Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Current Affairs Update for Upcoming Exams(5th July 2016)

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1. 19 new Ministers of State inducted in Union council of Ministers:
  • 19 new Ministers of State (MoS) were inducted in the Union Council of Ministers in a major expansion. These new ministers were administered oath of office and secrecy by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan. 
  • This was the second expansion of the NDA government led by PM Narendra Modi. Of the 19 new ministers, 17 are from the BJP, one each from Apna Dal and RPI. 
  • Besides, induction of these new ministers, Minister of State (MoS) Environment, Forests and Climate Change with independent charge, Prakash Javdekar was elevated to the Cabinet rank.
  • The Ministers of State inducted are Faggan Singh Kulste, Ramesh Jigjinagi, S S Ahluwalia, Vijay Goel, Rajen Gohain, Ramdas Athawale, Parshottam Rupala, Anil Madhav Dave, M J Akbar, Jaswant Sinh Bhabhor, Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Ajay Tamta, Smt. Krishna Raj, Mansukh Mandaviya, Anupriya Patel, C R Chaudhary, P P Chaudhary, Dr Subhash Bhamre.
2. MV Dhekane takes over as Director of IISU:
  • Noted scientist Madhav Dhekane on 1 July 2016 assumed the office of Director at ISRO Inertial Systems Unit (IISU), Department of Space, at Vattiyoorkavu in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
  • Dhekane is the seventh director of IISU.
  • The ISRO Inertial Systems Unit is a research and development unit of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
3. JNPT becomes first Indian port to implement logistics data tagging of containers:
  • The Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) at Nhava Sheva in Raigad District of Maharashtra has become the first port in India to implement logistics data bank tagging system of containers. 
  • The first of its kind system has been launched as part of ‘Ease of Doing Business’ initiatives implemented at JNPT Port. It focuses on document, time and cost reduction for the benefit of trade.
  • Under this system, a RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Tag) tag will be attached to each container. 
  • It will help to track containers through RIFD readers installed at different locations.
  • The RFID uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. It is one used for Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC).
4. India to host meet of BRICS anti-narcotics heads:
  • India is going to host meet of the heads of anti-narcotics agencies of BRICS nations to discuss issues related to narco-terrorism and money laundering.
  • This meet will be held ahead of the eighth annual Summit of BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa nations scheduled in October 2016.
  • The one-day meeting on July 8, 2016 will be hosted by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
  • India has taken over the BRICS Chairmanship for the year 2016 for the second time after 2012. It will host the eighth annual Summit of the forum in Goa in October 2016.
5. NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully begins orbit of Jupiter:
  • NASA’s Juno spacecraft has successfully entered into the orbit of Jupiter on 4th July 2016 and started orbiting solar system’s most massive planet. 
  • The spacecraft was launched by NASA as part of its New Frontiers program in 2011 to study Jupiter’s composition, gravity field, magnetic field, and polar magnetosphere.
  • The unmanned spacecraft has been named after the Roman goddess Juno, the wife of Jupiter who is considered as the god of the sky in ancient Greco-Roman mythology. 
  • Juno is the first mission designed by NASA to see beneath Jupiter’s clouds. It has travelled 2.7 billion kilometres since its launch to reach Jupiter.
6. Sudarshan Sen appointed Executive Director of RBI:
  • Sudarshan Sen has been appointed as Executive Director of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He will replace NS Vishwanathan who was elevated as Deputy Governor of RBI. 
  • In his new role, Sudarshan Sen will look after Department of Banking Regulation, Department of Co-operative Bank Regulation and Department of Non-Banking Regulation.
7. Noel Neill, first actor to play Lois Lane in Superman, dies:
  • American actor Noel Neill, the first actor to play the role Lois Lane on the Adventures of Superman television series died on 3 July 2016. She was 95.
  • Lois Lane is a fictional character who is an award-winning journalist and the primary love interest of Superman.
  • She played the role in the film serials Superman (1948) and Atom Man vs. Superman (1950) with Kirk Alyn playing Superman/Clark Kent.
