Current Affairs 5 June 2021

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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

MoD signs contract with Mahindra Telephonics for 11 Airport Surveillance RadarsOn 3rd June 2021, The Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a Rs 323.47 crore worth contract with Mahindra Telephonics Integrated Systems Limited for procurement of 11 Airport Surveillance Radars for the use of Indian Navy & Indian Coast Guard.
i.Mahindra Telephonics signed the contract for the 11 radars under the “Buy and Make” category, to boost “Make in India” initiative.
ii.Objective – The installation of these radars will increase the air domain awareness
About Ministry of Defence (MoD): 
Union Minister – Rajnath Singh (Constituency – Lucknow, UP)
Minister of State – Shripad Yesso Naik (Constituency – North Goa, Goa)
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Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Launched Digitized Versions of Health Schemes CGHS, RAN, HMDG on NHA’s IT PlatformUnion Minister Harsh Vardhan, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare(MoHFW) launched the revamped, digitized version of Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS), Umbrella schemes of Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi (RAN), and Health Minister’s Discretionary Grant (HMDG) on National Health Authority’s (NHA) IT platform.
Objective: Digitization of healthcare services to enable the poor and needy people to avail the benefits of the health schemes on time.
About CGHS, RAN and HMDG:
CGHS:
i.It is a comprehensive Health Scheme started in 1954 for Serving Employees, Pensioners, Members of Parliament, ex-MPs, etc., and their dependent family members.
ii.Under the platform of CGHS, the retired pensioners will be provided with the Cashless treatment at empanelled centres in a seamless manner.
RAN: This scheme provides financial assistance up to Rs 15 lakhs to poor patients for medical treatment at Government hospitals for major life-threatening diseases/cancer/rare diseases.
HMDG: Under this scheme, a maximum amount of Rs 1,25,000 is provided to patients whose annual income does not exceed Rs 1,25,000 to meet a part of the expenditure on hospitalization/treatment in Government Hospitals.
About National Health Authority (NHA): 
It is the successor of the National Health Agency, reconstituted on 2nd January 2019, and it is the apex body responsible for implementing India’s flagship public health insurance/assurance scheme AB PM-JAY.
CEO – Ram Sewak Sharma
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Expert Committee on VCC Headed by K.P. Krishnan Submitted its Report to IFSCAIn June 2021, the Expert Committee on Variable Capital Company (VCC) headed by K.P. Krishnan submitted its report on the feasibility of VCCs in the International Financial Services Centres(IFSCs) to the International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA).

  • The committee recommended the adoption of a VCC-like legal structure to conduct fund management activity in IFSCs

Background:
i.IFSCA constituted the Committee of Experts to explore the potential for allowing another legal structure i.e. VCC as an additional option through which asset managers could pool the investors’ funds.
ii.Conventional 3 types for pooling of funds in India:

  • Limited Liability companies governed under the Companies Act, 2013
  • Limited Liability Partnerships(LLP) under the LLP Act
  • Trusts governed under the Indian Trusts Act, 1882

About International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA):
It is a statutory unified regulatory body under the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
Establishment –  April 27, 2020, under IFSCA Act, 2019
Headquarters – GIFT City, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
Chairperson – Injeti Srinivas
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Govt Announced Schemes to Provide Pension for Dependents of COVID-19 Victims

