GK Eduwrap – 17th June 2015

National:

1. Election Commission of India (ECI) has suspended recognition of the PA Sangma-led National People’s Party (NPP) which was a recognized state party in Meghalaya.

 The recognition of NPP was suspended under para 16A of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968 after the party failed to file the election expenditure statement incurred in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

2. State owned telecommunications giant Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has announced to set up 40,000 Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) hot spots across the country.

 The project will be entailed with an investment of about 6,000 crore rupees and likely to be completed by 2018.

3. Maharashtra Government has given nod to new Information Technology (IT) and Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) policy.

4. A comprehensive book in Dogri language on the Dogri literature of 20th century entitled ‘Beehmi Sadi Da Dogri Da Gadya Sahitya : Ik Jayzaa ’ was released in Jammu and Kashmir.

 The book has been written by a noted Dogri language scholar Dr. Vijay Seth.

 It is based on extensive research work and incorporates five chapters chronologically covering the development of essays, literary sketches, travelogue, memoirs, biographic and autobiographical literature in Dogri.

International:

1. Bangladesh Supreme Court’s appellate bench upheld the death sentence of war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid.

 Decision in this regard was taken by 4-member bench headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha.

Mergers & Acquisition:

1. Tokyo based online recipe network Cookpad has acquired Cucumbertown, a Bengaluru-based social network for cooks and chefs for an undisclosed amount.

Economics:

1. Union Government has announced an additional package of 2,437 crore rupees for reconstruction and rehabilitation of flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

2. India and Poland set trade target of 5 billion US dollars by 2018.

Sports:

1. Sunil Chhetri has become the first Indian footballer to score 50 international goals. He achieved this feat in his 87th match during 2018 World Cup qualifying match between India and Guam.

Science & Technology:

1. Researchers have created the world’s thinnest light bulb using graphene as filament.

Features of Bulb

 The bulb uses grapheme, a perfectly crystalline form of carbon as a filament.

 The filament is attached to metal electrodes and suspended the strips above the substrate.

 After current is passed through filament it heats up to over 2,500° C and produces exceptionally bright light.

2. Genomics Applications and Information Technology (Ganit) Labs in the third week of June announced that it developed a medical test that could predict the survival chances of tongue cancer patients for as little as 5000 rupees.

 The test is based on a detailed analysis of changing gene patterns in cancer patients and helps doctors in managing the disease better, understand the chances of recurrence and also help in the diagnosis of even other forms of oral cancer.

Death:

1. India’s greatest contemporary architect Charles Correa passed away in Mumbai following a brief illness. He was 84.

 He had played a pivotal role in the creation of architecture for post-Independence India. He was known for his sensitivity to the needs of the urban poor and use of traditional methods and materials for construction.

 

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