In this article, we will discuss all the important current affairs of 30th June 2021 in detail.
1. With World Bank assistance, Andhra Pradesh launches a programme to reform basic learning.
- The World Bank has granted a loan of $250 million to Andhra Pradesh for a programme to change foundational learning in government schools.
- The major goals of the Supporting Andhra’s Learning Transformation (SALT) initiative are to enhance foundation schools and provide teachers with training and skill development.
2. Govt Allocates Additional Rs 19,041 Cr for Broadband Connectivity in Villages Under BharatNet
- The government allocated an additional Rs 19,041 crore to provide broadband connectivity in all villages under the BharatNet project.
- Under the BharatNet project, the government initially targeted to cover all 2.52 lakh gram panchayats with high-speed broadband services. The Prime Minister later announced expansion of the project to cover all villages as well.
3. The United States has announced an additional USD 41 million in Covid-19 assistance to India.
- The United States has pledged an extra USD 41 million in funding to assist India in responding to the Covid-19 outbreak and strengthening the country’s preparation for future health catastrophes, bringing the total amount of aid to almost USD 200 million.
- Access to Covid-19 testing, pandemic-related mental health treatments, quick referrals to medical services, and access to healthcare in distant locations will all benefit from USAID’s aid.
4. In Baku, Turkey and Azerbaijan have begun joint military drills.
- The Turkish and Azerbaijani forces have begun joint drills in Baku dubbed “Mustafa Kemal Atatürk 2021,” according to the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan.
- In the drills, the two countries used tanks, helicopters, and drones in an effort to strengthen their military interoperability.
5. LowCarbon.Earth for Asia-Pacific will be launched by UNEP and Massive Earth Foundation.
- The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the launch of LowCarbon.Earth in conjunction with Massive Earth Foundation (MEF) in order to enhance the start-up ecosystem and promote the transition to a Low Carbon Lifestyle in Asia Pacific.
- The programme will provide a platform for start-ups to interact with established corporates, leading technology companies, and industry mentors to build collective capabilities for the industry in the cutting-edge areas of advanced sustainable technologies. It will be a first of its kind unique Industry-Academia Partnership initiative.
6. Six Indian medical colleges make the top 100 list of the world’s best medical schools.
- In a report published by CEO World Magazine, six medical colleges from India have been named among the world’s top 100 medical schools for the year 2021.
- The All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi was ranked 23rd, while AFMC Pune was ranked 34th. CMC Vellore was ranked 49th, JIPMER Pondicherry was ranked 59th, Medical College Chennai was ranked 64th, and IMS BHU Varanasi was ranked 65th (72).
7. The INS Tabar has been dispatched to take part in joint drills with allied navies.
- The Indian Naval Ship Tabar began her extended tour on June 13 and will visit a number of ports in Africa and Europe until the end of September in order to strengthen military cooperation with friendly states. The ship will take part in a number of friendly navies’ joint drills.
- The ship will also take part in bilateral exercises like as Ex Konkan with the Royal Navy, Ex Varuna with the French Navy, and Ex Indra with the Russian Federation Navy, in addition to PASSEX with the host fleets of the nations being visited.
Banking & Finance
8. In Maharashtra, Gadkari announces Indian Bank’s ‘MSME Prerana’.
- In Maharashtra, Indian Bank launched its flagship Business Mentoring Program, MSME Prerana. Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of MSME and Road, Transport and Highways, launched it.
- ‘MSME Prerana’ is a revolutionary, unique, and original business mentorship programme for MSME Entrepreneurs, the first of its kind. The programme will begin in Nagpur and move on to other significant Maharashtra cities.
9. Kuwait’s Commercial Bank has chosen TCS’ BaNCS for treasury solutions.
- Commercial Bank of Kuwait has chosen Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.’s ‘BaNCS for Treasury’ solution to “improve risk management, broaden asset class coverage, and fuel future growth.”
- CBK will be able to offer a greater selection of cash and derivative treasury solutions, as well as integrate various trading and messaging platforms, handle cash and positions in real time, and provide significant accounting and reporting capabilities, thanks to the software package.
