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Monthly Current Affairs Capsule June 2016

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1. Important National NEWS 02
2. Important International NEWS 22
3. Important Banking NEWS 32
4. Important Business and Economy NEWS 35
5. Important Latest Appointments 43
6. Important Awards and Honors 44
7. Important Sports NEWS 45
8. Important Science and Technology NEWS 50
9. Important Books and Authors 56
10. Important Days 56
11. Important Obituaries 57

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National
Prime Minister releases National Disaster Management Plan:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the first National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP), based on the four
priority themes of the Sendai Framework.
These include understanding disaster risk, improving the risk governance, investing in disaster risk reduction
and disaster preparedness, early warning and building back better in the aftermath of a disaster.
Vice President Hamid Ansari to deliver lecture at University in Morocco:
Vice President is scheduled to visit Jardin du Menara, the gardens established in the 12th century at the gates of the
mountain range in northwestern Africa known as the Atlas Mountains.
He will also pay a visit to the El Badi Palace, a centuries-old ruined palace located in the city.
Odisha government to create 500 more gram panchayats:
The Odisha government has decided to create 500 more gram panchayats in addition to the existing 6,234 ahead
of the panchayat elections due in February next year.
Panchayati Raj Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo said gram panchayats will be delimited and, in the process, 500 more
panchayats will be created.
India tops global slavery index with 18.35 million people enslaved:
India witnessed of having the highest number of people in the world ensnared in slavery with 18.35 million
according to the Global Slavery Index report, which estimated that around 46 million enslaved globally.The
report is released by: Australia-based Human rights group Walk Free Foundation.
Prime Minister approves retirement age of doctors of Central Health Services to 65 years
Central Government has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for enhancing the
retirement age of all doctors of the Central Health Service to 65 years.
The Cabinet will soon approve a Bill to increase the superannuation age of all central government doctors from 60
to 65 years.
Delhi Government Launches DVAT M SEWA Mobile App
Delhi Government has launched DVAT M SEWA mobile app through which city traders can register themselves
with the VAT department of the state government.
DVAT M SEWA mobile app is launched in order to boost the tax collection.
Indian Railways, PEC sign MoU to set up Kalpana Chawla Chair on geospatial technology
The Union Railways Ministry signed a MoU with Chandigarh-based PEC University of Technology to set up
Kalpana Chawla Chair on geospatial technology for her contribution to aerospace engineering.
The railways to provide a corpus of Rs 10 crore to the University for the Chair.
National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC) to launch Ganga cleaning project in Bihar:
National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC) in the last week of May 2016 announced that it will
soon launch a project aimed at cleaning River Ganga in Bihar.
Detailed project reports have been approved the Ministry of Water Resources for three towns.
Key highlights of the project:
NBCC will undertake cleaning of debris.
It will construct new ghats and modernise the existing ghats.
It will repair and clean the river surface.
It will construct crematorium and public facilities such as toilets.
It will also set up a village drainage system in order to curb direct discharge into the river.
India and Morocco launch Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Rabat, Morocco:
The chamber was jointly launched by visiting Vice President Hamid Ansari and Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah
Benkirane, to accelerate the pace of economic development between the two nations.
Besides, India and Morocco have concluded five Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) covering fields as
diverse as water resources, television broadcasting, institutional cooperation and cultural and educational exchanges,
further providing venues for enhanced cooperation.
India and World Bank sign agreement to improve efficiency and attractiveness of City Bus Services:
The Government of India and the World Bank signed a 9.2 million US dollar
grant agreement under the World Bank-Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Programme for the Efficient and Sustainable City Bus Service Project.
Union Cabinet approves MoU between DGCA and French Civil Aviation Authority:
The Union Cabinet gave its ex-post facto approval to the signing of
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Directorate General of
Civil Aviation of India (DGCA) and the French Civil Aviation Authority.
The MoU was signed to implement Technical Cooperation Programme for promotion
and implementation of Standards and Recommended Practices of the International
Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
India gifts 2,000 bicycles to poor dalit girls in Nepal:
India has gifted 2,000 bicycles to poor dalit girls in Nepal to encourage them to
enroll in schools and enhance the literacy rate among them.
Apart from this, the Government of India has been extending assistance to various

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programmes for improvement of education and health services in all districts of Nepal, like gifting 59
ambulances.
National Film Archive of India (NFAI) acquires film songbooks:
The National Film Archive of India yesterday acquired 1,790 songbooks of Hindi films belonging to every decade
of the country's cinematic heritage.
NFAI has appealed to the public to come forward with rare, archival material that will help in conserving India's
heritage, under the umbrella project of National Film Heritage Mission.
Andhra Pradesh government to observe Navanirmana Week to commemorate state's new formation day:
The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to observe Navanirmana Week to commemorate the state's new
formation day, from 2nd to 8th June, 2016.
The programme of the Navanirmana Week will be launched by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.
Telangana Government announces 15 new districts:
The districts will be created by redrawing the boundaries of the ten existing districts, and will come into existence on
Dussehra, the government said.The state also hoisted the second tallest tricolour flag, at 291-feet, in Hyderabad.
Odisha becomes first state to give social welfare benefits to transgender community:
Niten Chandra, Principal Secretary of Department of Social Security said it aims to improve their overall social and
economic status.
2 Indian-origin women in Forbes self-made American women list:
India-born Neerja Sethi, who is a co-founder of IT consulting and outsourcing firm Syntel with her husband Bharat
Desai ranked 16th on Americas Richest Self-made Women list while president and CEO of Arista Networks Jayshree
Ullal is ranked 30th.
India to grant tourist, e-visa for Yoga courses:
The government has decided to include a short term yoga programme in the list of permissible activities under the
tourist and e-tourist visa. Presently, tourist visa is granted only for visiting India for recreation and sight-seeing among
other things.
India among top five in 2015 in green energy spending:
According to a Global Renewables Report 2015 India being ranked among the top five nations in new
investments, and in the top four as regards creating jobs in the green energy sector.
Indias investments in renewable energy sector increased to $10.2 billion in 2015, when compared to $8.3 billion in 2014.
Country Rank
China 1
US 2
Japan 3
UK 4
India 5
India joins Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation:
India joined the Hague Code of Conduct (HCoC) against Ballistic Missile Proliferation as its 138th subscribing
state.
Indias joining the Code signals its readiness to further strengthen global non-proliferation objectives. Its subscription
reinforces its support for international missile non-proliferation.
Constitution of National Company Law Tribunal and Appellate Tribunal Notified:
Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) notified the constitution of the National Company Law Tribunal
(NCLT) and National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) with immediate effect.
Justice SJ Mukhopadhaya, Judge (Retd.), Supreme Court of India appointed as the Chairperson of the NCLAT while Justice
MM Kumar, Judge (Retd.) appointed as the President of the NCLT.
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approves Mau-Tarighat Railway line project:
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave its approval for a new broad gauge line between Mau
Station of North Eastern Railway and Tarighat Terminal station of East Central Railway.
The total length of this new broad gauge line will be 51 kilometers with the estimated cost of the project is 1765.92 crore
and expected completion cost is 2109.07 crore rupees with 5 percent escalation per annum.
PM inaugurates Afghan-India Friendship Dam in Herat:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani jointly inaugurated the Afghan India
Friendship Dam, earlier know as Salma Dam in Herat.
One thousand seven hundred crore rupee Afghan-India Friendship Dam is a multipurpose project, which is
undertaken by India is expected to irrigate 75 thousand hectares of land and generate 42 mega watt power.
Government to launch Shala Asmita Yojana this month: Smriti Irani
Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani has said government will launch Shala Asmita Yojana, it
aims at tracking the educational journey of close to 25 crore school students from Class I to Class XII across 15
lakh schools in the country.
Asian Development Bank (ADB), government sign deal for $200M loan to Jharkhand:
The government signed an agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the latter to loan $200 million
to upgrade 176 km of state roads in Jharkhand.

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The total cost of the project, due to be completed by December 2019, is $306.25 million. The Jharkhand state government
will finance the remaining amount, the Finance Ministry said.
CCEA approved Minimum Support Prices for Kharif Crops for 2016-17 Season:
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved for
Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for Kharif Crops of 2016-17 season.
The approved MSP is based on recommendations of Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) which takes
into account the cost of production, overall demand-supply among others.
India will not have power deficit for the first time in history:
The country will have a surplus of 3.1% during peak hours and 1.1% during non-peak hours during 2016-17, latest data
from the Central Electricity Authority shows.
This is the first time that the country has declared a year of no shortage though many regions have had power surplus for
shorter periods.
Singapore International Arbitration Centre to open Representative Office at GIFT City:
Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) in June 2016 signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with
Gujarat International Finance Tec-City Company Limited (GIFTCL) and GIFT SEZ Limited (GIFT SEZ) to establish a
representative office in India.The representation office will be located in the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City
(GIFT City).
Assam Assembly passes Ease of Doing Business Bill, 2016:
The bill has the provision for speedy processing of applications and issue of clearances for setting up industries.
The basic aim of the bill is to create an investment-friendly environment for economic development of the state.
The bill provides for establishing a bureau under the name and style of Assam Bureau of Investment Promotion for the
purpose of overall supervision and administration of the speedy processing of applications and issue of various
clearances.
Amritsar to get 1947 partition Museum:
A museum dedicated to the Partition of India in 1947 will be set up at the Town Hall in Amritsar.This was
announced by Kishwar Desai, Chair of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust, which has initiated the project.
Swachh Bharat: 100 iconic sites to be cleaned
Ten iconic places have been shortlisted for the implementation during its first phase.
This includes Taj Mahal (UP), Golden Temple (Punjab), Ajmer Sharif (Rajasthan), Vaishno Devi (J&K), Jagannath
Puri (Odisha), Meenakshi Temple (Tamil Nadu) among others.
Government announces national competition for students:
HRD Minister Smriti Irani announced that the government will start a national-level competition to promote
research and innovation among students from August 15.
Under this, students will submit their research proposals and contribute their ideas directly to the central government.
Himachal Pradesh becomes first state to have State Data Centre:
Launching the 58-crore rupees facility in Shimla yesterday, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said the Centre will
integrate the websites of various departments and all services could be accessible through the integrated data
base.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister also inaugurated Mobile Parking App for the Shimla town.
Asia's first Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme launched:
The Haryana Government launched Asia's First Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme at Jatayu Conservation
Breeding Centre, Pinjore.
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar jointly
released two Himalayan Griffons into the wild from the Conservation Centre.
MoU signed to facilitate hassle-free entry of Indians into US:
To facilitate hassle-free entry of Indians into the US at selected airports, India and the United States have signed a
Memorandum of Understanding, providing for expedited security clearances.
The MoU was signed between Indian Ambassador to US, Arun K Singh and Kevin K McAleenan, Deputy
Commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection.
Centre plans setting up satellite port in Goa:
The Centre is planning to build a satellite port in Goa, 35 km from the state's Mormugao Port Trust, in a joint
venture with the state government, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said.
Andhra to get two high-speed railway lines:
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday said high-speed railway lines will be built from Visakhapatnam to
Chennai and Bengaluru to Andhra Pradesh's capital city of Amaravati in collaboration with foreign countries.
Chief Minister of Haryana lays foundation stone of Jai jawan awas Yojana:
The Chief Minister of Haryana, Shri Manohar Lal Khattar, the Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh and other
dignitaries at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Jai Jawan Awas Yojna (JJAY), in Bahadurgarh, Haryana.
The project is being executed by Army Welfare Housing Organization and aims to provide low-cost housing.
Telangana-California ink MoU for cooperation:
Telangana government has signed an MoU with California (US) for cooperation in fields of business innovation,
alternative energy, and education.

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This MoU will open new avenues for exchange of innovative ideas between startups in Telangana and Silicon Valley,"
Telangana officials said.
Kerala coastline to be plastic and garbage-free:
Kerala government has decided to make the state's 590 km-long coastline "plastic and garbage free" by the end
of this month, Kerala Fisheries Minister Mercykutty Amma said today.
Plastic and solid waste will be collected separately and handed over to the Clean Kerala Company.
Indias 1st green swearing-in ceremony organised:
Dr K Vasuki, Executive Director of government-recognised sanitation agency Suchitwa Mission, recently
organised Indias first green and waste-free swearing-in ceremony in Kerala.
At the swearing-in ceremony of the Cabinet members of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in the state, steel glasses were
arranged along with the facility of cleaning them at regular intervals, among other things.
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 the training of youth from Kashmir as automobile service technicians.
India has a floating post office:
India has a floating post office, situated on a houseboat on the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.
Inaugurated in 2011, the post office also has a philately museum and a shop selling postage stamps and other products.
Gujarat government announces IT policy to promote new ventures:
The policy has special focus on encouraging new ventures by providing them various incentives and subsidies.
Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel announced the policy, which will be applicable only to IT and electronics
related start-ups.
Post Offices to witness core banking operations by 2017:
Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said a slew of measures
taken by the Centre have resulted in the flow of FDIs into the country with telecom sector attracting around
27,000 crore rupees in just two years.
Mr. Prasad said, Post Offices in the country are going to witness core banking operations by 2017 with 1.33 lakh
postmen carrying handheld ATMs.
Gadkari launches Setu Bhartam project in Himachal Pradesh:
Union Minister for Road Transport, Surface and shipping Nitin Gadkari launched Setu Bhartam project in
Himachal Pradesh from Palampur town in the Kangra District.
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda, BJP MP Shanta Kumar and Opposition Leader
Prem Kumar Dhumal were also present on the occasion.
Prabhu flags off semi-luxury train Tiger Express:
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged off IRCTC's Tiger Express, a semi-luxury train to spread awareness
among people regarding tiger conservation.
It is the first semi-luxury train on a tourist circuit having a dining car, with tariff
structure starting from Rs.38,500.
Government to set up 6 bulk drug, medical device parks:
To reduce import dependence, the government has decided to establish six bulk
drug and medical devices parks across India, which will require a combined
investment of about 60,000 crore, said Fertiliser Minister Ananth Kumar.
Public Grievance Redressal Act launched in Bihar:
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launched the Bihar Public Grievance
Redressal Act, empowering the public to get their grievances redressed within a
specified time frame.
Government in Arunachal town to observe car-free day:
Government officials will observe a vehicle-free day on the seventh of every
month in and around Tezu town in Arunachal Pradesh.
The move has been taken to benefit the environment and reduce government expenditure on fuel.
Odisha becomes first Indian state to give pension and food benefits to transgenders:
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.
Cambridge, MIT experts to design Indian syllabi:
Union Minister Smriti Irani said that experts from universities like Cambridge, MIT, and University of
Pennsylvania have been brought on board to help design syllabi of higher education institutions.
The move was announced under the Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan.
32 DTH channels to live-telecast IIT lectures:
Aimed at expanding the reach of high-quality education, the live classrooms will be available for free on Doordarshan's
FreeDish DTH platform.
The government has signed MoUs with various institutions for the project, which is expected to be operational by August.
Guwahati declares Gangetic River Dolphin as its city animal:
Guwahati became first city in the country to have its own city animal with Kamrup metropolitan district
administration declaring Gangetic River Dolphin as its mascot.

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Gangetic River Dolphin is locally known as Sihu and fewer than 2000 such animals remain in the River Brahmaputra
along Guwahati.
Delhi Government approves solar policy with 1 GW target by 2020:
The policy aims at making the national capital a solar city with installation of 1 GW solar power capacity by
2020. This target is proposed to double it to 2 GW during further next five years.
Swachh Yug campaign to make gram panchayats along Ganga open defecation free:
The campaign, being a collaborative effort between the Swachh Bharat Mission, local youth leaders () and the
Namami Gange project () - is being called Swachh -, which translates into the age of Swachh.
WCD Ministry holds first ever All India Women Journalists workshop:
The Conference will bring together 250 journalists on a single platform. The women journalists represent print,
electronic and online media across the country including small and regional media organizations.
The Ministry is organizing workshop in association with Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to be launched in Odisha:
In Odisha, state-level launch of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to provide free of cost LPG cooking gas
connections to women from BPL households will be held in Sambalpur on 20th of this month.
Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram and Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan are scheduled to flag it off.
The scheme has already been launched regionally by the Centre in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
India, ADB sign $120 mn loan pact for irrigation in Odisha:
India today signed loan agreement of USD 12 crore with the Asian Development Bank in New Delhi to improve
irrigation and water management infrastructure in Odisha.
Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Raj Kumar said that agriculture is a priority sector for the country
and especially for Odisha because of its high potential to generate jobs and contribute to inclusive and sustainable
economic growth.
Uttrakhand government to reduce land circle rates by 50%:
The Uttarakhand government has decided to reduce land circle rates in urban and peri-urban areas by around
50%.
The state government had effected a 10%-30% increase in land circle rates, drawing flak from several quarters
and opposition BJP.
Western Railway observes safety awareness week:
The awareness campaign will be conducted among school and college students and panchayats, and safety drives will be
held at level crossings.
Jharkhand govt to launch medical cover for poor:
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Monday said that medical insurance of 2 lakh will be launched for
Below Poverty Line (BPL) families for the treatment of serious ailments.
They will also be given an insurance cover of 50,000 for common diseases.
All train coaches to have bio-toilets by 2019:
Indian Railways has decided to install bio-toilets in all coaches to ensure the entire rail network is a zero
discharge zone by 2019, ahead of the earlier decided 2021, Railway Board Chairman AK Mittal announced.
According to the plan, 1.40 lakh bio-toilets will be installed during the next three years, while 37,000 have already been
installed.
India becomes co-chair of Working Group on Maritime Situational Awareness under CGPCS:
This decision was taken through a consensus during the 19th Plenary Session of the CGPCS that took place in Mahe,
Seychelles during 31 May 3 June 2016.
Draft National Water Framework Bill, 2016 released:
The Union Ministry of Water Resources released the Draft National Water Framework Bill, 2016 to invite
comments and suggestions from public.
The proposed Act provides an overarching national legal framework with principles for protection, conservation,
regulation and management of water as a vital and stressed natural resource.
Centre to introduce International Yoga Award Scheme:
The Centre has decided to introduce International Yoga Award Scheme with a view to promote yoga. The AYUSH
Ministry today said, it is working on the scheme and will start giving the award from 2017.
The theme of the conference is Yoga for Holistic Health - Recent Researches.
The conference aimed at ensuring wider dissemination of benefits of Yoga to the public through the the media.
AYUSH minister to inaugurate National Health Editors meet on Yoga today:
Minister of State for AYUSH,Shripad Yesso Naik, will inaugurate a National Health Editors' Conference in New
Delhi today.
The theme of the conference is Yoga for Holistic Health - Recent Researches.
India all set to become member of Missile Technology Control Regime:
India is all set to become a member of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) as it cleared final hurdles in
getting the membership of the key anti-proliferation grouping.
Membership of MTCR will help India procure high-end missile technology and surveillance systems by leading
manufacturers which are allowed to be accessed only by MTCR member countries.

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Centre to open 100 Jan Aushadhi Kendras in Bihar:
Union Chemical and Fertiliser Minister Anant Kumar said, the Central Government will open 100 Jan Aushadhi
Kendras in Bihar.
He said, after opening Jan Aushadhi Kendras, people will get life saving drugs at low price. The Union Minister alleged
that Bihar Government is not providing land to open these centres in the state.
Joint Indo-Korean coast guard exercise held in Chennai:
An Indo-Korean joint coast guard four day exercise Sahyog Hyeoblyeog 2016 held off Chennai coast from June
8.
Aimed at further strengthening the relationship between the coast guards of the two countries and refine joint operating
procedures
Korea Coast Guard ship 3009 would visit Chennai between June 8 to 11, adding the exercise includes anti-piracy
drills, search and rescue demonstrations and external fire fighting.
Rajasthan Government launches mobile app RajVayu on Air Quality Index:
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has launched mobile application RajVayu for sharing information
about air quality index of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur.
Rajasthan becomes first state in country to launch such app for sharing information about air quality index of
cities.
Vasundhara Raje also launched another application named Drishti for monitoring of pollution levels in
industrial regions.
Kiran Bedi bans use of siren in VIP cars in Puducherry:
Lt Governor Kiran Bedi has banned the use of siren in cars of VIPs in Puducherry and got the backing of Chief
Minister V Narayanasamy who said it was aimed at making the union territory prosperous.
All India Radio completes 80 years on June 8:
On this day in 1936 the Indian State Broadcasting Service became All India Radio. From then it has been a roller coaster
ride for the broadcaster which took on another name in 1956: Akashvani.
Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh announces upgradation, new stadium in J&K:
The Minister announced that Rs 42 crore has been allocated for the upgradation of
Jammus Maulana Azad Stadium.In addition to stadia in Jammu and Srinagar (Bakshi
Stadium), the existing stadia in Poonch and Rajouri will also be upgraded at the cost of Rs 4
crore.
Railway Minister lays foundation stone for 8 rail projects in Gujarat:
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in Mehsana laid foundation stone for eight
different rail projects, including the much awaited line doubling between
Surendranagar and Rajkot.
The projects include Ahmedabad-Mehsana gauge conversion with electrification,
Mehsana-Taranga Hill gauge conversion, Vatva-Ahmedabad third line, Modasa-Shamlaji
new line, Bhuj-Naliya gauge conversion, Somnath-Kodinar new line, Miyagam-Samlaya
gauge conversion and Surendranagar-Rajkot line doubling in Saurashtra region.
Government to launch e-commerce website its employees:
A portal called GeM, short for Government e-Marketplace, has been
conceptualized by the governments central purchase arm to allow sarkari babus to
make routine office purchases from cups and saucers to laptops and printers online.
Officials estimate that expenditure on commonly used office items ranges between 10% and 20% of the governments
non-plan expenditure, a figure which stands at Rs 14.28 lakh crore for fiscal year 2016-17.
Union Government launched Surya Mitra Mobile App:
Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal launched Surya Mitra mobile App at National Workshop on Rooftop Solar
Power in New Delhi.
The App will be very useful in the field of Renewable energy to serve customers at their doorsteps with quality
installation, repair, and Observations and Measurements (O&M) services.
World Bank slashes global growth forecast to 2.4 per cent:
The World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has slashed its 2016 growth forecast by 0.5 per cent to 2.4 per
cent and said it is critically important for governments to pursue policies that boos economic growth and improve the
livelihood of those living in extreme poverty.
Mexico backs India's bid for NSG membership;PM Modi heads home after winding up five-nation tour:
Mexico support to Indias membership to the Nuclear Supplier Group and working towards elevating
relationship from Privilege Partners to Strategic Partnership were two important outcomes of the bilateral talks
held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico city.
Mirza Imtiyaz Judicial Commission constituted to probe Mathura violence:
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has appointed a judicial commission to probe into the recent
Mathura violence that will be headed by retired Allahabad High Court judge Justice Mirza Imtiyaz Murtaza.
It has been asked to submit its report in two months.
Researchers in Assam devlop two rice variants for submerged areas:

