Daily Current Affairs Updates–26th June 2016:
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· International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
· International Day in Support of Victims and Nature
New Sonepat-Jind railway line to be dedicated to nation:
· Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu will dedicate to the nation an 81-km long new railway line between Sonepat and Jind and will flag off a passenger train between these two stations from Chandigarh.
· Other projects to be launched from Chandigarh included new Foot-over-Bridge at Platform No. 4 and 5 at Railway Station, Sonepat and inauguration of a mechanized laundry in Chandigarh.
· The laundry would cater requirement of linen for entire Ambala division. The spokesman said that apart from this, foundation stone of Coaching-cum-Maintenance Facilities at Railway Station, Chheharta near Amritsar would also be laid.
President to present National Awards on drug prevention:
· President Pranab Mukherjee will present the National Awards for Outstanding Services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance Drugs Abuse in New Delhi.
· This Award will be given on the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26.
· The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had instituted this Awards in 2013.
Mehbooba Mufti wins Anantnag by-poll:
· Jammu and Kashmir CM and Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti won the Anantnag by-poll, defeating Congress candidate Hilal Shah by over 12,000 votes.
· The Congress had briefly halted the counting of votes in the morning, alleging discrepancies in several Electronic Voting Machines.
· The Anantnag seat fell vacant after former CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed expired in January.
Three-day Summer Festival inaugurated in Delhi:
· A three-day Summer Festival, which has a variety of mangoes as the main attraction, was inaugurated by Delhi's Deputy CM Manish Sisodia at Delhi Haat.
· The 28th edition of the festival, previously known as the Delhi Mango Festival, also features other summer fruits, beverages, ice creams, cultural and entertainment programmes, besides a demonstration by some chefs.
Government extends import ban on Chinese milk products:
· The government extended the ban on the import of milk and milk products from China for another year till June 2017.
· The ban, which was first imposed in 2008, has been extended every year since.
· The ban was reportedly implemented following apprehensions that milk consignments from China contained melamine, a toxic chemical used in making fertilisers and plastics.
Mizoram to launch two-wheeler taxi service:
· Mizoram will become the first hill state to launch a two-wheeler taxi service, which will start operating from July.
· Around 200 to 250 motorcycles will operate on the roads in the state capital Aizawl with fares starting at ₹10.
· The taxi service is aimed at controlling traffic in the city’s narrow roads while boosting employment amongst the youth.
Maharashtra to fund Pune College's next satellite:
· Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde said the state government will provide ₹50 lakh for the next satellite project of College of Engineering, Pune, after the institute's successful launch of 'Swayam'.
· It was one of the 20 satellites launched by ISRO on June 22.
· Swayam, a picosatellite, aims to provide point-to-point messaging services to the HAM (amateur radio) community.
Nagaland launches women helpline '181':
· Nagaland Governor PB Acharya launched the women helpline number '181' in Dimapur and inaugurated 'Sakhi - One Stop Centre', an institute that supports women affected by violence.
· The helpline and centre are aimed to provide integrated assistance, medical, legal and psychological counselling to women affected by violence.
· Notably, the '181' helpline was first started in Delhi in 2012.
Greater Noida to develop Paris-like Eco Park:
· The 2,500-acre ecological park to be developed in Greater Noida will be made using the Paris models of forest reserves, the authorities said.
· "We'll develop walkways, watch towers and other facilities for visitors on the lines of forest reserves in Paris.
· We'll rejuvenate water bodies and conduct tree plantations to increase the existing green cover," an official said.
Union Defence Ministry gives nod for purchase of 145 Ultra Light Howitzers guns from the US:
· The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has given its approval to for the purchase of 145 Ultra-Light Howitzers (ULH) guns from the US.
· The procurement of ULH will be through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route from the US and it will cost around 750 million dollars. As part of this deal, 25 ULH guns will come to India directly from US in a fly away condition.
· Rest will be assembled in India at the proposed Assembly Integration and Test facility (AITF) for the weapon system in partnership with Mahindra and Mahindra Company.
ADB approves $500 million loan for bridge over Ganga River in Bihar:
· The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a 500 million dollars loan to build a bridge across the Ganga River in Bihar.
· The loan funds will be used to build 9.8 km road bridge in Bihar on the Ganga River.
· On completion of the project it will be the India’s longest river bridge.
· In Iceland, newcomer Gudni Johannesson has claimed victory in the Presidential election.
· Early results showed that history professor Johannesson, has garnered 37.8 per cent of votes.
· Mr Gudni Johannesson told his supporters that though all the votes have not been counted, but he think that they have won.
Panama to open its renovated canal:
· Panama will open its renovated canal, now far bigger cargo ships after nearly a decade of expansion work aimed at boosting transit revenues and global trade would pass through canal.
· President Juan Carlos Varela will unveil the new locks and third shipping lane built into the 102-year-old canal. Foreign dignitaries, including the presidents of Taiwan, Chile and other Central American nations, will be present at the ceremony.
