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First sero-survey among children in Telangana
- The ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition along with the Telangana government is holding for the first time the sero-surveillance survey among children in the state.
- The Survey will be held in Janagaon, Kamareddy, and Nalgonda districts as part of its 4th round sero-surveillance survey.
- For the first time, the serosurvey is being held among children aged between 6-9 years.
TN releases guidelines against sexual abuse
- The Tamil Nadu Government has released guidelines for protecting school students from sexual abuse.
- The regulation states that every school should have an eight-member student protection counsel group.
- The group should consist of the school headmaster or headmistress, teachers, members of the parent-teachers association, non-teaching staff, outside members, and management representatives.
Armenia’s acting PM, Pashinyan wins the election
- Armenia’s acting Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan, and his Civil Contract Party won a parliamentary election with 53.92 percent votes.
- A bloc led by former President Robert Kocharyan was in a distant second place with about 21% votes.
- The election is being monitored by experts from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Government extends the waiver of ISTS charges
- On 21 June 2021, Government extended the waiver of Inter-State Transmission system (ISTS) charges on the transmission of electricity generated from solar and wind sources up to 30th June 2025.
- Earlier, it was up to 30th June 2023.
- The waiver of ISTS charges has also been allowed for Hydro Pumped Storage Plant and Battery Energy Storage System projects to be commissioned up to 30 June 2025.
K K Shailaja receives CEU Open Society Prize
- Former Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja has been awarded the prestigious Central European University (CEU) Open Society Prize in recognition of her commitment to public health services.
- The Open Society Prize was announced during the 30th graduation ceremony which was held online.
- The prize is awarded annually to persons of exceptional distinction who serve the ideals of an open society.
Conclave on ‘Sickle Cell Disease in India’
- To commemorate World Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Day on 19 June 2021, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs organized the Second Online National Conclave on ‘Sickle Cell Disease in India’.
- It was organized in partnership with FICCI, Novartis, Piramal Foundation, Apollo Hospitals, NASCO, and GASCDO.
- Nearly 20 percent of tribal children with SCD die before reaching the age of two.
Tokyo Olympics: Maximum of 10,000 fans allowed
- Tokyo Olympics organizing committee on 19 June confirmed that the spectator limit for the Games has been set at 50 percent of venue capacity, up to a maximum of 10,000 people.
- The decision on the Paralympic Games will be made by July 16.
- Students in the schools’ spectator program and their supervisors will not be considered in these limits and will be treated separately.
M Sudan: 1st woman fighter pilot from Rajouri
- Mawya Sudan, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir, has become the first woman fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force (IAF) from the Rajouri district.
- She has become the 12th woman officer to be inducted as a fighter pilot in the IAF.
- She is the only woman pilot out of 161 officers who graduated at the Combined Graduation Parade (CGP) of Flight Cadets at Air Force Academy in Hyderabad on 19 June 2021.
Swedish PM Löfven loses no-confidence vote
- Sweden’s Government was toppled on 21 June 2021 after Stefan Lofven became the country’s first Prime Minister to lose a no-confidence vote.
- He can now either resign or trigger a snap election.
- Lofven is the leader of the Social Democrats and PM since 2014.
- The motion of no confidence was filed by the far-right Sweden Democrats.
India receives USD 64 billion in FDI in 2020
- India received USD 64 billion in Foreign Direct Investment in 2020, according to a UN report.
- Indian is the fifth-largest recipient of inflows in the world.
- As per the World Investment Report 2021 by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), global FDI flows have plunged by 35 percent in 2020 to USD 1 trillion from USD 1.5 trillion in 2019.
Adani Power to acquire Essar’s Mahan project
- Adani Power Limited (APL) will acquire the 1,200 megawatts (MW) Essar Power’s Mahan Project located at Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh.
- Resolution Professional of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has issued a Letter of Intent to Adani Power.
- Essar Power’s Mahan power plant supplies power through the Mahan-Sipat transmission line.
‘Jaan Hai To Jahaan Hai’ campaign launched
- A nationwide Jaan Hai To Jahaan Hai awareness campaign has been launched.
- It will create awareness on corona vaccination in rural and remote areas of the country and also end the rumors and apprehensions, being spread regarding the ongoing vaccination drive.
- Under the campaign, various religious leaders, prominent people, etc. will give effective messages to the people to get vaccinated.
Airtel, TCS join hands for 5G network
- Bharti Airtel has announced a strategic partnership with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for implementing 5G network solutions for India.
- Tata Group has developed an O-RAN-based Radio and NSA/SA Core and has integrated a totally indigenous telecom stack, leveraging the Group capabilities and that of its partners.
- This will be available for commercial development starting January 2022.
Dr. Krishna Saksena’s new book launched
- Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan unveiled Dr. Krishna Saksena’s book ‘My Joys and Sorrows – as a Mother of a Special Child’, on 20 June 2021.
