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National – Across the India:
1. The 42nd G7 Summit was held at Ise-Shima in Japan for 2-days from 26 May to 27 May 2016.
During the summit, global economyand trade, climate change and energy, development, health and quality infrastructure investment were discussed by the leaders.
The Summit was attended by all the seven members’ viz., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the European Commission (EC). EC is a permanently welcome participant in all meetings and decision-making since 1981.
2. The Union Government and World Bank have signed a US 9.2 million dollar grant agreement for the Efficient and Sustainable City Bus Service Project.
The grant agreement was signed under World Bank-Global Environment Facility (GEF) Programme.
The Efficient and Sustainable City Bus Service Project aims at improving the efficiency and attractiveness of city bus transport and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in select Indian cities.
3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) to make India disaster resilient and reduce loss of lives.
The first of its kind of national plan is based on the four priority themes of the “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-30”.
The themes are as follows:
Understanding disaster risk
Improving disaster risk governance
Investing in disaster risk reduction (through structural and non-structural measures)
Disaster preparedness, early warning and building back better in the aftermath of a disaster
4. Narendra Modihas emerged as one of the top 10 leaders of the world with his voice being heard on international fora.
The statement was made by the Union minister Venkaiah Naidu.
India is now recognized and respected worldwide and this happened because of the efforts given by PM Modi.
5. India on joined the Hague Code of Conduct (HCoC) against Ballistic Missile Proliferation as its 138th subscribing state.
India joined it by notifying HCoC Central Contact, Vienna, through diplomatic channels.
The HCOC is a voluntary mechanism that has built a broad international predisposition against ballistic missile proliferation.
6. India has been placed at 70th position in recently released 2015 Good Country Index (GCI).
Indian ranked among 163 countries.
Top 10 Countries in 2015 GCI are Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, Canada, France, Austria and New Zealand.
The Good Country Index (GCI) measure each country’s contribution to the common good of humanity and what it takes away, relative to its size.
7. Haryana Governmenthas launched Asia’s first ‘Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme’ at the Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre at Pinjore.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal launched it by releasing 2 captive bred Himalayan Griffons vultures in the pre-release aviaries close to the breeding centre at Pinjore.
The vultures were released as part of the soft release or reintroduction programme, in a pre-release aviary where they would have an unobstructive view of the surrounding.
International – Across the Globe:
1. India and Morocco have launched the India-Morocco Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IMCCI) in Moroccan capital city Rabat.
The IMCCI was jointly launched by visiting Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari and Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane.
Hamid Ansari’s visit is the first by an Indian Vice President in 50 years to Morrocco.
2. The world’s longest and deepest railway tunnel Gotthard Base Tunnel was inaugurated in Switzerland.
The full service of twin-bore tunnel will begin in December 2016.
The Gotthard Base Tunnel is 57-kilometer long and connects northern and southern Europe and also shortens travel time for many rail routes.
It has overtaken Japan’s Seikan tunnel, which measures 53.9 kilometers, as the longest rail tunnel in the world.
3. Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump is set to arrive in Britain on June 22, a day before Britons go to polls to decide whether to remain in the European Union (EU).
He will come to the country on a whistle-stop tour of his golf resorts in Britain and Ireland.
He will visit his golf resort in Doonbeg in Ireland by the time polls have closed.
1. Real Madridwon the 2016 European champions title. In the titled clash, Real Madrid defeated their city rivals Atletico Madrid via a penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw.
This was Madrid’s 11th European Champion title.
2. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) has won the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). It is their maiden IPL title.
In the final match played at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore (Karnataka), SRH defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by eight runs. However the RCB failed to reach the target score.
It should be noted that RCB has lost 3 finals after they were defeated in finals of 2009 and 2011 editions.
Ben Cutting (SRH) was declared as Man of the Match.
3. England cricket captain to score 10000 test runs.
Cook is 31 years, 5 months, 5 days old.
He achieved the fete on the fourth day of the second test against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street.
It was his 128th Test.
