All Important current affair for 8 to 16 June are collected here for revision. Since we were not able to publish them daily, this is a compilation for our readers to cover up the current affairs of these dates. All topics that can be asked by in current GK questions are listed below. This is a sincere attempt by ExamPariksha team to cover all important topics to help our readers in interviews, exams or for staying up to date about general awareness issues. Thanks for being patient with us.
National News Important Current Affair – 8 June to 16 June 2016
ExamPariksha publishes relevant fact based daily Current Affairs to cover all important happening and developments in the National sphere in this section.
☀ Rajasthan has launched a mobile app RajVayu for sharing air quality index of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur. It would share details about the air quality, such as levels of pollutants likes Particulate Matter, SOx, NOx, CO, Ozone particles. The app has been designed by Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB) jointly with Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM). Another app ‘Drishti’ for monitoring of pollution levels in industrial regions is also launched.
- Note that: Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB) is the first in the country to have such app for its citizens.
☀ India has became the co-chair of Working Group on Maritime Situational Awareness under Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS).
☀ Union Home Ministry will form new reserve battalion, named after Maharana Pratap. It will be called Maharana India Reserve Battalion. This was announced on the occasion of 475th birth anniversary of Maharana Pratap in Gogunda in Udaipur district by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
☀ Bollywood actress Dia Mirza has become the ambassador for Swachh Bharat Mission’s youth-based ‘Swachh Saathi’ (student internship) programme. Under the Swachh Saathi programme, more than 2,000 interns would be enrolled, who will coordinate with around 10,000 schools across the country for Clean India.
☀ The University Grants Commission (UGC) has passed new regulations that enable male students to file complaints against sexual harassment.
☀ Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the joint session of the US Congress. With this PM Narendra Modi became the fifth Indian Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of Congress, and the first since 2005. Other Indian Prime Ministers who addressed the Joint meeting of Congress are:
- Prime Ministers Rajiv Gandhi (July 13, 1985),
- P V Narasimha Rao (May 18, 1994),
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee (September 14, 2000)
- Manmohan Singh (July 19, 2005)
☀ The Delhi government has set up a high-level committee to look into restoring the city’s 1,000-odd water bodies including ponds, marshes, lakes and step wells on the orders of the National Green Tribunal.
The head of the Committee is: Satyendar Jain (PWD minister).
☀ President Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of a book titled ‘The Education President” from Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari who formally released it. The book highlights President Mukherjee’s contribution to the field of higher education as visitor to 116 institutions of higher learning in India.
☀ To promote and disseminate Yoga practice, Maharashtra government will celebrate the 21st of every month as ‘Yoga Day‘ across all schools, colleges, and universities in the state.
☀ Indian Railways launched ‘Janani Sewa‘, a service under which baby food, hot milk and hot water will be provided at stations. The facility has initially been introduced at 25 railway stations including New Delhi, Mumbai Central, Howrah, Chennai, Nagpur, Pune, and Surat.
☀ The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has framed a new Print Media Advertisement policy with the objective of promoting “transparency and accountability” in issuing government advertisements in the print media.
☀ The government announced that it will bear the full cost of setting up an independent campus of the South Asian University, an initiative of the eight SAARC nations, at a government allotted plot in New Delhi.
☀ The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is going introduce certificate and diploma courses on the Right to Information Act. This courses will form a compulsory part of the training module for all Central Government employees.
☀ The government announced a committee to make recommendations on pay scale revision of executives in PSUs. The committee will be headed by : Justice Satish Chandra (Retd.) The last pay revision for the executives came into effect in 2007.
☀ The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been conferred the National Award for Best Performing Central PSU for Roof Top Solar Power initiatives. It has installed 4.8 megawatt peak power (MWp) rooftop solar plants at 13 airports.
☀ Jaipur’s Aman Bansal has topped the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2016. While Riya Singh from Kota, with an All India Rank of 133, has topped the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2016 among girls.
☀ President Pranab Mukherjee nominated Sambhaji Raje, a direct descendant of the Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji, to the Rajya Sabha. He becomes one of the 12 nominated members in the Rajya Sabha.
☀ Indian short film “Leeches“, starring Sayani Gupta, has won the Audience Choice Award at the Seoul International Women’s Film Festival (SIWFF). “Leeches” is a film about two Hyderabadi sisters who live in the interiors of the city where a lot of orthodox practices are still prevalent.
☀ Sikkim launched the state’s open government data portal to make it first in India to have such a portal. On the open data portal, the data produced or commissioned by the government or government controlled entities can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone.
☀ Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu launched an IT-enabled management system for irrigation projects in the state. The system will enable regular assessment of the progress of the ongoing projects in the state and also help in monitoring water storage levels and flow of various rivers and reservoirs.
☀ The Bombay High Court has cleared the release of the most controversial movie ”Udta Punjab“ whose makers were locked in a dispute with the Central Board of Film Certification.
