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Current Affairs – June 2016

WEEKLY CURRENT AFFAIRS 1st-7th June, 2016

  1. Dr. R Seetharaman has been honoured with the 2016 Green Economy Visionary award
  • Dr. R Seetharaman, Group CEO of Doha Bank, has been honoured with the 2016 Green Economy Visionary at the 2016 Union of Arab Banks (UAB) International Banking Summit, Rome
  • He has been awarded for his contribution in environment-friendly activities and for promoting green economy for nearly two decades

2. B S Bassi has been appointed as the new member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) bassi

  • B S Bassi, the former Delhi Police commissioner, has been appointed as the new member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), a Constitutional post
  • He will have tenure of about 5 years till February 2021
  • The UPSC is headed by a chairman besides maximum of ten members
  • Under the Constitution, a member of the UPSC can have a maximum of six years tenure or till he attains age of 65 years

3. The world’s longest and deepest rail tunnel has recently opened in Switzerland

  • The world’s longest and deepest rail tunnel has been opened in Switzerland
  • The 57 km (35-mile) twin-bore Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) will provide a high-speed rail link under the Swiss Alps between Northern and Southern Europe
  • The tunnel has overtaken Japan’s 53.9 km Seikan rail tunnel as the longest rail tunnel in the world
  • The full service will begin in December 2016. The tunnel has taken 17 years to build at a cost of 12.2 billion Swiss francs (£8.4 billion)

4. The India-Morocco Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IMCCI) has been launched in Rabat

  • The India-Morocco Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IMCCI) has been launched by Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane in Rabat, Morocco
  • The Chamber is a new initiative taken by the two countries to strengthen their relations in trade and investment
  • The motto of IMCCI is “Shake hands, strengthen ties, go with IMCCI”

5. “Computex 2016”, the Asia’s largest technology trade show has started in Taiwan

  • The Asia’s largest technology trade fair “Computex Taipei 2016” has started at the Taipei World Trade Centre, Taiwan
  • The purpose of the fair is to promote internet computing ecosystems
  • The highlight of 2016 trade show is Virtual Reality (VR)
  • In it, more than 1,600 companies from 30 countries will showcase their latest products in robotics, virtual reality, innovation, business solutions and games
  • The trade show will end on June 4, 2016 and organisers expect the event to attract more than 130,000 visitors

6. “Ziyuan III 02” a new civilian high-resolution mapping satellite has been successfully launched by China

  • China has successfully launched “Ziyuan III 02”, a new civilian high-resolution mapping satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi province
  • Ziyuan III 02 will be used in land resource surveys, natural disaster prevention, agricultural development, water resources management and urban planning, among other tasks
  • It is the second satellite in the remote-sensing mapping system which China plans to build by 2030
  • Along with Ziyuan satellite, the two NewSat satellites from Uruguay were also successfully launched

7. India has recently signed agreement with World Bank (WB) for ‘Efficient and Sustainable City Bus Service Project’

  • The Government of India (GoI) has recently signed a $9.2-million grant agreement with the World Bank (WB) for the ‘Efficient and Sustainable City Bus Service Project’
  • The agreement has been signed under the World Bank-Global Environment Facility (GEF) Program
  • The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) will be the implementing agency of the GEF for the project
  • The purpose of the project is to improve the efficiency and attractiveness of city bus transport and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the demonstration cities of Bhopal, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Mira Bhayandar municipality in the Thane district of Maharashtra

8. India ranking 41st  in the IMD’s world competitiveness rankings

  • India has been ranked 41 out of 61 countries in the IMD’s world competitiveness rankings 2016
  • The survey has been conducted by the Switzerland-based International Institute for Management and Development (IMD’s World Competitiveness Center (WCC)
  • Hong Kong has topped the list, followed by Switzerland, the US, Singapore, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Canada
  • The overall ranking is based on an analysis of over 340 criteria derived from four principal factors—economic performance, government efficiency, business efficiency and infrastructure

9. The World Milk Day is observed on June 1st

  • The World Milk Day is observed every year on June 1 to recognize the importance of milk as a global food
  • The day is established by the Food and Agriculture Organization ( FAO) to provide an opportunity to bring attention to activities that are connected with the milk industry

10. “No Cost EMI’ option has been introduced by Flipkart e-commerce company to make online shopping affordable for high-end purchase

  • India’s homegrown e-commerce giant, Flipkart has recently introduced “No Cost EMI” option to make online shopping affordable for high-end purchases through an attractive financing option of Equated Monthly Installments (EMI) where customers will not bear additional cost
  • The No Cost EMI entails zero processing fees, zero down payments and zero interest for customers

11. ‘DND Services’ mobile app has been launched by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ( TRAI) to register pesky call complaints

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  • The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has launched “DND (do not disturb) services” mobile app for telecom subscribers to register their complaints against pesky calls and SMS in an easy way
  • Apart from registering for ‘do-not-disturb’ service and filing complaints on the app, users will also be able to view the status of their lodged complaints
  • The complaint will be delivered to the telecom operator as well
  • As per rule, TRAI has mandated all telecom operators to disconnect telephone numbers from which a pesky call or SMS has originated on receipt of the first complaint

12. “DVAT M SEWA” mobile app has been launched by Delhi government for city traders

  • The Delhi Government has launched ‘DVAT M SEWA’ mobile app through which city traders can register themselves with the VAT department of the state government
  • Traders are no longer required to apply for registration at the department’s office instead they can fill the form online
  • This application will ensure VAT registration within 24 hours of filing request. Because of this app, for registering the business there is no need for inspector’s visit on their business premises

13. India ranking 4th in the 2016 Global Slavery Index

  • India has been ranked 4th out of 167 countries in the 2016 Global Slavery Index
  • The list is topped by North Korea, followed by Uzbekistan, Cambodia, India and Qatar

14. Prabhat Kumar committee has been constituted to draft national policy for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

  • The Government of India (GoI) has recently constituted Prabhat Kumar committee to draft national policy for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)
  • The committee will submit its report within 4 months

15. Rahul Johri is the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI)

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  • Rahul Johri, the former media professional has taken charge as the first-ever Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
  • The move is in line with the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha committee’s list of recommendations
  • Prior to this appointment, Johri was the Asia Pacific’s executive vice- president and general manager for South Asia with Discovery Networks

16. United States is hosting the Copa America cup 2016

  • The Copa America cup for 2016 is being hosted by United States
  • Argentina has hosted it for the maximum number of time(9 times)

17. Navin Agarwal has been appointed as the Director General (DG)/ Chief Executive Officer (CEP) of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA)

  • Navin Agarwal, a 1986 batch IPS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre, has been appointed as the Director General (DG)/ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA)
  • The NADA is the national organization responsible for promoting, coordinating, and monitoring the doping control program in sports in all its forms in India

18. “Shangri-La Dialogue”, the Asia’s largest annual security forum has been opened in Singapore

  • The Asia’s largest annual security forum “Shangri-La Dialogue” has recently opened in Singapore
  • The territorial disputes in the South China Sea, North Korea’s military provocations and Islamist extremism are expected to dominate discussions in the forum
  • The Shangri-La Dialogue has been organized by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies ( IISS)
  • It is to be attended by at least 20 defence ministers and led by Pentagon chief Ashton Carter

19. India has recently joined the global terror database maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) of United States

  • India has recently signed the pact with United States (US) to join the global terror database maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) of US
  • As per this pact, India and the US will give each other access to terrorism screening information through designated contact points, subject to domestic laws and regulations. Initially, the proposal was made by the U.S. in 2012 but had made no progress due to objection of Indian security agencies
  • The TSC has details of 11,000 suspects on its database including nationality, date of birth, photos, fingerprints and passport number

20. Dilip Vengsarkar has been conferred with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement CEAT Cricket Rating award

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  • Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar (born 6 April 1956) is an Indian cricketer and cricket administrator
  • He was known as one of the foremost exponents of the drive
  • He was also known by the nickname ‘Colonel’
  • Dilip Balwant Vengsarkar, the former India captain, has been conferred with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement CEAT Cricket Rating award

21. India ranking 70th  in the 2015 Good Country index

  • India has been ranked 70th out of 163 countries in the 2015 Good Country index
  • The list is topped by Sweden, followed by Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, Finland, Canada, France, Austria and New Zealand
  • The biannual index was founded by Simon Anholt, a British government adviser whose aim is to find ways of encouraging countries to collaborate and co-operate a lot more, and compete a bit less

22. India has recently signed $200 million of loan agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB)

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India (GoI) have recently signed $200 million loan agreement to upgrade 176 Kilometers of State roads in State of Jharkhand
  • The financing for the Jharkhand State roads II Project will upgrade existing sections of four State roads to two lane standard and will also support improvements in the design, safety and maintenance of the network

23. Avtar Singh, has been recently qualified for 2016 Olympics

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  • Avtar Singh, has become the first Indian judoka to qualify for the Olympics under 90kg weight since 2004
  • He is South Asian Games gold medallist

 

24. Novak Djokovic won the French open 2016 in Men’s Single category

  • Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No.1 in men’s singles category
  • He defeated World number one Britain’s Andy Murray to win his first French Open title and complete the career Grand Slam

25. India ranking globally second in terms of ease of doing business in the country

  • India has been ranked second position as per 2016 Global Retail Development Index (GRDI)
  • India has jumped 13 positions from last year to rank second among 30 developing countries this year on ease of doing business
  • Sharp pick up in GDP growth and better clarity regarding FDI regulations have helped India achieve a second ranking

26. The Asia’s first “Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme” has been launched by Haryana

  • The Haryana government has recently launched Asia’s first ‘Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme’ at Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre, Pinjore

27. India has recently joined the Hague Code of Conduct (HCoC), a global initiative to prevent ballistic missile proliferation

  • India has recently joined the Hague Code of Conduct (HCOC), a global initiative to prevent ballistic missile proliferation
  • With this, India has become the 138th country in the world to subscribe to an international code of conduct against the proliferation of ballistic missiles
  • The HCoC is a voluntary, legally non-binding international confidence building and transparency measure that seeks to prevent the proliferation of ballistic missiles that are capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction

28. Indian-origin women have been named in the Forbes’ 2016 list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women

  • Neerja Sethi and Jayshree Ullal, the Indian origin techies, have been named in the Forbes’ annual list of America’s 60 wealthiest and most successful self-made women entrepreneurs
  • The list is topped by ABC Supply’s Diane Hendricks, followed by Oprah Winfrey, Doris Fisher, etc

29. Soohorang has been named as the official mascot for South Korea’s 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

  • A cheerful white tiger cub “Soohorang” has been named as the official mascot for South Korea’s 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
  • Traditionally, tigers represent the shape of the Korean peninsula and especially the white tiger is considered a sacred guardian animal
  • The mascot’s white colour represents snow and ice of winter sports
  • The name “Soohorang” is a combination of several meanings in the Korean language. “Sooho” is the Korean word for “protection” meaning that it protects the athletes, spectators and all participants of the Olympic Games
  • “Rang” comes from the middle letter of “ho-rang-i” which means “tiger” and also from the last letter of “Jeongseon Arirang”, a traditional folk music of Gangwon Province, where the host city is located

