Current Affairs Daily Updates June 5th 2016

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APPOINTMENTS

1. CR Sasikumar takes over as MD of State Bank of Travancore.
• CR Sasikumar has taken over as Managing Director of State Bank of Travancore (SBT), one of the associate banks of State Bank of India (SBI).
• Sasikumar started his career as a probationary officer (PO) with SBI in 1978 and has since held several key assignments.

AWARDS & HONOURS

1. 96-yr-old man Shigemi Hirata becomes world's oldest graduate.
• Shigemi Hirata, a 96-year-old Japanese man, has been recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world's oldest university graduate.
• Hirata received a degree in ceramic arts from the Kyoto University of Art and Design.

2. Tuticorin port bags national award on cost management.
• Tuticorin based V.O. Chidambaranar Port also second-largest port in Tamilnadu has bagged National Award for Excellence in Cost Management for the year 2015 from The Institute of Cost Accountants of India under the category of Public Service Sector- Small.
• The award has been given for exemplary performance towards optimization of manpower, savings in electricity, and implementation of Solar Energy Systems, reduction of overall cost of handling by mechanization and improvising efficiency and logistics support.

BANKING
1. ICICI MF to allow SIP top-up facility from June 15
• ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company has made changes in the scheme information document (SID) and the key information memorandum (KIM) of all the schemes to allow the top-up feature under its systematic investment plan (SIP).
• The top-up facility will come into effect from June 15.
• Under the variable SIP top-up facility, investors can increase monthly instalments by five percentage points starting with 10 per cent (on monthly instalment), while under fixed top-up option it goes up in multiples of Rs. 500. However, this option will not be available for investors who are already investing through SIP.

DEATHS

1. Manohar Aich, India's first Mr Universe dies at 104
• India's first Mr Universe Manohar Aich has passed away in Kolkata. He was 104 year old. He was a bodybuilder by profession and became very famous in Bengal.
• Mr. Aich, born in the district of Comilla (now in Bangladesh).

ECONOMY

1. IMF approves $1.5 Billlion Loan for Sri Lanka
• The International Monetary Fund has approved a $1.5 billion loan to Sri Lanka, with $168 million being disbursed as the first tranche with immediate effect to support the country's economy, which is showing "signs of strain".
• The Executive Board of the IMF approved a 36-month extended arrangement under its Extended Fund Facility (EFF) with Sri Lanka for an amount equivalent to 1.1 billion special drawing rights (about $1.5 billion).

2. Telemedicine market may rise to $32 mn by 2020
• The telemedicine market in India is expected to rise to $32 million (around ₹210 crore) by 2020 from the current $15 million.
• The growth of the sector depends on "development of national e-health policies, trained human resource and regular funding".

INTERNATIONAL

1. India applies for Nuclear Suppliers Group membership after seven years of talks
• The Indian government has submitted its formal application for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US.
• The application was put forward and the decision is expected to be made at a closed-door NSG summit in Vienna between 9 -10 June.

2. Switzerland's voters rejects basic income plan
• Switzerland is voting on whether to introduce a guaranteed basic income for every citizen, becoming the first country to hold such a vote.
• The proposal calls for adults to be paid an unconditional income of 2,500 Swiss francs a month, whether they work or not. Supporters of the idea say 21st Century work is increasingly automated, with fewer jobs available for workers.

NATIONAL

1. Suresh Prabhu launches Tiger Express train on the World Environment Day
• Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu flagged off the inaugural run of the Tiger Trail Circuit Train from Delhi Safdarjung Station.
• The launch of this Tiger Express on World Environment Day is to highlight the significance of environment in our lives. The Railway Minister took personal interest in conceptualizing this train. This tourist train will be operated by Indian Railway PSU namely Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
2. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar launches Right to Public Grievance Redressal Act
• CM Nitish Kumar launched Bihar Right to Public Grievance Redressal Act, 2015 on the occasion of JP's 'Sampoorna Kranti Diwas'.
• The new legislation will not only empower people to seek time-bound redressal of their grievances by government officials, but also strengthen people's trust in democracy.
3. Army partners Tata Motors for skill development
• The Indian Army, under its welfare and development initiative, Operation Sadbhavna has tied up with Tata Motors for training of Kashmir youth as Automobile Service Technicians.
• The first thirteen-week certified training course has been scheduled at the TATA Motors facility at Ropar, Punjab. 29 younsters from Kashmir have been selected for this course.
4. Himachal Pradesh becomes first state to have State Data Centre
• Himachal Pradesh became the first state in the country to have a State Data Centre (SDC), designed using green data centre concept, to offer 101 people-oriented Service online through an integrated data base.
• Launching the Rs 58-crore SDC, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh integrated the websites of various departments and all services could be accessible through the integrated data base, saving time and money spent on creation of infrastructure.

