Current Affairs- 19th & 20th June

National

India set to organise two day summit on Green Hydrogen Initiatives involving BRICS nations

India set to organise two day summit on Green Hydrogen Initiatives involving BRICS nations
  • India will host a two day summit on Green Hydrogen Initiatives starting Tuesday involving the BRICS nations. The prestigious event offers a platform to share their respective Green Hydrogen initiatives and views on how to take it to the next level in their own countries. The online event will be anchored by India’s largest power producer and one of the global energy majors, NTPC Ltd.
  • The summit will bring the best brains, policy makers and major stakeholders from the BRICS nations deliberating and discussing at length the future of Hydrogen in the energy mix.
  • The summit will also witness panel discussions on ideas integrating hydrogen in overall energy policy framework by different countries.

Ministry of Culture to host Yoga drive at 75 heritage sites on International Yoga Day

Ministry of Culture to host Yoga drive at 75 heritage sites on International Yoga Day
  • Culture Ministry will celebrate ‘International Day of Yoga’ this year under the ‘Yoga is an Indian Heritage’ campaign. Yoga Day will be celebrated at 75 cultural places in the country, and there will be 45 minutes of Yoga followed by 30 minutes of cultural program. Four cites in Maharashtra have been selected for this campaign.
  • These are Aga Khan Palace, Pune, Kanheri Caves, Mumbai, Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, and Old High Court Building, Nagpur. These four monuments are centrally protected monuments of national importance.

Fleet Awards Function 2021

  • Fleet Awards Function 2021 was held to celebrate the operational achievements of the Eastern Fleet during the last year here today.
  • Fleet Awards Function marks the culmination of the Operational Cycle of the Eastern Fleet and recognises accomplishments of the ‘Sword Arm’ of the Eastern Naval Command(ENC).
  • Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh AVSM, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief ENC was the Chief Guest at the event hosted by Rear Admiral Tarun Sobti VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet.
  • The function culminated with the distribution of sixteen coveted trophies covering the overall spectrum of maritime operations.

International

Ebrahim Raisi elected as new President of Iran

  • Judiciary head Ebrahim Raisi has been elected as the next president of Iran at a critical juncture for the country.
  • The 60-year-old Raisi, who enjoys wide backing from the conservative and hardline revolutionary camp and its base, will remain chief justice until he takes over from moderate outgoing President Hassan Rouhani in early August as he did not resign from his post to run for president.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Ebrahim Raisi on his election as President of Iran. In his message, Mr Modi said he looks forward to working with him to further strengthen the warm ties between India and Iran.

United Nations condemns coup in Myanmar and calls for arms embargo

United Nations condemns coup in Myanmar and calls for arms embargo
  • The United Nations has issued a rare call to halt arms sales to Myanmar in response to this year’s violent military coup. The General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning the military junta, which overthrew the country’s elected government in February.
  • The UN also called for the release of political detainees, such as elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and an end to violence against peaceful protesters.
  • While not legally binding, the resolution is politically significant. UN Special Envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener told the General Assembly that the risk of a large-scale civil war is real, time is of the essence.

India set to organise two day summit on Green Hydrogen Initiatives involving BRICS nations

Summit for Vaccine Internationalism
  • A four-day summit on vaccine internationalism was initiated by Progressive International on 18th June with the aim to “end the pandemic as soon as possible by securing Covid19 vaccines for all.”
  • The summit brings together Global south governments, political leaders, healthcare workers and vaccine manufacturers from more than twenty countries.
  • Since only 6.2% of the world population fully vaccinated against COVID, participants of the Summit want to seek a speed up of production, distribution, and delivery of vaccines to the world. The summit also hopes to consider concrete proposals to pool technology, invoke patent waivers and invest in rapid production.

World's Third Largest Diamond Unearthed In Botswana

World's Third Largest Diamond Unearthed In Botswana
  • One of the world’s largest diamonds has been unearthed in Botswana, the country’s government has announced.
  • The 1,098-carat stone, believed to be the third largest “gem-quality” diamond ever found, was presented to President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Wednesday.
  • The discovery was made earlier this month at the Jwaneng mine, around 75 miles from the country’s capital, Gaborone. The mine is operated by Debswana, a diamond company jointly owned by Botswana’s government and the De Beers Group, according to its official website.
  • An official government Twitter account wrote that “proceeds from the diamond will be used to advance national development in the country.”

