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Railways to invest Rs 55,000 crore
- Indian Railways has envisaged investment of nearly 55,000 crore rupees for modernization of signaling, telecommunication, and other infrastructure development.
- Railways have also started Electronic Interlocking (EI) at 2221 railway stations so far.
- Electronic Interlocking is being adopted on a large scale to derive benefits of digital technologies in train operation and to enhance safety.
Bijender Goel: Founding President of INDC
- Bijender Goel has been nominated as the Founding President of the Indian Delphic Council (INDC) to head the Indian movement.
- Goel is also the advisor of the South Asian Affairs of the International Delphic Council.
- At present, Goel is the Chairman of the National Council on Disaster management, ASSOCHAM, and a member of the Governing Council of Bir Tikendrajit University in Manipur.
Ronaldo breaks record for most goals
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored two late goals in a 3-0 Euro 2020 win against Hungary on 15 June 2021.
- With this win, Ronaldo is now the all-time leading goal scorer in the European Championship finals.
- Ronaldo has now scored 11 goals in the tournament, two more than French great Michel Platini, who netted nine times when he led France to glory in 1984.
Govt launches Trusted Telecom Portal
- The Centre on 14 June 2021 launched the Trusted Telecom Portal.
- India approved the portal following Cabinet’s approval to the National Security Directive on Telecommunication Sector in Dec 2020.
- The portal will work to declare a list of trusted sources and products for installation in the country’s telecom networks.
- The portal was developed by the Centre for Development of Telematics.
US names tech critic Lina Khan as FTC chair
- President Joe Biden has named Lina Khan as the Chairwoman of the US Federal Trade Commission.
- She will take over the agency from acting Chairwoman Rebecca Kelly Slaughter.
- She is believed to be the youngest chair in the history of the FTC.
- Khan rose to prominence with a 2017 research paper on Amazon.com Inc. named ‘Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox’.
RRU signs MoU with Black Cat Commandos
- Rashtriya Raksha University (RRU) has signed an MoU with the Black Cat Commandos to create indigenous anti-drone systems and other advancements.
- The collaboration will work to create agile bomb disposal suits, night vision optics, indigenous anti-drone systems, and setting up a state-of-art forensic lab.
- The MoU will serve as an open space for the exchange of ideas for technological innovation.
PLI scheme to boost self-sufficiency in drugs
- The Union government has expanded its performance-linked incentive (PLI) scheme to the pharmaceutical sector, aiming to achieve self-sufficiency in the output of drugs.
- The PLI scheme offers eligible manufacturing companies and sectors a 4% to10% incentive on incremental sales over the base year of 2019-20 for a five-year period.
- India is the world’s largest manufacturer of generic drugs.
US nominates Indian-American as a federal judge
- US President Joe Biden has nominated an Indian-American civil rights attorney, Sarala Vidya Nagala as a federal judge in the State of Connecticut.
- She would become the first judge of South Asian descent to serve on the District Court for the District of Connecticut.
- She is currently serving as the Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Unit in the US Attorney’s Office in the Dist. of Connecticut.
Andhra Govt to provide free medicare to kids
- Andhra Pradesh Government on 15 June 2021 ordered that measures should be taken to provide medicare to children at all government hospitals for free of cost.
- Special arrangements are being made to provide training to medical staff in pediatric-related issues.
- CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has also decided to constitute ‘Health Hubs’ all over the state, near to human habitats.
Bihar to ban the production of single-use plastic
- The Bihar Government on 15 June 2021 decided to ban the production, import, storage, circulation, and usage of single-use plastic, the waste of which was becoming a major issue for disposal.
- The ban would come into effect after 180 days of the gazette notification.
- Earlier, the state government had banned the production, circulation, and use of polythene.
Andhra Govt makes English medium mandatory
- The Andhra Pradesh Government has decided to make `English medium` compulsory across all government, private aided, and unaided degree colleges across the state.
- The decision will be applicable from the academic year 2021-22.
- According to the findings in the India Skills Report of 2019, English figured among the top three skills, along with learning agility and adaptability.
Ambuja Cement joins hands with NABARD
- Ambuja Cement Foundation has joined hands with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
- The foundation has 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.
Rs 1 lakh compensation for BPL families
- Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa has announced a compensation scheme aimed at helping poor families that have lost earning members to COVID-19.
- Rs 1 lakh will be given as compensation to BPL card holding families who have lost an adult earning member to COVID-19.
- The scheme will, however, be limited to one person per family.
Mahatma Gandhi Library inaugurated
- During his three-day visit to Kenya, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has inaugurated the renovated Mahatma Gandhi Library at the University of Nairobi in Kenya.
- In 1956, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled at this very University.
- He also informed that every year, the government of India offers more than 400 scholarships to Kenyans.
