Current Affairs – June 2014
1) Keil Institute, the international centre for research in global economic affairs, economic policy consulting and education, awarded “2014 Global Economy Prize” for business to Kiran Mazundar-Shaw, Managing Director of Biocon Ltd.
2) Baileys prize, earlier known as Orange Prize is the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman. For the year 2014 Eimear McBride an Irish Novelist for the book “A Girl is a Half-formed Thing” got the award. The awards ceremony took place in UK on 4 June.
3) Somasundaram, member of ANS (Air Navigation Services) awarded with the prestigious Bharat Ratna JRD Tata award instituted by ASI (Aeronautical Society of India) for the year 2013.
4) Mr. Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for MSMEs on June 16 launched the “Online Finance Facilitation Centre”, an initiative of CII to facilitate access to finance and credit for SMEs.
5) The World Bank released Global Economic Prospects (GEP) Report on June 11, 2014 and revised downwards he economic growth forecast for developing world in 2014 to 4.8 percent from 5.3 percent estimated in January 2014. GDP of India lowered to 5.5 percent from 5.7 percent for FY 2014-15, accelerating to 6.3 percent in 2015-16.
6) Vishal Sikka was appointed as Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Infosys on 11th June 2014. He will succeed the current CEO and MD S.D. Shbulal.
7) The Government of India, World Bank and The Government of Himachal Pradesh has been signed a credit agreement on June 11 for World Bank DPL Loan of US$ 100 million to promote Inclusive Growth and sustainable Development.
8) To develop the capacity of Indian Companies for effective implementation of the CSR Rules laid down as per Section 135 of the companies Act 2013, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs and Grant Thornton India LLP a MoU
9) To enhance the operational Cooperation and to validate capabilities the Indian Air Force & French Air Force Commenced the fifth bilateral Air exercise “Ex Garuda V” at Jodhpur Base on June 2 which is scheduled from June 2 to June 13.
10) The United Nations conducted the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on 24 June. The main motto of meeting is to take up challenges from poaching to marine pollution and boosting the ‘Green economy’.
11) World Heritage Committee inscribed the Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area (GHNPCA) located in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, India on the World Heritage List on June 23. Around 25 threatened IUCN Red-Listed plant Species recorded from the park.
12) Institute for Economics and Peace released Global Peace Index (GPI) 2014 in London June 18, 2014. Out of 162 countries, Syria became the world’s least peace full and Ice Land stood First followed by Denmark, Austria, New Zealand, and Switzerland. India ranks 143 in the list.
13) Lithuania is going to adopt the Euro on 1 January 2015. Lithuania will become the 19th member of the euro zone out of 28 countries in the European Union, and the last of the Baltic States to join.
14) The General Assembly of UNO on June 6 established the “United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize” as a tribute to the achievements and contributions of the late South African leader who inspired not only his own country but the rest of the world.
15) On June 11, United Nations General Assembly elected Sam Kahamba Kutesa Minister of Foreign Affairs, Uganda as president for its upcoming 69th session president.
16) The Parliament of Israel elected 74-year old Reuven Rivilin as president of Israel on June 10.
17) On 7 June, Nepal decided to shift the venue of 18th SAARC summit in November from its famous tourist destination Pokhara to Kathmandu due to lack of infrastructure.
18) With support of western nations, Petro Poroshenko took the oath as Ukraine’s president on June 7.
19) Quebec province of Canada on 5 June 2014 adopted legislation of Right-to-Die. It allows terminally ill patients to kill themselves with a doctor’s help.
20) On 1 June 2014, Salvador Sanchez Ceren who belongs to Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front party (FMLN) took the oath as the President of El Salvador.
21) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on 6 June nominated Jordan’s envoy Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights. He was replaced Indian-origin Ms. Navi Pillay.
22) The Defence Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley on 27 June laid the foundation stone for HQ Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) Building Complex at Mehramnagar, Delhi Cantonment Area.
23) Prithviraj Chavan led Maharashtra government on 25 June approved the proposal to provide 16% reservation for backward Marathas and 5 per cent for Muslims in education and government jobs.
24) The Delhi Government on 16th June announced that the national capital has become the first ‘Kerosene-Free City’ in the country. The scheme was launched in 2012 in collaboration with three Oil Marketing Companies and Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for which Delhi Government had incurred an expenditure of Rs 62 crore.
25) The Government on 19 June reconstituted six Committees of the Cabinet – Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, Cabinet Committee on Accommodation, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs and Cabinet Committee on Security.
26) The Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi on 14th June dedicated the ultra-modern aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya to the Navy, off the coast of Goa.INS Vikramaditya has been acquired from Russia for over Rs. 15,000 crore.
27) India on 13th June joined a select group of 17 countries who are permanent signatories of the Washington Accord (WA). It will be a major boost to technical education & engineering programs in India.
28) Sumitra Mahajan was unanimously elected as Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha on 6 June 2014. She replaced Meera Kumar and became the second women presiding officer of the Lok Sabha.
29) India on 4 June elected to the Inter governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage for the next 4 years (2014-2018). The election was held at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris by the General Assembly of the States
30) K Chandrasekhar Rao of TRS Party took oath of office on 2nd June as the first chief minister of Telangana. It was the India’s 29th state, created on 2 June by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh.
31) Telugu Desam Party chief N. Chandrababu Naidu was sworn in as the first Chief Minister of the new state of Andhra Pradesh on 8th June in a ceremony held at the grounds opposite Acharaya Nagarjuna University in Guntur.
32) David Bergvinson will be the next director general of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).
33) Jean-Claude Juncker has been named as the next president of the European Commission.
34) Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam on 25 June appointed Justice V K Rajah as the eighth Attorney-General of Singapore.The President also appointed Justice Rajah as a Member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights for a term of three years.
35) Rajeev Topno was appointed as Private Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Appointment Committee of Cabinet (ACC) approved the name of Topno on 18th June 2014.
36) Kathleen Stephens on 6 June 2014 took charge as US interim Ambassador to India. Stephens is replacing the former US Ambassador Nancy Powell.
37) Senior Supreme Court advocate Ranjit Kumar on 7th June appointed as the Solicitor General. He is expert on Constitutional laws.
38) Kodela Siva Prasada Rao of Telugu Desam Party, elected as the first Assembly speaker of Andhra Pradesh after bifurcation on 20 June 2014.
39) A giant Major Atmospheric Cherenkov Experiment (MACE) Gamma- Ray Telescope, which weighs approximately 180 tones, designed, developed and manufactured by ECIL, Hyderabad for Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, has undergone all the field trails successfully.
40) Indian origin scientist Rasik Ravindra on 13th June elected as member of the UN’s body that centres on Oceans and Law of the Sea – UNCLCS. Ravindra was India’s candidate for member of the Commission on the Limits of Continental Shelf (CLCS).
41) Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on 29 June won her second title of the season, winning the $750,000 Star Australian Super Series.
42) Indian cueist Pankaj Advani on 29th June created history by becoming the first player in the world to win world titles in the long and shorter formats of both billiards and snooker by winning the IBSF World 6-Red snooker Championship.
43) Jitu Rai of India on 11th June 2014 won Silver Medal in men’s 10-meter air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup Shooting in Munich.
44) Indian wrestlers Yogeshwar Dutt and Sushil Kumar on 1 June 2014 won Gold and Silver respectively at the International wrestling tournament held in Sassari city of Italy.
45) Maria Sharapova of Russia Women’s Single and Rafael Nadel Of Spain won the Men’s single title in French Open Series.
46) June 25 was observed as World Vitiligo Day across the world. The day specifically focuses people with vitiligo disease.