Daily Current Affairs Updates–6th September 2016

    Daily Current Affairs Updates–6th September 2016:
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    NATIONAL

    Assam CM to inaugurate world class library in NIT Silchar

    • Chief Minister of AssamSarbananda Sonowalhas inaugurated a new world class library,‘Bharat Ratn Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Learning Resource Centre in National Institute of Technology (NIT),Silchar.
    • The library is established with the help of university of Illinois, USA. The library is one of kind in the entire north-eastern region equipped with modern technology and infrastructure.NIT Silchar has invested around28 crore rupees, create this world class library.

    ASSAM

    ü CM: Sarbananda Sonowal (BJP)

    ü GOVERNOR: Banwarilal Purohit

    ü CAPITAL:  DISPUR

    Haryana govt to develop 340 villages as Horticulture Villages

    • Haryana Government has decided to develop 340 villages as Horticulture Villages at a cost of 93 crore rupees during the Golden Jubilee year of the State.
    • It has also decided to establish 140 clusters in these villages.
    • An MoU has signed with the Apio Inc. for processing and packaging of horticultural products in New Delhi.
    • Under this project, producers in Haryana will supply fruits, flowers, vegetables and dairy products to these areas.
    HARYANA
    ü CM –Manohar Lal Khattar
    ü GOVERNOR –Kaptan Singh Solanki 
    ü CAPITALCHANDIGARH
    Hyderabad-Karnataka regions First bird conservation reserve at Ankasamudra

    • The Karnataka State Wildlife Board, chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, has decided to declareAnkasamudra tank in Hagari Bommanahalli taluk as a bird conservation reserve.
    • This is thefirst bird conservation reserve declared in the entire Hyderabad-Karnataka region.
    KARNATAKA
    ü CM –Siddaramaiah (INC)
    ü GOVERNOR –Vajubhai ValA
    ü CAPITAL – Bangalore
    Goa to host three-day bird festival

    • Goa Minister for Environment and ForestRajendra Arlekar targeting audiences from both within the country as also internationally. Goa’s state bird“Bulbul”has been chosen as thelogo for the festival.
    • The Western Ghats constitute one of the25 mega bio-diversity hot spots in the world and by virtue of its location, the State represents a unique confluence oftwo diverse eco-systems, one influenced bymarine environment and the other by terrestrialforest resulting in an astonishing diversity of species with high endemism, habitats and diversity.
    GOA
    CM :Laxmikant Parsekar (BJP)
    GOVERNOR :Mridula Sinha
    CAPITAL:Panaji
    Bihar 1st state to link Aadhaar with examination forms

    • To clean up the examination system after the toppers scam, theBihar School Examination Board has decided tolink Aadhaar card number of the students with their examination forms to avoid duplication.
    • This initiative isthe first by any state board in the country. This would add greater transparency and facilitate easier access to the documents
    BIHAR
    ü CM :Nitish Kumar
    ü GOVERNOR :Ram Nath Kovind
    ü CAPITAL :Patna
    Rajasthan partners with Cisco for connected learning solution

    • Rajasthan’s education department has partnered with US-based technology firmCisco to promote digital learning across the state using virtual digital room solutions.
    • It aims to enhance the quality of education through digital learning for academia to connect, collaborate, create, and share content across12 centers of State Institute for Education Management and Training (SIEMAT) in the state.
    • Rajasthan Chief MinisterVasundhara Rajeannounced this initiative on the occasion of Teachers’ Day and interacted with educators and students across all 12SIEMAT facilities live – via the Connected Learning setup.
    RAJASTHAN
    ü CM :Vasundhra Raje
    ü GOVERNOR :Kalyan Singh
    ü CAPITAL :Jaipur
    NESAC technology to monitor progress of 700 NEC projects

    • North Eastern Space Application Centre (NESAC). Around700 government projects, which are facing delay and over-expenditure in Northeast India, will soon be monitored by a satellite system developed by aregional space Centre in Meghalaya.
    • The1.44-croresystem, which was initiated in 2011 as a pilot project, will also provide geospatial inputs for projects in36 districts across the region, officials have said
    India to be 50 years late in achieving education goals: UNESCO

