Awards & Honors
- Today (12th June) is The World Day Against Child Labour.
- This day was launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2002.
- The main aim of this day is to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour.
- Theme of the year 2016 : End child labour in supply chains - It's everyone's business!
- 50 people were shot dead by a gunman and 53 others were injured in a crowded homosexual club in Orlando, United States today.
- This attack is the deadliest mass shooting incident in US history.
- The 2007 Virginia Tech massacre in which 32 people were killed had been the worst US mass shooting until now.
- President Pranab Mukherjee today 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".
- Important Point Note : This is the maiden visit of any Indian President to Ghana and Ivory Coast whereas to Namibia, such a visit comes after two decades.
- The Gujarat Government today announced the theme for Gujarat Global Investors' Summit 2017 which is going to be held on January next year.
- The theme will be : 'Gujarat Connecting India to the World'.
- According to the National Family Health Survey (2015-16), Assam recorded the highest maternal mortality rate in the country for the tenth successive year.
- While Assam registered 300 maternal deaths per one lakh live births, the national average was 167.
- The survey also found 46% of Assam's women in the 15-49 age group to be anaemic.
- Sikkim's Lok Sabha MP PD Rai today 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.
- The Meghalaya Government has made it mandatory for marriages solemnized after October 5, 2015 to be registered.
- Notified under the Meghalaya Compulsory Registration of Marriages Rules (2015), the order states that marriages must be registered within 60 days from the date of solemnization.
- Shiyal Bet, an island in Gujarat's Amreli District today got electricity supply for the first time, nearly seven decades after independence.
- With electricity reaching the island through a 6-km undersea cable, every part of Gujarat is reportedly now connected to electricity.
- The 6,000-strong population on Shiyal Bet had been dependent on kerosene oil lamps or battery-run lights till now.
- The Assam government has passed a bill which proposes the creation of a single window clearance system for investors to obtain all the clearance and no objection certificates online.
- Meanwhile, unused government lands will be pooled within 100 days to create a land bank for considering investment proposals from potential investors.
- Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today 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 help in monitoring water storage levels and flow of various rivers and reservoirs.
- The West Bengal government has now decided to give rice at Rs two per kg to Sex workers and poor HIV patients in the state.
- Telangana emerged as the state with the highest percentage of non-vegetarians, with about 99%, according to a Registrar General of India survey in 2014.
- In Telangana, 98.8% men and 98.6% women were non-vegetarians.
- West Bengal was second, with 98.7% men and 98.4% women non-vegetarians.
- Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu rounded off the third and fourth spots on the 21-state list.
- United Launch Alliance's 'Delta IV Heavy', the world's largest rocket, was successfully launched today carrying a classified payload for the US intelligence agency National Reconnaissance Office.
- The mission, NROL-37, was the ninth to be launched atop a Delta IV Heavy since its debut in 2004.
- The Mines Ministry is developing Mining Surveillance System, a pan-India surveillance network using satellite technology to curb illegal mining.
- This technology will track mine lease areas and detect changes in topography.
- The government today asked the Public Sector Banks (PSBs) to expand the user base under the Atal Pension Yojana.
- This comes after several PSBs failed to meet their enrollment targets under the scheme last fiscal.
- Note : SBI managed to enroll 3.3 lakh people against a target of 50 lakh, Punjab National Bank managed 1.85 lakh against the target 19 lakh.
Awards & Honors
- British rock singer Rod Stewart, known for songs like 'Have I Told You Lately', has received a Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II as mentioned in the Queen's annual 'Birthday Honors List'.
- Note : 'Downton Abbey' actress Penelope Wilton, who has been made a dame, is among the other honourees.
- The awardees of the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award instituted in 1954, need not be Indian.
- Till now, it has been awarded to one naturalised citizen, Mother Teresa (in 1980), and to two non-Indians, Pakistan national Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (in 1987) and former South African President Nelson Mandela (in 1990).
- Actress Priyanka Chopra has been nominated for her role in the American television series 'Quantico' at the 2016 Teen Choice Awards.
- Indian short film "Leeches", starring Sayani Gupta, 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.
- Jaipur's Aman Bansal has topped the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2016, the results of which were announced today.
- Riya Singh from Kota, with an All India Rank of 133, has topped the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2016 among girls.
- Legendary Canadian ice hockey player Gordie Howe (88) passed away.
- He was nicknamed Mr Hockey and had spent most of his career with the Detroit Red Wings, winning the Stanley Cup four times.
- Congress leader and former Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam was elected unopposed as the Speaker of the 14th Puducherry legislative Assembly.
- Pro-tem Speaker VP Shivakozhuthu was declared elected unopposed as the Deputy Speaker.
- Additional Solicitor General of India and former Parliamentarian Satya Pal Jain was appointed as a part-time member of the 21st Law Commission of India.
- Note : His appointment is in addition to present charge as an Additional Solicitor General of India.
- President Pranab Mukherjee today nominated Sambhaji Raje, a direct descendant of the Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji, to the Rajya Sabha.
- Raje is a social activist and has been a supporter for reservation of the Marathas under the Other Backward Classes category in Maharashtra.
- He becomes one of the 12 nominated members in the Upper House of the Parliament.
- Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kamal Nath were today made party General Secretaries by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
- While Azad, the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, has been made the in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, Kamal Nath will look after Punjab and Haryana.
- Azad and Kamal Nath replace Madhusudan Mistry and Shakeel Ahmed as the General Secretaries.
- 3M India, the Indian arm of US multinational conglomerate 3M Co., announced the appointment of Debarati Sen as Managing Director (MD) of 3M India Limited and 3M Lanka Pvt. Ltd. with effect from June 1, 2016.
- Debarati Sen is going to replace Amit Laroya, who led the company for the past three years and is now moving to 3M Korea.
- Indian Badminton player Saina Nehwal defeated Chinese shuttler Sun Yu to win the Australian Open Super Series in Sydney today.
- This is Saina’s first title this year, with her last win being the India Super Series in March 2015.
- Note : Saina has won the Australian Open for the second time, she already won the title 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.
- Note : Paes won the bronze medal for India in singles tennis at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
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