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Ministry of Shipping & Civil Aviation Ministry sign MoU to develop Seaplane services in Indiadevelopment of Sea Plane Services in IndiaThe Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) & Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for development of Seaplane services in India.

  • The agreement will help in development of new water aerodromes & also operationalization of new seaplane routes in India.
  • The agreement was signed in the presence of Minister of State (I/C) for MoPSW Mansukh Mandaviya and Minister of State (I/C) for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri.

Key PointsT

  • A total of 28 seaplane routes and 14 water aerodromes across the country are currently in various stages of development at a cost of Rs 450 crore.
  • The MoU provides for development of Non Scheduled/Scheduled operation of seaplane services within territorial jurisdiction of India under RCS-UDAN (Regional Connectivity Scheme-Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme.
  • MoCA will provide funds/financial support in respect of water aerodromes awarded under RCS-UDAN scheme.

About Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW)
Minister of State (Independent Charge) – Mansukh Mandaviya (Rajya Sabha – Gujarat)
About Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA)
Minister of State (Independent Charge)  – Hardeep Singh Puri (Rajya Sabha- Uttar Pradesh)
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Arjun Munda launches ‘Sankalp Se Siddhi-Mission Van Dhan’ & several other initiativesShri Arjun Munda, Minister for Tribal Affairs launches “Sankalp Se Siddhi – Mission Van Dhan”The Union Minister for Tribal Affairs  launched the Tribal Livelihoods Initiative ‘Sankalp Se Siddhi-Mission Van Dhan’.

  • Along with the initiative, the Union Minister also launched 7 new Tribes India Outlets, Tribes India Coffee table book, Van Dhan website, software application,and new TRIFED Head Office in New Delhi.
  • The initiatives were launched in hybrid mode i.e both physically and virtually. All the initiatives are aimed at sustainable livelihoods for the tribal population.

Sankalp Se Siddhi – Mission Van Dhan
Through this scheme, TRIFED aims to expand its operations through convergence of various schemes of different Ministries and Departments and launch various tribal development programs in Mission Mode.
Van Dhan Software Application
It is designed to receive and process the Van Dhan proposals online. It has GIS (Geographic Information System) Integration, can monitor Van Dhan Project implementation activities and generate related reports.
Launch of Tribes India outlets
The Union Minister inaugurated 7 Tribes India outlets – 2 in Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh), 3 in Ranchi (Jharkhand), 1 in Jamshedpur (Jharkhand) and 1 at Sarnath (heritage site), Uttar Pradesh .

  • Sarnath outlet is the 1st successful collaboration with the Ministry of Culture at an ASI (Archaeological Survey of India ) heritage site.
  • With these outlets, the total number of Tribes India outlets have gone up to 141.

About Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA):
Union Minister – Arjun Munda (Khunti, Jharkhand)
Minister of State – Renuka Singh Saruta (Surguja, Chhattisgarh)
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Malaria No More, IMD & ICMR launch Expert Committee to eliminate Malaria in IndiaIMD, ICMR launch expert committee to eliminate malaria in IndiaMalaria No More, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in partnership with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) & Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) established an India Interagency Expert Committee on Malaria and Climate (IEC) to explore and advance climate-based solutions for accelerating malaria elimination in India.

  • India has set a target to eliminate Malaria by 2030. It is making steady progress to achieve it.
  • Malaria & other mosquito-borne diseases are highly influenced by weather and weather events. IEC aims to use weather data and malaria data to aid Malaria controlling interventions, as it is a cost effective method.
  • IEC’s launch is part of a global initiative ‘Forecasting Healthy Futures’ to develop weather data-informed strategies and policies to improve health outcomes and accelerate progress against malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases.

Role of the Committee
i.For the 1st time, The committee brings together leading experts and researchers from health, climate and technology fields to define and operationalise climate-based malaria prediction tools to help India progress towards the 2030 goal.

  • Combining weather & malaria data can help in identifying micro-trends and predict malaria patterns.

About Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
Director General – Balram Bhargava
Headquarters – New Delhi
About Malaria No More
CEO – Martin Edlund
Headquarters – Seattle, USA
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GMR Aviation Academy, Emirates Group Security Signed MoUEmirates Group Security, GMR Aviation Academy ink MoU for aviation trainingAviation training providers viz, Emirates Group Security (EGS) and GMR Aviation Academy (GMR AA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote cooperation in the exchange of information, technical expertise and aviation security.

  • Objective: To create a foundation for an international partnership that will benefit a myriad of aviation professionals.
  • Under the MoU, both EGS and GMR AA committed to providing training, education and development in the field of aviation, cyber and general security.
  • More than 75 aviation and security courses in both online and conventional classroom settings — certificates, diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate — to thousands of professionals in India as well as in the Middle East and Asian regions will be offered by them.
  • They provide customised programmes which will help in the up-skilling of the aviation professionals.

About GMR Aviation Academy (GMR AA):
It is a part of the GMR Group, the 4th largest private airport company in the world.
Establishment – 2009
Headquarters – New Delhi
About Emirates Group Security (EGS):
Establishment – 1992
Headquarters – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

ESIC to Extend Benefits to Casual, Contractual Municipal Employees

Employees’ State Insurance Corporation(ESIC) under the Ministry of Labour & Employment (MoLE) is set to extend its health insurance cover to all the casual and contractual workers at municipal corporations and councils. This will provide social security cover to the vulnerable segment of the workforce.
The coverage is extended to all the casual and contractual employees, agencies or establishments which are within the implemented areas notified under the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948 (ESI Act).

  • Under this, the workers can avail the benefits available under the ESI Act like sickness benefit, maternity benefit, disablement benefit, dependent’s benefit and funeral expenses.
  • The workers can also access the medical services through the network of ESI Facilities.


India, China & Pakistan expanding Nuclear Arsenals: SIPRI ReportIndia behind China and Pakistan in nuclear-warheadsThe ‘SIPRI Yearbook 2021 (52nd Edition)’ released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) states that  India, Pakistan & China are expanding their Nuclear arsenals.

  • At the start of 2021, India with 156 Nuclear warheads (at the start of 2021) is behind Pakistan (165 Nuclear warheads) & China (350 warheads).
  • The 9 nuclear armed states in the world (US, Russia, UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea) possessed an estimated 13, 080 Nuclear warheads at the start of 2021, an decrease compared to 2020 stockpile – 13400.
  • Russia &  US together possess around 90% of the global nuclear weapons, they have extensive and expensive modernisation programmes.
  • Saudi Arabia, India, Egypt, Australia and China were the five largest importers of major arms in the world between 2016 and 2020.

World Nuclear Forces, as of January 2021

CountryTotal Warheads in 2021 (estimated)

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India’s GERD on Research unsatisfactory: UNESCO Science Report 2021India’s investment in research unsatisfactoryThe ‘UNESCO Science Report 2021: The race against time  for smarter development’  released by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) states that India’s Investment in Research remains unsatisfactory. India’s Gross Domestic Expenditure on Research & Development (GERD) remained at 0.7% of the GDP for several years.

  • India has one of the lowest GERD/GDP ratios among the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) nations.

UNESCO Science Report

  • The UNESCO Science Report 2021 is the 7th report in the series of UNESCO Science Report.
  • It has been published every 5 years since its launch in 1993.
  • The Indian chapter of the 2021 Report has been authored by Sunil Mani, Director of Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

India’s Investment in Research
In 2020, the task force drafting India’s new Science & Technology Policy set the target date for 2% of GDP for R&D to 2030.
Positive Aspects
The number of scientific publications by India researchers on latest technologies has increased significantly from 80, 458 in 2011 to 1.61 lakh in 2019.
Director-General – Audrey Azoulay
Headquarters – Paris, France
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Piyush Goyal represents India at UN Trade Forum 2021Union Minister Piyush Goyal participated UN Trade Forum 2021Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal represented India at the UN Trade Forum 2021 which took place virtually from June 14-15, 2021.