30. P K Sinha committee has been constituted for financial sector research and recruitment

  • The Union government has recently constituted the Financial Sector Search and Recruitment Committee headed by cabinet secretary P K Sinha to decide on members and heads of financial regulatory agencies
  • The head of the regulatory body, whose members are to be selected, will be a special invitee to the panel

Sources:  PIB, PTI and other newspapers, magazines

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31. Dia Mirza has been named as ambassador for Swachh Bharat Mission’s youth-based wing ‘Swachh Saathi’

  • Dia Mirza has been recently named as ambassador for Swachh Bharat Mission’s youth-based wing ‘Swachh Saathi’

32. India signed an agreement with Qatar to share intelligence data to combat ‘hawala’ transactions and terror financing

  • India and Qatar have signed total of seven agreements which include agreement to share intelligence to combat ‘hawala’ transactions and terror financing between the two countries

33. Garbine Muguruza has won the 2016 French open Women’s Singles tournament

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  • Garbine Muguruza, a Spanish professional tennis player, has won the 2016 French open Women’s Singles tournament by defeating the defending champion Serena Williams in the final by 7-5, 6-4
  • Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco (born 8 October 1993) is a Spanish-Venezuelan professional tennis player who represents Spain in tennis competitions and turned professional in 2012
  • She has won three singles titles

34. Angola is the host country for 2016 World Environment Day

  • The World Environment Day is observed every year on June 5 to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth
  • The 2016 theme is “Zero tolerance for the illegal trade in wildlife”
  • This year United Nations (UN) has called a worldwide campaign “Go Wild for Life” to take a strong action to curb the illegal trade of wildlife i.e. threatening the biodiversity of the planet Earth
  • This year, Angola is the host country, which has created strong commitments to combat wildlife crime by shutting down its domestic ivory trade and is taking action to stop smuggling over its borders

35. Narendra Modi has been conferred with the Afghanistan’s highest civilian honour “Amir Amanullah Khan Award”

  • The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has been conferred with the Afghanistan’s highest civilian honour “Amir Amanullah Khan Award”
  • Mr Modi is the first Indian and is among a handful of foreign leaders to receive the award Beside this, Narendra Modi has also inaugurated the Afghan-India Friendship Dam, earlier known as Salma Dam, which was rebuilt with India’s aid

36. The 2016 FIH Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup will be hosted by Lucknow

  • The 2016 FIH Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup will be hosted by Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh The World Cup will be held from December 8 to 18, 2016 and would be the first international hockey competition to be hosted in Lucknow
  • The countries that will participate in the Junior World Cup include hosts India, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, England, Pakistan, Germany, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain

37. Himachal Pradesh state has become the first Indian state to have a State Data Centre (SDC)

  • Himachal Pradesh has become the India’s first state to have a State Data Centre (SDC)
  • The SDC is designed using green data centre concept, as it minimizes power requirement by maximizing power utilization efficiency
  • It will offer 101 people-oriented services online through an integrated data base
  • The SDC would help the departments to roll out more government- to-citizen-services and people can avail them from anywhere and anytime

38. Sudarsan Pattnaik has won gold medal in People’s Choice Prize at 2016 World sand art championship

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  • Sudarsan Pattnaik, the famous Indian sand artist, has won gold medal in People’s Choice Prize at 2016 world championship festival of sand sculpting Russe in Bulgaria for his sand sculpture – “Drugs kill Sports”
  • The sand sculpture is an awareness creating sculpture, which has highlighted the issue of drugs in the sporting field

39. Thor is the name of the world’s first-ever 3D-printed aircraft

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  • The world’s first 3D-printed aircraft ‘Thor’ has been officially launched by Airbus, a European aerospace company, at the International Aerospace Exhibition held in Schoenefeld, Germany
  • The Thor stands for ‘Test of High-tech Objectives in Reality’
  • In Thor, the only parts that are not printed from a substance called polyamide are the electrical elements
  • It is a windowless drone that weighs just 21 kg and is only 13 feet long. It is lighter, faster and cheaper

40. Government raises retirement age of doctors to 65

  • The Prime Minister has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for enhancing the age of superannuation of all doctors of the Central Health Service to 65 years with effect from 31st May 2016
  • This will enable the Government to retain experienced doctors for a longer period, and to provide better services in its public health facilities, particularly to the poorest, who are entirely dependent on public facilities
  • As of now, the retirement age of doctors in government hospitals 62 years and 60 years in others hospitals

41. Admiral Sunil Lanba takes over as Chief of Naval Staff

  • Admiral Sunil Lanba has taken over as the new Chief of Naval Staff
  • The 58-year-old Lanba, a specialist in Navigation and Direction, will have the full three-year tenure as the Navy Chief
  • He has succeeded Admiral R K Dhowan

42. Prime Minister releases National Disaster Management Plan to make India disaster resilient

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP). The plan aims to make India disaster resilient and reduce loss of lives
  • It is the first of its kind of national plan prepared in India. It emphasizes on a greater need for Information, Education and Communication activities to prepare communities to cope with disasters
  • The plan is based on the four priority themes of the Sendai Framework namely: 1. Understanding disaster risk, 2. Improving disaster risk governance, 3. Investing in disaster risk reduction (through structural and non-structural measures), and 4. Disaster preparedness, early warning and building back better in the aftermath of a disaster

43. BRICS bank to issue first yuan denominated bonds

  • The BRICS Development Bank, also referred as the New Development Bank (NDB) is set to issue its first yuan-denominated bonds, which is also known as ‘green bands’
  • The Shanghai-headquartered bank, founded by the BRICS members (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and headed by eminent Indian banker M V Kamath, is planning to finance development projects in the emerging markets and development countries
  • The reason behind the grant is to support China from sharp slowdown as Chinese economy slipped to 6.9 % last year. Although, India is the only member among the BRICS countries whose GDP continues to grow above 7%

44. ICICI Bank cuts lending rate by 0.05%

  • Country’s largest private sector lender ICICI Bank has cut its marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) by 0.05 per cent, to take it at par with the rates offered by SBI and HDFC Bank
  • This will help reduce the rate of interest to new borrowers. Under the new rate structure, the bank will give out overnight loans to new borrowers at 8.95 per cent, while the one-year MCLR, to which its housing loans are linked, now comes down to 9.15 per cent
  • RBI introduced the MCLR system from April 1 this year for faster transmission of its policy actions by the lenders

45. CPI (M) nominee Sreeramakrishnan has been elected as Kerala Speaker

  • P Sreeramakrishnan of the CPI (M) that leads the Left Democratic Front (LDF) was elected Speaker of the Kerala Assembly
  • He polled two additional votes even as the Opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate V.P. Sajeendran secured one vote less in a pattern that indicated interesting alignments
  • Pro tem Speaker S Sarma did not vote while that of Independent PC George was invalidated due to technical reasons

46. India-US ink MoU to boost energy security, clean energy cooperation

  • India and United States have signed an MoU to enhance cooperation on energy security, clean energy and climate change in New Delhi with an aim to promote sustainable growth
  • It was signed by India’s Power Secretary P.K. Pujari and US Ambassador to India Richard Verma
  • Under the MoU, the priority initiative are – US-India Energy smart Cities Partnership, greening the grid, promoting Energy Access through Clean Energy (PEACE) expansion

47. NK Chari is MD of State Bank of Mysore

  • Mr. NK Chari has been appointed Managing Director of the State Bank of Mysore (SBM) with an immediate effect from 30th May
  • Prior to his new position, he was the Deputy Managing Director of State Bank of India. He has joined State Bank of India as a Probationary Officer in September 1978 and also served as the Chief Operating Officer in National Banking Group, the retail branch network of State Bank of India
  • This development comes on the back of the proposed merger of SBM with SBI

48. Sasikumar has been appointed as new MD of SBT

  • CR Sasikumar has taken over as Managing Director of State Bank of Travancore (SBT), one of the associate banks of State Bank of India (SBI)
  • Prior to the present posting in SBT, he was Deputy Managing Director, Inspection & Management Audit, at SBI Corporate Centre in Hyderabad.
  • State Bank of Travancore (SBT), is a subsidiary of the State Bank Group and also has private shareholders
  • It is the premier bank of Kerala, India

49. V.O.Chidambaranar Port Bags National Award For Excellence In Cost Management

  • V.O. Chidambaranar Port has bagged National Award for Excellence in Cost Management for the year 2015 from The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI) under the category of Public Service Sector- Small
  • This is the third time this port is receiving the award , the earlier years being 2008 and 2012
  • The award has been given for exemplary performance of V.O. Chidambaranar Port towards optimization of manpower, savings in electricity, implementation of Solar Energy Systems, reduction of overall cost of handling by mechanization and improvising efficiency and logistics support

50.HDFC Ergo Buys L&T Insurance For Rs 551 crore

  • HDFC Ergo General Insurance, the insurance arm of mortgage lender HDFC, has acquired L&T General Insurance for Rs 551 crore
  • L&T General Insurance had reported gross earned premium (GEP) of Rs 483 crore for the last financial year, which puts the deal value at 1.14 times of the GEP
  • L&T General Insurance is a wholly-owned subsidiary of infrastructure and engineering major Larsen & Toubro

51. Suresh Prabhu launches Tiger Express train on the World Environment Day

  • Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has flagged off the inaugural run of the Tiger Trail Circuit Train from Delhi Safdarjung Station. Shri Suresh Prabhu who was on tour to Mumbai, flagged off this train through video conferencing between Mumbai and Delhi
  • The launch of this Tiger Express on World Environment Day is to highlight the significance of environment in our lives
  • This tourist train will be operated by Indian Railway PSU namely Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC)

52. RBI has announced Second Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement

  • Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan has announced the Second Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement for the year 2016-17
  • This time he keeps repo rate unchanged at 6.5%, reverse repo rate stays at 6.00 %, and CRR remains at 4%. While, LAF will remain unchanged at 6.0 %, and the MSF rate and the Bank Rate at 7.0 %
  • The central bank’s decision to maintain status quo is the step to see the impact of delayed monsoon rains

53. Guwahati declares Gangetic River Dolphin as its ‘city animal’

  • Guwahati has become the first city in the country to have its own ‘city animal’ with Kamrup metropolitan district administration declaring Gangetic River Dolphin as its mascot
  • Gangetic River Dolphin is locally known as ‘Sihu’ which remains in the River Brahmaputra along Guwahati
  • The district administration had organised online and off-line voting among three protected creatures to decide the ‘city animal’. These three creatures are Gangetic River Dolphin, Black Softshell Turtle (Bor Kaso) and Greater Adjutant Stork (Hargila) and are on the verge of extinction

54. Rajasthan Government launches Mobile App RajVayu on Air Quality Index

  • Rajasthan Government has launched mobile application RajVayu for sharing information about air quality index of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur
  • The app was launched by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on the eve of World Environment Day. The information provided on RajVayu app is based on the data collected by sophisticated air quality monitoring equipment and weather sensors. The app has been designed by Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB) jointly with Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM)
  • With this, Rajasthan became the first state in the country to launch such app for sharing information about air quality index of cities

55. Serena pips Sharapova world’s top paid sportswoman

  • According to Forbes Magazine report, Serena Williams has overtaken Maria Sharapova as the world’s highest-paid sportswoman
  • She earned USD 28.9 million over the past 12 months. While, Sharapova earned USD 21.9 million over the past 12 months
  • American mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey was third on the list with USD 14 million, just ahead of NASCAR stock car driver Danica Patrick, who earned USD 13.9 million

