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Facts- 29th June

1. Abu Dhabi Introduces Facial Covid Scanners

  • The scanner was developed by EDE Research Institute Abu Dhabi, a unit of International Holding Company.
  • The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates, is a country in Western Asia located at the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula.
  • Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham
  • President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

2. India raises Jammu air base attack at UN, says use of drones by terrorists needs attention

UN

  • Headquarters: New York, New York, United States
  • Founded: 24 October 1945, San Francisco, California, United States
  • Secretary general: António Guterres

3. Govt plans to link e-courts with land records to ease property registration

  • The Department of Justice in the Law Ministry has requested the registrars general of all the high courts to provide clearance to state governments to integrate land records and registration database with eCourts and National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) for speedy disposal of property disputes.
  • Eight high courts have so far responded. These are Tripura, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland and Himachal Pradesh.
  • Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Law and Justice

4. Mobile World Congress 2021

  • Mobile World Congress, better known as MWC Barcelona, is an annual event focused on innovations in the telecom industry. Hosted by GSMA, the flagship event is attended by the major telecom operators, smartphone companies, component manufacturers, trade insiders, media, and representatives from telecom ministries around the world.

5. Stolen Picasso painting found nine years after elaborate Athens art heist

  • The Picasso painting, a portrait of a woman in his signature cubist style, was given to the National Gallery by the artist himself back in 1949.
  • Pablo Ruiz Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre designer who spent most of his adult life in France.
  • Pablo Picasso was the most dominant and influential artist of the first half of the 20th century. Associated most of all with pioneering Cubism, alongside Georges Braque, he also invented collage and made major contributions to Symbolism and Surrealism.

6. Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict: Street celebrations as rebels seize capital

  • The fighting between rebels and government has left thousands dead and has pushed 350,000 towards famine. More than two million people have been displaced.
  • Tigray Region is the northernmost regional state in Ethiopia. Tigray Region is the homeland of the Tigrayan, Irob and Kunama peoples. Tigray is also known as Region 1 according to the federal constitution. Its capital and largest city is Mekelle.
  • Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture.
  • Capital: Addis Ababa Trending
  • Currency: Ethiopian birr

7. China starts Baihetan Hydro Project

  • Baihetan was built by the China Three Gorges Corporation and is located on the border between the southwestern provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan. It is part of a cascade of dams on the Jinsha river, which is the upstream section of the Yangtze.
  • Though the Three Gorges Corporation said it was one of China’s biggest and most challenging engineering projects, with a dam height of 289 metres (948 feet), it has taken only four years to build.
  • The China Three Gorges Corporation is a Chinese state-owned power company, established on 27 September 1993. The company was responsible for the construction of the Three Gorges Dam-project, the world’s largest hydroelectric power plant, that went into operation in 2008.

Headquarters: Beijing, China

8. Sudirman Cup moved to Finland, World Tour Finals to Indonesia

Sudirman Cup

  • The Sudirman Cup is the world mixed team badminton championship which takes place every two years. It is held in the same venue for the IBF World Championships in the same year until International Badminton Federation decided to split the two tournaments starting from 2003.
  • Most titles: China (11 titles)
  • Founded: 1989

BWF

  • The Badminton World Federation is the international governing body for the sport of badminton recognised by the International Olympic Committee. It was founded in 1934 as the International Badminton Federation with nine member nations.
  • President: Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen
  • Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Membership: 194 member associations

9. Journalist P Sainath wins Japan’s Fukuoka Grand Prize

  • The Fukuoka Prize is an award established by the city of Fukuoka and the Fukuoka City International Foundation to honor the outstanding work of individuals or organizations in preserving or creating Asian culture.
  • The award is given in three categories: Academic Prize, Culture Prize and the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize is considered the biggest among them. The last Indian to be awarded the prize was A. R. Rahman (2016).
  • Historian Romila Thapar and Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan were awarded the prize in Academic and Cultural category.
  • First awarded: 1990

10. Fiercely Female: The Dutee Chand Story

  • Published by Westland Books, the book will be released on 22 June on ‘SoftCover’ —ThePrint’s e-venue to launch select non-fiction books.
  • Coming from a small village in Odisha, Dutee Chand went on to hold the national record in the women’s 100 metres and is only the fifth Indian to participate in the women’s 100 metres at the Olympics when she qualified for the 2016 Rio Games.

11. National Statistics Day: 29th June

  • In recognition of honouring the legendary person, the late Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, the Government of India has decided to designate June 29 as Statistics Day at a national level. He was an expert in the field of economic planning and statistics.
  • The National Statistical Commission of India is an autonomous body which formed in June 2005 under the recommendation of Rangarajan commission. The NSC is currently headed by Prof. Bimal K. Roy who was appointed as Chairperson of the Commission on 15th July 2019 for a period of three years.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi