Thursday, 30 June 2016

Daily Current Affairs Update for Upcoming Exams (30th June 2016)

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1. Four Indian-Americans honoured with 2016 Great Immigrants Award in US:
  • Four Indian-Americans have been honoured with prestigious Great Immigrants: The Pride of America Award 2016.
  • They are among 42 distinguished US personalities representing more than 30 countries of origin around the world honoured with this year’s award.
  • Four Indian-Americans are:
1. Sunder Pichai is CEO of internet search engine giant Google.
2. Hari Sreenivasan is broadcast journalist associated with the PBS NewsHour.
3. Vikram Malhotra is associated with McKinsey.
4. Bharati Mukherjee is award-winning author. She is professor emerita in the department of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

2. Anti-submarine torpedo Varunastra inducted in Navy:
  • Indigenously-built heavyweight anti-submarine torpedo Varunastra has been successfully inducted in the navy, making India one of the 8th countries to have the capability to design and build such a system.
  • Developed by Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), a premier laboratory of DRDO.
  • Having almost 95 % indigenous content, Varunastra, costing about Rs 10-12 crore per unit, is capable of targeting quiet and stealthy submarines, both in deep and littoral waters in intense counter-measure environment.
3. CAG Shashi Kant Sharma gets honorary professorship in China:
  • The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India Shashi Kant Sharma has been conferred with the honorary professorship by the Nanjing Audit University (NAU), China.
  • China’s Nanjing Audit University is the only university which is recognized by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
  • Sharma is a 1976 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Bihar cadre.
4. Viswanathan Anand honoured with 'Honoris Causa' Doctor of Science degree:
  • Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand was conferred the "Honoris Causa" Doctor of Science by Indian Institute Of Technology (IIT) during its 49th convocation ceremony. The 46-year-old Anand was bestowed with the degree by NITI aayog chairman Arvind Panagariya.
  • He was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991–92, India's highest sporting honour. In 2007, he was awarded India's second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, making him the first sports person to receive the award.
5. Union Cabinet approves MoU between UPSC and Bhutan’s Royal Civil Service Commission:
  • The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding between Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), Bhutan.
  • Decision in this regard was taken in the Union Cabinet Meeting presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
  • It will also facilitate sharing of expertise and experience of both the parties in the area of recruitment.
  • It will also develop institutionalized linkage between the Public Service Commission of both the countries, which share the common ideals.
6. India successfully test fires ballistic missile ‘Barak-8' off Odisha coast:
  • Ballistic missile Barak-8 was successfully tested from Balasore district of Odisha. 
  • The missile was launched from test fired from launch pad no-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur. The Barak-8 is India’s new surface to air missile which is developed jointly with the Israel.
  • Barak-8 is a medium range and surface-to-air type ballistic missile and has the capability to identify and hit a target missile within a range of 70 km. The missile is about four-meter long and weighs 275 kg. It has capacity to carry a payload of 60 kg.
  • The system also includes a multi-functional surveillance and threat alert radar (MF STAR) for tracking, detection and guidance of the missile.
7. Union Cabinet approves MoU between UPSC and Bhutan’s Royal Civil Service Commission:
  • The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding between Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), Bhutan.
  • Decision in this regard was taken in the Union Cabinet Meeting presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
  • It will also facilitate sharing of expertise and experience of both the parties in the area of recruitment.
  • It will also develop institutionalized linkage between the Public Service Commission of both the countries, which share the common ideals.
8. World Bank, ISA sign agreement for collaboration in solar energy:
  • The World Bank Group has signed an agreement with the International Solar Alliance (ISA), to collaborate on increasing solar energy use around the world with the goal of mobilising $1 trillion in investments by 2030.
  • The ISA is a group of 121 countries led by India and is headquartered in India.
  • The agreement was signed on Thursday when the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim met the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy.
  • As part of the agreement, the World Bank Group will develop a roadmap to mobilise financing for development and deployment of affordable solar energy, and also work with other multilateral development banks and financial institutions to develop financing instruments to support solar energy development.
9. China launches second Shijian-16 series satellite:
  • China has successfully launched its second Shijian-16 series satellite for space research and experiments.
  • The first Shijian-16 satellite was launched in October 2013.
  • The satellite was launched on board of Long March-4B rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Jiuquan, northwest China’s Gansu Province.
  • It was the 231st by a Long March rocket.
10. HRD Minister launches teacher education portal ‘Prashikshak’:
  • Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani has launched teacher education portal ‘Prashikshak’, for District Institutes of Education and Training in New Delhi.
  • The objective of Prashikshak is to help DIETs make informed decisions about their institutes, compare the performance of their institute against other DIETs in the state and country as well as help aspiring teachers make informed decisions about which institute to join.
  • The major users of Prashikshak will be Pre-service teacher educators, DIET principals and faculty, Policy makers at District, State Government and National Level, and the General public.
11. Railway Minister launches online grievance redressal system:
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has launched Nivaran, an online system for redressal of service related grievance of serving and former Railway employees.
  • This online system facilitates the employees to lodge their grievances and also monitor the progress.
  • Railways is the single biggest civilian employer in the country with over 1.3 million workforce.
12. Pioneer of modern art in painting and pottery, K G Subramanyan passes away:
  • Renowned sculptor and painter KG Subramanyan passed away in Vadodara, Gujarat following a brief illness. He was 92. He was multifaceted artist credited with being one of the pioneers of Indian modern art and was also a freedom fighter.
  • K G Subramanyan Born in 1924 in Kerala. He was a socialist and Gandhian throughout his life.
  • He was renowned for his terracottas, outdoor murals and toys and also experimented with weaving.
13. Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as Philippines’ president:
  • Firebrand leader Rodrigo Duterte has been sworn in as the Philippines’ president, after promising a ruthless and deeply controversial war on crime would be the main focus of his six-year term.
  • Duterte took oath before a small audience inside the Malacanang presidential palace.
  • His anti-crime programme includes plans to reintroduce the death penalty, issuing shoot-to-kill orders to the security services and offering them bounties for the bodies of drug dealers.
  • Duterte won last month’s presidential elections in a landslide after an inflammatory campaign.
14. Royal Enfield announces collaboration with Flipkart to sell its accessories:
  • E-commerce major Flipkart and Royal Enfield have entered into collaboration where flipkart will sell complete range of accessories of Royal Enfield.
  • Royal Enfield is first time entering into the partnership with a third-party for selling its accessories as it previously worked only with own website and authorized retail network.
  • The flipkart portal has the whole range of Royal Enfield apparel and accessories. These include helmets, riding gear, saddle bags, and head-gear. Along with these, the much needed lifestyle products amongst the youth such as shoes, T-shirts and jackets will also make place on the portal.

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