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Facts- 25th June

1. Sanjay Dhotre launches Rapid Antigen Test kit for COVID-19 developed by IIT Delhi

  • The concept of IIT was first introduced by Sh. N.M. Sircar, then member of Education on Viceroy’s executive council. Following his recommendations, the first Indian Institute of Technology was established in the year 1950 in Kharagpur.
  • Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) is a public technical and research university located in Hauz Khas in South Delhi, Delhi, India. It is one of the oldest Indian Institutes of Technology in India.
  • Established in 1961, was formally inaugurated August 1961 by Prof. Humayun Kabir, Minister of Scientific Research & Cultural Affairs.
  • In 2018 IIT Delhi was also given the status of Institution of Eminence (IoE) by Government of India which granted almost-full autonomy.

2. Extended range Pinaka rocket system successfully test-fired by DRDO

  • The DRDO also successfully test fired enhanced range versions of indigenously developed 122mm Caliber Rocket from a Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher at Integrated Test Range, Chandipur.
  • Four enhanced range version of 122mm rockets were test fired with full instrumentation and they met the complete mission objectives.
  • These rockets have been developed for Army applications and can destroy targets up to 40 km.


  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation is the premier agency under the Department of Defence Research and Development in Ministry of Defence of the Government of India, charged with the military’s research and development, headquartered in Delhi, India.
  • Founded: 1958

3. NSDC-WhatsApp launch programme to train youth in digital skills


  • National Skill Development Corporation is a not-for-profit public limited company incorporated on July 31, 2008 under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956. NSDC was set up by Ministry of Finance as Public Private Partnership model.
  • CEO: Manish Kumar
  • Headquarters: New Delhi


  • Original author(s): Brian Acton, Jan Koum
  • Developer(s): WhatsApp LLC (Facebook, Inc.)
  • Initial release: January 2009

4. Odisha partners with UN WFP to empower, support women through SHGs


  • The World Food Programme is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations. It is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, the largest one focused on hunger and food security, and the largest provider of school meals.
  • Founded in 1961, it is headquartered in Rome and has offices in 80 countries.


  • A self-help group is a financial intermediary committee usually composed of 10 to 25 local women between the ages of 18 and 40. Most self-help groups are in India, though they can be found in other countries, especially in South Asia and Southeast Asia.

5. China operationalizes first electric bullet train in Tibet’s Nyingchi

  • The Sichuan-Tibet Railway starts from Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, and travels through Ya’an and enters Tibet via Qamdo, shortening the journey from Chengdu to Lhasa from 48 hours to 13 hours.
  • Nyingchi is prefecture-level city of Medog which is adjacent to the Arunachal Pradesh border.
  • China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet, which is firmly rejected by India. The India-China border dispute covers the 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC).

6. Pakistan continues to remain on FATF ‘grey list’

  • Pakistan was put on the FATF grey list three years ago and has been trying since to get out of this list. FATF’s latest decision means the nation will continue to face difficulties in its endeavour to access finances in the form of investments and aid from international bodies including the International Monetary Fund.
  • The Financial Action Task Force, also known by its French name, Groupe d’action financière, is an intergovernmental organisation founded in 1989 on the initiative of the G7 to develop policies to combat money laundering. In 2001, its mandate was expanded to include terrorism financing.
  • Headquarters: Paris, France
  • President: Marcus Pleyer
  • Membership: 39

7. Global bodies launch platform to tackle COVID-19 pandemic


  • The World Trade Organization is an intergovernmental organization that regulates and facilitates international trade between nations.
  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Membership: 164 member states
  • Founded: 1 January 1995
  • Director-General: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala


  • The World Intellectual Property Organization is one of the 15 specialized agencies of the United Nations.
  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Founded: 14 July 1967
  • Head: Daren Tang; Director General


  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Founded: 7 April 1948
  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

8. Security, terrorism discussed at SCO meet: MEA

  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, or Shanghai Pact, is a Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance, the creation of which was announced on 15 June 2001 in Shanghai, China.
  • Secretary General: Vladimir Norov
  • Headquarters: Beijing, China

9. International Day of the Seafarer: 25th June

  • IMO adopted a resolution to observe the Day of the Seafarers in the year 2010. The first International Day of the Seafarer was observed on 25 June 2011. It is now part of the annual list of United Nations Observances.
  • The campaign for International Day of the Seafarer 2021 has been encourages governments from around the world to support seafarers amid the pandemic. It also calls for a fair future for them.
  • On this day, IMO asks people from around the world to acknowledge and thank seafarers for their important contribution to world trade.

10. Saurabh Chaudhary settles for bronze in men’s 10 meters air pistol

  • The International Shooting Sport Federation is the governing body of the Olympic Shooting events in rifle, pistol and shotgun disciplines, and of several non-Olympic Shooting sport events.
  • Headquarters: Munich, Germany
  • Founded: 1907
  • President: Vladimir Lisin
  • Membership: 150 regions