1. World Blood Donor day observes on 14th June:
- On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day (14 June) this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is focusing on this good deed to motivate people to donate more blood voluntarily.
- The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood ,blood products and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.
- 2016 Theme is "Blood connects us all". The theme highlights the common bond that all people share in their blood.
2. Indian Railways launches Janani Sewa, optional catering Scheme on pilot basis:
- The Union Ministry of Railways has launched three passenger service initiatives namely- a Janani Sewa for mothers, optional catering in Rajdhani, and Shatabdi trains on a pilot basis and a children’s menu on trains.
- These services have been launched by Union Railways minister Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi.
- Under this scheme hot milk, hot water, and baby food will be available at railway stations. Initially on a pilot basis this scheme will be available at 25 railway stations including New Delhi, Howrah, Mumbai, Chennai, Surat, and Lucknow.
3. Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai Resigns:
- Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai has resigned after the acceptance of the resignation by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for this on health grounds.
- Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain will take charge of the Transport Ministry now onward.
- Jain is also PWD minister and a cabinet colleague.
4. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launched Child Labour Tracking System:
- Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has inaugurated 'Child Labour Tracking System (CLTS)' in order to keep a track of rescued child labour for their proper rehabilitation besides announcing financial help of Rs 25,000 for every rescued child labour to be given from Chief Minister's Relief Fund.
- The money will directly go to children's bank account. It will instill a sense of confidence in them and will be given to all those who are registered under the tracking system.
- As per The state CM, the significance of the tracking system is that there is no guarantee that they (rescued child labour) would not be forced to work. So there is a need for tracking those children who have been rescued besides, monitoring such children as to what they are doing.
5. State finance ministers attend GST meet in Kolkata:
- Union Finance minister Mr. Arun Jaitley has met finance ministers of 22 states and representatives and seven others in Kolkata to iron out differences over the new regime that will create one national market under the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
- The GST bill seeks to amend the Constitution to enable parliament and state legislatures to frame laws on imposition of the Goods and Services Tax.
- The government now hopes to have the Bill, which has already been passed by the Lok Sabha, cleared by the upper house or Rajya Sabha in the monsoon session of the Parliament.
- Once it is passed by the Rajya Sabha, the GST bill will need to be passed by at least 15 states since it is a Constitution Amendment Bill.
- Mr. Amit Mitra is the Chairperson of the Empowered Committee on the GST.
- The GST is an indirect tax system that would subsume various central and state indirect taxes and apply on the supply of goods and services.
6. Central Port Authorities Act, 2016 drafted to replace the Major Port Trust Act, 1963:
- The Union Ministry of Shipping in June 2016 prepared a draft bill 'The Central Port Authorities Act, 2016'.
- The bill seeks to replace the Major Port Trust Act, 1963.
- The draft was prepared with an aim to provide more autonomy and flexibility to the Major Ports and to bring in a professional approach in their governance.
7. RBI introduces Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets:
- The Reserve Bank of India has issued guidelines called Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets.
- The main aim of these guidelines is to Strengthen the lenders’ ability to deal with stressed assets and put real assets back on track of entities facing genuine difficulties by providing an avenue for reworking financial structure.
- The sustainable debt and equity/quasi-equity instruments are expected to provide upside to the lenders when the borrower turns around.
- The resolution plan will be prepared by credible professional agencies in order to make sure that entire exercise is carried out in a prudent and transparent manner.
- Besides, an Overseeing Committee comprising of eminent experts will be set up by the Indian Banks Association (IBA) in consultation with the RBI. The committee will independently review the processes involved in preparation of the resolution plan under the S4A.
8. G Kalyanakrishnan took over as Chief Executive of Nuclear Fuel Complex:
- Scientist G Kalyanakrishnan has taken charge as Chief Executive of Hydereabad based Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC).
- He will replace Dr N Saibaba, who had retired on completion of two years of extended period of service.
- Kalyanakrishnan will also be the Chairman of the NFC Board.
- The NFC is a major industrial unit of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), for the supply of nuclear fuel bundles and reactor core components. It was established in 1971 and has its headquarters at Hyderabad, Telangana.
9. India, and Ghana sign three agreements:
- India and Ghana have signed three bilateral agreements to strengthen co-operation in varied fields.
- These agreements were signed after delegation-level talks between President Pranab Mukherjee and his Ghanaian counterpart John Dramani Mahama in Accra.
- The signed agreements include one for visa waivers for holders of diplomatic and official passports and one for setting up a Joint Commission, the third agreement was for collaboration in diplomatic training between the Indian Foreign Service Institute and a Ghanaian institute of the same standing.
10. Lewis Hamilton wins 2016 Canada Grand Prix of Formula One:
- Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton from Great Britain has won 2016 Canada Grand Prix title of Formula One.
- It was his second title of the season after winning 2016 Monaco Grand Prix in May 2016.
- This was Hamilton’s fifth Canada Grand Prix title in his career. Previously he had won the titles in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2015.
11. Indian men's 4x400m relay team breaks 18-year-old national record:
- The Indian men's 4x400m relay team has created a new national record, clocking 3:02.17 at the International Sprint and Relay Teams Cup at Erzurum, Turkey.
- The team improved the previous record of 3:02.62 set at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok.
- The 4×400 metres relay or long relay is an athletics track event in which teams consist of four runners who each complete 400 metres or one lap. It is traditionally the final event of a track meet.
- On the other hand, the Indian women's 4x400m relay team clocked 3:30.16 and jumped to world's No. 12 in the rankings.
12. Usain Bolt wins the 100m in 9.88 seconds at Racers Grand Prix 2016:
- Olympic champion Usain Bolt has won 100 metres race in 9.88 seconds at the inaugural Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix.
- Bolt, the world’s fastest man, won ahead of Nickel Ashmeade (9.94s) and his Racers Track Club teammate Yohan Blake (9.94s) in a positive 1.0 metres per second. Former World record holder Asafa Powell finished fourth in a time of 9.98s.
13. Ranu Langthasa appointed as first woman chairperson of NCHAC in Assam:
- Ranu Langthasa has been unanimously appointed as the chairperson of the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) in Assam.
- She became the first women chairperson to be appointed to the post since the formation of Autonomous Council in 1950s.
- The North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council can be described as a state in miniature having all the paraphernalia of a Government like Legislative, Executive and Judiciary.
14. Donald Carr, a former England Cricket captain, dies aged 89:
- Donald Carr, the former captain of England Cricket team has passed away. He was 89 years old.
- Beside prominent batsman Carr was also one of the most prominent administrators of the post-war era.
- His career spanned from 1945 to 1968 in which he scored nearly 20000 runs and claimed 328 wickets with his left-arm spin for Oxford University, Derbyshire, and England. He retired from cricket in 1986. From 1962 to 1974, he was assistant secretary of MCC. In from 1974 to 1986, he served as the secretary of the Test and County Cricket Board (TCCB) and the Cricket Council.