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Current Affairs: Daily GK Update 11th June 2017

Current Affairs: Daily GK Update 11th June 2017

Ayush Ministry launches yoga awareness drive using attractive mascots

i. The Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN) under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, has initiated a Yoga Awareness Drive through Mascots and Flash Mobs (YogMob) prior to International Yoga Day (21st June) to increase the popularity of Yoga, especially among the youth. The campaign is underway at Delhi NCR, Haryana and Lucknow. 

ii. The first such event was held in Rohini area of the National Capital. According to the Ministry, illustrative Yoga sessions with the help of mascots were organised where the Mascots demonstrated a few Yoga asanas to the crowd. The mascots Provide an eye-catching way of helping boost the awareness of International Day Of Yoga. They are connecting with families by providing added entertainment and interactivity, especially at Malls, Public Places, Events & Recreational Tourist Areas. 

Static Takeaways-
  • On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. 
  • Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice Having its origin in India, Which Aims to transform both body and mind.
  • The Ministry of AYUSH was formed on 9th November 2014 to ensure the optimal development and propagation of AYUSH systems of health care.

Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee to receive Legion d' Honneur

i. Thespian Bengali actor, Soumitra Chatterjee has been conferred with the France's highest civilian honour, the coveted Legion of Honour. The award will be presented to the Kolkata-based actor by the Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler. The award comes to the octogenarian Bengali screen legend exactly 30 years after Satyajit Ray got the honour by the then French President Francois Mitterrand in 1987. 

ii. Dadasaheb Phalke award winner, Chatterjee featured in some of Ray’s most talked about movies such as Apur Sansar, on one of the famous Apu trilogy, Charulata, Aranyer Din Ratri and Sonar Kella. 
Static Takeaways-
  • Soumitra Chatterjee first worked with Ray in `Apur Sansar' in 1959.
  • Soumitra Chatterjee or Soumitra Chattopadhyay is an Indian Bengali film and stage actor and poet.

EU, France grant 3.5m euros to curb emissions in India

i. Aiming to reduce emissions and promote sustainability to help India’s smart city programme, France and the European Union have extended a grant of 3.5 million euros under the ‘Moblise Your City’ (MYC) initiative. Three Indian cities- Nagpur, Kochi and Ahmedabad -- will get the grant as part of the EU’s commitment under the Paris Climate agreement according to French Development Agency (AFD).

ii. More funds would be provided to India as the loan to take forward the smart city and sustainable transport initiatives in the three cities on the pilot basis. The MYC, supported by the French and German government, also has financial support from the European Union (EU).

Static Takeaways-
  • Emmanuel Macron is present President of France.
  • Prime Minister of France is Edouard Philippe.
  • The European Union is a unique economic and political union between 28 European countries that together cover much of the continent.
  • The EU was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. 


NITI Aayog launches SATH programme

i. Furthering the agenda for cooperative federalism, NITI Aayog has launched SATH, a program providing ‘Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital’ with the State Governments. The vision of the program is to initiate transformation in the education and health sectors. The program addresses the need expressed by many states for technical support from NITI.

ii. NITI Aayog invited all States and Union Territories for the three-stage selection process out of which 16 responded. Five States were shortlisted post project presentation by 14 States. Subsequently, three States will be selected through further assessments. SATH programme will be implemented by NITI Aayog along with global consultancy McKinsey & Company and IPE Global consortium in the three selected States after the signing of MoUs.

Static Takeaways-
  • The National Institution for Transforming India, also called NITI Aayog, was formed via a resolution of the Union Cabinet on January 1, 2015. 
  • NITI Aayog is the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Government of India, providing both directional and policy inputs.
  • The Government of India, in keeping with its reform agenda, constituted the NITI Aayog to replace the Planning Commission instituted in 1950.
  • Arvind Panagariya is Vice-Chairman of Niti Aayog.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is Chairperson of NITI Aayog.


Michael Venus-Ryan Harrison clinch French Open men's doubles title

i. Michael Venus became New Zealand's first Grand Slam champion since 1974 when he partnered American Ryan Harrison to the French Open men's doubles title. Venus and Harrison defeated Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and American Donald Young 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 in the final at Roland Garros.

ii. The 29-year-old is just New Zealand's second Grand Slam winner in the modern era after Onny Parun teamed up with Australian Dick Crealy to win the men's doubles crown in Paris 43 years ago.

Jelena Ostapenko won French Open title 2017

i. Jelena Ostapenko won her first Grand Slam title by beating Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in just under two hours in the women’s final of the French Open 2017. With this win, the unseeded Latvian became the youngest women’s champion at Roland Garros in 20 years.

ii. Ostapenko also recovered from a break behind in the third set and finished the contest with a flashing backhand winner to become the first unseeded player to win the title since Briton Margaret Scriven in 1933.

Static Takeaways-
  • Simona Halep is a Romanian professional tennis player.
  • The French Open is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks between late May and early June at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France. 
  • Michael Venus-Ryan Harrison clinches French Open men's doubles title 2017.


Adam West, TV's Batman dies at 88

i. A well known US actor, Adam West died in Los Angeles. He was suffering to leukaemia for some time. He was 88. Adam West rose to prominence in the 1960s for a TV series Batman. First appearing in season two in 2002, he voiced Quahog's eccentric Mayor Adam West, described by series creator Seth MacFarlane as an "alternate universe", satirised version of the actor.
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