Friday, 15 July 2016

15th July 2016 Current Affairs Update

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1. 11th ASEM summit begins in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia:
  • The eleventh edition of Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM11) or ASEM2016 began in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. 
  • The theme of the Summit is ‘Partnership for the Future through Connectivity‘
  • World leaders including from the leaders of 51 member countries and the representatives of European Union and Asian are attending the two day summit. 
  • Indian delegation is led by Vice President Mohmmad Hamid Ansari. India’s agenda for the summit is to push the efforts to boost inter-continental connectivity.
  • ASEM2016 will  take into consideration the issue of terrorism during deliberations after recent terror strike in Bangladesh and some European countries.
  • ASEM is an informal process of dialogue and cooperation that brings 53 entities – including 51 countries (including India) from Asia and Europe and two regional bodies European Union (EU) and the ASEAN. It was officially established in March 1996 at the first summit in Bangkok, Thailand.
2. Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi new CBSE chairman:
  • The government has appointed IAS officer Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi (1987-batch) Chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for  5 year term.
  • His appointment was made by the Prime Minister-headed Appointment Committee of the Cabinet.
  • The post was lying vacant since December 2014.
  • The CBSE is a Board of Education for public and private schools, under the Union Government.
3. India, ADB sign $100 Million Loan pact on Cauvery basin development:
  • India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed a 100 million dollars loan agreement for irrigation projects, drainage system and water management in Vennar sub-basin of Cauvery delta in Tamil Nadu
  • The project seeks to improve water management and strengthen embankments of 6 major irrigation water channels in Vennar system.
  • The project aims to improve existing infrastructure and also provide flood protection and renewed access to irrigation.
4. India first country to become YAWS-free:
  • India has been acknowledged as the first country in the world to become YAWS-free.
  • YAWS is a kind of bacterial infection that affects skin, bones and joints, while tetanus, another bacterial infection, leads to muscle spasms that can be fatal.
  • Union Health Minister JP Nadda received an official citation from the World Health Organisation and the UNICEF for Elimination of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus and for being YAWS-free.
  • According to the WHO, 19 countries have still not reached the MNTE status.
  • India has achieved the milestone of being YAWS-free much before the WHO global target year of 2020.
5. West Bengal govt. sets target to construct toilets across all villages of the state by March 2019:
  • The West Bengal government has set a target to construct toilets across all villages of the state by March 2019 to enable open defecation free (ODF) rural Bengal.
  • Mr. Dibyendu Sarkar, Commissioner in the State's Panchayat and Rural Development Department, has stated that, by March 2019, his department plans to have toilets across all rural homes in the state.
  • According to him, Hooghly, East Midnapore and North 24 Parganas districts will be ODF by September this year, while the districts of Burdwan and South 24 Paraganas are working fast and hope to achieve ODF by March 2017. 
  • As in 2015, Nadia district became the first to achieve ODF status in the country.
6. SIT on black money recommends ban on cash transactions above 3 lakhs:
  • The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on black money headed by retired Justice M B Shah has recommended the ban on cash transactions of above 3 lakh rupees in a day and a separate law to declare such transactions as illegal and punishable.
  • It has also suggested upper ceiling of cash holding at 15 lakh rupees to curb illegal wealth in the economy.
  • The SIT felt that the cash transaction limit can only succeed if there is a limitation on cash holding.
  • If any person or industry required holding more cash, it may obtain necessary permission from the Commissioner of Income Tax of the area.
7. President to inaugurate India Skills Competition today:
  • President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the first edition of India Skills Competition today, on the occasion of the World Youth Skills Day in New Delhi
  • Skill India will be celebrating its first anniversary on the occasion.
  • In order to select the best talent to represent India at IndiaSkills, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and National Skill Development Corporation India have completed more than 80 regional competitions in 24 skills and trades.
  • In these competitions more than four thousand and 800 candidates registered to compete this year.
  • The winners will qualify for the final selection round for participating in WorldSkills International Competition at Abu Dhabi 2017.
8. Centre approves projects involving investment of over 19 crores for Mewat and Sirsa districts of Haryana:
  • The Central Government has approved the projects involving an investment of 19 crore 50 lakh rupees for Mewat and Sirsa districts of Haryana, under Multi-Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP). 
  • These districts include Sirsa, Palwal, Mewat, Yamunanagar, Fatehabad and Kaithal.
  • According to officials, the share of Central and State Governments would be 11.71 crore and 7.81 crore rupees respectively, for the implementation of projects.
  • Under this Multi Sectoral Development Programme (MSDP), the class rooms, toilets for students and separate toilets for children with special needs would be constructed.
9. DRDO successfully tests advanced artillery gun system:
  • India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully conducting the proof firing of Armament system for 155 mm x 52 calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS).
  • Recently, the technical trials conducted at Proof & Experimental Establishment (PXE), Balasore, Odisha.
  • The ATAGS is being developed to supplement the endogenously designed and manufactured 155 millimeter/45 caliber artillery gun, Dhanush.
  • It is an improved version of the FH-77B 155 mm/39 caliber towed howitzer manufactured by the Swedish defense contractor Bofors (now BAE Systems) and of which India acquired 414 between 1987 and 1991.
10. Congress announces Sheila Dikshit as Chief Ministerial candidate for UP Assembly elections:
  • The Congress has announced the Senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit name as the Chief Ministerial candidate by the party for upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
  • Party General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi along with Ghulam Nabi Azad has announced Dikshit's name at a press conference in All India Congress Committee headquarters, New Delhi.
  • Earlier, the Congress had also announced the Raj Babbar name as the president of Uttar Pradesh unit of the party.
11. 15 July: World Youth Skills Day:
  • The World Youth Skills Day has been observed globally with the theme Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment.
  • On the occasion, United Nations organised the event facilitated by the UN Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi.
  • The day is observed to create more awareness and a discussion on training and the development of skills for the youth of today,in hopes of creating a better opportunity for them when it comes to employment.
12. BHEL commissions 250 MW power plant in Gujarat:
  • State-run BHEL has commissioned another 250 MW unit based on eco-friendly Circulating Fluidised Bed Combustion (CFBC) technology, using low-quality coal (lignite) as the primary fuel.
  • The unit has been commissioned at Bhavnagar Energy Company (BECL) 2x250 MW thermal power project, located at Padva village in Bhavnagar district, Gujarat.
  • The second unit of this project is also at an advanced stage of completion. This is the third 250 MW unit based on CFBC technology, commissioned by BHEL, with two others commissioned earlier in Tamil Nadu.
13. GM Harika Dronavalli wins Fide Women’s Grand Prix trophy in China:
  • India’s Grand Master Harika Dronavalli has won the Fide women’s Grand Prix trophy in Chedu in China.
  • She finished on 7 points in the round robin tournament featuring the world’s top 12 players to be crowned the champion.
  • India’s Grand Master Koneru Humpy too rounded off her campaign with a victory to also finish on 7 points.
  • She was declared winner for finishing with a better tie-break record in the tournament.
14. Hockey Olympian Joe Antic passes away:
  • Hockey Olympian Joe Antic (90-year) has passed away in Mumbai.
  • He represented the country in the Rome Games where Pakistan won the final.
  • He was one of the coaches in the Indian team’s World Cup camp in 1973.
  • Later, he became the national coach of the Oman team that took part in the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi.

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