Current Affairs- 26th & 27th June

Science and Technology

New type of ancient human discovered in Israel

New type of ancient human discovered in Israel
  • Israeli researchers say they have found bones belonging to a “new type of early human” previously unknown to science, shedding new light on the course of human evolution.
  • Archaeological digs near the city of Ramla by a team from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem uncovered prehistoric remains that could not be matched to any known species from the Homo genus, which includes modern humans – Homo sapiens.
  • In a study published in the journal Science on Thursday, University of Tel Aviv anthropologists and archaeologists led by Yossi Zaidner dubbed the find the “Nesher Ramla Homo type” after the site where the bones were found.

National

India Smart Cities Awards 2020

  • The Centre declared the Smart Cities Awards 2020 in which Indore (Madhya Pradesh) and Surat (Gujarat) won the award jointly for holistic development. In a first, states were also awarded for the overall performance of their smart cities; in this category, Uttar Pradesh emerged on top, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
  • The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry evaluated smart cities across a gamut of themes like social aspects, governance, culture, urban environment, sanitation, economy, built environment, water and urban mobility before finalising the winners.

INS Tabar deployed for naval exercises in Africa, Europe till September

INS Tabar deployed for naval exercises in Africa, Europe till September
  • Indian Naval Ship Tabar commenced her prolonged deployment on June 13. It will visit a number of ports in Africa and Europe till the end of September. It will also participate in a number of joint exercises with friendly navies.
  • During port visits, the ship is scheduled to participate in bilateral exercises like Ex Konkan with UK Royal Navy, Ex Varuna with French Navy and Ex Indra with Russian Federation Navy, to strengthen military relations, develop interoperability and project long-range sustenance.
  • The deployment will also see participation by the ship in the Russian Navy Day celebrations from July 22 to 27.

PM Modi inaugurates Zen Garden, Kaizen Academy in Ahmedabad

PM Modi inaugurates Zen Garden, Kaizen Academy in Ahmedabad
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated a Japanese Zen garden and Kaizen academy at the Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) today.
  • Addressing the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said both India and Japan share historic cultural ties as well as common vision for the future. PM said both the countries are working towards strengthening the Special Strategic partnership and Global Partnership for which a special arrangement called Japan plus has been made in PMO.
  • PM Modi said, along with external development, both India and Japan are also committed towards inner peace and growth. He said ‘Zen’ in Japan is similar to ‘Dhyan’ in India.

International

Japan supports India to build Cold Chain System to fight COVID-19 pandemic

Japan supports India to build Cold Chain System to fight COVID-19 pandemic
  • Japan on Friday announced that it will provide USD 9.3 million worth cold chain equipment and related assistance to India to help in the country’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The assistance, under Japan’s Emergency Grant Aid scheme, will provide India with cold chain equipment including medical equipment such as cold-storage facilities, as Last One Mile Support to ensure vaccination in each country, through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Bangladesh scraps 10 coal-based power plants over environmental worries

Bangladesh scraps 10 coal-based power plants over environmental worries
  • The government of Bangladesh has decided to scrap the approval for ten coal based power plants in the country as the construction progress on those plants were not satisfactory, said the State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid in Dhaka on Sunday. The total generation capacity of the scrapped plants is 8451 MW.
  • The Minister said that the use of LNG in power generation will be increased as part of adoption of new technologies in power generation.
  • The government has planned to generate 40 percent power from renewable energy sources by 2041 as part of the country’s commitment to the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) , he added.

Sports

Sajan Prakash creates history, becomes first-ever Indian swimmer to make Olympic 'A' cut

Sajan Prakash creates history, becomes first-ever Indian swimmer to make Olympic 'A' cut
  • Sajan Prakash has become the first Indian swimmer to qualify for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Sajan achieved the feat as he clocked 1 minute 56.38 seconds in the men’s 200m butterfly at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome. The qualification cut-off was 1 minute 56.48 seconds. Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju congratulated the swimmer and hailed the commitment of Sajan.
  • The Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 23 and the Games will run up to August 8 this year. The event was slated to be held last year but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Archery World Cup Stage 3: Deepika Kumari completes hat-trick of gold medals in Paris

  • Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda today congratulated Deepika Kumari, ace Archer from Jharkhand.
  • Deepika clinched the World Championship Gold today in the Individual Women’s Final defeating Russia’s Elina Osepova by 6-0.
  • Deepika today won gold in three events at World Archery Championship.
  • Mr. Soren has also congratulated the Mixed event Archery Team of Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari, who are real life couples as well for winning Gold for India in the Mixed Recurve Archery Final defeating Netherlands by 5-3 at World Archery Championship in Paris today.

Hockey India nominates Sreejesh, Deepika for Khel Ratna Award

  • Hockey India today announced the nomination of Indian men’s hockey team goalkeeper P. R. Sreejesh and former India women’s hockey team player Deepika for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
  • For the Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement, Hockey India has recommended former India stalwarts R.P. Singh and Chingshubam Sanggai Ibemhal.
  • Coaches B.J. Kariappa and C.R. Kumar have been nominated for the Dronacharya Award.
  • The period of consideration for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is between 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2020.

Days and Dates

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: 26th June

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: 26th June
  • June 26 every year is observed as International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking or World Drug Day to create awareness about issues related to drugs and seek international cooperation to combat its effects on health, society, and governance.
  • This year, the theme is ‘Share Facts On Drugs, Save Lives’. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the motive is to combat misinformation by sharing real facts on drugs — from health risks and solutions for the world drug problem to evidence-based prevention, treatment, and care.

World MSME Day: June 27

World MSME Day: June 27
  • The General Assembly declared 27 June Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day, to raise public awareness of their contribution to sustainable development and the global economy.
  • In 2021, the theme is “MSME 2021: key to an inclusive and sustainable recovery.” That is why the UN will be hosting a series of events to explore how MSMEs – the backbone of our economies – can be equipped to ensure an equitable and sustainable post-COVID-19 recovery.
  • As micro, small and medium-sized enterprises emerge stronger from the aftermath of COVID-19, the United Nations and its partners celebrate the pivotal role that these resilient entrepreneurs play in strengthening the global economy.

Other Important Affairs

  • The e-Committee of the Supreme Court of India has taken several initiatives to make Indian Judicial System more accessible to the Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).
  • Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawaarchand Gehlot today launched the website for the Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan on the occasion of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
  •   US, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd during an arrest in May 2020. The video of the incident had galvanized a national protest movement against racism, last year.