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In Assam, two rice varieties Ranjit Sub-1 and Bahadur Sub-1 have been developed by researchers of Assam
Agricultural University to get better yields under submerged conditions.
An additional gene has been incorporated in the new variants which ensure productivity even if the crops remain
submerged during flash floods.
Railways starts providing baby food at stations:
Indian Railways launched 'Janani Sewa', a service under which baby food, hot milk and hot water will be
provided at stations.
Besides this, Railways has also launched a food menu for children in the 5-12 age group.
IRB battalion to be named after Maharana Pratap:
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that a new Indian Reserve Battalion, which will be named after Rajput
ruler Maharana Pratap, will be set up in Rajasthan.
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje earlier reportedly made a request in this regard.
Centre announces new Print Media Advertisement policy:
Information and Broadcasting ministry framed a New Print Media Advertisement Policy for Directorate of
Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP) with the objective to promote transparency and accountability in
issuing of advertisements in print media.
DAVP is the nodal agency of the Government of India for advertising on behalf of various Ministries and
Departments which are funded by the government.
Nepal's Deputy PM to arrive New Delhi for three-day visit:
Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa will arrive in New Delhi on a three-day visit to India, during which
he will hold talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on a range of bilateral issues.
Mr Thapa, who is also Nepal's Foreign Minister, will attend the convocation of the South Asian University in New Delhi
tomorrow. This will be Thapa's fourth visit to India since he assumed office in October last year.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flags off Champaran Satyagrah Express train in Bihar:
In Bihar, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today flagged off Champaran Satyagrah Express train at a function in
Motihari.
This train will run between Bapudham, Motihari to Anand VIhar, Delhi.
Venkaiah Naidu launches Swachh Map app of Rajkot civic body:
Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu launched a Swachh Map mobile application of the Rajkot
Municipal Corporation (RMC),Gujarat that will enable residents to register complaints of sanitation by sending
photos using it.The city in the Saurashtra region was ranked 7th in clean cities.
Food Ministry proposes 25% duty on sugar export:
Food Ministry has proposed to impose 25 per cent duty on export of sugar to ensure sufficient supply in the
domestic market.
The Ministry has proposed to levy 25 per cent custom duty on export of sugar to keep the export of the sweetener in
control.
Central Railway to issue safety warnings via SMS:
The Central Railway (CR) has decided to issue safety warnings to train commuters about unmanned railway
crossings through text messages.
The messages will be sent in English, Hindi, and Marathi. CR has nearly 325 unmanned railway crossings in all of its five
divisions.
NIIF, Qatar Investment Authority signed MoU to facilitate investment in Indian infrastructure sector:
The National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) Ltd. signed a MoU with the Qatar Investment Authority
(QIA) to facilitate investment in Indian infrastructure sector.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Doha during the Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit to Qatar.
ADB approves $100 million loan for irrigation system in Tamil Nadu:
The multilateral lending agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved 100 million dollars loan to
strengthen a key irrigation system and improve water management in the Vennar sub-basin of Cauvery Delta in
Tamil Nadu.
Union Railways Ministry flags off ChamparanSatyagrah Express train in Bihar
The train was flagged off by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. This train will run between Bapudham, Motihari to
AnandVihar, Delhi.
ChamparanSatyagrah Express train has been introduced to mark 100 years of the historic Champaran Satyagraha
(movement) launched by Mahatma Gandhi in 1917.
MP eyes Rs.1.3k crore tourism investment in FY17
Madhya Pradesh is expecting an investment of Rs.1,300 crore during the current 2016-17 fiscal for the
upgradation of tourism infrastructure, the state Tourism's Additional Managing Director TanviSundriyal said.
Congress observes 'dhikkar divas' in Odisha
The Congress on Friday observed 'dhikkar divas' in Odisha to "highlight the failure" of the BijuJanata Dal (BJD)
government in the state and the NDA government at the Centre.
State Congress President Prasad Harichandan claimed 25,000 villages were not getting drinking water and 30 lakh
people did not have access to electricity.
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Telangana government today ordered setting up of a 'Pharma City' on 12,500 acres of land in Rangareddy and
Mahbubnagar districts of the state.
Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) shall send detailed project proposal (DPR) to the
government on modalities for implementation and execution of project and also carry out all aspects related to the
development of this park in a transparent manner duly following all relevant rules, a government order said.
Machilipatnam town sanctioned for development under AMRUT scheme
The Union Urban Development Ministry has sanctioned 37.5 crore rupees for development of Machilipatnam
town under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme.
At least Rs. 18 crore will be alloted to complete the pending drainage project that will help maintain better sanitary
conditions in the historical town said the minister.
Delhi government renames flyover after Sikh icon
The AAP government has announced to rename the Barapullah flyover in Delhi after Sikh icon Baba Banda Singh
Bahadur. Notably, the move comes ahead of the assembly elections in Punjab in 2017.
Govt to invest Rs.25L cr in waterways, ports, rail
The government plans to invest Rs.25 lakh crore to strengthen inland waterways, ports and railroad links, Union
Minister NitinGadkari said.
While projects involving Rs.2.5 lakh crore have already been started, works worth Rs.5 lakh crore will be started shortly,
he further said. These projects would create about four crore jobs, he added.
Union Ministry of Power launches Surya Mitra Mobile App
The Union Ministry of Power has launched Surya Mitra mobile App to serve customers in the field of renewable
energy.
The app was launched by Union Power Minister PiyushGoyal at National Workshop on Rooftop Solar Power held in New
Delhi.
President leaves for 6-day tour of 3 African nations
President Pranab Mukherjee today embarked on a six-day visit to three African nations -- Ghana, Ivory Coast and
Namibia -- to boost trade ties with these countries known for having "solid political system, where democracy
has taken roots".
This is the maiden visit of any Indian President to Ghana and Ivory Coast whereas to Namibia, such a visit comes after
two decades.
West Bengal government to offer rice at Rs 2 per kg to sex workers, HIV patients
The West Bengal government has now decided to give rice at Rs two per kg to sex workers and poor HIV patients
in the state.
In this initiative of government all deaf and dumb children in various homes and poor leoprosy pateints will also be
included. About one lakh beneficiaries from across the state will be identified for the purpose, the minister said in an
interview.
Gujarat island gets electricity for first time
Shiyal Bet, an island in Gujarat's Amreli District got electricity supply for the first time, nearly seven decades
after independence.
With electricity reaching the island through a 6-km undersea cable, every part of Gujarat is reportedly now connected to
electricity.
The 6,000-strong population on Shiyal Bet had been dependent on kerosene oil lamps or battery-run lights till now.
10-day economic blockade begins in Manipur
A 10-day economic blockade on all National Highways passing through the tribal territories of Manipur began on
Saturday.
Tribal leaders deployed volunteers along the highways to block incoming loaded vehicles.
Central Government approves Rs.300 cr for boosting tourism in UP
Aimed at boosting tourism in Uttar Pradesh, the Centre has approved projects worth Rs.300 crore for developing
the Ramayana, Krishna and Buddhist circuits in the state.
Andhra launches IT irrigation project management
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu launched an IT-enabled management system for irrigation
projects in the state.
The system will enable regular assessment of the progress of the ongoing projects in the state and help in monitoring
water storage levels and flow of various rivers and reservoirs, the government said.
Andhra Pradesh government to invest Rs.2,400 cr for tourism boost
The state tourism board in Andhra Pradesh is planning to invest Rs.2,400 crores for developing adventure
activities in the state including water sports like parasailing, speed boating and water skiing.
The state also plans to open 33 new hotels and has associated with global brands including the Taj group, ITC group,
Accor group Holiday Inn Associates and JW Marriott Associates.
Arvind Kejriwal Sets Up Committee to Look Into Matters Related To Delhi Water Bodies
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has constituted a high-level committee under the chairmanship of PWD
minister Satyendra Jain to look into the matters related to water bodies in the national capital.
Water Minister Kapil Mishra and Environment and Forests Minister, Imran Hussain, will be the members of this
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Sikkim becomes Indias first State to launch open government data portal
Sikkim became the first state in India to have an open government data portal linked sikkim.data.gov.in. The
portal was launched by Lok Sabha MP, P D Rai and also launched Open Government Data Platform (Sikkim).
The portal has been developed by Government of Sikkims Information Technology Department and NIC team from Delhi.
Kishore Tiwari-headed Task Force on Farmers submitted its report to Maharashtra Government:
Maharashtra Government appointed taskforce named as Vasantrao Naik Shetkari Swavalamban Mission
(VNSSM), headed by agriculture expert Kishore Tiwari, submitted its report to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
The taskforce appointed to address agrarian issues has suggested a five-point agenda to bring at least 80 percent of
farmers into the institutional credit net.
Bihar education dept launches Operation Clean Up
In the light of the recent class XII Bihar board results scandal, the state Education Department has launched
Operation Clean Up, under which all the 228 B.Ed colleges of the state will be probed.
State Education Minister Ashok Choudhary said that the department will also inspect 10+2, degree colleges and even
coaching institutes to ensure the quality of education.
Vaishno Devi shrine sets new record, over 51,000 pilgrims visit in single day:
In Jammu and Kashmir, Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrimage set a new record when the number of pilgrims performing
darshans of the holy cave crossed 51 thousand.
The highest figure of pilgrims on a single day.
PM Modi to inaugurate the two day Annual Conference of Tax:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the two day Annual Conference
of Senior Tax Administrators of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) & Central
Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) on 16th June in the national capital.
The Annual Conference has been given the brand name Rajaswa-Gyansangam
Annual Conference of Tax Administrators.
India, Ghana sign three agreements to strengthen co-operation in varied fields:
India and Ghana signed three bilateral agreements to strengthen co-operation
in varied fields.
The agreements were signed during the first ever visit of President Pranab Mukherjee
to Ghana, a nation on West Africas Gulf of Guinea.
Gujarat Government to launch mobile app for delivery of common services:
The Gujarat government has decided to launch the mobile app Digital Gujarat
by August 15.
Aim to put most of the services on the fingertips of citizens, so that they dont have to visit government offices,
Dhananjay Dwivedi, Secretary states Science and Technology department, said.
Arun Jaitley, State FMs taking part in two-day meet on GST bill:
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and all State Finance Ministers are taking part in a two-day meeting of the
Empowered Committee on the Goods and Services Tax Bill which began in Kolkata.
West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra is presiding over the meeting.
AirAsia Group chief gets Overseas Citizen of India status:
Malaysias AirAsia Group chief Tony Fernandes has been given the status of Overseas Citizen of India (OIC) by the
Indian government, amid concerns in certain quarters over control at budget carrier AirAsia India.
AirAsia India is a joint venture between AirAsia and Tatas, each holding 49% stake. The remaining shares are with the
carriers two directors S Ramadorai and R Venkataramanan.
President Pranab Mukherjee receives highest civilian award of Ivory Coast:
President Pranab Mukherjee has been presented National Order of the Republic of Ivory Coast, the highest
civilian award of the West African country.
With this, Mr Mukherjees became the first Indian President to visit Ivory Coast. He was invited by Ivory Coast President
Alassane Ouattara.
NITI Aayog to set up 500 'Atal Tinkering Labs':
Aiming to cultivate a spirit of innovation in youth, the NITI Aayog has decided to set up 500 Atal Tinkering Labs
(ATL) in schools across the country.
The vision of the ATLs is to 'Cultivate 1 Million children as Neoteric Innovators'.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inaugurated Child Labour Tracking System:
The system was launched to keep a track of rescued child labour for their proper rehabilitation.
Besides, CM Nitish Kumar also announced that he had in principle accepted the Charter of Demands submitted by the
rescued child labour.
Telangana government to set up pharmaceutical city in Rangareddy and Mahbubnagar districts:
Telangana government decided to set up of a Pharma City on 12500 acres of land in Rangareddy and
Mahbubnagar districts of the state.
Telangana has traditionally been the bulk drugs capital of India with almost one-third of the total production in value
terms.
Government releases draft wind-solar hybrid policy:

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The government released draft National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy which aims to boost the hybrid solar and wind
power projects in the country, better utilise the existing infrastructure and increase renewable energy sources.
The goal of the policy is to reach a generating capacity of 10 GW through hybridisation projects by 2022, it said
Union Government Launches Scheme for setting up 1000 MW CTU- connected Wind Power Project:
The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched a scheme for setting up of 1000 Mega
Watt (MW) Wind Power Project connected to transmission network of Central Transmission Utility (CTU).
The objective of the scheme is to facilitate supply of wind power to the non-windy states at a price discovered through
transparent bidding process.
Andhra Pradesh Police to acquire 10 UAVs for aerial surveillance:
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has decided to acquire 10 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
(UAVs) or Drones to be deployed for a variety of police and civilian applications to conduct surveillance of
various incidents, events and on-going activities.
Government may develop 23 destinations under Ramayana, Krishna Circuit:
Government has got proposals to develop 23 destinations under Ramayana and Krishna circuit for promotion of
tourism in the country.
Among them, 11 destinations are under Ramayana Circuit and 12 under Krishna circuit.
BHEL commissions 195 MW unit at Muzaffarpur:
Public Sector Power equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned 195
MW unit at Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station in Bihar.
This is the second 195 MW unit to be commissioned by BHEL at the 2195 MW Muzaffarpur Thermal Power Station
Stage-II of Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Limited (KBUNL).
India to form alliance with Japan, South Korea to buy LNG:
Energy-hungry India has restarted talks on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) purchasing alliance with Japan and
South Korea and may also include China as Asian demand for the fuel grows.
Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) plans to launch integrated bio energy mission:
The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy aims to launch an Integrated Bio Energy Mission with an estimated
outlay of Rs. 10,000 crore from 2017-18 to 2021-22.
The plan was announced by Varsha Joshi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, at the first meeting of the
Bio Energy Advisory Committee of the Ministry held late last month.
Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) ties up with Axis Bank:
The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) in association with Axis Bank has unveiled Indias
first open loop contactless card that will allow users to pay not only for bus rides, but also use it at any other merchant
outlet, similar to their debit or credit cards.
PM Modi inaugurates 1st conference of CBDT, CBEC:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the two-day Rajasva Gyan Sangam, the first joint annual conference
of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).
The conference will also be attended by the top brass of Income Tax department. While CBDT is responsible for collecting
direct taxes, CBEC recovers the indirect taxes.
HRD minister Smriti Irani launches Vidyanjali in New Delhi:
Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has launched Vidyanjali, a school volunteer programme in
New Delhi.
Vidyanjali is an initiative under Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat, to enhance community and private sector involving
government run elementary schools across the country.
Rajnath Singh to chair meeting of coastal States in Mumbai:
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair a meeting of the Home Ministers, Chief Secretaries and Directors
General of Police belonging to nine coastal States and four Union Territories in Mumbai.
Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju and senior officers of the Ministry of Home Affairs will also participate
in the meeting organised by the Department of Border Management.
Railways start social media system for grievance:
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu launched an Integrated Social Media platform to take care of passengers'
grievances received through the posts on Facebook and Twitter.
The posts will be first analysed by the Railway Board's Social Media Cell and then forwarded to the concerned Divisional
Railways Manager (DRM) to take prompt action on the matter.
Grievance redressal app for panchayats in Bengal:
West Bengal Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee launched a bilingual grievance redressal app, Panchayat
Pratikar, across the state's gram panchayats.
All complaints would be recorded, a reply would be given on the mobile and redressal would be provided within 72
working hours, Mukherjee said.
The status of the complaint will also be traceable on the net or mobile, he added.
India to provide Rs 48 million aid for college building in Nepal:
India to provide financial grand of Rs 48.84 million to Nepal for the construction of a college.
Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae laid foundation stone of the building for Koteshwor Multiple Campus in
Kathmandu district.

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Koteshwor Multiple Campus is a non-governmental, service-oriented community college established two decades back.
Nawazuddin introduces irrigation system in UP:
According to reports, Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has introduced a water-efficient Centre Pivot Irrigation System
in Uttar Pradesh's Budhana.
Siddiqui, who comes from a family of farmers, was introduced to the system by some French farmers during his visit to
Cannes.
Karnataka government bans electronic cigarettes:
The Karnataka government banned electronic cigarettes in the state.
The decision was taken on the recommendation of a committee on cancer prevention, state Health Minister UT Khader
said.
Haryana bans sale of paint thinner in bottles:
Haryana government has banned the sale of correction fluid and paint thinner in bottles, saying strict action will
be taken against violators.
Officials have been asked to submit a progress report on the fifth of every month regarding the order, state Health
Minister Anil Vij said. The chemicals were reportedly being misused as intoxicating substances or drugs, Vij added.
Government increases buffer stock of pulses by 5 times:
The Government increased the buffer stock of pulses by over five times from 1.5 lakh tonnes to 8 lakh tonnes.
The stock will be created by direct procurement from farmers at market prices.
Maharashtra government to use plastic wastes to build roads:
Maharashtra government has decided to use plastic waste along with tar in the building of roads.
The Centre had recommended the use of plastic waste as it improves the quality of roads and reduces soil pollution
caused by the plastics, state officials said.
CSIR-Central Road Research Institute also assured the government that such roads would be cheaper and more
durable.
Government gives nod to six international agreements:
The government gave its nod to six international agreements in science and technology, air travel and labour
welfare.
The agreement between the Earth Sciences Ministry and the International Seabed Authority will allow India to undertake
exploration of high-value mineral deposits in the Indian Ocean.
Another agreement relates to improving air connectivity between India and Taiwan.
Government to give unique ID cards to disabled persons:
India is implementing a project to provide unique identification cards to persons with disabilities, Secretary,
Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, told the UN.
The move is aimed at creating a database that lets the government track their education and employment status.
Further, the first Central University for Disability Studies and Research will be set up in Kerala, the official
added.
Sikkim to start courses on endangered languages:
The University Grants Commission has allowed Sikkim University to start two-year post-graduate degree
courses in Lepcha and Limbu languages, which are enlisted as 'endangered' by UNESCO.
The varsity would be the first in the country to offer post-graduate courses in these endangered languages.
The courses including one for the Bhutia language would be taught from the academic session in August.
'Delhi's CP world's 7th costliest office space':
Property consultant CBRE has ranked New Delhi's Connaught Place the world's seventh most expensive office
destination, with an annual occupancy cost of $149.71 per sq ft.
While Hong Kong (Central) was named the highest-priced office market at $290 per sq ft per annum, Mumbai's
Bandra Kurla Complex was ranked 19th.
India, ISA contract for exploration of Polymetallic Sulphides in Indian Ocean Region approved:
The Union Cabinet gave its approval for signing of a 15 years contract by the Ministry of Earth Sciences with the
International Seabed Authority (ISA).
The contract seeks to undertake exploration and other developmental activities related to Polymetallic Sulphides in the
allotted area of 10000 sq km.
Union Cabinet approved Bill to fast track recovery of bad loans:
The Union Cabinet approved the Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws and Miscellaneous
Provisions (Amendment) Bill, 2016. It was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 11 May 2016.
Primarily, the bill seeks to amend four existing legislations, namely, -
Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (SARFAESI) Act,
2002
Recovery of Debts due to Banks and Financial Institutions (RDDBFI) Act, 1993
Indian Stamp Act, 1899
Depositories Act, 1996
Karnataka, Goa sign pact to join Uday scheme: Piyush Goyal
Karnataka and Goa have signed an agreement to join the UDAY scheme for the revival of discoms. Both States
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The Power Ministry would soon approach the Cabinet to seek approval for enabling private sector electricity
distribution companies (discoms) to get operational benefits of the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY).
UGC approves new guidelines for Deemed universities:
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved new regulations for Deemed Universities and removed
the ceiling on the number of off-campus centres.
The new guidelines also give a time bar of seven months for the UGC and Human Rresource Development (HRD) ministry
to process applications for setting up new centres.
Garment bank set up in Himachal Pradesh:
In Himachal Pradesh, the Shimla Municipal Corporation has set up a garment bank in the state run Kamla Nehru
Hospital Shimla for new born babies.
President of the State Red Cross Society Pratibha Singh inaugurated this bank yesterday.
India and Namibia call for reform in UN Security Council:
India and Namibia have made a strong call for reforms in United Nations to give India and Africa their due place
in the UN Security Council.
President Pranab Mukherjee and his Namibian counterpart Hage Geingob said that it is a great anomaly that India
and Africa with over two billion people should be left out of the world body.
India will like to partner with Namibia in the implementation of its Vision 2030 through inclusive development
and capacity building.
Rajnath approves setting up central marine force:
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh approved Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnaviss proposal to set
up a Central Marine Police Force to protect the national coastline.
The Centre is preparing to take the coastal security to the third phase and more reforms will be executed in the next five
years, Singh said after chairing coastal security meet in Mumbai.
Railway Ministry launched Liberalised Policies on Parcel Leasing and Parcel Cargo Train Express:
Ministry of Railways launched two polices related to Parcel Leasing and Parcel Cargo Train Express.
These policies were launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in a programme held in New Delhi.
These policies were launched as part of Rail Budget announcement of the fiscal year 2016-17. It seeks to make the policy
related to Parcel more liberalized and customer friendly.
National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 released:
The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) released National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) 2016.
The policys mission is to provide safe, secure, affordable and sustainable air travel for passengers and air
transportation of cargo with access to various parts of India and the world.
Government imposes 20% duty on export of sugar:
To increase domestic supply and check the rising prices of sugar, the government imposed a 20% customs duty
on the export of raw, white, or refined sugar.
This comes amid rising prices of various commodities including tomato, wheat, and pulses.
Notably, India is the world's second-largest sugar producer and has exported 1.6 million tonnes sugar since
October 2015.
Union Cabinet approves MoU between ISRO and Canadian Space Agency:
The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Indian Space Research
Organization (ISRO) and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) on cooperation in the field of outer space.
The MoU was signed between two parties in Ottawa, Canada in April 2015.
It will lead to establishment of joint team, drawing members from CSA and ISRO.
India, Namibia sign two MoUs:
India and Namibia have signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) during the final leg of President
Pranab Mukherjees three-nation African visit.
The two signed MoUs include MoU on Capacity building for civil servants of Namibia.
Mou on setting up of centre of excellence in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
President returns home after concluding his three nation visit:
President Pranab Mukherjee returned home after a six day visit to Ghana, Ivory
Coast and Namibia where he met top leaders of these countries and inked important
agreements.
He reiterated Indias commitment to deepen ties and cooperation with all African
countries.
India scripts history as IAF inducts 3 women fighter pilots:
Three women flight cadets made history today as they were commissioned as
fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force for the first time ever.
Bhawana Kanth, Avani Chatuvedi and Mohana Singh were commissioned in presence
of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at a ceremony at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal on the
outskirts of Hyderabad.
PM Modi, Lankan President dedicate Duraiappah Stadium to Sri Lankan people:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena
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Jaffna.
The Stadium, named after of former Mayor of Jaffna, late Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah, has been renovated by
India at a cost of over seven crore rupees.
Government clears Rs. 300 Crore under Swadesh Darshan scheme:
The Centre has cleared Rs.300 crore for the makeover of Ramayana and Krishna circuits of Uttar Pradesh under
the Swadesh Darshan scheme, aiming to develop theme based tourist circuits in the country.
Under the Ramayana circuit, 11 destinations spread across six states, including Ayodhya, and under the Krishna circuit,
12 destinations spread across five states, comprising Dwarka, were proposed.
NCERT to organise 3-day 'Yoga Olympiad' from tomorrow:
After science and mathematics Olympiad, the NCERT is set to organise the first ever 'Yoga Olympiad' for all
government and government-aided schools students ahead of the International Yoga Day on June 21.
NCERT Director Hrushikesh Senapaty told reporters in New Delhi that three-day event will begin today and culminate
on the eve of the International Yoga Day with an award ceremony to be attended by HRD minister Smriti Irani.
Theme of the Olympiad is 'Yoga for Health and Harmony'.
States resolve to provide 24x7 power to everyone by Mar 2019:
Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal has said all the states have resolved to provide round-the-clock power
supply to every household by March 2019.
The Power Minister also announced the launch of the helpline '1912' for redressal of consumer's complaints
across the country.
Government decides to allow export of 10% missile systems to friendly countries:
Government has decided in principle to allow export of missile systems to 'certain' countries who have friendly
relationship with India.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the government had taken a very conscious decision that 10 per cent of
the missile capacity will be permitted to be exported if producers manage to get export orders subject to parameters set
by the union government and External Affairs Ministry.
Earlier, Parrikar flagged off the inaugural flight of India's indigenous basic trainer aircraft HTT 40 designed and
developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.
Odisha to invest Rs.1,000 Crore for skill development:
While inaugurating the Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA), the state's Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
said his government will invest Rs.1,000 crore over the next three years towards skill development.
The funds will be used for setting up of eight advanced skill development centres, besides upgrading existing institutes in
order to train eight lakh individuals, he added.
Jammu &Kashmir to develop new travel destinations:
The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Board is planning to give tourism a boost by developing new destinations
within the state.
The government allocated 14 new places to be developed into tourist destinations.
Under the initiative, places like Toosa Maidan and Bungus Valley would be turned into eco-tourism destinations
and locals would be trained to host tourists, boosting residents' livelihood.
Haryana to have India's 1st AYUSH university:
The Haryana government on Saturday gave its approval to set up an AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy,
Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) University, the first-of-its-kind in India.
The university, to be formed by upgrading Shri Krishna Government Ayurvedic College in Kurukshetra, would offer
undergraduate and postgraduate courses in all the AYUSH systems, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said.
Assam government announces free admission for Divyang students in government institutes:
The Assam government has announced free admission for Divyang students in government institutes.
State Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that the initiative will implement from this year.
Earlier, Education department announced free education up to undergraduate level for all students from poor and lower
middle class families whose family income does not exceed Rs. One lakh per annum.
IRCTC launches mobile app to book air tickets:
The IRCTC has launched an Android mobile app 'IRCTC Air' which enables booking of air tickets for travel within
India and abroad.
A maximum of nine passengers are allowed for booking on one PNR by paying Rs.10 as convenience fee.
Delhi to pay social security pensions monthly:
The Delhi government has decided to disburse old age, physical disability, and widow pensions on a monthly
basis starting July, instead of making quarterly payments.
The move is aimed at easing the financial problems faced by the beneficiaries in the city, reportedly comprising of 3.88
lakh old people, 1.6 lakh widows and 63,000 people with physical disabilities.
PM Modi outlines RAPID, a five-point charter for tax administrators at the Rajasva Gyan Sangam:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi outlined RAPID, a five-point charter for tax administrators to reform and to
expand the net base of the direct tax.
The Prime Minister outlined the RAPID as
R - Revenue,
A - Accountability,

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P - Probity,
I Information
D - Digitization.
Union Ministry of AYUSH released Yog Geet for International Day of Yoga2016:
Union Ministry of AYUSH released a Yog Geet (Song) in connection with the celebration of International Day of
Yoga2016.
The details of the song are as under:
The song is of 3 minutes and 15 seconds in Hindi language.
The song is written and produced by Deeraj Saraswat.
Gandhar TD Jadhav and Gatha Jadhav were given their voice.
The Music of the song is composed by Sumanto Ray.
Centre approves proposal for Greenfield Electronic Park in Odisha:
The Centre has approved a proposal of the Odisha government for the development of Greenfield Electronic Park
spread over an area of 203 acres in Bhubaneswar.
With an investment of Rs. 205 crore, the Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation which is
developing the electronic park, will house around 100 units of an electronic manufacturing cluster with state-of-the-
art infrastructure and common facilities.
Government to bear full coaching cost for SC students:
Under a revised central sector scheme, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will now bear the entire
expenditure incurred by SC and OBC students on coaching for competitive examinations.
Earlier, the government paid a maximum coaching fee of Rs.20,000 per candidate.
The Ministry will also empanel reputed coaching institutes to provide quality coaching to the said students.
Odisha announces cash incentives for districts:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced cash incentives for districts that successfully implement
various government programmes.
The incentives include cash prizes up to Rs.1 crore for best performance in schemes like disbursement of pucca
houses, skill development, and employment generation, among others.
This will promote a healthy competition among the districts, Patnaik said.
Punjab 1st to provide free Hepatitis C treatment:
Punjab has become the first state in India to provide free treatment to confirmed cases of Hepatitis C.
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal launched the 'Mukh Mantri Punjab Hepatitis C Relief Fund', with an initial
contribution of Rs.20 crore, for providing the free treatment. According to reports, around six lakh people require
Hepatitis C treatment in Punjab.
Andhra Pradesh to start Internet-based phone service:
Andhra Pradesh is perhaps the first State to have obtained a telecom licence and it can issue phone numbers
starting with the 797 series from August this year.
The government can provide free telephone services within the region through internet which means you can
also skype and have video calls.
Tamilnadu government closes down 500 state run liquor outlets:
The Tamil Nadu Government closed down 500 state-run liquor outlets
After assuming the office recently for a second term, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa ordered reduction of working hours of all
liquor outlets by two hours.
Union Home Ministry notifies 10 coastal police stations:
Union Home Ministry notifies 10 coastal police stations.
The Union Home Ministry has notified official gazette notification for establishing 10 coastal police stations located along
Indias coastline in 9 States and 4 UTs.
Railway Ministry launches two liberalised Policies:
The Union Railway Ministry has launched two policies related to Parcel Cargo Train Express and Parcel Leasing,
launched by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
They are Liberalised Comprehensive Parcel Leasing Policy (CPLP) and Liberalised policy on Parcel Cargo Express
Trains (PCET).
These policies were launched as part of 2016-17 Rail Budget announcements to make the policies related to Parcel
Leasing and Parcel Cargo Express more liberalized and customer friendly.
Government approves 100% FDI in defence, caviation, pharma under automatic route:
Government today approved 100 per cent FDI in a host of sectors including civil aviation, defence, pharma and
single brand retail sector under automatic route.
Other sectors in which FDI norms have been relaxed include e-commerce in food products, broadcasting carriage
services, private security agencies and animal husbandry.
President Pranab Mukherjee to inaugurate Mass Yoga Demonstration:
President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate a mass Yoga demonstration involving around 1,000 persons at
Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow.
They will all perform the common protocol finalized by Ministry of AYUSH. The event is being organized in collaboration
with Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga.