Sources: PIB, PTI and other newspapers, magazines

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WEEKLY CURRENT AFFAIRS 8th-14th June, 2016

  1. Thailand  the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV
  • Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, it is declared by the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • According to WHO’s global guidelines, mother-to-child transmission of HIV is considered to be effectively eliminated when the rate of transmission falls below 2 %
  • The Elimination of transmission is defined as a reduction of transmission to such a low level that it no longer constitutes a public health problem
  • In 2015, Cuba was the world’s first country to receive WHO validation for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV

2. World Oceans Day is celebrated on June 8th

  • The World Oceans Day is observed every year on June 8 to raise awareness of the challenges humanity faces to protect the world’s oceans
  • The 2016 theme is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet”

3. RBI’s released 2nd bi-monthly monetary policy statement for year 2016-17

  • As per the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s second bi-monthly monetary policy statement for year 2016-17, the policy repo rate under the Liquidity Adjustment Facility (LAF) has remain unchanged at 6.5 %.
  • The reverse repo rate under the LAF has remain unchanged at 6.0 % and the Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate at 7.0 %
  • The RBI has also kept the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) of scheduled banks unchanged at 4.0 % of Net Demand and Time Liabilities (NDTL)

4. The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is observed on June 4th

  • The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is observed every year on June 4 to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse
  • This day affirms the UN’s commitment to protect the rights of children

5. Odisha, the first Indian state to give pension and food benefits to transgender community

  • Odisha has become the first Indian state to give transgender people social welfare benefits such as pension, housing and food grains
  • The members of the transgender community will be given Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards that will allow them to access benefits under various government welfare programmes
  • This includes schemes that provide free housing, 100 days of paid work annually, pensions and loans to start up their own businesses
  • They would also be entitled 5 kg of food grains every month under India’s National Food Security Act

6. India’s first internationally-listed certified green bond has been launched by Axis bank at London Stock Exchange(LSE)

  • Axis Bank has recently launched India’s first internationally-listed certified green bond at London Stock Exchange
  • The bond is certified by the Climate Bonds Standards Board and raised USO 500 million

7. The first-ever “All India Women Journalists workshop” has been held in New Delhi

  • The first ever “All India Women Journalists’ Workshop” has been organized by Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) in association with Press Information Bureau (PIB), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi
  • The conference has brought together around 250 journalists from 30 States/Uts together on a single platform to understand, discuss and deliberate on issues concerning women and children
  • The women journalists represent print, electronic and online media across the country including small regional media organizations

8. The 2019 AFC Asian Cup will be hosted by UAE

  • The 2019 AFC Asian Cup will be hosted by United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • It is the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Asia organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). It is the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup

9. Swachh Yug campaign has been launched to make gram panchayats along the banks of Ganga Open Defecation Free

  • The Union Government has recently launched a campaign ‘Swachh Yug’ to make all the villages along the banks of Ganga Open Defecation Free (ODF)
  • It is a collaborative effort of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, in partnership with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

10. The 2016 Junior women’s hockey World Cup will be hosted by Chile

  • The 2016 Women’s Hockey Junior World Cup will be held in Santiago, Chile from November 24 – December 4, 2016
  • India will not be part of this world cup

11. India’s rank 141 in the 2016 Global Peace Index (GPI)

  • India ranked 141st out of 163 countries in the 2016 Global Peace Index (GPI), compiled by global think tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP)
  • The list is topped by Iceland, followed by Denmark and Austria. The GPI 2016 ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness

12. The 2016 International Labour Conference (ILC) was held in Geneva

  • The 105th session of International Labour Conference (ILC) has been held at International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland from 30 May to 10 June 2016
  • The focus of the 2016 conference is “Building a future with decent work”
  • The purpose of the conference would be on qualitative labour and employment, information exchange, labour market formalization, and solution to the social problems and plan for strong, sustainable inclusive growth
  • From India, the conference has been attended by Bandaru Dattatreya, Union Minister of Labour and Employment

13. “Sahyog-Hyeobleod-2016” is the joint naval exercise between India and South Korea

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  • The 5th edition of joint naval exercise “2016 Sahyog-Hyeobleod (cooperation” has started between Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and South Korea in the Bay of Bengal, Chennai from June 9 and will continue till June 11, 2016
  • These exercises are scheduled every year alternately between the two countries

14. Ministry of Power has recently launched Surya Mitra mobile App at National Workshop on Rooftop Solar Power in New Delhi

  • The Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal has recently launched Surya Mitra mobile App at National Workshop on Rooftop Solar Power in New Delhi on June 7, 2016
  • The app will be very useful in the field of renewable energy to serve customers at their doorsteps with quality installation, repair and Observations and Measurements (O&M) services

15. N.Ramachandran honoured with Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

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  • Narayana Ramachandran is an Indian squash administrator who serves as current President of WSF (World Squash Federation)
  • He was elected on 2008, succeeding Jahangir Khan
  • He is also, since the 9th of February 2014, the president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA)
  • N Ramachandran, honoured with the prestigious Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for his outstanding services to the Olympic movement

16. United States is the world’s largest oil consumer, as per the recently released BP Statistical Review of World Energy

  • According to the recently released BP Statistical Review of World Energy, United States is the world’s largest oil consumer, followed by China (2nd), India(3rd) and Japan.
  • India has 4.1 million barrels per day (bpd) oil demand, whereas US has 19.39 million bpd and China has 11.96 million bpd
  • The review shows that global demand for primary energy grew only 1% in 2015, which is significantly slower than the 10-year average

17. PM 2.5 pollutants is responsible for highest number of premature mortalities in India

  • PM2.5 and ground level Ozone are held responsible for the maximum number of premature mortalities in India
  • PM2.5 causes respiratory irritation or breathing difficulties or Asthma, and sometimes may prove fatal

18. T.Hague is the head of the newly created committee by NITI Aayog for land policy cell

  • T Haque was the chairman of Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices, and now has been appointed the head of the newly created land policy cell in the NITI Aayog
  • T Haque was among the prime mover behind the Model Land Leasing Act

19. Exercise Anakonda 2016 (AN16), the joint military exercise has started in Poland

  • The 10-day long military training exercise, Anakonda 2016 (AN16) has started in Poland from June 7, 2016
  • It is the most important and the largest training exercise of the Polish Armed Forces in 2016
  • The purpose of Anakonda–16 is to check the abilities of NATO to defend the territory of the eastern flank of North Atlantic Alliance
  • It involves 31,000 soldiers from 19 NATO countries and five partner countries, including approximately 12,000 Polish troops

20. India recently joined Europe-led plan to tackle tax evasion and corruption

  • The Government of India (GoI) has recently joined a group of nearly 40 nations that have signed a Europe-led clampdown on tax evasion and corruption
  • These 40 countries have committed to the initiative to automatically exchange information on beneficial ownership
  • Besides India, some of the other countries outside Europe on the list include Afghanistan, Nigeria, Mexico and the UAE

21. NR Visakh, the first Indian to win the Mumbai Mayor’s International Open Chess Tournament 2016

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  • NR Visakh, the Tamil Nadu teenager and International Master, has created history by becoming the first Indian to won the 9th edition of Mumbai Mayor’s International Open Chess Tournament 2016

22. France is hosting the 2016 UEFA European football championship

  • France is the host nation of the 15th edition of UEFA European football championship 2016 (Euro 2016)
  • For the first time, the European Championship final tournament will be contested by 24 teams
  • Under this new format, the finalists will contest a group stage consisting of six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage including three rounds and the final
  • The winning team of Euro 2016 earns the right to compete at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup hosted by Russia

23. V S Chauhan panel constituted for academic staff of Universities and Colleges

  • The University Grants Commission (UGC) has constituted a 5-member committee for pay revision of academic staff of Universities and Colleges
  • The Pay Revision Committee will be chaired by UGC member Prof V S Chauhan and it will submit its report in six months
  • The panel will examine the present structure of emoluments and service conditions of university and college teachers, librarians, physical education personnel and other academic staff

24. Kumar Bhattacharyya bestowed with the Regius Professorship in Manufacturing by Queen Elizabeth II

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  • Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, the well-known Indian-origin professor, has been bestowed with the prestigious Regius Professorship in Manufacturing by Queen Elizabeth II for his outstanding contribution in manufacturing
  • He is the founder of the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick
  • Throughout his career, he has advised the UK government on manufacturing, innovation, and technology, including former Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair

25. The 2016 Malabar trilateral naval exercise has started between India, Japan and United States

  • The 2016 Malabar trilateral naval exercise has started in Japan
  • The harbor phase of the exercise would be held at Sasebo from June 10 to June 13 and the sea phase in the Pacific Ocean from June 14 to June 17
  • The exercise is in line with India’s ‘Act East’ policy
  • The exercise will support maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region and benefit the global maritime community

26. Karnataka government recently abolished agriculture income tax

  • Karnataka’s Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had made the announcement to abolish the tax on agricultural income while presenting the State Budget for 2016-17
  • This in turn will provide relief to many tea and coffee companies besides thousands of individual coffee growers
  • Plantation companies had to pay a 35 per cent tax on their net income

27. Janani Sewa is a newly introduced scheme by Ministry of Railways

  • The scheme introduced by Ministry of Railway
  • Under Janani Sewa, hot milk, hot water and baby food will be available at railway stations

28. Sikkim, the first Indian state to launch open government data portal to promote transparency

  • Sikkim has become the first Indian state to launch open government data website to promote transparency
  • The data portal ‘Sikkim.data.gov.in’ and Open Government Data Platform (Sikkim) has been launched by Sikkim Government
  • On the open government data portal, the data produced or commissioned by the government or government controlled entities can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone

29. Saina Nehwal won the 2016 Australian Open Super Series Women’s singles Badminton trophy

  • Saina Nehwal, an Indian badminton player, has won the 2016 Australian Open Super Series Women’s singles Badminton tournament by defeating Sun Yu in the final by 11-21, 21-14, 21-19 at Sydney, Australia

30. AAI conferred with the national award for best performing central PSU for Green Energy initiatives

  • The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been conferred with the National Award for Best Performing Central PSU for Rooftop Solar Power initiatives
  • It has installed 4.8 megawatt peak power (MWp) rooftop solar plants at 13 airports, which are generating approximately 51 lakh units of solar energy
  • Further, 4.9 MWp solar plants are expected to be installed at 14 other airports by December 2016

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31. Akhil Sharma won the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award

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  • Akhil Sharma, an Indian born-American author, has won the prestigious 2016 International Dublin Literary Award for his novel “Family Life”
  • The novel is the autobiography of the author, which mirrors the author’s own experience of emigrating from India to America as a child

32. Cristiano ronaldo ranked No.1 according to the Forbes’ 2016 list of world’s 100 highest-paid athletes

  • According to the Forbes’ 2016 list of world’s 100 highest-paid athletes, soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo, with earnings of $88 million, has topped the list, followed by Lionel Messi, LeBron James, Roger Federer, Kevin Durant and Novak Djokovic
  • The 100 top-earning athletes belong to 23 countries and compete in 10 sports