The Government of India has announced schemes to provide a pension for the dependents of the COVID-19 victims among other benefits for the families who lost their earning members due to the pandemic under the Employees State Insurance scheme and Employees Provident Fund scheme.
Family Pension under Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC):
i.To support the families of the victims, the benefit of the Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) pension scheme for the employment-related death cases is extended to those who died due to COVID-19
ii.The dependents of the family are entitled to the benefits of a pension equal to around 90% of the average daily wages.
iii.The benefits will be made available with effect from 24th March 2020 to all cases till 24th March 2022.
Employees’ Deposit-Linked Insurance scheme:
i.The insurance benefits under the Employees’ Deposit-Linked Insurance (EDLI) scheme are enhanced and liberalised.
ii.The maximum amount of the insurance has been increased from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 7 lakh and the minimum insurance benefit is retained as Rs 2.5 lakh. 
iii.This will be applied retrospectively from 15th February 2020 for the next 3 years(2023).
iv.To benefit families of contractual and casual workers, the condition of continuous employment in only one establishment has been liberalized, with benefits being made available to families of even those employees who may have changed jobs in the last 12 months preceding his death.
v.The labour ministry has estimated that eligible family members will get an additional benefit of Rs 2185 crore from EDLI fund in the years 2021-22 to 2023-24.Click here to read about the PM CARES for Children.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Global Unemployment Rate To be 5.7% in 2022; No recovery in global jobs till 2023: ILO’s WESO Trends 2021On June 2, 2021, International Labour Organisation(ILO) released a report titled “World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2021(WESO Trends 2021)” stating global unemployment rate will be 5.7% in 2022, 6.3% in 2021 & there will no recovery in global jobs until 2023.
Note – Global Unemployment Rate was 5.4% in 2020.
Key Findings:
i.There will be 205 million unemployed people around the world in 2022, which is higher than the pre Covid numbers of 187 million in 2019.
ii.Job Gaps will be 75 million in 2021 & will fell to 23 million in 2022.Similarly Job Gaps and Reduced working will amount to the equivalent of 100 million full-time jobs in 2021 and 26 million full-time jobs in 2022.
About International Labour Organisation(ILO):
Director-General – Guy Ryder
Headquarter – Genèva, Switzerland
Member Countries – 187 Countries
Established – 1919
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Global funding on Nature to be Tripled by 2030 to tackle Environment Change – UN ReportThe United Nations report titled, “State of Finance for Nature” estimates the annual investments in Nature-based Solutions (NbS) must be tripled by 2030 and increased to 4-times by 2050, compared to the current spending of USD 133 billion (Rs. 9.7 lakh crores).
i.The “State of Finance for Nature” report was jointly prepared by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Economics of Land Degradation Initiative.
About World Economic Forum (WEF): 
Founder & Executive Chairman – Klaus Schwab
Founded – 1971
Headquarters – Cologny, Switzerland
About United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP):
Executive Director – Inger Andersen
Founded – 1972
Headquarters – Nairobi, Kenya
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Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Represented India in NAM Health Ministers Virtual Meet

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Harsh Vardhan virtually participated in a meeting with Ministers of Health of the NAM (Non-Aligned Movement) Countries.
i.Harsh Vardhan stated that during COVID-19, India has supplied medicines to 123 partner countries including 59 NAM nations. He also noted that Ayushman Bharat, national health policy was aiming to provide free health assurance to over 500 million underprivileged people, making it the world’s largest health assurance scheme.
ii.NAM formed in 1961 is a forum of 120 developing world states that are not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. After the United Nations(UN), it is the largest grouping of states worldwide. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, is the current chairman of NAM.

BANKING & FINANCE

NR Saving Accounts For Seafarers Launched By Federal BankPrivate sector lender Federal Bank has launched an exclusive NR(Non Resident) savings account scheme for the seafarer segment. This exclusive scheme is for mariners.
Objective:
To help Mariners in executing banking transactions irrespective of the geo-coordinates and time zone differences with the help of state-of-the-art digital banking platform.
Key points:
The scheme is available in both

  • NRE SB – Non-Resident External Saving Account and
  • NRO SB  – Non-Resident Ordinary Saving Account variants.

Facilities Offered: 

  • Preferential exchange rate for monthly inward remittances
  • Premium debit card with domestic airport lounge access
  • Linked zero balance NRO account and
  • Financial planning and customised wealth management products and services.

About Federal Bank:
Incorporated : April 23,1931 as the Travancore federal bank limited,Kerala under the Travancore companies regulation ,1916
Managing Director(MD) & Chief Executive Officer(CEO):Shyam Srinivasan
Headquarters:Aluva,Kerala
Tagline:Your Perfect Banking Partner

NABARD Approves Rs 254 Crore For Drinking Water Projects In OdishaThe National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned a Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) of Rs 254 crore for setting up two mega piped drinking water supply projects in Odisha.
Key Points:
i.The two mega projects will come up in two districts,

  • Jajpur district which will cover Badachana and Dharmasala blocks
  • Puri district which will cover Brahmagiri and Krushnaprasad blocks.

