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Current Affairs – 11th June 2015

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1- Parkash Singh Badal conferred with Sant Namdev National Award

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Parkash Singh Badal is the longest-serving Chief Minister of Punjab with over 15 years in office. Currently, he is heading Akali Dal-BJP coalition government. He previously had served as CM for first time in 1970 to 1971. Later for second time from 1977 to 1980 and for third time from 1997 to 2002. He is generally regarded as the second most powerful Sikh leader in world after former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In 2015, he was awarded with India’s second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan.

2- MS Dhoni sole Indian in Forbes list of The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2015

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MS Dhoni

Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only Indian to find place in the Forbes magazine’s list of 100 World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2015

He was placed at 23rd on the Forbes list with total earnings of 31 million dollars including amount from salary at 4 million dollars and endorsements worth 27 million dollars. This edition of list was again topped by US boxer Floyd Mayweather for third time. It should be noted that the earnings figures include sum of salaries, bonuses and prize money paid between June 2014 and June 2015.

Top ten World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2015 are

  • Floyd Mayweather (Boxing) from US: $ 300 million.
  • Manny Pacquiao (Boxing) from Philippines: $ 160 million.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Football) from Portugal: $ 79.6 million.
  • Lionel Messi (Football) from Argentina: $73.8 million.
  • Roger Federer (Tennis) from Switzerland: $67 million.
  • LeBron James (Basketball) from US: $64.8 million.
  • Kevin Durant (Basketball) from US: $54.1 million.
  • Phil Mickelson (Golf) from US: $50.8 million.
  • Tiger Woods (Golf) from US: $50.6 million.
  • Kobe Bryant (Basketball) from US: $49.5 million.

In this edition of list only two women athletes made to the list they are Maria Sharapova (Tennis) from Russia: She was placed at 26th rank with total earnings of $ 31 million. Serena Williams (Tennis) from US: She was placed at 47th rank with total earnings of $ 6 million.

The 100 highest-paid athletes of this edition of list have made 3.2 billion dollars in total in last one year which is 17 percent more compared to previous year.

3- 349 new species of flora and fauna discovered in the past one year in India

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Key facts

Biodiversity hotspots: Most of discoveries were from India’s two Biodiversity hotspots viz Western Ghats and Eastern Himalayas. Western Ghats accounted for 22 per cent of the new discoveries. While, the Eastern Himalayas accounted for 15 per cent discovered species. 25 species of seed plants were alone discovered in Arunachal Pradesh.

Animal species: Of the 176 new animal species discovered 93 species are of insects, 7 species are of collembolans, 12 species of arachnidan, 12 species crustacean and 1 species of mollusca.

Reptiles: 2 species of reptiles for the first time have been found in India. One was discovered in Tamil Nadu and another in Madhya Pradesh.

Fish: 23 new fish species were discovered. Majority of fish species were discovered in north-east India.

Amphibians: 24 new amphibian species were discovered. Most of the new species of amphibians were discovered in the Western Ghats.

New records: Apart from the discovered new species, the BSI has also added 105 new records species and ZSI 61 new records species. It should be noted that new records means animals and plants that have been spotted in India for the first time and those are found elsewhere in the world. In year 2014, 614 new species of plants and animals were discovered which included 366 plants and 248 animal species. With this, 96,891 species of animals and 47,791 species of plants have been recorded so far in India.

4- 26 African countries create TFTA: Cape Town to Cairo free-trade zone

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East African Community (EAC): Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)

It will remove trade barriers on most goods, making them cheaper and stimulating $ 1 trillion worth of economic activity across the region of more than 600 million people. Thus bolster intra-regional trade by creating a wider market that will increase investment flow and enhance regional infrastructure development. The pact will then be officially unveiled at the upcoming 25th summit of the African Union in South Africa. After adopting it will need parliamentary ratification from all member-nations.

5- Union Cabinet gives nod to Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement

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Key Facts

BBIN agreement aims to promote safe, environmentally sound and economical efficient road transport in the sub-region of BBIN. It also seeks to help each member country to create an institutional mechanism for regional integration. BBIN agreement will benefit member nations for mutual cross border movement of passenger and goods for overall economic development of the region. For implementation of this agreement each signatory member will bear its own costs.

