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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Daily News Highlights : 30th June, 2016

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As most of you have continuously asked for something more in GA so here is the good news guys. As now we are going to provide you a full day current affairs in One post and in more easily accessible format. So whatever going around in the world we will provide you in one Daily News Highlights post. With the help of this post, you will able to  revise day wise current affairs in an easy manner.

Daily Current Tablet : 30 June 2016

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From today onward, we will start providing you the daily GA Questions from this portal only. This will help you build a strong base for the current affairs. These questions are picked from the various news that has been posted on this platform. So keep practicing the questions and the answers to this question will be provided tomorrow morning.

Union Cabinet approved MoU between UPSC and Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan


The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC).

Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Tanzania in the field of water resources


The Union Cabinet has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Tanzania for bilateral cooperation in water resources management and development. Under this MoU, the areas of enhanced cooperation include techniques in water harvesting, groundwater and surface management and development and aquifer recharge.

Italian film actor Bud Spencer is dead


Italian film actor Bud Spencer  known among his fans as the ‘big friendly giant’ of the screen because of his height and weight has died at age 86 in Rome. He appeared in, produced and directed over 20 films together.  He was a regular in Spaghetti Westerns (a western film made cheaply in Europe by an Italian director).

Four Indian-Americans honoured with 2016 Great Immigrants Award in US


Indian-origin Google CEO Sunder Pichai and three other Indian-Americans are among the 42 US nationals honoured with this years prestigious “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” award.

Nuclear Supplier's Group (NSG)

Nuclear Supplier's Group (NSG)
Background:
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was signed in 1968 to prevent spread of nuclear materials, technology and weapons so as to develop co-operation among the nations. This treaty was signed by a total of 191 countries except India, South Sudan, Israel and Pakistan. This treaty recognized two groups of countries namely the Nuclear Weapon States (NWS) comprising US, UK ,China,France and Russia and the other being Non Nuclear Weapon States (NNWS). 

3 Indian Navy Ships Reach Russia To Enhance Maritime Cooperation


INS Sahyadri, Shakti and Kirch, under the Command of the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Rear Admiral S V Bhokare, reached Vladivostok on a four day visit as part of deployment of the Eastern Fleet to the South China Sea. During the visit, the ships will have professional interactions with the Russian Navy aimed at enhancing co-operation between the two forces.

Suzuki Motor appoints scion as CEO to rebuild after testing scandal


Suzuki Motor Corp has appointed Toshihiro Suzuki, son of Chairman Osamu Suzuki, as its next chief executive effective the same day, as the Japanese automaker attempts to recover from a vehicle testing scandal.

Pioneer of modern art in painting and pottery, K G Subramanyan passes away


Renowned sculptor and painter KG Subramanyan passed away in Vadodara, Gujarat following a brief illness. He was 92. He was multifaceted artist credited with being one of the pioneers of Indian modern art and was also a freedom fighter.

Anti-submarine torpedo Varunastra inducted in Navy


Indigenously-built heavyweight anti-submarine torpedo Varunastra has been successfully inducted in the navy, making India one of the eight countries to have the capability to design and build such a system.

Amul signs up as official sponsor of Indian team to the Olympics


India’s leading food products company Amul has signed up as the official sponsor for the Indian contingent to the Rio Olympics 2016. The company will launch a series of advertising campaigns for milk and other dairy products to promote this association. In addition, the company’s products will also sport special branding to promote this association. Amul will launch a series of advertising campaigns for milk and various dairy products to promote this association in the coming months. Amul has embarked upon an ‘Eat Milk with Every Meal’ campaign. 

Viswanathan Anand honoured with 'Honoris Causa' Doctor of Science degree


Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand was conferred the "Honoris Causa" Doctor of Science by Indian Institute Of Technology (IIT) during its 49th convocation ceremony. The 46-year-old Anand was bestowed with the degree by NITI aayog chairman Arvind Panagariya. 

