1. WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY
The World Health Organization has celebrated annually on 31st May 2021 and is also known as World No Tobacco Day 2021. WHO launched a campaign global under the slogan “Commit to Quit”.
The theme of World No Tobacco Day or Anti Tobacco Day 2020 was “Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use”.
2. INTERNATIONAL BOOKER AWARD: “AT NIGHT ALL BLOOD IS BLACK” BOOK WON
“At Night All Blood Is Black,” a short novel by French author David Diop won the prestigious International Booker Prize for it’s English translation. The English translation done by Anna Moschovakis. It was published by Pushkin Press.
3. MINISTRY OF EDUCATION LAUNCHED ‘YUVA’ SCHEME FOR MENTORING YOUNG AUTHORS
The Ministry of Education, Department of Higher Education on 29 May 2021 launched YUVA- Prime Minister’s Scheme For Mentoring Young Authors, an Author Mentorship program to prepare youthful and growing writers in order to promote reading, writing, and book culture in the country, and project India and Indian writings all around the world.
The Ministry of Education launch of YUVA (Young, Upcoming and Versatile Authors) is in tune with PM’s vision to encourage young writers to write about India’s freedom struggle.
About Ministry of Education:
- Union Minister – Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’
- Minister of State – Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre
4. WORLD’S FIRST ‘NANO UREA’ FOR FARMERS
IFFCO (Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited) presented the world’s first Nano Urea Liquid for farmers across the world in its 50th annual general body meeting held in the online- disconnected mode in India on May 31, 2021.
IFFCO scientists and engineers the product was developed at Nano Biotechnology Research Centre, Kalol with ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Krishi’.
- Managing Director – Dr. U. S. Awasthi
- H.Q – New Delhi
5. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS BOOK AWARD: TRANSFORMATION IN TIMES OF CRISIS WON IN 2021
Authors Nitin Rakesh and Jerry Wind won the prestigious award for the year 2021 International Business Book for their recently launched book Transformation in Times of Crisis, published by Notion Press.
Author Nitin Rakesh receives the “Gold Stevie Award“ for Technology Innovation of the Year.
6. NCPCR LAUNCHES “BAL SWARAJ” PORTAL FOR CHILDREN AFFECTED BY COVID-19
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), the apex child right’s body, has requested states to transfer data information from kids who have lost parents. The Ministry of Women and Child Development launched has devised an online tracking portal “Bal Swaraj “(COVID-Care link)” for children in need of care and protection in May 2021.
- Chairman – Priyank kanoongo
- H.Q – New Delhi
7. THE THIRD EDITION OF THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDG) INDIA INDEX BY NITI AAYOG
The SDG India Index 2020–21 3rd edition is developed in collaboration with the United Nations to monitor the country’s progress on the goals through data-driven assessment, and foster a competitive spirit among the States and Union Territories in achieving them.
Kerala on top again of the rankings in this third edition of the index, with a score of 75, followed by Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh, both scoring 72.
At the bottom end of the scale, Bihar, Jharkhand, and Assam were the worst performers, however, all States showed some improvement from last year’s scores, with Mizoram and Haryana seeing the biggest gains. for full details, Click here.
8. COMMONWEALTH DAY IN INDIA – MAY 24
In the month of the year is celebrated as the Commonwealth Day worldwide on 24th May 2021. Since 1997, Commonwealth Day is also known as Empire Day celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth Day 2021: ‘Delivering a Common Future’. 54 Commonwealth countries are innovating, forging relationships, and transforming to help achieve crucial goals such as tackling climate change, promoting good governance and gender equality.
9. A BOOK TITLED ‘ALL YOU NEED IS JOSH: INSPIRING STORIES OF COURAGE AND CONVICTION IN 21ST-CENTURY INDIA’ AUTHORED BY SUPRIYA PAUL
A book entitled “All You Need Is Josh: Inspiring Stories of Courage and Conviction in 21st-century India”, a collection of 30 inspiring stories of people putting up obstacles and fulfill their dreams published by Supriya Paul was released.
