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Islam Qala


  • Recently Islam Qala had fallen to the Taliban.
  • It is a border town in the western Herat province of Afghanistan, near the Afghanistan–Iran border. It is the official entry by land from neighboring Taybad, Iran.
  • It plays an important role when it comes to the economy of Afghanistan because a substantial volume of trade between Afghanistan and other countries passes through this town.

Current News National National Security

DRDO successfully flight tests New Generation ‘Agni P’


  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested a New Generation Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile Agni P from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha, Balasore on June 28, 2021.
  • Agni P is a new generation advanced variant of Agni class of missiles. It is a canisterised missile with range capability between 1,000 and 2,000 kms.
  • Agni P is the first of the new class of Agni missile to be launched by DRDO. The ballistic missile weighs 50% less than Agni 3 and has new guidance and a new generation of propulsion.
  • Since the missile is canisterised, it can be launched from rail and road and stored for a longer period and transported all across the country as per operational requirements.

Sports In News Shooting

ISSF World Cup: Rahi Sarnobat wins Gold


  • In ISSF World Cup shooting, India’s Rahi Sarnobat won gold in women’s 25 metres pistol event in Osijek, Croatia.
  • Manu Bhaker, the other Indian in fray, finished seventh in the eight-competitor final.
  • Mathilde Lamolle of France won silver while Russia’s Vitalina Batsarashkina took home bronze.

Current News Indian Economy Banking & Finance

Action Plan to make India Aatmanirbhar in Rock Phosphate


  • The Department of Fertilisers is expediating an action plan to make India Aatmanirbhar in Rock Phosphate.
  • Rock Phosphate is the key raw material for DAP and NPK fertilisers and India is 90 per cent dependent on imports. Volatility in international prices affects domestic prices of fertilisers and hinders the progress and development of agriculture sector in the country.
  • In view of this, the Department of Fertilisers has asked stakeholders to expedite the exploration and mining of available rock phosphate reserves in India.
  • Phosphorite deposits are available in Rajasthan, central part of peninsular India, Hirapur, Lalitpur, Mussoorie syncline and Cuddapah basin.
  • Further, discussion and planning with Department of Mining and Geological Survey of India is going on to expedite the exploration in the potential potassic ore resources in different parts of the country.

Current News Science & Technology

'Nesher Ramla Homo' : New Kind of Early Humans


  • Israeli scientists have discovered a new kind of early human after studying pieces of fossilized bone dug up at a site used by a cement plant in central Israel.
  • The fragments of a skull and a lower jaw with teeth were about 130,000 years old and could force a rethink of parts of the human family tree.
  • Nesher Ramla Homo — named after the place southeast of Tel Aviv where it was found — may have lived alongside our species, Homo sapiens, for more than 100,000 years, and may have even interbred, according to the findings.
  • The early humans, who had very large teeth and no chin, may have also been ancestors of the Neanderthals, the study added, challenging the current thinking that our evolutionary cousins originated in Europe.

Current News Science & Technology

China’s Dragon Man


  • Researchers from China have after studying an ancient human skull (Harbin cranium), described its linkages to be a new human species called the “Dragaon Man” or Homo longi.
  • The name “Dragon Man” has been derived from the Long Jiang or Dragon River in China’ Heilongjiang province where Harbin is located.
  • The cranium could be over 146,000 years old. Because of the distinctive shape of the skull, some team members have suggested that it be declared a part of a new species of the genus Homo.
  • The size of the skull, which has a considerable brain capacity, is comparable to that of modern humans and Neanderthals.
  • If the “Dragon Man” is a new species, it might bridge the gaps between our ancient ancestors called Homo erectus and us.

Sports In News Athletics

Sajan Prakash: First Indian Swimmer to Qualify for Tokyo Olympics


  • Sajan Prakash has become the first Indian swimmer to qualify for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
  • Sajan achieved the feat as he clocked 1 minute 56.38 seconds in the men's 200m butterfly at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome. The qualification cut-off was 1 minute 56.48 seconds.

Sports In News Athletics

Srihari Nataraj clears Tokyo Games Qualification Time in Men’s 100 Metres Backstroke


  • Indian swimmer from Bengaluru, Srihari Nataraj has cleared the Tokyo games qualification time in the men’s 100 metres backstroke during the time trial at Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, but his feat is yet to be approved by the International Swimming Federation, FINA.
  • Nataraj clocked 53.77 seconds, which was faster than the Olympic qualification time of 53.85 secs.
  • If FINA approves his timing, the 20-year-old Bengaluru swimmer will become the second Indian after Sajan Prakash to make the qualification cut that guarantees an automatic berth for the Olympics.
  • No Indian had ever achieved the automatic qualification — the ‘A’ cut — for swimming in Olympics.

Sports In News Athletics

Deepika Kumari bags 3 Gold medals at Archery World Cup stage III in Paris


  • In Archery, India’s Deepika Kumari (world number 3) defeated Russia's Elena Osipova 6-0 in the final of the women's individual recurve event to complete a hat-trick of Gold medals in one day at the World Cup Stage III in Paris.
  • She was also a part of the mixed recurve event and women's recurve team winning gold.
  • In the mixed recurve team event, husband-wife duo Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari bagged Gold with 5-3 win over the Netherlands.
  • India also won a gold medal in the recurve women’s team event.
  • Kumari will represent India as the lone female archer in Japan, joining a full men’s team as they strive to win the country’s first archery medal at the world’s biggest sporting event.

Sports In News Hockey

Nominations by ‘Hockey India’ for National Sports Awards


  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: Hockey India has announced the nomination of Indian men’s hockey team goalkeeper P. R. Sreejesh and former India women’s hockey team player Deepika for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
  • Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement: For the Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime Achievement, Hockey India has recommended former India stalwarts R.P. Singh and Chingshubam Sanggai Ibemhal.
  • Dronacharya Award: Coaches B.J. Kariappa and C.R. Kumar have been nominated for the Dronacharya Award.

Sports In News Athletics

Neeraj Chopra bags Bronze Medal at Kuortane Games


  • Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won the bronze medal at the Kuortane Games in Finland.
  • He finished third behind world no. 1 Johannes Vetter of Germany and former Olympic gold medallist Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago. Neeraj Chopra threw his javelin at the 86.79m mark. Vetter produced a massive throw of 93.59m and Walcott gave his season-best with an 89.12m throw.
  • This was Chopra's third best performance this season since re-writing his own national record during the Indian Grand Prix 3 with a throw of 88.07m in March at the NIS Patiala.

Sports In News Shooting

ISSF WC Shooting: Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary won Silver


  • In ISSF World Cup shooting at Osijek in Croatia, India’s Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary clinched silver in the 10 metres air pistol mixed team event.
  • The pair lost 12-16 to Russia’s Vitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov who won the gold medal.

Current News National National Security

‘INS Tabar’ deployed for Naval Exercises in Africa, Europe


  • Indian Naval Ship Tabar will visit a number of ports in Africa and Europe till the end of September.
  • It will also participate in a number of joint exercises with friendly navies.
  • The ship will transit across the Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Suez Canal, Mediterranean Sea, North Sea and Baltic Sea while making port calls at Djibouti, Egypt, Italy, France, UK, Russia, Netherlands, Morocco, and Arctic Council countries like Sweden and Norway.
  • The deployment will also see participation by the ship in the Russian Navy Day celebrations from July 22 to 27.
  • During port visits, the ship is scheduled to participate in bilateral exercises with three countries to strengthen military relations, develop interoperability and project long-range sustenance.

Name of Exercises and Country

  • Ex Konkan with UK Royal Navy
  • Ex Varuna with French Navy
  • Ex Indra with Russian Federation Navy

News Crux Awards In News

Smart Cities Awards 2020


The Central government on 15th June 2021 declared Smart City awards 2020 on completion of six years of Smart Cities Mission.

  • Best Cities: Among 100 Smart Cities, Surat (Gujarat) and Indore (Madhya Pradesh) bagged the Best Cities award jointly for their overall performance.
  • Best States: Uttar Pradesh won the Best State award followed by Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
  • Best UT: Chandigarh won the Best UT award.
  • Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework:Surat, Indore, Ahmedabad, Pune, Vijayawada, Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, Pimpri-Chinchwad, and Vadodara were awarded 4 star rating under Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework.
  • Smart Cities Leadership Award: Ahmedabad bagged the 'Smart Cities Leadership Award', followed by Varanasi and Ranchi.

Winning Smart Cities under Different Categories/Themes

Social Aspects

  1. Tirupati: Health Benchmark for Municipal Schools
  2. Bhubaneshwar: Socially Smart Bhubaneswar
  3. Tumakuru: Digital Library Solution

Governance

  1. Vadodara: GIS
  2. Thane: Digi Thane
  3. Bhubaneswar: ME app

Culture

Joint winners: Indore and Chandigarh

  • Indore: Conservation of Heritage
  • Chandigarh: Capitol Complex, Heritage Project
  • Gwalior: Digital Museum

Urban Environment

Joint Winners: Bhopal and Chennai

* Bhopal: Clean energy

* Chennai: Restoration of water bodies

* Tirupati: Renewable energy generation

Sanitation

Joint winners: Tirupati and Indore

* Tirupati: Bioremediation & Bio-Mining

* Indore: Municipal Waste Management System

* Surat: Conservation through Treated Wastewater

Economy

1. Indore: Carbon Credit Financing Mechanism

2. Tirupati and Agra (joint)

  • Tirupati: Boost Local Identity & economy through design studio
  • Agra: Micro Skill Development Centre

Built Environment

  1. Indore: Chappan Dukan
  2. Surat: Canal Corridor
  3. Erode: Micro-compost Centre

Water

Joint winners: Dehradun and Varanasi

Dehradun: Smart Water Metering Water ATM

Varanasi: Eco-Restoration of Assi River

Surat: Integrated and Sustainable Water Supply System

Sustainable Business Model of ICCC

Agartala ICCC

Urban Mobility

  1. Aurangabad: Majhi Smart Bus
  2. Surat: Dynamic Scheduling Buses
  3. Ahmedabad: Man-less parking system and automatic ticket dispensing machines AMDA Park

Innovation Award

Innovative Idea Award

Indore: Carbon Credit Financing Mechanism

Covid Innovation Award

Joint winners: Kalyan-Dombivali & Varanasi

News Crux Persons In News

Apurva Chandra


  • Labour and Employment Secretary, Apurva Chandra, completed his tenure as Chair of Governing Body of International Labour Organization on 25 June 2021 after holding the position for the period October 2020 to June 2021.
  • Last year India had assumed the Chairmanship of the Governing Body of International Labour Organization after 35 years.
  • The Governing Body (GB) is the apex executive body of the ILO which decides policies, programmes, agenda, budget and elects the Director-General.
  • The ILO has 187 member states: 186 out of 193 UN member states plus the Cook Islands.
  • It is headquartered at Geneva, Switzerland and Guy Ryder is the current Director General.

Sports In News Athletics

Judo Player Sushila Devi qualifies for Tokyo Olympics


  • Ace Indian judoka Sushila Devi has qualified for the Tokyo Games through the continental quota. Sushila, who competes in the 48-kg category, has 989 points which puts her at seventh spot in the Asian list.
  • The continental quotas are allotted based on a judoka’s ranking in the region. Asia has 10 quota slots.
  • This will be the 26-year-old’s first participation at the Olympics.
  • Avtar Singh in the 90-kg was the lone Indian judoka to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Current News National National Security

DRDO Successfully Test-Fires Enhanced Pinaka and 122mm Caliber Rockets


Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired extended range version of indigenously developed Pinaka and 122mm Caliber Rockets from Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher at Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.

  • Pinaka: Twenty-five Enhanced Pinaka Rockets were launched in quick succession against targets at different ranges. All the mission objectives were met during the launches. The enhanced range version of Pinaka Rocket System can destroy targets at distances up to 45 kilometer.
  • 122mm Caliber Rocket: Four enhanced range version of 122mm rockets were test fired with full instrumentation and they met the complete mission objectives. These rockets have been developed for Army applications and can destroy targets up to 40 km.

Current News Indian Economy Infrastructure

6 Years of Urban Transformation: Infra in Numbers


The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) recently commemorated 6 years of the three transformative Urban Missions - Smart Cities Mission (SCM), Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U), which were launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, on 25th June, 2015.

Highlights of Achievements

  • 1.12 crore houses sanctioned and over 83 lakh houses grounded under PMAY-U
  • 16 lakh families benefitted from PMAY-U’s Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS)
  • Government investment under PMAY-U created around 689 crore person days of employment translating into around 246 lakh jobs
  • Affordable Rental Housing Complexes scheme under PMAY-U for urban migrants/ poor has elicited remarkable response on ground
  • So far, 105 lakh household water tap connections and 78 lakh sewer/ sepatage connections provided under AMRUT Mission
  • 88 lakh streetlights replaced with energy efficient LED lights leading to energy savings of 193 crore units
  • 84.6 lakh tons carbon footprint reduced through various initiatives under AMRUT, as per TERI
  • 70 cities have developed and operationalised Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCCs) under Smart Cities Mission
  • 310 Smart Road projects, 57 Smart Solar Projects and 101 Smart Water Projects completed


Current News National

6th Anniversary of Smart Cities Mission, AMRUT and PMAY-U


The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) is organising an online event on 25th June, 2021 to commemorate 6 years of the launch of three transformative Urban Missions vis. Smart Cities Mission (SCM), AMRUT and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U), which were launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, on 25th June, 2015.

  • The three schemes were part of a visionary agenda for urban rejuvenation and designed as part of a multi-layer strategy to meet the aspirations of 40% of India’s populationliving in cities.

About the Schemes and Achievements

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna – Urban

  • About the Mission: PMAY-U, under the aegis of ‘Housing for All’, addresses urban housing shortage among the EWS/LIG and MIG categories including the slum dwellers by ensuring a ‘pucca’ house to all eligible urban households by the year 2022, when the nation completes 75 years of its Independence.
  • Achievement: A total of 1.12 crore houses have been sanctioned under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (U), of which 82.5 lakh houses have been grounded and around 48 lakh have been completed.

AMRUT Mission

About the Mission: Atal Mission for Rejuvenation & Urban Transformation (AMRUT) was launched to address the issues of Water Supply, Sewerage and septage management, Storm Water Drainage to reduce flooding, Non-motorized Urban Transport and creating green space/parks in 500 cities with more than 1 lakh population.

Achievements:

  • Total tap connections: 105 lakh+ water tap connections against target of 139 lakh.
  • Sewerage and Septage connections: 78+ lakhs against target of 145 lakh.
  • Treatment capacity developed: 1240 MLD and 4960 MLD capacity of STPs under progress.
  • 1,840 water logging points have been eliminated.
  • Green spaces and parks: 1850 parks and 3770 acres of area of green spaces developed.
  • Municipal Bonds: 10 cities have raised Municipal bonds of Rs. 3,840 crore.
  • Online Building Permission System has been implemented in 2,465 towns
  • Streetlights: 88 lakhs streetlights have been replaced resulting in 192 crore units of energy saving per year and reductions of Carbon emissions by 15 lakh tons.

Smart Cities Mission

  • About the Mission: Smart Cities Mission is a transformational Mission aimed to bring about a paradigm shift in the practice of urban development in the country.
  • Achievement:
    • Of the total proposed projects under SCM, 5,890 projects (114% by number) have been tendered so far, work orders have been issued for 5,195 projects (101% by number). 2,655 projects (51% by number) have also been fully completed and are operational.
    • As on date, 69 Smart cities have developed and operationalised their Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCCs) in the country.

News Crux Reports/Committee/Commission

IFSCA Committee on Global Best Practices in Ship Financing & Leasing


  • Gandhinagar, Gujarat based International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) has constituted a committee to examine global best practices in ship financing and leasing.
  • This Committee will also identify opportunities and devise a roadmap to enable such activities.
  • The committee will be chaired by former Senior Economic Advisor, Vandana Aggarwal.

Current News Ecology & Environment

Nests of Cattle Egrets destroyed due to misconception of Corona Carriers


  • Recently, many chicks of cattle egrets were killed after authorities in Assam’s Tangla Municipal Board destroyed their nests following complaint that bird poop could be carriers of novel coronavirus.
  • Cattle egrets (Bubulcus ibis) are small-built herons that are protected under the Schedule IV of the Wildlife (Protection) Act (1972).
  • Destroying of habitat and nests of birds are treated as severe crime under Wildlife Protection Act 1972.
  • They are often seen alongside domestic grazing animals, and feed on insects.
  • Their conservation status according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is ‘Least Concern’.

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Cinque Islands


  • The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) rescued nine crew members from sinking vessel Ganga-I off Cinque Island on June 23, 2021.
  • The Cinque Islands are a pair of islands in the Andaman Archipelago, on the north side of Duncan Passage, between Rutland Island and Passage Island. They are part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Union Territory of India.
    • North Cinque Island: North Cinque Island or Gue-a-lue is an uninhabited island of the Andaman Islands.
    • South Cinque Island: South Cinque Island or Ga-o-ta-koi is an uninhabited island of the Andaman Islands.
  • The Cinque Islands are a famous underwater diving spot. The strait between North Cinque and Rutland is called Manners Strait.

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GIMAC: India’s First Maritime Arbitration Centre


  • The Gujarat Maritime University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Financial Services Centres Authority in GIFT City on June 21 to promote the Gujarat International Maritime Arbitration Centre (GIMAC).
  • This will be the first centre of its kind in the country that will manage arbitration and mediation proceedings with disputes related to the maritime and shipping sector.
  • The GIMAC will be part of a maritime cluster that the Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) is setting up in GIFT City at Gandhinagar.
  • There are over 35 arbitration centres in India. However, none of them exclusively deals with the maritime sector.
  • The arbitration involving Indian players is now heard at the Singapore Arbitration Centre.
  • Globally, London is the preferred centre for arbitration for the maritime and shipping sector.

Current News National National Security

Indo-US Passex


  • Indian Naval Ships Kochi and Teg along with P8I and MiG 29K aircraft are participating in a Passage Exercise with US Navy Carrier Strike Group Ronald Reagan during its transit through Indian Ocean Region from 23-24 June 2021.
  • The Indian Naval warships along with aircraft from Indian Navy and Indian Air Force will be engaged in joint multi-domain operations with the Carrier Strike Group.
  • The Passage Exercises (PASSEXs) are conducted on a regular basis by the Indian Navy with the friendly foreign navies. It takes place while visiting each other's ports or during a rendezvous at sea.

News Crux Important Days/Weeks

23 June: International Olympic Day


  • International Olympic Day is celebrated on June 23 to encourage more people to participate in the Olympic games and raise awareness about the number of sports held during this event.
  • The theme of International Olympic Day 2021: Stay healthy, stay strong, stay active with the #OlympicDay workout on 23 June.
  • The modern-day Olympic games are inspired by the ancient Olympic Games held in Olympia, Greece between the 8th century BC and the 4th century AD.
  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was found in 1894 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin and the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens in 1896.
  • This year is special given the highly-anticipated Summer Olympics in Tokyo, scheduled to be held between July 23 and August 8. Delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will, however, still be referred to as the ‘2020 Tokyo Olympics’. A total of 339 events across 33 sports are lined up at the Games.

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Mawya Sudan: IAF’s 1st Woman Fighter Pilot from J&K


  • Flying Officer Mawya Sudan has become the first woman from Jammu and Kashmir to be inducted as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force (IAF).
  • She is the 12th female fighter pilot to be inducted in the IAF.

State In News Gujarat

Gujarat Govt. launched Agricultural Diversification Scheme-2021


  • To make agriculture sustainable and profitable in the tribal areas, the government of Gujarat has launched Agricultural Diversification Scheme-2021.
  • It will benefit Vanbandhu- farmers in tribal areas and more than 1.26 lakh farmers from 14 tribal districts of the state.
  • Under this scheme tribal farmers will get fertilizer-seed assistance of Rs. 31 crores in which 45 kg of urea, 50 kg of NPK and 50 kg of ammonium sulphate will be provided.
  • Seeds of crops like maize, Bitter Melon (karela), Calabash (dudhi), tomato, millet, etc. are provided under this scheme.

State In News Gujarat

Gujarat Govt. announces e-Vehicle Policy


The government of Gujarat has announced the policy for electric vehicles for the next four years.

Highlights

  • The state aims to witness 2 lakh electric vehicles on the roads in next 4 years.
  • The policy also aims at making Gujarat, the manufacturing hub for e-vehicles.
  • With the new policy, minimum 6 lakh tonnes of carbon emission will be reduced.
  • The policy also aims to establish additional 250 charging stations which will take the total number of charging stations in the state to 528.
  • Petrol pumps will also be given approval for establishing charging stations.
  • The state government will provide subsidy up to Rs. 20 thousand for 2 wheelers, 50 thousand for 3 wheelers and up to 1.5 lakh for 4 wheelers which will be directly credited to bank accounts through DBT.

Current News Indian Economy

Annual Report of the UN Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict


UN chief Antonio Guterres’ annual report to the Security Council on children and armed conflict covers the killing, maiming and sexual abuse of children, abduction or recruitment, denial of aid access and targeting of schools and hospitals.

  • The report verified that violations had been committed against 19,379 children in 21 conflicts. The most violations in 2020 were committed in Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.

The report on India

  • He mentioned his concern for children of Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand States, which are affected by militancy/ naxal activities.

Current News Indian Economy Plan Policy

Amendments in e-Commerce Rules to bring in Transparency


Union Government has proposed several amendments in the e-commerce rules to bring transparency and curb the prevalent unfair trade practices in the online marketing platforms.

  • The government has recently come up with a draft of the proposed amendments to the Consumer Protection (E-commerce) Rules, 2020, to protect the interests of consumers and encourage free and fair competition in the market. The Centre has sought views and suggestions on these amendments till 6th of July.

Highlights

  • According to the proposed rules, the e-commerce platforms will need to appoint a Chief Compliance Officer, a Nodal Officer, a Resident Grievance Officer and other officials to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Act and Rules.
  • It has been proposed to put in place a framework for registration of every e-commerce entity with the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade for allotment of registration number. This registration number will be displayed prominently on the website as well as the invoice of every order.
  • The government has also proposed prohibiting mis-selling, in which entities sell goods or services by misrepresenting information. To ensure that consumers are aware about the expiry date of the products they are buying on the e-commerce platform, all sellers will have to mention 'best before or use before date' to enable consumers to make an informed purchase decision.
  • The government has clarified that conventional e-commerce flash sales are not banned, but specific flash sales or back to back sales which limit customer choice, increase prices and prevent a level playing field are not allowed.

PIB News National

Amendment in Food security (Assistance to State Government Rules) 2015


  • The Department of Food & Public Distribution has issued a notification on 18th June, 2021 to ensure right quantity to beneficiaries in distribution of subsidized foodgrains as per their entitlement under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013.
  • In order to incentivise States who are operating their ePoS devices in a judicious manner and are able to generate savings from the additional margin of Rs.17.00 per quintal provided to them, and to take forward the reform process for improving transparency in operations of the Targeted Public Distribution System under NFSA, Rule 7 in sub-rule (2) of Food security (Assistance to State Government Rules) 2015 has been amended with effect from 18th June, 2021 so that any savings if accrued by any State/Union Territory from the additional margin provided towards the cost of purchase, operation and maintenance of the point of sale device, its running expenses and incentive for its use, can henceforth be utilised for purchase, operations and maintenance of electronic weighing scales and their integration with the point of sale devices. This would encourage other States to generate savings through judicious use of ePoS devices.
  • This amendment is an attempt to take forward the reform process envisaged under Section 12 of the Act, through improving transparency of operations of the Targeted Public Distribution System under NFSA. While distribution through ePoS devices ensures that subsidised foodgrains are provided to the rightful beneficiary through biometric authentication, integration of ePoS devices with electronic weighing scales would ensure that the beneficiary is given the right quantity of foodgrains by the Fair Price Shop dealer as per his entitlement.
  • It may be noted that the National Food Security Act provides for reforms in the Targeted Public Distribution System through application of information and communication technology tools including end-to-end computerization to ensure transparent recording of transactions at all levels, and to prevent diversion and leveraging “Aadhaar” for unique identification, with biometric information of entitled beneficiaries for proper targeting of benefits under the Act.
  • Food security (Assistance to State Government Rules) 2015 that was notified in August 2015, provides for additional margin to Fair Price Shop (FPS) Dealers for sale through electronic point of sale devices (ePoS) as an incentive to ensure transparent recording of transactions at all levels. Accordingly, the scheme “Assistance to State agencies for intra-State movement of foodgrains and FPS dealers margin under NFSA” provides for additional Margin of Rs.17.00 per quintal to all State Governments/Union Territories towards the cost of purchase, operation and maintenance of the point of sale device, its running expenses and incentive for its use. The additional margin is payable for the fair price shop which has installed a point-of-sale device and shall be limited to the transactions made through it.

Current News International

Bhutan’s Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB) Programme Launched


  • Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB), a joint initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), launched its programme in Bhutan.
  • India was chosen as the Partner Jurisdiction and has provided the Tax Expert for this programme.
  • This programme is expected to be of about 24 months’ duration through which India in collaboration with the UNDP and the TIWB Secretariat aims to aid Bhutan in strengthening its tax administration by transferring technical know-how and skills to its tax auditors, and through sharing of best audit practices. The focus of the programme will be in the area of International Taxation and Transfer Pricing.
  • This programme is another milestone in the continued cooperation between India and Bhutan and India’s continued and active support for South-South cooperation.

Sports In News Cricket

Ravindra Jadeja Becomes No. 1 Test All-Rounder


  • All-Rounder: India’s Ravindra Jadeja on 23 June 2021 dislodged West Indian Jason Holder as the world’s top all-rounder in the latest ICC Test rankings. Jadeja is two points ahead of Holder (384) while England all-rounder Ben Stokes is third on 377. R. Ashwin is at fourth with 353, followed by Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh (338).
  • Bowler: Ashwin remains in the second spot in the bowlers’ rankings on 850 points, below Pat Cummins (908) of Australia. Tim Southee (830) of New Zealand is third.
  • Batsman: Among the batsmen, there was no change in top-five with Indian captain Virat Kohli static at fourth on 814. Steve Smith of Australia continues to be the top batsman on 891 points, followed by Kane Williamson (886) of New Zealand and Marnus Labuschagne (878) of Australia.

Current News International

Agreement on Exchange of Information and Assistance in Collection with respect to Taxes


The Union Cabinet has approved an Agreement between the Republic of India and Saint Vincent and The Grenadines for the Exchange of Information and Assistance in Collection with respect to Taxes.

Details of the Agreement

  • This is a new Agreement between the Republic of India and Saint Vincent and The Grenadines. There was no such agreement in past between the two countries.
  • Agreement mainly proposes to facilitate exchange of information between the two countries and to provide assistance to each other in collection of tax claims.
  • Agreement also contains tax examination abroad provisions which provide that a country may allow the representatives of the other country to enter its territory (to the extent permitted under its domestic laws) to interview individuals and examine records for tax purposes.

Impact

  • Agreement between the Republic of India and Saint Vincent and The Grenadines will help in facilitating the exchange of information between the two countries including sharing of information held by the banks and other financial institutions encompassing the information regarding the legal and beneficial ownership. It will also facilitate the assistance in collection of the tax claims between the two countries. Thus, it will strengthen India's commitment to fight offshore tax evasion and tax avoidance practices leading to generation of unaccounted black money.

PIB News Ecology & Environment

Seasonality of Flow in Rivers Projected to Increase in Future


According to a study, snow and glaciers are melting rapidly in the Himalayan range due to climate change, altering water supplies in the rivers like Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra in the Himalaya-Karakoram (HK) ranges.

  • The research led by Dr Mohd. Farooq Azam, assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Indore gathered the results from more than 250 scholarly research papers to arrive at a more accurate understanding —something approaching a consensus— of the links between climatic warming, precipitation change and glacier shrinkage.
  • The study shows that glacier and snow melt are important components of HK rivers with greater hydrological importance for the Indus than Ganga and Brahmaputra basins.
  • The HK region in South Asia, often called the water tower of Asia or the Third Pole is one of the most heavily glacierized mountain regions on Earth. Understanding the response of HK rivers to climate change is crucial for almost 1 billion people who partly depend on these water resources.
  • Total river runoff, glacier melt, and seasonality of flow in these rivers are projected to increase until the 2050s, with some exceptions and large uncertainties, according to a study “Glacio-hydrology of the Himalaya-Karakoram” published in the journal ‘SCIENCE’
  • “The Himalayan river basins cover an area of 2.75 million km2 and have the largest irrigated area of 577,000 km2, and the world’s largest installed hydropower capacity of 26,432 MW. The melting glaciers fulfils the water requirements of more than a billion people of the region who will be affected when much of the glacier ice mass melts throughout this century and gradually stops supplying the required amount of water,” said Dr Azam.
  • He added “region-wide, the total impact on each year’s water supply varies. Glacier meltwater, and climate change impacts on glaciers, are more crucial for the Indus basin in comparison to the Ganga and Brahmaputra basins which are predominantly fed by monsoon rains and are affected mainly due to the changing rainfall patterns.”
  • Smriti Srivastava, a PhD student of Dr. Azam and co-author of the study said “projected trends in river runoff volume and seasonality over the 21st century are consistent across a range of climate change scenarios. Total river runoff, glacier melt, and seasonality of flow are projected to increase until the 2050s, and then decrease, with some exceptions and large uncertainties.”

Recommendations

  • Policymakers need to assess the current status and potential future changes of rivers for sustainable water resource management for agriculture, hydropower, drinking, sanitation, and hazard situations.
  • A tiered approach to address the identified gaps: Tier-1 includes an expanded observation network that places fully automatic weather stations on selected glaciers.
  • They also suggest developing comparison projects to examine glacier area and volumes, glacier dynamics, permafrost thaw, and snow and ice sublimation.
  • Meanwhile, Tier-2 recommendations implement the knowledge of these studies in detailed models of glacier hydrology to reduce the uncertainty in projections of future change.

Sports In News Athletics

Laurel Hubbard: First Trans Athlete at Olympics


Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand has become the first transgender athlete to compete at an Olympic Games.

  • At 43, she will also be the oldest weightlifter at the games.
  • Hubbard, 43, had participated in the men’s category as Gavin before coming out in 2013. She will compete in the women’s 87-kilogram class in Tokyo.

IOC Guidelines on Transgender Athletes

  • The International Olympic Committee’s guidelines on transgender athletes allow those like Hubbard, who have made the transition from male to female, to compete if certain conditions are fulfilled.
  • Such athletes, to be eligible to compete in the women’s category, must keep their testosterone levels in the serum to below 10 nanomoles per litre for the preceding 12 months before a competition. The athlete will be monitored regularly and non-compliance could result in ineligibility.

News Crux Important Days/Weeks

21 June: International Yoga Day


  • International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21 across the world.
  • The idea of International Yoga Day was conceived by PM Modi, who proposed the concept on September 27, 2014, during his speech at the UN General Assembly.
  • The United Nations General Assembly proposed on December 11 and established June 21 as "International Yoga Day."
  • The date was assigned for the occasion as it is the longest day when the sun is out at its most compared to every other day of the year.
  • It was observed for the first time in 2015.
  • This year (2021), the theme is ‘Yoga for Wellness’.
  • The Prime Minister of India in collaboration with the World Health Organisation launched a mYoga app that will be available worldwide having yoga training videos in different languages for people across the world and compliment India’s ‘One World, One Health’ motto’.
  • The term 'yoga' is derived from Sanskrit word “Yuja” which means to unite representing the unification of body and consciousness.

News Crux Important Days/Weeks

21 June: World Hydrography Day


  • Observed annually on 21 June, the World Hydrography Day highlights the importance of hydrography and its relevance.
  • This day was observed and recognised because of the initiative of Monaco-based International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) that was founded in 1921.
  • This organisation serves the purpose of facilitating talks between governments on issues related to navigation, technical standards and protection of marine life.
  • The theme for the event this year is "100 years of International Cooperation in Hydrography".
  • Hydrography is the measuring and characterization of the physical features of oceans, seas, coastal regions, lakes, and rivers. Aside from that, it forecasts their change with time for the primary goal of navigation safety and to help all other maritime operations. It also contributes to economic development, defence and security, science and research, and nature conservation.

State In News Tamil Nadu

TN Govt. to constitute an Economic Advisory Council


The Tamil Nadu government has decided to constitute an Economic Advisory Council to the Chief Minister, comprising leading experts, including Nobel laureate Esther Duflo, to chalk out a path for rapid and inclusive economic growth in the State that is facing in the midst of a serious economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Noted Members of the Council

  • Nobel laureate Esther Duflo (from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Raghuram Rajan ( Former Reserve Bank of India Governor)
  • Arvind Subramanian (Former Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India)
  • Jean Drèze (Development Economist)
  • S. Narayan (former Union Finance Secretary)

Current News National National Security

ARDE, Pune Develops Canopy Severance System for Fighter Aircraft


  • Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune in association with High Energy Material Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune, has developed Canopy Severance System (CSS), which is an escape path clearance system for the pilot in case of emergencies occurring on the aircraft.
  • It will be used for the indigenously developed LCA Tejas and Trainer Aircraft, HJT-36 Aircraft and HTT-40 Aircraft.
  • CSS has two independent sub-systems. The first one is the In-flight Egress System (IES) for in-flight emergencies, which is integrated with the seat ejection operation and the second one is the Ground Egress System (GES) for on-ground emergencies, which is independent of seat ejection.
  • CSS works on the principle of controlled propagation of detonation using explosive mechanical energy. It consists of critical mechanical and explosive components qualified to military-grade requirements and demonstrating high reliability.
  • CSS for LCA Tejas were tested successfully in seat ejection trials at M/s Martin Baker Co., London, UK and for trainer aircraft at M/s. Zvezda, Moscow, Russia. The CSS design has been cleared by Certifying Agency RCMA (AA), Pune and CEMILAC, Bangalore has issued Type Approval.
  • The technology was transferred to M/s GOCL Corporation Ltd. for production of CSS for the indigenously developed aircraft.


PIB News Science & Technology

Scientists trace the Mystery behind Abundance of Heavy Metals in Oldest Metal-Poor Stars


The abundance of heavy metals in oldest metal-poor stars that are born from the ejecta of first stars has intrigued astronomers for long as already known processes of reaction of chemical elements by nuclear fusion within stars (nucleosynthesis) could not explain it.

  • Indian scientists have now found a clue to this abundance in a nucleosythesis process called the i-process.

Metal-poor Stars

  • Metal-poor stars that show enhancement of carbon, technically called Carbon Enhanced Metal Poor (CEMP) stars which were formed from the ejected material of the first stars that formed after the Big Bang, carry the chemical imprints of early Galactic chemical evolution.

Why to probe these Stars?

  • Probing into the formation of these metal-poor stars that exhibit enhancement in carbon as well as the specified heavy elements can help trace the origin and evolution of the elements in the Universe.

Earlier Findings and the Puzzle

  • ‘s’ and ‘r’ Process: Scientists earlier found that heavier elements are produced mainly by two processes of nucleosynthesis– slow and rapid neutron-capture processes called s and r processes respectively.
  • The s-process elements were thought to be produced in low and intermediate mass stars towards a final stage of stellar evolution.
  • The proposed sites of the r- process are exotic events such as supernovae and neutron star mergers.
  • The CEMP stars showing enhancements of s-process and r-process elements are known as CEMP-s and CEMP-r stars respectively.
  • However, there is an another surprising subclass of CEMP stars, known as CEMP-r/s stars which exhibit enhancement of both s- and r-process elements the production process of which had remained a puzzle.

The Finding

  • A group of scientists from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) has achieved a significant advancement in unravelling this puzzle.
  • They have found that an intermediate process which they called i-process operating at neutron densities intermediate between those for s-process and r-process is responsible for the peculiar abundance pattern of CEMP-r/s stars.
  • They have also put forward a new stellar classification criteria based on the abundances of barium, lanthanum and europium to distinguish between the CEMP-s and CEMP-r/s stars.

State In News Bihar

​Bihar Govt. launches two New Schemes for Promoting Entrepreneurship among Youth


  • The Govt. of Bihar has launched two schemes christened as the 'Mukhya Mantri Yuva Udyaymi Yojna' and the 'Mukhya Mantri Mahila Udyami Yojna' to promote entrepreneurship among youth and women of all sections under the state's 'Mukhaya Mantri Udyami Yojna' scheme.
  • Earlier, 'the Mukhya Mantri Udyami Yojna' was started in 2018 and limited to the members of SC, ST and the extremely backward classes (EBCs).
  • From now on, youth and women-irrespective of caste and creed, wishing to start entrepreneurship, will get a loan of Rs 10 lakh, in which Rs 5 lakh would be a grant from the state government and the rest Rs 5 lakh will come as loan, refundable in 84 installments.

Current News Indian Economy Banking & Finance

HFCs above Rs 100 cr can use SARFAESI Law


  • The Ministry of Finance has allowed Housing Finance Companies (HFCs) with asset sizes of more than Rs. 100 crore to recover the dues using SARFAESI law.
  • Prior to this, Finance Ministry allowed HFCs with assets over Rs. 500 crore to use SARFAESI law to recover dues.
  • The Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Securities Interest Act, 2002 (SARFAESI Act) allows banks and other financial institution to auction residential or commercial properties to recover loans.

Sports In News Athletics

Anirban Lahiri qualifies for Tokyo Olympics


  • Leading Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri booked his berth to the Tokyo Games as he was placed 60th in the final Olympic golf rankings list published on 22nd June 2021.
  • Lahiri, a former Asia No. 1 and two-time winner on the European Tour, will be representing the country in Olympics for the second time. He represented India in the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro.

Sports In News Hockey

Manpreet Singh: Captain of Men's Hockey Team for Tokyo Olympics


  • Hockey India has named midfielder Manpreet Singh as captain of the 16-member Olympic-bound men’s hockey team. This will be Manpreet’s third Olympics.
  • Experienced defenders, Birendra Lakra and Harmanpreet Singh, were named vice-captains.
  • Under Manpreet’s captaincy, the Indian team won the Asia Cup in 2017, the Asian Champions Trophy in 2018 and the FIH Series Final in 2019.
  • India will begin their campaign in Tokyo on July 24 when they take on New Zealand in their first Pool stage match.

Current News Ecology & Environment

Great Barrier Reef to be put Under ‘In Danger’ World Heritage Sites


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recommended the Great Barrier Reef, Australia - the world’s biggest coral reef system - be placed on a list of ‘in danger’ world heritage sites, a move opposed by the Australian government.

  • It will be decided at the World Heritage Committee meeting in July 2021.
  • If the Committee follows the recommendation, it would be the first time, a natural world heritage site to be moved to “in danger” list mainly because of impacts from the climate crisis.
  • It is the second time the reef has faced the threat of an ‘in danger’ listing. The last time, in 2015, the government embarked on a successful lobbying effort to pressure the 21-country committee.

‘In Danger’ Listing

  • World heritage sites are global icons and “in danger” listings are usually recommended after effects from armed conflict and war, pollution, poaching and uncontrolled urbanisation.

Concerns of UNESCO

  • The Unesco report says a revision of Australia’s key reef policy – the reef 2050 plan – should “fully incorporate” conclusions from a major government review that “accelerated action at all possible levels is required to address the threat from climate change”.
  • The report said despite efforts and achievements by the state and federal governments, key targets on improving water quality had not been met.
  • “The plan requires stronger and clearer commitments, in particular towards urgently countering the effects of climate change, but also towards accelerating water quality improvement and land management measures,” it said.

Political Angle

  • The Australian government suspects China may have played a role in the latest recommendation. It chairs the World Heritage Committee and will host a meeting on 16 July at which the draft recommendation will be considered.

About the World Heritage Committee

  • The World Heritage Committee meets once a year, and consists of representatives from 21 of the States Parties to the Convention elected by their General Assembly.
  • At its first session, the Committee adopted its Rules of Procedure of the World Heritage Committee.
  • The Committee is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, defines the use of the World Heritage Fund and allocates financial assistance upon requests from States Parties.
  • It has the final say on whether a property is inscribed on the World Heritage List.
  • It examines reports on the state of conservation of inscribed properties and asks States Parties to take action when properties are not being properly managed.
  • It also decides on the inscription or deletion of properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

44th Session of World Heritage Committee

  • The World Heritage Committee’s 44th session will be chaired from Fuzhou (China) and take place online from 16 to 31 July, combining current work and issues left outstanding since last year, when the annual meeting was postponed due to COVID-19.
  • The extended session will be chaired by Tian Xuejun, China’s Vice Minister for Education and Director of China’s National Commission for UNESCO.
  • Starting on 24 July, the World Heritage Committee will start inscribing nominated sites (Natural, Cultural and Mixed Sites) on the UNESCO World Heritage List, beginning with nominations that could not be reviewed last year.

India’s Sites (Cultural) under Consideration at Fuzhou

  • The Glorious Kakatiya Temples and Gateways – Rudreshwara (Ramappa) Temple, Telangana
  • Dholavira: A Harappan City: Ancient Dholavira is an archaeological site in Kutch District. It contains ruins of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization city, and is one of the largest Harappan archaeological sites.

Note: Presently, there are 38 World Heritage Sites located in India.

Sports In News Athletics

4th National Athletics Grand Prix


  • The fourth National Athletics Grand Prix, an Olympic qualifier was held at National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala (Punjab) on 21 June 2021.

Highlights

Shot Put

  • Shot-putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor qualified for Tokyo Olympics with a new National record of 21.49m at the fourth Indian Grand Prix at Patiala on 21 June 2021 and bettering the Olympic qualifying mark by some distance.
  • The Olympic mark is set at 21.10m.

Women’s 100 Meter Sprint Event

  • Dutee Chand broke her own national record by clocking 11.17 seconds in 100-meter sprint heats at the National Athletics Grand Prix in Patiala but missed out on a Tokyo Olympics spot by a whisker, which was 11.15 seconds.

Women’s 200 Meter Sprint Event

  • Hima Das won the women's 200m race at IGP4 with a personal best 22.88 seconds - the fastest by an Indian woman over the distance since Saraswati Saha’s national record of 22.82s in 2002.
  • She, however, missed the Olympic qualification time by 0.08 seconds (The Olympic mark is 22.80s).

Women’s Discus Throw

  • Already qualified for Tokyo Olympics, Kamalpreet Kaur improved her own national record with a throw of 66.59m in the women's discus throw. Her previous best was 65.06m which she had achieved at Federation Cup in March 2021. Notably, Kamalpreet had become the first woman from the country to breach the 65m mark in March this year.
  • But her performance will not be counted as the new national record as she was the lone competitor in the event.
  • As per rules, for national record purposes, the number of competitors should at least be three. But it will be considered for other purposes like ranking.

Relay Race: Indian Team Failed to cross Olympic Mark

  • The quartet of Hima Das, Dutee Chand, S Dhanalakshmi and Archana Suseendran clocked 43.37 seconds to win the race ahead of India 'B' team (48.02 seconds) and Maldives (50.74) in the three-team race.
  • The Indian team bettered the previous record of 43.42 seconds set in 2016 in Almaty by the quartet of Merlin K Joseph, HM Jyothi, Srabani Nanda and Dutee.
  • But the quartet failed to clock below 43.05 seconds needed to be among the top 16 teams in the Road to Tokyo list. Sixteen teams will run in the women's 4x100m relay race in Tokyo Games.

Current News National National Security

ARDE, Pune Develops Canopy Severance System for Fighter Aircraft


  • Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune in association with High Energy Material Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune, has developed Canopy Severance System (CSS), which is an escape path clearance system for the pilot in case of emergencies occurring on the aircraft.
  • It will be used for the indigenously developed LCA Tejas and Trainer Aircraft, HJT-36 Aircraft and HTT-40 Aircraft.
  • CSS has two independent sub-systems. The first one is the In-flight Egress System (IES) for in-flight emergencies, which is integrated with the seat ejection operation and the second one is the Ground Egress System (GES) for on-ground emergencies, which is independent of seat ejection.
  • CSS works on the principle of controlled propagation of detonation using explosive mechanical energy. It consists of critical mechanical and explosive components qualified to military-grade requirements and demonstrating high reliability.
  • CSS for LCA Tejas were tested successfully in seat ejection trials at M/s Martin Baker Co., London, UK and for trainer aircraft at M/s. Zvezda, Moscow, Russia. The CSS design has been cleared by Certifying Agency RCMA (AA), Pune and CEMILAC, Bangalore has issued Type Approval.
  • The technology was transferred to M/s GOCL Corporation Ltd. for production of CSS for the indigenously developed aircraft.

Current News National National Security

Keel laid for second ‘Krivak’ Class Frigate


  • The keel of the second frigate of the Krivak class stealth ships was laid on 18th June 2021.
  • The keel for the first ship was laid on January 29, 2021.
  • In October 2016, India and Russia signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for four Krivak or Talwar stealth frigates — two to be procured directly from Russia and two to be built by the GSL.
  • They are being built with technology transfer from Russia by Goa Shipyard Ltd. (GSL).
  • Keel laying is a major milestone activity in the construction of any ship symbolising formal commencement of the construction process.

Sports In News Athletics

Divyangta Khel Kendras to be opened in Five Places


  • The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has announced to establish five Divyangta Khel Kendras in different parts of country.
  • The decision was taken after the interest towards the sports among the Divyangjan and their good performance in Paralympics.
  • One such facility will be opened in Ahmedabad.

