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Current Affairs – 19th June 2015

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1- C.N.R. Rao conferred with Japan’s highest civilian award ‘Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star’

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C.N.R. Rao

Eminent scientist and Bharat Ratna awardee C.N.R. Rao was conferred with Japan’s highest civilian award the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star. He was presented with the award by Japanese Ambassador to India, Takeshi Yagi for his outstanding contributions to science and Indo-Japanese science cooperation.

About C.N.R. Rao (Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao)

N.R Rao is eminent scientist and world’s foremost solid state and materials chemists. He has worked mainly in solid-state and structural chemistry. He was first Indian scientist to reach the h-index of 100. He has authored of around 1600 research papers. He also has authored and edited 45 books. He is also an elected member of almost all scientific academies across the globe and had served as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council to Prime Ministers of India. He is also the Honorary President of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advance Scientific Research, Bengaluru and a former Chair of the Japan-India Science Council.

Awards: In 2014, he was awarded with India’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna along with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. He has been bestowed with about 70 honorary doctorates and also has received the highest civilian award from several nations.

Note: h-index also called the Hirsch index or Hirsch number is a tool that measures the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist.

2- MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

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3- ISRO’s GAGAN to provide navigational support to Indian Railways

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About GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN)

GAGAN was jointly developed by the ISRO and Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the advancement of air navigation. It is an indigenous navigational guide system developed on the lines of GPS system of the US. Presently, GAGAN signal is broadcasted through two Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites-GSAT8 and GSAT10. The system was launched in 2011 as a payload with GSAT-8. With this launch India had joined the club elite nations comprising of US, Europe and Japan who have the same level of space-based augmentation for navigational purpose. Tags: Indian Railways • ISRO • Science And Technology

4- Indian-origin MP Keith Vaz re-elected as chairman of UK Parliament committee

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About Keith Vaz

His full name is Nigel Keith Anthony Standish Vaz, but popularly known as Keith Vaz. Keith Vaz was born to Goan parents on 26 November 1956. He is a Labour Party politician and currently represents Leicester East constituency. He was elected as Member of Parliament for first time in 1987. He also had served as the Minister for Europe, Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1999 to 2001in Tony Blair led government. Prior to joining political career, Keith Vaz was practicing as a solicitor.

5- World’s First Electric Passenger aircraft BX1E manufactured in China

World’s First Electric Passenger aircraft BX1E manufactured in China,  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  Takeshi Yagi, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, C.N. R. Rao, Hirsch index, Bharat Ratna, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman, Indian Railways, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation , GAGAN, ISRO, AAI, UK Parliament, Chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee, HASC, Keith Vaz, Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy, China, BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft, HDFC Bank, Instant Loan, Ashok K Kantha, Bhagavad Gita, China, University of Colorado Boulder physics, Mihaly Horanyi , Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer , NASA, Moon, LADEE, ASCIOnline, Advertising Standards Council of India, ASCI, India Meteorological Department, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan SinghNOWCAST, Bill Gates , World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List, Wealth-X, United States (US) Republican Party, Niraj Antani, Janak Joshi, Future Majority Project, FMP, Micromax Canvas Sliver 5, 4G, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Trends: World at War report, UNHCR, West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, West Bengal, Assam, Legislative Council, Hong Kong, Beijing, Election Committee, Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015, India, UK, Military, Japan, Pepper, Foxconn Technology, Alibaba, SoftBank Corp, Andrew Robb, Gao Hucheng, Canberra, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, chAFTA, Arvind Subramanian, CBEC, Union Ministry of Finance, Goods and Services Tax, GST, Amnesty International India , Aakar Patel, Talkatora Stadium , New Delhi, Indian paddlers, South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis ChampionshipsThe world’s first electric passenger aircraft named BX1E was manufactured in China. The aircraft was designed by Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy located in the northeastern Liaoning Province of China.

Features of BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft

BX1E aircraft has a 14.5-meter wingspan and a maximum payload of 230 kgs. It can fly at an altitude of 3,000 meters. The aircraft can charge within two hours. Fully charged aircraft can have flight time of 45 minutes to 1 hour with a maximum speed of 160 km per hour. The first two BX1E aircrafts were delivered to Liaoning Ruixiang General Aviation Co. Ltd. These aircrafts will be used in tourism, pilot training, meteorology and rescue operations.

6- HDFC Bank launches 10-second paperless instant loan Scheme

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Earlier, the bank had launched PayZapp application to cater to e-commerce space under its digital platform. It should be noted that, in financial year 2014-15, 63 per cent of HDFC Bank’s all transactions were conducted through various digital channels.

7- First translated version of Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita released in China

First translated version of Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita released in China,  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  Takeshi Yagi, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, C.N. R. Rao, Hirsch index, Bharat Ratna, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman, Indian Railways, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation , GAGAN, ISRO, AAI, UK Parliament, Chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee, HASC, Keith Vaz, Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy, China, BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft, HDFC Bank, Instant Loan, Ashok K Kantha, Bhagavad Gita, China, University of Colorado Boulder physics, Mihaly Horanyi , Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer , NASA, Moon, LADEE, ASCIOnline, Advertising Standards Council of India, ASCI, India Meteorological Department, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan SinghNOWCAST, Bill Gates , World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List, Wealth-X, United States (US) Republican Party, Niraj Antani, Janak Joshi, Future Majority Project, FMP, Micromax Canvas Sliver 5, 4G, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Trends: World at War report, UNHCR, West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, West Bengal, Assam, Legislative Council, Hong Kong, Beijing, Election Committee, Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015, India, UK, Military, Japan, Pepper, Foxconn Technology, Alibaba, SoftBank Corp, Andrew Robb, Gao Hucheng, Canberra, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, chAFTA, Arvind Subramanian, CBEC, Union Ministry of Finance, Goods and Services Tax, GST, Amnesty International India , Aakar Patel, Talkatora Stadium , New Delhi, Indian paddlers, South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis ChampionshipsTranslated Chinese version of Bhagavad Gita, a sacred ancient Indian scripture was released in China. This is the first a well-known Hindu ancient religious text was published in China. The book was released by Indian Ambassador to China Ashok K Kantha during an international yoga conference.

