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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS

World Asteroid Day – Observed on June 30

  • The United Nations has proclaimed World Asteroid Day observed globally on June 30 every year in its resolution.
  • Asteroid Day is an annual global event which is held on the anniversary of the Siberian Tunguska event, which is considered by some to be the most harmful known asteroid-related event on Earth in recent history.
  • International Asteroid Day aims to raise public awareness about the asteroid impact hazard and to inform the public about the crisis communication actions to be taken at the global level in case of a credible near-Earth object threat.

About Asteroid:

  • An asteroid is a minor planet of the inner Solar System.
  • Historically, these terms have been applied to any astronomical object orbiting the Sun that did not resolve into a disc in a telescope and was not observed to have characteristics of an active comet such as a tail.

International Day of Parliamentarism – Observed on June 30

  • June 30 is observed as the International Day of Parliamentarism every year.
  • The Day was designated in 2018 by the United Nations General Assembly.
  • It marks the day of the establishment of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the global organization of parliaments in 1889.
  • The day celebrates parliaments and recognizes the significance of parliamentary systems of government in shaping modern societies.
  • The day acknowledges the importance of strong parliaments as the cornerstone of democracy, representing the voice of the people, passing laws, implementing laws and policies, and holding governments accountable.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

Union Govt extends Atmanirbhar Bharat Rojgar Yojana deadline till March 2022

  • The government extended the Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana, which was launched in October last year to encourage employment generation, by nine months till March 31, 2022.
  • Around 21.42 lakh people have benefited from the scheme till June 18, 2021, with a total outgo of 902 crore.
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated while announcing a slew of measures to revive the economy, “This scheme now, which was valid till June 30, 2021, is being extended till March 31, 2022“.

About the Scheme:

  • Launched on October 1, last year, the approved outlay under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana (ABRY), which is aimed at incentivizing employers for creation of new employment, restoration of loss of employment through EPFO, is 22,810 crore for 58.50 lakh estimated beneficiaries.
  • The beneficiaries are spread around 79,577 establishments.
  • The scheme is being implemented through the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) and reduces the financial burden of the employers of various sectors/ industries and encourages them to hire more workers.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Swedish PM Stefan Lofven step down after losing no confidence vote

  • Sweden’s Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, has stepped down a week after losing a no confidence vote, deciding to ask the speaker of the country’s deadlocked parliament to find a new government rather than call a snap election.
  • “It is the most difficult political decision he had ever taken.”
  • He added that he would stay on in a caretaker capacity because a snap election in mid-pandemic was “not what is best for Sweden”.

About Stefan Lofven:

  • Kjell Stefan Löfven is a Swedish politician serving as the prime minister of Sweden since 2014 and leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party since 2012.
  • As of 28 June 2021, Löfven is the interim Prime Minister having tendered the government’s resignation as part of the process of trying to form a new cabinet.

About Sweden:

  • Sweden is a Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes, along with vast boreal forests and glaciated mountains.
  • Its principal cities, eastern capital Stockholm and southwestern Gothenburg and Malmö, are all coastal.
  • Stockholm is built on 14 islands.
  • It has more than 50 bridges, as well as the medieval old town, Gamla Stan, royal palaces and museums such as the open-air Skansen.
  • Capital: Stockholm
  • Currency: Swedish krona

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

Andhra Pradesh govt Launches SALT programme

  • Andhra Pradesh has started a programme to transform foundational learning in government schools for which the World Bank has approved a loan of 250 million dollars.
  • The main objectives of the programme called Supporting Andhra’s Learning Transformation (SALT) are strengthening foundation schools and providing training and skill development to teachers.
  • The five-year programme is result-oriented with the WB releasing funds after key goals are achieved.
  • The government has converted all Anganwadis into pre-primary schools and attached them to the nearest schools.
  • Minister Suresh stated the two years of pre-primary school would be considered as part of primary education.

About Andhra Pradesh:

  • Andhra Pradesh is a state in the south-eastern coastal region of India.
  • It is the seventh-largest state by area covering an area of 162,975 km² and tenth-most populous state with 49,386,799 inhabitants.
  • It is the only state with three capitals.
  • The largest city and commercial hub of the state, Visakhapatnam being the executive capital while Amaravati and Kurnool are legislative and judicial capitals, respectively.
  • Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan
  • Chief minister: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy
  • National parks of the state: Sri VenkateswaraNational Park, Papikondalu National Park.

