Daily Current Affairs Updates–16th June 2016:
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· June 16 — International Integration Day
PM Modi inaugurates 1st conference of CBDT, CBEC:
· Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the two-day ‘Rajasva Gyan Sangam’, the first joint annual conference of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).
· The conference will also be attended by the top brass of Income Tax department. While CBDT is responsible for collecting direct taxes, CBEC recovers the indirect taxes.
Thailand PM to arrive in Delhi today on 3-day visit:
· Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha will arrive in Delhi on a three-day visit.
· Trade and attracting investments from Thailand will be high on the agenda.
· India will also seek Thai participation in its Make-in-India initiative.
· During his stay, General Prayut Chan-o-Cha will meet with Indian Businessmen.
HRD minister Smriti Irani launches Vidyanjali in New Delhi:
· Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has launched Vidyanjali, a school volunteer programme in New Delhi.
· Vidyanjali is an initiative under Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat, to enhance community and private sector involving government run elementary schools across the country.
Rajnath Singh to chair meeting of coastal States in Mumbai:
· Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair a meeting of the Home Ministers, Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police belonging to nine coastal States and four Union Territories in Mumbai.
· Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju and senior officers of the Ministry of Home Affairs will also participate in the meeting organised by the Department of Border Management.
Railways start social media system for grievance:
· Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu launched an Integrated Social Media platform to take care of passengers’ grievances received through the posts on Facebook and Twitter.
· The posts will be first analysed by the Railway Board’s Social Media Cell and then forwarded to the concerned Divisional Railways Manager (DRM) to take prompt action on the matter.
Grievance redressal app for panchayats in Bengal:
· West Bengal Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee launched a bilingual grievance redressal app, ‘Panchayat Pratikar’, across the state’s gram panchayats.
· All complaints would be recorded, a reply would be given on the mobile and redressal would be provided within 72 working hours, Mukherjee said.
· “The status of the complaint will also be traceable on the net or mobile,” he added.
India to provide Rs 48 million aid for college building in Nepal:
· India to provide financial grand of Rs 48.84 million to Nepal for the construction of a college.
· Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae laid foundation stone of the building for Koteshwor Multiple Campus in Kathmandu district.
· Koteshwor Multiple Campusis a non-governmental, service-oriented community college established two decades back.
· India has provided a monetary aid of nearly Rs 501 million to Nepal in the fiscal 2015-2016 to help the country renovate, restore and upgrade its various religious, cultural and educational institutions after it stuck by earth quake.
Nawazuddin introduces irrigation system in UP:
· According to reports, Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has introduced a water-efficient Centre Pivot Irrigation System in Uttar Pradesh’s Budhana.
· Siddiqui, who comes from a family of farmers, was introduced to the system by some French farmers during his visit to Cannes.
· The system uses lesser water than conventional systems, and each of its pipes can irrigate an acre of land.
Karnataka government bans electronic cigarettes:
· The Karnataka government banned electronic cigarettes in the state.
· The decision was taken on the recommendation of a committee on cancer prevention, state Health Minister UT Khader said.
· “2 mg and 4 mg nicotine is allowed in chewables like nicotine gum for de-addiction purpose, but these e-cigarettes usage is leading to addiction towards it”, he added.
Haryana bans sale of paint thinner in bottles:
· Haryana government has banned the sale of correction fluid and paint thinner in bottles, saying strict action will be taken against violators.
· Officials have been asked to submit a progress report on the fifth of every month regarding the order, state Health Minister Anil Vij said.
· The chemicals were reportedly being misused as intoxicating substances or drugs, Vij added.
Government increases buffer stock of pulses by 5 times:
· The Government increased the buffer stock of pulses by over five times from 1.5 lakh tonnes to 8 lakh tonnes.
· The stock will be created by direct procurement from farmers at market prices.
· Further, it will be released to the states at a subsidised rate of 120/kg, as opposed to the prevailing market price of over 170/kg.
Maharashtra government to use plastic wastes to build roads:
· Maharashtra government has decided to use plastic waste along with tar in the building of roads.
· The Centre had recommended the use of plastic waste as it improves the quality of roads and reduces soil pollution caused by the plastics, state officials said.
· CSIR-Central Road Research Institute also assured the government that such roads would be cheaper and more durable.
Government gives nod to six international agreements:
· The government gave its nod to six international agreements in science and technology, air travel and labour welfare.
· The agreement between the Earth Sciences Ministry and the International Seabed Authority will allow India to undertake exploration of high-value mineral deposits in the Indian Ocean.
· Another agreement relates to improving air connectivity between India and Taiwan.
Government to give unique ID cards to disabled persons:
· India is implementing a project to provide unique identification cards to persons with disabilities, Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, told the UN.
