine National Park, Gulf of Kutch.
  • Capital: Gandhinagar
  • Governor: Acharya Devvrat
  • Chief minister: Vijay Rupani

Gujarat CM launched India’s 1st Fenton Catalytic Reactor Wastewater Treatment Plant

  • Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani virtually inaugurated the country’s first Fenton Catalytic Reactor, an advanced industrial wastewater treatment plant, at Vatva industrial area of the city.
  • With 30 MLD (million litres per day) capacity, Fenton Catalytic Reactor has been set by the Green Environment Services Co-operative Society Limited (GESCSL) in its premises in Vatva GIDC at a cost of Rs 70 crore.
  • Rupani stated the plant will cater to at least 700 industrial units, mostly engaged in manufacturing of chemicals and dyes, at Vatva industrial area.
  • At present, Gujarat has 35 common effluent treatment plants (CETPs) having a combined capacity to treat 750 million litres of industrial wastewater per day, he said, adding that the government plans to set up another 19 CETPs in the near future.

About Fenton treatment:

  • Fentonis an effective advanced treatment process.
  • Fenton was mainly used to treat wastewater by radical oxidation and flocculation.
  • H2O2is catalyzed by ferrous ions to decompose into HO· and to trigger the production of other radicals, which can fully oxidize organic matters.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING NEWS

India and WB sign $32 million loan agreement for Mizoram healthcare project

  • The Government of India, Government of Mizoram and the World Bank have signed a $32 million Mizoram Health Systems Strengthening Projectto improve management capacity and quality of health services in Mizoram, particularly for the benefit of under-served areas and vulnerable groups.
  • The project will strengthen the governance and the management structure of the Department of Health and Family Welfare (DoHFW) and its subsidiaries, improve the quality and coverage of services delivered by the state government health systems, and invest in a comprehensive Quality Assurance program which would enable quality certification of health facilities.

About the project:

  • A key focus will be to strengthen the effectiveness of the state health insurance programme; build synergies with the Government of India’s Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojna (PMJAY); and thereby reduce financial barriers in accessing hospital services, prevent catastrophic out of pocket expenditure for health by poor families and expand coverage.
  • The Mizoram Health Systems Strengthening Project will benefit the people across all eight districts of the state.
  • It will also benefit health sector staff, specifically at the secondary and primary levels, by strengthening their planning and management capacity along with building their clinical skills and competencies.

About Mizoram;

  • Mizoram is a state in northeastern India, with Aizawl as its seat of government and capital city.
  • The name of the state is derived from “Mizo“, the self described name of the native inhabitants, and “Ram“, which in the Mizo language means “land.”
  • Thus “Mizo-ram” means “land of the Mizos“.
  • National parks: Murlen National Park, Phawngpui National Park.
  • Wildlife sanctuaries: Ngengpui Wildlife Sanctuary, Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Capital: Aizawl
  • Governor: P. S. Sreedharan Pillai
  • Chief minister:Zoramthanga

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENT AND RESIGNATION NEWS

WhatsApp appointed Manesh Mahatme to head of its payments business

  • Facebook-owned WhatsApp has hired former Amazon Pay executive Manesh Mahatme as its Head of Payments in India. 
  • Mahatme will be working on enhancing the payments experience for users and scaling the service in the country.

About Manesh Mahatme:

  • Mahatme spent seven years with Amazon Pay, where he served as Director and Board member of Amazon Pay India.
  • He also led the company’s product, engineering, and growth teams and helped in building and scaling the payment experience and platform for Amazon India’s marketplace business.
  • Mahatme comes with 17 years of experience in the domain of digital financial services and payments.
  • He has worked extensively with companies like Citibank, Airtel Money and Amazon.

About WhatsApp Pay:

  • WhatsApp Payis an in-chat payment feature that allows users to make transactions via WhatsApp to their contact list.
  • It is UPI-based payments service that allows you to both send and receive money.
  • It was developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).

Aditya Nath Das: Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary gets 3-Month Extension

  • The Centre has extended the tenure of Andhra PradeshChief Secretary Aditya Nath Das by three months.
  • Following the request by Chief MinisterYS Jaganmohan Reddy to extend the tenure of Das, who is due to retire from service on June 30 on attaining the age of superannuation, by three months, the Centre approved his extension till September 30, 2021.

