In this article, we will discuss all the important current affairs of 28th June 2021 in detail.
1. Rajnath Singh dedicates 63 BRO-built bridges in eight states
- Rajnath Singh inaugurated 63 Border Roads Organization bridges in eight states in a virtual event from Kyungam in Leh district.
- Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated 62 other bridges completed by 15 different Border Roads Organization (BRO) projects in eight states across the country from Eastern Ladakh, at an altitude of 11,800 feet, along with the 50-meter Kunjan bridge across the powerful Indus river on the Leh-Loma road.
2. The Prime Minister of India launched a Zen Garden and a Kaizen Academy in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
- At the Ahmedabad Management Association, Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated a Japanese Zen garden and Kaizen academy (AMA).
- Several aspects of Japanese art, culture, nature, and architecture will be featured.
3. The government has extended the deadline for linking a PAN to an Aadhaar number to September 30.
- The deadline for connecting PAN and Aadhaar has been extended until September 30th by the government.
- Anurag Thakur, Minister of State for Finance, also announced that the Vivad se Vishwas Payment without interest would be extended until August 31st. He also announced a tax exemption for COVID-19 treatment costs and ex-gratia payments made in the event of a COVID-19-related death.
4. To supplement water in forest areas, the government has released LiDAR survey findings
- Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, released the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of a LiDAR-based survey of forest areas in ten states, including Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Goa, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra, in a virtual event.
- The project, which was awarded to WAPCOS—a PSU under the Ministry of Jal Shakti—at a cost of Rs.18.38 crore for implementation in 26 states over 261897 hectare, was awarded to WAPCOS—a PSU under the Ministry of Jal Shakti—at a cost of Rs.18.38 crore for implementation in 26 states over 261897 hectare.
5. The JSCA and SAIL-BSL have signed an agreement for an international cricket stadium in Bokaro.
- The Jharkhand State Cricket Association has inked a lease deal with Bokaro Steel Plant for the development of an international cricket stadium. The Jharkhand State Cricket Association is connected with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
- BSL is a subsidiary of Steel Authority of India Limited and the first international cricket stadium in Maharatna.
6. The Hemis Festival will take place in 2021. In Leh, Ladakh, it is commemorated.
- The Hemis Festival is held in Ladakh every year on the 10th day of the Tibetan lunar month Tse-Chu.
- The two-day festival commemorates Guru Padmasambhava’s birth.
7. Japan will provide $9.3 million in aid to India to help build a cold-chain system to combat the disease.
- Japan has declared that it will supply India with USD 9.3 million in cold chain equipment and related assistance to aid in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The support, provided through the United Nations Children’s Fund’s Last One Mile Support programme, would provide India with cold chain equipment, including medical equipment such as cold-storage facilities, as part of Japan’s Emergency Grant Aid plan (UNICEF).
8. The 9th Moscow Conference on International Security was held in Moscow, Russia.
- In Moscow, Russia, Defence Secretary Dr. Ajay Kumar spoke at the 9th Moscow Conference on International Security’s plenary session on the theme “Role of Military Agencies in Fighting COVID-19.”
- The Defence Secretary emphasised India’s support for friendly countries by deploying Rapid Response Medical Teams to help people in need. 150 countries received medical supplies of various kinds.
9. Catania hosted the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Labor and Employment.
- In Catania, Italy, the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers met. MoS (I/C) Shri Santosh Gangwar and Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre represented India’s Ministry of Labour and Employment.
- Ministers emphasized the need to properly preparing youth for a smooth transition into the workforce when they complete their schooling. This step is especially critical for students from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, who are more likely to fall behind.
Banking & Finance News
10. The Reserve Bank of India has launched a survey on ITES exports for FY21.
- The Reserve Bank said that the 2020-21 round of its annual survey on computer software and information technology enabled services (ITES) exports, whose results are used to compile balance of payments figures, has begun. Since 2002-03, the RBI has conducted an annual survey.
- It gathers information on a variety of areas of computer services exports, as well as ITES and business process outsourcing exports (BPO).
