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Daily Current Affairs- 29 June 2016
1. NS Vishwanathan appointed Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India
1. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) announced the appointment of NS Vishwanathan as Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
2. Vishwanathan will succeed Harun R Khan who will retire on 3 July 2016.
3. Vishwanathan served as the Principal Chief General Manager in the Department of non-banking supervision at Reserve Bank of India. He has been an Executive Director at Reserve Bank of India since April 2014.
2. Exercise Jalrahat for flood Relief in Assam started
1. Exercise Jalrahat: a Joint Initiative by State Government and Armed Forces for Flood Relief in AssamArmed Forces and state government of Assam started exercise JALRAHAT at Narangi Cantt of Assam. It is an initiative that is being carried on for flood relief in the state.The Exercise spread over three days terminates on 30 June 2016.
2. 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.
3. It is a clubbed name of the relief works that will be carried by all the three forces of India that is, Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.
3. World Bank approves $201.50 million for Technical Education Quality Improvement Project in India
1. The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved 201.50 million US dollars for Technical Education Quality Improvement Project III (TEQIP III) in India to improve the quality of engineering education in select Indian states.
2. 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.
3. The maturity period for the project if 25 years with an additional 5 years grace period.
4. UNGA elect Ethiopia, Bolivia, Sweden and Kazakhstan as non-permanent UNSC members
1. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has elected Ethiopia, Bolivia, Sweden and Kazakhstan as the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). These newly-elected countries will have two-year term starting from 1 January 2016 till 31 December 2018.
2. They will replace Spain, Malaysia, New Zealand, Angola and Venezuela. The voting for these countries in the UNGA was conducted by secret ballot in which members of the UNGA had voted.
5. Assam’s Majuli becomes India’s first island district
1. The Assam Government has granted district status to Majuli, a 400 square kilometres island in the Brahmaputra River. With this it becomes India’s first island district.
2. Decision in this regard was taken by the state cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Guwahati. With this erosion-troubled Majuli island will become the 34th district of Assam. Earlier it was sub-division of Jorhat district.
6. Isak Chisi Swu, founder of NSCN (IM) passes away
1. Naga leader and founder of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), Isak Chisi Swu passed away in Delhi. He was 86. As a Naga leader he had led one of the worst insurgencies in the North-East India for almost three decades.
7. PM Narendra Modi releases book titled The Birds of Banni Grassland
1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a book titled “The Birds of Banni Grassland” in New Delhi. The book was presented to the Prime Minister by the scientists of Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology (GUIDE).
2. The Birds of Banni Grassland is book based on environment and consists of a compilation of the research work, relating to more than 250 species of birds found in the Banni area of Kutch, Gujarat.
8. Nagaland launches Sakhi-One Stop Centre to help women in distress
1. Nagaland Government has launched women helpline “181” and “Sakhi-One Stop Centre”, an institute that supports women affected by violence. It was launched by the state Governor P B Acharya at the District Hospital Dimapur in Nagaland.
2. The helpline and centre aim to provide integrated assistance including medical, legal and psychological counselling to women affected by violence. The ‘Sakhi-One Stop Centre’ is a centrally sponsored scheme by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) to be funded through Nirbhaya Fund.