Telangana CM Announced Rs 10 lakh financial assistance to Dalit families

  • CM K Chandrasekhar Rao called for an all-party meeting, June 27 to discuss and finalize the guidelines of the CM Dalit Empowerment Programme that is being initiated by the state government.
  • A decision was taken in the meeting to provide Rs 10 lakh financial assistance each directly to the bank accounts of eligible beneficiaries from the Dalit community.
  • It was also decided to earmark Rs 1200 crore for the empowerment programme.

About the programme:

  • CM Dalit Empowerment Programme aims to make members of the community financially self-sufficient.
  • In the first phase, from the total 119 assembly constituencies, 100 families from each constituency across the state will be provided with assistance.
  • This means, as per the government’s plan, a total of 11,900 people will benefit from the programme in the first phase.
  • The money would be transferred directly to the bank accounts of the eligible beneficiaries.

About Telangana:

  • Telangana is a state in southern India.
  • In the capital of Hyderabad, the Charminar is a 16th-century mosque with 4 arches supporting 4 towering minarets.
  • In the city of Warangal, the centuries-old Warangal Fort features carved stone towers and gateways.
  • Capital: Hyderabad
  • Governor: Tamilisai Soundararajan
  • Chief minister: K. Chandrashekar Rao
  • National parks: Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park, Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park and Mrugavani National Park

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS NEWS

Google, Amazon, Microsoft take top spots as India’s most attractive employer brands: REBR Survey 2021

  • Technology giant Google India has emerged as the most ‘attractive employer brand’, followed by Amazon India and Microsoft India, says a survey.
  • According to the findings of Randstad Employer Brand Research (REBR) 2021, Google India scored high on financial health, strong reputation, and attractive salary and benefits parameters — the top three Employee Value Proposition (EVP) drivers.
  • Amazon India emerged as the runner-up, followed by Microsoft India.
  • Others in the top 10 most attractive employer brands in India for 2021 include Infosys Technologies at fourth place, Tata Steel (5th), Dell Technologies Ltd (6th), IBM (7th), Tata Consultancy Services (8th), Wipro (9th), and Sony (10th).

About Employer branding:

  • Employer branddescribes an employer’s reputation as a place to work, and their employee value proposition, as opposed to the more general corporate brand reputation and value proposition to customers.
  • The term was first used in the early 1990s, and has since become widely adopted by the global management community.
  • Minchington describes employer brand as “the image of your organization as a ‘great place to work’ in the mind of current employees and key stakeholders in the external market (active and passive candidates, clients, customers and other key stakeholders).
  • The art and science of employer brandingis therefore concerned with the attraction, engagement and retention initiatives targeted at enhancing your company’s employer brand”.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING NEWS

Axis Bank uses AWS to accelerate digital transformation

  • Private sector lender Axis Bank has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate its digital transformation program.
  • As part of a multi-year agreement, Axis Bank will use AWS to build a portfolio of new digital financial services and modernize core banking applications, reducing costs by nearly a quarter, in the process.
  • As part of a multi-year agreement, Axis Bank will draw on the breadth and depth of AWS services, including containers, database, and compute, to build a portfolio of new digital financial services to bring advanced banking experiences to customers, including online accounts that can be opened in under six minutes and instant digital payments, helping the bank increase customer satisfaction by 35% and lower costs by 24%.
  • The bank will also use Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud, Axis Bank will scale workloads on demand to support 10 million daily real-time payments through India’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI), ensuring reliability and consistent performance.

