Current Affairs- 14th June

Science and Technology

IIT Ropar develops nation’s first power-free CPAP device ‘Jivan Vayu’

IIT Ropar develops nation’s first power-free CPAP device ‘Jivan Vayu’
  • In Punjab, Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar has developed a device ‘Jivan Vayu’ which can be used as a substitute for CPAP machines. The machine uses mild air pressure to keep the airways open for easy breathing. This is the nation’s first such device which functions even without electricity and is adapted to both kinds of oxygen generation units like O2 cylinders and oxygen pipelines in hospitals. These provisions are not available in otherwise existing CPAP machines.
  • The Assistant Professor, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Dr. Khushboo Rakha, who has developed the device at the Advanced Materials and Design Lab of IIT, said, it is also used to treat infants whose lungs have not fully developed.

India's Space Power will be showcased in all its dimension in upcoming World Expo at Dubai

India's Space Power will be showcased in all its dimension in upcoming World Expo at Dubai
  • Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh today said, India’s Space Power will be showcased in all its dimensions in the upcoming World Expo at Dubai in October this Year.
  • Dr Singh said Expo will be a unique opportunity to showcase Modi’s New India to the World.
  • At the Expo, an exclusive plot has been dedicated for showcasing the achievements of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Department of Space.

National

Biotechnology company MyLab appoints Akshay Kumar as brand ambassador

  • Biotechnology firm Mylab Discovery Solutions said it has roped in actor Akshay Kumar as its brand ambassador.
  • The Pune-based firm, which has a presence across many verticals like diagnostics, food safety, agriculture, veterinary medicine, had recently launched the country’s first COVID-19 self-test kit, CoviSelf.
  • The partnership aims at creating awareness about the company’s instruments and kits for laboratories and individuals, including CoviSelf, Mylab Discovery Solutions said in a statement.

PRoject Appraisal, Budgeting, Achievements and Data Handling System (PRABANDH)

PRoject Appraisal, Budgeting,Achievements and Data Handling System (PRABANDH)
  • The Ministry of Education today launched an online module to compile data on out-of-school children. Through this, they will facilitate age appropriate admissions of children in the age group of 6-14 years and those belonging to socially and economically disadvantaged groups.
  • To track down such children, the ministry has developed an online module for compiling the data of out-of-school children identified by each state/UT and their mapping with special training centres (STC) on the PRABANDH portal.

Rajnath Singh approves new policy for declassification of war history

  • Setting a clear timeline for compilation, publication, archiving and declassification of the histories of India’s wars and operations, the Ministry of Defence has come out with a new policy which stipulates that events must be officially recorded within five years.
  • It says “records should ordinarily be declassified in 25 years” and “records older than 25 years should be appraised by archival experts and transferred to the National Archives of India once the war/operations histories have been compiled”.

International

Naftali Bennett sworn in as Israel's new Prime Minister, ending Netanyahu's 12-year rule

  • Israel’s new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has vowed to unite the nation frayed by four elections in two years of political stalemate. He said his government would work for the sake of all the people. He added that the priorities would be reforms in education, health and cutting red tape.
  • Mr Benjamin Netanyahu – Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister – will remain head of the right-wing Likud Party and become Leader of the Opposition. The new coalition was approved in a razor-thin vote of 60-59, with one abstention. US President Joe Biden sent his congratulations to Mr Bennett, saying he looked forward to strengthening the close and enduring bilateral relationship.

Sports

French Open 2021 Concluded

French Open 2021 Concluded
  • In tennis, world No.1 Novak Djokovic clinched his second French open Men’s Singles title after beating world No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the five-sets battle at Roland-Garros.
  • Djokovic has also become the first man in the Open era, and third overall, to win all four Majors at least twice.
  • Czech Barbora Krejcikova completed a singles-doubles title sweep at the tournament yesterday when she lifted the women’s doubles trophy with compatriot Katerina Siniakova.

IIT Ropar develops nation’s first power-free CPAP device ‘Jivan Vayu’

India's first woman fencer, Bhawani Devi
  • Bhawani Devi has created history by becoming the first Indian woman fencer to qualify for the Olympics. Bhawani Devi has lent a new identity to India in the discipline of fencing and has earned praise at the international level for her hardwork and gumption.
  • Sword Fighting was introduced in the schools of Tamilnadu in 2004, it was then that Bhawani Devi entered into the world of the combat sport. Bhawani played her first international match in Turkey when she was merely 14.

Aruna Tanwar becomes first Indian taekwondo athlete to qualify for Paralympics

Aruna Tanwar becomes first Indian taekwondo athlete to qualify for Paralympics
  • Aruna Tanwar has been awarded a wild card entry for the upcoming Tokyo Paralympic Games, which will make her the first Indian to compete in the global multi-para sport event, the national federation said on Wednesday.
  • Indian Taekwondo president Namdev Shirgaonkar said Aruna received the wild card based on her “exemplary past performances”. “She is the first Taekwondo athlete from India to qualify for the Paralympics. This has opened the doors for all the aspiring athletes specially all the female athletes that want to be in this position,” Shirgaonkar said in a statement.
  • “We thank the World Taekwondo for the consideration and PCI for this opportunity.

Book and Author

'Home in the World': Amartya Sen's memoir to release in July

  • One of the world’s leading public intellectuals of our time, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has penned his memoir ‘Home in the World’. The book will be published in July by Penguin Random House.
  • In ‘Home in the World’, Sen shares details from his life and explores the idea of ‘home’.
  • Sen shares how it was Rabindranath Tagore who gave him his name Amartya. He also reminices the conversations at Calcutta’s famous Coffee House and at Cambridge, and Marx’s, Keynes’ and Arrow’s ideas all of which shaped his views.

Current Affairs- 12th & 13th June

Days and Dates

World Blood Donor Day: 14th June

World Blood Donor Day: 14th June
  • World Blood Donor Day takes place on 14 June each year. The aim is to raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion and of the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems.
  • The day also provides an opportunity to call to action to governments and national health authorities to provide adequate resources and put into place systems and infrastructures to increase the collection of blood from voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors.
  • For 2021, the World Blood Donor Day slogan will be “Give blood and keep the world beating”.

Other Important Affairs

  • The Union Territory of Ladakh has been declared Open Defecation Free UT in India under the First Phase of Swachh Bharat Mission.
  • SBI has launched ‘Kavach’ personal loans for covid-stressed customers.
  • M.P. government to launch ‘Yuva Shakti Corona Mukti’ abhiyan.
  • Brisbane is selected as the host of 2032 Olympic Games.