1. NHIDCL and IIT-Roorkee signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the exchange of innovative ideas and technologies in the field of highway engineering.The MoU will be critical in fulfilling the government’s GatiShakti and National Master Plan goals.

The National Highway and Strategic Roads will be surveyed, designed, and upgraded by the NHIDCL.

The National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDC)

It’s a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

It is in charge of maintaining a network of National Highways.

NHIDCL’s Managing Director is Chanchal Kumar.
2. AR Rahman has been named the Indo-UK Culture Platform’s ambassador.This platform’s moniker is “Season of Culture.”

The platform intends to improve India-UK connections in the areas of arts, English, and education.

The platform was officially inaugurated by Britain’s Deputy High Commissioner to India, Jan Thomson, and the British Council’s Director (India), Barbara Wickham.

The platform commemorates India’s 75th anniversary of independence.
3. In New Delhi, the 2nd edition of the Awards for Excellence in District Skill Development Planning (DSDP) took place.The top 30 districts in the area were recognised for their unique best practises in skill development.

Rajkot (1st) in Gujarat, Cachar (2nd) in Assam, and Satara (3rd) in Maharashtra are the top three districts among all participating districts.
4. On June 10, 2022, DIPAM held a conference in 75 locations on the topic of building wealth through the market.The goal of the conference was to promote and educate individuals about investing and wealth building.

The seminar was held as part of the Ministry of Finance’s Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Celebrations and was organised by the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM).
5. On the 16th and 17th of June, India will host a Special ASEAN-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (SAIFMM).This will be India’s first gathering in New Delhi, and it will be followed by the 12th edition of the Delhi Dialogue.

“Building Bridges in the Indo-Pacific” is the subject of the Delhi Dialogue.

The Ministerial Session will be attended by External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar and Ministers from ASEAN nations.
The year 2022 has been declared as a “ASEAN-India Friendship Year.”

During the SAIFMM, the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-India dialogue ties, as well as the 10th anniversary of the strategic partnership with ASEAN, will be recognised.

India’s Act East programme and ambition for the Indo-Pacific region include ASEAN.

The ASEAN-India discussion began in 1992 with a sectoral collaboration, progressing to a comprehensive dialogue partnership in December 1995, a Summit level partnership in 2002, and a strategic partnership in 2012.
6. Ramkrishna Mukkavilli was the first Indian to be awarded a global SDG pioneer by the UNGC.The UNGC has identified 10 new SDG Pioneers, corporate leaders who are working to advance the SDGs by putting the UN Global Compact Ten Principles on human rights, the environment, labour, and anti-corruption into practise.

Ramakrishna Mukkavilli, the founder and managing director of Maitri Aquatech, a Make-in-India firm, was named India’s SDG Pioneer earlier this year by the UN Global Compact Network India (GCNI).

He was chosen for his efforts in developing water security in India and 27 other countries spanning Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa using nature-based water solutions.

Maithri Aquatech is an ESG firm, and its MEGHDOOT product is the Ministry of Jal Shakti’s sole authorised Atmospheric Water Generator (AWG) solution.
7. The MoU between Japan’s National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) and India’s ARIES has been approved by the Union Cabinet.The Memorandum of Understanding is for research on air quality and climate change.

Joint use and operation of scientific instruments, as well as the sharing of scientific and technical information, are some of the conceivable activities under the MoU.

The Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) is a self-contained research institute within the Department of Science and Technology of the Indian government.

It is a world-class research centre for astronomy, astrophysics, and atmospheric sciences. It has two campuses: one in Nainital and the other in Devasthal.

The National Institute of Environmental Studies (NIES) is Japan’s only environmental research institute.
8. On June 6, 2022, IDS, a global organisation, launched Polyversity (Educational Metaverse).In the presence of Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Education, IDS also launched the Bharat Blockchain Network (Academic Blockchain Consortium) on June 6, 2022.

Bharat Blockchain Network (BBN), India’s statewide hybrid blockchain network, is being built by IDS.