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URJA Mobile app launched to enhance consumer connect with Urban Power Distribution sector:
Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal launched the URJA
Mobile application.
The URJA, which stands for Urban Jyoti Abhiyaan, was launched on the on the side-lines of Conference of Power Ministers
at Cansaulim in South Goa.
Himachal government launches skill development project:
The Himachal Pradesh government has launched a Rs.640 crore project for skill development under which
multipurpose training centres will be set up in rural areas.
The training, to be given by both government and private associations, will be accessible to all people aged between 16-
49, including BPL families.
Individuals will be trained in tourism, agriculture and banking sectors, among others
PM Modi to get new 'Air India One' plane
PM Narendra Modi is set to get a new aircraft, Air India One, which will be equipped with hi-tech security
equipment and latest communication facilities.
The aircraft can store food for 2,000 people, withstand grenade and rocket attacks, has air-to-air refuelling facilities,
operation theatre for emergency along with broadband and anti-missile defence systems.
PM Modi releases stamps on Surya Namaskara:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi released postage stamps on Surya Namaskara to mark the second International
Yoga Day to be celebrated on June 21.
The stamps, of Rs.5 and Rs.25, depict the 12 asanas constituting the Surya Namaskara.
Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has directed India Post to make the stamps available in all major post
offices across India.
Government releases draft National Forest Policy:
The Environment Ministry has released the draft National Forest Policy, which if enforced, will replace the
current 1988 policy.
It seeks to levy a green tax for facilitating ecologically responsible behaviour and has proposed to establish National and
State Boards of Forestry.
2,000 women set world record in prenatal yoga:
Nearly 2,000 pregnant women set a new world record by performing yoga in Rajkot, Gujarat, on the occasion of
International Yoga Day.
Further, 8,000 children in Gujarat set a world record by making a human chain, CM Anandiben Patel said.
First-ever National Yoga Olympiad held in Delhi
The first-ever National Yoga Olympiad was held in Delhi from June 18-20. Organised by the NCERT, the olympiad
saw participation from 321 children from 21 states and union territories.
HRD Minister Smriti Irani distributed 48 medals at the olympiad, where the participants were tested on the yogic
practices of asana, pranayam, kriya, dhyana, bandha, and mudra.
Union Government bans use of Potassium Bromate as food additive:
The Union Government banned use of potassium bromate (KbrO3) as a food additive on recommendation of
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
FSSAI in its recommendation asked health ministry to remove potassium bromate, a cancer causing chemical, from the
list of permissible food additives.
Punjab government launches Mukh Mantri Punjab Hepatitis C Relief Fund:
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal launched the fund titled Mukh Mantri Punjab Hepatitis C Relief Fund
to provide free treatment for patients affected by Hepatitis C.
With this initiative, Punjab became the first Indian state to provide free treatment to confirmed cases of Hepatitis
C.
Delhi starts portal to facilitate student loans
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched an online portal to facilitate loans to financially weak students
who wish to pursue higher studies in the city after class 12.
Students in Delhi should not be denied quality education due to lack of resources, he asserted. He claimed that no bank
can deny loan applications under this initiative.
Railways' new rules to be effective from July 1:
The new set of rules introduced by the Indian Railways, including 50% refund of the amount paid for a tatkal
ticket, will be effective from July 1.
Further, the number of coaches on Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express will be increased, IRCTC ticket bookings will begin in
various languages and a 'wake-up call destination' will be given to passengers in trains.
Madhya Pradesh inks MoU with Chinese firm on $1bn investment:
The Madhya Pradesh government signed an MoU with Chinese heavy machinery manufacturing firm Sany Group
for working on investment proposals worth $1 billion.
Sany Group reportedly expressed interest in investing in the state's energy sector and industrial infrastructure.
CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said his government will ensure ease of business for the firm in the state.
Delhi launches project to ease school admissions:

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The Delhi government launched a pilot project to facilitate easy procurement of certificates needed for school
admissions.
Under this initiative, one teacher or IT person from each school will be trained help students obtain the required
certificates in the school itself, eliminating the need for them to visit the District Magistrates office, Deputy Chief
Minister Manish Sisodia said.
Cabinet approves biggest ever spectrum auction
The Union Cabinet approved the spectrum auction plan which is estimated to fetch at least Rs.5.36 lakh crore,
biggest spectrum auction ever for the Indian telecom industry, following recommendations from the Department of
Telecommunications.
The government will be putting up the premium and efficient 700 Mhz band up for auction for the first time ever.
Government okaysRs 10,000 crore corpus for Startups:
The Cabinet has approved setting up of Fund of Funds for Startups under Small Industries Development Bank of
India (SIDBI) for extending support to Startups.
The corpus of FFS is Rs 10,000 crore, which will be built up over the 14th and 15th Finance Commission cycles.
The Fund is expected to generate employment for 18 lakh persons.
Maharashtra to set up anti-terrorism school for cops:
The Maharashtra Cabinet approved a proposal to set up a Counter-Insurgency and Anti-Terrorist school at
Nagpur to train police and other security forces in combating left-wing extremism and militancy.
It will provide "state-of-the-art" training facilities for jungle and field tactics, ambush, and handling of weapons.
Maharashtra cabinet approves minority status for Jews:
The decision will allow members of the community avail state government scholarships and establish their own
educational institutes, Chief Minister DevendraFadnavissaid.
According to the 2001 Census, there were 4,650 Jews living in India, with 2,466 of them in Maharashtra.
Nagpur and China's Jinan become 'sister cities':
Nagpur and the Chinese city of Jinan became 'sister cities' after signing a pact which allows for the exchange of
ideas and technology in the field of education, urban planning, youth affairs, and sports.
The agreement, which will be executed for five years, also allows Nagpur to seek financial assistance from Jinan to
execute development projects.
Assam starts SMS drive for tobacco-free schools
The Assam government has started an SMS campaign to ensure that all educational institutions in the state are
tobacco-free.
Heads of government educational institutions were sent reminders to ensure that anti-tobacco signages are put up and
tobacco use is banned in the premises.
Banda Singh Bahadur commemorative coin released:
Finance Minister ArunJaitley released a commemorative silver coin to mark the 300th martyrdom day of Sikh
General Banda Singh Bahadur. Jaitley said Bahadur (1670-1716) was a great leader, who fought the Mughals and
established the first sovereign Sikh state.
Notably, Guru Gobind Singh had conferred the title 'Bahadur' and appointed Banda Singh his deputy and military
lieutenant.
Aadhaar to be linked with caste, domicile certificates:
Union Government asked all state governments to link Aadhaar with caste and domicile certificates of school
students.
Under first-of-its-kind initiative, the states have been asked to ensure that such certificates are issued within 60 days
time to the students when they are studying either in Class V or VIII.
Andhra Postal circle releases stamps on Yoga booklet:
To commemorate the 2nd International Day of Yoga, Andhra Pradesh Postal circle on 21 June 2016 released
Information booklet, Stamps on Yoga and 12 stamps on Suryanamaskarams.
The booklet and stamps were released to encourage customers and employees to take to yoga. He said the special stamps
are limited edition collection which will interest philatelists.
FM ArunJaitley to embark on 5-day China visit today:
Finance Minister ArunJaitley will today embark on a five-day visit to China, where he will attend the first annual
meeting of the board of governors of the 100-billion US dollar Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
Mr.Jaitley will also hold a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Lou Jiwei on June 27.
He will also participate in the 8th India-China Financial Dialogue.
Government launches drive against lifestyle diseases:
Health Minister JP Nadda on Wednesday launched several campaigns to create awareness among people
regarding non-communicable diseases (NCDs) or 'lifestyle diseases'.
The minister launched a media campaign and an 'M-Diabetes' initiative, where information on diabetes will be
provided through a missed call.
India's first sunken museum to come up in Delhi:
India's first sunken museum is set to come up at Humayuns Tomb in Delhi. With a built-up area of 9,000 square
metres, the underground site museum, whose roof was laid down recently, will open to the public in early 2018.
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Government withdraws Drugs and Cosmetics Bill, 2013:
The Cabinet decided to withdraw the Drugs and Cosmetics Bill, 2013 that sought to amend the 1940 law.
The bill had proposed to regulate the quality of products like medicines, medical devices, gene therapeutic products, and
clinical trials, among others.
The government said it will now review the existing law in pursuance of the 'Make In India' programme.
Union Cabinet approves special package for Textile and Apparel sector:
The Union Cabinet has given its approval for a special package for employment generation and promotion of
exports in Textile and Apparel sector.
Union Cabinet approves pact for avoidance of double taxation with Belgium:
The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the signing of a Protocol amending the Agreement between India and
Belgium for avoidance of double taxation.
Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Germany:
The Union Cabinet has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Steinbeis GmbH Co. KG,
Germany for technology transfer and resourcing in manufacturing, including sub-sectors of Capital Goods.
It will act as a Technology Resource Partner for implementing identified projects in manufacturing.
Aadhaar to be linked with caste certificates:
Centre has asked all the states to link Aadhaar card of school students to their caste and domicile certificate.
The states have further been directed to issue such certificates to children studying in Class-5 and Class-8 within 60 days.
The government has reportedly taken the decision following complaints stating that SC-ST students were facing delays in
getting their scholarship.
India to sign Memorandum of Obligation to join SCO:
India will sign a memorandum of obligation in Tashkent to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
India is likely to be given the status of full member of the SCO during the extended meeting of member states and
observer countries of the organisation.
India will also sign about 30 other documents during the period of one year to become a permanent member of the SCO.
Maharashtra districts get own disaster plans:
The Maharashtra government has reportedly prepared disaster management plans for all 36 districts in the
state amid predictions of 'above normal' monsoon by the MeT department.
The plans deal with emergency measures to be taken during heavy rains, flash floods, landslides and lightning strikes, an
official said. The plans also include population and other macro details of the districts.
Mobile van to teach disabled kids in Chandigarh:
Chandigarh Administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki flagged off a mobile van, named Kalam Express, to provide
home-based education to disabled children.
The van, to work six days a week, will have an educator, a physiotherapist, an LCD screen, a projector, books, and toys.
Chhattisgarh to ban 10-12 year old trucks, buses:
In a bid to curb air pollution, the Chhattisgarh government has decided to ban trucks and buses older than 10
and 12 years, respectively.
Their owners will be given one year to buy new commercial vehicles, the state's Environment Conservation Board said.
Further, permits will not be sanctioned to vehicles coming from other states that are older than eight years.
Haryana to provide 100% rebate in property tax:
The Haryana government on Thursday decided to provide 100% rebate in property tax for residential,
commercial, and institutional properties, said an official release.
The rebate would be given for a year from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.
The government had earlier waived electricity dues for consumers whose properties were damaged or looted during the
Jat quota agitation.
Government launches project for CNG-run two-wheelers:
Environment Minister PrakashJavadekar and MoS for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge)
DharmendraPradhan launched a pilot project in Delhi to run 50 two-wheelers on CNG.
The performance of these two-wheelers will be closely monitored for efficiency and emissions during the pilot phase,
Pradhan said.
The CNG-fuelled two-wheelers are expected to emit 75% lesser hydrocarbons.
Austria to share technology with Andhra Pradesh in agriculture, water purification:
Central European country Austria came forward to extend advanced technology for development of agriculture
and water purification in Andhra Pradesh.
A three-member Austrian delegation led by Georg Zehetner, Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Head of Mission,
Austrian Embassy met the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at his camp office in Vijayawada.
Telangana to join Centre's Uday scheme:
Telangana will join the Uday programme that the Central Government introduced to bailout electricity distribution
companies from the losses.
Later, the Chief Ministers Office in a release said the Union Minister agreed to give more funds under the
DeenDayalUpadhyaya Scheme and also to give more coal for power projects in Telangana.
Britain offers cooperation for development of Andhra Pradesh:

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Britain would extend cooperation for development of Andhra Pradesh according to British High Commissioner
in India Dominic Asquith.
Britain would offer its expertise in public transport and encourage industrialists to invest in the State.
He said Visakhapatnam; Vijayawada and Tirupati airports would be developed as international airports.
Union Government approved setting up of District Level Advisory and Monitoring Committees:
Union Ministry of Urban Development approved the setting up of District Level Advisory and Monitoring
Committees to promote people centric planning and execution of new urban development schemes.
These committees will comprise of elected representatives of the country, thus giving Members of Parliament (MP) and
Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA) a say in the implementation of the urban development schemes.
Arunachal to opt for e-governance, go paperless:
The Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to go paperless from August 15, in its endeavour to implement
e-governance in the state.
e-Office suites will be made functional in the states civil secretariat to stop manual movement of files.
Further, all government files will be processed electronically to ensure speedy decision-making and bring about
transparency in the government processes.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches 84 smart projects of 2000 crore rupees from 20 cities in Pune:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched 84 smart projects of 2000 crore rupees from 20 cities in Pune this
evening.
Mr. Modi said Smart City project is not mere allocation of funds but a mass movement.
ADB approved $500 million loan to build Indias longest river bridge across Ganga near Patna:
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved 500 million US dollars loan to build a road bridge across the river
Ganga near Patna in Bihar.
Once completed, the 9.8 kilometer long bridge will be Indias longest river bridge.
Nepal bans citizens from working in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya:
Nepal banned its citizens from working in strife-torn Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya.
The decision was made at a cabinet meet after 13 Nepali security guards were killed in a Taliban suicide bombing in
Kabul.
FM Arun Jaitley to attend AIIBs 1st annual meeting in Beijing:
The first Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will be held in
Beijing .
The theme of the meeting is the Partnership for Infrastructure Development.
NEDA to be formally launched in Guwahati on July 13:
A new alliance of non-Congress parties of the northeastern region will be formally launched in Guwahati on July
13.
This was stated by Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga while addressing the party workers in Aizawl on
Friday.
Government to observe NPS Service Fortnight from June 27 to July 9:
With a view to create awareness about the National Pension System, NPS, and improve subscriber interface,
Finance Ministry has decided to observe NPS Service Fortnight from June 27 to July 9 by all the functionaries in
the NPS value chain.
Finance Ministry in a release said these entities would include Points of Presence and the Central Record keeping Agency
across the country.
This fortnight-long campaign is aimed at awareness creation, service orientation and information dissemination along
with subscribers registration.
Petroleum ministry to conduct road show in Guwahati:
In Assam, Petroleum ministry will conduct a road show today in Guwahati ahead of upcoming auction of small oil
field.
Union Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said it will be held in Guwahati for the first time.
The estimated values of the oil fields are Rs. 30,000 crore.
New Sonepat-Jind railway line to be dedicated to nation:
Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu will dedicate to the nation an 81-km long new railway line between
Sonepat and Jind and will flag off a passenger train between these two stations from Chandigarh.
Other projects to be launched from Chandigarh included new Foot-over-Bridge at Platform No. 4 and 5 at Railway
Station, Sonepat and inauguration of a mechanized laundry in Chandigarh.
President to present National Awards on drug prevention:
President Pranab Mukherjee will present the National Awards for Outstanding Services in the field of Prevention
of Alcoholism and Substance Drugs Abuse in New Delhi.
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had instituted this Awards in 2013.
Mehbooba Mufti wins Anantnag by-poll:
Jammu and Kashmir CM and Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti won the Anantnag by-poll,
defeating Congress candidate Hilal Shah by over 12,000 votes.
The Congress had briefly halted the counting of votes in the morning, alleging discrepancies in several Electronic Voting
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Three-day Summer Festival inaugurated in Delhi:
A three-day Summer Festival, which has a variety of mangoes as the main attraction, was inaugurated by Delhi's
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia at Delhi Haat.
The 28th edition of the festival, previously known as the Delhi Mango Festival, also features other summer fruits,
beverages, ice creams, cultural and entertainment programmes, besides a demonstration by some chefs.
Government extends import ban on Chinese milk products:
The government extended the ban on the import of milk and milk products from China for another year till June
2017.
The ban, which was first imposed in 2008, has been extended every year since.
Mizoram to launch two-wheeler taxi service:
Mizoram will become the first hill state to launch a two-wheeler taxi service, which will start operating from July.
Around 200 to 250 motorcycles will operate on the roads in the state capital Aizawl with fares starting at Rs.10.
The taxi service is aimed at controlling traffic in the citys narrow roads while boosting employment amongst the youth.
Maharashtra to fund Pune College's next satellite:
Maharashtra Education Minister VinodTawde said the state government will provide Rs.50 lakh for the next
satellite project of College of Engineering, Pune, after the institute's successful launch of 'Swayam'.
It was one of the 20 satellites launched by ISRO on June 22.
Swayam, a picosatellite, aims to provide point-to-point messaging services to the HAM (amateur radio) community.
Nagaland launches women helpline '181':
Nagaland Governor PB Acharya launched the women helpline number '181' in Dimapur and inaugurated 'Sakhi -
One Stop Centre', an institute that supports women affected by violence.
The helpline and centre are aimed to provide integrated assistance, medical, legal and psychological counselling to
women affected by violence.
Notably, the '181' helpline was first started in Delhi in 2012.
Greater Noida to develop Paris-like Eco Park:
The 2,500-acre ecological park to be developed in Greater Noida will be made using the Paris models of forest
reserves, the authorities said.
"We'll develop walkways, watch towers and other facilities for visitors on the lines of forest reserves in Paris.
We'll rejuvenate water bodies and conduct tree plantations to increase the existing green cover," an official said.
Union Defence Ministry gives nod for purchase of 145 Ultra Light Howitzers guns from the US:
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Union Defence Minister ManoharParrikar has given its
approval to for the purchase of 145 Ultra-Light Howitzers (ULH) guns from the US.
The procurement of ULH will be through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route from the US and it will cost around 750
million dollars. As part of this deal, 25 ULH guns will come to India directly from US in a fly away condition.
ADB approves $500 million loan for bridge over Ganga River in Bihar:
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a 500 million dollars loan to build a bridge across the Ganga
River in Bihar.
The loan funds will be used to build 9.8 km road bridge in Bihar on the Ganga River.
On completion of the project it will be the Indias longest river bridge.
Jan Dhan deposits up 118 per cent over 21 months
The average deposit per account under the PradhanMantri Jan DhanYojana (PMJDY) - a financial inclusion
programme launched by Prime Minister NarendraModi in August 2014 - increased 118 per cent from Rs 795 in
September 2014 to Rs 1,735 in May 2016, according to IndiaSpend analysis of government data.
ArunJaitley cut short his China visit
Finance Minister ArunJaitley cut short his visit to China by a day and returned back today.
Jaitley was on a five-day visit to china to attend the first meeting of the Board of Governors of the $100-billion Asian
Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). However, officials didn't give any reason for Jaitley's early return.
Include chapter on Emergency in textbooks: Naqvi
Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday called for including a chapter on the 1975 Emergency in
textbooks, saying the "atrocities" committed during the period needed to be told.
"Around 75% of the population is unaware why and how emergency was imposed in the country," he claimed. Naqvi said
he would take up the matter with the concerned ministry.
India to continue NSG membership talks: MEA
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson VikasSwarup on Sunday said India would continue talks to further its
attempts to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
"We will redouble our efforts...to achieve the result," he said. The current hurdle was not a diplomatic failure, and nobody
can equate India and Pakistan in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty issue, Swarup added.
India owns USD 121.6 bn worth US govt securities
Touching a new high, Indias holding of American government securities jumped to USD 121.6 billion in April
amid uncertain global economic cues.
This also marks a steep rise from the level seen in April 2015 when the country held American government securities to
the tune of USD 110.3 billion.
Indo-Nepal boundary pillars to be GPS-enabled

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The India-Nepal Boundary Working Group has decided that over 8,000 pillars along the 1,700-km-long Indo-
Nepal border will be equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS), allowing authorities to effectively manage
the porous border.
Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Nepal-India Boundary Global Navigation Satellite System (NIB GNSS) would
be used for the GPS-enabled boundary pillars.
Rajnath to chair Eastern Zonal Council meeting in Ranchi
The Eastern Zonal Council meeting is likely to be held in Ranchi, the state capital of Jharkhand, on Monday. The
meet is expected to be attended by chief ministers of Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair the meeting. During the meeting acrimonious exchanges between Bihar
and Jharkhand are expected to take place. After the blanket ban on liquor in Bihar, both states are not on good terms.
Rs.13k cr black money found in offshore accounts
I-T authorities have reportedly found undeclared income of around Rs.13,000 crores from two sets of
information they had received.
In 2011, France gave information about at least400 Indians having accounts in HSBC, Geneva, which led to the discovery
of Rs.8,186 crores.
'India Couture Week' 2016 to begin on July 20
The four-day long 'India Couture Week' 2016 (ICW), hosted by the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the
country's apex fashion body, will begin on July 20.
Govt eliminates 1.6 cr bogus ration cards
The government has eliminated 1.6 crore duplicate and bogus ration cards that will help the exchequer save
Rs.10,000 crore in subsidy annually, Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said.
Further, the government has saved about 10% of the expenditure in the employment scheme MNREGA in the 2015-16
fiscal after elimination of fake job cards, he added.
Modi government launches RFID-based access control system at Cochin Port
Moving towards modernisation of sea ports, Modi government has inaugurated an RFID-based access control
system at the Cochin Port.
RFID (Radio Frequency Identification System) is an access control system on digital platform for regulating movement of
vehicles, cargo and people into the sensitive wharf area.
The system dispenses away with manual checkings and reduces the waiting time at the wharf gates, says the Ministry of
Shipping release. Presently, access control of vehicles and persons is done through a manual gate pass system.
Delhi hospitals to provide subsidised treatment to North East people
Thirty-two Delhi hospitals have agreed to provide subsidised treatment to the people of the northeastern region
living in the national capital under a reach-out programme.
More than 11 lakh people from the northeast are either working in private sectors or studying in Delhi and the National
Capital Region and most of them do not have any medical insurance or facilities, nor they can avail the central
government health scheme (CGHS) like government servants.
Assams Majuli becomes Indias 1st island district
Assam's Majuli, a 400-square-kilometre island in the Brahmaputra river, became Indias first island district.
This came after Chief Minister SarbanandaSonowal won the recently held Assembly elections from Majuli, a constituency
reserved for scheduled tribes.
The decision was taken in the first cabinet meeting of the new BJP-led government, that had assumed office on May 24.
AP govt signs deal for Rs.10k crfertiliser plant
The Andhra Pradesh government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a three-nation
consortium for the construction of a Rs.10,183 crore gas-based fertiliser plant near Krishnapatnam.
The project, approved by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu during his ongoing visit to China, has been proposed to
commence by 2017 and is expected to generate nearly 5,000 jobs.
Andhra to set up $6.4 bn building materials park
The Andhra Pradesh government signed anMoU with Chinese firms to establish a Building Materials Industrial
Park and a Modern Building Materials Logistics Park with an expected investment of $6.4 billion.
The project is expected to employ around 45,000 people. The park will manufacture materials like wood, cement,
concrete, bricks, tiles, ceramics, and composite materials, among others.
Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs to meet tomorrow to decide Monsoon session dates
The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs chaired by Home Minister RajnathSingh, will meet tomorrow to
decide the schedule of the Monsoon session, which is expected to start in the third week of July.
The session comes at a time when the ruling BJPs morale is high after its maiden victory in Assam Assembly polls and its
performance in Kerala and West Bengal elections.
Talgo high-speed train trials to begin from July 7 on Mathura-Palwal route
Talgos coaches are all set to begin speed trials from July 7, a development that takes India closer to its dreams of
having semi-high speed and high speed trains.
Suresh Prabhu-led Indian Railways is conducting trial runs with Talgo train coaches, which the Spanish company claims
can help Railways attain higher speeds, even on the existing tracks.
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The Income Tax department will establish over 60 facilitation centres AaykarSevaKendras this fiscal from
Goalpara in Assam to Neemuch in MP as part of efforts to widen the taxpayer base and reach a maximum number of
people who need help in doing business with the taxman.
The ASKs help a person in conducting their personal and business operation with the department ranging from obtaining
a new Permanent Account Number (PAN) to filing Income Tax Returns (ITRs) apart from other income tax related
subjects.
Odisha announces education loan at 1% interest
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday launched KalingaSikshaSathiYojana, a scheme to provide
education loan at 1% interest to students pursuing higher studies.
Patnaik said, The scheme will reduce the loan burden of lakhs of parents. The state government will meet the fund
requirement of about Rs.500 crore for the scheme from its own resources, he added.
50L BPL families in Bihar to get LPG connections
Union Minister DharmendraPradhan launched the PradhanMantriUjjwalaYojana to give free LPG connections to
50 lakh Below Poverty Line families in Bihar over three years.
He added that 10 lakh Above Poverty Line families will also get LPG connections. Bihar will be the biggest beneficiary of
the scheme, which will provide 5 crore connections, he said.
7-member panel formed to end Nepal parliament deadlock
A seven-member panel was formed by Nepals ruling and opposition parties to find ways to end an ongoing
logjam in parliament over the mismanagement of post-quake reconstruction and the release of NRs 200,000 in
financial aid to the survivors.
The main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) has been disrupting House proceedings for the past a few days demanding
immediate release of the financial package to the victims of last years devastating quake that killed nearly 9,000 people.
Home Ministry team to visit valley to probe attack on CRPF
A three member team of the Home Ministry is touring the Valley to probe the attack on CRPF jawans in Pampore
in Jammu and Kashmir.
The team would try to go into security related lapses, which led to the death of 8 CRPF jawans and causing injury to 21
Jawans.
Maharashtra govt announces housing concessions for EWS
Maharashtra government today decided to offer various concessions to the economically weaker sections (EWS)
for projects under its ambitious housing for all scheme.
He said a 50 per cent concession will be given in the surveyor and development cost while stamp duty is being fixed at Rs
1,000 for houses meant for the EWS.
Agriculture Minister launches app for Bihar farmers
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today released an app, Crop Manager for Rice-based Systems (CMRS),
for better crop and nutrient management for Bihar farmers.
CMRS provides irrigated and rainfed farmers with rice-based cropping systems in Bihar with a crop and nutrient
management guideline customised to the needs of an individual farmer, an official statement said.
Centre to invest Rs 1,000 cr for 750-bedded AIIMS in Assam
The Centre will invest around Rs 1,000 crore to set up a 750-bedded All India Institute of Medical Sciences in
Assam, the land for which was handed over by the state government.
The AIIMS, to be set up in Kamrup district, will house 18 super-speciality departments.
Puducherrygovt to build toilets in 55,000 homes
The Puducherry government has drawn up aRs.120 crore plan to build toilets for 55,000 households under the
SwachhBharathAbhiyan, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said.
He added that the scheme will be jointly implemented by several authorities including municipalities, the District Rural
Development Agency, and cooperative building centres by October 2.
Maharashtra, Tata Power to ink pact for 1,000 MW for Mumbai
Keeping in mind the future power requirements of the Mumbai region, the Maharashtra government plans to sign a
MoU with Tata Power for sourcing 1,000 MW from the upcoming Dherand Thermal Project, said Maharashtras
Power Minister ChandrashekharBawankule.
Addressing the media at the State Secretariat, he said both power requirement and transmission capacity for the Mumbai
region requires further augmentation. The tie-up with Tata Power is a step in that direction.
J&K govt launches e-file tracking system
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti launched an e-file tracking system to automate file,
correspondence and document tracking within government offices.
8 new IITs' cost estimate overshoots by Rs.7,910 cr
In an official release, the Centre on Wednesday declared that the cost estimate for establishing eight new IITs has
overshot by Rs.7,910 crore due to "escalation in both time and cost".
The Cabinet approved Rs.13,990 crore for the same, as against the original estimate of Rs.6,080 crore.
The 8 IITs include Bhubaneswar, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Indore, Jodhpur, Ropar, Mandi and Patna.
Cabinet approves MoU between India and Tanzania

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The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi has approved the signing of a Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) between India and Tanzania for bilateral cooperation in water resources management
and development.
The areas of enhanced cooperation include techniques in water harvesting, surface and groundwater management and
development and aquifer recharge.
Tamil Nadu's fiscal deficit highest in India
Tamil Nadu has the highest fiscal deficit among all states in the country, according to Reserve Bank of India data.
The state's fiscal deficit of Rs.31,870 crore is higher than that of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, which occupy the second
and the third place respectively. Notably, fiscal deficit is the difference between the state's expenditure and income.