· A Chinese-owned Neopanamax-class cargo ship will be the first vessel to officially test the new infrastructure, entering from the Atlantic and exiting into the Pacific a few hours later.
· According to Pentagon officials, the United States will lift the ban on openly transgender persons serving in the military starting next month.
· A study last year estimated that 15,000 transgender people served in the US military.
· This comes five years after the US military ended its ban on gay and lesbian personnel serving openly.
World's tallest and longest tunnel slide opens:
· The world's longest and tallest tunnel slide, ArcelorMittal Orbit, which has 12 loops was opened to the public on Friday in London, UK.
· The 584-feet long and 250-feet tall slide has been designed by British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor and created by Belgian artist Carsten Holler.
· It has been transformed from UK's tallest artwork built for the London Olympics in 2012.
· Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov, during which the leaders called for increased security cooperation and stronger bilateral relations.
· India would extend e-Tourist Visas to Uzbek nationals, and organise a ‘Festival of India’ in Uzbekistan to mark the 25th year of its independence and diplomatic relations with India.
China sets up first dark sky reserve in Tibet to limit light pollution:
· China has established country’s first dark sky reserve for astronomical observation in the Tibetan prefecture of Ngari, bordering Nepal and India.
· The reserve was jointly launched by the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (GDF) and the regional government of Tibet.
· Nokia announced the appointment of Sanjay Malik, the current Head of Network Implementation at Nokia Global Services, as the new head of Indian market, effective August 1.
· Malik will be replacing Sandeep Girotra, who was promoted to the head of Asia-Pacific and Japan market after serving as the head of Indian market for about five years.
Belgian Didier Seeuws to head EU Brexit task force:
· European Union has appointed Belgian Didier Seeuws, a longtime aide to former EU President Herman Van Rompuy, to head the union's special task force to negotiate Britain's exit.
· Preben Aamann, spokesman for current EU President Donald Tusk confirming the name of Seeuws, yesterday said there is a task force which will handle all negotiations.
· British Prime Minister David Cameron, announcing his resignation after the vote had said he would leave the negotiations to his successor, expected to take office in October.
ü European Parliament President Martin Schulz
· In Uttar Pradesh, Gaya Charan Dinker has been elected as the new Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly by BSP MLAs.
· His name was announced by BSP chief Mayawati as she called a meeting of the party legislators yesterday to elect a new Leader of Opposition replacing Swami Prasad Maurya, who had revolted against the party leadership a few days ago.
Lalchand Rajput named coach of Afghanistan team:
· Former Indian cricketer Lalchand Rajput has been made the head coach of the Afghanistan national cricket team, taking over from former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who vacated the post in April 2016.
· Rajput managed the Indian team when they won the inaugural 2007 T20 World Cup, and had recently applied for the post of Indian team head coach.
· Former cricketer Sanjay Bangar has been named batting coach of the Indian team for the West Indies tour, starting in July.
· Bangar was batting coach during Ravi Shastri’s tenure as team director and was in charge of the team during the recently-concluded Zimbabwe tour.
· Cricketer Abhay Sharma has been named fielding coach, with Anil Kumble being consulted for both appointments.
· Social media giant Facebook has hired Google Fiber's Co-founder and former General Manager, Kevin Lo as its Director of Infrastructure Connectivity and Investments.
· Lo will help Facebook in its efforts to bring internet access to more places around the globe. Lo will report to Jason Taylor, Facebook’s Vice President for Infrastructure.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
· The Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh starrer 'Bajirao Mastani' won nine awards in the technical categories at the 'IIFA Rocks' event.
· The film won in the Cinematography, Special Effects and Costume Designing categories among others.
· Further, Kabir Khan and Parveez Shaikh won the award for 'Best Screenplay' for 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' while 'Piku' won the 'Best Dialogue' award.
Social entrepreneur Zubaida Bai bags UN honour for corporate sustainability initiative:
· Zubaida Bai, an Indian social entrepreneur, has been named among the ten ‘2016 Global Compact SDG Pioneers’, an initiative launched by UN.
· The list of ten SDG Pioneers was announced by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the 2016 UN Global Compact (UNGC) Leaders Summit in New York, United States.
· Zubaida is the founder of ‘ayzh’, a for-profit social venture providing health and livelihood solutions and technology solutions to impoverished women worldwide.
· Mahasthangarh, the 3rd century BC archaeological site in Bogra, Bangladesh, has been declared as the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) cultural capital for the year 2016-17.
· As a SARRC cultural capital, the historic place will host festivals on literature, films, foods and dances from October 2016 to September 2017.
· Besides, the year 2016-17 has also be declared the SAARC Year of Cultural Heritage.
Ranveer Singh wins Best Actor at IIFA Awards '16:
· Ranveer Singh has won the Best Actor in Male Category for 'Bajirao Mastani' at the 17th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in Spain.
· While Deepika Padukone won the Best Actor in Female Category for 'Piku', 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' was named the Best Picture.