  • Theme of the Forum – ‘Towards a green and inclusive recovery’
  • UN Trade Forum is a high-level political forum of the UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development ).

Key Points from Minister’s Address
i.Global credit rating agencies and bodies such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) need to understand the struggles of developing countries and give them a ‘longer rope for economic revival’.
ii.Highlighting the supply restrictions in making COVID-19 vaccines. If the supply restrictions are resolved, India can not only vaccinate its 1.35 billion but also produce vaccines for 7 billion people across the world.
iii.He also stated under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, 500 million people in India will get access to medical facilities for free of charge. It is set to be expanded to provide 100% coverage to every citizen in India.
iv.He also highlighted India’s steps towards clean energy, energy efficiency, afforestation, and bio-diversity.
v.During the forthcoming meeting of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 12th ministerial conference in Geneva, Switzerland, the developed countries should address issues like asymmetry in agriculture subsidies and find a permanent solution to the issue of public stockholding for food security purposes.
vi.Also stated that India’s per capita CO2 emission is the lowest among the big economies of the world, and the country’s ambitious target of 450 Gigawatts by 2030 is the representation of commitment towards the United Nations 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals.
Headquarters -Geneva, Switzerland,
Member countries – 195
Acting Secretary-General – Isabelle Durant


RBI Permitted ‘Mobile Prepaid Recharges’ under BBPS; Expanded its ScopeRBI expands scope and coverage of Bharat Bill Payment SystemOn June 2021, under Section 10 (2) read with Section 18 of the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007 (Act 51 of 2007), the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has expanded the scope of the Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) by permitting the addition of ‘mobile prepaid recharges’ as an additional biller category in BBPS on a voluntary basis.

  • This was intended to support mobile prepaid customers with more options to recharge and it will be implemented on or before August 31, 2021.

i.BBPS which is an interoperable platform for repetitive bill payments has initially covered recurring bills only in 5 segments viz. Direct to Home (DTH), Electricity, Gas, Telecom and Water.
ii.In September 2019, RBI had expanded the scope and coverage of BBPS by including all categories of billers who raise recurring bills (except prepaid recharges) as eligible participants, on a voluntary basis.
iii.Now due to the consistent growth in different biller categories, ‘mobile prepaid recharges’ is also included under BBPS.
About National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI):
It is an organisation for operating retail payments and settlement systems in India, it is an initiative of RBI and Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) under the provisions of the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007 for creating a robust Payment & Settlement Infrastructure in India.
Establishment – 2008
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO -Dilip Asbe
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India extended 4th LOC of $108.28 mn to Eswatinisoft loan to Eswatinii.On June 15, 2021, the Government of India (GoI) has extended its 4th Line of Credit (LOC) worth USD 108.28 million to Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) for construction of their new Parliament building. With this the total value extended to Eswatini as a soft loan has reached USD 176.58 million.
ii.These LOCs are being utilized towards the projects of information technology, disaster management, agriculture, and construction.
iii.The agreement for the same was inked by Nirmit Ved, General Manager, Exim Bank, and Neal H Rijkenberg, Finance Minister of Eswatini.
About Eswatini:
It is a country in Southern Africa and is Africa’s smallest country.
Capitals– Mbabane, Lobamba
Currency– Swazi lilangeni (SZL)
India High Commissioner to Eswatini– Radha Venkataraman
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ICICI Bank Launched Digital Banking Solution for Corporates – ‘ICICI STACK’ICICI Bank launches 'ICICI STACK for CorporatesOn June 15, 2021, ICICI (Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India) Bank launched a first-of-its-kind initiative, a comprehensive set of digital banking solutions named – ICICI STACK for corporates and their entire ecosystem including promoters, group companies, employees, dealers, vendors and all other stakeholders.