International
Philippine parliament declared Rodrigo DigongDuterte to be president-elect:
Rodrigo DigongDuterte was officially declared to be the president-elect by the parliament of Philippines.
The joint session of the House of Representatives and the Senate also proclaimed Maria Leonor LeniRobredo as vice-
president.
Indian Air Force Participation in Exercise Desert Eagle II at UAE:
A bilateral Air Force exercise between India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) is underway at Al-Dhafra Air Base
in UAE from 24 May 16 to 03 Jun 16.
Ex-Desert Eagle-I with UAE Air Force was held at the same location in Sep 08. Su-30 MkI of the Indian Air Force and
Mirage 2000-9, F-16 of UAE Air Force are participating in the exercise.
Jordans King Abdullah dissolves parliament:
Jordans King Abdullah appointed veteran politician Hani Mulqi as caretaker
prime minister after dissolving parliament as its four-year term nears its end,
and charged him with organising new elections by October.
The king accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour before
appointing Mulqi by royal decree.
Worlds longest rail tunnel to be inaugurated in Switzerland:
In Switzerland, the world's longest and deepest rail tunnel, running under the
Swiss Alps, will be inaugurated today.
The 57-kilometer long Gotthard Base Tunnel will connect northern and southern
Europe and shorten travel time for many rail routes.
UNICEF to expedite operations in Greece to support migrant children:
The UN children's agency, UNICEF, has decided to scale up operations in Greece
to support twenty two thousand migrant children.
According to UNICEF's special coordinator for the refugee crisis in Europe, the organisation will support programmes by
the Greek government and other partners.
India, USA ink deal to exchange terrorist info
India and the USA signed an agreement to exchange terrorist screening information.
The agreement was signed by the Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Mehrishi and the Ambassador of USA to India,
Richard Verma.
India, Qatar MoU on tourism approved by Union Cabinet:
The Union Cabinet gave its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and
Qatar for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism.
The main objectives of the MoU are:
It will create favourable conditions for long-term co-operation in the field of tourism for the mutual benefits.
It will help in exchange of expertise, publications, information/data and statistics related to tourism.
It will encourage cooperation through the exchange of programmes, propaganda and advertising materials,
publications, films, promotion and marketing of their tourism products via media etc.
It will help in exchange visits of tour operators/media/opinion makers for promotion of two way tourism.
It will help in encouraging the co-operation between tourism sectors, tour operators, travel agents and other
tourism private sector's firms and bureaus in the two countries.
It will also help in encouraging public and the private sectors to invest in tourism.
Canada to enforce plain cigarette packaging:
Canada will make the plain packaging of cigarettes compulsory in an effort to reduce smoking, said the
Canadian health minister.
Britain and Australia had earlier made plain packaging of cigarettes compulsory.
France opens its first wine theme park'La Cit du Vin':
Spread across 10 levels, it has been constructed in the shape of a wine glass and offers interactive experiences for
guests. Guided tours of twenty theme areas and a wine-tasting for $22 per person will be part of the experience at the
new park.
India, US sign MoU on energy security, climate:

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India and the United States signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve cooperation on energy
security, clean energy and climate change.
The MoU was signed by the Power Ministry Secretary PK Pujari and US Ambassador to India, Richard Verma.
Asia's largest annual security forum opens in Singapore:
Territorial disputes in the South China Sea, North Korea's military provocations and Islamist extremism are expected to
dominate discussions.
The Shangri-La Dialogue, organised by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, IISS, is being
attended by at least 20 Defence Ministers led by Pentagon chief Ashton Carter.
German Parliament passes Resolution recognising Massacre of Armenians as Genocide:
German Parliament, Bundestag, passed a resolution recognising the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces
during First World War (1915) as genocide.
It was passed with support from all the parties in Parliament with only one abstention and one vote against.
Sweden best country in the world, India ranks 70th:
Sweden raised its standard by acclaiming best country in World which is named in the Good Country 2015
index.
India positioned at the 70th position among 163 nations.
Libya was ranked as the least good country in the world.
India, Tunisia signMoUs for co-operation in IT, handicrafts sector:
India and Tunisia have signed two MoUs on promotion of handicrafts and IT and communication and digital
economy as Vice President Hamid Ansari met Tunisian Prime Minister HabibEssid and discussed a range of issues
of mutual and regional interests.
Two MoUs one on traditional handicraft promotion and other on IT and Digital economy were signed after Mr
Ansari and MrEssid held one-on-one talks which were followed by the delegation-level talks between the two sides.
France declares flood emergency after River Seine burst its banks:
France has declared flood emergency after the River Seine in Paris burst its
banks in some places displacing thousands of people.
President Francois Hollande made the announcement, saying compensation will be
paid to those affected by the worst flooding, to hit the French capital. Paris Mayor
Anne Hidalgo has ordered some parks to close.
China to participate in US-hosted naval drill:
China will send five ships to participate in a United States-hosted naval drill
this summer.
The Rim of the Pacific exercise (RIMPAC), the world's largest international
maritime exercise, is conducted in June and July, every two years in Hawaii.
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.
Drug smuggling, counterfeiting, and human trafficking were listed as the top three illicit enterprises in the world.
Switzerland holds first ever vote on basic income:
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.
India-Qatar to combat terror finance, Hawala:
India and Qatar signed seven agreements and agreed to share intelligence to combat 'hawala' transactions
(illegal money movement) and terror financing.
This was announced after delegation-level talks between Prime Minister NarendraModi and Emir of Qatar Sheikh
Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
6.3-magnitude earthquake rocks Maluku Islands in Indonesia:
A 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia.
The Indonesian Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency reported that the quake struck at 01:25 am local
time.
Belgian city to get pipeline for beer:
A beer called 'Madman of Bruges' will get its own pipeline in the Belgian city of Bruges, with a part of the money
for the project being crowdfunded.
The pipeline, functioning from this autumn, will pump 4,000 litres of beer every hour from the brewery to the bottling
plant.
Pope's new law to deal with paedophile priests:
Under the new law, Catholic bishops who fail to sack paedophile priests can be removed from office.
This comes as some bishops have been long accused of simply moving priests accused of abuse to another parish, rather
than report them to police or church authorities
Norway to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2025:

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Norways MPs have reportedly agreed to ban or reduce the sale of all cars running on petrol and diesel after
2025.Tesla CEO Elon Musk lauded the move.
Worlds biggest cruise ship docks in Barcelona:
The worlds biggest cruise ship has arrived in Barcelona, which it will use as its summer base for Mediterranean
journeys.
The $1 billion Harmony of the Seas docked in the Spanish port before dawn at the end of its inaugural voyage from
Southampton in the United Kingdom.
Hillary Clinton secures Democratic presidential nomination:
In the United States, Hillary Clinton has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Democratic
presidential nomination.
Now, Mrs Clinton is on course to become the first woman to head a major US party ticket.
Saudi plans to triple non-oil revenue in 5 years:
In an attempt to decrease the economic dependence on oil revenue, Saudi Arabia, as a part of the National
Transformation Plan (NTP), aims to triple the government's non-oil revenues and clamp down on public-sector
salaries over the next five years.
Among the 500 proposed projects under the NTP, it also aims to install 3.5 gigawatts of renewable power capacity.
Thailand becomes first Asian country to eliminate mother to child HIV:
Thailand has become the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Cuba is the only other country to have eliminated mother-to-child transmission under the WHO's criteria.
France to launch terror alert mobile app today:
In France, a new smartphone app designed to alert users to possible terror attacks will be launched by the
government.
App users will also be able to monitor alerts for up to eight different geographical zones, allowing them to check
on family members or friends.
The launch comes a day after Britain warned that stadiums and fan zones could be targeted during Euro 2016
football tournament.
UN welcomes Indo-US commitment to join Paris agreement:
UN chief Ban Ki-moon welcomed steps taken by India and the US to join the Paris Climate agreement, saying he
is encouraged by the resolve of the two countries to pursue low greenhouse gas emission development
strategies.
As of today, 177 countries have signed, and 17 have ratified the climate agreement.
India to open new consulate in Seattle:
India will soon open another consulate in Seattle to cater to the needs of large number of Indian-Americans
living in the northwestern part of the United States.
India will be opening a new consulate in Seattle and the US will open a new consulate at a mutually agreed
location in India.
The two countries also announced a series of measures to encourage people-to-people contacts.
Turkey's president lifts lawmakers' immunity:
In Turkey, President RecepTayyipErdogan has approved amendments to the constitution that paved the way
for the trials of some 138 legislators.
This includes several pro-Kurdish lawmakers who face terror-related charges.
China disapproves anti-dumping probe on steel:
The Chinese government expressed concern over the anti-dumping probe initiated by India in April against the
import of steel from China.
The Indian government is expected to conduct a fair investigation according to WTO rules, it added.
'India joins 5 nations to tackle tax evasion':
India has signed up to a scheme launched by Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain to clamp down on tax
evasion and corruption, Britain's government said.
The nations are planning to allow free access of information amongst each other. This comes after Switzerland last week
promised to work with India to tackle the issue of black money.
Peru election: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski wins majority of votes:
In Peru, with all votes counted, the economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski appears to have won the majority of votes
in cliff hanger presidential election.
The electoral commission said he received 50.12 per cent of votes, against 49.88 per cent for his rival, Keiko Fujimori.
NATO launches biggest ever Joint Military Exercise Anaconda-16 in Poland:
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members and partners launched Anaconda-16 Exercise, the
biggest ever joint military exercise in Poland.
The exercise was launched at the crucial time when central and eastern European nations are seeking strong security
guarantees amid concerns about Russia.
Russia unveils indigenous passenger plane:
Russia unveiled a medium-range passenger aircraft, manufactured by a subsidiary of state-controlled United
Aircraft Corporation.
The company said that the aircraft would be 15% cheaper to operate than other current generation aircraft.

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India-US ink six agreements:
India and the United States (US) have signed six agreements to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields.
These agreements were signed after wide range of bilateral talks between Prime Minster NarendraModi and US
President Barack Obama in Washington.
The agreements were signed in Terrorist Screening Information Clean Energy and Climate Change, cooperation
on Energy Security among others.
Pakistan tops in 2016 Malware Infection Index:
Pakistan has topped in the list of 19 countries figuring in the 2016 Malware Infection Index (MII) in the Asia-
Pacific region.
The index for the Asia-Pacific region was released by technology giant Microsoft in which India was placed at 8th
position.
More than 40% of computers in the 19 countries in Asia-Pacific region are infected against the global average
being around 20%.
India ranked 141 out of 163 countries on 2016 Global Peace Index
India was ranked 141 on a Global Peace Index (GPI) for year 2016 out of 163 countries, making it less peaceful
country.
The GPI ranking of 163 countries was compiled by global think Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).
Indo-US-Japan naval exercise starts in Western Pacific
India, the US and Japan started the MALABAR-16 naval exercise off the Western Pacific coast, close to the disputed South
China sea.
Japan was included in the exercise as a permanent member in 2015, making the erstwhile Indo-US exercise a trilateral
one.
Obama gives US military broader role in Afghan
A United States official said that President Barack Obama has approved a broader role for American forces in
Afghanistan, allowing them to accompany and enable Afghan forces onto the field.
Currently, the American military is allowed to take action against insurgents when their assistance is required to
prevent setbacks to the Afghan military, which puts them in a defensive position.
China Is The Biggest And Best 'Abuser': Donald Trump
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has alleged that China is the "biggest and best
abuser" as it was dumping its goods into the US, stealing intellectual property and imposing hefty taxes on
American companies doing business in that country.
China, Nepal connected with optical fibre link
In a first, China and Nepal are now connected by an optical fibre network through the Geelong (Keyrong)-
Rasuwgadhi border point.
The network has ended Nepal's sole dependence on India for connecting it with global telecom services, Xinhua
reported.
IEP released the 2016 Global Peace Index, India ranks 141:
Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) released the 2016 Global Peace Index (GPI). It is 10th edition of GPI that
measured peace, its causes and its economic value during 2015 for 163 countries.
India ranked 141 among the 163 countries with 2.566 GPI score.
It showed an improvement in peace building as it held 143th rank in 2014 and 2015.
Norway becomes first country to prohibit deforestation:
Norwegian Parliament had pledged to make governments public procurement policy deforestation-free. The step was
taken after a committee of MPs recommended imposing regulations to ensure the state did not contribute to
deforestation of the rainforest.
China launches 23rd BeiDou Navigation Satellite:
The satellite launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province will support
Chinas global navigation and positioning network.
The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System is being developed as an alternative to US GPS.
China's crude oil output drops by most in 15 yrs:
China's crude oil production in May fell by 7.3% year-on-year, its biggest drop since February 2001, according
to data from the country's National Bureau of Statistics.
This comes after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) failed to reach an agreement on oil
production cap.
India, EFTA agree to address issues to resume FTA talks:
India and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) agreed to resolve the outstanding issues for resumption
of long-stalled negotiations for a proposed free trade agreement.
The four EFTA members are Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.
The Rise of Environmental Crime Report released by UNEP and INTERPOL:
The report titled The Rise of Environmental Crime was released by the United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL.
The report revealed that environmental crime grew up by 26 per cent larger than previous estimates of 2014.
US reopens Gambia embassy after guards return:

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US Embassy in Gambian capital Banjul has reopened for normal operations after the Gambian government
redeployed police guards it withdrew last week.
The mission was closed for all but essential services on last Thursday after the protection force was withdrawn by the
host country.
Worlds first vaccine developed against tampon disease:
Scientists have developed what they say is the worlds first safe and effective vaccine against Toxic Shock
Syndrome (TSS) that often occurs in young women who use super tampons during their periods.
Israel elected as Chair of a permanent committee of UN for the first time:
The United Nations General Assembly elected Israel to chair its Legal Committee, which is also known as the
Sixth Committee.
It is for the first time ever that Israel has been chosen to head one of its six permanent committees.
Joint Naval Exercise Malabar 2016 begins:
India, the United States and Japan began the 20th edition of annual naval exercise Malabar 2016.
The main aim of this exercise is to boost the interoperability amongst the three navies and develop common
understanding of procedures for Maritime Security Operations.
China bans exports to NKorea with possible military use:
China banned exports to North Korea of technology and materials that might be used in weapons production in a
new response to the Norths development of nuclear weapons and missiles.
France creates meteor-tracking camera network:
France has developed a camera-based meteor detection network, called the Fireball Recovery and
InterPlanetary Observation Network (FRIPON).
The network is able to track meteors using a nation-wide camera system which currently employs 68 cameras.
Congressional resolution introduced backing India's UNSC bid:
A resolution has been introduced in the US House of Representatives supporting India's bid for a permanent
seat in the UN Security Council.
India is the only country which has been endorsed by the Obama administration for a permanent seat in the UN
Security Council.
India-Bangladesh transit facility becomes operational:
India-Bangladesh transit facility, under the revised Inland Water Transit and Trade Protocol, becomes
operational.
It was signed during Prime Minister NarendraModi's visit to Dhaka in June last year.
North Korea Ryugyong Hotel is worlds tallest unoccupied building:
North Koreas Ryugyong Hotel is the worlds tallest unoccupied building, according to Guinness World Records.
The 105-storey pyramid-shaped skyscraper is 330 metre high.
France formally ratifies Paris climate accord:
French President Franois Hollandefinalised ratification of the Paris climate agreement, saying, "Signing is
good, ratifying is better."
The move makes France the first industrialised and G7 nation to do so.
The Paris climate agreement will come into force once it is ratified by at least 55 countries responsible for 55% of the
global greenhouse gas emissions.
US: Philadelphia introduces soda tax to fight obesity
In the US city of Philadelphia has introduced a levy on carbonated sugary drinks, despite a multimillion-dollar
campaign by the beverage industry to block it.
It will become the first major US city to implement a so-called soda tax, which supporters say will improve the
health of 1.5 million residents.
India, Bangladesh launch transhipment facility:
India and Bangladesh launched transhipment operations at the Ashuganj port in Bangladesh.
The facility will enable India to transport goods to the North-eastern states and further to Myanmar through
Bangladesh, reportedly reducing costs by nearly 50%.
North America to have its first sanctuary for dolphins:
Baltimores National Aquarium announced its plan to create an Oceanside dolphin sanctuary. This will be first
of its kind sanctuary for the marine mammals in North America.
The aquarium will move its colony of eight Atlantic bottlenose dolphins to an
outdoor facility with natural seawater by 2020. Of the eight bottlenose dolphins (six female
and two male), only one has ever lived in the open ocean.
Arktika, the most powerful nuclear icebreaker launched by Russia:
Russia launched the new Project 22220 nuclear icebreaker dubbed Arktika.
Itwas launched from the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg the second largest city of
Russia.
Project 22220 is the worlds largest and most powerful vessel of its kind and it
has been built at the Baltic Shipyard of the United Shipbuilding Corporation of Russia.
First Chinese Disneyland opens in Shanghai:

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China opened its first Disneyland in Shanghai to the public with a grand ceremony.
Disney CEO Bob Iger present at the event announced that the Disneyland was a product of $5.5 billion investment and
a two-decade courtship of the Communist Partys top leaders.
The theme park is expected to attract 15-50 million visitors every year.
Dow 1st foreign firm to get Saudi trade licence:
US's Dow Chemicals became the first foreign company to receive a trading license from Saudi Arabia as the
kingdom plans to diversify its economy and reduce its dependence on oil exports amid a slump in global oil
prices.
The trading license will give the company 100% ownership in the country's trading sector, as per the government's new
reform plan.
India, South Korea launch platform to promote investments:
India and South Korea today launched a platform to promote and facilitate investments from the east Asian
country.
The platform 'Korea Plus' was launched by Commerce and Industry Minister NirmalaSitharaman and her South
Korean counterpart JooHyunghwan in New Delhi.
Korea Plus comprises a representative each from the South Korean Ministry of Industry, Trade and Energy and Korea
Trade Investment and Promotion Agency (KOTRA).
India, Thailand to up defence cooperation:
Prime Minister NarendraModi said that India and Thailand will increase their cooperation in tackling
terrorism, human trafficking, transnational economic offences, and narcotics.
Rio declares financial emergency, requests funding for Olympics:
In Brazil, State of Rio de Janeiro has declared a financial emergency less than 50 days before the Olympics.
Interim Governor Francisco Dornelles says the serious economic crisis threatens to stop the state from honouring
commitments for the games.
Interim President Michel Temer has promised significant financial help.
Thailand PM visited Mahabodhi temple in Bihar:
Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha visited world famous Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya in Bihar.
The Thai Prime Minister offered prayer to Lord Buddha and meditated under the pious Peepal tree in the premises of
Mahabodhi temple.
Eurozone approves 7.5 bn in funds for Greece:
The Eurozone has approved 7.5 billion (about $8.46 billion) in bailout funds for Greece, in what will be the
first payment since 2015.
This will allow the country to meet 3.5 billion in debt repayments to the European Central Bank in July.
Notably, Greece owes its creditors over 300 billion, approximately 180% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
California becomes world's sixth-largest economy:
California is now reportedly the sixth-largest economy in the world with its gross state product at $2.46 trillion,
leapfrogging France, which dropped to seventh, with a GDP of $2.42 trillion.
Notably, California is home to Hollywood and Silicon Valley
Iran, US aerospace giant Boeing reach deal on purchase of 100 planes:
Iran and US aerospace giant Boeing have reached an agreement for the purchase of 100 aircraft to renew the
country's ageing fleet.
Head of Tehran's civil aviation authority, Ali Abedzadehsaid, the country has 250 planes out of which 230 needs to
be replaced.
Canada's parliament passes bill on medically assisted death for terminally ill people:
Canada's parliament has passed a contentious bill to allow medically-assisted death for terminally ill people.
The move makes Canada one of the few countries where doctors can legally help sick people die.
New York State Senate passes anti-Airbnb bill:
The New York State Senate on Friday passed a bill that would make it illegal to advertise rentals of less than 30
days for entire homes on Airbnb.
In the next step, New York State Governor will either sign or veto it.
Niue's currency coins have cartoon characters:
Niue, an island country in the Pacific has coins displaying popular fiction characters on its currency, the Niue
dollar.
The country also earns royalty whenever a coin is purchased by collectors.
India-UAE to form joint parliamentary panel:
India will set up a joint panel of parliamentarians with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a bid to boost
bilateral strategic ties.
The decision was taken when UAE's Federal National Council Speaker Amal Abdullah Al-Qubaisi met Indian
Ambassador TP Seetharam.
Martian crater named after Nepal quake-hit village Langtang:
Langtang: A popular trekking site in Nepal that was worst hit by the devastating earthquake
The International Astronomical Union in June 2016 named a 9.8 kilometers wide crater on Mars as Langtang, a popular
trekking site in Nepal.

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Russia signs deal to build Hyperloop in Moscow:
Hyperloop One signed a deal with Russia's investment firm Summa Group to build a 70-kilometre high-speed
transportation system in Moscow at a cost of $450 million to $607 million.
This makes Moscow Hyperloop's fourth engineering site after Finland, the UK and the US.
Chinese Prez, PM Modi to meet on sidelines of SCO summit in Tashkent:
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister NarendraModi will meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation
Organisation summit beginning in Tashkent .
China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson HuaChunying said this today. The meeting assumes significance in the backdrop
of India's attempts to get the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
India, Switzerland sign MoU to establish cooperation in skill development:
India and Switzerland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish formal cooperation in the
fields of skill development and vocational and professional education and training.
The MoU was signed in Winterthur city in Zurich between State Secretary Mauro Dell' Ambrogio and Union Minister
for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
US to host pledging conference for Iraq:
United States will host a pledging conference next month to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to help Iraqis
return to normal life.
The US will co-sponsor the conference with Canada, Germany and Japan on July 20th.
EU reached agreement on new border force to tackle migrant crisis:
The European Union reached agreement to set up a new Border and Coastguard Force to curb the influx of
migrants.
To tackle the crisis from which the EU is suffering from, the force have the right to intervene in front-line countries like
Greece and Italy.
Ikea to open furniture museum in Sweden:
Furniture store chain Ikea is set to open its first museum in Sweden on June 30, 2016.
The firm's first ever store which opened in 1958 and was shut down in 2012 has been transformed into the museum.
Hong Kong most expensive city for expats:
Hong Kong is the most expensive city in the world for expats, according to an annual survey conducted by
consultancy firm Mercer.
Luanda (Angola), which topped the list for three consecutive years, from 2013 to 2015, was placed second. Zurich
(Switzerland), Singapore and Tokyo (Japan) were ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Windhoek (Namibia) was ranked the least expensive city.
Britain votes to leave the European Union:
Britain voted to end its 43-year old association with the European Union in a landmark referendum.
The country voted 52%-48% in favour of 'Leave' to become the first member state to exit the 28-nation European
Union.
Nigel Farage, leader of the eurosceptic UK Independence Party called for June 23 "to go down in history as
independence day."
British PM David Cameron announces resignation:
British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation on Friday after Britain voted to leave the
European Union in a referendum.
The Prime Minister had led the 'Remain' campaign which advocated staying in the EU.
In an emotional speech outside 10 Downing Street, Cameron said his successor will be chosen by the start of the
Conservative party conference in October.
SCO summit 2016 begins in Tashkent, Uzbekistan:
The 2016 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit started in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The 2-day meeting of heads of state of SCO is being conducted under the presidency of Uzbekistan
India, Switzerland ink MoU to enhance cooperation in skill development:
India and Switzerland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish formal cooperation in
the fields of skills development and vocational and professional education and training.
The MoU was signed between Switzerlands State Secretary Mauro Dell Ambrogio and Union Minister for Skill
Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy in Winterthur.
China launches its 1st dark sky reserve in Tibet:
China has launched its first dark sky reserve in Tibet's Ngari Prefecture to let people make astronomical
observations without getting limited vision due the presence of city lights or pollution clouds.
Ngari, which covers an area of 2,500 square kilometres, was chosen for the purpose due to its high altitude and a large
number of cloudless days throughout the year.
Sweden opens its first ever electric road:
Europe's Sweden opened its first ever electric road to provide power for heavy hybrid electric transports on
public roads on a pilot basis.
The two-kilometre long electric road's technology is similar to the light rail, with contact lines 5.4 meters over the
roadway.
Colombia government, FARC rebels sign ceasefire:

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The Colombian government and the leftist FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels signed a
historic ceasefire deal.
The signing ceremony held at Havana was witnessed by Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, FARC chief
TimolenTimochenko Jimnez, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, Cuban president, Ral Castro and
Venezuelas head of state, NicolsMaduro.
Sri Lankan Parliament passes Right to Information bill with amendments:
Sri Lankan Parliament unanimously passed the Right to Information (RTI) bill with amendments.
The bill that seeks to restore transparency and good governance in the country was adopted without a vote in the
Parliament after two days of debate.
Bangladesh becomes one of the 1st nations to secure loan from China-led AIIB:
Bangladesh has become one of the first countries to have secured a loan from the China-led Asian Infrastructure
Investment Bank.
The country will get $165 million for a power distribution system upgrade and expansion project.
The other 3 countries are Pakistan, Indonesia and Takjikistan.
GudniJohannesson claims victory in Iceland Presidential election:
In Iceland, newcomer GudniJohannesson has claimed victory in the Presidential election.
Early results showed that history professor Johannesson, has garnered 37.8 per cent of votes.
MrGudniJohannesson told his supporters that though all the votes have not been counted, but he think that they have
won.
Panama to open its renovated canal:
Panama will open its renovated canal, now far bigger cargo ships after nearly a decade of expansion work
aimed at boosting transit revenues and global trade would pass through canal.
President Juan Carlos Varela will unveil the new locks and third shipping lane built into the 102-year-old canal.
Foreign dignitaries, including the presidents of Taiwan, Chile and other Central American nations, will be present at the
ceremony.
US to lift ban on transgenders in military:
According to Pentagon officials, the United States will lift the ban on openly transgender persons serving in the
military starting next month.
A study last year estimated that 15,000 transgender people served in the US military.
This comes five years after the US military ended its ban on gay and lesbian personnel serving openly.
World's tallest and longest tunnel slide opens:
The world's longest and tallest tunnel slide, ArcelorMittal Orbit, which has 12 loops was opened to the public on
Friday in London, UK.
The 584-feet long and 250-feet tall slide has been designed by British-Indian artist AnishKapoor and created by Belgian
artist Carsten Holler.
It has been transformed from UK's tallest artwork built for the London Olympics in 2012.
India, Uzbekistan to up security cooperation:
Prime Minister NarendraModi held a meeting with Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov, during which the
leaders called for increased security cooperation and stronger bilateral relations.
India would extend e-Tourist Visas to Uzbek nationals, and organise a Festival of India in Uzbekistan to mark the 25th
year of its independence and diplomatic relations with India.
China sets up first dark sky reserve in Tibet to limit light pollution:
China has established countrys first dark sky reserve for astronomical observation in the Tibetan prefecture of
Ngari, bordering Nepal and India.
The reserve was jointly launched by the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (GDF) and
the regional government of Tibet.
India Deserves to be in NSG, the US Will Work for it: Envoy
Referring to Indo-US civil nuclear cooperation, he said the two sides have moved forward on a 15-year project
to build six Westinghouse reactors producing power for some 60 million people.
India faced stiff opposition from China and a few other countries and the fact that it is not a signatory to the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was used for foiling Indias bid at the Seoul meeting despite
the US strong backing.
Mahashangarh declared as the SAARC cultural capital for 2016-17
Mahasthangarh is one of the earliest urban archaeological sites so far
discovered in Bangladesh, has been declared as the South Asian Association of Regional
Cooperation (SAARC) cultural capital for the year 2016-17.
As an SARRC cultural capital, the historic place will host festivals on literature, films,
foods and dances from October 2016 to September 2017. Besides, the year 2016-17 has also
be declared the SAARC Year of Cultural Heritage.
Russia, China approve business initiatives worth $50bn during Putin visit
"Fifty-eight various business initiatives with the total volume of investments
being $50 billion, have been selected," Putin told journalists in the Chinese capital.
Twelve of the projects are already being implemented, he added.

