Hello and welcome to exampundit . Here are the Important Current Affairs of 4th, 5th and 6th June, 2016. These are important for the upcoming SBI PO & SBI Clerk Mains 2016 Exams.
Axis Bank launches India's first certified green bond at London Stock Exchange
- Axis Bank today raised $500 million at the London Stock Exchange after it launched India's first internationally-listed certified green bond to finance climate change solutions around the world.
- One of India's leading private sector capital markets banks opened trading at the London Stock Exchange (LSE) with the bond, which is certified by the Climate Bonds Standards Board and raised $500 million.
- Axis Bank said the proceeds of the bond will be invested in green energy, transportation and infrastructure projects, reinforcing India's commitment to produce 175,000 MW of renewable power by 2022.
India, Qatar inked 7 agreements to boost cooperation
- India and Qatar on 5 June 2016 signed seven agreements in various fields including assistance in custom matters, skill development and recognition of qualifications and health.
- The agreements were inked after delegation-level talks between Prime Minster Narendra Modi and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at Doha. Modi was on a two day visit to Qatar on 4 June to 5 June 2016.
- Before the talks, Modi was given a ceremonial reception at the Emiri Diwan, the seat of power of Qatar's ruler.
The inked MoUs/Agreements include
- Agreement on assistance in Customs Matters
- MoU on cooperation in the exchange of intelligence related to money laundering, terrorism-financing and related crimes: This was inked between Financial Intelligence Unit – India (FIU-IND) and the Qatar Financial Information Unit (QFIU).
- MoU on participation of Qatari institutional investors in Infrastructure projects in India: This MoU was inked between National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) and Qatar Investment Authority (QIA).
- MoU for cooperation in Skill Development and Recognition of Qualifications: This was inked between the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, and the National Qualifications Authority/Supreme Education Council, Government of the State of Qatar.
- MoU on cooperation in Tourism
- MoU for cooperation in the field of Health
- The First Executive Programme for MoU in the field of Youth and Sports
Guwahati becomes first city to have 'City Animal'
- The Assam state capital on Monday became the first city in the country to have its own City Animal with the Kamrup Metropolitan district administration declaring the Gangetic river dolphin as the mascot.
- In a press conference, Kamrup Metropolitan Deputy Commissioner M Angamuthu said that the animal, locally known as 'Sihu', would be the 'City Animal' of Guwahati.
- The district administration had organised online and off-line voting among three protected creatures, which are on the verge of extinction, to decide the mascot.
- Along with Gangetic river dolphin, the other two animals were black softshell turtle (Bor Kaso) and greater adjutant stork (Hargila).
Odisha becomes first Indian state to give pension and food benefits to transgenders
- Odisha in the first week of June 2016 became the first Indian state to give transgender people social welfare benefits, such as a pension, housing and food grains.
- The state took the step to give the transgender community the same benefits as those living below the poverty line. The step was aimed at improving their overall social and economic status.
Key highlights of the policy
- Members of the transgender community will be given BPL cards.
- The BPL cards will allow them to access benefits under various government welfare programmes.
- This includes schemes that provide free housing, 100 days of paid work annually, pensions and loans to start up their own businesses.
- They will also be entitled to 5 kg of food grains every month under India’s National Food Security Act.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar launches Right to Public Grievance Redressal Act
- Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on 5 June 2016 launched Right to Public Grievance Redressal Act. The act seeks disposal of peoples' complaints or redressal of grievances from Government officials within 60-days.
Features of the Law
- The law has strict provisions in non-compliance of applications.
- Officials not adhering to provisions of the law could be dismissed from service or face a penalty of from 500 rupees to 5000 rupees.
- All the 42 Departments of the State government will be covered under the new Act.
- The Government has one Grievance Redressal Officer in each department as well as first and second Appellate authorities.
Asia's first Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme launched in Haryana
- The Haryana Government on 3 June 2016 launched Asia's First Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme at Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre, Pinjore.
- The breeding and conservation of vultures is a significant step in the direction of saving the endangered species.
- Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar jointly released two Himalayan Griffons into the wild from the Conservation Centre.
- Many vultures disappeared due to Diclofenac which is a pain killer drug given to cattle that can kill birds.
- At present, the drug is banned in India.