Background

During the 18th SAARC Summit held in Kathmandu, Nepal SAARC MVA was not able to signed due to reservations of Pakistan. However, the SAARC declaration at the 18th Summit had encouraged Member States to initiate regional and sub-regional measures to enhance connectivity. In line with this declaration, BBIN Motor Vehicle Agreement was pursued among four SAARC members. Draft of this agreement was finalized in February 2015 in the meeting of Secretaries of Transport of the BBIN countries which was organized by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MoRTH).

6- India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant undocked at Cochin

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Facts about INS Vikrant

It name Vikrant, means “courageous” in Sanskrit or “bold” in Hindi, The carrier has a length of over 260 metres and breadth of 60 metres. It weighs around 40,000 tonne. It has two take-off runways and a landing strip with three arrester wires having short-take off but arrested recovery (STOBAR) system. On completion it will carry up to 36 fixed-wing jets, including MiG-29 K and indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas. It will additionally carry ten helicopters such as Kamov Ka-31s, Westland Sea Kings, or indigenously-built Dhruvs. The basic design of the carrier is done by Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design and was developed into detailed design by the design team of CSL. After induction into Indian Navy its primary role will only be to defend the naval fleet and will be positioned in the Indian Ocean region where the world’s commercial and economic interests conflate.

7- Big Band Leader James Last passed away

Big Band Leader James Last passed away, khichdi, blog,current affairs, general,knowledge, ias, ips, civil, services, CSAT,pre, ies, general studies, GS, mains, competitive, entrance, bank, PO, IBPS, current, affairs, may, 2015, blog, study, material, CSAT  Current Affairs, 3rd june 2015, 4th June 2015, 5th june 2015, 6th June 2015,7th june 2015, 8th june 2015, 9th june 2015,10th june 2015, 11th june 2015, Sarhad foundation, 14th Sant Namdev National Award- 2015 , Parkash Singh Badal, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Cricket, Forbes List, World’s Highest-Paid Athletes 2015, Zoological Survey of India, Flora, fauna, Botanical Survey of India, The Tripartite Free Trade Area, TFTA, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, East African Community, EAC, COMESA, Motor Vehicle Agreement, bangladesh, Bhutan, India,18th SAARC Summit , Cochin, INS Vikrant, James Last, Big Band, Indian Space Research Organisation, 2015 Space Pioneer Award, ISRO, Mars Orbiter Mission, Narendra Modi, Union Cabinet, Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill 2015, solar storms, NASA, Hyderabad, Amazon, Peru, Caral Civilisation, Jitendra Singh Tomar , Delhi Law Minister, AAP, Kapil Mishra, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA, Madhya Pradesh Road Project, Telangana Road Project, PayZapp, HDFC, Hemant Kanitkar, Cricket, China, Japan, australia, Trilateral dialogueGerman composer and Big Band leader James Last died on 9 June 2015 in Florida after battling a short illness. He was 86. He sold more than 80 million records worldwide and was best known for pop hits in a big-band style.

James was born as Hans Last in the northern city of Bremen in 1929 and was originally a piano player. He began his musical career after World War II and performed about 2500 live concerts during a career spanning some six decades. Initially, he arranged music for the likes of Freddy Quinn, Caterina Valente and Helmut Zacharias but later he went on to write original songs. His first album titled Non Stop Dancing was released in 1965. He was also famous for his easy-listening recordings of pop hits which included Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Proud Mary.

8- ISRO presented with 2015 Space Pioneer Award for Mars Orbiter Mission

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Highlights of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)

  • The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was launched on 5 November 2013 and was designed with five scientific payloads within a record time of 18 months.
  • The spacecraft and its payloads performed as designed during the 300 days journey, traversing about 666 million kilometre in interplanetary space before entering the Mars Orbit on 24 September 2014.
  • The spacecraft is in an elliptical orbit and the high resolution camera onboard MOM is configured to take full-disk colour imagery of Mars at apoareion and close-ups at periareion.
  • Presently, the spacecraft is under solar conjunction at Mars, which means the spacecraft, which is orbiting Mars, is behind the sun as viewed from the Earth.

