Daily Current Affairs Updates–17th June 2016:
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· World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
Karnataka, Goa sign pact to join Uday scheme: Piyush Goyal
· Karnataka and Goa have signed an agreement to join the UDAY scheme for the revival of discoms. Both States may be benefited about four thousand five hundred seventy crores rupees from this scheme over next 3 years.
· The Power Ministry would soon approach the Cabinet to seek approval for enabling private sector electricity distribution companies (discoms)to get operational benefits of the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY).
· Under this scheme for reviving financially stressed electricity distribution utilities, state governments takeover 75 per cent of the debt with the electricity distribution utilities.
UGC approves new guidelines for Deemed universities:
· The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved new regulations for Deemed Universities and removed the ceiling on the number of off-campus centres.
· The new guidelines also give a time bar of seven months for the UGC and Human Rresource Development (HRD) ministry to process applications for setting up new centres.
· The new regulations also allow setting up of off-campus centres abroad but for that additional permission of the Home Ministry and Ministry of External Affairs would be needed. It has also been decided that Universities will not be able to charge more than Rs 10,000 at the time of counselling and capitation fee will not be allowed.
· Deemed Universities have also been given more freedom in opening new departments related to core areas, for which they now don’t have to immediately seek the permission of the regulator.
Garment bank set up in Himachal Pradesh:
· In Himachal Pradesh, the Shimla Municipal Corporation has set up a garment bank in the state run Kamla Nehru Hospital Shimla for new born babies.
· President of the State Red Cross Society Pratibha Singh inaugurated this bank yesterday.
· The Deputy Mayor Tikender Panwer claimed that possibly, it is the first such garment bank in the country.
· This unique garment bank would help those needy people who remained unable to purchase new cloths for their new born babies.
India and Namibia call for reform in UN Security Council:
· India and Namibia have made a strong call for reforms in United Nations to give India and Africa their due place in the UN Security Council.
· President Pranab Mukherjee and his Namibian counterpart Hage Geingobsaid that it is a great anomaly that India and Africa with over two billion people should be left out of the world body.
· The two leaders were addressing a banquet hosted in honour of Mr. Mukherjee by the Namibian President in Windhoek last night.
· India will like to partner with Namibia in the implementation of its “Vision 2030” through inclusive development and capacity building.
Rajnath approves setting up central marine force:
· Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh approved Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s proposal to set up a Central Marine Police Force to protect the national coastline.
· The Centre is preparing to take the coastal security to the third phase and more reforms will be executed in the next five years, Singh said after chairing coastal security meet in Mumbai.
Railway Ministry launched Liberalised Policies on Parcel Leasing and Parcel Cargo Train Express:
· Ministry of Railways launched two polices related to Parcel Leasing and Parcel Cargo Train Express.
· These policies were launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in a programme held in New Delhi.
· These policies were launched as part of Rail Budget announcement of the fiscal year 2016-17. It seeks to make the policy related to Parcel more liberalized and customer friendly.
National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 released:
· The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) released National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) 2016.
· The policy’s mission is to provide safe, secure, affordable and sustainable air travel for passengers and air transportation of cargo with access to various parts of India and the world.
Government imposes 20% duty on export of sugar:
· To increase domestic supply and check the rising prices of sugar, the government imposed a 20% customs duty on the export of raw, white, or refined sugar.
· This comes amid rising prices of various commodities including tomato, wheat, and pulses.
· Notably, India is the world’s second-largest sugar producer and has exported 1.6 million tonnes sugar since October 2015.
Union Cabinet approves MoU between ISRO and Canadian Space Agency:
· The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) on cooperation in the field of outer space.
· The MoU was signed between two parties in Ottawa, Canada in April 2015.
· It will lead to establishment of joint team, drawing members from CSA and ISRO.
India, Namibia sign two MoUs:
· India and Namibia have signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) during the final leg of President Pranab Mukherjee’s three-nation African visit.
· These agreements were signed after a bilateral dialogue between President Mukherjee and his Namibian counterpart Hage Geingob.
· The two signed MoUs include MoU on Capacity building for civil servants of Namibia.
· Mou on setting up of centre of excellence in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
US: Philadelphia introduces soda tax to fight obesity
· In the US city of Philadelphia has introduced a levy on carbonated sugary drinks, despite a multimillion-dollar campaign by the beverage industry to block it.
· It will become the first major US city to implement a so-called soda tax, which supporters say will improve the health of 1.5 million residents.
India, Bangladesh launch transhipment facility:
· India and Bangladesh launched transhipment operations at the Ashuganj port in Bangladesh.
· The facility will enable India to transport goods to the North-eastern states and further to Myanmar through Bangladesh, reportedly reducing costs by nearly 50%.
· This is part of an India-Bangladesh deal signed earlier to use each other’s territory for transiting goods to a third country.
North America to have its first sanctuary for dolphins:
· Baltimore’s National Aquarium announced its plan to create an Oceanside dolphin sanctuary. This will be first of its kind sanctuary for the marine mammals in North America.
· The aquarium will move its colony of eight Atlantic bottlenose dolphins to an outdoor facility with natural seawater by 2020. Of the eight bottlenose dolphins (six female and two male), only one has ever lived in the open ocean.
· For this purpose of creating a sanctuary, a team is scouting locations in Florida and the Caribbean for the habitat.
Arktika, the most powerful nuclear icebreaker launched by Russia:
· Russia launched the new Project 22220 nuclear icebreaker dubbed ‘Arktika’.
· t was launched from the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg – the second largest city of Russia.
· Project 22220 is the world’s largest and most powerful vessel of its kind and it has been built at the Baltic Shipyard of the United Shipbuilding Corporation of Russia.
