27th June, 2022 Current Affairs
UN Ocean Conference 2022: Dr.Jitendra Singh to go to Lisbon
- Dr.Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for the Government of India, left for Portugal to attend the Lisbon UN Ocean Conference, 2022. On the topic of Scaling up Ocean Action based on Science and Innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: Stock taking, Partnerships and Solutions, he will give the conference’s keynote presentation. The Conference will have participants from more than 130 nations.
- In order to close the methodology and data gaps on SDG indicators, he claimed that India has well-established engagement and partnerships with UN agencies and research institutions.
- India is advancing the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021–2030, according to the Minister, in order to create an ocean that is clear, healthy, productive, predictable, safe, and accessible.
First India-Nepal Bharat Gaurav tourist train flagged off
- First Bharat Gaurav tourist train connecting places associated with the Ramayana Circuit in India and Nepal was flagged off from the Safdarjung Railway Station in New Delhi. The Bharat Gaurav train carrying 500 tourists from India will arrive at the JanakpurDham railway station in Nepal.
- The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation’s (IRCTC) 18-day Shri Ramayana Yatra special tourist train will take pilgrims to sacred places associated with the life of Lord Ram. Union Railway Minister AshwiniVaishnaw along with Minister of Tourism and Culture G. Kishan Reddy flagged off the train.
G7 leaders pledge 600 billion for developing countries
- Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) began three days of talks yesterday in Germany's Bavarian Alps. One of the first announcements was a 600 billion dollar infrastructure initiative to help developing countries tackle climate change.
- The initiative is seen as the West's response to China's massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). US President Joe Biden said, this is not aid or charity but an investment that will deliver returns for everyone, including the American people and the people of all our nations.
- It will boost all of our economies, he said. China has been accused of trapping low-income countries into unaffordable debts to be part of its trillion-dollar BRI push. EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said G7 is offering sustainable, quality infrastructure and will be listening closely to the recipient countries.
- Shortly before the G& summit began, London announced that UK, along with US, Japan and Canada, will ban new imports of Russian gold to tighten the economic effect of sanctions on Russia.
- The joint action will directly hit Russian oligarchs and strike at the heart of Putin's war machine, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in the statement. Washington said the decision will be formally announced as a G7 moved on.
Iran launches a solid-fueled rocket into space
- Iran has launched a solid-fueled rocket into space. Defense Ministry Spokesman Ahmad Hosseini said Zuljanah, a 25.5 meter-long rocket, is capable of carrying a satellite of 220 kilograms that will ultimately gather data in low-earth orbit and promote Iran’s space industry. Zuljanah is named for the horse of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.
- However, it drew a rebuke from Washington ahead of the expected resumption of stalled talks over Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. The White House said it is aware of Iran’s announcement and criticized the move as unhelpful and destabilizing. The White House said it is committed to using sanctions and other measures to prevent further advances in Iran’s ballistic missile program.
- Iran, which long has said it does not seek nuclear weapons, maintains its satellite launches and rocket tests do not have a military component.
- The launch comes just a day after the European Union’s foreign policy chief, JosepBorrell, traveled to Tehran in a push to resuscitate negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program that have stalemated for months.
UN Chief Antonio Guterres warns world is facing real risk of multiple famines this year
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the world is facing the real risk of multiple famines this year. In video message to the Uniting for Global Food Security ministerial conference in Berlin, he said, 2023 could be even worse because of the growing shortage of food around the globe. UN Secretary-General said the war in Ukraine has added to the disruptions caused by climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and inequality to produce an unprecedented global hunger crisis already affecting hundreds of millions of people.
- All harvests will be hit, including rice and corn affecting billions of people across Asia, Africa and the Americas and this year’s food access issues could become next year’s global food shortage. He warned that no country would be immune to the social and economic fallout.
- UN negotiators are working on a deal that would enable Ukraine to export food, and let Russia bring food and fertilizer to world markets without restrictions.
