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06th June 2021 Current Affairs in English

Important Days

World Environment Day: 5th June

World Environment Day is observed globally on 5th June every year. This day is observed to raise awareness about protecting the environment and to remind people not to take nature for granted.

The day provides an opportunity to broaden the “basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises, and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment.”

The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.’ as this year marks the beginning of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Pakistan is the global host for the day to highlight the importance of ecosystem restoration this year.

International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing is organized every year on 5th June.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities are responsible for the loss of 11–26 million tonnes of fish each year, which is estimated to have an economic value of US$10–23 billion.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization Head: Qu Dongyu
  • Food and Agriculture Organization Headquarters: Rome, Italy.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization Established: 16 October 1945.

National

NCPCR devises online portal ‘Bal Swaraj’ for children affected by Covid-19

In view of the growing problem related to children affected by COVID-19, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has devised an online tracking portal “Bal Swaraj (COVID-Care link)” for children in need of care and protection.

The children who have lost family support or are without any ostensible means of subsistence are children in need of care and protection under Section 2(14) of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 and all procedures given under the Act for such children must be followed to ensure the well-being and best interest of children.

The portal has been created with the purpose of tracking and monitoring children who need care and protection in real-time, digitally.

The portal will also be used to track children who have lost both their parents during COVID-19.

The “COVID-Care” link on the portal has been provided for the concerned officer or department to upload the data of such children.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Union Minister of Women and Child Development: Smriti Zubin Irani.

Thaawarchand Gehlot Launches SAGE Programme and Portal

The Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot virtually launched an initiative called, SAGE (Seniorcare Aging Growth Engine) on June 04, 2021, and also the SAGE portal to support India’s elderly persons.

The SAGE portal will act as a “one-stop access” of elderly care products and services by credible start-ups.

The start-ups will be selected under SAGE on the basis of innovative products and services, which they should be able to provide across sectors such as health, housing, care centres, apart from technological access linked to finances, food and wealth management, and legal guidance.

The basic aim of this initiative is to involve youth for elderly care by way of start-ups and their innovative ideas to make elderly care a national movement than just a government program.

IEFPA’s 6 modules of short films titled “Hisab Ki Kitaab” launched

Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Anurag Singh Thakur launched the six modules of short films of Investor Education & Protection Fund Authority (IEPFA) titled “Hisaab Ki Kitaab”.

These short films developed by Common Services Centers(CSC) eGov as a part of their training tool.

The various modules highlight the importance of budget, saving, the importance of Insurance schemes, various social security schemes of the government etc.

The modules also interestingly portray the consequences of a common man falling prey to the schemes and how they should protect themselves from Ponzi schemes.

These short films will be used by IEPFA and its partnering organization for Investor Awareness Programs across the country. During the launch, a trivia of all the 6 modules was showcased.

Gujarat’s Vishwamitri river project gets National Green Tribunal nod

The Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) recently directed the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC), Gujarat and other authorities to implement the Vishwamitri River Action Plan, including preparation for demarcation, plantation and maintaining the integrity of the river.

The crocodiles, turtles & highly protected species have been breeding in the stretches of the river. The NGT has observed that the Vishwamitri River in Vadodara is among the 351 polluted river stretches identified by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), and the restoration of such stretches has also been “exhaustively considered” by the Tribunal in another hearing of a petition by the same applicants.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of NGT: Adarsh Kumar Goel;
  • NGT Headquarters: New Delhi;
  • Gujarat Chief Minister: Vijay Rupani;
  • Gujarat Governor: Acharya Devvrat.

International

Bill Gates and EU pledge $1 billion boost for green technology

The European Union and an energy investment programme founded by Bill Gates plan to raise up to $1 billion to roll out the low-carbon technologies Europe is betting on to meet its climate change goals.

The partnership would see Gates-founded Breakthrough Energy use private capital and philanthropic funds to match funding provided by the EU.

The aim is to together provide up to 820 million euros, or $1 billion, from 2022 to 2026.

Support will target hydrogen produced from renewable energy, sustainable aviation fuels, technology to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere, and long-duration energy storage.

Those technologies are seen as critical to slashing emissions from sectors like heavy industry and aviation but remain too expensive to scale up without support and compete with cheaper fossil fuel alternatives.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • European Union Headquarters location: Brussels, Belgium;
  • European Union Founded: 1 November 1993.

