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10th June 2021 Current Affairs in English

Important Days

World Accreditation Day 2021 celebrated on 9th June

World Accreditation Day (WAD) is celebrated every year on 9 June to promote the role of accreditation in trade & the economy.

The theme for WAD 2021 is “Accreditation: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

WAD is a global initiative, jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chairman of Quality Council of India: Adil Zainulbhai;
  • Quality Council of India Founded: 1997;
  • Quality Council of India Headquarters location: New Delhi.

National

India elected as member of UN Economic and Social Council for 2022-24

India has been elected as a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the six main organs of the United Nations, for three-year terms of 2022-24.

India was elected to the 54-member ECOSOC, by the UNGA on June 7, 2021, in the Asia-Pacific States category, along with Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Oman.

ECOSOC serves as the central platform for discussing international economic, social and environmental issues and formulating policy recommendations addressed to member states and the United Nations system.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • ECOSOC Headquarters: New York and Geneva;
  • ECOSOC Founded: 26 June 1945;
  • ECOSOC President: Oh Joon.

Haryana CM announces creating ‘Oxi-van’ in Karnal

Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, announced to create of 80 acres of ‘Oxi-van’ (a forest) in the Karnal district.

It was announced on the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5, 2021. Oxi-van will consist of 10 types of forests.

On the occasion, highlighting the importance of trees and encouraging promotion, protection, planting of trees Haryana Government launched four important schemes:

Pran Vayu Devta Pension Scheme: Under this scheme, a pension amount of Rs 2500 will be provided in name of Pran Vayu Devta to maintain trees above 75 years. This pension would increase each year on the line of old age Samman pension.

Panchavati Plantation in Haryana: Under this initiative, the plantation will be done in name of Panchvati across the villages in Haryana. It will promote the process of getting natural oxygen from trees. Agroforestry will also be promoted on vacant land under the initiative. Thus, it will increase the income of Panchayats in rural areas.

Oxy-Van in Karnal: Oxy Forest was launched on Forest Department land in Mughal Canal, Karnal. Panchavati, trees of Bel, Amla, Ashoka, Banyan and Peepal were planted. It will be built on 80 acres area.

Oxy-Van in Panchkula: It will be established in Bir Ghaggar on the area of one hundred acres in a bid to create Mother Nature’s green lungs, for residents of Panchkula, to get in fresh oxygen. Rs One crore has been sanctioned for this initiative.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Haryana Capital: Chandigarh.
  • Haryana Governor: Satyadev Narayan Arya.
  • Haryana Chief Minister: Manohar Lal Khattar.

India’s first International Maritime Cluster to come up at GIFT City

Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) will set up the country’s first international maritime services cluster at GIFT City.

The maritime cluster will be developed as a dedicated ecosystem comprising ports, shipping, logistics services providers and government regulators, all present in the same geographic vicinity — GIFT City. GIFT City is India’s first operational smart city and international financial services.

This will be a first-of-its-kind commercial maritime services cluster in India, which has been conceptualised to enhance the competitiveness and self-sufficiency of India in the maritime sector and provide a one-stop solution for the entire maritime fraternity.

The cluster looks to host maritime industry players including regulators, government agencies, maritime/shipping industry associations and businesses, intermediate service providers, such as shipping finance, marine insurance, maritime arbitrators, maritime law firms, among others, and support services providers, such as maritime education institutes.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Gujarat Chief Minister: Vijay Rupani;
  • Gujarat Governor: Acharya Devvrat.

Himachal jumps to third spot in Anemia Mukt Bharat Index

Himachal Pradesh has climbed to the third spot in the Anemia Mukt Bharat Index 2020-21 national ranking with a score of 57.1. Himachal Pradesh was at rank 18 in the year 2018-19, but with consistent efforts of the government and the field functionaries, the state was able to achieve the third spot.

Madhya Pradesh is in the first position with a score of 64.1 followed by Odisha with a score of 59.3. The prevalence of soil-transmitted helminths had decreased from 29% to 0.3% in a short span of three years.

Anemia remains a major public health issue with high prevalence across the country irrespective of gender, age and geography.

India is one of the countries with anemia as a serious public health concern today.

Almost 50% of the pregnant women, 59% of children fewer than five years of age, 54% of adolescent girls and 53% of non-pregnant non-lactating women in India are anemic.


International

G7 deal on Minimum Global Corporate Tax

Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies signed a landmark deal on taxing multinational companies.

As per the deal, the minimum global tax rate would be at least 15 per cent.

The agreement was signed by finance ministers of the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Canada, France, Italy and Japan.

It opens the way for levies on multinational companies in countries where they operate rather than just where they are headquartered.

Interpol launches “I-Familia” to identify missing persons

Interpol has launched a new global database named “I-Familia” to identify missing persons through family DNA and help the police solve cold cases in member countries.

Describing it as a groundbreaking database officially launched this month, the Interpol in a statement said it applied cutting-edge scientific research and used the DNA of relatives to identify missing persons or unidentified human remains around the world.

I-Familia is a global database launched to identify missing persons through family DNA. It will help the police to solve cases in member countries.

Interpol applies cutting-edge scientific research and uses the DNA of relatives to identify missing persons or unidentified human remains around the world.

DNA kinship matching is used mostly in cases where a direct sample of the missing person is not available.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Interpol President: Kim Jong Yang;
  • Interpol Founded: 7 September 1923.
  • Interpol Headquarters: Lyon, France, Motto: “Connecting police for a safer world”.

