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Current Affairs Date: 20 June 2021

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Deputy Chief of Naval Staff

⇒ Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh, AVSM, NM assumed charge as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff on 01 Jun 2021.

Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 1983 and specialized in Aviation.

21st Director General of the Assam Rifles

⇒ Lieutenant General Pradeep Chandran Nair, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), Yudh Seva Medal (YSM) took over as the 21st Director General of the Assam Rifles on 1st June 2021. The General Officer was commissioned into the Sikh Regiment in 1985.

Assam Rifles is popularly known as Sentinels of the North-East.

16th Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman & Nicobar Command

⇒ Lt Gen Ajai Singh assumed charge as the 16th Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman & Nicobar Command (CINCAN) on June 01, 2021. He was commissioned in December 1983 into 81 Armoured Regiment.

The Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) is the only tri-service theatre command of the Armed Forces, based at Port Blair.

Controller Warship Production and Acquisition

⇒ Vice Admiral Kiran Deshmukh, AVSM, VSM, has assumed charge as the Controller Warship Production and Acquisition on 31 May 2021. Vice Admiral Kiran Deshmukh was commissioned as an Engineer Officer into the Indian Navy on 31 March 1986.

Disinfection System, Vajra Kavach

⇒ A product aptly named Vajra Kavach has been developed by Mumbai-based startup Indra Water. This disinfection system removes any possible traces of the disease-causing SARS-Cov-2 virus from Personal Protective Equipment, N95 masks, coats, gloves and gowns.

Vajra Kavach has been launched by Ms Pamela Satpathy, Commissioner of Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation, Govt of Telangana in collaboration with ASCI (Administrative Staff College of India) at GWMC office in Warangal, Telangana.

Vajra Kavach is an Environment-friendly solution to reduce biomedical waste generation.

International

MoU between India and Maldives on cooperation in the field of sustainable urban development

⇒ The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India and Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure, Government of Maldives. The MoU on cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development was signed in February, 2021.

Benefits of MoU:
  • It will promote strong, deep and long-term bilateral cooperation in the field of Sustainable Urban Development between the two countries.
  • It is expected to create employment in the areas of sustainable urban development including Urban Planning, Smart Cities Development, Solid waste management, Affordable housing, Urban Green Mobility, Urban Mass Rapid Transport, Smart Cities Development.

MoU between India and Argentine on cooperation in the field of Mineral Resources

⇒ The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between the Ministry of Mines, Government of India and the Secretariat of Mining Policy of the Ministry of Productive Development of the Argentine Republic. The MoU will provide an institutional mechanism for cooperation in the field of Mineral Resources.

The objectives of the MoU are to strengthen the activities involved such as:
    • Cooperation for encouraging minerals exploration and development, including extraction, mining and beneficiation of lithium
    • Possibilities of forming joint venture in the field of base metals, critical and strategic minerals for mutual benefit
    • Training and capacity building, etc

Meeting between Minister of India & Australia

⇒ A virtual meeting between Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Mr. David Littleproud MP, Australian Minister for Agriculture, Drought & Emergency Management, was held on 1st June, 2021.

Union Agriculture Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar reviews collaboration in the field of Agriculture in a meeting with his Australian counterpart.

Both the Ministers expressed satisfaction on the progress of giving Market access to the respective Agricultural products and shared technical information with each other.

Important Day

100th anniversary of the raising of Army Educational Corps

⇒ Indian Army celebrated the 100th anniversary of the raising of Army Educational Corps (AEC) on 01 June 2021.

History of the AEC dates back to 1921 when the mass scale of illiteracy amongst the Indian soldiers were prevalent. Since then, many remarkable developments have seen Army Educational Corps grow over the years adapting seamlessly to the rapid growth of education and technology as also the organisational needs.

The Corps is rendering yeoman service in conduct of Map Reading training, Academic training at Pre-Commission Training Academies, capability development in foreign languages, Military Music, handling of Right to Information cases and shaping young minds in various Rashtriya Military Schools and Sainik Schools.

Source: PIB & Other News Reports

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