USAID to grant 115 mn dollars to El Salvador
- The US Agency for International Development (USAID) will grant $115 mn in cooperation aid to El Salvador to slow migration from the Central American country.
- The money will include $50 mn for security, $35 mn for programmes to counter violence against women, and $30 mn in job training.
- USAID will also contribute $12 mn for small and medium-sized businesses in Guatemala and Honduras.
MoU signed for sea plane services in India
- An MoU between the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, and Ministry of Civil Aviation for the development of Sea Plane services in India was signed on 15 June’21.
- This MoU envisages the development of the non-scheduled/scheduled operation of seaplane services within the territorial jurisdiction of India under the RCS-UDAN scheme of the Government of India.
AICTE to launch NEAT 2.0 initiative
- All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has announced a partnership with CareerLabs for the NEAT 2.0 for 2,00,000 students in India.
- CareerLabs’ Profile Builder Lite Product will now be available to all engineering college students across India for enrolment.
- The scheme will be available free of cost for select students from economically weaker sections of society.
Suresh Raina’s autobiography ‘Believe’
- Cricketer Suresh Raina has come up with his autobiography ‘Believe- What Life Taught me’.
- The cricketer has shared a glimpse of his cricket career which included success, failure, injuries, setbacks, and how he came out on top of it, in the book.
- Co-authored by Bharat Sundaresan, Suresh Raina has narrated his journey from being a schoolboy in UP to living the dream of playing for India.
World’s first wooden satellite to be launched
- The world’s first “wooden satellite” is preparing to launch in 2021.
- WISA Woodsat, a nanosatellite that measures 4 by 4 by 4 inches (10 by 10 by 10 centimeters) and weighs about 2.2 lbs. (1 kilogram), uses a special type of coated plywood (called WISA) for its surface panels.
- The wooden satellite will launch as part of a mission, designed by Arctic Astronautics.
‘Project O2 for India’ launched
- The centre has launched ‘Project O2 for India’ to step up the production of medical oxygen to meet the potential increase in demand due to further waves of the pandemic.
- It is an initiative of the Office of Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India (GoI).
- It aims to help stakeholders working to augment the country’s ability to meet the rise in demand for medical oxygen.
Drone delivery of vaccines to start
- Telangana Government has launched the ‘Medicine from the Sky’ initiative in partnership with World Economic Forum, Niti Aayog, and HealthNet Global.
- Under this project, Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flights will be used for the delivery of vaccines and drugs using the identified airspace of the Vikarabad district.
- Telangana became the first state to pilot drone delivery of vaccines.
‘Revv Up’ Accelerator Program launched
- As part of the “2020 Year of AI” initiative, the government of Telangana has launched the Telangana AI Mission (T-AIM) powered by NASSCOM.
- The vision of T-AIM is to develop Telangana as a global hub for Artificial Intelligence and leverage it for societal good.
- T-AIM has announced the launch of the accelerator program ‘Revv Up’ that will enable and empower AI startups.
International Day of Family Remittances
- International Day of Family Remittances is observed on 16 June every year.
- The day recognizes and raises global awareness of the critical contributions that migrants around the world make for the well-being of their families.
- Around 258 million people live outside their country of origin and the money these workers send to their relatives supports another 800 million people worldwide.
CBSE collaborates with AICTE
- The Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE has collaborated with AICTE to launch the ‘Innovation Ambassador Program’.
- The jointly launched program is to motivate, train and engage school students and teachers in various initiatives for skill enhancement currently being organized by AICTE for its Engineering and Technology students and faculty.
- Veteran actor Chandrashekhar, best known for featuring in films like Cha Cha Cha, and Surang, and playing the role of Arya Sumant on the popular TV serial Ramayan, passed away in June’21.
- Actor Lisa Banes passed away in Jun 2021. Banes appeared in numerous television shows and movies, including Gone Girl in 2014 and Cocktail with Tom Cruise in 1988.
Method of imaging objects through the fog
- Imaging of objects in foggy weather conditions may now be clearer.
- Researchers have found a method that can improve the images captured on such days.
- The technique involves modulating the light source and demodulating them at the observer’s end.
- The team from the Raman Research Institute modulated the light source and demodulated them at the observer’s end to achieve sharper images.
IGSTC Industrial Fellowship launched
- The Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC) Industrial Fellowship programme was launched on the occasion of IGSTC’s 11th Foundation day on 14th June 2021.
- The IGSTC Industrial Fellowship shall support young Indian Ph.D. students and Post-Doctoral researchers in Science and Engineering for industrial exposure at German industries and industrial R&D institutions.
Sankalp Se Siddhi initiative launched
- Arjun Munda, Minister for Tribal Affairs launched the tribal livelihoods initiative “Sankalp Se Siddhi – Mission Van Dhan” on 15 June 2021.