It was translated in Chinese by Professor Wang Zhu Cheng and Ling Hai of Zhejiang University in Shanghai and was published by Sichuan People’s Publications. The foreword for the book was written by K Nagaraj Naidu who had served as the consulate general at the Indian Consulate in Guangzhou city of China. Some of India’s ancient are well-known in China. It includes ancient Buddhist scriptures which were introduced to them by celebrated Chinese traveler Huen Tsang after he had visited India in the 7th century. Earlier in 2014, scholars from India and China published an Encyclopaedia on the age-old cultural contacts between both countries which had showcased their history to over 2000 years.

8- Moon engulfed in permanent, lopsided dust cloud: Study

Moon engulfed in permanent, lopsided dust cloud: Study,  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  Takeshi Yagi, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, C.N. R. Rao, Hirsch index, Bharat Ratna, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman, Indian Railways, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation , GAGAN, ISRO, AAI, UK Parliament, Chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee, HASC, Keith Vaz, Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy, China, BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft, HDFC Bank, Instant Loan, Ashok K Kantha, Bhagavad Gita, China, University of Colorado Boulder physics, Mihaly Horanyi , Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer , NASA, Moon, LADEE, ASCIOnline, Advertising Standards Council of India, ASCI, India Meteorological Department, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan SinghNOWCAST, Bill Gates , World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List, Wealth-X, United States (US) Republican Party, Niraj Antani, Janak Joshi, Future Majority Project, FMP, Micromax Canvas Sliver 5, 4G, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Trends: World at War report, UNHCR, West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, West Bengal, Assam, Legislative Council, Hong Kong, Beijing, Election Committee, Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015, India, UK, Military, Japan, Pepper, Foxconn Technology, Alibaba, SoftBank Corp, Andrew Robb, Gao Hucheng, Canberra, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, chAFTA, Arvind Subramanian, CBEC, Union Ministry of Finance, Goods and Services Tax, GST, Amnesty International India , Aakar Patel, Talkatora Stadium , New Delhi, Indian paddlers, South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis ChampionshipsRecently published study in the journal Nature has revealed that Moon is engulfed in a permanent but lopsided dust cloud made up of tiny dust grains. The study team was led by Professor Mihaly Horanyi of University of Colorado Boulder physics.

Key fact

The dust cloud was discovered by using data from NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE).

Composition: The cloud is primarily made up of tiny dust grains kicked up from the Moon’s surface. These tiny dust grains were result of the impact of high-speed, interplanetary dust particles.

Formation: Such a single dust particle from a comet striking the Moon’s surface lofts thousands of smaller dust particles into moon’s airless environment. This resulted in formation of lunar cloud which is maintained by regular impacts from such particles.

With annual events like the Geminids meteor shower, the density of dust cloud increases. It should be noted that the dust on the Moon which is dark and sticky was created over several billion years ago. It was outcome of interplanetary dust particles incessantly pounded the rocky lunar surface.

Practical Applications of this Study: Knowledge of the dusty environments in space especially knowing where the dust is and where it is headed in the solar system may help to mitigate hazards for future human exploration missions including dust particles damaging spacecraft or harming astronauts.

Note: LADEE was launched in September 2013. It had orbited the Moon for about six months. With the help of a detector on board LADEE a CU-Boulder was charted from more than 140,000 impacts during the six-month mission.

9- ASCI launches ASCIonline mobile app to curb misleading advertisements

ASCI launches ASCIonline mobile app to curb misleading advertisements,  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  Takeshi Yagi, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, C.N. R. Rao, Hirsch index, Bharat Ratna, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman, Indian Railways, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation , GAGAN, ISRO, AAI, UK Parliament, Chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee, HASC, Keith Vaz, Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy, China, BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft, HDFC Bank, Instant Loan, Ashok K Kantha, Bhagavad Gita, China, University of Colorado Boulder physics, Mihaly Horanyi , Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer , NASA, Moon, LADEE, ASCIOnline, Advertising Standards Council of India, ASCI, India Meteorological Department, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan SinghNOWCAST, Bill Gates , World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List, Wealth-X, United States (US) Republican Party, Niraj Antani, Janak Joshi, Future Majority Project, FMP, Micromax Canvas Sliver 5, 4G, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Trends: World at War report, UNHCR, West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, West Bengal, Assam, Legislative Council, Hong Kong, Beijing, Election Committee, Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015, India, UK, Military, Japan, Pepper, Foxconn Technology, Alibaba, SoftBank Corp, Andrew Robb, Gao Hucheng, Canberra, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, chAFTA, Arvind Subramanian, CBEC, Union Ministry of Finance, Goods and Services Tax, GST, Amnesty International India , Aakar Patel, Talkatora Stadium , New Delhi, Indian paddlers, South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis ChampionshipsAdvertising Standard Council of India (ASCI) has launched ASCIonline, a mobile application in a bid to address misleading advertisements. The application will provide consumers/users platform to report complaint services for misleading advertisements on a mobile apart from ASCI’s online complaint facility. It is India’s first consumer complaint mobile app. The mobile app is available free of cost on playstore (for android devices) and istore (for apple devices).

