1. India set to organisetwo day summit on Green Hydrogen Initiatives involving BRICS nations.
- BRICS is the acronym coined to associate five major emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The BRICS members are known for their significant influence on regional affairs. Since 2009, the governments of the BRICS states have met annually at formal summits.
- Founded: June 2006
- Headquarters: BRICS Tower
2. Ministry of Culture to host Yoga drive at 75 heritage sites on International Yoga Day
- The International Day of yoga has been celebrated annually on 21 June since 2015, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice which originated in India. The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in his UN address suggested the date of 21 June, as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares a special significance in many parts of the world.
3. Fleet Awards Function 2021
- INS Sahyadri was adjudged as the Best Ship of the Eastern Fleet amongst Capital ships, INS Kamorta as the Most Spirited Ship for displaying indomitable spirit and grit whilst undertaking a plethora of challenging missions and Best Corvette trophy as jointly won by IN Ships Kiltan and Khukri amongst Corvettes and similar classes of ships.
- Every year, India celebrates December 4 as Navy Day.
4. Ebrahim Raisi elected as new President of Iran
- Iran, also called Persia, and officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia.
- Supreme leader: Ali Khamenei
- Official language: Persian
- Capital: Tehran
- Currency: Iranian rial
5. United Nations condemns coup in Myanmar and calls for arms embargo
- Ms Suu Kyi, has been held under house arrest since the coup, and little has been seen or heard of her, with the exception of brief court appearances.
- The military has justified seizing power in February, alleging voter fraud in General Elections held last November. But, independent election monitors say the election was largely free and fair and the charges against Suu Kyi have been widely criticised as politically motivated.
- Capital: Naypyitaw
- Currency: Myanmar kyat
6. Summit for Vaccine Internationalism
- Progressive International is convening a Summit for Vaccine Internationalism from 18-21 June. Progressive governments from around the world are meeting to design a new global health system based on solidarity, not charity.
- Participants include Rogelio Mayta, Foreign Minister of Bolivia, Carla Vizzotti, Health Minister of Argentina and Regla Pardo Angulo, Deputy Minister for Public Health in Cuba; along with political figures from the UK, Canada, Vietnam, Indonesia and representatives from pharmaceutical manufacturers in the Global South.
7.World’s Third Largest Diamond Unearthed in Botswana
- Capital: Gaborone
- President: Mokgweetsi Masisi
- Currency: Botswana pula
8. Romania to miss Tokyo 2020 after year’s ban from weightlifting
- Romania becomes the fourth country barred from the Tokyo weightlifting competition after Egypt, Malaysia and Thailand, which were also excluded over doping-related issues.
- Capital: Bucharest
- Currency: Romanian leu
- President: Klaus Iohannis
- The International Weightlifting Federation, headquartered in Lausanne, is the international governing body for the sport of Olympic weightlifting.
- The IWF was founded in 1905, and has 192 Member Federations.
- The IWF Interim President is Michael Irani of Great Britain.
9. Sports Ministry to establish 1,000 Khelo India Centres
- To build the country-wide network of Khelo India Centres, existing SAI extension centres will be given the option of converting into a KIC and recruiting a past champion to avail the financial grant under the scheme.
- Founded: 27 May 2000
- Officeholder: Kiren Rijiju (MOS independent charge)
10. Milkha Singh passed away
- Honorary Captain Milkha Singh was an Indian track and field sprinter who was introduced to the sport while serving in the Indian Army.
- He was the only athlete to win gold in 400 metres race at the Asian Games as well as the Commonwealth Games.
- He also won gold medals in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games.
- The Flying Sikh represented India in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
- He was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in recognition of his sporting achievements.
11. World Sauntering Day: 19th June
- The holiday was created in 1979 by W.T. Rabe in response to the growing popularity of jogging. It is believed to have begun at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan, USA. The idea behind the day was to encourage people to slow down and appreciate the world around them.
- In some places, World Sauntering Day is celebrated on August 28.
12. World Refugee Day: 20th June
- World Refugee Day is an international day organized every year on 20 June by the United Nations. It is designed to celebrate and honour refugees from around the world.
- The day was first established on 20 June 2001, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.
- The theme of World Refugee Day 2021 is Together we heal, learn and shine.
13. International Yoga Day: 21st June
- The idea of an International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on 27 September 2014.
- On 11 December 2014, India’s Permanent Representative Asoke Mukherji introduced the draft resolution in the United Nations General Assembly. The draft text received broad support from 177 Member States who sponsored the text, which was adopted without a vote. This initiative found support from many global leaders. A total of 177 nations co-sponsored the resolution, which is the highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA resolution of such nature.