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June 13, 2016

13th June 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Today (13th June) is International Albinism Awareness Day.
    • Theme of the year 2016 : Celebrate Diversity, Promote Inclusiveness and Protect Rights of People with Albinism
  • President Pranab Mukherjee reaches Ghana capital Accra on the first leg of his 3-Nation tour to Africa.
    • Mukherjee became the first Indian President to visit Ghana.
    • This tour comes as a part of India’s ‘Outreach to Africa’ initiative.
    • Note : This is the first leg of his tour of three African nations which also includes first visits to Cote D'Ivoire and Namibia
  • 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. 
    • The step was taken by Norwegian Government based on official recommendations of Norwegian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Energy and Environment as part of the Action Plan on Nature Diversity.

MOUs & Agreements

  • Ghana and India have singed 3 agreements after Bilateral talks between President Pranab Mukherjel and his Ghana counter part John Mahama.
    • First agreement : Exemptions on visa requirements for holders of diplomatic passports.
    • Second agreement : MOU between India and Ghana on the establishment of a joint commission. 
      • Note : The Joint Commission framework will periodically review various aspects of the multi-dimensional relationship between the two countries.
    • Third agreement : Cooperation between both countries foreign ministries.

National Affairs
  • Vasantrao Naik Shetkari Swavalamban Mission (VNSSM), a Task Force on Farmers, submitted its report to Maharashtra Government. 
    • The taskforce appointed to address agrarian issues has suggested a five-point agenda to bring at least 80 percent of farmers into the institutional credit net.
    • This task-force was headed by : Kishore Tiwari (agriculture expert)
  • The Bombay High Court 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. 
    • Further, prior permission would be mandatory for such activities in other areas of the district. 
    • This follows an Indian Air Force alert that terrorists may be planning to use "sub-conventional methods" like paragliding and parachutes.
  • In the light of the recent class XII Bihar board results scandal, the Bihar Education Department has launched ‘Operation Clean Up’, under which all the 228 B.Ed colleges of the state will be probed. 
    • The department will also inspect “10+2, degree colleges and even coaching institutes” to ensure the quality of education.

Awards & Honors
  • Indian American author Akhil Sharma today won the prestigious 2016 International Dublin Literary Award for his semi-autobiographical novel “Family Life.” 
    • Family Life is Sharma’s second novel and took him 13 years to write. 
    • The novel traces the journey of a family that emigrates from New Delhi to New York, where one brother is left severely brain-damaged after a tragedy strikes.

Business & Economy
  • India's Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation for the month of May climbed to 5.76% from the 5.47% recorded in April, marking a 17-month high. 
  • 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 government is planning to make purity stamping, or hallmarking, mandatory for all jewellery shops in India to protect consumers from getting duped on the quality of gold.
    • Once made mandatory, jewellers will be made accountable and jewellery shops will have to sell hallmarked certified gold jewellery.
    • Consumer Affairs Minister : Ram Vilas Paswan 
  • The markets regulator SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) has put in place a stricter KYC (Know Your Customer) norms and disclosure regime for Participatory Notes (P-Notes)
    • Important Points to Note :
    • P-Notes are offshore/overseas derivative instruments (ODIs) issued by registered foreign institutional investors (FII) to overseas investors. 
    • They provide easier and cost-effective route to foreign investors to invest in Indian markets without directly registering as Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs).
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has notified the increase in the limits of foreign portfolio investors in YES Bank from 60% to 74% under the portfolio investment scheme.
    • The increase follows the approval granted by the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA) / Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) on May 25 besides deregulation of FDI policy allowing fungibility across FDI / FPI limits.

Science & Technology
  • China has successfully launched a 23rd BeiDou Navigation Satellite to support its global navigation and positioning network. 
    • The satellite was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province on board of Long March-3C carrier rocket. 
    • It is the 23rd satellite in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, which is being developed as an alternative to GPS (Global Positioning System) of US.  
    • It was the 229th launch of the Long March carrier rocket.

  • Veteran theatre personality, playwright and doyen of Assam’s mobile theatre movement Achyut Lahkar (85) passed away. 
    • Note : He was considered as the father of the Bhryamyman or Mobile Theatre of Assam.

  • India clinch ODI series against Zimbabwe with eight wickets win in the second ODI at Harare.
  • The Indian 4x400m men's relay team set a new national record, clocking 3:02.17 secs, at the International Sprint and Relay Teams Cup in Erzurum, Turkey. 
    • They broke the previous record of 3:02.62 secs, which was set at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games. 
    • Note : The team is currently ranked 17th worldwide, with the world's top 16 eligible to participate in the Olympics.
  • The Badminton Association of India (BAI) announced a cash reward of ₹10 lakh for shuttler Saina Nehwal after she won the Australian Open Super Series in Sydney yesterday. 
    • Saina defeated Chinese shuttler Sun Yu to win her first title this year. 
  • Australian Super Series 2016 Winners
    • Men's Singles : Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Denmark)
    • Women's Singles : Saina Nehwal (India)
    • Men's Doubles : Markus Fernaldi Gideon (Indonesia) and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Indonesia)
    • Women's Doubles : Bao Yixin (China) and Chen Qingchen (China)
    • Mixed Doubles : Lu Kai (China) and Huang Yaqiong (China)
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