Daily Current Affairs Updates–15th June 2016:
Daily Current affairs News Updates about the National and International events were listed here. Candidates those who are preparing for IBPS/SBI/PO/Clerk exam and all other competitive exams can use this.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Observed on June 15:
· 15 June: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
· The day is observed to voice against abuse and suffering inflicted on older people.
· On this day, number of events is held across the globe to raise awareness of elder abuse and highlight ways to challenge such abuse.
Global Wind Day observed on June 15:
· Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June. It is organised by EWEA (European Wind Energy Association) and GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council).
President Pranab Mukherjee receives highest civilian award of Ivory Coast:
· President Pranab Mukherjee has been presented National Order of the Republic of Ivory Coast, the highest civilian award of the West African country.
· 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.
· With this, Mr Mukherjee’s became the first Indian President to visit Ivory Coast. He was invited by Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara.
NITI Aayog to set up 500 'Atal Tinkering Labs':
· Aiming to cultivate a spirit of innovation in youth, the NITI Aayog has decided to set up 500 Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) in schools across the country.
· The labs will provide students a work-space to shape their ideas by using hands-on models and learn innovation skills.
· The vision of the ATLs is to 'Cultivate 1 Million children as Neoteric Innovators'.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inaugurated Child Labour Tracking System:
· Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inaugurated Child Labour Tracking System (CLTS).
· The system was launched to keep a track of rescued child labour for their proper rehabilitation.
· Besides, CM Nitish Kumar also announced that he had in principle accepted the Charter of Demands submitted by the rescued child labour.
· A committee headed by Chief Secretary for implementation of children’s demands will also be set up.
Telangana government to set up pharmaceutical city in Rangareddy and Mahbubnagar districts:
· Telangana government decided to set up of a Pharma City on 12500 acres of land in Rangareddy and Mahbubnagar districts of the state.
· Telangana has traditionally been the bulk drugs capital of India with almost one-third of the total production in value terms.
· The state government intends to facilitate setting up of the most modern facilities along with all necessary where withal in an integrated manner along with maintaining the leader status in the sector.
· Accordingly, the state government has decided to set up a state-of-the-art pharmaceutical city which will be a one stop shop for pharmaceuticals manufacturing companies, biotech and life sciences companies along with all related activities.
Government releases draft wind-solar hybrid policy:
· The government released draft National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy which aims to boost the hybrid solar and wind power projects in the country, better utilize the existing infrastructure and increase renewable energy sources.
· The goal of the policy is to reach a generating capacity of 10 GW through hybridization projects by 2022, it said
Union Government Launches Scheme for setting up 1000 MW CTU- connected Wind Power Project:
· The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched a scheme for setting up of 1000 Mega Watt (MW) Wind Power Project connected to transmission network of Central Transmission Utility (CTU).
· The objective of the scheme is to facilitate supply of wind power to the non-windy states at a price discovered through transparent bidding process.
Andhra Pradesh Police to acquire 10 UAVs for aerial surveillance:
· Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has decided to acquire 10 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Drones to be deployed for a variety of police and civilian applications to conduct surveillance of various incidents, events and on-going activities.
Government may develop 23 destinations under Ramayana, Krishna Circuit:
· Government has got proposals to develop 23 destinations under Ramayana and Krishna circuit for promotion of tourism in the country.
· Among them, 11 destinations are under Ramayana Circuit and 12 under Krishna circuit.
· The proposal to develop these 23 destinations came during the first meeting of National Committee on Ramayana and Krishna Circuit under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism held under the chairmanship of Tourism & Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma.
BHEL commissions 195 MW units at Muzaffarpur:
· Public Sector Power equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned 195 MW unit at Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station in Bihar.
· This is the second 195 MW unit to be commissioned by BHEL at the 2×195 MW Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station Stage-II of Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Limited (KBUNL).
India to form alliance with Japan, South Korea to buy LNG:
· Energy-hungry India has restarted talks on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) purchasing alliance with Japan and South Korea and may also include China as Asian demand for the fuel grows.
Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) plans to launch integrated bio energy mission:
· The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy aims to launch an Integrated Bio Energy Mission with an estimated outlay of Rs. 10,000 crore from 2017-18 to 2021-22.
· The plan was announced by Varsha Joshi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, at the first meeting of the Bio Energy Advisory Committee of the Ministry held late last month.
Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) ties up with Axis Bank:
· The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) in association with Axis Bank has unveiled India’s first open loop contactless card that will allow users to pay not only for bus rides, but also use it at any other merchant outlet, similar to their debit or credit cards.
Israel elected as Chair of a permanent committee of UN for the first time:
· The United Nations General Assembly elected Israel to chair its Legal Committee, which is also known as the Sixth Committee.
· It is for the first time ever that Israel has been chosen to head one of its six permanent committees.
· In the secret ballot election, Israel received 109 Yes votes. No votes were cast against Israel.
· However, there were 23 abstentions, 14 invalid ballots and 43 votes for other countries in the Western European.
Joint Naval Exercise Malabar 2016 begins:
· India, the United States and Japan began the annual exercise Malabar 2016.
· This is the 20th edition of Malabar Exercise that will be conducted till 17 June 2016.
· The main aim of this exercise is to boost the interoperability amongst the three navies and develop common understanding of procedures for Maritime Security Operations.
China bans exports to N.Korea with possible military use:
· China banned exports to North Korea of technology and materials that might be used in weapons production in a new response to the North’s development of nuclear weapons and missiles.
