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Bihar Govt sanctions Rs. 300 crore
- The Bihar government has sanctioned Rs. 300 crore for payment of compensation to deaths due to COVID in the state.
- The government has given approval for the release of this amount from the state contingency fund to meet the expenditure of compensation.
- The compensation amount already announced by the government is Rs. four lakh for each death due to covid in the state.
Tillotama wins award at UK Asian Film Fest
- Actress Tillotama Shome has won the Best Actor award at the 23rd edition of the UK Asian Film Festival.
- She has won the award for her film Raahgir: The Wayfarers, which was directed by Goutam Ghose.
- Film ‘Raahgir: The Wayfarers’, revolves around 3 strangers, who live on a daily wage basis.
- Apart from Tillotama, filmmaker Goutam Ghose has also won the award for Best Director.
Anup Chandra Pandey appointed as the new EC
- President Ram Nath Kovind on 8 June 2021 appointed Anup Chandra Pandey, a retired Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer, to the post of Election Commissioner.
- Anup Pandey, a 1984 batch IAS, served as the former Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh.
- The three-member Election Commission has Sushil Chandra as the Chief Election Commissioner and Rajiv Kumar as the other Election Commissioner.
Anganwadi workers to get smartphones
- The Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath on 8 June 2021 directed to provide smartphones to all Anganwadi workers in the State.
- There are 1.89 lakh Anganwadi centers in the State with about four lakh workers available.
- The CM has also launched “Mukhya Mantri Bal Seva Yojana” for the children whose parents have died due to Covid, as well as the children who are suffering from non-Covid diseases.
K’taka to give ₹2k subsidy to street vendors
- Karnataka Government on 8 June 2021 launched a ₹33.83 crore scheme for street vendors through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of ₹2,000 each to 2.16 lakh vendors in the state.
- The state govt distributes Covid-19 relief to street vendors registered under the Department of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood’s Deendayal Antyodaya Scheme, a National Urban Livelihood Mission.
M K Jain reappointed as RBI Deputy Governor
- The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on 8 June 2021 approved the re-appointment of Mahesh Kumar Jain, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India (RBI), for two years with effect from 22 June.
- With the re-appointment of Jain, the central bank now has four serving Deputy Governors.
- The other three serving Deputy Governors are Michael Patra, M Rajeshwar Rao, and Rabi Sankar.
Andhra Govt to set up 3 paediatric centers
- The Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy decided on 7 June 2021 to set up three pediatric centers in the state with an estimated cost of Rs 540 cr.
- The government has decided to set up three centers in Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, and Vijayawada-Guntur region and to shell out Rs 180 cr on each center.
- The wards and pediatric centers will have state-of-art facilities for children.
Spoorthi Priya as Grievance Officer, Facebook
- Social media platform Facebook named Spoorthi Priya as its Grievance Officer for India.
- This move comes close on the heels of the new Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines & Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, coming into force in May’21.
- As per rules, social media companies with over 50L users have to appoint a grievance officer, nodal officer, and chief compliance officer.
Odisha sanctions ₹26.29 cr for street vendors
- Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik on 8 June 2021 sanctioned an amount of ₹26.29 crores from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund as Covid-19 assistance for 87,657 street vendors in urban areas.
- The street vendors will receive financial assistance of ₹3,000 each.
- In 2020, the Central government sanctioned ₹8.2 crore collateral-free loans for street vendors in Odisha under PM SVANidhi Yojana.
World Bank cuts FY22 growth forecast to 8.3%
- The World Bank on 8 June 2021, slashed India’s GDP forecast to 8.3 percent for FY22, the fiscal year starting April 2021, as against its earlier estimate of 10.1%.
- It has further projected India’s growth to be 7.5% in 2022, even as the country’s recovery is being hampered by an unprecedented second wave of the Covid-19.
- In 2023, India is expected to grow by 6.5 percent, as per the report.
Leh: Only place with double hump camels
- Leh in Ladakh is the only place where one can see double hump camels in India.
- This species of camel known as Bactrian Camel is the only living remnant of India’s connection with the famous silk route and Ladakh as the link of this ancient trade route.
- As per the latest census, there are 298 Bactrian Camels in number in Leh district and the whole country.
- The senior leader of BJP in Karnataka C M Udasi passed away in Bengaluru in June 2021. Udasi, who entered the Assembly in 1983 as an Independent from Hangal, has represented the constituency six times.
- Former Haryana Minister and veteran BJP leader Kamla Verma passed away in June 2021. She was elected as MLA from Haryana’s Yamunanagar in 1977 and later served as a cabinet minister.
Defence Minister addresses a webinar
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressed a webinar on India-Sweden Defence Industry cooperation on 8 June 2021.
- He emphasized that India is the third-largest business partner for Sweden.
- He informed that the India-Sweden defence cooperation MoU which was signed during the EU-India summit in November 2009 has scope for exchange of expertise, training, logistic and maintenance, and R&D cooperation.
