Current Affairs- 28th June

Science and Technology

DRDO successfully tests new generation nuclear capable missile Agni-P

DRDO successfully tests new generation nuclear capable missile Agni-P
  • Defence Research and Development Organisation has successfully flight tested a New Generation Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile Agni P from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha, Balasore today. Various telemetry and radar stations positioned along the eastern coast tracked and monitored the missile. The missile followed text book trajectory, meeting all mission objectives with high level of accuracy.
  • Agni P is a new generation advanced variant of Agni class of missiles. It is a canisterised missile with range capability between 1,000 and 2,000 kms.

Europe's Space Agency to hire first disabled astronaut

Europe's Space Agency to hire first disabled astronaut
  • The European Space Agency hopes to hire and launch the world’s first physically disabled astronaut and several hundred would-be para-astronauts have already applied for the role, ESA head Josef Aschbacher told Reuters.
  • The 22-member space programme has just closed its latest decennial recruitment call for astronauts and received 22,000 applicants, Aschbacher said.”We would like to launch an astronaut with a disability, which would be the first time ever,” the Austrian added. “But I’m also happy for ESA because it shows that space is for everyone, and that’s something I’d like to convey.

Private players in India can build and operate rocket launch sites

Private players in India can build and operate rocket launch sites
  • India has decided to allow private companies to establish and operate rocket launch sites within and outside the country, subject to prior authorisation from the government.
  • Similarly, any rocket launch (orbital or sub-orbital) from Indian or overseas territory can be carried out only with authorisation from Indian National Space Promotion & Authorization Center (IN-SPACe), an independent body constituted by the Government of India, under the Department of Space (DOS).
  • The launch could be from own or leased launch site and also from mobile platforms (land, sea or air) as per the Draft National Space Transportation Policy-2020 brought out by the Department of Space.

National

Rajnath Singh dedicates to nation 63 bridges in 6 states and 2 UTs

  • In a virtual program from Kyungam in Leh district, Rajnath Singh inaugurated 63 Border Roads Organization bridges in eight states in the country.
  • From Eastern Ladakh, at an altitude of 11 thousand 800 ft along with 50 Mtr Kunjan bridge across mighty Indus river on Leh-Loma road, Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated 62 various other bridges built by 15 various projects of Border Roads Organization (BRO), in Eight States across the country.
  • On the occasion of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav BRO has dedicated 75 infrastructure projects to the nation. BRO used the latest technologies in building these Class-70 bridges to meet the strategic requirements of Army.

IHCL's Taj rated strongest hotel brand in the world

  • Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), South Asia’s largest hospitality company, announced that its iconic brand, Taj, has been rated the Strongest Hotel Brand in the World by Brand Finance, the world’s leading brand valuation consultancy in its annual ‘Hotels 50 2021’ report.
  • This report recognizes the most valuable and strongest hotel brands across the globe.
  • Taj received an overall Brand Strength Index of 89.3 out of 100, with a corresponding AAA rating for customer familiarity, employee satisfaction and corporate reputation as well as its world-class customer service.

Six Indian Medical Colleges find place in list of 100 best medical colleges of world

Six Indian Medical Colleges find place in list of 100 best medical colleges of world
  • Union Minister Prakash Javadekar has expressed pride that six Indian Medical Colleges have found a place in list of 100 best medical colleges of the world in 2021. In a tweet, Mr Javadekar said AIIMS, New Delhi has bagged 23rd position and AFMC, Pune has bagged 34th rank. CMC Vellore, JIPMER Pondicherry, Medical College Chennai and IMS BHU Varanasi also figure in the list.
  • The Minister said under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is on the path of becoming the best in terms of Medical infrastructure.

International

Amazon Web Services acquires Signal-rival, encrypted messaging app Wickr

Amazon Web Services acquires Signal-rival, encrypted messaging app Wickr
  • Amazon’s cloud services giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) is getting into the encrypted messaging business. The company has just announced that it has acquired secure communications service Wickr — a messaging app that has geared itself towards providing services to government and military groups and enterprises. It claims to be the only “collaboration service” that meets security criteria set out by the NSA.
  • AWS will continue operating Wickr as is, and offer its services to AWS customers, “effective immediately,” notes a blog post from Stephen Schmidt, the VP and CISO for AWS, announcing the news.

Sports

Indian shooter Rahi Sarnobat grabs gold at ISSF World Cup

Indian shooter Rahi Sarnobat grabs gold at ISSF World Cup
  • In ISSF World Cup shooting, India’s Rahi Sarnobat won gold in women’s 25 metres pistol event in Osijek, Croatia.
  • The 30-year-old Rahi shot 39 out of 50 in the 25m pistol final to win the first gold for India in the ongoing World Cup.
  • Manu Bhaker, the other Indian in fray, finished seventh in the eight-competitor final.
  • Mathilde Lamolle of France shot 31 in the final to win silver while Russia’s Vitalina Batsarashkina took home bronze with a total of 28.

Shafali Verma becomes youngest Indian Cricketer to make debut in all formats

Shafali Verma becomes youngest Indian Cricketer to make debut in all formats
  • Teen sensation Shafali Verma on Sunday became the youngest Indian cricketer to make her debut in all three formats after she was named in the playing XI for the first ODI against England.
  • Skipper Mithali Raj presented Shafali with a cap before the match. The opening batter however wasn’t able to impress as she got after scoring 15 runs.
  • Shafali was 15 years 239 days old when she made her debut in T20Is in September 2019. She made her debut in the longest format of the game 11 days ago in England. And on Sunday at the age of 17 years 150 days, Shafali made her ODI debut to achieve the feat.

Book and Author

CJI releases book by former SC judge on evolving legal system

CJI releases book by former SC judge on evolving legal system
  • Chief Justice of India N V Ramana released a book — “Anomalies in Law and Justice” — by former Supreme Court Judge Justice (retd) R V Raveendran, explaining in simple terms various deficiencies in the law which needs to be overcome.
  • The Chief Justice of India (CJI) said the book was an attempt to explain to a common man that the law and the legal system is still evolving and it requires more critical thinking to resolve issues that have persisted for a long time.
  • He praised Justice (retd) Raveendran and said he was “an amalgam of unwavering commitment to rule of law, strong belief in the independence of the judiciary, a deep sense of morality and scholarship par excellence.”

Other Important Affairs

  • The Central government has extended the tenure of Attorney General KK Venugopal by one more year till June 30, 2022.
  • Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen dominated the Styrian Grand Prix on Sunday to win back-to-back races for the first time in his career.
  • Dr. Reddys, a leading multinational pharmaceutical company today announced the commercial launch of 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG).