Daily GK Update 12 , 13 June 2021, Daily Current Affairs 2021
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International (Current Affairs)
India ranks 67th, Switzerland on top in Coursera’s Global Skills Report 2021
- Despite high skills proficiency in Machine Learning (ML) and Maths, India trailed in data skills as it ranked 67th overall globally, a report said on 10th June.
- Coursera’s latest Global Skills report reveals that, overall, India ranks 67th globally, with 38 per cent proficiency, with mid-rankings in each domain, 55th in business and 66th in both technology and data science. It is the benchmark of skill proficiency in 3 categories – Business, Technology and Data Science.
- Rank 1: Switzerland
- Rank 2: Luxembourg
- Rank 3: Austria
List of India’s Rank Different Index 2020
- Economic Freedom Index 2021: 121st
- World Happiness Report 2021-139th
- International Intellectual Property (IP) Index 2021-40th
- Henley Passport index 2021: 84th
- World Press Freedom Index, 2021: 142nd
Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, UAE Elected to UNSC members for 2022-23 term
- Countries including Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been elected unopposed to powerful UN Security Council (UNSC) as non-permanent members for 2022-23 term.
- UN General Assembly (UNGA) has held elections to elect five non-permanent members for UNSC. They will take their seats on Council for two-year term from January 1, 2022. Five countries won elections unopposed because they were the only candidates from their respective regional groups.
Banking & Financial
BharatPe acquires loyalty platform PAYBACK India
- Merchant payments and financial services provider, BharatPe has acquired a multi-brand loyalty platform, PAYBACK India, to help its 6 million offline merchants roll out rewards and loyalty programmes for customers.
- The acquisition is expected to give an exit to American Express and ICICI Investments Strategic Fund, which hold 90% and 10% stake respectively in the entity.
India: 4th largest Forex Reserves holder
- India’s forex reserves crossed $600 mark for the first time and as on June 4, it stood at $605 billion. With this, India equals Russia as the fourth largest reserve holder worldwide.
- India’s forex reserve was $605.008 billion while for Russia it was $605.2 billion. It took a year for reserves to rise by $100 billion.
SBI launches Kavach Personal Loan for Covid-19 patients
- State Bank of India (SBI) has launched a collateral-free “Kavach Personal Loan” to enable its customers to meet medical expenses of self and family members for Covid treatment.
- Under this scheme, customers can avail of loans up to ₹5 lakhs at an effective interest rate of 8.5 per cent per annum for 60 months, which is inclusive of three months moratorium.
Note: About SBI
- Chairperson: Dinesh Kumar Khara
- Headquarters: Mumbai
- Founded: 1 July 1955
K Nagaraj Naidu named to lead UN bureaucracy for a year
- Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, K Nagaraj Naidu was named chef de cabinet by the incoming UN general assembly president, Maldivian foreign minister Abdulla Shahid.
- He was appointed for the duration of one-year tenure to lead the world body through its return to normalcy as countries strive to bring the pandemic under control.
Rebecca Grynspan: 1st woman to head UNCTAD
- UN General Assembly (UNGA) has approved nomination of Rebecca Grynspan to head United Nations Conference on Trade and development (UNCTAD). She is an economist from Costa Rica.
- She will be the first woman and Central American to lead Geneva-based organisation, UNCTAD. She was nominated as secretary-general of UNCTAD by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Note: About UNCTAD
- Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
- Formation: 30 December 1964
India’s Tillotama Shome wins Best Actor award at UK Asian Film Festival
- Indian actress Tillotama Shome has made the country proud by winning the Best Actor award at the 2021 UK Asian Film Festival (UKAFF). Tillotama won the award for her role in the film Raahgir: The Wayfarers.
- The film has been directed by Goutam Ghose. The UK Asian Film Festival (UKAFF) 2021 was the 23rd edition of the annual event. Apart from Tillotama, filmmaker Goutam Ghose has also won the Best Director award at the UKAFF.
Pulitzer Prize 2021
- The 105th class of Pulitzer Prize 2021 winners in Journalism, Books, Drama and Music were announced. The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. READ MORE………
Book and Author
‘Home in the World’ Book: by Amartya Sen’s memoir to release in July
- One of the world’s leading public intellectuals of our time, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has penned his memoir ‘Home in the World’. The book will be published in July by Penguin Random House.
- In this book, Sen shares how it was Rabindranath Tagore who gave him his name Amartya. He also reminices the conversations at Calcutta’s famous Coffee House and at Cambridge, and Marx’s, Keynes’ and Arrow’s ideas all of which shaped his views.
June 12: World Day Against Child Labour
- World Day Against Child Labour is observed globally on 12th June every year. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), there are about 152 million children globally who are engaged in child labour, 72 million of whom are in hazardous work.
- The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the worldwide extent of kid labour and therefore the action and efforts needed to eliminate it. Each year on 12 June, this Day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, also as many people from around the world to spotlight the plight of kid labourers and what are often done to assist them.
- Theme 2021: Act now: End child labour
Padma Shri awardee environmentalist Professor Radha Mohan Passed away
- Noted environmentalist and Padma Shri awardee Professor Radha Mohan, who helped popularise organic farming techniques, passed away at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar 10th June. He was 78.
- He was awarded the Padma Shri along with his daughter Sabarmatee in 2020 for their contribution to the agriculture sector. Back in 1990, the father-daughter duo founded ‘Sambhav’, a social organisation aimed at educating farmers on organic and natural farming.
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