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Daily Current Affairs- 25 June 2016
1. Narendra Modi launches smart city projects in Pune
1. One year after the announcement of the plan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched projects under the smart cities mission in Pune, officially kick-starting the ambitious project of the National Democratic Alliance government.
2. Projects with a total investment of Rs.2,900 crore were also launched on Saturday in states including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Odisha under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). These projects include sewerage projects with an investment of Rs.1,275 crore and water supply projects at a cost of Rs.817 crore.
3. Projects launched in Pune include slum rehabilitation, street and pedestrian walkway, modern buses with alternative fuels, traffic demand modelling project and city common mobility card. Pune stood second in the selected cities.
4. Projects were launched in 20 cities selected in the first batch of mission through a city challenge competition. Chief ministers of selected states including Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan), Naveen Patnaik (Odisha) and N. Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh) also addressed through video-conference.
2. Indian-origin lawyer Yasmin Sooka to chair panel on human rights in South Sudan
1. Yasmin Sooka, the South African Indian-origin lawyer and long-time human rights activist, was appointed to chair a UN commission on 24 June 2016.
2. The commission will monitor the human rights situation in South Sudan and make recommendations for their improvement.
She will serve together with Kenneth Scott from the US and Godfrey Musila of Kenya on the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan.
3. The UN resolved to establish the Commission following calls for investigation into alleged atrocities by both government and rebel forces before an independent South Sudan was carved out of the larger Sudan in 2011.
3. ADB approved $500 million loan to build India’s longest river bridge across Ganga near Patna
1. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on 24 June 2016 approved 500 million US dollars loan to build a road bridge across the river Ganga near Patna in Bihar.Once completed, the 9.8 kilometer long bridge will be India’s longest river bridge.
2. Features of the bridge project
• It will provide vital transport links between the northern and southern parts of Bihar and with neighboring Nepal.
• Along with the bridge structure itself, the project will also build viaducts, embankments, and toll and service facilities, and will link to national highway networks.
• A key feature will be a year-round embankment access road for the 250000 inhabitants of the Raghopur Diara river island, ending their reliance on boats and a seasonal pontoon bridge as their only links to Patna.
4. International Olympic Day celebrated on 23 June
1. The International Olympic Day was celebrated on 23 June 2016. To mark the occasion, over 160 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and sports organizations across the world organised a series of events to spread Olympic values and encourage people to get involved in sports and lead more active lives.
2. The 2016 Summer Olympics host-city Rio de Janeiro unveiled its athletes' village to mark the day. The Brazilian city will host the XXXI Olympiad between 5 August and 21 August 2016.
5. Nepal bans citizens from working in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya
1. Nepal banned its citizens from working in strife-torn Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya. The decision was made at a cabinet meet after 13 Nepali security guards were killed in a Taliban suicide bombing in Kabul.
2. Nepali nationals killed in Afghanistan were employed as security guards in the Canadian embassy in Kabul. They were killed when militants exploded a bomb in a minibus on 20 June 2016.
6. Pioneer of Indian quizzing Neil O'Brien died
1. Neil O'Brien, a pioneer of quizzing in India and leader of the Anglo-Indian community, died in Kolkata on 24 June 2016. He was 82.
2. A former member of Lok Sabha, Neil O'Brien was also a three-time nominated Anglo-Indian MLA in West Bengal and an educationist.
3. His son Derek O'Brien is an Indian television personality and Member of Parliament for All India Trinamool Congress.
7. Suzlon commissions 4.2 MW wind project in Gujarat
1. Wind turbine maker Suzlon Group today announced the completion and commissioning of its 4.20 MW maiden wind project for Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.
2. The project, located at Nakhatrana, Kutch, comprises of two units of Suzlon’s latest product variant, S97 120 metre hybrid tower wind turbine.
3. As of March 2016, Gujarat’s total wind installations stood at 4,038 MW, out of which 1,842 MW has been contributed by Suzlon.
8. China successfully launches new generation space rocket
1. China successfully launched its new generation carrier rocket which can carry high payloads for future space missions, including a space station which is expected to be ready by 2022.
2. The Long March-7 mission was first launched from Wenchang, the fourth launch site in China. Among the other three, Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Dessert is currently China's only manned spacecraft launch centre, while Xichang in southwest China's Sichuan Province is mainly used to launch powerful-thrust rockets and geostationary satellites.
3. The third, Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in north China's Shanxi Province, is capable of launching satellites into both medium and low orbits.