Current Affairs Update – 9th June, 2016

Hello and welcome to exampundit . Here are the important Current Affairs of 9th June, 2016. These are important for the upcoming SBI PO & SBI Clerk Mains 2016 Exams.

Current Affairs at a Glance – 9th June, 2016

  1. India and the United States (US) on 8 June 2016 signed/finalized eight agreements/
    Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs)
    in various fields including exchange of
    Terrorist Screening Information, cooperation on Energy Security, Clean Energy
    and Climate Change among others.
  2. Internet search engine Google and Tata
    Trusts’
    joint initiative Internet Saathi was launched on 8 June 2016 in
    Kolkata,
    West Bengal
    . Internet Saathi had been successfully launched in five
    states. In July 2015, it began in four more states including West Bengal.
  3. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
    on 8 June 2016 announced that a new Indian Reserve Battalion in Rajasthan will be named
    after Maharana Pratap
    . The battalion will be named as Maharana
    Pratap reserve battalion.
  4. The Union Government on 8 June
    2016 decided to introduce International Yoga Award Scheme. The award will be
    introduced with an aim to promote yoga.
  5. The venerable Eden Gardens ground
    will play host to the first ever day-night Test in the country when India take
    on New Zealand later this year
    , a senior Cricket Association of Bengal
    (CAB) official confirmed on Thursday.
  6. Warwick Manufacturing Group
    (WMG), at the University of Warwick, which was founded by renowned
    Indian-origin Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, on 7 June 2016 was bestowed the Regius Professorship in
    Manufacturing by Queen Elizabeth II
    .
  7. Russian President Vladimir Putin
    on 8 June 2016 signed a decree awarding the Order of Friendship to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
  8. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members and partners on 6
    June 2016 launched Anaconda-16 Exercise, the biggest ever joint
    military exercise in Poland.
  9. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
    has appointed Swedish
    Major General Per Lodin
    , a logistics expert, to head the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)
    that monitors the situation in Kashmir. India does not recognise the UNMOGIP’s
    mandate.

Finance/Economy –
India-US inked 8 MoUs to bolster economic growth & sustainable
development

  • India and the United States (US)
    on 8 June 2016 signed/finalized eight agreements/ Memorandum of Understanding
    (MoUs) in various fields including exchange of Terrorist Screening Information,
    cooperation on Energy Security, Clean Energy and Climate Change among others.
  • The agreements were inked after
    meet of Prime Minster Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama in the White
    House. Modi was on a two day visit to the United States from 6 June to 8 June
    2016.

The inked MoUs/Agreements include
  • Arrangement for the exchange of
    Terrorist Screening Information: As per this Arrangement, the two countries
    shall provide each other access to terrorism screening information through the
    designated contact points, subject to domestic laws and regulations. The Arrangement
    would enhance the counter terrorism cooperation between India and the US. It
    was inked between the Multi-Agency Centre/Intelligence Bureau of India and the
    Terrorist Screening Center of the US.
  • MoU to enhance cooperation on
    Energy Security, Clean Energy and Climate Change: The objective of the MoU is
    to enhance cooperation between India and the US on energy security, clean
    energy and climate change through increased bilateral engagement and further
    joint initiatives for promoting sustainable growth.
  • MoU to enhance co-operation on
    Wildlife Conservation, management and Combating Wildlife Trafficking: It seeks
    cooperation between the two countries in areas such as

a) Wildlife Forensics and Conservation Genetics
b) Natural World Heritage Conservation and Nature Interpretation
c) Conservation Awareness
  • MoU for the Development of an
    International Expedited Traveler Initiative (the Global Entry Programme): The
    Global Entry is a US Customs and Border Protection programme, which allows
    expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the
    United States.
  • Technical Arrangement concerning
    Unclassified Maritime Information Sharing: The arrangement would allow sharing
    of unclassified information on White Shipping between India and the US as
    permitted by respective national laws, regulations and policies, and provides a
    framework for mutually beneficial maritime information.
  • MoU for Cooperation in Gas
    Hydrates: The MOU aims to increase the understanding of the geologic
    occurrence, distribution, and production of natural gas hydrates along the
    continental margin of India and in the US.
  • Information Exchange Annex (IEA)
    to the Master Information Exchange Agreement concerning Aircraft Carrier
    Technologies: IEA is aimed to enhance data and information sharing specific to
    aircraft carriers technology between India and the US.
  • Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement:
    The agreement is aimed at facilitating mutual logistic support between India
    and the US for authorized port visits, joint exercises, joint training and
    HA-DR (humanitarian assistance and disaster relief).

New Development Bank signs MoU with China Construction Bank

  • The New Development Bank (NDB)
    and China Construction Bank Corp (CCB) on Thursday announced a memorandum of
    understanding on strategic cooperation, focusing mainly on infrastructure
    funding in the five BRICS countries, besides other emerging economies.
  • CCB is also supporting the NDB
    with professional underwriting services, credit lines and its commitment to
    invest in its first financial green bonds. Kamath expressed confidence that
    with CCB’s support, NDB should be in a good position to issue green bonds in
    the next few weeks.
  • According to the memorandum, both
    sides will harness their respective resource advantages and professional
    expertise, aiming to build a long-term, stable and mutually beneficial business
    relationship.
  • The New Development Bank was
    established to support and foster infrastructure and sustainable development in
    emerging economies, notably the BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India China
    and South Africa.