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An oil supply contract, under which Russia could deliver up to 2.4 million ton of crude oil to ChemChina in a year's time,
has also been agreed upon.
India joins Missile Technology Control Regime
India on Monday formally became the 35th member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) that aims
at the non-proliferation of missiles, rocket systems, and unmanned air vehicles, among others.
The membership will enable India to buy high-end missile technologies and reportedly enhance its joint ventures with
Russia. This marks Indias first entry into a multilateral export control regime.
Brexit won't affect border deal with UK: France
The French government has said that their border agreement with the United Kingdom, which allows UK to
check passports in France and vice-versa, will not be affected by UK leaving the European Union.
The Le Touquet accord was signed in 2003 and plays a role in numerous refugees being kept in camps in Calais on
France's northern coast.
Myanmar torches drugs worth $57 million
On the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Myanmar police officials said drugs
estimated to cost around $57 million were torched on Sunday.
Over half a ton of opium, 80 kilograms of heroin, 768 kilograms of methamphetamines and ten million stimulant pills
were torched. According to the United Nations, Myanmar is the world's second largest producer of opium.
India ranks low at 105th on human capital index, Finland tops
India was today ranked low at 105th position globally on a worldwide Human Capital Index, which measures
countries ability to nurture, develop and deploy talent for economic growth and was topped by Finland.
IMF clears payment of $500 million to Pakistan
The International Monetary Fund today cleared payment of $501 million for Pakistan taking the total amount
given to the country to $6.1 billion in the last few years.
In a statement, issued after the conclusion of 11th review of Pakistans economic performance under a three-year
program supported by an Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement, the IMF said the decision enables the immediate
disbursement of about $501 million to Pakistan.
An expanded Panama Canal opens for giant ships
A mammoth ship bearing 9,472 containers and the unwieldy name Cosco Shipping Panama completed on
Sunday the first official voyage through the new expanded Panama Canal, a $5.25 billion project designed to modernize
a 102-year-old landmark of human ambition, determination and engineering prowess.
Israel and Turkey end six-year standoff
Israel and Turkey have announced a reconciliation deal to end a six-year diplomatic standoff that started when
Israeli naval commandos shot dead nine Turkish activists travelling on an aid flotilla making for the Gaza coast.
Italy and Netherlands to share Security Council seat in a 'show of unity'
In a boost to battered European unity, Italy and the Netherlands agreed to share the two-year Security Council
term for a non-permanent West European seat Tuesday after five rounds of balloting failed to break a deadlock in
the General Assembly.
When the fifth round leveled out the Netherlands' slight lead to an even 95-95 split, the two countries agreed to split the
term, with Italy taking the first turn next year.
Ethiopia, Bolivia, Sweden elected non-permanent UNSC members
The UN General Assembly today elected Ethiopia, Bolivia and Sweden as non-permanent members of the
Security Council for a two-year period beginning in January, 2017.
The two-year terms of the new members will begin January 1 next year and run through December 31, 2018. Ethiopia
got 185 votes, while Bolivia got 183 and Sweden garnered 134 votes.
Asia's cleanest village is in Meghalaya
The cleanest village in Asia, Mawlynnong, is situated in India's north-eastern state of Meghalaya.
The village having over 600 inhabitants was declared the cleanest in Asia in 2003 by 'Discover India' magazine.
Mawlynnong, which has over 95 households with agriculture being its population's chief occupation, also holds a 100%
literacy rate.
Sweden inaugurates worlds first electric road
Sweden inaugurated a test stretch of an electric road, making it one of the first countries in the world to conduct
tests with electric power for heavy transports on public roads.
US, Canada, Mexico to commit 50% clean energy by 2025
The United States, Canada, and Mexico will this week reportedly pledge that they will produce 50% of their
power from hydropower, wind, solar and nuclear plants by 2025.
Leaders of the three countries will commit to this goal during a summit between them this week. The nations will also
reportedly agree on deals with regard to transmitting of clean energy.
India up 19 Rank in Logistic Performance
India has jumped 19 places in the latest World Bank ranking in the global logistics performance.
The World Bank in its latest once in two-year Logistics Performance Index (LPI) ranked India 35th as against the 54th
spot it occupied in the previous 2014.
Germany tops the ranking, followed by Luxembourg & Sweden.

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Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Tanzania
The Union Cabinet has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and
Tanzania for bilateral cooperation in water resources management and development.
Under this MoU, the areas of enhanced cooperation include techniques in water harvesting, groundwater and surface
management and development and aquifer recharge.
BRICS Youth Summit to be held in Guwahati from July 1-3
The second BRICS Youth Summit will be held in Guwahati from July 1-3 with the theme Youth as bridge for
Intra-BRICS Exchanges.
The subjects to be covered are skill development and entrepreneurship, social inclusion, youth volunteerism and youth
participation in governance.
Duterte, 'the punisher', sworn in as Philippines' president
Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the Philippines' 16th president, capping the unlikely journey of a provincial
city mayor whose brash man-of-the-people style and pledges to crush crime swamped establishment rivals in
last month's election.
After making his pledge at the presidential palace in Manila, with one hand on the Bible, Duterte delivered a speech in
which he promised a "relentless" and "sustained" fight against corruption, criminality and illegal drugs.

Banking
BRICS New Development Bank to issue first yuan-denominated bonds
The New Development Bank of the BRICS countries is set to issue its first yuan-denominated bonds with plans
to release more bonds in local currencies including in Indian Rupee.
The bank's first five-year yuan-denominated bonds, also referred as green bonds, will be issued after receiving
a rating from international ratings agencies as well as getting authorities' approval.
ICICI Bank cuts lending rate by 0.05%:
Country's largest private sector lender ICICI Bank has cut its marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR)
by 0.05 per cent, to take it at par with the rates offered by SBI and HDFC Bank.
This will help reduce the rate of interest to new borrowers.
India Post gets government nod to set up payments bank:
The government will set up 650 branches of the postal bank across the country by September 2017, Telecom Minister
Ravi Shankar Prasad announced.
Payments bank, aimed at improving financial inclusion, allows customers to transfer money or remittances using a
mobile phone
RBI directs banks to make cybersecurity policies
Banks must take necessary preventive and corrective measures for addressing cyber threats like denial of service,
ransomware, malware, business email frauds including spam, phishing, identity frauds, and password related frauds
among others, the RBI said.
Bombay Stock Exchange(BSE) gets RBI nod for e-bidding of gold bonds:
The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) has said it has received approval from the RBI to start an online bidding
platform for the Sovereign Gold Bond (SGB) scheme.
Under the initiative, gold-denominated bonds are issued by the government as an alternative to physical holding of
gold.
Pension body to hold awareness campaign on NPS
Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has said it will hold a 15-day campaign across
India from June 27 to spread awareness about the National Pension System (NPS).
RBI keeps key policy rate unchanged:
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) kept its key rates unchanged in its second bi-monthly monetary policy for the
year 2016-17 announced in Mumbai.
Policy Repo Rate:6.50%
Reverse Repo Rate: 6.0%
Marginal Standing Facility Rate:7.0%
Bank Rate:7.0%
CRR : 4%
SLR :21.25%
ICICI Bank offers new services on iMobile
ICICI Bank has added five more features, including instant tax payment and rail ticket booking, on its mobile
banking app, iMobile.
Indias largest private sector bank said customers can also add an extra layer of security to their cheque-based
transactions with Positive Pay, apply for a personalised Expressions Debit Card and purchase travel & motor
insurance as well as mutual funds via its banking app.
Axis Bank launches Indias first certified green bond at London Stock Exchange:
Axis Bank has launched Indias first internationally-listed certified green bond to finance climate change
solutions around the world at London Stock Exchange (LSE).
The green bonds of Axis Bank were certified by the Climate Bonds Standards Board.

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This is the first green bond of Axis Bank issued within its 5 billion dollars Medium Term Note (MTN) programme,
which has also has been listed entirely on LSE.
SBI, CaixaBank ink pact to fund Indo-Spanish JVs, local biz
SBI and Spain's CaixaBank have inked pact to provide loans to Indo-Spanish joint ventures and local
enterprises here.
As per the agreement, they will expand banks' guarantee transaction businesses by jointly providing credit to Indian-
Spanish joint ventures and Indian local enterprises, SBI said in a statement.
Citigroup sues AT&T for trademark infringement
Citigroup sued AT&T, saying the company's use of "thanks" and "AT&T thanks" in a new customer loyalty
program infringed its trademark rights to the phrase "thankyou."
Citigroup has been using the "ThankYou" trademark in its customer-loyalty program since 2004 and said that the
"AT&T thanks" program launched on June 2 is likely to cause confusion among customers.
Government drafting separate bankruptcy law for financial companies: JayantSinha
The government is planning to introduce a new insolvency law for banks and other financial institutions that will
ensure the quick closure of the stressed firms while safeguarding the interests of small savers, Union Minister
JayantSinha said.
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy code, passed in the Parliament in May, aims to amend laws pertaining to
reorganisation and insolvency of firms.
Contest announced to design Postal Bank logo
IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launched a contest, with 50,000 prize money, to design the logo and come up
with the tagline for the newly announced India Post Payments Bank.
Users can submit their designs on the MyGov portal before 9 July, 2016. The designs will be selected based on rankings
from user polls and the postal department.
FPI limit in YES Bank hiked to 74%:
The Reserve Bank of India has notified the increase in the limits of foreign portfolio investors in YES Bank
from 60% to 74% under the portfolio investment scheme.
The increase follows the approval granted by the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA) / Foreign Investment
Promotion Board (FIPB on May 25 besides deregulation of FDI policy allowing fungibility across FDI / FPI limits.
RBI introduces Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets:
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued the guidelines on the Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed
Assets.
The guidelines were issued with an aim to further strengthen the lenders ability to deal with stressed assets and to put
real assets back on track.
BRICS bank to issue maiden local currency bond:
The official announced that the bank will also issue bonds in other member countries in their local currencies to
mitigate foreign currency risk of funded infrastructure projects.
Sovereign gold bonds' trading on exchange begins:
The sovereign gold bonds started trading on the stock exchanges (BSE and NSE) for the first time.
The government had issued gold bonds in three tranches starting November last year for about five tonnes worth of
gold.
The securities ended the day's trade at 3,180 per gram on the BSE, 18% higher than the issue price.
DCB Bank launches Aadhaar-based ATM in Bengaluru:
DCB Bank Chairman, Nasser Munjeelaunched a card-less and PIN-less ATM in Bengaluru.
The ATM accepts Aadhaar number and Aadhaar fingerprint (biometric) instead of ATM / debit card and PIN to
dispense cash from the bank account.
Market cap: ICICI Bank, SBI out of top 10:
Asset quality woes have evicted two major lenders State Bank of India and ICICI Bank out of the top ten
most-valued companies in terms of market capitalisation.
While the two banks were ranked sixth and ninth, respectively, at the beginning of last year, they are now (as on June
10) in the 11th and 13th positions.
Cabinet approves SBI's merger with 5 associates:
The Cabinet approved the merger of State Bank of India with five of its associate banks and the
BharatiyaMahila Bank, as part of the government's plan for consolidating public sector banks.
The associate banks are State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of
Mysore and State Bank of Hyderabad.
Bank issues first US credit card for use in Cuba:
A small Florida bank will issue the first U.S. credit card intended for use in Cuba and make it easier for
Americans to travel and work on an island largely cut off from the U.S. financial system.
Pompano Beach-based Stonegate Bank said its Mastercard, available Wednesday, will let U.S. travelers charge
purchases at state-run businesses and a handful of private ones, mostly high-end private restaurants equipped with
point-of-sale devices.
PNB Home Fin mandates 3 banks for $300m IPO:

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PNB Home Finance has mandated three investment banks Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and Bank of America
Merrill Lynch to prepare for a $300-million initial public offering (IPO) later this fiscal.
Bank of Japan keeps interest rates unchanged:
The Bank of Japan decided to keep the interest rates on the current accounts held by financial institutions
unchanged at (-)0.1% and kept the annual target for expanding the monetary base at 80 trillion yen ($764
billion).
Further, the inflation is "likely to be slightly negative or about 0% for the time being", the central bank said.
US Federal Reserve holds interest steady:
The US Federal Reserve decided to keep the key interest rates steady at 0.25-0.5%.
Further, the growth forecast for 2016 and 2017 was brought down by 0.1% to 2%.
The UK's possible exit from the European Union affected the decision as it would impact economic and financial
conditions in the global markets, the Fed chair Janet Yellen said.
SBI launches Rs.200 Crore fund for fintech startups:
The State Bank of India launched a 200-crore 'IT Innovation Start-up Fund to invest in startups operating in
the financial technology space.
This fund shall consider assistance of up to 3 crore to an Indian registered company for promoting their business
innovations using IT in India for banking and related technology, said SBI Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya.
RBI approves common rural bill payment centres:
The RBI gave in-principle approval to the common service centres (CSCs) in rural areas to collect payments for
services like electricity, water and gas.
The facility will be rolled out within around three months, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
NRIs can now join NPS online through eNPS: Finance Ministry
Government said non residentindians (NRIs) can now open National Pension Savings (NPS) accounts online if
they have Aadhaar Card or PAN card.
India has the second-largest diaspora in the world, with around 29 million people living in over 200 countries
and out of them 25 per cent live in the Gulf countries.
SEBI eases norms for overseas fund managers:
Markets regulator SEBI has eased the norms for overseas fund managers to relocate to India, under which they
need not fulfil the minimum investment requirement of 25 lakh.
The government had announced taxation incentives for overseas fund managers willing to relocate to India during the
2015-16 Budget.
SBI named in Hall Of Shame list of Banks funding Cluster Bomb Makers:
The State Bank of India (SBI) was named in the Hall of Shame list of 158 banking institutions that have
invested billions of dollars in companies making cluster bombs.
The list was prepared by Dutch campaign groupPAX Worldwide Investments in Cluster Munitions report.
State Bank of India (SBI) is the only Indian entity on the list that includes global giants like JP Morgan, Barclays, Bank of
America and Credit Suisse.
Government allows complete PPF withdrawal after 5 yrs
The government changed the norms for Public Provident Fund (PPF) deposits, allowing the subscribers of the
scheme to prematurely close their accounts and withdraw the complete amount after five years
Currently, the lock-in period for complete withdrawal from PPF accounts is 15 years.
Government keeps interest rates on small savings scheme unchanged:
Interest rates for Small Savings Schemes will remain unchanged for the next quarter beginning July,
government notified.
Presently the rate of interest for both Five Year National Savings Certificate and Public Provident Fund Scheme
is 8.1 per cent.
ICICI Bank Launches Smart City Pre-paid Card in Ahmedabad
Chief Minister Anandiben Patel unveiled a first of its kind Smart City Pre-paid Card of ICICI Bank, Indias
largest private sector bank, in association with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) which would enable
the residents of the commercial capital of Gujarat to pay for an array of facilities
including taxes, bills, entry fee to common city areas and at retail outlets by using a
single pre-paid card.
NSE to file draft papers for domestic listing by Jan 2017
Ending speculation about its listing plans, top stock exchange NSE said it has
decided to get listed in India as well as abroad and will file draft papers with
Sebi for domestic listing by January 2017.
It will further file for overseas listing by April 2017. The decisions related to listing
were taken during the last meeting of the board of directors on June 23, 2016.
Startups can open foreign currency accounts: RBI
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently allowed startups with an overseas
subsidiary to open foreign currency accounts with a bank outside India.
The accounts will help the startups to credit foreign exchange earnings from
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RBI added that the balance in such accounts, to the extent they represent exports, should be returned to India.
Bank of Maharashtra raises Rs 500 cr via bonds
State-owned Bank of Maharashtra said it has raised Rs 500 crore by issuing bonds that are compliant with
global capital adequacy norms.
The bonds bear the coupon rate of 9.20 per cent per annum.
SBI to raise $1.5 billion by issuing bonds
Countrys largest lender SBI today said it will raise long-term capital of up to USD 1.5 billion (over Rs 10,000
crore) by issuing bonds in US dollar or other convertible currency.
The Executive Committee of the Central Board in its meeting held on June 29, 2016, has approved to raise long term
funds up to $1,500 million in single/multiple tranches, SBI said in the filing.
United Bank remains cautious on corporate lending, aims at 30% retail loan growth this fiscal
Public sector lender United Bank of India is aiming to grow its retail credit portfolio by 30% for this fiscal as it
remains cautions on lending to corporate sector. The bank is eyeing a 10-12% business growth in this financial
year.
Total business of the bank stood at Rs. 187813 crore as on March 31, 2016, registering a modest growth of 5.58%. P
Srinivas, managing director and CEO, said the lender was aiming at 10-12% business growth this fiscal.
Gross NPAs rise to 7.6% in 2015-16: RBI
The gross non-performing assets (NPAs) ratio of public-sector banks rose to 7.6% from 5.1% between
September 2015 and March 2016, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said in its bi-annual Financial Stability
Report.
The report, estimates that gross NPAs may increase further to 9.3% by March 2017 under a "severe stress scenario".
SBI to Raise Over Rs 10000 Crore
SBI will raise long-term capital of up to $1.5 billion or over Rs 10,000 crore by issuing bonds in US dollar or
other convertible currency.
The Executive Committee of the Central Board in its meeting has approved to raise long term funds up to $1,500
million.
The fund raising will take place through a public offer & or private placement during 2016-17.
GIC Re profit rises 6 per cent in 2015-16
General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re) reported 6 per cent increase in net profit at 2,848 crore for
the financial year ended March 31, 2016, against 2,694 crore in the previous year.
The national re-insurer, a wholly-owned company of the government, wrote gross global premium of 18,436 crore, up
21.42 per cent over the previous year (15,184 crore).
Axis Bank opens innovation lab for start-ups in Bengaluru
Private sector lender Axis Bank launched an innovation lab to hone start-ups and announced that it will create
a dedicated fund to invest in these new-age companies that would benefit its business.
The bank launched the 10,000 sqft lab at Bengaluru with an in-house innovation team, which will host a three-month
accelerator programme where companies will get mentored.

