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  • Uttarakhand government to reduce land circle rates by

    June 7, 2016
     The Uttarakhand government  has decided to reduce land circle rates in urban and peri-urban areas by around 50%.The state Cabinet gave its nod to a proposal recommending about 50% reduction in land circle rates, revising its own decision taken in January this year. The state government had effected an increase of 10-30% in land circle rates in January this year, drawing flak from a number of quarters and Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, which has since been demanding revision of... Read More

    India ADB sign million loan pact for irrigation in Odisha

    June 7, 2016
    India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on 6 June 2016 signed a $120 million loan pact to improve irrigation and water management infrastructure in Odisha. The soft loan is the second tranche of a $157.5 million financing facility under the Orissa Integrated Irrigated Agriculture and Water Management Investment Program. The financing will be used for modernising seven irrigation subprojects resulting in improved irrigation in over 1,00,000 hectares and strengthening of Water User... Read More
    Category: International

    India becomes co chair of Working Group on Maritime Situational Awareness under CGPCS

    June 7, 2016
    India became the co-chair of Working Group on Maritime Situational Awareness under Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) on 4 June 2016. This decision was taken through a consensus during the 19th Plenary Session of the CGPCS that took place in Mahe, Seychelles during 31 May to 3 June 2016. Steps taken by Indian Navy to ensure safety at Somalian Coast and in the Indian Ocean Region : The Indian Navy and Coast Guard have played a very important role by enhanced patrolling in... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Rajiv Gauba Committee on Decongestion of Traffic in Delhi submitted report

    June 7, 2016
    The Rajiv Gauba Committee on Decongestion of Traffic in Delhi on 5 June 2016 submitted its report to the Union Ministry of Urban Development. To ensure a safe, sustainable, affordable, equitable, comfortable, accessible and environmental friendly public transport system in the city, the Committee recommended a 4-pronged strategy with the components of  a. Improving Public Transport and Disincentivising use of private vehicles b. Promoting Road Safety and efficient Traffic Management c.... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    World s space agencies join hands to face climate challenge

    June 7, 2016
    Space agencies of more than 60 countries, under the impetus of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the French Space Agency (CNES), have agreed to come together to combat climate challenge. The announcement was made on 3 June 2016. It is for the first time that the space agencies have agreed to engage their satellites to coordinate their methods and their data to monitor human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. What made world’s space agencies come together : Without... Read More

    Exercise Desert Eagle II concluded

    June 7, 2016
    Exercise Desert Eagle II, which was the second in the series of bilateral exercises between Indian Air Force (IAF) and United Arab Emirates Air Force (UAE AF), was concluded on 3 June 2016.This was a ten-day air combat exercise in which the IAF and the UAE Air Force undertook air exercises from Al-Dhafra Air Base, Abu Dhabi starting from 22 May 2016. Exercise Desert Eagle II : Exercise Desert Eagle-II saw the IAF Su 30 MKI participating along with Mirage 2000-9 and F-16 block 60 of the UAE Air... Read More
    Category: Defence

    Draft National Water Framework Bill released

    June 7, 2016
    The Union Ministry of Water Resources has  released the Draft National Water Framework Bill, 2016 to invite comments and suggestions from public on 16 May 2016. The proposed Act provides an overarching national legal framework with principles for protection, conservation, regulation and management of water as a vital and stressed natural resource.Since ‘water’ is in the State list of the Constitution, the Act will be applicable only after approval of the concerned State... Read More
    Category: Bills & Acts

    Facebook Appoints Former Adobe Executive Umang Bedi As India MD

    June 7, 2016
    Facebook India has appointed Umang Bedi as managing director. He will take over from Kirthiga Reddy, who will be returning to the US to take on a new role at the company’s Menlo Park headquarters. Bedi has close to two decades of leadership experience covering sales, marketing and partnerships with multinational companies.Prior to joining Facebook, he was the managing director, South Asia, at Adobe. He was responsible for making India one of Adobe’s leading markets. India is known... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Serena tops Sharapova as world s highest paid sportswoman

