1. NTPC to set up India’s largest solar power plant at Rann of Kutch
- NTPC Limited, formerly known as National Thermal Power Corporation Limited, is an Indian government-owned electric utility company. It engaged in the business of generation of electricity and allied activities.
- Founded: 1975
- Headquarters: New Delhi, India
2. Singapore unveils one of world’s biggest floating solar farms
- The solar farm could help to reduce carbon emissions by about 32 kilo tonnes annually, comparable to taking 7,000 cars off the roads, according to a joint statement by the company and Singapore’s national water agency PUB.
- Currency: Singapore dollar
- Halimah Yacob is the incumbent president of Singapore
3. IFSCA established as unified regulator to regulate financial products, services & institutions
- The Expert Committee is being co-chaired by Kaku Nakhate, President and Country Head (India), Bank of America and Mr. Gopalan Srinivasan, Ex-CMD, New India Assurance Company Limited.
- The committee members comprise of leaders from the entire longevity finance ecosystem including from areas such as banking, insurance, wealth management, FinTech, legal, compliance and management consultancy.
- The International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) has been established on April 27, 2020 under the International Financial Services Centres Authority Act, 2019. It is headquartered at GIFT City, Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
4. Gallantry Awards Portal and NCC to maintain and honour the statues of war heroes of India
- The National Cadet Corps is the youth wing of the Indian Armed Forces with its headquarters in New Delhi, India.
- Director General: Lt. Gen. Tarun Kumar Aich
- Founded: 16 April 1948
- Post-independence, first three gallantry awards namely Param Vir Chakra, Maha Vir Chakra and Vir Chakra were instituted by the Government of India on 26th January, 1950 which were deemed to have effect from the 15th August, 1947.
- Thereafter, other three gallantry awards i.e. Ashoka Chakra Class-I, Ashoka Chakra Class-II and Ashoka Chakra Class-III were instituted by the Government of India on 4th January, 1952, which were deemed to have effect from the 15th August, 1947. These awards were renamed as Ashoka Chakra, Kirti Chakra and Shaurya Chakra respectively in January, 1967.
5. Ladakh signed MoU with Sikkim to turn the UT organic by 2025
- In the first phase, 85 villages have been identified with an aim to convert 5000 hectares of land into organic and in the 2nd phase, 82 villages will be covered with an area of 10,000 hectares and under the 3rd phase, the department has selected 79 villages which will cover the remaining areas. Sikkim is the first state that is 100 per cent organic with all of its farmland certified organic.
- The use and sale of chemical fertilizers and pesticides are banned in Sikkim.
- Capital: Gangtok
- Governor: Ganga Prasad
- Chief minister: Prem Singh Tamang
6. EU unveils sweeping climate change plan
- The targets are part of a global effort to tackle climate change by cutting atmospheric pollution, especially carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
- The Paris climate deal, signed in 2016, aims to keep global temperature rise well under 2C and preferably within a maximum rise of 1.5C to prevent the worst effects of climate change.
- The European Union is a political and economic union of 27 member states that are located primarily in Europe. The union has a total area of 4,233,255.3 km² and an estimated total population of about 447 million.
- Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium
7. Cabinet approves pact with Russia on cooperation for coking coal
- Russia, or the Russian Federation, is a country spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It is the largest country in the world, covering over 17 million square kilometres, and encompassing more than one-eighth of Earth’s inhabited land area.
- President: Vladimir Putin
- Capital: Moscow
- Currency: Russian ruble
8. UAE becomes 1st gulf state to open embassy in Israel
- Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham
- Capital: Abu Dhabi
- President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
- President: Isaac Herzog
- Capital: Jerusalem
- Prime minister: Naftali Bennett
9. Number of oath-takers increased from three to six in Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony
- The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and branded as Tokyo 2020, is an upcoming international multi-sport event scheduled to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
- Events: 339 in 33 sports (50 disciplines)
- Motto: United by Emotion
10. The Great Big Lion by Child Prodigy Knight
- Knight, who is currently residing in Canada, learnt how to read at the age of one, started writing the story of “The Great Big Lion” in her notebook when she was three years old. She then shared it with her family and became determined to do the artwork with the motivation of getting the book published.
- Now seven-years-old, she hopes to inspire children all around the world to embrace the magic in books.