Lewis Hamilton won the 2016 Monaco F1 Grand Prix. He emerged victorious in a close battle with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
4. The (IBC)was granted affiliation by the Commonwealth BoxingCouncil (CBC).
The affiliation was unanimously endorsed by CBC.
IBC is a licensing body for professional boxers in India which has Vijender Singh among others on its roster.
Awards & Recognition:
1. Indian-American scientist Arnab De in May 2016 received the prestigious Springer Theses award.
He was awarded for his research in which he developed transgenic mice to study a critical tumor-suppressor called A20.
His thesis was nominated by New York’s Columbia University.
Earlier, his project in which he developed peptide-based prodrugs as therapeutics for diabetes, had received the Young Investigator Award at the American Peptide Symposium.
He dedicated his PhD thesis to cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and his alma mater, Kolkata’s Presidency University.
2. The President of India Pranab Mukherjee presented the Malti Gyan Peeth Puraskar for the year 2016 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The award was conferred upon 15 teachers from Punjab for their rare contribution in the field of education.
The awardees were facilitated with 1 lakh rupees cash, certificate of excellence, a Robe of Honour and a medal.
The initiative was mainly taken to promote the quality teaching in the schools besides encouraging the hundred percent attendance of girl students in the government schools.
3. Two Indian-origin womenhave been named in the Forbes’ second annual list of America’s wealthiest and most successful self-made women.
The list includes names of 60 most successful self-made women who have crashed ceilings through invention and innovation.
Two Indian-origin women are Neerja Sethi and Jayshree Ullal.
4. Aditi Krishnakumar, an Indian woman author in Singapore, in fourth week of May 2016 won the ‘Scholastic Asian Book Award’.
She was awarded for her 32000-word manuscript “Codex: The Lost Treasure of the Indus”.
Appointments & Resignations:
1. Vice-Admiral A. R. Karvetook charge as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command (SNC).
Surajit Kar Purkayastha was appointed the Director General of West Bengal Police.
Senior IPS officer Navin Agarwal was appointed Director General (DG)/ Chief Executive Officer (CEP) of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
He is a 1986 batch IPS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre. Prior to this appointment he was working in his cadre state J&K.
NADA was set up as registered society under the Societies Registration Act of 1890 in November 2005 with a mandate for Dope free sports in India.
2. Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation has been nominated as a candidate to be a new member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
She is the first Indian woman to be nominated to the IOC.
She is being considered in the category of volunteers who represent the IOC and Olympic Movement in their country.
The IOC is the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement headquartered at Lausanne, Switzerland.
3. Ruling AIADMK P Dhanapal was re-elected as Speaker of the 15th Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly.
By this, he becomes first speaker to be elected for a consecutive second term in the state’s legislative history.
Pollachi V Jayaraman of ruling AIADMK was also re-elected as the Deputy Speaker of the legislative assembly.
Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had proposed their names as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively.
Economics & Banking GK:
1. The Union Cabinet has given its approval for setting up the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB)as a Public Limited Company under the Department of Posts.
It will have 100% Government of India (GOI) equity and shall be established with total expenditure of 800 Crore rupees.
Now, the IPPB will obtain banking licence from RBI by March 2017 and by September 2017.
IPPB will start operations in March 2017 in about 50 districts and will cover the entire country by the end of FY 2018-19.
2. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved for Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for Kharif Crops of 2016-17 season.
The prices will come into effect from effective from 1 October 2016.
The higher MSPs would increase investment and production through assured remunerative prices to farmers.
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Bills – New & Amendments:
1. Assam Assembly has passed Assam Ease of Doing Business Bill, 2016 to facilitate ease of doing business in the state.
The bill seeks to attract fresh investment in the state through an easy computerized clearance system.
The bill has the provision for speedy processing of applications and issue of clearances for setting up industries.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU):
1. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in May 2016 signed a series of twelve agreements in Tehran.
The most important of these 12 agreements is the trilateral transit agreement between India, Iran and Afghanistan.
In the deal, India offered to develop the Port of Chabahar in order to allow Indian goods to be exported to Iran, with the possibility of onward connections to Afghanistan and Central Asia.
