In this article, we will discuss all the important current affairs of 18th June 2021 in detail.
1. Under the Jal Jeevan Mission, the Centre distributes Rs 1,804 crore to Kerala, Rs 3,691 crore to Tamil Nadu, and Rs 3180 crore to Andhra Pradesh for tap water provision to every home.
- Kerala has received a grant of Rs 1,804 crore from the Union Government under the Jal Jeevan Mission to provide tap water to every home. The Central Government has pushed for the provision of “Har Ghar Jal” in Kerala by 2023, with a four-fold increase in funding.
- Under the Jal Jeevan Mission, the Centre has committed Rs 3,691 crore to Tamil Nadu to provide tap water to every family.
2. Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar and Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa jointly inaugurated three Centers of Excellence built in Karnataka under the Indo-Israel Agricultural Project.
- In India, 29 Centers of Excellence will be established through Government-to-Government cooperation in 12 states. Three of these Centers were virtually launched in Karnataka. At Karnataka, the Centers of Excellence in Kolar, Bagalkote, and Dharwad will deploy advanced Israeli Agro-Technology that is suited to local requirements.
3. The Telangana AI Mission has launched a campaign called “Rev Up.”
- The Telangana AI Mission (T-AIM), powered by NASSCOM, was launched as part of the “2020 Year of AI” project.
- T-mission AIM’s is to establish Telangana as a global hub for artificial intelligence and to use it for public benefit. T-AIM has announced the introduction of the ‘Revv Up’ accelerator programme, which will support and empower AI entrepreneurs.
4. Budgetary Support Of Rs 499 Cr For Innovations Approved By Defence Minister
- For the next five years, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has granted a budgetary support of about Rs 499 crore for research and innovation in the defence sector.
- With a greater goal of assuring self-reliance in the defence sector, the funds will be utilised to provide financial support to roughly 300 start-ups, micro, small and medium companies (MSMEs), and individual innovators.
5. The government has extended the validity of documents linked to the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 until September.
- In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the government has extended the validity of motor vehicle documents such as driving licences (DL), registration certificates (RC), and permits until September 30, 2021.
- This includes all documents whose validity has expired or will expire by September 30, 2021, as of February 1, 2020. This will assist citizens in obtaining transportation-related services while preserving social distance.
6. The government has approved the reorganisation of the Ordnance Factory Board into seven new corporate entities.
- The government accepted a long-awaited proposal to restructure the nearly 200-year-old Ordnance Factory Board, which operates 41 ammunition and defence equipment manufacturing facilities, into seven different business organisations in order to improve accountability, efficiency, and competitiveness.
- Nearly two decades after the reform measure was proposed to bring professionalism and greatly increase its output, the union cabinet decided to corporatize the OFB on the lines of defence public sector undertakings.
7. The Delhi Skill University will establish centres to train children in slum clusters.
- The Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DSEU), in collaboration with Lighthouse Communities Foundation, a Pune-based organisation, will open centres near slum clusters to enable young people develop skills that would improve their employment.
- The first four ‘lighthouses’ will be established in Kalkaji, Malkaganj, Matia Mahal, and Patparganj.
8. In India, Ladakh has been designated as an Open Defecation-Free UT.
- The Union Territory of Ladakh has been designated as an Open Defecation Free UT in India as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission’s First Phase.
- Tahir Hussain Zubdavi, Director of the Rural Development Department, mentioned this.
- He also stated that RDD Ladakh is bringing scientific waste and garbage segregation to the village level and will be creating Garbage Segregation Centers at the block level, as well as an awareness programme in Kargil Ladakh to teach people about Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse.
9. According to the Global Peace Index 2021, Bangladesh is the third most peaceful country in South Asia, whereas India is placed 135th.
- Bangladesh climbed seven places in the Global Peace Index from 2020 to 2021, placing 91st out of 163 countries, behind Bhutan and Nepal but ahead of Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
- The Global Peace Index, created by the Sydney-based think tank Institute for Economics and Peace, assesses the state of peace in three areas: societal safety and security, militarization, and the scope of continuing internal and international conflict.