Business & Economy
11. India’s second-largest export partner is presently China.
- In fiscal 2021, China surpassed the UAE as India’s second-largest export destination, with outbound shipments to the neighboring country increasing 27.53 percent to $21.18 billion over the pandemic year.
- The United States remained the country’s leading export partner, but shipments fell 2.78 percent year on year to $51.63 billion. Last fiscal year, India’s top markets were Hong Kong, Bangladesh, and Singapore.
12. India’s GDP Growth Rate For FY22 Is Revised By Ind-Ra With a 9.6% rate
- According to credit rating firm India Ratings and Research, the Indian economy is expected to increase by 9.6% in the current fiscal year 2021-22. (Ind-Ra).
- Due to the severity of the second wave of the deadly COVID-19 epidemic in the country, the corporation lowered its GDP growth forecast for the current fiscal year from 10.1 percent to 9.6 percent.
13. Meenesh Shah, executive director of the NDDB, has been named Chairman of the Board.
- Meenesh Shah, the executive director (ED) of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in Anand, has been assigned the additional responsibility of chairman.
- As interim chairman Varsha Joshi’s term expired on May 31, Shah took up the position for a six-month period, beginning June 1 and continuing until further instructions.
14. Angelique Kerber is the first woman to win the Bad Homburg Open.
- Angelique Kerber of Germany boosted her Wimbledon chances by winning her first tournament in three years, the inaugural Bad Homburg grasscourt title.
- The former world number one, back in a final for the first time in two years and on home turf, broke Katerina Siniakova’s serve six times to win 6-3 6-2 in the final.
15. After a hat-trick of gold medals at World Cup Stage 3, Deepika Kumari reclaims the world No. 1 ranking.
- Star Deepika Kumari, an Indian archer, has reclaimed the top spot in the world rankings after winning a hat-trick of gold medals at the World Cup Stage 3 competition. The 27-year-old from Ranchi, who had won gold in three recurve events — women’s solo, team, and mixed pair — had won the top rank for the first time in 2012.
- Deepika won the women’s recurve team gold with a convincing win over Mexico after combining with Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari.
16. Kiren Rijiju, India’s Sports Minister, Launches a “Cheer Up” Campaign for Olympic hopefuls.
- Kiren Rijiju, India’s Sports Minister, has launched a nationwide “Cheer Up” campaign for the country’s Olympic hopefuls, urging people to show their support for the athletes, who will compete in the Tokyo Olympics beginning July 23.
- Over 100 Indian competitors have qualified for the Games so far, and Rijiju claims that over 6000 selfie sites would be set up across the country to demonstrate support.
17. Cristiano Ronaldo has surpassed Lionel Messi as the joint top scorer in men’s international football.
- Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal has tied for the most goals in men’s international football. At the Puskas Arena in Budapest, he accomplished the feat in Portugal’s Euro 2020 match versus France.
- Ronaldo scored two penalty kick goals against France, giving him 109 goals in 176 appearances for Portugal.
Awards & Honours
18. The Japan Society of Civil Engineers has awarded the Delhi Metro the Japan Society of Civil Engineers Award.
- The Japan Society of Civil Engineers has given the Delhi Metro an award for its “high-quality” infrastructure development projects in stages I-III. For the year 2020, the ‘Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award’ will be given.
- This award is granted to a small number of projects that demonstrate the advancement of civil engineering technology around the world.
Books & Authors
19. Sundeep Mishra’s book “Fiercely Female: The Dutee Chand Story”
- Journalist Sundeep Mishra’s book, “Fiercely Female: The Dutee Chand Story,” is a thorough account of Chand’s journey, including the gender-identity debate that made her a famous figure in Indian sport.
- Westland Books was the publisher of the book. Dutee Chand, India’s first openly gay athlete, made history in 2019 by being the first Indian woman to win a gold medal in a 100-meter event at the World Universiade in Naples.
20. Parassala Ponnammal, a Carnatic musician, died at the age of 96.
- Kerala’s Parassala B Ponnammal, a doyen of carnatic music, has died. She was 96 years old at the time.
- In 2006, Parassala B Ponnammal became the first woman in 300 years of tradition to sing at the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple’s legendary Navaratri Celebrations.
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