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Facts- 21st June

1. PM Modi launches ‘WHO M-Yoga’ App

  • The idea of International Yoga Day was conceived by PM Modi, who proposed the concept on September 27, 2014, during his speech at the UN General Assembly. The resolution to adopt June 21 as International Yoga Day was introduced in the UN by India’s Ambassador, Ashoke Kumar Mukerji. The resolution had received support from 177 nations, the highest number of co-sponsors for any UN Resolution. Currently, countries ranging from Canada to the USA participate in this event.
  • Jointly developed by the Ministry of Ayush and the World Health Organisation, the mYoga app aims to bring assisted yoga training to everyone with a smartphone for free without needing any signing in.

2. SEBI reconstitutes Takeover Panel

  • The other members of the panel are Darius Khambata (former advocate general, Maharashtra) and Thomas Mathew T (former chairman of Life Insurance Corporation of India).
  • Sebi had first constituted a four-member Takeover Panel in November 2007, under chairmanship of former Bank of Baroda chairman K Kannan.
  • It was established on 12 April 1988 and given Statutory Powers on 30 January 1992 through the SEBI Act, 1992.
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Agency executive: Ajay Tyagi (Chairperson)

3. India receives $64 billion FDI in 2020, fifth largest recipient of inflows in world: UN

  • The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development was established in 1964 as a permanent intergovernmental body. UNCTAD is the part of the United Nations Secretariat dealing with trade, investment, and development issues.
  • Headquarter location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Formation: 30 December 1964

4. Swedish PM Lofven ousted in parliament no-confidence vote

  • Lofven, 63, is the first Swedish Prime Minister to be ousted by a no-confidence motion put forward by the opposition.
  • Capital: Stockholm
  • Currency: Swedish krona

5. Iran’s Sole Nuclear Power Plant Undergoes Emergency Shutdown

  • Bushehr is fueled by uranium produced in Russia and it is monitored by the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency.
  • President: Hassan Rouhani
  • Capital: Tehran
  • Currency: Iranian rial
  • Supreme leader: Ali Khamenei

6. Govt announces setting up of five ‘Divyangta Khel Kendras’

  • The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is a Government of India ministry. It is responsible for welfare, social justice and empowerment of disadvantaged and marginalised sections of society.
  • The Ministry of Welfare adopted the name Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in May 1998. In October 1999, the Tribal Development Division left the ministry to become its own ministry, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. In January 2007, the Minorities Division and the Wakf Unit were moved out of the ministry to form the Ministry of Minority Affairs and the Child Development Division left the ministry to form the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Ministers responsible:

  • Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Cabinet Minister
  • Krishan Pal Gurjar, Minister of State
  • Ramdas Athawale, Minister of State
  • Rattan Lal Kataria, Minister of State

7. 7 Sins of Being a Mother by Tahira Kashyap

  • Last year, the filmmaker had released 12 Commandments of Being A Woman, which she finished writing during the coronavirus -induced lockdown.
  • The writer has also penned books like Cracking The Code: My Journey in Bollywood and Souled Out.
  • Kashyap Khurrana, who wrote and directed last year’s short film Pinni, is awaiting the release of the Netflix anthology Feels Like Ishq, in which she has directed a segment.

8. Indian-American chemist Sumita Mitra wins European Inventor Award 2021

  • The award, one of Europe’s most prestigious innovation prizes, it is presented to recognise outstanding inventors from Europe and beyond.
  • The European Inventor Award or European Inventor awards (formerly European Inventor of the Year Award, renamed in 2010), are presented annually by the European Patent Office, sometimes supported by the respective Presidency of the Council of the European Union and by the European Commission, to inventors who have made a significant contribution to innovation, economy and society in Europe. Inventions from all technological fields are considered for this award. The winners in each category are presented with an award shaped like a sail. There is no cash prize associated with the award.

9. World Hydrography Day: 21st June

  • In 2005, the IHO proposed a World Hydrography Day, which was approved by the United Nations General Assembly in response to A/RES/60/30 Oceans and the Law of the Sea. The day selected to mark the day also celebrates the anniversary of the International Hydrographic Organization’s establishment.
  • The International Hydrographic Bureau was founded in 1921 with the goal of providing a framework for government dialogue on issues such as safe navigation, performance standards, and maritime environmental preservation. It was renamed the International Hydrographic Organization in 1970. (IHO).
  • Headquarters location: Monte Carlo, Monaco.

10. World Music Day: 21st June

  • World Music Day was first celebrated in France in 1982. The Minister of Art and Culture, Jack Lange, gave this festival a green light, along with a renowned French composer named Maurice Fleuret. Every year, it is celebrated on the day of the summer solstice, which is June 21. The aim behind this was to bring people out on the streets and enjoy themselves listening to the music, however they like it.
  • Since then, around 120 countries in the world celebrate this incredible day.