  • Under ICICI STACK, the companies are provided with customised digital banking services in over 15 sectors such as financial services, IT/ITES, pharmaceuticals, steel and their entire ecosystem.
  • ICICI STACK consists of nearly 500 services and the services are tailor-made for companies within an industry.
  • It has a 24×7 facility and avoids customers visiting a bank branch amidst COVID-19.

About ICICI Bank:
Establishment – 1955(Incorporated in 1994)
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD& CEO – Sandeep Bakhshi
Tagline – Hum hai na, Khayal Apka
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LIC CSL Launched Prepaid Gift Card on IDBI Bank’s RuPay PlatformLIC-CSL, IDBI Bank launch RuPay prepaid gift card 'Shagun'LIC Cards Services Limited (LIC CSL) partnered with IDBI Bank to launch “Shagun”, a contactless prepaid LIC gift card powered by the IDBI Bank on the RuPay platform.
The NPCI and LIC CSL have partnered for this initiative.
To expand the gift card market and to promote cashless ways of gifting.
About ‘Shagun’:
i.In the initial phase, the Shagun Gift Cards will be available only for the official use of LIC and its subsidiaries and associates.
About LIC Cards Services Limited (LIC CSL):
LIC Cards Services Limited, a subsidiary of LIC, came into existence on 11th November 2008.
Headquarters– New Delhi
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Merging of DHFL, PCHFL: RBI Changed DHFL’s Deposit-taking Status into Non-Deposit Taking HFCRBI bans DHFL from taking deposits under Piramal Group mgmtThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) revoked the deposit-taking status of Dewan Housing Finance Limited (DHFL) and reclassified it as a non-deposit taking housing finance company (HFC), before approving the Piramal group‘s bid to take over it towards the end of the resolution process.

  • DHL became the 1st financial services firm to go for bankruptcy proceedings.

i.In February 2021, the RBI has given approval to DHFL resolution plan from Piramal Capital & Housing Finance Limited (PCHFL) and communicated its ‘no objection’ for change in control/ownership/management in DHFL in terms of Rule 5(d)(iii) of the Financial Service Providers (FSP) Rules
ii.PCHF also got approval from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in May 2021 and it was referred to National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) by RBI for approval.
iii.In earlier June 2021, NCLT approved the acquisition of DHFL by PCHFL for Rs 37,250 crore with certain conditions.
iv.Based on the report by NCLT, as PCHFL is a non-deposit taking company, after merging DHFL with it, the deposit-taking status of DHFL will be revoked and function as a non-deposit taking housing finance company along with PCHFL.
Note – DHFL was the 1st finance company to be referred to NCLT by the RBI using special powers under Section 227 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code(IBC), 2016.
About Piramal Group:
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman – Ajay Piramal
About Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd.(DHFL):
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
Administrator– R. Subramaniakumar

Axis Bank Enabled Whatsapp Business Solution By Partnering With Karix Mobile

In partnership with Karix Mobile(a wholly owned subsidiary of Tanla Platforms), Axis Bank makes banking conversational by enabling secure communication over WhatsApp.

  • It includes full scale integration of banking products across Savings Account,Credit Cards,Deposits and loans.
  • It helps to accelerate customer engagement and turn-around time with a personalized experience,while ensuring complete data security and privacy.


Finance Ministry Official Anand Mohan Bajaj Appointed in SEBI BoardFinance Ministry official Anand Mohan Bajaj appointed in SEBI BoardAnand Mohan Bajaj, Additional Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) has been appointed as Member of the Board of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) by the Government of India.