Key features of ASCIOnline app

Consumer can file or report a complaint by simply providing advertisement details and objection. Complaints may also include media files such as image or video or YouTube link of that advertisement. The history of all previously registered complaints can be checked along with the latest status and other details. Status of the complaints can be simply tracked by providing the tracking code of the complaint. After change in status of complaint, consumers will receive automatic push notification.

About Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI)

ASCI is a self-regulatory voluntary non-governmental organization (NGO) of the advertising industry in India. Aim- To maintain and enhance the public’s confidence in advertising. It was established in 1985 by three main constituents of advertising industry viz advertisers, advertising agencies and media.

10- Union Government launches NOWCAST and Insurance Web-Portals for Farmers

Union Government launches NOWCAST and Insurance Web-Portals for Farmers,  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  Takeshi Yagi, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, C.N. R. Rao, Hirsch index, Bharat Ratna, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman, Indian Railways, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation , GAGAN, ISRO, AAI, UK Parliament, Chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee, HASC, Keith Vaz, Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy, China, BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft, HDFC Bank, Instant Loan, Ashok K Kantha, Bhagavad Gita, China, University of Colorado Boulder physics, Mihaly Horanyi , Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer , NASA, Moon, LADEE, ASCIOnline, Advertising Standards Council of India, ASCI, India Meteorological Department, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan SinghNOWCAST, Bill Gates , World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List, Wealth-X, United States (US) Republican Party, Niraj Antani, Janak Joshi, Future Majority Project, FMP, Micromax Canvas Sliver 5, 4G, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Trends: World at War report, UNHCR, West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, West Bengal, Assam, Legislative Council, Hong Kong, Beijing, Election Committee, Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015, India, UK, Military, Japan, Pepper, Foxconn Technology, Alibaba, SoftBank Corp, Andrew Robb, Gao Hucheng, Canberra, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, chAFTA, Arvind Subramanian, CBEC, Union Ministry of Finance, Goods and Services Tax, GST, Amnesty International India , Aakar Patel, Talkatora Stadium , New Delhi, Indian paddlers, South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis ChampionshipsUnion Government has launched NOWCAST weather alert system and Crop Insurance web portal for the benefit of farmers. The new initiatives were launched by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh at a function held in New Delhi. NOWCAST weather alert system will provide free SMS service alerts on extreme weather conditions (ex-hailstorm) to over one crore registered farmers on their mobile phones. The free SMS alerts will be sent in Hindi, English and regional languages as per farmers’ request. It will be issued to farmers whose mobile phones are already registered on the government’s mKisan portal. The data for NOWCAST service will be taken from India Meteorological Department’s (IMD’s) 146 weather stations.

Apart from these stations, 17 doppler radars of IMD will also provide information in this SMS service. Under this initiative, the extreme weather data originated from IMD will be updated on mKisan portal using a web service. Later, from mKisan portal the warnings regarding extreme weather conditions will be automatically transmitted by SMS to farmers located at district and block level. Insurance Web-Portal (www.farmer.gov.in/insurance) will be used to create awareness and encourage farmers to insure their crops by taking advantage of existing three schemes. They are Modified National Insurance Scheme (MNAIS), National Agriculture Insurance Scheme (NAIS) and Weather based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS). Besides these schemes, Coconut Palm Insurance Scheme (CPIS) is also applicable in some parts of the country.

11- Wealth-X released World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List

Wealth-X released World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List,  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  Takeshi Yagi, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, C.N. R. Rao, Hirsch index, Bharat Ratna, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman, Indian Railways, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation , GAGAN, ISRO, AAI, UK Parliament, Chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee, HASC, Keith Vaz, Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy, China, BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft, HDFC Bank, Instant Loan, Ashok K Kantha, Bhagavad Gita, China, University of Colorado Boulder physics, Mihaly Horanyi , Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer , NASA, Moon, LADEE, ASCIOnline, Advertising Standards Council of India, ASCI, India Meteorological Department, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan SinghNOWCAST, Bill Gates , World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List, Wealth-X, United States (US) Republican Party, Niraj Antani, Janak Joshi, Future Majority Project, FMP, Micromax Canvas Sliver 5, 4G, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Trends: World at War report, UNHCR, West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, West Bengal, Assam, Legislative Council, Hong Kong, Beijing, Election Committee, Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015, India, UK, Military, Japan, Pepper, Foxconn Technology, Alibaba, SoftBank Corp, Andrew Robb, Gao Hucheng, Canberra, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, chAFTA, Arvind Subramanian, CBEC, Union Ministry of Finance, Goods and Services Tax, GST, Amnesty International India , Aakar Patel, Talkatora Stadium , New Delhi, Indian paddlers, South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis ChampionshipsWealth-X on 17 June 2015 released the World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List. It included world’s top 25 richest self-made billionaires. The list was topped by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates with a personal fortune totaling nearly 86 billion US dollars.

American entrepreneurs dominate the list claiming 14 of the 25 spots.The list features numerous notable American billionaires who are responsible for building some of the most successful companies in the world including Berkshire Hathaway, Oracle and Google. The combined wealth of the 14 Americans on the Wealth-X list is 514.2 billion US dollars, which is greater than the GDP of Norway.

The technology sector has proved yet again to be an incubator of great fortunes with many on the list such as Oracle’s Larry Ellison, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba, China’s commerce giant, amassing significant wealth by founding and building technology-based companies.