Chief secretary of state:

  • Chief Secretaries are chosen by the state’s Chief Minister.
  • State Chief Secretaries are IAS officers generally equivalent in rank to a Secretary to Government of India and are placed 23rd on Indian Order of Precedence.
  • Term length: No fixed tenure is imposed on the office but term can be extended.
  • Appointer: Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

Praveen Sinha take oath as Special Director of CBI

  • CBI Additional Director Praveen Sinha has been appointed as Special Director of Central Bureau of Investigation, a post earlier held by Rakesh Asthana.
  • Special Director is the second senior-most position in the agency after the Director.
  • The post was vacant for the last three years.
  • The Appointments Committee of the cabinet appointed Praveen Sinha as the Special Director of CBI on the recommendations made by DoPT (Department of Personnel and Training).

About CBI:

  • The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is the premier investigating agencyof India.
  • Operating under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions(India), Originally set up to investigate bribery and governmental corruption, in 1965 it received expanded jurisdiction to investigate breaches of central laws enforceable by the Government of India, multi-state organized crime, multi-agency or international cases.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

Twitter India appointed US-based Jeremy Kessel as new grievance officer 

  • Social media platform Twitter has appointed US-based Jeremy Kessel as its new grievance redressal officer for India. 
  • Kessel’s appointment comes a day after Dharmendra Chatur had resigned from the post of interim resident grievance redressal officer for India.
  • Kessel has been appointed as the firm’s new grievance redressal officer for India.
  • According to the newly established IT guidelines, all nodal officers, including the grievance redressal officer, should be based out of India.
  • Since Kessel is US-based, Twitter is not in line with the IT rules.

About Twitter:

  • Twitter is an American microblogging and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as “tweets”.
  • Registered users can post, like, and retweet tweets, but unregistered users can only read them.
  • CEO: Jack Dorsey
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Former Infosys CEO SD Shibu Lal appointed as head task force for bureaucratic reforms

  • The government appointed former Infosys CEO SD Shibu Lal as chairperson of a three-member task force which will assist in bringing major bureaucratic reforms through “Mission Karmayogi”.
  • The personnel ministry order confirmed the three-member task force will include Govind Iyer, consultant at global management consulting group Egon Zehnder, and Pankaj Bansal, co-founder and Group CEO of HR tech company PeopleStrong.
  • Additionally, Adil Zainulbhai, chairman designate, Capacity Building Commission, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) will be a special invitee to the discussions of the task force.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

15-year-old boy from Delhi honoured with Diana Award for helping marginalised girls

  • A 15-year-old boy from Delhi has received the prestigious Diana Award for going above and beyond in his daily life to create and sustain a positive change.
  • Ishan Kapur, a student at Wellington College (UK), has been recognized with the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts – The Diana Award.
  • Ishan works with the Sri Ramakrishna Ashram New Delhi.
  • He helps a local school access uniforms for marginalized girls.
  • The Diana Award was established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.
  • The Award is given out by the charity of the same name and has the support of both her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.

About Diana Award:

  • The Diana Award honors young people who work to improve the lives of others.
  • The Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person aged 9-25 can receive for their social action or humanitarian work.
  • Named after Diana, Princess of Wales, the award was established in 1999 by a board chaired by Gordon Brown.

Delhi Metro received ‘Japan Society of Civil Engineers’ award 

  • The Delhi Metro has received the prestigious ‘Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award’ for the year 2020 from the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE) for its “High-Quality” infrastructure development projects under Phase I, II and III.
  • This award is given to selective projects in the field of civil engineering technology development across the world.
  • Several countries participate and showcase their projects every year to bag the award.

About ‘Japan Society of Civil Engineers’ award:

  • JSCE Award program (founded in 1920) recognizes outstanding achievements, remarkable accomplishments, and significant contribution to civil engineering progress.
  • JSCE has developed the award program to further promote the civil engineering profession, encourage civil engineers to achieve their goals, and to introduce technological innovations widely.
  • The awards are conferred at the JSCE General Assembly in June every year.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS

CCI Accepts acquisition of Zuari Agro Chemicals plant by Paradeep Phosphates           

  • On June 25, 2021, The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved acquisition of the Zuarinagar plant of Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited by Paradeep Phosphates Limited.

About PPL :

  • PPL, part of the Adventz Group.
  • It is mainly in the manufacture and sale of non-Urea fertilizers, namely, di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) and NPK fertilizers. 
  • It also imports and sells Muriate of Potash (MoP).

About ZACL :

  • ZACL is also a part of the Adventz Group.
  • It is engaged in the development and manufacturing of fertilizers in India. 
  • It has manufacturing facilities at Zuarinagar, Goa where it produces Urea and non-Urea fertilizers.