  • He will succeed Tarun Bajaj, who is now the Revenue Secretary.
  • The other Central Government appointed official in the SEBI Board is K V R Murty, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

About Anand Mohan Bajaj:
i.Anand Mohan Bajaj has been working as an additional secretary in the Ministry of Finance since May 2020.
ii.He served as joint secretary in the Treasury.
iii.He also served as the Director (Capital Markets) in the Ministry of Finance from July 2006 to June 2011.
About Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI):
SEBI is responsible for both the capital markets and the commodity derivatives market. The SEBI Board comprises a Chairman and eight members of which at least three are to be whole-time members.
Establishment – On April 12, 1992, in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992.
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman – Ajay Tyagi


Canara Bank To Be The Lead Sponsor of NARCL With 12% StakeCanara Bank toPublic sector lender Canara Bank will be the lead sponsor and biggest shareholder of National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd (NARCL) or Bad Bank with a 12 percent stake in the entity.

  • NARCL is being formed by all the banks and some of the Non Performing Assets(NPA) of these banks will be transferred to NARCL for recovery.
  • In the initial phase,22 bad loans worth Rs 89,000 crore were to be transferred to NARCL.

Union Bank picks up a 9 percent stake in NARCL
Union Bank of India (UBI) will pick up a 9 percent stake in NARCL.

  • UBI has identified NPA worth Rs.7800 crore to be transferred to the NARCL for resolution.

About Canara Bank:
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive officer(CEO)– L.V.Prabhakar
Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka
Tagline– Together We Can
Founded in– July 1906
Syndicate Bank was amalgamated into Canara Bank on April 2020
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Shenzhou-12: China to launch first human spaceflight since 2016spaceflight since 2016China is all set to blast off its first human spaceflight since 2016 namely ‘Shenzhou-12’ which means ‘Divine Vessel’. It will be launched from Gobi Desert on a Long March rocket in the coming days with three men onboard.

  • The crew will stay there for 3 months until September 2021 and will engage in practicing spacewalks, conduct repairs along with scientific operations.
  • This duration will succeed the 33-day record set by Shenzhou-11 in 2016.
  • Notably, this will be the third of 11 missions needed to complete China’s space station by 2022. Among them, four will be missions with people on board, covering 12 Chinese astronauts into space.
  • This is also China’s 7th crewed mission overall.

Key Points:
i.This launch is also considered as a gift to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.
iii.In May 2021, China became the second country to put a rover, the Zhurong, on Mars.
iv.The aim of China is to become a major spacefaring power by 2030.

WISA Woodsat: New Zealand to launch Finland designed World’s First Wooden SatelliteZealand to launch World’s First Wooden SatelliteIn an introductory move, the European Space Agency (ESA) will launch the world’s first wooden satellite, WISA Woodsat, designed and built in Finland, on Earth’s orbit by the end of 2021. It will be launched on a Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket from the Mahia Peninsula launch complex in New Zealand.

  • It is a brainchild of Jari Makinen, co-founder of Arctic Astronautics, a satellite replicas making company. The sending work satellite is being done by this company.
  • WISA Woodsat is equipped with sensors that have been developed by ESA.

About WISA Woodsat:
i.It is a 10x10x10 cm nano satellite shaped like a cube.
ii.It is built up from standardised boxes and surface panels made from plywood (used for making furniture). Its non-wooden external parts are only corner aluminium rails for its deployment into space and a metal selfie stick.
iii.It will orbit at around 500-600 km altitude in a roughly polar Sun-synchronous orbit.
iv.It is placed in a thermal vacuum chamber for keeping it dry in space.
Reason behind this Mission:
The reason behind sending the wooden satellite into space is to test the durability of wooden material for future space missions by exposing it to extreme space conditions, such as heat, cold, vacuum and radiation, for an extended period of time.
About European Space Agency (ESA):
Establishment– 1975
Headquarter– Paris, France
Director General– Josef Aschbacher

Rocket Lab to Design 2 Photon Spacecraft for NASA’s ESCAPADE Mars missionRocket Lab to design 2 Photon spacecraft for EscaPADE Mars missionRocket Lab was awarded a contract to design 2 of its Photon spacecraft for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) potential – Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers (ESCAPADE) mission to Mars in 2024.