EAM S Jaishankar on three-day visit to Kuwait
- External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar is on a three days visit Kuwait from 9 June 2021.
- He is visiting Kuwait at the invitation of the Foreign Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh (Dr.) Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah.
- This is his first visit to Kuwait as External Affairs Minister.
- He will hold high-level meetings there.
India at 117th position on 17 SDGs
- India’s rank has slipped by two places to 117 on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted as a part of the 2030 agenda by 193 United Nations member states in 2015.
- The State of India’s Environment Report 2021 revealed that India’s rank was 115 in 2020.
- India ranks below four South Asian countries — Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.
US Navy refuels aircraft using unmanned drone
- For the first time in history, the US Navy and Boeing have demonstrated air-to-air refueling operations using an unmanned aircraft – the Boeing-owned MQ-25 T1 test asset – to refuel another aircraft.
- The successful flight demonstrated that the MQ-25 Stingray can fulfill its tanker mission using the Navy’s standard probe-and-drogue aerial refueling method.
Union Bank to pick up 9 pc stake in NARCL
- Union Bank of India (UBI) will pick a 9 percent stake in the National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd (NARCL).
- It has identified Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) worth Rs 7,800 crore to be transferred to the proposed bad bank for resolution.
- A bad bank refers to a financial institution that takes over the bad assets of lenders and undertakes resolution.
NFSU ties up with DOD
- National Forensic Sciences University (NFSU) has tied up with the US Department of Defense (DOD) to recover and identify the remains of over 400 missing US military personnel in India during World War II.
- An MoU has been signed in this regard with the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA).
- The agency is currently trying to trace more than 81,800 missing personnel.
Assam to replicate Bharat Ratna, Padma awards
- The Assam Government has decided to replicate the annual Bharat Ratna and Padma awards entailing a slew of benefits for the awardees.
- While the Asom Ratna would be presented to one person who has made a significant contribution to society, the Asom Bibhushan would be presented to three, the Asom Bhushan to two, and the Asom Shree to 10 persons every year.
TCS to become the title partner of London Marathon
- Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will become the title partner of the London Marathon from 2022, following the race on October 3, 2021.
- It has signed a six-year partnership with the mass sporting event.
- The ambition for 2021 is for 50,000 runners to take part in the mass participation event from Blackheath to The Mall, and a further 50,000 in the virtual event.
Kapil Mohan appointed as Joint Secretary
- Rear Admiral Kapil Mohan Dhir has taken over as the Joint Secretary (Navy and Defence Staff) in the Department of Military Affairs.
- He is the first Armed Forces officer to a tenant this assignment.
- He is the Senior most Serving Marine Commando (MARCOS) and has served in frontline afloat and ashore assignments including Command of the premier MARCOS establishment.
Form heritage panels to protect monuments
- The Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu govt to establish in eight weeks the ‘Mamallapuram World Heritage Area Management Authority’ to manage and safeguard monuments.
- The Heritage Commission shall act as an advisory body to the Authority and the government as well.
- It shall consist of 17 members, including the representatives from the Archaeological Survey of India.
Largest dinosaur species discovered
- A gigantic dinosaur discovered in Australia’s outback has been identified as a new species and recognized as one of the largest to ever roam the Earth, according to palaeontologists.
- The Australotitan cooperensis, part of the titanosaur family that lived about 100 mn years ago, has finally been named and described 15 years after its bones were first uncovered.
- It has the nickname Cooper.
Actress Lakshmi Devy wins an award
- Indian American actress and filmmaker Lakshmi Devy has won the prestigious Gold Remy Award for Direction at the 54th World fest Houston International Film Festival.
- She was awarded for her film “When the Music Changes”.
- Other previous recipients of the Remy Awards include Spielberg, Lucas, Ang Lee, the Coen Brothers, Ridley Scott, John Lee Hancock, Brian de Palma, Randal Kleiser, etc.
New process to enhance the life of aluminium alloy
- Indian scientists have developed an environmental-friendly process, which can provide excellent corrosion resistance to the high-strength aluminium (Al) alloys.
- It involves an electrochemical method for the production of an oxide film on a metallic substrate.
- High-strength aluminium (Al) alloys are extensively used in aerospace, textile, and automotive applications.
First CAR-T cell therapy conducted at ACTREC
- The Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy has emerged as an important development in cancer treatment.
- On 4 June 2021, the first CAR-T cell therapy (a type of gene therapy) was done at the Bone Marrow Transplant unit at ACTREC, Tata Memorial Center in Mumbai.
- The CAR-T cells were designed and manufactured at the Bioscience and Bioengineering (BSBE) department of IIT Bombay.
HT Codeathon wins at INMA Global Awards 2021
- Hindustan Times (HT) Codeathon won four awards, in various segments, at the recently held International News Media Association (INMA) Global Awards 2021.