India –
Internet Saathi, Google and Tata’s joint-initiative, launched in West
Bengal

  • Internet search engine Google and
    Tata Trusts’ joint initiative Internet Saathi was launched on 8 June 2016 in
    Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • The initiative aims at reducing
    the digital gender gap in rural areas of India such as Purulia, where girls
    have now been trained to use the Internet and teach others in turn.
  • Internet Saathi had been
    successfully launched in five states. In July 2015, it began in four more
    states including West Bengal.
  • Internet Saathi aims at
    empowering women and their communities by providing basic training on the usage
    and benefits of the internet.
  • The programme is driving a
    meaningful impact in improving the lives of women and their communities in
    rural India.
  • It focuses on training women in
    rural India to explore the various uses of Internet, who then impart training
    to the larger rural community in their own and neighbouring villages.
  • Google helps in training the
    Saathi’s and provides data enabled devices along with the training material.
  • On ground training classes is
    conducted by involving self help group federations and local NGO members who
    are supported by Tata Trusts on-ground network.

Indian Reserve Battalion to be named after Maharana Pratap

  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
    on 8 June 2016 announced that a new Indian Reserve Battalion in Rajasthan will
    be named after Maharana Pratap. The battalion will be named as Maharana Pratap
    reserve battalion.
  • Maharana Pratap, a Rajput ruler
    who had fought against the Mughals and never bowed before them, is attributed
    as the greatest warrior of the Mewar region.
  • The announcement was made at a
    programme attended by Rajnath Singh during his two-day visit to the state.  The decision was taken on the request of
    Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
  • The government introduced the
    scheme of Indian Reserve Battalions in 1971 and so far, 153 battalions have
    been sanctioned to various states.

Union Government to introduce International Yoga Award Scheme

  • The Union Government on 8 June
    2016 decided to introduce International Yoga Award Scheme. The award will be
    introduced with an aim to promote yoga.
  • At present, the AYUSH ministry is
    working on the scheme and it will start giving the award from 2017.
  • Minister of State for AYUSH,
    Shripad Yesso Naik announced the plan in New Delhi while inaugurating the National
    Health Editors’ Conference.
  • The theme of the conference was
    Yoga for Holistic Health – Recent Researches.
  • The conference aims at ensuring
    wider dissemination of benefits of Yoga to the public through the media.

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Sports –
Eden Gardens to host first day-night Test in India

  • The venerable Eden Gardens ground
    will play host to the first ever day-night Test in the country when India take
    on New Zealand later this year, a senior Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) official
    confirmed on Thursday.
  • The Tour Programme and Fixtures
    Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday
    announced the fixture stating that New Zealand will play three Test matches and
    five One-Day Internationals here.
  • The venues for the Test matches are
    Indore, Kanpur and Kolkata.
  • The New Zealand series will be
    followed by five Test matches, three One-Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals
    against England.
  • In total India will be playing 13
    Tests in the upcoming season.

Awards & Honors –
Indian-origin professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya awarded Regius
Professorship by Queen

  • Warwick Manufacturing Group
    (WMG), at the University of Warwick, which was founded by renowned
    Indian-origin Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, on 7 June 2016 was bestowed
    the Regius Professorship in Manufacturing by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Lord Bhattacharyya is an Indian
    British engineer, educator and government advisor.
  • In 1980, he became Professor of
    Manufacturing Systems at the University of Warwick and founded the Warwick
    Manufacturing Group.

UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon honoured with Russia’s Order of Friendship
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin
    on 8 June 2016 signed a decree awarding the Order of Friendship to United
    Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
  • The officially published decree
    said that the decoration was awarded to Ban for special merits in strengthening
    peace, friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding between peoples.
  • Among those awarded are Prince
    Michael of Kent, Oscar Niemeyer, the architect of the Brazilian capital, and
    former President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge.

World –
NATO launches biggest ever Joint Military Exercise Anaconda-16 in
Poland

  • The North Atlantic Treaty
    Organization (NATO) members and partners on 6 June 2016 launched Anaconda-16
    Exercise, the biggest ever joint military exercise in Poland.
  • The drill is part of NATO’s
    exercise program and is being held just weeks before NATO’s summit in Warsaw
    that is expected to decide that significant numbers of NATO troops and
    equipment will be based in Poland and in the Baltic states.
  • The exercise was launched at the
    crucial time when central and eastern European nations are seeking strong
    security guarantees amid concerns about Russia.
  • The exercise is organized and
    coordinated by Poland’s military Operational Command.
  • It will involve some 31000 troops
    from Poland, the US and 17 other NATO member nations and from five partner
    nations.

Appointments –
Swedish general Per Lodin appointed to head UN India Pakistan military
observers

  • UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
    has appointed Swedish Major General Per Lodin, a logistics expert, to head the
    UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) that monitors the
    situation in Kashmir. India does not recognise the UNMOGIP’s mandate.
  • He is to succeed Major General
    Delali Johnson Sakyi of Ghana, who is completing his two-year assignment in
    July, Ban’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Wednesday.
  • Lodin is currently the head of
    Strategic Material Management at Forsvarets materielverk (FMV), the Swedish
    defence ministry’s procurement and logistics arm.
  • He had earlier served as the head
    of the task force centre of Kosovo Force (KFOR), the multi-national
    peacekeeping mission led by NATO in 2006-2007.
  • UNMOGIP, which has personnel from
    10 countries comprising 44 military members and 72 civilian staff, began operations
    in 1949.

Obituaries –
Veteran Journalist KK Katyal passes away
  • Veteran journalist KK Katyal
    passed away on 8 June 2016 following a brief illness in Delhi. He was 88. He is
    survived by his wife and daughters.
  • He was a former Delhi Chief of
    Bureau of The Hindu, who led the newspaper’s wide-ranging coverage from the
    National Capital during a particularly eventful phase of political change.

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