About CCI :

  • Founded: 14 October 2003
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • First executive: Dhanendra Kumar
  • Chairman : Ashok Kumar Gupta

CURRENT AFFAIRS : DEFENCE NEWS

INS Tabar Utilized for naval exercises in Africa, Europe           

  • To enhance military cooperation with friendly nations, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Tabar, which commenced its prolonged deployment on June 13, will visit a number of ports in Africa and Europe till September end, 2021.
  • INS Tabar, is a Talwar-class stealth Frigate built for Indian Navy in Russia. 
  • The ship is commanded by Captain M Mahesh and has a complement of 300 personnel.
  • Tabar will transit across the Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Suez Canal, Mediterranean Sea, North Sea and Baltic Sea while making port calls at Djibouti, Egypt, Italy, France, UK, Russia, Netherlands, Morocco, and Arctic Council countries like Sweden and Norway.
  • The ship is also scheduled to participate in bilateral exercises like Ex Konkan with the Royal Navy, Ex Varuna with French Navy and Ex Indra with Russian Federation Navy.
  • The deployment will also see participation by the ship in the Russian Navy Day celebrations from July 22 to 27.
  • This is to further strengthen maritime security in the region and to consolidate combined operations against maritime threats.

About Indian Navy :

  • Comes Under Ministry of Defence
  • Founded : 1947
  • Headquarters : New Delhi
  • Commander in Chief : President Ramnath Kovind
  • Chief of the Naval Staff : Admiral Karambir Singh
  • Vice Chief of the Naval Staff : Ashok Kumar
  • Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff : Ravneet Singh

About Africa :

  • Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most populous continent, after Asia.
  • President : Cyril Ramaphosa

DRDO successfully test-fires Agni series’ off Odisha coast – Agni-P        

  • On May 28, 2021, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested a New Generation Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile “Agni P” from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha, Balasore.

About Agni – P :

  • Agni P is a new generation advanced variant of the Agni class of missiles. 
  • The new ballistic missile, which has a range capability between 1,000 and 2,000 kilometres.
  • The new nuclear-capable missile is fully made up of composite material and it was a textbook launch.

Note :

  • Agni I, India’s first intermediate-range ballistic missile, was successfully test-fired for the first time in May 1989.
  • It was inducted into service in 2004.
  • It has a range capability between 700 and 900 kilometres.

Recent News :

  • On June 25, 2021, The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired an extended range version of indigenously developed 122mm Caliber Rocket from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) Pinaka.
  • It was carried at Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.

About DRDO :

  • Founded: 1958
  • Headquarters : New Delhi
  • Chairman : Dr G Satheesh Reddy

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

LIC Launches new web portal – e- PGS

  • Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has launched a new centralized web-based work-flow-based IT platform, e-PGS.
  • The new technology platform is designed to provide for centralized collection and payment accounting with high level of bank integration through host to host connectivity and provide very innovative features of seamless and integrated banking with automatic reconciliations.

About the e-PGS :

  • e-PGS is capable of providing comprehensive self-servicing capabilities through customer portals where corporate customers will be able to view their data, initiate actionable processes, lodge and track claims.
  • It will change the face of customer servicing on a group business platform.
  • The new system is capable of high-level integration with customers’ technology systems for seamless transfer of data and services.

Note :

  • Rakesh Sharma, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of IDBI Bank received the first digital receipt, generated on a new IT platform.

About LIC :

  • Chairman : M R Kumar
  • Headquarters : Mumbai
  • Founded : 1 September 1956
  • Managing Director : Vipin Anand, Mukesh Gupta, Raj Kumar and S Mohanty

CURRENT AFFAIRS : BOOKS & AUTHORS

CJI Releases Book by  R V Raveendran On Evolving Legal System       

  • On June 26, 2021, Chief Justice of India N V Ramana released a book called  Anomalies in Law and Justice Virtually.
  • The Book has been Authored by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana.
  • Former Chief Justice of India MN Venkatachaliah, former Supreme Court docket Justice BN Srikrishna and senior advocate Arvind Datar also present the event.

About the Book :

  • The Book deals with various deficiencies in the law which require to be overcome.
  • The book was an attempt to explain to a common man that the law and the legal system is still evolving.

About R V Raveendran :

  • Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana is an Indian judge, serving as the 48th and current Chief Justice of India ( From 17 February 2017 to 18 August 2021 ).
  • He was the acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court on 27 June 2000.
  • Earlier, he was a Judge of the Supreme Court of India, Chief Justice of Delhi High Court on 17 February 2014.
  • He has also served as the president of the Andhra Pradesh Judicial Academy.