    • UNESCO’s new report has claimed that India will achieveuniversal education in 2085, over50 years latethan the the organisation’s educationcommitment set for 2030.
    • Further, India will achieve universal lower primary education in2050,universal lower secondary education in 2060, going by current trends. The report also urged the government to start taking inequalities in education seriously.
    NGO opens school that teaches kids who beg at signals in mumbai

    • Samarth Bharat Vyaspith, a Pune-based NGO,has started India’s first registered Signal School inMumbai, that teaches children who beg or sell items at traffic signals.
    • Mumbai is nowhome to India’s first Signal School – a colorful classroom created out of a shipping container that sits under atraffic signal flyover in Thane.
    • It currently has 22 children,mostly between the ages of 3-8, who attend classes for about four hours each day.
    INTERNATIONAL
    Indian embassy sets up solar plant at Vietnam (Hanoi)

    • The Indian embassy inHanoi at Vitanam has set up a grid connected solar generation plants in its office building. The plant was set up as per the wishes of PM Modi to makeIndian missions abroad green.
    • The Indian embassy inHanoi is the first to start mission green in abroad. The energy not used would be automatically added in the power grid  
    VIETNAM                                                 
    ü CURRENCY:Vietnamese dong
    ü CAPITAL:Hanoi                                            
     Russia, Saudi pledge oil cooperation without freeze

    • The world’s top two oil producers,Russia and Saudi Arabia have pledgedcooperation to stabilize global oil markets, Russian Energy MinisterAlexander Novak said on Monday.
    • However, the countries did not issue any immediate action to counter the falling oil prices. Earlier, a proposal to freeze oil output was derailed in April after Saudi insisted Iran’s participation in the accord.
    RUSSIA 
    President   :Vladimir Putin
    Prime Minister:Dmitry Medvedev
    Capital: Moscow
    Currency: Russian ruble      
    SAUDI              
    King: Salman of Saudi Arabia
    Capital:  Riyadh
    Currency: Saudi riyal
    Russia most unequal country in world

    • According to a wealth research firm report, Russia is themost “unequal” country in the world in terms of wealth distribution among masses, with about62%of its wealth held byUS dollar millionaires. Also, about26% of its wealth is held bybillionaires, the report added. Japan is the most “equal” economy with only 22% of wealth among millionaires.
    World’s largest LEGO ship sets Guinness record

    • A new Guinness world record for the largest LEGO ship has been set inDenmark, where employees of a shipping company successfully constructed the incredible2,860 kg boat using over one million interlocking plastic bricks. The blue and white LEGO boat measures12.035 metres in length.
    • The new Guinness World Records title was confirmed at an event organized to celebrate the150th anniversary of the shipping and transport services companyDFDS A/S in Copenhagen.
    WHO declares Sri Lanka malaria-free

    • Sri Lanka was declaredmalaria-free by the World Health Organization which called it a“remarkable public health achievement”. 
    •  “Sri Lanka’s achievement is truly remarkable. In the mid-20th century it was among the most malaria affected countries,” WHO Regional DirectorDr Poonam Khetrapal Singh said.
    • Sri Lanka is the second country in the WHO South-East Asia Region to eliminate malaria after Maldives.The decision to declare Sri Lanka malaria-free was taken after WHO’s East Asia region’s annual committee meeting.
    • NOTE:WHO South-East Asia Region’s annual committee meeting .Sixty-ninth session of theWHO Regional Committee for South-East AsiaColombo, Sri Lanka
    SRI LANKA
    ü Capitals:Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Colombo
    ü Currency:Sri Lankan rupee
    ü President:Maithripala Sirisena
    ü Prime minister:Ranil Wickremesinghe
    China agrees on steps to reduce steel exports

