Daily Current Affairs Updates– 4th July 2016:
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Haryana to develop new Industrial Township at an expense of $5 billion:
· The Haryana Government announced that it would develop an industrial township in the state at an expense of 5 billion dollar.
· The new industrial township will spread in over 1500 acres of land in Sohna and Manesar areas of Gurgaon.
· For this purpose, the Haryana Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China Fortune Land Development (CFLD) Company in New Delhi.
· Under the agreement, HSIIDC and CFLD Company would execute the project as a joint venture (JV).
Kerala government decided to ban ‘electronic cigarettes’:
· Kerala government banned ‘electronic cigarette’. It was banned in view of studies claiming that its use can cause various health issues, including cancer and heart ailments.
· In this regard, the health ministry directed the additional chief secretary (health) to issue an order banning the production, sale and advertisement of ‘electronic cigarette’ alias ‘e-cigarette’.
· With this, Kerala became the fourth Indian state to ban e-cigarettes. The other three states are Punjab (1st state to do so), Maharashtra and Karnataka.
· Earlier in 2014, an expert committee appointed by the union government to study the ill effects of e-cigarette had recommended banning the device in the country.
BRICS Working Group Meeting on Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency begins in Visakhapatnam:
· The first meeting of the BRICS Working Group on Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency commenced on 4 July 2016 in Visakhapatnam.
· The meeting will be concluded on 5 July 2016.
· The two-day meeting will be attended by all 5 members of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries.
· The Union Power Ministry is hosting the meeting of the Working Group.
· India assumed the BRICS chair for 2016 and will accordingly shape and steer the BRICS agenda.
MeT Dept issues orange alert in Uttarakhand:
· The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an orange alert for the next 24 hours in Uttarakhand.
· This comes after heavy rains and cloudbursts in the state killed at least 38 people, flooded rivers, and blocked the Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway (NH-58).
· An orange alert implies that people in the affected areas should prepare themselves for the upcoming weather conditions.
India’s first Integrated Defence Communication Network launched:
· India’s first Integrated Defence Communication Network (DCN) was launched
· The DCN was inaugurated by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at South Block.
· The network enables the Army, the Air Force, the Navy and the Special Forces Command to share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process.
· It is the first tri-service communication and IT network of the Armed Forces.
Tripura to get food grains, fuel via Bangladesh:
· Essential commodities like food grains and fuel will now be shipped to Tripura via Bangladesh, state Revenue Minister Badal Chowdhury said.
· This comes after the inauguration of the revised Inland Water Transit and Trade Protocol that provides third-country access with Bangladesh.
· Hundreds of supply trucks have been stranded on NH-8 since a month due to rainfall, Chowdhury added.
INS Tarasa, Follow-on Water Jet Fast Attack Craft, launched by Indian Navy:
· Indian Navy launched the fourth in the series of Follow-on Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (FO-WJFAC) called INS Tarasa. It was launched at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders& Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata.
· The name of the ship, like the previously launched FO-WJFACs, is based on the picturesque island in the Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal.
Public canteens to be set up in Haryana by Nov 1:
· The Haryana government plans to set up Satkar Bhojan canteens, that provide subsidised food to people, across the state by November 1.
· As a pilot project, the first such canteen was opened in the Kurukshetra city last year with a full meal costing ₹25.
· The canteen has been providing meals to at least 350 people daily.
Exercise RIPMAC 2016 begins:
• Exercise RIMPAC 2016, the Pacific military exercise, began at Hawaii with 26 nations participating in the war games that will cover the Hawaiian Island and southern California.
• The theme of RIMPAC 2016 is Capable, Adaptive, Partners. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
Abu Dhabi merger to create $175 billion bank:
· National Bank of Abu Dhabi and counterpart First Gulf Bank, on Sunday, received board approval for a merger to create a bank with $175 billion in assets.
· The merger, to be completed in 2017, will create one of the largest banks in Middle East and Africa. The tie-up comes amid attempts to diversify the economy hit by falling oil prices.
California signs gun control measures into law:
· California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law six measures which limit the purchase and possession of rifles, expand background checks and ban the possession of magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds.
· However, Brown vetoed five gun control proposals, including those which restrict firearm purchases to one per month and require the registration of homemade firearms.
