Current Affairs- 21st June

National

PM Modi launches ‘WHO M-Yoga’ App

PM Modi launches ‘WHO M-Yoga’ App
  • The world observed the 7th International Day of Yoga today. The main theme for this year is – Yoga for Wellness, which is aligned to the current pre-occupations.
  • The Prime Minister on the occasion of IYD said, India has taken another important step today in this direction along with the United Nations. PM Modi launched ‘WHO M-Yoga’ App. This app will provide many videos of Yoga training and practice based on common Yoga protocol in many languages. Terming this as a great example of fusion of modern technology and ancient science, the Prime Minister expressed the hope that M-Yoga app will help in spreading Yoga world over and will contribute to the efforts of ‘One World, One Health’.

SEBI reconstitutes Takeover Panel

SEBI reconstitutes Takeover Panel
  • Markets regulator Sebi has reconstituted its Takeover Panel, which looks into the applications seeking exemption from the mandatory open offer that an acquirer needs to make to minority shareholders.
  • The regulator has appointed N Venkatram MD and CEO, Deloitte India as the new member of the Takeover Panel, latest update with Sebi showed.
  • The panel, chaired by N K Sodhi, the former chief justice of the high courts of Karnataka and Kerala, makes its recommendations to Sebi on such applications after which the regulator gives an opportunity to concerned parties before passing an order.

International

India receives $64 billion FDI in 2020, fifth largest recipient of inflows in world: UN

  • India received USD 64 billion in Foreign Direct Investment in 2020, the fifth largest recipient of inflows in the world, according to a UN report. The report said, in India, Foreign Direct Investment increased 27 per cent, to USD 64 billion in 2020, from USD 51 billion in 2019, pushed up by acquisitions in the information and communication technology industry.
  • The World Investment Report 2021 by the UN Conference on Trade and Development released today, said global Foreign Direct Investment flows have been severely hit by the pandemic and they plunged 35 per cent in 2020, to USD 1 trillion from USD 1.5 trillion the previous year.

Swedish PM Lofven ousted in parliament no-confidence vote

  • Sweden’s parliament ousted Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in a no-confidence vote today, giving the Social Democrat leader a week to resign and hand the speaker the job of finding a new government, or call a snap election.
  • The nationalist Sweden Democrats had seized the chance to call the vote after the formerly communist Left Party withdrew support for the centre-left government over a plan to ease rent controls for new-build apartments.
  • The no-confidence motion, which required 175 votes in the 349-seat parliament to pass, was supported by 181 lawmakers.
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Iran's Sole Nuclear Power Plant Undergoes Emergency Shutdown

Iran's Sole Nuclear Power Plant Undergoes Emergency Shutdown
  • Iran’s sole nuclear power plant has undergone an unexplained temporary emergency shutdown. An official from state electric company Tavanir said that the Bushehr plant shutdown began on Saturday and will last for three to four days. Without elaborating, the official said that power outages could result. This is the first time Iran has reported an emergency shutdown of the plant, located in the southern port city of Bushehr. It went online in 2011 with help from Russia.
  • In March this year, nuclear official Mahmoud Jafari said the plant could stop working since Iran cannot procure parts and equipment for it from Russia due to banking sanctions imposed by the US in 2018.

Sports

Govt announces setting up of five 'Divyangta Khel Kendras'

Govt announces setting up of five 'Divyangta Khel Kendras'
  • Government today announced establishment of five Divyangta Khel Kendras in different parts of country.
  • Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot has said the decision has been taken looking at the interest towards the sports among the Divyangjan and their good performance in Paralympics.
  • He said, one such facility will be opened in Ahmedabad.
  • Mr Gehlot was virtually addressing the Samajik Adhikarita Shivir for distribution of aids and assistive devices to Divyangjan in Jamnagar.

Book and Author

7 Sins of Being a Mother by Tahira Kashyap

7 Sins of Being a Mother by Tahira Kashyap
  • Filmmaker-writer Tahira Kashyap Khurrana announced her upcoming book about motherhood, titled The 7 Sins of Being A Mother.
  • Kashyap Khurrana took to Instagram and shared a picture of the book’s title. It will be published by Juggernaut Books.
  • “I love dads (mine and my kids”) but on Father’s Day I want to share some special news about my new book! It’s sinful and hopefully delightful. It’s called… The 7 Sins of Being A Mother,” she captioned.
  • This is her fifth book and the second she wrote amid the pandemic.

Awards and Honours

Indian-American chemist Sumita Mitra wins European Inventor Award 2021

Indian-American chemist Sumita Mitra wins European Inventor Award 2021
  • Indian-American chemist Sumita Mitra, the first to have successfully integrated nanotechnology into dental materials to produce stronger and more aesthetically pleasing fillings, has been honoured with the European Inventor Award 2021 in the ‘Non-European Patent Office countries’ category.
  • Nanotechnology was an emerging-research field at the time, and Mitra decided to explore how these new developments could be applied to dentistry. She began working on nanotechnology-based solutions for a new dental material. Mitra and her team developed a technique for creating linked clusters of nanoparticles, which they called ‘nanoclusters’.

Days and Dates

World Hydrography Day: 21st June

  • Observed annually on 21 June, the World Hydrography Day highlights the importance of hydrography and its relevance. This important day was approved and implemented by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) as an annual celebration. This year, the IHO is also celebrating the 100th anniversary of its formation.
  • The day is observed to increase awareness about the protection of safe navigation for sailors. The day also focuses on publicising the work of hydrographers and the importance of hydrography.

World Music Day: 21st June

  • All over the world, June 21 is celebrated as ‘World Music Day’. It is also known as ‘Fete de la Musique’ in French and Make Music Day as well.
  • Music has the power to do just about anything. It has the ability to make you feel emotions that you may have been connected to before.
  • More than 120 countries commemorate this day as people organise free public concerts in parks, stadiums, and public places, mostly for music lovers and learners.
  • However, with the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown restricting activities this year, people are more likely to celebrate World Music Day virtually at home.

Other Important Affairs

  • National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has constituted a committee to enquire into the complaints of post poll violence in West Bengal. The seven member committee will be headed by NHRC Member, Rajeev Jain.
  • On the occasion of International Day of Yoga, Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre launched NIOS Diploma course in Yogic Science.
  • Armenia’s acting Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan, and his Civil Contract Party won a parliamentary election with 53.92 per cent votes.