List of world’s top 10 self-made billionaires

Rank Name Nationality Estimated Net Worth (billion US dollars)
1 William Gates III United States 85.7
2 Warren Buffett United States 70.1
3 Amancio Ortega Spain 65.0
4 Lawrence Ellison United States 51.5
5 Ingvar Kamprad Sweden 48.1
6 Jeffrey Bezos United States 39.8
7 Carlos Slim Mexico 35.4
8 Mark ZUckerberg United States 35.3
9 Wang Jianlin China 35.2
10 Michael Bloomberg United States 33.7

12- Antani, Joshi appointed to the board of Future Majority Project of US Republican Party

Antani, Joshi appointed to the board of Future Majority Project of US Republican Party,  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  Takeshi Yagi, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, C.N. R. Rao, Hirsch index, Bharat Ratna, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman, Indian Railways, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation , GAGAN, ISRO, AAI, UK Parliament, Chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee, HASC, Keith Vaz, Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy, China, BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft, HDFC Bank, Instant Loan, Ashok K Kantha, Bhagavad Gita, China, University of Colorado Boulder physics, Mihaly Horanyi , Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer , NASA, Moon, LADEE, ASCIOnline, Advertising Standards Council of India, ASCI, India Meteorological Department, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan SinghNOWCAST, Bill Gates , World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List, Wealth-X, United States (US) Republican Party, Niraj Antani, Janak Joshi, Future Majority Project, FMP, Micromax Canvas Sliver 5, 4G, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Trends: World at War report, UNHCR, West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, West Bengal, Assam, Legislative Council, Hong Kong, Beijing, Election Committee, Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015, India, UK, Military, Japan, Pepper, Foxconn Technology, Alibaba, SoftBank Corp, Andrew Robb, Gao Hucheng, Canberra, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, chAFTA, Arvind Subramanian, CBEC, Union Ministry of Finance, Goods and Services Tax, GST, Amnesty International India , Aakar Patel, Talkatora Stadium , New Delhi, Indian paddlers, South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis ChampionshipsTwo Indian-Americans Niraj Antani, an Ohio State legislature and Janak Joshi, a Colorado State legislature, were on 18 June 2015 appointed to the board of the 2015-2016 Future Majority Project of the United States (US) Republican Party.

Niraj Antani is a student at the University Of Dayton School Of Law, having previously graduated from Ohio State University with Bachelors degree in political science. He became the youngest member of the House of Representatives in 2014 at the tender age of 23. While on the other hand, Joshi has been serving as a member of the Colorado House of Representatives since 2011. He practiced internal medicine, nephrology, and occupational medicine from Gujarat University in India.

The Board of FMP is chaired by TW Shannon, Chairman and former Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

About Future Majority Project (FMP)

The Future Majority Project (FMP) seeks to recruit, train and elect Republican candidates from diverse communities on the state level who better represent the full diversity of America.

In 2013-2014, FMP recruited hundreds of new candidates and elected 43 new leaders to office. With this cycle, FMP aims to recruit 250 new, diverse candidates and see 50 of those candidates appointed or elected to office.

13- Micromax launched world’s slimmest 4G phone Micromax Canvas Sliver 5

Micromax launched world’s slimmest 4G phone Micromax Canvas Sliver 5,  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  Takeshi Yagi, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, C.N. R. Rao, Hirsch index, Bharat Ratna, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman, Indian Railways, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation , GAGAN, ISRO, AAI, UK Parliament, Chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee, HASC, Keith Vaz, Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy, China, BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft, HDFC Bank, Instant Loan, Ashok K Kantha, Bhagavad Gita, China, University of Colorado Boulder physics, Mihaly Horanyi , Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer , NASA, Moon, LADEE, ASCIOnline, Advertising Standards Council of India, ASCI, India Meteorological Department, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan SinghNOWCAST, Bill Gates , World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List, Wealth-X, United States (US) Republican Party, Niraj Antani, Janak Joshi, Future Majority Project, FMP, Micromax Canvas Sliver 5, 4G, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Trends: World at War report, UNHCR, West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, West Bengal, Assam, Legislative Council, Hong Kong, Beijing, Election Committee, Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015, India, UK, Military, Japan, Pepper, Foxconn Technology, Alibaba, SoftBank Corp, Andrew Robb, Gao Hucheng, Canberra, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, chAFTA, Arvind Subramanian, CBEC, Union Ministry of Finance, Goods and Services Tax, GST, Amnesty International India , Aakar Patel, Talkatora Stadium , New Delhi, Indian paddlers, South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis ChampionshipsMicromax on 18 June 2015 launched the world’s slimmest and lightest 4-Generation (4G) phone named as Micromax Canvas Sliver 5. As per Micromax, it is the first smartphone to weigh below 100 grams.

Highlights of the Micromax Canvas Sliver 5

  • The 97-gram device comes in a 5.1 mm thick body, the lightest one yet.
  • It comes with a 4.8 inch AMOLED touchscreen with high definition (1280×720 pixels) resolution.
  • The display has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection as well.
  • The handset is armed with the Android Lollipop operating system that runs on the 64 bit, 1.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 410 processor and 2GB DDR3 RAM.
  • The smartphone comes with only one SIM slot but offers 4G connectivity.
  • For photography enthusiast, it offers an 8 megapixel rear camera with Sony IMX219 and CMOS sensor and Blue glass filter. In the front, there is a 5 megapixel camera.
  • It has a 2000 mAh battery Li-Po battery which Micromax claims offer 8 hours of talktime and 345 hours of standby.

