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- Today (6th July) is World Zoonosis (also spelled zoönosis and zoonoses) Day.
- Zoonosis is an ailment that is transmitted from animals to human beings.
- Zoonosis is derived from the Greek words zoon (animal)and nosos (ailment).
- Approximately 150 zoonotic diseases are known to exist.
- This day is observed every year to emphasize and bring the problem awareness amongst people, and teach them to take right action.
- Theme for the year 2016 : The disease threat in human-animal interface
- Important Points to Note :
- Singapore topped the list.
- Last year (2015) India ranked 89 in the list.
- India was at the 114th place for infrastructure, while it ranked 8 in terms of affordability.
- Hungary, a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, today expressed its support for India's bid to become a member of the 48-member group.
- A joint Indo-Hungarian statement said this will "further strengthen nuclear non-proliferation and make global nuclear commerce more secure".
- Note : A consensus among all the members will be required for India to become a member of the group.
- The Oxford English Dictionary has added the words ROFL (Rolling on Floor Laughing) and tl;dr (too long; didn’t read) in its June 2016 update.
- The update for this quarter also includes the words glamping (glamourous camping), budgie smugglers (close-fitting men’s swimming trunks) and listicle (an online article in the form of a list).
- The Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, has announced that Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on July 7 in India as the moon could not be sighted on Tuesday.
- Earlier in the day, the government had announced a holiday for Eid on July 7 for its offices.
- Note : Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramzan.
- China launches military drill around Paracel Islands to defend its sovereignty claim in the South China Sea a week ahead of ruling by the International Court of Justice.
- World famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath begins at Puri.
- The world's largest 'charkha' (spinning wheel) was unveiled at Terminal-3 of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport by BJP President Amit Shah.
- This charkha is 27 feet long and 15 feet tall.
- This charkha commemorates the centenary year of Mahatma Gandhi’s return from South Africa.
- Around 42 carpenters in Ahmedabad took 55 days to build this charkha.
- Rajasthan became first state to introduce minimum wages for part time workers.
- The Union Cabinet has approved a National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) for providing apprenticeship training to over 50 lakh youngsters in order to create more jobs.
- The Scheme has an outlay of 10,000 crore rupees and a target of training 50 lakh apprentices by 2019-20.
MOUs & Agreements
- The Union Cabinet today approved a long-term contract by signing an MoU with Mozambique for the import of pulses.
- The MoU is aimed at promoting the production of pulses in the African country, thereby doubling the trade between the two nations by 2020-21.
- This is expected to stabilise the price of pulses by meeting the current shortfall in supply.
Banking & Economy
- The Dollar was unanimously adopted as the monetary unit of the United States on this day (6th July) in the year 1785.
- However, the United States Mint didn't start issuing the first dollar coins until 1792.
- Note : The US dollar is the most used currency in international transactions with several countries using it as their official currency, and several others as their de facto currency.
- A total of 17 merger and acquisition (M&A) deals have been made between Singaporean and Indian enterprises in the first half of 2016, global valuation firm Duff & Phelps has reported.
- The deals had a combined investment of $940 million.
- China is planning to give Bangladesh a $9 billion low-interest loan to build 6 rail projects.
- The rail projects will connect the capital, Dhaka, to domestic industrial areas and the Indian border.
- The Union Cabinet today approved the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme worth ₹10,000 crore to train over 50 Lakh apprentices by 2020.
- Along with support in basic training of apprentices, employers will also be offered financial incentives for engaging apprentices.
- The decision aims to focus on apprenticeship as a key component for creating skilled manpower in India.
- The Union Cabinet has approved the Interest Subvention Scheme for farmers for the year 2016-17.
- For this purpose Union Government has earmarked a sum of 18,276 Crore Rupees.
- The scheme will help farmers getting short term crop loan payable within one year up to 3 lakhs Rupees at only 4% per annum.
- Interest subvention for providing short term crop loan to farmers has been provided to Public Sector, Private Sector, Cooperative, Regional Rural banks and NABARD.
People in News
- Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has set another world record by entering the Limca Book of Records by carving 100 sand chariots at the Puri beach in Odisha.
- Note : The Padma Shri awardee artist already has 20 world records to his name.
- The critically acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami (76) passed away.
- Note : His 1997 film Taste of Cherry won the prestigious Palme d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Science & Technology
- NASA’s Jupiter mission, Juno spacecraft is the fastest human made object ever.
- Accelerated by Jupiter’s gravity, Juno's top speed is estimated at 265,000 km/h relative to the earth.
- Note : The all-time speed record was previously held by NASA's Helios 1 and Helios 2 spacecraft, launched in the mid-1970s to study the sun.
- Prakash Javadekar was appointed the Human Resource Development Minister, replacing Smriti Irani from the post after the Union Cabinet reshuffle yesterday.
- Irani has now been shifted to the Ministry of Textiles.
- Javadekar had been serving as the Minister of State for Environment since May 2014.
- Arun Jaitley has been replaced by Venkaiah Naidu as the Information and Broadcasting Minister.
- Naidu, who is also the incumbent Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, will give up his Parliamentary Affairs portfolio.
- However, Arun Jaitley will remain the Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs.
- Ananth Kumar has been made the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs.
- He will replace Venkaiah Naidu, who has been given the charge of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
- Uttar Pradesh MP Anupriya Patel (35), who took oath yesterday as the Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, has become the youngest minister in PM Narendra Modi’s Cabinet.
- Note : Previously, Smriti Irani (then 38) was the Modi Cabinet's youngest minister.
- Download PDF Version of Latest List of Indian Ministers with Portfolios 2016 from here
Books & Authors
- Home Minister Rajnath Singh today unveiled a comic book 'Ayodhya ke Shoorvir' on the exploits of the CRPF personnel who averted a terrorist attack in Ayodhya's Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid complex in 2005.
- This is the fifth such book in the series 'Shaurya Gathayen' (stories of valour) being published by the paramilitary force to honour its personnel and martyrs.
- As a part of PM Narendra Modi's cabinet reshuffle, former Delhi BJP President Vijay Goel was sworn in as the new Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports.
- Goel will replace Sarbananda Sonowal, the new Chief Minister of Assam.
- Gymnast Dipa Karmakar became the first Indian to be certified as 'World Class Gymnast' by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique.
- The 22-year-old is also the first ever Indian female gymnast to qualify for the Olympic Games.
- Dipa, who hails from Tripura, had earlier won a bronze medal for India at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
- South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to 6 years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
- Former England captain Nasser Hussain has set a Guinness World Record for the highest catch of a cricket ball.
- The 48-year-old caught the cricket ball that was dropped using a drone from a height of 150 feet in windy conditions at the Lord's stadium. The ball reached an approximate speed of 119 km/h before landing safely in the cricketer’s hands.
- Para swimmer Niranjan Mukundan has won 8 medals at the recently-concluded IWAS (International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports) U-23 World Games held in Prague, Czech Republic.
- Of the 8 medal’s Niranjan bagged three gold medals in 50m butterfly, 200m freestyle and 50m breaststroke events.
- He won two silver medals in 100m fly and 50m freestyle, and three bronze medals in 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke events.
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