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DGHS drops Ivermectin from Covid treatment
- The Union Health Ministry and Family Welfare’s Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) has issued revised guidelines for Covid-19 treatment.
- The revised guidelines have dropped the use of drugs such as hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, doxycycline, zinc, and multivitamins.
- Earlier, these drugs were prescribed by doctors to treat asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic Covid-19 patients.
Tata Digital to invest in Curefit
- Tata Digital Ltd. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Group, will invest $75 million in fitness startup Curefit.
- Mukesh Bansal, the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Curefit, will join Tata Digital as President and continue to lead his company as well.
- Bansal started Curefit in 2016 with Ankit Nagori, a former senior Flipkart Executive.
ISRO develops three types of ventilators
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed three types of ventilators to battle Covid-19.
- A low-cost and portable critical care ventilator, ‘Prana’ (Programmable Respiratory Assistance for the Needy Aid) is based on the automated compression of an Ambu (Artificial Manual Breathing Unit) bag.
- The other two ventilators are ‘VaU’ and ‘SVASTA’.
NMMC to deposit ₹1k in student’s bank account
- Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation has announced financial assistance of Rs.1000 for all its students to buy unlimited internet packs and continue their digital learning.
- The decision has been taken to lessen the parents’ burden and ensure that children do not miss out on schooling due to a lack of resources.
- The corporation has further decided to provide worksheets to students.
Mumbai Police receives 10 All-Terrain Vehicles
- Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on 7 June 2021, flagged off state-of-the- art 10 ATV (All-Terrain Vehicles) vehicles for the Mumbai Police Force.
- These ATVs were donated to the Mumbai Police by Reliance Foundation after due approval by the Government of Maharashtra.
- The petrol engine-powered ATVs are capable of reaching the speed of 50-60 kilometers per hour on the sandy surface.
Committee to study Banking Regulation Act
- Maharashtra Govt has formed a committee to study the amendments in the Banking Regulation Act and its impact on the functioning of cooperative banks.
- The 13-member committee will be headed by Co-operation Minister Balasaheb Patil with other senior Ministers.
- Maharashtra has about 457 urban cooperative banks that have been under dual regulation by the State Registrar of Societies and the RBI.
K’taka to spend ₹1500 cr to upgrade 149 taluk
- Karnataka State Govt has decided to spend 1500 crore rupees to upgrade 149 taluk and 19 district hospitals in preparation for a possible COVID third wave.
- The goal is to create all essential health facilities at the District and Taluk level.
- It is planned to appoint 4,000 doctors and supporting staff with the diagnostic facilities.
- The up-gradation will be done within a period of 3 months.
Navy inducts three advanced light helicopters
- The Indian Navy on 7 June 2021 inducted three indigenously-built advanced light helicopters ALH MK-III that would be used for maritime reconnaissance and coastal security.
- The three helicopters were made indigenously by the Centre-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
- The helicopters were inducted at the Indian Naval Station (INS) Dega, Eastern Naval Command (ENC), Visakhapatnam.
Abdulla Shahid elected President of UNGA
- Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid was elected as President of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly on 7 June 2021.
- Abdulla Shahid will succeed Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir who was UNGA President for the 75th session of the UN body.
- India, at present, is serving the 2021-22 term as a non-permanent member of the powerful UN Security Council.
IOC Limited signs MoU with Gujarat Govt
- Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC) has inked pacts with the Gujarat Government for implementing projects totaling around ₹ 24,000 crores in the western state.
- IndianOil’s Gujarat refinery will be implementing India’s first Hydrogen Dispensing Facility as a clean fuel initiative.
- New units for the production of polypropylene and butyl acrylate will also be added to the refinery’s portfolio.
Rajesh Pendharkar: Dir Gen. Naval Operations
- Vice Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar has assumed Charge as Director General Naval Operations.
- The Flag Officer is a specialist in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and has served on frontline warships of the Navy as ASW Officer.
- He also served as the Executive Officer and Principal Warfare Officer of Guided Destroyer INS Mysore.
PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana extended
- Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana has been extended till Diwali 2021.
- Free food grains will be available in fixed quantity every month to more than 80 crore countrymen till November 2021.
- Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana is a food security welfare scheme announced by the government of India in March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic in India.
Annual Plan for Gradual Rollout of E20 Ethanol
- The NITI Aayog has released the annual plan for the gradual rollout of E20 ethanol in the country which will result in saving Rs 30,000 cr of foreign exchange per year among other benefits.
- Initially, the pan-India ethanol production capacity will be raised from the current 700 crore litres to 1500 crore litres.
- Further, a phased rollout of E10 fuel will be undertaken by April 2022.
Haryana CM’s scheme for ‘pension’ for trees
- The Haryana government has come out with a unique and first-of-its-kind initiative.
- Haryana CM has announced the launch of the Pran Vayu Devta Pension Scheme and Oxy Van (Oxygen Forests).
- The state government has taken an initiative to honor all those trees which are of the age of 75 years and above and have served humanity throughout their life by producing oxygen.