Appointments

Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari appointed as IAF Vice Chief

The Indian Air Force will see a number of changes at the top as Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari has been appointed as the next Vice Chief of Air Staff in the Air headquarters.

Air Marshal Ballabha Radha Krishna would be succeeding Chaudhari at the Western Command in Delhi while Air Marshal RJ Duckworth would be taking charge of the Central Air Command in Prayagraj.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • IAF HQ:- New Delhi; Founded: 8 October 1932;
  • Air Chief Marshal: Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria.

Banking

ICICI Bank Became 2nd Globally to offer ‘SWIFT gpi Instant’ facility

ICICI Bank has announced that it has tied up with SWIFT to offer a facility that helps overseas partner banks to send instant remittances on behalf of their customers to the beneficiary in India.

The beneficiary gets the credit to the bank account instantly. This makes ICICI Bank the first bank in Asia-Pacific and the second globally to offer the facility, called ‘SWIFT gpi Instant’, for cross border inward payments.

With this new service, we continue to live up to our commitment to offering customer-centric solutions enabling quick and hassle-free money transfers.”

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • ICICI Bank Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • ICICI Bank MD & CEO: Sandeep Bakhshi.
  • ICICI Bank Tagline: Hum Hai Na, Khayal Apka.

Awards

David Diop wins International Booker 2021

David Diop has become the first French novelist to win the International Booker prize for translated fiction with At Night All Blood Is Black, his first novel translated into English.

Diop, the author of two novels, and his translator Anna Moschovakis split the £50,000 annual prize, which goes to the best author and translator of a work translated into English.

The International Booker Prize, formerly known as the Man Booker International Prize, has been awarded since 2005 when it was won by Albanian writer Ismail Kadare. It is a sister prize to the Booker Prize, awarded to a novel written in English.

Nitin Rakesh and Jerry Wind win International Business Book of the Year Award 2021

Nitin Rakesh and Jerry Wind won the International Business Book of the Year Award 2021.

The authors made history this week by winning the prestigious International Business Book of the Year Award for 2021 for their recently launched book “Transformation in Times of Crisis”, published by Notion Press.

Their book Transformation in Times of Crisis brings entrepreneurs and business owners the knowledge that can help their business thrive even in a crisis.

Author Nitin Rakesh is a distinguished leader in the Technology and Financial services industries and is the CEO and Executive Director of IT major Mphasis, since 2017.

His Co-author Jerry Wind, is an internationally renowned academician and is currently Lauder Professor Emeritus and Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


Science and Technology

IIT Madras hosts Asia’s first International Memory Studies Workshop

Indian Institute of Technology Madras’ Centre for Memory Studies recently hosted virtually Asia’s first International Memory Studies Workshop.

Indian Network for Memory Studies (INMS), the first national network in the field in Asia under the aegis of the International Memory Studies Association, Amsterdam. 

This international workshop on Memory Studies, the first of its kind in Asia, precedes the official launch of the Indian Network for Memory Studies (INMS).

The launch of the INMS will take place in mid-June 2021 through a virtual event at IIT Madras.

The international Memory Studies Workshop also proved to be a promising platform that brought together academics from Kashmir, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Kerala, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Delhi, Rajasthan, Jharkhand among others as well as from the University of Warwick and Leeds Beckett University, UK.


Sports

Djokovic Wins 83rd Career Title In Belgrade open

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic captured the 83rd title of his career with victory on home soil at the Belgrade Open.

The Serbian superstar lost his serve three times in the first set before changing his game to defeat Slovakian qualifier and first-time ATP Tour finalist Alex Molcan 6-4, 6-3 in 88 minutes at the Novak Tennis Center.


Miscellaneous

HeidelbergCement plans world’s first CO2 neutral cement plant in Sweden

HeidelbergCement, the world’s second-largest cement maker, plans to turn its Swedish factory in Slite into the world’s first CO2-neutral cement plant by 2030 via carbon capture technology.

Following the planned retrofit, which will cost at least 100 million euros ($122 million), the plant will be able to capture up to 1.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Stockholm is the capital of Sweden.
  • The krona is the official currency of Sweden.
  • The current PM of Sweden is Stefan Lofven.

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