Current Affairs Daily Updates June 9th 2016


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APPOINTMENTS
1. G Kalyanakrishnan took over as New Chief Executive for Nuclear Fuel Complex.
• G Kalyanakrishnan has taken over as New Chief Executive of Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC), Hyderabad.
• He has replaced N. Saibaba, who retired on completion of two years of the extended period of service. Kalyanakrishnan will also be the Chairman of the NFC Board.
2. Naresh Goyal re-elected to IATA Board of Governors.
• Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal has been re-elected to IATA's Board of Governors. This would be the 5th successive tenure for Goyal at the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Board of Governors.
• Goyal is the only representative from India on this board. As a member of the board of governors, Goyal will participate in providing policy directives and guidance to IATA industry committees and to their subsidiary bodies.

AWARDS & HONOURS
1. Russia honours UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Order of Friendship Award
• Russia has honoured UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Order of Friendship Award.
• He was bestowed with this award for his special merits in strengthening peace, friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding between peoples.
2. Ridley Scott to receive American Cinematheque Award:
• English Director Ridley Scott will be honoured with the 30th American Cinematheque Award at the Beverly Hilton.
• Scott was the unanimous choice of the Cinematheque Board of Directors selection committee.

BANKING
1. SBI to fund farmers associated with Jain Farm Fresh Foods
• State Bank of India has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Jain Farm Fresh Foods (a subsidiary of Jain Irrigation Systems) to help farmers associated with the latter to get finance against receivables due from the company.
• Under the tie-up, India’s largest bank will use the corporate’s ecosystem data to digitally enable lending solutions to customers.
• Farmers’ past performance data with the associated anchor company will be used to assess eligibility and enable loan sanction.

BOOKS &AUTHORS
1. Shri Piyush Goyal Releases Book ‘The World in 2050- Striving for a more just, Prosperous and Harmonious Global Community’
• Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal released book titled The World in 2050- Striving for a More Just, Prosperous and Harmonious Global Community written by Harinder S. Kohli.
• This book penned in such a manner that makes relevant and extremely important for all of us to reflect on. The Minister urged the burden of aging people by 2050 and emphasized that to save India from such problems; we need to focus on skill development and entrepreneurship skills.

DEATHS
1. Ex-speaker TS John passes away at 76
• Former Speaker and Minister T.S. John passed away at Cherthala.
• He was Speaker of the Assembly during 1976-77 and Minister for Food and Civil Supplies in the A.K. Antony led Ministry in 1978. He became Minister in the succeeding Ministry led by P.K. Vasudevan Nair.

ECONOMY
1. World Bank cuts global growth forecast to 2.4 %
• The World Bank has lowered its forecast for the global growth in 2016 to 2.4 per cent.
• The Washington-based institution expected the world economy to grow 2.4 per cent in 2016, 0.5 percentage point lower than the bank’s forecast in January.
2. Gemporia TV eyes Rs. 100 cr in PE funding
• Jaipur-based Jewel Alliance Network Pvt Ltd, which runs jewellery shopping channel Gemporia TV, plans to rise about Rs. 100 crore from private equity firms in exchange for a minority stake in the channel. The company will use the funds to increase its presence and other marketing initiatives.
• The TV channel for live jewellery retail, which started operations in India, plans to initiate talks with a clutch of PE firms. Jewel Alliance Network is a 50:50 joint venture between UK’s Gemporia and India’s Pink City Jewellers.

INTERNATIONAL
1. India, Seychelles working to ‘ensure security’ in Indian Ocean
• India and Seychelles have very close relations and both counties are working together to ensure safety and security in the Indian Ocean.
• Seychelles has allocated a plot on the Assumption Island for the base, which will help enhance maritime security along India’s west and south coast.

NATIONAL
1. Baby food corners opened at railway stations
• With a view to helping mothers travelling in trains to take care of their toddlers, Indian Railways has come up with the novel idea of setting up separate baby food corners in all the major railway stations.
• The Railway Minister in the Railway Budget promised steps to make the baby food including milk available in railway stations. Now, the facility has been set up in major railway stations as a pilot project.
2. Akhilesh orders judicial probe into Mathura turmoil
• The Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea for a CBI inquiry into the Mathura incident, the Samajwadi Party government ordered a judicial probe into the violent encounter between the State police and squatters that resulted in the death of two dozen persons, including two police officers.
• The government had earlier constituted a State-level probe under Aligarh Divisional Commissioner Chandrakant, while Opposition parties had insisted on a CBI probe or an SC-monitored investigation.
3. Google, Tata Trusts launch `Internet Saathi’ in West Bengal to empower rural women
• The Indian unit of search giant Google Inc and Tata Trusts launched 'Internet Saathi' program in West Bengal.
• The initiative will roll out from West Bengal's Purulia district and will focus on training women and larger communities in the state to learn and explore various uses and benefits of the Internet.

PERSONS IN NEWS
1. Major General Per Lodin appointed to head UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan.
• Major General per Lodin from Sweden was appointed as chief military observer and head of the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).
• His appointment was approved by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He will succeed Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi of Ghana whose two-year term completes on July 2, 2016.

PLACES IN NEWS
1. Skill Development Training for the residents of villages around Kamarajar Port
• Kamarajar Port has taken up Skill development training under CSR initiatives for the local fishermen community at a cost of Rs.1,57,50,000/-.
• The training will be imparted by MRF Institute of Driver Development, Chennai and National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Hyderabad.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
1. France launches ‘terror alert’ smartphone app
• The French government has launched a smartphone app that would alert users to possible terror attacks and provide them with information on how to stay safe.
• The app, called SAIP (Système d’alerte et d’information des populations), was developed as part of a pilot project following the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.
2. Google And Tata Trust's Internet Literacy Program For Rural Women Launched In West Bengal
• Google India and the Tata Trust launched their Internet literacy program 'Internet Saathi' for rural women in West Bengal.
• The initiative has been launched as part of Google’s ‘Helping Women Get Online’ campaign, in order to create awareness about the benefits of Internet among women in rural India.

SPORTS
1. Eden Gardens to host India's first day-night Test against New Zealand
• A senior Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) official confirmed that the Eden Gardens (Kolkata) will play host to the first ever day-night Test in the country when India take on New Zealand.
• The Tour Programme and Fixtures Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the fixture stating that New Zealand will play three Test matches and five ODIs.

STATE
1. ECoR Waltair, VSP bag Rajbhasha awards
• As part of promotion of use of Rajbhasha in the administration and daily affairs of Government departments and agencies the Rajbhasha Shield was awarded to Waltair Division of East Coast Railway, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, Visakhapatnam Port, Indian Navy, AIR and HPCL.
• The awards were decided at the 65th Town Official Language Implementation Committee (TOLIC) held meetingunder the chairmanship of Divisional Railway Manager Waltair Division Chandralekha Mukherjee. More than 70 representatives from Central organization and public sector undertakings attended the meeting.
2. Coursera ties up with ISB
• Open online education provider Coursera and the Indian School of Business (ISB) have jointly launched four specialized courses on financial markets and investment strategy.
• We developed this course with Coursera to address the lack of financial knowledge and educate the average person about financial markets and financial instruments.

SURVEYS
1. India was ranked low at 141st place on a Global Peace Index.
• In a ranking of 163 countries, compiled by global think tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Syria has been named as the least peaceful, followed by South Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.
• On the other hand, Iceland was ranked as the world's most peaceful country, followed by Denmark and Austria.