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Current Affairs Date: 09 July 2021

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Rank of India on the 17 SDGs adopted as a part of the 2030 agenda

⇒ India’s rank has slipped by two places from last year to 117 on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted as a part of the 2030 agenda by 193 United Nations member states in 2015.

The overall SDG score of India is 61.9 out of 100. India ranks below four South Asian countries which include Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The State of India’s Environment Report 2021 revealed that India’s rank was 115 last year and dropped by two places primarily because major challenges like ending hunger and achieving food security (SDG 2), achieving gender equality (SDG 5) and building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and fostering innovation (SDG 9) remain in the country.

In the state-wise preparedness of report, Jharkhand and Bihar are the least prepared to meet the SDGs by 2030, which is the target year. While Jharkhand lags in five of the SDGs, Bihar lags in seven.

State/UTs- Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh are on the path to achieving the SDGs with the best overall score.

Refill Booking Portability for LPG consumers

⇒ To make energy accessible and affordable to all and with a view to further empower the LPG consumers, it has been decided to allow LPG customers to have a choice deciding which distributors they want their LPG refill from.

The facility of refill booking portability for LPG consumers will launched shortly. In the pilot phase, this unique facility will be available in Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Gurgaon, Pune, and Ranchi.

Consumers will be able to choose their “Delivering Distributor” within their Oil Marketing Company (OMC) that distributes LPG in their address.

All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) 2019-20 Report

⇒ The Ministry of Education, Govt of India released the report of All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) 2019-20 on 10 June 2021.

This report is the 10th in the series of All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) annually released by Department of Higher Education.

This report provides key performance indicators on the current status of Higher education in the country.

Read More About 10th Report on All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE 2019-20)

International

First Meeting of the World Health Organization High-Level Coalition on Health and Energy Platform of Action

⇒ Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare digitally addressed the first meeting of the World Health Organization High-Level Coalition on Health and Energy Platform of Action, on 09 June 2021.

The meeting was attended by several dignitaries and national heads and representatives of various stakeholders like World Bank, UNDP, UNHRC, The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) etc.

The objective of the High Level Coalition is to strengthen high-level cooperation between health and energy sectors, increase political momentum, spur investments, mobilize public support and drive practical solutions.

The current Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare is Mansukh L. Mandaviya.

Indian Mango Promotion Programme in Bahrain

⇒ A week-long Indian mango promotion programme was begun in Bahrain on June 11, 2021. In the promotion programme, 16 varieties of the fruit including three Geographical Indications certified Khirsapati & Lakshmanbhog (West Bengal), Zardalu (Bihar) were displayed. The mangoes were sourced from farmers in Bengal and Bihar by APEDA registered exporter.

Death

Noted Economist and Environmentalist, Prof Radhamohan

⇒ Noted Economist and Environmentalist Prof Radhamohan passed away on 11 June 2021 in Bhubaneswar. He was 78.

Radhamohan, Former Odisha Information Commissioner, helped popularise organic farming techniques. He was conferred with the Padma Shri award in 2020 for their contribution to the agriculture sector.

Source: PIB & Other News Reports

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