☀ The Jammu and Kashmir government has banned all types of “private airborne activity” within one kilometre of any security installation in Jammu for 60 days. This follows an Indian Air Force alert that terrorists may be planning to use “sub-conventional methods” like paragliding and parachutes.
☀ The Sikkim government has identified and listed 21 trees across the state to be tagged as ‘Heritage Trees’ due to their historical and cultural importance. A tree is recognised as a ‘Heritage Tree’ if it has a historical significance to the human settlement in the area. Some of the trees identified include the locally found ‘Bajrat’, ‘Tooni’ and ‘Rani Champ’.
☀ The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched a Scheme for setting up of 1000 Mega Watt (MW) Wind Power Project connected to transmission network of Central Transmission Utility (CTU). Its objective is to facilitate supply of wind power to the non-windy states at a price discovered through transparent bidding process.
☀ Maharashtra government has decided to use plastic waste along with tar in the building of roads. The Centre had recommended the use of plastic waste as it improves the quality of roads and reduces soil pollution caused by the plastics.
☀ Aiming to cultivate a spirit of innovation in youth, the NITI Aayog has decided to set up 500 Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) in schools across the country. The vision of the ATLs is to ‘Cultivate 1 Million children as Neoteric Innovators‘. The labs will provide students a work-space to shape their ideas by using hands-on models and learn innovation skills.
International Important Current Affair Updates – 8 June to 16 June 2016
Questions about International Relations (IR) are often asked in interviews, written exams conducted by various recruiters. The following international news has important daily current affairs which you must know as an aspirant for exams conducted by UPSC and State PSCs.
☀ 8th June is observed as World Oceans Day to raise awareness of the challenges humanity faces to protect the world’s oceans. The Theme of 2016 is: Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.
☀ Mexico, a member of the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), has pledged its support for India’s membership in the nuclear anti-proliferation group.
☀ The US has returned over 200 cultural artefacts to India during PM Narendra Modi’s ongoing visit. The majority of the artefacts were reportedly seized during a US-led investigation ‘Operation Hidden Idol‘.
☀ The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) has begun in Poland its largest war games by name, Anaconda-2016, in eastern Europe since the end of the cold war.
☀ The United States has underlined its support for India’s bid to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
☀ Umesh Sachdev, a 30-year-old Indian entrepreneur, has featured in TIME Magazine’s 2016 list of ‘10 millennials who are changing the world’.
☀ Queen Elizabeth II has awarded the Regius Professorship (royal patronage) in Manufacturing to the department founded by Indian professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya in the University of Warwick. IIT-Kharagpur alumnus Lord Bhattacharyya’s Warwick Manufacturing Group is reportedly the largest centre for manufacturing in the world.
☀ Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree awarding the Order of Friendship to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
☀ The members of the 34-nation Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), an international anti-proliferation group, have agreed to admit India. This would allow India to buy high-end missile technology and surveillance drones.
☀ Fashion designer and AIDS activist Kenneth Cole was named an international goodwill ambassador to the U.N.’s AIDS-fighting organization.
☀ The world’s first passenger drone ‘Ehang 184’, capable of autonomously carrying a person in the air for 23 minutes has received clearance for testing in US.
☀ India is going to open a new consulate in Seattle to cater to the Indian-American population living in the northwestern part of the US. The two countries will be Travel and Tourism partners for 2017.
☀ India has signed up to a scheme launched by Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain to clamp down on tax evasion and corruption. The nations are planning to allow free access of information amongst each other.
☀ The World Health Organization declared Liberia Ebola-free, meaning there have been no reported cases of the virus for 42 days, for the fourth time.
☀ UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has appointed Swedish Major General and logistics expert Per Lodin, to head the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan.
☀ The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has announced the names proposed for the new elements, whose discovery helped complete the seventh row of the Periodic Table in December last year. The names proposed for the elements with atomic numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118 were Nihonium (Nh), Moscovium (Mc), Tennessine (Ts) andOganesson (Og) respectively.
☀ India, the US and Japan started the MALABAR-16 naval exercise off the Western Pacific coast, close to the disputed South China sea. Note that: Japan was included in the exercise as a permanent member in 2015, making the erstwhile Indo-US exercise a trilateral one.
☀ Former World Bank economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has won the Presidential elections in Peru with a vote share of 50.1%.
☀ United Launch Alliance’s ‘Delta IV Heavy‘, the world’s largest rocket, was successfully launched carrying a classified payload for the US intelligence agency National Reconnaissance Office.
☀ 50 people were shot dead by a gunman and 53 others were injured in a crowded homosexual club in Orlando, United States. This attack is the deadliest mass shooting incident in US history.
