Daily Current Affairs – 22 June 2015
- NCERT and Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani announced that they will going to launch a new app to enable students to download all NCERT textbooks from Class one to Class 12 for free. Announcement is made in inauguration of the Rashtriya Yoga Shikshak Sammelan at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium here, Irani also launched the syllabus and course material for Class 6 to 10 students, prepared by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and training module for teacher education programme prepared by the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE). She also announced that Yoga would now be taught as a compulsory subject not only from Class VI to X in central government-run schools, but also as a training module in teacher education programmes. There is a national-level competition on yoga would be organized here next year where the best performing student will be given a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh.
- IIT Kharagpur would soon start offering MBBS courses as well for which they had setup three-acre plot on the edge of the campus, the 400-bedded super-specialty hospital, Dr B C Roy Institute of Medical Science & Research, would be ready by the end of 2017 costing Rs 230 crore last year, sanctioned by the government. The authorities have already sought approval from the Medical Council of India (MCI) for providing undergraduate medical education courses like MBBS. Besides serving the local populace, the hospital will also work on biomedical, clinical and translational research. Drug design and delivery will be other key research areas to which the hospital will contribute.
- Karnataka state government will create specialized units in seven police districts to expedite the investigations into crime against the women to create investigating units for crimes against women (IUCAW). The Centre would bear 50% cost of setting up a unit. IUCAWs would be located in Bhubaneswar, Balasore, Rourkela, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Mayurbhanj and Angul. The units would investigate cases related to rape, dowry deaths. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik has approved 105 posts for creation of the specialized units. Of the posts, one-third would be reserved for women. Each unit would have one additional superintendent of police rank officer, two deputy superintendents of police rank officers, four inspectors, sub-inspectors and constables each.
- Union government proposed income tax benefits for people making payments through credit or debit cards and doing away with transaction charges on purchase of petrol, gas and rail tickets with plastic money for moving towards cashless economy and reduce tax avoidance, the government also proposed to make it mandatory to settle high value transactions of more than Rs 1 lakh through electronic mode.
- Provident fund, EPFO department issued an order to make Universal Account Number (UAN) mandatory for all employers covered under the Employees Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1952 and compulsory for all organisations covered under the EPF & MP Act.
- Sanjay Subrahmanyam, south Indian classical vocalists has been selected for the ‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ award 2015. It will be bestowed upon him when he will preside over the 89th annual conference of the Academy which will be held between December 15, 2015 and January 1, 2016. With this, he is seventh artistes to be conferred with the award before completing 50 years of age. Others awardees are Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer, Musiri Subramania Iyer, G.N. Balasubramaniam, Semmangudi R. Srinivasa Iyer, M.L. Vasanthakumari and M. Balamuralikrishna
- Bharti Enterprises and Taiwan’s Foxconn joined the hand with Japan’s Softbank Corp to invest about $20 billion in solar projects in India as the country steps up efforts to boost the renewable energy sector and had a minimum commitment of generating 20 gigawatts of energy.
- CM Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav said the state government would bear all expenses of Saroj brothers (Brijesh and Raju) while they pursue engineering from IIT. CM also announced that UP government has adopted their native village, Rehua in Pratapgarh, and will develop it as Ram Manohar Lohia model village. The CM also gave Rs one lakh and a laptop each brother and same also to Abhishek Kumar Kamalvanshi of Mainpuri, who too has cracked IIT-JEE.
- Ahmadabad traffic department and Additional commissioner of police, traffic department, Harekrishna Patel has finalized the e-challan project and even completed drafts of e-challans in Gujarati and English language that would be delivered to the commuter’s house. They will be delivering e-challans on the doorsteps of commuters who violate traffic rules for which out of 226 cameras 82 were installed at traffic junctions will catch him violating a rule and within two days an e-challan will land on his doorstep. The high resolution cameras will capture images of the registration number plates of vehicles found violating traffic rules. Traffic department officials will analyze the footage collected from the cameras on a daily basis and extract clips showing registration number plates of the vehicles breaking traffic rules.
- Taliban militants have captured Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan after heavy fighting with local security forces. It is the second district captured by Taliban in the northern Kunduz province which borders Tajikistan. Earlier on 20th June 2015 the militants had captured Chardara district of this province.
- China has opened 2nd land border crossing in Tibet via Nathu La, Sikkim located 4,000 metres above sea level to allow the Indian pilgrims for Kailash-Mansarovar yatra. The new route is in addition and alternative to the existing Lipulekh Pass route located in Uttarakhand which was only route earlier. This route was damaged in the devastating Uttarakhand floods in 2013. pilgrims will be travel by bus to Shigatse in the Tibet Autonomous Region, around 1500 kms away from Nathula to reach their ultimate destination the Kailash–Mansarovar.
- Shashi Bala, Former Indian women hockey team captain passed away on 21 June 2015 in a car accident along with her son in Kahma village of Punjab. She was 45. She was a former hockey player and had made international debut in 1987. She had captained Indian hockey team for women in Women Hockey World Cup Qualifier held in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1997.