Current Affairs

6 July, 2021

International

PM Modi Addresses CoWIN Global Conclave 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually addressed the CoWIN Global Conclave 2021. Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the event.The Global Conclave was jointly organized by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and National Health Authority (NHA).
i.The conclave was attended by India’s Foreign Secretary H V Shringla, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, and CEO of National Health Authority (NHA), Dr RS Sharma.
ii.India is set to offer the CoWIN (COVID-19 Vaccine Intelligence Work) platform as a digital public good to the world to combat COVID-19. For this purpose, an open-source version of the vaccine registration platform will be shared by India for free. Around 50 countries, including Canada, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama and Uganda, have expressed interest in adopting the CoWIN platform, to run vaccination drives in their countries.

About National Health Authority (NHA)

NHA is the successor of the National Health Agency, which has been functioning as a registered society since 23rd May, 2018. It was reconstituted on 2nd January 2019.
CEO – R S Sharma
Headquarters – New Delhi

2nd India-Ghana Foreign Office Consultations 2021 held at Accra, Ghana

The 2nd India-Ghana Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) 2021 were held at Accra, Capital of Ghana. Rahul Chhabra, Secretary (Economic Relations) from Indian side and Kwaku Ampratwum Sarpong, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from the Ghanaian side co-chaired the Meeting. During the meeting, the two sides undertook a review of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. They also took note of the exchange of bilateral visits, holding of Joint Commission Meeting, defence cooperation, pending MoUs and others. The 1st FOC between India & Ghana took place at New Delhi in 2019.

About Ghana
President – Akufo-Addo
Capital – Accra
Currency – Ghanaian cedi (GHS)

National

India’s 2nd Largest Cricket Stadium to come up at Jaipur, Rajasthan

India’s 2nd Largest Cricket Stadium & World’s 3rd Largest Cricket Stadium is set to be constructed in Jaipur (also known as Pink City), Rajasthan. The construction of the stadium will cost an estimated INR 290 crore. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given a financial grant of INR 100 crore to the Rajasthan Cricket Association for the construction of the Stadium which will have a capacity of 75,000. The world’s largest Cricket Stadium is Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad, Gujarat with a capacity of 1,32,000 and the 2nd largest is Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) situated in Melbourne, Australia. While the World’s 3rd largest & India’s 2nd largest cricket stadium is Eden Garden cricket ground situated in Kolkata, West Bengal.

CBSE introduces Financial Literacy Textbook developed by NPCI

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) in collaboration with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has launched the “Financial Literacy Textbook for Class 6” students, to make childrens aware of basic financial concepts. The Book was developed by NPCI and edited by CBSE as per the needs of students. They are also working on similar books for Class 7 & 8.
i.The book includes basic concepts from basic concepts of currency to Banking, Security, and modes of Digital Payments such as UPI, Cards, Wallets.
ii.It also elaborates on the role of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) & importance of Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AePS)
iii.Financial Literacy was recently introduced by CBSE as an elective subject for Primary school students.
About Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE):
Established – 1962
Chairperson – Manoj Ahuja
Headquarters – New Delhi
About National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI):
Incorporated in 2008
MD & CEO – Dilip Asbe
Headquarter – Mumbai, Maharashtra

Atal Innovation Mission concluded 1st fintech Cohort of ‘AIM-iLEAP’

i.A first fintech cohort of AIM-iLEAP (Innovative leadership for entrepreneurial agility and profitability) was concluded recently which was organized by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) of NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog in collaboration with Startup Réseau and Visa through a series of thematic virtual demo.

ii.It is an initiative for start-ups to provide them access to industry, markets and investors thereby enhancing the innovation ecosystem.
About Atal Innovation Mission (AIM):
It has been launched to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship using digital tools under the aegis of NITI Aayog. It has access to over 2000+ tech start-ups pan-India through its member base of 65+ business incubators, 24 ACICs, 15 ARISE-ANIC and over 7200+ATLs.
Mission Director– Dr Chintan Vaishnav
Headquarters– New Delhi

