Current Affairs 1 June 2021

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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Ministry of Education Launched ‘YUVA’ – PM’s Scheme for Mentoring Young AuthorsOn May 29,2021, The Ministry of Education, Department of Higher Education, launched an Author Mentorship programme ‘YUVA (Young, Upcoming and Versatile Authors) – Prime Minister’s Scheme for Mentoring Young Authors’ to Train Young and Budding Authors (Below 30 Years of age).
Objective: To promote reading, writing, and book culture of Indians; to project Indian writings globally.
Key points:
i.Implementing Agency: The National Book Trust, India under the Ministry of Education will be the Implementing Agency of the scheme. They will execute the scheme in a phase-wise manner under well-defined stages of mentorship. ​
ii.Publisher: The books formulated under the scheme will be published by National Book Trust, India
iii.Selection: Under YUVA, 75 authors will be selected from 1 June – 31 July 2021 through an All India Contest, and the winners will be announced on 15 August 2021.
iv.Scholarship: Under the scheme, an author will get a consolidated scholarship of Rs 50,000 per month for a period of 6 months.
About Ministry of Education:
Union Minister – Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ (Lok Sabha MP, Constituency – Haridwar, Uttarakhand)
Minister of State – Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre (Lok Sabha MP, Constituency – Akola, Maharashtra)
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Govt Extended the Validity of ECLGS till September 30, 2021; ECLGS 4.0 Launched for On-Site oxygen generationOn May 30, 2021, the Ministry of Finance has extended the validity of the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) for another 3 months till September, 30, 2021 or till guarantee for an amount of Rs 3 lakh crore is issued.

  • Additionally, the scope of ECLGS has been widened through the introduction of ECLGS 4.0 for on-site oxygen generation.

Room for Banks to Lend Rs 45,000 crore:
i.The disbursement under the Rs 3 lakh crore ECLGS scheme was also permitted up to December 31, 2021.
ii.Indian Banks’ Association Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sunil Mehta stated that the validity extension will provide room for banks to disburse another Rs 45,000 crore out of Rs 3 lakh crore plan (Rs 2.54 lakh crore is covered already).
Key points about the Modifications in ECLGS:
i.ECLGS 4.0:  Under which, a 100 percent guarantee cover was offered to hospitals/nursing homes/clinics/medical colleges for setting up on-site oxygen generation plants for loans up to Rs 2 crore with an interest rate capped at 7.5 percent.
ii.ECLGS 3.0: Under ECLGS 3.0, the loan outstanding ceiling of Rs 500 crore for eligibility was removed and added the Civil Aviation sector to be eligible under it.
iii.ECLGS 1.0: Additional assistance up to 10 percent was enabled for loans given under ECLGS 1.0 (raising the total guaranteed loan to 30 percent) of outstanding as of February 29, 2020.
About Ministry of Finance:
Union Minister – Nirmala Sitharaman (Constituency – Karnataka).
Minister of State – Shri Anurag Singh Thakur (Constituency – Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh).
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IFFCO Introduces World’s First ‘Nano Urea’ for Farmers

Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) has introduced the world’s first Nano Urea Liquid for farmers during its 50th annual general body virtual meeting.The production of Nano Urea Liquid will commence by June 2021.

  • Scientists have developed indigenous Nano Urea Liquid at Nano Biotechnology Research Centre, Kalol,Gujarat in line with ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Krishi’.
  • Nano Urea Liquid will be efficient for plant nutrition which increases the production with improved nutritional quality.
  • It will create a huge positive effect on the quality of underground water, very significant reduction in the global warming with an impact on climate change and sustainable development.

About Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO)
Managing Director – Dr. U. S. Awasthi
Headquarters – New Delhi
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

South Africa Hosted 5th BRICS Working Group Meeting on HPC & ICT initiatives; India Chairs 2nd BRICS Sherpas’ & Sous Sherpas’ Meeting
On 27th & 28th of May 2021, the 5th BRICS Working Group meeting on High Performance Computing (HPC) and Information Communication Technologies (ICT) was organised by South Africa in an Online mode. Key discussions were made on the use of HPC and Artificial Intelligence for fighting pandemics & sustainable development projects.

