Current Affairs- 11th June
Nigerian government joins Koo after Twitter ban
- The Nigerian Government created its account on Indian microblogging platform Koo, days after the African country banned Twitter.
- Koo co-founder Aprameya Radhakrishna welcomed the government onboard the platform.
- He said on Thursday that, a very warm welcome to the official handle of the Government of Nigeria on @kooindia.
- Nigeria on June 5 banned Twitter social media company after the President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet threatening to punish secessionists.
- The Nigerian government has said Twitter was allegedly being used to undermine “Nigeria’s corporate existence” and to spread “fake news”.
IAMAI Appoints Justice Sikri as Chair of Streaming Grievance Body
- The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) announced on Thursday that former Supreme Court judge Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri will chair the Grievance Redressal Board (GRB) of the recently formed Digital Publisher Content Grievances Council (DPCGC).
- At present, the DPCGC is backed by 14 publishers of online curated content as members – Amazon Prime Video, Alt Balaji, Apple, BookMyShow Stream, Eros Now, Firework TV, Hoichoi, Hungama, Lionsgate Play, MX Player, Netflix, Reeldrama, Shemaroo and Ullu.
- The GRB will address content grievances related to the members’ video streaming services.
UNDP Report Lauds Aspirational Districts Programme
- United Nations Development Programme India has lauded the Aspirational Districts Programme as a very successful model of local area development. It said, this programme should serve as a best practice for several other countries where regional disparities in development status persist for many reasons.
- UNDP’s analysis found that the programme has acted as a catalyst for expediting development in these districts. According to the report, the districts have also admitted that the continued focus of the programme on health and nutrition has helped them in tackling the COVID crisis with greater resilience.
Assam notifies Dihing Patkai as its 7th National Park
- The Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary has been declared as a National Park by the forest department on Wednesday. With the up-gradation of Dehing Patkai, Assam has now 7 National Parks.
- Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on World Environment Day declared Raimona Sanctuary into a national park.
- The chief minister said that this was a landmark step in environmental conservation and the newly declared national park will be another endeavour by the state to protect its rich flora and fauna.
UNGA president-elect appoints India's Deputy PR Amb Naidu as Chef de Cabinet
- Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, President-elect of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, has appointed India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador, K Nagaraj Naidu, as his Chef de Cabinet.
- Naidu described his appointment as a privilege and said he looked forward to a “presidency of hope”, which Shahid has set as a cornerstone of his upcoming year-long tenure at the world organization.
United States returns 27 stolen antiquities to Cambodia
- The United States has repatriated 27 antiquities to Cambodia, after years of work by New York investigators to recover the smuggled artefacts.
- Valued at about 3.8 million $, the items included several Hindu and Angkorian Buddhist statues, such as a bronze meditating Buddha on a Naga, a statue of Shiva, and a Buddhist sandstone sculpture of Prajnaparamita.
- Cambodia’s Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, Phoeurng Sackona said the antiquities were the “missing souls” of the country’s ancestors.
Lake Mead: Largest US reservoir dips to record low
- The largest reservoir in the US has dipped to its lowest ever level, officials say, as an extreme drought continues in the region.
- The surface elevation of Lake Mead along the Arizona-Nevada border fell to 1,071.56ft above sea level.
- It has sunk about 140ft since 2000 – which is almost the height of New York City’s Statue of Liberty.
- The reservoir is a major water supply source for more than 20 million people.
- Among them are residents of such big cities as Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
France is to scale down counter-terrorism operations in the Sahel region of West Africa
- France is to scale down counter-terrorism operations in the Sahel region of West Africa after eight years.
- This was informed by French President Emmanuel Macron.
- He announced, the existing 5,100-strong task force will be incorporated into a broader international mission.
- French forces have been operating in Mali, Chad, Mauritania, Niger, and Burkina Faso to fight militants.
- Last week, France paused operations in Mali following a military coup.
Five Indian women to play in The Hundred women's competition
- Five Indian women cricketers, Shafali Verma, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana, and Deepti Sharma, have joined The Hundred women’s competition.
- Shafali Verma has joined Birmingham Phoenix as a replacement for Sophie Devine while Harmanpreet Kaur, who will star in the opening match at the Kia Oval on July 21, has joined Manchester Originals.
- Jemimah Rodrigues will feature for Northern Superchargers while Smriti Mandhana will represent Southern Brave. Deepti Sharma has joined England captain Heather Knight at London Spirit.
Nigerian government joins Koo after Twitter ban
- Noted Kannada poet Siddalingaiah died on Friday due to COVID-19 related ailments, sources close to him said. Popularly known as “Dalita Kavi” (Dalit Poet), he was 67.
- The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the demise of renowned Kannada writer Dr. Siddalingaiah. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, Dr. Siddalingaiah will be remembered for his prolific writings, poetry and contributions towards social justice.
Days and Dates
International Level Crossing Awareness Day: 10th June
- The 13th edition of ILCAD will be launched on 10 June 2021 from 14:00 to 18:00 through an international online conference (in English, Spanish and French) because the face-to-face conference that should have been held in York at the National Museum of Railways hosted by Network Rail was cancelled because of the COVID 19 related situation. We expect speakers again from around the world with a great audience.
- Each year, a partner country hosts an international conference to launch the annual event. Each participant shares good practices and projects to increase safety, thereby contributing to lowering the number of accidents and casualties.
Other Important Affairs
- The Knight Frank Global House Price Index that measures rate fluctuations in 56 countries found India at the bottom of the list – at 55th position – only followed by Spain.
- India Ranks 67th In Data Skills Finds Coursera’s Global Skills Report 2021.
- Environmentalist Professor Radhamohan passed away.
- Ram Prasad Bismil birth anniversary observed today.
- PM Modi to participate in outreach session of G7 Summit.
- Indian mango promotion programme begins in Bahrain.