Vice President Addresses 19th Meeting of the Governing Council & 20th Meeting of Governing Body of ICWA

Vice President (VP) Venkaiah Naidu virtually addressed the 19th Meeting of the Governing Council & chaired the 20th Meeting of the Governing Body of Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA). He is the Ex-Officio President of the ICWA. The 19th meeting of the Governing Council of ICWA took place from Hyderabad, Telangana. VP launched a book titled ‘Sapru House: A Story of Institutions Building in World Affairs’ authored by Dr TCA Raghavan, Director General of ICWA and Dr. Vivek Mishra, Research Fellow at ICWA. ICWA Committees have also set up an ‘ICWA Archives Unit’ to catalogue and conserve historical and archival records.

Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA)
Established in 1943, ICWA was India’s 1st Independent International Affairs think tank. While the Vice President of India is its Ex-Officio President, the Minister of External Affairs is its Vice President.
Vijay Thakur Singh appointed as next DG of ICWA
Former Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, Vijay Thakur Singh was appointed as the next Director General of ICWA. The term of Dr. TCA Raghavan is set to come to an end on 23 July 2021. The ICWA Act of 2001 read with the Amendment Act of 2003 prescribes a 3-year term for the DG and ex-officio Member Secretary of ICWA and the procedure for the appointment of the new DG.

About Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA)
Director General – TCA Raghavan
Ex Officio President of the Council – Vice President of India (Venkaiah Naidu)
Head Office – New Delhi

Economy

SEBI Fined IL&FS, AFSPL for Fraudulent MF Transactions

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) imposed a monetary penalty of Rs 26 crore on IL&FS Securities Services Ltd and Rs 3 crore on Allied Financial Services Pvt Ltd (AFSPL) over-involvement in fraudulent transfer of Mutual Fund (MF) units from the client’s accounts. SEBI imposed a penalty of Rs 3 crore on AFSPL’s Managing Director(MD), Awanish Kumar Mishra and a fine of Rs 14 lakh and Rs 7 lakh on its directors Himanshu Arora and Jitendra Kumar Tiwari. SEBI has restrained IL&FS Securities from acquiring any new clients for 2 years. These penalties were issued under Section 15HA of the SEBI Act.

Paytm Launched Instant Small Loan Service – ‘Postpaid Mini’

Paytm, digital payments platform, in partnership with Aditya Birla Finance Ltd., launched a small-ticket instant loans service named ‘Postpaid Mini’. It was as an extension of its ‘Buy Now-Pay Later’ service, to support new-to-credit customers.
About Aditya Birla Finance Ltd.
It is a part of Aditya Birla Capital Limited
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO– Rakesh Singh

SIDBI Added Development Measures for MSMEs

On World Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Day (June 27, 2021), the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), has rolled out multiple measures to support COVID-19 hit MSMEs.

Initiatives undertaken by SIDBI:
i.To enhance the credit access SIDBI has reduced the interest rate of the ‘Timely Working Capital Assistance to Revitalise Industries in Times of Corona Crisis’ (TWARIT) scheme under ECLGS (Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme) from 8.25 percent to 6 percent for its existing customers.
ii.SIDBI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Government Engineering College Thrissur, Kerala to set up a Swavalamban Chair for MSME solutions to promote entrepreneurship among students.
iii.SIDBI has entered into an MoU with the ‘Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship’ (GAME) to help MSMEs. Click here to know more
About Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI):
It is the financial institution engaged in the promotion, financing and development of MSMEs.
Establishment – 1990
Headquarters – Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Chairman & Managing Director – Shri Sivasubramanian Ramann

Sports

India bags 4 Medals at ISSF Shooting World Cup 2021 held in Osijek, Croatia

India bagged 4 Medals (1 Gold, 1 Silver & 2 Bronze) and finished 10th at the ISSF World Cup 2021 Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun held at Osijek, Croatia from June 22 – July 3, 2021. The Medals table was topped by Russia with 18 Medals followed by Italy & Germany with 10 Medals each.

