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PIB NEWS ANALYSIS 16/06/2020

1)First Time India sends tri-services contingent to Russia’s Victory Day Parade:- India is to send its tri-services contingent of all three services namely army, navy and air force to Russia.

The contingents are to take part in Victory Day parade to be held in Moscow.

Every year, the Victory Day is celebrated on May 9. However, due to the COVID-19 crisis the parade was postponed. The parade is held every year to mark the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

2)June 17: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought:-Every year, the United Nations observes World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17. This year, the day is observed under the theme:-
Theme: Food, Feed Fibre-The links between consumption and land.

3)World Investment Report released by UNCTAD:- On June 16, 2020, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development released its World Investment Report, 2020. According to the report, India is the 9th largest recipient of FDI in 2019.

4)Fifth State of Matter observed by NASA scientists:- The NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) scientists in the International Space Station unveiled the first results of Bose-Einstein condensate experiments under which the particles can be manipulated free from Earthly constraints.

Bose-Einstein Condensates were predicted by Indian Mathematician Satyendra Nath Bose and Albert Einstein almost a century ago.

There are four state of matter namely solid, liquid, gas and plasma. The fourth state of matter called the plasma was described by the chemist Irving Langmuir.

5)Van Dhan Yojana: Expanded from 18,000 Van Dhan SHGs to 50,000:-On June 15, 2020, a webinar was organized by the TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India). The webinar was titled “Van Dhan : Tribal Startups Bloom in India”.

The Government of India has allocated Rs 15 lakhs to every Van Dhan Vikas Karyakram centre. So far 25% to 30% of the grant has been spent on these centres.

6)ADIP scheme: First Distribution of Assistive aids to Divyangjan:-On June 15, 2020, Government of India organized the first ever ADIP camp. The camp was conducted to distribute free assistive aids to Divyangjans under the ADIP scheme.

The first camp to distribute free assistive aids was organized at Firozpur district of Punjab. The camp was organized by ALIMCO (Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India) operating under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

The ADIP scheme is implemented by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

India joins Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence(GPAI)

News: India has joined the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence(GPAI) as a founding member.

Facts:

  • GPAI: It is an international and multi-stakeholder initiative to guide the responsible development and use of Artificial Intelligence(AI) grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation and economic growth.
  • Member Countries: USA, UK, EU, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore.
  • Secretariat: It will be hosted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development(OECD) in Paris as well as by two Centers of Expertise- one each in Montreal and Paris.

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