Current Affairs June 2016 - Miscellaneous


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  • San Francisco, United States hosted the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) and Mission Innovation (MI) meet.

  • The President has nominated Shri Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati to the Rajya Sabha to fill the vacancy of nominated member.

  • The Mega Luxury Cruise Vessel that was called at the Cochin Port for a 2-day stopover in its circuit of Dubai-Muscat-Kochi-Penang-Singapore is MV Ovation of the Seas.

  • A pair of distant galaxies 10000 and 6000 million light years away happen to be in the perfect position relative to Earth to create a rare Einstein Ring.

  • Former Eden Gardens curator, Prabir Mukherjee, recently passed away.

  • India has recently gifted 2000 bicycles to poor Dalit girls in Nepal to encourage them to enroll in schools.

  • German Parliament passed a resolution recognizing the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces during First World War (1915) as genocide.

  • India signed MoU with Tunisia for co-operation in Information Technology and promotion of traditional handicrafts.

  • India signed exchange of terrorist screening information Arrangement with the United States.

  • Rajiv Gauba headed the inter-ministerial Committee on Decongestion of Traffic in Delhi that submitted its report to the Union Government.

  • Scientists of Harvard University developed Bionic Leaf that turns sunlight into liquid fuel.

  • Gujarat State government announced the IT and Electronics Start-up Policy to develop 2000 start-ups.

  • Soohorang, white tiger, was named as the mascot for 2018 winter Olympics to be held in South Korea.

  • Farzad gas field that was in news recently is located in Iran.

  • The Delhi Government recently announced implementation of its solar policy, which aims at installation of 1 GW solar power capacity by 2020.

  • The estimated package for implementing suggested measures by the High Power Committee on decongesting Delhi is Rs. 19762 crore rupees.

  • Kulmeet Bawa was recently appointed as Managing Director for Adobe South Asia.

  • An international team of astrophysicists discovered an unusual astronomical object that formed when two galaxies are exactly aligned, called Optical Einstein ring.

  • India became the ninth country to enter into an agreement with US for its International Expedited Traveler Initiative, which is also known as The Global Entry Program.

  • Professional mixed martial artist, Kimbo Slice, died on 6 June 2016 at age 42 years.

  • Scientists unlocked a crucial part of the mystery as to how the DNA can replicate and repair itself for which the research was conducted at University of Sheffield.

  • Jharkhand will be providing medical insurance of two lakh rupees for BPL families.

  • Railways intends to fit all the railway coaches with bio-toilets under ‘Clean Railways – Clean India’ initiative by 2019.

  • Name of the book that highlighted President Mukherjee’s contribution to the field of higher education as Visitor to 116 institutions of higher learning in India is The Education President.

  • The World in 2050- Striving for a more just, Prosperous and Harmonious Global Community was written by Harinder Kohli.

  • India organized the 1st Yoga Championship in June 2016 in Egypt.

  • Singapore decided to cut off Internet access for government work stations within a year for security reasons.

  • Himachal Pradesh became the first Indian state to launch a green-concept based State Data Centre.

  • Rajasthan became the first Indian state to launch the App on Air Quality Index.

  • Eden Gardens will host India’s first pink-ball multi-day cricket match.

  • Amazon.com will be setting up its Web Services Cloud Region in Hyderabad.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo topped the 2016 World's Highest-Paid Athletes List.

  • The founder of Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos, received the USIBC Global Leadership Award from the visiting PM Narendra Modi in Washington DC.

  • Narendra Modi became the fifth Indian Prime Minister to address the legislature of the USA.

  • France launched the ‘SAIP’ smart phone app to alert users on terror attacks and other disasters.

  • The World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim slashed global growth forecast by 0.5 percent to 2.4 percent.

  • India released a Joint Statement along with USA to endure as global partners in the 21st Century.

  • International team of astronomers found a giant hot Jupiter exoplanet tidally spinning up its parent star named HATS-18b.

  • National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) signed a license agreement with Chaturbhuj Pharmaceutical Co for commercialization of Ayush–82.

  • National Research Development Corporation (NRDC inked a Memorandum of Agreement with the Centre for Nano and Material Sciences, (CNMS) to commercialize CNMS developed technologies.

  • The Raging Bull actress who died recently is Theresa Saldana.

  • The politician who emerged victorious in the Peru's 2016 Presidential Election is Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

  • Akhil Sharma won the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award for his novel titled Family Life.

  • Bengal off-spinner, Saurasish Lahiri, announced his retirement in June 2016, ending a first-class cricket career of 17 years.

  • Prof V S Chauhan was appointed as the head of Pay Revision Committee by the UGC to suggest on pay revision of academic staff of Universities and Colleges.

  • UEFA Euro 2016 football championship began on 10 June 2016 in France.

