13th & 14th June 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of Thirteenth and 14th June 2021 protecting the next information headlines: International Albinism Awareness, UNCTAD, World Blood Donor Day, EnVision, French Open Tennis.

National News

  1. Ministry of Ayush Launches ‘Namaste Yoga’ App

  • The Ministry of Ayush organised a curtain raiser occasion for the seventh International Day of Yoga. The occasion was organised by the Ministry of Ayush in affiliation with Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY).
  • The occasion introduced collectively a number of Yoga Gurus and skilled Yoga exponents on the digital platform, to enchantment to the world neighborhood to undertake Yoga of their day by day life for the betterment of each the person self and mankind.
  • The occasion underlined the significance of the central theme of IDY 2021 “Be With Yoga, Be At Home”. As part of the occasion, a cell software dedicated to Yoga named “Namaste Yoga”, was additionally launched.
  • The Namaste Yoga” app has been designed as an info platform for the general public, with the purpose to boost consciousness about yoga and make it accessible for the bigger neighborhood.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Minister of State (IC) of the Ministry of Ayush: Shripad Yesso Naik.

International News

2. Israel will turn into the World’s First Mask-Free Country from June 15

  • Israel will turn into the world’s first mask-free nation within the Corona interval. Here the rule of making use of masks in closed locations will finish from June 15. This was introduced by Israel’s Health Minister Yuli Edelstein. The rule of making use of masks outdoors has already been abolished within the nation.
  • However, most restrictions associated to overseas journey haven’t but been lifted. For instance, journey to 9 international locations continues to be banned. There is a rule of quarantine for travellers coming from these international locations. His corona check can also be being performed.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Israel Prime minister: Benjamin Netanyahu;
  • Israel Capital: Jerusalem; Currency: Israeli Shekel.

Appointments News

3. Biotechnology firm MyLab appoints Akshay Kumar as model ambassador

  • Bollywood celebrity, Akshay Kumar has been appointed as the brand new model ambassador of biotechnology firm Mylab Discovery Solutions.
  • This announcement comes days after the Pune-based agency launched the nation’s first COVID-19 self-test equipment “CoviSelf”.
  • The partnership with Akshay is geared toward creating consciousness for Mylab’s merchandise and kits similar to CoviSelf.

4. Rebeca Grynspan appointed as Secretary-General of UNCTAD

  • The U.N. General Assembly has permitted the appointment of Costa Rican economist Rebecca Grynspan, because the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
  • She will serve a four-year time period of workplace. She is the primary lady and Central American to go UNCTAD. She was nominated as Secretary-General by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
  • Grynspan would change Isabelle Durant, who’s serving as performing Secretary-General since 15 February 2021. Prior to this, Grynspan served as UNDP’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean and second vp of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • UNCTAD Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
  • UNCTAD Founded: 30 December 1964.

Economy News

5. India ties with Russia as 4th largest foreign exchange reserves holder

  • As per Reserve Bank of India’s information, the overseas trade reserves of India has crossed  $600 billion marks for the primary time.
  • The Forex reserve of India elevated by USD 6.842 billion to $605.008 billion within the week ended June 04, 2021.
  • This is the lifetime excessive of India’s overseas asset. With this, India has tied with Russia because the fourth largest reserve holder on this planet. The foreign exchange reserve of Russia is calculated to be $605.2 billion.

Banking News

6. IDFC FIRST Bank launches Customer COVID reduction Ghar Ghar Ration Program

  • IDFC FIRST Bank has introduced the launch of ‘Ghar Ghar Ration’ Program, an employee-funded program for its low-income clients whose livelihoods are affected by COVID-19.
  • The financial institution has additionally introduced a complete program for the households of workers who sadly misplaced their lives as a result of COVID-19, and a variety of different social duty initiatives.
  • “Ghar Ghar Ration” is a singular program the place workers have contributed from their private earnings to arrange a Customer COVID Care Fund to offer reduction to 50,000 COVID affected low-income IDFC FIRST Bank clients.
  • Employees of the Bank contributed at some point to at least one month’s wage for the aim.
  • Employees are procuring ration kits comprising 10 kg rice/flour, 2 kg dal (lentils), 1 kg sugar and salt, 1 kg cooking oil, 5 packets of various spices, tea and biscuits and different necessities wanted to help a small household for a couple of month.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • IDFC FIRST Bank CEO: V. Vaidyanathan;
  • IDFC FIRST Bank Headquarters: Mumbai;
  • IDFC FIRST Bank Founded: October 2015.

Awards News

7. IIT Roorkee prof luggage NSG award for ‘blast-resistant’ helmet

  • Shailesh Govind Ganpule, an assistant professor on the mechanical and industrial engineering division (MIED), was conferred the award with the ‘NSG Counter-IED and Counter-Terrorism Innovator Award 2021′ for creating a “blast-resistant” helmet.
  • This was the second version of the annual award by NSG. Ceremony held on the National Security Guard (NSG) campus in Maneswar, close to Gurgaon.
  • The ‘Blast-Resistant Helmet’ designed by Prof. Shailesh Ganpule is a sophisticated model of standard helmets to guard navy personnel from IED-induced blast waves with a know-how readiness of 4.
  • The ‘NSG Counter-IED & Counter-Terrorism Innovator Award’ is instituted by National Security Guard for deserving innovators who’ve made an impressive contribution in the direction of innovation in Counter IED and Counter-Terrorism fields to safeguard nationwide safety.