Paris bans old vehicles to curb air pollution:
· Paris has banned cars that were registered before October 1997 from its streets during weekdays (Mondays to Friday), starting July 1.
· The ban, which also applies to motorcycles registered before June 1999, aims to remove vehicles which contribute to 5% of the polluting elements linked to diseases like asthma.
· Paris also provides an “ecological bonus” to buyers of low-pollution vehicles.
UNHRC resolves against internet restrictions:
· The UN Human Rights Council passed a non-binding resolution which condemns violations, including arbitrary detention and torture, against anyone expressing themselves on the internet.
· The UNHRC also called on all nations to halt attempts to restrict access to information online. It noted that online privacy is essential to realise the right to freedom of expression.
France offers €1 billion to revive India’s combat jet engine project:
· France has offered to invest EUR 1 billion to revive India’s combat jet engine project, proposing a joint development plan that could see the stalled ‘Kaveri’ gas turbine powering indigenous Tejas fighters by 2020.
· To use offset credits that would come from the planned Rafale fighter jet deal to revive the indigenous jet engine project
Marissa Mayer gets re-elected to Yahoo’s board:
· Yahoo’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Marissa Mayer was re-elected to the company’s board during the annual shareholders meeting held this week.
· However, according to a Yahoo regulatory filing, Mayer received the lowest number of votes for her re-election to the board.
· Mayer also accounted for the most negative votes received against a candidate.
Intex Tech mobile business head Sanjay Kalirona resigns:
· Intex Technologies’ mobile business head Sanjay Kalirona has put in his papers, making his exit the latest among a slew of senior executives leaving the No. 3 smartphone player in a fiercely competitive market.
SBI gets $625 mn from World Bank for solar power:
· The State Bank of India and the World Bank have signed agreements for a $625 million (around ₹4,200 crore) facility to support Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic (GRPV) programmes in India.
· This will help finance GRPV projects at competitive rates, SBI said. Eligible beneficiaries would be developers, aggregators, and end-users, especially for commercial and industrial rooftops, it added.
AWARDS AND HONOURS:
President Pranab Mukherjee presents B C Roy National Awards for 2008, 2009 and 2010:
· President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Dr. B. C. Roy National Awards for 2008, 2009 and 2010.
· The awards were presented at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on the occasion of Doctors’ Day.
About Dr. B. C. Roy Award
ü The B.C. Roy Awards were instituted by the Medical Council of India in 1976.
ü The award was instituted in memory of renowned physician and former West Bengal Chief Minister Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy.
6 Indian amusement parks among Asia’s top 25:
· India’s six amusement parks have been listed among Asia’s top 25 by Tripadvisor.
· These parks include Bengaluru’s Wonderla, Hyderabad’s Ramoji Film City, Mumbai’s Imagica Theme Park, Kochi’s Wonderla, Mumbai’s EsselWorld, and Kolkata’s Nicco Park.
· The list, topped by Singapore’s Universal Studios, has the most listings from India, followed by Japan and China with five each.
Katy Perry first to cross 90mn Twitter followers:
· Maintaining the title of the most followed person on Twitter, singer Katy Perry hit the highest ever mark of 90 million followers on the micro-blogging website.
· Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are second and third most followed on Twitter with over 83 million and 78 million followers, while US President Barack Obama is fourth with 75.8 million followers.
Sudarsan Pattnaik creating 100 sand raths for new world record:
· Noted artist Sudarsan Pattnaik is attempting another world record by carving 100 sand chariots at the Puri beach in Odisha on upcoming Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannath.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:
· According to Switzerland central bank’s latest update, India’s ranking fell from 61 to 75 this year in terms of citizens holding money with Swiss banks.
· The UK was on top with 25% of the total foreign money in Swiss banks, followed by the US with a 14% stake.
· Notably, India’s current 0.1% share is lowest for the country since 1996.
Alibaba launches system to remove fake products:
· Chinese online commerce giant Alibaba on Friday launched ‘IP Joint-Force System’, an online system to track and remove fake products from its shopping platform.
· This comes after Alibaba Founder and CEO Jack Ma stated last month that counterfeit goods have no place on its platform.
· Notably, Alibaba was removed from the Washington-based International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition earlier this year.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
· In order to hunt for extraterrestrial life and explore space, China has built the world’s largest radio telescope, named FAST (Five Hundred Metre Aperture Spherical Telescope).
