Daily Current Affairs Quiz for all Defence Exams | 21 June 2021 | MKC

International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice

Every on 21st June, International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice is observed globally. This day bring awareness about solstices and equinoxes and their significance for several religions and ethnic cultures. The Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on 20th June 2019 within Resolution A/RES/73/300.

About Solstice:

Solstice is that the point at which the Sun is at its greatest distance from the world and equinox is when space is that the lowest. Both solstice and equinox have their own significance for Christians, Muslims, and other religions.

Corporatisation of Ordnance Factory Board

The Union Cabinet approved the corporatisation of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), a plan which was first mooted two decades ago to streamline the functioning of the 41 ordnance factories across the country. The ordnance factories are the oldest and the largest organisation in the country’s defence industry with a history that dates back to 1787, when a gunpowder factory was established at Ishapore by the British. The Ishapore factory had started production in 1791.

Why corporatisation is needed

During the past two decades, several high-level committees — such as the TKA Nair Committee in 2000, Vijay Kelkar Committee of 2006, Vice Admiral Raman Puri Committee in 2016 and the Lt Gen D B Shekatkar Committee in 2016 — called for ordnance factories to be converted from a government department into a corporate entity. 

OFB Headquarter- Kolkata

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