Malaysia gets 2 women Shariah HC judges


Two women have been appointed as judges of Malaysia’s Islamic Shariah High Court for the first time in the history of the judiciary of the Muslim-majority country. Noor Huda Roslan, 40, and Nenney Shuhaidah Shamsuddin, 41, received their official letters of appointment from Selangors Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah during a ceremony at the Istana Bukit Kayangan.

Govt launches web portal to keep a check on environmental approvals for mining of minerals


A new web portal has been launched for online submission and monitoring of environmental approvals for mining of sand and minor minerals. Launching the web portal at a workshop on mining of sand and minor minerals. According to the Prakash Javadekar Minister of State (I/C) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the web portal will lead to the empowerment of the project proponent, as it not only enhances transparency of the entire application process, but also enables the proponents to track their applications online.

FSSAI signs MoU with ASCI


Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) signed MoU with each other to put check on the issues of misleading as well as uncorroborated advertisements in the food and beverage sector.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

V Sasi elected Deputy Speaker in Kerala


V Sasi of the CPI (M), representing the Chirayinkeezh constituency, has been elected the Deputy Speaker of the 14th Kerala Legislative Assembly. Sasi beat IC Balakrishnan, candidate of the Opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front, by 90 votes to 45 after voting took place this morning on the floor of the House.

World Bank approves $63 million for Tejaswini Project in Jharkhand


The World Bank Board has approved the 63 million US dollar project, Tejaswini: Socioeconomic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Jharkhand. Tejaswini is the first World Bank project in India that is solely focused on the welfare of adolescent girls and young women.  The project will support adolescent girls and young women between the ages of 14 and 24 to complete their secondary level education. It will also help them to acquire relevant skills for the job market.

Naga rebel leader Isak Chishi Swu dies


Naga rebel leader Isak Chishi Swu died following a prolonged illness at Fortis hospital in Vasant Kunj, Delhi. He was 87. He was the co-founder and chairman of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) (NSCN-IM).

CAG Shashi Kant Sharma gets honorary professorship in China


The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India Shashi Kant Sharmahas been conferred with the honorary professorship by the Nanjing Audit University (NAU), China. China’s Nanjing Audit University is the only university which is recognized by the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Sweden inaugurates world’s first electric road


Sweden has  inaugurated a test stretch of an electric road. With this, the country has become one of the first countries in the world to conduct tests with electric power for heavy transports on public roads.

AP govt inks deal for Rs 10,000 crore gas-based fertilizer project


The Andhra Pradesh government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a three-nation consortium of China Huanqin Contracting and Engineering Corporation, LEPL Ventures Private Limited and Isomeric Holdings to set up a gas-based fertilizer project at Krishnapatanam with an investment of Rs 10,183 crore. 

Nestle named Ukf Mark Schneider as CEO


Food and Beverage multinational Nestle SA named Ulf Mark Schneider as its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He is the CEO of Fresenius, a Germany-based healthcare company. He will join Nestle on 1 September 2016 and start as CEO on 1 January 2017.

India's Sanjeev Rajput wins silver in ISSF World Cup


Ace shooter Sanjeev Rajput clinched the silver medal for India in men's 50-metre rifle 3 position event of the ISSF World Cup.  Rajput shot 456.9 to win the silver medal in the last World Cup before the Rio Olympic Games.

Majuli to become India’s first river island district


The BJP-led government, which recently completed a month in power, held its first cabinet meeting. The meeting, presided by CM Sarbananda Sonowal, resolved to upgrade Majuli to become India’s first river island district by August this year. At present the island, which is also Sonowal's constituency, is a sub-division under Jorhat district.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Daily News Highlights : 28th June, 2016

Dear Reader,


As most of you have continuously asked for something more in GA so here is the good news guys. As now we are going to provide you a full day current affairs in One post and in more easily accessible format. So whatever going around in the world we will provide you in one Daily News Highlights post. With the help of this post, you will able to  revise day wise current affairs in an easy manner.