- Along with the four awards, HT Codeathon also achieved an honorable mention in the Best Initiative to Register Users category.
- The Hindustan Times Codeathon was launched in October 2020 in collaboration with the Delhi government.
IIT Bombay professor elected to EMBO
- Roop Mallik, a professor in the Department of biosciences and bioengineering at IIT Bombay, has been elected as an associate member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).
- He is the fifth Indian scientist and the only one from IIT Bombay to join the life scientists’ community.
- He is the only Indian among nine associate members elected to EMBO for the year 2021.
Dr. Reddy’s ties up with Rockwell
- Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories has entered into a strategic partnership with Hyderabad-based Rockwell Industries, specializing in commercial cold chain appliance manufacturing.
- They will provide vaccine freezers for storing Sputnik V, the Russian-made Covid-19 vaccine.
- The deal has been closed to supply at least 750 Covid-19 vaccine freezers to various hospitals and institutions across the country.
Novel technique to help detect cyclones
- Indian scientists have found a promising technique for early detection of the development of tropical cyclones in the atmospheric column prior to satellite detection over ocean surface in North Indian Ocean region.
- A team of scientists from IIT Kharagpur has devised a novel method using the Eddy detection technique.
- The research was published in the journal Atmospheric Research.
Vedanta to acquire Videocon Industries
- The Mumbai bench of insolvency tribunal has cleared Vedanta Group arm’s resolution plan to acquire bankrupt conglomerate Videocon Industries.
- The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has approved a bid by Twin-Star Technologies to acquire the 13 firms of Videocon Industries Ltd for Rs 2,962 crore.
- Financial creditors’ claims worth over Rs 61,773 crore has been admitted.
Indian Bank and Practo join hands
- Indian Bank, and healthcare company Practo, have joined hands.
- They will provide existing and former employees of the bank and their family members with Practo’s signature corporate health and wellness plans during the covid-19 pandemic.
- Over 74,000 of its present and retired staff members will benefit from these health plans that provide affordable and 24×7 access to high-quality care.
El Salvador adopts bitcoin as legal tender
- El Salvador has become the first country in the world to formally adopt bitcoin as legal tender.
- The decision came after Congress approved President Nayib Bukele’s proposal to embrace cryptocurrency.
- With 62 out of 84 possible votes, a majority of lawmakers voted in favor of the initiative to create a law that will formally adopt bitcoin.
TPCL to buy a stake in 3 power utilities
- The Tata Power Company Limited’s (TPCL) proposed purchase of a 51% stake each in three power utilities in Odisha has been cleared by the Competition Commission of India (CCI).
- TPCL will buy the stakes in Western Electricity Supply Company of Odisha (WESCO), Southern Electricity Supply Company of Odisha Ltd (SOUTHCO), and Central Electricity Supply Company of Odisha Ltd (CESCO).
1st consignment of Nano Urea flagged off
- Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha on 8 June 2021 flagged off the first consignment of Nano Urea (Liquid) from the Kalol area of Gujarat, through virtual mode.
- This is the world’s first Liquid Nano Urea, which will enhance crop yield and protect crops from seasonal damage.
- It is aimed at saving the environment and keeping the soil of the agricultural fields fertile
Honeywell to build a new company
- Honeywell International Inc. will combine its Quantum Solutions business with Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) to form the largest, most advanced standalone quantum computing company in the world.
- The new company will offer the “world’s highest performing” quantum computer and a full suite of quantum software, including the first and most advanced quantum operating system.
India drops Chinese Olympic kit sponsor
- The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has dropped Chinese sportswear maker Li Ning as its official kit partner.
- Its athletes will wear unbranded apparel at the Tokyo Games instead.
- Chinese companies have faced a backlash in India since 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese forces in a Himalayan border dispute in 2020.
Eight Indian universities top 400
- Eight Indian universities, one more than the year 2020, have found a place among the best 400 globally, according to the QS World University Rankings 2022.
- IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, and IISc Bangalore feature among the top 200.
- IIT-Bombay with a rank of 177 is the best from India.
- It’s followed by IIT-Delhi (185th position) and IISc (I86th position).
Funds allocated under Swachh Bharat Mission
- Rs 40,700 crore has been allocated under Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) phase -2 towards solid and liquid waste management to support over two lakh villages in the current financial year.
- The National Scheme Sanctioning Committee of Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti approved the Annual Implementation Plan of States and UTs.
Birsa Munda’s death anniversary
- 9 June marks the death anniversary of tribal freedom fighter Birsa Munda.
- Birsa Munda had participated in anti-missionary and anti-establishment activities between 1886 and 1890 in Chaibasa.
- He was arrested by the British police on 3 March 1900.
- He died young, at 25, in Ranchi jail on June 9 the same year.
- Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar on his birth anniversary on 15 Nov 2000.