ii.70 litre per capital per day(LPCD) clean, safe hygienic portable drinking water will be provided at the consumer end.
iiii.The water supply will be provided through Functional Household Tape Connection (FHTC) with eight hours of supply in the project area.
Note:
The projects will help in achieving the goal of providing drinking water to the rural population by 2022.
About National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD):
NABARD was established on the recommendations of the B.Sivaraman Committee (by Act 61, 1981 of Parliament) to implement the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Act 1981.
Established – 12 July 1982
Chairman– Govinda Rajulu Chintala
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Sebi inks pact with CSSF, Luxembourg to strengthen cooperation in securities regulationOn June 02, 2021, The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and the Luxembourg Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for mutual co-operation and technical assistance.
Objective:
To strengthen cross border cooperation in the area of securities regulation.
Key facts:
i.The MoU will facilitate mutual assistance, contribute towards the efficient performance of the supervisory functions, and enable effective enforcement of laws and regulations governing the securities markets.
ii.The MoU will enhance cross-border cooperation and exchange of information for the discharge of SEBI’s regulatory mandates.
ii.SEBI has already signed MoUs with securities regulators of various jurisdictions. It is also a signatory to the Multilateral MoU (MMoU) of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).
About Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI):
Establishment – On April 12, 1992, in accordance with the SEBI Act, 1992.
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman – Ajay Tyagi
About Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF):
CSSF is a public institution that supervises the professionals and products of the Luxembourg financial sector.
Establishment – 1945
Headquarters – Luxembourg
Director General –  Mr Claude Marx

FSDC Constituted Inter-regulators’ Panel to Deal with Fintech ChallengesThe Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) has constituted the first of its kind inter-regulators’ panel to address the regulatory challenges posed by the fintech (financial technology) industry.

  • The committee includes officials from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), finance ministry, the Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and the Insurance and Regulatory Authority of India (IRDAI).

Status of Fintech Industry:
i.In the last few years India has seen significant growth in the fintech sector owing to the rapidly digitizing consumer economy.
ii.According to a BCG-FICCI (Boston Consulting Group – Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) report, India’s fintech sector in 2020 is valued to be at $50-60 billion and it is expected to grow by 5 times to nearly $200 billion by 2025, making it one of the largest in the world. Click here to know more
About Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC):
It was constituted under the Ministry of Finance in 2010. The Raghuram Rajan committee (2008) first proposed the creation of FSDC.
Chairman: Union Finance Minister (Current – Nirmala Sitharaman)
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Wipro, Finastra Partnered To Help Digitalise Banks In The Asia-Pacific

A leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, Wipro Limited and the largest pure-play software vendor, Finastra has announced a partnership to help corporate banks across Asia-Pacific accelerate their digital transformation.
Key Points:
The partnership between Wipro and Finastra will help banks in digital transition quickly by creating a unique offering that combines,
i.Wipro‘s services catalogue including,

  • Consultation and digital services
  • Infrastructure and operations

ii.And Finastra’s front-to-back trade finance and cash-management solutions like ,

  • Fusion Trade Innovation
  • Fusion Cash Management.

Banks will get access to these services to become digital platform players that can meet client needs in a faster, flexible and more agile way.
About Finastra:
Finastra is one of the largest financial software solutions providers serving the entire financial services industry.
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Managing Director for Asia Pacific: Luc Hovhannessian
Chief Executive Officer -Simon Paris
About Wipro:
Chairman – Rishad Premji
Chief Executive Director(CEO): Thierry Delaporte
Headquarters: Bengaluru, Karnataka

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

David Diop won International Booker Prize 2021; Became 1st French Writer to Win the Award

French novelist David Diop won the International Booker Prize 2021 for “At Night All Blood Is Black”.The Book is translated from the French Book titled “Frere d’ame”. It was Translated by Anna Moschovakis.David Diop became the first French writer to win the Award. The Booker Prize Foundation presents the International Booker Prize.

The French Book ‘Frere d’ame’ was written by David Diop and published by Pushkin Press.The book was translated into English by Anna Moschovakis.

  • The prize carries a cash award of 50,000 Pound (around Rs 51 lakhs) which will be split between David Diop and Anna Moschovakis.