Sports

Romania to miss Tokyo 2020 after year's ban from weightlifting

  • Romania has been banned from competing in weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympics over past doping cases, the International Weightlifting Federation ruled in a decision.
  • The Romanian Weightlifting Federation was issued a one-year ban from competition over five doping cases. Those included disqualifications for all four of Romania’s weightlifters from the 2012 Olympics after various banned substances were found in later retesting of their samples.
  • Another 15 countries can send only a limited number of athletes to Tokyo over past doping, including major powers Russia, Iran and Turkey.
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Sports Ministry to establish 1,000 Khelo India Centres

Sports Ministry to establish 1,000 Khelo India Centres
  • The government has decided to establish 1,000 Khelo India Centers (KIC) at the district level across the country.
  • These centers will either be run by a past champion or have them as coaches.
  • The move is to tap into the expertise of past sporting champions for grassroot-level training of athletes and also to ensure a sustained source of income for them in the sports ecosystem.
  • The decision, while strengthening grassroot level sports, will also ensure that past champions can contribute in making India a sporting superpower while earning a livelihood from sports.

Obituaries

Milkha Singh passed away

Milkha Singh passed away
  • The mortal remains of Indian sprint legend, flying Sikh, Milkha Singh were cremated with full state honours in Chandigarh this evening.
  • He had left for heavenly abode due to COVID 19 complications last night at PGIMER Chandigarh. He was 91 year old.
  • A number of dignitaries including Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju joined the last rites at cremation ground and paid their last respects to the legendary athlete.
  • The son of Milkha Singh, Jeev Milkha Singh lit the pyre. The contingent of Punjab Police paid respect to Milkha Singh by reversing their arms when he was consigned to flames.

Days and Dates

World Sauntering Day: 19th June

World Sauntering Day: 19th June
  • World Sauntering Day is celebrated on June 19 every year. The purpose is to remind people to slow down and enjoy life as opposed to rushing through it. It is also sometimes referred to as International Sauntering Day.
  • It is also sometimes referred to as International Sauntering Day. Sauntering is a verb that describes the style of walking, It is not a sashay, trot, prance, o lollygag. It is just to walk slowly preferably with a joyful disposition. Sauntering has been spoken of most notably by many of the naturalist writers in history including Henry David Thoreau and John Burroughs.
  • World Sauntering Day 2021 Theme: Everyone is busy these days, and their daily hectic routine impacts adversely on people.

World Refugee Day: 20th June

World Refugee Day: 20th June
  • World Refugee Day being observed today
  • The United Nations designated the day to celebrate the strength and courage of people forced to flee their homes and countries to escape conflict or persecution.
  • World Refugee Day is also a day to build empathy and understanding of their plight and to recognize their efforts in rebuilding their lives. The day recognises the rights, needs and dreams of refugees.
  • A person forced to flee his or her country following persecution, war or violence is a refugee.

International Yoga Day: 21st June

  • The 7th International Day of Yoga will be observed tomorrow. The main theme of International Day of Yoga, 2021 is – Yoga for Wellness, which is aligned to the current pre-occupations.
  • The Missions of India abroad are coordinating various activities in the run up to this day in their respective countries, and as per reports, Yoga Day will be observed in about 190 countries globally.
  • In view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent restrictions in congregational activities, the lead event of the International Day of Yoga will be a televised programme, with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address being the highlight.

Other Important Affairs

  • The World Health Organization today called upon countries in WHO South-East Asia Region to scale up and rigorously implement public health and social measures.
  • Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said that a nationwide “Jaan Hai To Jahaan Hai” awareness campaign will be launched on Monday to create awareness on Corona vaccination in rural and remote areas of the country.
  • JSW Cement has appointed Saurav Ganguly and Sunil Chhetri as its brand ambassadors.
  • Oneplus has appointed Jasprit Bumrah as the ambassador for its wearables.
  • India and Bhutan today inked an MoU for developing cooperation between two countries in the area of environment.
  • Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda launched ADI PRASHIKSHAN portal yesterday. Tribal Affairs Ministry has developed the portal in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme.