In this article, we will discuss all the important current affairs of 12th June 2021 in detail.
1. The ‘Koita Centre For Digital Health’ has opened at IIT Bombay.
- Under the auspices of the Koita Foundation, IIT Bombay has established the ‘Koita Centre for Digital Health’ (KCDH) with a substantial contribution from its alumni Rekha and Rizwan Koita.
- The KCDH will be India’s first of its kind, focusing on academic programmes, research, and industry engagement in the field of digital health.
2. For COVID-19 Orphans, Assam CM Sarma Launches Sishu Seva Achoni
- Himanta Biswa Sarma, the chief minister of Assam, announced a plethora of relief programmes for children who lost parents to the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) and widows who lost husbands to the virus.
- Children would receive a fixed deposit of 781,000 with a monthly interest of 3,500 under the chief minister’s Sishu Seva plan till they reach the age of 24. The beneficiary’s account will be credited with the principal amount of $781,000. A laptop and a skill-based education will also be provided to the students. Under the Arundhati programme, girls of marriageable age will receive 50,000 rupees and one tola gold.
3. On the 70th anniversary of India-Germany relations, the Foreign Secretary releases postage stamps.
- Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla unveiled new postage stamps to mark the 70th anniversary of India-Germany diplomatic relations, emphasising the strategic partnership’s multidimensional nature.
- Ms.Gulistan created the Indian stamp, whereas Matthias Wittig designed the German stamp.
4. Bahrain kicks off the Indian Mango Promotion Program.
- In Bahrain, a week-long promotion of Indian mangos began with the presentation of 16 kinds, including three Geographical Indications (GI) recognised Khirsapati&Lakshmanbhog (West Bengal) and Zardalu (Bihar).
- The mango variants are now available in 13 of the group’s outlets in Bahrain. APEDA-registered exporter sourced the mangoes from farmers in Bengal and Bihar.
5. Despite its arithmetic prowess, India ranks 67th in the world in data capabilities, according to a new report.
- According to Coursera’s latest Global Skills Report 2021, despite the rapid digital revolution, India still has a digital skills deficit. The rankings were topped by Switzerland, which was followed by Luxembourg and Austria.
- Overall, India is ranked 67th in the world, with 38% competency in each discipline, with mid-rankings in business at number 55 and technology and data science at number 66.
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6. For Covid-19 patients, SBI has launched the Kavach Personal Loan.
- For COVID-19 patients, the State Bank of India (SBI) has developed the ‘kavach personal loan’ initiative.
- The state-run institution is granting no-collateral personal loans up to Rs 5 lakh at an annual interest rate of 8.5 per cent under the plan.
- The no-collateral personal loans are designed to help clients pay for COVID-19 treatment for themselves and family members.
Business & Economy News
7. India’s GDP growth is expected to be 8.5 per cent in FY22, according to ICRA.
- India’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to rise at an annual rate of 8.5 per cent in FY2021-22, according to credit rating firm ICRA Ratings.
- According to ICRA, if vaccine coverage is increased as a result of the re-centralized procurement policy, GDP growth might reach 9.5 per cent in Q3 and Q4 of FY22, with a wider upside in Q3 and Q4.
- In FY22, the agency forecasts a 7.3 per cent increase in gross value added (GVA) at basic prices (at constant 2011-12 levels).
8. For a year, K Nagaraj Naidu will lead the UN bureaucracy.
- The incoming UN general assembly president, Maldivian foreign minister Abdulla Shahid, named Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer K Nagaraj Naidu as chef de cabinet for the duration of his one-year term to lead the world body through its return to normalcy as countries strive to bring the pandemic under control.
- Naidu will most likely be the first Indian diplomat to hold this position, and his appointment reflects India’s growing importance in the international community.
9. Aruna Tanwar will compete in taekwondo for India for the first time at the Tokyo Paralympics.
- According to the national federation, Aruna Tanwar has been granted a wild card entry to the 2017 Tokyo Paralympic Games, making her the first Indian to compete in the global multi-para sport event.
- She is a five-time national champion who has placed on the podium in both the Asian and World Para-Taekwondo Championships in the last four years.
10. Vinesh Phogat of India won gold in the women’s 53 kg freestyle at the Poland Ranking Series.
- Vinesh Phogat, a Tokyo Olympic Games hopeful, won the women’s 53kg freestyle gold at the Poland Ranking Series in Warsaw, defeating Khrystyna Bereza of Ukraine 8-0.
- Vinesh’s gold-medal performance is likely to boost her seeding in the 53kg freestyle event at the Olympics, which will take place from July 23 to August 8. Khrystyna decided to go with silver.
Awards & Honours News
11. The Asia Pacific Productivity Champion Award was given to RS Sodhi.
- R S Sodhi, managing director of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), has been named Asia Pacific Productivity Champion by the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) in Tokyo, Japan.
- Sodhi is the first Indian to earn the prize in the recent 20 years.
Books & Authors News
12. Amertya Sen’s poem “Home in the World”
- Amartya Sen, a Nobel Laureate, has written a book titled “Home in the World.”
- Sen provides insights from his life and discusses the concept of ‘home’ in ‘Home in the World.’ Sen has travelled to various places during his life, from growing up in Dhakajkkj, Bangladesh, to being nurtured by his grandparents and parents in Santiniketan, to studying economics for the first time in Calcutta, to relocating to Trinity College, Cambridge.
13. Radha Mohan, an environmentalist who received the Padma Shri award, died at the age of 78.
- Professor Radha Mohan, a well-known environmentalist and Padma Shri awardee who helped popularise organic farming practises, died at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. He was 78 years old at the time.
- In 2020, he and his daughter Sabarmatee received the Padma Shri for their contributions to the agriculture industry. The father-daughter team formed ‘Sambhav,’ a social organisation dedicated to educating farmers on organic and ecological farming, in 1990.
14. Surat Singh Mathur, an Olympian, has died.
- Surat Singh Mathur, the first athlete from independent India to run a marathon in the Olympics, died in Delhi. He was 90 years old.
- In the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, Mathur finished 52nd in the marathon in 2:58.92s, alongside the renowned Emil Zatopek.
15.The International Day Against Child Labor is observed on October 1st each year.
- Every year on June 12th, World Day Against Child Labor is commemorated. It is a worldwide day to raise awareness and take immediate action to end all types of child labour.
- “Act now: End child labour!” is the theme of this year’s World Day Against Child Labor.
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