14- UNHCR released Global Trends: World at War report on forced displacement

UNHCR released Global Trends: World at War report on forced displacement,  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  Takeshi Yagi, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, C.N. R. Rao, Hirsch index, Bharat Ratna, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman, Indian Railways, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation , GAGAN, ISRO, AAI, UK Parliament, Chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee, HASC, Keith Vaz, Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy, China, BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft, HDFC Bank, Instant Loan, Ashok K Kantha, Bhagavad Gita, China, University of Colorado Boulder physics, Mihaly Horanyi , Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer , NASA, Moon, LADEE, ASCIOnline, Advertising Standards Council of India, ASCI, India Meteorological Department, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan SinghNOWCAST, Bill Gates , World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List, Wealth-X, United States (US) Republican Party, Niraj Antani, Janak Joshi, Future Majority Project, FMP, Micromax Canvas Sliver 5, 4G, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Trends: World at War report, UNHCR, West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, West Bengal, Assam, Legislative Council, Hong Kong, Beijing, Election Committee, Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015, India, UK, Military, Japan, Pepper, Foxconn Technology, Alibaba, SoftBank Corp, Andrew Robb, Gao Hucheng, Canberra, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, chAFTA, Arvind Subramanian, CBEC, Union Ministry of Finance, Goods and Services Tax, GST, Amnesty International India , Aakar Patel, Talkatora Stadium , New Delhi, Indian paddlers, South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis ChampionshipsThe Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on 18 June 2015 released a report titled Global Trends: World at War. It delineates worldwide trends in forced displacement by the end of 2014.

The report declared that ongoing refugee crisis due to wars, conflicts and persecution is the worst in recorded history and over half of the world’s refugees are children.

Highlights of Global Trends: World at War report

  • The number of people forcibly displaced at the end of 2014 had risen to a staggering 59.5 million compared to 51.2 million by 2013 and 37.5 million by 2005.
  • The increase represents the biggest leap ever seen in a single year and the situation is likely to worsen in future.
  • Globally, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. If this were the population of a country, it would be the world’s 24th biggest.
  • Since early 2011, the main reason for the acceleration has been the war in Syria, now the world’s single-largest driver of displacement.
  • Every day in 2014, on average 42500 people became refugees, asylum seekers, or internally displaced, a four-fold increase in just four years.
  • In the past five years, at least 15 conflicts have erupted or reignited: eight in Africa (Côte d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Libya, Mali, northeastern Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Burundi); three in the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, and Yemen); one in Europe (Ukraine) and three in Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Pakistan).
  • In 2014, only 126800 refugees were able to return to their home countries — the lowest number in 31 years.
  • There has been dramatic growth in the numbers of refugees seeking safety through dangerous sea journeys, including on the Mediterranean, in the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea, and in Southeast Asia.
  • In 2014 alone 13.9 million people became newly displaced – four times the number of the previous year.
  • Syria is the world’s biggest producer of both internally displaced people (7.6 million) and refugees (3.88 million) at the end of 2014. Afghanistan (2.59 million) and Somalia (1.1 million) are the next biggest refugee source countries.
  • Almost nine out of every 10 refugees (86 per cent) are in regions and countries considered economically less developed.
  • Forced displacement numbers in Europe totaled 6.7 million at the end of the year, compared to 4.4 million at the end of 2013, and with the largest proportion of this being Syrians in Turkey and Ukrainians in the Russian Federation.
  • Syria’s ongoing war, with 7.6 million people displaced internally, and 3.88 million people displaced into the surrounding region and beyond as refugees, has alone made the Middle East the world’s largest producer and host of forced displacement.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa saw 3.7 million refugees and 11.4 million internally displaced people, 4.5 million of whom were newly displaced in 2014.
  • Ethiopia replaced Kenya as the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa and the fifth largest worldwide.
  • The number of refugees and internally displaced people in Asia grew by 31 per cent in 2014 to 9 million people.
  • Continuing displacement was also seen in and from Myanmar in 2014, including of Rohingya from Rakhine state and in the Kachin and Northern Shan regions.
  • Iran and Pakistan remained two of the world’s top four refugee hosting countries.
  • In Americas, the number of Colombian refugees dropped by 36300 to 360300 in 2014.
  • With more people fleeing gang violence or other forms of persecution in Central America, the United States saw 36800 more asylum claims than in 2013, representing growth of 44 per cent.

India as a country of origin had 10433 refugees and 16709 asylum seekers with pending cases in 2014; and 199937 refugees and 5074 pending cases of asylum seekers as country of asylum for 2014.

15- WB State Assembly passed West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, 2015

WB State Assembly passed West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund 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  Takeshi Yagi, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, C.N. R. Rao, Hirsch index, Bharat Ratna, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman, Indian Railways, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation , GAGAN, ISRO, AAI, UK Parliament, Chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee, HASC, Keith Vaz, Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy, China, BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft, HDFC Bank, Instant Loan, Ashok K Kantha, Bhagavad Gita, China, University of Colorado Boulder physics, Mihaly Horanyi , Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer , NASA, Moon, LADEE, ASCIOnline, Advertising Standards Council of India, ASCI, India Meteorological Department, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan SinghNOWCAST, Bill Gates , World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List, Wealth-X, United States (US) Republican Party, Niraj Antani, Janak Joshi, Future Majority Project, FMP, Micromax Canvas Sliver 5, 4G, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Trends: World at War report, UNHCR, West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, West Bengal, Assam, Legislative Council, Hong Kong, Beijing, Election Committee, Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015, India, UK, Military, Japan, Pepper, Foxconn Technology, Alibaba, SoftBank Corp, Andrew Robb, Gao Hucheng, Canberra, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, chAFTA, Arvind Subramanian, CBEC, Union Ministry of Finance, Goods and Services Tax, GST, Amnesty International India , Aakar Patel, Talkatora Stadium , New Delhi, Indian paddlers, South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis ChampionshipsThe West Bengal (WB) State Assembly on 18 June 2015 passed West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, 2015. The bill is aimed at ensuring welfare and provision of basic amenities for tea plantation workers in the state.

