5 Jun 2016

Daily Current Affairs Updates– 5th June 2016

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Daily Current Affairs Updates–5th 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.


IMPORTANT DAYS:

World Environment Day-June 5:

·        World Environment Day is observed on June 5 to encourage global awareness and initiate positive action to protect nature.
·        The day was established by the United Nations along with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1972.
·        This year, the UN's theme is "the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife" with the slogan, "Go Wild for Life".
NATIONAL:
Himachal Pradesh becomes first state to have State Data Centre:
·        Himachal Pradesh has become the first state in the country to have a State Data Centre (SDC).
·        It is Green Data Centre as it minimizes power consumption by maximizing power utilization efficiency. It will offer 101 people-oriented service online through an integrated data base.
·        Launching the 58-crore rupees facility in Shimla yesterday, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said the Centre will integrate the websites of various departments and all services could be accessible through the integrated data base.
·        On this occasion, the Chief Minister also inaugurated Mobile Parking App for the Shimla town.
·        The parking app is a unique initiative which would help the tourists and local residents of the Shimla town to find parking slots through a call or by sending a message.
Asia's first Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme launched:
·        The Haryana Government launched Asia's First Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme at Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre, Pinjore.
·        The breeding and conservation of vultures is a significant step in the direction of saving the endangered species.
·        Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar jointly released two Himalayan Griffons into the wild from the Conservation Centre.
MoU signed to facilitate hassle-free entry of Indians into US:
·        To facilitate hassle-free entry of Indians into the US at selected airports, India and the United States have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, providing for expedited security clearances.
·        The move would take a few months to implement and provide speedy security clearances for pre-approved, low-risk Indian travellers upon arrival in US at selected airports.
·        The MoU was signed between Indian Ambassador to US, Arun K Singh and Kevin K McAleenan, Deputy Commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection.
Centre plans setting up satellite port in Goa:
·        The Centre is planning to build a satellite port in Goa, 35 km from the state's Mormugao Port Trust, in a joint venture with the state government, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said.
·        The Mormugao port cannot be developed further as it has constraints, he further said, adding, a proposal regarding the satellite port was submitted to the state government.
Andhra to get two high-speed railway lines:
·        Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday said high-speed railway lines will be built from Visakhapatnam to Chennai and Bengaluru to Andhra Pradesh's capital city of Amaravati in collaboration with foreign countries.
·        Further, a joint venture company will be formed between Railways and the state government for taking up rail projects including redeveloping 21 railway stations, he added
Chief Minister of Haryana lays foundation stone of ‘Jai jawan awas Yojana’:
·        The Chief Minister of Haryana, Shri Manohar Lal Khattar, the Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh and other dignitaries at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Jai Jawan Awas Yojna (JJAY), in Bahadurgarh, Haryana.
·        Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar laid the foundation stone of Jai Jawan Awas Yojna  in Bahadurgarh city Haryana.
·        Khattar was accompanied by Army Chief General Dalbir Singh and Western Army Commander Lieutenant General K.J. Singh.
·        The project is being executed by Army Welfare Housing Organization and aims to provide low-cost housing.
Telangana-California ink MoU for cooperation:
·        Telangana government has signed an MoU with California (US) for cooperation in fields of business innovation, alternative energy, and education.
·        “This MoU will open new avenues for exchange of innovative ideas between startups in Telangana and Silicon Valley," Telangana officials said.
·        This will also help innovative companies in California access the Indian market, California officials added.
Kerala coastline to be plastic and garbage-free:
·        Kerala government has decided to make the state's 590 km-long coastline "plastic and garbage free" by the end of this month, Kerala Fisheries Minister Mercykutty Amma said today.