About Axis Bank:

  • Axis Bank Limited is an Indian banking and financial services company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • It sells financial services to large and mid-size companies, SMEs and retail businesses.
  • As of 30 June 2016, 30.81% shares are owned by the promoters and the promoter group.
  • CEO: Amitabh Chaudhry
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Tagline: Badhti Ka Naam Zindagi

About AWS:

  • Amazon Web Services is a subsidiary of Amazon providing on-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs to individuals, companies, and governments, on a metered pay-as-you-go basis.
  • CEO: Andy Jassy
  • Founder: Amazon.com
  • Headquarters: Seattle, Washington, United States

Ujjivan SFB Make partnership with LoanTap

  • Ujjivan, a Finance Bank has tied-up with LoanTap  a digital lender providing loan options to the salaried segment of customers.
  • This is part of Ujjivan SFB’s API banking initiative, through which over 150 APIs are available offering fast and secure tie-ups for digital lending and digital liabilities, payments etc. to FinTechs.
  • This collaboration aims to extend the bank’s services to its customers via LoanTap’s fast and convenient platform.

About Ujjivan SFB:

  • Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Limited is an Indian small finance bank based in Bangalore, which commenced operations on 1 February 2017.
  • Ujjivan Financial Services holds an 80 percent stake in the bank.
  • Headquarters: Bengaluru

About LoanTap:

  • LoanTap has in-house RBI registered NBFC.
  • LoanTap is a mobile and web-based platform designed to provide instant personal loans with minimal documentation digitally.
  • Driven entirely by technology, customers can get approval on credit in minutes.
  • LoanTap has served over 32 thousand customers so far on its platform.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENT AND RESIGNATION NEWS

Sylendra Babu IPS appointed as new DGP of Tamil Nadu

  • The State government appointed Dr C Sylendra Babu as Tamil Nadu’s new Director General of Police and head of police force with effect from July 1.
  • The incumbent DGP, JK Tripathy, retires after two years of service on June 30.
  • Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu issued a government order announcing the decision a day after the Union Public Service Commission’s empanelment committee recommended a list of names, suitable for the position.
  • The significant meeting saw the committee selecting three probables — C Sylendra Babu, Karan Singha (1987 batch), and Sanjay Arora (1988).

About Sylendra Babu:

  • Sylendra Babu is an Indian Police Service Officer of the 1987 batch belonging to the Tamil Nadu cadre.
  • He is serving as the Director General of Police of Tamil Nadu.
  • He holds a PhD in Criminology from the University of Madras.

Shambhu Nath Srivastava appointed as IFUNA chairman

  • Justice (Retd.) Shambhu Nath Srivastava, a former judge of Allahabad High Court and former chief Lokayukta of Chhattisgarh, has been appointed the chairman of IFUNA.
  • He succeeds Mukul Sangma, a former chief minister of Meghalaya.

About Indian Federation of United Nations Associations:

  • The IFUNA, affiliated to the World Federation of United Nations Associaions, (WFUNA) Geneva, enjoys special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, brings people and issues together to promote collective action for a sustainable world.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

Zoom Video Communications appointed Ricky Kapur as Head of its APAC

  • Zoom Video Communications has appointed former Microsoft executive Ricky Kapur to lead its Asia-Pacific business.
  • Based in Singapore, Kapur will define and lead the company’s go-to-market strategy for key APAC markets: Australia and New Zealand, ASEAN, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Korea, and Taiwan.
  • Kapur will report into Zoom head of international Abe Smith.

About Zoom Video Communications:

  • Zoom Video Communications, Inc. is an American communications Technology Company headquartered in San Jose, California.
  • It provides video telephony and online chat services through a cloud-based peer-to-peer software platform and is used for teleconferencing, telecommuting, distance education, and social relations.
  • CEO: Eric Yuan
  • Headquarters: San Jose, California, United States.

RBL Bank named Chandan Sinha, Manjeev Singh Puri as Board of directors

  • Private sector lender RBL Bank stated it has appointed Chandan Sinha, a career central banker, and Manjeev Singh Puri, a former senior Indian diplomat as independent directors on its board.
  • Their domain expertise and experience will bring strategic value to the board.

About Chandan Sinha:

  • Chandan Sinha, Independent Director (MBA, Finance, from Patna University, CAIIB), has been associated with the banking and financial sector for over 40 years, including 35 years with the Reserve Bank of India(RBI).
  • Director, Indian Institute of Bank Management and Chief Dealer, Securities Trading Corporation of India.
  • He has also served as RBI’s nominee director on the boards of State Bank of India, Allahabad Bank, Union Bank of India, ECGC, and Reserve Bank Information Technology Ltd. (ReBIT).

