Current Affairs- 15th June

Science and Technology

World's first wooden satellite to be launched from New Zealand

World's first wooden satellite to be launched from New Zealand
  • Finnish company Arctic Astronautics is sending the world’s first wooden satellite into space by the end of this year.
  • The satellite, WISA Woodsat, is a cube-shaped nanosatellite made up of birch plywood and has sensors developed by the European Space Agency.
  • The cube satellite is sized 10cm each in length, height and width. The move is aimed to test if wood as a material can survive the vacuum, cold, heat and radiation in space. “Why don’t we fly any wooden materials in space?” wonders Jari Makinen, the mind behind the Woodsat. Makinen is a co-founder of Arctic Astronautics.
  • His company makes satellite replicas that are fully functional and orbit ready. The replicas are mostly used for education, training and hobby purposes.

National

Union Health Minister Addresses Global Yoga Conference 2021

  • Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that the countries around the globe have recognized the potential benefits that humankind can enjoy by embracing Yoga. He said, increasing acceptance of Yoga across the world is evidence of its wide popularity.
  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan today addressed the inaugural ceremony of Global Yoga Conference 2021. He said, the government is committed to take Yoga to every citizen as this is beneficial for health and well being of the population.
  • Highlighting the benefits of Yoga during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said the benefits of Yoga in immunity building and management of stress are crucial.

India is 14th Most Charitable Country

  • 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. This is up from the 10-year global rank of 82. 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. Communities around the world mobilised to help fellow citizens during the pandemic, resulting in the highest ‘helped a stranger’ figures since 2009.

Ujjivan Small Finance Bank collaborates with MoEngage

  • Ujjivan Small Finance Bank on Tuesday said it has collaborated with customer engagement platform MoEngage to drive digital banking experiences in the unserved and underserved regions of the country.
  • The engagement aims to build a vast presence of the bank for connecting with customers in these regions through multiple digital touchpoints, a statement said. The partnership, it added, will foster holistic customer experience across all organic channels, like the website, app, email, text message, social media and branches to drive business growth.
  • Ujjivan Small Finance Bank will target SMS campaigns to encourage digital repayments.

International

NATO Summit 2021

NATO Summit 2021
  • This year’s NATO summit included four major developments.
  • NATO officially acknowledged the growing political, economic and military influence of China as “presenting challenges,”. For the first time ever, the alliance portrayed China in a potentially confrontational way.
  • The final statement from NATO asserted that “Russia’s aggressive actions constitute a threat to Euro-Atlantic security,”.
  • NATO’s collective defense clause has only been invoked once by the U.S. following 9/11. Now, 20 years later, the alliance unanimously supports withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.
  • NATO leaders have officially recognized attacks in outer space and cyberspace as qualifying for collective defense

Sports

ICC announces prize money for World Test Championships

ICC announces prize money for World Test Championships
  • The ICC has announced prize money for the winner and runner-up of the World Test Championship Final.
  • The winning team of the final between India and New Zealand will receive about 12 crore rupees along with an ICC Test Championship Mace. The losing team will receive 6 crore rupees approximately. The final match will start on June 18 at Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
  • In case the final ends in a draw or a tie, the finalists will split the prize money for the first and second places and share possession of the mace during the time they remain champions.

ICC Hall of Fame induction

ICC Hall of Fame induction
  • The International Cricket Council 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. The decision is coinciding with this month’s maiden World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand to be held from June 18.
  • Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, who holds Mankad in high esteem, said he learnt the greatest cricketing lesson from him.
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Book and Author

Suresh Raina released his autobiography ‘Believe’

Suresh Raina released his autobiography ‘Believe’
  • Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) Mr Dependable, released his autobiography ‘Believe — What Life and Cricket Taught Me’ on June 14. In a Twitter post on Sunday, Raina shared the news with fans as he was signing copies of the books.
  • Co-authored by Bharat Sundaresan, 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. The word kept him going even when injuries and poor form pulled him down time and again. It also narrates the journey of a bullied boy to becoming a cricket icon, revered by millions.

Days and Dates

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: 15th June

  • The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is marked every year on June 15 to educate people about the abuses suffered by senior citizens. This year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day takes on further relevance amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Experts have recommended the elderly (those over the age of 60) to be more attentive in taking safeguards against the fatal virus since they are more vulnerable to it.
  • The theme for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 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.

World Wind Day: 15th June

  • Global Wind Day or World Wind Day is a worldwide event that is held on June 15 around the world. It is organised by Wind Europe and GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council).
  • It is a day when wind energy is celebrated, information is exchanged and adults and children find out about wind energy, its power and the possibilities it holds to change the world.
  • In association with EWEA and GWEC, national wind energy associations and companies involved in wind energy production organise events in many countries around the world.

Other Important Affairs

  • Telangana state honoured Galwan Hero, Col. Santhosh Babu by unveiling his statue in his hometown, Suryapet today.
  • NIA announces a reward of Rs. 10 Lakh for information on two suspects in Israel embassy blast case.
  • Bihar exported the first commercial consignment of GI certified Jardalu mangoes from Bhagalpur to the United Kingdom.
  • D. Gukesh sensationally won the $15,000 Gelfand Challenge chess title on Sunday and with it, a ‘wild card’ for the elite Meltwaters Champions Chess Tour.