Note : 

  • First Female judge of the Supreme Court of India  : Fathima Beevi ( From 6 October 1989 to 29 April 1992 )
  • Longest Serving female judge of the Supreme Court of India : Ruma Pal

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

Shafali Verma Becomes the Youngest Indian Cricketer in all formats               

  • On June 27, 2021, Opener Shafali Verma became the youngest Indian cricketer to make debut across all the formats after being picked for the first ODI against England Women.
  • The others are followed by former England women’s team wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor, Australia Women all-rounder Ellyse Perry is third in the list, followed by Pakistan Mohammad Amir.
  • Verma, on her ODI debut, scored 15 runs off 14 balls before being dismissed by England’s Katherine Brunt.
  • The Haryana girl took 17 years and 150 days to make her debut across all formats, making her the fifth-youngest cricketer overall in the list, headed by Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

About Shafali Verma :

  • Shafali Verma is an Indian cricketer who plays for the India women’s national cricket team.
  • In 2019, she became the youngest cricketer to play in a Women’s Twenty20 International match for India.
  • In November 2019, she became the youngest half-centurion for India in international cricket  against the West Indies and she was named the player of the series.

F1 Styrian Grand Prix 2021 : Red Bull’s Max Verstappen Wins      

  • Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has won the Styrian Grand Prix 2021 held at Spielberg, Austria.
  • Followed by Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton & Valtteri Bottas finished 2nd & 3rd Place.
  • F1 Styrian Grand Prix 2021 Organised by FIA.
  • Verstappen has won three of the last four races.

Achievements of Max Verstappen :

  • For the Hungarian Grand Prix, Verstappen became the first Dutch F1 driver  in 2019.
  • On 23 May 2021, Verstappen became the first Dutch F1 driver to lead the World Championship, after winning the Monaco Grand Prix.

About FIA :

  • FIA : Federation Internationale de l’Automobile
  • Headquarters : Paris, France
  • President: Jean Todt
  • Founded: 20 June 1904
  • FIA consists of 246 member organisations in 145 countries worldwide.

Daily CA On June 27 and 28 :

  • Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day: Observed on June 27. In 2021, the theme is “MSME 2021: key to an inclusive and sustainable recovery”. 
  • National Insurance Awareness Day is celebrated every year on June 28.
  • Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Law & Justice, Communications and Electronics & IT, formally launched the e-filing portal of Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), ‘itat e-dwar’.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with participants of Toycathon 2021 via video conference. Around 1.2 lakh participants from across India registered and submitted more than 17,000 ideas for the Toycathon 2021, out of which 1,567 ideas have been shortlisted for the three-day online Toycathon Grand Finale, being held from June 22 to June 24.
  • Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar in a virtual event released the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of LiDAR based survey of forest areas in ten states namely Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Nagaland, and Tripura.
  • Tax Inspectors without Borders (TIWB), a joint initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), launched its programme in Bhutan.
  • The World Drug Report released on June 24 by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna Around 275 million people used drugs worldwide last year, while over 36 million people suffered from drug use disorders.
  • Marking the birth of Guru Padmasambhava, Hemis Festival, a two-day event that is celebrated on the 10th day of the fifth month of Tibetan Calendar, which is the month of June/July in Gregorian calendar.
  • Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced that the state has not had a single case of rabies in Goa in the past three years. Goa AM mentioned that the state has achieved 5.40.593 vaccination against rabies in dogs.
  • Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (Jio), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), and Google Cloud are embarking on a comprehensive, long-term strategic relationship with a goal of powering 5G in enterprise and consumer segments nationwide.
  • Women’s personal care brand, Clovia in partnership with Alliance Insurance launched a tailor-made insurance policy, “Women’s cancer shield” for breast cancer female patients.
  • The World Bank sanctioned USD125 million financial support for Kerala. A meeting of directors of the Bank held in Washington approved the project proposal from the state government and sanctioned USD 125 million (approximately Rs 925 crore). 
  • Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has launched a centralized web-based workflow-based IT platform, “e-PGS”.  The new technology platform, e-PGS, is designed to provide a centralized collection and payment accounting with a high level of bank integration.
  • Vigilance Commissioner Suresh N Patel will act as the central vigilance commissioner (CVC) in the Central Vigilance Commission.
  • Shri RK Sabharwal, C&MD, Engineers India Ltd. (EIL) has been honoured with the highest civilian award of Mongolia “The Order of Polar Star” by His Excellency, the President of Mongolia to recognize the outstanding contribution made by him towards the establishment of the first ever oil Refinery in Mongolia.
  • Maharashtra signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the British government under their ‘ACT4Green’ programme, which aims to enable the Indian and UK start-ups to expand internationally through market entry support in their respective cross-border markets of interest.
  • On June 26, 2021, Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan inaugurated the two-day International Education e-Conference. The two-day conference was held in virtual mode. The Conference held on the theme of Holistic Education for Excellence in Life. It has been organised by Prajapita Brahma Kumari Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya.
  • On June 25, 2021, The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired an extended range version of indigenously developed “Pinaka”. It was carried at Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.
  • The award winning author Tahmima Anam Authored a novel titled The startup wife. It has been Published by Penguin Random House India.
  • Sajan Prakash became the first Indian swimmer to qualify for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
  • On June 22, 2021,Carnatic musician Parassala Ponnammal passed away.