With over 100 academic partners, Polyversity is India’s largest educational metaverse.

Virtual campuses are being established to make education more accessible, immersive, and meaningful.

Bharat Blockchain Network and Polyversity are both supported by the AICTE and are powered by IDS.

IDS is a large organisation with offices all around the world. Its headquarters are in Michigan, United States of America.
9. To promote India’s renewable energy programmes, the Ministry of Power issued the Green Open Access Rules 2022.These regulations have been published in order to encourage the production, acquisition, and use of green energy. It will make the process of gaining open access to green energy easier.

The Green Open Access Rules 2022’s major purpose is to ensure that everyone has access to inexpensive, dependable, and sustainable green energy.

DISCOMs (power distribution companies) can now be asked to provide green electricity to customers .

The open access transaction limit for green energy has been cut from 1 MW (megawatt) to 100 kW, according to the guidelines. Through open access, it will assist small users in purchasing green energy.

The Green Open Access Rules 2022 will make the process of approving open access applications more transparent. Within 15 days, permission will be granted.
10. The world’s first “right to repair” measure for digital equipment was enacted by the New York state legislature.Manufacturers of digital gadgets will be required to notify consumers about components, tools, and software, as well as establish independent repair shops, under this measure.

After customers demanded the right to repair and refurbish their purchased products, the “Fair Repair Act” was suggested.

Motor vehicle household appliances, medical gadgets, public safety communications equipment, and off-road equipment are not included in the law.

According to a poll, 59 percent of independent repair shops claimed that if the Act had not been passed, they would have to close.

This act will aid in lowering the environmental impact of e-waste.
11. The Self Certification Portal was created by the Department of Science and Technology (DST).This is a significant step in liberalising India’s geospatial economy by making geospatial data more accessible.

Individuals, enterprises, organisations, and government agencies can use it to show that they follow the provisions of the Geospatial Guidelines.

The government published new Geospatial Data Guidelines on February 15, 2021, in order to strengthen the geospatial business.

It will cut the time it takes for geospatial enterprises, researchers, academics, and innovators to get permissions and approvals.
The portal was created in collaboration with the National Informatics Centre.

Geospatial data refers to information about things, events, or phenomena that have a physical position on the earth’s surface.
12. The state of Himachal Pradesh has been the first to approve the drone policy.The ‘Himachal Pradesh Drone Policy 2022’ has been approved by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

It primarily focuses on drone-enabled technologies, workforce development through training institutions, and startup and innovation initiatives.

It will promote drone-enabled technologies across a variety of industries, including defence, transportation, health, agriculture, and others.

In the next three years, the drone manufacturing business may generate more than 10,000 direct employment in the state.

ITI Shahpur has been recognised by the Himachal Pradesh government to give drone training to workers.

Drone businesses Skye Air and TechEagle have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state’s Department of Information Technology.
13. NHAI establishes a new Guinness World Record by building a 75-kilometer motorway in 105 hours.NHAI set a new Guinness World Record by building 75 kilometres of bituminous concrete road on NH53 in 105 hours and 33 minutes, according to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Between the districts of Amrawati and Akola, a 75-kilometer single-lane highway has been built.

A total of 720 people worked on the project, including a team of independent consultants.

Qatar had already claimed the Guinness record for constructing the longest bituminous road in February 2019.
14. The European Parliament agreed to prohibit the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2035.In order to combat climate change, members of the European Parliament voted in favour of this plan.

It will encourage the creation and use of electric cars.

EU legislators also backed a proposal to cut CO2 emissions from autos by 55 percent by 2030 compared to 2021.

A plan to demand a 100 percent reduction in CO2 emissions from new automobiles by 2035 was endorsed by lawmakers.

Members of the European Parliament will have to negotiate the final bill with the national governments of the member nations.

Automobiles currently account for 12% of all CO2 emissions in the European Union.

The European Parliament is the European Union’s legislative body. It has a total of 705 members.