· The radio telescope is equivalent to the size of 30 football fields. It took about five years to build and is expected to begin operations in September.
World’s 1st transparent directional speaker made:
· US-based audio devices maker Turtle Beach has developed ‘HyperSound Glass’, which the company claims, is the world’s first transparent directional speaker.
· Comprised of multiple layers of transparent materials and film which allows it to generate a beam of ultrasound, the speaker is only audible to the targeted listeners. The speaker is currently in the early prototype phase.
· France defeated Iceland 5-2 in the fourth UEFA Euro 2016 quarter-final at the Stade de France in Paris to set up a semi-final clash against Germany on Thursday.
· Olivier Giroud scored a brace while Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann scored a goal each for France. Kolbeinn Sigþórsson and Birkir Bjarnason were the goal scorers for Iceland.
Lewis Hamilton wins Austrian Grand Prix:
· Triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday after a last-lap collision with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg as they competed for the lead.
· Dutch teenager Max Verstappen finished second for Red Bull with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen third.
· Rosberg, who finished fourth, now has his lead cut to 11 points after nine of 21 rounds.
· The International Cricket Council (ICC) approved a change to the DRS (Decision Review System) playing condition relating to the LBW “Umpire’s Call”.
· The decision will allow changes to the decision review system which will make it easier to overturn not-out LBW decisions.
· The decision was taken at ICC’s annual conference in Edinburgh.
· As per the amendment, the size of the zone inside which half the ball needs to hit any part of the stumps for a not out decision. Currently, half of the ball would need to be hitting a zone between the centre of leg and off stumps.
· This amendment will come into effect from 1 October (or from the start of any series using DRS that commences just prior to this date).
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu becomes first Indian to play in Europa League:
· Indian footballer Gurpreet Singh Sandhu in the first week of July 2016 became the first Indian to play in Europa League.
· Sandhu was named in Norwegian club Stabaek FC’s squad for their Europa League qualifying match against Welsh Premier League side Connah’s Quay Nomads FC.
· The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports granted recognition to Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).
· The recognition comes as a huge confidence boost to the several para-athletes who have qualified for Rio Paralympics.
· The Ministry granted recognition to PCI after having conducted free and fair elections with a former Justice of Allahabad High Court as Returning Officer, and after recognition by International Paralympic Committee.
Amla, Bravo set highest 5th-wicket stand in T20s:
· Playing in a Caribbean Premier League match against Barbados Tridents, Trinbago Knight Riders’ Hashim Amla (81) and Dwayne Bravo (66*) registered a 150-run stand, the highest ever fifth-wicket partnership in T20 cricket.
· The partnership, which was made in 15.2 overs, surpassed YV Takawale and SV Bahutule’s 149-run fifth-wicket stand for Maharashtra against Gujarat in 2007.
· Current national champion Joshna Chinappa became the second Indian in history to enter into the top 10 in PSA World Squash Rankings.
· The 29-year-old climbed a rank after finishing as the runner-up in the HKFC International tournament in Hong Kong.
· While, Dipika Pallikal, who was the first Indian to crack the top 10 back in 2012, was ranked 19th globally.
India to host world’s first MMA League:
· India will host the world’s first Mixed Martial Arts League from August 26 to October 1.
· The league, consisting of eight regional teams, will feature 72 bouts in the league stage, alongside two semi-finals, a third-place match and the final.
· Each team will comprise of 12 players, both male and female, with nine Indian fighters and three international players.
· It was double bonanza for India at the Canada Open as B Sai Praneeth and Rio-bound men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy clinched twin crowns after winning their respective title clash at the $55,000 Grand Prix badminton tournament in Calgary.
· Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel passed away aged 87 in New York.
· Credited with giving a voice to millions of holocaust victims, Wiesel authored over 50 books including ‘Night’, a memoir of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps.
· US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the activist-writer and offered condolences.
· Michael Cimino, the director of the Vietnam War classic The Deer Hunter, died at his Los Angeles home. He was 77.
· Cimino was best known for directing, producing and co-writing the 1978 Academy Award-winning film The Deer Hunter. The film won five Oscars, including Best Director and Best Picture for Cimino.
· He was also remembered for writing and directing Heaven’s Gate, which proved to be a financial failure.
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