Current Affairs Essays

 Khelo India e-Pathshala programme has been inaugurated by the Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports, Kiren Rijiju. He inaugurated the programme via a webinar which featured the participation of young archers, archery coaches as well as experts from across the nation. Khelo India e-Pathshala programme has been launched by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in collaboration with National Sporting Federations (NSF). It is India’s first ever National-level open online coaching and education programme for the grassroot level athletes across India. Under this programme, eminent athletes and senior coaches will taught modules to improve the technical skills of the grassroot level athletes across India.

  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the technology platform CHAMPIONS which stands for Creation and Harmonious Application of recent Processes for Increasing the Output and National Strength. The portal is essential for creating the smaller units big by solving their grievances, encouraging, supporting, helping and handholding. It is a real one-stop-shop solution of MSME Ministry.
Detailed objectives of CHAMPIONS:
  • Grievance Redressal: To resolve the issues of MSMEs including those of finance, raw materials, labour, regulatory permissions etc particularly within the COVID created a difficult situation.
  • To help them capture new opportunities: including manufacturing of medical equipment and accessories like PPEs, masks, etc and provide them in National and International markets.
  • To identify and encourage the sparks: i.e. the potential MSMEs who are ready to withstand the present situation and may become national and international champions.

 WHO has launched the ‘COVID-19 Technology Access Pool’ for equitable access to life-saving tech. This comes after at least 37 countries jointly appealed to the World Health Organisation for common ownership of vaccines, medicines and other diagnostic tools to combat the global health crisis. C-TAP aims to accelerate the development of vaccines and medicines through the sharing of research and information and to increase manufacturing capacity for any products that are developed. WHO has also issued a ‘Solidarity Call to Action’ urging other stakeholders of the UN health agency to join the cause.

 J&K cadre IAS, Pradip Kumar Tripathi,  has taken over as Secretary, Ministry of Steel, Govt. of India. Prior to this, Shri Tripathi has been posted as Special Secretary and Establishment Officer in Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).

 Yes Bank Limited has acquired a 24.19% stake in Dish TV India Ltd, a corporation providing Direct to Home (DTH) television service in India, following invocation of 44.53 crores pledged shares thanks to default in payment of the debt by Dish TV and a few other companies. This is the fifth instance within the past one year that Yes Bank has acquired majority stake during a non-banking business simply thanks to the invocation of the pledge against shares of a corporation that had availed loans from the bank and later did not repay the dues.

 India skipper Virat Kohli is the only cricketer to feature in Forbes’ list of the top 100 highest-paid athletes in the world for the year 2020. Kohli is ranked at number 66 with estimated earnings of $26 million. Swiss tennis great, Roger Federer has topped the list of world’s highest-paid athlete for 2020 with an estimated $106.3 million. Soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo ($105 million), Lionel Messi ($104 million ) and Neymar ($95.5 million) and NBA’s LeBron James complete the top 5 positions in the list. The factors used by Forbes’ for calculation were athletes’ revenue, including prize money, salaries, contract bonuses, endorsements, royalties, and appearance fees from June 1, 2019, until June 1, 2020.

 NASA astronauts Robrt Behnken and Douglas Hurley docked the SpaceX capsule with the International Space Station(ISS). SpaceX’s Falcon 9 with Crew Dragon capsule – Endeavour launched from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Now SpaceX became the first private company to fly astronauts into orbit. This is the primary mission NASA astronauts launched in the United States since the retirement of the spacecraft in 2011. Falcon9 is that the world’s first orbital class, two stage reusable rocket designed and made by SpaceS for the transportation of humans and payloads into Earth orbit.

 The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned that the cyclonic storm Nisarga, which has turned into a depression in the Arabian Sea, will hit Maharashtra and Gujarat on June 3. At the moment, the storm is brewing in the Arabian sea near Lakshadweep. This cyclonic storm could be the first tropical cyclone in 129 years to hit Maharashtra in the month of June. Cyclone Nisarga will bring strong winds and heavy to very heavy rainfall to coastal Maharashtra and Gujarat.

 American sprinter, Bobby Joe Morrow passed away. He won three athletics gold medals at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. He won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in Melbourne, becoming the first man only after fellow American Jesse Owens (1936) to win sprint treble. He was named Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year” in 1956 and set 11 ratified world records during his career.

 National Program for the youth titled “Responsible AI for Youth” has been launched by the Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology, Communications and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad. The program has been launched to empower the youth of India with appropriate new age tech mind-set, hence making them digitally ready for the future. This program will provide students from Government schools pan India an opportunity to become part of the skilled workforce in an inclusive manner.
  • About “Responsible AI for Youth”:
National Program for the youth titled “Responsible AI for Youth” has been rolled out by National e-Governance Division, Ministry of Electronics & IT in collaboration with Intel India, along with the support from Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSE&L), Ministry of Human Resource Development. The program aims to provide India’s youth a platform where they can acquire appropriate new age tech mind-set, relevant AI skill-sets and access to required AI tool-sets and hence become digitally ready for the future. The knowledge of artificial intelligence will enable the nation’s youth to create meaningful social impact solutions along with bridging the skill gap.


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