Current Affairs – Today’s Headlines: June 30, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for June 30, 2021

INDIA

– SC directs States/UTs to implement the ‘one nation, one ration card scheme’ by July 31
– ISRO Chairman Dr. K. Sivan launches NHP (National Hydrology Project)–Bhuvan portal of NRSC (National Remote Sensing Centre) to facilitate effective water resource development and management
– Jal Shakti Ministry releases updated atlas of glacial lakes in Ganga river basin; will be used in carrying out climate change impact analysis and disaster mitigation planning
– GSI (Geological Survey of India) releases report on flash flood on February 7 in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in which more than 200 died
– Indians value religious freedom and tolerance but not great at integration says a survey conducted by Pew Research Center, a non-profit based in Washington DC
– President lays foundation stone of Bhimrao Ambedkar memorial being built by UP govt. in Lucknow
– Atul Keshap appointed next U.S. Chargé D’affaires in India

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

– Web portal on “Enforcing Contracts” regime for Ease of Doing Business in India launched
– NATRAX (National Automotive Test Tracks): Asia’s longest High-Speed Track of 11.3 km for vehicles’ testing inaugurated in Indore (MP)
– Russia’s Rosatom starts construction of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) Unit 5 in Tamil Nadu
– Government gives nod for Cipla to import Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine
– Johnson & Johnson says no trial needed in India for its single-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine
– Brazil suspends $324 million deal to buy Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin vaccine from India over allegations of irregularities in the contract
– COVID-19: Five pharma majors — Cipla, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Emcure, Sun Pharma and Torrent — to collaborate for clinical trials in India of antiviral drug Molnupiravir
– Tenure to NITI Aayog chief executive Amitabh Kant extended by one year till June 30, 2022
– US announces $41 million additional assistance to India for Covid response taking the total aid to more than USD 200 million

WORLD

– US first, India tenth on ITU’s (International Telecommunication Union) Global Cyber Security Index 2020
– Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri presents translated version of 10 classic works of modern literature by Indian authors to the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) Secretariat in Beijing
– External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar participates in G20 Foreign Ministers meeting at Matera in Italy
– Indian Navy’s Hydrographic Survey ship INS Sarvekshak carrying out underwater survey around MV Xpress Pearl that sank in Colombo harbour in June
– International Day of the Tropics celebrated on June 29

SPORTS

– Sydney McLaughlin of US creates new world record in women’s 400-meter hurdles at 51.90 seconds

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