8 Jun 2016

Daily Current Affairs Updates– 8th June 2016

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Daily Current Affairs Updates–8th 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 Brain Tumor Day
World Oceans Day being observed on June 8:

·        World Oceans Day is being observed on June 8 to raise awareness of the challenges humanity faces to protect the world's oceans.
·        The theme of this year is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet”.
·         World Oceans Day was first introduced in 1992 to raise awareness of the crucial role the sea plays as sources of food, oxygen and medicine. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008.
NATIONAL:
India becomes co-chair of Working Group on Maritime Situational Awareness under CGPCS:
·        India became the co-chair of Working Group on Maritime Situational Awareness under Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS).
·        This decision was taken through a consensus during the 19th Plenary Session of the CGPCS that took place in Mahe, Seychelles during 31 May – 3 June 2016.
Draft National Water Framework Bill, 2016 released:
·        The Union Ministry of Water Resources released the Draft National Water Framework Bill, 2016 to invite comments and suggestions from public.
·        The proposed Act provides an overarching national legal framework with principles for protection, conservation, regulation and management of water as a vital and stressed natural resource.
·        Since ‘water’ is in the State list of the Constitution, the Act will be applicable only after approval of the concerned State legislature.
Centre to introduce International Yoga Award Scheme:
·        The Centre has decided to introduce International Yoga Award Scheme with a view to promote yoga. The AYUSH Ministry today said, it is working on the scheme and will start giving the award from 2017.
·        The theme of the conference is Yoga for Holistic Health - Recent Researches.
·        The conference aimed at ensuring wider dissemination of benefits of Yoga to the public through the the media.
AYUSH minister to inaugurate National Health Editors’ meet on Yoga today:
·        Minister of State for AYUSH,Shripad Yesso Naik, will inaugurate a National Health Editors' Conference in New Delhi today.
·        The theme of the conference is Yoga for Holistic Health - Recent Researches.
·        The conference aims at ensuring wider dissemination of benefits of Yoga to the public through the media.
India all set to become member of Missile Technology Control Regime:
·        India is all set to become a member of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) as it cleared final hurdles in getting the membership of the key anti-proliferation grouping.
·        Membership of MTCR will help India procure high-end missile technology and surveillance systems by leading manufacturers which are allowed to be accessed only by MTCR member countries.
·        India had applied for MTCR membership last year and its application was under consideration as part of a silent procedure which ended yesterday without any objection from any country.
Centre to open 100 Jan Aushadhi Kendras in Bihar:
·        Union Chemical and Fertiliser Minister Anant Kumar said, the Central Government will open 100 Jan Aushadhi Kendras in Bihar.
·        Addressing Vikas Parv celebration at Chhapra in Saran District, Mr. Kumar requested Bihar Government to provide land for opening these Centres.
·        He said, after opening Jan Aushadhi Kendras, people will get life saving drugs at low price. The Union Minister alleged that Bihar Government is not providing land to open these centres in the state.
President to embark on 4-day visit to Ghana, Ivory Coast on June 12:
·        President Pranab Mukherjee embarks on a four-day visit to Ghana and Ivory Coast beginning June 12.
·        Aim to boost India’s ties with the two African nations in areas of trade and investment.
·        He will have talks with Ghana President John Dramani Mahama on a range of bilateral as well as global issues.
Joint Indo-Korean coast guard exercise begins in Chennai:
·        An Indo-Korean joint coast guard four day exercise “Sahyog Hyeoblyeog 2016” will be held off Chennai coast from June 8.
·        Aimed at further strengthening the relationship between the coast guards of the two countries and refine joint operating procedures
·        Korea Coast Guard ship 3009 would visit Chennai between June 8 to 11, adding the exercise includes anti-piracy drills, search and rescue demonstrations and external fire fighting.
Rajasthan Government launches mobile app RajVayu on Air Quality Index:
·        Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has launched mobile application RajVayu for sharing information about air quality index of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur.
·        Rajasthan becomes first state in country to launch such app for sharing information about air quality index of cities.
·        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 jointly with Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology .
·        Vasundhara Raje also launched another application named ‘Drishti’ for monitoring of pollution levels in industrial regions.
Kiran Bedi bans use of siren in VIP cars in Puducherry:
·        Lt Governor Kiran Bedi has banned the use of siren in cars of VIPs in Puducherry and got the backing of Chief Minister V Narayanasamy who said it was aimed at making the union territory “prosperous”.
·        However, emergency services like ambulances and fire service vehicles would be exempted from the restriction on the use of sirens.
All India Radio completes 80 years on June 8:
·        All India Radio (AIR) on June 8 completes 80 years.
·        On this day in 1936 the Indian State Broadcasting Service became All India Radio.
