Daily Current Affairs Update – 29th June 2016

GK Eduwrap 29th June


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National – Across the India:


1. Majuli Majuli (Assam) got district status by the Assam Government.


It is a 400 square kilometres island in the Brahmaputra River.

 With this it becomes India’s first island district.


2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a book titled “The Birds of Banni Grassland” in New Delhi.


 It was presented to PM Modi by the scientists of Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology (GUIDE).

 species of birds found in the Banni area of Kutch, Gujarat.


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3. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated the newly constructed headquarters of Jharkhand’s special anti-Maoist force ‘Jharkhand Jaguar’ in Jharkhand’s capital city Ranchi.


 Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched a new scheme Kalinga Siksha Sathi Yojana.

 The aim is to provide education loan at 1 % interest to students for pursuing higher studies.


International – Across the Globe:


1. The World Economic Forum’s Human Capital Index has been released.

World Economic Forum's Human Capital Index


India has been ranked 105th out of 130 countries on, which measures countries’ ability to nurture, develop and deploy talent for economic growth.

 Finland topped the index while other countries like China (71) and Bangladesh (104) were ranked above India.

 The index has been released by Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF) with the title ‘New Champion’.


2. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has elected Ethiopia, Bolivia, Sweden and Kazakhstan as the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).


 These newly-elected countries will have two-year term starting from 1 January 2016 till 31 December 2018.

 They will replace Spain, Malaysia, New Zealand, Angola and Venezuela.


3. Gudni Johannesson has won the Iceland’s presidential election.


 He was able to secure 39.1% of the vote.

 He will succeed Olafur Ragnar Grimsson.


4. Sweden inaugurated a test stretch of an electric road.


 The test was conducted on parts of road E16.

 It was based on the government’s goal of energy efficiency and a fossil fuel-free vehicle fleet by 2030.



 Sanjeev Rajput

1. Sanjeev Rajput, Ace Indian shooter has won the silver medal in men’s 50-metre rifle 3 position event of the ISSF World Cup held in Baku, Ajerbaijan.


 He shot 456.9 points to win the silver medal.



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Awards & Recognition:


1. Zubaida Bai, Indian social entrepreneur, in the fourth week of June 2016 was named among the top 10 Local SDG Pioneers for 2016.


 The 2016 Local SDG Pioneers is a part of the United Nations Global Compact’s Making Global Goals Local Business campaign.


Appointments & Resignations:

NS Vishwanathan

1. N. S. Vishwanathan has been appointed as deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).


 He will succeed Harun R Khan and will have term of three years.


Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):



1. The CSIR-Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CSIR-CIMFR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with coal supplying companies and power utilities.


 MoU was signed for quality analysis of coal supplied.

2. India has signed a memorandum of obligation in Tashkent to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).


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Isak Chisi Swu

1. Isak Chisi Swu, the Naga leader and founder of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) passed away in Delhi. He was 86.


 As a Naga leader he had led one of the worst insurgencies in the North-East India for almost three decades.


2. Xerxes Sapur Desai has passed away following a prolonged illness in Bengaluru. He was 79 years old.


 He was the founder of India’s largest watchmaker company ‘Titan Co. Ltd’.

 He also worked with Tata Press, Tata Chemicals, and Taj Hotels before setting up Titan in 1986.


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