Current Affairs- 4th June

National

Youn Tab Schme 2021

Youn Tab Schme 2021
  • Leh Ladakh YounTab Scheme 2021, free tablets for class 6th to 12th students in govt. schools, tablet to contain online / offline content including textbooks, video lectures and online class applications.
  • Striving to provide better educational support to the students amidst the COVID-19 pandemic where schools remain mostly closed, LG Mathur has Launched the YounTab scheme in a virtual event.
  • The scheme is an initiative of the Department of School Education with technical support by the Information Technology Department under which 12,300 tablets with pre-loaded online and offline content, including textbooks, video lectures and online class applications, would be distributed to govt school students from Class 6th to 12th.

CBSE collaborates with Microsoft to introduce Coding & Data Science in schools

CBSE collaborates with Microsoft to introduce Coding & Data Science in schools
  • The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in collaboration with Microsoft to introduced coding as a subject for students of Class 6-8 and data science curriculum for Class 8-12 as new skilling subjects in the 2021-2022 academic session.
  • The coding and data science curriculum are focused on building critical thinking, computational skills, problem-solving skills, creativity and hands-on exposure to new technologies. The subjects have been launched in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

Assam’s Raimona reserve forest named sixth national park in state

Assam’s Raimona reserve forest named sixth national park in state
  • Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday announced that the Raimona reserve forest in Kokrajhar under the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR), bordering Bhutan, has been upgraded as the sixth national park of the state.
  • Announcing this on the occasion of World Environment Day here, the chief minister said that with the new addition, the state now has six national parks.
  • The process to convert Dehing Patkai wildlife sanctuary into a national park is also under progress, he said.

NTPC joins UN’s CEO Water Mandate

NTPC joins UN’s CEO Water Mandate
  • NTPC Ltd has become a signatory to the prestigious United Nations Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate. The CEO Water Mandate is a UN Global Compact initiative to demonstrate commitment and efforts of companies to better their water and sanitation agenda as part of long term Sustainable Development Goals. It is designed to assist companies in the development, implementation, and disclosure of
  • NTPC is India’s largest power utility under Ministry of Power. Power Ministry has said that NTPC has already taken a series of measures across its plant locations on sound water management. It has said that NTPC will further imbibe the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) for water conservation and management while carrying out its core business activity of power generation.

Interational

Indonesia's Merapi volcano erupts 4 times

Indonesia's Merapi volcano erupts 4 times
  • Jakarta: Indonesia’s most active volcano Merapi erupted four times with lava flowing as far as 1,500 metres from the crater, according to the Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Centre.

  • “In six hours, Merapi also experienced 43 avalanche earthquakes for 10 to 141 seconds and five gust earthquakes for 11 to 27 seconds,” the center’s Head Hanik Humaida said on Thursday evening.

  • Authorities urged people not to be in the danger zone within a 3-km radius of the peak and to avoid rivers originating from Merapi.

MV X-Press Pearl cargo ship sinks off coast of Sri Lanka

MV X-Press Pearl cargo ship sinks off coast of Sri Lanka
  • A cargo ship carrying tonnes of chemicals sinks off Sri Lanka’s west coast, the country’s government and navy said, in one of Sri Lanka’s worst-ever marine disasters.

  • The Singapore-registered MV X-Press Pearl was carrying 1,486 containers, including 25 tonnes of nitric acid, along with other chemicals and cosmetics that were loaded at the port of Hazira, India, on May 15.

  • On May 20, a fire erupted on the ship, which was anchored about 9.5 nautical miles (18km) northwest of Colombo, waiting to enter the port.

  • Authorities battled the blaze for 13 days, as flaming containers laden with chemicals fell from the ship’s deck.

World Bank pauses payments to operations in Mali

World Bank pauses payments to operations in Mali
  • The World Bank has temporarily paused payments to operations in Mali following a military coup. The Bank yesterday said that in accordance with its policy applicable to similar situations, it has paused disbursements temporarily, as it closely monitors and assesses the situation.
  • The Bank’s actions add to pressure on Mali’s military leadership after chief security ally France announced on Thursday that it was suspending joint operations with Malian troops in order to press for a return to civilian rule.

Sports

India's Tokyo-bound wrestler Sumit Malik fails dope test

India's Tokyo-bound wrestler Sumit Malik fails dope test
  • Freestyle wrestler Sumit Malik’s failing a dope test has come as a double whammy for the Wrestling Federation of India ahead of Tokyo Olympics.
  • Not only India lost a quota in the 125-kg category, but will also pay a hefty fine of Rs 16 lakh for the failed dope test if his B Sample also comes as positive.
  • The grappler, a product of New Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium, had won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and silver at the Asian Championship the year before.

Awards

India's Tokyo-bound wrestler Sumit Malik fails dope test

David Diop wins International Booker for ‘At Night All Blood is Black’
  • A harrowing but poetic tale of comradeship, colonialism and the horrors of war won the International Booker Prize for fiction.

  • “At Night All Blood is Black” by French writer David Diop beat five other finalists to take the 50,000-pound ($70,000) prize, which is open to fiction in any language that has been translated into English. The prize money will be split between the author and his translator, Anna Moschovakis.

Book and Author

RJ Palacio’s ‘Pony’ to be published in September

Book and Author
  • RJ Palacio’s next book is a world apart from her million-selling debut “Wonder.”
  • Random House Children’s Books announced Thursday that Palacio’s “Pony” will be published Sept 28, with an announced first printing of 500,000 copies. The story of a young boy’s “harrowing yet distinctively beautiful journey” in the mid-1800s, “Pony” is Palacio’s first novel that doesn’t feature characters from “Wonder,” a contemporary story of a fifth-grader with a disfigured face that was inspired in part by the Natalie Merchant song of the same name.

Days and Dates

World Environment Day: 5th June

Days and Dates
  • World Environment Day is celebrated annually on 5 June and is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment.

  • First held in 1974, it has been a platform for raising awareness on environmental issue such as marine pollution, human overpopulation, global warming, sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.

  • The theme for year`s World Environment Day is ‘Ecosystem Restoration.’ This year will also mark the formal launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030.

Other Important Affairs

  • Films Division announces two-day film festival to mark World Environment Day 2021.

  • The government of Bangladesh will provide tax incentives to the companies which hire transgender people.

  • RBI has approved the appointment of Vishwavir Ahuja as the MD & CEO of RBL bank.

  • ICAR-IISR gets patient for black pepper micronutrient mixture.

  • ICICI bank becomes 2nd world class bank to launch SWIFT gpi instant facility.