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Current Affairs – 18th June 2015

Category : All, Current Affairs · by Jun 19th, 2015

1- India ranks third in global doping report for year 2013 by WADA

India ranks third in global doping report for year 2013 by WADA,  khichdi, blog, 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, 17th june 2015, 18th june 2015, 29th june 2015, 28th june 2015  World Anti-Doping Agency, Anti-Doping Rule Violations Report, WADA, Institute for Economics and Peace, Global Peace Index , SYdney, Australia, Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, Manipur State Forest Department, International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, Sangai deer, Manipur, Keibul Lamjao National Park, KLNP, Loktak Lake, Voting age, Japan, Boston Consulting Group, BCG, Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, Narendra Modi, Solar Power Projects , Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA, Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, JNNSM, Union Cabinet, Pranab Mukherjee, Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, Union government, California, US, Kirk Kerkorian,Las VegasIndia has been ranked third in Anti-Doping Rule Violations Report for year 2013 released by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). As per the report 91 athletes from Indian have been tested positive for banned substances in year 2013. Of these 91 Indians athletes, 20 were women athletes.

Key facts from report

Russia was ranked first in this report with maximum number of doping athletes with 212 testing positive. Turkey was placed at second position with 155 positive doping athletes’ cases. France came fourth in this list with 90 positive doping cases. Overall 1953 athletes across the globe had committed anti-doping rule violations. Out of 1953 athletes, 1687 were actually found guilty for using banned substances while 266 violated other rules. The comprehensive report had dealt with testing of 207,513 samples which were covered from 115 nationalities and 89 sports events.

Sports discipline wise doping cases:

Track and field athletes lead in this report with 280 global cases. In this case 30 Indian athletes were involved. Weightlifting is second sports event with 19 doping cases. Wrestling is third sporting event with 9  Anti-Doping Rule violation cases. Other sports are powerlifters (8), bodybuilding (8), judo (7), boxing (4), aquatics (2), cycling (2), kabaddi (2). Cricket, football, taekwondo and volleyball reported one case each.

2- India ranked 143 out of 162 countries on 2015 Global Peace Index

India ranked 143 out of 162 countries on 2015 Global Peace IndexIndia ranked 143 out of 162 countries on 2015 Global Peace Index,  khichdi, blog, 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, 17th june 2015, 18th june 2015, 29th june 2015, 28th june 2015  World Anti-Doping Agency, Anti-Doping Rule Violations Report, WADA, Institute for Economics and Peace, Global Peace Index , SYdney, Australia, Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, Manipur State Forest Department, International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, Sangai deer, Manipur, Keibul Lamjao National Park, KLNP, Loktak Lake, Voting age, Japan, Boston Consulting Group, BCG, Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, Narendra Modi, Solar Power Projects , Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA, Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, JNNSM, Union Cabinet, Pranab Mukherjee, Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, Union government, California, US, Kirk Kerkorian,Las VegasAs 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). India’s rank has remained same compared to previous year global rankings.

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 neighbours: 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.

About Global Peace Index (GPI)

It is an annual report published by the Sydney (Australia) based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) since 2007. GPI uses 22 indicators to measure levels of world peace. Indicators range from a nation’s level of military expenditure to its relations with neighboring nations and the percentage of prison population in 162 countries.  It also includes safety and security in society, extent of domestic and international conflict. The IEP is an international and independent think tank dedicated to draw the world’s attention towards peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human well-being and development.

