Daily Current Affairs Updates–24th June 2016:
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India to sign Memorandum of Obligation to join SCO:
· India will sign a memorandum of obligation in Tashkent to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
· India is likely to be given the status of full member of the SCO during the extended meeting of member states and observer countries of the organisation today.
· India will also sign about 30 other documents during the period of one year to become a permanent member of the SCO.
· Prime Ministers NarendraModi will hold bilateral meetings with the Presidents of Russia, Belarus and Tajikistan on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Tashkent
Maharashtra districts get own disaster plans:
· The Maharashtra government has reportedly prepared disaster management plans for all 36 districts in the state amid predictions of ‘above normal’ monsoon by the MeT department.
· The plans deal with emergency measures to be taken during heavy rains, flash floods, landslides and lightning strikes, an official said. The plans also include population and other macro details of the districts.
Mobile van to teach disabled kids in Chandigarh:
· Chandigarh Administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki flagged off a mobile van, named Kalam Express, to provide home-based education to disabled children.
· The van, to work six days a week, will have an educator, a physiotherapist, an LCD screen, a projector, books, and toys.
· Around 193 children with disabilities like autism and cerebral palsy have been identified for the service.
· In a bid to curb air pollution, the Chhattisgarh government has decided to ban trucks and buses older than 10 and 12 years, respectively.
· Their owners will be given one year to buy new commercial vehicles, the state’s Environment Conservation Board said.
· Further, permits will not be sanctioned to vehicles coming from other states that are older than eight years.
Haryana to provide 100% rebate in property tax:
· The Haryana government on Thursday decided to provide 100% rebate in property tax for residential, commercial, and institutional properties, said an official release.
· The rebate would be given for a year– from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.
· The government had earlier waived electricity dues for consumers whose properties were damaged or looted during the Jat quota agitation.
· Environment Minister PrakashJavadekar and MoS for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge) DharmendraPradhan launched a pilot project in Delhi to run 50 two-wheelers on CNG.
· The performance of these two-wheelers will be closely monitored for efficiency and emissions during the pilot phase, Pradhan said.
· The CNG-fuelled two-wheelers are expected to emit 75% lesser hydrocarbons.
Austria to share technology with Andhra Pradesh in agriculture, water purification:
· Central European country Austria came forward to extend advanced technology for development of agriculture and water purification in Andhra Pradesh.
· A three-member Austrian delegation led by Georg Zehetner, Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Head of Mission, Austrian Embassy met the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at his camp office in Vijayawada.
· Telangana will join the Uday programme that the Central Government introduced to bailout electricity distribution companies from the losses.
· Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao has informed this to Union Power Minister PiyushGoel who called on him in Hyderabad last evening.
· Later, the Chief Minister’s Office in a release said the Union Minister agreed to give more funds under theDeenDayalUpadhyaya Scheme and also to give more coal for power projects in Telangana.
· The Chief Minister informed that the usage of the LED lights will be further enhanced in the state while they have already replaced ordinary bulbs in 12 Municipalities and 26 Nagar Panchayats across the state.
Britain offers cooperation for development of Andhra Pradesh:
· Britain would extend cooperation for development of Andhra Pradesh according to British High Commissioner in India Dominic Asquith.
· Britain would offer its expertise in public transport and encourage industrialists to invest in the State.
· He also said that his country would extend cooperation for skill development, medical services, IT and infrastructure development in Andhra Pradesh.
· He saidVisakhapatnam; Vijayawada and Tirupati airports would be developed as international airports.
· Union Ministry of Urban Development approved the setting up of District Level Advisory and Monitoring Committees to promote people centric planning and execution of new urban development schemes.
· These committees will comprise of elected representatives of the country, thus giving Members of Parliament (MP) and Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA) a say in the implementation of the urban development schemes.
· In a first of its kind, these Committees will oversee, review and monitor implementation of urban development, affordable housing and urban poverty alleviation programmes.
Arunachal to opt for e-governance, go paperless:
· The Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to go paperless from August 15, in its endeavour to implement e-governance in the state.
· e-Office suites will be made functional in the state’s civil secretariat to stop manual movement of files.
· Further, all government files will be processed electronically to ensure speedy decision-making and bring about transparency in the government processes.
· Britain voted to end its 43-year old association with the European Union in a landmark referendum.
· The country voted 52%-48% in favour of ‘Leave’ to become the first member state to exit the 28-nation European Union.
· Nigel Farage, leader of the eurosceptic UK Independence Party called for June 23 “to go down in history as independence day.”
British PM David Cameron announces resignation:
· British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation on Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum.
· The Prime Minister had led the ‘Remain’ campaign which advocated staying in the EU.
· In an emotional speech outside 10 Downing Street, Cameron said his successor will be chosen by the start of the Conservative party conference in October.
