Daily Current Affairs 9 June 2021 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.
India’s first International Maritime Cluster to come up at GIFT City
Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) will be setting up India’s first international maritime services cluster at GIFT City in Gujarat.
- The Maritime Cluster will be developed as a dedicated ecosystem comprising of ports, shipping, logistics services providers and pertinent government regulators, all present in the same geographic vicinity.
- The cluster will further leverage the proximity and accessibility of these stakeholders to enable a synergetic collaboration.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases E-booklet on 20 MoD reforms in 2020
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh released an E-booklet titled ’20 Reforms in 2020’, highlighting the major reforms undertaken by Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 2020, in New Delhi.
- The E-booklet is a compendium of 20 reforms undertaken by the ministry in the past 12 months that includes steps to make India a military industrial power and also mentioned that the defence exports expanded to more than 84 countries.
- According to the document, the value of India’s exports in 2014-15 was Rs 1,941 crore and it increased to Rs 2,059 crore in 2015-16. The value of exports in 2016-17 was recorded at Rs 1,522 crore while it went up to Rs 4,682 crore in 2017-18 and Rs 10,746 crore in 2018-19. The value of defence exports was Rs 9,116 crore in 2019-20 and Rs 5,711 crore in 2020-21, according to the details mentioned in the document.
NITI Aayog launched ‘Surakshit Hum Surakshit Tum Abhiyaan’ in collaboration with Piramal Foundation
NITI Aayog, government’s policy think tank and Piramal Foundation launched Surakshit Hum Surakshit Tum Abhiyaanin in 112 Aspirational Districts to assist district administrations in providing home-care support to Covid-19 patients who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.
- The campaign is expected to play a key role in district preparedness for managing nearly 70% of Covid cases at home, reducing pressure on the health system, and stemming the spread of fear amongst the people.
- The campaign will also undertake capacity building of citizens for correct usage of Oxygen concentrators that have been supplied to these districts.
Haryana CM announces “Pran Vayu Devta Pension Scheme” and Oxy Van (Oxygen Forests)
Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, launched four important schemes on the occasion of World Environment Day.
- 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.
- Panchavati Plantation in Haryana:Under this initiative, the plantation will be done in name of Panchvati across the villages in Haryana.
- Oxy-Van in Karnal:Oxy Forest was launched on Forest Department land in Mughal Canal, Karnal.
- 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.
Dharmendra Pradhan dedicates to nation 201 CNG plants, commencement of PNG supply in Jhansi
Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan dedicated to the nation GAIL group’s 201 CNG stations across the country.
- Pradhan also inaugurated the commencement of PNG supply in Jhansi and Mobile Refueling Units (MRUs)for refuelling vehicles at Raigad.
- Pradhan also interacted with MRU operators in Raigad and Delhi and witnessed the filling of CNG in vehicle through MRU. The MRUs inaugurated belong to Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) and Mahanagar Gas Limited.
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 at 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.
Global database to identify missing persons launched
The 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.
- The database seeks to identify missing persons or unidentified human remains when direct comparison is not possible, by using DNA samples from family members instead.
- Family members must give their consent for their data to be used for international searching.
India elected to UN Economic & Social Council for 2022-24
India has been elected to the Economic and Social Council, one of the six main organs of the United Nations, for the 2022-24 term.India was elected in the Asia-Pacific States category along with Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Oman.
- India is currently serving the 2021-22 term as a non-permanent member of the powerful UN Security Council and will assume the Presidency of the 15-nation UN organ in August.
- The 54-member Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is at the heart of the United Nations system to advance the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
G7 nations agree to set minimum global corporate tax rate at 15%
The Group of seven (G-7) advanced economies secured a landmark deal on taxing multinational companies as per which the minimum global tax rate would be at least 15 per cent.
- Besides, they agreed to put in place measures to ensure taxes are paid in the countries where businesses operate, a move aimed at plugging loopholes in cross-border taxation.
- It will benefit India as the effective domestic tax rate is above the threshold, and the country would continue to attract investment, as per tax experts.
World Bank slashes India’s growth forecast to 8.3 per cent in FY22
The World Bank slashed its 2021-22 GDP growth forecast for the Indian economy to 8.3 per cent from 10.1 per cent estimated in April, saying economic recovery is being hampered by the devastating second wave of coronavirus infections.
- It projected a 7.5 per cent economic growth in the 2022-23 fiscal (April 2022 to March 2023).
- The projected growth compares to the worst ever contraction of 7.3 per cent witnessed in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 (FY21) and 4 per cent expansion in 2019-20.
CESL, Ladakh sign MoU to make UT carbon neutral, promote solar energy
The Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) under the Ministry of Power, has signed a MoU with the Administration of Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh, to make it a clean and green UT.
- Under the Memorandum of Understanding, various clean energy and energy efficiency programmes will be implemented.
- Beginning with a pilot in the Zanskar valley area, CESL will take up solar mini and micro grid solutions, energy efficient lighting, energy storage-based solutions, efficient cooking stoves and electric mobility solutions in the UT.
