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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Cabinet Approvals on June 23, 2021Cabinet Approval on June 23, 2021The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has granted approval to several initiatives. They are
i.Allocation of additional food grains under PM-GKAY 2021 (Phase-IV) for another 5 months i.e July to November, 2021. The total estimated expenditure of the additional allocation – INR 67, 266.44 crore will be borne completely by the Central Government.
ii.The Cabinet has given approval to merge and transfer all assets, liabilities, rights and obligations of ‘Central Railside Warehouse Company Limited (CRWC)’,  a Mini-Ratna  Category-II Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) with its holding enterprise ‘Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC)’.
iii.Agreement signed between India and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for the Exchange of Information and Assistance in Collection with respect to Taxes. It is the 1st  agreement on Taxes between the two countries.

  • The agreement proposes to facilitate exchange of information between the two countries and to provide assistance to each other in collection of tax claims.

About Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC)
MD – Arun Kumar Shrivastava
Head Office – New Delhi
About Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Prime Minister – Ralph Gonsalves
Capital – Kingstown
Currency – Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
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India virtually hosts BRICS Green Hydrogen Summit 2021India host two day summit on Green Hydrogen Initiatives involving BRICS nationsIndia hosted the BRICS  (Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa) Green Hydrogen Summit 2021 which took place virtually from June 22-23, 2021. The event was anchored by NTPC Ltd, a Maharatna CPSU (Central Public Sector Undertaking) under the Ministry of Power.

  • The summit aims to address the challenges facing Green Hydrogen in terms of technology, efficiency, financial viability and scaling up of the technology.
  • Representatives from each country shared the initiatives taken by their countries on use of hydrogen and their future plans. They also discussed the relevance of different technologies developed on hydrogen.
  • During the meeting, India called for common international standards for green hydrogen to ensure safe transportation and storage of the new age emission-free fuel.

Green Hydrogen
Hydrogen, when produced by electrolysis using renewable energy is known as Green Hydrogen, It has no carbon footprint. It is set to play a major role and build on the rapid increase of renewable resources across the world.
About NTPC Ltd
It was formerly known as National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd
CMD – Gurdeep Singh
Headquarters – New Delhi
About BRICS
2021 Chair – India
2021 India’s Theme – ‘BRICS @ 15: Intra-BRICS Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus’
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Denmark signs Framework Agreement on ISA with India: MEADenmark signs framework agreement on International Solar AllianceThe Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)  stated that the Kingdom of Denmark has signed the framework agreement of the International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement (ISA FA) and Instrument of Ratification with India.

  • With this, Denmark became the 1st country to ratify ISA FA after the amendments to it entered into force on January 8, 2021.
  • The signed copies of the agreement were received by an additional secretary (ER) as representative of MEA. MEA is the depositary of the ISA Framework Agreement.

International Solar Alliance (ISA)
ISA also known as International Agency for Solar Policy and Application (IASPA)  was launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi & the then-French President Francois Hollande ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference or COP21 in Paris, France.
i.It aims to work for efficient consumption of solar energy for reducing dependence on fossil fuels & contribute to the implementation of the Paris  Climate Agreement through the massive deployment of solar energy.

  • It is an alliance of over 121 countries.
  • At present 77 Countries have signed and ratified the ISA FA, while 95 countries have signed the ISA FA.

About International Solar Alliance (ISA)
Director General – Ajay Mathur
Headquarters – Gurugram, Haryana, India
About Denmark
Prime Minister – Mette Frederiksen
Capital – Copenhagen
Currency – Danish Krone
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CSE’s Ease of Living Index 2020 ranks Bengaluru as Most Liveable City in IndiaBengaluru hold first position in the liveability indexAccording to the ‘Ease of Living Index 2020’ released by Centre for Science & Environment (CSE) – Bengaluru (Karnataka) with a score of 66.7 has been ranked as India’s most liveable capital city followed by Chennai, Tamil Nadu at No. 2, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh at No. 3. The Index is part of the report titled State of India’s Environment 2021.

  • Only 3 state capitals feature in the Top 10 most liveable cities list.
  • This is the 2nd edition of Ease of Living Index 2020, the 1st edition was published in 2018.