Daily Current Tablet : 27 June 2016

Dear Reader,

From today onward, we will start providing you the daily GA Questions from this portal only. This will help you build a strong base for the current affairs. These questions are picked from the various news that has been posted on this platform. So keep practicing the questions and the answers to this question will be provided tomorrow morning.

PM releases book titled “The Birds of Banni Grassland”


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released a book titled “The Birds of Banni Grassland” in New Delhi. The Book is a compilation of the research work, relating to more than 250 species of birds found in the Banni area of Kutch, Gujarat.

India ranked 105th on WEF's Human Capital Index


India has been ranked 105th out of 130 countries on the World Economic Forum's Human Capital Index, which measures countries’ ability to nurture, develop and deploy talent for economic growth. Finland, Norway, and Switzerland hold the top three positions (respectively), utilizing around 85 per cent of their human capital. The index has been released by Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF)

Argentina women win record seventh FIH Champions Trophy title


The Argentina women’s team has claimed a record seventh International Hockey Federation (FIH) Champions Trophy title with a 2-1 win over reigning  World and Olympic champions, the Netherlands, in the final at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. The Netherlands hit back with a high-quality penalty corner flick from Eva de Goede just after half time, but Argentina held on to win their third  successive Champions Trophy title.

Founder of Titan, Xerxes Sapur Desai has passed away


Xerxes Sapur Desai, the man who founded India's largest watchmaker company 'Titan Co Ltd', has passed away following a prolonged illness in Bengaluru. He was 79 years old. He did BA in History and also did masters in philosophy, economics, and politics from Oxford University. After getting graduated, he joined Tata Administrative Service (TAS) in 1961.

UP declares all natural calamities as state disaster


Uttar Pradesh government led by Akhilesh Yadav has declared that all natural calamities including unseasonal heavy rain, lightning, Loo and storm etc will be treated as state disaster.

Gudni Johannesson wins Iceland’s presidential election


Gudni Johannesson has won the Iceland’s presidential election. He is a history professor who ran as an independent in the election and was able to secure 39.1% of the voteHe will succeed Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, who served 20 years as head of state. The elections were held in the backdrop of the Panama Papers leak in April, which implicated several top officials of the country.

Bill for indirect election of mayors passed by Tamil Nadu Assembly


The Tamil Nadu Assembly has  passed through a headcount the Bill to conduct indirect election of Mayors. The Tamil Nadu Municipal Corporation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 seeks to ensure election of Mayors by councillors and not by the people directly.

Rajnath Singh inaugurates h.q. of Jharkhand's special anti-Maoist force


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated the newly constructed headquarters of Jharkhand's special anti-Maoist force 'Jharkhand Jaguar' in Jharkhand's capital city Ranchi. The headquarters will pave the way for the further strengthening of the force. Singh also inaugurated the administration block and other buildings at Jharkhand Jaguar campus. Jharkhand Jaguar is an anti-Maoist squad formed eight years ago in 2008 and has led many successful operations against Maoists so far.

N S Vishwanathan appointed as the new deputy governor of RBI


The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has cleared the appointment of NS Vishwanathan as the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He is currently working as an executive director at the RBI since April 2014 and overseeing the banking regulation and non-banking department. He would succeed H R Khan, who will retire on July 3The appointment came as per the rule under which RBI has provision for four deputy governors, two of whom are appointed from outside while the other two Deputy Governors are traditionally appointed from those working within RBI.

China sets up first dark sky reserve in Tibet to limit light pollution


China has established country’s first dark sky reserve for astronomical observation in the Tibetan prefecture of Ngari, bordering Nepal and India. The reserve was jointly launched by the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (GDF) and the regional government of Tibet.

IMF clears payment of USD 501 million to Pakistan


Washington DC-based the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cleared the payment of $501 million for Pakistan. For this the Executive Board of the IMF has completed the eleventh review of Pakistan’s economic performance under a three-year program supported by an Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement. The Executive Board’s decision enables the immediate disbursement of an amount equivalent to SDR 360 million (about US$501 million), bringing total disbursements to SDR 4.32 billion (about US$6.01 billion).

