Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Daily GK and Current Affairs Update (22nd June 2016)

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1. ISRO launches record 20 satellites in single mission:
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched a record 20 satellites in a single mission from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
  • With this launch of 20 satellites, ISRO also managed to break its previous record of placing 10 satellites into orbit in a single mission in 2008.
  • The 20 satellites including India’s latest earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 was launched on-board Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV C-34.
  • The other 19 satellites were from the US, Germany, Canada and Indonesia as well as two satellites from Sathyabama University, Chennai, and the College of Engineering, Pune.
2. Aadhaar to be linked with caste, domicile certificates:
  • The Centre has asked all the states to link Aadhaar card of school students to their caste and domicile certificate.
  • Under the first-of-its-kind initiative, the states have been asked to ensure that such certificates are issued within 60 days time to the students when they are studying either in Class V or VIII.
  • The government has reportedly taken the decision following complaints stating that SC-ST students were facing delays in getting their scholarship.
3. Scientists make world’s first 1,000-processor microchip:
  • US scientists team has created the world’s first microchip that has 1,000 processors and is thought to be the fastest chip designed in a university lab.
  • This energy-efficient microchip, designed by a team at the University of California, Davis, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • It is named as the 'KiloCore' chip and has a maximum computation rate of 1.78 trillion instructions per second and contains 621 million transistors.
4. SCO summit to begin tomorrow in Tashkent:
  • A two-day meeting of heads of state of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) under the presidency of Uzbekistan will begin tomorrow in Tashkent.
  • The organization was founded in 1996 after the inclusion of Uzbekistan in 2001 and headquartered in Beijing, China. 
  • The issue which will be discussed during the meeting is strengthening stability and security in Central Asia, expansion of SCO’s contacts with other international organization and states, as well as the wide involvement of the SCO observer states and dialogue partners in practical cooperation within the organization.
  • During the summit, India and Pakistan will sign a memorandum of obligation for obtaining SCO member states status. The meeting will be chair by the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov.
5. Vice President inaugurates 2-day international conference on Yoga:
  • Vice President Hamid Ansari has inaugurated two day international conference on ‘Yoga for Body and Beyond‘ in New Delhi.
  • The conference is being organized by the AYUSH Ministry in which delegates from 32 countries are taking part.
  • AYUSH  Ministry is also in the process of establishing two Post Graduate institute of yoga.
  • Swami Ramdev, Dr Pranav Pandya, Swami Amrita Suryananda, Swami Chidanand Muni and Prof H R Nagendra were among others present during the inaugural session.
6. Nagpur and China's Jinan become 'sister cities':
  • Nagpur and the Chinese city of Jinan have become 'sister cities' after signing a pact which allows for the exchange of ideas and technology in the field of education, urban planning, youth affairs, and sports.
  • The agreement, which will be executed for five years, also allows Nagpur to seek financial assistance from Jinan to execute development projects.
7. Maharashtra Govt grants minority status to Jews:
  • Maharashtra Government has accorded minority status to Jews in the state as per the provisions of the Maharashtra State Minorities Commission Act, 2004.
  • With this, Maharashtra becomes second state in the country to accord minority status to Jews after West Bengal.
  • As per the 2001 population census, there are 4,650 Jews in the country of whom 2,466 are based in Maharashtra.
  • With minority status, the Jews in the state can be counted independently as a religious minority along with Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Parsis and Jains.
8. UNCTAD report: India ranks 10th in FDI inflows:
  • As per the recently released 2016 World Investment Report, India ranks 10th in FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) inflows.
  • As per the report, India’s FDI inflows have increased to 44 billion dollars in 2015 as compared to 35 billion dollars in 2014.
  • According to the report, Top 10 Countries are: United States, Hong Kong, China, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Singapore, Brazil, Canada, and India. 
  • United States with 380 billion dollars FDI inflows has topped the list. China with FDI inflows at 136 billion dollars (more than three times India’s FDI) in 2015 was ranked third.
9. SBI named in Hall Of Shame list of Banks funding Cluster Bomb Makers:
  • The State Bank of India (SBI) was named in the Hall of Shame list of 158 banking institutions that have invested billions of dollars in companies making cluster bombs.
  • The list was prepared by Dutch campaign group PAX Worldwide Investments in Cluster Munitions report.
  • State Bank of India (SBI) is the only Indian entity on the list that includes global giants like JP Morgan, Barclays, Bank of America and Credit Suisse. However, the maximum number of 74 banks are from the US, followed by China (29) and South Korea (26).
