GK Eduwrap – 18th June 2015

National:

As per recently released Global Peace Index (GPI) for year 2015, India was placed at 143th rank out 162 countries. The report was published by Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).

Key facts from Global Peace Index 2015

Top 10 peaceful countries

Iceland (1st), Denmark (2nd), Austria (3rd), New Zealand (4th), Switzerland (5th), Finland (6th), Canada (7th), Japan (8th), Australia (9th) and Czech Republic (10th).

Top 10 least peaceful countries

North Korea (153rd), Pakistan (154th), Congo (155), Sudan (156), Somalia (157), Central Africa (158th), South Sudan (159th), Afghanistan (160th), Iraq (161st) and Syria (162nd).

India’s Neighbors

Bhutan (18th), Nepal (62nd), Bangladesh (84th), Sri Lanka (114th), Pakistan (154th). In 2014, the violent events had cost $14.3 trillion from the global economy.

It accounted for 13.4% of global GDP. About 50 million people i.e. 0.75% of the current world population are displaced.

In 2014, deaths from terrorism were reported in 69 countries reported.

It was up from 60 in 2013 highlighting the increasing use of terror tactics.

In case of India, violence has cost it $341.7 billion i.e. 4.7% of its GDP in 2014 which is the fourth highest cost in the world.

 

Manipur State Forest Department has decided to translocate a section of critically endangered species of Brow Antlered (Sangai) deer with an aim to save it from extinction.

Union Cabinet approved increasing India’s solar power capacity target under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) to 1 Lakh Mega Watt (MW) by 2022.

The Madras High Court (HC) on 17th June 2015 directed the Tamil Nadu Government to make wearing of helmets for two-wheelers compulsory from 1 July 2015 onwards.

India’s largest IT services company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on 16 June 2015 launched a Next-Gen Technology Solutions Center of Excellence (CoE) at its campus in Hyderabad.

The One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme for ex-servicemen was recently in news on 16 June 2015 as the scheme is likely to be rolled out ahead of the Bihar Assembly polls 2015.

International:

Japan has passed a law lower the voting age to 18 years from its current 20 years.

Asia Pacific region has overtaken Europe as the world’s second richest region for the first time in terms of global wealth management. It was revealed in recently released report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm.

Death:

Kirk Kerkorian billionaire Las Vegas mogul and casino tycoon passed away after a brief illness. He was 98.

Sports:

Veteran leader of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Sharad Pawar was on 17 June 2015 re-elected as the President of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).

Awards & Recognition:

10th Navlekhan Award of Bharatiya Jnanpith was awarded to Hindi writers Babusha Kohli and Upasana on 16 June 2015. They were awarded for poem Prem Gilhari Dil Akhrot and novel Ek Zindagi Ek Ek Script Bhar respectively.

Appointments:

Archana Ramasundaram was on 17th June 2015 appointed as the Director of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), New Delhi. Ramasundram is an IPS officer of 1980-batch of Tamil Nadu cadre.

Mergers & Acquisition:

SunEdison Inc, world’s largest renewable energy development company, on 16th June 2015 acquired Singapore-headquartered Continuum Wind Energy Limited for an undisclosed sum.

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