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Mahindra inks brand licence agreement with Pininfarina
Mumbai based Mahindra & Mahindra has signed a brand licence agreement with Italian car designer
Pininfarina for using trademarks after closing the deal to acquire 76.06 per cent stake in the company.
The Vehicle major had announced to acquire Turin-based Pininfarina for an overall outgo of over 50 million Euros after
months of negotiations last year.
Asia's largest tech trade show COMPUTEX kicks off in Taipei:
Asias largest technology trade show COMPUTEX kicked off in Taipei, attracting more than 1,600 companies
from 30 countries to showcase their latest products.
COMPUTEX will end on June, 4th and organisers expect the event to attract more than 130,000 visitors.
Direct Tax Dispute Resolution Scheme 2016 comes into force:
The Direct Tax Dispute Resolution Scheme 2016 came into effect on 1 June 2016. The scheme was
incorporated as Chapter X of the Finance Act, 2016.
The declarations under this Scheme may be made on or before the 31 December 2016 in respect of tax arrears &
specified tax.
TRAI launches mobile app for subscribers to register complaints against pesky calls, SMSes:
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has launched a mobile application for telecom subscribers
to register their complaints against pesky calls and SMSes to tighten the noose on telemarketers.
TRAI Chairman R S Sharma said, the new mobile app will help people in easily filing complaints and help the
authority in monitoring such activities.
India's growth to remain 'strong';to hover around 7.5%: OECD
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, has said that India is projected to see a
growth of around 7.5 per cent in the current fiscal even as the world economic growth is stuck in a low-growth
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OECD further said improving productivity is essential for India's GDP per capita to catch up with higher-
income countries.
Salesforce buys Demandware for $2.8 billion:
American cloud computing company Salesforce on Wednesday announced the acquisition of the cloud-based e-
commerce services provider Demandware for around $2.8 billion.
With this, Salesforce will enter into the e-commerce market with a new business division called 'Commerce Cloud'.
Demandware, which raised $88 million in its initial public offering in 2012, is currently valued at $1.87 billion.
Johnson & Johnson to buy Vogue International for about $3.3 billion:
American multinational firm Johnson & Johnson would acquire personal-care products company Vogue
International for about $3.3 billion in all cash deal.
The beauty products of Vogue are sold in the United States and in 38 other countries.
TERI signs MoU with IKSL:
New Delhi based Energy and Resources Institute and a subsidiary of Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative
Limited Kisan Sanchar Limited (IKSL) inked a pact to work together in empowering farmers.
The MoU makes formers by providing them information about efficient use of natural resources to help them
increase their productivity.
HDFC Ergo buys L&T General Insurance for Rs 551 crore:
Indias fourth largest private sector general insurer HDFC ERGO General Insurance armhdfc-ergo of mortgage
lender HDFC has acquired L&T General Insurance Co. Ltd in an all-cash agreement worth of Rs.551 crore.
HDFC ERGO General Insurance Co. Ltd, the non-life insurance is 51:49 joint venture between housing finance major
HDFC and global insurance major ERGO International Germany,
Flipkart launches its own eSports tournament:
E-commerce giant Flipkart has launched Flipkart Gaming Online Championship (FGOC), an online eSports
tournament being held between June 3 and July 11.
The tournament will feature four games, namely FIFA, Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), League of Legends
(LOL) and Defense of the Ancients 2 (DotA 2).
Tata Trusts, MP government join hands to work in healthcare:
Tata Trusts and Madhya Pradesh government jointly signed an agreement on implementing interventions in
healthcare areas like nutrition, mental health and cancer care in the state.
This partnership aims is to improve the health indicators in areas of cancer, mental health and nutrition in a focus on
high-priority districts of Madhya Pradesh.
Jubilant gets USFDA nod for epilepsy injection:
Noida-based drug firm Jubilant Life Sciences has received final approval from the US Food and Drug
Administration (USFDA) for its generic Levetiracetam injection, used for the treatment of epilepsy, in the American
market, the company said in a filing.
The formulation is similar to Belgium pharmaceutical major UCB's injection in the same strength, it added.
ATM-based validation of tax returns activated by Income Tax Department:
Under the initiative, the electronic verification code needed to validate returns on the e-filing portal of the I-T
department can be generated through the ATM where the taxpayer has an account.
Currently, only SBI has initiated the facility, an I-T official said.
India suggests EU to resume stalled FTA negotiations:
Commerce and Industry Minister NirmalaSitharaman has suggested her European Union counterpart Cecilia
Malmstrom to resume the long-stalled negotiations over the proposed free trade agreement.
Both the ministers met on the sidelines of an Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Developments (OECD)
Ministerial Council Meeting on June 3 in Paris.
IMF approves $1.5 Billlion Loan for Sri Lanka:
The International Monetary Funds (IMF) executive board has approved a three-year $1.5 billion loan to
support Sri Lankas economic reform agenda which is hit by a balance-of-payments crisis.
Aimed at boosting government revenues to reduce the fiscal deficit, improving foreign exchange reserves, reducing
public debt and Sri Lankas risk of debt distress, and improving public financial management
Seco Tools India inaugurates new plant near Pune:
Seco Tools India, a wholly owned subsidiary of Swedish company Seco Tools AB has inaugurated its new plant
and office at KoregaonBheema near Pune.
Theme of the program 20 years of technical expertise, passion and productivity
India ranked 2nd on GRD index on ease of doing business:
India has jumped 13 positions from last year to rank second among 30 developing countries this year on ease
of doing business.
According to 2016 Global Retail Development Index (GRDI), which ranks top 30 developing countries for retail
investment worldwide, a pickup in GDP growth and better clarity regarding FDI regulations have helped India achieve
a second ranking.
Airbus unveils world's 1st 3D-printed aircraft:
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus recently unveiled 'Thor', which it claims is the world's first 3D-printed aircraft,
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Weighing 21 kilograms and measuring 13 feet in length, the aircraft has been printed from a substance called
polyamide.
Fashion marketplace Voonik acquires 3 startups:
Online fashion marketplace Voonik has acquired three startups including Zohraa, Picksilk and Styl for an
undisclosed amount.
The acquisitions will reportedly help Voonik strengthen its premium fashion products platform Vilara.
Sumitomo to acquire 45% stake in Excel Crop Care:
Mumbai-based Farming solution provider Excel Crop Care said that it has reached a deal to sell 44.98% stake
in the firm to Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo for about 623.44 crore.
Further, Sumitomo will launch an open offer to public shareholders for an additional 30% stake in the firm amounting
to 415.80 crore, it added.
JV of L&T wins contract to develop Qatar stadium:
A joint venture (JV) between infrastructure firm L&T and a Qatar-based company has been chosen to build the
Al Rayyan stadium in Qatar, for a deal worth $135 million (900 crore).
The 40,000-seater venue will host games up to the quarterfinals of the 2022 FIFA world cup in Qatar. The stadium is
slated to be completed by 2019.
Walmart retains top position in Fortune 500 list:
Retail giant Walmart has topped the Fortune 500 list for the fourth consecutive year.
The annual list features 500 US companies based on their total revenue.
India gets first F.R.I.E.N.D.S theme cafe:
India's first cafe based on the popular television sitcom 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' has opened up in Kolkata that was started
by MahimaBachhawat and her brother Aditya.
The cafe has a replica of the orange sofa as well as menu items like Ross's Moist Maker Sandwich and other items like
'Pat the Dog' and the purple door which featured on the show.
Government procures 1.11 lakh tonne of pulses to cool retail prices:
The government has procured 1.11 lakh tonnes of pulses so far from farmers for creating buffer stock and also
contracted to import 38,500 tonnes as part of its effort to control the retail prices.
The Centre also asked state governments to seek allocation of pulses from the buffer stock and sell at reasonable prices
not exceeding Rs 120 per kg.
India, ADB sign $120 miilion loan pact for irrigation in Odisha
India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $ 120 million loan pact to improve irrigation and water
management infrastructure in Odisha.
The soft loan is the 2nd tranche of a $ 157.5 million financing facility under the Orissa Integrated Irrigated Agriculture
and Water Management Investment Program.
Amazon to increase investment India to $5 billion:
Amazon will invest an additional $3 billion in its India operations to take its investment in the country to
over $5 billion, the American e-commerce giants founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said.
Modi-Obama talks: India, US ink eight agreements:
India and the US inked eight agreements, including in the sphere of defence and energy cooperation and
counter-terrorism after talks between Prime Minister NarendraModi and US President Barack Obama in the
White House.
India, US set up 2 clean energy financial support Programmes for $60 million:
India and the US announced the setting up of two financial assistance programmes worth $60 million for
supporting Indias much-needed clean energy initiatives including in solar power and other renewables.
World Bank cuts 2016 global growth forecast to 2.4%:
The World Bank has lowered its forecast for the global growth in 2016 to 2.4%, saying that the world
economy is facing stronger headwinds.
In its Global Economic Prospects Report released, the Washington-based institution expected the world economy to
grow 2.4% in 2016, 0.5% point lower than the banks forecast in January.
Datsun launches hatchback redi-GO with prices starting at Rs. 2.49 lakh:
Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan Motor Co has launched a
hatchback redi-GO under its Datsun brand, attempting to gain a foothold in
the extremely competitive market.
The redi-GO is launched with prices starting at Rs. 2.49 lakh (ex-showroom,
Mumbai) for the entry-level model, and the high-end priced at Rs. 3.49 lakh.
India ranked 141 on Global Peace Index:
India has been ranked 141 on the 2016 Global Peace Index, falling behind
countries like Burundi, and Serbia on the 163-country list.
India was ranked 143 on last year's list.
Prepared by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the list names Syria as the
least peaceful country. Meanwhile, Iceland was named the world's most peaceful
country.
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Search giant Google India and Tata Trusts jointly launched Internet Saathi program google in West Bengal to
focus on training women and larger communities in the state to learn and explore various uses and benefits
of the Internet.
This initiative is part of Googles Helping Women Get Online campaign to create awareness about the benefits of
Internet among women in rural parts of India.
IIIT-B, IIMB sign pact to offer tech, management expertise to start-ups:
The International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B) and the Indian Institute of
Management Bangalore (IIMB) have entered into a MoU with the aim of sharing their expertise in the areas of
technology and management, respectively, with the start-ups being incubated in their respective innovation
centres.
Granules India arm inks pact with US PharmaWindlas:
Granules Pharmaceuticals Inc. (GPI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Granules India Ltd, has acquired exclusive
rights from USpharmaWindlas, LLC to market and distribute four products in the USA.
According to IMS Health data, the annual US sales for the above four products are approximately $4.4 billion.
Crude oil futures surge to Rs. 3,432 per barrel:
Crude oil surged 1.06% to Rs. 3,432 per barrel at the futures market as speculators engaged in creating
speculative positions, taking positive cues from Asian markets.
At the Multi Commodity Exchange, crude oil for delivery in June was trading higher by Rs. 36 or 1.06% to Rs. 3,432
per barrel in a business turnover of 2,608 lots.
US company, 8minutenergy, to build 4 GW of solar capacity in India:
A US renewable energy company, 8minutenergy Renewables LLC, will set up 4 GW of solar power capacity in
India, according to a statement from the White House.
Paytm to use Infosys Finacle for payments bank:
To meet its ambitious target of achieving 50 crore users for its yet-to-be approved payments bank, Paytm has
brought in Infosys to deploy its Finacle Core Banking Solution.
Paytm, which is a mobile commerce platform, will use Finacle platform for its deposit products and payments
platform, enabling it to rapidly roll out innovative offerings.
TI Cycles opens 105-cr unit in Punjab:
TI Cycles of India, part of the Murugappa Group company Tube Investments of India, has launched its new
bicycle production unit in Punjab.
The 105-crore project has come up at Rajpura to address the demand in the North and East Indian markets.
The factory will have a capacity to produce 2.50 lakh bicycles a month.
SBI ties up with Jain Farm to extend loans to farmers associated with co:
State Bank of India has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Jain Farm Fresh Foods Ltd (a
subsidiary of Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd) to help farmers associated with the latter to avail of finance
against receivables due from the company.
180% rise in tourist arrivals on e-visa in May
The Tourism Ministry has said that India witnessed 180% rise in tourist arrivals on e-visa in May this year, as
compared to the same month in 2015.
Highest arrivals were from the USA, followed by the UK and China.
Textile exports fall $7.5B short of FY16 target
India's textile exports for the 2015-16 fiscal stood at $40 billion, falling short of the $47.5 billion target, Joint Secretary
in the Textile Ministry SunainaTomar said.
Meanwhile, the new textile policy which aims to achieve $300 billion exports and create 3.5 crore additional jobs by
2024-25 may be unveiled soon, Textiles Minister SantoshGangwar said.
TVS invests $11 million in three startups
TVS Automobile Solutions invested a total of approximately $11 million in three startups, Jazzmyride,
Autosense, and Redsun Telematics.
Jazzmyride deals with auto parts and accessories, Autosense provides technology and analytics-based customer
management services, while Redsun Technologies is an Internet of Things start-up that develops business solutions
like connected cars.
Apple creates new company to sell solar energy
Technology giant Apple has formed a new subsidiary, called Apple Energy LLC, in order to sell the surplus solar
power generated by its campuses in Cupertino and Nevada.
The new company filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, seeking authority to sell power on
wholesale markets across the US starting from August 5, 2016.
Ratan Tata invests in e-ticketing site Kyazoonga
Ratan Tata, Chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, has invested an undisclosed amount in e-ticketing portal
Kyazoonga.
Founded in 2007 by Neetu Bhatia, Akash Bhatia and ArpitaMajumder, Kyazoonga is an entertainment and sports
ticketing company, which has sold tickets for events like ICC Cricket World Cup and FIFA World Cup.
'Gujarat Connecting India to World' to be the theme of 'Vibrant Gujarat 2017'
The theme for Gujarat Global Investors' Summit 2017 will be 'Gujarat Connecting India to the World'.

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The summit is likely to be held in the first month of 2017.
FCI inks pact with Adani Group
Food Corporation of India (FCI), a state-run organization has signed an agreement with the Adani group for
construction of two silos to store wheat, at an estimated cost of about Rs 80 crore.
These two silos would have a combined storage capacity of 75,000 tons.
Bain chief Bechek highest-rated CEO: Glassdoor
Bob Bechek, Chief Executive of consulting firm Bain & Company, emerged as the highest-rated CEO in a survey
conducted by jobs portal Glassdoor.
He is followed by Ultimate Software head Scott Scherr (2nd), Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg (4th), Google's SundarPichai
(7th) and Apple's Tim Cook (8th). The survey was based on employees' feedback on the portal.
Tata Power acquires Welspuns renewable energy assets:
Tata Power Company has announced that Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd (TPREL), a fully owned subsidiary
of Tata Power, has acquired 1,140 MW solar and wind power assets of Welspun Energy Pvt Ltd.
Notably, India has a target of installing 60 GW of wind and 100 GW of solar power capacity by 2022.
Bitcoin price surges to two-year high:
The price of digital currency Bitcoin surged 21% over the weekend to a two-year high of $720.77, it's highest
level since February 2014.
Nearly 85% of the transactions were accounted for by Chinese investors, who, according to analysts, are investing in
Bitcoin after IMF's report suggested a systemic risk in the country due to massive corporate debt.
SKS changes name to Bharat Financial Inclusion:
Non-banking lending firm SKS Microfinance has changed its name to Bharat Financial Inclusion, the company
announced.
Notably, SKS is the only publicly-listed microfinance company in India.
Jet Airways to launch Hyderabad-Sharjah flight in August:
Private full-service carrier Jet Airways has announced launch of an additional flight on the Hyderabad-
Dammam Mangaluru-Sharjah route from August.
Deploy narrow-body Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft in a two-cabin class
Government eyeing to sell Nokia plant to Foxconn:
Government representatives from New Delhi and Tamil Nadu have met Taiwanese contract manufacturer
Foxconns founder Terry Gou about a potential sale of Nokias Chennai factory.
This points to a concerted push to revive operations at the 212-acre facility on the outskirts of Chennai that was once a
symbol of Indian prowess in manufacturing mobile handsets.
Sony launches Hindi movie channel:
Broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) has launched a free-to-air Hindi movie channel Sony Wah targeted
at the audience in small towns and rural areas.
Uber offers choppers in Brazil to escape traffic:
Uber launched 'UberCOPTER', a month-long trial of on-demand helicopter rides in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to let
users avoid traffic between airports, hotels and convention centres.
Starting at around $20, this is Uber's first attempt in Brazil to provide helicopter rides for short distances.
Airtel, Singtel partner for global data business:
Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) and BhartiAirtel have partnered to deliver high-speed data network
coverage across 325 cities in the Asia-Pacific, Middle-East, Africa, Europe and the US under one network.
JLR opens first facility outside UK in Brazil:
Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover announced the opening of its 240 million (around 2,280 crore)
manufacturing facility at Rio, Brazil, the firm's first establishment outside of the UK.
ESIC to provide free health checkup to subscribers:
Employees' State Insurance Corporation, ESIC has decided to offer free annual health checkup to insured
members aged 40 and above under its health insurance scheme.
The health insurance scheme run by the ESIC provide cover to not only the two crore insured persons but also
to their dependents in the family.
Blackberry partners HCL for selling software:
Smartphone maker Blackberry announced its partnership with IT services firm HCL Infosystems for the
distribution of the former's enterprise software products and services in India through HCL's network of
distribution partners.
Revlon acquires Elizabeth Arden in $870 million deal:
US-based cosmetics maker Revlon has agreed to buy perfume maker Elizabeth Arden in a deal valued at $870
million.
The combined entity will reportedly have total annual sales of around $3 billion.
Tata, Uber tie up for solutions to cab drivers:
Tata Group announced a partnership with taxi-hailing service Uber to offer vehicle purchase and ownership
solutions to drivers on the Uber platform.
The initiative, first launched in Hyderabad, aims to provide the services to 20,000 drivers in the next one year.
Max Life, Max Financial to merge with HDFC Life:

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Max Life Insurance, Max Financial Services and HDFC Standard Life Insurance have entered into an agreement
to evaluate the possible merger of the Max firms with HDFC, the companies said.
Reportedly, the value of the merger is evaluated at Rs.60,000crore.
CBDT to soon launch e-nivaran for speedy grievance redressal:
The Central Board of Direct Taxes,CBDT will soon launch an E-Nivaran portal for speedy redresal of taxpayers'
grievances.
After the conclusion of two day Annual Conference of Tax Administrators in New Delhi, the CBDT Chairman Atulesh
Jindal said, the portal will be launched for Delhi on a pilot basis within two-three weeks.
Microsoft & AICTE signed agreement to build app for HRD ministry's SWAYAM platform:
Microsoft was selected as the technical partner to build a mobile Application (app) for Union Human
Resources Ministry's SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds) platform.
Microsoft signed a deal of 38 crore rupees with All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to build and run the
app for three years. Later, it will be taken over by AICTE.
India sees highest-ever tea production in FY16:
India recorded its highest-ever tea production of 1,233 million kg in 2015-16 fiscal.
The surge in exports is attributed to the increased demand from Russia, Iran, Germany, Pakistan, Bangladesh,
UAE and Poland.
Women bikers tour to promote women empowerment:
The "Biking Queens", an all women biking group, have reached Kohima, Nagaland as part of their ten-nation
tour to campaign for women empowerment and gender equality.
Spreading the message of 'BetiBachao, BetiPadhao', the team started from Surat and aim at covering 10,000 km in 36
days across the ten countries. They will travel to Myanmar next via Manipur.
India ranks 4th in hacked server list: Kaspersky
According to a report by software security group Kaspersky, India ranks fourth in the list of hacked servers
available for sale on xDedic, an underground marketplace for compromised servers.
The report said access to 3,488 hacked Indian servers was being sold on xDedic.
Maharaja Express to be introduced in south India:
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that luxury train Maharaja Express will be introduced in south Indian
states from the monsoon season next year.
Notably, Maharaja Express has won the world's best luxury train awards for four consecutive years.
India most open economy in world for FDI:
The government today said India is the most open economy in the world for FDI, while announcing several
relaxations in the overseas investment norms in sectors like civil aviation, defence and pharmaceuticals.
Government to set up ETF to meet disinvestment target:
The government has said it will set up a new exchange traded fund (ETF) to sell its shares in public sector
undertakings (PSUs) and other private companies, as part of its Rs.56,500crore disinvestment target for the
2016-17 fiscal.
ETFs are investment vehicles which hold assets like stocks or bonds and are traded on a stock exchange
Tata-Boeing joint venture establishes aerospace facility in Hyderabad:
Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Boeing celebrated the
foundation laying of a new facility in Hyderabad for its joint venture named
Tata Boeing Aerospace (TBAL).
The joint venture has been established to co-produce Boeing AH-64 Apache
helicopter fuselages and other aero structures, as well as to pursue integrated
systems in aerospace.
Flipkart named India's most sought-after company:
Online retailer Flipkart has topped LinkedIn's 'Top Attractors' list of the
most sought-after companies by professionals across India.
Amazon and Capgemini have been ranked second and third respectively.
Apple named world's most sought-after company:
Apple has topped LinkedIn's 'Top Attractors' list of the most sought-after
companies by professionals across the world.
Cloud computing company Salesforce and social media platform Facebook have
been ranked second and third respectively.
Government extends date for reporting accounts details under Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA ):
Government has extended the date for reporting details of accounts under Foreign Account Tax Compliance
Act (FATCA) by six months to December 31, 2016.
India and US in July 2015 signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement to implement the FATCA in India.
Tech Mahindra Ltd acquires UK-based BIO Agency Ltd:
Technology services provider Tech Mahindra Ltd (TechM) acquired UK-based digital transformation firm The
BIO Agency Ltd.
The acquisition was carried out in an all-cash deal for an enterprise value of up to 45 million pounds.
Mercer's Cost of Living Survey 2016 released; Mumbai costliest in India:

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Mercer's Cost of Living Survey 2016 was released,Asia dominates the top 5 of 2016 Cost of Living Rankings,
with Hong Kong bagging the No. 1 spot, pushing Luanda, Angola to 2nd.
Moody's lowers UK's credit rating to "negative":
Ratings agency Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Britain's credit outlook to "negative" from "stable"
following the country's decision to exit the European Union.
Lending agency AIIB approves 1st batch of loans:
China-led lending agency Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved its first batch of four
loans worth $509 million.
In operation since January with a capital of $100 billion, AIIB has 57 member countries including India.
4 Chinese companies in top 5 VC fundings in 2016:
According to analytics firm Tracxn's report of 50 largest VC fundings of 2016 so far, four out of the top five
investments have been made into Chinese companies.
Uber rival DidiChuxing, Alibaba's Ant Financial, Suning Commerce Group and Meituan are the four Chinese
companies in the list. Uber is the only non-Chinese company to feature in the top five.
JSW gets green nod for 35k cr Jharkhand plant:
JSW Steel has obtained environmental clearance for establishing an integrated steel unit and captive power
plant in Jharkhands Ranchi district, the Environment Ministry said.
The project, with an estimated cost of 35,000 crore, could generate around 30,000 jobs. In compliance with
government's recommendations,
BHELcommissions two hydel units in Afghanistan
State-run Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) today said that it has commissioned two units of 14 MW each at
Salma Hydro Electric Project in Afghanistan.
The Salma Dam or the Afghan-India Friendship Dam was inaugurated by the Prime Minister NarendraModi in presence
of the Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, BHEL said in a statement.
Tata, Starbucks launch new joint initiatives
Mumbai-based Tata Sons and global coffee retailer Starbucks have launched a series of new joint initiatives to
expand their partnership to a global scale, the companies said.
Coca Cola to set up plant in Uttarakhand
An Uttarakhand government official said that Coca-Cola will set up a bottling plant in Sitarganj, on 70 acres of
land provided by the government. The plant will be set up at an investment of 400-500 crore, the official
added.
In 2014, Coca-Cola scrapped their plans to establish a unit in the state's Chharbavillage on environmental grounds.
GAAR not to apply on income before April 1, 2017
The Income Tax Department has said the proposed general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR) will not be imposed on
income from investments before April 1, 2017.
GAAR, which will be effective from April next year, contains provisions to tax overseas deals involving local assets and
is aimed at reducing tax avoidance.
IPL brand valuation rises to $4.16 billion: D&P
According to global valuation corporation Duff and Phelps, the brand value of IPL has reportedly soared by
19% to $4.16 billion after its ninth edition, as against $3.5 billion in 2015.
Mumbai Indians acquired the top spot with a valuation of $78 million, an 8% increase over last year. The boost notably
has been attributed to a controversy-free season.
Coastal shipping of goods to save 40k cr per year:
By promoting coastal shipping of six commodities including coal and steel, annual potential savings of around
40,000 crore can be made, according to government estimates.
Coastal shipping of thermal coal alone could amount to about half of the estimated savings, an official said. The
government expects to increase its share in waterways transportation from 7% to 10% by 2020.
IFC, Wadhawan Global Capital to invest Rs 60 crore in Aadhar Housing Finance
The World Bank's private sector funding arm International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Wadhawan Global
Capital Pvt Ltd are going to raise their investments in Aadhar Housing Finance by putting inRs 60 crore between
them to help the housing loan provider to lower income families double its business.
BSNL to expand its network in Chhattisgarh
State-run telecom operator BSNL will expand its network in Chhattisgarh by installing 2,000 new mobile
towers in the next two years.
Addressing media persons in Raipur, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that in the next one
year 220 Public WiFi hotspots will be installed in Chhattisgarh by BSNL Corporate.
ITC to invest Rs 4,000 cr to set up to 9 plants
FMCG major ITC will invest Rs 4,000 crore over the next 2-3 years to set up 8-9 factories across the country for
manufacturing of food products.
The company, which recently expanded its new SunfeastFarmlite biscuits portfolio catering to health conscious
consumers, is looking at tapping this fast growing consumer segment.
Ola to invest Rs 350 crore in Haryana over 5 years

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Taxi hailing app Ola has signed an agreement with Haryana government to create over 10,000 entrepreneurs
in the state with an investment of Rs 350 crore over the period of five years, the company said.
Ola will work with the Haryana government to introduce innovative and customised mobility solutions like Ola Auto,
Ola Bike, Ola Share and Ola Shuttle across the state.
Indiabulls Housing Finance to raise Rs. 300 cr via NCDs
Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd is planning to raise Rs. 300 crore by issuing Unsecured Non-Convertible
Redeemable Debentures (Tier II) in the nature of subordinated debt on private placement basis.
RCom to provide 4G on Reliance Jio network at Rs 93 per 10 GB
RCom (Reliance Communications) will provide 10 GB of 4G data at the starting price of Rs 93, which is sharply
lower by about 94% than that of its competitors offering 4G service.
According to the letter to DoT (Department of Telecommunications), RCom will launch 4G data service in 12 circles --
Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, UP East and West, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and
Bihar.
Power sector sees $1.6 bn deals in Jan-May: EY
The Indian power sector saw 17 merger and acquisition deals worth $1.6 billion in the first five months of
2016, said a report by consultancy firm Ernst and Young (EY).
In comparison, 15 deals worth $601 million were made during the corresponding period last year. Further, renewable
energy accounted for 65% of the total deal volumes recorded this year.
Sistema to buy Russia's stake in Indian subsidiary
Oil-to-telecom conglomerate Sistema on Monday said it will acquire the Russian government's 17.14% share in
SistemaShyam Tele-Services (SSTL).
The Russian Federation had bought the stake in 2011 and entered an option agreement to sell them back to Sistema
after five years for an estimated worth of $777 million.
Amazon launches two data centres in India
Amazon Web Services (AWS), the worlds biggest provider of cloud computing services, launched data centres
in India, taking on rivals Microsoft, IBM and NTT in a country that is witnessing rapid adoption of cloud
computing both by enterprises and startups.
Paytm ties up with Suzuki Motorcycle for easy booking of two-wheeler models
Indias largest mobile payment and commerce platform Paytm announced its strategic partnership with
Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd. to offer its customers the largest assortment of bike and scooter models across all
transactional platforms in India.
India up 19 ranks in World Bank logistics report
In the latest World Bank ranking of the global logistics performance, India is now ranked 35th as against the
54th spot it occupied in the previous 2014 report.
India ranked ahead of other economies like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Germany topped the rankings, and was followed
by Luxembourg and Sweden, while Syria ranked lowest.
Quality analysis: CIMFR, power developers, coal miners ink MoU
Stat-run coal miners and power developers signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with
Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR) for the quality analysis of coal supplied to coal-based
generating companies.
As reported by FE earlier, this mechanism could bring down power cost by as much in R1.5 per unit.
EPFO aims to cover all workers under provident fund, pension by 2030
EPFO aims to cover all the workers in the country under provident fund (PF), pension and life insurance by
2030, the retirement fund body said in its vision document.
The vision also talks about online services for all EPFO benefits with state-of-the-
art technology and best service delivery practices.
EESL Signs MoU with TERI
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) entered into a strategic partnership
with The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI) for two years.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Union Minister of Power, Coal & New &
Renewable Energy ShriPiyushGoyal.
Amul signs up as official sponsor of Indian team to the Olympics
Indias leading food products companyAmul has signed up as the official
sponsor for the Indian contingent to the Rio Olympics 2016.
Amul has embarked upon an Eat Milk with Every Meal campaign.
Standard Chartered Rolls out Touch ID, a Fingerprint Verification System
Standard Chartered Bank unveiled its Touch ID innovation on its mobile
banking platform, SC Mobile.
This feature is designed to enhance the user experience of the Banks customers as they have the option of using Touch
ID as a replacement for having to type out their username and password to log onto the SC Mobile banking platform.

