In this article, we will discuss all the important current affairs of 3rd June 2021 in detail.
1. In nine nations, one-stop centres would give legal and medical assistance to Indian women
- The Government of India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) stated that WCD, in partnership with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), will open ten “One-Stop Centers” in nine countries to assist Indian women who have been victims of assault in public or private areas.
- The nine countries with ‘One-Stop Centres’ are Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, according to WCD Secretary Ram Mohan Mishra. Except for Saudi Arabia, each country will have its own centre. In Saudi Arabia, two centres will be established.
2. Under the new ‘Udaan’ initiative, Punjab will offer free sanitary pads to the poor.
- On the occasion of International Menstrual Hygiene Day, the Punjab government started a programme to offer free sanitary napkins to poor girls and women across the state.
- The scheme dubbed “Udaan” will cost Rs 40.55 crore every year. Each beneficiary would receive a maximum of nine pads every month under this programme.
3. Kerala has launched a new Smart Kitchen Scheme, which is expected to be completed by July.
- Kerala is a state in India. In order to satisfy LDF commitments, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced the formation of a secretary-level committee to draught rules and suggestions for the implementation of the “Smart Kitchen Scheme” in the state.
- On July 10, 2021, the Smart Kitchen Scheme will be launched. State women will be offered a loan to repair their kitchens as part of the programme.
4. The Goa government has started a solar-powered electrification campaign for rural households.
- Chief Minister (CM) Pramod Sawant has launched a solar-based rural electrification programme for rural households in Goa, marking a significant step forward in the state’s use of solar energy.
- The programme was initiated to bring energy to areas of Goa that are not connected to the grid.
5. Solution based on artificial intelligence XraySetu is a WhatsApp app that detects covid in rural populations.
- With the help of a chest X-ray, a new AI-driven platform called ‘XraySetu’ has been developed to aid in the early diagnosis of COVID 19. Early detection will be aided by the solution, which will be especially useful in rural areas where RT-PCR tests and CT-Scans are not readily available.
- XraySetu will be accessible via WhatsApp. Even low-resolution Chest X-Ray images supplied via Whatsapp-based Chatbot will be used to identify COVID positive individuals.
6.South Africa hosted a BRICS Working Group Meeting on HPC and ICT.
- High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Information Communication Technology were discussed in the fifth BRICS working group conference (ICT).
- South Africa hosted and coordinated the Fifth BRICS Working Group meeting on High Performance Computing (HPC) and Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in an online format under the Science, Technology, and Innovation track.
Banking & Finance
7. FPI investment limitations in G-secs and SDLs have been announced by the RBI.
- The Reserve Bank of India announced that the investment limitations for foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) in government securities (G-secs) and State Development Loans (SDLs) for the current fiscal year will remain at 6% and 2% of outstanding stocks of securities, respectively, for 2021-22.
- The allocation of incremental adjustments in the G-sec limit (in absolute terms) between the two sub-categories – ‘General’ and ‘Long-term’ – would be maintained at 50:50 for FY 2021-22, according to a circular from the RBI.
Business & Economy
8. Byju’s and Google Have Joined Forces to Provide a ‘Learning Solution’ for Schools
- Byju’s, an education technology company, has established a partnership with Google to provide a learning solution for schools.
- The ‘Vidyartha’ platform combines the ease, flexibility, and security of Google Workspace for Education with Byju’s content pedagogy to aid effective learning at school.
9. India’s GDP increased by 1.6 percent in the fourth quarter but fell by 7.3 percent in FY21.
- According to government figures, India’s gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 1.6 percent in the January-March quarter of fiscal year 2020-21, but contracted by 7.3 percent for the entire fiscal year due to the coronavirus epidemic.
- Since 1979-80, when the Indian economy shrank by 5.2 percent, this is the first full-year contraction in the last four decades. This is also India’s second consecutive quarter of growth since emerging from a rare recession.