Sports In News Athletics

Belgrade Open Swimming: India won 3 Gold Medals but missed Olympic Qualification


  • Indian swimming contingent won three gold, one Silver and one Bronze at the Belgrade Open Swimming competition, a FINA-accredited Olympic Qualifying event, but missed the qualifying mark to be a part of Tokyo Olympics.
  • India’s Sajan Prakash won gold in the men’s 200 meters butterfly event in the Belgrade Open Swimming competition, but narrowly missed qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games. He fell short of the ‘A’ qualification.
  • Srihari Nataraj won gold in men’s 100m backstroke. His timing was, however, slower than the ‘A’ qualification.
  • Shoan Ganguli won the third gold medal for India, in the 400m medley. However, he has so far not overcome the ‘B’ qualification time.
  • Maana Patel won a Silver medal in the women’s 50m backstroke.
  • Tanish Mathew settled for bronze in the men’s 200m butterfly.
  • Six Indian swimmers, including Prakash, have achieved the ‘B’ qualification time in the 2019-2020 Olympic qualification cycle. ‘A’ qualification time guarantees an automatic berth.
  • Indian swimmers, particularly Nataraj and Prakash, will get a last chance to crack the ‘A’ qualification time next week in Rome.

Current News Ecology & Environment

Conservation of Black Softshell Turtle


  • Hayagriva Madhava Temple in Assam that is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists has signed a memorandum of understanding with two green NGOs (Turtle Survival Alliance India and Help Earth), the Assam State Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden and the Kamrup district administration for the long-term conservation of the rare freshwater black softshell turtle or the Nilssonia nigricans.
  • The International Union for Conservation of Nature had in 2021 listed the turtle as “critically endangered”.
  • It does not enjoy legal protection under the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972.
  • It has traditionally been hunted for its meat and cartilage, traded in regional and international markets.

Current News Science & Technology

WISA Woodsat: World's First Wooden Satellite


  • The European Space Agency (ESA) has planned to put the world’s first wooden satellite, WISA Woodsat, on Earth’s orbit by the end of this year.
  • The mission of the satellite is to test the applicability of wooden materials like plywood in spacecraft structures and expose it to extreme space conditions, such as heat, cold, vacuum and radiation, for an extended period of time.
  • It will be launched to space by the end of 2021 with a Rocket Lab Electron rocket from the Mahia Peninsula launch complex in New Zealand.
  • The satellite is designed and built in Finland.

News Crux Persons In News

UN Global Compact recognises Sumant Sinha as SDG Pioneer


The United Nations Global Compact has recognised Sumant Sinha, Chairman & MD of ReNew Power as one of ten 2021 SDG Pioneers.

  • SDG Pioneers are business leaders selected by the UN Global Compact for doing an exceptional job to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the implementation of the UN Global Compact Ten Principles on human rights, environment, labor, and anti-corruption.
  • This honor comes in recognition of Sumant 's work to advance access to clean and affordable energy.

United Nations Global Compact

  • The United Nations Global Compact is a non-binding United Nations pact to encourage businesses and firms worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies, and to report on their implementation.
  • The UN Global Compact is the world's largest corporate sustainability (a.k.a. corporate social responsibility) initiative with two objectives: "Mainstream the ten principles in business activities around the world" and "Catalyse actions in support of broader UN goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)".

Current News National

World Refugee Day 2021


World Refugee Day is observed every year on June 20 to respect and honour the courage and resilience of refugees across the world.

  • This year the theme for World Refugee Day is 'Together we heal, learn and shine'.
  • The United Nations has stated that the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic has made it evident that we can only succeed by standing together. The UN has called for the greater inclusion of refugees in the healthcare system across the world.

Facts of Concern

  • According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 82.4 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced by the end of 2020 as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations or events seriously disturbing public order.
  • According to the latest UNHCR report on forced displacement, Turkey currently hosts 3.6 million refugees, the largest by a single country, followed by Columbia that shelters 1.8 million people, including people who fled Venezuela in the last few years.
  • The UNHCR report said, over two-thirds of the refugees worldwide come from just five countries, from Syria 6.6 million, Venezuela 3.7 million, South Sudan, 2.3 million and from Myanmar, 1.0 million.
  • At the end of 2020, a mammoth 82.4 million remained forcibly displaced worldwide due to persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations. According to the UN, the COVID-19 pandemic slowed the rate of displacement, and thus the number of people seeking asylum remains high.
  • In 2020 alone, asylum-seekers submitted 1.1 million new claims.
  • More than 6 million refugees live in camps worldwide, as per the United Nations records.

Some Basic Definitions by UN

  • Refugees: A refugee is someone who fled his or her home and country owing to “a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion”, according to the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention. Many refugees are in exile to escape the effects of natural or human-made disasters.
  • Asylum Seekers: Asylum seekers say they are refugees and have fled their homes as refugees do, but their claim to refugee status is not yet definitively evaluated in the country to which they fled.
  • Internally Displaced Persons: Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are people who have not crossed an international border but have moved to a different region than the one they call home within their own country.
  • Stateless Persons: Stateless persons do not have a recognized nationality and do not belong to any country. Statelessness situations are usually caused by discrimination against certain groups. Their lack of identification — a citizenship certificate — can exclude them from access to important government services, including health care, education or employment.
  • Returnees: Returnees are former refugees who return to their own countries or regions of origin after time in exile. Returnees need continuous support and reintegration assistance to ensure that they can rebuild their lives at home.

UN Initiative towards Refugees: 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol

  • The 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol help protect them. They are the only global legal instruments explicitly covering the most important aspects of a refugee’s life. According to their provisions, refugees deserve, as a minimum, the same standards of treatment enjoyed by other foreign nationals in a given country and, in many cases, the same treatment as nationals.
  • The 1951 Convention contains a number of rights and also highlights the obligations of refugees towards their host country. The cornerstone of the 1951 Convention is the principle of non-refoulement. According to this principle, a refugee should not be returned to a country where he or she faces serious threats to his or her life or freedom. This protection may not be claimed by refugees who are reasonably regarded as a danger to the security of the country, or having been convicted of a particularly serious crime, are considered a danger to the community.

The rights contained in the 1951 Convention include:

  • The right not to be expelled, except under certain, strictly defined conditions;
  • The right not to be punished for illegal entry into the territory of a contracting State;
  • The right to work;
  • The right to housing;
  • The right to education;
  • The right to public relief and assistance;
  • The right to freedom of religion;
  • The right to access the courts;
  • The right to freedom of movement within the territory;
  • The right to be issued identity and travel documents.

Some basic rights, including the right to be protected from refoulement, apply to all refugees. A refugee becomes entitled to other rights the longer they remain in the host country, which is based on the recognition that the longer they remain as refugees, the more rights they need.

India & UN Convention

  • India is not a signatory to the 1951 UN Convention or the 1967 Protocol. Nor does India have a refugee policy or a refugee law of its own.
  • This has allowed India to keep its options open on the question of refugees. The government can declare any set of refugees as illegal immigrants — as has happened with Rohingya despite the UNHCR verification — and decide to deal with them as trespassers under the Foreigners Act or the Indian Passport Act.

Current News Indian Economy

Improvement in Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB): SRS 2019


The Registrar General of India has released the 2019 report of Civil Registration System (CRS) findings - “Vital Statistics of India based on the Civil Registration System”.

About Sex Ratio

  • The Sex Ratio (Number of females per thousand males) at birth is an important indicator to map the sex differential of the population.
  • The World Health Organisation estimates that the natural sex ratio at birth is about 952 females to every 1,000 males.

Findings of the Report on SRB

  • In a huge improvement from the previous census, none of the State/UT has recorded Sex ratio at birth below 901.
  • Arunachal Pradesh had the highest ratio of 1,024 – though this was a steep fall from 1,047 in 2017 – followed by Nagaland and Mizoram, which recorded 1,001 and 975 respectively, a significant improvement from 948 and 964 in 2017. In Kerala, though the SRB was still a high 960, it has worsened from 965 in 2017. Similarly, in Himachal Pradesh, it has been steadily worsening and is now 918.

  • Punjab and Chandigarh, notorious for sex-selective abortions, showed significant improvement as did Odisha, where it went up from 930 to 947.
  • The lowest SRB was reported by Gujarat (901), Assam (903) and Madhya Pradesh (905), followed by Jammu & Kashmir (909).

Current News Indian Economy

Global Peace Index 2021


The Global Peace Index (GPI) 2021 which ranked 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness was released by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Australia.

Highlights

  • This year’s results show that the average level of global peacefulness deteriorated by 0.07 per cent.
  • Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008. It is joined at the top of the index by New Zealand, Denmark, Portugal, and Slovenia.
  • Afghanistan is the least peaceful country in the world for the fourth consecutive year, followed by Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, and Iraq.
  • Eight of the ten countries at the top of the GPI are located in Europe.
  • The only non-European countries to make an appearance are New Zealand (2) and Canada (10).

South Asia

  • India has moved up two places from its previous year’s ranking to become the 135th most peaceful country in the world and the 5th in the region.
  • Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh are the first, second, and third most peaceful countries respectively in this region.
  • Sri Lanka has slipped down 19 rungs from 2020, to become 95th globally in this year’s rankings, and the 4th in South Asia.
  • Pakistan improved its rank by two notches to 150th globally and 6th in the region.

News Crux Appointment & Resignation

Manoj Kumar Parida appointed as Chairman of NACWC


  • Senior Indian Administrative Service officer Manoj Kumar Parida was 17th June 2021 appointed as Chairman, National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention (NACWC).
  • NACWC has been established under the Chemical Weapons Convention Act, 2000 for implementing the provisions of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction.
  • The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), officially the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, is an arms control treaty administered by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), an intergovernmental organization based in The Hague, The Netherlands.
  • Recently, India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) was appointed as the External Auditor of the OPCW for the three-year term starting in 2021. India was also selected as the member of the Executive Council of the OPCW representing Asia Group for another two-year term during the OPCW Conference of State Parties.

News Crux Obituary

Champion of African Nationalism Kenneth Kaunda Passes Away


  • Kenneth David Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president and a champion of African nationalism who spearheaded the fights to end white minority rule across southern Africa, has died on 17th June 2021 at the age of 97.
  • Kaunda came to prominence as a leader of the campaign to end colonial rule of his country, then known as Northern Rhodesia, and was elected the first president of Zambia in 1964.
  • During his 27-year rule, he gave critical support to armed African nationalist groups that won independence for neighboring countries including Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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Indian Climate Activist gets UN Land for Life Award


Familial Forestry, an environmental conservation project by Rajasthan's Shyam Sunder Jyani, bagged the prestigious United Nations' Land for Life Award 2021.

  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) announced the winner on June 17 2021 (World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, observed with the theme “Restoration.Land.Recovery. We build back better with healthy land”).
  • Through his project about 2.5 million trees have been planted in a time span of 15 years.
  • Two candidates had been shortlisted from India - the other being Jaggi Vasudev, popularly known as Sadguru, who has been campaigning for environmental cause for several years.

The Concept of Familial Forestry

  • Familial Forestry is a unique concept that relates a tree with a family, making it a green "family member."
  • Placing a family at the cornerstone of society, the concept ensures the success of any social campaign.
  • Familial Forestry means transferring the care of tree and environment in the family so that a tree becomes a part of the family’s consciousness.

About the Award

  • Launched at the UNCCD COP (Conference of Parties) 10 in 2011, the Land for Life Award is considered as the world's highest reward regarding land conservation and restoration.
  • This year's theme for the award was "Healthy Land, Healthy Lives".
  • The award is given by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
  • The Land for Life Award ceremony will take place in August 2021 at the Eighth Kubuqi International Desert Forum in China. The award winner will also have an opportunity to present their work at the UNCCD Fifteenth Conference of the Parties UNCCD COP15.