  • India – Indigenous development of supercomputers by C-DAC under the National Supercomputing Mission, applicable for Drug designing & Flood early warning system

India Chairs 2nd BRICS Sherpas’ and Sous Sherpas’ meeting
The 4-day long 2nd BRICS Sherpas’ and Sous Sherpas’ meeting was chaired by India in May 2021, which made key discussions on the upcoming BRICS Foreign Ministers Meeting on 1st June.
About BRICS: 
Theme for 2021- BRICS @ 15: Intra-BRICS Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus
2021 BRICS Presidency – India
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CWUR’s World University Rankings 2021-22:IIM-Ahmedabad Tops in India; Harvard University Tops GloballyIndian Institute of Management(IIM), Ahmedabad topped among the Indian Universities in the Centre for World University Ranking (CWUR)’s World University Rankings 2021-22 & IIM-Ahmedabad was ranked 415th globally.Harvard University topped globally.

  • Jadavpur University ranks 18th among Indian higher educational institutions in CWUR rankings.
  • Among the top 2,000 institutions across the globe, 68 Indian institutions have made the positions in this list.
  • Indicators- Quality of Education, Alumni Employment, Quality of Faculty, Research Performance were the indicators of Center for World University Rankings (CWUR).

Top Indian Institutes in World University Rankings 2021-22

India Rank Institution Location World Rank
1 Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad 415
2 Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru 459
3 Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Mumbai 543

World University Rankings 2021-22
World Rank Institution Location
1 Harvard University USA
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA
3 Stanford University USA

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

Authors Of The Book  Transformation In Times Of Crisis Won International Business Book Of The Year Award 2021Notion Press authors Nitin Rakesh and Jerry Wind won the International Business Book of the Year Award 2021 for their recently launched book Transformation in Times of Crisis.
This book  provides the knowledge to thrive business even in a crisis for entrepreneurs and business owners.
About Nitin rakesh:
i.Nitin Rakesh is the Chief Executive Director(CEO) and Executive Director of IT major Mphasis.
ii.He has won ‘Gold Stevie Award’ for Tech Innovator of the Year in 2019.
About Jerry Wind:
i.Jerry Wind is an internationally renowned academician and is currently Lauder Professor Emeritus and Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
ii.He is the recipient of various awards, including the four major marketing awards,

  • The Charles Coolidge Parlin Award (1985)
  • The AMA/Irwin Distinguished Educator Award (1993)
  • The Paul D. Converse Award (1996)
  • The Buck Weaver Award (2007).

About The Business Book Awards:
i.The Business Book Awards is one of the biggest and most prestigious events in the calendar for business book writers all over the world.
ii.It highlights leadership, change, and sustainability in business through the promotion of business books and their authors.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS

Govt Reconstitutes 6 Empowered Groups into 10 to Manage Covid-19The Government has reconstituted 6 empowered groups(EG)set up for Covid-19 into 10 under section 10(2)(h) and (i) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 to manage the current Covid-19 situation by expanding their scope to look into issues like availability of oxygen, vaccination, emergency response and economic welfare measures.

  • A panel for vaccination and to monitor medical oxygen requirements was formed.

Reconstituted 10 Empowered Groups with their Conveners:
i.EG on Vaccination:
VK Paul, Niti Aayog (The National Institution for Transforming India) (health) member, will be the convenor of the EG on vaccination, it has 10 members, including the Foreign Secretary. The panel will oversee vaccines’ procurement, manufacturing, logistics, daily supply, utilisation, and wastage.
ii.EG related to medical oxygen:

  • Giridhar Aramane, Union secretary, ministry of road transport and highways will be the convener of the EG to see the nation’s requirements related to medical oxygen.
  • With 11 other members, he will oversee production, import, logistics, matters related to equipment meant for transporting oxygen, Pressure Swing Absorption (PSA) plants and conversion of industrial oxygen to medical oxygen.

About Disaster Management Act, 2005:
It was established by Government of India on 23rd December, 2005 for efficient management of disasters and related or incidental matters which extends to the whole of India.National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was formally constituted on September 27, 2006 as per the act.
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CRPF DG Kuldiep Singh Got Additional Charge as DG of NIAKuldiep Singh, Director-General (DG) of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), has been given additional charge, as the DG of National Investigation Agency (NIA) by the Ministry of Home Affairs.He will replace Y C Modi who retires on May 31, 2021 (superannuation).