Appointments

Vice Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar assumes Charge as DG Naval Operations

Vice Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar, AVSM, VSM 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 and later as the Executive Officer and Principal Warfare Officer of Guided Destroyer INS Mysore.

He has commanded the missile corvette INS Kora, the missile frigate INS Shivalik and the aircraft carrier INS Viraat.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Karambir Singh.
  • Indian Navy Founded: 26 January 1950.

Anup Chandra Pandey appointed as election commissioner

The Union government has appointed Anup Chandra Pandey, a retired IAS officer of the 1984 batch, Uttar Pradesh cadre, as Election Commissioner.

In the Election Commission, Pandey will have a little under three years in office and will retire in February 2024.

Pandey has been appointed to the position left vacant by former Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora’s retirement on April 12.

Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar are the other two members of the panel.

This restores the three-member commission to its full strength, which will now oversee the next set of crucial assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur, and Uttarakhand next year.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Election Commission Formed: 25 January 1950;
  • Election Commission Headquarters: New Delhi;
  • First executive of Election Commission: Sukumar Sen.

UNSC recommends Antonio Guterres for second term as UN chief

The UN Security Council has recommended Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a second five-year term as chief of the world organisation beginning January 1, 2022.

The 15-nation Council held a closed meeting where it unanimously adopted a resolution recommending Guterres’ name to the 193-member General Assembly for a second term as Secretary-General.

Last month, India had conveyed its support to Guterres for his candidature as chief of the world body for a second term beginning January 2022.

RBI gives nod to re-appoint CS Ghosh as MD & CEO of Bandhan Bank

The Reserve Bank of India has granted approval for the re-appointment of Chandra Shekhar Ghosh as MD and CEO of Bandhan Bank, for a period of three years.

The re-appointment as above is subject to the approval of shareholders at the ensuing annual general meeting of the bank.

Ghosh, who has been one of the foremost proponents of microfinance in India, founded Bandhan in 2001 as a not-for-profit enterprise that stood for financial inclusion and women empowerment through sustainable livelihood creation. He was at the forefront of its transformation into an NBFC-MFI and finally the universal bank.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Bandhan Bank HQ: Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • Bandhan Bank Founded: 2001.

Economy

World Bank projects India to grow at 8.3 per cent in 2021

The World Bank has projected India’s economy to grow at 8.3 per cent in 2021 and 7.5 per cent in 2022.

The Washington-based global lender, in its latest issue of Global Economic Prospects released, noted that in India, an enormous second COVID-19 wave is undermining the sharper-than-expected rebound in activity seen during the second half of the Fiscal Year 2020/21, especially in services. The World Bank said, in 2023, India is expected to grow by 6.5 percent.

Crisil Projects India’s GDP Growth for FY22 to 9.5%

The domestic credit rating agency Crisil has revised the GDP growth estimate for India in FY22 (2021-22) to 9.5 percent, from the earlier estimate of 11 percent. As per CRISIL, the economy had contracted by 7.3 percent in FY21.

The downward revision is basically due to the hit to private consumption and investments following the second wave of COVID-19.


Awards

BAFTA TV Awards 2021 winners announced

The winners of the BAFTA TV Awards 2021 were announced.  The ceremony itself, filmed at London’s Television Centre and hosted by Richard Ayoade, was a hybrid event that kept in line with COVID-19 protocols by allowing a number of nominees from the main performance categories to attend, with others taking part digitally.

British Academy Television Awards are presented annually to recognize the outstanding work in British Television. It is being given annually since 1955. It is mainly given to British programs.

Winners of BAFTA TV Awards 2021 are:

Sl. No.CategoryWinner
1.Leading ActressMichaela Coel, I May Destroy You
2.Leading ActorPaul Mescal, Normal People
3.Drama SeriesSave Me Too
4.Best Comedy PerformanceCharlie Cooper and Aimee Lou Wood
5.Best Comedy SeriesInside No. 9
6.Original MusicHarry Escott, Roadkill
7.SportsEngland v West Indies Test Cricket – Sky Sports Cricket

Defence News

Indian Navy inducted three ALH MK III advanced light helicopters

The Indian Navy inducted three indigenously-built advanced light helicopters ALH MK-III in their fleet.

These helicopters are built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited at the Indian Naval Station (INS) Dega in Visakhapatnam will be used for maritime reconnaissance and coastal security.

These helicopters are equipped with modern surveillance radar and electro-optical equipment. It enables them in doing search and rescue operations even at the night. It is also fitted with a removable medical intensive care unit (ICU) to airlift critically ill patients. It can also undertake constabulary missions.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited: CMD: R Madhavan;
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited HQ: Bengaluru, Karnataka.

Miscellaneous

Rhea Chakraborty topped ‘The Times 50 Most Desirable Women 2020’

The Times 50 Most Desirable Women 2020 list has been unveiled, and it features women under 40 across various fields.

Rhea Chakraborty has bagged the number 1 spot on Times Most Desirable Women 2020 list. She was in the news for most of last year due to the sudden demise of Sushant Singh Rajput and the controversy around his death.

Miss Universe 2020, 3rd runner-up Adline Castelino bagged the second spot in the list. Actress Disha Patani, Kiara Advani and Deepika Padukone were on the third, fourth and fifth spot respectively.


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