Government of India released funds under Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) scheme
⇒ To empower the farmers through Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) scheme, Government of India has released funds for various activities of Farm Mechanization to different states.
Farm Mechanization includes Establishment of Custom Hiring Centres, Farm Machinery Bank, High-tech Hubs, and distribution of various agricultural machinery etc.
Agricultural Mechanization is one of the key drivers for the sustainable development of the agriculture sector. Farm Mechanization aims to boost income of farmers and growth of the agricultural economy.
Under the SMAM scheme, the government released the 1st instalment during 2021-22 for the following states:
Madhya Pradesh (Rs 16.20), Andhra Pradesh (Rs 32.93 crore), Tamil Nadu (Rs 21.74 crore), Kerala (Rs 12.35 crore), Arunachal Pradesh (Rs 3.66 crore), Manipur (Rs 2.27 crore), Nagaland (Rs 7.57 crore), Tripura (Rs 6.12 Crore), Uttar Pradesh (Rs 22.12 crore), Uttarakhand (Rs 10.53 crore), West Bengal (Rs 2.6 crore)
Inauguration of 'Hardayal Municipal Heritage Public Library' in Delhi
⇒ Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare inaugurated the newly revamped Hardayal Municipal Heritage Public Library in Chandni Chowk, Delhi on 11 June 2021. The library has been renovated with a public investment of more than Rs 3 crores.
In this library a copy of ‘the History of World’ from 1677 AD, composed in the court of Emperor Akbar, the handwritten Bhagavata Purana of 1810 AD, Bhrigu Samhita, an old copy of the Quran in Hindi, in the native language of the Yamuna plains ‘Briji’ The first book ever written exists. Started in 1862, the library has archived copies of Delhi Gazette from 1917 till 1988.
The current Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare is Mansukh L. Mandaviya.
CJI proposed IAC in Hyderabad
⇒ Recently, Chief Justice of India N. V. Ramana proposed an International Arbitration Centre in Hyderabad, during the three-day visit to the Telangana.
He said, International Arbitration Centre (IAC) in Hyderabad would be reality if the State government was ready to provide infrastructural facilities. One such centre is already operational in Singapore.
World’s First Wooden Satellite
⇒ The world’s first wooden satellite, ‘WISA Woodsat’ will be launch on Earth’s orbit by the end of 2021.
The satellite will be launched to space from the Mahia Peninsula launch complex in New Zealand on an Electron rocket developed by Rocket Lab, an American aerospace manufacturer.
The satellite, WISA Woodsat, is in the shape of a cube, each 10cm in length, height and width. This nanosatellite made up of birch plywood and has sensors developed by the European Space Agency. A Finnish satellite company, Arctic Astronautics, designed the satellite.
The move is aimed to test if wood as a material can survive the vacuum, cold, heat and radiation in space.
21st Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF 2021)
⇒ The 21st Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF 2021) was held from June 4 to June 20, 2021.
The New York Indian Film Festival 2021 awards were presented during a virtual ceremony on 13 June 2021. The New York Indian Film Festival 2021 was presented by the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC).
Gelfand Challenge Chess Title
⇒ World’s second youngest Grandmaster D. Gukesh won the $15,000 Gelfand Challenge chess title on 13 June 2021.
Kannada poet, playwright and writer Dr. Siddalingaiah
⇒ Renowned Kannada poet, playwright and writer Dr. Siddalingaiah died on 11 June 2021 in Bangalore. He was 67.
Siddalingaiah is credited with starting the Dalit-Bandaya movement in Kannada, as well as starting the genre of Dalit writing in Kannada literature.
Siddalingaiah’s autobiographical book, ‘Ooru Keri (Village Corner)’ published in 1996, & also he wrote ‘Ooru Keri’ part 2 and 3.
He was awarded the Pampa Award, the highest literary award in Kannada, in 2019, and the Rajyotsava Award by Karnataka Government in 1986.
Indian neurologist, medical researcher and academic Dr Ashok Panagariya
⇒ Noted Indian neurologist, medical researcher and academic Dr Ashok Panagariya died on 11 June 2021 in Jaipur. He was 71.
Dr Panagariya was a recipient of the Dr. B. C. Roy Award, the highest Indian award in the medical category, in 2002. The eminent neurologist was also the recipient of Merit Award from the government of Rajasthan in 1992.
He was also awarded the Padma Shri award, the fourth highest Indian civilian award in 2014.