1. UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon honoured with Russia’s Order of Friendship:
- Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree awarding the Order of Friendship to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
- The decoration was awarded to Ban for special merits in strengthening peace, friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding between peoples.
- The order, set up in 1994, is meant to reward Russian citizens and foreign nationals for outstanding accomplishments in strengthening peace and cooperation with Russia, as well as for charity activities.
2. Internet Saathi, Google and Tata’s joint-initiative, launched in West Bengal:
- Google and Tata Trusts’ joint initiative Internet Saathi was launched in Kolkata, West Bengal.
- The initiative aims at reducing the digital gender gap in rural areas of India such as Purulia, where girls have now been trained to use the Internet and teach others in turn.
- Internet Saathi had been successfully launched in five states. In July 2015, it began in four more states including West Bengal.
3. Pakistan tops in 2016 Malware Infection Index:
- Pakistan has topped the list of 19 countries figuring in the 2016 Malware Infection Index (MII) in the Asia-Pacific region.
- The index for the Asia-Pacific region was released by technology giant Microsoft in which India was placed at 8th position.
4. World Bank cuts global growth forecast to 2.4 %:
- The World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has slashed the global growth forecast of 2016 by 0.5 % to 2.4 %.
- According to WB group, the world economy will grow at 2.4% in 2016 and at 2.8% in 2017.
- The cut in the forecast was due to advanced economies experiencing mediocre growth, while low commodity prices, weak global trade, and stilted capital flows also impacted.
- However, India will remain one of the fastest growing major economies, ahead of China, for the next three years, the report said. But it lowered India’s growth projections marginally by 0.2% to 7.6% for 2016-17 and 7.7% in 2017-18, citing the drag by exports on economic activity.
5. NATO launches biggest ever Joint Military Exercise Anaconda-16 in Poland:
- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members and partners on 6 June 2016 launched Anaconda-16 Exercise, the biggest ever joint military exercise in Poland.
- The drill is part of NATO's exercise program and is being held just weeks before NATO's summit in Warsaw that is expected to decide that significant numbers of NATO troops and equipment will be based in Poland and in the Baltic states.
- Anaconda-16 will run on test ranges across Poland and will be formally closed by officials at a ceremony in Warsaw on June 17.
6. India ranked 141 on Global Peace Index:
- India has been ranked 141 on the 2016 Global Peace Index prepared by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).
- India was ranked 143 on last year's list.
- Iceland was named the world's most peaceful country.
- In a ranking of 163 countries, Syria has been named the least peaceful, followed by South Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.
7. Indian Reserve Battalion to be named after Maharana Pratap:
- Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 8 June 2016 announced that a new Indian Reserve Battalion in Rajasthan will be named after Maharana Pratap.
- The battalion will be named as Maharana Pratap reserve battalion.
- The decision was taken on the request of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
8. Names of 4 new Periodic Table elements announced:
- The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has announced the names proposed for the new elements, whose discovery helped complete the seventh row of the Periodic Table in December last year.
- The names proposed for the elements with atomic numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118 were Nihonium (Nh), Moscovium (Mc), Tennessine (Ts) and Oganesson (Og) respectively.
9. Thailand becomes the first Asian country to eliminate mother to child HIV:
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission.
- In this regard, Thailand’s Minister of Health was presented with the certificate of validation during a ceremony, which took place on the eve of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in New York.
- Previously, Cuba was the only other country and the first country in the world to eliminate mother-to-child transmission under the WHO’s criteria back in July 2015.
10. India-US inked 8 MoUs to bolster economic growth & sustainable development:
- India and the United States (US) on 8 June 2016 signed eight agreements/ Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) in various fields.
- It inclueds exchange of Terrorist Screening Information, cooperation on Energy Security, Clean Energy, Climate Change, co-operation on Wildlife Conservation, Cooperation in Gas Hydrates, and Logistics Exchange among others.
11. India becomes third largest oil consumer:
- According to BP Statistical Review of World Energy India has surpassed Japan to become the world’s third-largest oil consumer.
- With the demand of 4.1 million barrels a day (BPD), India is the third-largest consumer behind the United States (19.39 million BPD) and China (11.96 million BPD).
12. Sharapova banned for two years over doping:
- Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova was banned for two years by the International Tennis Federation.
- The ban comes after the Russian tested positive at the Australian Open 2016 for using the banned substance meldonium.
- The suspension has been backdated to January 26, 2016, the day Sharapova failed her drugs test.