Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Daily Current Affairs Update (15th June 2016)

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1. Kiran Bedi launches mobile app 'HelpAgeIndia' to help senior citizens in distress:
  • Lt. Governor of  Puducherry Kiran Bedi has launched a mobile Application for helping senior citizens in distress.
  • It has been developed by Helpage India, the App provides for an SOS button to reach instantly the Counselor at Helpage India.
  • The senior citizens can avail emergency help as well as health related information through this app.
  • The NGOs should share their domain expertise with the Government Departments and strengthen each other’s functioning.
2. President Pranab Mukherjee receives highest civilian award of Ivory Coast:
  • President Pranab Mukherjee has been presented National Order of the Republic of Ivory Coast, the highest civilian award of the West African country.
  • The award was bestowed upon Pranab Mukherjee during his two days visit to Ivory Coast on the second leg of his three-nation African tour.
  • Mr Mukherjee’s became the first Indian President to visit Ivory Coast.
  • He was invited by Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara.
  • It is highest state order of knighthood of the Ivory Coast Established: 10 April 1961 to celebrate the independence of the Ivory Coast from France in 1960.
3. Railway Ministry signs an agreement with Odisha Govt for the development of railway infrastructure:
  • Ministry of railways has signed an agreement with Government of Odisha for the formation of a joint venture Company to develop the railway infrastructure in the state.
  • The MoU envisages formation of a Joint Venture company having 51% stake of the State Government and 49% stake of Ministry of Railways. 
4. Union Cabinet approves SBI takeover of units:
  • The Union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its in-principle nod for State Bank of India (SBI)’s proposal to gobble up its five associate banks as well as Bharatiya Mahila Bank.
  • This nod came nearly a month after the SBI Board had cleared a proposal to merge all its five associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank with itself.
  • The five associate banks are State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur,State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Patiala and State Bank of Hyderabad.
  • Bharatiya Mahila Bank started operations in 2013 and accounts for less than 0.1 per cent of SBI’s total assets.
  • This is the first move to consolidate the country’s struggling public sector banks.
5. DCB Bank launches Aadhaar enabled ATM in Bangalore:
  • DCB Bank has launched Bengaluru's first ATM that accepts Aadhaar number and Aadhaar fingerprint (biometric) instead of ATM/Debit Card and PIN to dispense cash.
  • The "cardless and PIN less" ATM was launched by former Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India, Nandan Nilekani. Nilekani is the Chairperson and Co-founder of EkStep Foundation, a non-profit literacy organisation.
  • The Bank pilot launched India's first aadhaar based ATM in Mumbai. This was followed by the launch of Aadhaar based ATM in Odisha and Punjab. The Bank also plans to upgrade all its 400 plus ATMs to provide Aadhaar-based functionality in the next six months or so.
6. DBS Bank appoints Niraj Mittal as institutional banking head:
  • DBS Bank has announced the appointment of Mr. Niraj Mittal as the Managing Director and Head of Institutional Banking for the country.
  • In his new role, he will be taking care of scaling up business with institutional banking clients by driving both new client acquisition and deepening existing relationships.
7. Florida bank issues first US credit card for use in Cuba:
  • A small regional Florida bank, Stonegate Bank has made history by issuing the first credit card that can be used in Cuba.
  • With the help of this card, no one has to use cash every day and could make it easier for Americans to travel and work on an island largely.
  • Until now, Americans have generally had to bring cash to Cuba and change it either at state institutions that impose a 10% penalty on the dollar or in informal exchanges with locals.
  • This card will be a limited-edition MasterCard and initially, the Pompano Beach-based Stonegate Bank will issue only 1,000 cards only.
  • Each card will feature network by celebrated Cuban painter Michel Mirabal.

