1. World’s first wooden satellite to be launched from New Zealand
- The satellite will be launched from New Zealand on a rocket Electron developed by Rocket Lab, an American aerospace manufacturer. The pre-flight testing of WISA Woodsat indicates that it will survive in an orbit as high as 500-600 kilometres, despite its exposure to atomic oxygen. However, unfiltered ultraviolet sunlight will darken the wood, as per scientists’ anticipation.
- Capital: Wellington
- Prime minister: Jacinda Ardern
2. Union Health Minister Addresses Global Yoga Conference 2021
- The 7th International Day of Yoga will be celebrated on 21st June of this month.
- The event was organised by ‘MokshayatanYogSansthan’ along with the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India &Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
- Yoga’s origins can be traced to northern India over 5,000 years ago. The word yoga was first mentioned in ancient sacred texts called the Rig Veda.
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali date from the 2nd century BCE, and gained prominence in the West in the 20th century after being first introduced by Swami Vivekananda.
3. India is 14th Most Charitable Country
- More than half (55 per cent) of the world’s adults – or 3 billion people – reported helping someone they didn’t know in 2020. The report says, Scores for India rapidly improved between 2017 and 2019, and this improvement was maintained during 2020. The improvement in India is seen across all the age groups and amongst both men and women. 61 per cent of Indians helped strangers; 34 per cent volunteered; and 36 per cent donated money.
- The Charities Aid Foundation is a registered UK charity. CAF provides services and assistance to UK and international charities and their donors, and promotes general donation to charities.
- Founder: National Council of Social Service
- Founded: 1974
- Headquarters: Kings Hill, Kent, UK
- Chief Executive of CAF India: Meenakshi Batra
4. Ujjivan Small Finance Bank collaborates with MoEngage
- MoEngage is a customer engagement platform, headquartered in San Francisco, California, United States with offices in Bengaluru, Jakarta, London, and Berlin, founded in 2014.
- The company offers a marketing automation platform that helps businesses improve customer engagement.
- Ujjivan Financial Services Limited (UFSL) commenced operations as an NBFC in 2005, with the mission to provide a full range of financial services to the ‘economically active poor’ who were not adequately served by financial institutions.
- On receipt of License from RBI, UFSL set up Ujjivan Small Finance Bank (USFB) and USFB commenced its Banking operations from February 1, 2017.
5. NATO Summit 2021
- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 30 European and North American countries. The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949.
- Founded: 4 April 1949, Washington, D.C., United States
- Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium
6. ICC announces prize money for World Test Championships
- The International Cricket Council is the world governing body of cricket. It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 1909 by representatives from Australia, England and South Africa. It was renamed as the International Cricket Conference in 1965, and took up its current name in 1987.
- Deputy Chairman: Imran Khwaja
- Chairman: Greg Barclay
- Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- CEO: Manu Sawhney
- Motto: Cricket for good
7. ICC Hall of Fame induction
The stalwarts, who have made great contribution to the game and were inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame are:
- Aubrey Faulkner of South Africa and Monty Noble of Australia (Early Cricket Era, prior to 1918);
- Sir Learie Constantine of West Indies and Stan McCabe of Australia (Inter-War Era, 1918-1945);
- Ted Dexter of England and Vinoo Mankad of India (Post-War Era, 1946-1970);
- Desmond Haynes of West Indies and Bob Willis of England (ODI Era, 1971-1995);
- Andy Flower of Zimbabwe and Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka (Modern Cricket Era, 1996-2015).
8. Suresh Raina releases his autobiography ‘Believe’
- ‘Believe’ is also a tell-tale of insights Suresh Raina acquired from MS Dhoni, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar amongst others. In the book, he narrated the importance of hope, love, work and camaraderie that made him one of the most revered white-ball batsmen in the world.
9. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: 15th June
- The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) established World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which is marked on June 15 each year since 2006.
- It was declared as a day for the elimination of elder abuse by the United Nations in 2011.
- The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) is an international nongovernmental organization which was founded in 1997 and has consultative status with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
10. World Wind Day: 15th June
- Global Wind Day was first inaugurated back in 2007 as ‘Wind Day.’ The current name was given only two years later in 2009. This day was the brainchild of the European Wind Energy Association that had 18 countries from the continent. Around 35,000 have taken part in it and more people become a part of this every year.