Current Affairs- 2nd June

Science and Technology

SWASTIIK Technology for Disinfecting Water

SWASTIIK Technology for Disinfecting Water
  • Scientists, Dr. VM Bhandari and his group at CSIR-NCL Pune, with support from the Water Technology Initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, has developed the novel hybrid technology called SWASTIIK’ that involves boiling of a liquid as a result of pressure reduction (cavitation) and also uses natural oils having antimicrobial properties.

  • This technology can eliminate harmful bacteria, including antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, economically.

  • It not only integrates Indian traditional knowledge of Ayurveda for complete disinfection of water but also may offer possible health benefits of natural oils.

New Zealand signs space agreement with NASA

New Zealand signs space agreement with NASA
  • New Zealand became the eleventh signatory to the Artemis Accords, a blueprint for space cooperation and supporting the U.S. space agency’s plans to return humans to the moon by 2024 and to launch a historic human mission to Mars.

  • New Zealand is committed to ensuring the next phase of space exploration is conducted in a safe, sustainable and transparent manner and in full compliance with international law, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said.

National

Justice A.K. Mishra appointed NHRC chief

Justice A.K. Mishra appointed NHRC chief
  • Justice (Retd) Arun Kumar Mishra today took charge as the chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC in New Delhi.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Justice Mishra as the NHRC chairperson based on the recommendation of a selection panel comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Harivansh and Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge.

  • Justice Arun Mishra retired as Supreme Court Judge in September last year.

NITI Aayog to launch 3rd rendition of India’s SDG tomorrow

NITI Aayog to launch 3rd rendition of India’s SDG tomorrow
  • The third rendition of India’s Sustainable Development Goals, SDG Index will be launched by NITI Aayog tomorrow. First launched in December 2018, the index has become the primary tool for monitoring progress on the SDGs in the country and has simultaneously fostered competition among the States and Union Territories by ranking them on the Global Goals.

  • NITI AAYOG said, with one-third of the journey towards achieving the 2030 agenda behind us, this edition of the index report focuses on the significance of partnerships and is titled “SDG India Index and Dashboard, 2020-21: Partnerships in The Decade of Action”. This third edition of the index covers 17 Goals, 70 targets, and 115 indicators.

Cabinet approves Model Tenancy Act

Cabinet approves Model Tenancy Act
  • The Union Cabinet today approved the Model Tenancy Act for circulation to all States and Union Territories for adaptation by way of enacting fresh legislation or amending existing rental laws suitably. It will help overhaul the legal framework with respect to rental housing across the country, which would help spur its overall growth.

  • The Model Tenancy Act will facilitate unlocking of vacant houses for rental housing purposes. It is expected to give a fillip to private participation in rental housing as a business model for addressing the huge housing shortage.

IBF appointed Justice Vikramjit Sen as the chairman of DMCRC

IBF appointed Justice Vikramjit Sen as the chairman of DMCRC
  • The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) on Monday announced the appointment of former Supreme Court judge Justice Vikramjit Sen as the Chairman of its newly formed self-regulatory body Digital Media Content Regulatory Council (DMCRC).

  • The move was done to bring together the broadcasters and OTT (over-the-top) platforms. It had also announced a self-regulatory body DMCRC for digital OTT platforms.

RDSO Becomes First Standards Body to Join ‘One Nation, One Standard’ Scheme

RDSO(Research Design &Standards Organisation)
  • RDSO, which sets standards for the railway sector, has become the first standards body in the country to join the central government’s ‘One Nation, One Standard’ scheme that aims to ensure quality products to Indian consumers.

  • The Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) has now been recognised as a ‘Standard Developing Organisation’ by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), which is implementing the scheme.

  • The recognition will be valid for three years.

International

Isaac Herzog elected as Israel's 11th President

Isaac Herzog elected as Israel's 11th President
  • Labor Veteran Isaac Herzog has been elected as Israel’s 11th President. Israel’s parliament elected Herzog in a vote as opposition lawmakers were holding negotiations to form a coalition to end Prime Minister Netanyahu’s 12 straight years in office.

  • Herzog, 60, replaces President Reuven Rivlin, who was elected in 2014 to the largely ceremonial position decided by the parliament, or Knesset. He defeated former headmistress Miriam Peretz.

Chinese climber becomes first blind Asian to scale Everest

Chinese climber becomes first blind Asian to scale Everest
  • A Chinese climber who became the first blind Asian to scale Mount Everest says he aims to climb the highest peaks on all seven continents and then travel to the North and South Poles.

  • Zhang Hong, 44, is also the third blind climber internationally to reach the world’s highest peak.

  • He trained for five years before climbing Everest, carrying bags packed with 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of weight up the staircase of the hospital where he works. He also climbed several smaller peaks in China.

WHO clears Chinese Vaccine Sinovac for emergency use

WHO clears Chinese Vaccine Sinovac for emergency use
  • The World Health Organization approved China’s SINOVAC Covid vaccine for Emergency Use Listing, EUL.

  • Making the announcement the WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, the SINOVAC vaccine has been found to be safe, effective and quality assured following two doses of the inactivated vaccine.

  • This makes SINOVAC the 8th vaccine to receive EUL from the WHO.

Sports

Brazil to host Copa America for second consecutive time

Brazil to host Copa America for second consecutive time
  • Brazil will host Copa America for the second consecutive time after Colombia and Argentina were stripped of hosting rights for the tournament. South American soccer body CONMEBOL announced the decision hours after it ruled out Argentina amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.
  • Colombia was removed as co-host on May 20 as street protests against President Ivn Duque rocked the nation.
  • Like other continental tournaments, Copa America was initially scheduled for 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced its postponement.

Utah Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson wins 2021 Sixth Man of the Year

Utah Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson wins 2021 Sixth Man of the Year
  • Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson capped off his stellar season by winning the 2020-21 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award.

  • Clarkson becomes the first player in Jazz franchise history to win the award and was presented the trophy by his teammate and fellow Sixth Man of the Year Finalist Joe Ingles, live on TNT’s broadcast.

Other Important Affairs

  • Lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani and former journalist Swapan Dasgupta nominated to the Rajya Sabha.

  • Lieutenant General Pradeep Chandran Nair takes charge as Director General of Assam Rifles.

  • Union Bank of India appoints A K Vinod as chief compliance officer.

  • Lt. General Ajai Singh assumed charge as the 16th commander-in-chief of the Andaman & Nicobar command.

  • Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh assumed charge as Deputy Chief of Naval staff.

  • WHO names Covid-19 variants 1st found in India as ‘Kappa’ and ‘Delta‘.