NMPS, CSIR-NBRI sign MoU
- The National Medicinal Plant Board (NMPS) and the National Botanical Research Institute (CSIR-NBRI) have signed an agreement.
- They have signed an MoU to boost the cultivation and production of medicinal plants and herbs in India.
- It will facilitate the development of Quality Planting Material (QPM) of medicinal plants and herbs identified by the NMPB.
Ranjitsinh: World Bank Education Advisor
- Ranjitsinh Disale has been appointed as the World Bank Education Advisor, starting from June 2021 to June 2024.
- Disale, the first Indian to have been awarded the Global Teacher Award in 2020, will now be working on the Coach Project, launched by The World Bank in March 2021.
- The project’s aim is to ‘help countries accelerate learning by improving teacher professional development.’
‘Water Burial’ bags Best Film National Award
- ‘Water Burial’, a film based on the Monpa dialect of Arunachal Pradesh, has won the Best Film National Award in the environment conservation category.
- Directed by Shantanu Sen, the film is inspired by the Assamese novel ‘Saba Kota Manuh’, written by Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi.
- The Monpa tribe in Arunachal Pradesh lives at a height of 8,000-9,000 feet above sea level.
World Bank approves $500-million program
- The World Bank has approved a $500 million program to support MSMEs in India to increase liquidity access for viable small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
- The program targets improvements in the performance of 555,000 MSMEs and is expected to mobilize financing of $15.5 billion, as part of the government’s $3.4 billion MSME Competitiveness – A Post-COVID Resilience and Recovery Programme.
BharatPe becomes ICC’s official partner
- BharatPe has inked a three-year-long deal to become an official partner with International Cricket Council (ICC).
- As per the agreement, BharatPe will promote the association across broadcast and digital platforms, as well as execute in-venue brand activations at all the ICC events until 2023.
- The key tournaments include the upcoming ICC World Test Championship (Southampton, UK 2021), etc.
Sumit Malik fails dope test
- Olympic-bound Indian wrestler Sumit Malik has been provisionally suspended after failing a dope test during the recent Qualifiers in Bulgaria.
- It marks the second consecutive instance of a wrestler being caught in a dope net before the Olympics — the previous being ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics when Narsingh Pancham Yadav had failed one and was slapped with a four-year ban.
Virendra Nanavati: FINA Bureau member
- Virendra Nanavati has been elected as a member of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Bureau at the world body’s General Congress held in Qatar.
- Nanavati, who is currently a Vice-President of the Indian Olympic Association and Executive Director of the Swimming Federation of India (SFI), is the first Indian to be elected as a Bureau member of the FINA.
- He was elected for the term of 2021-2025.
Knowledge Economy Mission launched
- Kerala has launched the Knowledge Economy Mission to provide employment to the educated and support ‘knowledge workers’ under a single program.
- The initiative was announced in State Budget on June 4, 2021.
- It will be spearheaded by Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council (K-DISC) which has been tasked with submitting a complete challenge report before 15 July’21.
UN suspends Iran voting rights
- The UN has suspended the voting rights of Iran and four other countries over delinquent dues.
- Iran had breached the delinquency threshold under Article 19 of the UN Charter.
- The article states that any member owing the previous two years’ assessments may not vote in the General Assembly.
- Central Africa, Comoros, Somalia, and Sao Tome and Principe have also lost their voting rights.
World Oceans Day: 8 June
- World Oceans Day is observed every year on 8 June to create awareness among human beings of the benefits it has enjoyed from the ocean so far.
- The United Nations (UN) declared World Oceans Day as an official occasion in 2008.
- The theme for 2021 is ‘The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods’.
- The idea of World Oceans Day was first proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Mass vaccination drive in Delhi
- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has launched a mass vaccination drive named ‘Jahan vote, wahan vaccine’ with an aim to vaccinate all above the age of 45 within 4 weeks.
- Everyone in this age group will get at least one dose of the vaccine.
- There are 57 lakh people above the age of 45 in Delhi.
- Of these, 27 lakh have got at least one dose.
Crisil cuts FY22 growth projection to 9.5%
- Domestic credit rating agency Crisil has cut its FY22 growth estimate for India to 9.5 percent from the earlier 11 percent.
- It is due to the hit to private consumption and investments following the second wave of COVID-19.
- Crisil joins other watchers who have cut their FY22 growth projections, with some cutting it as low as 7.9%.
- The economy had contracted by 7.3 percent in FY21.
BeAM inks pact with Haridra Lakshmi
- BSE E Agricultural Markets (BeAM) has signed a pact with Haridra Lakshmi to enhance the smallholder farmers’ income in Maharashtra.
- Both have signed an MoU in this regard.
- Both entities will work closely with the warehouses in the region to adopt electronic negotiable warehouse receipts (eNWRs).
- BSE in Dec’20 launched BeAM, an electronic spot platform for agricultural commodities.
First village to achieve 100% vaccination
- J&K has made a name for itself in the country’s immunization drive by achieving vaccination targets at the fastest pace possible under the ‘J&K model’, which is a 10-point strategy to vaccinate the entire eligible population.
