GK Eduwrap – 23rd June 2015

National:

1. India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF) in the third week of June 2015 released a report on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) filing in India during 2013-14. While Maharashtra topped the list of states and Union Territories (UTs), Bengaluru was the top city in IPR filing.

The top five states and UTs: Maharashtra (2892), Karnataka (1639), Tamil Nadu (1436), Delhi (1009) and Andhra Pradesh (879).

Sports:

1. World number two Roger Federer has won the Halle Open ATP title in Germany. In the final match he defeated Andreas Seppi of Italy by 7-6, 6-4 score. It was Federer’s eighth Halle Open ATP title after he had won in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2013 and 2014.

2. Jordan Spieth won the US Open at Chambers Bay. The win was his second straight major title of 2015 after he won the Masters Tournament at Augusta National, US in April 2015.

3. Star shot putter Inderjeet Singh and half-miler Jinson Johnson bagged a gold each as Indians won eight medals at the first leg of the Asian Athletics Grand Prix Series in Bangkok.

International:

1. To stop human traffickers from bringing migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe, the European Union (EU) launched a three-phase naval operation named EU NAVFOR Med (European Union Naval Force Mediterranean Sea).

2. Pitcairn Island, the world’s smallest country by population, legalized same-sex marriage. The law change was unanimously approved by the local council.

3. The Taliban on Monday launched an attack on the Afghan Parliament, with a suicide car bomber striking at the entrance and gunmen battling police as lawmakers were meeting inside to confirm the appointment of defence minister, police and witnesses said.

All the six gunmen who attacked Parliament were killed and the gunfire had stopped, the police said.

Mergers & Acquisition:

1. Japan headquartered telecommunications and Internet major SoftBank Corp, Bharti Enterprises Limited and Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group formed a Joint Venture (JV) named SBG Cleantech Limited.

2. GMR Airport Developers Limited (GADL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Oman Airport Management Company (OAMC) for providing aviation training and consultancy services.

Awards & Recognition:

1. A project ‘Toilets for all’ in West Bengal’s Nadia district for improving heath by providing sanitary toilets and promoting their use has won a first place UN award for innovative public services.

2. Benni Joseph Mavelil, a UK-based philanthropist has been chosen for the VK Krishna Menon award in recognition of his outstanding professional and altruistic achievements, contributions and services to the community and wider multicultural society.

Business:

1. Fitbit, the San Francisco-based maker of fitness bands such as the Fitbit Flex, Charge, Charge HR and Surge is finally launching in India next month.

2. The U.S.-based private equity firm Carlyle Group would invest $500 million in Magna Energy Ltd., an India-focused oil firm founded by Mike Watts, the man who saw oil in Rajasthan’s Thar desert, where global giant Royal Dutch Shell saw none.

3. Jurassic World became the fastest film to reach $1 billion worldwide by earning the money in 17 days.

In 13 days flat, the film starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Irrfan Khan has earned the mammoth amount (approximately Rs 6300 crore).

Science & Technology:

1. Drug firm Jubilant Life Sciences has received approval from the US health regulator to market generic levofloxacin tablets, used to treat various infections including pneumonia.

Education:

1. Common Admission Test (CAT) aspirants this year will have a short testing window after IIM Ahmedabad (IIM-A), the convenor for CAT 2015, announced that the test — which is usually held over a week — will be held only on one day, with two sessions.

2. Going beyond engineering, IIT Kharagpur would soon start offering MBBS courses as well. On a three-acre plot on the edge of the campus, the 400-bedded super-speciality hospital, Dr B C Roy Institute of Medical Science & Research, would be ready by the end of 2017.

Death:

1. Sister Nirmala Joshi, the former superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, passes away at 81. Sister Nirmala had replaced Mother Teresa as the superior general in 1997.

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