3- Union Cabinet gives nod to introduction of Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015

Union Cabinet gives nod to introduction of Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015,  khichdi, blog, 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, 17th june 2015, 18th june 2015, 29th june 2015, 28th june 2015  World Anti-Doping Agency, Anti-Doping Rule Violations Report, WADA, Institute for Economics and Peace, Global Peace Index , SYdney, Australia, Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, Manipur State Forest Department, International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, Sangai deer, Manipur, Keibul Lamjao National Park, KLNP, Loktak Lake, Voting age, Japan, Boston Consulting Group, BCG, Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, Narendra Modi, Solar Power Projects , Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA, Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, JNNSM, Union Cabinet, Pranab Mukherjee, Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, Union government, California, US, Kirk Kerkorian,Las VegasUnion Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved introduction of Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015 in coming session of Parliament. The new bill seeks to replace the existing Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) Act, 1986 with an aim to bring in more products under the mandatory standard regime and end the inspector raj.

Facts about Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015

Add provision for establishment of statutory Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) as the National Standards Body of India. The Bureau will perform its functions through a Governing Council consisting of President and other members.

  • Standardization regime: Besides articles and processes the goods, services and systems will be brought under the mandatory standardization regime in order to ensure quality products to consumers.
  • Mandatory certification regime: Empower government to bring mandatory certification regime for articles, processes or services which it considers necessary. In this case certification will be from the point of view of safety, health, security, environment, prevention of deceptive practices, etc. It will help consumers to receive ISI certified products and help in prevention of import of sub-standard products.
  • Simplified conformity assessment schemes: In order to allow ease of doing business, the bill allows multiple types of simplified assessment schemes. It includes Self Declaration of Conformity (SDOC) against any standard which will give multiple simplified options to manufacturers.
  • Mandatory hallmarking: provisions related to compulsory hallmarking of precious metal articles.
  • Strengthening penal provisions: It will help for better and effective compliance of law and enable compounding of offences for violations.
  • Implications Help to promote a culture of quality of products and services with a broad objective of consumer’s welfare through mandatory and voluntary compliance with Indian standards.
  • Improve enforcement of Indian standards through the process of product certification and Certificate of Conformity.
  • Promote harmonious development of the activities of standardization including marking and quality certification of goods and services. It will widen the scope of conformity assessment and also enhances the penalties by making offences compoundable.

4- Critically endangered Sangai deer found in Manipur to be translocated

Critically endangered Sangai deer found in Manipur to be translocated,  khichdi, blog, 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, 17th june 2015, 18th june 2015, 29th june 2015, 28th june 2015  World Anti-Doping Agency, Anti-Doping Rule Violations Report, WADA, Institute for Economics and Peace, Global Peace Index , SYdney, Australia, Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, Manipur State Forest Department, International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, Sangai deer, Manipur, Keibul Lamjao National Park, KLNP, Loktak Lake, Voting age, Japan, Boston Consulting Group, BCG, Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, Narendra Modi, Solar Power Projects , Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA, Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, JNNSM, Union Cabinet, Pranab Mukherjee, Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, Union government, California, US, Kirk Kerkorian,Las VegasManipur 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. The deer is endemic to Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) will be translocated to Pumlen Pat which is close existing habitat to Loktak. Pumlen Pat was chosen for translocation as it is also a floating biomass (phumdi) and comprises of small hillocks which will provide natural habitat for this deer species.

About Sangai deer

Sangai Deer (Rucervus eldii) also called the Dancing Deer is the state animal of Manipur. Once it was found across the Manipur Valley in abundant now only its remaining natural habitat is found in Keibul Lamjao National Park. It is listed as an endangered species by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Conservation efforts have helped in reviving the population of the deer to 204 in 2013 from less than 100 in 2008.

About Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP)

KLNP is a floating biomass in Manipur’s Loktak Lake. It is only floating national park in the world. It is known around the world for its unique composition which is made up of biomass vegetation (locally called phumdis) that floats on the surface of the lake. The park which was initially declared as a Sanctuary in 1966 and later in 1977 it was declared as National Park through a gazette notification.

