Daily News Analysis for IAS / UPSC (29th June, 2016)

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National

Odisha State Government to provide education loan at 1% interest

  • new Scheme called as “Kalinga Siksha Sathi Yojana”to afford education loan at 1% interest to students for pursuing higher studies
  • Fund requirement: 500 Crore
  • Purpose:To help for students pursuing higher education including Management, Law, Engineering and Medicine
  • Aim:Ensuring that meritorious students do not stop enrolling for higher education due to financial stress.

 

Assam’s famous Kamakhya Temple receives an aid Rs. 25 crore for Infrastructure

  • aid of Rs 25 crore overthe next couple of years for the infrastructure development of Kamakhya temple.
  • announcement comes during the Ambubachi Mela festival which is  the celebration of goddess Kamakhya’s annual menstruation cycle, considered as a symbol of fertility by the Hindus.
  • festival is the eastern India’s largest congregation of pilgrims– drew a whopping 25 lakh devotees this year.

 

Headquarters of Jharkhand’s special anti-Maoist force inaugurated

  • newly built headquarters of Jharkhand’s special anti-Maoist force Jharkhand Jaguar whichhas got permanent place since its inception in 2008.
  • Jharkhand Jaguar, also known as Special Task Force,towards becoming a substitute for the central forces engaged in anti-guerrilla operations 22 of the state’s 24 Maoist-hit districts.
  • HQ that sprawl over 173 acres in Tendargramin Kanke block houses anti-guerrilla warfare training facilities, functionally rich barracks, parade grounds, firing range besides administrative block and officers’ mess.

 

Web based App CMRS for better crop and Nutrient management released for Bihar farmers

  • Crop Manager for Rice-based Systems (CMRS) Appfor better crop and Nutrient management for Bihar farmers in a program organised at ICAR-RCER in Patna.
  • App will be a part of Digital India program and will be linked with Soil Health schemefor bringing access to new technologies to rural India
  • App had been already launched by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
  • CMRS is a web-based App that can be used with computer, mobile and tablet and aims to increase farmer’s net income and sustain the productivity for rice-based cropping systemsin Bihar, India.

 

International

India ranked 105th out of 130 countries on Global Human Capital Index

  • Criteria:Nations ability to nurture, Develop and organize talent for Economic Growth
    Released by: World Economic Forum, Geneva
  • Ranking:
    1st Position – Finland
    2nd Position – Norway
    3rd Position – Switzerland
    4th Position – Japan
    5th Position – Sweden
    6th Position – New Zealand
    7th Position – Denmark
    8th Position – The Netherlands
    9th Position – Canada
    10th Position – Belgium

 

IMF clears payment of USD 500 million to Pakistan

  • International Monetary Fund cleared decks for the payment of USD 501 millionfor Pakistan taking the total amount given to the country to USD 6.1 billion in the last few years.
  • decision comes after 11th review of Pakistans economic performancein a three-year program supported by an Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement,
  • allows immediate disbursement of about USD 501 million to Pakistan.

 

3 Indian Navy Ships Reach Russia To Enhance Maritime Cooperation

  • a four day visit aspart of efforts to enhance maritime cooperation between the navies of both countries.
  • ships representing Indian Navy namely INS Sahyadri, Shakti and Kirch, under the Command of the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Rear Admiral SV Bhokare, as part of deployment of the Eastern Fleet to the South China Sea.
  • ships will have professional interactions with the Russian Navy aimed at enhancing co-operation and bolster the strong bonds of friendship between the two forces.

 

Awards

Viswanathan Anand honoured with ‘Honoris Causa’ Doctor of Science degree

  • Five Time Chess World Champion Viswanathan Anandhas been conferred with the Honorary Degree Doctor of Science by Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  • Awarded by:NITI Aayog Chairman Arvind Panagariya.

 

Kartik Sawney and Neha Swain get Queen’s Young Leaders Award 2016

  • 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders awardfor their exemplary work, the award will presented by Queen Elizabeth at the Buckingham Palace.
  • Sawhney is a visually challenged young man with a passion for education and a youth facilitator from Hyderabad
  • he founded Project STEMAccess, which offers hands-on science workshops in India, as well as virtual training sessions.
  • Neha Swain is a youth facilitator and co-founder of NGO Rubaroofor young people, irrespective of their socio-economic background, to develop their leadership skills through interactive workshops.
  • Award recognizes and celebrates unique people aged 18-29from across the Commonwealth.