·        From then it has been a roller coaster ride for the broadcaster which took on another name in 1956: Akashvani.
Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh announces upgradation, new stadium in J&K:
·        Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh said that the government would upgrade two major sports stadia in Jammu & Kashmir and also construct a new one.
·        The Minister announced that Rs 42 crore has been allocated for the upgradation of Jammu’s Maulana Azad Stadium.
·        In addition to stadia in Jammu and Srinagar (Bakshi Stadium), the existing stadia in Poonch and Rajouri will also be upgraded at the cost of Rs 4 crore.
Railway Minister lays foundation stone for 8 rail projects in Gujarat:
·        Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in Mehsana laid foundation stone for eight different rail projects, including the much awaited line doubling between Surendranagar and Rajkot.
·        The projects include Ahmedabad-Mehsana gauge conversion with electrification, Mehsana-Taranga Hill gauge conversion, Vatva-Ahmedabad third line, Modasa-Shamlaji new line, Bhuj-Naliya gauge conversion, Somnath-Kodinar new line, Miyagam-Samlaya gauge conversion and Surendranagar-Rajkot line doubling in Saurashtra region.
Government to launch e-commerce website its employees:
·        The Indian e-commerce space may soon have a new giant, if the government of India has its way.
·        A portal called GeM, short for Government e-Marketplace, has been conceptualized by the government’s central purchase arm to allow sarkari babus to make routine office purchases from cups and saucers to laptops and printers online.
·        Officials estimate that expenditure on commonly used office items ranges between 10% and 20% of the government’s non-plan expenditure, a figure which stands at Rs 14.28 lakh crore for fiscal year 2016-17.
Union Government launched Surya Mitra Mobile App:
·        Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal launched Surya Mitra mobile App at National Workshop on Rooftop Solar Power in New Delhi.
·        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.
World Bank slashes global growth forecast to 2.4 per cent:
·        The World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has slashed its 2016 growth forecast by 0.5 per cent to 2.4 per cent and said it is critically important for governments to pursue policies that boos economic growth and improve the livelihood of those living in extreme poverty.
INTERNATIONAL:
Thailand becomes first Asian country to eliminate mother to child HIV:
·        Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
·        Cuba is the only other country to have eliminated mother-to-child transmission under the WHO's criteria.
France to launch terror alert mobile app today:
·        In France, a new smartphone app designed to alert users to possible terror attacks will be launched by the government.
·        Alerts will appear on the app less than 15 minutes after the incident and will be customised according to the user's exact location.
·        App users will also be able to monitor alerts for up to eight different geographical zones, allowing them to check on family members or friends.
·        It will also provide advice on how to stay safe, with information tailored to each particular situation, the ministry added.
·        The launch comes a day after Britain warned that stadiums and fan zones could be targeted during Euro 2016 football tournament.
UN welcomes Indo-US commitment to join Paris agreement:
·        UN chief Ban Ki-moon welcomed steps taken by India and the US to join the Paris Climate agreement, saying he is encouraged by the resolve of the two countries to pursue low greenhouse gas emission development strategies.
·        India-US joint statement on climate change announcing their support for early entry into force of the Paris Agreement.
·        Climate change was one of the major topics of discussion between Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently on a three-day, US visit and President Barack Obama.
·        As of today, 177 countries have signed, and 17 have ratified the climate agreement.
India to open new consulate in Seattle:
·        India will soon open another consulate in Seattle to cater to the needs of large number of Indian-Americans living in the northwestern part of the United States.
·        Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said, both sides committed to open additional consulates in each other's country.
·        India will be opening a new consulate in Seattle and the US will open a new consulate at a mutually agreed location in India.
·        The two countries also announced a series of measures to encourage people-to-people contacts.
Turkey's president lifts lawmakers' immunity:
·        In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved amendments to the constitution that paved the way for the trials of some 138 legislators.
·        This includes several pro-Kurdish lawmakers who face terror-related charges.
·        The state-run Anadolu Agency yesterday said, President Erdogan ratified the changes which were put forward by the ruling party and finally approved by parliament last month.
APPOINTMENTS:
Fashion designer Kenneth Cole named UNAIDS international goodwill ambassador
·        Fashion designer and AIDS activist Kenneth Cole was named an international goodwill ambassador by the head of the U.N.’s AIDS-fighting organization.
·        The appointment by UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe came on the eve of the U.N. General Assembly’s high-level meeting on ending AIDS.
Karnataka woman Nandini Singla becomes Ambassador to Portugal:
·        As students scramble for admission into science stream, Nandini Singla, Ambassador Designate to Portugal, could well be an example of how an arts stream student from a small town can go places.
Shahid Rasool takes charge as Director of Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia:
·        Shahid Rasool, a communication technology specialist, on 7 June 2016 took charge as the Director of the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA).
