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PM Narendra Modi launches Smart city Mission Projects in Pune
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the center’s flagship Smart City mission in 20 cities across the country from Pune, involving 83 projects in the country
ii. He launched 14 smart city projects in Pune, and commenced 69 other works in other smart cities in the country y to be implemented at a cost of 1,770 crore rupees.
iii. The PM also inaugurated Make Your City SMART contest intended to spur the participation in designing smart cities that making a strong pitch to consider urbanisation as an opportunity to mitigate poverty.
Union Defence Ministry gives nod for purchase of 145 Ultra Light Howitzers guns from the US
i. The Defence Ministry cleared decks for purchase of 145 Ultra Light Howitzers, worth about USD 750 million, from the US and also approved bulk production of 18 Dhanush artillery guns, the first acquisition of such weapon systems.
ii. Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, and took up 18 proposals including new schemes worth Rs 28,000 crore for discussion.
iii. On the other hand the project has got nod that will now allow the Navy to issue tenders, was the proposal to build six next generation missile vessels under ‘Buy Indian’ category for Rs 13,600 crore.
Nagaland Governor launches women’s helpline ‘181’
i. Nagaland Governor P B Acharya launched women helpline – 181 at the District Hospital Dimapur in Nagaland and also inaugurated Sakhi, a one stop Centre, envisioned to support women affected by violence.
ii. The helpline will also provide 24 hour emergency response to all women affected by violence, through referral and information about women related government schemes and Programmes across the country through a single uniform number -181.
iii. Sakhi-One Stop Centre’ is a centrally backed scheme by the Women and Child Development Ministry to be funded through Nirbhaya Fund.
♦ Capitals: Kohima, Guwahati (Judiciary)
♦ Governor: Padmanabha Acharya
♦ Chief Minister:T. R. Zeliang
Colombia government, FARC rebels signed historic ceasefire
The Colombian government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels signed an armistice and demilitarization agreement
Purpose of the Agreement: Ended Latin America’s longest war happened in its coca rich forests and hills
Signed between: President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez
Indian-origin lawyer Yasmin Sooka to chair UN commission on human rights in South Sudan
i. South African Indian-origin lawyer Yasmin Sooka has been named as the chairman of three member UN commission (committee) to monitor the human rights situation in South Sudan.
ii. The committee was constituted by the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) also the other two members of the committee are Kenneth R. Scott (US) and Godfrey M. Musila (Kenya).
iii. It will have tenure of one year and shall present a written report to the UNHRC at its 34th regular session in March 2017.
iv. The working group will monitor the human rights violations and make recommendations for the process of transitional justice, healing and reconciliation.
Nepal bans citizens from working in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya
i. The Himalayan Nation Nepal to suspend issuing labour permits to Nepalese nationals for Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya.
ii. This decision comes from cabinet meeting in the aftermath of 13 Nepalese nationals working in Afghanistan were killed when militants exploded a bomb in a minibus.
iii. The government in the wake evacuated 24 other Nepalese nationals who were working as security guard in the Canadian Embassy in Kabul following the terror outbreak.
BANKING & FINANCE
Asian Development Bank approved $500 million loan for bridge over Ganga River in Bihar
Asian Development Bank accorded $500 million to build bridge over India’s longest river bridge is in Bihar having distance of 9.8 km road
Purpose: Transport connection between the Northern and Southern parts of the state and the neighbour country like Nepal
Benefit: It will be benefited to middle sector people to commute to the state Capital Patna and other southern parts
♦ State government will provide reinforcement which is equivalent to $215 million
♦ The project is expected to be completed by December, 2020
Tata Trusts, Chicago University Tie Up To Work On Indian Development Challenges
i. Tata Trusts and the University of Chicago to jointly work on developmental challenges in crucial areas like sanitation, energy and the environment on a three year pilot basis.
ii. The health vertical will scrutinize healthcare access through insurance with projects in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
iii. The water and sanitation vertical will initiate a major project on decentralized irrigation with water tanks in Telangana.
iv. The energy and environment vertical will examine projects to improve reporting of emissions by plants in Gujarat and Maharashtra, to provide rural electrical power via solar micro grids in Bihar, and to inspire individuals to pay for better electricity supply in Bihar.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Social entrepreneur Zubaida Bai bagged UN honour for Corporate Sustainability Initiative
An Indian social entrepreneur, Zubaida Bai grabbed a position among 10 “Champions and Pioneers”
Titled by: UN Chief Ban Ki Moon
Purpose: Her initiatives in continuing companies to align with universal principles of human rights, environment and anti-corruption
♦ Founded by: Zubaida Bai
♦ Non Profitable social volunteer organisation which provides basic needs like health and hygiene, nourishment to empower womanhood worldwide,
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Scientists from University of Bristol have found a new bio-ink for 3D printing
University of Bristol scientists have revealed a new Bio-Ink for 3D printing using stem cells that allows printing of living tissue called as Bio-Printing
Bio ink consists of two various Polymer Components
♦ A natural polymer extracted from seaweed
♦ A sacrificial synthetic polymer used in the medical industry
First flight of BrahMos missile from SU-30 MKI aircraft successfully conducted
i. BrahMos Aerospace successfully demonstrated the integration of most daunting supersonic cruise missile system BrahMos on Su-30MKI front-line strike fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Nasik.
ii.This integration will extract the weapon a multi-platform capability while making the IAF the only Air Force in the world in procession of a supersonic cruise missile system.
♦ The Missile is derives its name from the Brahmaputra and Moskova rivers, was developed by an Indo-Russian joint venture.
♦ The missile has a strike range of 290-km can travel at a speed of Mach 2.8 and is capable of being launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air against sea and land targets.
Sprinter Dutee Chand qualifies for 2016 Rio Olympics
i. Odisha sprinter Dutee Chand has qualified for the women’s 100 metres at the Rio Olympics after she clocked 11.30 seconds beating the Olympic qualifying mark of 11.32 seconds in the women’s 100m heats at a meet in Kazakhstan.
ii. With this she became the 99th Indian to make the cut for the Rio 2016, also Dutee is the first Indian woman to qualify for the fashionable 100m event since Olympics Committee announced a qualifying mark in the segment.
iii. Legendary sportsperson PT Usha had qualified for the same event in 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Jitu Rai wins silver in ISSF World Cup
i. Indian shooter Jitu Rai has settled with a silver medal and Brazilian sport shooter Felipe Almeida Wu of Brazil who clinched gold at the Men’s 10m Air Pistol Event at the ISSF World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan.
ii. He finished in second place and finished at 10th in the men’s 50m air pistol, he made up for that finish in the 10m category.
iii. Rai has been very successful at the ISSF World Cup by winning six medals at the contest over the past three years, with the first of those coming at the 2014 World Cup in Munich, Germany.
Pioneer of Indian quizzing Neil O’Brien died
i. Former Lok Sabha and West Bengal Assembly member Neil O’Brien has passed away in in Kolkata on 24 June 2016. He was 82 year old.
ii. Neil O’Brien was nominated three-time from Anglo-Indian MLA in West Bengal and an educationist.
iii. He also served as the chairman of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and managing director of Oxford University Press, India.
Day of the Seafarer June – 25
i. The Seafarer Day is observed on June 25 to recognize that almost everything that we use in our daily lives has been directly or indirectly affected by sea transport.
ii. The day marks seafarers for their contribution to the world economy and the civil society and for the risks and personal costs they bear while on their jobs.
iii. The campaign theme this year is: At Sea For All which emphasizing that seafarers serve at sea not just for the shipping industry or for their own career purposes but for all of us.