Parameters
The Index is based on 4 Parameters – Quality of life, Economic ability, Sustainability & Citizens’ perceptions.  Based on which, Indian cities were rated out of 100.

  • The Ease of Living Index 2020 has included the parameter – citizen’s perception for the first time.

Capital City Ease of Living Index Score
Bengaluru, Karnataka 66.7
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 62.61
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 60.9

About Centre for Science & Environment (CSE)
Headquarters – New Delhi
Founder – Director – Anil Kumar Agarwal
Director General – Sunita Narain
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WhatsApp, NSDC launch Digital Skill Champions Programme for Indian YouthWhatsApp, NSDC launch initiative for skill developmentWhatsApp & National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) launched its ‘Digital Skill Champions Programme’. The programme aims to train Indian youth on digital skills to make them employable and more productive in their work environment.

  • The two entities have identified 2 broad areas of collaborations i) WhatsApp Digital Skills Academy and ii) Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) & WhatsApp Business App Training sessions.
  • Through this partnership, WhatsApp aims to enhance the digital skills of aspiring entrepreneurs and empower the youth of India to create a safe digital environment for all.

i.As part of WhatsApp Digital Skills Academy, youth from Tier-III & Tier-IV cities will be trained on critical aspects of digital safety and online privacy.

  • The initiative will be started on a pilot basis across 50 campuses in 5 states – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
  • The programme will be imparted through WhatsApp’s project implementation partner – InfiSpark.

ii.Under PMKK and WhatsApp Business App Training – WhatsApp will conduct training sessions to familiarise Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK)  trainers with the WhatsApp Business app.

  • India has 15 million users of WhatsApp Business app, globally there are around 50 million users.

About WhatsApp
It is now owned by Facebook
Headquarters – California, United States of America
Founders –  Jan Koum and Brian Acton
CEO – Will Cathart
About National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)
MD & CEO – Manish Kumar
Headquarters – New Delhi

Centre Notified the Constitution of Karnataka Coastal Zone Management AuthorityCentre notifies Karnataka Coastal Zone Management AuthorityIn June 2021, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change notified about the constitution of the ‘Karnataka Coastal Zone Management Authority’ under provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, to protect and improve the quality of the state’s coastal environment.

  • The authority is a 15-member body and it is headed by the Additional Chief Secretary, State Department of Forest, Ecology and Environment, Bengaluru.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Authority:
i.It has to regulate all developmental activities in the Coastal Regulation Zone(CRZ) areas as per the provisions of the CRZ notification issued by the Government of India on January 6, 2011.
ii.The proposals received from the Karnataka government have to be examined by it for changes in the classification of CRZ areas and in the Coastal Zone Management Plan and it has to make specific recommendations to the National Coastal Zone Management Authority.
iii.It has to enquire and review the cases involving violations of provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act and the Rules made thereunder. It also has been authorised to file complaints under Section 19 of the Act.
iv.It is mandated to report its activities once in 6months to the National Coastal Zone Management Authority.
v.The term of office of the present members is 3 years.
About Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change:
Union Minister – Prakash Javadekar
Minister of State – Babul Supriyo
About Karnataka:
Folk Dance – Yakshagana, Dollu Kunitha, Kamsale, Huli Vesha, Gombe Aata.
National Parks – Atal Bihari Vajpayee Zoological Park, Bandipur National Park, Bannerghatta National Park, Kali Tiger Reserve, Kudremukh National Park, Nagarahole National Park.

IFFCO, INAES and Cooperar signed MoU to Set Up Nano Urea Plant in ArgentinaIFFCO to set up nano urea plant inIndian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO) Limited, a Multi-state cooperative society, is set to establish a nano urea liquid manufacturing plant in Argentina in partnership with Instituto Nacional de Asociativismoy Economia Social (INAES) and Confederacion Cooperativa De La Republica Argentina Ltda (Cooperar).

  • The IFFCO, INAES and Cooperar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a nano urea liquid plant.
  • The MoU was signed by Ariel Guarco, President of Cooperar, Alexandre Roig President of INAES and Yogendra Kumar, Marketing Director of IFFCO during a virtual meeting.