This book “All You Need Is Josh: Inspiring Stories of Courage and Conviction in 21st-century India”, has been published by Bloomsbury.
10. PUNJAB LAUNCHED: ‘UDAAN’ SCHEME
The Punjab government Launched the “Udaan Program” focused on empowering women across the state, distributing sanitary pads free of cost every month to women and girls in need of the state.
The Udaan program is launched on International Menstrual Hygiene Day, 29 May 2021.
“Udaan Program” aims to protect women or girls from menstrual hygiene-related illnesses. Click here to know more.
11. THE DEFENCE ACQUISITION COUNCIL (DAC) CHAIRED BY DEFENCE MINISTER RAJNATH SINGH APPROVES REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF 6 CONVENTIONAL SUBMARINES UNDER STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP MODEL
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), in its meeting under the Chairmanship of Shri Rajnath Singh, has approved proposals concerning Capital Acquisitions of various equipment for modernization and operational needs of the Armed Forces amounting to approx. Rs 6,000 crore.
In addition, the DAC also approved the issue of RFP for the construction of 6 Conventional Submarines under Project P 75 (I) under the Strategic Partnership (SP) Model. This project envisages indigenously equipped with the state-of-the-art Air Independent Propulsion system at an estimated cost of Rs 43,000 crore.
This is a landmark approval, being the first case processed under the Strategic Partnership model. This would be one of the largest ‘Make in India’ projects and will serve to facilitate faster and more significant absorption of technology.
12. TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION (THE)-2021 ASIA UNIVERSITY RANKINGS
IISc Bangalore, IIT Ropar, and IIT Indore have secured ranks among the top 100 universities in Asia. 63 Indian universities have made it to the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2021, with three new universities figuring among the top 200.
14 Indian institutions debuted in this year’s rankings, released by the UK-based publication on Wednesday. India is third overall in terms of representation, behind Japan (116 universities) and China (91).
While the Indian Institute of Science (37th) remains the country’s highest-ranked university for the seventh year in a row, the Indian Institute of Technology Ropar (55th) and Indian Institute of Technology Indore (78th) have also made it to the top 100 this year.
18 Indian universities have made it to the top 200 Rankings.
13. LARGEST SOURCE OF FDI TO INDIA IN 2020-21
FDI into the country climbs 19 percent to USD 59.64 billion. The total FDI (including equity, reinvested earnings, and capital) in 2020-21 climbs by 10 % to the highest-ever USD 81.72 billion. This drastic increase signifies the measures taken by the government in policy reforms, investment benefits, and ease of doing business
Ranking over FDI inflow in 2020-21:
14. WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2021
United Nations (UN)’s World Environment Day observed across the globe on 5th June. To promote and encourage for potentially catastrophic climate change and invoke the citizens to focus on environmental issues.
World Environment Day 2021 is focused on ecosystem restoration and its theme is “Reimagine, Recreate, Restore.” Pakistan is the host of 2021 World Environment Day, with Ecosystem restoration means preventing, halting, and reversing this damage – to go from exploiting nature to healing it.
Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change and stop the collapse of biodiversity. Click here to learn more about world environment day.
The Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas and the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change has organized an event on World Environment Day jointly with the theme of the 2021 event “Promotion of biofuels for a better environment”.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP):
- Executive Director– Inger Andersen
- Headquarters– Nairobi, Kenya
15. GUJARAT- FIRST STATE DEVELOPED E-VEHICLES
On 6 June 2021, Development and Tourism Governance Authority develop the “country’s first electric vehicles-only area” in Gujarat’s Kevadia.
Gujarat’s Kevadia will be converted an electric-vehicles area by the authority.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Kevadia, the world’s tallest Statue of Unity, will become the first city of electric vehicles in the country.
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