Daily Current Affairs Updates–6th June 2016:
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Gujarat government announces IT policy to promote new ventures:
· The Gujarat government has announced its first ever IT and Electronics Start-up Policy.
· The policy has special focus on encouraging new ventures by providing them various incentives and subsidies.
· Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel announced the policy, which will be applicable only to IT and electronics related start-ups.
· 50 new incubators will be set up which will benefit 2,000 IT start-ups in next five years.
· The project aims to attract an investment of 7,000 crore rupees. Under the policy, the Gujarat government will provide 50 per cent capital investment assistance, in the limit of 50 lakh rupees, for setting up an incubator.
Post Offices to witness core banking operations by 2017:
· Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said a slew of measures taken by the Centre have resulted in the flow of FDIs into the country with telecom sector attracting around 27,000 crore rupees in just two years.
· Mr. Prasad said, Post Offices in the country are going to witnesscore banking operations by 2017 with 1.33 lakh postmen carrying handheld ATMs.
· The Minister announced that a new electronic manufacturing cluster would come up in Kakinada besides the already sanctioned 5 manufacturing clusters.
· The hardware park sanctioned would start functioning at the earliest.
· Under 14th Finance Commission grants an allocation of 2,60,819 crore rupees have been made for Andhra Pradesh. Union Minister of State for Agriculture Sudarshan Bhagat was also present on the occasion.
Gadkari launches Setu Bhartam project in Himachal Pradesh:
· Union Minister for Road Transport, Surface and shipping Nitin Gadkari launched Setu Bhartam project in Himachal Pradesh from Palampur town in the Kangra District.
· Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda, BJP MP Shanta Kumar and Opposition Leader Prem Kumar Dhumal were also present on the occasion.
· Under the programme five Over Bridge ORB would be constructed on railway crossing in Shimla amd Kangra districts with sum of five hundred crore rupees.
· Besides it, Nitin Gadkari dedicated newly constructed Bathu Bridge on Dehra-Kangra National Highway.
Prabhu flags off semi-luxury train Tiger Express:
· Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off IRCTC’s Tiger Express, a semi-luxury train to spread awareness among people regarding tiger conservation.
· It is the first semi-luxury train on a tourist circuit having a dining car, with tariff structure starting from ₹38,500.
· The package includes accommodation, sightseeing, food, inter-city transfers and travel insurance, IRCTC said.
Government to set up 6 bulk drug, medical device parks:
· To reduce import dependence, the government has decided to establish six bulk drug and medical devices parks across India, which will require a combined investment of about 60,000 crore, said Fertiliser Minister Ananth Kumar.
· As much as 80% of our total requirement of bulk drugs/APIs and 65% of total demand of medical devices is met through imports, he added.
Public Grievance Redressal Act launched in Bihar:
· Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launched the Bihar Public Grievance Redressal Act, empowering the public to get their grievances redressed within a specified time frame.
· In case of non-redressal of grievances, people will be informed the reasons for the delay, and the complainant can even file an appeal if he is not satisfied with the answer, he added.
Government in Arunachal town to observe car-free day:
· Government officials will observe a vehicle-free day on the seventh of every month in and around Tezu town in Arunachal Pradesh.
· The Lohit district administration has said it hopes to “set an example” through the decision, which was announced on World Environment Day.
· The move has been taken to benefit the environment and reduce government expenditure on fuel.
Odisha becomes first Indian state to give pension and food benefits to transgenders:
· Odisha became the first Indian state to give transgender people social welfare benefits, such as a pension, housing and food grains.
· The state took the step to give the transgender community the same benefits as those living below the poverty line.
· The step was aimed at improving their overall social and economic status.
Cambridge, MIT experts to design Indian syllabi:
· Union Minister Smriti Irani said that experts from universities like Cambridge, MIT, and University of Pennsylvania have been brought on board to help design syllabi of higher education institutions.
· Irani said that these experts would “help states internationalise their curriculum in order to benefit their students”.
· The move was announced under the Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan.
32 DTH channels to live-telecast IIT lectures:
· The HRD Ministry is set to launch 32 DTH channels for live-telecasting lectures from six IITs and other top institutions.
· Aimed at expanding “the reach of high-quality education”, the live classrooms will be available for free on Doordarshan’s FreeDish DTH platform.
· The government has signed MoUs with various institutions for the project, which is expected to be operational by August.
India-Qatar to combat terror finance, Hawala:
· India and Qatar signed seven agreements and agreed to share intelligence to combat ‘hawala’ transactions (illegal money movement) and terror financing.
· The two countries agreed to move beyond “trading relationship” and get into “strategic investments”.
· This was announced after delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
6.3-magnitude earthquake rocks Maluku Islands in Indonesia:
· A 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia.
· The Indonesian Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency reported that the quake struck at 01:25 am local time.
· The epicenter was 146 kilometre southwest of South Buru Regency, Maluku Province, 299 kilometre from Maluku Province’s capital Ambon with a depth of 445 kilometre under the sea.
· The United States Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.3 with a depth of 428 km.
Belgian city to get pipeline for beer:
· A beer called ‘Madman of Bruges’ will get its own pipeline in the Belgian city of Bruges, with a part of the money for the project being crowdfunded.
· The pipeline, functioning from this autumn, will pump 4,000 litres of beer every hour from the brewery to the bottling plant.
· Those helping fund the pipeline will receive beer supply in return.
Pope’s new law to deal with paedophile priests:
· Pope Francis announced a new law to deal with inaction over paedophile priests.
· Under the new law, Catholic bishops who fail to sack paedophile priests can be removed from office.
· This comes as some bishops have been long accused of simply moving priests accused of abuse to another parish, rather than report them to police or church authorities
V Narayanasamy sworn in as Puducherry CM:
· Congress Legislature Party leader V Narayanasamy today sworn in as Chief Minister of the Union Territory of Puducherry.
· Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi administered the oath of office and secrecy at a function held at the historic Gandhi Thidal in Beach Road.
· Congress legislators A Namassivayam, Shah Jahan, M Kandasamy, R Kamalkannan and Malladi Krishna Rao were sworn in as ministers.
· Narayanasamy represented Puducherry in Rajya Sabha for three terms. He was elected to Lok Sabha in 2009 and served as Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office in UPA II. Narayanasamy is not a member of the house hence need to face polls in 6 months.
Dia Mirza named ambassador for ‘Swachh Saathi’:
· Bollywood actor Dia Mirza has been named the ambassador for Swachh Bharat Mission’s youth-based Swachh Saathi programme.
· Under the programme, over 2,000 student interns will be enrolled to spread the message of the Swachh Bharat initiative across 10,000 schools in the country.
· As the ambassador, Mirza will interact with students through community cleaning activities and motivational videos.
Pension body to hold awareness campaign on NPS
· Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has said it will hold a 15-day campaign across India from June 27 to spread awareness about the National Pension System (NPS).
· Subscribers to the scheme are not fully aware of the facilities under the scheme, it further said, adding the information gaps are because of non-availability of latest contact details of subscribers.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
V.O.Chidambaranar Port Bags National Award For Excellence In Cost Management:
· Tuticorin based V.O. Chidambaranar Port also second-largest port in Tamilnadu has bagged National Award for Excellence in Cost Management for the year 2015 from The Institute of Cost Accountants of India under the category of Public Service Sector- Small.
· The award has been given for exemplary performance towards optimization of manpower, savings in electricity, and implementation of Solar Energy Systems, reduction of overall cost of handling by mechanization and improvising efficiency and logistics support.
· The award was presented in 13th National Awards for Excellence in Cost Management-2015 hosted by Institute of Cost Accountants of India. With this the port is bagging the award for the third time the earlier years being 2008 and 2012.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMY:
India ranked 2nd on GRD index on ease of doing business:
· India has jumped 13 positions from last year to rank second among 30 developing countries this year on ease of doing business.
· According to 2016 Global Retail Development Index (GRDI), which ranks top 30 developing countries for retail investment worldwide, a pickup in GDP growth and better clarity regarding FDI regulations have helped India achieve a second ranking.
· India’s retail sector has expanded at a compound annual growth rate of 8.8 per cent between 2013 and 2015, with annual sales crossing the USD 1 trillion mark, according to A T Kearney, a London-based business consultancy which brings out the GRD Index annually.
Airbus unveils world’s 1st 3D-printed aircraft:
· Aircraft manufacturer Airbus recently unveiled ‘Thor’, which it claims is the world’s first 3D-printed aircraft, at the 2016 edition of the Berlin Air Show.
· Weighing 21 kilograms and measuring 13 feet in length, the aircraft has been printed from a substance called polyamide. Printed aircraft offer ecological benefits as lighter jets use lesser fuel and release fewer pollutants.
Fashion marketplace Voonik acquires 3 startups:
· Online fashion marketplace Voonik has acquired three startups including Zohraa, Picksilk and Styl for an undisclosed amount.
· While Zohraa makes premium occasion wear, Picksilk is an online store for silk sarees and Styl is a mobile app to book salons and spas.
· The acquisitions will reportedly help Voonik strengthen its premium fashion products platform Vilara.
Sumitomo to acquire 45% stake in Excel Crop Care:
· Mumbai-based Farming solution provider Excel Crop Care said that it has reached a deal to sell 44.98% stake in the firm to Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo for about ₹623.44 crore.
· Further, Sumitomo will launch an open offer to public shareholders for an additional 30% stake in the firm amounting to ₹415.80 crore, it added.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
Oldest plant root stem cells discovered in UK:
· Scientists at the UK’s Oxford University have discovered the oldest known plant root stem cells in a 320 million-year-old fossil.
· The fossil, a root tip, was found at the university’s preserved selection of plants kept for study.
· It belongs to the plants that grew in the Earth’s first global tropical wetland forests.
Scientists develop new RNA-editing technique:
· American researchers have discovered that a commonplace mouth bacterium, Leptotrichia shahii, is capable of editing the genetic information contained in RNA – molecules that carry information stored in DNA to other cell parts.
· The technique could help break down viruses, that are frequently based around RNA, or kill a cancer cell by denying it the chance to make vital proteins.
Flexible OLED built using graphene electrodes:
· Korean researchers have developed efficient, flexible OLEDs using graphene as a transparent electrode.
· In conventionalOLEDs, the transparent electrode being used is brittle and expensive.
· The new OLEDs, for which researchers sandwiched the transparent graphene electrode between two layers with high and low refractive index, resulted in a comparatively better quantum efficiency of 40.8%
Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to claim 1st French Open title:
· World number one Novak Djokovic beat Britain’s Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to win his first French Open title and complete the career Grand Slam.
· Djokovic won his 12th major title and became the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slams at once.
· He becomes only the eighth man in history to have won all four of the sport’s major singles prizes – and could yet match Laver’s achievement of winning all four in a calendar year.
India’s first Mr Universe Manohar Aich passes away:
· India’s first Mr Universe Manohar Aich passed away in Kolkata.
· 104-year-old bodybuilder Manohar Aich, died at his Baguiati residence this afternoon, according to family sources.
· Aich, who turned 104 on March 17, was once a household name in Bengal after becoming India’s first Mr Universe in 1952.
· At just four feet and 11 inches, Aich was not the tallest of men but took up bodybuilding and made this his passion during his stint at the Royal Air Force under British colonial rulers.
· Former Bengal cricket captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who is Minister of State for Sports, visited Aich’s residence to offer his condolence.
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