    • World’sleading steel producer, China agreed toreduce its steel exports without any binding limitation to its output. Earlier, theUS and Europe had accused Chinese steel industry of overproduction that led to global overcapacity of steel.
    • Also, theUS had reportedly hikedimport duties by 500%on Chinese steel to protect its domestic steel industry from competition.
    CHINA
    ü Capital:Beijing
    ü Currency:yuan
    ü President:Xi Jinping
    170 mn-year-old marine reptile fossil uncovered

    • A fossilised skeleton of a dolphin-like predator which inhabited the oceans around 170 million years ago, has been uncovered in aScotland museum where it laid buried for50 years.
    • A type of ichthyosaur, the marine reptile is estimated to befour meters long with hundreds of cone-shaped teeth. Scientists believe these‘sea dragons’ became extinct shortly before the dinosaurs.
    Driverless Bus Services Start In France

    • The world’s1stdriverless service began carrying passengers in theFrench city Lyon. Two electric minibuses with acapacity of 15 passengers each are now operating a10 min route.
    • These two electric vehicles are fitted with high tech equipment includingLaser Sensors, Stereo Vision and GPS.The Vehicles have been tested without passengers in the French city.
    BANKING NEWS
    RBI opens door for Islamic finance

    • The RBI has proposed working with the government tointroduce interest free banking to tackle financial for religious reasons. It will potentially open Islamic finance to theMuslim minority populationin the India.
    • An estimated open Islamic finance to the Muslim minority population in the India have been unable to accessIslamic banking because of lawsthat require banking to be based on interest, which is the forbidden in Islam
    Canada’s British Columbia becomes first foreign government to issue masala bonds

    • Canada’s British Columbia province has become the first foreign government to issue of masala bonds, a rupee-denominated bond.
    • It had issued Rs500 crore rupee denominated overseas bonds (masala bond) on theLondon Stock Exchange (LSE) and successfully raised $75 million (about Rs 500 crore).
    SofBank completes $31 billion acquisition of ARM

    • SoftBank surprised the technology world with a plan to acquire British chip designer ARM Holdings for£23.4 billion ($31.4 billion)back in July, thebiggest ever purchase of aEuropeantechnology company. After less than two months, Softbank is announcing today that the transaction is complete. The total acquisition price is approximately £24 billion ($31 billion),
    • ARM, which shipped 15 billion microchips last year, specializes in designing microprocessors and graphics processing units (GPUs) for laptops, phones and tablets.
    BUSINESS NEWS
    MobiKwik launches one step offline payments with ‘Bubble Pin’

    • India’s largest digital payment company, MobiKwik has launched a one-step offline payments mode, called Bubble Pin. This pin is generated on the MobiKwik app when a user clicks on the ‘Pay at store’, and it is valid for 60 seconds. The pin is a combination of alphabets and numbers. To make a payment, the user needs to share this pin with the retailer.
    • The company claims that Bubble pin is designed to make the transaction more secure, considering that no phone number needs to be shared. Users can soon use this functionality in over 25,000 offline stores across India.
    Sun Pharma inks pact to market medicines in Japan

    • India’slargest drugmaker Sun Pharmaceuticals announced a distribution agreement withJapan-based Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma to market 14 prescription brands ,it acquired in Japan.
    • Sun Pharma will aim to expand its sales channels in Japan while ensuring a steady supply of healthcare information, it stated. Notably, Japan is the world’s second-largest pharmaceuticals market after the US.
    • Out of the14 prescription brands,11 will be re-launched bySun Pharma-Mitsubishiin the Japanese market by the end of December, while the remaining three will hit the market next year.
    New Google website to help Indians save money

    • Technology giant Google is reportedly working on awebsite called ‘Bharat Saves’to provide information about financial planning to Indians to help save money.
    • The report claims that Google wants ‘Bharat Saves’ to be a part of government’s financial inclusion scheme‘Jan Dhan Yojana’launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014
    APPOINTMENTS
    Ricky Ponting appointed brand ambassador for Tasmania