 

People in News

Shariah High Court appoints first women judges in Malaysia

  • Noor Huda Roslan and Nenney ShuhaidahShamsuddin have been appointed as judges of Malaysia’s Islamic Shariah High Court for the first time in the history of the judiciary of the Muslim-majority country.
  • Government of Malaysia had ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Formsof Discrimination against Women and the appointments were in line with empowering women.
  • Shariah High Court, also called Syriah High Court, refers to Sharia law in Islamic religious lawand deals completely with Islamic laws, having jurisdiction upon every Muslim in Malaysia.

 

Ulf Mark Schneider as Next CEO of Nestle

  • Health care executive Ulf Mark Schneideras its new CEO, as the food and drinks giant seeks to evolve into a nutrition, health and wellness business.
  • Ulf Mark Schneider is the first outsider to take the helm at the Swiss group since 1922.
  • Schneider is a German and American dual national, has headed health care giant Fresenius Group since 2003.

 

N S Vishwanathan appointed as the new deputy governor of RBI

  • He would succeed H R Khan, who will retire next month.
  • Viswanathan is currently working as an executive director at the RBI since 2014 and put on in super vision of the banking regulation and non-banking department.

 

Naga Insurgent Leader Isak Chishi Swu passes away

  • Naga militant leader Isak Chishi Swuhas died following multi-organ failure. He was 87-year-old
  • Chairman of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) who led a bloody insurgency in the Northeast for over three decades had been undergoing treatment.
  • He alongside NSCN-IM general secretaryThuingaleng Muivahmade the group in 1980 opposing the Shillong Accord signed by the then Naga National Council (NNC) with the Centre for bringing peace in Nagaland.

 

Founder of Titan, Xerxes Sapur Desai passes away

  • Xerxes Sapur Desaihas passed awayfollowing acute gastroenteritis in Bengaluru. He was 79 year old.
  • had played a key role in announcing India to its first quartz watch whenhe set up Titan Co. Ltd
  • Desai graduated in Oxford University who had joined Tata Administrative Service (TAS) in 1961.
  • also worked with Tata Press, Tata Chemicals and Taj Hotels before setting up Titan in 1986.

 

Science and Technology

CSIR launches anti diabetic ayurvedic drug BGR -34

  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR) under the aegis of Ministry of Science and Technology, has launched an anti-diabetic ayurvedic capsule priced at Rs. 5 per tablet.
  • Capsule named BGR-34,abbreviated name for Blood Glucose Regulator that designed for type 2 diabetes.
  • BGR-34 is developed jointly by the National Botanical Research Institute(NBRI) and the Central Institute for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP).
  • will be available on all major medical stores in Karnataka and adjoining states.

 

Introduction of Sericulture in Poyen Village of Kargil

  • Scientists from Temperate Sericulture Research Instituteof SKUAST, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir has successfully introduced Sericulture in Poyen Village of Kargil.
  • breading of Sericulture in Kargil will serve purpose of achieving cocoon productivity that will ultimately spur employment and generate income for rural youth and tribal farmers.

 

First Dark Sky Reserve in Tibet to limit light pollution

  • China has established country’s first dark sky reserve for astronomical observation to limit light pollution and preserve sites for making astronomical observations in the Tibetan prefecture of Ngari, bordering Nepal and India.
  • reserve sprawls over an area of 2,500 square kilometerswas jointly initiated by the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (GDF) and the regional government of Tibet.
  • dark reserve is an area that is kept free of artificial light pollution to preserve is generally to promote astronomy.

 

Sports

Argentina women win record seventh FIH Champions Trophy title

  • Argentina women’s team has claimed a record seventh Champions Trophy title
  • a 2-1 win over Netherlands the World and Olympic champion’s side in the title clash at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London.
  • In the bronze medal game, USA fought to a shootout victory over Australia, making the team a first Champions Trophy medal since wining bronze at the 1995.

 

India’s Sanjeev Rajput wins silver in ISSF World Cup

  • Sanjeev Rajputbagged silver medal in men’s 50-metre rifle 3 position event of the ISSF World Cup in Baku Ajerbaijan. 
  • he third World Cup medal and his first in five years, Rajput finished seventh in the qualification with a score of 1167 in kneeling, prone and standing position.

 

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