33. Satya Pal Jain appointed as a part-time member of the 21st Law Commission of India

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  • Satya Pal Jain, additional Solicitor General of India and former Parliamentarian, has been appointed as a part-time member of the 21st Law Commission of India
  • He is a noted constitution lawyer and senior BJP leader and has been a lawyer in many important civil and criminal cases, Liberhan Commission of Enquiry, Presidential election disputes, various election petitions and other important civil and criminal cases

34. G.Kalyanakrishnan, the newly appointed Chief Executive of Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC)

  • G Kalyanakrishnan is the newly appointed Chief Executive of Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC)
  • Prior to this assignment, Kalyanakrishnan was the Deputy Chief Executive of NFC
  • The NFC is a major industrial unit of India’s Department of Atomic Energy, for the supply of nuclear fuel bundles and reactor core components. It has its headquarters at Hyderabad

35. Satish chandra committee constituted to make recommendations on pay scale revision for PSUs employees

  • The Union Government has recently constituted Satish Chandra committee to make recommendations on revision in the pay scale of central public sector undertakings’ employees
  • The committee will provide its recommendations on the matter to the government, covering Board level functionaries, below-Board level executives and non-unionized supervisory staff of CPSEs and will submit its recommendations within 6 months

36. The United Nations International Albinism Awareness Day is observed on june 13

  • The United Nations International Albinism Awareness Day is observed every year on June 13 to raise public awareness on albinism and to prevent attacks and discrimination against persons with albinism
  • Albinism is a congenital disorder characterized by the partial or complete absence of the pigment melanin in the skin, hair, and eyes
  • The lack of melanin in the skin makes albinos more prone to sunburn and skin cancers. Albinism is also associated with visual problems such as photophobia, amblyopia (lazy eye),nystagmus, etc

37. Leeches, Indian short film has won the Audience Choice Award at the Seoul International Women’s Film Festival (SIWFF) 2016

  • Indian short film “Leeches” has won the Audience Choice Award at the Seoul International Women’s Film Festival (SIWFF)
  • The film is about two Hyderabadi sisters who live in the interiors of the city where a lot of orthodox practices are still common
  • The story is about an older sister who hatches a dangerous and improbable plan to save her younger sister from becoming a one-day bride and their fight against the prevalent culture and its practices

38. Leander Paes, the first tennis player in the world to have 7th appearance in Olympics

  • Leander Paes, an Indian professional tennis player, will become the only tennis player in the world and the first Indian to make a 7th appearance at the Olympics
  • It will be his record 7th Olympics at 2016 Rio Olympics. Beside this, he is the only Indian to win an individual medal at Olympics
  • He won the bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics

39. Eden Gardens to host India’s 1st pink ball match

  • Kolkata’s Eden Gardens is set to host India’s first-ever pink ball cricket match in the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Super League final starting June 17
  • The three-day match, which will be played under lights, will feature pink Kookaburra balls

40. India to host Junior Men’s hockey World Cup

  • The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced that the city of Nabab’s -Lucknow, India will host the junior men’s hockey World Cup, which is going to start from 8 of December and will end on 18th of December
  • The Eleven-Day long event will feature 16 teams.
  • They include defending champions Germany, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, England, India, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan and Spain

41. World Bank cuts global growth forecast to 2.4 %

  • The World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has slashed the global growth forecast of 2016 by 0.5 % to 2.4 %
  • According to WB group, the world economy will grow at 2.4% in 2016 and at 2.8% in 2017
  • The cut in the forecast was due to advanced economies experiencing mediocre growth, while low commodity prices, weak global trade, and stilted capital flows also impacted

42. ADB approves $100 mn loan for irrigation system in TN

  • Asian Development Bank has approved a USD 100 million (around Rs. 660 crores) loan to strengthen a key irrigation system and improve water management in the Vennar sub-basin of Cauvery Delta in Tamil Nadu
  • The Cauvery delta, on the east coast of Tamil Nadu, is known as the ‘rice bowl’ of the state, with over 70 % of the delta population engaged in farming and fishing, but access to water is unreliable and flooding common during the monsoon season

43. Pakistan tops in 2016 Malware Infection Index

  • Pakistan has topped the list of 19 countries figuring in the 2016 Malware Infection Index (MII) in the Asia-Pacific region
  • The index for the Asia-Pacific region was released by technology giant Microsoft in which India was placed at 8th position
  • The index identifies the key malware threats in the Asia-Pacific region and ranks markets in Asia-Pacific according to how much they are affected

44. Putin awards UN chief Ban Ki-Moon with the order of friendship

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree awarding the Order of Friendship to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
  • The decoration was awarded to Ban for special merits in strengthening peace, friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding between peoples

45. Tamil Nadu Gets New Chief Secretary

  • Tamil Nadu government has announced P Rama Mohana Rao as the new Chief Secretary of the state
  • Rao will also hold full additional charge of Vigilance Commissioner and Commissioner for Administrative reforms
  • Besides, Incumbent chief secretary K Gnanadesikan has been posted as chairman and managing director of Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO)
  • While, K N Venkataramanan (a retired IAS official), has been designated as Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister

46. Sharapova banned for two years over doping

  • Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova was banned for two years by the International Tennis Federation
  • The ban comes after the Russian tested positive at the Australian Open 2016 for using the banned substance meldonium
  • The suspension has been backdated to January 26, 2016, the day Sharapova failed her drugs test

47. Centre announces new Print Media Advertisement policy

  • Information and Broadcasting ministry has framed a New Print Media Advertisement Policy for Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP) with the objective to promote transparency and accountability in issuing of advertisements in print media
  • The policy focuses on streamlining release of Government advertisements and to also promote equity and fairness among various categories of newspapers and periodicals

48. Tata Power Solar bagged the MNRE award

  • Tata Power Solar has bagged the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) award for rooftop solar power projects
  • The company has won the award in the Channel Partner/EPC contractor category at the National Excellence Awards 2016 instituted by MNRE for the first time

49. Major General Per Lodin appointed to head UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan

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  • Per Lodin, Major General of Sweden, was appointed as the Head of the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)
  • It has personnel from 10 countries comprising 44 military members and 72 civilian staff. UNMOGIP began the operations in 1949
  • Lodin’s appointment was approved by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

50. Telangana to set up 12,500-acre Pharma City near Hyderabad

  • Mr. K. Chandrashekhar Rao, the Chief Minister of Telangana state has ordered to setting up a ‘Pharma City’ on 12,500 acres of land in Ranga Reddy and Mahbubnagar districts
  • For this project, Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) will send a detailed project proposal (DPR) to the government on modalities for implementation and execution of the project
  • The state already has been the drugs capital of the country with almost one-third of the total production in value terms

51. World Day against Child Labour has been observed on 12th June

  • Every year the World Day against Child Labour has been organised on 12th of June by all the countries
  • Initially in the year 2002, it had launched by the International Labour Organisation to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it
  • The theme for this year is ‘End child labour in supply chains – It’s everyone’s business’

52. China launches 23rd BeiDou Navigation Satellite

  • China has launched its 23rd satellite it the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS)
  • The satellite launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province will support China’s global navigation and positioning network
  • The satellite was taken into orbit by a Long March-3C carrier rocket. It was the 229th launch of the Long March carrier rocket
  • The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System is being developed as an alternative to US GPS

53. 14 June: World Blood Donor day

  • Every year, the World Blood Donor Day is being observed across the world on 14 June to raise the public awareness about the need for safe blood donation
  • The day seeks to spread awareness about the need for safe and secure blood supplies and also to provide an opportunity to draw public attention to the importance of blood donation for saving lives

54. Gujarat island Shiyal Bet gets electricity for first time

  • Residents of Shiyal Bet, a nondescript island in Gujarat’s Amreli district gets electricity supply in their homes for the first time
  • This small island with a population of around 6,000, surrounded by the Arabian Sea from all corners is located around 1.5 km away from Pipavav port in Amreli
  • The state-run company Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL) is supplying power to the island through a 6-km undersea cable through Chanch island in neighboring Bhavnagar district
  • The project has been completed at a cost of Rs 18.5 crore within two years

55. Justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad takes charge as Chief Justice of Manipur HC

  • Justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad, the senior-most Judge of the Manipur High Court has assumed charge as the Chief Justice of the High Court
  • He has succeeded Laxmi Kanta Mohapatra as CJ of HC
  • Earlier in February 2016, Justice Prasad was transferred from Jharkhand High Court to Manipur High Court
  • He was transferred by President of India in the exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 222 of the Constitution of India

56. Usain Bolt wins the 100m in 9.88 seconds at Racers Grand Prix 2016

  • Olympic champion Usain Bolt has won 100 metres race in 9.88 seconds at the inaugural Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix
  • This is the second fastest win for this year in the event
  • Bolt, the world’s fastest man, won ahead of Nickel Ashmeade (9.94s) and his Racers Track Club teammate Yohan Blake (9.94s) in a positive 1.0 metres per second
  • Former World record holder Asafa Powell finished fourth in a time of 9.98s

57. Lewis Hamilton wins 2016 Canada Grand Prix of Formula 1

  • Mercedes racing driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain has won the Formula 1 Canada Grand Prix title
  • To win the title, he overcame Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel in the final race held in Montreal, Canada
  • For Hamilton, the present win in Montreal was the fifth in his career and the second in a row

58. USA wins FINA Women Water Polo World League Super Final

  • The USA Women’s Senior National Team has won gold at the FINA Women Water Polo World League Super Final
  • The team defeated Spain 13-9 in the championship match in Shanghai, China
  • The victory marks the United States’ third straight FINA World League Super Final title and 10th overall

59. Indian men’s 4x400m relay team breaks 18-year-old national record

  • The Indian men’s 4x400m relay team has created a new national record, clocking 3:02.17 at the International Sprint and Relay Teams Cup at Erzurum, Turkey
  • The team improved the previous record of 3:02.62 set at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok
  • The 4×400 metres relay or long relay is an athletics track event in which teams consist of four runners who each complete 400 metres or one lap
  • It is traditionally the final event of a track meet

60. Ranu Langthasa appointed as first woman chairperson of NCHAC in Assam

  • Ranu Langthasa was unanimously appointed as the chairperson of the NC Hills Autonomous Council in Assam in a special session held in the NCHAC
  • She is the first woman chairperson to be appointed to the post since the formation of N C Hills Autonomous Council
  • N C Hills Autonomous Council has been formed in 1951

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WEEKLY CURRENT AFFAIRS 15th-21st June, 2016

  1. Delta IV Heavy” the world’s most powerful rocket is belong to United States
  • Recently, the United States has successfully launched its secret spy satellite “NROL-37” to space by the United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket, the world’s most powerful rocket, at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
  • The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is responsible for designing, building and operating the United States’ fleet of spy satellites

2. The Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary (DBWS) is located in Assam

  • The Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary (DBWS) is located at Kamrup district in Guwahati, Assam
  • It is home to Wild Asian elephants, leopard, jungle cat and the protected barking deer, Chinese porcupine, Spot-billed pelican, sambar, etc

3. India has recently removed China from prior referral category status

  • India has recently removed China out from prior referral category status
  • In 2015, Iran was also removed out from prior referral category status from India
  • When a country is removed from prior referral status it facilitates easy and quick visa for its nationals

4. “S4A” new scheme has been introduced by the Reserve Bank of India ( RBI) for resolution of stressed assets

