Thursday, 8 June 2017

Current Affairs: Daily GK Update 8th June 2017


World Oceans Day- 8 June

i. World Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. It is observed globally on 08th June.
ii. The overall theme for World Oceans Day 2017 is 'Our Oceans, Our Future'.

Static Takeaways for IBPS PO Exam-
  • The Ocean Project has promoted and coordinated World Oceans Day globally since 2002.

Elections for India’s 15th President on July 17

i. The process for electing the 15th President of India will begin on June 14 with the Election Commission issuing the notification for the polls. As per the Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, the Presidential elections will take place on July 17.
ii. The Commission has set June 28 as the last date for filing nominations, while July 1 will be the last date for their withdrawal.
iii. The term of President Pranab Mukherjee will come to an end on 24 July 2017. He assumed the office of President in July 2012.

Static Takeaways for IBPS PO Exam-
  • Rajendra Prasad was the first President of Independent India
  • Pratibha Patil was the first female President of India.

Centre approves modifications to ‘kambala’ Bill

i. The Centre has approved the modifications to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill 2017 to pave way for organizing ‘kambala’ in the coming season, according to PP Chaudhary, Union Minister of State for Law and Justice.
ii. Now, the Bill will be placed before the President for his approval. The approval by the President will help in the smooth conduct of ‘Kambala’ (the traditional slush track buffalo race) in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts of Karnataka. 
iii. The Bill proposes to exempt ‘kambala’ from the ambit of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960.

Static Takeaways for IBPS PO Exam-
  • Kambala is the traditional slush track buffalo race in Karnataka
  • Shri Siddaramaiah is the CM of Karnataka
  • The Governor of Karnataka is Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala.

SEBI gets nod for MoU with Iran, EU counterparts

i. The Union Cabinet recently gave its nod for Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to enter into two separate memoranda of understanding (MoU) with securities market regulators of the European Union and Iran.
ii. These MoUs are expected to strengthen cooperation between India and the respective countries on matters pertaining to securities market.

Static Takeaways-
  • The Securities and Exchange Board of India was established on April 12, 1992, in accordance with the provisions of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992.
  • Ajay Tyagi has been appointed as the chairman of SEBI in February 2017.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Korea for export credit of USD 9 billion

i. The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) and Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) for export credit of USD 9 billion for infrastructural development in India and for the supply of goods and services as part of projects in third countries.
ii. The MoU is proposed to be signed between the two banks during the forthcoming visit of the Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, to Seoul, the capital city of South Korea during 14-15 June 2017 for the Annual Financial Bilateral Dialogue.

Static takeaways for IBPS PO exam-
  • EXIM Bank was established by the Government of India, commenced operations in 1982 under the Export-Import Bank of India Act, 1981
  • David Rasquinha is the Current MD of EXIM Bank of India
  • Headquarter of Export–Import Bank of Korea is in Seoul, South Korea.

Health Secretary inaugurates ‘Vatsalya – Maatri Amrit Kosh’, a National Human Milk Bank and Lactation Counselling Centre

i. Shri C K Mishra, Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) inaugurated the ‘Vatsalya – Maatri Amrit Kosh’, a National Human Milk Bank and Lactation Counselling Centre at the Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) in New Delhi.
ii. The Vatsalya – Maatri Amrit Kosh will be the largest milk bank and lactation counseling center available in the North India.  
iii. It is established in collaboration with the Norwegian government, Oslo University and Norway-India Partnership Initiative (NIPI). It is a national human milk bank and lactation counseling center that will collect, pasteurize, test and safely store milk that has been donated by lactating mothers and makes it available for infants in need.

Static Takeaways for IBPS PO Exam-
  • J P Nadda is the present Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare
  • Rajkumari Amrit Kaur was the first health minister in the Indian Cabinet post-Independence.

PM of India leaves for Kazakhstan to attend SCO summit

i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today left for Kazakhstan, where he will attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), and meet some foreign leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping.
ii. At the summit in Astana, India and Pakistan will become full members of the grouping, which at present comprises China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. Ahead of his two-day visit, PM Modi stated that he looked forward to deepening engagement with the SCO countries.
iii. On the evening of June 9, he will also attend the inauguration of the Astana Expo with the theme of “Future Energy”.

Static takeaways for IBPS PO Exam-
  • Kazakhstan is a Country in Central Asia 
  • The Currency of Kazakhstan is Kazakhstani tenge 
  • The Capital of Kazakhstan is Astana 
  • Bakytzhan Sagintayev is the PM of Kazakhstan.

Rajnath Singh inaugurated conference on disaster management

i. Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a two-day national level conference on "Capacity Building of SDRF-2017" in New Delhi.
ii. The conference was organized by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF),  holded discussions to develop a synergy and to highlight the way ahead to strengthen the response capabilities of State Disaster Response Forces (SDRF).

Static Takeaways for IBPS PO Exam-
  • R K Pachnanda is the Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)
  • NDRF comes under Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Head Office of NDRF is in New Delhi.

Kerala government implements ‘green protocol’ for weddings

i. Wedding ceremonies in Kerala are all set to become ‘green’, with the state government coming out with a green protocol to make auspicious occasions more nature-friendly.
ii. With the implementation of the protocol, plastic and other non-biodegradable articles including disposable glasses and plates and thermocol decorations will be kept at bay from marriage functions. 

Static takeaways for IBPS PO Exam-
  • Pinarayi Vijayan is the present Chief Minister of Kerala
  • P.Sathasivam is the present Governor of Kerala
  • Sasthamkotta Lake is situated in Kerala
  • Onam is Kerala's harvest festival
  • Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is in Kerala.

K G Karmakar, Gauri Shankar appointed directors of IPPB

i. K G Karmakar and Gauri Shankar were appointed as Independent Directors of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB). The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved their appointment to the post on the board of directors of the bank for a period of three years.
ii. The IPPB has been incorporated as a public sector bank under the Department of Posts with 100 percent equity of the government of India.

About IPPB in Brief-
  • IPPB was launched on January 30th, 2017 in Ranchi and Raipur
  • For now, IPPB is offering Savings account up to a balance of Rs 1 Lakh, along with digitally enabled payments and remittance services of all kinds between individuals
  • IPPB offers 3 distinct accounts- 1. Regular Account – Safal, 2. Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account (BSBDA) - Sugam, and 3. BSBDA Small - Saral.
  • The Tagline of IPPB is Aapka bank, aapke dwaar.
  • IPPB incorporated as a public limited company under the Department of Posts, Govt. of India on 17th August 2016.

Rohan Bopanna wins French Open mixed doubles title to clinch maiden Grand Slam

i. Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna and Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski produced a fighting performance to beat their German-Colombian opponents Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah in the final to clinch their maiden French Open mixed doubles title in Paris, France
ii. Seeded seventh, Bopanna and Dabrowski took an hour and six minutes to win, saving two match points, as they overcame the unseeded Groenefeld and Farah 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 on Philippe-Chatrier Court.
iii. Bopanna has become only the fourth Indian to win a Grand Slam crown, after Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza.

Static takeaways for IBPS PO Exam-
  • Bhupathi won India’s first Grand Slam title in 1997 when he partnered Japan’s Rika Hiraki to claim the French Open.
  • French Open 2017 is organized in Paris, France.

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