Provisions of the Bill

  • It will provide interest subvention and matching grants to the employers of tea gardens as soft loan which they may take for undertaking social welfare schemes, medical facilities, housing, primary education, potable water supply, sanitation and child care.
  • It will provide other basic amenities for the families of tea plantations employees.
  • It will provide scholarships to the children of tea garden employees for undergoing training in technical institutes and polytechnics.
  • It creates a 100 crore rupees corpus aimed at prodding owners to modernise closed and sick tea gardens.
  • It will have representations from trade unions and will ensure compliance of welfare measures by the estates.

West Bengal is the second largest Indian tea-growing State after Assam, accounting for a quarter of India’s 1100 million kg tea output. There are 283 registered gardens in Darjeeling, Dooars and Terai. Several Central and state-sponsored welfare schemes are now being run in these gardens

16- Hong Kong lawmakers rejected Beijing-backed election reform package

Hong Kong lawmakers rejected Beijing-backed election reform package,  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  Takeshi Yagi, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, C.N. R. Rao, Hirsch index, Bharat Ratna, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman, Indian Railways, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation , GAGAN, ISRO, AAI, UK Parliament, Chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee, HASC, Keith Vaz, Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy, China, BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft, HDFC Bank, Instant Loan, Ashok K Kantha, Bhagavad Gita, China, University of Colorado Boulder physics, Mihaly Horanyi , Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer , NASA, Moon, LADEE, ASCIOnline, Advertising Standards Council of India, ASCI, India Meteorological Department, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan SinghNOWCAST, Bill Gates , World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List, Wealth-X, United States (US) Republican Party, Niraj Antani, Janak Joshi, Future Majority Project, FMP, Micromax Canvas Sliver 5, 4G, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Trends: World at War report, UNHCR, West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, West Bengal, Assam, Legislative Council, Hong Kong, Beijing, Election Committee, Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015, India, UK, Military, Japan, Pepper, Foxconn Technology, Alibaba, SoftBank Corp, Andrew Robb, Gao Hucheng, Canberra, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, chAFTA, Arvind Subramanian, CBEC, Union Ministry of Finance, Goods and Services Tax, GST, Amnesty International India , Aakar Patel, Talkatora Stadium , New Delhi, Indian paddlers, South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis ChampionshipsHong Kong lawmakers on 18 June 2015 rejected Beijing-backed election reform package.  The proposal was voted down by 28 votes to eight in the Legislative Council (known as legco) of 70 members.

The proposal labeled as a package of fake democracy required support from two-thirds of the assembly to pass. The package would have granted all Hong Kong citizens the right to vote for their Chief Executive for the first time in 2017 and elect him directly. But they would only be able to vote for candidates that had been vetted by a pro-Beijing committee.

Rejection of the package means that the next chief executive of city in 2017 will be chosen by 1200 members of the pro-Beijing committee who will select their leader.

Present System

The Executive Council of Hong Kong is headed by the Chief Executive (CE) who is elected by the Election Committee and then appointed by the Central People’s Government. The Election Committee is a Hong Kong electoral college whose members are elected by People.

17- Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015

Exercise Ajeya Warrior -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  Takeshi Yagi, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, C.N. R. Rao, Hirsch index, Bharat Ratna, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman, Indian Railways, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation , GAGAN, ISRO, AAI, UK Parliament, Chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee, HASC, Keith Vaz, Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy, China, BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft, HDFC Bank, Instant Loan, Ashok K Kantha, Bhagavad Gita, China, University of Colorado Boulder physics, Mihaly Horanyi , Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer , NASA, Moon, LADEE, ASCIOnline, Advertising Standards Council of India, ASCI, India Meteorological Department, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan SinghNOWCAST, Bill Gates , World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List, Wealth-X, United States (US) Republican Party, Niraj Antani, Janak Joshi, Future Majority Project, FMP, Micromax Canvas Sliver 5, 4G, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Trends: World at War report, UNHCR, West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, West Bengal, Assam, Legislative Council, Hong Kong, Beijing, Election Committee, Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015, India, UK, Military, Japan, Pepper, Foxconn Technology, Alibaba, SoftBank Corp, Andrew Robb, Gao Hucheng, Canberra, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, chAFTA, Arvind Subramanian, CBEC, Union Ministry of Finance, Goods and Services Tax, GST, Amnesty International India , Aakar Patel, Talkatora Stadium , New Delhi, Indian paddlers, South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships

Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015

Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015: Joint exercise between the armies of India and UK

The term Exercise Ajeya Warrior was in news on 17 June 2015 as few soldiers of the Indian Army sustained injuries that were in UK to participate in the military exercise. The soldiers belong to the Kumaon Regiment.

Its aim is to build and promote positive military relations between Indian and UK Army and to enhance their ability to undertake joint tactical level operations in Counter Insurgency/Counter Terrorism Environment under the United Nations Charter.

It is held biannually in both the countries, alternatively. In 2015, the 16 day exercise began on 13 June 2015 at Westdown Camp in Salisbury Plains Training Area, UK.

