16th June 2021 Current Affairs


GK Update of sixteenth June 2021 protecting the next information headlines: International Day of Family Remittances, World Giving Index 2021, NATO Summit, IIT Ropar, Jivan Vayu, Poland open, WHO’s Technical Advisory Group.

International News

1. NATO leaders declare China a world safety problem

  • NATO leaders declared that China poses a continuing safety problem and is working to undermine international order.
  • This is a message in sync with US President Joe Biden’s efforts to get allies to talk out with a extra unified voice towards China’s commerce, army and human rights practices.
  • The NATO leaders stated that China’s objectives and ‘assertive behaviour current systemic challenges to the rules-based worldwide order and to areas related to alliance safety.
  • The warning to China comes as Biden has stepped up his effort to rally allies to place up a unified voice about China’s human rights document. Biden has additionally criticised China’s commerce practices and its army’s more and more assertive behaviour that has unnerved US allies within the Pacific.

3. UAE, Brazil, Albania, Gabon, Ghana elected to UNSC

  • UN Security Council elected Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, and UAE as non-permanent members for the 2022-23 time period. All ve nations, elected unopposed, will start their time period from 1 January 2022.
  • The election for the non-permanent members of the Security Council is held via secret poll and candidates require a two-thirds majority within the General Assembly to get elected.
  • India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway had begun the time period as non-permanent members of the UN Security Council from 1 January 2021. In the election, Ghana obtained 185 votes whereas Gabon acquired 183 votes.
  • The United Arab Emirates acquired 179 votes and Albania obtained 175 votes. Gabon, Ghana, and the United Arab Emirate have been elected from the African and Asian States seats. Brazil is elected from Latin American and Caribbean Group seat and the Eastern European Group seat went to Albania.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • UN Security Council Headquarters: New York, United States;
  • UN Security Council Founded: 24 October 1945.

State News

3. Raja Parba- Odisha’s Famous Festival celebrated

  • Raja Parba competition celebrated in Odisha. It is a 3-days distinctive competition through which the onset of monsoon and the earth’s womanhood is well known by the state. It is believed that in this time the Mother Earth or Bhudevi undergoes menstruation.
  • The fourth day is the day of the ‘purification bath’. During 3 days, girls don’t work. This competition is synonymous with forms of truffles (pithas).
  • Thus, Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) has additionally launched a particular programme named ‘Pitha on Wheels’. Different sorts of pithas resembling ‘Poda Pitha’, ‘Manda’, ‘Kakara’, ‘Arisha’, ‘Chakuli’ and ‘Chandrakala’ have been made obtainable on ‘Pitha on Wheels’ (kiosks on wheels).
  • These automobiles promoting conventional truffles have been stationed in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Sambalpur. 

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik and Governor is Ganeshi Lal.

Appointments News

4. Mukesh Sharma appointed honorary member of WHO’s Technical Advisory Group

  • Mukesh Sharma, a school at IIT Kanpur, has been appointed as an honorary member of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Global Air Pollution and Health – Technical Advisory Group (GAPH-TAG).
  • Members of the Technical Advisory Group are chosen throughout the globe and appointed by the Director-General, WHO. Sharma, related to the civil engineering division at IIT Kanpur and an air high quality knowledgeable, has melded rigorous analysis with coverage engagement.
  • The Technical Advisory Group is an advisory physique to offer technical steering and inputs to help the WHO’s efforts and work within the fields of air air pollution and well being points.
  • It additionally helps with how member nations might obtain the sustainable improvement objectives (SDG) associated to air air pollution and well being resembling SDGs 3.9.1, 7.1.2 and 11.6.2.
  • The United Nations adopted the SDGs in 2015 as a common name to motion to finish poverty, shield the planet and guarantee peace and prosperity for the folks and the planet.