- The book talks about the journey of Dr. Saksena and her disabled son Shiv.
- The author, Dr. Krishna Saksena has been a teacher by vocation.
- Dr. Saksena was the first woman to get a Ph.D. degree from Lucknow University in 1955.
Dr. Tadang Minu: AIBA’s coaches member
- Dr. Tadang Minu from Arunachal has become the first woman in the country and the second Indian to be appointed as a member of the Coaches Committee of the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
- AIBA is the parent body for boxing in the world.
- Dr. Minu is an assistant professor at Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU).
- She is also the president of the Arunachal Amateur Boxing Association (AABA).
Mukhya Mantri Udyaymi Yojna extended in Bihar
- Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has launched two schemes – the ‘Mukhya Mantri Yuva Udyaymi Yojna’ and the ‘Mukhya Mantri Mahila Udyami Yojana.
- Both will promote entrepreneurship among youth and women of all sections under the state’s ‘Mukhaya Mantri Udyami Yojana scheme.
- Youth and women, irrespective of caste and creed, wishing to start entrepreneurship, will get a loan of Rs 10 lakh.
SENSIT Rapid COVID-19 Ag Kit developed
- Under the aegis of COVID-19 Research Consortium, DBT-BIRAC supported product ‘SENSIT Rapid COVID-19 Ag kit’ has been developed by UBIO Biotechnology Systems Pvt. Ltd.
- It has been developed for the qualitative detection of SARS CoV-2 Nucleocapsid Protein with an assay time of 15 minutes.
- The samples are collected using nasopharyngeal swabs from the suspected individual.
Haryana to open Paragliding club
- Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced the opening of a Paragliding club after the name of the late Indian sprinter Milkha Singh, widely regarded as Flying Sikh.
- Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has also announced a Milkha Singh Chair at the Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Punjab Sports University in Patiala in his memory.
- The legendary athlete held the 400m national record for 38 years.
Kanagaraj: Chairman of Andhra Pradesh SPCA
- The Government of Andhra Pradesh has appointed the former Judge of Madras High Court Justice V Kanagaraj as the Chairman of the State Police Complaints Authority.
- Kanagaraj will hold the post for three years from the date of taking charge.
- Earlier, the government had removed Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar as the State Election Commissioner and placed Kanagaraj in that position.
Seoul will host the 2022 Formula E electric race
- The electric motorsport competition will be held in Seoul in August 2022.
- ‘SEOUL E-PRIX 2022’, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, will be held at Jamsil Sports Complex from August 13 to 14, 2022.
- The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, called shortly ‘Formula E’, is the competition event by International Automobile Federation (FIA) and is being held annually since 2014.
Climate change to increase sea level
- Sea levels will rise around the Lakshadweep Islands between 0.4 mm per year to 0.9 mm per year and will affect airport and residential areas, according to a study.
- The study was carried out by a team of scientists from the Department of Architecture and Regional Planning and the Department of Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture, IIT Kharagpur.
National Tennis Day declared in Spain
- Rafael Nadal, the 13 time French Open winner celebrated his 35th birthday on June 3, 2021.
- The Royal Spanish Tennis Federation decided to celebrate his birthday as the National Tennis Day in Spain on 18 June 2021.
- The day celebrates the player’s legacy and achievements.
- The inauguration of National Tennis Day will take place on June 3, 2022.
Day of the Celebration of the Solstice: 21 Jun
- International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice is observed on 21 June every year.
- It was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on June 20th of 2019.
- The observance brings awareness to the importance that solstices and equinoxes have for many religions.
- The summer solstice is the day with the longest period of sunlight.
World Music Day: 21 June
- World Music Day is observed every year on 21 June.
- The first World Music Day was observed and celebrated on the Summer Solstice in France in the year 1982 when the former French minister of art and culture, Jack Lange, along with Maurice Fleuret started the Fête de la Musique in Paris.
- That is also why World Music Day is alternatively known as Fête de la Musique.
NIOS Diploma course in Yogic Science
Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre launched the NIOS Diploma course in Yogic Science on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga.
The Minister released the self-instructional material of the course.
The two-year Diploma program has 5 subjects in the first year in which Yoga Teaching Training will be taught and in the 2nd year, 5 subjects related to Yoga Therapy will be taught.
Reliance aims for net-zero carbon emissions
- Reliance Industries Ltd aims for net-zero carbon emissions by 2035.
- This was informed by Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest man at the Qatar Economic Forum.
- The three-day event kicked off on 21 June 2021.
- The forum focuses on global leadership and strategies to support post-pandemic economic growth.
- The event was held in cooperation with Bloomberg.
Heineken’s to acquire United Breweries
- Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved Heineken International B.V’s proposed acquisition of an additional equity stake in United Breweries Ltd (UBL).
