Current Affairs- 1st June
Science and Technology
- IIT Ropar develops “AmbiTAG”- India’s first indigenous temperature data logger for the cold chain management
- Nation’s first-of-its-kind IoT device for secure transportation of vaccines, blood and body organs, perishable products (food and dairy), etc.
- A step forward for “Atma Nirbhar Bharat.”
- Technology Innovation Hub AWaDH will give away the AmbiTag device at production cost for COVID vaccine transportation.
CBDT member JB Mohapatra gets additional charge of chairman
- JB Mohapatra, a 1985-batch Indian Revenue Service officer, was given the additional charge as Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) chairman after the extended tenure of incumbent PC Mody ended, a government order said.
- The Central Board of Direct Taxes frames policy for the Income Tax Department.
- PC Mody, whose tenure came to an end on Monday, is a 1982-batch IRS officer. He had got three extensions after his scheduled retirement date in August 2019.
The CBDT is headed by a chairman and can have six members
OECD slashes India's growth projection for FY22 to 9.9%
- The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Monday slashed India’s growth projection for FY22 to 9.9% from 12.6% estimated in March as a resurgence of covid cases and lockdowns have threatened to stall the country’s nascent economic recovery.
- While India is projected to be the fastest-growing G20 economy in 2021, it will also be the one that is the furthest away from its pre-crisis gross domestic product (GDP) trend, OECD said.
CII elects Tata Steel CEO and MD T V Narendran as its new president
- Industry chamber CII on Monday said it has elected T V Narendran, CEO and Managing Director, Tata Steel Ltd, as its new president for 2021-22. He takes over from Uday Kotak, Managing Director, and Chief Executive Officer, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.
- He was the Chairman of CII Eastern Region during 2016-17 and has led CII National Committees on Leadership and Human Resources besides being Chairman of CII Jharkhand.
- Pawan Munjal, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd., takes over as CII Vice President for 2021-22, it added.
NCPCR devises 'Bal Swaraj' for children affected due to COVID-19
- The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), in furtherance to its function as a monitoring authority under section 109 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 and in view of the growing problem related to children affected by COVID-19, has devised an online tracking portal “Bal Swaraj (COVID-Care link)” for child in need of care and protection.
- This portal of the Commission has been created with a purpose for online tracking and digital real time monitoring mechanism of children who are in need of care and protection.
- The Commission has extended the use of this portal for tracking children who have lost both its parents or either of the parent during COVID-19 and provided a link under the name of “COVID-Care” for uploading of data of such children by the concerned officer/department on the portal.
CBDT member JB Mohapatra gets additional charge of chairman
- With the aim of building a strong communications channel for addressing cyber threats and sharing best practices across the participating countries, Microsoft has launched the first Asia Pacific Public Sector Cyber Security Executive Council.
- Consisting of policy makers and influencers from Brunei, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, supported by cybersecurity professionals, the council aims to accelerate public-private partnerships in cybersecurity, share threat intelligence, Microsoft said in a statement .
China allows couples to have three children
- The change was approved during a politburo meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping.
- The decision in 2016 to relax China’s one-child policy and allow people to have a second child had failed to reverse the country’s falling birth rate as the high cost of raising children in Chinese cities deterred many couples from starting families.
- China’s once-a-decade census, released earlier this month, showed that 12 million babies were born in the past year, the lowest since 1961, during the Great Famine.
Equestrian Fouaad Mirza sealed his spot in Tokyo Olympics
- After a gap of almost two decades, India will field an athlete in an equestrian event after Fouaad Mirza qualified for Tokyo 2020, slated to get underway from July 23, 2021.
- Mirza sealed his spot for Tokyo 2020 after achieving the Minimum Eligibility Requirement (MER) on both his horses, Seigneur Medicott and Dajara, in the eventing competition in Baborowko, Poland on Sunday.
- The Indian finished second with Seigneur Medicott and third with Dajara to match the necessary MER and qualify for Tokyo 2020.
WHO Honours Dr. Harsh Vardhan for his Tobacco Control Efforts
- This year WHO Director-General Special award has been given to Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.
- Every year, the World Health Organization, WHO recognizes individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control.
- Director-General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that Dr Harsh Vardhan leadership was instrumental in the 2019 national legislation to ban E-cigarettes and heated tobacco products.
Book and Author
All You Need is Josh by Supriya Paul
- Supriya Paul, who made it to the Forbes list of self-made women in 2020, curates stories of some unique individuals in her new book with an aim to reach those who are searching for hope and comfort during these trying times.
- “All You Need Is Josh: Stories of Courage and Conviction in 21st-century India” is a collection of 30 awe-inspiring real life stories of people bracing odds and obstacles and achieving their dreams.
‘Savarkar: A contested Legacy (1924-1966) by Vikram Sampath
- Historian Vikram Sampath’s concluding volume on the life and works of Veer Savarkar will hit the stands on July 26, Penguin Random House India announced on the occasion of 138th birth anniversary of the Hindutva ideologue on Friday.
- The book, titled “Savarkar: A contested Legacy (1924-1966), will cover the story of one of the most contentious political thinkers of the 20th century from 1924 to 1966 — the year he died.
- The first volume, “Savarkar: Echoes from a Forgotten Past” released in 2019, covered Savarkar’s life from his birth in 1883 to his conditional release from prison in 1924.
Days and Dates
World Milk Day: 1st June
The World Milk Day is observed every year on 1 June to recognise the importance of milk as a global food. The main objective of this day is to focus on activities that are connected to the dairy sector.
The World Milk Day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations in 2001. The date, 1 June was chosen because many countries were observing the milk day during that time of the year.
Theme of World Milk Day 2021: ’Sustainability in the Dairy Sector’.
Global Day of Parents: 1st June
- Emphasizing the critical role of parents in the rearing of children, the Global Day of Parents recognizes that the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children. For the full and harmonious development of their personality, children should grow up in a family environment and in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.
- Designated by the General Assembly in 2012, Global Day of Parents provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents for their “selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.”
Other Important Affairs
- Scientists develop Artificial Synaptic Network that Mimics Human Brain.
- IIT Guwahati researchers design “smart windows” to cut carbon emissions.
- RBI cancels licence of Shivajirao Bhosale Sahakari Bank.
- Adar Poonawalla appointed chairman of Magma Fincorp.