  • Kuldiep Singh is a 1986-batch West Bengal cadre officer, he has been the DG of CRPF since March, 2021.
  • Y C Modi is a 1984-batch IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, who was appointed chief of the federal anti-terror probe agency in September 2017.

Note – Kuldiep Singh will hold the post of DG of NIA till the appointment and joining of the successor.
About Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF):
It is India’s largest Central Armed Police Force and assists the State/Union Territories in police operations to maintain law and order and counter-insurgency.
Establishment – 27th July 1939
Headquarters – New Delhi
About National Investigation Agency (NIA):
NIA is India’s counter-terrorism task force. The agency is empowered to deal with terror-related crimes across states without special permission from the states.
Headquarters –  New Delhi

India’s Nagaraj Adiga Elected as Asia & Oceania Representative in International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) Council 2021-25Nagaraj Adiga of India elected as the Asia and Oceania Representative in International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) Executive Council for 2021-2025.He was elected during the 2021 International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) Congress that held virtually from May 22 & 23, 2021.
Other Members Elected:

  • Nadeem Khan of Canada was elected as the President of the IAU Council.
  • Robert Boyce of Australia was elected as the Vice President of the IAU Council.
  • Hilary Walker of Great Britain was elected as the General Secretary of the IAU Council.
  • Diana Amza ,Hilmy Aboud Said, Paco Rico, Hilmy Aboud Said were elected as the Director General of the IAU Council.
  • Arturo Fabian Campanini Lopez was elected as the Americas Representative of the IAU Council.
  • Solomon Ogba was elected as the Africa Representative of the IAU Council.
  • Gregorio Zucchinali was elected as the Europe Representative of the IAU Council.

About Nagaraj Adiga:
i.Adiga was nominated to the IAU Council by Athletics Federation of India (AFI).
ii.He was elected as the Asia and Oceania Representative after defeating the Gilsoo Park of South Korea.
About International Association of Ultrarunning:
General Secretary – Hilary Walker
Headquarter – Monaco Cedex

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

NSA Ajit Doval Commissioned OPV Sajag into Indian Coast Guard

On 29th May 2021, National Security Advisor (NSA), Ajit Doval virtually commissioned Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Sajag into Indian Coast Guard (ICG). OPV Sajag was built under the ‘Make in India’ initiative by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) with State-of-Art technology.
About Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL):
Chairman and Managing Director – Bharat Bhushan Nagpal
Established – 1957
Location – Vasco da Gama, Goa
About Indian Coast Guard:
Motto – “Vayam Rakshamah” – We Protect
Director General – Krishnaswamy Natarajan
Headquarters – New Delhi
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Agri Services E-Marketplace Launched By CSC SPVThe Common Services Centres (CSC) E-Governance India Ltd has unveiled a unique Agri Services Portal that will act as a one-stop destination and marketplace for small farmers.
Aim:
To empower small and marginal farmers, who constitute 86 per cent of India’s farming community.
About Agri Services E-Marketplace: 
The portal “www.cscagri.in” will provide services to Small and marginal farmers, who do not have easy access to the digital world can avail essential agri services.
Facilities Provided:
i.Buying agri-input products with the help of  Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) and Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) through Kisan e-Mart.
ii.Renting and hiring of agriculture implements and machinery through the MOVR application hosted on the portal.
iii.Soil testing
iv.Sale of farm produce.
v.Tele-consultations with scientists of Krishi Vigyan Kendras of ICAR.
vi.Loan and Insurance facility.
Various government schemes for farmers will also be available which includes,

  • Kisan Credit Card
  • PM Fasal Bima Yojana
  • PM Kisan Samman Nidhi
  • PM Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana

About CSC SPV:
i.The CSC SPV is a special purpose vehicle(SPV) under the Ministry of Electronics & IT that provides a host of electronic services to consumers through its common service centres.
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NCPCR launches “Bal Swaraj” portal for Children affected by COVID-19In May 2021, The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), an organisation under the Ministry of Women and Child Development, launched “Bal Swaraj”, an online tracking portal for real-time tracking & monitoring of Children who lost both or either of their parents in COVID-19.
i.“COVID-Care”, a link under the Bal Swaraj portal, will enable officers in concerned departments to upload data about such children who are in need of care.
About National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR):
Chairman – Priyank kanoongo
Established – 2007
Headquarters – New Delhi
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Bharti-backed OneWeb Launched 36 New LEO SatellitesOneWeb, a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications operator, co-owned by Bharti Global and the UK government, launched another batch of 36 satellites on 28 May 2021, which was carried out by European satellite launch company, Arianespace, from the Russian spaceport, Vostochny Cosmodrome.