About At Night All Blood Is Black:
“At Night All Blood Is Black” the 2nd novel of David Diop, was inspired by his Senegalese great-grandfather’s silence about his experiences in World War I(WWI).
About International Booker Prize:
The International Booker Prize formerly known as the Man Booker International Prize has been awarded since 2005.
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNTIONS

MoL&E Constitute Expert Group Led by Prof Ajit Mishra to Fix Minimum WagesThe Ministry of Labour and Employment(MoL&E) has constituted an expert group  led by Professor Ajit Mishra, director of the Institute of Economic Growth to provide technical support and recommendations to fix the minimum wages and national floor minimum wages.
This decision is a part of the centre’s implementation of the Code of Wages, 2019, which mandates a statutory national level floor wage.
About the Expert Group:

  • The expert group will make recommendations on the minimum wages and national floor wages to the government.

About Ministry of Labour and Employment(MoL&E):
Minister of State(Independent Charge)– Santosh Kumar Gangwar (Constituency: Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh)
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GST Council set up 8-member Panel to Examine Tax Exemption on COVID-19 Material; Convened by Conrad Sangma

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council constituted an 8-member group of ministers (GoM) to examine the need for GST concession/exemption on a range of Covid-19 essentials such as vaccines, drugs, testing kits, and ventilators and make recommendations on the GST rates of COVID-19 relief material.Conrad Kongkal Sangma, Chief Minister of Meghalaya will be the Convenor of the panel.

  • Currently, 5 percent GST is levied on domestically manufactured vaccines, 12 percent GST is levied for COVID-19 drugs and oxygen concentrators.
  • The GST Council in its 43rd meeting exempted the import of COVID-19 related goods such as medical oxygen and vaccines from GST till August 31,2021 even if they are imported on a payment basis or free of cost for donating to the government or a state-approved agency. Click here to know more
  • The GoM will be assisted by a Committee of officers from the Centre and the States, and the panel will submit its report by June 8, 2021.

About GST Council and GST:
i.GST Council is a federal body formed on 15th September 2016 under Article 279A of the Constitution
ii.The Council is headed by the union finance minister (Current- Nirmala Sitharaman) assisted by the finance minister of all the states of India. It will make recommendations to the Union and the States on important issues related to GST.
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Dr.Patrick Amoth Of Kenya Becomes Chairman Of WHO Executive BoardDuring the 149th session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive board, Dr Patrick Amoth of Kenya has been appointed as the Chairman of WHO Executive Board, for a period of one year.
Key Points:
i.He succeeds Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister of Government of India, who completed his tenure as Chairman of WHO Executive Board on June 02, 2021.
ii.The chairman’s post is held on a rotation basis for one year among regional groups.
iii.Dr Patrick Amoth is the acting Director-General for Health, Ministry of Health of Kenya.
iv.Dr.Harsh Vardhan will continue to be a member of the Executive Board of WHO till 2023.
About WHO:
Director General: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Headquarters:Geneva, Switzerland
Founded: 7 April 1948
About Kenya:
Capital: Nairobi
Currency: Kenyan shilling
President:Uhuru Kenyatta

Lt Gen Pradeep Chandran Nair Took Over as the DG of Assam RifleLieutenant General (Lt Gen) Pradeep Chandran Nair took over as the 21st Director General(DG) of Assam Rifles(AR), India’s oldest paramilitary force at the DGAR headquarters at Shillong, Meghalaya. The Assam Rifles were popularly known as Sentinels of the North-East.  
Lt Gen Pradeep Chandran Nair has been serving as the Director-General Recruiting of the Indian Army.
About Lt Gen Pradeep Chandran Nair:
i.Pradeep Chandran Nair was commissioned into the Sikh Regiment in 1985.
ii.He has served as the Inspector General and a Company Commander in Assam Rifles.
iii.He has also served in the Army Headquarters as a Colonel, Major General and Lieutenant General.
Other Appointments:
i.Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh, took charge as the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff. He succeeds Vice Admiral M S Pawar who is superannuated on 31st May 2021.
ii.Vice Admiral Sreekumar Nair took over as the Director-General Naval Projects (DGNP), Visakhapatnam. He succeeds Vice Admiral Kiran Deshmukh.

  • Vice Admiral Sreekumar Nair has served as the Admiral Superintendent, Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam, and Assistant Chief of Materiel (Information Technology and Systems), at Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy).

ACQUISITION & MERGERS

Pharmeasy Acquires Medlife, Becomes India’s Largest E-Pharma Company

An online medical platform,PharmEasy has acquired its rival Medlife, to create India’s largest online pharmacy.

