In this article, we will discuss all the important current affairs of 21st June 2021 in detail.
1. If PAN is not linked by June 30, 2021, it will be declared “INOPERATIVE.”
- Due to the problems caused by the ongoing Covid epidemic, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) recently extended the deadline to connect Permanent Account Number (PAN) with Aadhaar number to June 30, 2021.
- Now that the deadline is rapidly approaching, here are some criteria to remember.
- PAN cards that are not linked to Aadhaar after June 30, 2021, will be termed “inoperative,” and a penalty of Rs 1,000 may be imposed, according to the new Section 234H of the Income-tax Act 1961, which was just adopted during Budget 2021.
2. To raise awareness about Corona vaccine, the “Jaan Hai To Jahaan Hai” campaign was launched: Naqvi
- Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Union Minister for Minority Affairs, has announced the commencement of a statewide “Jaan Hai To Jahaan Hai” awareness campaign to raise awareness about Corona immunisation in rural and remote areas of the country.
- The campaign also intends to “Crush and Curb” rumours and fears about the ongoing vaccination effort that are being spread by some vested interests.
- The Ministry of Minority Affairs, along with other socio-educational organisations, non-governmental organisations, and women self-help groups, will launch the awareness campaign, according to Mr. Naqvi.
3. The bill for inland vessels has been approved by the Cabinet.
- According to Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, the Union Cabinet passed the Inland Vessel Bill 2021, which will streamline and regulate inland vessels operating in the country.
- The Inland Vessels Act of 1917 will be replaced by the Inland Vessels Bill of 2021.
- The Inland Vessel Bill of 2021 will promote cost-effective and safe inland waterway transit and trade. The bill will include provisions for safe navigation, cargo protection, and pollution prevention when inland vessels are used.
4. Narendra Singh Tomar speaks at the FAO Congress’s 42nd session.
- Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar delivered a virtual address at the 42nd session of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) conference.
- The FAO and all 193 European Union members backed the new Strategic Framework 2022-2031, which will help to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- For the next two years (2021–23), Hans Hoogwein, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to United Nations Organizations in Rome, will serve as the New Independent Chairman of the Council (ICC). He will take the place of Pakistan’s Khalid Mehboob.
5. In the Indian Ocean, India and Japan perform a bilateral naval drill.
- The Indian Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) conducted a cooperative naval exercise in the Indian Ocean to accomplish the goal of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific.”
- India and Japan’s naval cooperation has grown in scope and complexity over the years.
- In September of last year, the Indian Navy and the JMSDF conducted JIMEX-2020, a three-day naval exercise in the North Arabian Sea. JIMEX, the India-Japan maritime bilateral exercise, was in its fourth edition.
6. Bengaluru is the most livable city in the world, according to the Ease of Living Index.
- In the Ease of Living Index 2020, presented by the Centre for Science and Environment, Bengaluru was declared India’s most livable city (CSE).
- The Ease of Living Index 2020 is included in the State of India’s Environment 2021 report. The top five best cities are Bengaluru, Chennai, Shimla, Bhubaneshwar, and Mumbai, in that order.
- Delhi is ranked 13th out of 49 cities in the ‘million-plus population’ category on the livability rating, with Srinagar at the bottom.
- Shimla topped the category of cities having a population of less than a million people, according to the report presented by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. Bhubaneshwar came in second, Silvassa third, and Kakinada, Salem, Vellore, Gandhinagar, Gurgaon, Davangere, and Tiruchirapalli round out the top ten.
- Muzaffarpur was at the bottom of a list of 62 cities in the ‘less than million people’ category that were ranked on the livability index.
7. In a bid to promote renewable energy, India and the United States have formed a hydrogen task force.
- A US-India Hydrogen Task Force has been established by the US Department of Energy (DOE), India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), and the US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF). This is part of the Strategic Clean Energy Partnership between the United States and India (SCEP).
- This new Task Force will review technology state, investigate creative policy possibilities, and make recommendations on behalf of industry and government stakeholders.
- A government-level steering committee, an industry council, and working groups or subcommittees in specified priority sectors will make up the Hydrogen Task Force. The emphasis will be on enhancing hydrogen cooperation between industry and institutions in both nations.
8. Montek Ahluwalia has been appointed to the World Bank and IMF’s High Advisory Group.
- Montek Singh Ahluwalia, a former Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission and a distinguished fellow at the Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP), has been named to a High-Level Advisory Group (HLAG) formed by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change.