This is the final ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) world cup held before the Tokyo Olympics 2020, which is set to be held from 23rd July – 8th August, 2021.
The 2021 ISSF World Cup is the annual edition of the ISSF World Cup in the Olympic shooting events, governed by ISSF.
Medals Tally

Rank Country Medal
10 India 4 (1 G, 1 S, 2 B)
1 Russia 18
2 Italy 10
3 Germany 10
Indian Medal winners

S.No Winner Medal Category
1 Rahi Sarnobat Gold Women’s 25m Pistol
2 Saurabh Chaudhary Bronze Men’s 10m Air Pistol
3 Manu Bhaker & Saurabh Chaudhary Silver Mixed Team – 10m Air Pistol
4 Manu Bhaker,Rahi Sarnobat & Yashaswi Deswal Bronze Women’s Team event 10m Air Pistol
About International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF)
President – Vladimir Lisin
Headquarters – Munich, Germany

Max Verstappen wins Austrian Grand Prix 2021

Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen (Belgium) won the Austrian Grand Prix 2021, making his 3rd consecutive win and 5th win in 2021. He was quickly followed by Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and McLaren’s Lando Norris in 2nd & 3rd positions respectively. Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) organized Austrian Grand Prix 2021.
i.Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who is fighting for his 99th victory, was positioned in 4th place due to a damaged tire.
ii.Max Verstappen’s victory in Austrian Grand Prix also marks the 5th consecutive win for Red Bull Racing with 4 of them won by Verstappen and 1 by Sergio Pérez (Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2021)
Max Verstappen wins in 2021:

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
Monaco Grand Prix
French Grand Prix
Styrian Grand Prix
Austrian Grand Prix
About Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA):
FIA was established in 1904, it is the governing body of Formula 1 racing
President – Jean Todt
Headquarters – Paris, France
1st edition of Indian Grand Prix was conducted in 2011 at Buddh International Circuit, Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Miscellaneous

6 Technology Innovation Platforms launched by Ministry of Heavy Industries

The Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises launched 6-Technology Innovation platforms for exchange of knowledge for research & development of technologies that are manufactured in India with globally competitive standards and other technical researches.

i.The platforms were developed by IIT-Madras, Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI), International Centre for Automotive Technology (iCAT), Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and HMT (Hindustan Machine Tools) in collaboration with IISc, Bangalore.
About Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises:
Union Minister – Prakash Javadekar (Rajya Sabha MP – Maharashtra)
Minister of State – Arjun Ram Meghwal (Constituency – Bikaner, Rajasthan)

China launches ‘FY-3E’ Meteorological Satellite into Space

China National Space Administration (CNSA) launched a new meteorological satellite ‘Fengyun-3E (FY-3E)’ aboard a Long March-4C carrier rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China. Called the ‘dawn satellite’, FY-3E is the world’s 1st meteorological satellite for civil service in a dawn-dusk orbit. The satellite is equipped with 11 advanced remote sensing payloads and has a lifespan of 8 years. It can obtain data about temperature, humidity, other parameters and will help in improving China’s weather forecast capabilities. FY-3E will constellate with FY-3C and FY-3D satellites in orbit, making China the only country in the world which has succeeded in networking meteorological satellites positioned at 3 different trajectories. The networked satellites will help in better prediction of weather in the dawn, morning and afternoon. FY-3E is the 377th flight mission of the Long March Carrier rocket series.