  • API Holdings, the parent of PharmEasy, has acquired 100 percent equity shares of Medlife in return for 19.59 percent equity share capital, estimated at $250 million.
  • Medlife has now ceased to operate with effect from May 25, 2021, following the merger with PharmEasy.
  • With this acquisition, Medlife users will automatically become PharmEasy users.
  • With this total combined entity set, PharmEasy will serve around 2 million customers a month.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

China successfully launches Fengyun-4B Satellite; Plans 3-Astronaut Space MissionOn 3rd June, China National Space Administration (CNSA) successfully launched “Fengyun-4B” (FY-4B) Meteorological satellite to Earth’s Geostationary Orbit. FY-4B is the 1st of China’s New-Generation Meteorological Satellites, which has an improved measurement resolution of 250 meters to scan Earth.
China plans to send 3-Astronauts to Tianzhou-2 Space Station
Yang Liwei, Director of the China Manned Space Engineering Office, announced China’s plan to send 3-Male Astronauts to its Newly launched Space Station, “Tianzhou-2”. The Astronauts will conduct Scientific tasks, including repair and maintenance on appliance switches on their 3-Month stay.
About China:
Mandarin Chinese is the World’s largest Language, used by native speakers.
Yang Liwei, was the 1st Chinese person to be on Space.
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NASA Plans Two New Missions to Venus; New Zealand Made a Space Agreement With NASA

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to implement two new missions DAVINCI+ and VERITAS to Venus, Earth’s nearest also called sister planet. NASA will spend $500 million for each mission. Both missions will be expected to launch between 2028-2030.

  • DAVINCI+ (short for Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble Gases, Chemistry and Imaging) – It will measure the composition of Venus’ atmosphere to understand how it formed and evolved, as well as determine whether the planet ever had an ocean.
  • VERITAS (an acronym for Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography and Spectroscopy) – This mission will map Venus’ surface to determine the planet’s geologic history and understand why it developed so differently than Earth.

Aim -Mission aim to study the atmospheric and geological features of Venus, also known as Earth’s sister planet. The closest planet to Earth and the second planet from the Sun, Venus is similar in structure but slightly smaller and much warmer than Earth.
New Zealand made a space agreement with NASA

  • New Zealand becomes the latest country to sign a space agreement with NASA.
  • New Zealand became the eleventh signatory to the Artemis Agreement, a blueprint for space cooperation and supporting the U.S. space agency’s plans to return humans to the moon by 2024 and to launch a historic human mission to Mars.

About National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA)
Established in – 1958
Headquarters – Washington, D.C., United States
Administrator –Bill Nelson (14th administrator of NASA on May 2021)
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ENVIRONMENT

Cyrtodactylus bengkhuaiai: New Species of Gecko Discovered from Meghalaya and Mizoram; Named after Mizo ChieftainCyrtodactylus bengkhuaiai, a new species of bent toed gecko, was discovered from Meghalaya and Mizoram.The new species was named after the Mizoram Chieftain Bengkhuaia who fought against the british forces in India.
A team of scientists has discovered 4 new species of gecko, 2 from Meghalaya and 2 from Mizoram. These new species are a part of the Cyrtodactylus khasiensis group.

  • The study about the new species was published in Zootaxa, a peer-reviewed scientific journal published from New Zealand.

Other new species of Gecko
i.Cyrtodactylus aaronbaueri was the 2nd species of gecko recorded from Sailam village of Aizawl district of Mizoram.
ii.Cyrtodactylus aaronbaueri was named after Aaron Bauer, the world’s main professional on taxonomy of geckos.
iii.The scientists record 2 new species of gecko from Meghalaya.
iv.The 2 new species are the Karst dwelling bent-toed gecko “Cyrtodactylus karsticola” and bent toed gecko “Cyrtodactylus agarwali” named after Ishan Agarwal, India’s main herpetologists.
v.Both Cyrtodactylus karsticola and Cyrtodactylus agarwali were discovered from limestone caves in Siju village in the South Garo Hills district.