· Meanwhile, Sanjay Leela Bhansali won the Best Direction Award for 'Bajirao Mastani'.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:
· Ratings agency Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Britain's credit outlook to "negative" from "stable" following the country's decision to exit the European Union.
· "The negative effect from lower economic growth will outweigh the fiscal savings from the UK no longer having to contribute to the EU budget", it said.
Lending agency AIIB approves 1st batch of loans:
· China-led lending agency Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved its first batch of four loans worth $509 million.
· The loans, three of which are co-financed with other lending agencies, are meant for project implementation in countries including Pakistan and Bangladesh.
· In operation since January with a capital of $100 billion, AIIB has 57 member countries including India.
· According to analytics firm Tracxn's report of 50 largest VC fundings of 2016 so far, four out of the top five investments have been made into Chinese companies.
· Uber rival Didi Chuxing, Alibaba's Ant Financial, Suning Commerce Group and Meituan are the four Chinese companies in the list. Uber is the only non-Chinese company to feature in the top five.
JSW gets green nod for Rs.35k cr Jharkhand plant:
· JSW Steel has obtained environmental clearance for establishing an integrated steel unit and captive power plant in Jharkhand’s Ranchi district, the Environment Ministry said.
· The project, with an estimated cost of Rs.35,000 crore, could generate around 30,000 jobs. In compliance with government's recommendations,
· JSW proposed to invest ₹1,750 crore for pollution control and greenbelt development.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
· Google's holding company, Alphabet recently unveiled 'SpotMini', a home robot dog made by its subsidiary Boston Dynamics.
· One of its quietest robots, SpotMini can pick up objects with its articulated arm, arrange dishes in dishwasher and put trash in the dustbin.
· The robot, capable of operating outdoors and on variable terrain, runs for about 90 minutes on a single charge.
BrahMos integrated with IAF's fighter jet:
· Supersonic cruise missile system BrahMos was successfully integrated with the Sukhoi-30MKI frontline strike fighter of the Indian Air Force for an air-launched flight test programme.
· With its completion, a final test-firing of the BrahMos from the Sukhoi-30MKI remains to be conducted, post which the IAF will become the first in the world with a supersonic cruise missile system.
· Microsoft recently launched a prototype mosquito trap that can collect several data points like the breed, temperature, wind, humidity and the time at which a mosquito was captured.
· The system is then expected to provide faster and more accurate information about where disease-bearing mosquitoes can be found. A pilot program has been deployed in Houston.
Scientists develop new bio-ink for 3D bio-printing with stem cells:
· Scientists have developed a new stem cell-containing bio-ink that allows 3D printing of complex living tissues that may be used for surgical implants.
· The medical breakthrough was achieved by scientists from the University Of Bristol, England.
· The study in this regard was published in the journal Advanced Healthcare Materials.
· In UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament, Poland defeated Switzerland 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out in the first round of 16 matches at Saint-Etienne to fix their place for quarterfinals.
· Poland will now play Portugal on Thursday for semifinal berth in Marseille.
· In second match, Wales entered quarterfinals beating Northern Ireland 1-0. In another match, Portugal beat Croatia 1-0.
· Meanwhile, the final of Copa America Centenario will be played between defending champions Chile and Argentina today at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherfod, New Jersey.
Jitu Rai wins silver medal at Shooting World Cup:
· Shooter Jitu Rai clinched the silver medal in 10-metre air pistol event at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan.
· This is Rai's sixth World Cup medal, and his second this year, after a gold medal in Bangkok in March.
· In 2014, Rai had become the first Indian shooter to qualify for the Rio Olympics.
· Indian women’s team all-rounder and vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur has become the first Indian female cricketer to sign for an overseas T20 league, after the BCCI allowed their participation in international leagues earlier this month.
· Kaur has signed up for the current Women’s Big Bash League champions, Sydney Thunder, for the second season of the league in December-January.
India jumps to number 5 in world hockey rankings:
· Following their silver medal win in the Champions Trophy in London this month, the Indian men’s hockey team has risen two places to number five in the International Hockey Federation (FIH) rankings.
· This is only the second time India has managed to break through in the top five since the ranking system was started in 2003.
· Colombia defeated USA 1-0 in in the 2016 Copa America third-place match at the University of Phoenix Stadium, Arizona.
· Carlos Bacca scored for Colombia from a headed pass by Santiago Arias in the 31st minute to score the only goal of the match.
· Colombia's Arias and USA's Michael Orozco were sent off during stoppage time after an altercation.
· Eminent Odia writer Mohapatra Nilamani Sahoo passed away in Bhubaneshwar yesterday, family sources said.Sahoo was 90 and is survived by his wife, one son and a daughter.
· A recipient of many awards and recognition for his literary works, Sahoo was bestowed with the Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award in 1979 for his story book 'Akasha Patata'.
· For 'Abhisapta Gandharba' (a compilation of short stories), he received the Sarala Award in 1983 and Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for the same book in 1984.
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