Daily Current Affairs of 21st June 2017
International Current Affairs
- Today (21st June) is World Music Day (Fête de la Musique)
- This day is celebrated in an attempt to promote peace and spread goodwill through melodies.
- The day is originated in France in 1982 and is now observed in over 120 countries.
- Aim of this day : To encourage free and accessible concerts or events for the public.
- India is Afghanistan’s most reliable regional partner, the Pentagon has recently announced in its first Afghan report.
- The report further stated that India provides training opportunities for Afghan officers.
National Current Affairs
- 3rd International Yoga Day is being celebrated today with participation of Crores of people around the world.
- PM Narendra Modi participated in International Yoga Day celebrations in Lucknow along with UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik.
- Speaking at the third edition of the festival, Modi said the UN had accepted his proposal in record time to celebrate June 21 as International Yoga Day.
- Modi also described yoga as a “free life insurance“.
- Under Kaushalya Karnataka scheme, the Karnataka government is going to launch a skill development programme for providing vocational training to domestic workers, which includes people employed as cooks, house help and gardeners.
- The month-long certification programme, aims to help workers learn standardised skills in their line of work to enable them to access better employment opportunities.
- The Karnataka government has re-introduced garbage bins in Bengaluru after seventeen years.
- Bengaluru’s municipal corporation will install 2,232 pairs of bins for wet and dry waste across the city at a cost of over ₹4 crore.
- Note : Earlier, Bengaluru followed a dustbin-free policy and garbage was collected by municipal workers from door-to-door.
- Mumbai will get a suite of floating restaurants by 2018.
- These restaurants will be located on multiple decks of a ship sailing between Gateway of India and Girgaum Chowpatty.
- Saudi Arabia has relieved Muhammad bin Nayef as Crown Prince, replacing him with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s son Mohammed bin Salman.
- Note : Salman, who is now first in line to the throne, was also named Deputy Prime Minister.
- India has re-nominated Justice Dalveer Bhandari for another term as a Judge at the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations
- Bhandari was elected in 2012 and his current term runs through February 2018.
- Note : The ICJ elections will be held in November and if elected, Bhandari will serve another term of nine years.
People in News
- Oscar-winning Hollywood actor Daniel Day-Lewis, known for films like Lincoln, My Left Foot and Gangs of New York, has announced his retirement from acting.
- Phantom Thread, scheduled to release on December 25, is likely to be Daniel’s last film.
- Padma Shri-awardee Predhiman Krishan Kaw (69), widely considered the father of India’s nuclear fusion programme, has passed away.
- He founded the Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), Gandhinagar, which built India’s first tokamak fusion device.
- Italian fashion designer Carla Fendi (79), the former President of the luxury fashion brand Fendi, passed away today.
- Veteran actor Amrit Pal (76) passed away.
- Pal, who made his Bollywood debut with the Jeetendra-Sridevi starrer film ‘Jaal’, was known for his negative roles.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
- The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled a specially designed two-dollar coin, or ‘toonie‘.
- This is world’s first glow-in-the-dark coin to enter circulation.
- The coin features two people paddling under the Northern Lights.
- The coin, created to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, is also the world’s first coloured bimetallic coin.
- The government has asked banks and post offices to deposit demonetised ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes collected by December 30, 2016, with the RBI within 30 days.
- Further, cooperative banks have also been allowed to exchange old notes collected by them by November 14, 2016.
- Entities that don’t submit the notes will have to provide reasons for the same.
- Mumbai is the most expensive Indian city for expatriates and is ranked above major cities like Paris, Canberra, Seattle and Vienna, a report by consulting firm Mercer revealed.
- Globally, Mumbai was ranked 57 on the list while New Delhi was ranked 99.
- Further, the capital of Angola, Luanda was named the costliest city globally for expats followed by Hong Kong.
- The first cargo flight of the Afghanistan-India air freight corridor carrying Afghan goods to India landed in New Delhi today.
- The flight from Kabul to Delhi was packed with 60 tonnes of Afghan plants with medicinal uses.
- The new air corridor aims to boost trade between India and Afghanistan to $1 billion in three years.
Science & Technology
- Estonia will be opening the world’s first-ever data embassy next year in Luxembourg, to keep backup files of its vital information on cloud servers and double secure its data digitally.
- Luxembourg has been chosen as the location for the embassy, since it has capabilities to provide a high level of security for the stored data, Estonian PM Jüri Ratas said.
- June 21 marks the beginning of summer in Earth’s Northern Hemisphere, referred to as the ‘summer solstice’, the year’s longest day and shortest night.
Sports Current Affairs
- Anil Kumble stepped down as Team India coach today amid reports of a rift with Virat Kohli Following his, BCCI has named its general manager MV Sridhar as the supervisor for the Windies tour.
- Meanwhile, Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar are set to continue as the Batting Coach and Fielding Coach respectively.
- Note : Under Kumble, India won Test series against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.