Features of the MoU:
i.The IFFCO, INAES and Cooperar will analyze the feasibility of establishing the nano urea fertiliser plant in Argentina with mutual collaboration.
ii.This will also explore the possibility of cooperation in trade and investment in both India and Argentina, in areas of mutual interest, including agrochemicals and agricultural inputs to achieve sustainable development
iii.The MoU will enable the organisations to exchange ideas and develop business relationships, undertake joint research and training activities, and provide educational visits for better understanding.
About Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO):
Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) is one of India’s biggest cooperative society, wholly owned by Indian Cooperatives.
Managing Director– Dr. U. S. Awasthi
Headquarters– New Delhi
Founded in 1967

MoTA and NCERT join hands for NISHTHA Capacity Building ProgrammeMoTA and NCERT join hands for NISHTHA Capacity Building ProgrammeOn the lines of National Education Policy (NEP-2020) and to achieve academic excellence in Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs), Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) partnered with National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for conducting capacity building programme ‘NISHTHA-National initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement’, across 350 functional EMRSs in India.

  • In this regard, 120 EMRS teachers and principals from 3 states of Himachal Pradesh (HP), Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Chhattisgarh completed a 40 days virtual NISHTHA program as a first batch.
  • Earlier, from May 25 to June, 5 2021, a 10 days “Unbox Tinkering – ATL Teacher Training Program” was also organized in coordination with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog, IBM and Learning Links foundation for 60 EMRS Heads, Teachers and ATL (Atal Tinkering Labs) incharges from 12 States.

About NISHTHA Program:
It is an Integrated Teacher Training Programme for improving the quality of school education. It was launched by the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education (MoE) under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Samagra Shiksha in 2019-20. It is the world’s largest teachers’ training programme of its kind.
About Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS):
EMRSs is an initiative of MoTA to provide quality residential education to Scheduled Tribes (ST) students from class 6 to 12 in remote areas. These were initiated in 1997-98.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB) Launched in Bhutan in partnership with Indiain partnership with Indiai.On June 23, 2021, Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB) virtually launched its programme in Bhutan in partnership with India where the latter acts as its Partner Jurisdiction. As a result, India will provide its Tax Experts to the programme.
ii.Duration of programme: 24 months
iii.Focus of programme: International Taxation and Transfer Pricing
About United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
Establishment– 1965
Administrator– Achim Steiner
Headquarter– New York, United States of America (USA)
About Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD):
Establishment– 1961
Secretary-General– Mathias Hubert Paul Cormann
Headquarter– Paris, France
Members– 38
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BRICS Nations Agreed on Innovation Cooperation: 11th BRICS S&T Steering Committee MeetingBRICS nations agree on innovation co-operationThe BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) agreed on the innovation cooperation at the 11th BRICS S&T Steering Committee Meeting.
The meeting was hosted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and led from the Indian side by Sanjeev Kumar Varshney, Advisor and Head International Cooperation.

  • The meeting was hosted as a part of a series of sectoral events including the Minister level meeting and BRICS Summit.

Key Points:
i.The proposal on the innovation cooperation made by India will be considered at the BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation Entrepreneurship (STIEP) working group for elaborating the action plan.
ii.Representatives from the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) participated in the meeting.
Background:
i.The concept and action plan for BRICS Innovation Cooperation 2021-2024 were discussed during the meeting held on 22nd June 2021 to review the implementation of the Science, Technology and Innovation(STI) Calendar of Activities.
ii.The discussions have also included BRICS Young Scientist Conclave, BRICS Senior Official Meetings and BRICS Science and Technology Ministerial Meeting; BRICS Partnership in India’s Technology Summit, and call for Proposals 2021.
BRICS Young Scientist Conclave:
i.India Will host the 6th edition of the BRICS Young Scientist conclave from 13th to 16th September 2021.
ii.The thematic areas of the conclave include healthcare; energy solution and; interdisciplinary cyber-physical system.
About BRICS:
Current Chair– India
Members– Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa

ISRO, NOAA-led Multinational Project Endorsed by UNESCO: CEOS COASTUN body for innovationA multinational project, Committee on Earth Observation Satellites—Coastal Observations, Applications, Services, and Tools (CEOS COAST) which is co-led by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), United States, was endorsed by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) for its use of innovative technology, and for fostering trust and collaboration among scientists.
Background: 
On World Oceans Day (June 8, 2021), CEOS COAST was endorsed by UNESCO’s IOC as one of 66 Actions selected as part of the United Nation’s (UN) ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021 to 2030 (Ocean Decade)’.
About CEOS COAST:
i.CEOS formed the COAST team in 2019 to improve new scientific/technical capabilities and build capacity for coastal stakeholders and global sustainable development.
ii.The project aims to improve the accuracy of coastal data based on satellite and land-based observations, it is Co-Chaired by Dr. Paul DiGiacomo (NOAA) and Dr. Raj Kumar (ISRO).
About Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO):
Chairman –  Kailasavadivoo Sivan
Headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka
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Goa Institute of Management Ranked as Pioneering B-school in Positive Impact Rating 2021Goa Institute of Management ranked as pioneering B schoolThe Goa Institute of Management (GIM) has been ranked as a Pioneering Business School (B-school) in the second edition of the Positive Impact Rating (PIR) 2021.

  • 4 business schools were ranked globally in the list of PIR 2021 as the ‘Pioneering B-schools (Level 5)’, in which 3 were of the Indian business schools.
  • The results of the 2nd edition of the PIR 2021 were announced at the World Economic Forum in Lucerne-Burgenstock, Switzerland.

List of pioneering B-school:

Pioneer B-Schools (Level 5) Country
The Goa Institute of Management (GIM) India
SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (JPJIMR), India
University of Business and Technology Kosovo
XLRI – Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, Rajasthan India

About Positive Impact Rating (PIR):
i.The PIR is a rating conducted by students, it will measure the positive impact of business schools and how business schools contribute to solving societal challenges by energizing the school and its culture.
ii.Level- 5 represents the Pioneer B-school with unique, sustaining global leadership progress in all impact dimensions.
Note – 47 business schools from 21 countries participated in the 2nd edition of the PIR.
About Positive Impact Rating (PIR):
It is a Swiss Association
Headquarters – Lucerne, Switzerland
President – Katrin Muff

BANKING & FINANCE

SBI Card, Fabindia Launched Co-Branded Contactless Credit Card for Premium CustomersSBI Card, Fabindia launch co-branded contactless credit cardSBI Cards & Payment Services, in partnership with Fabindia, launched co-branded contactless credit cards named ‘Fabindia SBI Card’ and ‘Fabindia SBI Card SELECT’ to offer a rewarding shopping experience to its premium customers.

  • The contactless credit card provides reward points for the premium cardholders on their retail spending with the value back on varied spending categories.
  • The cards offer 10 percent value back to customers for buying in-stores at Fabindia along with complimentary domestic airport lounge access.
  • Customers with these cards are provided direct entry to FabFamily loyalty programmes and avail its benefits.

About Fabindia:
It is India’s largest private platform for Handicraft and Traditional Skills.
Establishment – 1960
Headquarters – New Delhi
MD and CEO – Viney Singh
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Afthonia Lab & YES Bank Collaborates to Support Fintech CompaniesAfthonia and YES Bank collaborate to support fintech companiesThe Afthonia Lab private Limited has announced a strategic partnership with the YES Bank to support the fintech companies in India.
The partnership will also support the efforts to innovate and inject new ideas to transform the financial sector of India.
Features of the partnership:
i.Under this partnership, the Afthonia Lab’s portfolio startups will develop APIs in a sandbox environment, enabling the startups to experiment with innovative ideas and test their solutions in real time.
ii.This will also provide a safe and secure environment for the Afthonia Lab entrepreneurs to test their ideas and provide an opportunity for Yes Bank to transform the Indian Banking industry.
iii.This collaboration will ensure that business has access to mentors from both the global network of Afthonia and Yes Bank.
About YES Bank:
MD & CEO– Prashant Kumar
Tagline– Experience our expertise
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Incepted in  2004

