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Current Affairs - June 2014

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Miscellaneous 
  • Humayun's Tomb - New Delhi (recently got damaged by a storm)
  • Madhya Pradesh government to donate 1 Crore rupee for reviving Tolstoy Farm which was established by M K Ghandhi in 1910 (South Africa).
  • Book: From Plassey to Partition: A History of Modern India by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
  • Book: Communalism and Sexual Violence: Ahmedabad since 1969 by Megha Kumar
  • Tamil University with the help of Yu Hsi (Taiwanese poet) translated the Tirukural, selected poems of Barathi and Bharathidasan into Mandarin (official language of the People's Republic of China).
  • Salman Rushde has won the Pen Pinter Prize for the year 2014.
  • India Ranks 58th in terms of money held by foreigners in Swiss banks.
  • Gujarat to become the first state in the country to provide 33% reservation for women in police recruitment.
  • Book: Centenary Miscellany at Law by Justice V.R.Krishna Iyer. 
  • The President of Nepal: Dr. Ram Baran Yadav.
Polity
  • Article 44 - " The State shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India ".
  • Telengana became the 29th state of India. Hyderabad to be the common capital for both Semandhra and Telengana for 10 years.
  • The Special Investigating Team on Black Money was formed under the chairmanship of M.B.Shah (Former Judge of SC).
  • The Chief Justice of India R.M. Lotha suggested the courts to function throughout the year to the Bar council of India.
  • Ranjit Kumar was appointed as the solicitor-general of India.
  • Sivarama krishnan Committee (regarding location of Administrative Capital for Andhra pradesh) to submit its report before the end of August.
  • Article 156 (1) ' The Governor shall hold office during the pleasure of the President.'
  • Section 66A of information technology Act, 2000 - Sending offensive messages over electronic media.
Sports
  • Kolkata Knight Riders bagged IPL title for the Second time by winning the IPL-7 2014.
    • Manish Pandey - Man of the Match
    • Robin Uthappa - Orange Cap
    • Mohit Sharma - Purple Cap
    • Glen Maxell - Most valuable player of the IPL 2014
    • Akshar Patel - Emerging player of the tournament
    • CSK - Fair play Award.
  • In women's Javelin, Annu Rani set a new national record with 58.83 Metre throw.
  • Rafael Nadal of Spain won the French open title for the ninth time beating Novak Djokovic (Serbian).
  • Maria Sharapova (Russia) won the French open title beating Simona Halep (Romania) in the final.
  • Indian Archer Rajat Chauhan Won the Silver medal in Archery World Cup.
  • N.Srinivasan to be appointed as the first Chairman of ICC.
Economics
  • FCNR(B) - Foreign currency Non - Resident (Banking)
  • RBI Reduced the Statutory Liquid Ratio SLR by 50 basis points to 22.5%.
  • Tamil Nadu Ranks No.1 in terms of value of projects completed in the year 2013-14
    1. Tamil Nadu
    2. Maharashtra
    3. Karnataka
  • RBI permitted the Foreign Portfolio investors and Non residential Indians to invest up to 26 % in Insurance and its allies via automatic trade route.
  • PM Modi's Tricolour Revolution
    • Second Green Revolution - Protein Rich Pulses
    • White Revolution - Cattle Welfare
    • Blue Revolution - for fishermen's Welfare and Clean water
    • Saffron Revolution - Solar Energy
  • The Whole sale price inflation marks a 5 month high of 6.01 % in May.
  • Crowdfunding - mobilization of funds through web based platforms like social networking sites.
  • SEBI issued guidelines to all listed Public sector undertakings to ensure a minimum of 25% public shareholding within three years.
  • The Passenger Train fare was increased by 14.2%.
  • Kanyashree Prakalpa: 
    • An unique scheme of West bengal which got recognition from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and UNICEF recently.
    • According to the scheme unmarried girls in the age group of 12 to 18 years studying in class 8 to class 12 will be provided an annual scholarship of Rs.500. Also an one time assistance of Rs.25,000 will be given when they reaches the age of 18 years.
  • Arvind Mayaram panel on FDI has submitted its report.
World
  • UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon condemned the sexual violence against girls in India.
  • Military service was made compulsory for men in UAE.
  • PM Modi toured Bhutan first time after becoming PM.
  • China started building a school in the Paracel Chain Island located in the South China Sea. 
  • Abu Dhabi has decided to build underground parks that will features play grounds, cafes, library, etc..,
  • 40 Indian workers were abducted in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) members.
  • Upcoming 6th BRICS Summit 2014 is scheduled to be held in July 2014 which will be hosted by Brazil.
  • This year 2014 marks the 60th Anniversary for the Panchsheel Agreement which was signed in the year 1954. The Vice president of India has been invited to visit China for the ceremony.
  • China has invited India to take part in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
Science and Tech
  • Caldicellulosiruptor bescii - a bacterium which can be used to convert biomass to biofuel directly.
  • Vishing = Voice + Phishing - In this type of phishing the hacker use voice calls which would resemble like a genuine one but uses it to steal your information.
  • Brahmos - a supersonic cruise missile was test fired successfully from a indigenous warship INS Kolkata. 
  • Mars Orbitor Mission's trajectory was successfully corrected from the ground station.
  • Indian army successfully test fired Aakash - a surface to air missile, which destroyed a target at 30m altitude. 
  • ARM - Asteroid Redirect mission : NASA's Mission to capture the asteroid with the help of robotic spacecrafts. The appropriate right sized asteroids will be selected with the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Accordingly a 6 m diametre asteroid named '2011 MD' was chosen. 
  • PSLV-C23 to be launched from Sriharikota on 30th June 2014.
  • Additive Micro Manufacturing process - the process which is used to develop an artificial ultra light materials which can withstand 1,60,000 its own weight.
  • i-Shakthi - a new app which send emergency messages with location to family and friends list when we rapidly shake our mobile phone.
  • Panic Button - a new app launched by Amnesty International to help the activist who are in emergency like situations.
  • Mobile Seva is an initiative developed and implemented by Deity (Department of Electronics and Information Technology which enables the delivery of public services directly to their mobile phones. This initiative was given the second place in the UN Public service awards 2014.
Environment
  • Sanjaya Rajaram has been selected for the 'World's Food Prize' for his research in world's wheat production.
  • The Greater Himalayan national park of Himachal Pradesh has made its entry in the UNESCO's List of World heritage sites.

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