8. Centre to allot Rs 400 Crore for developing airports in UP:
  • The Centre government has released an official statement that it will provide an assistance of 400 crore rupees for developing airports at Agra, Allahabad, Kanpur and Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Apart from these 4 cities in UP, the Centre will also study the feasibility of developing no-frills airports in Meerut, Faizabad, and Moradabad. While to develop an airport at Kushinagar the state government has already provided 200 crore rupees which will be complete within a year.
  • The Centre has also set up a committee comprising two officials each from union civil aviation ministry and state government of UP. This committee will prepare a feasibility report to develop airports in Meerut, Faizabad and Moradabad as well.
9. Mission Indradhanush to next cover 13 MP districts:
  • Thirteen districts in Madhya Pradesh will be covered under the upcoming phase of the Centre's "Mission Indradhanush" initiative aimed at full immunisation of all children in the country.
  • It (the third phase of 'Mission Indradhanush') will cover Alirajpur, Jhabua, Ashok Nagar, Raisen, Vidisha, Sagar, Damoh, Tikamgarh, Chhattarpur, Panna, Umaria, Satna and Rewa districts," said V Kiran Gopal Rao, Mission Director, National Health Mission for Madhya Pradesh.
  • 'Mission Indradhanush' was launched by Union Health Minister J P Nadda last year, aiming at immunising all children against seven vaccine preventable diseases namely diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B by 2020.
9. K B Koliwad elected as Speaker of Karnataka Legislative Assembly:
  • Mr. K B Koliwad has unanimously elected as the Speaker of Karnataka Legislative Assembly. Mr. K B Koliwad is 72 years old and represents Ranebennur constituency in Haveri Taluk.
  • Chief Minister Siddaramaiah proposed his name, seconded by Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs J B Jayachandra.
  • The speaker post of Karnataka Legislative fell vacant after incumbent Kagodu Thimmappa resigned following his induction into the cabinet as revenue minister on June 19. Koliwad was the lone MLA to file his nomination papers for the post of the Speaker. Koliwad, Chairman of the House committee to study lake encroachments, will be the 20th Speaker of the Lower House.
10. National mineral exploration policy unveiled:
  • The National mineral exploration policy has been unveiled to adopt comprehensive exploration of non-fuel and non-coal mineral resources.
  • The new policy aims to bring together best of knowledge and experience, modern technology, trained manpower and financial resources on a collaborative platform. Space technology would be used to check illegal mining by developing a mining surveillance system.
  • Releasing the policy at National conclave on mines and minerals at Raipur in Chhattisgarh Union minister of steel and mines Narendra Singh Tomar said the objective is to set in motion a massive process of mineral exploration in the country that would give a major boost to the economy.
11. Hero MotoCorp inked 3-year wage agreement with Gurgaon workers:
  • Country’s largest two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp Ltd. (HMCL) has inked a wage settlement pact with its permanent workers at Gurgaon Plant, entailing a hike of 12500 rupees spread over three years.
  • The three-year agreement will be implemented with retrospective effect starting from 1 August 2015 till 31 July 2018. The previous wage settlement was effective from 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2015.
  • Hero MotoCorp employs about 1400 permanent employees at its Gurgaon facility.
13. Researchers build super-sensitive e-nose:
  • Researchers from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium have built a super-sensitive electronic nose comprising of chemical sensors metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). 
  • The super-sensitive e-nose has ability to detect pesticides and nerve gas in very low concentrations by analyzing their chemical makeup.
  • MOFs are like microscopic sponges. They can absorb quite a lot of gas into their minuscule pores. 
  • This MOF is the most sensitive gas sensor to date to detect very low concentrations/traces of dangerous substances.
  • The best-known and commonly used e-nose is the breathalyser. It  used by police for checking alcohol consumption of car drivers.
14. Para swimmer Niranjan Mukundan wins 8 medals in IWAS World Games:
  • Para swimmer Niranjan Mukundan won eight medals, including three gold medals, at the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) U-23 World Games.
  • The games concluded on 3 July 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Mukundan bagged gold medals in 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke, silver in 100m fly and 50m freestyle, and bronze in 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke events.
  • He was crowned as the Junior World Champion in the year 2015.
  • In 2016, he was awarded with Ekalavya Award.

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