Daily Current Affairs 15th June, 2021

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NATIONAL NEWS

Madhya Pradesh govt to launch ‘Yuva Shakti Corona Mukti Abhiyan’
The Government of Madhya Pradesh has launched ‘Yuva Shakti Corona Mukti Abhiyan’ to make the people of the state aware of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It translates to free from Corona with the help of the youth power campaign.

  • The campaign has been launched by the higher education and the technical education department of the state in collaboration with the public healthcare and family welfare department.
  • Under the launched campaign, students in colleges in small groups will be given information and details about the significance of COVID-friendly behaviour and vaccination.
  • These trained students will further disseminate the information to their families and the people in the surrounding areas about the benefits of vaccination and the prevention of Corona.

Raja Parba festival celebrated in Odisha
Raja Parba festival celebrated in Odisha. It is a 3-days unique festival in which the onset of monsoon and the earth’s womanhood is celebrated by the state.

  •  It is believed that during this time the Mother Earth or Bhudevi undergoes menstruation. The fourth day is the day of the ‘purification bath’.

IMD, ICMR launch expert committee to eliminate malaria in India
Malaria No More, a non-governmental organisation, in collaboration with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is creating an India Interagency Expert Committee on Malaria and Climate (IEC) to explore and advance climate-based solutions for accelerating malaria elimination in India. 

  • India has made steady progress towards achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal of malaria elimination by 2030.
  • As malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases are highly influenced by weather and weather events, the new committee brings together – for the first time – leading experts and researchers from health, climate and technology fields to define and operationalise sophisticated climate-based malaria prediction tools that will be tailored to the Indian context to further propel progress toward the 2030 goal.


INTERNATIONAL NEWS

NATO Summit 2021 held in Belgium
31st formal meeting of heads of government of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) and also being dubbed as Brussels summit of NATO was held in Brussels, Belgium.

  • NATO Leaders discussed key issues, took decisions about future of NATO and agreed on concrete measures to adapt NATO in accordance with NATO 2030 agenda.
  • Topics of discussion include NATO’s role in changing geostrategic environment, emerging technologies, collective defence, climate change and security.

India emerges as 14th most charitable country in the World
World Giving Index 2021 report says, India is 14th most charitable country. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown ‘giving’ trends across the world. Released by the Charities Aid Foundation’s (CAF), this year’s survey highlights the impact of lockdowns on charitable giving.

  • India is now in the Top 20 most generous countries in the world, at 14. This is up from the 10-year global rank of 82. Only Australia and New Zealand, where the survey was undertaken in the weeks before the first wave of the pandemic took hold, maintained their top 10 rankings.
  • Several countries have moved up the rankings and made their first appearance in the top 10, including Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, and Kosovo – but whilst their overall giving scores have increased somewhat, their rise is driven by the relative decline of other countries.
  • Indonesia remains in the first place, followed by Kenya. Four African nations now sit in the top 10 — three of them (Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda) for the first time. Most of the western countries which are usually in the Top 10 have fallen far down the rankings.

Israel will become the World’s First Mask-Free Country from June 15
Israel will become the world’s first mask-free country in the Corona period. Here the rule of applying masks in closed places will end from June 15. This was announced by Israel’s Health Minister Yuli Edelstein.

  • The rule of applying masks outside has already been abolished in the country.
  • The corona vaccination campaign in Israel started on 20 December 2020. In the first phase, health workers and people above 65 years of age were vaccinated. Thereafter, the age bar for vaccination continued to be lowered.


BUSINESS & ECONOMY

India’s Retail Inflation Touches 6.3%  In May 
India’s retail inflation raced to 6.3% in May, breaching the upper limit of the central bank’s inflation target for the first time in six months and bringing further pressure on an economy whipped by the second wave of covid-19 infections.

  • The jump in retail inflation was primarily on account of rising food and fuel prices, according to government data released.
  • However, the central bank is expected to look through the rising retail price pressure given the uncertainties surrounding economic recovery in Asia’s third-largest economy due to the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on consumer sentiment and rural demand.


SPORTS

Gukesh Wins Gelfand Challenge Chess Title
Exceeding all expectations, D. Gukesh sensationally won the $15,000 Gelfand Challenge chess title and with it, a ‘wild card’ for the elite Meltwaters Champions Chess Tour.

  • Placed two points behind leader Vincent Keymer, and 1.5 points from second-placed R. Praggnanandhaa at the start of the final day, Gukesh scripted the improbable in the field that featured world’s 20 handpicked talents.
  • Gukesh, 15, won all four rounds, including the key battle against Praggnanandhaa, and emerged on top after a series of favourable results from the games involving other title-contenders.


APPOINTMENTS

Bharti Airtel’s Ajai Puri Re-Elected As COAI Chairman For 2021-22
COAI said Ajai Puri, Chief Operating Officer of Bharti Airtel, has been re-elected as Chairman of the industry association for 2021-22.

  • Announcing the leadership for 2021-22, Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) said that Pramod Kumar Mittal, President of Reliance Jio Infocomm, will continue as Vice Chairman of the association.
  • The association “is optimistic about the future of the industry and the opportunities ahead, as 5G and allied technologies get closer to commercial deployment”.

Virat Kohli continues association with Audi India
The captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli, has for long been the brand ambassador for Audi in India. 

  • The German luxury car maker has now announced that Virat Kohli will continue his association with the brand in India. Virat has been officially associated with Audi in India since 2015, but has been a true-blue fan of the marque for the longest time.


