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Current Affairs (17 JUNE 2021)


· Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment inaugurated 14 Cross-Disability Early Intervention Centres on 17 June 2021These are located at 7 National Institutes and 7 Composite Regional Centres

· Paytm has hired four banks including JPMorgan Chase & Co and Goldman Sachs Group Inc for its proposed initial public offeringThat would make it India’s largest IPO

· Minister of Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda launched the Adi Prashikshan Portal on 16 June 2021The portal will act as a central repository of all training programs conducted by Tribal Research Institutes (TRIs).

· The International Cricket Council (ICC) has signed up digital stockbroking firm Upstox as its official partner

· As a strategy to reduce logistics costs on-road transportation, the Dept of Commerce, Logistics Division has developed a risk-based approach on the implementation of smart enforcement of rules and regulations related to road-based violations by trucks

· Google has announced a ₹113 crore grant towards covid-19 relief efforts in India, including setting up oxygen generation plants and improving healthcare infrastructure in rural areasThe grant will be given to NGOs GiveIndia and PATH

· IndusInd Bank has announced the launch of ‘IndusEasyCredit

· In Puducherry, the BJP legislator Embalam Selvam was elected unopposed as the Speaker of the 15th Legislative Assembly on 16 June’21

· The Maharashtra govt has completed the construction of nearly 3 lakh 23 thousand houses for the rural region and handed over the possession to the beneficiaries

· NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) leaders have expanded the use of their all for one, one for all, mutual defense clause to include a collective response to attacks in space

· Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin has inaugurated a new scheme for children who have lost their parents due to COVIDThe scheme assures a five lakh rupees deposit and takes care of their education until they attain 18 years of age

· Net Direct Tax collections have grown at a healthy pace despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemicThey have increased over 100% in this fiscal year in comparison to the corresponding period of last financial year

· The government of Bangladesh has authorized Johnson and Johnson single-dose
COVID vaccine for emergency use in the countryJohnson and Johnson had received the approval of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in March 2021

· US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have agreed to resume arms control talksThey have also agreed to return ambassadors to each other’s capitals after they were withdrawn earlier in 2021

· Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus on 16 June 2021 through video conferencing

· India has signed an agreement extending a US$ 100 million Line of Credit (LOC) to Sri Lanka for projects in the solar energy sector

· Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to double the District Capex Budget for the current fiscalIt has allocated over 12,600 crore rupees, which is more than double compared to the previous year’s budget of 5134 crore rupees

· Union Cabinet has approved the splitting of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and its 41 factories into seven corporate entities on the lines of Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSU).

· Bangladesh will set up an international institute for vaccine production including COVID-19

· Microsoft Corp on 16 June 2021 named Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella as its new Chairman, in place of John Thompson

· The Union cabinet has increased the nutrient-based subsidy (NBS) rates for phosphatic and potassic (P&K) fertilizers including diammonium phosphate (DAP).

· Former World No 4 tennis player, Kiki Bertens announced on 16 June 2021 that she will retire at the end of the 2021 season

· Ladakh Union Territory administration is planning to launch a network of Community Radios by early 2022.The network would have a central studio and 48 transmission locations with priority to connect the unconnected areas of the region.

· China launched three astronauts as its first crew to its new Tiangong space station on June 17, 2021, the country’s 1st manned spaceflight in nearly five years.

· Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has launched TV Channel Selector Portal.This portal will facilitate those subscribers who do not own a mobile phone but want to use a web browser for the selection of TV channels.

· Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a Customized Crash Course Programme for COVID-19 Frontline Workers on 18 June 2021.

· 3 Centers of Excellence (COEs) were inaugurated in Karnataka under Indo-Israel Agricultural Project (IIAP), on 16 June 2021.These are COE Kolar for mango, COE Bagalkote for pomegranate, and COE Dharwad for vegetables.

· A three-day virtual Conference of BRICS Network Universities on the theme of electric mobility was inaugurated at IIT Bombay on 16 June 2021.

· A busy road in MP’s Indore city has been declared a ‘Covisafe road’.The road from Lantern Chouraha to Janjeerwala Chouraha in the city was declared a “Covisafe road” by state Water Resources Minister Tulsiram Silawat.

· Germany and Australia have signed a bilateral alliance on hydrogen production and trade to try to facilitate a renewable energy-based hydrogen supply chain between the two countries.

· US President Joe Biden and UK PM Johnson have signed a new version of the ‘Atlantic Charter’

· The Union Cabinet has approved Deep Ocean Mission to study biodiversity, the impact of climate change, and establish an offshore marine station to explore the source of thermal energy.

· The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India have signed a $484 million loan.

· Wipro has joined the World Economic Forum’s Partnership for New Work Standards initiative.

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