Daily Current Affairs Updates–22nd June 2016:
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· The Union Cabinet approved the spectrum auction plan which is estimated to fetch at least Rs.5.36 lakh crore, biggest spectrum auction ever for the Indian telecom industry, following recommendations from the Department of Telecommunications.
· The government will be putting up the premium and efficient 700 Mhz band up for auction for the first time ever.
Government okaysRs 10,000 crore corpus for Startups:
· The Cabinet has approved setting up of Fund of Funds for Startups under Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) for extending support to Startups.
· The corpus of FFS is Rs 10,000 crore, which will be built up over the 14th and 15th Finance Commission cycles.
· An amount of Rs 500 crore has already been provided to the corpus of FFS in the last fiscal year, and 600 crore rupees earmarked in the current fiscal.
· The Fund is expected to generate employment for 18 lakh persons.
· The Maharashtra Cabinet approved a proposal to set up a Counter-Insurgency and Anti-Terrorist school at Nagpur to train police and other security forces in combating left-wing extremism and militancy.
· It will provide “state-of-the-art” training facilities for jungle and field tactics, ambush, and handling of weapons.
· The Centre and the state will jointly fund the school, officials said.
Maharashtra cabinet approves minority status for Jews:
· The Maharashtra cabinet approved a proposal to grant minority status to Jews in the state.
· The decision will allow members of the community avail state government scholarships and establish their own educational institutes, Chief Minister DevendraFadnavissaid.
· According to the 2001 Census, there were 4,650 Jews living in India, with 2,466 of them in Maharashtra.
· Nagpur and the Chinese city of Jinan became ‘sister cities’ after signing a pact which allows for the exchange of ideas and technology in the field of education, urban planning, youth affairs, and sports.
· The agreement, which will be executed for five years, also allows Nagpur to seek financial assistance from Jinan to execute development projects.
Assam starts SMS drive for tobacco-free schools
· The Assam government has started an SMS campaign to ensure that all educational institutions in the state are tobacco-free.
· Heads of government educational institutions were sent reminders to ensure that anti-tobacco signages are put up and tobacco use is banned in the premises.
· Notably, a 2010 study had found that 140 children are introduced to tobacco every day in Assam.
Banda Singh Bahadur commemorative coin released:
· Finance Minister ArunJaitley released a commemorative silver coin to mark the 300th martyrdom day of Sikh General Banda Singh Bahadur. Jaitley said Bahadur (1670-1716) was a great leader, who fought the Mughals and established the first sovereign Sikh state.
· Notably, Guru Gobind Singh had conferred the title ‘Bahadur’ and appointed Banda Singh his deputy and military lieutenant.
· Union Government asked all state governments to link Aadhaar with caste and domicile certificates of school students.
· Under first-of-its-kind initiative, the states have been asked to ensure that such certificates are issued within 60 days time to the students when they are studying either in Class V or VIII.
Andhra Postal circle releases stamps on Yoga booklet:
· To commemorate the 2nd International Day of Yoga, Andhra Pradesh Postal circle on 21 June 2016 released “Information booklet, Stamps on Yoga” and “12 stamps on Suryanamaskarams”.
· The booklet contains illustrations and description of 24 yoga asana (postures). It also provides a brief description on the various Yoga postures depicted in the original Stamps.
· The booklet contains four Commemorative stamps released in 1991 on various yoga postures– Bhujangasana, Dhanurasana, Ushtrasana and UtthitaTrikonasana.
· The booklet and stamps were released to encourage customers and employees to take to yoga. He said the special stamps are limited edition collection which will interest philatelists.
· Hyperloop One signed a deal with Russia’s investment firm Summa Group to build a 70-kilometre high-speed transportation system in Moscow at a cost of $450 million to $607 million.
· This makes Moscow Hyperloop’s fourth engineering site after Finland, the UK and the US.
· Hyperloop One is making vacuum pods that can travel upto 1,200 km/h.
Chinese Prez, PM Modi to meet on sidelines of SCO summit in Tashkent:
· Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister NarendraModi will meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit beginning in Tashkent .
· China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson HuaChunying said this today. The meeting assumes significance in the backdrop of India’s attempts to get the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
Ken Miyauchi replaces NikeshArora at SoftBank
· SoftBank Group named Ken Miyauchi as its new President and Chief Operating Officer after NikeshArora resigned.
· Miyauchi currently serves as the Director of SoftBank Group and also as the President and CEO of the company’s telecommunications and Internet arm, SoftBank Corporation.
· Masayoshi Son will remain as the Chairman and CEO of the SoftBank Group.
· Former Member of Parliament NirmalKhatri night resigned as the President of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee.
· However, the party high command has reportedly not taken a decision on it yet.
· The resignation comes amid reports that the party is looking for a new chief for the state from the Brahmin community ahead of the 2017 state assembly elections.
BOOKS AND AUTHORS:
· The book titled A Life in Diplomacy was in news in the third week of June 2016. The book was written by former Indian diplomat MaharajakrishnaRasgotra.
· It is an insider’s account of the personalities and policies that shaped Indian diplomacy.
· The book provides a ringside view of the beginnings of ethnic violence in Sri Lanka, the last years of the Cold War, the negotiations on the formation of SAARC, Indira Gandhi’s assassination and the Bhopal gas disaster.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
· The Indian Space Research Organisation launched a record 20 satellites in a single mission from the SatishDhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
· The satellites included Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 19 co-passenger satellites from US, Canada, Germany, Indonesia and two Indian academic institutions.
· The launch was made using ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.
· The All India Football Federation is set to launch a football promotion programme in October targeting 11 million children across India.
· The programme, titled ‘Mission 11 Million’, will reportedly be launched in 30 cities, besides targeting the Indian diaspora in Gulf countries.
· Notably, India will be hosting its first international football competition, the U-17 FIFA World Cup, next year.
· Pakistani qawwali singer AmjadSabri of the Sabri brothers group was shot dead in Karachi’s Liaquatabad area.
· Son of the late GhulamFaridSabri, the singer was fatally injured when motorcycle-borne assailants opened fire at his car. The Sabri brothers group is credited with being the first exponents of qawwali to the west.
Noted Telangana poet and lyricist GudaAnjaiah dies:
· Noted Telangana poet and lyricist GudaAnjaiah died at his house at Ragannagudem, Telangana following a brief illness. He was 61. He is survived by three daughters.
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