Latest Current Affairs 02nd June 2021

‘India Cycles4Change’ challenge gains momentum; 41 cities testing cycling friendly initiatives:The India Cycles4Change challenge is beginning to gain momentum in Indian cities. The challenge was launched last year under the Smart Cities Mission by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on 25th June, 2020, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic that was gaining ground in the country. Over the last year, a cycling revolution has taken over India, with cycling being seen as an important mode of safe and healthy personal transport medium that ensures social distancing, while being environmentally sustainable.

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Army Chief General MM Naravane reviews security in Kashmir Valley:General MM Naravane, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) is on a two day visit to Kashmir to review the prevailing security situation in the UT.

Dr Harsh Vardhan addresses 149th Session of the WHO Executive Board Meeting:Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare in his capacity as Chairperson, Executive Board, World Health Organization (WHO) addressed the 149th Session of the WHO Executive Board Meeting from Nirman Bhawan today through Video Conference. Dr. Harsh Vardhan successfully completes his tenure as Chairperson of Executive Board of WHO on Wednesday.

Cabinet approves ratifying SCO agreement on mass media cooperation:The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approvalfor signing and ratification of an Agreement on “Cooperation in the field of Mass Media” between all the Member States of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.  The Agreement was signed in June, 2019.

More than 23 cr vaccine doses provided to States/UTs; Over 1.64 cr doses still available with States/UTs to be administered:As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, Government of India has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID Vaccines free of cost. In addition, the Govt. of India has also been facilitating direct procurement of vaccines by the States/UTs. Vaccination is an integral pillar of the comprehensive strategy of Government of India for containment and management of the pandemic, along with Test, Track, Treat and COVID Appropriate Behaviour.

Memorandum of Cooperation between India & Japan in the field of sustainable urban development:The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approvedthesigning of Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on Sustainable Urban Development between the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Government of India and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Government of Japan, in supersession of existing MoU of 2007 on Urban Development.

Uttarakhand: 500-bed COVID Care hospital set up by DRDO inaugurated in Haldwani:A 500-bed COVID Care Hospital set up by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Haldwani was virtually inaugurated by Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Tirath Singh Rawat on June 2, 2021.

COVID-19 India: Updates for today:Take a look at the COVID-19 updates for June 2.

Union Health Minister launches digitized versions of flagship health schemes on NHA’s IT platform:Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has launched digitized versions of Flagship Health Schemes on National Health Authority, NHA’s IT platform.

DRDO issues directions on usage of anti-COVID drug 2-DG:The Defence Research and Development Organisation on Tuesday issued directions for use of 2DG medicine. It said the drug can be given to Covid-19 patients under the care and prescription of doctors as per DCGI approval.

Union Government decides to cancel CBSE 12th board examination:The Union Government has decided to cancel the CBSE class 12th board exam. It has been decided that Class XII Board exams would not be held this year. It was also decided that CBSE will take steps to compile the results of class XII students as per a well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner.

COVID-19 India: Significant decline in active caseload recorded, recovery rate improves to 92.09%:The Union Government has said that India is registering a significant decline in active caseload and number of fresh cases. With this, the recovery rate is continuously improving in the country and it has risen to over 92 per cent in the country.

Bangladesh to strip 4 killers of Sheikh Mujib of their gallantry awards:The government of Bangladesh has decided to take away the gallantry awards given to  the four persons involved in the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The decision was taken at the meeting of the national council on liberation war fighters related issues. The Liberation War Affairs Ministry will issue a gazette in a few days, said the Minister A K M Mozammel Huq in Dhaka on Wednesday.

US formally ends policy for asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico:The Biden administration on Tuesday formally ended a Trump-era immigration policy that forced asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in US immigration court.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 171 million:The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 171 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.55 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Bangladesh police arrest three suspects involved in trafficking more than 1000 women to India:Bangladesh police arrested three persons allegedly involved in trafficking of women from Bangladesh to India and other international destinations. They were arrested from the border district of Satkhira after a victim who managed to return from India filed a case in Dhaka.

Afghanistan: 8 people killed, 14 more wounded in 2 blasts in Kabul:In Afghanistan, at least eight people were killed and 14 more wounded in two blasts targeting buses in the capital city, Kabul on Wednesday.

