1. Gujarat will receive a grant of Rs 3411 crore from the Centre as part of the Jal Jeevan Mission.
- Gujarat has been given a grant of three thousand four hundred and eleven crore rupees under the Jal Jeevan Mission to deliver safe and drinkable piped drinking water to all rural households in the state.
- The first tranche, totalling more than 852 crore rupees, was released for the current fiscal year. The Central Government’s allocation for 2019-20 was roughly 390 crore rupees, according to the Jal Shakti Ministry, which was boosted to over 883 crore rupees in 2020-21.
2. The Union Health Ministry has approved an Rs. 1163.40 crore yearly plan for J&K under the National Health Mission.
- The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has approved an annual plan worth Rs. 1163.40 crore for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir under the National Health Mission for the financial year 2021-22 in order to strengthen the healthcare system in Jammu and Kashmir, with a special focus on Covid mitigation.
- In response, the Resource Envelope of funds, consisting of 90% central allocation and 10% state contribution, is expected to be made available this year in the amount of Rs. 795.83 crore.
3. Karnataka’s Health Department has launched an initiative called “Doctors Ride to the Village Side.“
- In Karnataka, the Health Department has developed a programme called Doctors Ride to the Village.
- The government underwrites the required logistical support for teams lead by medical students to visit villages and provide improved healthcare during the epidemic under this programme.
- Covid tests are carried out in rural areas by MBBS final year students, BSc Nursing, BDS, MDS, and Ayush graduate doctors.
4. The government has requested that four new helpline numbers be broadcast on private television news channels.
- As part of the COVID-19 awareness drive, the Centre requested that commercial TV news stations broadcast four new national helpline numbers for the benefit of citizens.
- To help further this cause, private TV networks should employ a ticker or other acceptable means to promote awareness of the following four national level hotline lines at periodic intervals, particularly during prime time.
5. To ensure the comprehensive growth of horticulture, N S Tomar has launched the Horticulture CDP.
- To guarantee holistic growth of horticulture, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar virtually inaugurated the Horticulture Cluster Development Programme (CDP).
- The program’s goal is to expand and expand recognised horticulture clusters so that they may compete globally.
6.The BRICS Foreign Ministers’ Virtual Meeting is chaired by EAM S Jaishankar.
- S Jaishankar, India’s External Affairs Minister, will virtually chair a BRICS Foreign Ministers meeting. As the BRICS chair, India is hosting the meeting (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa).
- The presidents of the BRICS countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa will discuss how to cope with the COVID-19 epidemic, global and regional problems of concern, sustainable development, and terrorism.
Banking & Finance
7. In the fight against the coronavirus, Canara Bank has announced three financing packages.
- Government-run Canara Bank has established three lending programmes as part of its fight against the epidemic, including healthcare credit, commercial loans, and personal loans.
- Registered hospitals, nursing homes, medical practitioners, diagnostic centres, pathology labs, and any other entities engaged in servicing healthcare infrastructure would be eligible for loans ranging from over Rs 10 lakh to Rs 50 crore through the Canara Chikitsa healthcare credit facility.
- The loan, which will be given at a reduced interest rate, will have a tenor of ten years and a moratorium of up to 18 months.
Business & Economy
8. India’s GDP expands by 1.6 percent in January-March, but shrinks by 7.3 percent in 2020-21.
- According to government figures, the country’s gross domestic product increased by 1.6 per cent in the January to March quarter of the previous fiscal year.
- Agriculture expanded by 3.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of the previous fiscal year, the manufacturing sector by 6.9 per cent, and the construction industry by 14.5 per cent.
9. According to the OECD, the global economy will grow by 5.8% this year.
- The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has upped its global GDP growth prediction for 2021 but warned that “too many headwinds” remain, including a lack of Covid vaccinations reaching emerging markets, leaving the world exposed to variations.
- According to research released by the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the global economy will increase by 5.8% this year, up from a previous forecast of 5.6 per cent.
10. Admiral Superintendent, Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam, is Rear Admiral IB Uthaiah, VSM.
- At a solemn ceremony held at ENC headquarters, Rear Admiral IB Uthaiah, VSM took over as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam, from Rear Adm Sreekumar Nair, NM.
- In November 1987, Rear Adm IB Uthaiah, VSM was commissioned into the Indian Navy. The Admiral is a B Tech graduate. The Admiral has served the Indian Navy in a variety of positions over his 33 years of service, including posts in the Warship Design Directorate, Training Academies, Naval Dockyard, and Command and Naval Headquarters.
11. Sanjeet wins the Asian Boxing Championships gold medal.
- Sanjeet, an Indian heavyweight boxer, won gold in the Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai. In the men’s 91kg final, he upset Olympic silver winner Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan to give India its second gold. Pooja Rani had won the first gold medal in the women’s 75kg event.
- Sanjeet defeated Levit 4-1, giving India a total of 15 medals, including two gold, five silver, and eight bronze.
Awards & Honours News
12. Dr. Harsh Vardhan has been recognised by the World Health Organization for his contributions to tobacco control.
- Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan received the WHO Director-General Special Award this year.
- Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) honours people or organisations for their achievements in tobacco control in each of the six WHO Regions.
13. Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive has won the Dublin Literary Award for 2021.
- Valeria Luiselli, a Mexican author, has won the DUBLIN Literary Award for 2021, sponsored by Dublin City Council, for her novel Lost Children Archive, published by 4th Estate (Harper Collins) in the UK and Vintage Books (Alfred A. Knopf) in the United States.
- The Award is the world’s greatest reward for a single novel published in English, with a prize fund of €100,000.
Books & Authors News
14. Vikram Sampath’s work “Savarkar: A Controversial Legacy (1924-1966)”
- Vikram Sampath, a renowned historian and author, has published the second and last volume of his book on Veer Savarkar’s life and works, titled “Savarkar: A Contested Legacy (1924-1966).”
- The book will be published by Penguin Random House India and will be available on July 26, 2021.
15. Poul Schlueter, the long-serving Danish Prime Minister, has died.
- Poul Schlueter, Denmark’s prime minister for more than a decade who secured Denmark’s exemption from a crucial European Union treaty after Danes rejected the original text in a referendum, has died. He was 92 years old at the time.
- From 1982 to 1993, Schlueter served as the country’s prime minister.
16. Tarannum Riyaz, a former AIR Urdu newsreader, has died.
- Dr. Tarannum Riyaz, a former All India Radio Urdu newsreader and recipient of the SAARC Literature Award in 2014, died in New Delhi. She was 59 years old at the time.
- Tarannum Riyaz, a well-known Urdu novelist, short-story writer, critic, and poetess, was hospitalised after contracting COVID-19. She was on a temporary assignment with All India Radio’s Urdu Unit until December 2019.
17. Parents’ Day is celebrated on June 1st around the world.
- Every year on June 1st, the Global Day of Parents is marked to honour all parents around the world for their selfless commitment to their children and their lifelong sacrifice in developing this bond.
- The United Nations declared the day in 2012.
- The theme for the 2021 Global Day of Parents is ‘Appreciate all parents around the world.’
18. June 1st is World Milk Day.
- Every year on June 1st, World Milk Day is commemorated to honour the importance of milk as global food and to draw attention to activities related to the dairy industry.
- The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) established the worldwide day in 2001.
- ‘Sustainability in the Dairy Sector’ is the theme for 2021.
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