10. Dvara e-Dairy joins forces with IFFCO Tokio to develop a digital cow identification solution.
- Dvara e-Dairy Solutions Pvt Ltd announced a collaboration with IFFCO Tokio General Insurance to provide a digital cow identity solution powered by artificial intelligence (AI) for livestock insurance.
- The company’s “Surabhi e-Tag” is an AI-powered digital tag that uses muzzle identity to identify cattle.
11. The European Space Agency is set to hire the world’s first disabled astronaut.
- Several hundred would-be para-astronauts have already applied for the position, which the European Space Agency aims to hire and launch the world’s first physically impaired astronaut.
- The 22-member space programme recently completed its decennial astronaut recruitment call, which attracted 22,000 applications.
12. IFUNA’s Chairman, Shambhu Nath Srivastava, has been appointed.
- The Indian Federation of United Nations Associations (IFUNA) has appointed Shambhu Nath Srivastava, a former judge of the Allahabad High Court and former chief Lokayukta of Chhattisgarh, as its chairman.
- He succeeds Mukul Sangma, Meghalaya’s former chief minister.
13. The Sudirman Cup in badminton has been relocated to Finland, and the World Tour Finals have been relocated to Indonesia.
- The Sudirman Cup Finals 2021 and the BWF World Tour Finals, which were initially scheduled to take place in China this year, have been rescheduled to Vantaa, Finland and Bali, Indonesia, respectively.
- From September 26 to October 3, the Sudirman Cup Finals 2021 will be held in Vantaa, Finland, followed by the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2020 in Aarhus, Denmark, which were postponed last year.
14. The BCCI has confirmed that the 2021 T20 World Cup would be held in the United Arab Emirates.
- The BCCI has informed its member associations that the T20 World Cup will be staged in the United Arab Emirates this year.
- The BCCI, on the other hand, holds the hosting rights for the 16-team tournament, which is set to begin on October 17th.
15. Mithali Raj Back in Top Five of ICC ODI Rankings for Batswomen
- India captain Mithali Raj has returned to the top five of the latest ICC Women’s ODI Rankings for batswomen after top-scoring for India with 72 in the series opener against England in Bristol.
- The 38-year-old, who has completed 22 years in international cricket, rescued her side from a precarious 27 for two but India’s total of 201 for eight was not challenging enough for England, who will be defending their World Cup title in New Zealand next year.
Awards & Honours
16. P Sainath, a journalist, has won the Fukuoka Grand Prize in Japan.
- P Sainath, a well-known journalist and the founder of PARI (People’s Archive of Rural India), has been honoured with the Fukuoka Grand Prize for 2021.
- Individuals and organisations for their work in maintaining Asian culture are honoured with the prize, which was established by Fukuoka City and the Fukuoka City International Foundation in Japan.
Books & Authors
17. A book titled “Kashmiri Century: Portrait Of A Society In Transition” was recently published.
- Khemlata Vakhlu’s book “Kashmiri Century: Portrait of a Society in Transition” was recently published.
- A Kashmiri Century is an exceptional collection of human-interest stories. It spans a century and shines a compassionate light on the innocent and hardworking people of Kashmir’s lovely valley.
18. “Policymaker’s Journal: From New Delhi to Washington, DC” is the title of a book. Kaushik Basu is the author of this article.
- Kaushik Basu’s book “Policymaker’s Journal: From New Delhi to Washington, DC” will be released soon.
- This book follows Kaushik Basu’s career as he transitioned from the ivory towers of academia to the fast-paced world of policymaking, first in India as Chief Economic Adviser to the Indian Government and then in Washington as Chief Economist at the World Bank.
19. Former Pakistani Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khoso has died.
- Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, Pakistan’s former temporary Prime Minister, died of cardiac failure. He died at the age of 95.
- Khoso, a retired judge, served as acting Prime Minister for three months in 2013 to oversee the federal elections, in which the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz won victorious (PML-N).
20. Parliamentary Day is a worldwide celebration of the institution of parliament.
- Every year on June 30th, the International Day of Parliamentarism is commemorated.
- On this day in 1889, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, a global association of parliaments, was founded.
21. Today is World Asteroid Day.
- Every year on June 30th, the world commemorates and celebrates World Asteroid Day.
- It is typically observed to promote public awareness about the dangers of asteroids and the precautions that should be taken in the event of a near-Earth object threat.
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