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News 7.6.21

Suspended IPL 2021 to be held in September-October 2021 The remaining matches of IPL 2021 will be hosted by BCCI between September-October 2021 in the UAE. The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League was suspended earlier by the authorities after few players had tested positive for COVID-19. China ends its two-child policy The Chinese Government has now allowed each couple to have three children by putting an end to its two-child policy. The decision has been taken by the government after the population data of China over the past decade indicated the slowest population growth in the country. COVID-19 variants first found in India get named

The World Health Organisation named the COVID-19 variants that were first found in India. The variant B.1.617.1 has been named Kappa while B.1.617.2 has been named Delta by the global health agency. The variants have been named to simplify the public discussion. First human case of bird flu reported in China China has reported the world’s first human case of the H10N3 Bird Flu. A 41-year-old man was found to be infected in Eastern Jiangsu Province of China with the bird flu strain and was hospitalized after developing fever and other symptoms. On May 28, he was diagnosed with the virus. Post-approval bridging trials waived off for Pfizer and Moderna The Drug Controller General of India has waived off the requirement to conduct post-approval bridging trials of the Coronavirus vaccines by foreign firms. The exemptions by the Indian government will be given to those who have been approved by the health bodies of other nations such as the USA, UK, EMA, etc. Arun Kumar Mishra appointed as Chairperson of NHRC The former Supreme Court judge Arun Kumar Mishra has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission. Mishra had retired from the apex court in September 2020. His appointment by the President was made on the recommendation of a selection panel comprised of PM Modi and other senior leaders. NITI Aayog releases SDG India Index 2021 NITI Aayog released the 3rd edition of the Sustainable Development Index and dashboard. The SDG Index measures the performance of the Indian States and UTs on the basis of social, economic, and environmental parameters. The index has ranked Kerala as the top-performing state and Bihar as the worst performing state. Center books 30 crore doses of Coronavirus vaccine The Health Ministry has booked 30 crore doses of Biological E’s COVID-19 vaccine. The Central Government will also make the advance payment of Rs. 1,500 crores to the firm. Biological E’s vaccine will be the second Made in India Vaccine after Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN. Artemis Accords signed by New Zealand The New Zealand government has signed the US-led Artemis Accords with NASA. It will lead to cooperation with NASA on a safe, peaceful, transparent, and sustainable peace exploration. With this, New Zealand has become the 11th country to sign the Accords. Model Tenancy Act The Cabinet has given its approval to the Model Tenancy Act. It has been done in a bid to streamline the legal framework for the process of renting a property in India. Read to know more about the act and how it will safeguard the rights of property owners and tenants.

🛑The National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) on June 2, 2021, announced its plans of launching two new scientific missions to Venus between 2028 and 2030. The two missions to the Earth’s so-called sister planet by NASA will be it's first one in decades and will study the atmosphere and geologic features of the planet. As per the Space Agency of the United States, it was awarding about $500m for the development of each of the two missions. In today's #StateOfNASA address, we announced two new @NASASolarSystem missions to study the planet Venus, which we haven't visited in over 30 years! DAVINCI+ will analyze Venus’ atmosphere, and VERITAS will map Venus’ surface.

They are dubbed as DAVINCI+ (short for Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging) and VERITAS (an acronym for Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography, and Spectroscopy). DAVINCI+ It will measure the composition of the dense Venusian atmosphere and will seek to improve the understanding of how it evolved. DAVINCI+ will also consist of a fly-by spacecraft and an atmospheric descent probe. It is expected to return the first high-resolution images of the unique geological characteristics on Venus called ‘tesserae’. Scientists have believed that those features may be comparable to the continents of Earth and suggest that Venus has plate tectonics. VERITAS It will map the surface of Venus from orbit to help in determining its geological history and why it was developed so differently from Earth. Venus is the second planet from the sun and is Earth’s closest planetary neighbour. It is similar in structure to Earth but slightly smaller, with a diameter of about 12,000 kilometres (7,500 miles). Above Venus’s foreboding landscape lies a toxic, thick atmosphere that consists primarily of carbon dioxide, along with clouds of sulfuric acid droplets. It results in a runaway greenhouse effect that bakes the surface of the planet at temperatures as high as 880 degrees Fahrenheit (471 Celsius), which is hot enough to melt lead. Venus has also lately received less scientific attention than Mars and other solar system destinations. While announcing the mission, NASA’s associated administrator for science stated that NASA will be reviving the planetary science program with intense exploration of a world that NASA has not visited in over 30 years.


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