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10. Sri Lanka receives a $100 million line of credit from India for solar energy projects.
- India has provided Sri Lanka with a USD 100 million lines of credit to assist the island nation in financing various solar energy projects and ensuring that renewable energy sources meet 70% of the country’s electricity needs by 2030.
- This USD 100 million line of credit will be used to fund a variety of solar energy projects in Sri Lanka, including those announced at the International Solar Alliance’s (ISA) Founding Conference in March 2018, such as rooftop solar photovoltaic systems for households and government buildings.
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11. According to the report, India’s economy contracted by 12% in the first quarter.
- According to a brokerage study, state-imposed lockdowns in April and May to contain the second wave of the fatal COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the economy declining by 12% in the June quarter, compared to a 23.9 per cent drop in the same quarter in 2020.
- The economy contracted at its worst rate on record in FY21, with a contraction of 7.3%, after the centre announced a 2.5-month unplanned lockdown with only four hours’ notice, crippling the economy in the first quarter with a massive 23.9 per cent contraction, which improved to -17.5 per cent in the second quarter.
12. Gold hallmarking is now required in 256 districts.
- With effect from June 16, the government announced the progressive implementation of required hallmarking of gold jewellery.
- Gold hallmarking will be offered in only 256 districts in the first phase, and jewellers with an annual turnover of more than Rs 40 lakh will be affected.
13. Jalgaon Banana with GI Certification Exported to Dubai
- A consignment of fibre and mineral-rich ‘Jalgaon Banana’ has been transported to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, in a huge boost to India’s exports of Geographical Indications (GI) registered agricultural produce.
- Tandalwadi hamlet in Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district, a cluster chosen under the new agro-export strategy, provided about 22 tonnes of GI certified bananas.
14. Due to his altruistic service, the Maharashtra government has appointed Mukund Gosavi as the brand ambassador for the Corona immunisation programme.
- Mr. Mukund Gosavi has a disability of 80%. During the pandemic, however, this did not stop him from assisting those in need.
- The Maharashtra government has named him as a brand ambassador of the Corona vaccine campaign in order to expedite Corona immunisation in the Jalgaon area as a result of his humanitarian contribution.
15. Ankeet Chavan’s life ban has been reduced to seven years by the BCCI.
- After Board Ombudsman DK Jain lowered Mumbai left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan’s life ban to seven years, the BCCI has finally agreed to let him play professional cricket.
- In 2013, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) banned Chavan, along with his then-Rajasthan Royals teammates S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila, for life for their alleged involvement in the IPL spot-fixing incident. Sreesanth’s ban was removed by the BCCI last year, and he played domestic cricket this season as a result.
16. Chandrashekhar, a veteran actor best known for the film ‘Ramayan,’ has died.
- Chandrashekhar, a veteran actor best known for roles in films like as “Cha Cha Cha” and “Surang,” as well as playing Arya Sumant on the renowned TV series “Ramayan,” died of age-related diseases. He was 98 years old at the time.
- Between 1972 and 1976, Chandrashekhar worked with writer-director Gulzar on films such as “Parichay,” “Koshish,” “Achanak,” “Aandhi,” “Khushboo,” and “Mausam.”
17. Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s first president, has died.
- Zambia’s first president, Kenneth Kaunda, died at the age of 97, according to Zambia’s president, Edward Lungu.
- In 1964, Kaunda became Zambia’s first democratically elected president after leading the movement to remove British colonial authority.
18. Day of Sustainable Gastronomy
- On June 18, the world celebrates Sustainable Gastronomy Day. The day is set aside to bring global attention to the role that sustainable gastronomy can play in achieving long-term development goals.
- Gastronomy is the science or art of selecting, preparing, and enjoying delicious food.
19. Autistic Pride Day is an annual celebration of autistic people.
- The 18th of June is designated as “Autistic Pride Day” every year.
- This day is commemorated to raise awareness of persons who suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
- According to the United Nations (UN), the subject for World Autistic Pride Day 2021 is “Inclusion in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World.”
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