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  1. France is set to get the world’s most powerful magnet for a fusion reactor that aims to replicate the process that powers the Sun.Dubbed as Central Solenoid, the powerful magnet is strong enough to lift an aircraft carrier 6 feet in the air.
  2. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has entered a sponsorship agreement with MPL Sports Foundation as the ‘Principal Sponsor’ covering the Tokyo Olympic Games, 2022 Asian Games, and Commonwealth Games.Amul also has come forward to support IOA for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
  3. Funds parked by Indian individuals and firms in Swiss banks, including through India-based branches and other financial institutions, jumped to 2.55 billion Swiss francs (over Rs 20,700 crore) in 2020.
  4. The Group of Ministers set up by the GST Council on Sikkim’s demand of levying Covid cess on power and pharmaceutical sectors has ruled out levying any cess on production.It has instead recommended that a one-time grant be given by the Centre to the state.
  5. Tata Motors and Tata Power have inaugurated India’s largest Solar Carport in Pune.It is estimated to reduce 7,000 tons of carbon emissions annually.The 6.2 MWp solar carport deployed by Tata Power will generate 86.4 lakh kWh of electricity per year
  6. India maintained 43rd rank on an annual World Competitiveness Index compiled by the Institute for Management Development (IMD).The 64-nation list was led by Switzerland, while Sweden has moved up to the second position, Denmark has lost one place to rank third, the Netherlands has retained its fourth place and Singapore has slipped to fifth place.
  7. A tripartite concession agreement between National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), and Maheshtala Waste Water Management Private Limited was signed on 17 June 2021.
  8. Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has recorded its highest-ever turnover.In the year 2020-21, KVIC registered a gross annual turnover of Rs. 95,741.74crores, as compared to Rs. 88,887 crores turnover in 2019-20, thus, registering an increase of 7.71%.
  9. The latest version of the Desertification and Land Degradation Atlas of India was released on 17 June 2021.It has been published by Space Application Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad.
  10. Zambia’s first President Kenneth David Buchizya Kaunda passed away in June 2021.He served as the President of Zambia from 1964-1991.He was also one of the founding leaders of post-colonial Africa.
  11. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the acquisition of Magma HDI General Insurance Company Limited (Magma HDI) by India Advantage Fund S4 I (IAF S4 I) and Dynamic India Fund S4 US I (DIF).Magma HDI is engaged in the non-life insurance business in India only.
  12. Arizona State University (ASU) will partner with 6 Indian universities to offer joint degrees, make twinning arrangements, and share its vast faculty and research resources.The first such tie-up is happening with the 25-year-old NorthCap University (NCU), formerly ITM University, in Haryana and is being executed through the US education consulting firm Cintana Education.
  13. Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry has notified a common format of the PUC (Pollution Under Control) Certificate to be issued across the country.The new common format has been issued under Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989.
  14. In Punjab, Chief Secretary Vinni Mahajan has directed the Medical Education Department to make the State Cancer Institute in Amritsar functional within FY 2021-22.
  15. 135 Indian and 103 Sri Lankan peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) received medals of recognition from the UN Force Commander in Bor in June’21.
  16. Home Ministry has operationalized the national helpline 155260 and reporting platform for preventing financial loss due to cyber fraud The national helpline and reporting platform provides a mechanism for persons cheated in cyber frauds to report such cases to prevent loss of their hard-earned money.
  17. Madhya Pradesh shooter, Rubina Francis won the gold in the 10-metre air pistol para women event at the World shooting Para Sport Cup in Peru on 16 June 2021.Rubina scored 238.1 points and beat the world record of Aysegul Pehlivanlar of Turkey in 10m air pistol shooting.
  18. The government on 17 June 2021 amended the Cable Television Network Rules, 1994 to give legal recognition to the self-regulatory bodies for television.The amendment will provide “a statutory mechanism for redressal of grievances/complaints of citizens relating to content broadcast by television channels in accordance with the provisions of the Cable Television Network Act, 1995”.
  19. Opener Shafali Verma has broken the record for the highest individual score by an Indian woman cricketer on Test debut.Shafali hit 96 on her Test debut against England Women at the County Ground in Bristol on 17 June’21.
  20. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has reduced tariff value for the import of edible oil by up to $112 (around ₹8,300) per tonne.It cut the tariff import value of crude palm oil by $86 (around ₹6,400) per tonne and of crude palmolein by $112 (around ₹8,300) per tonne.It also reduced crude soyabean oil’s base import price by $37 (around ₹2,750) per tonne.
  21. Foreign lender HSBC on 17 June 2021, announced a ₹15-crore grant to support the Dabbawalas of Mumbai, who have been without work since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.
  22. The Haryana govt on 17 June 2021 announced one-time financial assistance of ₹5,000 each to small shopkeepers, construction workers, auto-rickshaw drivers, and unorganised labourers in the state.
  23. Dairy Department has agreed in principle to provide about 5 acres of land for the NDRF base camp at Mahad district of Maharashtra.
  24. The government has appointed Aashish Chandorkar as Counsellor in India’s Permanent Mission in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for three years.
  25. India has become the 135th most peaceful country in the world and the 5th in the South Asia region.
  26. World’s second youngest Grandmaster D. Gukesh won the $15,000 Gelfand Challenge chess title in June 2021.
  27. Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises has extended the validity of the Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum from 31st March to 31st December 2021.
  28. Denmark’s fund IFU and United Nations Office for Project Services’ S3i have acquired 39% and 10% stake respectively in Acme Solar Holdings Ltd’s 250 megawatts (MW) solar project in Rajasthan.
  29. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on 17 June’21 dedicated 12 roads to the nation, built by Border Roads Organisation in North-East border areas.
  • Obituaries
  1. Former Karnataka all-rounder B. Vijayakrishna passed away in June 2021. He played 80 first-class and two List ‘A’ matches. In first-class cricket, he scored 2297 runs (at an average of 25.8) and took 194 wickets.
  2. Actor Frank Bonner passed away in June 2021. He was a part of the TV comedy WKRP in Cincinnati that aired from 1978-1982.
  3. Actor-cinematographer Shaman Mithru passed away in Chennai in June 2021. Shaman, who worked on several projects as a Director of Photography (DOP), made his acting debut with the 2019 film Thorati.
  4. Renowned Bengali theatre and film personality Swatilekha Sengupta passed away in June 2021. She was honored with Paschim Banga Natya Akademi award and the 2011 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.

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