About UNCCD

  • The UNCCD is one of the three Rio Conventions—along with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
  • The negotiation of the UNCCD was called for in Agenda 21, the programme of action adopted at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, or Earth Summit).
  • The UNCCD was adopted in Paris, France on 17 June 1994, entered into force on 26 December 1996.
  • It is the only internationally legally binding framework set up to address the problem of desertification. It has 197 parties, making it near universal in reach.

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IN–EUNAVFOR Joint Naval Exercise


For the first time, the Indian Navy participated in joint drills with the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) from 18 June 2021 to 19 June 2021, comprising warships from the French, Spanish and Italian navies in the Gulf of Aden.

  • The Indian Naval Ship Trikand, a mission deployed for anti-piracy operations, participated in the IN- EUNAVFOR joint naval exercise.
  • EUNAVFOR and the Indian Navy converge on multiple issues including counter piracy operations and protection of vessels deployed under the charter of World Food Programme (UN WFP).
  • Indian Navy and EUNAVFOR also have regular interaction through SHADE (Shared Awareness and De-confliction) meetings held annually at Bahrain.

About Gulf of Aden

  • The Gulf of Aden is located in the Middle East with Yemen to the north, Somalia to the south and the Arabian Sea to the east. It is connected to the Red Sea by the Bab el Mandab strait.
  • Somali pirates operate in the Gulf of Aden, one of the world’s busiest shipping routes connecting Europe to Asia and the Middle East.

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75th Goa Revolution Day


  • The 75th Goa Revolution Day was observed on 18th June 2021.
  • On 18th June 1946 at Margao, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia, and Dr Julião Menezes started the civil disobedience movement against Salazar, the Portuguese dictatorial regime which eventually resulted in Goa’s liberation.
  • The territories of Goa, Daman and Diu were annexed to India with the armed action carried out by the Indian Armed Forces in December 1961- code named ‘Operation Vijay’.

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‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh Passes Away


  • Indian sprint legend ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh has passed away on 18th June 2021.
  • He was an Indian track and field sprinter who was introduced to the sport while serving in the Indian Army.
  • He was the only athlete to win gold in 400 meters race at the Asian Games as well the Commonwealth Games. He also won gold medals in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games.
  • He represented India in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
  • He was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honour, in recognition of his sporting achievements.
  • ‘The Race of My Life: An Autobiography’ is the autobiography of Milkha Singh. The film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is based on it.

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China launched three Astronauts to its Space Station


On 17th June 2021 China launched three astronauts into space aboard Shenzhou-12, a spacecraft that will dock to the two modules launched earlier.

  • It will effectively become another piece of the space station, which is orbiting 242 miles, or 390 kilometers, above Earth. (The International Space Station is slightly higher at 248 miles.)
  • The Shenzhou, modeled on the Soviet-era Soyuz spacecraft, though larger, consists of three modules, including a re-entry craft that will bring the astronauts back to Earth.
  • A related spacecraft, Shenzhou-5, carried the first Chinese astronaut to space in 2003, making China the only country besides the United States and the Soviet Union and, its successor, Russia, to complete the feat independently.
  • China has since carried out five more crewed flights into orbit, the last in 2016.

The Crew

  • Maj. Gen. Nie Haisheng is the commander of the three crew mission, other two being Maj. Gen. Liu Boming and Col. Tang Hongbo.

Objective of the Mission

  • The crew of Shenzhou-12 is scheduled to spend the next three months in orbit. After that a second crew of three astronauts will replace them.
  • The station remains under construction, so the astronauts’ main tasks will effectively be to continue to build it, installing equipment like cameras and testing various functions, including life support and waste management. They are scheduled to conduct two spacewalks as part of that effort.

About China’s Space Station

  • The Chinese space station is named Tiangong (meaning Heavenly Palace).
  • It is placed in Low Earth Orbit between 340–450 km (210–280 mi) above the Earth. It is closer to earth than the International Space Station.
  • The core module of the station - Tianhe ("Harmony of the Heavens") was launched on 29 April 2021.
  • The construction of the station marks the third phase of the Tiangong program, building on the experience gained from its precursors, Tiangong-1 and Tiangong-2.

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National Maritime Heritage Complex to come up at Lothal


  • On 16 June 2021, the Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) and Ministry of Culture (MoC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for ‘Cooperation in development of National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) at Lothal, Gujarat’.
  • It will exhibit both the robust maritime history and vibrant coastal tradition of our country in one place.
  • NMHC would be developed in an area of about 400 acres with various unique structures such as National Maritime Heritage Museum, Light House Museum, Heritage Theme Park, Museum Themed Hotels & Maritime themed eco-resorts, Maritime Institute etc. which would be developed in a phased manner.
  • The unique feature of NMHC is the recreation of ancient Lothal city, which is one of the prominent cities of the ancient Indus valley civilization dating to 2400 BC. Apart from that, the evolution of India’s Maritime Heritage during various eras would be exhibited through various galleries. NMHC would have pavilion for each coastal states and union territories to showcase the artifacts/maritime heritage of the respective states and union territories.
  • Various theme parks would be developed at NMHC such as Maritime & Naval Theme Park, Monuments Park, Climate Change Theme Park, Adventure & Amusement Theme Park through public-private partnership which would provide a complete tourist destiny experience to the visitors.

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Cold Desert Ladakh was actively Flooding during Post-Glacial Warming: Study


  • Scientists from Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology at Dehradun have shown that the cold desert of Ladakh Himalaya once experienced large floods that rose much above the present-day river level. It implies that in the scenario of global warming, when the higher Himalaya regions are expected to respond dramatically, flood frequency in Ladakh may increase, which may call for serious urban and rural planning.
  • Large floods that naturally occur in major rivers of India fed by melting snow and glaciers and a continental scale precipitation regime of Indian Summer Monsoon (ISM) and Westerlies and East Asian Summer Monsoon (EASM) significantly modify the landscape and impact lives and economy of all that encroached into its geomorphic domain.
  • These floods are of various kinds and origin (Glacial/landslide lake outbursts, cloud bursts, excessively strong monsoon) and have different forcing factors and frequencies and therefore add large uncertainty in flood prediction models. An instrumental record of these floods is of ~100 years is not enough to understand the natural ramp of flood occurrences in the Himalayas, and therefore archive going deep into time is required.
  • Flood leaves a stack of fine sand and silts at places along its channel where the flood energy drastically reduces, for example, wider segments of river valleys, confluences, behind rock embayments which is called as Slack Water Deposits (SWDs). The SWDs were located at several locations along the Zanskar and Indus rivers, counted vertically for the number of floods, and were dated using technology called Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) and Accelerator Mass Spectrometry of 14C. The flood deposits were also analysed for their source.
  • This analysis showed that the cold desert once experienced a large flood that rose to more than 30 m above the present-day river level. The active flood plains nearer to river were also utilized by Humans, possibly as camping sites and cooking as indicated by presence of hearths at several locations and levels of flood deposits.
  • The chronology of the flood deposits pointed towards three phases of increased flooding occurred in Ladakh after the period called Last Glacial Maximum (14–11, 10–8, and 7–4 (1000 years) or ka). These were times when due to warming, the Indian summer monsoon was active in Ladakh as well. The results also suggest that Ladakh floods are chronologically out-of-phase with those occurring in North-Eastern Himalayas and mainland China during the past 15 thousand years. This implies that the modern relationship between the ISM and EASM goes deep into more than 14 thousand years. Further, the rocks of Higher Himalayan Crystalline and Tethyan sequences equally act as hotspots of erosion in the regions during the flood phases.
  • The preliminary study of hearths suggested that there was an inbound migration of people along the mountain corridors of Ladakh after the Last Glacial Maximum when temperatures were relatively warmer, and hydrology of the region was supporting. According to the WIHG team, a detailed genomic and isotopic-based study of these anthropogenic relics may further help understand the geographical antiquity of migrating humans and the kind of food and vegetation they were living on.

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India’s Deep Ocean Mission


On 16th June, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the proposal of Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) on "Deep Ocean Mission", with a view to explore deep ocean for resources and develop deep sea technologies for sustainable use of ocean resources.

  • Deep Ocean Mission with be a mission mode project to support the Blue Economy Initiatives of the Government of India.
  • The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) will be the nodal Ministry implementing this multi-institutional ambitious mission.

The Deep Ocean Mission consists of the following six major components:

1.Development of Technologies for Deep Sea Mining, and Manned Submersible:

  • A manned submersible will be developed to carry three people to a depth of 6000 metres in the ocean with suite of scientific sensors and tools. Only a very few countries have acquired this capability.
  • An Integrated Mining System will be also developed for mining Polymetallic Nodules from 6000 m depth in the central Indian Ocean.
  • The exploration studies of minerals will pave way for the commercial exploitation in the near future, as and when commercial exploitation code is evolved by the International Seabed Authority, an UN organization. This component will help the Blue Economy priority area of exploring and harnessing of deep sea minerals and energy.

2.Development of Ocean Climate Change Advisory Services

  • A suite of observations and models will be developed to understand and provide future projections of important climate variables on seasonal to decadal time scales under this proof of concept component. This component will support the Blue Economy priority area of coastal tourism.

3.Technological innovations for exploration and conservation of deep-sea biodiversity

  • Bio-prospecting of deep sea flora and fauna including microbes and studies on sustainable utilization of deep sea bio-resources will be the main focus. This component will support the Blue Economy priority area of Marine Fisheries and allied services.

4.Deep Ocean Survey and Exploration

  • The primary objective of this component is to explore and identify potential sites of multi-metal Hydrothermal Sulphides mineralization along the Indian Ocean mid-oceanic ridges. This component will additionally support the Blue Economy priority area of deep sea exploration of ocean resources.

5.Energy and freshwater from the Ocean

  • Studies and detailed engineering design for offshore Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) powered desalination plant are envisaged in this proof of concept proposal. This component will support the Blue Economy priority area of off-shore energy development.

6.Advanced Marine Station for Ocean Biology

  • This component is aimed as development of human capacity and enterprise in ocean biology and engineering. This component will translate research into industrial application and product development through on-site business incubator facilities. This component will support the Blue Economy priority area of Marine Biology, Blue trade and Blue manufacturing.

The Project will help in Technology Demonstration and Job Creation

  • The technologies required for deep sea mining have strategic implications and are not commercially available. Hence, attempts will be made to indigenise technologies by collaborating with leading institutes and private industries.
  • A research vessel for deep ocean exploration would be built in an Indian shipyard which would create employment opportunities. This mission is also directed towards capacity development in Marine Biology, which will provide job opportunities in Indian industries. In addition, design, development and fabrication of specialised equipment, ships and setting up of required infrastructure are expected to spur the growth of the Indian industry, especially the MSME and Start-ups.

Unique Maritime Position of India and Blue Economy

  • Oceans, which cover 70 per cent of the globe, remain a key part of our life. About 95 percent of Deep Ocean remains unexplored.
  • For India, with its three sides surrounded by the oceans and around 30 per cent of the country's population living in coastal areas, ocean is a major economic factor supporting fisheries and aquaculture, tourism, livelihoods and blue trade.
  • Oceans are also storehouse of food, energy, minerals, medicines, modulator of weather and climate and underpin life on Earth.
  • Considering importance of the oceans on sustainability, the United Nations (UN) has declared the decade, 2021-2030 as the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
  • India has a unique maritime position. Its 7517 km long coastline is home to nine coastal states and 1382 islands. The Government of India's Vision of New India by 2030 enunciated in February 2019 highlighted the Blue Economy as one of the ten core dimensions of growth.