France creates meteor-tracking camera network:
· France has developed a camera-based meteor detection network, called the Fireball Recovery and Inter Planetary Observation Network (FRIPON).
· The network is able to track meteors using a nation-wide camera system which currently employs 68 cameras.
· The data from the network will help detect meteor trajectory, their source of origin and their likely impact locations.
Gunit Chadha resigns as CEO of Deutsche Bank Asia Pacific Region:
· Gunit Chadha resigned as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Asia Pacific region of Deutsche Bank AG.
· He will leave the office on 17 July 2016.
Peter Thomson elected as President of 71st session of United Nations General Assembly:
· Fijian diplomat Peter Thomson has been elected as President of 71st session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
· With this, Peter Thomson becomes the first representative from the Pacific island states to get elected for the largely honorific post in the UN’s 71-year history.
· Thomson will begin his tenure in September 2016 at the commencement of the 71st session of UNGA and will replace incumbent President Mogens Lykketoft.
Xerox names Vemuri as CEO of BPO unit:
· Xerox named former iGATE chief executive officer (CEO) Ashok Vemuri as the CEO of its planned business process outsourcing (BPO) company.
Cabinet approves SBI's merger with 5 associates:
· The Cabinet approved the merger of State Bank of India with five of its associate banks and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank, as part of the government's plan for consolidating public sector banks.
· The associate banks are State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Mysore and State Bank of Hyderabad.
Bank issues first US credit card for use in Cuba:
· A small Florida bank will issue the first U.S. credit card intended for use in Cuba and make it easier for Americans to travel and work on an island largely cut off from the U.S. financial system.
· Pompano Beach-based Stonegate Bank said its Mastercard, available Wednesday, will let U.S. travelers charge purchases at state-run businesses and a handful of private ones, mostly high-end private restaurants equipped with point-of-sale devices.
PNB Home Fin mandates 3 banks for $300m IPO:
· PNB Home Finance has mandated three investment banks – Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Bank of America Merrill Lynch – to prepare for a $300-million initial public offering (IPO) later this fiscal.
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AWARDS AND HONORS:
IISc, IITs in top 50 QS Asia university rankings
· Five Indian institutes have been named amongst the top-50 in the latest QS University Rankings Asia 2016 list.
· Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore was the highest ranked Indian university at 33, followed by IIT-Bombay (35), IIT-Delhi (36), IIT-Madras (43), and IIT-Kanpur (48).
· The rankings were topped by the National University of Singapore, followed by the University of Hong Kong.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:
Uber offers choppers in Brazil to escape traffic:
· Uber launched 'UberCOPTER', a month-long trial of on-demand helicopter rides in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to let users avoid traffic between airports, hotels and convention centres.
· Starting at around $20, this is Uber's first attempt in Brazil to provide helicopter rides for short distances.
· Uber helicopters will currently connect four airports and five other helipads in Sao Paulo.
Airtel, Singtel partner for global data business:
· Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) and Bharti Airtel have partnered to deliver high-speed data network coverage across 325 cities in the Asia-Pacific, Middle-East, Africa, Europe and the US under one network.
· With this, companies would be able to maintain a track of their operations across different regions by using high-bandwidth applications like video conferencing and cloud applications.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
NASA to Conduct Experiments with Fire in Space:
· A US unmanned Cygnus cargo ship has detached from the International Space Station (ISS) to carry out tests with fire in space.
· The Spacecraft Fire Experiment (Saffire) will take place when the unmanned ship reaches a safe distance from the ISS and will not pose a danger to astronauts.
· NASA specialists will ignite a fire in a module containing a 38-inch by 19-inch (97 cm by 49 cm) cotton-and-fiberglass material sample, and monitor its behavior remotely.
Airtel ranks 1st spot on data usage, Reliance jio 6th:
· Airtel continues to lead with 45 million gigabyte (GB) of data usage per month in the March quarter, Reliance Jio is ranked sixth with 13 million GB, according to latest data available with the company.
Facebook, Deepika launch suicide prevention tool:
· Facebook partnered with Deepika Padukone's The Live Love Laugh Foundation and NGO Aasra to launch its suicide prevention tool in India.
· The tool lets users flag their friends’ posts that seem suicidal.
· The posts will be reviewed by a Facebook team to provide various suicide prevention resources including a helpline and support to the people suffering from depression.
Dhoni 1st Indian Keeper to post 350 ODI dismissals:
· Indian limited-overs captain MS Dhoni became the first Indian wicketkeeper to register 350 dismissals in ODI cricket.
· He became the fourth wicketkeeper in ODI history to achieve the feat, behind Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, Australia's Adam Gilchrist and South Africa's Mark Boucher.
· Playing in his 278th ODI, Dhoni has registered 261 catches and 89 stumpings.
India to play for the 1st time in U-17 Futsal WC:
· India has been given a wildcard by the Association Mundial de Futsal (AMF) to participate in the upcoming U-17 Futsal World Cup.
· The tournament will be held from July 11-20 in Paraguay with 12 participating countries.
· National trials will be held this week in Haryana to select players for the WC-bound team, and a coach and sponsors will be appointed.
Renowned Hindi writer Mudrarakshasa passes away:
· Distinguished Hindi writer, activist, thinker and cultural personality Mudrarakshasa passed away on 13 June 2016 following a prolonged illness in Lucknow. He was 82.
Margaret Heldt, creator of beehive hairdo, dies at age 98:
· Margaret Vinci Heldt, who became a hairstyling celebrity after she created the famous beehive hairdo in 1960, has died at age 98