The Space Pioneer Award consists of a silvery pewter Moon globe cast by the Baker Art Foundry in Placerville, California, from a sculpture originally created by Don Davis, space and astronomical artist. National Space Society (NSS) is an independent non-profit educational membership organisation dedicated to the creation of a space faring civilisation.

9- Union Cabinet approved proposal to promulgate the Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Ordinance

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Earlier on 13 May 2015, the Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2015 was passed in Lok Sabha with a voice vote, but was not introduced in the Rajya Sabha.

Key Features of Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2015

  • Cases of bouncing of cheques can be filed only in a court in whose jurisdiction the bank branch of the payee (person who receives the cheque) lies.
  • If a complaint against a person issuing a cheque has been filed in the court with the appropriate jurisdiction, then all subsequent complaints against that person will be filed in the same court, irrespective of the relevant jurisdiction area.
  • If more than one case is filed against the same person before different courts, the cases will be transferred to the court with the appropriate jurisdiction.
  • It seeks to amend the definition of cheque in the electronic form. While the parent act defines it as a cheque containing the exact mirror image of a paper cheque and generated in a secure system using a digital signature, the amendment bill re-defines it as a cheque drawn in electronic medium using any computer resource and which is signed in a secure system with a digital signature, or electronic system.

Necessity for Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2015

The Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 defines promissory notes, bills of exchange, cheques and creates penalties for issues such as bouncing of cheques. Though, the act specifies circumstances under which complaints for cheque bouncing can be filed (Section 138) but does not specify the territorial jurisdiction of the courts where such a complaint is to be filed.

In a bid to overcome the legal lacunae, the Supreme Court of India (SC) in August 2014 issued an order stating that cases against those having defaulted on their cheque payments could only be filed in courts under which jurisdiction of the bank account of the accused fell. However, since this order is not Payee-friendly (who happens to be the victim) the government has brought the present amendment bill to by-pass the court’s order. The new law is also intended to help consolidate the cases and aid the judicial system, which is currently dealing with 21 lakh cheque-bounce cases with 259 courts hearing them, exclusively.

10- NASA scientist developed tool to predict destructive solar storms

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How model works

The model is now undergoing testing, but if it’s robust, then scientists might finally have a tool to predict a CME’s magnetic configuration from afar. This means forecasters could give utility grid and satellite operators a full 24-hour advance warning to protect their systems – crucial time to protect their assets. If a CME is aligned in the same direction as Earth’s – that is, pointing from south to north – the CME will slide by without much effect.

Currently, scientists don’t have much advance notice of how a CME’s magnetic fields are arranged. They can only measure the fields as the CME passes over satellites close to Earth. Savani made use of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory to observe the magnetic fields of the initial eruption on the Sun.

In the past, using such data to predict which direction the CME’s magnetic fields point has not been very successful. There are no tools to measure the magnetic fields once a CME has moved away from the Sun, but scientists do have ways of watching how the clouds expand, twist and grow as they race into space. Ultimately, the model can describe how the CME will be configured as it approaches Earth, and even which parts of the CME will have magnetic fields pointed in which direction.

11- Amazon opened its biggest Fulfilment Centre in Hyderabad

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The present centre is spread across 2.80 lakh sq ft facility and is aimed at helping small and medium businesses (SMBs) in utilizing the logistics and delivery capabilities offered by Amazon. At the centre, by using automated solutions, the firm segregates and packages the goods before delivering them to customers.

In 2014, Amazon founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jeff Bezos during his visit to India announced that the company would invest 2 billion US dollars in India in order to leverage the huge potential in e-commerce and SMBs.

The firm is also planning to set up its biggest global campus outside of the US in Hyderabad. It is also considering a proposal to set up a datacenter in India to back its cloud service business Amazon Web Services (AWS).

12- 3800-year-old statuettes of priestess and politicians discovered in Peru

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Two of the three figures, who were a man and woman, were painted in white, black and red. It is believed that they represented political authorities. The third, a woman with 28 fingers and red dots on her white face, is believed to represent a priestess. The figures had been arranged to be looking at one another.

