1. Union Cabinet approves recommendations of 7th Pay Commission:
- Union Cabinet on 29 June 2016 approved the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The salaries and arrears, effective from 1 January 2016, will be made applicable now.
- The commission recommended 23.55 percent hike in pay and allowances of government employees.
- The minimum pay for government employees is recommended to be set at 18000 rupees per month.
- The maximum pay is recommended to be 225000 rupees per month for Apex Scale and 250000 per month for Cabinet Secretary and others presently at the same pay level.
- The increase in pay will be 16 percent, increase in allowances will be 63 percent and increase in pension will be 24 percent.
- The rate of annual increment for employees will be 3 percent.
2. Majuli in Assam becomes India’s first island district:
- Majuli was in news as the Government of Assam approved its up gradation as a district.With this approval, Majuli has become the first island district in the country.
- At present, Majuli is a Mohkuma, a sub division of the Jorhat District and represented by the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the Assembly.
3. Exercise Jalrahat for flood Relief in Assam started:
- Armed Forces and state government of Assam on 28 June 2016 started exercise JALRAHAT at Narangi Cantt of Assam. It is an initiative that is being carried on for flood relief in the state.
- The Exercise spread over three days terminates on 30 June 2016.
- Exercise Jalrahat, a joint initiative led by GAJRAJ Corps with full support from HQ Eastern Command, is based on Flood Relief in an urban setting.
4. V Sasi elected Deputy Speaker in Kerala:
- V Sasi of the CPI (M), representing the Chirayinkeezh constituency, has been elected the Deputy Speaker of the 14th Kerala Legislative Assembly.
- Sasi beat IC Balakrishnan, candidate of the Opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front, by 90 votes to 45 after voting took place this morning on the floor of the House.
5. World Bank approves $201.50 million for Technical Education Quality Improvement Project in India:
- The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on 24 June 2016 approved 201.50 million US dollars for Technical Education Quality Improvement Project III (TEQIP III) in India to improve the quality of engineering education in select Indian states.
- The objective of the project is to enhance quality and equity in participating engineering education institutes and improve the efficiency of the engineering education system in focus states.
- The maturity period for the project if 25 years with an additional 5 years grace period.
- It will focus on improving engineering education in all government and government-aided colleges including the ATUs in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, LIS, states in the North East of India and hill states.
6. Amul signs up as official sponsor of Indian team to the Olympics:
- India’s leading food products company Amul has signed up as the official sponsor for the Indian contingent to the Rio Olympics 2016.
- The company will launch a series of advertising campaigns for milk and other dairy products to promote this association. In addition, the company’s products will also sport special branding to promote this association.
- Amul will launch a series of advertising campaigns for milk and various dairy products to promote this association in the coming months. Amul has embarked upon an ‘Eat Milk with Every Meal’ campaign.
7. CSIR-CIMFR inked with coal supplying companies:
- Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CSIR-CIMFR) on 28 June 2016 inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Coal Supplying companies and Power Utilities for quality analysis of coal being supplied to power utilities by coal companies.
- The CSIR-CIMFR would make use of its knowledge base support in maintaining the quality of coal at national level for the entire power sector.
- It is estimated that about 300 million metric tons of coal samples would be analyzed for quality per year.
- The contract value of the project is around 250 crore rupees per annum at minimum.
8. FSSAI signs MoU with ASCI:
- Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) signed MoU with each other to put check on the issues of misleading as well as uncorroborated advertisements in the food and beverage sector.
- Under this MoU, FSSAI asked ASCI to make it compulsory to keep check upon the process of complaints against misleading ads by food companies. Active monitoring will be done by ASCI of various advertisements from across all the media segments.
- ASCI will also report to FSSAI if the companies do not abide by the instructions through the complaints if received on GAMA Portal set up by the Consumer Affairs Ministry.
9. NASA tests rocket booster for space mission:
- A booster for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket in the world, has been successfully tested, an advance that may pave the way for future human exploration in deep space, including the journey to Mars.
- The booster was fired up for its second qualification ground test at test facilities in Utah in the US.
- “This final qualification test of the booster system shows real progress in the development of the Space Launch System,” said William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA.
10. Suzuki Motors appoints scion Toshihiro Suzuki as CEO:
- Suzuki Motor Corp has appointed Toshihiro Suzuki, son of Chairman Osamu Suzuki, as its next chief executive effective the same day, as the Japanese automaker attempts to recover from a vehicle testing scandal.
- The appointment comes after patriarch Osamu Suzuki this month said he would decline the CEO position to take responsibility for the automaker's use of incorrect testing methods when calculating vehicle mileage.
11. India's Sanjeev Rajput wins silver in ISSF:
- Sanjeev Rajput, a doyen shooter of India bagged a silver medal for India in men's 50-metre rifle 3 position event at the ongoing series of sport activities of ISSF World Cup in Baku.
- Rajput shot 456.9 in the combined three events. This made him distant from the gold medal only by 0.6.
- The gold medal was acquired by Petar Gorsa from Croatia doing 457.5. Hyeonjun Kim, the player representing Korea took away the bronze medal after shooting 445.5.