    June 7, 2016
    According to Forbes Magazine reported she has overtaken Maria Sharapova as the world's highest-paid sportswoman. Williams earned $28.9 million over the past 12 months, the financial magazine reported in an article posted on its website.Russian tennis star Sharapova had held the title for the past 11 years. Williams, 34, has dominated her sport for more than a decade. She won her second Grand Slam in 2002 before going on to win 19 more since then. Williams's career prize money of... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Kulmeet Bawa appointed Adobe MD for South Asia

    June 7, 2016
    Adobe has announced the appointment of Kulmeet Bawa as Managing Director (MD) for South Asia on 6 June 2016. He will begin his new role on 24 June 2016. Bawa will take over the position from Umang Bedi, who is leaving the company after five years of service. Bawa will report to Paul Robson, President of Adobe Asia Pacific. Bawa will lead Adobe's customer-facing engagements in India. Bawa currently serves as the Head of Sales for Adobe in India. About Adobe : Adobe Systems Incorporated... Read More

    US Army Reserve officer Deshauna Barber crowned as Miss USA

    June 7, 2016
    Deshauna Barber, a serving Army Reserve officer of United States (US), was on 5 June 2016 crowned as the Miss USA 2016 at the Miss USA competition 2016 held at the T-Mobile Arena off the Las Vegas Strip. She represented the US capital as Miss District of Columbia. Miss Hawaii Chelsea Hardin came in as the first runner-up and Miss Georgia Emanii Davis was the second runner-up.With this, Barber became the first-ever military member to win Miss USA title. She will now represent the USA at Miss... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar lays foundation stone for Jai Jawan Awas Yojna

    June 7, 2016
    Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar has laid foundation stone of Jai Jawan Awas Yojna (JJAY) at Bahadurgarh, Haryana on 3 June 2016. Jai Jawan Awas Yojna is an initiative to provide affordable housing to serving and retired JCOs and Other Ranks. Highlights of the project :  The project is being executed by Army Welfare Housing Organization. It aims to provide low cost housing.This housing project has been named in the memory of Late Major Rajiv Joon, recipient of Ashok Chakra... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Swachh Yug campaign to make gram panchayats along Ganga open defecation free

    June 7, 2016
    The abbreviation Swachh Yug was in news on 6 June 2016. The campaign, being a collaborative effort between the Swachh Bharat Mission, local youth leaders and the Namami Gange project - is being called ‘Swachh ’, which translates into ‘the age of Swachh’. Features of Swachh Yug campaign : It is executed by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, in partnership with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    RBI rates unchanged in nd bi monthly monetary policy review for year

    June 7, 2016
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its second bi-monthly monetary policy review for year 2016-17 has maintained status quo in key policy interest rate. The key policy interest rates were kept unchanged on the basis of an assessment of the current and evolving macroeconomic situation in the country. RBI has kept its stance on the credit policy accommodative. Repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) : unchanged at 6.75 per cent.
    Reverse repo rate under the LAF : unchanged at... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Himachal Pradesh becomes first state to launch green concept based State Data Centre

    June 7, 2016
    Himachal Pradesh became the first state in the country to have a State Data Centre (SDC), designed using green data centre concept. It was launched by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in Shimla. The SDC will offer 101 people-oriented services online through an integrated data base. It would integrate the websites of various departments and all services can be accessed through the integrated data base. It would help in saving time and money spent on creation of infrastructure as all services... Read More

    India US sign MoU for hassle free entry of Indians into US

    June 7, 2016
    India and United States (US) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to facilitate hassle-free entry of Indians into America at selected airports. The hassle-free entry will provide speedy security clearances for pre-approved, low-risk travellers from the country.
    The MoU was signed as part of US’s International Expedited Traveller Initiative (also known as the Global Entry Programme). India is only the ninth country with which the US has entered into this initiative reflecting... Read More
    Category: International