10. Nagraj Adiga of India was elected to the IAU Council as the Asian representative.
- Nagraj Adiga of India was elected as the Asia-Oceania Representative at the recent 2021 International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) Congress, which also featured IAU council elections.
- Adiga, who was nominated for elections by the Athletics Federation of India, won by a 7-3 margin over Gilsoo Park of South Korea.
11. Adar Poonawalla is named chairman of Magma Fincorp, and Vijay Deshwal is named CEO.
- Magma Fincorp Ltd announced a series of leadership changes, including the appointment of Adar Poonawalla as chairman.
- Abhay Bhutada was also named managing director of the non-banking finance corporation (NBFC) by the board of directors.
12. Paresh B Lal has been appointed as the India Grievance Officer by WhatsApp.
- Paresh B Lal has been named the Grievance Officer for India by WhatsApp, a Facebook-owned messaging app.
- Because social media firms are obligated by law to disclose the names and other details of their grievance officers on their websites, WhatsApp has updated the information on how to contact Mr. Lal on its website.
13. Justice Arun Mishra, a former Supreme Court judge, has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission.
- Justice Arun Mishra, a former Supreme Court judge, has been sworn in as the new Chairperson of India’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
- Since December 2020, when Justice H L Dattu, ex-Chief Justice of India, concluded his term, the post of NHRC Chief has been empty.
14. The ICC has increased the number of teams in the Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup to 14 for the 2027 and 2031 editions.
- The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that the Men’s Cricket World Cup will be a 14-team, 54-match competition in 2027 and 2031.
- Only 10 teams competed earlier in the 2019 World Cup, compared to 14 teams in the 2015 World Cup.
15. Pooja Rani takes gold in the 75kg final for the second time at the Asian Boxing Championships.
- Pooja Rani of India defeated Mavluda Movlonova in the women’s 75kg final in Dubai, repeating her gold-medal-winning performance in the Asian Elite Boxing Championships.
Pooja, who has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, made quick work of her opponent from Uzbekistan, winning by a unanimous 5-0 score to win India’s first gold medal in the Asian Championships this year. In the semi-finals, she was given a walkover.
Awards & Honours News
16. Apple WWDC21 Swift Student Challenge Winners Include an Indian-Origin Teenager
- Apple announced that Abinaya Dinesh, a 15-year-old Indian-origin girl, was one of three winners of the annual WWDC21 Swift Student Challenge, a platform for young minds ready to exhibit their coding and problem-solving capabilities.
- Dinesh built an app called Gastro at Home, which she hopes to sell on the App Store this summer, because she is passionate about the convergence of medicine and technology, which became personal for her last year.
Books and Authors
17. Supriya Paul’s book “All You Need is Josh: Inspiring Stories of Courage and Conviction in 21st Century India”
- Supriya Paul’s book, “All You Need is Josh: Inspiring Stories of Courage and Conviction in 21st Century India,” was recently published.
- “All You Need Is Josh: Stories of Courage and Conviction in Twenty-First-Century India” is a collection of 30 incredible true stories about people who overcame adversity to achieve their goals.
18. The only surviving member of the Constituent Assembly, T.M. Kaliannan, has died.
- Kalliannan Gounder, the last surviving member of the Indian Constituent Assembly, died in Thiruchengode, Tamil Nadu, at the age of 101.
- At the age of 19, he joined the Indian National Congress and took part in the Quit India movement. He was 28 years old when he was elected to the Indian Constituent Assembly. He was reputedly the Constituent Assembly’s youngest member at the time, as well as a member of India’s first interim parliament.
19. World Bicycle Day: 3rd June
- Every year on June 3rd, International World Bicycle Day is commemorated to raise awareness of the advantages of riding a bicycle.
- The purpose of the day is to recognize the bicycle’s uniqueness, longevity, and versatility as a simple, affordable, reliable, clean, and ecologically friendly sustainable mode of transportation.
- In April 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared the day.
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