  • NR Visakh from Tamil Nadu became the first Indian to clinch the Mumbai Mayor's International Open Chess Tournament.

  • King of Thailand who is marking 70 years at thrown as the world's longest reigning living monarch, ascended to the throne is King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

  • Maharashtra state government has decided to celebrate the 21st of every month as Yoga day across all schools, colleges and universities in the state.

  • To meet the shortage of teachers in the regional languages, the Odisha state government has decided to appoint large number of language teachers, including for Telugu and Bengali languages.

  • Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh flagged in the first ever all girls National Cadet Corps (NCC) expedition team for Mount Everest.

  • President of Russia ordered an unannounced inspection in country’s Armed Forces to assess the readiness of military arsenals.

  • Odisha State government served Leave India notice to eight Chinese nationals working under a Thai company at the Dhamra Port in Bhadrak district.

  • Union Government constituted a five-member team to assess the existing water bodies, farm pond and other sources of irrigation in the selected districts of Western Uttar Pradesh including Meerut and Muzaffarnagar.

  • The e-ticketing company in which Ratan Tata recently invested is Kyazoonga.

  • Indian Railways launched Janani Sewa to provide for baby food items at stations and children’s menu items on trains.

  • A cashless payment mechanism, FASTag, was launched at toll plazas on National Highways by the National Highways Authority of India.

  • Consumer Price Index for May 2016 was pegged at 5.76 percent.

  • Name of the web portal and mobile app that will be launched by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development for IIT JEE aspirants IITPAL.

  • The autobiography of Sania Mirza that will be released in July 2016 is Ace Against Odds.

  • Online search engine giant Google launched a new keyboard app for Apple iOS users in India called ‘Gboard’.

  • Union Government asked all state governments to link Aadhaar with caste and domicile certificates of school students in class V and VIII.

  • United States plans to provide more than 3 billion dollars annually in support for the Afghan national security forces from 2018 through 2020.

  • United States donated 20 million dollars in humanitarian aid to the United Nations' effort to help the thousands of refugees who have fled fighting in the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

  • Ambubachi Mela at Kamakhya temple is an annual festival of the state Assam.

  • The number of international matches captained by Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni equaling Australian Ricky Ponting record is 324.

  • Lionel Messi scored his 55th goal in the ongoing Copa American Cup to become the all-time leading scorer for Argentina.

  • European Union agreed to set up a new border and coastguard force to curb the influx of migrants.

  • The Union Cabinet gave its approval to the signing of a Protocol amending the Agreement between India and Belgium for avoidance of double taxation.

  • Indian Olympic Association and the ad-hoc committee had sent a request for wildcard entry to Rio Olympic for MC Mary Kom.

  • The retired Bombay High Court judge appointed to probe charges of alleged financial irregularities against former State Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse is Dinkar Zoting.

  • Afghanistan made a strong pitch for making India a party to the already operational Afghan-Pakistan transit and trade agreement, APTTA.

  • The 3rd century archaeological site called Mahasthangarh in Bogra was selected to function as the SAARC cultural capital in 2016 lies in Bangladesh.

  • The theme for the Day of the Seafarer 2016 is Sea for All.

  • The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi dismissed Pakistan’s assertions that Afghan refugees have become a source of terrorism in the country.

  • Essar became the largest producer of unconventional gas in India with its Raniganj block in West Bengal achieving an industry-size pumping rate of over 1 mcmd (million cubic meters per day) of coal bed methane.

  • India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish formal cooperation in the fields of skills development and vocational education with Switzerland.

  • National Pension System (NPS) to observe Service Fortnight from June 27 to July 9, 2016; Fortnight long campaign aims at awareness creation, service orientation and information dissemination along with subscriber’s registration.

  • Percent of government equity in India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) that will be set up under the Department of Posts is 100 percent.

  • The Union Cabinet gave its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism with Qatar.

  • The Union Cabinet gave its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation in the field of wildlife conservation and combating wildlife trafficking with the United States (US).

  • A study by researchers at major excavated site of Bhirrana, Haryana suggests that the Indus Valley Civilization is 8000 years old, much older than thought before.

  • The National Film Archive of India acquired 1790 songbooks of Hindi films belonging to every decade of the country's cinematic heritage starting from 1934 to 2012.

  • UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, asked the Security Council to add just over 2500 peacekeepers to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali.

  • Wildlife authorities of Thailand said that they will press charges against a Buddhist temple where the bodies of 40 dead tiger cubs were found.

  • Guinea was declared free from Ebola virus transmission by World Health Organization.

  • Sri Lanka decided to gradually stop sending house maids abroad, mainly to the Middle East.

  • Telangana unfurled the second largest National flag of 291 foot on its foundation day on 2 June 2016.

  • The 7th Pay Commission was headed by Justice AK Mathur whose recommendations were approved by the Union Cabinet.