- A small village in the Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir is now the first remote village in India to be able to immunize 100 percent of its adult population.
Balu Forge Industries inks MoU with Karnataka
- Balu Forge Industries has signed a pact with the Karnataka government for setting up a new manufacturing campus at a project cost of Rs 200 crore in Belgaum.
- It would spread over 25 acres (over 100,000 m²) in Belgaum, Karnataka.
- The new facility will not only act as a manufacturing center but will also be set up as a technology and innovation campus.
US approves first new drug for Alzheimer’s
- U.S. regulators have approved Biogen Inc’s aducanumab as the first treatment to attack a likely cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Biogen has priced the drug, to be sold as Aduhelm, at $56,000 or about ₹40 lakh per year.
- Aducanumab works by removing sticky deposits of a protein called amyloid-beta from the brains of patients in earlier stages of Alzheimer’s.
Walmart tops Euromonitor’s retail ranking
- Walmart Inc, which owns the e-commerce marketplace Flipkart in India, retained its top spot in Euromonitor International’s India retail rankings for 2020.
- Amazon was in second place.
- Euromonitor’s annual rankings were based on the value of goods sold by Indian retailers across segments such as grocery, apparel, lifestyle, and pharmacy from January to December 2020.
- Former Karnataka Minister Prof. Mumtaz Ali Khan passed away in June 2021. He was Minister for Minority Affairs, Wakf, and Hajj during 2008-11.
- Industrialist Himanshu Das died in June’21. He was the President of the Balasore Chamber of Industries and Commerce and Odisha PVC Manufacturers’ Association.
- Subhakirti Majumdar, former Director-General, Indian Jute Mills Association died in June’21.
- Veteran actor Tarla Joshi, known for shows like “Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai” and “Bandini”, passed away in June’21.
- Seher Aly Latif, known for producing the Netflix series Bhaag Beanie Bhaag and working as a casting director for films like Lunchbox and Monsoon Shootout, passed away in June’21.
- Senior journalist Jabbar Siddique, who served in Siasat Urdu Daily for over three decades, died in June’21.
Franklin MF banned from launching debt funds
- SEBI has found serious lapses in the way Franklin Templeton India Mutual Fund managed the six debt funds that wound up suddenly in Apr’20.
- It has banned it from launching similar schemes for the next two years.
- SEBI has now asked it to return fund management fees worth Rs 451.63 cr to investors of the 6 debt funds and levied a 12% interest fee on this amount which totals up to Rs 512.50 cr.
Maharashtra Government forms committee
- Maharashtra Government has formed a committee to study the amendments in the Banking Regulation Act and their impact on the functioning of cooperative banks.
- The 13-member committee is headed by Co-operation Minister Balasaheb Patil.
- Maharashtra has about 457 urban cooperative banks that have been under dual regulation by the State Registrar of Societies and the RBI.
Illegal houses constructed to be regularised
- Illegal houses constructed in rural and urban areas prior to 1st January 2015 will be regularised under the Karnataka Land Revenue Act of 1964.
- The last date to receive the application for regularisation was extended from March 2019 to March 2022.
- The record of rights will be distributed by March 2023 to the applicants, if their documents are found correct.
Chhetri: 2nd highest international goalscorer
- India men’s football team captain Sunil Chhetri overtook Ali Mabkhout and Lionel Messi on 7 June 2021 to become the second-highest international goalscorer among active men’s players.
- Chhetri struck a brace against Bangladesh in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers match in Qatar.
- He is now placed 11th on the all-time goal-scorers list in men’s international football.
Awareness campaign on plastic waste management
- Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has launched a two-month-long awareness campaign on the topic of plastic waste management and elimination of identified Single-Use Plastics (SUPs) items, on 8 June 2021.
- The day also marks World Ocean Day.
- At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
India elected to UN ECOSOC
- India has been elected to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC for the term 2022-24.
- The ECOSOC is at the center of the United Nations development system and brings together people and issues to promote collective action for a sustainable world.
- India was elected in the Asia-Pacific States category along with Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Oman in the elections held on Monday.
Ladakh and Meghalaya sign MoUs with CESL
- Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL), a unit of Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), on 5 June’21 signed MoUs with Meghalaya govt and Ladakh UT to generate around 65MW of decentralized solar.
- With the Meghalaya Power Distribution Corp. Ltd, CESL has signed an MoU worth 60MW.
- With the UT of Ladakh, CESL will set up decentralized solar power in the Zanskar region worth 5MW.
Raimona becomes Assam’s sixth national park
- Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma on the occasion of World Environment Day announced that Raimona has been added to the latest addition to Assam’s existing National Parks.
- The 5 national parks that existed prior to the 422 sq. km Raimona are Kaziranga, Manas, Nameri, Orang, and Dibru-Saikhowa.
- Raimona is an integral part of 2,837 sq. km Manas Biosphere Reserve and Chirang-Ripu Elephant Reserve.