WHO validates Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, issues interim policy recommendations:WHO on Tuesday validated the Sinovac-CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, giving countries, funders, procuring agencies and communities the assurance that it meets international standards for safety, efficacy and manufacturing. The vaccine is produced by the Beijing-based pharmaceutical company Sinovac.

Blinken urges Central America to help on migrants, flags democracy concerns:U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Central American governments to do more to help contain illegal immigration and voiced concerns about the health of local democracy and human rights during a visit to the region on Tuesday.

BSE Sensex slips 85 points; Nifty ends marginally higher:Equity benchmark Sensex slipped 85 points on Wednesday, tracking losses in ITC, HDFC twins and Infosys amid a mixed trend in global markets.

Cabinet approves Model Tenancy Act for circulation to the States/Union Territories for adoption:The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Model Tenancy Act for circulation to all States / Union Territories for adaptation by way of enacting fresh legislation or amending existing rental laws suitably.

China holds economic talks with second top U.S. official in a week:Chinese Vice Premier Liu He exchanged views with U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on issues of mutual “concern”, in his second virtual call in a week with top economic and trade officials under the U.S. Biden administration.

Government imposes restrictions on export of Amphotericin-B injections:The government on Tuesday imposed curbs on export of Amphotericin-B injections that are used for treatment of mucormycosis or black fungus infections.

Australia’s economy booms to pre-pandemic time as consumers, businesses spend:Australia’s economy extended its rapid recovery in the first quarter as consumers and businesses spent with abandon, lifting output back above where it was last year when pandemic lockdowns tipped the country into recession.

New system introduced for processing of PMGKP claims for health workers fighting Covid:Centre has introduced a new system for processing of the Insurance claims provided under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) Insurance Scheme for the Health Workers Fighting COVID-19. The Union Ministry of Health in a statement said that states and other stakeholders had been raising the matter that the processing of the insurance claims was getting delayed.

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra’s departure for France delayed:Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra’s travel plans to France has been delayed by few days as India is currently placed as a high-risk country with COVID-19 infection and thus a person travelling to France requires an internal authorisation letter (Laissez-passer) issued by French Interior Ministry to travel.

Fouaad Mirza says nothing will stop him from giving his best in Tokyo Olympics:Equestrian sport is a unique in that the horse and the rider as well as their coordination as all important. It is no surprise that Fouaad Mirza, who secured his qualification for the Tokyo Olympics, developed an affinity for horses at a very young age. He has a strong family connection with his father being a veterinarian specialising in horses.

Sports Ministry to launch short movies on the journey of Tokyo-bound athletes & their ‘Olympics ki Aasha’:To celebrate the occasion of 50 days to the Tokyo Olympics, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) is set to launch short movies on the journeys of Tokyo-bound Indian athletes on 3rd June, 2021.

Real Madrid appoint Carlo Ancelotti as head coach:Carlo Ancelotti is the new head coach of Spanish football giants Real Madrid after Florentino Perez, the president of the club, brought the Italian from English club Everton.

BCCI permits Team India, staff to travel with families on England tour:BCCI has given permission to Team India players and its support staff to travel with their families on the upcoming tour of England.

Brazil to host Copa America for second consecutive time:In football, Brazil will host Copa America for the second consecutive time after Colombia and Argentina were stripped of hosting rights for the tournament.

French Open: Rafael Nadal storms into 2nd round, starting his bid for record-breaking 21st Gram Slam title:In the French Open tennis, defending champion Rafael Nadal has stormed into the second round, starting his bid for the record-breaking 21st Gram Slam title.

Anomalously large abundance of lithium in low mass red giants traced to He-flashing phase of 2 million years:The discrepancy between the abundance of lithium as inferred from observations of stars and the theoretically predicted amount has intrigued astronomers for a long time.

Take a look at weather updates for today:The National Capital Delhi will have a generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature will be 19 degrees and the maximum will go up to 36 degrees Celsius.

Israel sees probable link between Pfizer vaccine and myocarditis cases:Israel’s Health Ministry said on Tuesday it had found the small number of heart inflammation cases observed mainly in young men who received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in Israel were likely linked to their vaccination.

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