Current Affairs- 30th June

National

NATRAX High-Speed Test Track Inaugurated in Indore

NATRAX High-Speed Test Track Inaugurated in Indore
  • NATRAX is Asia’s longest vehicle testing track that has come up in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
  • NATRAX, a high speed track (HST) designed to be a one stop solution for all sorts of high speed performance tests for all category of vehicles from two-wheelers to heavy tractor trailers, has been unveiled by the Centre in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
  • The high speed track, which was inaugurated by the Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Prakash Javadekar on June 29, is the longest of its kind in Asia and is developed in an area of 1,000 acres of land with a length of 11.3 km.
  • The NATRAX centre has multiple test capabilities like measurements of maximum speed, acceleration, constant speed fuel consumption, emission tests through real road driving simulation, high speed handling and stability evaluation during manoeuvreing such as lane change and high speed durability testing.

Cabinet approves MoU between India, Gambia on governance reforms

Cabinet approves MoU between India, Gambia on governance reforms
  • Cabinet has approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and the Public Service Commission of Gambia on refurbishing personnel administration and governance reforms.
  • The MoU will help in understanding the personnel administration of both the countries and enable in improving the system of governance through replicating, adapting and innovating some of the best practices and processes.

MoD initiates project to create interactive virtual museum of nation’s gallantry award winners

MoD initiates project to create interactive virtual museum of nation’s gallantry award winners
  • As the nation celebrates the 75th anniversary of its Independence, Ministry of Defence (MoD) has initiated a project to create an interactive virtual museum of the country’s Gallantry award winners.
  • This museum is to honour the heroic deeds of the bravehearts of India.
  • MoD will implement the project, with no financial implications, in partnership with Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).
  • It will provide a 3D walk-through experience through a Gallery Building, Wall of Fame, an Awardee Gallery with their photos and profiles.

International

India jumps 37 places to rank 10 in Global Cyber Security Index

India jumps 37 places to rank 10 in Global Cyber Security Index
  • According to a United Nations report released on Tuesday, India has jumped 37 places to 10th position in the Global Cyber Security Index (GCI) 2020.
  • The GCI is a composite index created, analyzed and published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialized agency of the United Nations, to measure the commitment to cybersecurity of its 194 member countries to raise cybersecurity awareness. The latest report is the fourth GCI edition by the ITU, the first version of which was launched six years ago.
  • India ranked 10th in the fourth edition of the Global Cyber Security Index 2020 (GCI), a significant jump of 37 places from its previous GCI rank in 2018. Breaking into the top 10 in the list released by the United Nations (UN) agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ITU), India also ranks fourth in the Asia-Pacific region.

US appoints Indian-American Atul Keshap as interim envoy to India

US appoints Indian-American Atul Keshap as interim envoy to India
  • The US has appointed Indian-American career diplomat Atul Keshap, an old India-hand at the state department, as the country’s Charge d’Affaires in Delhi.
  • Ambassador Keshap’s appointment will reinforce the close US partnership with the Government and people of India, demonstrated by our collaboration to overcome global challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic, the US State Department said in a statement.
  • Keshap, 50, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, will be departing for New Delhi to serve as Charge d’Affaires, ad interim, following the retirement of Ambassador Daniel Smith, it said.

Communist Party of China celebrates its 100th anniversary

  • China’s ruling party The Communist Party of China will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding on 1st July 2021.
  • Chinese capital Beijing is under unprecedented state of security control ahead of Thursday celebrations at historic Tiananmen square with armed police forces and surveillance cameras all around the city.
  • Some of the latest helicopters and fighter jets conducted rehearsals a few days ago.
  • The sprawling Tiananmen Square, where the Great Hall of People is located, has been completely blocked for about a month.
  • Various activities are being held across the country to celebrate the milestone, with most focusing on the party’s history

Global economy can lose $4 trillion due to Covid impact on tourism: UNCTAD

  • The economic impact from the plunge in tourism since the pandemic emerged last year could top 4 trillion Dollar, a UN report said today.
  • The joint report by the UN’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) found that the lack of widespread vaccination in developing countries was leading to mounting economic losses.
  • UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said in a statement that tourism is a lifeline for millions, and advancing vaccination to protect communities and support tourism’s safe restart is critical to the recovery of jobs and generation of much-needed resources.

US House passes bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol

  • The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill to remove statues honoring those who upheld slavery or backed the Confederacy from the Capitol building, which displays statues selected by all 50 states.
  • The bill will remove a bust of the former Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that denied enslaved people the right to be citizens. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, said on the House floor before the vote that it’s time to remove those symbols of slavery, segregation and sedition from these halls.

Sports

Dutee Chand qualifies for Tokyo Olympics in 100m and 200m

  • Ace Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in both 100m and 200m races via the World Rankings quota today.
  • 22 spots were available in 100m and 15 spots in 200m via the World Rankings route.
  • Chand’s overall position of World No. 44 in 100m and World No. 51 in 200m were well within the ranks to make her eligible to fly to Tokyo next month.
  • Dutee Chand failed in her last race to secure a direct Olympic qualification spot after finishing a disappointing fourth in the women’s 100m final at the ongoing 60th National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships.

Days and Dates

International Asteroid Day: 30th June

  • World Asteroid Day is observed globally every year on June 30. The day is observed to raise public awareness about the asteroid’s hazardous effect and the measures that should be taken in case of a near-earth object threat.
  • The United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) designated the day as the anniversary of the Tunguska impact over Siberia, which happened in the year 1908. Tunguska is the largest asteroid till date that affected the earth.
  • The day was co-founded by scientist Stephen Hawking, filmmaker Grigorij Richters, B612 Foundation President, Danica Remy, Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and Brian May, guitarist of the rock band Queen and astrophysicist.

Other Important Affairs

  • N Venudhar Reddy, an Indian Information service, IIS Officer of 1988 batch today took charge as Director General of All India Radio.
  • Union Cabinet has given approval to provide additional 19 thousand 41 crore rupees for BharatNet for broadband facility to each village through BharatNet PPP Model.
  • Justice (Retd.) Shambhu Nath Srivastava, a former judge of Allahabad High Court and former chief Lokayukta of Chhattisgarh, has been appointed the chairman of IFUNA.
  • The central government has extended for another one year the tenure of Amitabh Kant, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) till June 2022 — third extension since he took charge of the public policy think tank in 2016.