Current Affairs Update – 4-6th June, 2016

Hello and welcome to exampundit . Here are the Important Current Affairs of 4th, 5th and 6th June, 2016. These are important for the upcoming SBI PO & SBI Clerk Mains 2016 Exams.

Current Affairs Update – 4-6th June, 2016

  1. Axis Bank today raised $500 million at the London Stock
    Exchange after it launched India’s first internationally-listed certified green
    bond to finance climate change solutions around the world
    .
  2. India and Qatar on 5 June 2016 signed seven agreements in
    various fields
    including assistance in custom matters, skill
    development and recognition of qualifications and health.
  3. The Assam state capital Guwahati
    on Monday became the first city in the country to have its own City Animal
    with the Kamrup Metropolitan district administration declaring the Gangetic
    river dolphin
    as the mascot.
  4. Odisha in the first week of June
    2016 became the first Indian state to
    give transgender people social welfare benefits, such as a pension, housing and
    food grains
    .
  5. The Haryana Government on 3 June 2016 launched Asia’s First Gyps Vulture
    Reintroduction Programme
    at
    Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre, Pinjore.
  6. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Dr Ashraf Ghani jointly inaugurated the Afghan-India Friendship Dam
    with in Herat province in Western Afghanistan on 4 June 2016.
  7. The National Skill Development
    Corporation (NSDC) today announced the appointment of two key executives in its
    leadership team. Manish Kumar will be
    joining NSDC as Managing Director and
    Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
    and Jayant Krishna will
    take up the new role of the Executive
    Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO)
    effective July 1, 2016.
  8. Telecom major Bharti Airtel on
    Monday announced an appointment of Ashok Ganapathy as the Director of Airtel Business with
    effect from July 1, 2016
    .
  9. Senior Congress leader and former
    Union Minister V
    Narayanasamy
    was today sworn in
    as the tenth Chief Minister of Puducherry.
  10. CR Sasikumar on 1 June 2016 took over as Managing Director
    (MD) of State Bank of Travancore (SBT).
  11. Senior IPS officer Navin Agarwal was on 3 June 2016 appointed as Director General
    (DG)/ Chief Executive Officer (CEP) of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
  12. According to 2016 Global Retail Development Index (GRDI), India
    has jumped 13 positions from last year to rank second among
    30 developing countries this year on ease of doing business, topped by
    China.
  13. The International Day of Innocent Children
    Victims of Aggression 2016
    was
    observed across the world on 3 June 2016.
  14. World Environment Day (WED) was observed
    globally on 5 June 2016
    with theme Zero tolerance for the illegal trade in
    wildlife.
  15. World number one Novak Djokovic
    on 5 June 2016 won 2016 French Open title. In the final clash in Paris,
    Djokovic defeated Britain’s Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. It was Djokovic’s first French Open title
    and 12th major title of his career
    .
  16. 104-year-old bodybuilder Manohar
    Aich,
    who was once a household name in Bengal after becoming India’s first Mr Universe in 1952, died at his Baguiati residence
    yesterday afternoon, according to family sources.
  17. All-time boxing icon Muhammad Ali died on 3 June 2016 in the Phoenix, Arizona,
    after a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 74.

Finance/Banking –
Axis Bank launches India’s first certified green bond at London Stock
Exchange

  • Axis Bank today raised $500
    million at the London Stock Exchange after it launched India’s first
    internationally-listed certified green bond to finance climate change solutions
    around the world.
  • One of India’s leading private
    sector capital markets banks opened trading at the London Stock Exchange (LSE)
    with the bond, which is certified by the Climate Bonds Standards Board and
    raised $500 million.
  • Axis Bank said the proceeds of
    the bond will be invested in green energy, transportation and infrastructure projects,
    reinforcing India’s commitment to produce 175,000 MW of renewable power by
    2022.

India, Qatar inked 7 agreements to boost cooperation

  • India and Qatar on 5 June 2016
    signed seven agreements in various fields including assistance in custom matters,
    skill development and recognition of qualifications and health.
  • The agreements were inked after
    delegation-level talks between Prime Minster Narendra Modi and Qatar’s Emir
    Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at Doha. Modi was on a two day visit to Qatar
    on 4 June to 5 June 2016.
  • Before the talks, Modi was given
    a ceremonial reception at the Emiri Diwan, the seat of power of Qatar’s ruler.