  • ESCAPADE mission is a part of NASA’s Small Innovative Missions for Planetary Exploration (SIMPLEx) program.
  • The spacecraft will orbit around Mars to understand the structure, composition, variability, and dynamics of Mars’ unique hybrid magnetosphere.

Rocket Lab’s Photon spacecraft:
i.Rocket Lab’s Photon spacecraft represents a low-cost method of conducting an interplanetary mission, which often cost hundreds of millions of dollars or more (Photon is the core of Rocket Lab’s space systems business).
ii.It is a flexible satellite bus designed to carry more than 440 lbs. (200 kilograms) to low Earth orbit and more than 88 lbs. (40 kg) on interplanetary missions. Rocket Lab has already launched two test versions of Photon to Earth orbit.
Other Missions of Rocket Lab:
i.Another NASA mission has been awarded previously to Rocket Lab for Photon called Capstone, which is scheduled to send a cube satellite into orbit around the moon in 2021.
ii.It is also flying a private mission to Venus using a Photon spacecraft in 2023.
About Rocket Lab:
Establishment – 2006
Headquarters –  California, United States
Founder, CTO, and CEO – Peter Beck
About National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA):
It is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and space research.
Establishment– 1958
Headquarters – Washington, D.C., United States
Administrator –Bill Nelson (14th administrator of NASA on May 2021)

Govt Launched Trusted Telecom Portal under NSDTS to List Trusted Network Sources Government of India launches trusted telecom portalOn June 15, 2021, the Government(govt) launched the Trusted Telecom Portal as a part of the national security directive on the telecommunications sector under the National Security Directive on Telecommunication Sector (NSDTS) to declare a list of trusted sources and products for installation in the country’s telecom networks.

  • The portal was developed and implemented by CDoT (Centre for Development of Telematics), an R&D (Research and development) unit of the Government along with RailTel and the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS).
  • Objective: To ensure the security of telecom networks, especially with fifth-generation (5G) service and to discourage the use of China-made gear in the country’s core networks (especially Huawei).
  • Amendment: The govt has amended the telecom licence norms in March 2021, for the provision of telecommunication services by the TSPs. From June 15, 2021, TSPs were mandated to connect in their networks only with those new devices which are designated as Trusted Products from Trusted Sources.

About Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT):
Establishment – 1984
Parent Department– Department of Telecommunications (DoT)
Executive Director – Rajkumar Upadhyay
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IIT-K & YIC Developed Technique to Detect Cyclones before Weather Satellites

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur (West Bengal) and Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research (YIC) in China have developed a technique to detect the formation of cyclones in the North Indian Ocean region at least 90 hours before the weather satellites.

  • The study is published in the journal Atmospheric Research.
  • The study is conducted under the Climate Change Program with support from the Centre’s Department of Science and Technology.
  • After analyzing the post-monsoon severe cyclones and pre-monsoon cyclones that developed over the North Indian Ocean, the team set out a parameter namely Okubo-Weiss Zeta. When the parameter crosses the threshold value, it will indicate the formation of a cyclone.


ASEAN Dengue Day 2021 – June 15ASEAN Dengue Day 2021The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) annually celebrates the ASEAN Dengue Day on 15th June to create awareness on dengue prevention and control at the regional and National level.
The day allows the ASEAN Members to promote the dengue prevention and control measures, in coordination with the World Health Organisation(WHO).
The theme of the ASEAN Dengue Day is “ASEAN Unite Against Dengue Amidst the Pandemic”.
i.The 10th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting held in 2010 declared the 15th June of every year as the “ASEAN Dengue Day”.
ii.The first official ASEAN Dengue Day was observed on 15th June 2011. 
World Dengue Day Campaign:
i.The world Dengue Day campaign is a global dengue awareness campaign, started by the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD) in 2018.
ii.The campaign calls the United Nations and the WHO to designate a World Dengue Day.
About Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN):
The theme of 2021 ASEAN Chairmanship “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper”.
Chair(2021)– Brunei Darussalam
Secretary-General of ASEAN 2018 -2022 is H.E. Dato Lim Jock Hoi from Brunei Darussalam.
Established on 8 August 1967
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International Day of Family Remittances 2021 – June 16International Day of Family RemittancesThe United Nations(UN)’s International Day of Family Remittances(IDFR) is annually observed across the globe on 16th June to recognise more than 200 million migrant workers across the globe who provide financial support to around 800 million family members. 