- United Breweries is engaged in the manufacture, sale, and distribution of beer in India.
- Heineken International B.V. (HIBV) is an investment holding company and is itself not engaged in any business activity.
Assam signs MoU with Survey of India
- The Assam Government has signed an MoU with the Survey of India for implementing the Svamitva scheme in the state.
- The scheme aims to provide an integrated property validation solution for rural areas.
- Survey of India will take steps for a survey of inhabited rural land by drone as well as the establishment of ground-based control stations to enable a detailed spatial database.
RBI imposes fine on 3 cooperative banks
- The RBI has imposed penalties of ₹23 lakh on three cooperative banks.
- The RBI imposed a penalty of ₹12 lakh on Mogaveera Co-operative Bank Limited, ₹10 lakh on Indapur Urban Cooperative Bank, and ₹1 lakh on The Baramati Sahakari Bank Limited.
- The penalty was imposed due to deficiencies in regulatory compliance and is not intended to pronounce upon the validity of any transaction.
Yellow watermelon variety introduced by Bayer
- German agrochemicals major Bayer has launched the first-ever yellow watermelon variety Yellow Gold 48 under Seminis brand in India.
- This yellow watermelon has been developed from superior germplasm as part of Bayer’s global research and development efforts.
- Yellow Gold 48 variety is best suited for cultivation from October to February and for harvest from April onwards.
Intel to work with Reliance Jio on 5G
- Intel Corp will work with India’s Reliance Jio to develop 5G networking technology.
- Intel’s venture capital unit in 2020, invested $250 million in Reliance Industries Ltd’s Jio Platforms unit.
- Intel will work on “co-innovations” with Reliance Jio for its 5G radio-access network (RAN), among other things.
Israel successfully tests high-power laser
- The Israeli military has successfully tested an airborne high-power laser that can shoot down drones.
- A prototype, developed with Elbit Systems, was mounted on a civilian plane and successfully shot down several drones in a recent test over the Mediterranean Sea.
- The system shot down drones from within a range of about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles).
Muthoot Fincorp acquires stake in Paymatrix
- Muthoot Fincorp has picked up a 54 percent stake in Hyderabad-based fintech startup Paymatrix by buying out existing investors as part of its added focus on the digital payments segment.
- Paymatrix was set up in 2016 with a vision to streamline property rent payments and rent collections for tenants and landlords.
- It was incubated at IIT-Hyderabad along with the Paypal accelerator program.
Government eases listing norms for companies
- Companies that have a market capitalization of more than ₹1 lakh crore at the time of listing can now sell just five percent of their shares, with the latest amendment in rules.
- The move will be beneficial for the government during the proposed initial public offer of LIC.
- Such entities will be required to increase their public shareholding to 10 percent in two years and 25% within 5 years.
NASA sends squid from Hawaii
- Dozens of baby squid from Hawaii are in space for study.
- The baby Hawaiian bobtail squid was raised at the University of Hawaii’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory and was blasted into space earlier in June’21 on a SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station.
- Understanding what happens to the squid in space could help solve health problems that astronauts face.
US solar firm plans investment in India
- Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures-backed 1366 Technologies plans to invest $300 million to set up a 2-gigawatt (GW) solar wafer and cell manufacturing facility in India.
- It would be set up under the government’s production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme.
- 1366 Technologies also has North Bridge Venture Partners and Polaris Partners as investors.
BMC appoints arborist to assess old trees
- The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has roped in a tree surgeon also known as an arborist to assess old trees and protect them from falling.
- Arborist Vaibhav Raje has been appointed in BMC’s D-ward, which includes areas such as Malabar Hill, Tardeo, Peddar Road, and other locations in Mumbai.
- He will study around 100-150 trees and suggest ways to prevent them from falling.
Ladakh administration starts community classes
- The Ladakh administration has started a concept of community classes to save the classwork culture and to impart education to the students from internet suffered areas for online classes.
- In 385 community teaching centers with the help of 1,711 teachers and 2,166 volunteers, more than 18,539 students are presently being imparted teaching.
- The classes are run in the available open spaces.
Serendipity Media Technology launched
- Tarun Katial, former CEO of ZEE5, and Keertan Adyanthaya, former Head of content at The Walt Disney Co., have come together to launch Serendipity Media Technology.
- It is an AI (Artificial Intelligence) powered platform for writers, producers, and entertainment companies.
- It will help writers with tips on how to make their scripts better besides providing them timelines of topical events.
The expert group formed by the central Government
- The Central govt has constituted an expert group under the chairmanship of Professor Ajit Mishra, a renowned economist.
- It will provide technical inputs and recommendations on the fixation of minimum wages and national floor wages to the got.
- The tenure of the group is three years.
- The first meeting of this group was held on 14 June’21 and the second meeting is scheduled for 29 June 21.