The inked MoUs/Agreements include
  1. Agreement on assistance in
    Customs Matters
  2. MoU on cooperation in the
    exchange of intelligence related to money laundering, terrorism-financing and
    related crimes: This was inked between Financial Intelligence Unit – India
    (FIU-IND) and the Qatar Financial Information Unit (QFIU).
  3. MoU on participation of Qatari
    institutional investors in Infrastructure projects in India: This MoU was inked
    between National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) and Qatar Investment
    Authority (QIA).
  4. MoU for cooperation in Skill
    Development and Recognition of Qualifications: This was inked between the Union
    Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, and the National
    Qualifications Authority/Supreme Education Council, Government of the State of
    Qatar.
  5. MoU on cooperation in Tourism
  6. MoU for cooperation in the field
    of Health
  7. The First Executive Programme for
    MoU in the field of Youth and Sports

India –
Guwahati becomes first city to have ‘City Animal’

  • The Assam state capital on Monday
    became the first city in the country to have its own City Animal with the
    Kamrup Metropolitan district administration declaring the Gangetic river
    dolphin as the mascot.
  • In a press conference, Kamrup
    Metropolitan Deputy Commissioner M Angamuthu said that the animal, locally
    known as ‘Sihu’, would be the ‘City Animal’ of Guwahati.
  • The district administration had organised
    online and off-line voting among three protected creatures, which are on the
    verge of extinction, to decide the mascot.
  • Along with Gangetic river
    dolphin, the other two animals were black softshell turtle (Bor Kaso) and
    greater adjutant stork (Hargila).

Odisha becomes first Indian state to give pension and food benefits to
transgenders

  • Odisha in the first week of June
    2016 became the first Indian state to give transgender people social welfare
    benefits, such as a pension, housing and food grains.
  • The state took the step to give
    the transgender community the same benefits as those living below the poverty
    line. The step was aimed at improving their overall social and economic status.

Key highlights of the policy
  • Members of the transgender
    community will be given BPL cards.
  • The BPL cards will allow them to
    access benefits under various government welfare programmes.
  • This includes schemes that
    provide free housing, 100 days of paid work annually, pensions and loans to
    start up their own businesses.
  • They will also be entitled to 5
    kg of food grains every month under India’s National Food Security Act.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar launches Right to Public Grievance Redressal Act
  • Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
    on 5 June 2016 launched Right to Public Grievance Redressal Act. The act seeks
    disposal of peoples’ complaints or redressal of grievances from Government
    officials within 60-days.

Features of the Law
  • The law has strict provisions in
    non-compliance of applications.
  • Officials not adhering to
    provisions of the law could be dismissed from service or face a penalty of from
    500 rupees to 5000 rupees.
  • All the 42 Departments of the
    State government will be covered under the new Act.
  • The Government has one Grievance
    Redressal Officer in each department as well as first and second Appellate
    authorities.

Asia’s first Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme launched in Haryana

  • The Haryana Government on 3 June
    2016 launched Asia’s First Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme at Jatayu
    Conservation Breeding Centre, Pinjore.
  • The breeding and conservation of
    vultures is a significant step in the direction of saving the endangered
    species.
  • Union Environment Minister
    Prakash Javadekar and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar jointly
    released two Himalayan Griffons into the wild from the Conservation Centre.
  • Many vultures disappeared due to
    Diclofenac which is a pain killer drug given to cattle that can kill birds.
  • At present, the drug is banned in
    India.
  • Vultures play a vital role in
    keeping the environment clean, their breeds should be increased and the government
    is constantly working to increase their numbers.

PM Modi, Ghani inaugurates Afghan-India Friendship Dam

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and
    Afghanistan President Dr Ashraf Ghani jointly inaugurated the Afghan-India
    Friendship Dam with in Herat province in Western Afghanistan on 4 June 2016.
  • The Dam was earlier known as
    Salma Dam on the river Chist-e-Sharif in western Herat neighbouring Iran. It
    will irrigate 75000 hectares of land and generate 42 Mega Watts of power.
  • At the inaugural function, Afghan
    Presresident connferred the the highest civilian honour of Afghanistan, the
    Amir Amanullah Khan Award on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The Landmark Infrastructure
    Project is funded by Union Government.
  • It is a multipurpose project
    planned for generating 42 MW of power, irrigating 75000 hectares of land, water
    supply and other benefits to the people of Afghanistan.
  • It is a landmark infrastructure
    project undertaken by Union Government on river Chist-e-Sharif, in Herat
    province of Afghanistan.
  • The project is executed and
    implemented by WAPCOS Ltd which is an undertaking of Ministry of Water
    Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

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Appointments –
NSDC names Manish Kumar CEO, Jayant Krishna as COO

  • The National Skill Development
    Corporation (NSDC) today announced the appointment of two key executives in its
    leadership team.
  • Manish Kumar will be joining NSDC
    as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Jayant Krishna will
    take up the new role of the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer
    (COO) effective July 1, 2016.
  • The selection committee chose the
    leadership based on merit and with an aim to bringing together the combined
    strength of two professionals, one hailing from the government sector with an
    added experience in the developments sector and the other from the private
    sector.

Ashok Ganapathy appointed as the Director of Airtel Business

  • Telecom major Bharti Airtel on
    Monday announced an appointment of Ashok Ganapathy as the Director of Airtel
    Business with effect from July 1, 2016.
  • He will take over from Manish
    Prakash, who is moving into a new role as Director – Strategic Alliances.
  • Ganapathy will report to Gopal
    Vittal, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (India & South
    Asia), Airtel.

V Narayanasamy sworn in as Puducherry Chief Minister

  • Senior Congress leader and former
    Union Minister V Narayanasamy was today sworn in as the tenth Chief Minister of
    Puducherry.
  • Lt Governor Kiran Bedi
    administered the oath of office and secrecy to Narayanasamy and five other
    ministers – A Namassivayam, Malladi Krishna Rao, M O H F Shah Jahan, M
    Kandasamy and R Kamalakannan – at ‘Gandhi Thidal’ near the sea shore here.
  • While Rao, hailing from Yanam, an
    enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh, took the oath in Telugu, others took
    it in Tamil.

CR Sasikumar takes over as MD of State Bank of Travancore

  • CR Sasikumar on 1 June 2016 took
    over as Managing Director (MD) of State Bank of Travancore (SBT).
  • The State Bank of Travancore is
    one of the associate banks of State Bank of India (SBI).
  • Prior to the present posting in
    State Bank of Travancore, he worked as Deputy Managing Director, Inspection
    & Management Audit, at SBI Corporate Centre in Hyderabad.

Navin Agarwal appointed DG of National Anti-Doping Agency
  • Senior IPS officer Navin Agarwal
    was on 3 June 2016 appointed as Director General (DG)/ Chief Executive Officer
    (CEP) of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
  • The Appointments Committee of
    Cabinet (ACC) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved his appointment
    as Chief of NADA. He is appointed to the post for five years term.
  • Navin Agarwal is a 1986 batch IPS
    officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre.

Lists & Indexes –
India ranks 2nd on GRD index on ease of doing business: Study
  • According to 2016 Global Retail
    Development Index (GRDI), India has jumped 13 positions from last year to rank
    second among 30 developing countries this year on ease of doing business,
    topped by China.
  • The study which ranks top 30
    developing countries for retail investment worldwide, a pick up in GDP growth
    and better clarity regarding Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) regulations have
    helped india achieve a second ranking.
  • India’s retail sector has
    expanded at a compound annual growth rate of 8.8% between 2013 and 2015, with
    annual sales crossing the $1 trillion mark, according to the A T Kearney, a London-based
    business consultancy.
  • India has also become the world’s
    fastest growing economy that coupled with a large population base and the
    easing of FDI regulations in the sector has made it an even more attractive
    market, it said in the ranking.

Days –
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression 2016
observed

  • The International Day of Innocent
    Children Victims of Aggression 2016 was observed across the world on 3 June
    2016.
  • The purpose of the day is to
    acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the
    victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse.
  • The day affirms the commitment of
    the United Nations (UN) to protect the rights of children.

World Environment Day observed with theme Zero tolerance for the
illegal trade in wildlife

  • World Environment Day (WED) was
    observed globally on 5 June 2016 with theme Zero tolerance for the illegal
    trade in wildlife.
  • The day aims at inspiring more
    people to take action to prevent the growing strain on Earth’s natural systems
    from reaching the breaking point.
  • The host country for the WED 2016
    is Angola. At present, Angola is seeking to restore its elephant’s herds,
    conserve Africa’s biodiversity-rich wildlife, and safeguard the environment as
    it continues to rebuild after more than a quarter-century of civil war.
  • The year’s slogan “Go Wild
    for Life” encourages everyone to spread the word about wildlife crime and
    the damage it does. It also asks people to challenge all to do what they can to
    prevent it.