☀ President Pranab Mukherjee embarked on a Six-day visit to Three African nations (Ghana, Ivory Coast and Namibia). The main aim of this visit is to boost trade ties with these countries known for having “solid political system, where democracy has taken roots”. This is the maiden visit of any Indian President to Ghana and Ivory Coast whereas to Namibia, such a visit comes after two decades.
☀ Indian American author Akhil Sharma won the prestigious 2016 International Dublin Literary Award for his semi-autobiographical novel “Family Life.”
☀ Norway has become the first country in the world to prohibit deforestation. In this regard, Norwegian Parliament had pledged to make government’s public procurement policy deforestation-free.
☀ China has successfully launched a 23rd BeiDou Navigation Satellite to support its global navigation and positioning network.
☀ (14th June) is celebrated as World Blood Donor Day on the day of birth anniversary of Austrian-American biologist and physician Karl Landsteiner (14th of June in 1868) who discovered the existence of different types of blood groups in 1901. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930 for his discovery. The Theme of World Blood Donor Day 2016 : “Blood connects us all”.
☀ Israel elected to Chair the United Nations Legal Committee. This is the first time that Israel will preside over a permanent UN committee since joining the world body in 1949.
☀ President Pranab Mukherjee has been presented National Order of the Republic of Ivory Coast, the highest civilian award of the West African country. Mukherjee also became the first Indian President to visit Ivory Coast.
☀ Five Indian institutes have been named amongst the top-50 in the latest QS University Rankings Asia 2016 list. Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore was the highest ranked Indian university at 33, followed by IIT-Bombay (35), IIT-Delhi (36), IIT-Madras (43), and IIT-Kanpur (48). The rankings were topped by the National University of Singapore, followed by the University of Hong Kong.
☀ Fijian diplomat Peter Thomson has been elected as President of 71st session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
- With this, Peter Thomson becomes the first representative from the Pacific island states to get elected for the largely honorific post in the UN’s 71-year history.
☀ According to NASA data, May 2016 was the hottest May ever on record. January, February, March and April 2016 were also recorded as the hottest respective months in over 130 years.
☀ French President François Hollande finalised ratification of the Paris climate agreement, saying, “Signing is good, ratifying is better.” This move makes France the first industrialised and G7 nation to do so.
- The Paris climate agreement will come into force once it is ratified by at least 55 countries responsible for 55% of the global greenhouse gas emissions.
Economics Important Current Affairs News Today – 8 June to 16 June 2016
The following economics current news update has all important economy news for exams. These will also help in developing a better understanding of Economy.
☀ The World Bank has slashed the Global Growth Forecast to 2.4% from the 2.9% estimated in January due to stubbornly low commodity prices, sluggish demand in advanced economies, weak trade and diminishing capital flows.
☀ Microsoft launched ‘Planner’, a new project management and team collaboration tool for Office 365 users. With this, the company will enter into a competition with Trello, Asana and Atlassian’s JIRA Core.
☀ India and the US jointly announced clean energy initiatives worth $60 million. This includes a $40 million Catalytic Solar Finance Programme which focusses on off-grid power and can mobilise up to $1 billion in investment.
☀ Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced investment of an additional $3 billion in its Indian arm. The announcement was made in the presence of PM Narendra Modi at the US-India Business Council’s 41st Annual Leadership Summit in Washington DC. Earlier in July 2014, Amazon had announced a $2 billion funding in India.
☀ Suzuki Motor Corp’s head Osamu Suzuki will step down as the CEO on June 29. However, he will continue working as the Chairman. This comes after the company admitted to using fuel-economy testing methods not compliant with Japanese regulations on 2.1 million vehicles sold in the nation since 2010.
☀ According to recently released BP Statistical Review of World Energy India has surpassed Japan to become the world’s third-largest oil consumer. With demand of 4.1 million barrels a day (bpd), India is the 3rd-largest consumer behind the United States (19.39 million bpd) and China (11.96 million bpd).
☀ Axis Bank has launched India’s first internationally-listed certified green bond to finance climate change solutions around the world at London Stock Exchange (LSE). The proceeds of the bond will be invested by Axis Bank in green energy, transportation and infrastructure projects.
- It will play important role in reinforcing India’s commitment to produce 175,000 MW of renewable power by 2022.
- These bonds of Axis Bank were certified by the Climate Bonds Standards Board.
☀ YouTube launched a feature called ‘Smart Offline‘ in India to let users take advantage of cheaper data rates charged by mobile operators at night. This feature lets users schedule their offline video downloads for night using a new ‘Save overnight’ option when discounted data plans are active. Scheduled videos can be watched offline in the morning without buffering.
☀ Search giant Google India and Tata Trusts jointly launched Internet Saathi program in West Bengal to focus on training women and larger communities in the state to learn and explore various uses and benefits of the Internet.
☀ Malaysia‘s first Sharia-compliant airline Rayani Air, owned by an ethnic Indian Hindu couple, was shut down today after failing to adhere to aviation rules.