    Rajasthan Government launches Mobile App RajVayu on Air Quality Index

    June 7, 2016
    Rajasthan Government has launched mobile application RajVayu for sharing information about air quality index of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur. The app was launched by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on the eve of World Environment Day (5th June). With this, Rajasthan becomes first state in country to launch such app for sharing information about air quality index of cities. Information provided on RajVayu app is based on the data collected by sophisticated air quality monitoring... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Ashok Ganapathy appointed as Director of Airtel Business

    June 7, 2016
    Ashok Ganapathy was on 6 June 2016 appointed as the Director of Bharti Airtel Ltd. He will take over the post with effect from 1 July 2016. Ganapathy succeeds Manish Prakash as Director (Airtel Business). Prakash has been appointed as Director (strategic alliances). He will report to Gopal Vittal, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel. In this new role, Ashok will be responsible for driving the growth of Airtel's B2B portfolio that serves... Read More
    Category: Persons

    Guwahati declares Gangetic River Dolphin as its city animal

    June 7, 2016
    Guwahati  became first city in the country to have its own ‘city animal’ with Kamrup metropolitan district administration declaring Gangetic River Dolphin as its mascot on 6 June 2016.Gangetic River Dolphin is locally known as ‘Sihu’ and fewer than 2000 such animals remain in the River Brahmaputra along Guwahati. The district administration had organised online and off-line voting among three protected creatures to decide the ‘city animal’. These three... Read More
    Category: Environment

    Delhi Government approved solar policy with GW target by

    June 7, 2016
    The Delhi Government on 6 June 2016 announced implementation of its solar policy. The policy aims at making the national capital a solar city with installation of 1 GW solar power capacity by 2020. This target is proposed to double it to 2 GW during further next five years. The policy has been prepared by the Delhi Government in consultation with the Dialogue and Development Commission after extensive consultations with local and international experts. Highlights of the policy include :... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Switzerland voters reject unconditional basic income proposal in referendum

    June 7, 2016
    Switzerland voters on 5 June 2016 rejected an unconditional basic income (UBI) proposal in referendum. As per the proposal, all Swiss citizens and foreigners who have been residents in Switzerland for at least 5 years are provided with the UBI irrespective of their income status.The referendum result is of significance because of its wide margin. Out of the total votes polled, nearly 77 percent were against the plan, while only 23 percent were in favour of it. The amount to be paid was not... Read More
    Category: International

    IOC honours IOA chief N Ramachandran with Olympic Order

    June 7, 2016
    N Ramachandran, the president of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was awarded the prestigious Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 1 June 2016. He was honoured for his outstanding services to the Olympic movement. Earlier to him, former IOA president, the late BS Adityan was the other Indian to be honoured with the same award in 1995. N Ramachandran :  He is an Indian squash administrator. He is serving as President of World Squash Federation (WSF) since 2008... Read More
    Category: Sports

    French Open concluded

    June 7, 2016
    French Open, the second Grand Slam of the 2016 tennis season, concluded on 5 June 2016. It was held for three weeks beginning on 16 May 2016 in the Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France. Men’s Singles : Novak Djokovic (Serbia) - Runner Up : Andy Murray (the UK) Women’s Singles : Garbine Muguruza (Spain) - Runner Up : Serena Williams (the USA) Men’s Doubles : F Lopez and M Lopez (Spain) - Runner Up : M Bryan and B Bryan (the USA) Women’s Doubles : C Garcia and K... Read More
    Category: Sports

    V Narayanasamy sworn in as Chief Minister of Puducherry

    June 7, 2016
    Congress Legislature Party leader V Narayanasamy was sworn-in as Chief Minister of the Union Territory of Puducherry on 6 June 2016. Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi administered his oath of office and secrecy along with five ministers at Gandhi Thidal in Beach Road. Five Congress legislators who were also sworn-in as ministers are A Namassivayam, Shah Jahan, Malladi Krishna Rao, M Kandasamy and R Kamalakannan. V Narayanasamy  :  He represented Puducherry in Rajya Sabha for three... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs



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