·        Rasool will guide CEMCA in its mission to ensure effective utilisation of educational media resources for distance education.
·        He was earlier the Director of the Educational Multimedia Research Centre, University of Kashmir. He earned his MS Degree in Communication Technology from Syracuse University and has a doctorate in mass communication and journalism from the University of Kashmir.
Suzuki Chairman Osamu Suzuki to step down as CEO:
·        Suzuki Motor Corp's head Osamu Suzuki will step down as the CEO on June 29, the Japanese automaker said.
·        However, he will continue working as the Chairman. This comes after the company, last month, admitted to using fuel-economy testing methods not compliant with Japanese regulations on 2.1 million vehicles sold in the nation since 2010.
BANKING :
ICICI Bank offers new services on ‘iMobile’
·        ICICI Bank has added five more features, including instant tax payment and rail ticket booking, on its mobile banking app, ‘iMobile’.
·        India’s largest private sector bank said customers can also add an extra layer of security to their cheque-based transactions with ‘Positive Pay’, apply for a personalised Expressions Debit Card and purchase travel & motor insurance as well as mutual funds via its banking app.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
Indian prof's dept awarded UK royal patronage:
·        Queen Elizabeth II has awarded the Regius Professorship (royal patronage) in Manufacturing to the department founded by Indian professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya in the University of Warwick.
·        IIT-Kharagpur alumnus Lord Bhattacharyya's Warwick Manufacturing Group is reportedly the largest centre for manufacturing in the world.
·        The UK has granted 14 such recognitions since Queen Victoria's rule
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:
Government procures 1.11 lakh tonne of pulses to cool retail prices:
·        The government has procured 1.11 lakh tonnes of pulses so far from farmers for creating buffer stock and also contracted to import 38,500 tonnes as part of its effort to control the retail prices.
·        The Centre also asked state governments to seek allocation of pulses from the buffer stock and sell at reasonable prices not exceeding Rs 120 per kg.
India, ADB sign $120 miilion loan pact for irrigation in Odisha
·        India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $ 120 million loan pact to improve irrigation and water management infrastructure in Odisha.
·        The soft loan is the 2nd tranche of a $ 157.5 million financing facility under the Orissa Integrated Irrigated Agriculture and Water Management Investment Program.
Amazon to increase investment India to $5 billion:
·        Amazon will invest an additional $3 billion in its India operations to take its investment in the country to over $5 billion, the American e-commerce giant’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said.
Modi-Obama talks: India, US ink eight agreements:
·        India and the US inked eight agreements, including in the sphere of defence and energy cooperation and counter-terrorism after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama in the White House.
India, US set up 2 clean energy financial support Programmes for $60 million:
·        India and the US announced the setting up of two financial assistance programmes worth $60 million for supporting India’s much-needed clean energy initiatives including in solar power and other renewables.
World Bank cuts 2016 global growth forecast to 2.4%:
·        The World Bank has lowered its forecast for the global growth in 2016 to 2.4%, saying that the world economy is facing stronger headwinds.
·        In its Global Economic Prospects Report released, the Washington-based institution expected the world economy to grow 2.4% in 2016, 0.5% point lower than the bank’s forecast in January.
Datsun launches hatchback redi-GO with prices starting at Rs. 2.49 lakh:
·        Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan Motor Co has launched a hatchback redi-GO under its Datsun brand, attempting to gain a foothold in the extremely competitive market.
·        With redi-GO, which is also the company’s cheapest car in the country, Datsun intends to take on competitors such as Maruti’s Alto, Hyundai’s Eon and Renault Kwid.
·        The redi-GO is launched with prices starting at Rs. 2.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) for the entry-level model, and the high-end priced at Rs. 3.49 lakh.
SPORTS:
Lucknow to host Junior hockey World Cup:
·        According to International Hockey Federation  Lucknow will host the junior men’s hockey World Cup from the 8th of December this year.
·        The Eleven-Daylong 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.
·        While the men’s competition takes place in December, the women’s Hockey Junior World Cup takes place shortly beforehand in Santiago, Chile, between November 24 and December 4.
OBITUARY:
Veteran musician, composer of Nepali national anthem dead:
·        Amber Gurung, the legendary Nepali musician and composer of the country’s national anthem, died by suffering from diabetes and Parkinsons disease on June 7 and was cremated with full state honours.
Chess Grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi dies:
·        Viktor Korchnoi, regarded as one the greatest chess players, passed away in Wohlen, Switzerland.  He was 85.
·        Korchnoi played in three matches that produced the World Champion, but in each case lost to Anatoly Karpov. It made Korchnoi the strongest player never to have won the title.





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