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News 8.6.21

Maldives Foreign Minister becomes President of UN General Assembly Abdulla Ashahid, the Foreign Minister of Maldives, has become the President of the 76th session of the UNGA. Shahid garnered 143 votes out of 191 ballots cast. He will succeed the Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir who presided over the 75th session that came amid the pandemic. Russian Government pulls out of Open Skies Treaty The President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed a law that formalized Russia’s exit from the Open Skies Treaty. The decision came after the US announced that it will not be rejoining the Open Skies Treaty with Russia. The Russian government had stated the step by the US as a political mistake. The New York Times, BBC, CNN faces internet outage

The Top Foreign media news outlets faced a huge internet outage which made the websites non-accessible worldwide. Some of them were BBC, CNN, The Financial Times, The New York Times, among others. However, the services have been restored now. Solar Eclipse 2021 The first solar eclipse of 2021 will be visible in India on June 10. It will be an annual solar eclipse that will show a ring of fire during the eclipse. A solar eclipse takes place when the moon will get in the way of the sunlight and will cast its shadow on the Earth. Footballer Sunil Chhetri becomes 2nd highest active international goalscorer The Captain of the Indian Football team, Sunil Chhetri has become the second-highest active international goal scorer. He gained the achievement after he successfully overtook the star footballer Lionel Messi in the preliminary round match for AFC Asian Cup 2023 and FIFA World Cup 2022 Joint Qualifiers.

🛑• Vice Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar on June 7, 2021 took charge as the Director-General Naval Operations. He was commissioned into the Indian Navy in January 1987. • He is an alumnus of the National Defense Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune. • He graduated from the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, Naval War College, Karanja and Naval Command College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. • He is a specialist in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and has served on frontline warships of the Navy as ASW Officer. • He has also served as the Executive Officer and Principal Warfare Officer of Guided Destroyer INS Mysore.

• The Union Government announced on June 7, 2021 that the Unique Disability Identification Card (UDID) will be accepted as a Photo ID for registration on Co-WIN 2.0. • The Health Ministry aims to streamline the vaccination process for its universalization. To enable the same, the Ministry has written to states/ UTs to include UDID Card as a Photo ID while registering on Co-WIN 2.0. • The Ministry had earlier in March specified seven Photo IDs for verification of beneficiaries before their vaccination. • The Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), a CSIR lab in Mysuru, is currently working on developing food that can boost immunity and prevent diseases. • The institute is also working on probiotic food that will protect children prone to the third wave of Covid infection. The probiotic is rich in vitamin A,C,D and E with micro-nutrients necessary to combat infections. The food will keep harmful bacteria and viruses in check. • The institute had distributed spirulina chikki, high protein wrap, mango energy bar, banana cereal bar and spiced water with bio-active and antioxidant ingredients to the migrant workers, frontline workers and Covid patients during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. • The Parliamentary standing committees are likely to resume their regular meetings from July, as they ruled out holding any virtual session. The standing committees had not been meeting due to the severe second wave of COVID-19. • Since now, most Members of the Parliament, senior officials and support staff are vaccinated and active cases of COVID-19 are coming down, the meetings are likely to resume from July. • This comes after Congress and some other opposition parties had urged the secretariats - both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha - to hold these meetings virtually. The suggestions to hold the meetings virtually were rejected by both the Houses due to fears that the proceedings of the committees could be leaked. • The proceedings of the parliamentary standing committees are confidential and can't be shared in the public domain without proper consent. • The Union Health Ministry on June 7, 2021 said that it has written to states for providing relaxation to some specified categories of people in getting the second dose of Covishield from the stipulated gap of 12-16 weeks between the first and second dose. • The specified categories include Olympic-bound athletes, students requiring foreign travel for education and people who have to take up jobs in foreign countries. • The ministry said that the competent authority will make various checks before permitting the administration of the second dose before the stipulated period of 84 days after the date of the first dose. • This includes the genuineness of the purpose of travel based on documents and whether 28 days have elapsed after the date of the first dose.

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