18- SoftBank teamed up with Alibaba, Foxconn to market Pepper robot 

SoftBank teamed up with Alibaba, Foxconn to market Pepper robot,  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  Takeshi Yagi, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, C.N. R. Rao, Hirsch index, Bharat Ratna, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman, Indian Railways, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation , GAGAN, ISRO, AAI, UK Parliament, Chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee, HASC, Keith Vaz, Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy, China, BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft, HDFC Bank, Instant Loan, Ashok K Kantha, Bhagavad Gita, China, University of Colorado Boulder physics, Mihaly Horanyi , Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer , NASA, Moon, LADEE, ASCIOnline, Advertising Standards Council of India, ASCI, India Meteorological Department, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan SinghNOWCAST, Bill Gates , World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List, Wealth-X, United States (US) Republican Party, Niraj Antani, Janak Joshi, Future Majority Project, FMP, Micromax Canvas Sliver 5, 4G, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Trends: World at War report, UNHCR, West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, West Bengal, Assam, Legislative Council, Hong Kong, Beijing, Election Committee, Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015, India, UK, Military, Japan, Pepper, Foxconn Technology, Alibaba, SoftBank Corp, Andrew Robb, Gao Hucheng, Canberra, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, chAFTA, Arvind Subramanian, CBEC, Union Ministry of Finance, Goods and Services Tax, GST, Amnesty International India , Aakar Patel, Talkatora Stadium , New Delhi, Indian paddlers, South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis ChampionshipsJapan’s SoftBank Corp on 18 June 2015 announced that it has set up a joint venture with Chinese online shopping giant Alibaba and electronics supplier Foxconn Technology to sell its human-like robot Pepper around the world. The company in its statement said that the robot will go on sale to general consumers from 20 June 2015 for 198000 yen (1610.54 dollars) each plus monthly fee and insurance. These waist-high peeper robots will serve as baby-sitters, medical workers or even party companions.

At present, these robots which can learn and express human emotions are used in stores including SoftBank’s mobile phone shops. SoftBank will have a 60 percent stake in the joint venture, while Alibaba and Foxconn each will spend 14.5 billion Yen ($117.94 million) for 20 per cent stakes.

19- China and Australia signed Free Trade Agreement

China and Australia signed Free Trade Agreement,  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  Takeshi Yagi, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, C.N. R. Rao, Hirsch index, Bharat Ratna, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman, Indian Railways, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation , GAGAN, ISRO, AAI, UK Parliament, Chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee, HASC, Keith Vaz, Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy, China, BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft, HDFC Bank, Instant Loan, Ashok K Kantha, Bhagavad Gita, China, University of Colorado Boulder physics, Mihaly Horanyi , Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer , NASA, Moon, LADEE, ASCIOnline, Advertising Standards Council of India, ASCI, India Meteorological Department, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan SinghNOWCAST, Bill Gates , World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List, Wealth-X, United States (US) Republican Party, Niraj Antani, Janak Joshi, Future Majority Project, FMP, Micromax Canvas Sliver 5, 4G, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Trends: World at War report, UNHCR, West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, West Bengal, Assam, Legislative Council, Hong Kong, Beijing, Election Committee, Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015, India, UK, Military, Japan, Pepper, Foxconn Technology, Alibaba, SoftBank Corp, Andrew Robb, Gao Hucheng, Canberra, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, chAFTA, Arvind Subramanian, CBEC, Union Ministry of Finance, Goods and Services Tax, GST, Amnesty International India , Aakar Patel, Talkatora Stadium , New Delhi, Indian paddlers, South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis ChampionshipsChina and Australia on 17 June 2015 signed the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) at Canberra in Australia. The agreement was signed by China’s Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng and Australia’s Trade Minister Andrew Robb.

The ChAFTA will ensure 85 percent of all exports of Australia to China tariff-free that will rise to 93 percent by 2019.

Features of China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)

  • It gives Australian dairy farmers, wine-makers and other sectors tariff-free access to the huge market of China within a few years.
  • It will put eventual removal of tariffs on dairy products, live animal exports, resources and energy products.
  • Tariffs on all resources and energy products will be removed by 2017.
  • Beef and sheep farmers will benefit from the abolition of tariffs ranging from 12-25 percent.
  • Lock in zero tariffs on major exports like iron ore, gold, crude petroleum oil and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
  • All tariffs on horticulture and live animal exports will be eliminated, while tariff on wine will be cut up to 14-30 percent.
  • Wool producers will be able to export another 30000 tonnes of clean wool on top of existing quotas.
  • Cotton, wheat, sugar, rice and oilseeds industries were kept out of the agreement.

Comment

The chAFTA will open up markets worth billions of dollars and create jobs for both the countries. With this agreement Australian farmers will enjoy the same benefits possessed by New Zealand, Chile and ASEAN competitors who have similar free trade agreements with China.

20- Union Ministry of Finance formed two committees for facilitating implementation of GST

Union Ministry of Finance formed two committees for facilitating implementation of GST,  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  Takeshi Yagi, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, C.N. R. Rao, Hirsch index, Bharat Ratna, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman, Indian Railways, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation , GAGAN, ISRO, AAI, UK Parliament, Chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee, HASC, Keith Vaz, Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy, China, BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft, HDFC Bank, Instant Loan, Ashok K Kantha, Bhagavad Gita, China, University of Colorado Boulder physics, Mihaly Horanyi , Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer , NASA, Moon, LADEE, ASCIOnline, Advertising Standards Council of India, ASCI, India Meteorological Department, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan SinghNOWCAST, Bill Gates , World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List, Wealth-X, United States (US) Republican Party, Niraj Antani, Janak Joshi, Future Majority Project, FMP, Micromax Canvas Sliver 5, 4G, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Trends: World at War report, UNHCR, West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, West Bengal, Assam, Legislative Council, Hong Kong, Beijing, Election Committee, Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015, India, UK, Military, Japan, Pepper, Foxconn Technology, Alibaba, SoftBank Corp, Andrew Robb, Gao Hucheng, Canberra, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, chAFTA, Arvind Subramanian, CBEC, Union Ministry of Finance, Goods and Services Tax, GST, Amnesty International India , Aakar Patel, Talkatora Stadium , New Delhi, Indian paddlers, South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis ChampionshipsUnion Ministry of Finance on 17 June 2015 formed two committees for facilitating implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) from 1 April 2016. These committees are intended to speed up the process of establishing necessary administrative infrastructure to implement the GST.