    • Former Australian cricket captainRicky Ponting has been appointed brand ambassador of his home state Tasmaniaand will join a government-led trade mission to the subcontinent that will explore export opportunities.
    Indian ecologist awarded by union for conservation of nature

    • Assam based ecologistBIBHUTI LAHKARhas become the first Asian to be awarded theprestigious Heritage heroes award. Theaward is facilitated by theInternational Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
    • The award aims to recognize the outstanding efforts of a few brave people who relentlessly invest efforts to make a difference in the way natural world heritage sites are conserved
    AWARDS
    IISc retains top Indian university spot
    • Indian Institute of Science (IISc),Bangaloreremained India’stopranked university according to theQS World University Rankings 2016-17.
    • Its global ranking, however,droppedfive notches to152 as compared to last year. Other Indian universities in the top 400 hundred are IITs –Delhi (185), Bombay (219), Madras (249), Kanpur (302), Kharagpur (313) and Roorkee (399).
    Indo Japanese Priyanka Yoshikawa named Miss Japan

    • Priyanka Yoshikawa, who is half-Indian, has been crowned Miss Japan 2016.
    • Her victory follows that of Miss Japan 2015Ariana Miyamoto, who became the first black woman to represent Japan.
    RISHI KAPPOR HONORED AT BRICS FESTIVAL

    • VETERAN ACTORRISHI KAPOOR was felicitated at the 1st BRICS Film festival. He was honored by union ministerof state for I&BRajyavardhan and union minster of state external affairs V.K. Singh
    Jellyfish photo wins wildlife photography award

    • A photograph of aLion’s mane jellyfish with several small fish taking shelter in its tentacles was declared the overall winner at this year’s annualBritish Wildlife Photography Awards.
    • Titled‘HITCHHIKERS’,the photo was clicked by British photographerGeorge Stoyle in the North Atlantic Ocean near Scotland. Pictures were also awarded based on categories like animal behavior and urban wildlife.
    Miss India’ contest for Blind and low-vision girls at Odisha

    • The first ever‘Miss India’ contest for visually impaired and low-vision girlswas held inVocational Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped (VRCH),Bhubaneswar  in Odisha
    • Thefour girls, who were shortlisted from thefifty-six participants will besent to Mumbai.
    • They will be competing againstthirty othercontestants from different states for the finale which will be held in January 2017.
    SCIENCE& TECHNOLOGY
    First time, carbon nanotube transistors outperform silicon

    • In a first,American engineers have created carbon nanotube transistors claimed to performfive times faster than the most advanced silicon transistors. The new transistors achieve1.9 times higher current levels while using five times less energy, as compared to silicon.
    • For this, researchers isolatedultra-pure semiconducting carbon nanotubes with less than 0.01% metallic nanotube impurities. The UW–Madison engineers use a solution process to deposit aligned arrays of carbon nanotubes onto1 inch by 1 inch substrates.
    Asteroid named after Queen singer Freddie Mercury

    • Anasteroid was named after Freddie Mercury, the vocalist of theEnglish rock bandQueen‘, to mark the late singer’s70th birth anniversaryon Monday.
    • TheInternational Astronomical Union confirmed asteroid 17473, a 3.5km-wide ball of black rubble on the other side of Mars, shall be known as ‘Freddiemercury’. Notably, the asteroid was discovered in 1991, the year Freddie died.
    First Solar-Powered Bags That Charge Phones in US

    • US-based startup BirkSun has made solar-powered backpacks which can be used to charge smartphones or tablets. The startup claims the bag cangenerate 1% smartphone battery power for every 3 minutes that the solar panels are in sunlight.
    • Priced at $249, the solar-powered backpacks are waterproof.
    GRSE hands over fast attack craft ‘Tihayu’ to Indian Navy
    • The Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC), Tihayu’ built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), Kolkata was handed over to the Indian Navy.
    • The warship was handed over by Rear Admiral (Retd) A.K. Verma, Chairman and Managing Director, GRSE to the Commanding Officer of the ship Cdr. Ajay Kashov, at a ceremony held in GRSE.
    • RearAdmiral S.R. Sarma, Chief Staff Officer (Technical) of Eastern Naval Command carried out final inspection of the ship prior to acceptance by the Navy. GRSE had earlier built and delivered ten WJFACs to the Indian Navy during 2009 to 2011, which are proving well in service.
    SPORTS NEWS
    India win 9 medals at the Asian Wushu Championships