OBITUARY

Former President, Prime Minister of Mauritius Padma Vibhushan Anerood Jugnauth Passed AwayThe Former President and Prime Minister of Mauritius, Padma Vibhushan awardee Anerood Jugnauth passed away.He was born on March 29, 1930 in Palma, British Mauritius.
About Anerood Jugnauth:
i.Anerood Jugnauth was honoured with Padma Vibhusan in 2020 by the Government of India
ii.He was considered as the Father of the Mauritian Economic Miracle of the 1980s.
iii.He was the longest serving Prime Minister of Mauritius with more than 18 years of tenure.
iv.He served four consecutive terms as Prime Minister from 1982 to 1995 and was appointed again in 2000.
v.He also served as the President of Mauritius from 2003-2012.
vi.He was also honoured with Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award for strengthening India’s relationship with Mauritius.

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression 2021 – June 4 United Nations(UN)’s International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is annually observed across the globe on 4th June to highlight the UN’s commitment to protect the rights of children. The day acknowledges the sufferings of the children who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse.
Background:
i.The United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) adopted the resolution A/RES/ES-7/8 in August 1982 and proclaimed the 4th June of every year as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression.
ii.The first International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression was observed on 4th June 1983.
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STATE NEWS

Punjab Cabinet Approved to Create SPV for Surface Water Supply Schemei.Punjab Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister(CM) Amarinder Singh approved to create a special purpose vehicle (SPV) – Punjab Rural Water (Utility) Company for the operation and maintenance of multi village surface water supply schemes across Punjab.
ii.The SPV under the Department Of Water Supply and Sanitation (DWSS) will be a utility company.
iii.Aim: To ensure the supply of potable water on a long term sustainable basis to the rural areas of water quality affected districts.
iv.CM Amarinder Singh has been authorised as the Chairperson of the State Water Supply and Sanitation Mission to approve any modifications in the structure, role and responsibility, and funding pattern.
About Punjab:
Dance forms– Giddha, Bhangra, Jhoomer, Malawi, Julli, Sammi, Jaago, Dankara, Luddi
Airports– Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Bathinda Airport, Sahnewal Airport, Pathankot Airport, Patiala Airport.
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S.no Current Affairs 5 June 2021
1 MoD signs contract with Mahindra Telephonics for 11 Airport Surveillance Radars
2 Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Launched Digitized Versions of Health Schemes CGHS, RAN, HMDG on NHA’s IT Platform
3 Expert Committee on VCC Headed by K.P. Krishnan Submitted its Report to IFSCA
4 Govt Announced Schemes to Provide Pension for Dependents of COVID-19 Victims
5 Global Unemployment Rate To be 5.7% in 2022; No recovery in global jobs till 2023: ILO’s WESO Trends 2021
6 Global funding on Nature to be Tripled to tackle Environment Change – UN Report
7 Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Represented India in NAM Health Ministers Virtual Meet
8 NR Saving Accounts For Seafarers Launched By Federal Bank
9 NABARD Approves Rs 254 Crore For Drinking Water Projects In Odisha SEBI signs MoU with CSSF, Luxembourg
10 SEBI signs MoU with CSSF, Luxembourg
11 FSDC forms regulators’ panel to address fintech challenges
12 Wipro, Finastra Partnered To Help Digitalise Banks In The Asia-Pacific
13 David Diop won International Booker Prize 2021; Became 1st French Writer to Win the Award
14 MoL&E Constitute Expert Group Led by Prof Ajit Mishra to Fix Minimum Wages
15 GST Council set up 8-member Panel to Examine Tax Exemption on COVID-19 Material; Convened by Conrad Sangma
16 Dr.Patrick Amoth Of Kenya Becomes Chairman Of WHO Executive Board
17 Lt Gen Pradeep Chandran Nair Took Over as the DG of Assam Rifle
18 Pharmeasy Acquires Medlife, Becomes India’s Largest E-Pharma Company
19 China successfully launches Fengyun-4B Satellite; Plans 3-Astronaut Space Mission
20 NASA plans two new missions to Venus:DAVINCI+ and VERITAS
21 Cyrtodactylus bengkhuaiai: New Species of Gecko Discovered from Meghalaya and Mizoram; Named after Mizo Chieftain
22 Former President, Prime Minister of Mauritius Padma Vibhushan Anerood Jugnauth Passed Away
23 International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression 2021 – June 4
24 Punjab Cabinet Approved to Create SPV for Surface Water Supply Scheme





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