1. International Day of Yoga: 21 June
The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually on 21 June since 2015, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014.
Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice which originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derived from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.
The theme of International Day of Yoga 2020 is “Yoga for Health – Yoga at Home”.
2. Mukesh Ambani joins club of world’s top 10 richest people
Mukesh Ambani with a recent soar in net worth has jumped into the exclusive club of the world’s top 10 richest people, as per Forbes Real-Time Billionaire list.
The Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director with a net worth of USD 64.5 billion is currently ranked 9th on the list of World’s top billionaires. His net worth has increased by almost 12 times from USD 5.3 billion to USD 64.6 billion within just two months.
Ambani’s rise in the billionaires’ list comes as the world and India together head for one of its worst recession. Ambani owns 42% of Reliance Industries Ltd and the company recently declared itself net-debt free, following a rapid flow of investments into Reliance’s digital platform- Jio.
3. Former RBI Governor Urjit Patel appointed as Chairman of economic think tank NIPFP
Urjit Patel has been appointed as the Chairman of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP). It is an economic think tank which is based in New Delhi, India. The appointment of the Urjit Patel has been made for a period of four years. He will be replacing the outgoing chairman Vijay Kelkar.
Urjit Patel has earlier served as the Governor as well as the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He resigned as the Governor of RBI in December 2018.
4. Ganguly & Chhetri signed as brand ambassadors of JSW Cement
JSW Cement has signed Sourav Ganguly and Sunil Chhetri as its brand ambassadors. The cement brand has also launched a new multi-media marketing campaign “Leader’s Choice” which includes both sports icons. The multi-media marketing campaign “Leader’s Choice” of JSW Cement promotes the ideology of building a solid foundation for a better tomorrow.
Sourav Ganguly is the former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian Cricket team. He is presently serving as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Sunil Chhetri is the captain of the Indian national football team and Bengaluru FC.
5. People in several parts of India witness annular solar eclipse, with majestic Ring of Fire
The country witnessed a rare celestial event, an annular solar eclipse on 21 June.
The annular ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse, wherein the Sun appears like a ring of fire, is visible in different parts of the country.
The solar eclipse is taking place on the summer solstice, which is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere.
When the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth, the shadow falls on the surface of the Earth.
The Sun is entirely covered by the Moon for a brief period.