Functions of the Satellite
i.It will monitor the global snow and ice coverage, sea surface temperature, natural disasters, and environment to better respond to climate change and prevent and mitigate extreme weather events.
ii.FY-3E will monitor solar and space environments and their effects on Earth. Additionally, it will also help in collecting ionospheric data to meet the needs of space weather forecasts and supporting services.
About China National Space Administration (CNSA)
Administrator – Zhang Kejian
Headquarters – Beijing, China

Pushkar Singh Dhami Sworn in as Uttarakhand CM

Pushkar Singh Dhami, 45, sworn in as the 11th Chief Minister (CM) of Uttarakhand along with 11-member cabinet ministers, by replacing Tirath Singh Rawat. He is the youngest CM of the state, and before getting elevated to the post,he served as MLA for 2 terms from Khatima, Uttarakhand (never held any ministerial position). His oath of office was administered by the state’s governor Baby Rani Maurya in Dehradun.

About Uttarakhand:
Uttarakhand became the 27th state of India on November 9, 2000, after its separation from Uttar Pradesh(UP) through the UP Reorganisation Act, 2000.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Nanda Devi National Park, Valley of Flowers
National Parks – Jim Corbett National Park (India’s 1st and oldest national park), Nanda Devi National Park, Gangotri National Park, Valley of Flowers

Korean Air selected as ‘2021 Airline of the Year’ by ATW

Korean Air (of South Korea) has been selected as the ‘2021 Airline of the Year’ by Air Transport World (ATW), it is also called the ‘Oscar in the Aviation Industry’. It was awarded the Oscar for managing the situation under COVID-19 effectively. The awards ceremony is set to be held on October 5, 2021 at Boston, USA. Started in 1974, the year 2021 is the 47th edition of ATW’s ‘Airline of the Year’ awards. Each year, ATW’s global judges team select the best airline by taking into account various factors like financial stability, business operation, customer service, sustainability and safety.

Odia poet Rajendra Kishore Panda named for Kuvempu Rashtriya Puraskar 2020

A poet and novelist from Odisha, Dr. Rajendra Kishore Panda (77), has been named for the Kuvempu Rashtriya Puraskar for 2020. His name was finalised by a three-member committee comprising Kannada poet Dr. H.S. Shivaprakash, Agrahara Krishnamurthy, former secretary of Central Sahitya Academy, and Bengali author Shyamal Bhattacharya. The committee met under the chairmanship of Prof. Hampa Nagarajaiah.

About Dr. Rajendra Kishore Panda:
Born in 1944, he has published 16 poetry collections and a novel. He was presented the Gangadhar National Award in 2010, Sahitya Akademi Award in 1985, and was awarded a D.Lit. (Doctor of Literature) by Sambalpur University, Odisha.
About Kuvempu Rashtriya Puraskar:
Instituted in 2013 by Rashtrakavi Kuvempu Trust, the award is given annually to a writer who has contributed in any of the languages recognised by the Constitution of India. The award carries a cash award of Rs 5 lakh, a silver medal and a citation.

CIET-NCERT Announced the National ICT Awards for School Teachers 2018 & 2019

The Central Institute of Educational Technology(CIET), a constituent unit of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has announced the recipients of the National ICT Awards for School Teachers 2018 & 2019. The award is annually instituted by the Ministry of Education(MoE), Government of India.

About National ICT Awards for School Teachers:
i.The National ICT Awards for School Teachers annually presented to encourage the teachers to incorporate Information and Communication Technology(ICT) in school education.
ii.The award recognises the teachers who have enhanced student learnings through integrated technology-supported learning in school education.
Awardees of 2018 & 2019:
i.For the year 2018, the MoE has approved 25 awardees across India and for the year 2019 the ministry has approved 24 awardees across India.
ii.6 teachers from Maharashtra were selected for the National ICT Awards for 2018 and 2019. Anand Balaji Anemwad (Palghar), Nagnath Shankar Vibhute (Pune) and Umesh Raghunath Khose(Osmanabad) received the National ICT Awards for 2018. Prakash Lotan Chavan(Nashik), Shafi Aziz Shaikh(Yevatmal), and Mrinal Nandkishor Ganjale(Pune) received the National ICT Awards for 2019.

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