Daily Current Affairs Update – 16th June 2016

GK Eduwrap 16th June


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National – Across the India:


1. The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of 15 years contract for undertakinPoly-Metallic Sulphidesg exploration and other developmental activities related to Poly-Metallic Sulphides (PMS).


The contract was approved between the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences and the International Seabed Authority (ISA).

PMS are mineral deposit with three or more metals in commercial quantities that may occur in volcanogenic, magmatic or hydrothermal environments.


2.  The Union Cabinet has given its approval for enhancement of retirement age of government doctors’ to 65 years to strengthen the healthcare sector in the country.


Union Cabinet has approved proposal forwarded by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Cabinet has approved the superannuation age of Public Health and Non-Teaching Specialists of Central Health Service from 62 years to 65 years Doctors of General Duty Medical Officers (GDMOs) sub-cadre of Central Health Service (CHS) from 62 years to 65 years.


International – Across the Globe:


1. A small regional Florida bank, Stonegate Bank has made history.

The bank issued the first credit card that can be used in Cuba.

That could make it easier for Americans to travel and work on an island largely.


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Awards & Recognition:

 Margaret Atwood

1. Canadian poet, novelist and environmental activist Margaret Atwood has been awarded with the 2016 PEN Pinter Prize.


She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias Award for Literature.

The PEN Pinter Prize is an annual literary award launched in 2009 by English PEN and was launched in honour of the late Nobel Literature Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter.


2. Pune-based diabetes specialist Shashank S Shah was conferred with the Vivian Fonseca Scholar Award 2016.

The award was given by American Diabetes Association (ADA) for his pioneering research on diabetes in South Asia.


Appointments & Resignations:


1. Isreal has been elected to chair a UN committee for the first time in the world body’s 71 years history.


Israel has got 109 votes in secret voting.

None of the member has voted against Israel.


2. Fijian diplomat Peter Thomson has been elected as the President of 71st session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).


Thomson will begin his tenure in September 2016 at the commencement of the 71st session of UNGA and will replace incumbent President Mogens Lykketoft.


3. Ranu Langthasa was unanimously appointed as the chairperson of the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) in Assam on 13 June 2016.


With this, she also became the first women chairperson to be appointed to the post since the formation of Autonomous Council in 1950s.

The NC Hills Autonomous Council can be described as a state in miniature having all the paraphernalia of a Government like Legislative, Executive and Judiciary.


Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):


1. The Union Cabinet has given its approval for India’s membership of the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) consortium.


Union Government has signed a MoU with the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for geosciences.

The MoU will enable India to get engaged with internationally renowned experts with profound expertise in different aspects of scientific drilling.

These experts will accomplish India in deep drilling and associated investigations in Koyna region.


Economics & Banking GK:State Bank of India (SBI)


1. A cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the takeover by State Bank of India (SBI) of several subsidiaries.


SBI wanted to take over five units that had been running at arms-length, as well as state-run Bharatiya Mahila Bank.

The merged entity will create a banking giant, which can compete with the largest in the world with an asset base of almost Rs 37 lakh crore, with 22,500 branches and 58,000 ATMs as on December 2015.


Science & Technology:Child Labour Tracking System (CLTS)


1. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inaugurated Child Labour Tracking System (CLTS). The system was launched to keep a track of rescued child labour for their proper rehabilitation.


A committee headed by Chief Secretary for implementation of children’s demands will also be set up.

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