Daily Current Affairs – 28 June 2015

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Daily Current Affairs – 28 June 2015


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI) at Barhi in Hazaribag reminding former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s call to farmers which made India self reliant in food grain production in terms of pulse production. Narendra Modi asked farmers to embrace modern and scientific methods in farming and work collectively towards achieving the target of producing enough pulses the protein source for poor. He said that one model of farm technology cannot be adopted uniformly in the country with such high degree of variation in soil and climatic conditions. Model successful in Kerala may not be acceptable to the farmers following a particular tradition in Jharkhand and if by chance such model fails no farmer is going to accept it ever in the northern part. He requested to farmers that every farmer having five acre field should pledge at least one acre land for cultivation of pulses and legumes so that India need not import it and pulses, which are basic source of protein are available to the poor at affordable price. He laid to stress on the need for second Green Revolution in the country. The Green Revolution should immediately start in eastern India including Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha and Assam. IARI-Jharkhand would achieve inclusive agricultural growth through Integrated Farming Systems (IFS) in the region and attract the cream of post-graduate and doctoral students from all over India and abroad to conduct region-specific research. The major regional challenges will be addressed by the IARI-Jharkhand, through prioritised thrust areas of research, integrated with post-graduate education and extension programs.

  • An earthquake of moderate intensity of 5.6 on the Richter scale at 6.35am rocked Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal besides Bhutan leaving three injured and a lion sculpture of an ancient temple damaged. The epicentre of the tremor was in Kokrajhar at a depth of 10km on latitude 26.5 degree north and longitude 90.1 degree east.

  • A research published by the World Economic Forum, The top employers list released is as follows:

1)    US Department of Defense is the world’s biggest employer over 3.2 million employees

2)    People’s Liberation Army (the Chinese military) with 2.3 million,

3)    US supermarket giant Walmart with 2.1 million workers

4)    McDonald’s is the 4th biggest employer with 1.9 million employees.

5)    UK’s National Health Service with 1.7 million employees

6)    China National Petroleum Corporation with 1.6 million

7)    State Grid Corporation of China was ranked 7th with 1.5 million

8)    Indian Railway with 1.4 million staff

9)    Indian Armed Forces with 1.3 million people.

10) Hon Hai Precision Factory (better known as the electronics manufacturer Foxconn) comes in at 10th place with 1.2 million people.

  • HRD ministry has called a crucial meeting of the Vice Chancellors of all central universities on July 7, 2015 to discuss the roll out of the contentious Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) from the ensuing academic session and implement the proposed programme and the syllabi is being fine-tuned. The debate regarding the CBCS is intensifying with a section of academic fraternity rejecting the proposed reforms in the education system as a “crackdown on varsities’ autonomy”.
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  • HDFC Securities announced that they will open 50 branches across the country and add 4 lakh new customers during this financial year to expand its operations. Currently they have 250 branches in 185 cities across the country, is focusing more on offering digitized services through its website and mobile applications and they recently launched a application in 11 different languages as part of its plans to expand digital offerings. Additionally, the firm has introduced an online relationship manager platform that offers information on investment options and portfolio tracking, along with real time call or chat support.

  • Union Ministry of Civil Aviation approved a proposal for setting up a second international airport at Jewar in the National Capital Region. They will offer the contract for building and running the proposed Jewar airport in Greater Noida to the GMR Group where the government acquired 2378 acres of land for the project.

  • Delhi Budget 2015-16 was presented by the Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on 25 June 2015 in the Vidhan Sabha. Some highlights are as follows:

i)  Rs.41129 crore rupees budget comprises of 19000 crore rupees Plan Budget and 22129 crore rupees as Non-Plan Buget

ii) Swaraj Fund of 253 crore rupees is proposed to be created with an aim to prioritize implementation of the programmes selected by the citizens for the development of their area.

iii) Proposes to set up a new agency Delhi Urban Development Agency (DUDA) in each revenue district to execute the works recommended by the citizens under the Swaraj Fund and Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Fund.

iv)  Rs.5908 crore rupees to local bodies in 2015-16 which is 14.4 percent of the total budget.

v)  500 Mohalla Clinics in all parts of Delhi in 2015-16

vi) Launch free Wi-Fi services in all colleges and rural areas during 2015-16.

vii) Rs.4570 crore rupees on education by a whopping 106 percent

viii) 50 schools to be developed as Model Schools with modern facilities and infrastructure and 236 new schools have been planned.

ix) Rs.310 crore rupees for promotion of Vocational education and for setting up a Skill University for skill development diploma/degree courses

x) three new ITIs in Rahola, Chhatarpur and Bakkarwala, five new polytechnics one each in North, North East, Central, New Delhi and West Districts of Delhi.

xi) Upgrade Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology into a University and increasing its strength from 3000 to 12000 over five years.

xii) Three new hospitals with total bed capacity of 1800 at Nangloi, Siraspur and Madipur

xiii) Advance Trauma Care Centre in LN Hospital for sports injury rehabilitation with 100 trauma beds including  ICU and OT facilities

xiv) Self Meter Reading and Bill Generation  to provide water and sewer services to citizens in efficient and friendly manner.

xv) Jan Jal Prabandhan Yojana will be launched to involve the community in management of water and sewerage services in a decentralized manner.

