Current Affairs June 13, 2017 : RBI TO ISSUE NEW SERIES OF RS 500 NOTES WITH INSET LETTER ‘A’
GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES TELE-LAW INITIATIVE:
The Union government has launched the ‘Tele-Law’ initiative of the Ministry of Law and Justice partnered with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology that anchors the Digital India programme to provide legal aid services through its Common Service Centres (CSC) at the panchayat level spread across the country.
In the first phase, the ‘Tele-Law’ scheme will be tested as a pilot across 500 such CSCs in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
RAILWAYS TO INDUCT 40,000 REFURBISHED COACHES IN NEXT 5 YEARS:
The Indian Railways is planning to induct about 40,000 coaches with improved interiors and upgraded facilities at an estimated cost of Rs 8,000 crore to provide world-class comfort to passengers by 2023.
The target is to complete the process of refurbishing of coaches with improved interiors and modern facilities in the next five years.
CSIR SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH THE METAL INDUSTRIES DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (MIDI), ETHIOPIA:
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has entered into an agreement with the Metal Industries Development Institute (MIDI), Ethiopia to implement a twinning programme.
The agreement was signed by the Director of National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur (CSIR-NML) on behalf of the participating CSIR Laboratories, and the Director General of Metals Industry Development Institute (MIDI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
- Capital: Addis Ababa
- President: Mulatu Teshome
- Prime Minister: Hailemariam Desalegn
ARUNACHAL PRADESH SEEKS SEPARATE TIME ZONE:
Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu said that a separate time zone was needed to improve work efficiency and save electricity in the north east region.
In January 2014, former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi also suggested separate Chai bagan time zone for the north eastern region. Chai bagan time is one hour ahead of the Indian Standard Time (IST).
- Capitals: Guwahati (Judiciary), Itanagar
- Governor: Padmanabha Acharya
TELANGANA PLANS RS1000 CRORE LIFE SCIENCES INFRASTRUCTURE FUND:
The Telangana government became first state in India has proposed to set up a Life Sciences Infrastructure Fund with a corpus of Rs 1,000 crore.
The fund will be used to create a modular plug-and-play specialised infrastructure for pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices industry.
- Chief Minister: Chandrashekar Rao
- Capital: Hyderabad
- Governor: S. L. Narasimhan
TELANGANA GDP GROWS 10.1%:
The Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) of Telangana grew 10.1% at constant prices in 2016-17 to Rs.5.11 lakh crore, thus clocking a rate of growth higher than the national average for the third consecutive fiscal.
Telangana achieved a 10.1% year on year growth in GSDP compared to a national average of 7.1%.
RINA MITRA COMMITTEE TO STUDY FREE MOVEMENT ALONG MYANMAR BORDER:
The Union Home Ministry has constituted Rina Mitra committee to examine methods to curb the misuse of free movement along the Myanmar border.
INDIAN NAVAL SHIP SAHYADRI VISITS PAPUA NEW GUINEA:
Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri, a multi-role stealth frigate commanded by Captain Anil Jaggi, visited Papua New Guinea on its four-day overseas deployment to the Southeast Asia and Southern Indian Ocean aimed to strengthen existing bonds between the two countries. INS
Papa New Guinea:
- Currency: Papua New Guinean Kina
- Capital: Port Moresby
- Prime Minister: Peter O’Neill
BIHAR ‘PROJECT JAL SANCHAY’ CHOSEN FOR NATIONAL AWARD:
‘Project Jal Sanchay’, a water conservation model which is successfully adopted in Nalanda district of south-central Bihar has been chosen for the national award for excellence in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (MGNREGP) by the Ministry of Rural Development. The award will be conferred on June 19th at a function held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
THREE NEW SITES RECOGNISED AS BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOTS IN GOA:
BirdLife International, a conservation organisation, has recognised three new sites in Goa as hotspots for protection.
They are Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Navelim Wetlands and Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary. It is published in Bombay Natural History Society. The sites have been added to their list of “Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas”.
KERALA PROGRAMME FOR DIFFERENTLY ABLED:
The Kerala government on Monday unveiled ‘anuyatra’, an empowerment programme aimed at bringing the differently abled to the mainstream and making the state differently abled-friendly.
As part of the programme, 23 differently abled children who were given special training in magic were declared as the ambassadors of ‘anuyatra’, which means walking together.
Launching the programme, Vice-President Hamid Ansari said these children can be the best ambassadors for this ambitious campaign.
BAN ON LANTERN KITES NEAR DABOLIM AIRPORT:
South Goa District Magistrate imposed a complete ban on use of lantern kites/wish kites and laser beam with high intensity lights within two km of Dabolim airport to ensure safety of aircraft during landing and takeoff. The ban, for 60 days, will come into effect.
- Capital: Panaji
- Chief Minister: Manohar Parrikar
- Governor: Mridula Sinha
A ROYAL RIDE, FROM KERALA TO GOA:
The Maharajas’ Express, an analogue to super luxury travel that combines princely opulence with modern amenities, will embark on its maiden tour of the southern States from July 1.
Billed as the ‘World’s Leading Luxury Train,’ it will depart from the Kochuveli terminal on July 1 and visit Chettinad, Mahabalipuram, Mysuru, Hampi and Goa during its eight-day/seven-night tour.
- Capital: Thiruvananthapuram
- Chief Minister: Pinarayi Vijayan
- Governor: P. Sathasivam
FERRY SERVICE AT ARDH KUMBH MELA ON THE CARDS:
The Centre may launch steamer services between Allahabad and Varanasi to ferry pilgrims during Ardh Kumbh Mela to be held in Uttar Pradesh in 2019,
Road Transport and Highways Minister: Nitin Gadkari
- Capital: Lucknow
- Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath
- Governor: Shri Ram Naik
100 CR. PENALTY PLANNED FOR GANGA POLLUTION:
The National River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Bill 2017,prescribes seven years in jail and a fine of up to 100 crore for anyone who pollutes the Ganga, blocks its flow, illegally mines its banks or constructs jetties without permission.
CHINA SETUP THE WORLD’S LARGEST FLOATING SOLAR POWER PLANT:
China has launched the world largest floating solar farm consists of 160000 panels at Huainan City, Anhui Province.
It was built by Sungrow Power Supply and this waterborne plant expected to generate 40MW at one time and supply electricity for over 15,000 homes.
EU, FRANCE GRANT 3.5M EUROS TO CURB EMISSIONS IN INDIA:
Aiming to reduce emissions and promote sustainability to help India’s smart city programme. France and the European Union extended a grant of 3.5 million euros under the ‘Mobilise Your City’ (MYC) initiative.
Three Indian cities will get the grant as part of the EU’s commitment under the Paris Climate agreement, French Development Agency (AFD).
Those 3 Cities:
INDIAN GIRL BAGS LITTLE MISS UNIVERSE INTERNET 2017 CROWN:
Padmalaya Nanda from Odisha has created history by becoming the youngest girl to bag the “Little Miss Universe Internet 2017” and “Little Miss Actress” crowns at the Little Miss Universe 2017 at port city of Batumi in Georgia. She will now participate in the “Little Miss World 2017” competition that will be held at Greece from Sept 25 to Oct 1, 2017.
- The award received by the girl was a golden crown is valid only for a year.
- Georgia Capital and Currency: Tbilisi and Georgian lari
THE WORLD’S SMALLEST AND CHEAPEST PRIVATE JET LAUNCHED IN US:
Cirrus Aircraft, an US based Aviation Company has launched the ‘Cirrus Vision Jet’, world’s cheapest private jet priced at Rs.12.6 Crore.
The aircraft boasts a single Williams International FJ33-5A turbofan engine and can cruise at 555 kmph. The aircraft takes off from just 620 metres of runway and has a maximum operating altitude of 28,000 feet.
CHINA ESTABLISHES HIGHEST MILITARY AWARD:
China has established its highest military award, the Order of August 1 which marks the founding anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Approved by the Central Military Commission, the Order of August 1 will be awarded to those who have made outstanding contributions to safeguarding the country’s sovereignty, security and development interests, and advancing the modernization of national defense and the armed forces. Chinese astronaut Jing Haipeng, commander of the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft, is among the 17 candidates nominated by the PLA.
IRRFAN’S DOOB TO PREMIÈRE IN SHANGHAI:
Bangladeshi director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s bilingual film Doob: No Bed Of Roses, starring Irrfan Khan and Bangladeshi actor Nusrat Imrose Tisha, will have its world première at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival. The film has also been selected to compete at the 39th Moscow International Film Festival.
