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Daily News Digest:08 June 2019

World Oceans Day: 8 June

World Oceans Day takes place every 8 June. World Oceans Day is an annual observation to honor, help protect, and conserve the world's oceans. This year, the theme for World Oceans Day is “Gender and the Ocean”, an opportunity to explore the gender dimension of humankind’s relationship with the ocean.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurates first-ever World Food Safety Day

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare inaugurated the first-ever ‘World Food Safety Day’ on June 7, 2019 in New Delhi. The theme for this day was ‘food safety, everyone’s business.’ A day was celebrated by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

Indian writer Annie Zaidi: 2019 winner of Nine Dots Prize

Indian writer Annie Zaidi was announced as the 2019 winner of Nine Dots Prize. Mumbai-based Zaidi, a freelance writer won for her entry ‘Bread, Cement, Cactus' - combining memoir and reportage to explore concepts of home and belonging rooted in her experience of contemporary life in India.

Ministry of Corporate Affairs & SEBI enter into pact to tighten regulatory oversight

A formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for data exchange between the two regulatory organizations on June 7.

‘IndSpaceEx’: India to hold first simulated Space Warfare Exercise in July

India is now planning to conduct its first-ever simulated space warfare exercise next month in July. Named ‘IndSpaceEx’, the exercise will basically be a ‘table-top war-game’, with all stakeholders from the military and scientific community taking part in it.

Gopalaswami named BCCI's electoral officer for AGM

Former Chief Election commissioner N. Gopalaswami has been appointed as electoral officer to supervise the elections of the BCCI's Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the Indian Cricketers Association to be held on October 22.

Re-constitution of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog

Government has reconstituted NITI Aayog. The newly elected second Narendra Modi government has decided to reconstitute the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog. Prime Minister is Chairperson of the NITI Aayog.

Indian Embassy in Saudi organises 'Gandhi cycle rally for peace'

A first of its kind 'Gandhi cycle rally for peace' was organised by the Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia on June 7 as part of the celebrations to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It was organised in association with the Diplomatic Quarter Authority and Saudi Cycling Federation.

Climate change affecting global food production: Study

Climate change is adversely affecting the production of key crops such as wheat and rice, with some countries faring far worse than others. This is as per research, published in the journal PLOS ONE. The world's top 10 crops (barley, cassava, maize, oil palm, rapeseed, rice, sorghum, soybean, sugarcane and wheat) supply a combined 83% of all calories produced on cropland. Yields have long been projected to decrease in future climate conditions.

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