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National & International Appointments in June 2016


Appointed as the new member of Union former-Delhi
BS Bassi (Former Delhi Police Commissioner)
Public Service Commission (UPSC)
New Goodwill ambassador of LEPRA India organization R Madhavan (Bollywood Actor)
First ever chief executive officer (CEO) of the Board of Rahul Johri (He was appointed on the recommendation of the
Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Justice Lodha Committee.)
Appointed as the new chief of National Anti-Doping
Navin Agarwal (Senior IPS officer)
Agency (NADA)
N.K.Chari (Previous- Deputy Managing Director of State Bank of
New Managing Director of State Bank of Mysore
India)
Nominated as a member by the International Olympic
Nita Ambani (Reliance Foundations Founder and Chairperson)
Committee
The mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and
Sayonara Luxton (Goa-born)
Maidenhead in southeast England
New CM of Puducherry V Narayanasamy
CR Sasikumar (Prior, he was Deputy Managing Director,
Managing Director of State Bank of Travancore Inspection & Management Audit, at SBI Corporate Centre in
Hyderabad)
New ambassador for 'Swachh Saathi Dia Mirza (Bollywood actoress)
New MD for Adobe South Asia Kulmeet Bawa
The Director of Bharti Airtel Ltd Ashok Ganapathy
Managing Director of Facebook India Umang Bedi (Prior, he served as the MD for Adobe South Asia)
UNAIDS international goodwill ambassador Kenneth Cole (Fashion designer)
Director of Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for
Shahid Rasool (a communication technology specialist)
Asia
Head of UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan
Major General Per Lodin
(UNMOGIP)
Chief Executive of Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC),
G Kalyanakrishnan
Hyderabad
Newly appointed as part time member of 21st Law
Satya Pal Jain
Commission
New managing director of 3M India, the Indian arm of US
Debarati Sen
multinational conglomerate 3M Co.,
Appointed as the first chairperson of the North Cachar
Ranu Langthasa
Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) in Assam
Chief Justice of Manipur High Court Justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad
President of 71st session of United Nations General
Peter Thomson (Fijian diplomat)
Assembly (UNGA)
Managing Director of the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure
Dr. M Beena (IAS officer)
Development Corporation (KINFRA)
Niraj Mittal (Prior to DBS Bank, Mittal served as Managing
Managing Director and Head of Institutional Banking of
Director and Head of institutional banking business (North
DBS Bank India
India) at The Royal Bank of Scotland NV (RBS).)
Chairman of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Sunil Bharti Mittal
The next US ambassador to Malaysia Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir (Indian-origin)
Director General of Doordarshan Supriya Sahu (Senior IAS officer)
Global Goodwill Ambassador of The United Nations Entity
Anne Hathaway
for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Chairman of the National Institute of Fashion Technology
Chetan Chauhan (Former cricketer and former BJP MP)
(NIFT)
First mayor of Imphal Soram Sunil
President of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bipin R Patel
First ever female Mayor of Italy's capital Rome Virginia Raggi
Country Manager and MD PayPal India Anupam Pahuja
Named the head coach of the Indian team for a one-year
Anil Kumble
period
Head of Nokia India Sanjay Malik (replacing Sandeep Girotra,)
New Deputy Governor of RBI NS Vishwanathan (succeed HR Khan)
Deputy Lokayukta of Madhya Pradesh U C Maheshwari
Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Nand Kishore (Senior bureaucrat)
CEO of Suzuki Motors Toshihiro Suzuki

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Important Resignation in June 2016
Aveek Sarkar resigned as the Editor-in-Chief of Ananda Bazaar Patrika (ABP) and The Telegraph.
Olympian Anju Bobby George resigned as President of the Kerala Sports Council.
Gunit Chadha resigned as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Asia Pacific region of Deutsche Bank AG.
Gopal Rai resigned as Delhi Transport Minister, citing health reasons.
New Delhi based State-run firm MTNL Chairman and Managing Director Narendra Kumar Yadav has resigned on
completion of his tenure.
Suzuki Motor Corp's head Osamu Suzuki will step down as the CEO on June 29.
Tony Fadell, Founder and CEO of Alphabet subsidiary and smart home devices maker Nest Labs stepped down as the
CEO of the company.

Important Awards and Honors in June 2016


Awards Winners
Richard Gere and George Clooney and Salma Hayek
Pope Francis Awards Medals
(American Hollywood actors)
2016 Scholastic Asian Book Award Aditi Krishnakumar wins (Indian woman author)
the Green Economy Visionary award Raghavan Seetharaman (Qatar-based Indian banker)
Afghanistan's highest civilian honour, the Amir Amanullah
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Khan Award
gold medal winner in the people's choice category at the
Sudarsan Pattnaik (Indian sand artist)
World Sand Art Championship in Bulgaria
National Award For Excellence In Cost Management V.O.Chidambaranar Port (second-largest port in Tamilnadu)
Deshauna Barber (a serving Army Reserve officer of United
Winner of the the Miss USA competition 2016
States (US))
Honored with the prestigious Olympic Order by the N Ramachandran, (the president of Indian Olympic
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Association (IOA))
SBI Chair-MD Arundhati Bhattacharya (ranked 25), ICICI
Four Indians have featured in Forbes' 13th Worlds 100 Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar (40), Biocon Founder-Chair
Most Powerful Women Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (77), and HT Media Chair Shobhana
Bhartia (93)
Winner of Regius Professorship by Queen Elizabeth II Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya (Indian-origin Professor)
the most powerful woman in technology on the Forbes 100
Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook COO)
Most Powerful Women list
honoured with the 30th American Cinematheque Award Ridley Scott (English Director)
Winner of the National Award for Best Performing Central
The Airports Authority of India (AAI)
PSU for Roof Top Solar Power initiatives
Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Seoul
Indian short film "Leeches", starring Sayani Gupta
International Women's Film Festival (SIWFF)
nominated for Choice TV Breakout Star in 2016 Teen Choice
Priyanka Chopra (India's bollywood actress)
Awards
Winner of 2016 International Dublin Literary Award Akhil Sharma (Indian-American Author)
Winner of 2016 PEN Pinter Prize Margaret Atwood
Winner of Mohun Bagan Ratna award Syed Nayeemuddin
World's Best Tourism Destination for 2016 by the 'European
Cambodia
Council on Tourism and Trade' (ECTT)
Winner of the Best Film and Best Script Writers at the 19th
The Kannada film 'Thithi'
Shanghai International Film Festival
Winner of the Investigation of the Year award 2016,
Panama Papers
presented at the Global Editors Network summit in Vienna
Winner of 'International Icon Award' at the 17th edition of
Actress Freida Pinto
the IIFA awards ceremony
Winner of prestigious G D Birla Award for Scientific
Sanjay Mittal (IIT-Kanpur professor)
Research for 2015
named among the ten 2016 Global Compact SDG Pioneers,
Zubaida Bai (an Indian social entrepreneur)
an initiative launched by UN
Winner of Best Actor Award in Male Category t the 17th
edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Ranveer Singh (for 'Bajirao Mastani')
Awards in Spain
Awarded with the Honorary Fellowship by an Indian Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (Spiritual leader, for his contributions to
students body in the United Kingdom (UK) world peace and culture)
Queens Young Leaders Award 2016 Kartik Sawhney and Neha Swain

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Winner of four awards at BET Awards 2016, including the
Singer Beyonc
'Best Female R&B/Pop Artist' award
conferred with the Honoris Causa Doctor of Science by
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) during its 49th Viswanathan Anand (Five-time World Champion)
convocation ceremony in Kanpur
topped in the MIT's annual list of the world's smartest
Amazon
companies of 2016
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Sports
Sri Lanka seam bowler NuwanKulasekara retires from Test cricket:
Sri Lanka seam bowler NuwanKulasekara announced his retirement from
Tests with immediate effect on 1 June 2015. He continues his career in
limited over cricket.
The 33-year old seamer played 21 Test matches for Sri Lanka and picked up 48
wickets since his debut in April 2005.He played 173 ODIs and was ranked as the
No. 1 bowler in March 2009.
Novak Djokovic becomes the first player to win a $100m prize money
Serbian Top seed Novak Djokovic became the first professional tennis
player to earn $100 million in prize money after he made his 10th French
Open quarter-finals beating 14th seed Spain`s Roberto Bautista Agut by 3-6,
6-4, 6-1, 7-5 to move into his 28th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final and
36th in all.
Argentina retain top spot in FIFA rankings:
Argentina and Belgium continue to hold on to the top two spots in the latest
FIFA rankings, with Colombia rounding up the top three.
India have fallen down one spot to 163, while England have been replaced in the top 10 by Austria.
BCCI allows women to compete in foreign leagues:
The decision, taken during a meeting of the BCCIs womens cricket committee, paves the way for Indias players to take
part in tournaments such as the Womens Big Bash League in Australia and the Womens Super League in England.
Ronaldo world's most famous athlete: ESPN
Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the most famous athlete in the world in the list of 100
most famous athletes released by ESPN.
Ronaldo is followed by NBA star LeBron James, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and Neymar, and Swiss Tennis player
Roger Federer. Indian cricketer ViratKohli is placed eighth in the list.
Paes-Hingis complete mixed doubles career slam:
Martina Hingis and Leander Paes each completed a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles after winning the
2016 French Open final against SaniaMirza and Ivan Dodig 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.
This was the 18th Grand Slam title and 10th in the mixed doubles for Paes while, for Hingis, it was the 22nd
Grand Slam of her career.
Indias ShubhamJaglan Clinches Maiden European Junior Golf Title:
ShubhamJaglan, Indias 11-year-old golf prodigy, bagged his first-ever European Junior Championship, by a
massive 13 strokes, at the Craigielaw Golf Club in Longniddry, Scotland.
The Haryana-lad also won the Junior World Golf Championships and Junior Golf Academy World Stars in 2015.
In 2013, he won the World Junior Golf Tournament.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) unveils first ever team of refugees:
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has unveiled its first ever team of refugees which will have 10
members and 12 officials and will compete at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games under the Olympic flag.
The team includes five athletes from South Sudan, two from Syria, two from Democratic Republic of Congo and one
from Ethiopia. The athletes, six men and four women, will compete in the sports of swimming, judo and athletics.
Muguruza beats Serena to win her 1st Grand Slam:
Spain's GarbieMuguruza won her maiden Grand Slam title after defeating the defending champion Serena
Williams 7-5, 6-4 in the French Open finals.
Judoka Avtar Singh books Rio Olympics berth:
Judoka Avtar Singh has qualified for the Rio Olympics in the under 90kg weight category, Judo Federation of
India said.
Besides winning a gold in South Asian Games in February, Avtar, who hails from Punjab, won gold medals in senior
national judo championships in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
SeemaTomar finishes 5th in shooting World Cup:
Former World Cup silver medallistSeemaTomar of India finished fifth in womens trap event at the ISSF
Shotgun World Cup.

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Australias Emma Elizabeth Cox won the gold medal, USAs Corey Cogdell bagged silver while Carole Cormenier of
France clinched the bronze in the womens trap event.
Indian Boxing Council gets Affiliation from Commonwealth Boxing Council (CBC):
The Indian Boxing Council (IBC), a licensing body for professional boxers in the country which has Vijender
Singh among others on its roster has been granted affiliation by the Commonwealth Boxing Council(CBC).
It is the first time in India where there is an opportunity for the Boxers to be professional.
Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to claim 1st French Open title:
Djokovic won his 12th major title and became the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slams at
once.
He becomes only the eighth man in history to have won all four of the sport's major singles prizes - and could
yet match Laver's achievement of winning all four in a calendar year.
Tennis star RohanBopanna secures direct entry into Rio Olympics:
Indian tennis star RohanBopanna today officially returned to top-10 in the ATP ranking doubles chart,
securing a direct entry into the men's doubles event of the Rio Olympic Games.
In the women's doubles chart, SaniaMirza continued to be joint world number one with Swiss partner Martina
Hingis. PrarthanaThombare was second-highest ranked player at number 209.
Six Russian weightlifters banned for doping:
The Russian anti-doping agency says, six weightlifters, including former world and European junior
champions have been banned for doping offenses.
The agency says 2014 world junior champion Larisa Kobeleva received a four-year ban and
NadezhdaOvchinnikova, the European junior champion in 2014, was banned for two years.
Lucknow to host Junior hockey World Cup:
The Eleven-Daylong event will feature 16 teams.They include defending champions Germany, Argentina, Australia,
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, England, India, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan and
Spain.
Tintu Luka won silver at Josef Odlozil Memorial Athletics Meet in Prague:
Kerala hailed track and field athlete Tintu Luka bagged a silver medal in 800 meterstintu-luka making
seasons best of 2:00.61 in the Josef Odlozil Memorial Athletics Meet in Prague, Czech Republic.
She was behind Icelands World Youth Championship gold winner Anita Hinriksdottir who clocked 2:0054 at the
contest.
West Indian all-rounder KavonFubler banned for seven years:
The Bermuda Cricket Board has banned all-rounder KavonFubler from the cricket for seven years after being
charged with Level 4 offences relating to his behavior for his club side Willow Cuts in the game against Baileys
Bay at Oval,
Maria Sharapova receives two-year suspension for failing drug test:
Maria Sharapova was suspended for two years from Tennis by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for
using a prohibited drug.
The Russian tennis sensation was provisionally banned in March 2016 after testing positive for meldonium at
Australian Open in January 2016.
Internationlparalympics body lifts Indian athletes ban:
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) temporarily lifted the ban imposed on Paralympic Committee of
India, allowing Indian para-athletes to participate in the upcoming Rio Paralympics.
Twenty Indian para-athletes have qualified for the Rio event.
Tamil Nadu teen IM Visakh becomes first Indian to win Mayor's chess:
Tamil Nadu teenager and International Master NR Visakh created history by becoming the first Indian to clinch
the Mumbai Mayor's International Open Chess Tournament and lead a top-three sweep in Mumbai.
The arbiters declared Visakh (ELO 2400) as the champion on a better tie-break as he
reached a draw with Ghosh in 16 moves.
SainaNehwal through to Australian Open final
Indian ShuttlerSainaNehwal reached the finals of the Australian Open Super
Series, defeating Chinas Wang Yihan 21-8, 21-12 on Saturday.
In the men's section, KidambiSrikanth lost his semifinal to Hans-KristianVittinghus
22-20, 21-13.
Messi hat-trick helps Argentina beat Panama 5-0
A 19-minute hat-trick in the second-half from Lionel Messi ensured Argentina
cruised to a 5-0 victory over 10-man Panama in the 2016 Copa America in Chicago.
Usain Bolt registers 2016's 2nd best 100m timing
Olympic gold medallistUsain Bolt registered 2016's second fastest 100 meters timing
after winning the Racers Grand Prix in 9.88 seconds.
Bolt finished 20 milliseconds short of the year best timing of 9.86 seconds set by
France's Jimmy Vicaut. I almost fell over, but was trying to control it, Bolt said about his start in the race.
SainaNehwal trumps Sun Yu to bag second Australian Open title

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A day after coach Vimal Kumar termed her performance 'perfect', Indian shuttlerSainaNehwal dished out a
similar show against Sun Yu to defeat the Chinese 11-21, 21-14, 21-19 in a 72-minute thriller and win the
Australian Open Super Series women's title on Sunday at the Sydney Sports Centre.
This is her second Australian Open win and with this, the World No. 8 has managed to claim her maiden title this
season.
Lewis Hamilton secures pole at Canadian GP
Three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton clinched pole at the 2016 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, ahead of
Mercedes teammate NicoRosberg.
This is Hamilton's fifth pole at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel completed the top three, with Red
Bull's Daniel Ricciardo qualifying fourth. Hamilton currently trails Rosberg in the driver's championship by 24 points.
Paes only tennis player to appear in 7 Olympics
India's Leander Paes will become the only tennis player in the world and the first Indian to make a seventh
appearance at the Olympics.
Paes won the bronze medal for India in singles tennis at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Interestingly, Leander's father Vece was a midfielder in the bronze medal-winning Indian field hockey team at the 1972
Munich Olympics.
KL Rahul 1st Indian to make century on ODI debut
Opening batsman KL Rahul became the first Indian to score a century on his ODI debut, after registering
100*(115) against Zimbabwe in the first ODI of the series.
He is the 11th batsman in ODI history to have achieved the feat. The previous best by an Indian on ODI debut was
Robin Uthappa's 86 against England in 2006.
Hamilton dedicates Canadian GP win to Boxer Muhammad Ali:
Defending Formula one champion Lewis Hamilton dedicated his win at the Canadian Grand Prix to late boxer
Muhammad Ali.
Hamilton is now nine points behind championship leader and Mercedes teammate NicoRosberg, who finished fifth.
Indian men's 4x400m relay team breaks 18-year-old national record:
The Indian men's 4x400m relay team on 12 June 2016 created a new national record, clocking 3:02.17 at the
International Sprint and Relay Teams Cup at Erzurum, Turkey.
On the other hand, the Indian women's 4x400m relay team clocked 3:30.16 and jumped to world No 12 in the
rankings.
USA wins FINA Women Water Polo World League Super Final:
The USA Womens Senior National Team won gold at the FINA Women Water Polo World League Super Final.
The victory marks the United States third straight FINA World League Super Final title and 10th overall.
On the other hand, Australia defeated China 11-3 for the bronze medal.
Dhoni 1st Indian Keeper to post 350 ODI dismissals:
Indian limited-overs captain MS Dhoni became the first Indian wicketkeeper to register 350 dismissals in ODI
cricket.
He became the fourth wicketkeeper in ODI history to achieve the feat, behind Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara,
Australia's Adam Gilchrist and South Africa's Mark Boucher.
Playing in his 278th ODI, Dhoni has registered 261 catches and 89 stumpings.
India to play for the 1st time in U-17 Futsal WC:
India has been given a wildcard by the Association Mundial de Futsal (AMF) to participate in the upcoming U-
17 Futsal World Cup.
The tournament will be held from July 11-20 in Paraguay with 12 participating countries.
National trials will be held this week in Haryana to select players for the WC-bound team, and a coach and sponsors
will be appointed.
Dhoni joint 2nd most successful ODI captain:
After India's win over Zimbabwe, Indian limited-overs captain MS Dhoni became the joint second most
successful captain in ODI history, equalling Allan Border's record of 107 ODI victories.
He lies 58 ODI victories shy of the list leader Ricky Ponting. Notably, Dhoni also became the first Indian captain to lead
the team in three ODI series whitewashes.
India in their 1st Champions Trophy hockey final:
The Indian hockey team will play their first Champions Trophy final, against Australia in London.
Indias best result till date at the Champions Trophy has been a bronze medal at the 1982 edition in Netherlands.
Nine-year-old sets swimming record in US:
James Savage, a nine-year-old boy from California, has become the youngest to swim from San Francisco to
Alcatraz Island and back.
The boy covered the three-mile stretch in a little over two hours.
James will now attempt another record by swimming the length of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, which is
about 8 km.
Australia beat India to clinch 14th Champions Trophy title:
Australia beat India 3-1 in the final of Champions Trophy Hockey tournament in London last night.
India settled for silver after losing to Australia in penalty shootout.

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BCCI to distribute state funds electronically:
The BCCI will use only electronic methods to distribute funds to all state cricket associations after three Goa
Cricket Association officials were arrested over alleged fraud.
All BCCI payments will be made to designated accounts, with confirmation by the association secretaries and
treasurers.
Sri Lankan pacer ShamindaEranga suspended by ICC for illegal action:
International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended Sri Lankas fast bowler ShamindaEranga from bowling. He was
suspended after an assessment of his bowling action.
The assessment revealed that all deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.
Mercedes driver NicoRosberg won 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe:
NicoRosberg of Germany won the European Grand Prix Formula 1 championship in Baku, Azerbaijan.
To win the title, the Mercedes driver overcame Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany in the final race.
India won Silver medal at Archery World Cup in Antalya:
The Indian mixed recurve team of DeepikaKumari and Atanu Das won silver at the Archery World Cup in
Antalya, Turkey.
In the final clash at Konyaalti Beach Park, the Indian team lost to South Korea 1-5.
Indian team trailed 0-2 in the first set against the top-seed Korean pair of Choi Misun and Ku Bonchan and went down
1-5 in the final.
Cleveland Cavaliers win NBA championship title:
Cleveland Cavaliers today defeated defending champions Golden State Warriors 93-89 in the seventh game of
the NBA finals to win the championship title for the first time in the franchise history.
The Cavaliers also became the first team in finals' history to come back from a 3-1 deficit. Meanwhile, LeBron James
was named the Most Valuable Player of the finals
Worlds oldest footballer sets new goal record:
Japanese footballer Kazuyoshi Miura has broken his own record to become the oldest goalscorer in Japans
football league.
Miura, aged 49 years, is currently the worlds oldest active football player, and is playing in his 31st season as a
professional.
Before retiring internationally, Miura scored 55 goals in 89 appearances for Japan.
AIFF to launch 'Mission 11 Million' for football:
The All India Football Federation is set to launch a football promotion programme in October targeting 11
million children across India.
The programme, titled Mission 11 Million, will reportedly be launched in 30 cities, besides targeting the
Indian diaspora in Gulf countries.
Notably, India will be hosting its first international football competition, the U-17 FIFA World Cup, next year.
JaspritBumrah no 2 in T20I bowling rankings:
Pacer JaspritBumrah, who took five wickets in three T20s against Zimbabwe, has reached a career-best
number two in the latest ICC T20I rankings.
Bumrah, who is now Indias highest-ranked bowler, has gone up six places and surpassed R Ashwin, who is now ranked
seventh.
WI spinner Samuel Badree is number one, leading Bumrah by 46 points.
Kumble got license no KA-10-N-10 for 10-wkt haul:
To commemorate cricketer Anil Kumbles achievement of taking all 10 wickets in a Test match innings, he was
gifted a car with a customized license number of KA-10-N-10.
Further, a traffic circle in Bengaluru was named after the cricketer. Kumble achieved the feat against Pakistan in 1999
at Delhis FerozeshahKotla Stadium.
Boxers Manoj, Vikas qualify for Rio Olympics:
Boxers Manoj Kumar and VikasKrishan have qualified for the Rio Olympics, after beating
RakhimovShakvakatdzhon and Lee Dongyun, respectively, in the AIBA World Olympic qualification event in
Azerbaijan.
Before them, Shiva Thapa was the only Indian boxer with an Olympic berth.
Two other boxers, Devendro Singh and SumitSangwan, are still in the running for an Olympic quota.
ArtemiPanarin wins 2015-2016 Calder Memorial Trophy:
Russian hockey winger ArtemiPanarin, playing for the Chicago Blackhawks won the 2015-2016 Calder
Memorial Trophy.
The announcement was made by the US National Hockey League (NHL).
Sprinter Dutee Chand qualifies for Rio Olympics:
Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has qualified for Rio Olympics in the womens 100metre event after meeting the
qualification mark at 26th International Meeting G.Kosanov Memorial in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Dutee clocked 11.30 seconds beating the Rio Olympics qualification mark of 11.32 secs.
VikasKrishan, Manoj Kumar settle for bronze in AIBA qualifiers:
Indian boxers VikasKrishan and Manoj Kumar have settled for bronze medals in the International Boxing
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By reaching the semi-finals, both VikasKrishan and Manoj Kumar, have already booked their Olympic berths.
So far, three Indian boxers have qualified for the Olympic Games. Apart from Vikas and Manoj, Shiva Thapa (56kg) has
also made the cut, booking his berth in the Asian Qualifiers in March.
Euro Cup:Poland, Wales, Portugal enter into Quarter Final
In UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament, Poland defeated Switzerland 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out in the first
round of 16 matches at Saint-Etienne to fix their place for quarterfinals.
Poland will now play Portugal on Thursday for semifinal berth in Marseille.
In second match, Wales entered quarterfinals beating Northern Ireland 1-0. In another match, Portugal beat Croatia 1-
0.
JituRai wins silver medal at Shooting World Cup:
Shooter JituRai clinched the silver medal in 10-metre air pistol event at the International Shooting Sport
Federation World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan.
This is Rai's sixth World Cup medal, and his second this year, after a gold medal in Bangkok in March.
Harmanpreet 1st Indian woman in int'l T20 league:
Indian womens team all-rounder and vice-captainHarmanpreetKaur has become the first Indian female
cricketer to sign for an overseas T20 league, after the BCCI allowed their participation in international leagues
earlier this month.
Kaur has signed up for the current Womens Big Bash League champions, Sydney Thunder, for the second season
of the league in December-January.
India jumps to number 5 in world hockey rankings:
Following their silver medal win in the Champions Trophy in London this month, the Indian mens hockey team
has risen two places to number five in the International Hockey Federation (FIH) rankings.
This is only the second time India has managed to break through in the top five since the ranking system was started in
2003.
Colombia beat USA 1-0 to finish third in Copa America:
Colombia defeated USA 1-0 in in the 2016 Copa America third-place match at the University of Phoenix
Stadium, Arizona.
Carlos Bacca scored for Colombia from a headed pass by Santiago Arias in the 31st minute to score the only goal of the
match.
Colombia's Arias and USA's Michael Orozco were sent off during stoppage time after an altercation.
Australia beat West Indies to win Tri-Nation Series
In the final of the Tri-Nation Series, Australia defeated West Indies by 58 runs at Bridgetown on Sunday.
Batting first, Australia scored 270/9 in 50 overs after Matthew Wade top-scored with 57*(52). In reply, West Indies
were bowled out for 212, with Josh Hazlewood picking up 5/50 and man-of-the-match, Mitchell Marsh finishing with
figures of 3/32.
Chile beat Argentina to win Copa America
Chile upset favourites Argentina with a penalty shootout victory in the Copa America final on Monday to retain
their title in the world's oldest continental soccer competition.
Lionel Messi missed from the spot in the shootout as Chile won the penalty shootout 4-2 and extended Argentina's
trophy drought to 24 years.
Belgium enter Euro quarter-finals with 4-0 win
Belgium advanced to the 2016 Euro quarter-finals after defeating Hungary 4-0 in the Round of 16 at the
Stadium Municipal in Toulouse on Sunday.
Eden Hazard scored a solo goal and assisted MichyBatshuayi's goal, with Toby Alderweireld and Yannick Ferreira
Carrasco also registering their names on the scoresheet. Belgium will now face-off against Wales in the quarter-finals
on Friday.
Germany beat Slovakia 3-0 to progress to quarter-final
In the fifth match of the UEFA Euro Round of 16, Germany defeated Slovakia 3-0 at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in
Lille.
JrmeBoateng, Mario Gmez and Julian Draxler scored for the World Champions.
Mesutzil's penalty miss in the 13th minute made him the only German player to miss a penalty kick at the Euros
(excluding shoot-outs).
Mascot Games organised in the US
The 23rd Annual Mascot Games, held in Orlando, Florida, USA, were attended by 23 mascots from several
American sports tournaments.
Mascots from leagues including the NBA, MLS, and NFL, besides others, participated in games like obstacle course race,
musical chairs, trampoline games and a gladiator duel.
The event was a fundraiser, with the proceeds going to a children's organisation.
Rio-bound sprinter breaks 400m national record
Sprinter Muhammad Anas became the 100th member of the Indian Rio Olympics contingent after setting a
400-metre sprint national record by clocking 45.40 seconds at the Polish Athletics Championship in Bydgoszcz.
The 21-year-old had initially broken the 45.47-second national record on Friday, by clocking 45.44 seconds, but had
missed out on a Rio berth by 0.04 seconds.