Economy News

5. Wholesale inflation hits document excessive of 12.94% in May

  • The wholesale price-based inflation accelerated to a document excessive of 12.94 per cent in May, on rising costs of crude oil and manufactured items. The low base impact additionally contributed to the spike in WPI inflation in May 2021.
  • In May 2020, WPI inflation was at (-) 3.37 per cent. In April 2021, WPI inflation hit double-digit at 10.49 per cent.
  • The annual fee of inflation, primarily based on month-to-month WPI, was 12.94 per cent for the month of May 2021 (over May 2020) as in comparison with (-) 3.37 per cent in May 2020.
  • The Office of Economic Adviser, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade is releasing index numbers of Wholesale Price in India (Base Year: 2011-12) for the month of May 2021 (Provisional).

Summits and Conferences News

6. 2021 NATO Summit Held in Brussels, Belgium

  • The leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) held a face-to-face summit on NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
  • The 2021 Brussels summit of NATO was the thirty first formal assembly of the heads of state and heads of presidency of the alliance.
  • The summit of the 30-member NATO group was held as part of U.S. President Joe Biden’s first international journey since he took workplace.
  • All the leaders agreed on the “NATO 2030” agenda, a complete initiative to be sure that the alliance stays able to face future challenges.
  • The agenda additionally states that NATO will strengthen political session and the resilience of society, reinforce defence and deterrence, sharpen the technological edge, and develop its subsequent Strategic Concept in time for the summit in 2022.
  • The bloc agreed on a brand new cyber defence coverage, to make sure that the bloc has sturdy technical capabilities, political consultations, and army planning in place to “keep its systems secure.”

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • NATO Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium.
  • NATO Chairman of the NATO Military Committee: Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach.
  • Member nations of NATO: 30; Founded:  4 April 1949.

7. Dr. Harsh Vardhan addresses the Global Yoga Conference 2021

  • Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare addressed the inaugural ceremony of Global Yoga Conference 2021.
  • The occasion was organised by ‘Mokshayatan Yog Sansthan’ together with the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India &Indian Council for Cultural Relations to mark the event of the seventh International Day of Yoga which falls on twenty first June 2021.
  • Dr Harsh Vardhan highlighted how Yoga has helped folks throughout COVID restrictions on public actions.
  • The advantages of Yoga in immunity constructing and administration of stress are properly documented with proof. With programmes like this Global Yoga Conference, extra folks shall be drawn into the fold of practising Yoga and associated actions.

Ranks and Reports News

8. India ranked 14th in World Giving Index 2021

  • India has been ranked at 14th spot amongst 114 nations within the World Giving Index 2021, by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
  • This rank is up from its 10-year international rank of 82. The World Giving Index rating has been topped by Indonesia, adopted by Kenya, Nigeria, Myanmar and Australia within the prime 5 respectively.
  • Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is a global organisation primarily based within the United Kingdom, that promotes giving to remodel lives and communities internationally.
  • World Giving Index affords a singular glimpse of world developments in generosity, and other people from which nation are almost certainly to interact in social actions for the good thing about their communities and to champion the expansion of world giving.

Agreements information

9. Federal Bank enlists Infosys for Oracle CX implementation

  • Federal Bank has expanded its strategic collaboration with Oracle and Infosys, to supply an enhanced buyer expertise via Oracle CX (Customer Experience) platform.
  • The collaboration will give attention to making a complete built-in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) answer throughout advertising and marketing, gross sales, customer support, and social listening to strengthen Federal Bank’s operations, and to ship linked, data-driven, and clever buyer experiences throughout all touchpoints.
  • Federal Bank will launch a 360-degree view of the client portfolio in a single utility for its customers, to realize a ‘Single Source of Truth’.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Federal Bank MD & CEO: Shyam Srinivasan.
  • Federal Bank HQ: Aluva, Kerala.