Odisha government to provide education loan at 1% interest


Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched a new scheme Kalinga Siksha Sathi Yojana  with an aim to provide education loan at 1 % interest to students for pursuing higher studies. The State government dedicated this scheme to former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik on his Birth Centenary.

Nepal bans citizens from working in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya


Nepal has  banned its citizens from working in strife-torn Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya. The decision was made at a cabinet meet after 13 Nepali security guards were killed in a Taliban suicide bombing in Kabul. Nepali nationals killed in Afghanistan were employed as security guards in the Canadian embassy in Kabul. They were killed when militants exploded a bomb in a minibus.

Two Indians get Queen’s Young Leaders Award 2016


Two Indians, Kartik Sawhney and Neha Swain, have won the 2016 Queen's Young Leaders award in the United Kingdom which has been presented by Queen Elizabeth at the British monarch in Buckingham Palace. The name of these awardees has been announced last year in December. Sawhney (21) and Swain (28) have won the prestigious award for their exceptional work in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in their communitiesThe Queen’s Young Leader Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth and is given to youths who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.

Indian bags UN honour for corporate sustainability initiative



An Indian social entrepreneur Zubaida Bai, has been named among 10 "champions and pioneers" by United Nation chief Ban Ki-moon under the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative that calls on companies to align with universal principles of human rights, environment and anti-corruption.

India maintains third position in ICC ODI team rankings


According to ICC Ranking released in Dubai, India has maintained its number three position in the ICC ODI team rankings which is being headed by world champions Australia. Australia has got 123 rating points while India got 110 points. The second place was occupied by New Zealand with 113 rating points.

Defence Ministry gives nod for purchase of 145 Ultra Light Howitzers guns from the US


The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has given its approval for the purchase of 145 Ultra-Light Howitzers (ULH) guns from the US.

Sujoy Bose appointed as the CEO of NIIF


The Union government has appointed Mr. Sujoy Bose as the Chief Executive Officer of National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) Ltd. His appointed for the post has been made by a search-cum-selection committee which was constituted under the chairmanship of economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta DasAt present, he is the Director and Global Co-Head, Infrastructure and Natural Resources at Washington-based International Finance Corporation (IFC). IFC is the private sector lending arm of the World Bank.

Assam’s famous Kamakhya Temple receives an aid Rs. 25 crore


For the development of Kamakhya temple’s infrastructure, Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan  announced an aid of Rs 25 crore over the next couple of years. Pradhan, who was in Guwahati to attend a series of meetings and road show made the announcement at the end of the historic Ambubachi Mela.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Daily News Highlights : 27th June, 2016

Dear Reader,


As most of you have continuously asked for something more in GA so here is the good news guys. As now we are going to provide you a full day current affairs in One post and in more easily accessible format. So whatever going around in the world we will provide you in one Daily News Highlights post. With the help of this post, you will able to  revise day wise current affairs in an easy manner.

Daily Current Tablet : 26 June 2016

Dear Reader,


From today onward, we will start providing you the daily GA Questions from this portal only. This will help you build a strong base for the current affairs. These questions are picked from the various news that has been posted on this platform. So keep practicing the questions and the answers to this question will be provided tomorrow morning.

BHEL commissions two hydel units in Afghanistan


State-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has commissioned two units of 14 Megawatts each at Salma Hydro Electric Project in AfghanistanThe Salma dam, or the Afghan-India Friendship dam, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the presence of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Jitu Rai wins silver in ISSF World Cup


'Pistol King' Jitu Rai pipped three-time Olympic champion Jongoh Jin of Korea to clinch the silver medal at the ISSF Shooting World Cup, signalling his intentions ahead of the Rio Games. Rai shot 199.5 in the finals to bag the silver medal in men's 10m air pistol. Brazilian Felipe Almeida Wu won the gold medal with a total of 200.0, while Jongoh, who topped the qualification, totalled 178.8 in the elimination round to be content with the bronze.