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

S&P cut India’s FY22 GDP Growth Forecast to 9.5%S&P cut India's FY22 GDP Growth Forecast to 9.5% In June 2021, S&P Global Ratings revised India's economic growth projection in FY22 to 9.5 percent from its earlier forecast of 11 percent. It projected the growth for FY23 at 7.8 percent. • It lowered the growth outlook of India and stated the country’s recovery to be ‘less steep’ by comparing with the bounce in late 2020 and early 2021. • It reported permanent damage over the private and public sector balance sheet and it also mentioned the severe effect in the services sector compared with the manufacturing and exports that are less severely affected than that of 2020. • It stated that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) would not make changes in the interest rate, due to a rise in inflation above 6 percent (the upper end of RBI’s threshold). India’s Economic Growth Forecasts: i.RBI has cut India's growth forecast for FY22 to 9.5 percent from 10.5 percent. ii.The World Bank revised its GDP growth of FY22 to 8.3 percent, from 10.1 percent. iii.Investment Information and Credit Rating Agency of India Limited(ICRA), has projected the economic growth of India for FY22 at 8.5 percent. iv.Moody’s, a US-based rating agency, projected India’s GDP growth for FY22 at 9.3 percent and for the Calendar year 2021 at 9.6 percent. v.Barclays, a British brokerage firm, had cut India's growth forecast for FY22 to 9.2 per cent. About S&P Global Ratings: It is a division of S&P Global Headquarters– New York, United States President – John BerisfordIn June 2021, S&P Global Ratings revised India’s economic growth projection in FY22 to 9.5 percent from its earlier forecast of 11 percent. It projected the growth for FY23 at 7.8 percent.

  • It lowered the growth outlook of India and stated the country’s recovery to be ‘less steep’ by comparing with the bounce in late 2020 and early 2021.
  • It reported permanent damage over the private and public sector balance sheet and it also mentioned the severe effect in the services sector compared with the manufacturing and exports that are less severely affected than that of 2020.
  • It stated that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) would not make changes in the interest rate, due to a rise in inflation above 6 percent (the upper end of RBI’s threshold).

India’s Economic Growth Forecasts:
i.RBI has cut India’s growth forecast for FY22 to 9.5 percent from 10.5 percent.
ii.The World Bank revised its GDP growth of FY22 to 8.3 percent, from 10.1 percent.
iii.Investment Information and Credit Rating Agency of India Limited(ICRA), has projected the economic growth of India for FY22 at 8.5 percent.
iv.Moody’s, a US-based rating agency, projected India’s GDP growth for FY22 at 9.3 percent and for the Calendar year 2021 at 9.6 percent.
v.Barclays, a British brokerage firm, had cut India’s growth forecast for FY22 to 9.2 per cent.
About S&P Global Ratings:
It is a division of S&P Global
Headquarters– New York, United States
President – John Berisford

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

Vijay Deshwal Appointed as Magma Fincorp Group CEO

Poonawalla group that had earlier obtained Magma Fincorp appointed Vijay Deshwal as its Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

  • He would be responsible to take control of the lending, housing finance business and insurance business and will be managing his responsibilities out of the Pune office.
  • In May 2021,Poonawalla Group acquired a majority stake of 60 percent in Magma Fincorp through its holding company Rising Sun Holdings.

SEBI’s Ananta Barua And SK Mohanty Gets 2-Year Extension of Term as WTM

The Centre has extended the tenure of appointment of Ananta Barua and SK Mohanty as Whole-time Members (WTM) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for a period of two years.

  • The three-year terms of two WTMs, SK Mohanty and Ananta Barua, were to end in June and July 2021 respectively.
  • The order for re appointment is given by the Department of Economic Affairs in the Finance Ministry.

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS        

Adani Power to acquire 1,200 MW Essar Power’s Mahan projectPower Mahan projectAdani Power Limited (APL) has received a Letter of Intent (LoI) from a Resolution Professional of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for the acquisition of 1,200 megawatt (MW) Essar Power’s Mahan Project located at Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh.

  • This acquisition is estimated at Rs 3,000 crore.

