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June 23, 2015

22nd June 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • The Taliban has launched an attack on the Afghan Parliament.
    • All the six gunmen who attacked Parliament were killed and the gunfire had stopped.
  • After 53 years, China opened the second land crossing in Tibet via Nathu La to allow the first batch of Indian pilgrims undertaking the arduous Kailash- Manasarovar Yatra, in the latest confidence-building measure between India and China.
    • Note : The opening of the second route through the Himalayan pass of Nathu La in Sikkim, 4,000 metres above sea level, was officially announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China last month and will allow more Indians to undertake the pilgrimage.
National Affairs
  • The Centre has asked Nine State governments to expeditiously implement the Forest Rights Act.
    • This Act is aimed at ensuring that forest-dwellers, including Scheduled Tribes, get their rights over forest land and non-timber forest produce.
    • The Tribal Affairs Ministry has also asked these states to set up special cells to monitor the implementation along with setting targets and time-lines for the same.
    • Those 9 states are,
      • Bihar, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.
  • The central government will establish 100 National Career Counseling Centers across the country to boost the employability of the youths.
    • Note : Initially, two of such centres will be established in Lucknow and Ghaziabad.
    • Union Labour and Employment Minister : Bandaru Dattatreya
Science & Technology
  • Defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has delivered 'Orbiter Craft Module Structure' of Chandrayaan-2, India's second lunar exploration mission,  to ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) Satellite Centre in Bengaluru.
    • Chandrayaan-2, an advanced version of the previous mission, consists of an Orbiter, Lander and Rover configuration.
    • Note : India had successfully launched Chandrayaan-1 on October 22, 2008.
Awards & Honors
  • Carnatic vocalist Sanjay Subrahmanyan has been selected for this year's Sangita Kalanidhi award 2015.
    • Subrahmanyan (47 years old) is one of the youngest to receive the award. 
  • Former Indian women hockey captain Shashi Bala passed away along with her son following a road accident in Punjab today.
    • She made her international debut in 1987 and was a member of the national team in the 1998 FIH Women World Cup in the Netherlands.
    • She was captain of the national team during the 1997 FIH Women World Cup Qualifier held in Harare, Zimbabwe. 
    • After her playing career, she coached India Railways' hockey teams and later become a Selector of Hockey Punjab.
    • She was well known for her great role in bringing Indian Railway women hockey to international level.
  • Nico Rosberg from Germany has won the Austrian Grand Prix Formula One (F1) World Championship title.
  • Bangladesh register historic first-ever ODI series win over India.
    • Mustafizur Rahman becomes the first bowler to bag 11 wickets in his first 2 games.
  • Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) calls off India's proposed tour to Zimbabwe.  
    • The Indian board has opted out of the tour due to broadcasting issues and fatigue factor.
  • World number two Roger Federer clinches ATP Gerry Bebar Open Halle title for 8th time.

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