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Argentina Women won 2016 Champions Trophy Hockey title

Jun 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

To win the title, Argentina defeated the reigning World and Olympic champions the Netherlands 2-1. For Argentina, it was the 3rd consecutive title and the 7th title overall.

India-Israel co-developed Barak-8 missile successfully test-fired

Jun 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The medium range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) was successfully test-fired from a mobile launcher in the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur off the Odisha coast. It was co-developed by the DRDL in partnership with the IAI.

Union Government enhances Financial Powers of Ministries, Departments

Jun 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The financial power of the Minister-in-charge of the administrative Ministry can now approve Non-Plan schemes costing less than 500 crore rupees. The earlier limit for this was 150 crore rupees.

RBI to study Blockchain technology to curtail paper currency

Jun 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The distributed nature of a blockchain database makes it harder for hackers to attack it. The linked blocks make hacking tricky as the hackers would have to get access to every copy of the database simultaneously.

Italian film actor Bud Spencer dies

Jun 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Born in Naples as Carlo Pedersoli, he adopted the stage name Bud Spencer- the first name inspired by a Budweiser beer and the last to honour his favourite star Spencer Tracy.

Researcher develops non-invasive method to kill cancer cells in two hours

Jun 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The research involved injecting a chemical compound, nitrobenzaldehyde, into the tumour and allowing it to diffuse into the tissue. A beam of light was aimed at the tissue, which caused the cells to become very acidic inside. It forced the cells to commit suicide.

India Post opens ‘My Stamp' scheme for individuals and corporate

Jun 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The plan to go ahead with the scheme of ‘My Stamp’ was reached on specific demands of several like Western Union, SNDT Women's University, Allahabad High Court and others.

Renowned painter KG Subramanyan passes away

Jun 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Born in 1924 in Kerala, he was a professor at various times at the Faculty of Fine Arts at MS University in Baroda and his alma mater, Kala Bhavan (Santiniketan) from where he finally retired in 1989.

China launches second Shijian-16 series satellite

Jun 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The Shijian-16 satellite will be used for space environment measurements, radiation and its effect as well as technology testing.

Climate change impact on animals in Himalayas to be recorded by ZSI

Jun 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Under the project, ZSI will monitor indicators in species like fish, butterflies, bees and other insects to find how their distribution has been affected by climate change.

Navy inducts Indigenous Heavyweight Torpedo 'Varunastra'

Jun 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Torpedo 'Varunastra' helped India to join a select group of eight countries that have capabilities to design and develop heavyweight torpedoes

Union Cabinet approved Model Shops & Establishment Bill, 2016

Jun 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The bill will allow shops, malls and cinema halls and other establishments to run 24×7 throughout the year. It also provides freedom to operate 365 days with flexibility on timing to open and close.

Suzuki Motors appoints Toshihiro Suzuki as CEO

Jun 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The appointment of Toshihiro Suzuki came after Osamu Suzuki announced that he will decline the CEO position to take responsibility for the automaker's use of incorrect testing methods when calculating vehicle mileage.

SCO Summit 2016 concludes in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Jun 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The signing of Memorandum of Obligations by India and Pakistan started the formal process of joining the SCO as a full member. They are expected to become full members by the next meeting at Astana in 2017.

Union Cabinet approved MoU between UPSC and Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan

Jun 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The MoU will strengthen the existing relationship between Union Public Service Commission and Royal Civil Service Commission of Bhutan. It will also facilitate sharing of experience and expertise of both the parties in the area of recruitment.

10th National Statistics Day celebrated with theme Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare

Jun 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

This National Statistics Day is celebrated annually with an objective to create public awareness among people, especially the younger generation about the importance of statistics in daily life as well as in the process of planning and development.

Union Cabinet considers Model Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Bill, 2016

Jun 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The Model Bill would bring about uniformity in the legislative provisions across the States and Union Territories. It also seeks to facilitate the ease of doing business and generation of employment opportunities across the country.

UNICEF released the State of the World's Children 2016 Report

Jun 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The report mentions that unless the world focuses more on the plight of its most disadvantaged children, by 2030 almost 70 million children may die before reaching their fifth birthdays.

Union Cabinet clears National Mineral Exploration Policy

Jun 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Through NMEP, the government aims to attract private sector in exploration of minerals, besides involving State-run GSI, MECL and other notified agencies.

World Bank approves $201.50 million for Technical Education Quality Improvement Project in India

Jun 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

The objective of the project is to enhance quality and equity in participating engineering education institutes and improve the efficiency of the engineering education system in focus states.

NS Vishwanathan appointed Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India

Jun 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Vishwanathan, who served as the Principal Chief General Manager in the Department of non-banking supervision at RBI, has been working as the Executive Director at RBI since April 2014.

CSIR-CIMFR inked MoU for coal quality analysis with coal supplying companies

Jun 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The CSIR-CIMFR would make use of its knowledge base support in maintaining the quality of coal at national level for the entire power sector.

Union Cabinet approves recommendations of 7th Pay Commission

Jun 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

Now, the central government employees and pensioners will get a hike of at least 23.55 percent in their salaries. The rate of annual increment for employees will be 3 percent.

Exercise Jalrahat for flood Relief in Assam started

Jun 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Exercise Jalrahat, a joint initiative led by GAJRAJ Corps with full support from HQ Eastern Command, is based on Flood Relief in an urban setting.

World Economic Forum released the Human Capital Report 2016

Jun 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

India occupied the 105th position among the 130 countries surveyed in the Index, and is placed behind Sri Lanka (50), China (71), Indonesia (72), Iran (85), Bhutan (91) and Bangladesh (104).

Naga rebel leader Isak Chishi Swu dies

Jun 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Isak Chishi Swu's death has brought the focus back on the status of the Naga peace accord negotiations that are going on since the signing of a framework agreement in August 2015.

Sanjeev Rajput wins silver in ISSF World Cup

Jun 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Petar Gorsa of Croatia won the gold medal with 457.5, while Hyeonjun Kim of Korea bagged the bronze after he shot 445.5. This was the last World Cup before the Rio Olympic Games.

Ethiopia, Bolivia, Sweden, Kazakhstan elected non-permanent UNSC members

Jun 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

In the election, the members of General Assembly voted by secret ballot for five seats divided by geographical grouping – three from Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, one from Eastern Europe, and one from Latin America and the Caribbean.

World Bank approves $63 million for Tejaswini Project in Jharkhand

Jun 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Tejaswini: Socioeconomic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women Project is the first World Bank project in India that is solely focused on the welfare of adolescent girls and young women.

Majuli in Assam declared as island district

Jun 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

Majuli is a unique geographical occurrence and a result of the dynamics of the Brahmaputra river system. It is also the largest mid river delta system in the world.

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