- Seven new Tribes India Outlets were also inaugurated virtually at Jagdalpur, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, and Sarnath.
- A Tribes India coffee table book that showcases the rich cultural tribal heritage was also unveiled during the event.
NAFED launches Fortified Rice Bran Oil
- Sudhanshu Pandey, Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution e-launched “Nafed Fortified Rice Bran Oil”, on 15 June 2021.
- This initiative will significantly reduce the country’s consumption dependence on imported edible oil in the future.
- This rice bran oil will be marketed by Nafed (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd).
Global Yoga Conference 2021
- Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare addressed the inaugural ceremony of Global Yoga Conference 2021 on 15 June 2021.
- The event was organized by ‘MokshayatanYogSansthan’ along with the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, and Indian Council for Cultural Relations to mark the occasion of the 7th International Day of Yoga which falls on 21st June 2021.
General Elections 2019- An ATLAS released
- The Election Commission of India organized a virtual conference of the Chief Electoral Officers of all the states and UTs, on 15 June 2021.
- The Commission during the review meeting also e-launched the ‘Atlas on General Elections 2019’.
- The Atlas encompasses all the data and statistical figures of this monumental event.
Mandatory hallmarking of gold comes in force
- Mandatory hallmarking of gold jewellery has come into force from 16th June 2021.
- It will initially be starting from 256 districts of the country which have Assaying marking centres.
- Jewellers with annual turnover upto Rs. 40 lac will be exempted from mandatory hallmarking.
- Watches, fountain pens, and special types of jewellery like Kundan, Polki, and Jadau will be exempted from hallmarking.
GI certified Jalgaon banana exported to Dubai
- A consignment of ‘Jalgaon banana’ has been exported to Dubai.
- The twenty-two metric tonnes of GI-certified Jalgaon banana were sourced from progressive farmers of Tandalwadi village, part of Jalgaon district of Maharashtra, a banana cluster identified under the Agri Export Policy.
- In 2016, Jalgaon Banana got GI certification which was registered with Nisargraja Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Jalgaon
Aleor Dermaceuticals gets USFDA nod
- Alembic Pharmaceuticals’ joint venture firm Aleor Dermaceuticals has received final approval from the US health regulator for Testosterone Topical Solution, used for treating testosterone deficiency.
- The approved product is therapeutically equivalent to the reference listed drug product (RLD) Axiron Topical Solution of Eli Lilly and Company.
‘ICICI STACK for Corporates’ launched
- ICICI Bank has announced the launch of ‘ICICI STACK for Corporates’.
- It is a comprehensive set of digital banking solutions for corporates and their entire ecosystem including promoters, group companies, employees, dealers, vendors, and all other stakeholders.
- The wide range of 360-degree solutions enables corporates to seamlessly meet all banking requirements of their ecosystem.
UP Govt to distribute 50 lakh medicine kits
- The Uttar Pradesh Government is going to distribute 50 lakh medicine kits free of cost among children below 18 years of age.
- This is a major step, taken in view of the probable third wave of COVID infection.
- UP CM flagged off the vehicles carrying 17 lakh medical kits which will be distributed in different districts.
- The rest 33 lakh medical kits will be supplied by the Health Department.
Centre allocates Rs 3,691 crore to Tamil Nadu
- The Centre has allocated Rs 3,691 crore grants to Tamil Nadu under Jal Jeevan Mission to make provision of tap water supply to every home.
- The Ministry of Jal Shakti has also released Rs 614.35 crore to the state as the first tranche.
- In Tamil Nadu, out of a total of 1.26 crore households, 40.36 lakh households have been provided with tap water connections.
India’s per-capita CO2 emission is the lowest
- Union Minister Piyush Goyal has informed that India’s per-capita carbon dioxide emission is the lowest amongst big economies.
- He informed this while speaking at the UN Trade Forum 2021.
- The ambitious renewable energy target of 450 Gigawatts by 2030 shows India’s commitment towards the United Nations 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Successful trial run of military trains
- The Indian Army has successfully conducted trial runs of military trains loaded with vehicles and equipment on the dedicated freight corridor.
- The trial run was done on 14 June 2021 which ferried heavy equipment from New Rewari station in Haryana to New Phulera in Rajasthan.
- The aim was to hasten the mobilization of the Indian Army in the future.
PM Modi addresses at 5th edition of VivaTech
- PM Modi delivered the keynote address at the 5th edition of VivaTech on 16 June 2021.
- VivaTech is one of the largest digital and start-up events in Europe.
- VivaTech is being held in Paris every year since 2016.
- It is jointly organized by Publicis Groupe, a prominent advertising and marketing conglomerate, and Les Echos – a leading French media group.