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June 21, 2015

21st June 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Today (third Sunday of June) is Father's Day.
  • Today (21st June) is World Music Day (Fête de la Musique).
National Affairs
  • First International Yoga Day being celebrated today with participation of Crores of people in 192 countries.
    • Highlights :
    • President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi lead the celebrations in the country from Delhi.
    • Over 35 thousand enthusiasts including Indian Armed forces participated in the main event held at Rajpath (New Delhi).
    • India set two world records today with this Yoga mass session 
      • One for largest number of participants (35,985 people) 
      • another for the most number of nationalities at a single event (84).
    • UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj marked the global event at UN headquarters and Times Square in US today's evening.
      • Sushma Swaraj thanked 192 member states for supporting for the Yoga Day
      • Estimated one third of humanity is participating in Yoga Day celebrations.
    • Indian Government has decided to include Yoga as compulsory subject in all Sports Authority of India (SAI) centers and Youth clubs.
      • Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister : Sarbananda Sonowal 
    • The government also released coins and postage stamps to commemorate the occasion.
    • Background of International Yoga Day 
      • The United Nations General Assembly had on December 11 adopted an India-led resolution declaring June 21 as the 'International Day of Yoga'. 
      • This came less than three months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed the idea.
      • The Prime Minister had mooted the proposal during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27 last year. 
      • The resolution was passed within a record time of 75 days
      • This is first resolution in which 177 countries had become co-sponsors for World Yoga Day, which was a 'world record'. 
        • Note : Even to celebrate Nelson Mandela's birthday, 165 countries had become co-sponsors."
      • The day was agreed on 21st June as it is the longest day of the year (summer solstice) in the northern hemisphere.
    • About Logo of International Yoga Day 
      • The logo for International Day of Yoga was launched on 29th April 2015 by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik.
      • The logo was selected by a committee of yoga experts constituted by Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) and has also been approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
      • The logo reflects harmony and peace for the humanity which is the essence of Yoga.
      • Folding of both hands in the logo symbolises Yoga, which reflects the union of individual consciousness with that of universal consciousness, a perfect harmony between mind and body, man and nature, the holistic approach to health and well being.
      • The brown leaves in the logo symbolise the earth element, the green leaves the nature, blue the fire element while the sun symbolises the source of energy and inspiration, the official said.
  • Delhi government has announced that it is going to offer jobs to acid attack survivors.
    • A committee will be formed to look into the issues of acid attack survivors.
    • Note : According to official figures, there are 35 acid attack survivors in the city.
    • Delhi Chief Minister : Arvind Kejriwal
  • In Punjab, over 3 lakh 38 thousand children constituting over 33 per cent of migrant population across the state were administered polio drops on the first day of the Sub- National Immunization campaign launched today. 
    • 8000 teams have been constituted to manage the immunization programme in the state.
  • Punjab Chief Minister : Parkash Singh Badal
Awards & Honors
  • Indian Historian-author Ramachandra Guha has been selected for Japan's prestigious Fukuoka Prize in the Academic category.
    • Note : Fukuoka Prize honours those who have made outstanding contributions to academia, arts and culture across Asia.
    • Remaining winners of Fukuoka Prize 2015 :
      • Thant Myint-U (Grand Prize) 
      • Minh Hanh (Arts and Culture)
  • Bangladesh beat India by 6 wickets to win bilateral ODI series

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