·        Plastic and solid waste will be collected separately and handed over to the Clean Kerala Company. The company plans to crush the plastic and use it for road tarring, he added.
India’s 1st green swearing-in ceremony organised:
·        Dr K Vasuki, Executive Director of government-recognised sanitation agency Suchitwa Mission, recently organised India’s first green and waste-free swearing-in ceremony in Kerala.
·        At the swearing-in ceremony of the Cabinet members of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the state, steel glasses were arranged along with the facility of cleaning them at regular intervals, among other things.
Army partners Tata Motors for skill development:
·        The Indian Army, under its welfare and development initiative Operation Sadbhavna, has tied up with Tata Motors for the training of youth from Kashmir as automobile service technicians.
·        The first thirteen-week certified training course under the initiative with 29 youth from the state has been scheduled at Tata Motors' facility in Ropar, Punjab.
India has a floating post office:
·        India has a floating post office, situated on a houseboat on the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.
·        Inaugurated in 2011, the post office also has a philately museum and a shop selling postage stamps and other products.
·        Interestingly, letters posted from here can be enclosed in special envelopes and covers having scenic pictures of the state's tourist destinations.
INTERNATIONAL:
Environmental crime 4th biggest global crime: UN
·        According to the United Nations and Interpol, environmental crimes like toxic waste dumping, illegal logging, and ivory smuggling have become the world's fourth largest illegal activity.
·        They also revealed that the black market industry behind such crimes increased 26% since 2014.
·        Drug smuggling, counterfeiting, and human trafficking were listed as the top three illicit enterprises in the world.
Switzerland holds first ever vote on basic income:
·        Switzerland is voting on whether to introduce a guaranteed basic income for every citizen, becoming the first country to hold such a vote.
·        The proposal calls for adults to be paid an unconditional income of 2,500 Swiss francs a month, whether they work or not.
APPOINTMENTS:
V Narayanasamy to be sworn in as Puducherry CM tomorrow:
·        In Puducherry, Congress Legislative Party leader and former Union Minister V Narayanasamy will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of the Union Territory tomorrow.
·        Five ministers will take oath on the occasion.
Sasikumar takes over as MD of State Bank of Travancore:
·        CR Sasikumar has taken over as Managing Director of State Bank of Travancore (SBT), one of the associate banks of State Bank of India.
·        He has started his career as a probationary officer (PO) with SBI in 1978.
·        Prior, he was Deputy Managing Director, Inspection & Management Audit, at SBI Corporate Centre in Hyderabad.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
96-yr-old man becomes world's oldest graduate:
·        Shigemi Hirata, a 96-year-old Japanese man, has been recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world's oldest university graduate.
·        Hirata received a degree in ceramic arts from the Kyoto University of Art and Design on 19 March 2016.
·        He was enrolled in the university at the age of 85 in 2005 and took 11 years to complete the course.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:
ATM-based validation of tax returns activated:
·        The Income Tax (I-T) Department has launched an ATM-based validation system for online filing of income tax returns.
·        Under the initiative, the electronic verification code needed to validate returns on the e-filing portal of the I-T department can be generated through the ATM where the taxpayer has an account.
·        Currently, only SBI has initiated the facility, an I-T official said.
India suggests EU to resume stalled FTA negotiations:
·        Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has suggested her European Union counterpart Cecilia Malmstrom to resume the long-stalled negotiations over the proposed free trade agreement.
·        Both the ministers met on the sidelines of an Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Ministerial Council Meeting on June 3 in Paris.
IMF approves $1.5 Billlion Loan for Sri Lanka:
·        The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) executive board has approved a three-year $1.5 billion loan to support Sri Lanka’s economic reform agenda which is hit by a balance-of-payments crisis.
·        Aimed at boosting government revenues to reduce the fiscal deficit, improving foreign exchange reserves, reducing public debt and Sri Lanka’s risk of debt distress, and improving public financial management
Seco Tools India inaugurates new plant near Pune:
·        Seco Tools India, a wholly owned subsidiary of Swedish company Seco Tools AB has inaugurated its new plant and office at Koregaon Bheema near Pune.