About Manjeev Singh Puri:

  • Manjeev Singh Puri, Independent Director (MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies), is a former senior Indian diplomat who served as India’s ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, Luxembourg, Nepal, and as Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

P. Sainath honoured with the award 2021 Fukuoka Prize

  • Journalist Palagummi Sainathhas been awarded the Fukuoka Grand Prize for 2021.
  • The award, established by Japan’s Fukuoka city and the Fukuoka City International Foundation, is given to individuals and organisations for their work in preserving Asian culture.
  • The Fukuoka Prize Committee mentioned Sainath is a committed journalist who has continued to investigate impoverished farming villages in India and captured the reality of the lifestyle of the residents in such areas.

About Sainath:

  • Sainath was born in Chennai and has served as the editor of The Hinduand as the vice-editor of political magazine Blitz. 
  • The journalist was awarded the European Commission’s Lorenzo Natali Prize for journalism in 1995 and the Amnesty International Global Human Rights Journalism Prize in 2000.
  • He received the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization’s Boerma Prize in 2001 and the Ramon Magsaysay Award for outstanding contribution to Asian journalism in 2007.

About Fukuoka Prize:

  • The Fukuoka Prize is an award established by the city of Fukuoka and the Fukuoka City International Foundation to honor the outstanding work of individuals or organizations in preserving or creating Asian culture.
  • There are three prize categories: Grand Prize, Academic Prize, and Arts and Culture Prize.
  • First awarded: 1990
  • Presented by:Fukuoka City; the Fukuoka City International Foundation (formerly The Yokatopia Foundation)
  • Awarded for: Outstanding individuals or groups/organizations in preserving and creating the unique and diverse cultures of Asia.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : DEFENCE NEWS

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk 2021 – Turkey & Azerbaijan Joint Military Drills Started in Baku          

  • On June 28, 2021, Turkey & Azerbaijan armies started joint military exercises Mustafa Kemal Ataturk – 2021 in Baku.
  • The three day drill will run until June 30, 2021.
  • The drill name is a reference to modern Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
  • It Involves 600 soldiers, 40 tanks and armored vehicles, 20 cannons, seven war helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles and 50 other vehicles

Purpose :

  • To improve the interaction between the two countries’ army units during combat operations, to develop the commanders’ military decision-making skills and their ability to manage military units

Note : 

  • On June 15, Turkey and Azerbaijan signed the Shusha Declaration, a pact that focuses on defense cooperation and establishing new transportation routes.

About Turkey :

  • President : Recep Tayyip Erdogan
  • Capital: Ankara
  • Currency: Turkish lira

About Azerbaijan :

  • President Ilham Aliyev
  • Capital: Baku
  • Prime minister: Ali Asadov
  • Currency: Azerbaijani manat

CURRENT AFFAIRS : ENVIRONMENT 

Sida keralensis –  New Plant Species Found in Kerala               

  • A new Plant Species Sida keralensis found on the roadsides and wastelands in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala.
  • Their findings have been revealed in the journal Phytotaxa.

About the Research Team :

  • A crew of researchers from the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI), Palode, consisting of E.S. Santhosh Kumar, S. Shailajakumari, A.K. Sreekala and R. Prakash Kumar (director, JNTBGRI) and Parthipan B. of S.T. Puccho College, Nagercoil.

About Sida keralensis :

  • Sida keralensis is an erect branched subshrub, rising to a top of 40-80 cm. 
  • The stems are greenish or barely purple-tinged.
  • It has 2 mm-long, brownish-black seeds and hanging yellow flowers.
  • The species is called after the State of Kerala.

 Note :

  • The genus Sida has about 250 species distributed within the tropical and sub-tropical areas, of which 22 will be present in India.

 Recent News :

  • In May 2021, Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal discovered a new species of plant belonging to the African Violets family in Mizoram.

About JNTBGRI :

  • Established : 17 November 1979 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
  • Director : Dr R Prakash Kumar

CURRENT AFFAIRS : BOOKS & AUTHORS

A New Book Titled Policymaker’s Journal: From New Delhi to Washington D.C” Authored by Kaushik Basu

  • A New Book Titled “Policymaker’s Journal: From New Delhi to Washington D.C” Authored by Indian economist Kaushik Basu.