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17th June: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought


  • World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed on 17th June every year.
  • The day is celebrated to raise awareness of the presence of desertification and drought, and highlight methods of preventing desertification and recovering from drought.
  • The theme for this year’s (2021) observation of the Day is “Restoration. Land. Recovery. We build back better with healthy land”.
  • According to the United Nations, desertification does not just mean an expansion of existing deserts. It also refers to the overall declining productivity of land due to overexploitation and inappropriate land use by human activity. Poverty, political instability, deforestation, overgrazing, and bad irrigation practices can all lead to desertification and drought.

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NATO Summit 2021


The 31st formal meeting of the heads of state and heads of government of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was held in Brussels, Belgium, on 14 June 2021.

Major outcomes of the 2021 Summit

1.NATO Countries’ Communique on China and Russia

  • The NATO members issued a communiqué highlighting the “threat” presented by Russia and the “challenges” posed by China.
  • “Russia’s aggressive actions constitute a threat to Euro-Atlantic security," the communiqué read.
  • On China, the statement said: “China’s growing influence and international policies can present challenges that we need to address together as an Alliance”. The statement added that the NATO members "will engage China with a view to defending the security interests of the Alliance.”

2.Cyber Attacks and Space Attacks qualify for Collective Defense

  • NATO leaders have officially recognized attacks in outer space and cyberspace as qualifying for collective defense.
  • This change comes as alliance leaders grow increasingly concerned about China’s and Russia’s aggressive actions in space.
  • Previously, the collective defense clause has only applied to traditional military areas of land, sea, and air.
  • Outer space attacks primarily refer to interference with NATO country satellites that support military navigation, communication and missile launch detection.

About NATO

  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 30 European and North American countries having its headquarters at Brussels, Belgium.
  • The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949.
  • A key provision of the treaty, the so-called Article 5, states that if one member of the alliance is attacked in Europe or North America, it is to be considered an attack on all members. That effectively put Western Europe under the "nuclear umbrella" of the US.
  • NATO has only once invoked Article 5, on September 12, 2001 following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in the US.
  • The current Secretary General of NATO is Jens Stoltenberg – former Prime Minister of Norway.
  • The most recent member states to be added to NATO are Montenegro on 5 June 2017 and North Macedonia on 27 March 2020.

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French Open 2021


The 2021 French Open (125th edition) was the 2nd Grand Slam tennis tournament after Australian Open and was played from 30 May to 13 June 2021 on outdoor clay courts at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.

Rafael Nadal (Spain) was the four-time defending champion in men's singles, and Iga Świątek (Poland) was the defending champion in women's singles. They were defeated by Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and Maria Sakkari (Greece) respectively.

Major Winners: Single’s Title

Men’s Singles: Novak Djokovic

  • World No. 1 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas (First Greek player to reach a Grand Slam Final) to clinch his 19th Grand Slam title.
  • He is now just one Slam short of equalling Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam titles.
  • Djokovic is now the first player in Open Era to have won each Grand Slam twice. Two Australian players - Roy Emerson and Rod Laver are the only two other players to win the four majors more than once. It hasn't happened since 1969 when Laver completed his second calendar Grand Slam.

Women’s Singles: Barbora Krejčíková

  • Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic) won her maiden Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, beating Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
  • She also became the first Czech woman in 40 years to conquer Roland Garros after compatriot Hana Mandlikova who claimed the trophy in Paris in 1981.
  • Barbora Krejcikova also lifted the women's doubles trophy with compatriot Katerina Siniakova, beating Iga Swiatek (Poland) and Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA).
  • Krejcikova became the first player to win both the women's singles and doubles title in Paris since French woman Mary Pierce completed the feat in 2000.

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Vinoo Mankad inducted into the ‘ICC Hall of Fame’


  • Former India all-rounder Vinoo Mankad was among 10 cricket icons inducted to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall Of Fame on 13th June 2021.
  • Mankad was among a special edition intake group to celebrate the history of Test cricket, and to coincide with the first ever ICC World Test Championship Final.

The Inductees

  • Early cricket era (pre-1918): Aubrey Faulkner (SA), Monty Noble (Aus)
  • Inter-war era (1918-1945): Learie Constantine (WI), Stan McCabe (Aus)
  • Post-war era (1946-1970): Ted Dexter (Eng), Vinoo Mankad (Ind)
  • ODI era (1971-1995): Desmond Haynes (WI), Bob Willis (Eng)
  • Modern era (1996-2015): Andy Flower (Zim), Kumar Sangakkara (SL)

Current News International

UNSC Votes To Grant Antonio Guterres A Second Term


  • The UN Security Council has recommended Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a second five-year term as chief of the world organisation beginning January 1, 2022.
  • Last month, India had conveyed its support to Guterres for his candidature as chief of the world body for a second term beginning January 2022.

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Abdulla Shahid Elected President Of The 76th Session Of UNGA


  • Maldives’ Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid has been elected as President of the 76th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
  • The 193-member General Assembly voted on June 07, 2021, to elect the President, who will preside over the 76th session of the UN body that will start in September 2021.
  • Turkish Volkan Bozkır is the president of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.

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India Elected To ECOSOC


  • India along with 17 other countries has been elected to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the 2022-24 term beginning on January 1, 2022.
  • India was elected in the Asia-Pacific States Category along with Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Oman.
  • ECOSOC is one of the 6 main organs of the UN. It is the coordinating body for the economic and social work of UN agencies and funds.
  • ECOSOC’s 54 members are elected for three-year terms by the General Assembly.

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WHA Adopts ‘World NTD Day’


  • Delegates at the 74th World Health Assembly unanimously adopted a proposal by the UAE to declare January 30 as ‘World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day’.
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (ntds) are a group of infections that are most common among marginalised communities in the developing regions of Africa, Asia and the Americas. They are caused by a variety of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, protozoa and parasitic worms.

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Anup Chandra Pandey Elected As Election Commissioner


  • The Union government has appointed Anup Chandra Pandey as Election Commissioner.
  • Pandey has been appointed to the position left vacant by former Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora’s retirement on April 12.
  • Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar are the other two members of the panel.

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International Booker Prize 2021


  • ‘At Night All Blood is Black’, written by David Diop and translated from French by Anna Moschovakis won the 2021 International Booker Prize.
  • The £50,000 prize will be split between David Diop and Anna Moschovakis, giving the author and translator equal recognition.
  • Born in 1966 in Paris, David Diop is the first French author to win the International Booker Prize.
  • The International Booker Prize is awarded every year for a single book that is translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland.

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Pen Pinter Prize 2021


  • The celebrated Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga has been announced the winner of this year’s Pen Pinter Prize.
  • She was also shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize for her work, This Mournable Body.
  • The PEN Pinter Prize was established in 2009 in memory of Nobel-Laureate playwright Harold Pinter.
  • The prize is awarded annually to a writer of outstanding literary merit resident in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Commonwealth or the former Commonwealth.
  • The winning writer must, in the words of Pinter’s Nobel Prize in Literature speech, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving’ gaze upon the world and shows a ‘fierce intellectual determination to define the real truth of our lives and our societies’.

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Dihing Patkai: 7th National Park Of Assam


  • The Government of Assam on 9th June 2021 notified Dihing Patkai as a National Park, four days after creating the 422-sq. km Raimona National Park in western Assam’s Kokrajhar district.
  • Assam now has the third most National Parks after the 12 in Madhya Pradesh and nine in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • The five older National Parks in the State are Kaziranga, Manas, Nameri, Orang and Dibru-Saikhowa.
  • Kaziranga and Manas are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are also tiger reserves along with Nameri and Orang.

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Maharashtra To Give ‘Heritage Tag’ To Conserve Trees


  • The government of Maharashtra has decided to accord ‘heritage’ status to trees that are over 50 years old.
  • If these trees have to be cut, saplings corresponding to the age of the tree will have to be planted. Earlier, only one sapling had to be planted for cutting a tree, irrespective of its age.
  • The compensatory plantation will have to be done at the same location of the original tree or in a public place. The saplings will have to be 6-8 feet tall and they will be geo-tagged and maintained for seven years.
  • Local civic bodies will have to conduct a tree census every five years and maintain a record of heritage trees.
  • The policy also provides for up to Rs 1 lakh penalty for violations.


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Sunil Chhetri: Second-Highest Active International Goal-Scorer


  • Indian Football team’s captain Sunil Chhetri has surpasses Argentina’s Lionel Messi and became the second-highest active international goal-scorer with 74 strikes.
  • He made this record in a joint preliminary qualifying round match for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup.
  • Chhetri moved past Argentinian Messi’s 72 goals when he scored two goals against Bangladesh in a qualifying match for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup played at Qatar’s capital Doha.
  • He is currently behind Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (103) in the active international goal-scorer list.

News Crux Obituary

Eminent Environmentalist Prof Radhamohan Passed Away


  • Eminent environmentalist Prof Radhamohan has passed away on 11th June 2021.
  • Prof Radhamohan and his daughter Sabarmatee were awarded India’s fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri, last year along for their contribution to the field of agriculture.
  • They had transformed 36 acres of a degraded land in Nayagarh district into a ‘food forest’, as was called by Prof Radhamohan, through soil and water conservation techniques.
  • An economics professor, he was appointed as the first State Information Commissioner (SIC) in 2005.
  • For his work on environment, the United Nations Environment Programme had conferred ‘The Global Roll of Honour’ on him. The Odisha government awarded him the highest civilian award ‘Utkal Seva Samman’ for dedicated public service.

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Olympian Surat Singh Passes Away


  • Olympian Surat Singh Mathur, the first from independent India to complete a marathon at the Olympics, passed away on 11 June 2021.
  • In the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, Mathur completed the marathon in the 52nd place.
  • He was a bronze medallist at the first Asian Games in 1951.

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Renowned Boxer 'Dingko Singh' Passes Away


  • Noted Indian boxer Ngangom Dingko Singh has passed away.
  • He won the King's cup in Bangkok in 1997 and won the Asian Games gold in the 1998 Bangkok Games.
  • He was a service personnel of the Indian Navy.
  • Dingko Singh was honored with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1998 and later with the Padma Shri Award, the country's fourth-highest civilian award, in 2013.

Current News Science & Technology

New NASA Missions To Study Venus


  • NASA has selected two new missions to Venus, Earth’s nearest planetary neighbour.
  • A part of NASA’s Discovery Program, the missions aim to understand how Venus became an inferno-like world when it has so many other characteristics similar to ours – and may have been the first habitable world in the solar system, complete with an ocean and Earth-like climate.

The Two Missions

DAVINCI+

  • DAVINCI+ (Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging) will measure the composition of Venus’ atmosphere to understand how it formed and evolved, as well as determine whether the planet ever had an ocean.
  • The mission consists of a descent sphere that will plunge through the planet’s thick atmosphere, making precise measurements of noble gases and other elements to understand why Venus’ atmosphere is a runaway hothouse compared the Earth’s.
  • It will return the first high resolution pictures of the unique geological features on Venus known as “tesserae,” which may be comparable to Earth’s continents, suggesting that Venus has plate tectonics.
  • This would be the first U.S.-led mission to Venus’ atmosphere since 1978, and the results from DAVINCI+ could reshape our understanding of terrestrial planet formation in our solar system and beyond.
  • James Garvin of Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is the principal investigator. Goddard provides project management.