· The move is aimed at creating a database that lets the government track their education and employment status.
· Further, the first Central University for Disability Studies and Research will be set up in Kerala, the official added.
Sikkim to start courses on endangered languages:
· The University Grants Commission has allowed Sikkim University to start two-year post-graduate degree courses in Lepcha and Limbu languages, which are enlisted as ‘endangered’ by UNESCO.
· The varsity would be the first in the country to offer post-graduate courses in these endangered languages.
· The courses including one for the Bhutia language would be taught from the academic session in August.
‘Delhi’s CP world’s 7th costliest office space’:
· Property consultant CBRE has ranked New Delhi’s Connaught Place the world’s seventh most expensive office destination, with an annual occupancy cost of $149.71 per sq ft.
· While Hong Kong (Central) was named the highest-priced office market at $290 per sq ft per annum, Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex was ranked 19th.
· Notably, Connaught Place was ranked sixth last year.
India, ISA contract for exploration of Polymetallic Sulphides in Indian Ocean Region approved:
· The Union Cabinet gave its approval for signing of a 15 years contract by the Ministry of Earth Sciences with the International Seabed Authority (ISA).
· The contract seeks to undertake exploration and other developmental activities related to Polymetallic Sulphides in the allotted area of 10000 sq km.
Union Cabinet approved Bill to fast track recovery of bad loans:
· The Union Cabinet approved the Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Bill, 2016. It was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 11 May 2016.
· The bill seeks to improve ease of doing business and thereby, attract investments into the economy by fast tracking recovery of bad loans.
· Primarily, the bill seeks to amend four existing legislations, namely, –
ü Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (SARFAESI) Act, 2002
ü Recovery of Debts due to Banks and Financial Institutions (RDDBFI) Act, 1993
ü Indian Stamp Act, 1899
ü Depositories Act, 1996
Congressional resolution introduced backing India’s UNSC bid:
· A resolution has been introduced in the US House of Representatives supporting India’s bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
· The resolution, introduced in the House last night, says that a permanent seat for India in the UNSC will strengthen democracy around the world.
· India is the only country which has been endorsed by the Obama administration for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
India-Bangladesh transit facility becomes operational:
· India-Bangladesh transit facility, under the revised Inland Water Transit and Trade Protocol, becomes operational.
· It was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Dhaka in June last year.
· A ship from Kolkata carrying 1000 tonnes of steel and iron sheets reached Ashuganj river port in Bangladesh last night.
North Korea Ryugyong Hotel is world’s tallest unoccupied building:
· North Korea’s Ryugyong Hotel is the world’s tallest unoccupied building, according to Guinness World Records.
· The 105-storey pyramid-shaped skyscraper is 330 metre high.
· Construction of the building began in 1987 and took 25 years to be completed, after being halted on several occasions.
· Plans were made to open the hotel in 2012, and then in 2013, but were later cancelled.
France formally ratifies Paris climate accord:
· French President François Hollande finalised ratification of the Paris climate agreement, saying, “Signing is good, ratifying is better.”
· The move makes France the first industrialised and G7 nation to do so.
· The Paris climate agreement will come into force once it is ratified by at least 55 countries responsible for 55% of the global greenhouse gas emissions.
New MD of Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation:
· IAS officer Dr. M Beena, has been appointed as Managing Director of the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA), a statutory body of the Kerala Government.
· A Kerala cadre IAS officer of the 1999 batch is currently serving as the Managing Director of KSIDC (Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation) and KSIE (Kerala State Industrial Enterprises).
· Beena has also served as the Managing Director of the Roads& Bridges Development Corporation, Vyttila Mobility Hub and many other positions for Kerala.
DBS Bank appoints Niraj Mittal as institutional banking head:
· DBS Bank India has appointed Niraj Mittal as the Managing Director and Head of Institutional Banking for the country.
· Mittal will report to Jeanette Wong, Group Executive and head of institutional banking group in Singapore, and Surojit Shome, CEO of DBS India.
· Prior to DBS Bank, Mittal served as Managing Director and Head of institutional banking business (North India) at The Royal Bank of Scotland NV (RBS).
Ex-spinner Venkataramana named coach of Dindigul franchise:
· Former Indian off-spinner and qualified coach M Venkataramana has been appointed as coach of Take Solutions, one of the eight teams that successfully bid for a franchise of the Tamil Nadu Premier League which is to begin in August this year.
· Take Solutions had bid for Dindigul district.
· Corinthians boss Tite was named as the new coach of Brazil, succeeding Dunga, who was sacked after the team’s humiliating exit from the Copa America.
· But the task of turning around a lackluster Brazil in time for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August will fall to current under-20s coach Micale, said the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).