  • OneWeb plans to launch a fleet of 648 LEO satellites as part of its high-speed, low-latency global connectivity and the current launch increased its total LEO satellite count to 218.
  • The satellites are built under a joint venture between OneWeb and the aerospace company, Airbus.

Key points:
i.This launch is a part of its ‘five to 50’ programme, which is meant to bring satellite-based broadband Internet to countries like the UK, Alaska, US, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the Arctic seas, and Canada by 2022.
ii.OneWeb had launched a previous wave of 36 satellites from the same spaceport in March 2021.
iii.In April 2021, a French geostationary satellite operator, Eutelsat invested $550 million (~Rs 4,103 crore) in OneWeb and acquired a 24 percent stake in it.
About Bharti Global:
Bharti Global is the overseas arm of Bharti Enterprises — the holding company of Bharti Airtel, India’s second-largest telco.
Headquarters – New Delhi
Chairman – Sunil Bharti Mittal
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China Launched Cargo Spacecraft ‘Tianzhou-2’ by Long March-7 Y3 rocketOn May 29, 2021, China Launched cargo spacecraft, “Tianzhou-2” or “Heavenly Vessel” through Long March-7 Y3 rocket from the Wenchang Space Launch Center on the southern island of Hainan.
Key Points:

i.The spacecraft “Tianzhou-2” successfully docked with the Tiangong space station.
ii.The spacecraft is carrying supplies, equipment and propellant, docked with the space station’s key module Tianhe.
iii.This launch is the part of the construction of the Tiangong space station.
About China:
Capital – Beijing
President – Xi Jinping
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BOOKS & AUTHORS

Supriya Paul Authored A Book Titled ‘All You Need Is Josh: Inspiring Stories Of Courage And Conviction In 21st-Century India’A book titled ‘All You Need Is Josh: Inspiring Stories of Courage and Conviction in 21st-century India’, a collection of 30 awe-inspiring real-life stories of people bracing odds and obstacles and achieving their dreams edited by Supriya Paul was released.This book has been published by Bloomsbury.
About the Book:
i.It contains stories of some unique individuals with an aim to reach those who are searching for hope and comfort during trying times.
ii.The book includes stories of,

  • An aspiring astrophysicist who wanted to walk on the moon
  • The first person with a disability to top the civil services examinations
  • A domestic help who is now a published author
  • An Army officer who amputated his own leg
  • A transgender woman who was expelled from her house
  • A Dalit child bride who now runs a business worth Rs 1,000 crore, and many more.

About the author:
i.Supriya Paul is one of the youngest and most dynamic female entrepreneurs.
ii.She is the director and co-founder of Josh Talks.
iii.She was placed on the Forbes list of self-made women in 2020.

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Vape Day 2021: May 30World Vape Day 2021 is annually observed across the globe on 30th May and it falls on the day before the WHO’s World No Tobacco Day (May 31) to raise awareness about the significant health, social, and economic benefits of vaping and e-cigarettes/vapor products for people who smoke. It will highlight the benefits of tobacco harm reduction in general and of vaping in particular.

  • World Vape Day is a community-supported effort, with the website maintained by the International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organizations (INNCO).

Note – Indian authorities have banned the sale (but not use) of e-cigarettes in 2019.

Background:

World Vape Day was first celebrated in 2012 on various dates. From this year 2021, World Vape will be celebrated on May 30th.

What is Vaping?

  • Vaping is the action or practice of inhaling and exhaling vapour containing nicotine and flavouring produced by a device designed for this purpose.Vaping is not only the most effective smoking cessation method currently available and it is also proven to be 95% safer than smoking.

About International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organisations (INNCO):
Secretary-General/CEO – Charles A. Gardner

World No Tobacco Day 2021:May 31

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed every year around the world on 31st May to spread awareness about the dangers of using tobacco. According World Health Organization(WHO) , tobacco kills more than 8 million people every year around the world.