8. RBS India chief Brijesh Mehra to head RBL corporate banking:
  • RBL Bank (formerly known as The Ratnakar Bank Limited) has announced the appointment of Brijesh Mehra as the head of corporate banking at RBL.
  • At present, he is the Country Executive for India as well as the Corporate and Institutional Banking Head at Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), India.
  • In his new role, he will responsible for developing and managing relationships with large corporates, multinational corporations, public sector undertakings, financial institutions, government departments and local administration.
  • Recently, RBL has also changed some other key position which includes Neeta Mukherjee as the Chief Credit Officer and transfer of Gurumurthy R as head of risk and governance after being replaced by Mehra.
9. Deutsche Bank Asia chief executive Gunit Chadha quits:
  • Germany’s largest lender, Deutsche Bank has announced that Gunit Chadha, who is serving as Chief Executive officer for Asia-Pacific region would leave the company next month on 17th of July. 
  • At present, he is handling 16 countries which include, India, China in Asia Pacific.
  • He was appointed as a co-chief executive officer (CEO) for the Asia-Pacific in the year 2012 and in the year 2015 he has been promoted as sole CEO.
  • The decision to quit has come at a time when the bank has decided to restructure the business, including closing down operations in 10 countries, reducing risks, strengthening the capital position and laying off around 15,000 people.
10. Isreal elected to chair UN committee:
  • Isreal has been elected to chair a UN committee for the first time in the world body’s 71 years history.
  • Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon won the chair of the legal affairs committee of the General Assembly.
  • The legal committee or sixth committee oversees issues related to international law.
  • The general assembly has six standing committees that report to it.
11. Union Government Launches Scheme for setting up 1000 MW CTU- connected Wind Power Project:
  • The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched a scheme for setting up of 1000 Mega Watt (MW) Wind Power Project connected to transmission network of Central Transmission Utility (CTU).
  • The objective of the scheme is to facilitate the supply of wind power to the non-windy states at a price discovered through the transparent bidding process.
  • The Scheme will encourage competitiveness through scaling up of project sizes and introduction of transparent and efficient e-auctioning and e-bidding processes.
12. Renowned Hindi writer Mudrarakshasa passes away:
  • Renowned Hindi novelist and critique Mudraraksha (82-year) has passed away due to old age related causes in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
  • His write-ups invariably hinged on various vital social issues and causes.
  • Mudraraksha was born as Subhash Chandra in Behta near Lucknow in 1931.
  • He was the editor of Calcutta based magazine Anuvrata and was also associated with All India Radio as Editor from 1962 to 1976.
13. Annual 45-day fishing ban in Tamil Nadu to begins:
  • 45 day fishing ban in the western coastal zone of Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu will come into force today.
  • The Fishermen will not be given tokens to venture out into the sea during the ban period.
  • Now along with Kerala and other western states fishing ban is being enforced in the western coast of Tamil Nadu.
  • The main aim is to safeguard fish in their breeding season and increase the fish catch.
  • The ban will be enforced in fishing hamlets in western zone of Rajakkamangalam, Nidravilai, Kollengodu and Chiinavilai. Kannya Kumari is perhaps the only region in peninsular India having both western and eastern coastal zones.
  • The 45 day fishing ban for mechanized boats for fish species propagation under the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Regulation Act , 1983 was enforced from April 15 in the eastern coast.
14. India to provide Rs 48 mn aid for college building in Nepal:
  • India has pledged a financial assistance of Rs 48.84 million to Nepal for the construction of a college building in the capital Kathmandu. 
  • For the project, ambassador of India to Nepal Ranjit Rae laid the foundation stone of the building the Campus in Kathmandu district. 
  • This project assistance comes under the India-Nepal Economic Cooperation Programme which has an outlay of over Rs 76 billion with more than 529 large and small development projects completed or being implemented in almost all the districts of Nepal. 
15. Dhoni becomes first Indian keeper to complete 350 ODI dismissals:
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni has became the first Indian wicket keeper and fourth in the world to complete 350 dismissals in One-Day International (ODI) cricket.
  • He achieved the feat during the ongoing third and final ODI against Zimbabwe, when he caught Elton Chigumbura off medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah in the 33rd over.
  • Playing in his 278th match, Dhoni has taken 261 catches and effected 89 stumpings.
  • Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara leads the list with 482 dismissals followed by Australian Adam Gilchrist and South African Mark Boucher with 472 and 424 dismissals respectively.

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