    • The Indian contingent won atotal of nine medals, includingfour silver and five bronze medals at the9th Asian Wushu Championshipsheld Taoyuan, Taiwan. The competition​ was attended by Wushu artists from38 nations.
    • WhereinChina finished as the medals tally leader. Wushu is a form ofmartial art practice which originated and developed in China.
    • List of medals winners:
    • Silver:L Budha Chandra Singh (56Kg), Praveen Kumar (48Kg), Rajinder Singh (90Kg), K Arunpama Devi (60Kg).
    • Bronze:Y Santhoi Devi (52Kg), Pooja Kadian (65Kg), Vishakha Malik (70Kg), Uchit Sharma, Rajani Deori (75Kg).
    Serena Williams sets women’s record of 307 victories in grand slams

          

    • World number one Tennis playerSerena Williams has created history by setting a record of most number of Grand Slam matches wins by a woman in the Open era.
    • In the US Open, afterdefeated Johanna Larsson ofSweden, entered in to the pre-quarterfinals and surpassMartina Navratilova’s record of 306 wins.
    • Serena is now tied withRoger Federer who holds the record for men. The Serena Williams is currently equal with Steffi Graf with 22 major Singles titles.
      Sikki& Pranaav clinch Brazil Open Grand Prix title

      • The top-seeded Indian mixed doubles pair of Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra clinched their maiden Grand Prix title in the Brazil Open Grand Prix.
      • They defeated Canadian combo of Toby Ng and Rachel Honderich 21-15, 21-16 in straight games at Costa Cavalcante.
      • Pranaav was part of the Indian team that stunned mighty China 3-2 to win a bronze in the Asia Badminton Team Championships.
      Nico Rosberg won the Italian Grand Prix
      • Mercedes’ German Formula One racerNico Rosberg won the Italian Grand Prix ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton, and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel inMonza.
      • With the win, Rosberg closed the difference between him and Hamilton to two points in the drivers’ tally. This wasRosberg’s maiden victory at the Italian Grand Prix.
      First Indian to win the Asian Karting Championship

      • Shahan Ali Mohsin created history by becoming the first Indian racer to win the Asian Karting Champion Championship. 
      • The 12-year-old displayed a valiant performance during the final weekend after missingtwo days of track time due to a bout of food poisoning and staved off a strong challenge from his main Hayden Haikal to clinch the title.
      • The Agra lad will be now hoping for a repeat closer home in the JK Tyre National Rotax Max Karting Championship as well, with the final round scheduled on September 25.
      OBITUARY
       Czech gymnast vera caslavska dies

      • Czech gymnast vera caslavska, her country’sgymnast Olympianandpower full voicein its struggle againstsoviet occupation has died.She took seven gold’s inall the1964Olympic in Tokyoand the1968 games in Mexico City.
      • She also led Czech Olympic committee from 1990 to 1996. She won thepierre de Coubertin prize for promoting fair play and was also awarded the Olympic order by theIOC .
      World’s oldest cricketer Lindsay Tuckett passes away

      • World’s oldest cricketer, Lindsay Tuckett, passed away in Bloemfontein at the age of 97. Tuckett representedSouth Africa in 9 Test matches against England between 1947 and 1949.
      • Tuckett was the backbone of the South African pace attack in the years immediately following World War II. Record books show thatTuckett made his debut in the first Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham in 1947, taking 5/68 in the first innings in 37 overs. In his full international career he took 19 wickets, including two five-wicket hauls.

        


       
          
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