AWARDS

IIT Roorkee prof bags NSG award for ‘blast-resistant’ helmet
A professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT-R) has been conferred with the ‘NSG Counter-IED and Counter-Terrorism Innovator Award 2021′ for developing a “blast-resistant” helmet.

  • This was the second edition of the annual award by NSG and Ganpule was awarded in the “academic” category for developing an advanced version of a conventional military helmet which can protect against blast-induced traumatic brain injury.
  • The ‘Blast-Resistant Helmet’ designed by Prof. Shailesh Ganpule is an advanced version of conventional helmets to protect military personnel from IED-induced blast waves with a technology readiness of 4.

Vinoo Mankad And 9 Others Inducted Into ICC Hall Of Fame
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced a special edition intake of 10 cricket icons—including former India cricketer Vinoo Mankad—into the ICC Hall of Fame to celebrate the prestigious history of Test cricket, coinciding with this month’s maiden World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand.

  • The stalwarts, who have made great contribution to the game and were inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame are: Aubrey Faulkner of South Africa and Monty Noble of Australia (Early Cricket Era, prior to 1918); Sir Learie Constantine of West Indies and Stan McCabe of Australia (Inter-War Era, 1918-1945); Ted Dexter of England and Vinoo Mankad of India (Post-War Era, 1946-1970); Desmond Haynes of West Indies and Bob Willis of England (ODI Era, 1971-1995); and, Andy Flower of Zimbabwe and Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka (Modern Cricket Era, 1996-2015).
  • These 10 legends have all made a significant contribution to the history of Test cricket, and join an illustrious list of ICC Hall of Famers, taking the total number to 103 as a result of this intake, said the ICC.

Assam To Institute Own Versions Of Bharat Ratna And Padma Awards
The Assam government will present its own versions of the Bharat Ratna and the Padma awards from next year.

  • The cabinet meeting, chaired by chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma decided to institute the Asom Ratna Award to be presented every year to one person who has made significant contribution to the society.
  • The cabinet also instituted other civilian honours such as the Asom Bibhushan Award to be presented to three persons, the Assam Bhushan to five and the Asom Shree to 10 people every year.
  • These four awards will carry cash prizes of Rs 5 lakh, Rs 3 lakh, Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively with other benefits like free medical treatment for critical illness, free stay at Assam Bhawans and free travel in ASTC buses, among others.


OBITUARIES

Mahavir Chakra recipient Brigadier Raghubir Singh passes away
Brigadier Raghubir Singh who was decorated with the Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) for gallantry in the 1965 Indo-Pak war, passed away at the age of 99.

  • The Rajputana Rifles battalion that he had commanded played a key role in the battle of Asal Uttar in the western sector during the war.
  • He participated in the Burma war in 1944 and went to Japan to fight.Thereafter, he fought in the Indo Pak war of 1947-48 in the Uri sector immediately after independence.
  • During the war of North and South Korea in 1954, he was posted as Chairman of the Neutral Nations Representative Commission (NNRC) as part of the peacekeeping force.
  • During the 1958-59 Israel – Egypt war, he was part of the United Nations Emergency Force.

National award winning film actor Sanchari Vijay passes away
National Award-winning actor Sanchari Vijay, who met with a road accident in Bengaluru, passed away. He was 38.

  • He made his debut in films in 2011 with the Kannada film Rangappa Hogbitna. His 2015 film Naanu Avanalla. Avalu, fetched him the Best Actor Award at the 62nd National Film Awards, in which he played the role of a transgender.

Former Indian Volleyball Captain Nirmal Milkha Singh Passes Away
Former Indian women volleyball team captain Nirmal Kaur, who is the wife of sprint legend Milkha Singh, died at a Mohali hospital after fighting Covid-19 complications for over 3 weeks.She was 85.

  • A former Director of Sports for Women in the Punjab Government and ex captain of the Indian national volleyball team, Nirmal had fought a valiant battle till the very end.

Kannada Dalit poet Siddalingaiah dies due to Covid
Karnataka’s noted Kannada Dalit poet and activist Siddalingaiah died due to Covid-related complications at a private hospital in the city. He was 67.

  • Siddalingaiah is credited with initiating the Dalit-Bandaya movement in Kannada and starting the genre of Dalit writing in Kannada literature.
  • A co-founder of the Dalit Sangharsha Samiti in the southern state, Siddalingaiah was also a member of the state assembly and council for two terms each in the 1980s and 1990s.
  • A recipient of several awards, including Pampa and Rajyotsava from the state government, Siddalingaiah was the voice of Dalits in the state, which found echo in his poems and playwrights.
  • He also published autobiography ‘Ooru Keri’ in Kannada, which was translated into English as “A Word With You, World” by S.R. Ramakrishna.


BOOKS & AUTHORS

Cricketer Suresh Raina Releases His Autobiography ‘Believe’
Former Indian batsman, Suresh Raina has released his autobiography ‘Believe – What Life and Cricket Taught Me’. The book is co-authored by Bharat Sundaresan.

  • In this book, Suresh Raina narrated the journey he has had for India and the golden word (Believe) from Sachin Tendulkar that he etched on his arm as a tattoo.


IMPORTANT DAYS

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
United Nations-proclaimed World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is marked on June 15 every year, with the aim to raise awareness against one of the cruellest manifestations of ageism in our society – elder abuse.

  • The theme for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2021 is “Access to Justice” which serves as a reminder of how critical it is to completely meet the needs of older people who may seek remedy.


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