Monday, 13 June 2016

Current Affairs Update for Upcoming Exams (13th June 2016)

current affairs for sbi clerk 2016
1. Justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad takes charge of Chief Justice of Manipur HC:
  • Senior-most Judge of the Manipur High Court Justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad has assumed charge of the Chief Justice of the High Court.
  • This is consequent upon the relinquishment of the charge of office of the Chief Justice of the High Court by Justice Laxmi Kanta Mohapatra.
2. China launches 23rd BeiDou Navigation Satellite:
  • China has successfully launched its 23rd BeiDou Navigation Satellite to support its global navigation and positioning network.
  • The satellite has launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province .
  • It will support China’s global navigation and positioning network.
  • The satellite was taken into orbit by a Long March-3C carrier rocket.
  • The satellite, after entering its designed work orbit and finishing in-orbit testing, will join others already in orbit and improve the stability of the system, preparing for BDS to offer global coverage.
3. Norway becomes first country to prohibit deforestation:
  • Norway in the first week of June 2016 became the first country to prohibit deforestation.
  • The Norwegian Parliament had pledged to make government’s public procurement policy deforestation-free. The step was taken after a committee of MPs recommended imposing regulations to ensure the state did not contribute to deforestation of the rainforest.
  • Norwegian lawmakers also committed to find a way to source essential products such as palm oil, soy, beef and timber so that they leave little to no impact on their ecosystems. Norway had pledged to do that at the U.N. Climate Summit in 2014, alongside Germany and the United Kingdom.
  •  A natural rainforest emits and absorbs vast quantities of carbon dioxide.
4. SEBI issues stricter KYC, disclosure norms for P-Notes:
  • Markets regulator SEBI has put in place a stricter KYC norms and disclosure regime for Participatory Notes.
  • The aim is to make it tougher to use these offshore instruments without disclosing the money-trail and details of their users. The measure comes after taking into account suggestions from SIT on black money to ensure this route is not used for money laundering.
  • Under the new norms, all the users of P-Notes would have to follow Indian KYC and Anti Money Laundering Regulations, irrespective of their jurisdictions. The P-Note issuers will be required to file suspicious transaction reports with the Indian Financial Intelligence Unit.
5. Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion:
  • Microsoft is buying the professional networking website LinkedIn for just over $26bn .
  • According to Microsoft, LinkedIn would retain its "distinct brand, culture and independence".
  • It is by far the biggest acquisition made by the Microsoft, which has made eight takeovers worth more than $1bn.
  • Microsoft bought Skype in 2011 and Nokia in 2013.
6. Kishore Tiwari-headed Task Force on Farmers submitted its report to Maharashtra Government:
  • Maharashtra Government appointed taskforce headed by agriculture expert Kishore Tiwari, on 12 June 2016 submitted its report to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
  • The taskforce appointed to address agrarian issues has suggested a five-point agenda to bring at least 80 percent of farmers into the institutional credit net.
7. Actor Achyut Lahkar has passes away:
  • Noted playwright and actor Achyut Lahkar (85-year) has passed away at his resident, Pathsala in Barpeta district.He was born in 1931 at Pathsala.
  • Lahkar had established Nataraj Theatre in 1963 and gave a rebirth to moving theatre in Assam.Now Assam has over 50 number of mobile theatre groups.
  • Achyut Lahkar  was awarded the Kamal Kumari National Award in 1997.
8. International Albinism Awareness Day observes on 13 June:
  • Second International Albinism Awareness Day was observed on 13 June 2016. 
  • The day is observed to recognize the importance of increasing awareness and understanding of albinism in order to fight against global discrimination and stigma against persons with albinism.
  • Albinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited difference present at birth.
  • In almost all types of albinism, both parents must carry the gene for it to be passed on, even if they do not have albinism themselves.
  • The condition is found in both sexes regardless of ethnicity and in all countries of the world.
9. The Rise of Environmental Crime Report released by UNEP and INTERPOL:
  • The report titled The Rise of Environmental Crime was released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL. 
  • The report revealed that environmental crime grew up by 26 per cent larger than previous estimates of 2014.
  • Environmental crime is the world's fourth-largest criminal enterprise after drug smuggling, counterfeiting and human trafficking.
  • INTERPOL and UNEP have joined forces to bring awareness in the world about the environmental crime.
  • The crime includes the illegal trade in wildlife, corporate crime in the forestry sector, the illegal exploitation and sale of gold and other minerals, illegal fisheries, the trafficking of hazardous waste and carbon credit fraud.

10. World Day against Child Labour observes on 12 June:
  • The World Day Against Child Labour is being observed annually across world on 12 June to bring awareness against child labour.
  • The observance of the day seeks to bring together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.
  • The 2016 Theme: ‘End child labour in supply chains – It’s everyone’s business.
  • The United Nations states that more than 168 million children are still in child labour.
11. USA wins FINA Women Water Polo World League Super Final:
  • The USA Women’s Senior National Team on 12 June 2016 won gold at the FINA Women Water Polo World League Super Final. The team defeated Spain 13-9 in the championship match in Shanghai, China.
  • The victory marks the United States’ third straight FINA World League Super Final title and 10th overall.
  • On the other hand, Australia defeated China 11-3 for the bronze medal.
12. Tata Power acquires Welspun's renewable energy assets:
  • Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd (TPREL) has  acquired the renewable energy (RE) subsidiary of Delhi-based Welspun Renewables Energy Pvt Ltd (WREPL). 
  • It is estimated to be a Rs 9,900-crore ( rs 10,000 Cr.) deal. This represents the largest transaction in renewables space in India till now.
  • WREPL has one of the largest operating solar portfolios in India spread across ten states. It has about 1,140 megawatts (MW) of renewable power projects comprising about 990 MW solar power projects and about 150 MW of wind power projects.

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