Background:
This LoI follows Adani Power’s successful bid for the project which has been approved by a Committee of Creditors (CoC) of Essar Power M P Ltd (EPMPL). The Mahan project operates two units of 600 MW each which can be expanded by one more unit to make it a 1,800 MW project.
Points to be noted:
i.Last month, Adani Group’s renewable energy arm Adani Green Energy acquired SB Energy’s solar and wind power portfolio from Softbank and Bharti Group.
ii.Adani Power is India’s largest power producer in the private sector.
iii.It’s thermal project consists of 12,500 MW of generation capacity spread across Gujarat, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. It is also commissioning 1,600 MW of project in Jharkhand.
About Adani Power Limited (APL):
Managing Director– Anil Sardana
Headquarter– Ahmedabad, Gujarat

SPORTS

Cricket: New Zealand win Inaugural Edition of ICC World Test Championship 2021New Zealand beat India to win inaugural World Test ChampionsNew Zealand defeated India in the finals of the 2019-2021 ICC World Test Championship to win the Inaugural Edition of ICC World Test Championship 2021 (for men). The finals was held at Rose Bowl, Southampton, England from June 18-23, 2021.

  • New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson was named as the Player of the Match Award.
  • New Zealand received a cash prize of USD 1.6 million along with the ICC Test Championship Mace.
  • It is New Zealand’s 1st major ICC Trophy.

ICC World Test Championship
i.It is a league competition for Test Cricket organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

  • 9 Teams competed in 71 Test matches in 27 series across two years from 2019-21.

Jadeja Ranked as World’s Number 1 All Rounder
According to ICC’s latest rankings released on June 22, 2021 – India’s Ravindra Jadeja was ranked as the World’s No. 1 All-rounder in Test Cricket (replacing West Indian Jason Holder).
About International Cricket Council (ICC)
Chairman – Greg Barclay
Headquarters – Dubai, UAE
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Kiren Rijiju launched India’s Olympic theme song titled “Lakshya Tera Samne Hai”

On June 23, 2021, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Kiren Rijiju, Ministry of Youth Affairs And Sports (MoYAS) launched the official Olympic theme song titled “Lakshya Tera Samne Hai” of the Indian contingent for the Tokyo Olympics or Summer Games (July 23 to August 8, 2021). The song has been composed and sung by singer Mohit Chauhan.

  • It was launched during an event of International Olympic Day at the JLN (Jawaharlal Nehru) Stadium in New Delhi organised by Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
  • IOA president Narinder Batra and secretary-general Rajeev Mehta also participated in the event.

OBITUARY

Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino Passed AwayFormer Philippine President Benigno AquinoFormer Philippine President Benigno Aquino III passed away after a prolonged illness in Manila,Philippines.He was born on February 8, 1960 in Manila,Philippines.
About Benigno Aquino III:
i.Benigno Aquino III served as the 15th president of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016.
ii.He was popularly known as PNoy and Noynoy.
iii.He was a fourth-generation politician as part of the Aquino family, and was the son of politician Benigno Aquino Jr. and President Corazon Aquino.
iv.He was named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2013 by Times Magazine.
v.He has also served as senator and as member of Congress from the province of Tarlac.

STATE NEWS

Delhi Govt Notified Mukhyamantri COVID-19 Pariwar Aarthik Sahayata Yojana: Scheme to Provide Financial Aid to Covid Victims’ KinDelhi govt notifies scheme for providing financial assistance to Covid victims' kinArvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi has announced the “Mukhyamantri COVID-19 Pariwar Aarthik Sahayata Yojana” to provide financial assistance to the family members of the COVID-19 victims.
The scheme was notified by the Social Welfare Department, Government of Delhi.
About Mukhyamantri COVID-19 Pariwar Aarthik Sahayata Yojana:
i.Under the scheme, financial assistance of Rs 50000 will be provided to the family of COVID-19 victims and an additional Rs 2500 per month will be given if the deceased was the sole breadwinner of the family.
ii.The additional financial aid of Rs 2500 per month will also be provided to the children who lost both their parent or single parent to COVID-19. The aid will be continued till they achieve 25 years of age.
iii.The state government has also affirmed to provide free education for the children of the COVID-19 victims.
iv.The government of Delhi will also consider a member of the victim’s family to be enrolled as a civil defence volunteer.
Click her to know more about Mukhyamantri COVID-19 Pariwar Aarthik Sahayata Yojana
About Delhi:
Airport– Indira Gandhi International Airport
UNESCO sites– Red Fort Complex, Humayun’s Tomb, and Qutb Minar and its Monuments.