  • Minister of state for aviation, Mahesh Sharma, announced after discussion with directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) that not to accede to budget airlines’ demand for levying a fee on check-in baggage for domestic flyers. Domestic air travelers will not have to pay extra for taking checking-in up to 15-kg of check-in baggage.
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  • Soumyadip Mahato (18), ITI aspirant downloaded the admit card for the ITI entrance exam from the official website to find the dog’s photo on it with his address and other details. Later in the evening the dog’s photo was removed from his admit card. Mahato could appear for the Common Entrance Test (CET) under West Bengal State Council for Vocational Training with the new admit card. An inquiry has been ordered into the incident, the nodal officer.

  • Narendra Singh Tomar, an accused in the high-profile Vyapam scam, has died under mysterious circumstances in an Indore jail. He was complained of chest pain last night and was rushed to Maharaja Yashwant Rao Hospital where he was declared brought dead. City superintendent of police Ajay Jain said a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the death of Tomar, who was posted as assistant veterinary officer at Raisen before being embroiled in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, also known as Vyapam scam.

  • Ujjwal Batria was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lafarge’s India operations. Lafarge is a French cement maker. Ujjwal Batria succeeded Martin Kriegner who has been promoted as Area Manager-Central Europe of Lafarge Holcim. Ujjwal Batria has been working with Lafarge for the past 16 years. He joined Lafarge in 1999 and since then he has held different positions across functions. He brings with him rich and diverse experience in the construction material industry.

  • Energy City Navi Mumbai (ECNM) and Adani Group signed an agreement and they will work together in creating the master plan for the lands of Phases II and III of the project, which will offer world class business infrastructure for local and international services, IT and energy companies for developing an economic development zone. This agreement is a part of GFH’s exit strategy for the project where annual sales payments will be made by Adani Group.

  • The Taygan Lions Park and Skazka zoo in Yalta, Crimea signed an animal exchange agreement with Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram zoo to allow them to exchange different animals with each other as three elephants from India, the Thiruvananthapuram zoo will receive two white lions, 15 coatis, two Siberian tigers, two llamas, and five squirrel monkeys and accompanied by mahouts (handlers/keepers), as it is a requirement stipulated in the transport legislation of India.

  • Indian government has rejected Cairn Energy UK’s plea for an arbitration over Rs 10,247crore tax dispute saying taxation is not covered under the UK-India Investment Promotion and Protection Treaty. They had last month named former Bulgarian minister and lawyer Stanimir A Alexandrov as its arbitrator and asked the government appoint its own judge on a three-member arbitration panel to go into the Rs 10,247 crore tax demand raised against it using retrospective taxation. After raising the tax demand over alleged capital gains it made on transfer of its India assets to a new company, Cairn India in 2006, the Income-Tax department barred it from selling its remaining 9.8 per cent stake in Cairn India.

  • Germany’s oldest remaining Grafenrheinfeld nuclear reactor in the southern state of Bavaria has been shut down, part of a move initiated four years ago to switch off all its nuclear plants by the end of 2022. It went into service in 1981and the first reactor to close since Germany switched off the oldest eight of its 17 nuclear reactors in 2011, just after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. Germany aims to generate 80 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050.
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  • The one-day International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction (ICNR) attended by at least 35 countries, including China, Britain, Norway, Japan, Sri Lanka, the European Union besides the UN, World Bank and Asian Development Bank concluded on 25 June 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Its aim to raise funds for carrying out rebuilding of areas devastated by the April 25 earthquake of magnitude 7.8 on Richter scale, which claimed nearly 9000 lives. India was represented by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who pledged 1 billion US dollars in assistance to Nepal for its reconstruction programme.

  • Indian women’s badminton doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa storm to the final of the $50,000 Canada Open Grand Prix tournament after beating Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto of Japan 21-17, 21-16 in the semi-finals. They registered a 21-19, 21-13 win over Hong Kong’s Chan Kaka Tsz Ka and Yuen Sin Ying in the quarter-finals.

  • Veselin Topalov won Norway Chess tournament 2015. He defeated Viswanathan Anand by leaving him behind into a quick draw, as Veselin Topalov secured 6-1/2 points while Viswanathan Anand was able to secure second place with the help of 6 points. The final result chart of tournament is as follows:

Winner

Runner

Points

Topalov, Veselin

Anand, Viswanathan

½-½

Caruana, Fabiano

Giri, Anish

½-½

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime

Grischuk, Alexander

½-½

Aronian, Levon

Nakamura, Hikaru

0-1

Hammer, Jon Ludvig

Carlsen, Magnus

1-0

  • Legendary Avengers TV series Patrick Macnee passed away at his home in Rancho Mirage in California. He was 93 years old. He also served Royal Navy by working on torpedo boats in the English Channel and the North Sea during World War 2. Macnee was known for playing the role of secret agent John Steed in the 1960s television series The Avengers. He also appeared in a few London stage productions and films including his role as Marley in the Alastair Sim’s A Christmas Carol.

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