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recently introduced a new scheme “Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets (S4A)” for resolution of bad loans of large projects
  • The S4A will cover those projects which have started commercial operations and have outstanding loan of over Rs.500 crore
  • The purpose of the S4A is to strengthen the lender’s ability to deal with stressed assets and put real assets back on track by providing an avenue for reworking the financial structure of entities facing genuine difficulties

5. The United States has recently reopened its embassy in Gambia after a bit controversy

  • The US Embassy in Gambian capital Banjul has reopened for normal operations after the Gambian government redeployed police guards it withdrew last week
  • Though, the Gambian and US authorities have not explained the circumstances leading to the redeployment of the police guards
  • The dispute comes in the midst of controversy over Gambia’s arrest and trial of a US citizen who was under arrest while visiting relatives in the country

6. The United Nations’ World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is observed on june 15

  • The United Nations’ World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is observed every year on June 15
  • To focus global attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders and to create awareness on the need of taking care of elders

7. Dharmendra Pradhan will represent India at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF)

  • Dharmendra Pradhan, the Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, will represent India at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in St Petersburg, Russia, which is scheduled from June 16-17, 2016
  • The SPIEF is an annual international conference dedicated to economic and business issues
  • It attracts over thousands of participants, including political and business leaders, leading scientists, public figures, and members of the media from all over the world
  • The forum mainly discusses the most pressing issues facing Russia and the world

8. P.K. Sinha committee has been constituted to shortlist candidates for RBI Governorship

  • The Union Government has constituted a selection committee headed by cabinet secretary P.K. Sinha
  • P.K. Sinha committee will be shortlisting candidates for RBI governorship, after Raghuram Rajan’s term comes to an end in September 2016

9. Peter Thomson has been elected as the new President of the 71st session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 71)

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  • Peter Thomson, Fiji’s ambassador to the United Nations, has been elected as the new President of the 71st session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 71)
  • He will replace current General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft and will begin his tenure in September 2016 at the commencement of the UNGA 71
  • With this, Thomson will become the first representative of the Small Islands and Developing States (SIDS) group to hold the position

10. Margaret Atwood has won the 2016 Pen Pinter Prize

  • Margaret Atwood, Canadian poet and environmental campaigner, has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Pen Pinter Prize for her work championing environmental causes
  • She will receive award at a public British Library event on October 13, 2016
  • The Prize is awarded annually to British, Irish or Commonwealth writer to define the real truth of our lives and our societies

11. A New World is the official slogan for the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games

  • The official slogan for the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games is “A New World”
  • For Rio 2016, the core values of the slogan and the manifesto are unity, respect for diversity and the will for change
  • The motto of Rio 2016 is to promote the concepts of transformation through sport and changing the world for the better

12. Bihar state government has recently launched the Child Labour Tracking System (CLTS)

  • The Bihar government has recently launched the Child Labour Tracking System (CLTS) in Patna to keep a track of rescued child labour for their proper rehabilitation
  • A committee headed by Chief Secretary for implementation of children’s demands will also be set up. Beside this, every rescued child will be given Rs. 25000 from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund
  • The money will directly go to children’s bank account. The money will be given to all those children who will be registered under the tracking system

13. Kingston is the headquarters of International Seabed Authority (ISA)

  • The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is an intergovernmental body to organize, regulate and control all mineral-related activities in the international seabed area beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, an area underlying most of the world’s oceans
  • It is in news recently because India will soon sign a 15 years contract with the ISA, which will give exclusive rights to India to mine for precious metals in the Indian Ocean seabed
  • The ISA, under the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), governs non-living resources of the seabed of international waters
  • Presently, the ISA has 167 members and the European Union, composed of all parties to the Law of the Sea Convention. The headquarters of ISA is located at Kingston, Jamaica

14. “India Chem 2016” will be hosted by Mumbai

  • The 9th edition of the mega event “India Chem 2016” will be held at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, Maharashtra from September 1-3, 2016
  • The purpose of the event is to develop the Indian Chemical and Petrochemical Industry and to increase trade between India & Foreign Chemical and Petrochemical industry and “Swachh Bharat (Clean India)” campaign of Government of India (GoI)
  • It will be jointly organized by Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals of the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, along with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)
  • Currently, India has 6th position in the world and 3rd in Asia in chemical sector

15. Supriya Sahu has been appointed as the new Director General (DG) of Doordarshan (DD)

  • Supriya Sahu, a 1991 batch IAS officer, has been appointed as the new Director General (DG) of Doordarshan for 3 years
  • The post was lying vacant since July 2014, after the then DG, Tripurari Sharan, completed his tenure
  • Earlier, she has worked as Director and Joint Secretary in Information and Broadcasting Ministry, nodal authority for the national broadcaster Doordarshan

16. Syed Nayeemuddin will be conferred with the 2016 Mohun Bagan Ratna

  • Syed Nayeemuddin, the legendary Indian footballer and coach, will be conferred with the 2016 Mohun Bagan Ratna (Mohun Bagan Jewel) at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata, West Bengal on July 29, 2016 for his overall contribution to the club and the country both as a player and as a coach
  • He is the only sportsperson to win both the Arjuna and Dronacharya Awards for football
  • The Mohun Bagan Ratna is awarded every year on 29th July, which is celebrated as Mohum Bagan Day, to recognize and lauds indispensable contribution of football greats to the club over the years

17. United Nations’ World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (WDCDD) 2016 observed on June 17

  • The United Nations’ World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (WDCDD) is observed every year on June 17 to highlight the urgent need to curb the desertification process
  • It also aims to strengthen the visibility of the dry land issues on the international environmental agenda
  • The 2016 theme is “Inclusive cooperation for achieving Land Degradation Neutrality” and its slogan is “Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People”

18. “IT Innovation Start-up Fund” has been launched by SBI to invest in financial technology startups

  • The State Bank of India ( SBI) has recently launched “IT Innovation Start-up Fund” with a corpus of Rs. 200 crore to empower startups in the financial technology (fintech) space
  • The fund will consider assistance of up to Rs. 3 crore to an Indian registered company for promoting their business innovations using IT in India for banking and related technology

19. Sunil Bharti Mittal is the newly elected chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

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  • Sunil Bharti Mittal, the chief executive of Bharti Group, has been elected as the new Chairman of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Mittal succeeded Terry McGraw, Chairman Emeritus of S&P Global, who becomes ICC’s Honorary Chairman. With this, Mittal has become the 3rd Indian business leader to hold this position in ICC’s near 100 years history
  • The ICC is the world’s largest business organization which represents private-sector views to national governments and intergovernmental bodies around the world

20. Ashutosh Pednekar has become the first Indian to participate and win International tournaments in sport of Racketlon

  • Cdr Ashutosh Pednekar of Indian Navy has become the first Indian to participate and win International tournaments in sport of Racketlon
  • He clinched gold medal in the men’s amateur and the veterans (plus 45) categories at the Nordic Racket Games held at Vejen, Denmark on May 28-29, 2016
  • Then, he won gold in plus 45 and silver in men’s amateur category at the prestigious Super World Tour- King of Rackets tournament held at Oudenaarde Belgium on June 3-5, 2016

21. Rashmi Narzary has won the 2016 Sahitya Akademi Bal Puraskar award (English)

  • Rashmi Narzary has won the 2016 Sahitya Akademi Bal Puraskar award (English) for her collection of short stories “His Share of Sky”, which covers various stories keeping Barsau (a little tribal Bodo boy) in center
  • The author is among the list of 21 writers across 21 languages recognized by the Sahitya Akademi for 2016 Bal Puraskar award
  • The winners will receive a copper-plaque and a cheque of Rs. 50,000 at a special function on November 14, 2016

22. Saravana Kumar has won the 2016 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar award (Tamil)

  • Lakshmi Saravana Kumar, Tamil writer and filmmaker, has won the 2016 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar award (Tamil) for his novel “Kaanakan”, which depicts the life of Paliar tribe in the Western Ghats and hunting practices
  • It deals with the Paliyar tribes’ struggle against ganja plantations and the attempt to appropriate their land for the purpose in the 1980s
  • Beside him, the 23 writers of all 23 languages recognized by the Sahitya Akademi are also selected for 2016 Yuva Puraskar
  • The winners will receive a plaque and a cash reward of Rs 50,000

23. Microsoft technology giant has been selected as the technical partner for HRD ministry’s SWAYAM platform for open online courses

  • The Union Human Resource Ministry has selected Microsoft as their technical partner for it’s “SWAYAM” platform to launch 2,000 massive open online courses for about three crore students
  • These courses will be available on SWAYAM platform by partner institution the National MOOCs coordinator
  • For this, UGC (Credit Framework for online learning courses through SWAYAM) Regulation, 2016 has been finalized by the ministry for successful launch of the app

24. HTT-40 is the India’s indigenous basic trainer aircraft, which has recently made its maiden flight successfully

  • India’s indigenous basic trainer aircraft “Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40)” has successfully made its maiden flight recently in Bangalore
  • The two-seater aircraft designed and developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
  • HTT-40 will be used for the first-stage training for all flying cadets of the three services The programme aims to achieve its operational clearance by 2018

25. Indian movie has won the best film and best script writers award at the Asia New Talent Awards in the 2016 Shanghai International Film Festival

  • The Kannada film “Thithi” has won the best film and best script writers award at the Asia New Talent Awards in the 19th edition of Shanghai International Film Festival 2016 It is the only film from India that has been selected and screened in the festival
  • The movie is a dramatic comedy about how three generations of sons react to the death of the oldest in their clan
  • Beside this, the movie has recently won the 2016 National Award for Best Feature film in Kannada

26. Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) can open national pension system accounts online

  • The Union Finance Ministry has stated that by using “eNPS” platform, the Non-resident Indians (NRIs) can now open National Pension Savings (NPS) accounts online if they have Aadhaar Card or PAN card
  • The NPS accounts can be opened both on repatriable and non-repatriable basis
  • On a repatriable basis, an NRI will have to remit the amount through his/her NRE/FCNR/NRO account
  • For non-repatriable scheme, NRIs will be able to join NPS through their NRE/FCNR/NRO accounts at the time of maturity or during partial withdrawal

27. The 2016 Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy has been won by Australia

  • The 36th edition of Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2016 has been won by Australia by defeating India in a penalty shoot-out to clinch their 14th Champions Trophy in London, United Kingdom

28. ‘URJA’ mobile app has been launched by Power Finance Corporation

  • Urban Jyoti Abhiyaan Mobile app has been developed by Power Finance Corporation on behalf of Ministry of Power for Urban Power Distribution Sector to enhance consumer connect with the Urban Power Distribution sector by providing information of IT enabled towns

29. The “Ganges-Danube Cultural Festival of India” has been organized in Hungary

  • The “Ganges-Danube Cultural Festival of India” has been organized by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (I/C) and Civil Aviation on June 17, 2016 at Vigado Theatre in Budapest, Hungary
  • The 3-day festival will showcase Indian culture, i.e. dance, music, yoga, film and exhibitions
  • Beside this, Indian martial art experts, puppet artists, Hungarian artists (proficient in Indian art forms) will also participate in the programme