Odisha Govt Partners with UN WFP to Empower Women SHGs, Strengthen LivelihoodOdisha govt joins hands with UN WFP to empowerIn June 2021, the government of Odisha and the United Nations World Food Programme (UN WFP) made a partnership to improve the household food and nutritional security in Odisha by strengthening the livelihood initiatives and working with thousands of state-supported Women’s Self-Help Groups (WSHGs).

  • The partnership which is intended to support WSHGs is effective till December 2023.

Key Points:
i.Objective: To address and reduce the vulnerabilities around food security caused by COVD-19, and empower the livelihood and income of the women.
ii.An agreement was made under the partnership to support the state’s WSHGs by providing technical assistance and capacity development for long-term food security.
iii.Under the partnership, the WSHGs will be linked with government procurement systems to increase awareness of entitlements and improve the functions of the groups.
About United Nations World Food Programme (UN WFP):
i.WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and supporting the recovery of people from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.
ii.WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2020 for its efforts to combat hunger.
Establishment – 1961
Headquarters –  Rome, Italy
Executive Director – David Beasley
 About Odisha:
Capital – Bhubaneswar
Chief minister – Naveen Patnaik
Governor – Ganeshi Lal

Maharashtra Approved Transfer of MIAL Ownership to Adani Airport HoldingsAdani Airport HoldingsThe Maharashtra cabinet approved the proposal of transferring the ownership of the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL)which was constructing the Navi Mumbai international airport to the Adani Airport Holdings.
Key Points:
i.Earlier CIDCO( City and Industrial Development Corporation ), the nodal agency for the project, had awarded the contract for construction of the airport in October 2017 to GVK Airport Developers Limited
ii.But Adani Group recently acquired a 50.50 percent stake of GVK Airport Developers Limited.
iii.The Central government, SEBI and CIDCO also approved the change in ownership of MIAL.
iv.Nearly 1160 hectares of land has been acquired and the first phase of the airport is expected to be completed in 2023-24.
About Maharashtra:
Capital: Mumbai
Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari
Chief minister: Uddhav Thackeray

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S.no Current Affairs 25 June 2021
1 Cabinet Approvals on June 23, 2021
2 India virtually hosts BRICS Green Hydrogen Summit 2021
3 Denmark signs Framework Agreement on ISA with India: MEA
4 CSE’s Ease of Living Index 2020 ranks Bengaluru as Most Liveable City in India
5 WhatsApp, NSDC launch Digital Skill Champions Programme for Indian Youth
6 Centre Notified the Constitution of Karnataka Coastal Zone Management Authority
7 IFFCO, INAES and Cooperar signed MoU to Set Up Nano Urea Plant in Argentina
8 MoTA and NCERT join hands for NISHTHA Capacity Building Programme
9 Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB) Launched in Bhutan in partnership with India
10 BRICS Nations Agreed on Innovation Cooperation: 11th BRICS S&T Steering Committee Meeting
11 ISRO, NOAA-led Multinational Project Endorsed by UNESCO: CEOS COAST
12 Goa Institute of Management Ranked as Pioneering B-school in Positive Impact Rating 2021
13 SBI Card, Fabindia Launched Co-Branded Contactless Credit Card for Premium Customers
14 Afthonia Lab & YES Bank Collaborates to Support Fintech Companies
15 S&P cut India’s FY22 GDP Growth Forecast to 9.5%
16 Vijay Deshwal Appointed as Magma Fincorp Group CEO
17 SEBI’s Ananta Barua And SK Mohanty Gets 2-Year Extension of Term as WTM
18 Adani Power to acquire 1,200 MW Essar Power’s Mahan project
19 Cricket: New Zealand win Inaugural Edition of ICC World Test Championship 2021
20 Kiren Rijiju launched India’s Olympic theme song titled “Lakshya Tera Samne Hai”
21 Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino Passed Away
22 Delhi Govt Notified Mukhyamantri COVID-19 Pariwar Aarthik Sahayata Yojana: Scheme to Provide Financial Aid to Covid Victims’ Kin
23 Odisha Govt Partners with UN WFP to Empower Women SHGs, Strengthen Livelihood
24 Maharashtra Approved Transfer of MIAL Ownership to Adani Airport Holdings