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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

DAILY GK: 30 JUNE 2021

 DAILY GK: 30 JUNE 2021

1.NATIONAL CONVENTION ON PREVENTION OF OBESITY

          NITI Aayog and United Nations (UN) hosted a National Convention/Consultation on Prevention of Maternal, Adolescent and Childhood Obesity in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Dr.Vinod Kumar Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog and Co-chairmanship of Dr. R Hemalatha, Director, Nutrition Institute of India.

          During the meeting obesity was addressed as a silent epidemic.

          India is committed to achieve WHA (World Health Assembly) 2025/ SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) 2030 of ‘no increase in obesity’.

 

2.WORLD’S LARGEST BAIHETAN HYDROPOWER STATION

          China launched two units of its world’s largest Baihetan hydropower station worth USD 34 billion.

          The units, currently under construction, are located on the Jinsha River, the upper section of the Yangtze River, and straddle the south western provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan.

          It is equipped with 16 hydro-generating units, each with a capacity of one million kilowatts i.e. total installed capacity is 16 million kilowatts.

          It is the largest single-unit capacity in the world.

 

3. INDIAN BANK’S ‘MSME PRERANA’

          Union Minister of MSME (Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) and Road, Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari launched Indian Bank’s first of its kind flagship Business Mentoring Program named ‘MSME Prerana’ in Maharashtra.

          MSME Prerana: It was designed by Indian Bank in collaboration with Poornatha and Co. to empower MSME entrepreneurs (especially women), under which MSMEs will be trained through capacity building workshops in local languages for skill development and business understanding.

 

4.COLD CHAIN FACILITIES FOR VACCINES IN INDIA

          In order to contain COVID-19, Japan is all set to provide approximately US$9.3 million assistance from its Emergency Grant Aid scheme to India for the building of cold chain facilities for safe storage of vaccines.

          In this regard, India will also get cold chain equipment including medical equipment.

          This funding is also on the lines of the United States (US) announcement of donating more than 70 million doses of vaccines globally including India.

 

5.CBK SELECTED TCS BANCS FOR OPERATIONS

          Commercial Bank of Kuwait (CBK), one of the largest financial institutions in Kuwait, has selected Tata Consultancy Services’(TCS) ‘TCS BaNCS’ Treasury solution to transform its operations, enhance risk management, offer a new generation of asset class coverage, and ensure regulatory compliance.

          The treasury solution under the brand name of ‘TCS BaNCS’ was compiled by TCS Financial Solutions, the business unit of TCS.

 

6.FUKUOKA GRAND PRIZE 2021

          Renowned journalist and founder of PARI (People’s Archive of Rural India) P Sainathhas been awarded Japan’s Fukuoka Grand Prize for 2021.

          The award is given in three categories: Academic Prize, Culture Prize and the Grand Prize.

          The Academic Prize is won by Prof. Kishimoto Mio of Japan and

          The Arts and Culture Prize is won by filmmaker Prabda Yoon of Thailand.

 

7.“ENFORCING CONTRACTS PORTAL” LAUNCHED

          BarunMitra, Secretary at Department of Justice launched the “Enforcing Contracts Portal” that is aimed at improving the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) in India.

          The Department of Justice under the Ministry of Law and Justice, is the nodal agency responsible for all policy reforms on “Enforcing Contracts” for improving the EoDB in India.

          Provides up to date information on all commercial cases in Dedicated Commercial Courts in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata.

          Note – India was ranked 63rd in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business 2020 index

 

8.NEW SPIDER SPECIES NAMED AFTER TUKARAM OMBLE

          Scientists have discovered two new species of spiders in Maharashtra and named one of them as “Iciustukarami”,after Tukaram Omble, the Mumbai Police Assistant Sub-Inspector who was killed during the 26/11 terror attacks in the city.

          The second species of the jumping spider was called Phintellacholkei which has been named after Kamlesh Cholkhe who passed away in2020.

 

9.DEEPIKAKUMARI WINS HAT-TRICK GOLD MEDALS IN ARCHERY WORLD CUP

          Indian Woman archer Deepika Kumari created history by winning Gold in all 3 recurve events – Women’s individual, team and mixed pair events in the Archery World Cup Stage-3 event that was held in Paris, France.

          Note – Deepika Kumari is the only Indian Woman Archer to participate in Tokyo Olympics

 

10.JOHN MCAFEE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE PIONEER PASSES AWAY

          John McAfee , the founder of McAfee antivirus software, was found dead in a prison outside Barcelona, Spain after Spain’s National Court approved his extradition to the United States (US) over multiple tax fraud charges.

          He was born in Cinderford, United Kingdom(UK).

          McAfee Associates, the anti-virus software company was started in 1987.

 

11.NATIONAL STATISTICS DAY 2021 – JUNE 29

          The National Statistics Day is annually observed on 29th June to popularise the use of Statistics in everyday life and sensitise the public as to how Statistics helps in shaping and framing policies.

          The day also commemorates the birth anniversary of Padma Vibhushan Prof Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (P C Mahalanobis) who was referred to as the “Father of Indian Statistics”.

          The theme of the National Statistics Day 2021 is “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-2: End Hunger, Achieve Food Security and Improved Nutrition and Promote Sustainable Agriculture”.

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