· The 2016 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit started in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
· The 2-day meeting of heads of state of SCO is being conducted under the presidency of Uzbekistan
About Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)
ü SCO is a Eurasian economic, political and military organisation. Its aim is jointly preserving and safeguarding regional peace, security and stability and also establishing a democratic, fair and rational new international political and economic order.
ü Headquarters: Beijing, China.
ü Established: 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders 6 countries viz. China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
India, Switzerland ink MoU to enhance cooperation in skill development:
· India and Switzerland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish formal cooperation in the fields of skills development and vocational and professional education and training.
· The MoU was signed between Switzerland’s State Secretary Mauro Dell’ Ambrogio and Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy in Winterthur.
· China has launched its first dark sky reserve in Tibet’s Ngari Prefecture to let people make astronomical observations without getting limited vision due the presence of city lights or pollution clouds.
· Ngari, which covers an area of 2,500 square kilometres, was chosen for the purpose due to its high altitude and a large number of cloudless days throughout the year.
Sweden opens its first ever electric road:
· Europe’s Sweden opened its first ever electric road to provide power for heavy hybrid electric transports on public roads on a pilot basis.
· The two-kilometre long electric road’s technology is similar to the light rail, with contact lines 5.4 meters over the roadway.
· The lines can provide up to 750 volts DC of electricity to a truck.
· The Colombian government and the leftist FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels signed a historic ceasefire deal.
· This ceasefire deal helped in ending more than five decades of conflict, which is regarded as one of the oldest wars of history.
· The signing ceremony held at Havana was witnessed by Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, FARC chief TimoleónTimochenko Jiménez, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, Cuban president, Raúl Castro and Venezuela’s head of state, NicolásMaduro.
· Former captain Anil Kumble was named the head coach of the Indian team for a one-year period.
· The decision was made after BCCI’s advisory panel consisting of Sachin Tendulkar, SouravGanguly, and VVS Laxman interviewed 21 candidates for the job.
· Kumble, who is the third highest wicket-taker in Test cricket history, played for India from 1990 to 2008.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
· IIT-Kanpur professor Sanjay Mittal bagged the prestigious G D Birla Award for Scientific Research for 2015.
· Mittal was instrumental in establishing the High Performance Computing (HPC) facility at IIT Kanpur and heads the National Wind Tunnel Facility.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:
· Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey 2016 was released,Asia dominates the top 5 of 2016 Cost of Living Rankings, with Hong Kong bagging the No. 1 spot, pushing Luanda, Angola to 2nd.
· As per the Mercer’s 22nd annual Cost of Living Survey, top factors contributing to cost of expatriate packages for employees on international assignments are currency fluctuations, cost inflation for goods and services, and instability of accommodation prices.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
· The Padma Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling will soon receive a snow leopard from Dudley Zoological Gardens in London.
· The leopard, named Makalu, is expected to make arrival at the Kolkata airport in an Emeritus Flight .Makalu will then be transported to the zoo.
· Makalu, who gets his name from the world’s fifth highest peak on the south-east side of the Everest, was born at the Black Country zoo.
Scientists developed Kilo Core, world’s first 1000-processor computer chip:
· The US scientists unveiled a microchip, named KiloCore, containing 1000 independent programmable processors.
· The chip has been designed by a team at the University of California, Davis, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
· The KiloCore was presented at the 2016 Symposium on VLSI Technology and Circuits in Honolulu .
· Pacer JaspritBumrah, who took five wickets in three T20s against Zimbabwe, has reached a career-best number two in the latest ICC T20I rankings.
· Bumrah, who is now India’s highest-ranked bowler, has gone up six places and surpassed R Ashwin, who is now ranked seventh.
· WI spinner Samuel Badree is number one, leading Bumrah by 46 points.
Kumble got license no KA-10-N-10 for 10-wkt haul:
· To commemorate cricketer Anil Kumble’s achievement of taking all 10 wickets in a Test match innings, he was gifted a car with a customized license number of KA-10-N-10.
· Further, a traffic circle in Bengaluru was named after the cricketer. Kumble achieved the feat against Pakistan in 1999 at Delhi’s FerozeshahKotla Stadium.
· Boxers Manoj Kumar and VikasKrishan have qualified for the Rio Olympics, after beating RakhimovShakvakatdzhon and Lee Dongyun, respectively, in the AIBA World Olympic qualification event in Azerbaijan.
· Before them, Shiva Thapa was the only Indian boxer with an Olympic berth.
· Two other boxers, Devendro Singh and SumitSangwan, are still in the running for an Olympic quota.
ArtemiPanarin wins 2015-2016 Calder Memorial Trophy:
· Russian hockey winger ArtemiPanarin, playing for the Chicago Blackhawks won the 2015-2016 Calder Memorial Trophy.
· The announcement was made by the US National Hockey League (NHL).
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