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DAILY GK: 15 JUNE 2021

 DAILY GK: 15 JUNE 2021

1. MOHI&PE MODIFIES FAME INDIA PHASE II SCHEME

          The Ministry of heavy industries and public enterprises(MoHI & PE) made partial modifications over the ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in India Phase II’ (FAME India Phase II) scheme, which began on 1 April 2019.

          The FAME scheme was administered by the department of heavy industries (DHI).

          MoHI & PE has decided for the aggregation of electric three-wheelers and electric buses component of the scheme via state run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), to bring down the cost of electric 3 Wheelers to that of ICE-3 Wheelers.

          Only 5 percent, or Rs 492 crore is spent out of the Rs 10,000 crore (budgetary allocated) till March 2021, hence the scheme is likely to be extended till 2024.

 

2.ANEMIA MUKT BHARAT INDEX 2020-21

          Madhya Pradesh with a score of 64.1 has been ranked 1st in the Anemia Mukt Bharat Index 2020-21.

          Odisha (59.3) came 2nd followed by Himachal Pradesh (57.1) in the 3rd position.

          The score card and rankings in Anemia Mukt Bharat Index are based on parameters like coverage of Iron–Folic Acid (IFA) supplementation across beneficiaries to support assessment of progress and performance of the programme.

 

3.ICAN REPORT

          As per the report of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), titled ‘Complicit: 2020 Global Nuclear Spending’, the worldwide Nuclear-armed countries’ overall spending on atomic weapon arsenals in 2020 was increased by $1.4 billion (1.2-billion-euro) to $72.6 billion from $71.2 billion of 2019.

          The 9 Nuclear-armed countries include The United States(US), China, Russia, The United Kingdom(UK), France, India, Israel, Pakistan, and North Korea.

 

4.47TH G7 LEADERS’ SUMMIT 2021

          The 47th G7  Leaders’ Summit 2021 (Outreach Session of the G7 meeting) took place in a Hybrid format from June 11-13, 2021 at Cornwall, United Kingdom (UK).

          It was hosted by the United Kingdom (UK) as it holds the Presidency of G7 for 2021. 

          Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually participated in the meeting.

          Theme for the Summit – ‘Building Back Better’.

          The 47th G7 Leaders’ Summit has been called as the 1st ever net-zero G7 as all have committed to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

          The G7 countries & the Guest countries signed the ‘Open Societies Statement’ which supports ‘Human rights for all, both online and offline and Freedom of Expression.

          The G7 leaders issued the Carbis Bay Declaration.

          As part of the declaration, the UK will set up an Animal Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre at Pirbright Institute in Surrey, England which is aimed at stopping viruses jumping into the human population.

          During the summit, the G7 leaders launched the ‘Build Back Better World (B3W)’ Project to counter China’s Belt and Road Infrastructure (BRI) initiative.

          UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson launched the 500 million pound Blue Planet Fund.

 

5.UN SECURITY COUNCIL FOR 2022-23 ELECTED NEW MEMBERS

          Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates(UAE) were elected by the 75th session of the General Assembly as the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2022-23 term.

          The elected 5 non-permanent members will take their seats on the 15-member body of the UNSC.

          Existing members: India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico and Norway (Terms at the Council will end December 31, 2022).

 

6.INDIA’S FOREX RESERVE CROSSED $600 BILLION

          According to the weekly statistical data of the Reserve Bank of India(RBI), India’s total foreign exchange (forex) reserves crossed the USD 600 billion mark for the 1st time after increasing by USD 6.842 billion (~44 lakh crore) in the week.

          Key Facts of Weekly Forex Reserves:

          FCA: It is increased by USD 7.362 billion to USD 560.890 billion.

          Gold reserves: It is declined by USD 502 million to USD 37.604 billion

The special drawing rights (SDRs) with the IMF: It was reduced by USD 1 million to USD 1.513 billion.

          The reserve position with the IMF: It also dropped by USD 16 million to USD 5 billion in the reporting week.

 

7.2021 PEN PINTER PRIZE

          Noted Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga has been declared as the winner of the 2021 Pen Pinter Prize for charting the development of Zimbabwe from a British colony to an autocratic and troubled free state through her writing career of 30-years.

          She will receive the award at a ceremony hosted by British Library and English PEN in October 2021.

 

8. VINOO MANKAD INDUCTED INTO ICC HALL OF FAME 2021

          The International Cricket Council(ICC)  inducted 10 cricket icons, including India’s Vinoo Mankad, into the illustrious ICC Hall of Fame 2021.

          With this now there are 103 players in the ICC Hall of Fame.

          The special edition intake of 10 cricket icons into the ICC Hall of Fame is to celebrate the prestigious history of Test cricket, and to coincide with the first ever ICC World Test Championship Final.

 

9.1ST WOMAN SECRETARY-GENERAL OF UNCTAD

          Former Vice President of Costa Rica and Economist Rebeca Grynspan became the first woman secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

          She was nominated by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

          UNCTAD is a permanent intergovernmental body established by the UNGA in 1964.

 

10. NAFTALI BENNETT APPOINTED AS THE 13TH PM OF ISRAEL

          Naftali Bennett was sworn in as the 13th Prime Minister of Israel.

          He succeeds Benjamin Netanyahu who has been serving as the PM of Israel for the past 12 years.

          Israeli parliament Knesset elected him as the Prime Minister by a 60-59 vote of confidence in the 120-member house.

 

11.FRENCH OPEN 2021

          The 125th Edition of  French Open 2021 (also known as Roland Garros)  took place at  Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.

          It is the 2nd  Grand Slam of 2021 and is a Clay-Court.

          It is organized by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

          Novak Djokovic (Serbia) defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) to win the Men’s Singles Title French Open 2021.

          It is Djokovic’s 2nd  French Open Title & 19th Grand Slam Title.

          Djokovic became the 1st  player in the Open Era to win all 4 Major Grand Slams twice (which is called a double career Grand Slam).

          Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic) defeated Anastasia Pavylyunchenkova (Russia) to win the Women’s Singles Title of the French Open.

 

12.INTERNATIONAL ALBINISM AWARENESS DAY 2021

          The United Nations(UN)’s International Albinism Awareness Day(IAAD) is annually observed across the globe on 13th June to create awareness about Albinism and the human rights of the people with albinism.

          The theme of the International Albinism Awareness Day 2021 is “Strength Beyond All Odds”.

 

13.WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY 2021 – JUNE 14

          World Blood Donor Day is annually observed across the globe on 14th June to create awareness about the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion.

          The World Blood Donor Day 2021 is hosted by Italy through its National Blood Centre and the global event will be held in Rome on 14 June 2021.

          The slogan or campaign theme of 2021 is “Give blood and keep the world beating”.

 

14.‘MEDICINES FROM THE SKY’ PROJECT IN TELANGANA

          Flipkart partnered with Telangana Government to implement the “Medicines from the Sky” project on pilot basis in the state, to supply COVID-19 vaccines & emergency medical supplies to the rural inaccessible areas using Drones.

          Flipkart will implement the project on Pilot basis for 6-days using cutting edge technologies to supply medicines.

          Telangana government has partnered with World Economic Forum (WEF), NITI Aayog & HealthNet Global to receive technical support

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