Sunil Bharti Mittal elected as International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Chairman:
· Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, has been elected as the Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
· He is the third Indian business leader to hold this position in ICC’s near 100-year history.
· Online budget accommodation company Stayzilla has appointed Chandramouli Gopalakrishnan, former director of products at Goibibo, as vice-president of products, soon after it named former Twitter director Pankaj Gupta as chief product officer.
· The company is looking to strengthen its position in the homestay business after it raised $13.5 million from existing investors.
Tokyo Governor, Yoichi Masuzoe, Resigns Over Spending Scandal:
· The governor, Yoichi Masuzoe, is the 2nd leader of the Japanese capital’s metropolitan government to leave office over a financial scandal in two and a half years, an especially embarrassing development because the city will host the Summer Olympic Games in 2020 and counts on the governor to act as an organizer and global ambassador.
· Amid political parties’ opposition to his appointment as Congress’ in-charge of Punjab, Congress General Secretary Kamal Nath wrote to party President Sonia Gandhi.
Bank of Japan keeps interest rates unchanged:
· The Bank of Japan decided to keep the interest rates on the current accounts held by financial institutions unchanged at (-)0.1% and kept the annual target for expanding the monetary base at 80 trillion yen ($764 billion).
· Further, the inflation is “likely to be slightly negative or about 0% for the time being”, the central bank said.
· The US Federal Reserve decided to keep the key interest rates steady at 0.25-0.5%.
· Further, the growth forecast for 2016 and 2017 was brought down by 0.1% to 2%.
· The UK’s possible exit from the European Union affected the decision as it would impact economic and financial conditions in the global markets, the Fed chair Janet Yellen said.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
· Canadian poet, novelist and environmental activist Margaret Atwood was awarded the 2016 PEN Pinter Prize.
· Atwood will receive her award at a public event at the British Library on 13 October 2016.
· Atwood was chosen by judges Vicky Featherstone, Zia Haider Rahman, Peter Stothard, Antonia Fraser and President of English PEN and Chair of Judges, Maureen Freely.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:
· Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover announced the opening of its £240 million (around 2,280 crore) manufacturing facility at Rio, Brazil, the firm’s first establishment outside of the UK.
· It will manufacture Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport at the facility. The establishment will also house an education centre for training 12,000 local children every year.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
· In a first, an instrument onboard a NASA satellite has measured the methane emissions from a specific leaking facility while passing over the Aliso Canyon near Porter Ranch in California.
· “The percentage of atmospheric methane produced through human activities remains poorly understood”, a researcher said.
· The breakthrough will help monitor methane emissions from space, the study added.
· After India’s win over Zimbabwe, Indian limited-overs captain MS Dhoni became the joint second most successful captain in ODI history, equalling Allan Border’s record of 107 ODI victories.
· He lies 58 ODI victories shy of the list leader Ricky Ponting. Notably, Dhoni also became the first Indian captain to lead the team in three ODI series whitewashes.
India won three-match ODI Series against Zimbabwe, 3-0:
· India won the three-match One Day International (ODI) series against Zimbabwe 3-0.
· 1st Match: It was played at Hazare sports club, Hazare, Zimbabwe on 11 June 2016. India defeated Zimbabwe by nine wickets. Lokesh Rahul was adjudged as the Man of the Match.
· 2nd Match: It was played at Hazare sports club, Hazare, Zimbabwe on 13 June 2016. India defeated Zimbabwe by eight wickets. Yazvendra Chahl was adjudged as the Man of the Match.
· 3rd Match: It was played at Hazare sports club, Hazare, Zimbabwe on 15 June 2016. India defeated Zimbabwe by ten wickets. Lokesh Rahul was adjudged as the Man of the Match.
· Man of the series: Lokesh Rahul
· Assam Pradesh Congress Committee President Anjan Dutta passed away aged 64 at the AIIMS hospital in Delhi.
· Dutta had held the Transport, Industry and Commerce, and Public Enterprises portfolios in former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s cabinet.
American Literary Translator Gregory Rabassa dies:
· Gregory Rabassa, prominent literary translator, passed away on 14 June 2016 in Branford, Connecticut following a brief illness. He was 94.
· Rabassa is known for his translations of several well-known Latin American writers, including Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Julio Cortazar, Octavio Paz, Clarice Lispector and Jorje Amado.
· Henry McCullough, who is a Northern Irish guitarist, vocalist and songwriter in Paul McCartney’s band Wings, passed away on June 13 at the age of 72.
Veteran Tamil film director AC Tirulokchandar passes away:
· Veteran Tamil film director AC Tirulokachandar, who had directed over 60 movies including Tamil, Telugu and some Hindi films, passed away at the age of 85.
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