30. Korea Plus platform has been launched by India and South Korea to promote investments

  • The special platform “Korea Plus” has been launched by India and South Korea in New Delhi to promote and facilitate Korean investments in India
  • The platform will act as a mediator in arranging meetings, assisting in public relations and research/evaluation and provide information and counseling to Korean companies investing in India
  • It covers the entire investment spectrum including supporting Korean enterprises entering the Indian market for the first time, looking into issues faced by Korean companies doing business in India and policy advocacy to the Indian Government on their behalf

Sources:  PIB, PTI and other newspapers, magazines

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31. ‘Yoga for Health and Harmony’ is the theme of the first-ever “National Yoga Olympiad”

  • The first-ever ‘National Yoga Olympiad’ has been organized by the NCERT for all government and government-aided schools students from June 18 to 21, 2016
  • The following Yogic practices will be covered in the Olympiad: Asanas, Pranayama, Kriya (Cleansing Process), Bandha(Secondary stage only) and Surya Namaskar (optional)
  • The theme of the Olympiad is ‘Yoga for Health and Harmony’

32. “Maitree Ek Gyan Yatra” initiative has been launched by Assam state government of India to link primary schools to high schools to colleges

  • A unique initiative ‘Maitree Ek Gyan Yatra’ has been launched by Assam government in Sivsagar district to link primary schools to high schools to colleges
  • Under the initiative, college teachers will take classes in high schools and high schools teachers will teach in primary schools voluntarily
  • The purpose of the programme is to change the mindset of the teachers, as in some places subject teachers of a school considered it below their dignity to teach the lower level students
  • The basic idea of implementing the initiative was to improve quality of school students and create better synergy in education sector

33. The first women fighter pilots to be formally commissioned by the Indian Air Force

  • India’s first three women fighter pilots – Avani Chaturvedi of Madhya Pradesh, Mohana Singh of Rajasthan and Bhawana Kanth of Bihar, has been commissioned into the Indian Air Force (IAF) by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal, Hyderabad
  • The trio will go to Bidar in Karnataka for their stage-III training for a year on Hawk advanced jet trainers, before they get to fly supersonic warplanes like Sukhoi and Tejas

34. India’s first AYUSH university will be set up in Haryana

  • The Haryana government has recently given its approval to set up an AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) University, the first-of-its-kind in India
  • The university will be formed by upgrading Shri Krishna Government Ayurvedic College in Kurukshetra and would offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in all the AYUSH systems

35. IRCTC Air mobile app has been launched by the IRCTC for flight ticket booking

  • The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has launched ‘IRCTC Air’ , an android mobile app, which enables booking of air tickets for travel within India and abroad at lower prices
  • Beside this, existing IRCTC login credentials of passengers are accepted on this app too and there is no need to create a separate username and password
  • A maximum of 9 passengers can be booked on one PNR through net banking, for only Rs. 10 per PNR

36. Punjab has become the first Indian state to provide free treatment to confirmed cases of Hepatitis C

  • The Punjab government has launched a special fund “Mukh Mantri Punjab Hepatitis C Relief Fund” to provide free treatment for patients affected by Hepatitis C
  • With this initiative, Punjab has become the first Indian state to provide free treatment to confirmed cases of Hepatitis C

37. Assamese novel has won the 2016 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar award

  • The Assamese novel “Zantadhari” has won the 2016 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar award
  • It has been authored by Prarthana Saikia

38. Kerala state tourism of India has won awards at ‘FilmAT’ International film festival in Poland

  • The Kerala Tourism has won four awards at the 11th edition of the ‘FilmAT’, which is one of the biggest international film festivals dedicated to tourism, art and ecology in Poland
  • The ‘Responsible Tourism’ initiative started by Kerala Tourism has won three awards under categories of the Best Promotional Social Campaign, Protection of Nature, and Eco-Food categories respectively
  • The tourism board’s ad film “The Great Backwaters of Kerala” has won the ‘Best Editing Award’, which showcased life in and around the legendary backwaters

39. The United Nations’ (UN) World Refugee Day 2016 is observed on June 20th

  • The United Nations’ (UN) World Refugee Day is observed every year on June 20 to raise awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world
  • The 2016 theme is “We stand together with refugees”

40. Nico Rosberg has won the 2016 Formula One European Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg, a German Formula One driver for Mercedes Formula 1 team, has won the 2016 Formula 1 European Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan

41. The theme of the 2nd edition the International Day of Yoga (IDY) 2016 is ‘Connect the Youth’

  • The International Day of Yoga (IDY) is observed on June 21 every year to spread awareness about yoga
  • It embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfillment, harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being
  • In it, 139 countries participated in the celebrations at UN on June 21, 2016
  • The 2016 theme is “Connect the Youth”

42. Suresh Mathur committee has been constituted by IRDAI to study the scope of title insurance in the Indian market

  • The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has set up a Suresh Mathur committee to study the scope of title insurance in the Indian market
  • The committee will submit its report within two months
  • The title insurance is a cover that protects the owner of a property from disputes or frauds of land titles

43. Sudarsana Natchiappan Parliamentary committee has been constituted to review Model Code of Conduct (MCC) for election polls

  • The Parliamentary committee under the chairmanship of E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan has been constituted to review Model code of conduct (MCC) for election polls and will also suggest ways to check distribution of cash and freebies ahead of the polls
  • The MCC are the guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India (ECI)for conduct of political parties and candidates during elections mainly with respect to speeches, polling day, polling booths, election manifestos, processions and general conduct

44. President Mukherjee receives the highest civilian award of Ivory coast

  • President Pranab Mukherjee has been awarded the highest civilian award of Ivory Coast, ‘the National Grand Crois’
  • The award was bestowed upon Pranab Mukherjee during his two days visit to Ivory Coast on the second leg of his three-nation African tour
  • His visit is the first ever high-level visit from India to Ivory Coast. He was invited by Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara

45. India to provide Rs 48 mn aid for college building in Nepal

  • India has pledged a financial assistance of Rs 48.84 million to Nepal for the construction of a college building in the capital Kathmandu
  • This Koteshwor Multiple Campus was established in 1990
  • For the project, ambassador of India to Nepal Ranjit Rae laid the foundation stone of the building the Campus in Kathmandu district

46. DCB Bank launches Aadhaar enabled ATM in Bengaluru

  • DCB Bank has launched Bengaluru’s first ATM that accepts Aadhaar number and Aadhaar fingerprint (biometric) instead of ATM/Debit Card and PIN to dispense cash
  • The “cardless and PIN less” ATM was launched by former Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India, Nandan Nilekani

47. DBS Bank appoints Niraj Mittal as institutional banking head

  • DBS Bank India, a part of Asia’s foremost financial services group DBS Group Holdings Limited, has announced the appointment of Mr. Niraj Mittal as the Managing Director and Head of Institutional Banking for the country
  • In his new role, he will be taking care of scaling up business with institutional banking clients by driving both new client acquisition and deepening existing relationships

48. HRD minister Smriti Irani launches Vidyanjali in New Delhi

  • Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has launched Vidyanjali, a school volunteer programme in New Delhi
  • Vidyanjali is an initiative under Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat, to enhance community and private sector involving government-run elementary schools across the country
  • Through Vidyanjali, the government aspires to bring change in the quality of education in schools

49. 3,049 people perform largest Karma dance in Madhya Pradesh enters Guinness world records

  • During the recent event in District Mandla,Madhya Pradesh, 3,049 people registered their spot in the Guinness book of world records for performing largest Karma Naach dance ever
  • The people took part in the dance to celebrate the culture and history of the Gond tribes of central India

50. Russia launches most powerful nuclear icebreaker Arktika

  • Russia’s new Project 22220 nuclear-powered icebreaker dubbed Arktika was launched from the Baltic Shipyard in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg
  • Built at the Baltic Shipyard, which belongs to Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation, project 22220 is the world’s largest and most powerful vessel of its kind

51. Suresh Chandra appointed as Union Law Secretary

  • Senior legal service officer Suresh Chandra was appointed as Union Law Secretary
  • Chandra is currently Additional Secretary in the department. G Narayana Raju, Legislative Secretary, was holding additional charge of the post of Secretary, Legal Affairs

52. SpaceX successfully launches two commercial satellites

  • United State based private space transport service company SpaceX successfully launched two commercial satellites viz. EUTELSAT 117 West B and ABS-2A
  • They were launched using SpaceX’s reusable Falcon 9 rocket which had lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, US

53. Government decides to allow export of 10% missile systems to friendly countries

  • Government has decided in principle to allow export of missile systems to ‘certain’ countries who have friendly relationship with India
  • Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, the government had taken a very conscious decision that 10 per cent of the missile capacity will be permitted to be exported if producers manage to get export orders subject to parameters set by the union government and External Affairs Ministry

54. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s statue unveiled in Malaysia

  • A bronze statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose has been unveiled at the Indian cultural centre premises in Malaysia in the presence of nine Indian National Army (INA) veterans
  • It was announced during the last year visit of PM Modi to Malaysia
  • At that time, he has also announced the renaming of Indian Cultural Centre as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indian Cultural Centre

55. India won Silver medal at Archery World Cup in Antalya

  • The Indian mixed recurve team of Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das has won silver at the Archery World Cup in Antalya, Turkey
  • In the final clash at Konyaalti Beach Park, the Indian team lost to South Korea 1-5

56. Union Government approves 100% FDI in Aviation, Defence and e-commerce sectors

  • The Union Government has radically liberalized the foreign direct investment (FDI) norms by permitting 100 % FDI under government approval route for almost every sector including defence to give impetus to job creation and ease of doing business in the country
  • The decision in this regard was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi. With these changes in FDI norms, India has become the most open economy in the world for foreign direct investment

57. China’s Sunway TaihuLight declared world’s fastest supercomputer

  • Chinese supercomputer Sunway TaihuLight with 93 petaflop/second speed was declared as the world’s fastest supercomputer
  • It was revealed in the TOP500 list of supercomputers released at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt, Germany

58. Scientists make world’s first 1,000-processor microchip

  • US scientists team has created the world’s first microchip that has 1,000 processors and is thought to be the fastest chip designed in a university lab
  • This energy-efficient microchip, designed by a team at the University of California, Davis, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • It is named as the “KiloCore” chip and has a maximum computation rate of 1.78 trillion instructions per second and contains 621 million transistors

59. Virginia Raggi became first female mayor of Rome

  • Virginia Raggi, a leading member of the populist anti-corruption Five Star Movement (M5S) was elected as Rome’s first female mayor
  • She is also the first candidate from that party, M5S to be elected to Rome’s mayoralty Raggi, who will turn 38 in July 2016, is also the youngest mayor in Rome’s history

60. BCCI suspends Goa Cricket Association officials for misappropriation of organization funds

  • The BCCI has  suspended and issued show-cause notices to the top Goa Cricket Association officials, who were arrested for alleged misappropriation of organization funds
  • GCA president Chetan Desai and secretary Vinod Phadke, who are also part of important committees of BCCI, along with treasurer Akbar Mulla were arrested earlier this week by police for alleged misappropriation of Rs 3.13 crore belonging to the organization

Sources: PIB, PTI and other newspapers, magazines

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WEEKLY CURRENT AFFAIRS 22nd-30th June, 2016

  1. Anand Desai committee has submitted its report on examining the Specific Relief Act, 1963
  • The Expert Committee headed by Anand Desai, which was constituted to examine the Specific Relief Act 1963, has recently submitted its report to Union Law and Justice Minister DV Sadananda Gowda
  • The committee has recommended that the courts’ intervention in public works should be minimal, specific performance of contracts be made the rule and damages or compensation be the exception and a separate class of contracts for public utility contracts should be created

