Union Government to introduce International Yoga Award Scheme
- to promote yoga
- AYUSH ministry is working on the scheme and it will start giving the award from 2017.
New Indian reserve battalion named after Maharana Pratap
- Government to set up 17 new reserve battalionsfor Jammu and Kashmir and Left Wing Extremism affected areas.
Google, Tata Trusts launch `Internet Sathi’ in West Bengal
- Google India and Tata Trustsjointly launched Internet Saathi program in West Bengal to focus on training women and larger communities in the state
- Initiative is part of Google’s Helping Women Get Online campaignto create awareness about the benefits of Internet among women in rural parts of India.
- the initiative will initially be rolled out to cover over 400 villages in Purulia district with an objective to reach 1 lakh women
21st of every month as Yoga Day in Maharashtra
- Maharashtra government has decided to celebrate the 21st day of every month as Yoga Dayacross all schools, colleges and universities in the State.
- Also a dedicated state-level committee will monitor and coordinate with these committees.
India ranked 141 in Global Peace Index
- India ranked 141stposition out of 163 countries. India jumped from 143rd during last year to 141st position
- The slight rise due to worst performance of other countries
- Iceland – 1st
Denmark – 2nd
Austria – 3rd
World Bank Report cuts global growth forecast to 2.4%
- World Bankhas decreased its forecast for the global growth to 2.4% for the year 2016
- World economy is challenging opposing forward motion.
Thailand becomes first Asian country to eliminate mother to child HIV
- Thailand hasbecome the first Asian country to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission to ensure an AIDS-free generation.
- report also says Belarus and Armenia werealso stated free of mother-to-baby HIV transmissions
- Both countries have a much lower dominance of the virus.
- Cuba was the only other countryand the first country to eliminate this epidemic under the WHO’s criteria in 2015.
India becomes third largest oil consumer
- Indiahas exceeded Japan to become the world’s third-largest oil consumer, with its oil demand galloping 1 % in 2015.
- India with demand of 4.1 million barrels a day becomes the third-largest consumer behind the U.S. (19.39 million bpd) and China (11.96 million bpd).
- India accounted for 4.5 per cent of world oil consumption in 2015.
Vladimir Putin awarded UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Order of Friendship
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonhas been honoured with Russia’s Order of Friendship by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
- Purpose:To award foreign nationals whose work, deeds and efforts were aimed at the betterment of relations with the Russian Federation and its people.
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Rama Mohana Rao named TN Chief Secretary
- Would also hold full additional charge of Vigilance Comissionerand Commissioner for Administrative Reforms.
- Rao was a 1985 batch of IAS and hails from Andhra Pradesh
- he has held key positions in many departments – Health, Water Resources, Transport, Social Welfare and other stints.
Swedish general appointed to head UN India-Pakistan military observers
- High-ranking Swedish military official will be the new head of the United Nations mission tasked with monitoring the ceasefire line between India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir.
- Major General Per Gustaf Lodin as appointed by United Nations
- He succeeds Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi of Ghana, who completes his two-year assignment as chief military observer and head of mission for the UNMOGIP on July 2.
MTNL CMD Narendra Kumar Yadav steps down
- MTNL Chairman and Managing Director Narendra Kumar Yadav has resigned on completion of his tenure.
- Telecom major has operations in Delhi and Mumbaicircles and in the island nation of Mauritius in Africa.
Former Kerala Assembly Speaker T S John passed away
- John was founder member of Kerala Congress, he represented Kallooppara constituency in the State Assemblyfour times.
- He served as the Speakerfor one year period during 1976-77.
- He was the Civil Supplies minister in A K Antony cabinet in 1978.
Maria Sharapova receives two-year suspension
- Russian tennis star Maria Sharapovawas banned for two years by the International Tennis Federation.
- ban comes after the Russian tested positive at the Australian Open 2016for using the banned substance meldonium.
- Meldoniumwas put on the banned list by the World Anti-Doping Agency this year.
- She had been taking the drug for a decade legally for health reasons she said.
Eden to host first day-night Test in India
- Eden Gardenswill host to the first ever day-night Test in the country when India take on New Zealand later this year
- venues for the Test matches are Indore, Kanpur and Kolkata.