- The goal of the HLAG on sustainable and inclusive recovery and growth is to “assist in securing a solid recovery and laying the groundwork for green, resilient, and inclusive development over the next decade.”
9. In Iran’s presidential election, Ebrahim Raisi wins by a landslide.
- Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline jurist sanctioned by the US for human rights violations, won Iran’s presidential election as expected, despite voter indifference over economic woes and political limitations.
- Mr Raisi had a commanding lead in the poll, having received 17.8 million votes. Mohsen Rezaei, a senior conservative general, came in second with 3.3 million votes, while Abdolnaser Hemmati, a former central bank governor, came in third with 2.4 million votes.
10. The 2021 French Grand Prix is won by Max Verstappen.
- On the penultimate lap, Formula One championship leader Max Verstappen passed Lewis Hamilton to win the French Grand Prix and increase his lead over his title challenger to 12 points.
- On Lap 52, Verstappen used the DRS technology to catch Hamilton and pass him on the inside before speeding away to claim his third victory of the season and 13th overall.
- Red Bull, who has never beaten Mercedes on the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France, had a terrific day thanks to a bonus point for the quickest lap.
11. Sahyadri, Kiltan, and Khukri have been named the Best Ships of the Eastern Naval Command.
- The Fleet Awards Function 2021 was held to honour the Eastern Fleet’s operational accomplishments throughout the previous year.
- The Eastern Fleet’s Operational Cycle comes to a close with the Fleet Awards Function, which honours the achievements of the Eastern Naval Command’s “Sword Arm” (ENC).
- INS Sahyadri was named Best Ship of the Eastern Fleet among capital ships, INS Kamorta was named Most Spirited Ship for displaying indomitable spirit and grit while completing a variety of difficult missions, and IN Ships Kiltan and Khukri were named Best Corvette Trophy among Corvettes and similar classes of ships.
12. At the New York Indian Film Festival, a documentary about Mahatma Gandhi takes home the top prize.
- At the 21st New York Indian Film Festival, a documentary on Mahatma Gandhi made by internationally famous South African filmmaker Anant Singh won the Best Documentary Feature Award.
- The film, Ahimsa Gandhi: The Power of the Powerless, was written and directed by Ramesh Sharma and produced by Singh’s firm Videovision to honour Mahatma Gandhi’s birth 150 years ago in 2019.
- In the film, a diverse group of historians and scholars from around the world discuss Gandhi’s impact on the world.
13. In Botswana, the world’s third-largest diamond was discovered.
- In the southern African province of Botswana, a massive diamond weighing more than 1,000 carats was unearthed, which could be the third-largest ever mined.
- The high-quality rock, weighing 1,098.3 carats, was discovered earlier this month in Debswana’s Jwaneng mine, which is jointly controlled by the Botswanan government and the De Beers Group.
Books & Authors
14. Nutmeg’s Curse, a new book by Amitav Ghosh
- Amitav Ghosh, a Jnanpith Awardee and acclaimed novelist, has written a book called “The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis.” John Murray is the publisher.
- Through the storey of the nutmeg, the book explores the history of colonialism’s impact on the world today.
15. Bishnupada Sethi’s ‘Beyond Here And Other Poems’ is published by Naveen Patnaik.
- Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has presented ‘Beyond Here and Other Poems,’ a collection of poems authored by senior official Bishnupada Sethi.
- It’s a collection of 61 poems that depict a wide range of life experiences, death perceptions, and philosophical thought.
16. International Day of Yoga: 21st June
- Due to the coronavirus pandemic, India is virtually celebrating the seventh International Day of Yoga. International Yoga Day honours yoga’s physical and spiritual power on the international scene.
- The topic for the 2021 International Day of Yoga is “Yoga for Well-Being,” which is particularly timely in a society still reeling from the effects of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) epidemic.
17. World Music Day: 21st June
- The 21st of June is known as ‘World Music Day’ all throughout the world. It is also known as Make Music Day and ‘Fete de la Musique’ in French.
- The goal was to get people out on the streets and enjoy themselves while listening to the music of their choice.
- “Music at the Intersections” is the subject of World Music Day 2021. Make Music Day is another name for this event.
18. International Day Of The Celebration Of The Solstice: 21st June
- This day raises awareness of the importance of solstices and equinoxes in various religions and ethnic traditions.
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