10. AIFF to launch 'Mission 11 Million' for football:
  • The All India Football Federation is set to launch a football promotion programme in October targeting 11 million children across India.
  • The programme, titled ‘Mission 11 Million’, will reportedly be launched in 30 cities, besides targeting the Indian diaspora in Gulf countries.
  • Notably, India will be hosting its first international football competition, the U-17 FIFA World Cup, next year.
11. Telangana poet and lyricist Guda Anjaiah passes away:
  • Telangana poet and lyricist Guda Anjaiah (61-years) has died at his house at Ragannagudem, Telangana following a brief illness.
  • He was born in Lingapuram village of Dandepalli mandal in Adilabad district in 1955.
  • His songs both regaled and incensed supporters of statehood movement.
  • Anjanna was famous for his song Ooru manadi ra, ee vada manadi ra which was translated into multiple languages.
  • His songs Rajiga ori Rajiga and Ayyoniva nuvvu avvoniva were played in Poru Telangana film based on Telangana movement during 2009-11.
12. IWAI and IPGPL ink MoU on Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project:
  • The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and India Ports Global Private Limited (IPGPL) have signed a MoU for implementation of additional works on the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project (KMTTP) in Myanmar.
  • As part of the MoU, both signatory parties will be implementing three additional works on the KMTTP at the estimated to cost 476 crore rupees.
13. Himachal Govt launches skill development project:
  • The Himachal Pradesh government has launched a Rs. 640 crore project for skill development under which multipurpose training and marketing centres will be set up in rural areas as per the needs of local youths
  • Training would be provided by government institutes,departments, private sector and industrial associations under the project which is launched with external assistance from Asian Development Bank.
  • These centers would be monitored by District Skill Development Centre and to facilitate ITI students.
14. Mori village in Andhra Pradesh chosen for development as smart village:
  • Mori village in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh will be developed as a smart village of global standards by using digital tools, real-time information, and uninterrupted internet connectivity.
15. Andhra Postal circle releases stamps on Yoga booklet:
  • To commemorate the International Day of Yoga, Andhra Pradesh Postal circle have organized the programme of releasing the booklet for public and stamps on yoga for Philatelists.
  • The booklet contained illustrations and description of 24 yoga asana (postures) while 12 stamps on Suryanamaskarams were released.
  • Director of Postal Services K Soma Sundaram stated that the department of posts released the booklet to encourage customers and employees to take to yoga. He said the special stamps are limited edition collection which will interest philatelists.
16. Ken Miyauchi to replace Nikesh Arora as SoftBank President:
  • SoftBank Group has named Ken Miyauchi as its new President and Chief Operating Officer after Nikesh Arora resignation.
  • Currently Miyauchi serves as the Director of SoftBank Group and also as the President and CEO of the company’s telecommunications and Internet arm, SoftBank Corporation.
  • Earlier, Arora has resigned as the Representative Director, President and Chief Operating Officer of SoftBank Group(SBG).
  • He will also step down from the Chairmanship at Yahoo Japan, a company in which SoftBank has a 36.4% stake, as well as the Director of Sprint, an acquisition of SBG.
17. A Life in Diplomacy authored by MK Rasgotra:
  • The book titled A Life in Diplomacy was released which is written by former Indian diplomat Maharajakrishna Rasgotra.
  • It is an insider's account of the personalities and policies that shaped Indian diplomacy.
  • The book provides a ringside view of the beginnings of ethnic violence in Sri Lanka, the last years of the Cold War, the negotiations on the formation of SAARC, Indira Gandhi's assassination and the Bhopal gas disaster.
18. Six Indian WW1 warriors get the place in Digital Archive of the United Kingdom:
  • Six Indian World War I (WW-I) heroes have become part of Britain’s new digital archive.
  • The archive was launched as part of UK government’s centenary celebrations of WW-I and aims to tell the inspiring stories of war heroes.
  • The new Digital Archive was launched by Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to chronicle individual biographies of the war heroes. It can be accessed through the UK government’s official gov.uk portal. 
  • The Indians to be archived digitally for their important role during the War are: Risaldar Badlu Singh from Punjab, Sepoy Chatta Singh from Uttar Pradesh, Naik Darwan Singh Negi from Uttar Pradesh (modern day Uttarakhand), Lance Naik Lala from Himachal Pradesh, Rifleman Gabar Sing Negi from modern day Uttarakhand and Lance-Daffadar Gobind Singh from Rajasthan.

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