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Daily Current Affairs- 12-13 June 2016
1. Saina Nehwal clinches second Australian Open title
1. Indian ace Saina Nehwal received a huge boost ahead of the Rio Olympics as she clinched her second Australian Open title after defeating China's Sun Yu in a thrilling three-game final of the Super Series badminton tournament
2. It is Saina's second Australian Open victory, having clinched the title in 2014 as well. It ended a rather long title drought for the celebrated Indian, whose previous title before today was at the India Super Series in New Delhi in .
3. London Olympics bronze medallist, Saina, who had beaten two world champions- Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon (2013) and China's Yihan Wang (2011) in the quarterfinals and semifinals, thus clinched her maiden title of the season and pocketed a cheque of $56,250.
2. China launches 23rd BeiDou Navigation Satellite
1. China launched its 23rd satellite it the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS). The satellite launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province will support China’s global navigation and positioning network.
2. The satellite was taken into orbit by a Long March-3C carrier rocket. It was the 229th launch of the Long March carrier rocket.
3. The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System is being developed as an alternative to US GPS. The satellite, after entering its designed work orbit and finishing in-orbit testing, will join others already in orbit and improve the stability of the system, preparing for BDS to offer global coverage.
3. USA wins FINA Women Water Polo World League Super Final
1. The USA Women’s Senior National Team won gold at the FINA Women Water Polo World League Super Final. The team defeated Spain 13-9 in the championship match in Shanghai, China.
2. The victory marks the United States’ third straight FINA World League Super Final title and 10th overall.On the other hand, Australia defeated China 11-3 for the bronze medal.
4. Donald Carr, former England Cricket captain, dies aged 89
Donald Carr, the former captain of England Cricket team, died on 12 June 2016. He was 89.Beside prominent batsman Carr was also one of the most prominent administrators of the post-war era.
5. Norway becomes first country to prohibit deforestation
1. Norway in the first week of June 2016 became the first country to prohibit deforestation.
2. On 26 May 2016, the Norwegian Parliament had pledged to make government’s public procurement policy deforestation-free. The step was taken after a committee of MPs recommended imposing regulations to ensure the state did not contribute to deforestation of the rainforest.
3. The step taken by the government means that the parliament will no longer award government contracts to any company that cuts down and destroys forests.
6. International Albinism Awareness Day observed worldwide
Second International Albinism Awareness Day was observed on 13 June 2016. The day is observed to recognize the importance of increasing awareness and understanding of albinism in order to fight against global discrimination and stigma against persons with albinism.
7. Noted Playwright and Actor Achyut Lahkar passes away
1. Noted playwright and actor Achyut Lahkar, doyen of Assam’s mobile theatre movement, passed away on 12 June 2016 following a protracted illness. He was 85.
2. Lahkar was the pioneering dramatist, veteran actor director and producer who staged numerous memorable plays in mobile theatre.
8. Priyanka Chopra nominated for Choice TV Breakout Star in 2016 Teen Choice Awards
1. India's bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra was nominated for 2016 Teen Choice Awards on 12 June 2016. She got her final nomination in the category of Choice TV Breakout Star.
She was nominated for her role as FBI trainee Alex Parrish in American TV series, Quantico.
2. Earlier, she also won the Favourite Actress title in a New TV series award at the People’s Choice Awards On 7 January 20162016 for her debut role on an American TV show.
9. Four new elements in Periodic table get names
1. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has announced four proposed names for the four new elements that were added in periodic table in January 2016. These names and symbols were chosen by the by nuclear researchers who discovered them. They will be finalised after public review and formal nod by the IUPAC Council.
2. These new elements are Nihonium (Nh), Moscovium (Mc), Tennessine (Ts), and Oganesson (Og).
10. Indian-American Author Akhil Sharma wins 2016 International Dublin Literary Award
1. Indian American author Akhil Sharma won the prestigious 2016 International Dublin Literary Award for his semi-autobiographical novel “Family Life.” His novel was shortlisted out of an initial 160 nominations by a panel of judges of award that included novelists Ian Sansom, Juan Pablo Villalobos and Carlo Gebler.
2. Family Life is Sharma’s second novel and took him 13 years to write. The novel traces the journey of a family that emigrates from New Delhi to New York, where one brother is left severely brain-damaged after a tragedy strikes.
11. Veteran journalist Inder Malhotra passes away
1. Distinguished journalist, editor and author Inder Malhotra passed away following a long illness in New Delhi. He was 86. He had served as a resident editor of The Times of India and The Statesman. In his journalistic career he had mapped the ebb and flow of the Indian politics under every Prime Minister of independent India.
12. 12 June: World Day against Child Labour
1. The World Day Against Child Labour is being observed annually across world on 12 June to bring awareness against child labour. 2. The observance of the day seeks to bring together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them.
3. ‘End child labour in supply chains – It’s everyone’s business.’ The theme focuses on child labour and supply chains.