· China opened its first Disneyland in Shanghai to the public with a grand ceremony.
· Disney CEO Bob Iger present at the event announced that the Disneyland was a product of $5.5 billion investment and a two-decade courtship of the Communist Party’s top leaders.
· The theme park is expected to attract 15-50 million visitors every year.
· Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir would replace Joseph Y Yun as the next US ambassador to Malaysia.
· Lakhdhir served as the US Consul General in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom from 2009 to 2011.
· She received a BA from Harvard College and an MS from the National War College. Her father Noor Lakhdhir was born in Mumbai in mid 1920s.
Senior IAS officer Supriya Sahu appointed as Director General of Doordarshan:
· Senior IAS officer Supriya Sahu was appointed as Director General of Doordarshan .
· She will be the full-time director general of the state-run broadcaster after two year as the post was lying vacant since July 2014.
· She would replace Aparna Vaish who was acting head of Doordharsan.
· She was appointed after the board decided to appoint the senior-most additional director general (ADG) at Doordarshan.
· Tripurari Sharan was the last full-time director general at Doordarshan who stepped down in July 2014.
· The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women appointed Anne Hathaway as global Goodwill Ambassador.
· The Academy Award-winning actor will advocate for the adoption and implementation of policies worldwide to bring change at both government and corporate levels.
· Hathaway has previously served as an advocate for Nike Foundation. She travelled to Kenya and Ethiopia to raise awareness on child marriage.
· The State Bank of India launched a 200-crore ‘IT Innovation Start-up Fund’ to invest in startups operating in the financial technology space.
· “This fund shall consider assistance of up to ₹3 crore to an Indian registered company for promoting their business innovations using IT in India for banking and related technology,” saidSBI Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya.
RBI approves common rural bill payment centres:
· The RBI gave in-principle approval to the common service centres (CSCs) in rural areas to collect payments for services like electricity, water and gas.
· The facility will be rolled out within around three months, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
· CSCs are physical facilities meant for the delivery of e-services of the government in rural and remote locations.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
· Mohun Bagan announced that it will honour country’s only Dronacharya football coach Syed Nayeemuddin with the Mohun Bagan Ratna.
· Nayeemuddin was chosen for the prestigious award for his overall contribution to the club and the country both as a player and as a coach.
Italy’s Osteria named world’s best restaurant:
· Italian restaurant Osteria Francescana has been declared the best eatery at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards 2016.
· Last year’s winner, El Cellar de Can Roca, dropped to second place while New Delhi’s Indian Accent restaurant was ranked number 87.
· Den of Tokyo took the ‘One to watch for’ award while Dominique Crenn won the World’s Best Female Chef award.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:
· Employees’ State Insurance Corporation, ESIC has decided to offer free annual health checkup to insured members aged 40 and above under its health insurance scheme.
· Besides routine general physical or clinical examination, the health checkup will include tests for blood sugar, kidney, liver, check X-Ray and ECG.
· The health insurance scheme run by the ESIC provide cover to not only the two crore insured persons but also to their dependents in the family.
Blackberry partners HCL for selling software:
· Smartphone maker Blackberry announced its partnership with IT services firm HCL Infosystems for the distribution of the former’s enterprise software products and services in India through HCL’s network of distribution partners.
· In addition to sales support, HCL will also reportedly provide value-added services such as technical support and consulting to Blackberry’s customers.
· US-based cosmetics maker Revlon has agreed to buy perfume maker Elizabeth Arden in a deal valued at $870 million.
· The deal will reportedly strengthen Revlon’s presence in its skincare and fragrance business and expand operations in high-growth markets like the Asia-Pacific region.
· The combined entity will reportedly have total annual sales of around $3 billion.
Tata, Uber tie up for solutions to cab drivers:
· Tata Group announced a partnership with taxi-hailing service Uber to offer vehicle purchase and ownership solutions to drivers on the Uber platform.
· The drivers will be provided financing solutions to purchase Tata Motors’ vehicles besides insurance services, it added.
· The initiative, first launched in Hyderabad, aims to provide the services to 20,000 drivers in the next one year.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
· India’s indigenous basic trainer aircraft, Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40), made its inaugural flight in Bengaluru.
· Developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the aircraft will be used for first-stage training of all flying cadets.
· The Indian Air Force has committed to purchasing 70 of these aircraft.
Chinese surgeon to transplant human head for first time in the world:
· A Chinese surgeon has announced that he will conduct the world’s first transplant of an entire human head within the next year, much to the dismay of medical leaders across the globe.
· Earlier this year, Doctor Ren Xiaoping of the Harbin Medical University in China claimed to have transplanted the head of a monkey, but the animal was immobile following the operation and had to be euthanized 20 hours later.
· Xiaoping was also one of the surgeons on the team who completed the first human hand transplant in the US in 1999.
· Scientists for the first time in modern medical history have grown a living bone in the lab to repair large defects in the head and face of patient.
· This medical breakthrough was achieved by a new technique developed by Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, professor at Columbia University.
· The Indian hockey team will play their first Champions Trophy final, against Australia in London.
· India’s best result till date at the Champions Trophy has been a bronze medalat the 1982 edition in Netherlands.
Nine-year-old sets swimming record in US:
· James Savage, a nine-year-old boy from California, has become the youngest to swim from San Francisco to Alcatraz Island and back.
· The boy covered the three-mile stretch in a little over two hours.
· James will now attempt another record by swimming the length of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, which is about 8 km.
· Manimala Devi, veteran Odia actress, passed away following a prolonged illness at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. She was 86.
· Manimala ruled the Odia film industry in the 1960s as lead actress with her influential performances in various films.
· Famous Television actress Ann Morgan Guilbert died after battling with cancer. She was 87.
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