Business News

10. RBI permits pay as you go cell recharges via Bharat Bill Payment System

  • According to RBI, The scope of the Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) might be expanded by August 31 this 12 months by including ‘cell pay as you go recharges as a biller class.
  • BBPS is an interoperable platform for recurring invoice funds operated by the National Payments Corporation of India.
  • In May, 213.59 million invoice cost transactions have been carried out via the BBPS channel. BBPS was began in 2014 as a platform for repetitive invoice funds.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • National Payments Corporation of India MD & CEO: Dilip Asbe.
  • National Payments Corporation of India Headquarters: Mumbai.
  • National Payments Corporation of India Founded: 2008.

Science and Technology News

11. IIT Ropar develops India’s first power-free CPAP gadget ‘Jivan Vayu’

  • The Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT) Ropar has developed a tool dubbed ‘Jivan Vayu’ which can be utilized as an alternative to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine.  Jivan Vayu can ship excessive circulation oxygen as much as 60 Litres Per Minute (LPM).
  • This machine is India’s first such gadget that features even with out electrical energy and may work on each sorts of oxygen era items like O2 cylinders and oxygen pipelines in hospitals.
  • Earlier these provisions weren’t obtainable in present CPAP machines.
  • CPAP remedy is a therapy technique for sufferers having respiratory issues throughout sleep known as sleep apnea.

Sports News

12. Wrestler Vinesh Phogat clinched gold medal in Poland open

  • Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat gained the gold medal within the 53 kg class on the Poland Open. It is her third title of the season.
  • Earlier, She had gained gold on the Matteo Pellicone occasion (March) and Asian Championship (April). She defeated Ukraine’s Khrystyna Bereza within the last.
  • Khrystyna Bereza gained the silver medal on the Poland Open. Earlier, Indian wrestler Anshu Malik pulled out of the 57kg competitors attributable to fever.

Important Days

13. International Day of Family Remittances: 16 June

  • The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and is noticed on 16 June.
  • The IDFR acknowledges the greater than 200 million migrant staff, ladies and men, who ship cash house to over 800 million members of the family.
  • This day additional highlights the good resilience of migrant staff within the face of financial insecurities, pure and climate-related disasters and a world pandemic. The first International Day of Family Remittances was celebrated on June 16, 2015.

14. Global Wind Day 2021: 15 June

  • Every 12 months the Global Wind Day is well known worldwide on 15 June to unfold consciousness about wind power, the assorted makes use of of wind power, and the methods and prospects as to how wind power will help change the world.
  • Global Wind Day was first noticed as Wind Day in 2007. Later, it was renamed Global Wind Day in 2009.
  • Global Wind Day is organized by WindEurope and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).
  • According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), wind power is likely one of the fastest-growing renewable power sources on the earth. India will set up 20GW of wind capability over 2021-25.
  • Wind power is a supply of unpolluted power and it’s inexhaustible. At current, India has a complete put in wind energy capability of 38.789 GW. India has the fourth-largest put in wind energy capability on the earth.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Global Wind Energy Council Headquarters location: Brussels, Belgium;
  • Global Wind Energy Council Founded: 2005.

Miscellaneous News

15. Facebook launches ‘Report it, Don’t share it!’ initiative

  • Social media large Facebook has launched a brand new initiative ‘Report it, Don’t share it!’ that encourages folks to report youngster abuse content material on its platforms and to not share it.
  • The initiative ‘Report it, don’t share it’ is in collaboration with civil society organisations like Aarambh India Initiative, Cyber Peace Foundation and Arpan. 
  • To report content material the place a baby is in danger, name 1098 and report it to the Childline India Foundation. If the content material exists on Facebook’s household of apps, it may be reported on fb.me/onlinechildprotection.
  • Facebook additionally partnered with Bollywood actress Neha Dhupia who runs a neighborhood ‘Freedom to Feed’ on Instagram, which is a secure house for girls to discuss breastfeeding and have an open dialogue concerning the challenges surrounding it. But the neighborhood has advanced to develop into an area for discussing various features of parenting too.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Executive Officer of Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Facebook Headquarters: California, US.

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