BharatPe becomes ICC’s official partner till 2023
Lending and digital payments startup BharatPe announced that it has inked a three-year long deal to become an official partner with International Cricket Council (ICC).
- As per the agreement, BharatPe will promote the association across broadcast and digital platforms, as well as execute in-venue brand activations at all the ICC events until 2023.
FIH world rankings: Indian men’s team maintain 4th position, Women’s team at 9 th
Despite missing the European leg of the FIH Hockey Pro- League series in Great Britain, Spain and Germany in April and May, the Indian men’s team maintained its fourth spot.
- Belgium, the reigning world and European champions, lead the table, followed by the 2019 FIH Hockey Pro-League winners, Australia. The Netherlands are placed third.
- Indian men’s team maintained their fourth position while women’s team held to ninth position in the latest International Hockey Federation world rankings.
Anup Chandra Pandey, Former UP Chief Secretary, Appointed As Election Commissioner
The Union government picked 1984-batch IAS officer Anup Chandra Pandey, the former chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh, as an election commissioner, taking the Election Commission of India to its full strength
- Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra and Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar are the other two members of the poll panel, which saw a vacancy after CEC Sunil Arora demitted office in April this year.
RS Dhondkar Appointed As Liquidator of Shivajirao Bhosale Bank
Following the cancellation of the Shivajirao Bhosale Cooperative bank’s licence by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the state cooperative department has appointed deputy registrar RS Dhondkar, as liquidator. Dhondkar took charge on June 1.
- According to the RBI, 98 per cent of depositors will receive full deposits and on liquidation, every depositor would be entitled to a deposit insurance claim amount of his/her deposits up to a monetary ceiling of Rs5 lakh, subject to the provisions of the DICGC Act.
UN Security Council backs Antonio Guterres for second term
The United Nations Security Council backed Secretary General Antonio Guterres for a second term, recommending that the 193-member General Assembly appoint him for another five years from Jan 1 of next year.
- Guterres, 72, became the ninth UN secretary-general in 2017. Prior to that, he was the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for 10 years. Guterres served as prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002.
BAFTA TV Awards 2021 winners announced
The winners of the BAFTA TV Awards 2021 were announced at London’s Television Centre and hosted by Richard Ayoade.
Winners of BAFTA TV Awards 2021 are:
- Leading Actress :Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You
- Leading Actor:Paul Mescal, Normal People
- Drama Series:Save Me Too
- Best Comedy Performance:Charlie Cooper and Aimee Lou Wood
- Best Comedy Series:Inside No. 9
- Original Music:Harry Escott, Roadkill
- Sports:England v West Indies Test Cricket – Sky Sports Cricket
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches SiriusXM radio broadcasting satellite
SpaceX launched another Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, this one boosting the SiriusXM-8 radio satellite into orbit to relay entertainment programming to receivers in cars, boats, homes and offices.
- The satellite, known as SXM-8, was built by Maxar Technologies in California and will deliver high-powered broadcast service to SiriusXM listeners.
- The launch marked the 120th for Falcon 9, SpaceX’s workhorse rocket and its 80th rocket booster landing. The company also recovered the Falcon 9 first stage booster on a droneship in the Atlantic Ocean, about 10 minutes after liftoff.
Navy Inducts 3 Indigenously-Built Advanced Light Helicopters
The Indian Navy inducted three indigenously-built advanced light helicopters ALH MK III that would be used for maritime reconnaissance and coastal security.
- The three helicopters, made by the Centre-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, were inducted at the Indian Naval Station (INS) Dega, Eastern Naval Command (ENC), in Visakhapatnam.
- With the induction of these maritime reconnaissance and coastal Security (MRCS) helicopters, the ENC got a major boost towards enhancing the capabilities of the force.
China’s Advanced ‘Artificial Sun’ Fusion Reactor Just Broke a New World Record
China’s nuclear fusion reactor that’s also known as the ‘artificial sun’ has now set a new world record after it successfully ran at the temperature of 216 million degrees Fahrenheit or 120 million degrees Celsius for 100 seconds.
- The reactor which was first fired in December last year has surpassed its previous world record of maintaining plasma temperature of 180 million degrees Fahrenheit or 100 million degrees Celsius for 100 seconds.
- The reactor named Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) is regarded as China’s largest and most technically advanced nuclear fusion research device to date. It harnesses a really strong magnetic field to combine extremely hot plasma.
BOOKS & AUTHORS
Film producer Ronnie Screwvala Authored A Book Titled “ Skill It, Kill It”
The book titled “ Skill It, Kill It” authored by film producer Ronnie Screwvala has been released recently.
- ‘Skill It, Kill It: Struggles, Sacrifices and Success in Your Life and Career’, published by Penguin Random House, is slated for release in July.
World Brain Tumor Day 2021
Every year, June 8 is celebrated as World Brain Tumour Day.
- The day aims to raise awareness and educate people about the brain tumour.