BANKING & BUSINESS
INDIA EMERGED AS 7TH LARGEST EXPORTER OF AGRI PRODUCTS GLOBALLY:
Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia announced that India has emerged as the seventh largest exporter of agri-products globally, and opportunities in newer markets have to be searched for further growth.
Ms.Teaotia said that Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) of the Ministry of Commerce in association with the concerned line Ministries is addressing issues relating to market access.
- APEDA is an apex body of the Ministry of Commerce, to promote the export of agricultural commodities and processed food products.
SHAHRUKH, SALMAN, AKSHAY PART OF FORBES’ HIGHEST-EARNING CELEBRITIES LIST:
Indian superstars Shahrukh Khan (65th), Salman Khan (71st) and Akshay Kumar (80th) are among Forbes’ annual list of the highest-earning entertainers in the world.
The Forbes list of the ‘World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities of 2017’ has been topped by American rapper and entrepreneur Sean Combs, known by his more famous stage name ‘Diddy’, with earnings of 130 million dollars.
RBI TO ISSUE NEW SERIES OF RS 500 NOTES WITH INSET LETTER ‘A’:
A new series of Rs 500 banknotes will be soon be circulated by the Reserve Bank of India. The series will be printed with the inset letter ‘A’ in both the number panels on the front side
The design of this new batch will remain similar to the older notes. The central bank, from time to time, introduces new series of notes for legal tender.
CPI INFLATION SLOWS TO LOWEST SINCE 2012:
Index of Industrial Production expands 3.1% in April; output slows from 3.75% pace in March.
Retail inflation in May, at 2.18%, eased to its lowest level since the Centre began measuring it on a nationwide basis in 2012.
IRDAI’S R.K. SHARMA TO ADMINISTER SAHARA LIFE:
The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has appointed one of its officials R. K. Sharma as administrator for managing the affairs of Sahara India Life Insurance Company Ltd.
- Headquarters: Hyderabad
- Chairman: T S Vijayan
JAMMU & KASHMIR’S FAIROZ KHAN IS NEW NSUI PRESIDENT:
The Congress appointed Fairoz Khan, who hails from a remote village in Ramban district of Jammu & Kashmir, as the new president of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), the party’s student wing.
Jammu and Kashmir
- Capital: Srinagar
- Chief Minister: Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed
- Governor: Narinder Nath Vohra
CALCUTTA HIGH COURT JUDGE C.S. KARNAN RETIRES FROM SERVICE:
Controversial Calcutta High Court judge C.S. Karnan, who was slapped with a contempt notice by the Supreme Court. He turns 62 today (retirement age for a High Court judge).
- Capital: Kolkata
- Chief Minister:Mamata Banerjee
- Governor: Keshari Nath Tripathi
ENGLAND DEFEATED VENEZUELA TO WIN FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP:
England won the maiden FIFA U-20 World Cup title in 51 years after defeating Venezuela in the final held at Suwon, South Korea.
LEWIS HAMILTON WINS CANADA GRAND PRIX FOR 6TH TIME:
Lewis Hamilton won the Canada grand prix, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for 6th time. It was Hamilton third victory of the season and also third in a row. He was driving for Mercedes team.
NGUYEN DUC HOA WON THE 2017 MUMBAI MAYOR’S CUP:
Vietnam Chess player Nguyen DucHoa defeated GM Neelotpal Das to win 10th Mumbai Mayors Cup International Open Chess tournament held at Mumbai.
FRENCH OPEN 2017: MICHAEL VENUS, RYAN HARRISON WIN MEN’S DOUBLES TITLE:
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 in the final at Roland Garros.
JITU, HEENA CLINCH MIXED GOLD:
Heena Sidhu and Jitu Rai won their second successive gold in the mixed air pistol competition in the shooting World Cup.
HISTORIC EVENTS OF THE DAY
JUNE 12: WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR:
The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the World Day against Child Labour in 2002 to focus attention on the global extent of child labour and the action and efforts needed to eliminate it.
Theme: “In Conflicts & disasters, protect children from labour”
RENOWNED TELUGU POET & JNANPITH AWARDEE C NARAYANA REDDY PASSED AWAY:
Legendary Telugu poet, writer and Jnanpith awardee C Narayana Reddy popularly known as CiNaRe was passed away.