Current Affairs Current Affairs June 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.

 National “Artificial Intelligence Portal” of India called “” has been launched by the Union Minister for Electronics and IT, Law and Justice and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad.
About National “Artificial Intelligence Portal” of India:
The National “Artificial Intelligence Portal” of India has been jointly developed by Ministry of Electronics and IT along with IT Industry. The portal will be jointly run by the National e-Governance Division of Ministry of Electronics and IT along with National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) from the IT industry. The portal will be responsible for sharing of resources like articles, investment funds in AI, startups, companies, resources and educational institutions related to AI, and hence will act as a one stop digital platform for AI related developments in India.

 The appointment of Arun Singhal as Chief Executive Officer of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. He will replace GSG Ayyangar as the CEO of the food regulator. Arun Singhal is currently serving as the special secretary to the department of health and family welfare. FSSAI is the food regulatory in India which is in charge for setting up standards for the food industry and also to regulate the manufacturing, storage, distribution, sale, and import of foods. FSSAI comes under the purview of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

 Amount of Rs 445 crore has been approved by the Government of India for the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission in Chhatisgarh in 2020-21. Under the Jal Jeevan Mission, Chhattisgarh government has prepared a roadmap to achieve 100% Functional Tap Water Connection (FHTC) by year 2023-24. According to their plan, the Chhattisgarh government will provide tap connections to 20 lakh households out of the total of 45 lakh households in the State. As per its plan for universal coverage of households, the government of Chhattisgarh has prioritised to focus on water scarce areas, SC/ ST dominated habitations/ villages, quality-affected areas, Sansad Adarsh Gramin Yojana villages, aspirational districts. It has also decided to give importance to water quality monitoring as well as surveillance. This step has been taken to overcome the issue of rapid ground water depletion and chemical contamination face by the state for a long time.

  The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations celebrates World Milk Day every year on 01st June to recognize the importance of milk as a global food, and to celebrate the dairy sector. The World Milk Day 2020 is the 20th anniversary of World Milk Day. This year, the day was celebrated with a “Enjoy Dairy Rally” that commenced on 29th May 2020 and culminated with World Milk Day i.e. on 01st June 2020. The theme of World Milk Day 2020 is “20th Anniversary of World Milk Day”. It aims to encourage people to talk about the advantages of dairy with regards to health including nutrition, accessibility and affordability. It also emphasizes on the role played by dairy sector’s passion and commitment towards feeding our communities.

 United Nations celebrates Global Day of Parents on 1st of June every year to honour all the parents throughout the world. The Global Day of Parents recognizes the primary responsibility of the family in nurturing and protecting their children. Hence, the day acknowledge the selfless commitment of all parents for their children including their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship. The Global Day of Parents emphasizes on the critical role of parents in the rearing of children. The day was designated by the General Assembly in 2012 to honour all the parents throughout the world.

 A Video Blogging Contest titled “My Life My Yoga” (also called “Jeevan Yoga”) has been launched by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The contest was launched by PM Modi during the course of his monthly Mann Ki Baat address to the nation. The contest is a joint effort by the Ministry of AYUSH and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). “My Life My Yoga” Video Blogging Contest aims on the transformative impact that Yoga have on the lives of individuals and intend to raise awareness about Yoga among the people worldwide. Hence, the contest is open to all participants across the world. The participants will be able to submit their entries via various social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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