☀ The markets regulator SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) has put in place a stricter KYC (Know Your Customer) norms and disclosure regime forParticipatory Notes (P-Notes). P-Notes are offshore/overseas derivative instruments (ODIs) issued by registered foreign institutional investors (FII) to overseas investors.
☀ The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued guidelines called Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets (S4A). The main aims of this scheme are, Strengthen the lenders’ ability to deal with stressed assets. Put real assets back on track of entities facing genuine difficulties by providing an avenue for reworking financial structure.
☀ The Sovereign gold bonds started trading on the stock exchanges (BSE and NSE) for the first time today. Note that: The government had issued gold bonds in three tranches starting November last year for about five tonnes worth of gold.
☀ The Union Cabinet has cleared the new Civil Aviation Policy, under which air flyers will now have to pay a maximum amount of ₹2,500 for an hour-long flight.
- Further, the passengers will be charged ₹100/kg for exceeding the 15 kg limit on luggage as against the previous charge of ₹300/kg.
- It also proposed a maximum ticket cancellation charge of ₹200.
8 June to 16 June 2016 – Important Current Affair Updates Sports News
The following important current affairs about sports news are relevant from exam point of view. Questions might appear in upcoming exams:
☀Twitter’s official mascot, the bird which features in the company’s logo, is named ‘Larry’ as a tribute to NBA player Larry Bird, who played for the Boston Celtics.
☀ American tennis player Serena Williams displaced Russia’s Maria Sharapova to top Forbes’ list of world’s highest-paid female athletes in the past year. While, Sharapova had been the highest-paid female athlete for the previous eleven years.
☀ The Lucknow city of Uttar Pradesh will host the 2016 Junior Men’s hockey World Cup. Announcements regarding this was made by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). It will be held from 8th to 18th December 2016.
☀ Kolkata’s Eden Gardens will host India’s first-ever pink ball cricket match in the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Super League final starting June 17. The three-day match will feature pink Kookaburra balls.
☀ Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo became the first footballer ever to top Forbes’ list of highest-earning athletes of the year. Ronaldo earned $88 million in the last 12 months. This is the first time since 2000 that someone other than Tiger Woods or Floyd Mayweather has topped this list.
☀ The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has banned former Russian World No. 1 tennis player Maria Sharapova for two years over doping charges.
☀ Shooter Abhinav Bindra has been chosen to be the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent at the Rio Olympics’ opening ceremony on August 5.
- Bindra is India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist, having clinched Gold in 10m Air Rifle at Beijing Olympics in 2008.
☀ Tamil Nadu teenager and International Master NR Visakh has created history by becoming the first Indian to clinch the Mumbai Mayor’s International Open Chess Tournament and lead a top-three sweep in Mumbai.
☀ International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has temporarily lifted the ban imposed on Paralympic Committee of India, allowing Indian para-athletes to participate in the upcoming Rio Paralympics. IPC had last year suspended the Paralympic Committee of India after failing to implement the reforms that were outlined by the world governing body.
☀ Indian Badminton player Saina Nehwal defeated Chinese shuttler Sun Yu to win the Australian Open Super Series in Sydney. This is Saina’s first title this year. Note that: Saina has won the Australian Open for the second time, first time was in the year 2014.
☀ India’s Leander Paes will become the only tennis player in the world and the first Indian to make a 7th appearance at the Olympics. Paes had also won the bronze medal for India in singles tennis at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
☀ Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) has won the Canada Grand Prix title of Formula One for the year 2016 . It was his second title of the season after winning 2016 Monaco Grand Prix in May 2016.
☀ Viktor Korchnoi (85), regarded as one the greatest chess players, has passed away in Switzerland.
☀ Father of modern Nepali music Amber Gurung (79) has passed away. He had composed Nepal’s National Anthem Sayaun Thunga Fulka Hami (written by Byakul Maila).
☀ M.S. Krishna Bhat, former Chairman of Karnataka Bank (1995-2000), who is credited with consolidating the position of the Bank, has passed away at 78 years of age.
☀ Veteran journalist Inder Malhotra has passed away at age of 86 years. One of the most respected journalists of the country, Mr. Malhotra had worked with The Statesman and then The Times of India.
☀ Legendary Canadian ice hockey player Gordie Howe has passed away at 88 years of age. He was nicknamed Mr Hockey and had won the Stanley Cup four times.
☀ Veteran theatre personality, playwright and doyen of Assam’s mobile theatre movement Achyut Lahkar (85) has passed away. He was considered as the father of the Bhryamyman or Mobile Theatre of Assam.
☀ The leader of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in US-led air strikes in Syria.
☀ Renowned Hindi novelist and critique Mudrarakshas passed away. He was distinguished Hindi writer, activist, thinker and cultural personality.
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