  • Theme of WNTD 2021 is “Commit to Quit”

Objective of 2021 theme :-This yearly celebration alters the people about dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies especially Covid-19 is an infectious disease that mainly attacks the lungs and tobacco use continues to be biggest health threats especially during this pandemic .
About World Health Organisation(WHO):-
World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health.
Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland
Director General – Tedros Adhanom
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Commonwealth day in India – May 24

Commonwealth Day is celebrated on the second Monday in the month of March every year. But Commonwealth Day in India is commemorated every year on 24th May.

  • This day is also known as Empire Day commemorates the formation of the British Empire in India and other colonies of Britain.
  • According to India , Sat-bhakti is the real Commonwealth for human society. Sat-bhakti (True Worship) of Supreme God Kabir obtained from enlightened Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj is the real Commonwealth for humans.

Theme for 2021 Commonwealth Day is ‘Delivering a Common Future’. The aim of this theme is to highlight how the 54 Commonwealth countries are innovating, connecting and transforming to help achieve essential goals like tackling climate change, promoting good governance, achieving gender equality.
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STATE NEWS

Govt of Assam Introduced System Of Guardian MinisterThe Government of Assam has introduced the system of Guardian Minister.According to this System, 13 ministers will be responsible for the implementation of the government’s policy decision, Administrative reforms and other welfare schemes for the public in the district.

  • Each Minister would be assigned two to three districts in the state.

Functions of Guardian Ministers:
i.Guardian Ministers will look after balanced, speedy and sustainable developments in all 33 districts of state.
ii.They will see how quickly people can benefit from the government’s schemes and projects.
iii.They will frequently visit assigned districts in normal as well as in during emergency situations.
iv.They can also suggest policy decisions for the welfare and development of the district to the government. Later, this matter will be considered by the state cabinet.
v.They will recommend awards for best practices in districts and prepare a ‘Vision Document’ consultation with district administration.
vi.Look after the plan to provide employment to unemployed youths.
vii.Lastly, they will recommend district specific matters where Budget provision is required.

Punjab Launched ‘Udaan’ Scheme To Distribute Sanitary Pads To Women Every Month

On the occasion of International Menstrual Hygiene Day, Punjab Social Security, Women and Child Development Minister,Aruna Chaudhary launched the women-empowerment oriented “UDAAN Scheme”.

  • Under this scheme sanitary pads would be distributed free of cost to needy women and girls of the state every month.
  • A fund of Rs 40.55 crore per annum has been allocated for this scheme.

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S.no Current Affairs 1 June 2021
1 Ministry of Education Launched ‘YUVA’ – PM’s Scheme for Mentoring Young Authors
2 Govt Extended the Validity of ECLGS till September 30, 2021; ECLGS 4.0 Launched for On-Site oxygen generation
3 IFFCO Introduces World’s First ‘Nano Urea’ for Farmers
4 BRICS Working Group Meeting hosted by South Africa discussed on Key HPC & ICT initiatives
5 IIM-Ahmedabad Best In Country, 68 Indian Institutes In Top 2000: Centre For World University Ranking
6 Authors Of The Book  Transformation In Times Of Crisis Won International Business Book Of The Year Award 2021
7 Govt Reconstitutes 6 Empowered Groups into 10 to Manage Covid-19
8 CRPF DG Kuldiep Singh Got Additional Charge as DG of NIA
9 India’s Nagaraj Adiga Elected as Asia & Oceania Representative in International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) Council 2021-25
10 OPV Sajag Commissioned into Indian Coast Guard
11 Agri Services E-Marketplace Launched By CSC SPV
12 NCPCR launches “Bal Swaraj” portal for Children affected by COVID-19
13 Bharti-backed OneWeb Launched 36 New LEO Satellites
14 China Launched Cargo Spacecraft ‘Tianzhou-2’ by Long March-7 Y3 rocket
15 Supriya Paul Authored A Book Titled ‘All You Need Is Josh: Stories Of Courage And Conviction In 21st-Century India’
16 World Vape Day 2021: May 30
17 World No Tobacco Day:May 31
18 Commonwealth day India – May 24 2021
19 The System Of Guardian Minister Introduced By Assam
20 Punjab Launched ‘Udaan’ Scheme To Distribute Sanitary Pads To Women Every Month





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