Current Affairs, News & Facts of 02 Jun 2016

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  • TRAI launches mobile app for subscribers to register complaints against pesky calls, SMSes

    TRAI launches mobile app for subscribers to register complaints against pesky calls, SMSesTo tighten the noose on telemarketers, regulator the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has launched a mobile application for telecom subscribers to register their complaints against pesky calls and SMSes in an easy way.

    The new mobile app will help people in easily filing complaints and help TRAI to monitor such activities and take suitable action.The application is available on Android and will be soon launched for Apple iOS soon.

    Earlier, subscribers had option of filing complaint by forwarding SMS to 1909 which they received from telemarketers and mention mobile number from which they have received it along with date of receiving but SMS option was not available for pesky calls.

    As per rule, Trai has mandated all telecom operators to disconnect telephone numbers from which a pesky call or SMS has originated on receipt of the first complaint.

  • Sri Lanka to gradually ban house maids abroad amid abuses, social cost

    Sri Lanka to gradually ban house maids abroad amid abuses, social costSri Lankan is planning to gradually stop sending house maids abroad, mainly to the Middle East, ue to rights abuses, social costs and a local labour shortage.

    It should be noted that in 2013, around 1,650 Sri Lankan house maids complained of being physically and sexually abused by their employers mainly in the Middle East.

    Sri Lanka's expatriate workers, mainly house maids and unskilled labourers are it's main foreign exchange earner as they send back remittances which helps Sri Lanka to earn around USD 7 billion a year which has USD 82.2 billion economy.

  • Syria's Assad appoints new prime minister

    Syria's Assad appoints new prime ministerSyrian President Bashar al-Assad has appointed former Electricity Minister Emad Khamis as the new prime minister of the war-ravaged country. Assad tasked Khamis to form a new cabinet.

    The announcement comes two months after Assad's Baath party and its allies won the majority of seats in the country's parliament in an election that was considered internationally as a fraud.

    The 54-year-old engineer will replace Wael al-Halqi who had held the post since August 2012. He has been sanctioned by the European Union which accuses him of sharing culpability for violence committed against Syria's population.

  • India gifts 2,000 bicycles to girls in Nepal

    India gifts 2,000 bicycles to girls in NepalIndia has gifted 2,000 bicycles to poor dalit girls studying in different government schools in Nepal to encourage them to enrol in schools and enhance the literacy rate among them. India has tackled the acute problem of girls dropping out of schools in rural areas through various innovative method.

    The bicycles gifting programme received a total financial assistance of NRs 13.65 million by the Government of India under its Small Development Project scheme.

    It should be noted that the literacy rate in various districts of Terai is low and the region requires special attention in the field of basic education, community awareness and women empowerment.

  • Police stations to be graded on performance

    According to the statement made by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Police stations nationwide will be graded on the basis of their performance. How they have performed on various parameters. It is for the first time that a database of 20 lakh policemen has been created.

    The Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) has developed parameters on which the police stations would be graded, proposal in this regard has been sent to the various States.

    Union Home Ministry is also planning to raise a new police force for tourism for which suitable training would be provided. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has prepared a concept paper in this regard which is being examined in the Ministry.

  • Lewis Hamilton wins epic Monaco Grand Prix title of Formula One

    British Formula One racing driver -Lewis Hamilton-  took a superb victory in 2016 Monaco Grand Prix title of Formula One, the sixth round of the 2016 season which was held at the Circuit de Monaco. It is Lewis Hamilton’s first title of the season.

    Latest rankings after 2016 Monaco Grand Prix :

    Lewis Hamilton : 1st position
    Daniel Ricciardo : 2nd position
    Sergio Perez : 3rd position
    Sebastian Vettel : 4th position
    Fernando Alonso : 5th position

    Top 5 Teams: Mercedes, Red Bull, Force India, Ferrari and McLaren-Honda. 

  • Sonia Lather won silver in Women’s World Boxing Championships

    Sonia Lather won silver in Women’s World Boxing ChampionshipsIndian boxer Sonia Lather (57kg) won the silver medal at the AIBA Women's World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan. In the final match of featherweight 57kg category, she was defeated by the gold medalist Mesiano Alessia of Italy by 2-1 score. 