  • The day highlights the resolve of the migrant workers in facing economic insecurity, environmental and climate-related tragedies, and a worldwide pandemic.


The first celebration of the International Day of Family Remittances observed in 2015 aimed at recognizing and raising awareness of the critical contribution and support that migrant provide for their families back home.

About International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD):
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is the United Nations’ food and agriculture hub.
President– Gilbert F. Houngbo
Headquarters– Rome, Italy
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Madhya Pradesh Launched “Yuva Shakti Corona Mukti Abhiyan”Madhya Pradesh govt to launch ‘Yuva Shakti Corona Mukti Abhiyan’The Government of Madhya Pradesh has launched ‘Yuva Shakti Corona Mukti Abhiyan’  to create awareness among people on covid-19 pandemic.

  • Yuva Shakti Corona Mukti Abhiyan means “free from corona with the help of youth power campaign”.

Key Points:
i.Under this initiative,an awareness campaign will be conducted to college teachers and about 16 lakh students about appropriate behaviour and vaccination on Covid-19.
ii.Campaign will be run by the Higher Education and Technical Education Department in association with the Public Health and Family Welfare Department.
iii.For effective real time monitoring of campaigns,a mobile application has also been developed.
About Madhya Pradesh:
Governor: Anandiben Patel
Chief Minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan


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S.noCurrent Affairs 17 June 2021
1Ministry of Shipping & Civil Aviation Ministry sign MoU to develop Seaplane services in India
2Arjun Munda launches ‘Sankalp Se Siddhi-Mission Van Dhan’ & several other initiatives
3Malaria No More, IMD & ICMR launch Expert Committee to eliminate Malaria in India
4GMR Aviation Academy, Emirates Group Security Signed MoU
5ESIC to Extend Benefits to Casual, Contractual Municipal Employees
6India, China & Pakistan expanding Nuclear Arsenals: SIPRI Report
7India’s GERD on Research unsatisfactory: UNESCO Science Report 2021
8Piyush Goyal represents India at UN Trade Forum 2021
9RBI Permitted ‘Mobile Prepaid Recharges’ under BBPS; Expanded its Scope
10India extended 4th LOC of $108.28 mn to Eswatini
11ICICI Bank Launched Digital Banking Solution for Corporates – ‘ICICI STACK’
12LIC CSL Launched ‘Shaguna’ Prepaid Gift Card in Collaboration with IDBI Bank on RuPay Platform
13Merging of DHFL, PCHFL: RBI Changed DHFL’s Deposit-taking Status into Non-Deposit Taking HFC
14Axis Bank Enabled Whatsapp Business Solution By Partnering With Karix Mobile
15Finance Ministry Official Anand Mohan Bajaj Appointed in SEBI Board
16Canara Bank To Be The Lead Sponsor of NARCL With 12% Stake
17Shenzhou-12: China to launch first human spaceflight since 2016
18WISA Woodsat: New Zealand to launch Finland designed World’s First Wooden Satellite
19Rocket Lab to Design 2 Photon Spacecraft for NASA’s ESCAPADE Mars mission
20Govt Launched Trusted Telecom Portal under NSDTS to List Trusted Network Sources
21IIT-K & YIC Developed Technique to Detect Cyclones before Weather Satellites
22ASEAN Dengue Day 2021 – June 15
23International Day of Family Remittances 2021 – June 16
24Madhya Pradesh Launched “Yuva Shakti Corona Mukti Abhiyan”