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June 14, 2015

14th June 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Today (14th June) is World Blood Donor Day‬
    • This day is observed to raise the public awareness about the need for safe blood donation.
    • Important Note : World Blood Donor Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with 
      • World Health Day, 
      • World Tuberculosis Day, 
      • World Immunization Week, 
      • World Malaria Day, 
      • World No Tobacco Day, 
      • World Hepatitis Day and 
      • World AIDS Day.
    • Themes of World Blood Donor Day
      • 2015 :  “Thank you for saving my life”.
      • 2014 : “Safe blood for saving mothers”.
      • 2013 : “Give the gift of life: Donate blood.”
      • 2012 : “Every blood donor is a hero”.
      • 2011 : “More blood, more life”.
      • 2010 : “New Blood for the World”.
  • Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal to sign (BBIN) Motor Vehicles Agreement tomorrow for better transport facility.
 Science & Technology
  • Chinese defence ministry has confirmed the test of a supersonic nuclear delivery vehicle, a move described by the US as an "extreme manoeuvre" amid tension in the South China Sea.
    • The fourth successful test of hypersonic glide vehicle - which the US has dubbed the "Wu-14" - was carried out. 
    • Note : It was the People Liberation Army's fourth test of the weapon in 18 months.
Business & Economy
  • State-run BSNL will launch free roaming, starting tomorrow, which will allow all its mobile customers across the country to receive incoming calls at no cost.
    • Note : One June 2nd, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had announced that the telco would be launching free roaming scheme from June 15th.
People in News
  • The International Criminal Court has called for South Africa to arrest Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who is reported to have arrived in Johannesburg for a summit of the African Union.
    • Note : Bashir is wanted over alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Darfur conflict dating back to 2003.
  • Former Union Minister Sheila Kaul (100) passed away.
    • She is the sister-in-law of Jawaharlal Nehru and worked as an MP for five times. 
    • Note : She is the oldest surviving former parliamentarian (100 years).
  • Rohan Bopanna - Florin Mergea win the ATP's Stuttgart Open final doubles trophy in Germany.
  • India’s senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh today reached a landmark as he surpassed Pakistan legend Wasim Akram’s tally of Test wickets to climb to Ninth in the all-ime highest wicket-takers’ list.
    • Harbhajan today dismissed Imrul Kayes for 72 to reach 415 Test wickets, one more than Akram’s 414 from 104 matches.
    • His final figures of 3/64 took his tally to 416 wickets from 102 Test matches.
    • Top 10 Wicket Takers
      • M Muralitharan (ICC/SL) 
      • SK Warne (Aus)     
      • A Kumble (India) 
      • GD McGrath (Aus) 
      • CA Walsh (WI) 
      • N Kapil Dev (India) 
      • Sir RJ Hadlee (NZ) 
      • SM Pollock (SA) 
      • Harbhajan Singh (India)     
      • Wasim Akram (Pak)

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