Apart from this, the research team, also unearthed two mud statuettes of women’s faces which are wrapped in cloth and covered with yellow, blue and orange feathers.

Caral Civilisation

The Caral civilisation first emerged some 5000-year-ago and lived in Peru’s Supe Valley. The civillisation covered an area of over 60 hectares, with around 3000 inhabitants and left an impressive architecture including pyramids and sunken amphitheaters. It was abandoned around 1800BC for unknown reasons.

13- Kapil Mishra named as Delhi Law Minister

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Mishra has been associated with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal since the days of India Against Corruption (IAC).

14- CCEA approved 4721 crore rupees road projects in Madhya Pradesh, Telangana

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Highlights of the Madhya Pradesh Road Project

  • The road project of Madhya Pradesh includes development of the four laning of the Guna-Biaora and Biaora-Dewas section of National Highway-3 in with an estimated cost of 2815.69 crore rupees.
  • This will be done under the National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase-IV in Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis in BOT (Toll) mode.
  • The cost for Guna-Biaora laning is estimated to be 1081.9 crore rupees including land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 93.5 kms.
  • The total cost for Biaora-Dewa section will be about 1733.79 crore rupees including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 141.26 kms.

Highlights of the Telangana Road Project

  • The road project of Telangana includes development of the four laning of the Yadgiri-Warangal section of National Highway- 163. This work will be under the NHDP Phase-IV.
  • The approval was given on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis.
  • The cost of the project is estimated to be 1905.23 crore rupees including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the road will be approximately 99 kms.
  • After completion of the project, the whole stretch from Hyderabad to Warangal would be 4-laned.

15- HDFC Bank launched PayZapp

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Highlights of PayZapp

  • The app will be available for all customers of HDFC bank who will be allowed to use both type of cards namely VISA and MasterCards
  • The application can be downloaded on any Android phone from the Google Play Store from 15 June 2015 onwards.
  • To use the app, the customer will have to register himself/herself using the mobile phone number, which is registered with the bank and fill certain details related to him like name, date of birth and others. Then he/she will have to create his/her personal identification number (PIN).
  • The mobile phone number will be the login ID for the application
  • The application is different from applications launched by other banks which are just prepaid wallets, but in case of PayZapp, a customer will be able to link his/her debit or the credit card to the app
  • The application will allow a customer to apply for loans or purchase an insurance plan

Managing Director of HDFC Bank: Aditya Puri

16- Former Indian Cricketer Hemant Kanitkar died

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Kanitkar, a stalwart of domestic cricket, played two Tests as a wicketkeeper-batsman in the home series against West Indies cricket team led by Clive Lloyd in 1974-75. He started his first class career in 1963 for cricket team of Maharashtra and kept playing for it till 1978, the year of retirement. In his first class career, he scored 5006 runs at an average of 42.78 with 13 centuries and 23 half-centuries.

After retiring from first-class cricket, he served as a coach and selector for Maharashtra, and chaired the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) All-India Junior Selection Committee from 1996-97 and 1998-99.

17- India, Japan and Australia held first ever trilateral dialogue

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The representatives of three countries discussed prospects of cooperation in the fields of economy and security with special emphasis on maritime security. The three countries agreed to hold their next round of talks in Tokyo, Japan.

Comment

The first ever trilateral dialogue among the three major countries in the Asia-Pacific region assumes significance against the backdrop of growing assertiveness of China in the South China sea of Pacific Ocean. 

India accords greater importance to Japan and Australia that is evident from the fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a visit to both the countries within six months of coming to the office in order to operationalise his Act East Policy. Indian naval officials recently were in Perth for talks on their first ever bilateral maritime exercises with Australia scheduled for September 2015 off the east coast of India.

Separately, India is also considering including Japan for 2015 Malabar Exercises in October 2015, which has usually been an U.S.-India bilateral engagement. Japan participated in the Malabar exercises in 2014 as well. This is in addition to the Japan India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) held annually between the two countries.

In 2007, India’s involvement in the informal Quadrilateral Security Dialogue with Japan, Australia and the United States – with all four participating the 2007 Malabar Exercises along with Singapore provoked a strong backlash from China due to fears of encirclement.

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