VERITAS

  • VERITAS (Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography, and Spectroscopy) will map Venus’ surface to determine the planet’s geologic history and understand why it developed so differently than Earth.
  • Orbiting Venus with a synthetic aperture radar, VERITAS will chart surface elevations over nearly the entire planet to create 3D reconstructions of topography and confirm whether processes such as plate tectonics and volcanism are still active on Venus.
  • VERITAS also will map infrared emissions from Venus’ surface to map its rock type, which is largely unknown, and determine whether active volcanoes are releasing water vapor into the atmosphere.

Technology Demonstration with above two Missions

  • In addition to the two missions, NASA selected a pair of technology demonstrations to fly along with them. VERITAS will host the Deep Space Atomic Clock-2. The ultra-precise clock signal generated with this technology will ultimately help enable autonomous spacecraft maneuvers and enhance radio science observations.
  • DAVINCI+ will host the Compact Ultraviolet to Visible Imaging Spectrometer (CUVIS). CUVIS will make high resolution measurements of ultraviolet light using a new instrument based on freeform optics. These observations will be used to determine the nature of the unknown ultraviolet absorber in Venus’ atmosphere that absorbs up to half the incoming solar energy.

Current News Indian Economy

SAGE (Seniorcare Ageing Growth Engine) Initiative


  • The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has launched the SAGE (Seniorcare Aging Growth Engine) initiative and SAGE portal for elderly persons on 4th June 2021.
  • SAGE programme and SAGE portal have been launched with a view to help such persons who are interested in entrepreneurship in the field of providing services for elderly care.
  • The SAGE portal will be a “one-stop access” of elderly care products and services by credible start-ups.
  • The start-ups will be selected on the basis of innovative products and services, which they should be able to provide across sectors such as health, housing, care centers, apart from technological access linked to finances, food and wealth management, and legal guidance.
  • On the recommendation of a committee set up for the purpose, upto Rs 1 crore will be given to Startups for elderly care.

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Goa Govt. Constitutes State Planning Body “GIFT”


  • The Goa government has notified the formation of Goa Institution for Future Transformation (GIFT), a state planning body modelled on the lines of the Centre’s NITI Aayog.
  • The Chairman of GIFT will be the Chief Minister (CM) of Goa (Current CM – Dr. Pramod Sawant).
  • It will assist, advise and guide the government on policy making, its formulation and implementation.
  • It will also help in monitoring sustainable development goals and evaluation of several development plans, programmes and schemes.

Current News Ecology & Environment

Ethanol Blending Target Brought Forward


  • The government has brought forward the target date for achieving 20 per cent ethanol-blending with petrol by two years to 2023 to help reduce India's dependence on costly oil imports
  • Last year, the government had set a target of reaching 10 per cent ethanol-blending in petrol (10 per cent of ethanol mixed with 90 per cent of diesel) by 2022, and 20 per cent doping by 2030.
  • Earlier this year, the target for 20 per cent blending was brought forward to 2025.
  • And now, it has been further advanced to April 2023.

Current News Science & Technology

‘AmbiTAG’: India’s First Indigenous Temperature Data Logger


  • A first-of-its-kind Internet of Things (IoT) device – AmbiTag has been developed by the researchers at the IIT Ropar Technology Innovation Hub - AWaDH and its startup ScratchNest.
  • The device records real-time ambient temperature during the transportation of perishable products, body organs, and blood, vaccines, etc. The AmbiTag temperature data log advises the user whether the transported item is usable or the cold chain has been compromised during the transportation.
  • It generates an alert when the temperature goes beyond a pre-set limit. The recorded data can be retrieved in user-defined format by connecting the USB with any computer.
  • AmbiTag is a USB-shaped device that continuously records the temperature of its immediate surroundings from -40℃ to 80℃ in any time zone for a full 90 days on a single charge. Most of the similar devices available in the international market record data only for a duration of 30 - 60 days.

News Crux Obituary

T.M. Kaliannan: Last Surviving Member Of The Constituent Assembly, Passes Away


  • T.M. Kalliannan Gounder, the last surviving former member of the Indian Constituent Assembly, died at the age of 101.
  • He was reportedly the youngest member in the Constituent Assembly then and also a member of India’s first provisional parliament.

News Crux Appointment & Resignation

Arun Kumar Mishra: First Non-CJI NHRC Chief


  • Former Supreme Court judge Arun Mishra took charge as the eighth chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission on 2 June 2021.
  • Justice Mishra is the first non-CJI to be appointed to the NHRC chief post since the amendment of the Protection of Human Rights Act in 2019.
  • The Chairperson and Members of the Commission are appointed by the President on the basis of recommendations of a Committee comprising the Prime Minister as the Chairperson, the Speaker of Lok Sabha, the Home Minister, the leaders of the opposition in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha as Members.
  • NHRC does not have any mechanism of investigation. In majority cases, it asks the concerned Central and State Governments to investigate the cases of the violation of Human Rights.

Current News Indian Economy

Expert Group On Fixation Of Minimum Wages And National Floor Wages


  • The Ministry of Labour & Employment Government has constituted an Expert Group to provide technical inputs and recommendations on fixation of Minimum Wages and National Floor Minimum Wages.
  • The Group has been constituted for a period of three years.
  • The Expert Group is chaired by Prof Ajit Mishra, Director, Institute of Economic Growth.

Current News Indian Economy Infrastructure

WHO Names Covid-19 Variants


The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced Greek alphabetical labels to identify different strains of Covid-19 that have emerged across the world.

  • The WHO's decision to rename Covid variants came nearly three weeks after India objected to the B.1.617 variant being termed an "Indian variant" in media reports.
Variants Country of First Detection Name
B.1.1.7 UK Alpha
B.1.351 South Africa Beta
B.1.617 India
B.1.617.1 Kappa
B.1.617.2 Delta
  • The first such variant of concern, which first appeared in Britain and can be also known as B.1.1.7, will be known as the "alpha" variant.
  • The second, which turned up in South Africa and has been referred to as B.1.351, will be known as the "beta" variant.
  • A third variant that first appeared in Brazil will be called the "gamma" variant.
  • The variant B.1.617, first found in India, is split into sub-lineages, of which the B.1.617.1 variant of concern becomes 'Kappa'. The B.1.617.2 variant of interest is called 'Delta'.

News Crux Appointment & Resignation

Justice Vikramjit Sen To Head Digital Media Content Regulatory Council


  • The Indian Broadcasting Foundation announced the appointment of Justice Vikramjit Sen as the Chairman of its newly formed self-regulatory body Digital Media Content Regulatory Council (DMCRC).
  • "The self-regulatory body is formed as per the mandate of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 202.
  • IBF, the apex body of broadcasters, has also been renamed as Indian Broadcasting & Digital Foundation (IBDF) to expand to cover digital streaming platforms.

Current News National National Security

ICG OPV ‘Sajag’ Commissioned


  • Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Sajag has been commissioned on May 29, 2021.
  • OPV Sajag is constructed by M/s Goa Shipyard Limited.
  • The concept of forming ICG came into being post 1971 war, when it was assessed that maritime borders are equally vital as land borders. The blueprint for a multi-dimension Coast Guard was conceived by the visionary Rustamji Committee.
  • The ICG was created through an Act of Parliament in 1978.
  • ICG is the 4th largest in the world.

Current News Indian Economy Banking & Finance

IFFCO To Launch Nano Urea


  • Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO) will launch Nano Urea in the market shortly.
  • 500-ml Nano Urea, which costs 240 rupees, is equivalent to 45kg of normal urea.
  • Nano Urea is environment friendly and cuts the input cost of the farmers by 15 percent.
  • Apart from enriching the soil, this new product will increase yield by 15 to 20 percent.
  • The country needs 350 lakh metric tonnes of urea every year. Introduction of Nano urea is said to reduce the usage of ordinary urea used now, thereby saving 600 crore rupees subsidy given by the Government. The country’s dependence on import of urea will also come down.

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Three Indian Peacekeepers Honoured With Dag Hammarskjold Medal


  • 3 Indian peacekeepers honoured posthumously with UN medal (Dag Hammarskjold Medal) for sacrifice in line of duty.
  • These three peacekeepers are among 129 military, police and civilian personnel selected for the honour from across the globe.

The Awardees

  1. Corporal Yuvraj Singh: The Indian peacekeeper had served with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
  2. Ivan Michael Picardo: The civilian peacekeeper had also served with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
  3. Mulchand Yadav: The civilian peacekeeper had worked with the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

Current News

YUVA PM Scheme For Mentoring Young Authors


  • The Department of Higher Education under the Ministry of Education has launched ‘YUVA- Prime Minister’s Scheme for Mentoring Young Authors’.
  • YUVA stands for Young, Upcoming and Versatile Authors.
  • It is an Author Mentorship programme to train young and budding authors, below 30 years of age to promote reading, writing and book culture in the country, and project India and Indian writings globally.
  • The National Book Trust, India under the Ministry of Education will be the Implementing Agency for the scheme.

Current News Science & Technology

NEERI Develops Saline Gargle RT-PCR Testing Method


  • Scientists of Nagpur-based National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) under Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have developed a 'Saline Gargle RT-PCR Method' for testing COVID-19 samples.
  • The method has received approval from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
  • As per the method, a patient is required to gargle a saline solution and spit into a simple collection tube. This sample in the collection tube is then taken to a laboratory where it is kept at room temperature in a special buffer solution prepared by Neeri. An RNA template is produced when this solution is heated. The solution is further processed for reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).
  • It is simple, fast, cost-effective, patient-friendly and comfortable; it also offers instant results (in three hours) and is well-suited for rural and tribal areas, given minimal infrastructure requirements.
  • The method is non-invasive and so simple that the patient herself can collect the sample.
  • Swab collection method requires time. Moreover, since it is an invasive technique, it is a bit uncomfortable for patients. Some time is lost also in the transport of the sample to the collection centre.

Sports In News Boxing

Asian Boxing Championship 2021


With 15 medals, the Indian boxing contingent achieved their best-ever show at the ASBC Asian Boxing Championships held in the UAE.

  • The 19-member Indian contingent concluded the campaign with the highest-ever 15 medals including 2 gold, 5 silver and 8 bronze.
  • All the boxers of the 10-member Indian women's team returned with a medal at the championships which were jointly hosted by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and UAE Boxing Federation.

Gold-medallists

  • Sanjeet Singh: Men's boxer Sanjeet Singh (91kg) won a gold medal against the Rio Olympic silver medallist Kazkhak boxer and three-time Asian champion Vassiliy Levit.
  • Pooja Rani: In the women's section, Pooja Rani (75kg) clinched her second successive gold medal in the championship after outpunching in-form Mavluda Movlonova of Uzbekistan. Pooja had won a gold medal in 2019 in the 81 kg category.

Silver-medallists

  • Amit Panghal and Shiva Thapa: Olympic-bound boxers Amit Panghal (52kg) and Shiva Thapa (64kg) ended their campaign with silver after suffering defeats in their respective finals matches.
  • Mary Kom: Five-time Asian Championships gold medallist Mary Kom (51kg) settled with a silver medal. Mary Kom - London Olympics bronze-medallist - lost to the two-time world champion Nazym Kyzaibay of Kazakhstan.
  • Lalbuatsaihi (64kg) suffered a 2-3 defeat against Milana Safronova of Kazakhstan to win a silver medal in her maiden outing at the Championships.
  • Anupama (+81kg) also grabbed a silver medal as she lost to Lazzat Kungeibayeva of Kazakhstan 2-3 in yet another nail-biting final.

Bronze-medallists

  • Vikas Krishan (69kg) and Varinder Singh (60kg) secured bronze medals in the men's section after losing their semi-final matches.
  • In the Women’s category, Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Jaismine (57kg), Sakshi Chaudhary (54kg), Monika (48kg) and Saweety (81kg) secured bronze medals.