  • Statue of prominent Tamil saint poet, Thiruvalluvar, was unveiled in Dam Kothi compound of holy city Haridwar in Uttarakhand.

  • The web portal that launched for online submission and monitoring of environmental approvals for mining of sand and minor minerals was launched by Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.

  • State-run airlines Air India will now fly unconfirmed passengers of Rajdhani trains at the fares matching with the AC first class ticket prices.

  • Head of New Health Emergencies Program appointed by World Health Organisation (WHO) in June 2016 is Peter Salama.

  • The TOP500 list declared SERC as the fastest supercomputer in India is located at IISc, Bangalore.

  • 106-year old, Aida Gemanque of Brazil, became the oldest Olympic torch bearer in the world.

  • Rajasthan decided to establish model madrasas with modern education in every district.

  • Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and India Ports Global Private Limited (IPGPL) signed MoU for implementation of the three additional works on Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project.

  • The populist anti-corruption Five Star Movement (M5S) activist who was elected as the first female mayor of Rome is Virginia Raggi.

  • Kenya’s ex-Chief Justice Willy Mutunga was appointed as Commonwealth SecretaryGeneral’s Special Envoy to Maldives.

  • The 2016 US Open Golf Championship was won by Dustin Johnson.

  • Tata Advanced Systems and Boeing jointly laid the foundation of a new production facility in this city Hyderabad.

  • Assam state government announced free admission for Divyang students in government institutes.

  • India bagged two gold and an equal number of silver medals in men's and women's categories of Javelin throw at the Budapest Open Atheletics meet.

  • Tamil Nadu closed down 500 state-run liquor outlets.

  • Cleveland Cavaliers clinched the National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals.

  • Brazil will host the 2019 Copa America football championship.

  • American Medical Association in its report claimed that excessive blue light emitted by light emitting diodes (LED) can adversely impact human health.

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released the “Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision-2018” that aims at building a “less-cash” society by encouraging greater use of Electronic payments by all sections.

  • Assam Government decided to set up a Special Protection Force for Kaziranga national park comprising of 112-member.

  • In Moldova, a court has sentenced former Prime Minister Vlad Filat to nine years in prison after finding him guilty of corruption and abuse of power while in office.

  • Three Indian naval ships have reached Russia as part of effort to enhance maritime cooperation between the navies of both countries are: INS Sahyadri, Shakti and Kirch.

  • Malaysia has appointed two women as judges of Islamic Sharia High Court for the first time in the history of the judiciary of the Muslim-majority country.

  • At least 2186 nationals of Latvia have supported the idea that the country should leave the European Union.

  • The stronghold of the Islamic State (IS) terror group that was seized by the Iraqi army is Falluja.

  • International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict that was observed on 26 June 2016 was adopted by UNGA via a resolution adopted in the year 1997.

  • Assam dissolved all school management committees to make educational institutes free from politics.

  • The first Cabinet of the Assam Government has decided to set up a 112 members Special Protection Force for Kaziranga national park.

  • European Union has appointed Belgian Didier Seeuws to head the union's special task force to negotiate Britain's exit.

  • Maharashtra government decided to make the ancient Bhima River at Pandharpur pollution free and revive its sanctity through Namami Chandrabhaga project.

  • The Draft National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy 2016 seeks to install 10 GW wind-solar hybrid power by 2022.

  • Under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme, the Ramayana and Krishna Circuit will be developed in different states of India.

  • Canada’s House of Commons voted for gender neutral national anthem.

  • France became the second European country to ratify the Paris Agreement, a deal on curbing global warming reached in 2015 by 195 countries.

  • Assam passed the Ease of Doing Business Bill, 2016 in its Assembly.

  • The train that was recently flagged off from Delhi Safdarjung Station to spread awareness about the wildlife is Tiger Trail Circuit Train.

  • Businessman Bipin R Patel was on 18 June 2016 appointed as the President of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) for the term 2016-17. He succeeds Rohit J Patel.

  • The Assam Government has launched a unique initiative ‘Maitree Ek Gyan Yatra’ to link primary schools to high schools to colleges.

  • Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Boeing have celebrated the foundation laying of a new facility in Hyderabad for its joint venture named Tata Boeing Aerospace (TBAL).

  • The BCCI has suspended and issued show-cause notices to the top Goa Cricket Association officials, who were arrested for alleged misappropriation of organization funds.

  • A bronze statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose has been unveiled at the Indian cultural centre premises in Malaysia.

  • Former cricketer and BJP MP Chetan Chauhan has been appointed as the Chairman of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (FTII).

  • India's largest public sector lender State Bank of India (SBI) has created a dedicated IT innovations and startup fund and have set aside Rs 200 crore for investment in promising startups up to Rs 3 crore.

  • Government has decided in principle to allow export of 10% missile systems to 'certain' countries who have friendly relationship with India.



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