Today's top news

   

1. *Justice (Retd) Arun Kumar Mishra  took charge as the chairman of the National Human Rights Commission* , NHRC in New Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Justice Mishra as the NHRC chairperson based on the recommendation of a selection panel

2. *Lockdown in Jharkhand extended till 10th June following certain relaxations*: This is for the fifth consecutive time the state government has extended the lockdown to break the chain of spread of Coronavirus.

3. *The clinical trial of Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN on children began at AIIMS Patna* . All 15 kids who voluntarily turned up for the vaccine trial. All the volunteers had gone through the screening process such as RT-PCR, antibody test and general check up prior to receiving their shots.

4. *The Kerala Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, has called a virtual all-party meeting on June 4,* Friday to discuss the minority scholarships issue.

5. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said that India has been continuously scaling up COVID-19 vaccine production capacity. He says, 1 crore vaccine doses to be produced daily by coming July.

6. *Surya Grahan 2021*: The first solar eclipse of 2021 will take place on June 10. This celestial event comes a few days after sky gazers witnessed 2021’s lunar eclipse. Get ready to see the dramatic ‘Ring of Fire’ in the coming days. 

7. *Price of LPG Cylinder (19kg) :*  Abig relief, oil marketing companies on Tuesday reduced the price of commercial LPG cylinder by over Rs 100. As per sources, the companies have reduced the price of the cylinders from Rs 1595.50 per cylinder to Rs 1473.50 per cylinder, which is about Rs 122 reduction. 

8. Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has been admitted to AIIMS in New Delhi following post-Covid complications. Mr Pokhriyal had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 21 and had resumed office after recovery.

9. BJP leader and municipal councillor of Pulwama's Tral Rakesh Pandita was killed in the firing by three terrorists in Tral Payeen in Pulwama on Wednesday.

10. *The Kerala Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution demanding that the Centre provide COVID-19 vaccines free of cost to all states* , even as the ruling and opposition members clashed over the COVID-19 fatality numbers in the state.

11. The Goa government has cancelled the Class 12 board exams 2021 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. After extensive consultations, it has been decided that the Goa Class 12 Board exams shall be cancelled, as the health and safety of our students are of utmost priority, said Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday. 

12. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday asserted that her administration will stand by Alapan Bandyopadhyay in the tussle with the central government which has seen the former chief secretary of the state being recalled to Delhi and later served a notice by the Union Home Ministry for allegedly violating the Disaster Management Act, by not attending a meeting called by the prime minister.
 
13. The Delhi High Court Wednesday questioned actress-environmentalist Juhi Chawla for directly filing a suit against setting up of 5G wireless networks in the country without giving any representation to the government on her concerns related to the technology.

14•  *AirAsia India has extended free cancellation and rescheduling facility for its flights in the lockdown-hit states* . As per the airline, this has been done following the extension of lockdown or strict resrictions by several states.

 15. *Country will soon get eight new Flying Training Academies under the liberalised Flying Training Organisation (FTO) policy of the Airports Authority of India (AAI).* 

16. India army seeks foreign vendors for future tank project to meet its requirement for at least 1,770 future battle tanks, for induction beginning 2030, to meet threats from both China and Pakistan. • The Army now wants advanced "shock and awe" capabilities in the shape of futuristic main-battle tanks, with a wide array of weapons, missiles and protection systems as well as "niche" technologies like "artificial intelligence" and "see-through armour" for the crew.

17. *Retired Security Officials now  need Govt Nod for any Writing Related to Former Organisation's 'Domain'.* A sweeping amendment to the Central Pension Rules threatens retired officials who don't obey the new gag order with loss of pension

*✈INTERNATIONAL NEWS*
  
1•  *India and Australia plan to hold a “two-plus-two” defence and foreign ministerial dialogue soon to further enhance their ‘strategic partnership’,* which has also consolidated through the Quad grouping in the face of China’s belligerence in the Indo-Pacific over the last few years.

2. *Union Cabinet approved Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on Sustainable Urban Development between India and Japan by suspending the existing MoU of 2007 on Urban Development.* 

3. *Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan  addressed the 149th Session of the World Health Organization,* Executive Board Meeting through Video Conference. Dr. Harsh Vardhan successfully completes his tenure as Chairperson of Executive Board of WHO. He said, in May last year, he was entrusted with the responsibility to be the Chair of the Executive Board.

4. *WHO names Covid-19 variants found in India as ‘Kappa’ (B.1.617.1) and ‘Delta’ (B.1.617.2)* 

5.  *BRICS foreign ministers meeting was hold virtually on June 1, 2021* : BRICS meeting was hosted by India in its capacity as chair of BRICS. It was attended by Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov; Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi; Minister of International Relations of South Africa, Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor; and Foreign Minister of Brazil, Carlos Alberto Franco.

6•  Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Y K Joshi on Tuesday said ceasefire understanding between India and Pakistan is being followed in “letter and spirit” by both sides, but asserted that the Indian Army is not letting its guard down “even for one bit” along the border in Jammu and Kashmir.

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