In this article, we will discuss all the important current affairs of 24th June 2021 in detail.
1. For Indo-Pacific stability, India establishes a new trilateral with Italy and Japan.
- In the Indo-Pacific area, India, Italy, and Japan began their trilateral – the second trilateral between India and a European power – in the hopes of establishing stability and a rules-based international order based on the consent of all, not the power of a few.
- The trilateral was launched via a virtual meeting that included members from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the Italian embassies in Tokyo and New Delhi, and the Japanese foreign ministry, as well as representatives from the three countries’ major think tanks.
2. A high-level group made up of members from the services and the ministries concerned has been constituted to hold broader consultations on the development of integrated triservice theatre commands.
- The Vice Chiefs of the three services, the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee, and representatives from the Ministries of Home Affairs, Finance, and Law make up the panel.
3. Next year, India will host the 9th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable.
- The International Energy Forum (IEF) announced that India has accepted to host the 9th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER9) next year.
- The 9th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable, whose dates will be announced later, will build on the agreements established at the previous summit, which was co-hosted by India and held in Abu Dhabi in 2018. The meeting’s topic was global energy security in a changing world.
4. The Minister of Minority Affairs has launched a public awareness campaign called “JaanHaiToJahaanHai.”
- Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of Minority Affairs, has launched a nationwide “JaanHaiToJahaanHai” awareness campaign to raise awareness about Corona vaccination in rural and remote areas of the country, as well as to “Crush and Curb” rumours and apprehensions about the ongoing vaccination drive spread by some vested interests.
- Various religious leaders, significant people from the social, educational, cultural, medical, scientific, and other spheres are presenting effective messages to the people to get vaccinated, and street plays will be held across the country as part of the campaign.
5. Indian naval ships take part in a transit exercise with the United States Navy.
- During its passage through the Indian Ocean Region, Indian Naval Ships Kochi and Teg, along with P8I and MiG 29K aircraft, are taking part in a Passage Exercise with US Navy Carrier Strike Group Ronald Reagan.
- The Carrier Strike Group will conduct joint multi-domain operations with Indian Naval warships and aircraft from the Indian Navy and Air Force.
6. Gujarat’s government has announced its electric vehicle policy for the next four years.
- Gujarat’s state government has revealed its electric vehicle strategy for the next four years. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced the programme, stating that the state hopes to have 2 lakh electric vehicles on the roads in the next four years.
- Gujarat is also aiming to become an e-vehicle manufacturing centre, according to the policy. A minimum of 6 lakh tonnes of carbon emissions will be cut under the new strategy.
7. To boost digital learning in higher education, Karnataka’s chief minister has launched a state-run learning management system.
- To boost digital learning in higher education, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa introduced the state Learning Management System.
- The Chief Minister will also launch 2500 smart classrooms and digitally distribute Table PCs to 1.55 lakh students as part of a programme organised by the department of collegiate education in Bengaluru.
8. Bengaluru is ranked as one of Asia Pacific’s top five technology hubs.
- Bengaluru is currently ranked as one of Asia Pacific’s top five IT hubs, with Hyderabad in the top 10.
- ‘Growth engines of innovation: How Asia Pacific’s technological centres are changing regional real estate,’ says the research. It examines how the region’s property markets are changing as a result of the tech sector’s rise.
9. Sanjay Dhotre will represent India at the G20 Education Ministers Meeting.
- Shri Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State for Education, attended the G20 Education Ministers’ Meeting. Italy hosted the gathering in a hybrid format.
- G20 Education Ministers discussed how to go forward in the battle against educational poverty and inequity, particularly in light of the Covid 19 pandemic. The ministers also agreed to share new pandemic-related experiences in order to ensure the continuity and quality of learning paths through blended education
Banking & Finance News
10. SBM Bank and Paisabazaar have launched the Step Up Credit Card.
- Paisabazaar.com, a lending marketplace, and SBM Bank India have announced the launch of the Step Up Credit Card, a credit-building product aimed at individuals who have limited access to formal credit due to an invalid credit score.