·        The inauguration coincided with the completion of the 20 years of the company’s operations in India.
·        Theme of the program – ’20 years of technical expertise, passion and productivity’
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
World’s smallest pacemaker implanted in 92-year old at Gurgaon Hospital:
·        The Micra Transcatheter Pacing System, the smallest pacemaker (two gram capsule sized) in the world has been successfully implanted in a 92-year old man at Medanta, The Medicity Hospital.
·        The pacemaker, which is comparable in size to a vitamin capsule, was inserted in the patient’s body through a catheter in a 30-minute procedure, which was painless and left no visible signs of a medical device under the skin.
·        The new pacemaker weighs just 2 grams, a lot less than the conventional 25 grams other mechanisms weigh.
Pluto's image shows 1st proof of possible cloud:
·        NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has captured an image of Pluto, that can prove to be the first evidence for the existence of clouds on the dwarf planet.
·        The dwarf planet's image, which was illuminated by the Sun in the background, showed a presence of wisp-like formations which could be methane clouds as predicted by models.
Kerala brothers invent low-cost wind turbine:
·        Arun and Anoop George, two brothers from Kerala, have invented a low-cost wind turbine to make renewable energy affordable to all.
·        Approximately the size of a ceiling fan, the wind turbine costs around 50,000 and is expected to have a lifespan of twenty years.
·        Currently, most wind turbines are imported to India and cost consumers close to 2 lakh.
Researchers develop new Terahertz camera:
·        Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a new Terahertz camera that can observe at a microscopic level and can be used to find defects in microchips.
·        The camera can scan through solid objects at resolutions almost double than usual terahertz imaging technologies.
·        Scientists claim that the discovery will help scan optically opaque objects and help detect skin cancer.
SPORTS:
Muguruza beats Serena to win her 1st Grand Slam:
·        Spain's Garbiñe Muguruza won her maiden Grand Slam title after defeating the defending champion Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4 in the French Open finals.
·        The fourth-seeded 22-year-old Spaniard has won only two WTA singles titles in her career, while the 34-year-old American had won six Australian Open, three French Open, six Wimbledon and six US Open titles in her career.
Judoka Avtar Singh books Rio Olympics berth:
·        Judoka Avtar Singh has qualified for the Rio Olympics in the under 90kg weight category, Judo Federation of India said.
·        Besides winning a gold in South Asian Games in February, Avtar, who hails from Punjab, won gold medals in senior national judo championships in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
·        He also won the bronze in Asian Junior Judo Championships in 2011.
Seema Tomar finishes 5th in shooting World Cup:
·        Former World Cup silver medallist Seema Tomar of India finished fifth in women’s trap event at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup.
·        Australia’s Emma Elizabeth Cox won the gold medal, USA’s Corey Cogdell bagged silver while Carole Cormenier of France clinched the bronze in the women’s trap event.
Indian Boxing Council gets Affiliation from Commonwealth Boxing Council (CBC):
·        The Indian Boxing Council (IBC), a licensing body for professional boxers in the country which has Vijender Singh among others on its roster has been granted affiliation by the Commonwealth Boxing Council(CBC).
·        Indian Boxing Council is a National Boxing Governing body that sanctions professional boxing matches and awards national and subordinate championship titles.
·        It is the first time in India where there is an opportunity for the Boxers to be professional.
OBITUARY:
Sulabha Deshpande passes away at 79:
·        Veteran film, theatre and television actress Sulabha Deshpande passed away on Saturday at the age of 79 at her residence in Mumbai.
·        She was considered among those spearheading the experimental theatre movement in the 1970s. Some of her works include the films 'English Vinglish' and 'Gaman'.
·        She won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1987 for her contribution to theatre.
Moto2 rider Luis Salom dies after crashing during practice:
·        Moto2 rider Luis Salom died after crashing during practice for the Catalunya Grand Prix on Friday. He was 24.
·        Salom had been in Moto 2 Since 2014 and had 3 Podium finishes in 41 races, including a second place in this season's opener in Qatar. He was 10th in the Point Standings.
·        He had 9 Wins in Moto 3 and Finished Second in the Championship in 2012 and third in 2013







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