About the Book :

  • The book charts the course of Kaushik Basu’s career over seven years first in India as Chief Economic Adviser to the Indian Government and after that as Chief Economist at the World Bank in Washington.
  • This book is a revised version of the diary that Kaushik Basu kept for seven years.

About Kaushik Basu :

  • Kaushik Basu is Professor of Economics and the Carl Marks Professor of International Studies at Cornell University.
  • He was Chief Economist of the World Bank from 2012 to 2016.
  • He served as the first Executive Director of the Centre for Development Economics at the Delhi School of Economics until 1996.
  • Kaushik Basu was the president of the Human Development and capabilities association founded by Amartya Sen.
  • He is currently President of the International Economic Association, serving a term 2017-2020.
  • From 2009 to 2012, Basu served as the Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India.

Achievements :

  • In 2008, Kaushik Basu received, Padma Bhushan award from the Government of India.
  • He won the Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse, College Historical Society, Trinity College, Dublin, November 2014.

 Note :

  • Present Chief Economic Adviser : Krishnamurthy Subramanian

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

ISSF Shooting World Cup : Rahi Sarnobat Clinches Gold In 25m Pistol              

  • On June 28, 2021, Indian shooter Rahi Sarnobat won a gold medal in the women’s 25M pistol event at the 2021 International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup being held in Osijek, Croatia.
  • It is being held from June 22 to July 03, 2021.
  • Rahi shot 39 out of 50 in the 25m pistol final to win & It was India’s first gold at the ongoing edition of the tournament.
  • The silver went to France’s Mathilde Lamolle, who scored 31 out of 50.

About Rahi Sarnobat Achievements :

  • Sarnobat became India’s first pistol shooter to win a gold medal in the 25m pistol event in the ISSF World Cup in Changwon.
  • She won her first gold medal at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India.
  • She had won two gold medals in 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi,
  • In the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, she won gold in the women’s 25-metre pistol.
  • In 2014, she also won the bronze medal in the 25-metre pistol team event at the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon.
  • In May 2015, Rahi was recommended for the country’s prestigious Arjuna Award by the National Rifle Association of India.
  • On 22 August 2018, she became the first Indian woman to become an individual Asian games gold medallist in shooting by winning the 25 meter pistol event with a Games record score of 34.
  • Rahi won the gold medal at the Munich World Cup event in 2019 and she was selected for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

About ISSF :

  • ISSF : International Shooting Sport Federation
  • Headquarters: Munich, Germany
  • Founded: 1907
  • President: Vladimir Lisin

Archery World Cup Stage 3: India’s  Deepika Kumari completes hat-trick of gold medals in Paris

  • On June 27, 2021, India’s Deepika Kumari completed a hat-trick of gold medals at the Archery World Cup Stage 3 in Paris.
  • Deepika Kumari beat Elena Osipova of Russia 6-0 in the final.
  • It is her third gold medal at the tournament.
  • Deepika has also won the top prize in the mixed team and women’s individual recurve events.
  • In the mixed recurve team event, husband-wife duo Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari bagged Gold with 5-3 win over the Netherlands.
  • This was their second successive gold medal in the World Cup this year, and sixth overall (Shanghai-2011, Medellin-2013, Wroclaw-2013, Wroclaw-2014, Guatemala City-2021).

About Deepika Kumari Achievements :

  • Deepika became the second Indian to win the title after Palton Hansda won the junior compound competition at the 2006 Archery World Cup in Mérida, Mexico.
  • In 2009, She won the 11th Youth World Archery Championship held in Ogden, Utah, United States.
  • She won a gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth games in the women’s individual recurve event.
  • In May 2012, Deepika Kumari won her first World Cup individual stage recurve gold medal at Antalya, Turkey.
  • On 22 July 2013, she won the gold medal in Archery World Cup stage 3 held at Medellin, Colombia.
  • In November 2015, she won a bronze medal in the Asian Championships with Jayanta Talukdar in the Recurve Mixed Team event.