Terms of Reference of Committee on GST rate:

  • It will recommend possible tax rates under GST that would be consistent with the present level of revenue collection of the Union and States.
  • It will be headed by the Chief Economic Advisor (CEA), Ministry of Finance. The present CEA is Arvind Subramanian.
  • While making recommendations, it would take into account expected levels of growth of economy, different levels of compliance and broadening of tax base under GST.
  • It would also analyse the Sector-wise and State-wise impact of GST on the economy.
  • It is expected to give its report within two months.

Terms of Reference of Steering Committee on GST

  • It will monitor the progress of IT preparedness of Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN)/ the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC)/Tax authorities.
  • It will monitor the finalisation of reports of all the Sub-Committees constituted on different aspects relating to the mechanics of GST and drafting of Central GST, Interstate GST and State GST laws/rules.
  • It will monitor the progress on consultations with various stakeholders like trade and industry and training of officers.
  • It will be Co-Chaired by Additional Secretary, Department of Revenue and Member Secretary, Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers.
  • It has members from Department of Revenue, Central Board of Excise & Customs, Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) and representatives of State Governments.

About Goods and Services Tax (GST)

GST will subsume present indirect taxes like excise, services tax, sales tax, octroi, etc. and is touted as the biggest tax reform since the Constitution of India came into force. The Constitution (122nd Amendment) (GST) Bill, 2014 was approved by the Lok Sabha and is pending with the Rajya Sabha.

21- Aakar Patel appointed as Executive Director of Amnesty International India 

Aakar Patel appointed as Executive Director of Amnesty International India ,  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  Takeshi Yagi, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, C.N. R. Rao, Hirsch index, Bharat Ratna, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman, Indian Railways, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation , GAGAN, ISRO, AAI, UK Parliament, Chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee, HASC, Keith Vaz, Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy, China, BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft, HDFC Bank, Instant Loan, Ashok K Kantha, Bhagavad Gita, China, University of Colorado Boulder physics, Mihaly Horanyi , Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer , NASA, Moon, LADEE, ASCIOnline, Advertising Standards Council of India, ASCI, India Meteorological Department, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan SinghNOWCAST, Bill Gates , World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List, Wealth-X, United States (US) Republican Party, Niraj Antani, Janak Joshi, Future Majority Project, FMP, Micromax Canvas Sliver 5, 4G, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Trends: World at War report, UNHCR, West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, West Bengal, Assam, Legislative Council, Hong Kong, Beijing, Election Committee, Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015, India, UK, Military, Japan, Pepper, Foxconn Technology, Alibaba, SoftBank Corp, Andrew Robb, Gao Hucheng, Canberra, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, chAFTA, Arvind Subramanian, CBEC, Union Ministry of Finance, Goods and Services Tax, GST, Amnesty International India , Aakar Patel, Talkatora Stadium , New Delhi, Indian paddlers, South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis ChampionshipsJournalist and writer Aakar Patel appointed as Executive Director of Amnesty International (AI) India on 18 June 2015. He will head AI India’s operations and its efforts to end human rights abuses in India and worldwide.

Patel as the organization’s chief political advisor, strategist and spokesperson will give direction to its goal of being an independent, effective, and deep-rooted organization in India.

Patel’s previous work includes

  • India: Low Trust Society (2015)
  • Rights and Wrongs, a report on the 2002 Gujarat riots which he co-authored
  • Worked as a columnist with publications in India and Pakistan
  • Television and radio work as an independent expert

22- Indian paddlers won team titles at South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships

Indian paddlers won team titles at South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships,  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  Takeshi Yagi, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, C.N. R. Rao, Hirsch index, Bharat Ratna, Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao, International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman, Indian Railways, GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation , GAGAN, ISRO, AAI, UK Parliament, Chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee, HASC, Keith Vaz, Shenyang Aerospace University and Liaoning General Aviation Academy, China, BX1E Electric Passenger aircraft, HDFC Bank, Instant Loan, Ashok K Kantha, Bhagavad Gita, China, University of Colorado Boulder physics, Mihaly Horanyi , Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer , NASA, Moon, LADEE, ASCIOnline, Advertising Standards Council of India, ASCI, India Meteorological Department, Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan SinghNOWCAST, Bill Gates , World’s Wealthiest Self-Made Billionaires List, Wealth-X, United States (US) Republican Party, Niraj Antani, Janak Joshi, Future Majority Project, FMP, Micromax Canvas Sliver 5, 4G, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Trends: World at War report, UNHCR, West Bengal Tea Plantation Employees Welfare Fund Bill, West Bengal, Assam, Legislative Council, Hong Kong, Beijing, Election Committee, Exercise Ajeya Warrior -2015, India, UK, Military, Japan, Pepper, Foxconn Technology, Alibaba, SoftBank Corp, Andrew Robb, Gao Hucheng, Canberra, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, chAFTA, Arvind Subramanian, CBEC, Union Ministry of Finance, Goods and Services Tax, GST, Amnesty International India , Aakar Patel, Talkatora Stadium , New Delhi, Indian paddlers, South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis ChampionshipsIndia’s junior boys and cadet girls on 18 June 2015 won the team championship titles at the South Asian Junior and Cadet Table Tennis Championships at the Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi. To retain the title in junior boys section, the Indian paddlers won all the four matches without dropping a set. Similarly, cadet girls won all their matches without a hiccup.

Silver and Bronze medals in the two categories:

In Junior Boys category

  • Sri Lanka’s Junior Boys won Silver
  • Pakistan, who finished third and Maldives behind them, got the bronze

In Cadet Girl’s category won silver

  • Sri Lanka’s Cadet Girl’s won Silver
  • Nepal, who finished third and Pakistan behind them, got the bronze

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