Daily Current Affairs Updates–23rd June 2016:
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United Nations Public Service Day 2016 observed globally on June 23:
· The United Nations Public Service Day was celebrated by the United Nations (UN) on 23 June 2016.
· The day was celebrated to mark the invaluable contributions of public servants and administrators to build a better world for all.
· The 2016 United Nations Public Service Day was celebrated at the United Nations Headquarters in New York with a High-level Knowledge Sharing Panel on Leaving No One Behind: Innovative Institutional Approaches and Public Service Delivery.
· This is the first time that the Day is celebrated after the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by all United Nations Member States.
· International Widows' Day, a day dedicated by the United Nations "to give special recognition to the situation of widows of all ages and across regions and cultures", is observed on June 23 every year.
· While the day was established by The Loomba Foundation in 2005, the UN formally announced observing June 23 as the International Widows' Day in December 2010.
PM Modi reaches Uzbekistan capital Tashkent to attend SCO
· Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at Tashkent, capital city of Uzbekistan.
· PM of Uzbekistan, Mr Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoev, Mr. Modi will depart for Kuksaroy, the presidential place of the president of Uzbekistan which is also summit venue for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO).
· The bilateral meeting between Xi Jinping, President of the Peoples Republic of China and Prime Minister of India, Mr NarendraModi is scheduled at Kuksaroy.
· Finance Minister ArunJaitley will today embark on a five-day visit to China, where he will attend the first annual meeting of the board of governors of the 100-billion US dollar Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
· The minister will participate in different sessions of the two-day AIIB meeting including the session on 'Infrastructure and Global Economic Growth' and 'Financing Green Infrastructure: The Role of MDBs' among others.
· Mr.Jaitley will also hold a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Lou Jiwei on June 27.
· He will also participate in the 8th India-China Financial Dialogue.
Government launches drive against lifestyle diseases:
· Health Minister JP Nadda on Wednesday launched several campaigns to create awareness among people regarding non-communicable diseases (NCDs) or 'lifestyle diseases'.
· The minister launched a media campaign and an 'M-Diabetes' initiative, where information on diabetes will be provided through a missed call.
· India's first sunken museum is set to come up at Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi. With a built-up area of 9,000 square metres, the underground site museum, whose roof was laid down recently, will open to the public in early 2018.
· The construction work for the same began in April 2015 and 30% work has been completed so far, officials said.
Government withdraws Drugs and Cosmetics Bill, 2013:
· The Cabinet decided to withdraw the Drugs and Cosmetics Bill, 2013 that sought to amend the 1940 law.
· The bill had proposed to regulate the quality of products like medicines, medical devices, gene therapeutic products, and clinical trials, among others.
· The government said it will now review the existing law in pursuance of the 'Make In India' programme.
· The Union Cabinet has given its approval for a special package for employment generation and promotion of exports in Textile and Apparel sector.
Union Cabinet approves pact for avoidance of double taxation with Belgium:
· The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the signing of a Protocol amending the Agreement between India and Belgium for avoidance of double taxation.
Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Germany:
· The Union Cabinet has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Steinbeis GmbH Co. KG, Germany for technology transfer and resourcing in manufacturing, including sub-sectors of Capital Goods.
· The MoU between India Steinbeis GmbH was signed in April, 2016 during the Industrial Exhibition Hannover Messe 2016 in Hannover, Germany. Steinbeis GmbH is leading German organization for applied industrial research in Europe.
· It will act as a Technology Resource Partner for implementing identified projects in manufacturing.
Aadhaar to be linked with caste certificates:
· Centre has asked all the states to link Aadhaar card of school students to their caste and domicile certificate.
· The states have further been directed to issue such certificates to children studying in Class-5 and Class-8 within 60 days.
· The government has reportedly taken the decision following complaints stating that SC-ST students were facing delays in getting their scholarship.
· India and Switzerland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding 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.
US to host pledging conference for Iraq:
· United States will host a pledging conference next month to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to help Iraqis return to normal life.
· The State Department said on Wednesday that the events in Fallujah, where Iraqi forces are succeeding in taking back the city from Islamic State terrorists, are the most recent reminder of the toll that the war is taking on vulnerable civilians.
· The US will co-sponsor the conference with Canada, Germany and Japan on July 20th.
EU reached agreement on new border force to tackle migrant crisis:
· The European Union reached agreement to set up a new Border and Coastguard Force to curb the influx of migrants.
· To tackle the crisis from which the EU is suffering from, the force have the right to intervene in front-line countries like Greece and Italy.
· The agreed subject that was endorsed by the negotiators for the 28 EU member states and the European Parliament was a proposal from the European Commission, the bloc's executive. It wanted to set up the force by the summer.
· Furniture store chain Ikea is set to open its first museum in Sweden on June 30, 2016.
· The firm's first ever store which opened in 1958 and was shut down in 2012 has been transformed into the museum.
· The gallery will exhibit over 20,000 Ikea objects and furniture items from the company's archives along with its founder Ingvar Kamprad's story.
Hong Kong most expensive city for expats:
· Hong Kong is the most expensive city in the world for expats, according to an annual survey conducted by consultancy firm Mercer.
· Luanda (Angola), which topped the list for three consecutive years, from 2013 to 2015, was placed second. Zurich (Switzerland), Singapore and Tokyo (Japan) were ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively.
· Windhoek (Namibia) was ranked the least expensive city.
· World’s leading payments platform PayPal announced the appointment of AnupamPahuja as the Managing Director (MD) and Country Manager for its India operations.
· Pahuja will be responsible for all aspects of PayPal's business in India. He will also be responsible for further strengthening of the company's operations in the country.
· Prior to joining PayPal, Pahuja worked as the India MD for SumTotal Systems.
AveekSarkar resigns as Chief Editor of ABP Group of Publications:
· AveekSarkar resigned as the Editor-in-Chief of Ananda Bazaar Patrika (ABP) and The Telegraph.
· However, he would continue as the chairman of the group. He is succeeded by Arup Sarkar.
· Moreover, Anirban Bhattacharya was appointed as the Editor of the Ananda Bazaar Patrika and R Rajagopalan was named as the Editor of The Telegraph.
· AveekSarkar will now play an advisory role as Editor (Emeritus) and Vice Chairman of the company.
· Olympian Anju Bobby George resigned as President of the Kerala Sports Council.
· The iconic long jumper, who in 2003 became the first Indian athlete ever to win a medal in a World Athletics Championships in Paris, resigned after being accused for corruption by the state's sports minister EP Jayarajan.
· Bobby George was appointed president of the state's sports council in 2015, by the erstwhile OommenChandy government.
· Actress Freida Pinto is set to receive the 'International Icon Award' at the 17th edition of the IIFA awards ceremony, beginning in Madrid.
· The actress has starred in films including 'SlumdogMillionnaire', 'Immortals' and 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'.
· Notably, this year's IIFA gala will mark Pinto's debut at the awards ceremony.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:
Government extends date for reporting accounts details under Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA ):
· Government has extended the date for reporting details of accounts under Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) by six months to December 31, 2016.
· India and US in July 2015 signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement to implement the FATCA in India.
· According to the agreement, foreign financial institutions in India are required to report tax information about US account holders to the Indian government which will, in turn, relay that information to the US Internal Revenue Service.
Tech Mahindra Ltd acquires UK-based BIO Agency Ltd:
· Technology services provider Tech Mahindra Ltd (TechM) 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.
· Russian hockey winger ArtemiPanarin, playing for the Chicago Blackhawks, has won the 2015-2016 Calder Memorial Trophy.
· The Calder Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League.
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