5- Japan passes law to lower voting age to 18 from 20 years

Japan passes law to lower voting age to 18 from 20 years,  khichdi, blog, 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, 17th june 2015, 18th june 2015, 29th june 2015, 28th june 2015  World Anti-Doping Agency, Anti-Doping Rule Violations Report, WADA, Institute for Economics and Peace, Global Peace Index , SYdney, Australia, Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, Manipur State Forest Department, International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, Sangai deer, Manipur, Keibul Lamjao National Park, KLNP, Loktak Lake, Voting age, Japan, Boston Consulting Group, BCG, Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, Narendra Modi, Solar Power Projects , Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA, Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, JNNSM, Union Cabinet, Pranab Mukherjee, Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, Union government, California, US, Kirk Kerkorian,Las VegasJapan has passed a law lower the voting age to 18 years from its current 20 years. The bill in this regard to revise the public office election law was passed by the upper house after being approved in the lower chamber. With passing of this law, 2.4 million of its population from 18 and 19-year-olds age group will extend the franchise in future elections. This move also has brought Japan in line with other developed countries in terms of voting age. Last time, Japan had lowered the voting age from 25 to 20 years in 1945 after its surrender in World War II.

Population structure of Japan

At present, around a quarter i.e. 26 percent of Japan’s 127-million population is aged 65 or over indicating population ageing with negative growth rate. Japan is in last i.e. third stage of demographic transition as a result of low birth rates and death deaths. The age structure of Japan is an inverted age pyramid representing large population of elders.

Some facts: Presently, 170 nations in the world have voting age of 18 years. In case of India, the voting age was lowered to 18 years by the Constitution (Sixty-first Amendment) Act, 1988.

6- Asia Pacific region overtakes Europe as world’s second richest region: BSG Report

Asia Pacific region overtakes Europe as world’s second richest region: BSG Report,  khichdi, blog, 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, 17th june 2015, 18th june 2015, 29th june 2015, 28th june 2015  World Anti-Doping Agency, Anti-Doping Rule Violations Report, WADA, Institute for Economics and Peace, Global Peace Index , SYdney, Australia, Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, Manipur State Forest Department, International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, Sangai deer, Manipur, Keibul Lamjao National Park, KLNP, Loktak Lake, Voting age, Japan, Boston Consulting Group, BCG, Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, Narendra Modi, Solar Power Projects , Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA, Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, JNNSM, Union Cabinet, Pranab Mukherjee, Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, Union government, California, US, Kirk Kerkorian,Las VegasAsia 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.

Key highlights of report

Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan) has held around 47 trillion dollars in private wealth in 2014. The main reason for the growth in wealth in this region was due to increase in number of new millionaires in China and India. North America region has remained as the world’s richest region with 51 trillion dollars. Asia Pacific region is going to surpass North America region in 2016 as world’s richest region with forecasted wealth to reach $57 trillion in 2016 compared to $56 trillion of North America. It is also projected that Asia Pacific region will hold 34 per cent of global wealth in 2019. Forecasted average growth rate of private wealth is expected to be around 6 percent per year. It is going to reach $222 trillion in 2019. In 2014 the private financial wealth globally has grown by nearly 12 percent to $164 trillion. Nearly three-quarters i.e. 73 percent or $13 trillion of private wealth growth was achieved through the growth of existing assets. While remainder 27 percent of wealth growth or $5 trillion was generated by newly created wealth.

7- Union Cabinet approves Solar Power capacity target to 1 lakh MW under JNNSM by 2022

Union Cabinet approves Solar Power capacity target to 1 lakh MW under JNNSM by 2022,  khichdi, blog, 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, 17th june 2015, 18th june 2015, 29th june 2015, 28th june 2015  World Anti-Doping Agency, Anti-Doping Rule Violations Report, WADA, Institute for Economics and Peace, Global Peace Index , SYdney, Australia, Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, Manipur State Forest Department, International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, Sangai deer, Manipur, Keibul Lamjao National Park, KLNP, Loktak Lake, Voting age, Japan, Boston Consulting Group, BCG, Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, Narendra Modi, Solar Power Projects , Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA, Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, JNNSM, Union Cabinet, Pranab Mukherjee, Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, Union government, California, US, Kirk Kerkorian,Las VegasUnion 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. Decision to increase solar power capacity by five times form current capacity was taken by Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. 1 Lakh Mega Watt (MW) target principally will comprise of 40,000 MW from Rooftop and 60,000 MW through Large and Medium Scale Grid Connected Solar Power Projects. After meeting this ambitious target, India will become one of the largest Green Energy producers in the world by surpassing several developed countries.