2. The 2016 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit will be hosted by Uzbekistan

  • The 2016 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit will be hosted by Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • The 2-day meeting of heads of state of SCO is under the presidency of Uzbekistan
  • During the summit, the issues related to strengthen stability and security in Central Asia, expansion of SCO’s contacts with other international organization and states and also wide involvement of the SCO observer states and dialogue partners in practical cooperation within the organization will be discussed

3. India has successfully launched a record 20 satellites from PSLV C- 34 launch vehicle, recently

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched a record 20 satellites in a single mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh
  • The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-34 has carried India’s latest earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 along with 19 co-passengers
  • The images sent by Cartosat-2 series satellite will be used for drawing maps, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, road network monitoring and water distribution
  • Of the 19-satellites, 12 are earth imaging “Dove satellites” of USA and another American satellite. The rest are from Canada (two) and one each from Germany and Indonesia. Two academic satellites are from Sathyabama University (Sathyabamasat) in Chennai and from College of Engineering (Swayam) at Pune

4. Maharashtra state government has recently granted minority status to Jews community in the state

  • The Maharashtra Government has recently granted minority status to Jews in the state, as per the provisions of the Maharashtra State Minorities Commission Act, 2004
  • With this Maharashtra has become 2nd state (after West Bengal) to grant minority status to the Jewish community in India

5. India’s rank 10th in terms of Foreign Direct Investment ( FDI) inflows, as per the latest 2016 World Investment Report

  • India has been ranked 10th in the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows in the world , as per the latest 2016 World Investment Report by the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • The list is topped by United States followed by Hong kong, China, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Singapore, Brazil and Canada

6. Arvind Subramanian is the current Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) to the Government of India (GoI)

  • Arvind Subramanian, an Indian economist, is the current Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) to the Government of India (GoI)
  • He is the author of two books “India’s Turn: Understanding the Economic Transformation” and “Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China’s Economic Dominance”
  • The CEA is the ex-officio cadre controlling authority of the Indian Economic Service (IES)

 

7. United Nations (UN) Public Service Day is observed on June 20th

  • The United Nations (UN) Public Service Day is observed every year on June 23 to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to community
  • To raise awareness regarding the contribution of public service in the development of society and honouring the work of public servants

8. The first annual meeting of the Board of Governors’ of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will be held in China

  • The first annual meeting of the Board of Governors’ of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will be held in Beijing, China on June 25-26, 2016
  • From India, the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley will attend the meeting

9. India has recently signed MoU with Switzerland to establish cooperation in skill development

  • India and Switzerland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish formal cooperation in the fields of skill development and vocational and professional education and training
  • The MoU was signed in Winterthur city in Zurich between State Secretary Mauro Dell’ Ambrogio and Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy

10. World Hydrography Day is observed on June 21st

  • The World Hydrography Day is observed every year on June 21 to create awareness about hydrography which is an essential science before undertaking any activity on or under the sea
  • The 2016 theme is “Hydrography – the key to well-managed seas and waterways”

11. Ken Miyauchi is the newly appointed President of the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group

  • Ken Miyauchi has been appointed as the new President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group
  • He succeeded Nikesh Arora

12. Mahasthangarh, historical site has been declared as the SAARC cultural capital for 2016-17

  • Mahasthangarh, the 3rd century BC archaeological site in Bogra, Bangladesh, has been declared as the SAARC cultural capital for 2016-17
  • The historic place will host festivals on literature, films, foods and dances from October 2016 to September 2017
  • Every year, an archaeologically and culturally rich city of one of the 8- South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries is declared the cultural capital for that year to create a bridge among the people of those countries
  • Bamiyan, a historic city of Afghanistan, is the current SAARC cultural capital for 2015-16

13. Anil Kumble appointed as the new coach of the Indian Cricket Team

  • Anil Kumble, former Indian captain and leg-spinner, has been appointed as the new coach of the Indian Cricket Team for one-year tenure
  • His tenure will begin from the upcoming West Indies tour which starts on July 9, 2016 With this, Kumble has become the first Indian to be appointed as the head coach of the national team since Kapil Dev in 1999-2000

14. International Olympic Day is observed on june 23

  • The International Olympic Day is observed every year on June 23 to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability

15. SK Roy, recently resigned, was the chairman of LIC

  • S K Roy, the chairman of Life Insurance Corporation of India, has recently resigned from the post two years before his term end
  • Roy, who took charge as chairman of the India’s largest insurer on June 29, 2013, was appointed by the previous United Progressive Alliance ( UPA) government
  • Under his leadership, LIC has stuck to its traditionally cautious investment approach
  • The state- run insurer is the largest single investor in stocks in India and holds close to 18 trillion rupees ($267.25 billion) in assets

16. Sanjay Mittal has been bestowed with the GD Birla Award for Scientific Research for 2016

  • The 25th edition of G. D. Birla Award for Scientific Research for 2016 has been awarded to Prof. Sanjay Mittal for his contribution in the area of Mechanics
  • Mittal is a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT),Kanpur
  • He has made significant contribution in development of finite element algorithms for High Performance Computing (HPS)

17. India’s first pilot programme to run two wheelers on CNG has been launched in New Delhi

  • India’s first pilot programme to run two wheelers on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) has been launched by the Union Government in New Delhi to curb air pollution in cities
  • The pilot project was launched by Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and is being implemented by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) and one of its parent companies, GAIL (India) Limited

18. International Widows’ day is observed on June 23rd

  • The International Widows day is observed every year on June 23 to address the poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries
  • The 2016 theme is “Never Alone”
  • This day was established by ‘The Loomba Foundation’ to raise awareness of the issue of widowhood

19. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has recently approved $509 million to finance four projects

  • The China-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has recently approved four loans worth $509 million to finance four projects in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia and Tajikistan
  • The projects approved by the bank included a $ 165 million loan for a Power Distribution System Upgrade and Expansion Project in Bangladesh, $ 216.5 million loan for a National Slum Upgrading Project in Indonesia, $ 100 million loan to finance the Shorkot-Khanewal Section of National Motorway M-4 in Pakistan and a $ 27.5 million loan for the Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border Road Improvement Project in Tajikistan
  • The loan would have an interest rate of London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) plus 1.15 % and a repayment period of 25 years with 5 years in grace period

20. Yasmin Sooka, Indian-origin lawyer has been appointed to chair panel on human rights in South Sudan

  • Yasmin Sooka, the South African Indian-origin lawyer and long-time human rights activist, has been appointed to chair a UN commission to monitor the human rights situation in South Sudan and make recommendations for their improvement
  • She has vast experience in global human rights matters and will serve together with Kenneth Scott from the US and Godfrey Musila of Kenya on the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan

21. United Nations’ (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed on June 26

  • The United Nations’ (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed every year on June 26 to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society and particularly to young people
  • The 2016 theme is “Listen First”, which is an initiative to increase support for prevention of drug use that is based on science and is thus an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities

22. The Day of the Seafarer is observed on June 25

  • The Day of the Seafarer is observed on June 25 to recognize the unique contribution made by seafarers to international seaborne trade, the world economy and to global society as a whole
  • The 2016 campaign theme is “At Sea For All”, which emphasis that seafarers serve at sea not just for the shipping industry or for their own career purposes but for all of us

23. India’s first sunken museum will be set up in New Delhi

  • India’s first sunken museum will be set up at the World Heritage Site of Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi
  • The interactive museum will open to the public in early 2018 and will display a mix of artifacts that have been locked up in the reserve collections of the National Museum, National Archives and museums of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)
  • It will focus on bringing alive the 7-centuries of pluralistic cultural traditions and architectural history of the Nizamuddin area

24. Nagpur and China’s Jinan become ‘sister cities’

  • Nagpur and the Chinese city of Jinan have become ‘sister cities’ after signing a pact which allows for the exchange of ideas and technology in the field of education, urban planning, youth affairs, and sports
  • The agreement, which will be executed for five years, also allows Nagpur to seek financial assistance from Jinan to execute development projects

25. SBI named in Hall Of Shame list of Banks funding Cluster Bomb Makers

  • The State Bank of India (SBI) was named in the Hall of Shame list of 158 banking institutions that have invested billions of dollars in companies making cluster bombs
  • The list was prepared by Dutch campaign group PAX Worldwide Investments in Cluster Munitions report
  • State Bank of India (SBI) is the only Indian entity on the list that includes global giants like JP Morgan, Barclays, Bank of America and Credit Suisse. However, the maximum number of 74 banks are from the US, followed by China (29) and South Korea (26)

26. South India Bank launches Remit2 India Service

  • South Indian Bank has announced the launch of its Remit2India Service. Currently, south Indian Bank’s facility is available for remittance from Europe, Australia, UAE, and Singapore
  • It is a secure online money transfer service for NRIs
  • The new arrangement facilitates faster, cost -effective remittance from the US to SIB accounts in India

27. Union Cabinet extends the deadline of UDAY scheme

  • The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of extending the deadline for implementing the Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) by a year to March 31, 2017.
  • With this decision, states shall take over 75% of ailing DISCOM (Power Distribution companies) debt as on 30th September 2015 by 31st March 2017 by issuing Bonds

28. Andy Murray wins record fifth Queen’s Club title

  • British tennis star Andy Murray has created history after he fought back to win the Queen’s Club tournament for a record fifth time defeating Milos Raonic in a pulsating final on 19 June 2016
  • The defending champion recovered from a set and 3-0 down to beat the third-seeded player 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-3 in the title clash

29. Brexit wins as Britain votes to leave European Union in historic referendum

  • The United Kingdom has voted by 52 % to 48 % to leave the European Union after 43 years in a historic referendum
  • According to a newspaper London and Scotland voted strongly to stay in the Union but the remaining vote has been done against it which mainly contains the north of England
  • Voters in Wales and the English shires have backed Britain exit from the EU in large numbers

30. Tech Mahindra Ltd acquires UK-based BIO Agency Ltd

  • Technology services provider Tech Mahindra Ltd (TechM) has acquired UK-based digital transformation firm The BIO Agency Ltd
  • The acquisition was carried out in an all-cash deal for an enterprise value of up to 45 million pounds
  • Tech Mahindra will acquire 100 percent of shares of the company. The move will help Tech Mahindra to strengthen its digital portfolio in providing better digital strategy, services and customer experience
  • The acquisition will also help The BIO Agency to make sizable inroads into the telecommunications and enterprise clients of Tech Mahindra

Sources:  PIB, PTI and other newspapers, magazines

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31. Nokia appoints Sanjay Malik India head

  • Nokia has announced the appointment of Sanjay Malik as the head of Indian market, effective August 1
  • Malik is currently head of Network Implementation (NI) at Nokia Global Services and is credited with efficiently driving growth and delivering strong performance both in terms of revenue and operational efficiency

32. UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced resignation after Brexit vote

  • The Prime Minister of United Kingdom (UK) David Cameron announced his resignation hours after the Brexit vote that favoured leaving the European Union (EU)
  • In the referendum that was held on 23 June 2016, 51.89 % of the voters preferred to leave the EU
  • Among the 46.5 million people who registered to vote, only 48.11 percent voted to remain in the grouping
  • Cameron will step down in October 2016 at the Conservative Party Conference to make way for a new Prime Minister to guide the UK in the new direction for the country

