Current Affairs- 6th July

Science & Technology

Sirisha Bandla will become the second Indian-born woman to fly into space

Sirisha Bandla will become the second Indian-born woman to fly into space
  • Sirisha Bandla, only the second India-born woman to fly into space after Kalpana Chawla, has made India proud. She is a part of the team which will make its first crewed flight to space in which her flight role is that of a Researcher Experience.
  • The 34-year-old aeronautical engineer was born in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district and brought up in Houston, Texas. Sirisha took to her social media account to share her excitement. She wrote, “I am so incredibly honored to be a part of the amazing crew of Unity 22, and to be a part of a company whose mission is to make space available to all.
  • Former Andhra Pradesh CM, N Chandrababu Naidu also took to his social media account to acknowledge Bandla’s achievement.

CoWIN goes Global

CoWIN goes Global
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the CoWin Global Conclave as India presented the indigenously developed CoWIN platform to the world at the virtual global meet of representatives from 142 countries. In line with India’s philosophy of considering the whole world as one family, the Prime Minister said that CoWin platform is being made open source and available to any and all countries to combat COVID-19.
  • Highlighting India’s commitment for sharing experiences, expertise and resources with the global community, the Prime Minister also expressed India’s eagerness to learn from global practices. Mr Modi stressed on the importance of technology in the fight against pandemic.

National

Nandan Nilekani appointed to govt. panel to curb digital monopolies

Nandan Nilekani appointed to govt. panel to curb digital monopolies
  • Infosys Chairman and Aadhaar architect Nandan Nilekani will join a panel set up by the central government, along with eight other members, to advise the government on designing and accelerating adoption of Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC), aimed at curbing digital monopolies.
  • The larger idea is to give ‘free and fair’ choice to consumers to buy products on an online platform, a senior government official said. “The system will help physical traders get on online platforms. This will be done by creating a network based on open protocols through ONDC,”.
  • A senior Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) official will be the convenor of the advisory council.

President appoints new Governors for 8 states

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed New Governors for eight states. Union Minister Thawarchand Gehlot has been appointed as the new Governor of Karnataka while BJP leader Mangubhai Chhaganbhai Patel will be the new Governor of Madhya Pradesh.
  • BJP leader Dr. Hari Babu Kambhampati will be Governor of Mizoram and another party leader Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar has been appointed as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Mizoram Governor P.S. Sreedharan Pillai has been appointed as the new Governor of Goa. Haryana Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya will now be the Governor of Tripura. Tripura Governor Ramesh Bais is the new Governor of Jharkhand in place of Draupadi Murmu. Himachal Pradesh Governor Bandaru Dattatreya has been appointed as new Governor of Haryana.

CII organises 1st edition of Indo Pacific Business Summit

CII organises 1st edition of Indo Pacific Business Summit
  • The first edition of the Indo Pacific Business Summit was organised by CII in partnership with External Affairs Ministry today. The event saw participation from Ambassadors and High Commissioners of various countries across the Indo Pacific.
  • Addressing the event, Secretary (East) in the External Affairs Ministry, Riva Ganguly Das spoke about promoting trade facilitation in the Indo-Pacific through improved cross border linkages and trade infrastructure. She underlined the importance of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific in facilitating trade and connectivity in the region.

International

Coal India sends fuel to Bangladesh power plant

  • As India, the fourth largest coal producer in the world, opens up exports of this critical raw material, its neighbouring Bangladesh was among the first to receive a consignment.
  • The “first consignment of nearly 3,800 tonnes of coal — for Rampal Thermal Power Plant in Bangladesh — has left India.”
  • The consignment is expected to be unloaded at Mongla port and sent to the captive jetty of the Rampal power plant. About 20,000 tonnes of coal will be sent every month from to Bangladesh the Kolkata port once the 1320MW Rampal plant runs in full capacity.

National

Myanmar military adopts ‘four cuts’ Strategy

Myanmar military adopts ‘four cuts’ Strategy
  • Kim Jolliffe, an independent researcher focused on security and conflict in Myanmar, says the ‘four cuts’ strategy was first developed in the 1960s when the Tatmadaw was struggling to fight the Communist Party of Burma and the Karen National Union, Myanmar’s oldest ethnic armed group.
  • According to Naw Htoo Htoo of the Karen Human Rights Group, the Tatmadaw’s use of ‘four cuts’ in areas under KNU control “targeted every person and village which they thought would have ties with the KNU.”
  • “They fired indiscriminately at Karen villages, destroyed every food and aid item they thought was meant to support the KNU restricted medical aid in conflict-affected areas, arrested people they suspected of providing aid and food, and arrested their family members” she said. “They also used widespread sexual violence and forcibly relocated entire communities.”

 

BRICS countries resolve to enhance academic collaboration in higher education

BRICS countries resolve to enhance academic collaboration in higher education
  • Education Ministers from the five BRICS countries virtually signed a joint declaration today to further strengthen academic and research collaboration in higher education and Technical and Vocational Education and Training. In the 8th meeting of BRICS Education Ministers that was held as part of the 13th BRICS Summit being hosted by India, ministers deliberated on two themes. These are – Leveraging digital and technological solutions for ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and enhancing research and academic collaboration.
  • The Ministers agreed on facilitating the mobility of students and faculty among BRICS partner states, besides encouraging joint and dual degrees between higher education institutions in BRICS countries.

 

I&B minister to virtually inaugurate 'India Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival

I&B minister to virtually inaugurate 'India Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival
  • Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today said India has opened up facilitation office for international film makers and all approvals are to be given in one go. Inaugurating the India Pavilion during the 74th Cannes Film Festival, the Minister hoped that the world comes out of the pandemic very soon and people come back to theatres once again. This is the second year when the pavilions are being virtually organized.
  • The Minister further stated that many of the international films are being filmed in India with over 500 sites available. He said government has taken a number of steps to attract more international film makers to India. Mr Javadekar informed that a lot of Hollywood movies have got their VFX animation done in India and India’s contribution to world films is also increasing.

Sports

Mithali Raj tops ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for 8th time

Mithali Raj tops ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for 8th time
  • Mithali Raj’s three successive half-centuries in the three-match ODI series against England helped her grab the No. 1 position in ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for the eighth time in her 22-year-old international career.
  • The 38-year-old, who made 72 runs in the first ODI, struck 59 in the second match and then guided India to a four-wicket victory in the final match of the series with an unbeaten 75, gaining four spots to sit atop the latest weekly rankings.

Other Important Affairs

  • MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari has become Brand Ambassador of Khadi Prakritik Paint. Mr Gadkari said, he will promote this paint across the country to encourage young entrepreneurs to take up the manufacturing of cow dung paint.
  • Korean Air was chosen as the ‘2021 Airline of the Year’ for ‘coping with Covid-19 excellently’ as part of the Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards by Air Transport World (ATW). The prestigious award is known as the Oscar of the aviation industry.
  • Madhya Pradesh’s first railway museum has been started at Sanchi station. Here steam engine, old tennis, stop pump light, old tools, telephone are kept.
  • The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will impose a fine of upto Rs 10,000 per violation and permanent disconnection of all telecom resources of commercial SMS senders who dupe customers by sending fraudulent SMSes with fake headers.