- Vultures play a vital role in keeping the environment clean, their breeds should be increased and the government is constantly working to increase their numbers.
PM Modi, Ghani inaugurates Afghan-India Friendship Dam
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Dr Ashraf Ghani jointly inaugurated the Afghan-India Friendship Dam with in Herat province in Western Afghanistan on 4 June 2016.
- The Dam was earlier known as Salma Dam on the river Chist-e-Sharif in western Herat neighbouring Iran. It will irrigate 75000 hectares of land and generate 42 Mega Watts of power.
- At the inaugural function, Afghan Presresident connferred the the highest civilian honour of Afghanistan, the Amir Amanullah Khan Award on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- The Landmark Infrastructure Project is funded by Union Government.
- It is a multipurpose project planned for generating 42 MW of power, irrigating 75000 hectares of land, water supply and other benefits to the people of Afghanistan.
- It is a landmark infrastructure project undertaken by Union Government on river Chist-e-Sharif, in Herat province of Afghanistan.
- The project is executed and implemented by WAPCOS Ltd which is an undertaking of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
NSDC names Manish Kumar CEO, Jayant Krishna as COO
- The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) today announced the appointment of two key executives in its leadership team.
- Manish Kumar will be joining NSDC as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Jayant Krishna will take up the new role of the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective July 1, 2016.
- The selection committee chose the leadership based on merit and with an aim to bringing together the combined strength of two professionals, one hailing from the government sector with an added experience in the developments sector and the other from the private sector.
Ashok Ganapathy appointed as the Director of Airtel Business
- Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Monday announced an appointment of Ashok Ganapathy as the Director of Airtel Business with effect from July 1, 2016.
- He will take over from Manish Prakash, who is moving into a new role as Director - Strategic Alliances.
- Ganapathy will report to Gopal Vittal, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (India & South Asia), Airtel.
V Narayanasamy sworn in as Puducherry Chief Minister
- Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister V Narayanasamy was today sworn in as the tenth Chief Minister of Puducherry.
- Lt Governor Kiran Bedi administered the oath of office and secrecy to Narayanasamy and five other ministers - A Namassivayam, Malladi Krishna Rao, M O H F Shah Jahan, M Kandasamy and R Kamalakannan - at 'Gandhi Thidal' near the sea shore here.
- While Rao, hailing from Yanam, an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh, took the oath in Telugu, others took it in Tamil.
CR Sasikumar takes over as MD of State Bank of Travancore
- CR Sasikumar on 1 June 2016 took over as Managing Director (MD) of State Bank of Travancore (SBT).
- The State Bank of Travancore is one of the associate banks of State Bank of India (SBI).
- Prior to the present posting in State Bank of Travancore, he worked as Deputy Managing Director, Inspection & Management Audit, at SBI Corporate Centre in Hyderabad.
Navin Agarwal appointed DG of National Anti-Doping Agency
- Senior IPS officer Navin Agarwal was on 3 June 2016 appointed as Director General (DG)/ Chief Executive Officer (CEP) of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
- The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved his appointment as Chief of NADA. He is appointed to the post for five years term.
- Navin Agarwal is a 1986 batch IPS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre.
Lists & Indexes –
India ranks 2nd on GRD index on ease of doing business: Study
- According to 2016 Global Retail Development Index (GRDI), India has jumped 13 positions from last year to rank second among 30 developing countries this year on ease of doing business, topped by China.
- The study which ranks top 30 developing countries for retail investment worldwide, a pick up in GDP growth and better clarity regarding Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) regulations have helped india achieve a second ranking.
- India's retail sector has expanded at a compound annual growth rate of 8.8% between 2013 and 2015, with annual sales crossing the $1 trillion mark, according to the A T Kearney, a London-based business consultancy.
- India has also become the world's fastest growing economy that coupled with a large population base and the easing of FDI regulations in the sector has made it an even more attractive market, it said in the ranking.
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression 2016 observed
- The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression 2016 was observed across the world on 3 June 2016.
- The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse.
- The day affirms the commitment of the United Nations (UN) to protect the rights of children.
World Environment Day observed with theme Zero tolerance for the illegal trade in wildlife
- World Environment Day (WED) was observed globally on 5 June 2016 with theme Zero tolerance for the illegal trade in wildlife.