- Paisabazaar’s neo-lending strategy kicks out with the Step Up Credit Card, which was developed in collaboration with SBM Bank India.
11. India was ranked second in terms of central bank surplus transfers; Turkey was first.
- For fiscal year 2020-21, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) came in second in terms of reserves transferred to the government as a proportion of GDP. Turkey is at the top of the list.
- The Reserve Bank of India has transferred a surplus of Rs 99,122 crore to the government for FY21, which is 73 percent more than the Rs 57,128 crore paid out in 2019-20.
Business & Economy News
12. India’s GDP Growth Rate Has Been Revised To 9.6% By Moody’s
- Moody’s Investors Service has lowered India’s growth forecast for the calendar year 2021 to 9.6%, down from 13.9 percent previously. GDP growth is expected to be 7% in the calendar year 2022.
- The total impact of the coronavirus pandemic on India’s economy, according to the agency, will be less severe than it was during the first wave last year. According to Moody’s, with states increasingly loosening restrictions, economic activity in May is projected to be at a nadir.
13. Manpreet Singh and Rani Rampal Captains Appointed To Indian Hockey Teams
- For the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Manpreet Singh and Rani Rampal have been selected captains of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams, respectively.
- Both sides will have two vice-captains, according to Hockey India. The men’s hockey team’s vice-captains are Birendra Lakra and Harmanpreet Singh, while the women’s hockey team’s vice-captains are Deep Grace Ekka and Savita Punia.
14. Pratima Murthy, a senior psychiatrist, has been named the new director of NIMHANS.
- Dr. Pratima Murthy, the head of the Department of Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru, has been named the Institute’s Director for a five-year term. She will leave the company in March 2026.
- Last month, on World No Tobacco Day 2021, Dr Murthy received the WHO Regional Director’s Special Recognition Award.
15. OnePlus Appoints Jasprit Bumrah As A Brand Ambassador
- OnePlus has named cricketer Jasprit Bumrah as the brand ambassador for its wearables category, according to the company.
- The collaboration with Bumrah reaffirms the brand’s motto of ‘Never Settle,’ as well as the company’s quest for perfection.
16. New Zealand is the first country to win the ICC World Test Championship.
- After defeating India in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final at Ageas Bowl Stadium (Rose Bowl Stadium) in Southampton, England, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson savoured his team’s remarkable victory.
- Kyle Jamieson (New Zealand) was named “Player of the Match,” while Kane Williamson (New Zealand) was named “Player of the Series.”
17. MPL, Amul, and JSW Group join IOA as sponsors for Tokyo 2020.
- MPL Sports Foundation, a mobile gaming platform, has been named the primary sponsor of the Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) contingent for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games next year. The agreement will extend through December 31, 2022.
- The IOA also announced that Amul, the world’s largest diary company, has agreed to sponsor the Tokyo Games, which will take place from July 23 to August 8.
Awards & Honours News
18. The Inaugural List Of The Century’s Top Philanthropists Is Led By Jamsetji Tata.
- The Tata Group’s founder, Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, has won the EdelGive Hurun Philanthropists of the Century award. With the beginning of his important endowments in 1892, the research estimates the present worth of his donation – primarily to education and healthcare – to be $102.4 billion.
Books & Authors News
19. Will Smith is a well-known actor. His autobiography, titled ‘Will,’ has been announced.
- Will Smith’s planned book, “Will,” has been given a title and a cover. Penguin Press will release the book on November 9, 2021.
- Will Smith collaborated on the book alongside author Mark Manson, while New Orleans artist Brandan “BMike” Odums drew the cover. Smith will also be the narrator of Penguin Random House Audio’s Will audiobook.
20. Arvind Gaur’s book “Habba Khatoon” is now available. Written by Kajal Suri Theatre personality Arvind Gaur has released Kajal Suri’s novel “Habba Khatoon.” Sanjana Prakashan was the publisher.
- Habba Khatoon was a Kashmiri poet and ascetic who earned the honorary title of “The Nightingale of Kashmir.” She was the last Emperor of Kashmir’s wife, Yousuf Shah Chak.
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