Hello and welcome to exampundit . Here are the important Current Affairs of 9th June, 2016. These are important for the upcoming SBI PO & SBI Clerk Mains 2016 Exams.
India-US inked 8 MoUs to bolster economic growth & sustainable development
- India and the United States (US) on 8 June 2016 signed/finalized eight agreements/ Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) in various fields including exchange of Terrorist Screening Information, cooperation on Energy Security, Clean Energy and Climate Change among others.
- The agreements were inked after meet of Prime Minster Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama in the White House. Modi was on a two day visit to the United States from 6 June to 8 June 2016.
The inked MoUs/Agreements include
- Arrangement for the exchange of Terrorist Screening Information: As per this Arrangement, the two countries shall provide each other access to terrorism screening information through the designated contact points, subject to domestic laws and regulations. The Arrangement would enhance the counter terrorism cooperation between India and the US. It was inked between the Multi-Agency Centre/Intelligence Bureau of India and the Terrorist Screening Center of the US.
- MoU to enhance cooperation on Energy Security, Clean Energy and Climate Change: The objective of the MoU is to enhance cooperation between India and the US on energy security, clean energy and climate change through increased bilateral engagement and further joint initiatives for promoting sustainable growth.
- MoU to enhance co-operation on Wildlife Conservation, management and Combating Wildlife Trafficking: It seeks cooperation between the two countries in areas such as
a) Wildlife Forensics and Conservation Genetics
b) Natural World Heritage Conservation and Nature Interpretation
c) Conservation Awareness
- MoU for the Development of an International Expedited Traveler Initiative (the Global Entry Programme): The Global Entry is a US Customs and Border Protection programme, which allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.
- Technical Arrangement concerning Unclassified Maritime Information Sharing: The arrangement would allow sharing of unclassified information on White Shipping between India and the US as permitted by respective national laws, regulations and policies, and provides a framework for mutually beneficial maritime information.
- MoU for Cooperation in Gas Hydrates: The MOU aims to increase the understanding of the geologic occurrence, distribution, and production of natural gas hydrates along the continental margin of India and in the US.
- Information Exchange Annex (IEA) to the Master Information Exchange Agreement concerning Aircraft Carrier Technologies: IEA is aimed to enhance data and information sharing specific to aircraft carriers technology between India and the US.
- Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement: The agreement is aimed at facilitating mutual logistic support between India and the US for authorized port visits, joint exercises, joint training and HA-DR (humanitarian assistance and disaster relief).
New Development Bank signs MoU with China Construction Bank
- The New Development Bank (NDB) and China Construction Bank Corp (CCB) on Thursday announced a memorandum of understanding on strategic cooperation, focusing mainly on infrastructure funding in the five BRICS countries, besides other emerging economies.
- CCB is also supporting the NDB with professional underwriting services, credit lines and its commitment to invest in its first financial green bonds. Kamath expressed confidence that with CCB's support, NDB should be in a good position to issue green bonds in the next few weeks.
- According to the memorandum, both sides will harness their respective resource advantages and professional expertise, aiming to build a long-term, stable and mutually beneficial business relationship.
- The New Development Bank was established to support and foster infrastructure and sustainable development in emerging economies, notably the BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India China and South Africa.
Internet Saathi, Google and Tata’s joint-initiative, launched in West Bengal
- Internet search engine Google and Tata Trusts’ joint initiative Internet Saathi was launched on 8 June 2016 in Kolkata, West Bengal.
- The initiative aims at reducing the digital gender gap in rural areas of India such as Purulia, where girls have now been trained to use the Internet and teach others in turn.
- Internet Saathi had been successfully launched in five states. In July 2015, it began in four more states including West Bengal.
- Internet Saathi aims at empowering women and their communities by providing basic training on the usage and benefits of the internet.
- The programme is driving a meaningful impact in improving the lives of women and their communities in rural India.
- It focuses on training women in rural India to explore the various uses of Internet, who then impart training to the larger rural community in their own and neighbouring villages.
- Google helps in training the Saathi’s and provides data enabled devices along with the training material.
- On ground training classes is conducted by involving self help group federations and local NGO members who are supported by Tata Trusts on-ground network.