Daily CA On June 29 :

  • The International Day of the Tropicsis observed every year on 29 June to highlight opportunities, unique challenges faced by nations lying between the tropics and celebrates the diversity of tropical regions. Theme of this year is ‘Digital Divide in the Tropics’.
  • World Statistics Day is an international day Observed on June 29, to celebrate statistics. The theme of Statistics Day, 2021 is Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)- 2 (End Hunger, Achieve Food Security and Improved Nutrition and Promote Sustainable Agriculture).
  • The FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacture of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles) Scheme is an incentive scheme for the promotion of electric and hybrid vehicles in the country.
  • To strengthen the road connectivity in the border areas, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated 63 bridges in six states and two Union Territories built by Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
  • All High Court websites initiated to introduce captchas for physically disabled access
  • The International Financial Services Centre Authority (IFSCA) has constituted a committee to examine global best practices in financing and leasing of ships, identify opportunities and devise a roadmap to enable such activities from GIFT 
  • Turkmenistan’s capital city Ashgabat has become the world’s most expensive city for foreign workers, according to this year’s Mercer Cost of Living Survey.
  • China replaced UAE became the 2nd Largest Export Destination of India in FY21
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a Zen garden and Kaizen Academy in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad. The virtual event can be watched live on the Ahmedabad Management Association’s YouTube channel.
  • Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani virtually inaugurated the country’s first Fenton Catalytic Reactor, an advanced industrial wastewater treatment plant, at Vatva industrial area of the city.
  • The Government of India, Government of Mizoram and the World Bank have signed a $32 million Mizoram Health Systems Strengthening Projectto improve management capacity and quality of health services in Mizoram, particularly for the benefit of under-served areas and vulnerable groups.
  • Facebook-owned WhatsApp has hired former Amazon Pay executive Manesh Mahatme as its Head of Payments in India. 
  • The Centre has extended the tenure of Andhra PradeshChief Secretary Aditya Nath Das by three months.
  • CBI Additional Director Praveen Sinha has been appointed as Special Director of Central Bureau of Investigation, a post earlier held by Rakesh Asthana.
  • Social media platform Twitter has appointed US-based Jeremy Kessel as its new grievance redressal officer for India. 
  • The government appointed former Infosys CEO SD Shibu Lal as chairperson of a three-member task force which will assist in bringing major bureaucratic reforms through “Mission Karmayogi”.
  • A 15-year-old boy from Delhi has received the prestigious Diana Award for going above and beyond in his daily life to create and sustain a positive change.
  • The Delhi Metro has received the prestigious ‘Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award’ for the year 2020 from the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE) for its “High-Quality” infrastructure development projects under Phase I, II and III.
  • On June 25, 2021, The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved acquisition of the Zuarinagar plant of Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited by Paradeep Phosphates Limited.
  • To enhance military cooperation with friendly nations, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Tabar, which commenced its prolonged deployment on June 13, will visit a number of ports in Africa and Europe till September end, 2021.
  • On May 28, 2021, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested a New Generation Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile “Agni P” from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha, Balasore.
  • Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has launched a new centralized web-based work-flow-based IT platform, e-PGS.
  • On June 26, 2021, Chief Justice of India N V Ramana released a book called  Anomalies in Law and Justice Virtually. The Book has been Authored by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana.
  • On June 27, 2021, Opener Shafali Verma became the youngest Indian cricketer to make debut across all the formats after being picked for the first ODI against England Women.
  • Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has won the Styrian Grand Prix 2021 held at Spielberg, Austria. Followed by Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton & Valtteri Bottas finished 2nd & 3rd Place.

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