2. The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to the signing of MOU between the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of India (DGCA) and the French Civil Aviation Authority – Direction Generale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC).
The motive of the MoU is:
Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) for implementation and promotion of Standards and Recommended Practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The TCP will be beneficial for enhancement of expertise and skills of DGCA’s officers.
Implementation of the cooperation between the two parties for imparting training of technicians, engineers, managers etc.
3. India and Tunisia on 2 June 2016 signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for co-operation in Information Technology and promotion of traditional handicrafts.
The MoUs were signed after the delegation level talks between the two countries in the presence of Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid in Tunis.
The two sides had discussion on bilateral ties focused on economic partnership and adding new areas of collaboration in IT and education.
4. India and Singapore have agreed to enhance the scale of existing bilateral military interaction.
Both the countries have decided to expand the interaction between the armed forces.
The decision was taken at inaugural Singapore-India Defence Ministers’ Dialogue (DMD).
The Dialogue was co-chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his Singapore counterpart Dr. Ng Eng Hen.
5. India and United States (US) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to join the global terror database maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) of US.
Under this MoU, both sides will give each other access to terrorism screening information through designated contact points, subject to domestic laws and regulations.
TSC is a multi-agency organisation administered by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) which consolidates several terrorist watch lists maintained by different US government agencies into single terrorist database on terror suspects.
Science & Technology:
1. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully deployed the first experimental inflatable room attached to the International Space Station (ISS).
The experimental inflatable room dubbed as BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module) was deployed after it was successfully expanded and pressurized.
2. Nine-coach Spanish train Talgo’s trialrunwas conducted on 29 May 2016 on the Bareilly-Moradabad route of Uttar Pradesh. It was conducted as part of the Railways’ strategy to increase the speed of trains.
The trail run was conducted by a joint team of the Railway Design Standards Organization (RDSO) and Spanish train manufacturer Talgo.
3. According to a study by Indian researchers at major excavated site of Bhirrana, Haryana suggests that the Indus Valley Civilization is much older than thought before and climate was not only the cause behind collapse of Harappa civilization.
The study was conducted by a research team from IIT Kharagpur, Institute of archaeology, Deccan College Pune, Physical Research Laboratory and Archaeological Survey of India.
The finding was published in prestigious journal Nature Scientific report on 25 May 2016.
The study of levels of Pre-Harappan Hakra phase was dated to be as old as 8000 years.
4. NASA scientists have located 39 unreported and major human-made sources of toxic Sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions that cause pollution.
They used a new satellite-based method for locating them.
The unreported emission sources were found in the analysis of satellite data from 2005 to 2014.
These sources are clusters of coal-burning power plants, oil and gas operations and smelters notably found in West Asia, Mexico and parts of Russia.
SO2 is a known health hazard and cause of acid rain.
5. A team of scientists from Harvard University (United States) has created a unique bionic leaf that uses sunlight (solar energy) to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels from CO2.
This artificial photosynthesis device has been dubbed bionic leaf 2.0.
The new system can convert solar energy to biomass with 10% efficiency.
Its efficiency is much higher than the 1% seen in the fastest growing plants.
1. The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 2016 was observed on 29 May 2016with the theme Honoring Our Heroes.
The day offers a chance to pay tribute to the Blue Helmets’ invaluable contribution to the work of the Organization and to honour more than 3400 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the UN flag since 1948, including 128 in 2015.
On the other hand, the UN Postal Administration (UNPA) also issued a set of six new stamps for the occasion.
1. Veteran TV and film actor Suresh Chatwal passed away on 29 May 2016 following a brief illness in Mumbai.
The actor was known for his role of Commissioner Suraj Agnihotri in F.I.R.
2. Muhammad Ali, American boxing icon passed away. He was 74.
He was struggling for 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease in Phoenix, Arizona.
He was former three times world heavyweight champion (1964, 1974 and 1978) who had record-setting boxing career, which had made him one of the best-known figures of the 20th century.
He was also known globally for his civil rights activism.
He was honoured as “Sportsman of the Century” and “Sports Personality of the Century”.
Books written by him are My Own Story and The Soul of a Butterfly.
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