Apart from this decision, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) also approved setting up of over 2,000 MW of Grid-Connected Solar Power Projects on BOOT (build, own, operate, transfer) basis. It will be set up by Solar Power Developers with Viability Gap Funding under JNNSM with total investments of 12,000 crore rupees. These projects will help in generation of additional 2000 MW capacity of Grid-connected solar power projects and create employment of about 12,000 people in rural and urban areas. It will also help to reduce about 3.41 Million Tonnes (MT) of carbon emissions into the open environment every year.

8- President gives assent to Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015

President gives assent to Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015,  khichdi, blog, 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, 17th june 2015, 18th june 2015, 29th june 2015, 28th june 2015  World Anti-Doping Agency, Anti-Doping Rule Violations Report, WADA, Institute for Economics and Peace, Global Peace Index , SYdney, Australia, Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, Manipur State Forest Department, International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, Sangai deer, Manipur, Keibul Lamjao National Park, KLNP, Loktak Lake, Voting age, Japan, Boston Consulting Group, BCG, Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, Narendra Modi, Solar Power Projects , Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA, Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, JNNSM, Union Cabinet, Pranab Mukherjee, Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, Union government, California, US, Kirk Kerkorian,Las VegasPresident Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015. The ordinance amends Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.

Earlier in June 2015, Union Cabinet had recommended promulgation of this ordinance to the President. The ordinance will help to tackle issues related to cheque bounce cases and allow filing of cheque bounce case at the place where the cheque was presented for clearance and not at the place of issue. It will benefit around 18 lakh people facing cheque bounce cases across the country.

Background

Union government had taken ordinance route after Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2015 was not able to pass in Rajya Sabha in winter session of Parliament after it was passed by the Lok Sabha.

9- Kirk Kerkorian, billionaire Las Vegas mogul passes away

Kirk Kerkorian, billionaire Las Vegas mogul passes away,  khichdi, blog, 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, 17th june 2015, 18th june 2015, 29th june 2015, 28th june 2015  World Anti-Doping Agency, Anti-Doping Rule Violations Report, WADA, Institute for Economics and Peace, Global Peace Index , SYdney, Australia, Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, Manipur State Forest Department, International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, Sangai deer, Manipur, Keibul Lamjao National Park, KLNP, Loktak Lake, Voting age, Japan, Boston Consulting Group, BCG, Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, Narendra Modi, Solar Power Projects , Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA, Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, JNNSM, Union Cabinet, Pranab Mukherjee, Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, Union government, California, US, Kirk Kerkorian,Las VegasKirk Kerkorian billionaire Las Vegas mogul and casino tycoon passed away after a brief illness. He was 98. Kirk Kerkorian was born on 6 June 1917 as Kerkor Kerkorian in California, US to Armenian immigrants. Apart from being casino tycoon he was Hollywood tycoon and had diversified investments in airlines and auto industry. Initially, he had worked as skilled aviator and had flown dangerous missions of delivering warplanes from Canada to Britain during World War II. Later, he had opened a charter flight business serving gamblers wanting to get from Los Angeles to Las Vegas more quickly than a 10-hour drive.

Kirk Kerkorian had founded MGM Resorts International and was its largest shareholder till his date. He had first made his fortune in the 1950s and 1960s in Las Vegas, the desert gambling capital and had built the world’s biggest hotel in Las Vegas. He also made fortune by investing in the automobile industry such as Chrysler in 1990s and General Motors and Ford in the 2000s.

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