Sports –
Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win 1st French Open title

  • World number one Novak Djokovic
    on 5 June 2016 won 2016 French Open title. In the final clash in Paris,
    Djokovic defeated Britain’s Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
  • It was Djokovic’s first French
    Open title and 12th major title of his career. Other 11 titles include six
    Grand Slam titles from the Australian Open, three from Wimbledon and two from
    the US Open. 
  • Among men, only Roger Federer (17), Rafael Nadal (14) and Pete
    Sampras (14) own more.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain won 2016 French Open Women’s Singles tennis
title
  • Garbine Muguruza of Spain on 4
    June 2016 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. With this win, she also became the first
    Spanish woman to win a Grand Slam title since Sanchez-Vicario in Paris in 1998.
  • To win the title, she defeated
    the defending champion Serena Williams of the USA in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 in
    the final match.

World –
Asia’s largest annual security forum Shangri-La Dialogue inaugurates in
Singapore
  • Asia’s largest annual security
    forum Shangri-La Dialogue was inaugurated in Singapore on 3 June 2016. It is
    the 15th Asia Security Summit to openly discuss and debate security matters in
    the Asia-Pacific region.
  • It is expected that the 2016
    discussions will by dominated by the issues like territorial disputes in the
    South China Sea, military provocations of 
    North Korea and Islamist extremism, migration, counterterrorism,
    military competition and cybersecurity.

World’s first 3D-printed aircraft THOR displayed at International
Aerospace Exhibition

  • Airbus on 1 June 2016 displayed
    the world’s first 3D-printed aircraft THOR at the International Aerospace
    Exhibition in Schoenefe.
  • The drone THOR is short for Test
    of High-tech Objectives in Reality and it resembles a large, white model
    airplane.
  • Is the world’s first 3D-printed
    aircraft with just 3 parts.
  • It is windowless, weighs 21 kilo
    grams (46 pounds) and less than four metres (13 feet) long. It is Lighter,
    faster and cheaper.

Obituaries –
India’s first Mr Universe Manohar Aich dies at 104

  • 104-year-old bodybuilder Manohar
    Aich, who was once a household name in Bengal after becoming India’s first Mr
    Universe in 1952, died at his Baguiati residence yesterday afternoon, according
    to family sources.
  • Aich is survived by two daughters
    and two sons, one of whom manages a gym and fitness centre to fulfill his
    father’s dream of making the youth “healthy and strong”.
  • Aich, who turned 104 on March 17,
    had become India’s first Mr Universe when he won the 1952 National Amateur
    Body-Builders’ Association Universe Championships.
  • Born in the district of Comilla
    (now in Bangladesh), Aich, at just four feet and 11 inches, was not the tallest
    of men.
  • But encouraged by English officer
    Reub Martin, Aich took up bodybuilding and made this his passion during his
    stint at the Royal Air Force under British colonial rulers.

Muhammad Ali, the All-time Greatest of Boxing, dies at 74

  • All-time boxing icon Muhammad Ali
    died on 3 June 2016 in the Phoenix, Arizona, after a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s
    disease. He was 74.
  • He was born Cassius Marcellus
    Clay, Jr. on 17 January 1942.
  • He was considered as one of the
    most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years.
  • He was crowned Sportsman of the
    Century by Sports Illustrated and Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC.
  • He also wrote several
    best-selling books about his career, including The Greatest: My Own Story and
    The Soul of a Butterfly.
  • He won the world heavyweight
    championship in 1964 at the age of 22.
  • He converted to Sunni Islam in
    1975 and changed his name to Muhammad Ali and 30 years later He began adhering
    to Sufism.

Veteran actor Sulabha Deshpande passed away
  • Eminent actor and theatre
    personality Sulabha Deshpande passed away 4 June 2016 in Mumbai. She was 79.
  • Deshpande was considered to be
    one of the pioneers of the experimental theatre movement that swept Mumbai in
    the 1970s.
  • In 1971 she co-founded, theatre
    group, Awishkar with her husband Arvind Deshpande.
  • Soon, she established the
    Chandrashala, the children’s theatre wing of Awishkar.

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