Current Affairs- 9th June

Science and Technology

ISRO to assist development projects in Northeast through Space Technology

ISRO to assist development projects in Northeast through Space Technology
  • Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh today said that Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO, will assist development projects in the Northeast through Space Technology.
  • ISRO will contribute by offering optimum utilization of Satellite Imaging and other Space Technology applications for better accomplishment of infrastructural projects in all the eight states of the North Eastern Region.
  • He said, this is first of its kind in the whole country, where there is an institutionalized involvement of ISRO in mapping and sharing of data for developmental projects and can become a model for other states too.

National

Death Anniversary of Birsa Munda

Death Anniversary of Birsa Munda
  • Today is the 121st Death Anniversary of the martyr Bhagwan Birsa Munda. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu paid tribute to him on this occasion.
  • In his tweet, Mr Naidu said that the fearless tribal leader Birsa Munda made an invaluable contribution to the freedom struggle by leading the tribal movement against the oppressive British rule.
  • The Vice President said that Birsa Munda would always be remembered for the innumerable efforts made to protect the rights of tribals.

ISRO to assist development projects in Northeast through Space Technology

DRDO proposes to offer ToT of 2-DG to Indian Pharma industries
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has proposed to offer Transfer of Technology (ToT) of 2-DG to Indian Pharmaceutical industries for production.
  • Industry may apply for Expression of Interest up to 17th of this month.
  • DRDO which developed 2-Deoxy-D- Glucose (2-DG), a drug used for treatment of COVID-19 patients, has called for Expression of Interest (EoI) to transfer the technology.

QS World University Rankings

QS World University Rankings
  • Three Indian universities have achieved top-200 positions in QS World University Rankings-2022.
  • IISc, Bengaluru ranked number one in the world ranking for research.
  • QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, today released the 18th edition of the World’s International University rankings.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated IIT, Bombay, IIT, Delhi and IISc, Bengaluru for top-200 positions in QS World University Rankings-2022.
  • In a tweet, Mr Modi said, efforts are underway to ensure more universities and institutions of India scale global excellence and support intellectual prowess among the youth.

Interational

First edition of Arab-India Energy Forum Concludes

  • The first edition of the two day Arab-India Energy Forum which was held in a virtual format concluded today. The Forum was held under the co-chairship of India and Morocco. The event was in implementation of the Executive Programme of the Arab-India Cooperation Forum and the decision of the third meeting of the Senior Officials of India and the League of Arab States held virtually in January this year. The inaugural session of the Forum was addressed by Power Minister R. K. Singh.
  • The Forum witnessed exchange of knowledge, expertise and best practices in the fields of energy efficiency programmes for different economic sectors.

El Salvador becomes first country in world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender

  • El Salvador has become the first country in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender. President Nayib Bukele proposed the bill last week to embrace cryptocurrency. Sixty two lawmakers voted in favour of the bill, out of 84 votes cast.
  • Mr Bukele has touted the use of Bitcoin for its potential to help Salvadorans living abroad send remittances back home. He said, the US dollar will also continue as legal tender. Shortly before the vote, he tweeted that Bitcoin will bring financial inclusion, investment, tourism, innovation and economic development for the country

Current Affairs- 8th June

Sports

IOC approves list of 29 refugee athletes who will compete in Tokyo Olympic

IOC approves list of 29 refugee athletes who will compete in Tokyo Olympic
  • International Olympic Committee has approved the list of 29 refugee athletes who will compete in Tokyo under the Olympic flag.
  • During the opening ceremony on July 23, the refugee athletes — from 13 host National Olympic Committees competing in 12 sports — will enter the stadium “in second position after Greece”.
  • Kenya’s Tegla Loroupe, Olympian and former marathon world-record holder, will be the team’s Chef de Mission.
  • The full Refugee Olympic Team delegation will meet for the first time in Doha on July 12 and 13, before flying to Tokyo on July 14.
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India drops Chinese kit sponsor ahead of Tokyo Games

  • The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has dropped Chinese sportswear maker Li-Ning as its official kit partner citing public sentiment in the country and saying its athletes will wear unbranded apparel at the Tokyo Games instead.
  • Chinese companies have faced a backlash in India since 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash with Chinese forces in a Himalayan border dispute last year.
  • “We are aware of the emotions of our fans and we have decided that we will withdraw from our existing contract with an apparel sponsor,” IOA President and Secretary General said in a statement.

Book and Author

Meghan Markle Releases Children’s Book 'The Bench'

Meghan Markle Releases Children’s Book 'The Bench'
  • Meghan Markle’s first children’s book is here – and she included her entire family, including newborn daughter Lilibet Diana.
  • The Bench, which explores the bond between fathers and sons as seen through a mother’s eyes, was released on Tuesday. Prince Harry and their 2-year-old son, Archie, make several appearances in the illustrations, but eagle-eyed fans noticed that the couple’s second child wasn’t left out.
  • Even the family’s beloved animals were included: the scene shows their two dogs, a beagle named Guy and a black Labrador named Pula.

Days and Dates

World Accreditation Day: 9th June

World Accreditation Day: 9th June
  • 09 June 2021 marks World Accreditation Day, a global initiative established by IAF and ILAC to promote the value of accreditation. This year’s theme is Accreditation: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • The SDGs are at the core of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a broad and ambitious plan of action with the overarching objective of leaving no one behind. Accreditation, in collaboration with other quality infrastructure institutions, provides the technical foundations that are critical to the functioning of developed and developing societies.

Other Important Affairs

  • Pink booth for vaccination in UP.
  • Government approves construction of 3.61 lakh houses under PMAY-U.
  • Two species of Monals sighted together in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • CESL signs MoU with Ladakh to make Ladakh carbon neutral.
  • Anup Chandra Pandey appointed as Election Commissioner.
  • Navies of India, Thailand begin 3-day coordinated patrol in Andaman Sea (31st Edition of CORPAT).
  • Indian Navy will receive MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Multi-role Helicopters from US.
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