33. Sri Lanka’s parliament votes in favour of right to information bill

  • Sri Lankan Parliament has  unanimously passed the Right to Information (RTI) bill with amendments
  • The bill that seeks to restore transparency and good governance in the country was adopted without a vote in the Parliament after two days of debate
  • A five-member Right to Information Commission will be formed to monitor and ensure compliance
  • The members who will have powers to hold inquiries and hear appeals will be appointed by the President upon the recommendation of the Constitutional Council
  • Subject to the provisions of section 5 of this Act, every citizen shall have a right of access to information which is in the possession, custody or control of a public authority

34. Shashi Kant Sharma, Indian personality has been conferred with the honorary professorship by the Nanjing Audit University (NAU),China

  • Shashi Kant Sharma, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), has been conferred with the honorary professorship by the Nanjing Audit University (NAU), China
  • It is the only university which is recognized by the Institute of Internal Auditors

35. The 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) will be hosted by India

  • The 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) will be hosted by India
  • The summit will promote economic growth, inclusion and opportunities among entrepreneurs from across the world, with a special focus on emerging nations from Africa and Asia
  • The GES is a personal initiative of US President Barack Obama to bring entrepreneurs from across the globe on one platform

36. India has become the newest member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)

  • India has become the 35th member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in June 2016
  • The MTCR membership will enable India to buy high-end missile technology and also enhance its joint ventures with Russia
  • The purpose of the MTCR is to restrict the proliferation of missiles, complete rocket systems, unmanned air vehicles and related technology for those systems capable of carrying a 500 kg payload for at least 300 kms, as well as systems intended for the delivery of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

37. Nagaland, north-eastern state of India has recently launched “Sakhi-One Stop Centre” to help women in distress

  • The Governor of Nagaland P B Acharya has recently launched women helpline “181” and “Sakhi-One Stop Centre”, an institute that supports women affected by violence, at the District Hospital Dimapur in Nagaland
  • The helpline and centre are aimed to provide integrated assistance, medical, legal and psychological counselling to women affected by violence
  • The ‘Sakhi-One Stop Centre’ is a centrally sponsored scheme by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) to be funded through Nirbhaya Fund

38. The Government of India (GoI) has extended the ban on the import of milk and milk products of China till june 2017

  • The Government of India (GoI) has extended the ban on import of milk and its products from China till June 2017
  • The prohibition on import of milk and milk products includes chocolates and chocolate products and candies/ confectionery/ food preparations with milk or milk solids as an ingredient
  • Though, India does not import milk products from China, but has imposed the ban as a preventive measure
  • Among states, Uttar Pradesh is the leading milk producer, followed by Rajasthan and Gujarat

39. The 2016 Copa America Football tournament has been won by Chile

  • The Chile national football team has won the 2016 Copa America Football tournament by defeating Argentina in a penalty shootout at New Jersey, United States
  • This was the 2nd Copa America title won by Chile after winning it for the first title in 2015 after defeating Argentina
  • With this, Chile has become the 4th nation to win at least two consecutive Copa America titles, after Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil

40. Ministry of Rural Development has recently signed pact with ISRO for geo-tagging assets in each gram panchayat

  • The Union Rural Development Ministry and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have recently signed a pact for geo-tagging the assets created under the rural job guarantee scheme “Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)” in each gram panchayat
  • As per the pact, a Gram Rozgar Sahayak or junior engineer will take a photo of an asset created by beneficiaries of the scheme and through a mobile app created by ISRO upload the photo on the Bhuvan web portal run by ISRO’s National Remote Sensing Centre
  • The geo-tagging of assets will help to check and curb leakages and also help in using of modern space technology for rural development in planning and execution of projects in a transparent manner

41. Fallujah city of Iraq has been officially declared fully liberated from the terrorist group “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)”

  • The city of Fallujah in Iraq has been officially declared fully liberated from the Salafi jihadist terrorist group “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)” after military operation of Iraqi Army
  • Fallujah, 40 miles west of the capital Baghdad, was the first Iraqi city to be captured by Islamic State terrorists and was under control since January 2014

42. Priyanka Chopra has won the Woman of the Year award at the 2016 International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA)

  • The Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has won the two awards – one for best supporting actress for her performance in ‘Bajirao Mastani’
  • Another is a special award of ‘Woman of the year’ at the 17th edition of the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) 2016 in Madrid, Spain

43. Argentina has won the 2016 Women’s Hockey Champions Trophy

  • The Argentina women’s team has won the 2016 Women’s Hockey Champions trophy for a record 7th time
  • Argentina defeated the Netherlands by 2–1 in the final at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London, United Kingdom

44. Sujoy Bose has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) Ltd

  • Sujoy Bose has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) Ltd
  • The NIIF has been established with the aim to attract investment from both domestic and international sources for infrastructure development in commercially viable projects
  • It has been incorporated as a company under the Companies Act, 2013, duly authorized to act as investment manager of National Investment and Infrastructure Fund

45. Gudni Johannesson has won the 2016 wins Iceland’s presidential election

  • Gudni Johannesson, an historian and lecturer at the University of Iceland, has won the 2016 Iceland’s presidential election
  • He will take office on August 1, 2016 and will succeed Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, who served 20 years as head of state

46. Odisha state government has signed pact with WorldFish to boost fish production

  • The Odisha government has signed a pact with WorldFish, an international non-profit research organization, to boost fish production in the state
  • The WorldFish will facilitate aquaculture operations through quality fish seed technology and farming systems
  • The agreement will be effective for 5-years from July 2016

47. The Keibul Lamjao National Park is located in Manipur

  • The Keibul Lamjao National Park is a national park in the Bishnupur district, Manipur It is the only floating park in the world and an integral part of Loktak Lake
  • Manipur’s brow antlered deer ‘Sangai’ has been included in the Centre-sponsored endangered species recovery programme
  • The Sangai deer is found only at the Keibul Lamjao National Park and is the only species from the North East to be included in the list

48. The 2016 BRICS Youth Summit will be hosted by India

  • The 2016 BRICS Youth Summit will be held in Guwahati, India from July 1-3, 2016 with the theme ‘Youth as bridge for Intra-BRICS Exchanges’
  • The subjects to be covered under the summit are skill development and entrepreneurship, social inclusion, youth volunteerism and youth participation in governance

49. The web mobile app “CMRS” has been launched by Union Government for better crop and nutrient management for Bihar farmers

  • The Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has launched the web-mobile app “Crop Manager for Rice-based Systems (CMRS)” for better crop and nutrient management for Bihar farmers
  • The CMRS will provide irrigated and rainfed farmers with rice-based cropping systems in Bihar with a crop and nutrient management guideline customized to the needs of an individual farmer
  • The app is designed for use by extension workers, crop advisors, input providers and providers of services who interview a farmer using a personal computer, smartphone or tablet

50. N S Vishwanathan has been appointed as the new Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

  • N S Vishwanathan has been appointed as the new Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
  • He will succeed HR Khan, who will superannuate on July 3, 2016
  • Presently, Vishwanathan is the Executive Director at the central bank

51. The World’s first electric road for heavy transport vehicles has been launched by Sweden

  • Sweden has recently launched a test stretch of an electric road in Sandviken to conduct tests with electric power for hybrid heavy transports on public roads
  • With this, Sweden has become the first country in the world to have electric road
  • The tests will be conducted on the parts of road E16 and will continue till 2018
  • The experiment is based on the government’s goal of energy efficiency and a fossil fuel-free vehicle fleet by 2030 and will contribute to strengthening Sweden’s competitiveness

52. Majuli island has become the first river island district of India

  • The Assam Government has recently granted district status to Majuli, a river island in the Brahmaputra River
  • With this, Majuli has become the first river island district of India
  • The island is inhabited mostly by Mishing tribal people and is the hub of Assamese neo-Vaishnavite culture

53. The headquarters of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) is at Mumbai

  • The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has signed pact with the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) to proactively curb misleading or unsubstantiated advertisements in the food and beverage sector
  • As per the MoU, FSSAI has given a ‘suo moto’ mandate to ASCI to process complaints against misleading ads by food companies
  • ASCI will actively monitor advertisements across various media for this
  • Additionally, ASCI will also report to FSSAI companies which do not comply with its directions after it has received complaints through the GAMA Portal set up by the Consumer Affairs Ministry

54. Amul has become the official sponsor of Indian contingent to the Rio Olympics 2016

  • India’s largest food products marketing organization Amul has become the official sponsor of Indian contingent to the 2016 Rio Olympics
  • The purpose of Amul is to engage with youth and leverage the connection between the energy of milk and sports
  • The company will launch a series of advertising campaigns for milk and various dairy products to promote this association
  • Amul has embarked upon an “Eat Milk with Every Meal” campaign to highlight the importance of milk and dairy products like cheese, yogurt, butter, ghee, paneer, etc

55. Indian-Americans has been honoured with the 2016 “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” award

  • The four Indian-Americans viz. Hari Sreenivasan (anchor of PBS NewsHour), Vikram Malhotra (Chairman of the McKinsey & Co.) and Bharati Mukherjee (National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author) and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, are among 42 individuals who has been honoured with the 2016 “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” award in New York, United States
  • It is the annual award of the Carnegie Corporation

56. ‘Prashikshak’ teacher education portal for District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) has been launched

  • The Minister of Human Resource and Development (HRD) Smriti Irani has recently launched the teacher education portal ‘Prashikshak’ for District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) in New Delhi
  • The purpose of Prashikshak is to help DIETs make informed decisions about their institutes, compare the performance of their institute against other DIETs and help aspiring teachers make informed decisions about which institute to join
  • The Portal has been developed by the HRD Ministry in collaboration with Central Square Foundation

57. Tathagata Roy is the newly appointed Governor of Arunachal Pradesh

  • Tathagata Roy, the Governor of Tripura, has been given the additional charge of Arunachal Pradesh in the absence of Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa
  • It has been announced by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee

58. The theme of 2016 National Statistics Day is “Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare”_

  • The National Statistics Day is celebrated every year in India on June 29 to mark the birth anniversary of late Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, the Father of Indian Statistics, in recognition of his valuable contribution in the fields of statistics and economic planning
  • The purpose of this day is to create public awareness, especially among the younger generation about the role and importance of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation
  • The 2016 theme is “Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare”

59. India’s rank 105th in the 2016 Global Human Capital Index

  • India has been ranked 105th out of 130 nations in the 2016 Global Human Capital Index, which is recently released by the World Economic Forum (WEF)
  • The 2016 index measures countries’ ability to nurture, develop and deploy talent for economic growth
  • The report presents an analysis by focusing on a number of key issues that can support better design of education policy and future workforce planning
  • The list is topped by Finland, followed by Norway, Switzerland, Japan, Sweden and New Zealand

60. KG Subramanyan, who passes away recently, was a famous personality of Art

  • KG Subramanyan (92), one of the pioneers of Indian modern art, has recently passed away in Vadodara, Gujarat
  • He was famous for his terracotta murals, glass paintings, illustrated children’s books and works on canvas that drew upon myth, memory and tradition

Sources: PIB, PTI and other newspapers, magazines

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