PERSONS IN NEWS

1. Dia Mirza named ambassador for 'Swachh Saathi'.
• Bollywood actress and producer Dia Mirza has been named the ambassador for Swachh Bharat Mission’s youth-based Swachh Saathi (student internship) programme.
• The star actress will take forward the message of the government’s Swachh Saathi programme, which she hails as the most important part to realise the dream of a clean country.

PLACES IN NEWS

1. Centre plans to set up satellite port in Goa
• The Centre in a joint venture with the Goa government is planning to have a satellite port, about 35 kms from Mormugao Port Trust Balli village of South Goa.
• The satellite port will have the capacity to handle 50 lakh ton bauxite and ten lakh tonne of iron ore per year.

2. Kerala coastline to be plastic and garbage-free
• Coastline of Kerala will soon become a "plastic and garbage-free" zone with the state government drawing up a comprehensive action plan to make the coastal areas clean and beautiful.
• Steps would be taken to remove plastic and other garbage piled across the 590 km-long state coastline by the end of june 2016.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

1. Researchers find 39 unreported sources of major pollution
• NASA scientists located 39 unreported and major human-made sources of toxic sulfur dioxide (so2) emissions. They used a new satellite-based method to locate the sources of toxic emissions.
• The unreported emission sources were found in the analysis of satellite data from 2005 to 2014.

SEMINARS & MEETINGS

1. WCD Ministry to hold first ever “All India Women Journalists’ Workshop”
• The Ministry of Women and Child Development, in association with Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is organizing the first ever “All India Women Journalists’ Workshop” on 7th June at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
• The Conference will bring together 250 journalists from all parts of the country together on a single platform.

2. India, Qatar Sign 7 Agreements To Boost Cooperation And Investment
• India and Qatar signed seven agreements, including one on finance intelligence to check money laundering and terrorism financing and another to woo foreign investment in the infrastructure sector from the gas-rich Gulf state.
• Cooperation and investment in areas of skill development and education, health, tourism and sports between the two countries.

SPECIAL DAYS

1. World environment Day is observed on June 5th
• World environment day is celebrated by the people all across the world on 5th of June since 1973 in order to raise the global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth.
• The day aims to encourage people to protect our planet in our own little ways.

SPORTS

1. Indian athlete Avtar Singh qualifies for Rio 2016 Olympics in judo
• South Asian Games (SAG) gold medallist judoka Avtar Singh has qualified for the Rio Olympics in the under 90kg weight category.
• His current world Ranking is 79 with 182 points.

2. Garbine Muguruza beats Serena Williams to win French Open 2016
• Garbine Muguruza of Spain has won the French Open Women’s Singles tennis title at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France.
• For the 22-year-old Muguruza, this was her first Grand Slam title.

STATE

1. Telangana-California ink MoU for cooperation
• The Telangana government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the California Governor’s office as part of Information Technology Minister K. T. Rama Rao’s US tour for cooperation in alternative energy, environmental technology, health, agriculture and other technology-based industries.
• The MoU was signed between Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) Panorea Avdis and Secretary, Information Technology, Electronics and Communications, Jayesh Ranjan.

2. Railways to form joint ventures with AP govt
• The Railway Ministry and the Andhra Pradesh government have decided to form joint ventures to expedite rail projects and consider rail connectivity to Amaravati.
• With various railway works now under way, entailing an outlay of Rs. 23,000 crore in progress in the State, it was felt that joint ventures would help expedite the projects.

3. AP inks pact with Chinese firm for incubation centre
• The Andhra Pradesh Information Technology and Communication Department and ZTE Soft, a fully-owned subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, a leading telecom services provider, have inked a pact for setting up an incubation centre and an innovation hub for smart cities in Kakinada.
• The Innovation hub will be a 85:15 venture between the AP government and Qianhai Authority and ZTE Soft. Initially, AP will invest Rs. 13.60 crore and ZTE Rs. 2.4 core. The centre will be known as AP-Shenzhen Joint Incubation Centre and Smart City Innovation Hub.

SURVEYS

1. Environmental crime 4th biggest global crime: UN
• According to the United Nations and Interpol, environmental crimes like toxic waste dumping, illegal logging, and ivory smuggling have become the world's fourth largest illegal activity.
• They also revealed that the black market industry behind such crimes increased 26% since 2014.