- The day aims at inspiring more people to take action to prevent the growing strain on Earth’s natural systems from reaching the breaking point.
- The host country for the WED 2016 is Angola. At present, Angola is seeking to restore its elephant’s herds, conserve Africa’s biodiversity-rich wildlife, and safeguard the environment as it continues to rebuild after more than a quarter-century of civil war.
- The year’s slogan "Go Wild for Life" encourages everyone to spread the word about wildlife crime and the damage it does. It also asks people to challenge all to do what they can to prevent it.
Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win 1st French Open title
- World number one Novak Djokovic on 5 June 2016 won 2016 French Open title. In the final clash in Paris, Djokovic defeated Britain's Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
- It was Djokovic's first French Open title and 12th major title of his career. Other 11 titles include six Grand Slam titles from the Australian Open, three from Wimbledon and two from the US Open.
- Among men, only Roger Federer (17), Rafael Nadal (14) and Pete Sampras (14) own more.
Garbine Muguruza of Spain won 2016 French Open Women’s Singles tennis title
- Garbine Muguruza of Spain on 4 June 2016 won the French Open Women’s Singles tennis title at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France.
- For the 22-year-old Muguruza, this was her first Grand Slam title. With this win, she also became the first Spanish woman to win a Grand Slam title since Sanchez-Vicario in Paris in 1998.
- To win the title, she defeated the defending champion Serena Williams of the USA in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 in the final match.
Asia’s largest annual security forum Shangri-La Dialogue inaugurates in Singapore
- Asia’s largest annual security forum Shangri-La Dialogue was inaugurated in Singapore on 3 June 2016. It is the 15th Asia Security Summit to openly discuss and debate security matters in the Asia-Pacific region.
- It is expected that the 2016 discussions will by dominated by the issues like territorial disputes in the South China Sea, military provocations of North Korea and Islamist extremism, migration, counterterrorism, military competition and cybersecurity.
World's first 3D-printed aircraft THOR displayed at International Aerospace Exhibition
- Airbus on 1 June 2016 displayed the world's first 3D-printed aircraft THOR at the International Aerospace Exhibition in Schoenefe.
- The drone THOR is short for Test of High-tech Objectives in Reality and it resembles a large, white model airplane.
- Is the world's first 3D-printed aircraft with just 3 parts.
- It is windowless, weighs 21 kilo grams (46 pounds) and less than four metres (13 feet) long. It is Lighter, faster and cheaper.
India's first Mr Universe Manohar Aich dies at 104
- 104-year-old bodybuilder Manohar Aich, who was once a household name in Bengal after becoming India's first Mr Universe in 1952, died at his Baguiati residence yesterday afternoon, according to family sources.
- Aich is survived by two daughters and two sons, one of whom manages a gym and fitness centre to fulfill his father's dream of making the youth "healthy and strong".
- Aich, who turned 104 on March 17, had become India's first Mr Universe when he won the 1952 National Amateur Body-Builders' Association Universe Championships.
- Born in the district of Comilla (now in Bangladesh), Aich, at just four feet and 11 inches, was not the tallest of men.
- But encouraged by English officer Reub Martin, Aich took up bodybuilding and made this his passion during his stint at the Royal Air Force under British colonial rulers.
Muhammad Ali, the All-time Greatest of Boxing, dies at 74
- All-time boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on 3 June 2016 in the Phoenix, Arizona, after a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 74.
- He was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on 17 January 1942.
- He was considered as one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years.
- He was crowned Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated and Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC.
- He also wrote several best-selling books about his career, including The Greatest: My Own Story and The Soul of a Butterfly.
- He won the world heavyweight championship in 1964 at the age of 22.
- He converted to Sunni Islam in 1975 and changed his name to Muhammad Ali and 30 years later He began adhering to Sufism.
Veteran actor Sulabha Deshpande passed away
- Eminent actor and theatre personality Sulabha Deshpande passed away 4 June 2016 in Mumbai. She was 79.
- Deshpande was considered to be one of the pioneers of the experimental theatre movement that swept Mumbai in the 1970s.
- In 1971 she co-founded, theatre group, Awishkar with her husband Arvind Deshpande.
- Soon, she established the Chandrashala, the children's theatre wing of Awishkar.