1. New type of ancient human discovered in Israel
Tel Aviv University
- President: Ariel Porat
- Founded: 1956
- Capital: Jerusalem
- Prime minister: Naftali Bennett
- President: Reuven Rivlin
- Currency: Israeli Shekel
2. India Smart Cities Awards 2020
- The awards commemorated six years of the Union government’s three initiatives to spur urban development: Smart Cities Mission (SCM), Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U).
- Chandigarh took top honours among union territories, while Indore won the Innovative Idea Award for its ‘Carbon Credit Financing Mechanism’.
- Ahmedabad bagged the Smart Cities Leadership Award, followed by Varanasi and Ranchi in the second and third spots respectively.
- The top nine performing cities awarded a four-star rating are Surat, Indore, Ahmedabad, Pune, Vijayawada, Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Vadodara.
3. INS Tabar deployed for naval exercises in Africa, Europe till September
- INS Tabar is the third of the Talwar-class frigate of the Indian Navy. The frigate was commissioned on 19 April 2004 in Kaliningrad, Russia with Captain Biswajit Dasgupta. INS Tabar, a vessel in the Talwar class to be armed with supersonic BrahMos anti-ship cruise missiles. She is also equipped with Barak 1 missiles.
- Length: 125 m
- Construction started: 26 May 2000
- Launched: 25 May 2001
- Commissioned: 19 April 2004
- Motto: “Guts and Glory”
4. PM Modi inaugurates Zen Garden, Kaizen Academy in Ahmedabad
- It is a joint endeavour of the Japan Information and Study Centre at AMA and Indo-Japan Friendship Association (IJFA), Gujarat, supported by the Hyogo International Association (HIA), Japan.
- Capital: Gandhinagar
- Governor: Acharya Devvrat
- Chief minister: Vijay Rupani
5. Japan supports India to build Cold Chain System to fight COVID-19 pandemic
- Japan has led the operationalisation of the COVAX Facility as an international mechanism for the procurement of vaccines, and recently announced USD 800 million of financial contribution in addition to existing USD 200 million, the statement said.
- Emperor: Naruhito
- Capital: Tokyo
- Currency: Japanese yen
- Prime minister: Yoshihide Suga
6. Bangladesh scraps 10 coal-based power plants over environmental worries
- Since 2008, Bangladesh had approved the construction of 18 coal-based power plants. Now 10 of them have been cancelled.
Plants to be scrapped
- Two 660 MW coal-based power plants in Patuakhali
- 1,200 MW super thermal power plant in north Bangladesh
- 522 MW coal-based power plant project in Mawa
- 282 MW coal-based power plant project in Dhaka
- 282 MW coal-based power plant project in Chattogram
- 565 MW coal-based power plant project in Khulna
- 1,320 MW coal-based power plant construction project in Moheshkhali
- 700 MW Bangladesh-Singapore ultra super critical coal-based power plant construction project
- 1,200 MW CPGCBL-Sumitoma ultra super critical coal-based power plant construction project
7. Sajan Prakash creates history, becomes first-ever Indian swimmer to make Olympic ‘A’ cut
- Swimming has been a sport at every modern Summer Olympics. It has been open to women since 1912. Along with track & field athletics and gymnastics, it is one of the most popular spectator sports at the Games. Swimming has the second-highest number of Olympic events (after athletics).
- Events: 339 in 33 sports (50 disciplines)
- Motto: United by Emotion
8. Archery World Cup Stage 3: Deepika Kumari completes hat-trick of gold medals in Paris
- The World Archery Championships are a series of competitions in Archery organised by the World Archery Federation. The first competition held under that title took place in 1931.
- The World Archery Federation is the governing body of the sport of archery. It is based in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is composed of 156 national federations and other archery associations, and is recognised by the International Olympic Committee.
- Founded: 4 September 1931, Lviv, Ukraine
9. Hockey India nominates Sreejesh, Deepika for Khel Ratna Award
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
- The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, officially known as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in Sports and Games, is the highest sporting honour of the Republic of India. The award is named after Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India who served the office from 1984 to 1989.
- It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The recipient(s) is/are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and is honoured for their “spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports over a period of four years” at international level. As of 2020, the award comprises a medallion, a certificate, and a cash prize of ₹25 lakh.
Dhyan Chand Award
- The Dhyan Chand Award, officially known as Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement in Sports and Games, is the lifetime achievement sporting honour of the Republic of India. The award is named after Dhyan Chand (1905–79), an Indian field hockey player who scored more than 1000 goals during a career which spanned over 20 years from 1926 to 1948.
- It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Recipients are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and are honoured for their contributions to sport both during their active sporting career and after retirement. As of 2020, the award comprises a statuette, a certificate, ceremonial dress, and a cash prize of ₹10 lakh
- The Dronacharya Award, officially known as Dronacharya Award for Outstanding Coaches in Sports and Games, is sports coaching honour of the Republic of India. The award is named after Drona, often referred as “Dronacharya” or “Guru Drona”, a character from the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata of ancient India. He was master of advanced military warfare and was appointed as the royal preceptor to the Kaurava and the Pandava princes for their training in military arts and astras (Divine weapons).
- It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Recipients are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and are honoured to have done “outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis and enabled sportspersons to excel in international events” over a period of four years. Two awards are designated for the lifetime contribution in coaching where the achievements in producing “outstanding sportspersons” over a period of 20 years or more are considered. As of 2020, the award comprises a bronze statuette of Dronacharya, a certificate, ceremonial dress, and a cash prize of ₹15 lakh
10. International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: 26th June
- The day June 26 was chosen by the UN General Assembly, on December 7, 1987, as International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking by its resolution 42/112. The assembly made the decision to observe this day as an expression of its resolution to make international society free of drug abuse.
11. World MSME Day: June 27
- According to data from the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), formal and informal MSMEs account for 70% of total employment and 50% of GDP in most middle-income countries. The United Nations General Assembly, in its 74th Plenary on April 6, 2017, designated June 27th as Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises Day, recognizing the significance of MSMEs in attaining sustainable development objectives and encouraging innovation, creativity, and sustainability of work for all.