Indian Reserve Battalion to be named after Maharana Pratap
- Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 8 June 2016 announced that a new Indian Reserve Battalion in Rajasthan will be named after Maharana Pratap. The battalion will be named as Maharana Pratap reserve battalion.
- Maharana Pratap, a Rajput ruler who had fought against the Mughals and never bowed before them, is attributed as the greatest warrior of the Mewar region.
- The announcement was made at a programme attended by Rajnath Singh during his two-day visit to the state. The decision was taken on the request of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
- The government introduced the scheme of Indian Reserve Battalions in 1971 and so far, 153 battalions have been sanctioned to various states.
Union Government to introduce International Yoga Award Scheme
- The Union Government on 8 June 2016 decided to introduce International Yoga Award Scheme. The award will be introduced with an aim to promote yoga.
- At present, the AYUSH ministry is working on the scheme and it will start giving the award from 2017.
- Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik announced the plan in New Delhi while inaugurating the National Health Editors' Conference.
- The theme of the conference was Yoga for Holistic Health - Recent Researches.
- The conference aims at ensuring wider dissemination of benefits of Yoga to the public through the media.
Eden Gardens to host first day-night Test in India
- The venerable Eden Gardens ground will play host to the first ever day-night Test in the country when India take on New Zealand later this year, a senior Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) official confirmed on Thursday.
- The Tour Programme and Fixtures Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday announced the fixture stating that New Zealand will play three Test matches and five One-Day Internationals here.
- The venues for the Test matches are Indore, Kanpur and Kolkata.
- The New Zealand series will be followed by five Test matches, three One-Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals against England.
- In total India will be playing 13 Tests in the upcoming season.
Awards & Honors –
Indian-origin professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya awarded Regius Professorship by Queen
- Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), at the University of Warwick, which was founded by renowned Indian-origin Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, on 7 June 2016 was bestowed the Regius Professorship in Manufacturing by Queen Elizabeth II.
- Lord Bhattacharyya is an Indian British engineer, educator and government advisor.
- In 1980, he became Professor of Manufacturing Systems at the University of Warwick and founded the Warwick Manufacturing Group.
UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon honoured with Russia’s Order of Friendship
- Russian President Vladimir Putin on 8 June 2016 signed a decree awarding the Order of Friendship to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
- The officially published decree said that the decoration was awarded to Ban for special merits in strengthening peace, friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding between peoples.
- Among those awarded are Prince Michael of Kent, Oscar Niemeyer, the architect of the Brazilian capital, and former President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge.
NATO launches biggest ever Joint Military Exercise Anaconda-16 in Poland
- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members and partners on 6 June 2016 launched Anaconda-16 Exercise, the biggest ever joint military exercise in Poland.
- The drill is part of NATO's exercise program and is being held just weeks before NATO's summit in Warsaw that is expected to decide that significant numbers of NATO troops and equipment will be based in Poland and in the Baltic states.
- The exercise was launched at the crucial time when central and eastern European nations are seeking strong security guarantees amid concerns about Russia.
- The exercise is organized and coordinated by Poland's military Operational Command.
- It will involve some 31000 troops from Poland, the US and 17 other NATO member nations and from five partner nations.
Swedish general Per Lodin appointed to head UN India Pakistan military observers
- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has appointed Swedish Major General Per Lodin, a logistics expert, to head the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) that monitors the situation in Kashmir. India does not recognise the UNMOGIP’s mandate.
- He is to succeed Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi of Ghana, who is completing his two-year assignment in July, Ban’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Wednesday.
- Lodin is currently the head of Strategic Material Management at Forsvarets materielverk (FMV), the Swedish defence ministry’s procurement and logistics arm.
- He had earlier served as the head of the task force centre of Kosovo Force (KFOR), the multi-national peacekeeping mission led by NATO in 2006-2007.
- UNMOGIP, which has personnel from 10 countries comprising 44 military members and 72 civilian staff, began operations in 1949.
Veteran Journalist KK Katyal passes away
- Veteran journalist KK Katyal passed away on 8 June 2016 following a brief illness in Delhi. He was 88. He is survived by his wife and daughters.
- He was a former Delhi Chief of Bureau of The Hindu, who led the newspaper’s wide-ranging coverage from the National Capital during a particularly eventful phase of political change.