S.S. Mundra appointed as chairman of BSE
- S.S. Mundra, a public interest director to lead the world’s largest stock exchange, according to the BSE. Justice VikramajitSen will be replaced by Mr.Mundra. After serving for three years, Mr.Mundra left his position as Reserve Bank of India’s Deputy Governor in July 2017. Before that, he held the positions of Chairman and Managing Director at Bank of Baroda, until he retired in July 2014.
- Mr.Mundra has held a number of significant positions over his more than 40-year banking career, including Executive Director of Union Bank of India and Chief Executive of Bank of Baroda (European Operations), among others.
Senior IPS officer Dinkar Gupta is appointed Director General, NIA
- The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) appointed former Punjab Director General of Police (DGP), Dinkar Gupta as the Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The 1987 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of Punjab cadre was removed as the State DGP and posted to the Police Housing Corporation after Charanjit Singh Channi replaced Captain (retd.) Amarinder Singh as Punjab’s Chief Minister in 2021.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
China launched Three New Yagon-35 remote Sensing Satellites
- Three new remote sensing satellites were successfully launched by China from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the Sichuan Province in southwest China. The satellites were launched by a Long March-2D carrier rocket at 10:22 a.m. (local time) as part of the Yaogan-35 family and successfully entered the intended orbit.
- The satellites will primarily be utilised for scientific research, land resource assessments, agricultural production estimation, and disaster prevention and mitigation. The Long March series carrier rockets’ 424th mission was this one.
- Three Yaogan-35 satellites were launched by China on November 6.
- The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation’s Long March carrier rocket family, which accounts for around 96.4%.
Anil Khanna named as the acting President of IOA
- Anil Khanna has been appointed the acting President of Indian Olympic Association (IOA). The Delhi High Court has ordered that NarinderDhruvBatra cannot continue as the President of the IOA and appointed Anil Khanna as acting president.
- Veteran sports administrator NarinderBatra was ordered to stop functioning as Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president by the Delhi High Court “in a contempt proceeding”, a month after it asked him to relinquish the top job. A vacation bench of Justice Dinesh Sharma passed the order on a contempt petition filed by Olympian and hockey World Cup winner AslamSher Khan.
Cyclist Ronaldo, first Indian cyclist to win silver at Asian Championship
- At Asian Track Championship, by placing second in the sprint race on the final day of the Asian Track Championship in this city, Ronaldo Singh made cycling history by becoming the first Indian cyclist to win a silver medal in a continental competition in the senior division. The feat accomplished by Ronaldo was the best in a continental competition by an Indian cyclist. Even though he fought hard against the skilled rider Kento Yamasaki of Japan, he won silver.
- To place first on the podium, Yamasaki overcame Ronaldo in back-to-back races. AndreyChugay of Kazakhstan took home the bronze in the competition.
India jump two spots to 104 in FIFA rankings
- The Indian football team reaped a good harvest of its impressive Asian Cup qualification campaign as it gained two places to jump to 104th in the latest FIFA world rankings released. The Blue Tigers are placed just below New Zealand (103), who missed out on a 2022 FIFA World Cup spot after losing 0-1 to Costa Rica in the intercontinental play-off earlier this month.
- India’s ranking among Asian Football Confederation (AFC) members, however, still remained static at 19th place.
ShreyaLenka from Odisha joins Blackswan and becomes first K-pop star in India
- ShreyaLenka is the first Indian woman to ever have a successful career as a K-pop performer. Along with a Brazilian woman named Gabriela Dalcin, the 18-year-old from Odisha is currently a member of the well-known South Korean girl group Blackswan. DR Music, the recording company for Blackswan, released the information.
- A programme run by DR Music to find and develop aspiring singers from all around the world selected Shreya, who goes by her stage name Sriya, and Gabriela (or Gabi).
- A picture of the two together was posted by the music label. According to the caption, the Cygnus programme aids with the realisation of the young artists’ aspirations.