Ranks and Reports information

8. India ranks 67th in Coursera’s Global Skills Report 2021

  • As per the ‘Global Skills Report 2021’ launched by Coursera, India has been ranked 67th total globally.
  • The report reveals that, total, India ranks 67th globally, with 38 per cent proficiency, with mid-rankings in every area, fifty fifth in enterprise and 66th in each know-how and information science.
  • The report is predicated on efficiency information of about 77 million learners (from throughout 100 international locations) on the platform collected because the onset of the pandemic. It benchmarks expertise proficiency throughout 3 classes – Business, Technology and information science.


Rank 1: Switzerland
Rank 2: Luxembourg
Rank 3: Austria

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Coursera CEO: Jeff Maggioncalda;
  • Coursera Headquarters: California, USA.

Science and Technology News

9. European Space Agency to Launch ‘EnVision’ Mission to Venus in 2030

  • European Space Agency (ESA), is now creating its personal probe to review Venus, for holistic view of planet from its internal core to higher environment.
  • The mission dubbed as “EnVision” will in all probability be launched to the planet in early 2030.
  • EnVision probe of ESA will decide how and why Venus and Earth advanced so in another way, even whereas being within the liveable zone to the Sun.
  • ESA will undertake this mission with contributions from NASA.
  • EnVision spacecraft will carry a variety of devices to review the planet’s environment and floor, monitor hint gases within the environment and analyse its floor composition. NASA would offer a radar to picture and map the floor.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • European Space Agency Headquarters: Paris, France;
  • European Space Agency Founded: 30 May 1975, Europe;
  • European Space Agency CEO: Johann-Dietrich Worner.

Sports News

10. Novak Djokovic wins French Open Tennis Title 2021

  • Novak Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas to elevate the French Open title for the second time in his profession. Djokovic, along with his nineteenth Grand Slam title, has closed in on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time Grand Slam titles record. Both the gamers have received 20 Grand Slams every.
  • Djokovic has additionally turn into the primary man within the Open Era to finish the profession Grand Slam twice.
  • (He has received the Australian Open 9 instances, Wimbledon 5 instances, and the US Open 3 times.) He has turn into the first man in 52 years, after Rod Laver, to win all of the 4 Grand Slams twice. Overall, he’s the third male tennis participant to realize this distinctive feat. The third being Roy Emerson.

Winners of French Open Tennis Tournament 2021

  • Men’s Singles: Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
  • Women’s Singles: Barbora Krejčíková (Czech Republic)
  • Men’s Doubles: Pierre-Hugues Herbert (France) and Nicolas Mahut (France)
  • Women’s Doubles: Barbora Krejčíková (Czech Republic) and Kateřina Siniaková (Czech Republic)
  • Mixed Doubles- Desirae Krawczyk (United States) and Joe Salisbury (United Kingdom).

Books and Authors News

11. ‘Home in the World’ Book: by Amartya Sen’s memoir

  • One of the world’s main public intellectuals of our time, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has penned his memoir ‘Home in the World’.
  • The guide shall be revealed in July by Penguin Random House. In this guide, Sen shares the way it was Rabindranath Tagore who gave him his title Amartya.
  • He additionally reminisces the conversations at Calcutta’s well-known Coffee House and at Cambridge, and Marx’s, Keynes’ and Arrow’s concepts all of which formed his views.

Important Days

12. International Albinism Awareness Day: 13 June

  • The International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD) is well known yearly on June 13 to have fun the human rights of individuals with albinism worldwide.
  • Each 12 months occasions are held to teach individuals and have fun individuals with albinism who proceed to undergo all varieties of human rights violations.
  • “Strength Beyond All Odds” is the theme for this 12 months’s International Albinism Awareness Day.

13. World Blood Donor Day: 14th June

  • World blood donor day is noticed globally on June 14th yearly. The purpose is to boost international consciousness of the necessity for protected blood and blood merchandise for transfusion and of the vital contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to nationwide well being methods.
  • The day additionally gives a chance to name to motion to governments and nationwide well being authorities to offer enough sources and put into place methods and infrastructures to extend the gathering of blood from voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors.
  • For 2021, the World Blood Donor Day slogan shall be “Give blood and keep the world beating”. The host nation for World Blood Donor Day 2021 is Rome, Italy.

Obituaries News

14. Mahavir Chakra recipient Brigadier Raghubir Singh passes away

  • Mahavir Chakra recipient legendary veteran, Brigadier Raghubir Singh has handed away. He was commissioned on 18 Apr 1943 into the Sawaiman Guards as a Second Lieutenant and fought a variety of wars together with the second world struggle.
  • For this gallant act, the then President of India, Dr S Radhakrishnan, honoured Lieutenant Colonel (later Brigadier) Raghubir Singh with Maha Vir Chakra, the second-highest gallantry award within the nation.

Miscellaneous News

15. Weyan village in Bandipora, India’s first to inoculate all adults

  • Weyan, a village in district Bandipora (J&K) has turn into the primary village within the nation, the place the whole inhabitants above 18 years has been vaccinated.
  • The vaccination in Weyan village was coated below the J&K mannequin, a 10-point technique to inoculate everybody who’s eligible for the pictures at a quicker tempo.
  • The Union territory additionally achieved 70 per cent vaccination for these within the 45+ age group regardless of the preliminary vaccine hesitancy, nearly double the nationwide common.
  • The village is positioned solely 28 kilometres away from Bandipora district headquarters, however a distance of 18 kilometres needs to be coated by foot as there may be no motorable street.

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