Awards & Honours :

  • Deepika Kumari was honoured with the Outstanding Performance at CWG (Female) Award at the 2010 Sahara Sports Awards ceremony.
  • She was conferred the Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting award, in the year 2012 by President of India Pranab Mukherjee.
  • In February 2014, she was honored with FICCI Sportsperson of the Year Award.
  • She also received the fourth-highest civilian award in the Republic of India, Padma shri in the year of 2016.
  • In 2017, She got the Young Achievers Award.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : OBITUARIES

Malayalam Filmmaker & Cinematographer Sivan passes away           

  • On June 24, 2021, Veteran Malayalam Filmmaker & Cinematographer Sivan passed away.
  • He was 89.

About Sivan :

  • Sivan was the first government press photographer in Travancore and Thiru-Kochi.
  • Some of his popular films are Abhayam, Yagam, Oru Yathra, Keshu, Kochu Kochu Mohangal and Kilivathil.
  • He was the first professional photographer and founder of Sivan Studio in Trivandrum in 1959.
  • Sivan Studios was very popular and a known hub for cultural affairs, It was a hub for cultural artistes in the state.

Achievements :

  • Sivan won the national film award three times.
  • Sivan was the still photographer of national award winning Malayalam film Chemmeen.

About Kerala :

  • Governor: Arif Mohammad Khan
  • Capital: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Chief minister: Pinarayi Vijayan

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 IFSC.
  • 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.

Daily CA On June 30 :

  • The United Nations has proclaimed World Asteroid Day observed globally on June 30 every year in its resolution.
  • June 30 is observed as the International Day of Parliamentarism every year. The Day was designated in 2018 by the United Nations General Assembly.
  • The government extended the Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana, which was launched in October last year to encourage employment generation, by nine months till March 31, 2022.
  • Sweden’s Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, has stepped down a week after losing a no confidence vote, deciding to ask the speaker of the country’s deadlocked parliament to find a new government rather than call a snap election.
  • Andhra Pradesh has started a programme to transform foundational learning in government schools for which the World Bank has approved a loan of 250 million dollars. The main objectives of the programme called Supporting Andhra’s Learning Transformation (SALT) are strengthening foundation schools and providing training and skill development to teachers.
  • CM K Chandrasekhar Rao called for an all-party meeting, June 27 to discuss and finalize the guidelines of the CM Dalit Empowerment Programme that is being initiated by the state government.
  • Technology giant Google India has emerged as the most ‘attractive employer brand’, followed by Amazon India and Microsoft India, says a survey.
  • Private sector lender Axis Bank has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate its digital transformation program.
  • Ujjivan, a Finance Bank has tied-up with LoanTap  a digital lender providing loan options to the salaried segment of customers.
  • The State government appointed Dr C Sylendra Babu as Tamil Nadu’s new Director General of Police and head of police force with effect from July 1.
  • Justice (Retd.) Shambhu Nath Srivastava, a former judge of Allahabad High Court and former chief Lokayukta of Chhattisgarh, has been appointed the chairman of IFUNA.
  • Zoom Video Communications has appointed former Microsoft executive Ricky Kapur to lead its Asia-Pacific business.
  • Private sector lender RBL Bank stated it has appointed Chandan Sinha, a career central banker, and Manjeev Singh Puri, a former senior Indian diplomat as independent directors on its board.
  • Journalist Palagummi Sainathhas been awarded the Fukuoka Grand Prize for 2021. The award, established by Japan’s Fukuoka city and the Fukuoka City International Foundation, is given to individuals and organisations for their work in preserving Asian culture.
  • On June 28, 2021, Turkey & Azerbaijan armies started joint military exercises Mustafa Kemal Ataturk – 2021 in Baku. The three day drill will run until June 30, 2021.
  • A new Plant Species Sida keralensis found on the roadsides and wastelands in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. Their findings have been revealed in the journal Phytotaxa.
  • A New Book Titled “Policymaker’s Journal: From New Delhi to Washington D.C” Authored by Indian economist Kaushik Basu.
  • On June 28, 2021, Indian shooter Rahi Sarnobat won a gold medal in the women’s 25M pistol event at the 2021 International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup being held in Osijek, Croatia.
  • On June 27, 2021, India’s Deepika Kumari completed a hat-trick of gold medals at the Archery World Cup Stage 3 in Paris.
  • On June 24, 2021, Veteran Malayalam Filmmaker & Cinematographer Sivan passed away.

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