Saturday, 25 June 2016

Daily Current Affairs Update (25th June 2016)

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1. ADB approves $500 million loan for bridge over Ganga River in Bihar:
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a 500 million dollars loan to build a bridge across the Ganga River in Bihar. 
  • The loan funds will be used to build 9.8 km road bridge in Bihar on the Ganga River. On completion of the project it will be the India’s longest river bridge.
  • The new river bridge will provide a vital transport link between the northern and southern parts of the state and neighbouring Nepal.
  • It will make it easier for people to move between jobs and markets, particularly for poorer communities in the north of Bihar to the south of the river.
2. Nagaland Governor launches women's helpline number '181':
  • Governor of Nagaland and P B Acharya has launched women helpline number - 181 in the premises of District Hospital Dimapur in Nagaland and also inaugurated Sakhi, a one stop Centre, intended to support women affected by violence both in private and public spaces under one roof.
  • Addressing the gathering, Acharya reminded society that women were marching ahead in every field. 
  • He also highlighted the multiple roles played by women as home makers, guardians of children and the hard work put in by them in every field.
 3. Nokia appoints Sanjay Malik India head:
  • Nokia has announced the appointment of Sanjay Malik as the head of Indian market, effective August 1. 
  • Malik is currently head of Network Implementation (NI) at Nokia Global Services and is credited with efficiently driving growth and delivering strong performance both in terms of revenue and operational efficiency.
  • He joined Nokia in 2000, and takes over from Sandeep Girotra, who has been heading Indian market since 2011.
  • Previously, he was heading Bharti GCBT (Global CBT), where he led the transformation of the business by enhancing customer satisfaction, market share and business results across India and Africa .
4. Indian-origin lawyer to chair panel on human rights in South Sudan:
  • South African Indian-origin lawyer Yasmin Sooka has been appointed to chairman of three member UN commission (committee) to monitor the human rights situation in South Sudan. 
  • The committee was constituted by the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) resolution 31/20 which was adopted by consensus, the 47-member body.  
  • Other two members of the committee are Kenneth R. Scott (US) and Godfrey M. Musila (Kenya). 
  • The committee has been tasked to monitor human rights violations in South Sudan and make recommendations for the process of transitional justice, healing and reconciliation.
  • The committee will have tenure of one year and shall present a comprehensive written report to the UNHRC at its 34th regular session in March 2017.
5. Mahashangarh declared as the SARRC cultural capital for 2016-17:
  • Mahasthangarh, the 3rd century BC archaeological site in Bogra, Bangladesh, has been declared as the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SARRC) cultural capital for the year 2016-17.
  • As an SARRC cultural capital, the historic place will host festivals on literature, films, foods and dances from October 2016 to September 2017. Besides, the year 2016-17 has also be declared the SAARC Year of Cultural Heritage.
  • The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is an economic and political organization of eight countries in Southern Asia. In terms of population, its sphere of influence is the largest of any regional organization: almost 1.5 billion people, the combined population of its member states.
6. Sri Lankan Parliament passes Right to Information bill with amendments:
  • Sri Lankan Parliament on 24 June 2016 unanimously passed the Right to Information (RTI) bill with amendments.
  • The bill that seeks to restore transparency and good governance in the country was adopted without a vote in the Parliament after two days of debate.
  • Purpose of the Bill is to provide for the Right of Access to Information, to specify grounds on which access may be denied, to establish the Right to Information commission, to appoint Information Officers and to set out the procedure and for matters connected with it.
7. Neil O’Brien dies at 82:
  • NEIL O’BRIEN, a leader of the Anglo-Indian community who is credited with pioneering quizzing in the country, passed away in Kolkata
  • The 82-year-old former Lok Sabha MP and three-time nominated Anglo-Indian MLA in West Bengal Assembly.
  • He conducted the first well-organized, formal quiz in 1967 at Christ the King Church Parish Hall in Calcutta. He has served the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) as its chairman from December 1993 till July 2011. 
  • CISCE is an all India examination body which conducts the ICSE and ISC Examinations. He served Oxford University Press, India as its managing director. 
  • Being the leader of the Anglo-Indian community, he was the president-in-chief of All-India Anglo-Indian Association.
8. Scientists develop new bio-ink for 3D bio-printing with stem cells:
  • Scientists have developed a new stem cell-containing bio-ink that allows 3D printing of complex living tissues that may be used for surgical implants.
  • The medical breakthrough was achieved by scientists from the University of Bristol, England. 
  • The study in this regard was published in the journal Advanced Healthcare Materials.  
  • The new bio ink containing stem cells allows scientists to 3D print of living tissue which is also known as bio-printing. 
  • The ink contains two different polymer components: a natural polymer and a sacrificial synthetic polymer.
9. DRDO inks MoU with Kolkata’s JU to establish Rs.100 cr research centre at Jadavpur University:
  • Heralding a new era of DRDO-Academia Partnership, Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jadavpur University (JU), Kolkata to establish the Jagadish Chandra Bose Centre for Advanced Technology (JCBCAT).
  • The 100 crore research centre at Jadavpur varsity aims to develop technologies related to cyber security and robotics for the defence forces.
10. Nepal bans citizens from working in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya:
  • Nepal banned its citizens from working in strife-torn Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya. The decision was made at a cabinet meet after 13 Nepali security guards were killed in a Taliban suicide bombing in Kabul.
  • Nepali nationals killed in Afghanistan were employed as security guards in the Canadian embassy in Kabul. They were killed when militants exploded a bomb in a minibus on 20 June 2016.
11. Day of the Seafarer (25th June):
  • The Day of the Seafarer is being observed on 25 June every year as an expression of thanks to the seafarers for their contribution to the economy and civil society of the world. 
  • The observance of the day also acknowledges the risks and personal costs endured by seafarers while being in their jobs. 
  • 2016 Theme: “At Sea For All”. It highlights that seafarers serve at sea not just for their own career or for the shipping industry or but for all of us. The theme has a clear link with the 2016 World Maritime Day (WMD) theme, “Shipping: indispensable to the world”.
12. BCCI to host mini IPL in September:
  • The BCCI is set to introduce a new Twenty20 event, to be branded as mini IPL, outside India in September.
  • According to BCCI president Anurag Thakur, In the month of September, the BCCI is willing to host a mini IPL or IPL overseas with all the eight teams participating. 
  • It will be a shorter format, not home and away matches but a lesser number of matches. In a two-week window we should be able to complete it.
  • The BCCI move was on the cards with the scrapping of the Champions League T20 last year. The details of the shortened version of IPL are yet to be chalked out and possible venues are US and UAE, which has already hosted part of the IPL in 2014. 
  • The full-fledged IPL lasts about for almost two months. The ninth edition of the tournament was held in India from April 9 to May 29.

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