    It should be noted that India's last gold at the bi-annual event came in 2010 when MC Mary Kom finished on top in the 48kg category to clinch her fifth world title.

    This year from India, Sonia Lather was the only medal winner in this edition of tournament. In the 2016 edition of AIBA World Championships Kazakhstan finished on top of the table with 4 gold and 2 bronze medals. China was the runners-up with 2 gold and silver medals.

  • Noted Kannada writer D Javare Gowda passes away

    Noted Kannada writer D Javare Gowda passes awayNoted Kannada writer D. Javare Gowda, popularly known as “De. Ja. Gow.” in literary circles passed away due to heart failure in Mysuru, Karnataka. He was 101.

    About D Javare Gowda :

    D. Javare Gowda born on 6 July 1915 was the Vice Chancellor of Mysore University from 1969 to 1975. He was the author of several books including Lakshmishana Jaimini Bharata (1957), Kanakadasara Nalacharitre (1959), Chikkupadyayana Rukmangada Charitre (1964) and Andayyana Kabbigara Kavya (1965) e.t.c.

    Autobiography: ‘Sahithigala Sangadalli Horatada Baduku’. 

    Awards and Honours: Pampa Prishathi (1998), Padma Shri (2001), Guru Award (2003), Nadoja title (2003), Karnataka Government’s Karnataka Ratna (2008).

  • China successfully launches three satellites

    China successfully launches three satellitesChina has successfully launched three including a new civilian high-resolution mapping satellite and two other foreign satellites.

    They were launched on the back of a Long March 4B rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in northern Shanxi Province. It was the 228th flight mission by a Long March carrier rocket. 

    Facts about the satellites :

    Ziyuan III 02 satellite:  It is new civilian high-resolution mapping satellite and second in the remote-sensing mapping system that China plans to build by 2030.  

    It will join its predecessor Ziyuan III 01, launched in January 2012 to form a network and capture high-definition 3-D images and multispectral data.

    The Ziyuan III 02 satellite will be used for land resource surveys, natural disaster prevention, agricultural development, water resource management and urban planning, among other applications.

    Two NewSat satellites: The two NewSat satellites have been developed by URUGUS S A, the Uruguayan subsidiary of Argentine company Satellogic.

  • Veteran comedian Razak Khan passes away

    Veteran comedy actor Razak Khan, who was known for his comic role of Manikchand in the 1999 Abbas-Mustan directed film Baadshah, as Ninja Chacha in the 1999 film Hello Brother and as Takkar Pehelwan in Akhiyon Se Goli Maare breathed his last after suffering a cardiac arrest. 

    Most recently he played Bua's husband Golden Bhai in Kapil Sharma's show CNWK. His brilliant comic timing made everyone laugh till their stomach hurt.

  • Cabinet approves MoU between USA and India to enhance cooperation in wildlife conservation 

    Cabinet approves MoU between USA and India to enhance cooperation in wildlife conservation The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between United States of America and India to enhance cooperation in the field of wildlife conservation and combating wildlife trafficking.

    With the approval, India will benefit from the expertise of the US Institutions in the field of wildlife conservation and management of wildlife areas and in combating illegal trade of wildlife and their derivatives. 

    The MoU seeks cooperation between the two countries in the following areas

    • Wildlife Forensics and Conservation Genetics: Useful in species conservation efforts and better scientific evidence collection in wild life crimes leading to better enforcement.
    • Natural World Heritage Conservation: Facilitating the institutional capacity of the existing UNESCO Category -two centre at Wildlife Institute of India.
    • Nature Interpretation and Conservation Awareness:  Use of information technology in strengthening interface of forest managers with the people for sensitising people, especially the youth and children in understanding complex issues of conservation of biological diversity. 

    Background :

    • India and the United States of America are endowed with rich biodiversity and natural heritage and have established a network of Protected Areas in their respective territories.
    • As there is scope for both the countries to share professional expertise to address priority wildlife conservation concerns, the MoU would provide a convenient platform for collaboration.

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