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India's Rajput wins silver in ISSF World Cup
Ace shooter Sanjeev Rajput clinched the silver medal for India in men's 50-metre rifle 3 position event of the
ISSF World Cup.
Rajput shot 456.9 to win the silver medal in the last World Cup before the Rio Olympic Games.
Croatia's PetarGorsa won the gold medal with 457.5, while Hyeonjun Kim of Korea bagged the bronze after he shot
445.5.
De Villiers retains top spot in ICC ODI rankings
South Africa's AB de Villiers and India's ViratKohli retained the top two spots respectively in the latest ICC ODI
batsmen's rankings, which were released on Monday.
Australia, who is the top-ranked ODI team, has no batsman featuring in the list. India's Rohit Sharma and
ShikharDhawan occupy the sixth and eighth spots respectively.
Messi was Player of the Tournament in WC 2014
Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, after leading Argentina to the final.
Following Argentina's loss in the final against Germany, Messi said, "Im very hurt at not being able to bring the Cup to
Argentina, I do not care about the Golden Ball". Messi won four Man of the Match awards in the tournament.
Alexis Sanchez wins Golden Ball at Copa America:
Chile forward Alexis Sanchez won the Golden Ball in the Copa America, which concluded on Monday.
Sanchez scored three goals in the tournament, including a brace against Panama in the group stage.
Argentina women win record seventh Champions Trophy title
The Argentina womens team has claimed a record seventh Champions Trophy title with a 2-1 win over
reigning World and Olympic champions, The Netherlands, in the final at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis
Centre.
The Netherlands hit back with a high quality penalty corner flick from Eva de Goede just after half time, but Argentina
held on to win their third successive Champions Trophy title.
Indian mens hockey team jumps to fifth place in FIH (International Hockey Federation) rankings
Following their silver medal winning performance at the Champions Trophy in London, the Indian mens
hockey team jumped two places to fifth spot in the latest rankings, issued by the FIH.
World Cup holders and Champions Trophy winners Australia remained at the top of the mens rankings while
Netherlands, the Olympic and World Champions held on to top spot in the womens rankings.
Indore to host first ever Test, no day-night Test in NZ series
Indore is set to host its first-ever cricket Test during Indias home series against New Zealand in September-October
but a day-night encounter is not part of the roster released by the BCCI, which had earlier revealed plans to have a
game with the pink ball.
Serena gets her 80th win at the AELTC
Serena Williams racked up her 80th Wimbledon victory on Tuesday, battling to a 6-2, 6-4 win over AmraSadikovic,
ranked at 148 in the world.
Mens second seed Andy Murray advanced with a routine 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 win over fellow-Briton Liam Broady while No.4
seed Stan Wawrinka was nowhere near his best while beating Taylor Fritz 7-6(4), 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-4.
Sangakkara Picks Dravid in All-Time XI
Former Sri Lankan cricket captain & batting legend, KumarSangakkara reveals his All-time XI.
Rahul Dravid was the lone Indian in the team selected by the former Sri Lankan skipper.
Sangakkara believes Dravid, will be the best to complement former Australian batsman Mathew Hayden in the opening
slot.
The list in total has 4 Australian, 3 Lankan & lone spot for Indian,Pakistan, SA & WI players.

Science and Technology


China to launch first hack proof Quantum Communication Satellite:
Quantum communication satellite was in news in the last week of May 2016 as China planned to launch its first
experimental satellite in July 2016 according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
With this, China will become the first country in the world to send encoded information from space that cannot
be intercepted.
Google launches tool to test website speed:
Google launched a tool that measures a website's speed on mobile and desktop, and its mobile-friendliness on
a scale of 1 to 100.
It also gives a detailed test report on a user's request, which includes suggestions on areas that the website needs to
work on.
Microsoft releases SQL Server 2016:
Microsoft announced the general availability of its latest relational database management system 'SQL Server
2016'.
The release offers deep integration of the 'R' programming language, which is used for data science, that will enable
analytics on real-time transactions without moving the data out of the platform.
NASA successfully deploys BEAM, first inflatable room attached to ISS:

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US space agency NASA successfully deployed the first experimental inflatable room attached to the
International Space Station (ISS).
NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams began introducing air into the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module.
The 1,400 kg Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was built by Las Vegas-based Bigelow Aerospace under a
$17 million NASA contract.
BEAM was launched to the orbiting lab last month in an effort to test and validate expandable habitat technology.
60 nations to monitor emissions using satellites:
As many as 60 nations, including India, have agreed on a general framework for the first time to use satellites
and coordinate methods of monitoring greenhouse gas emissions.
The nations will now inter-calibrate their satellite data to create easily accessible big space data.
Notably, 26 of the 50 essential climate variables that are monitored can only be measured from space.
Worlds smallest pacemaker implanted in 92-year old at Gurgaon Hospital:
The MicraTranscatheter Pacing System, the smallest pacemaker (two gram capsule sized) in the world has
been successfully implanted in a 92-year old man at Medanta, The Medicity Hospital.
The new pacemaker weighs just 2 grams, a lot less than the conventional 25 grams other mechanisms weigh.
Pluto's image shows 1st proof of possible cloud:
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has captured an image of Pluto, that can prove to be the first evidence for the
existence of clouds on the dwarf planet.
The dwarf planet's image, which was illuminated by the Sun in the background, showed a presence of wisp-like
formations which could be methane clouds as predicted by models.
Kerala brothers invent low-cost wind turbine:
Arun and Anoop George, two brothers from Kerala, have invented a low-cost wind turbine to make renewable
energy affordable to all.
Approximately the size of a ceiling fan, the wind turbine costs around 50,000 and is expected to have a lifespan of
twenty years.
Researchers develop new Terahertz camera:
Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a new Terahertz camera that can observe at a
microscopic level and can be used to find defects in microchips.
Scientists claim that the discovery will help scan optically opaque objects and help detect skin cancer.
Oldest plant root stem cells discovered in UK:
Scientists at the UK's Oxford University have discovered the oldest known plant root stem cells in a 320
million-year-old fossil.
It belongs to the plants that grew in the Earth's first global tropical wetland forests.
Scientists develop new RNA-editing technique:
American researchers have discovered that a commonplace mouth bacterium, Leptotrichiashahii, is capable of
editing the genetic information contained in RNA molecules that carry information stored in DNA to other cell
parts.
The technique could help break down viruses, that are frequently based around RNA, or kill a cancer cell by denying it
the chance to make vital proteins.
Flexible OLED built using graphene electrodes:
Korean researchers have developed efficient, flexible OLEDs using graphene as a transparent electrode.
In conventional OLEDs, the transparent electrode being used is brittle and expensive.
Twitters logo bird is called Larry:
Twitters official mascot, the bird which features in the companys logo, is named Larry.
According to a tweet by co-founder Biz Stone, it is called Larry the Bird as a tribute to NBA player Larry Bird, who
played for the Boston Celtics, Stones home-state team.
The name was revealed in a tweet by the companys official handle, in 2011.
LISA Pathfinder mission demonstrates ways to detect gravitational waves:
LISA Pathfinder Mission successfully tested a key technology needed to build a space-based observatory for
detecting gravitational waves.
The Mission was led by the European Space Agency (ESA) scientists with the contribution of NASA.
Lenovo partners with Project Tango chipmaker Movidius ahead of Tech World Conference:
Ahead of the Lenovos Tech World conference, which starts on June 9 night in San Francisco, the company has
announced a partnership with VR chipmaker Movidius.
Lenovo is expected to showcase its new Project Tango smartphone at the conference as well, ahead of a possible launch
in July.
YouTube launches Smart Offline feature in India:
YouTube launched a feature called 'Smart Offline' in India to let users take advantage of cheaper data rates
charged by mobile operators at night.
This feature lets users schedule their offline video downloads for night using a new 'Save overnight' option when
discounted data plans are active.
Telcos to install 60k towers to check call drops

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Telecom operators in India have committed to invest 12,000 crore for installing 60,000 telecom towers over
the next three months to address the issue of call drops and improve service quality, Telecom Secretary JS Deepak
said.
Lenovo unveils bendable smartphone, tablet
Lenovo showcased its concept bendable smartphone 'CPlus' and tablet 'Folio'.
The smartphone, which the company's CTO said will come in two sizes, can reportedly be worn like a wearable device
by wrapping it around the wrist, while the tablet can fold in half.
Four new elements on the Periodic table get their names
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry has announced the names of four elements in the
periodic table that were discovered in January 2016.
Moscovium (Mc), nihonium (Nh), tennessine (Ts) and oganesson (Og) complete the seventh row of the table. The
elements with atomic numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118 were discovered in a joint effort by American and Russian
scientists.
Luminati Aerospace successfully tests solar-powered aircraft
A test pilot successfully flew a solar-powered prototype aircraft on Friday for a company that envisions
manufacturing a fleet of drones to provide aerial internet service for an estimated 4 billion people worldwide.
The test flight by Luminati Aerospace LLC took place at a former Northrop Grumman defense plant on eastern Long
Island that once made military aircraft.
World's smallest violin made with Google sensors:
Researchers have created the world's smallest working violin by incorporating Google's Project Soli, a tiny
radar-based chip that detects mid-air finger movements with a Wekinator device.
US successfully launches world's largest rocket:
United Launch Alliance's 'Delta IV Heavy', the world's largest rocket, was successfully launched on Saturday
carrying a classified payload for the US intelligence agency National Reconnaissance Office.
Daimler to unveil long-distance electric car:
German automaker Daimler will unveil the prototype of its long-distance electric car at the Paris Motor Show
in October this year.
Daimler will also launch its fourth-generation electric Smart car at the end of 2016 in both two and four-seater
variants
Microsoft signs agreement to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion:
Microsoft Corporation and LinkedIn Corporation announced that they have entered into a definitive
agreement.
As per the agreement, Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for 196 dollar per share in an all-cash transaction valued at 26.2
billion dollar, inclusive of LinkedIns net cash.
Apple launches new macOS version 'macOS Sierra':
Apple launched a new version of its Mac operating system called 'macOS Sierra'.
The new operating system will automatically push old files videos watched, pictures which the user hasn't looked at
in a long time into the cloud.
It also auto unlocks when it detects the connected iPhone or Watch nearby.
Microsofts 1st major acquisition was PowerPoint:
Tech major Microsoft had acquired Forethought, a software company that developed PowerPoint, in 1987 for
$14 million, making it the first significant acquisition for the company.
Jupiter-like planet orbiting two stars discovered:
Scientists have discovered a Jupiter-like planet orbiting a system of two stars, making it the largest such
cosmic body ever found. The planet Kepler-1647b, located in the constellation.
Cygnus, was discovered by astronomers from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre and San Diego State University in
the US.
Alibaba B2B shuts India offices as it expands reseller plan:
Jack Ma-led e-commerce giant Alibaba announced it was strengthening its India business as it launched a
reseller platform.
However, the scaling down of the Chinese companys physical presence in the country, which came alongside the
reseller plan.
Twitter launches first-ever #EveryCharacterMatters week:
From June 13-17, Twitter India will celebrate young creators and users in its first-ever week-long live
showcase called #EveryCharacterMatters.
NASA to Conduct Experiments with Fire in Space:
A US unmanned Cygnus cargo ship has detached from the International Space Station (ISS) to carry out tests
with fire in space.
The Spacecraft Fire Experiment (Saffire) will take place when the unmanned ship reaches a safe distance from the ISS
and will not pose a danger to astronauts.
NASA specialists will ignite a fire in a module containing a 38-inch by 19-inch (97 cm by 49 cm) cotton-and-fiberglass
material sample, and monitor its behavior remotely.
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Airtel continues to lead with 45 million gigabyte (GB) of data usage per month in the March quarter,Reliance Jio
is ranked sixth with 13 million GB, according to latest data available with the company.
Facebook, Deepika launch suicide prevention tool:
Facebook partnered with DeepikaPadukone's The Live Love Laugh Foundation and NGO Aasra to launch its
suicide prevention tool in India.
The tool lets users flag their friends posts that seem suicidal.
The posts will be reviewed by a Facebook team to provide various suicide prevention resources including a helpline
and support to the people suffering from depression.
Methane leak spotted from space for 1st time:
In a first, an instrument onboard a NASA satellite has measured the methane emissions from a specific leaking
facility while passing over the Aliso Canyon near Porter Ranch in California.
The breakthrough will help monitor methane emissions from space, the study added.
India-made trainer plane makes inaugural flight:
Indias indigenous basic trainer aircraft, Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40), made its inaugural flight in
Bengaluru.
Developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the aircraft will be used for first-stage training of all flying cadets.
The Indian Air Force has committed to purchasing 70 of these aircraft.
Chinese surgeon to transplant human head for first time in the world:
A Chinese surgeon has announced that he will conduct the worlds first transplant of an entire human head
within the next year, much to the dismay of medical leaders across the globe.
Xiaoping was also one of the surgeons on the team who completed the first human hand transplant in the US in 1999.
Scientists for the first time grow living bone in lab:
Scientists for the first time in modern medical history have grown a living bone in the lab to repair large
defects in the head and face of patient.
This medical breakthrough was achieved by a new technique developed by GordanaVunjak-Novakovic, professor at
Columbia University.
China to operationalise the exascale supercomputer Tianhe -3 by 2020:
China is all set to operationalise the 'exascale supercomputer' by 2020 which will be capable of performing at
least a billion billion calculations per second.
It will be developed during the 13th Five-Year-Plan period (2016-2020).
Snapchat to launch tech-based digital magazine:
Snapchat will launch Real Life, an online magazine that will publish roughly one technology-related article
each weekday, starting from June 27.
Yatra acquires auto rickshaw aggregator mGaadi:
Gurgaon-based travel portal, Yatra.com acquired Bangalore-based auto rickshaw aggregator, mGaadi for an
undisclosed amount.
Founded in 2012, mGaadi is an app-based commuting service from India Drivers Network, a Bangalore-based social
enterprise.
Microsoft to design app for HRD Ministrys SWAYAM platform:
The technology giant Microsoft is going to design mobile application for Union Human Resources Development
(HRD) Ministrys SWAYAM platform.
Under this platform ministry is going to launch 2000 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) for over three crore
students in the year 2016.
SWAYAM: It stands for Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds.
SpaceX successfully launches two commercial satellites:
US based private space transport service company SpaceX successfully launched two commercial satellites viz.
EUTELSAT 117 West B and ABS-2A.
This mission was SpaceXs second dual-satellite launch.
ISRO begins countdown to launch record 20 satellites on Wednesday:
The 48-hour long countdown for Wednesday's launch of record 20 satellites by ISRO from Sriharikota began at
9:26 this morning.
Workhorse PSLV C34 will carry the satellites and inject them into the 505 km sun synchronous orbit one after
the other.
NASA unveils X-57 Hybrid Electric Research Plane:
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) unveiled the iconic X-57 Hybrid Electric Research
Plane nicknamed as Maxwell.
The plane is fixed with 14 electric motors turning propellers and all of them are integrated into a uniquely-designed
wing. NASA will use this plane to test new propulsion technology.
World's 1st magnetic refrigerator launched:
French firm Cooltech Applications has launched what it claims as the world's first commercially available
magnetic refrigeration system.
It achieves refrigeration by passing a water coolant through magnetocaloric materials undergoing repeated
magnetization-demagnetization cycles.

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Microsoft funds anti-terrorism software:
Microsoft has funded a software, developed by Dartmouth College professor HanyFarid, that can find and
eliminate online extremist content.
If it matches, social media and technology companies can flag such content or remove it altogether.
Blue Origin completes its 4th successful landing:
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' private spaceflight company, Blue Origin successfully launched and landed its New
Shepard reusable rocket for a fourth time.
Notably, it was the first-ever time that the company live-streamed one of its launches.
Sunway-TaihuLight: Worlds powerful Supercomputer for the sixth consecutive time:
The 2016 edition of Top500 list of supercomputers has revealed that Chinas Sunway TaihuLight
supercomputer is the worlds most powerful supercomputer system.
Sunway-TaihuLight can perform calculations with processing speed of 124.5 petaflops per second (Pflops).
It is worlds first system to surpass 100 petaflops.
Other supercomputers in Top500 list:
Second position: An Intel-based Chinese Tianhe-2 supercomputer which can perform calculations
with processing speed of 33.86 Pflops.
Third position: Supercomputer Titan of the US Department of Energy. It has a performance of
17.59 Pflops.
Fourth position: Supercomputer It is an IBM BlueGene/Q system installed at DOEs Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory.
Fifth position: Supercomputer Fujitsus K computer. It has been installed at the RIKEN Advanced
Institute for Computational Science (AICS) in Japan.
Top Countries in the list:
China (1st position) with 167 super computer systems,
US (2nd position) with 165 systems, Japan (3rd position),
Germany (4th position) with 26 systems,
France (5th position) with 18 systems,
Britain (6th position) with 12 systems.
London startup develops home blood test kit
London-based startup Thriva has developed a $72 finger-prick blood test home kit that enables users to test
their cholesterol, kidney and liver function.
Twitter acquires AI startup Magic Pony
Twitter bought London-based AI startup Magic Pony Technology for a reported $150 million.
Twitter had previously acquired machine learning startups Madbits and Whetlab.
Sphero's new robot teaches coding to kids:
Sphero launched its new robot 'SPARK+', priced at $130, that teaches basic principles of coding to the kids.
The fully programmable waterproof rolling robot lets kids customise the speed, angle and colour of the robot through a
dedicated app.
ISRO launches record 20 satellites in a mission:
The Indian Space Research Organisation launched a record 20 satellites in a single mission from the
SatishDhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
The satellites included Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 19 co-passenger satellites from US,
Canada, Germany, Indonesia and two Indian academic institutions.
The launch was made using ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.
Darjeeling Zoo to receive snow leopard from Londons Dudley Zoological Gardens:
The Padma Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling will soon receive a snow leopard from Dudley
Zoological Gardens in London.
The leopard, named Makalu, is expected to make arrival at the Kolkata airport in an Emeritus Flight .Makalu will then
be transported to the zoo.
Scientists developed KiloCore, world's first 1000-processor computer chip:
The US scientists unveiled a microchip, named KiloCore, containing 1000 independent programmable
processors.
The chip has been designed by a team at the University of California, Davis, Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering.
Alphabet unveils home robot dog 'SpotMini':
Google's holding company, Alphabet recently unveiled 'SpotMini', a home robot dog made by its subsidiary
Boston Dynamics.
One of its quietest robots, SpotMini can pick up objects with its articulated arm, arrange dishes in dishwasher and put
trash in the dustbin.
BrahMos integrated with IAF's fighter jet:
Supersonic cruise missile system BrahMos was successfully integrated with the Sukhoi-30MKI frontline strike
fighter of the Indian Air Force for an air-launched flight test programme.

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With its completion, a final test-firing of the BrahMos from the Sukhoi-30MKI remains to be conducted, post which the
IAF will become the first in the world with a supersonic cruise missile system.
Microsoft launches prototype mosquito trap:
Microsoft recently launched a prototype mosquito trap that can collect several data points like the breed,
temperature, wind, humidity and the time at which a mosquito was captured.
The system is then expected to provide faster and more accurate information about where disease-bearing mosquitoes
can be found. A pilot program has been deployed in Houston.
Scientists develop new bio-ink for 3D bio-printing with stem cells:
Scientists have developed a new stem cell-containing bio-ink that allows 3D printing of complex living tissues
that may be used for surgical implants.
The medical breakthrough was achieved by scientists from the University Of Bristol, England.
Yamaha unveils 3-wheel electric vehicle concept
Japanese motor company Yamaha has unveiled a three-wheeled vehicle concept called '05GEN'.
The vehicle has a compact body and a roof that provides protection from light, rain and the sun.
Designed primarily to help people travel short distances, the vehicle also features a storage compartment.
US marks its first ship-to-shore drone delivery
The United States recently witnessed its first ever successful ship-to-shore drone delivery. A drone successfully
delivered medical supplies to the New Jersey coastline straight from the deck of a ship.
The delivery was made to test whether drones could be used to carry medical supplies to humans in areas which
cannot be accessed during storms, earthquakes or other disasters.
China launches next-gen rocket; on track for ambitious space program
China successfully launched its Long March-7 carrier rocket, which will help in the countrys five-year plan for
the space sector and a planned space station which is set to be operational by 2022.
In a parachute aided landing, the dummy spacecraft landed successfully in the BadainJaran Desert in Northwest China.
It spent 20 hours in orbit.
Defence Ministry nod to buy 145 ultra-light Howitzers from US
In an advanced approval to induct new artillery guns, the defence ministry on Saturday paved way for
purchase of 145 Ultra-Light Howitzers, worth about $750 million (5,000 crores), from the US, the first
acquisition of such weapon systems by the army in three decades since the Bofors scandal.
CSIR launches ayurvedic anti-diabetic drug:
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Monday launched BGR-34, an ayurvedic drug
designed to cure Type 2 Diabetes mellitus.
The drug will be available for 5 per tablet.
Tejas to be put in combat roles by 2017: Reports
As per reports, the Indian Air Force will put the indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft Tejas into
combat roles by next year.
The IAF is aiming to have a total of six aircraft this financial year and about eight in the next.
The first batch of Tejas, comprising of two aircraft, will be inducted into the IAF on July 1.
Google brings Earth into better focus
Googles free online mapping service is bringing the world into better focus with an updated version of Earth
that takes advantage of photos from a US Landsat 8 satellite.
The Internet giant introduced a cloud-free mosaic of this planet three years ago at Google Earth, and on June 27
began rolling out a new version that uses new techniques to process sharper images gathered by the satellite sent into
orbit in 2013, as part of a collaboration between NASA and the US Geological Survey.
CarDekho.com launches battery research portal BatteryDekho
CarDekho.com, Indias largest auto portal announced launch of automobile battery research and discovery
portal, BatteryDekho.com to build a comprehensive ecosystem for vehicle ownership and making the battery
discovery, research and selection process much more convenient for the Indian consumer.
Most powerful rocket by NASA set for journey to Mars
Inching closer to send worlds most powerful rocket to Mars, US space agency NASA successfully fire-tested a
booster for the Space Launch System (SLS) at Orbital ATKs test facilities in Promontory, Utah.
This was the last full-scale test for the booster before SLS is ready in 2018 for the first uncrewed test flight with NASAs
Orion spacecraft, marking a key milestone on the agencys Journey to Red Planet.
India Test-Fires Surface-to-Air Missile
India has successfully test-fires new surface-to-air missile Barak-8 from defence base off Odisha coast.The
missile was developed jointly with Israel.
The missile is designed to defend any type of airborne threat including aircraft & helicopters,
Porsche created world's 1st hybrid car
Ferdinand Porsche, founder of Porsche AG, unveiled the worlds first functional hybrid car in 1900, the
'Lohner-Porsche Semper Vivus'.
The vehicle could travel almost 200 km on full charge, reaching a top speed of 35 kmph. Remarkably, it was also the
first car with an all-wheel drive and four-wheel brakes.
NASA successfully tests Mars-bound booster

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NASA successfully tested the booster designed for its Mars-bound rocket 'Space
Launch System', which is the most powerful rocket in the world.
The 47-metre booster provided 3.6 million pounds of thrust almost equivalent to the
thrust of 14 Boeing 747-400s at take-off. The rocket will take off for its first uncrewed
test flight in late 2018.
Badminton-playing robot developed
Students and teachers at the University of Electronic Science and Technology,
China, have developed a robot, nicknamed 'Robomintoner' that can play
badminton.
It uses a camera and has a binocular vision system, imitating humans, to locate the
flying shuttlecock. It then uses Bluetooth to communicate the data to a base station to
determine where the shuttlecock is likely to land.

Books and Authors


The Unseen Indira Gandhi authored by Dr KP Mathur released
The Unseen Indira Gandhi: Dr KP Mathur, A new book The Unseen Indira Gandhi authored by Dr KP Mathur
was released in May 2016.
Dr KP Mathur was personal physician of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for nearly 20 years till her assassination
in 1984.
The Book was published by Konark Publishers.
The book provides some interesting peeps into the responses of Mrs Gandhis to challenges both personal and political.
The foreword of the book was written by her granddaughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
The 151-page book describes that Mrs Gandhi was very tense, a bit confused and not sure of herself in early years of
her power in 1966.
President of India to receive first copy of book The Education President:
The President Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of a book The Education President from Vice
President, Mohammad Hamid Ansari at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
The book published by the International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building, OP Jindal Global
University.
The book highpoints President Mukherjees involvement to the field of higher education as Visitor to 116 institutions of
higher learning in India.
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 penned 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 also discussed various key issues raised in the book at the event.
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.
A Life in Diplomacy authored by MK Rasgotra:
The book titled A Life in Diplomacy was in news in the third week of June 2016. The book was written by
former Indian diplomat MaharajakrishnaRasgotra.
It is an insider's account of the personalities and policies that shaped Indian diplomacy.
The book provides a ringside view of the beginnings of ethnic violence in Sri Lanka, the last years of the Cold War, the
negotiations on the formation of SAARC, Indira Gandhi's assassination and the Bhopal gas disaster.

Important Days
June 1 - World Milk Day
June 1 - Global Parents Day
June 2 Telengana Day
June 2 International Sex Workers Day
June 5 - World Environment Day
June 7 International Level Crossing Awareness Day
June 8 World Brain Tumor Day
June 12 Anti Child Labour day
June 13 World Naked Bike Day
June 14 - World Blood Donor Day
June 15 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 15 Global Wind Day
June 16 International Integration Day

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June 17 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
June 18 International Picnic Day
June 18 Autistic Pride Day
June 19 Fathers Day
June 20 World Refugee Day
June 21 International Yoga Day
June 23 United Nations Public Service Day
June 26 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
June 26 - International Day in Support of Victims and Nature
June 30 - National Statistics Day
June 30 - Mizoram to celebrate 'Peace Accord Day'

Obituaries
Razak Khan - Bollywood comic actor
Prince - US singer
Balu Anand - Famous Tamil actor and director
Muhammad Ali - Boxing legend
Sulabha Deshpande - Veteran film, theatre and television actress
Luis Salom - Moto2 rider
Manohar Aich - India's first Mr Universe
Amber Gurung - the legendary Nepali musician and composer
Viktor Korchnoi - Chess Grandmaster
KK Katyal - Well-known journalist
T S John - Former Kerala Assembly Speaker
Inder Malhotra - Veteran journalist
Krishna Bhat - Former Karnataka Bank Chairman
Christina Grimmie Singer
Achyut Lahkar - Noted playwright and actor
Gordie Howe - legendary ice hockey player
Donald Carr - former England Cricket captain
Mudrarakshasa - Renowned Hindi writer
Anjan Dutta - Assam Congress chief
Gregory Rabassa - American Literary Translator
McCullough - McCartneys Wings guitarist
AC Tirulokchandar - Veteran Tamil film director
Manimala Devi - veteran Odia actress
Ann Morgan Guilbert - Famous TV actress
Suryakant Jog - Former Maharashtra DGP
Jeppiaar - renowned politician-turned-educationalist and founder of Jeppiaar Educational Trust
AmjadSabri - Qawwali singer
GudaAnjaiah - Noted Telangana poet and lyricist
Mohapatra Nilamani Sahoo - Eminent Odia writer
Bill Cunningham - N.Y. fashion photographer
Kavalam Narayana Panicker - Veteran Malayalam theatre artist
Xerxes Desai - founder of Titan
Scotty Moore - Elvis Presleys first guitarist
K.G. Subramanyan - Senior artist

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